How do you choose a hotel when you travel?
Lots of research! Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, AFAR, and Town and Country are excellent sources for selecting destinations and luxury hotels. Also, I rely on social media contacts, favorite blogs and recommendations from friends and family.
If you had to choose 3, which were the most special hotels you have ever stayed at?
Is six ok? – I can’t possibly pick three.
The Hotel George V in Paris holds a special place in my heart because I have celebrated a milestone birthday and a few anniversaries there. The attentive service, view of the Eiffel Tower from our suite, fabulous interior courtyard, and Jeff Leatham’s flowers make every stay at the Four Seasons George V unforgettable.
The entire family loves Four Seasons Hualalai. This award-winning resort on Hawaii’s Big Island has multiple pools, championship golf, incredible beach-side dining, and an awesome kid’s program. We’ve celebrated Christmas and vacationed throughout the year at this five-star resort.
Hotel Castello del Sole on Lake Maggiore in Ascona, Switzerland is described as a 100 acres of pure happiness. It really is. The lakefront location, outdoor swimming pool, delicious food, children’s program, and thoughtful staff make this an exceptional property.
We stay at Four Seasons Hong Kong every time we travel to Asia. After a 14-hour flight from Vancouver, B.C. checking into the luxurious Four Seasons Hong Kong is a treat. The outdoor pools, superb spa, and Michelin-star dining melt away the jetlag.
The Lodge by Virgin Limited Edition is a fully staffed private chalet in Verbier. A stay at The Lodge includes gourmet food, delicious drinks, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, spa, a bunk room for the children, gym and much more. Everything about The Lodge is fabulous.
For an authentic, adventure-filled vacation in Hawaii, we travel to Lanai. At the beachfront Four Seasons Resort glorious gardens surround koi-filled ponds, instructors inspire you to reach new heights at anti-gravity yoga, and rainbow-hued sea life in Hulopo’e Bay dazzle swimmers and snorkelers. For thrills outside of the resort, rent a 4×4 Jeep and explore Shipwreck Beach, explore the otherworldly Garden of the Gods, or race along island trails in an all-terrain vehicle.
The Greenwich Hotel is a haven in New York City, with a the lovely inner courtyard, complimentary mini-bar, spectacular indoor pool, and unique rooms. It feels like a private home.
If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?
I would ensure caring and authentic staff, fabulous linens, and numerous common areas e.g. library, pool, lounge, etc.
Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…
Apart from attentive service, I enjoy a generous espresso and tea service, complimentary mini-bar, and thoughtful touches like candles, flowers & books.
Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.
Arrogant and uncaring staff, sloppy housekeeping, and poor quality linens.
How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?
I love the innovative Amberlair concept, and I’m excited to visit the first property, wherever it may be!
Where are you off to next?
My husband and I are taking our children to Bangkok, Koh Samui, Luang Prabang, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
Travel isn’t an option for Nancy; it is a necessity. Having two children has only increased Nancy’s desire to see the world because she wants her children to learn about other countries and cultures firsthand.
Nancy’s passion for travel and desire to inspire others resulted in the creation of Luxe Travel Family, a luxury family travel blog. Follow the blog for inspiring travel stories, luxury travel reviews and information on unique experiences.