#BoHoLover: Meet Nancy of Luxe Travel Family @luxetravelfam

Nancy of Luxe Travel Family is a passionate traveler and luxury travel blogger. Like us, she’s a boutique hotel lover, #BoHoLover. She weighs in on hotels, travel, and her thoughts on Amberlair.

 

 

 

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.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel -Greenwich Hotel New York #BoHoLover: Meet Nancy of Luxe Travel Family @luxetravelfam

The Greenwich Hotel in New York City. Photo by hotel.

 

 

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.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Nancy of Luxe Travel Family @luxetravelfam

 

 

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.

Nancy loves to be social – connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Keith Jenkins of Velvet Escape @velvetescape

We have asked Amsterdam-based luxury travel blogger Keith Jenkins of Velvet Escape, to share his thoughts with us about his love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Keith of Velvet Escape @velvetescape Keith Jenkins, Whitehorse

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I ask around on social media for suggestions and I search on booking engines. The most important factors I take into account when choosing a hotel are: location, comfort/hygiene of and amenities in the room, and service levels. I have a preference for hotels with a unique character in terms of history, design, location or cuisine. In this sense, the hotel becomes a destination in itself and not simply a place to sleep at night.

 

Keith Jenkins

Keith Jenkins in Malaysia

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special hotels you have ever stayed at?

Mashpi Lodge – an amazing lodge in the cloud forests of Ecuador.
Sofitel Motu Bora Bora – a resort on a private island in the Bora Bora lagoon.
Phinda Private Game Reserve – a stunning safari lodge in South Africa.

If I could add a fourth, I recently stayed at Hotel Pacai in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

 

What made them so special?

They’re special for different reasons. Mashpi Lodge combines cutting-edge architecture with stunning views, top notch service and excellent food. I loved Sofitel Motu primarily because of its incredible location on an island in the breathtaking Bora Bora lagoon with jaw-dropping views of the lagoon and the mountains. I will never forget sitting on the deck of my overwater bungalow just before sunset with a cocktail in hand and watching colourful fish, baby sharks and rays swim right under me! The Phinda Private Game Reserve is perhaps the best safari lodge I’ve ever stayed at due to its amazing suites, fabulous service and ditto food. As for Hotel Pacai, it’s housed in a historic palace (Napoleon once addressed the townsfolk from the balcony) that has been impeccably restored, blending historic elements with stunning contemporary design.

 

Phinda Private Game Reserve - Keith Jenkins

Not your average swim, at Phinda Private Game Reserve. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  1. A top-notch coffee-maker and well-stocked open mini-bar in each room.
  2. A plunge pool and outdoor shower with a view!
  3. I’ll make sure my staff call my guests by their names.

 

Sofitel Bora Bora - Keith Jenkins

Sofitel Bora Bora. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

It’s always the small touches that make the difference wherever I stay. Here are 3 things I’ll never forget:

  • A surprise gift when I checked out of the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. It was a small bottle of perfume, exactly the same scent they use in the hallways. A great memento of my stay there.
  • At the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan, I was impressed when I returned to my room after a day of touring to find my clothes neatly folded/hung in the closet, my shoes were polished, and my sunglasses were cleaned and neatly placed atop a fresh cloth.
  • At the Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur, I loved the personalised pillow cases with my initials embroidered on them.

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  • Housekeeping that knocks on your door at 8am.
  • A butler who tries too hard to impress.
  • A dirty room and/or bathroom.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I think it’s a brilliant concept and I hope Ambelair will produce the world’s best boutique hotel based on travellers’ tastes. Key to me will be the location, ambiance, design and level of service (warm and attentive but not overbearing).

 

Keith Jenkins

 

 

Where are you off to next?

My next trip takes me to Bologna in Italy.

 

Keith Jenkins is the Founder and Publisher of the Velvet Escape luxury travel blog. Based in Amsterdam, Keith left his ten-year investment banking career to travel the world and carve out a new career as a travel blogger and social media advocate.

Keith has visited more than 80 countries across six continents. In addition to being a travel blogger, he is the CEO of iambassador – the world’s leading international travel blogger network – a company he founded in 2011. He also speaks often at travel and social media conferences about online marketing and blogger collaboration.

Keith Jenkins is also the co-founder of the Global Bloggers Network, a community of more than 3,000 travel bloggers. Keith has been featured in The New York Times, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, and has spoken at TEDxTalk.

Follow Keith on: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Gina Power Food & Travel @GinaPowerWorld

We have asked Gina Power, the name behind Gina Power Food & Travel with a Dash of Art & Consciousness, to share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gina Power of Food Power LDN @FoodPowerLDN

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I research continuously… online, offline, chatting to friends, people I meet on airplanes, anybody who I feel has a je ne sais quoi. And then I keep my top tips in a little black Smythson’s Travel Notes book. I look for hotels that are unique and authentic to their location. Life is too short for every moment not to be unique.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims, France is for all those who love good food, wine & modern design, and just 40 minutes from Paris by TGV. I stopped over at this family-run hotel on the edge of the city earlier this month while doing a photo shoot in Champagne. The hotel, a Relais et Château, clocked up its 3rd Michelin star in 2014 under Arnaud Lallement, the son of the founder. As well as food that makes you feel you’re in heaven, 1,000s of wines are on offer, including all the best Champagnes. The interiors are fresh and modern, and offer a study in colour. A cheerful personal greeting from Arnaud, and his passion for seeing the story behind each of his dishes, made me definitely want to go back!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gina Power of Food Power LDN @FoodPowerLDN

Assiette Champenoise in France. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gina Power of Food Power LDN @FoodPowerLDN

Assiette Champenoise in France. Photo by hotel.

 

Villa Sparina in Gavi, Italy is among the rolling hills of Gavi, in Piedmont. This family-run hotel, with its own wine-production, is in a beautifully renovated 18th century farmhouse. The hotel’s La Gallina restaurant offers sublime regional food and views across the vineyards. I’ve been staying here for years and love it. The staff are friendly but respectful. The décor, both the interior and the landscaping, is testament to Italian style and design; Italians know how to do country chic. I love walking through the vineyards, or running, if the mood takes me, before breakfast, or going for a swim in the outdoor pool. An excellent stopover between Genoa and Milan, and for shopping at Europe’s biggest luxury designer outlet, nearby Serravalle Designer Outlet.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gina Power of Food Power LDN @FoodPowerLDN

Villa Sparina Resort in Italy. Photo by hotel.

 

Kahanda Kanda Boutique Hotel in Galle, Sri Lanka. Whether I’m in a city or the countryside, I like a feeling of space, whether visual or physical. Kahanda Kanda is very popular with honeymooners, but I never noticed that when I was there over the Christmas holidays. For me, it was the ideal place to get away from it all, with ten individual suites, 3 of which have their own swimming pool. Owned by British interior designer George Cooper, the hotel is set in the middle of a tea estate, with beautiful views over the surrounding rolling hills and Koggala Lake, and 30 minutes from the historic Galle Fort. A great cocktail list for chilling on the banquettes of the ‘Living Pavilion’, and a fusion cuisine – all fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on the estate – in the ‘Dining Pavilion’, where I could sit for hours surrounded by the tropical landscape.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gina Power of Food Power LDN @FoodPowerLDN

Kahanda Kanda in Sri Lanka. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • A rising star of a sommelier who believed in biodynamic wines
  • A restaurant using produce grown locally by people with a passion for nature & the soil
  • A design that worked from every angle of view

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. The best sheets that money can buy. My preference is for Frette. And a pillow that is not too big.
  2. Sleeping with the windows open & drifting off to the sound of the sea or the wind in the trees, such as at Pousada Estrela d’Agua on the beach at Trancoso, Brazil.
  3. A spa that offers an emotional and spiritual experience, rather than just a beauty treatment, whether the massage that I experienced at the simple Albergo Il Monastero in Ischia, Italy, or at the luxurious Aman Spa at Claridge’s in London.

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Bad sound-proofing between the rooms, such as when I stayed at the Château de Courcelles, a Relais et Châteaux, in Picardy, France. A door led through to the next-door room and I could her everything! (They did change my room when I complained.)
  2. When I’m in France, and I’m asked whether I want a Chardonnay to go with my meal. Can we not keep to terroir, & the stories behind the label? It adds a sense of mystery & anticipation, and this is what a good sommelier is for.
  3. Wanting an early night at Les Sources de Caudalie, in the vineyards of Bordeaux, to be woken up to the people next door having a bit of a party on their neighbouring terrace. Why not go to the bar? Apart from that, I loved the hotel.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

A very exciting concept that immediately makes me feel that I want to get involved. Staying in the right hotel is as important as eating at the right restaurant. It’s not even about price. It’s about feeling charmed; a mystical and magical experience. Every time I stay in a hotel which isn’t quite right, I want to tweak it, and Amberlair gives everyone who is passionate about boutique hotels a chance to get involved, to have their say.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

After six destinations in two months, I am taking a rest. Then, Shanghai in the spring and Arles for the Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival in July and to see how the works are going at the Frank Gehry-designed building part of the Luma Foundation. Must buy the Arles Louis Vuitton City Guide. The new hotel L’Arlatan, designed by Jorge Pardo, looks amazing! And, of course, there are the trips that life throws up!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Gina Power of Food Power LDN @FoodPowerLDN

 

 

Gina Power is the name behind Gina Power Food & Travel with a Dash of Art & Consciousness, the travel blog focussing on luxury food, wine and terroir experiences. Gina, or Georgina, as she calls herself when trying to appear more serious, started as a journalist, working for the likes of Conde Nast Traveler and The Times, and then moving on to the world of fashion PR. She spent 5 years as a correspondent in Barcelona, a very special city for her as this was where her son was born. She also spent a year in Izmir, Turkey, and has travelled to more than 45 countries around world.

Gina Power – Food & Travel was born out of Gina’s passion for food and wine, with all its different expressions… social, cultural, spiritual and artistic. She also loves taking photographs, and specialises in vineyards and vignerons.

As well as being a blogger, Gina works alongside companies to help with their strategic communications and brand content.

You can follow Gina on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Molly of The Sought After @mollyschoneveld

We have asked Los Angeles-based food, travel and lifestyle blogger Molly Schoneveld of The Sought After to share her thoughts with us about hotels and Amberlair. Just like us, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet food, travel and lifestyle blogger Molly Schoneveld of This Yuppie Life #boholover

Photo by Ashley Burns Photography

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I first visit the Mr. & Mrs. Smith website, as their taste is so similar to mine and they have yet to let me down. I also ask for recommendations from trusted friends and bloggers like Mrs. O Around the World. Aside from that, I typically look for a location in a great, non-touristy area, yet close to where I want to go, and a hotel with chic design. Great design usually means great attention to detail. Once I’ve made my selection, I double-check that the online reviews are positive.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special hotels you have ever stayed at?

This is an impossible task! So. Many. Hotels! Ok ok…The Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento, Italy, the Plaza Hotel in New York in its heyday, and Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas.

I’d like to add a bonus of The Kensington Hotel in London because I stay there so frequently, it’s come to feel like my home-away-from-home in my favorite city. I love to try new hotels, but there is also such a comfort in staying the same place too.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BohoLover: Meet Molly Schoneveld of This Yuppie Life @mollyschoneveld

Photo by Ashley Burns Photography

 

 

What made them so special?

Bellevue Syrene has incredible sweeping views of the Sea of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, the romantic, whimsical decor, and the complementary wine (all day!), cocktails, coffee and afternoon hors d’oeuvres.

The Plaza. Come on, it’s The Plaza! It’s iconic! I was in high school and my parents allowed me to order an ice cream sunday in bed, just like Kevin in ‘Home Alone 2’. Heaven!

At Esperanza, we had a 3-bedroom villa that was insane. Even a private plunge pool on our patio. It also had one of the most spectacular infinity pools ever, complete with a pool butler (cucumber/mint popsicles, anyone?)! It took luxury beach resort to another level.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • Décor by Kit Kemp (I dare to dream!) and exclusive bath goodies by Jo Malone. Is anyone using these? If not, you’re welcome!
  • A mattress that doesn’t make you miss home. As my mom always says, ”If my house is better than the hotel, I’d rather stay at home!” I concur.
  • A rockstar concierge. There is nothing more annoying than an uninformed concierge who sends you to tourist traps.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BohoLover: Meet Molly Schoneveld of This Yuppie Life @mollyschoneveld

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

A clawfoot tub with views of the Empire State Building at Nomad, New York City. A sensational spa at Corinthia, London. A cottage room in a secret garden at The Pig near Bath.

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

A completely disinterested and unhelpful concierge. I won’t name names! A terrible mattress and thin walls. And then there was that time in New York with the huge cockroach in my bathroom, but I suppose that can be fixed faster than a bad mattress!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet #boholover Molly Schoneveld This Yuppie Life

Photo by Ashley Burns Photography

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

It’s a fascinating concept. I’ll be curious to see how so many opinions from so many people can come together to create a cohesive project. If they pull it off, it could very well change the hospitality industry.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

I leave for Austin, TX tomorrow for the very first time and I’m so excited! It’s a short trip, but I’m staying at the Hotel Saint Cecilia, which I hear has the best beds ever. I’m also excited to have dinner at the newly opened The Line hotel.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BohoLover: Meet Molly Schoneveld of This Yuppie Life @mollyschoneveld

 

 

Molly Schoneveld resides in Los Angeles, but will always call North Carolina home. She has worked in the entertainment industry for over 15 years and owns a boutique public relations firm representing celebrities, interior designers, lifestyle experts and hotels.

She writes about her adventures in food, travel and life in LA over at The Sought After. Follow along via Instagram and Twitter.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Alex of Social Polly @socialpolly

We have asked Alex Pollock, the Group Managing Director of SocMedSup.com & GOATx.co with a huge love for travel, to share his thoughts with us about his love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alex of Social Polly @socialpolly

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

For me, it’s all dependent on the objective of my trip. There are occasions where I want to be in the heart of the action; others where I much prefer to be tucked away in the middle of nowhere.
And sometimes I’m traveling for business.

Social media really helps when looking for places to stay, once a destination is confirmed. There’s a lot to be said for recommendations from trusted and respected sources.

Once I have a few hotels in mind, I’ll always give TripAdvisor, Facebook Reviews and Google a quick check to help me confirm my choice.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

The Z Hotel & Kidoti Villas in Zanzibar are top of my list at the moment, with Tanzania a destination I visit a couple of times a year now – both for business and leisure. The property’s a classy boutique located right on the beach of Nungwi, which was recently voted in the top 25 world beaches. Pure bliss, and sunset-central.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alex of Social Polly @socialpolly

The Z Hotel & Kidoti Villas in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alex of Social Polly @socialpolly

The Z Hotel & Kidoti Villas in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

 

Any property in the portfolio of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. They’re all in fantastic locations, ooze luxury, and I’ve found them hard to beat for the all-round customer experience.

The College Hotel in Amsterdam: the mix of classic and contemporary style throughout the property made it so easy on the eye. The team there is built on a hybrid of experience hospitality staff and students from various schools/colleges around the city. And because of that, everyone staff member you encounter has real passion and enthusiasm!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alex of Social Polly @socialpolly

The College Hotel in Amsterdam. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • You could be sure there’d always be super-fast, free WIFI throughout the property and grounds – and by free, I mean a single-click connection. No email input required.
  • I’d like staff to get to know the guests before they arrived, to try and personalise their stay a little more – a short survey a week before they check-in would land in their inbox, and it would be their choice whether to complete it or not. Knowing things like dietary, drink and pillow preferences is a win-win for all involved.
  • Final one is simple: USB and power outlets within arms-reach of each side of the bed!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alex of Social Polly @socialpolly

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. A lot can be said for a strong amenity pack in the bathroom. And to name a few that stick in my mind; The Painswick in The Cotswolds, the Wynn Las Vegas, and Dream Downtown in New York City.
  2. I’m also a big fan of hotels which provide guests with water in their rooms. Properties within the JA Hotel & Resorts portfolio provide complimentary bottles of water on a daily basis, and The Painswick places a jug of fresh water and a couple of glasses on the bed-side table.
    I stayed at The Angler’s in Miami’s South Beach, and was paying $3 for a small bottle of water in the room, $6 for a large. The bill after 5 night’s was large.
  3. Finally, I always make contact with my hotel before I travel – whether that’s front-of-house or the concierge. If I have any special requests, I can give the hotel notice rather than requesting on arrival. And it sometimes helps to have some local knowledge regarding restaurants, bars and things-to-do. So I like which hotels which give me access to concierge support beforehand.

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  1. Food poisoning
  2. Rude staff or
  3. Dirty sheets. I don’t think there’s much more really to be said on those!

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

Gutted that Spain didn’t win! That was my first choice. My one and only experience of Italy as a destination wasn’t that great, so I’ve never been back. Perhaps Amberlair will give me a reason to now…

Amberlair’s is a great way of building a community around a common interest, and I wish the team behind it all the success. I can’t wait to see the final product!

 

 

Where are you off to next?

I’ve a short-haul trip coming up to Gibraltar, for a few night’s stay on the Sunborn – the world’s only 5 star “super-yacht” hotel.

And I’ve a long-haul trip coming up too, heading to Zanzibar for a week to stay at a fabulous boutique property; The Z Hotel, before flying home via Dubai for a week or so, where I’m yet to choose a hotel!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Alex of Social Polly @socialpolly

 

Alex Pollock (socialPolly) is a businessman with a huge love of travel. He founded Social Media Support in 2015, offering strategic online marketing advice and content development to large corporates and start-ups across the globe. Brands that he’s worked with over the years include; BP, Facebook and Hilton.

More recently, he co-founded the online service BePro, which takes raw format footage from amateur GoPro users and edits them into professional-looking highlight videos, helping them to “Relive The Adventure”.

A social media strategist by-profession and avid user of all the main networks, you can keep up with his travels and work by following him on Twitter and Instagram or contact him via his website.

#BoHoLover: Meet Mela of Individualicious @allaboutmela

Boutique hotel lover, travel and lifestyle blogger, Mela Mörtenbäck of Individualicious, tells us about hotels, travel, and her thoughts on Amberlair. Just like us, she’s a #BohoLover, a Boutique Hotel lover.

 

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Phew, that’s just the right question for me, as this is the one thing I spend most of the time when planning my travels. I spend hours on the web searching for a hotel that matches my ideas. The most important thing is that the accommodation has to be unique in its very own way. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a hotel or a bed and breakfast – the accommodation just has to be special when it comes to concept, style and details.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special hotels you have ever stayed at?

Casa Cook, Rhodes – I love the boho-style, the laid-back atmosphere and the fact that every room has access to the pool.
Casa Mãe, Lagos – the staff makes you feel home from the very first minute, the food and interior is simply wonderful.
Masseria Agnello, Sicily – a very special hideaway with great service in the southern part of the island, close to the sea.

 

Casa Cook in Rhodes, Greece. Photo by hotel.

 

 

What made them so special?

In a nutshell, it was the individual concept and style. All of them are quite different, but also very unique with love for detail, a very friendly service and marvelous hosts. I immediately felt comfortable and the interior design makes these hotels the perfect (summer) hideaway.

 

Casa Mae in Lagos, Portugal. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  1. First of all, I’d make sure to have a strong and consistent brand, from product and website design to interior concept to hospitality. The website is often the first touch point with the hotel and it’s the decisive factor whether a hotel addresses me or not.
  2. Secondly, I’d focus on a hearty welcome. At the very moment when a guest enters the hotel he/she has to feel at home. That said, I’d make the check-in process as smooth and relaxing as can be and welcome my guests with little treats. I’d probably also provide a small neighborhood guide with tips on cool locations.
  3. If I had a boutique hotel, my house wouldn’t have too many rooms, I’d prefer a smaller house with a personal note and very personal service.

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

Casa Mãe in the Algarve had a great and welcoming staff. After the check-in process I was offered a glass of wine at the bar before a staff member showed me some personal recommendations on a map and brought me to my room. I love such little things, it makes you feel slowed down after traveling to the destination before even entering your hotel room.

At the San Giorgio in Mykonos, I loved the interior and bohemian style of the rooms as well as the concept of the hotel itself. The hotel owners want it to be a communication space, that’s why you’ll find big wooden tables at the poolside to connect with other guests.

Apart from that, the food concept of both Casa Mãe and San Giorgio Mykonos is great. They only offer regional products and you won’t get the standard breakfast you’ll find everywhere else. Also, it’s a served breakfast, which makes the atmosphere more relaxed as well. I never had such a delicious breakfast in any other hotel than in these two.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - 6 terrific summer retreats in Europe you will never forget

San Giorgio in Mykonos, Greece. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

My worst hotel experience ever was a self-called bed and breakfast in London that turned out to be a grubby home for workmen. In Dublin I stayed at a really nice and small hotel in the city center that turned out to be extremely loud at night because of the bar at the ground-floor. I couldn’t sleep all night long. Horrible! Um, can’t think of a number 3, so I guess dirt and noise sums it up best.

 

 

How do you feel about the first Amberlair boutique hotel being located in Puglia?

As I fell in love with Italy, especially Tuscany, during my stay abroad, I’m more than happy that the first Amberlair hotel will be in Italy! Puglia is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy and I can’t wait to see how the Amberlair concept will fit into this stunning landscape.

 

 

 

Which trends in traveling are currently important to you?

Currently, I pay a lot of attention to the issue of overtourism and think a lot about my role as a traveler and what I personally can do. Traveling off-season as well as traveling to lesser known/touristic places and to second cities instead of crowded capitals makes me feel more comfortable and satisfied at the moment.

Also, I care a lot about hotels and restaurants with a local and sustainable approach when it comes to food and interior. There are a lot of great examples out there and I’d love to explore as many of them as possible.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Surprisingly I don’t have any upcoming travels booked by now, something that hardly ever happens. However, I’m currently looking for ideas and inspiration for a long weekend at the end of the year – and it’s quite likely that I will travel to Puglia!

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel Mela Mörtenbäck of her blog Individualicious

 

Austrian-born and Tirol-based, Mela Mörtenbäck spends almost a third of the year traveling. She grew up in Upper Austria, studied and worked in Vienna with a one-year break in beautiful Tuscany before moving to the Alps already seven years ago.

Mela is not only PR-Manager for one of the biggest tourism destinations in Europe, but also editor at the travel and lifestyle blog individualicious. Full of snippets and snapshots, her blog showcases unique hotels and places and features road trips and weekend getaways mostly in Europe.

Follow her blog to discover hidden treasures and lovely places or follow her travels on InstagramTwitter or Pinterest.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Carolyn of Maiden-Voyage.com @maiden_voyage

This week we have asked Carolyn Pearson of Maiden-Voyage.com, the global network for female business travelers, to share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. You probably know already that a #boholover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Safety first, then location location location followed by pamper opportunities which play to my senses. Gorgeous textures, smells, cool vibes, interesting food – the W Istanbul is a prime example of this oh and it goes without saying, a salon standard hairdryer and coat hangars I can actually get out of the wardrobe.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolyn of Maiden-Voyage.com @maiden_voyage

W Istanbul. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

The QT hotel Sydney  – for quirkiness
Mt McKinley Wilderness Lodge, Alaska – for breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife (and yes that includes bears!)

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolyn of Maiden-Voyage.com @maiden_voyage

QT hotel Sydney. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolyn of Maiden-Voyage.com @maiden_voyage

QT hotel Sydney. Photo by hotel.

 

The Mondrian LA – It was whilst sitting at the Skybar that I had a lightbulb moment to create a global network for female business travellers.  LA is such an empowering city.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolyn of Maiden-Voyage.com @maiden_voyage

The Mondrian in Los Angeles. Photo by hotel.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolyn of Maiden-Voyage.com @maiden_voyage

The Mondrian in Los Angeles. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • Unexpected little surprises left in the rooms such as personalised macroons, tasty treats or unusual pamper hampers
  • Diptyque candles
  • Sundays with a  cool DJ and the longest, loungy brunch ever

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

  1. The Hamam at the St Regis Hotel Istanbul
  2. The signature spa treatment at the Wyndjammer Landing resort in St Lucia. The spa staff had come together to create the most luxurious treatment I’ve ever experienced including bamboo, hot stones and signature blend hot oils
  3. Snorkeling from my own water bungalow steps in Baros in the Maldives

Can you see there’s a theme here?  I’m a serious pamper addict

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

Zero sensitivity to female travellers at a hotel in Aberdeen.

  1. Being leered at by tens of oil rig workers
  2. Being put in an annex on the ground floor
  3. No help with my bags despite my room being across a car-park (and it was snowing)
    I could go on .. worst stay ever

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

I totally love it. One of my secret ambitions is to have the Maiden-Voyage.com members design their perfect hotel room for women travellers and I’m all for the guest getting the experience they want rather than having cookie cutter designers make assumptions.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

The Kempinksi in St Petersburg – I can’t wait it’s been on the bucket list for far too long!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Carolyn Pearson of Maiden-Voyage.com @maiden_voyage

 

 

Carolyn Pearson is the CEO and Founder of Maiden-Voyage.com, the global network for female business travellers. No more room service or dinner for one, women can connect up when travelling on business and check-out the delights of the city, safely, together.  Meet up with local ambassadors who can advise on safe places to visit, local business etiquette and business dress codes meaning no more cultural faux pas!

Maiden-Voyage.com also recommend carefully vetted female-friendly hotels, run female business traveller safety training courses and webinars and also have a corporate traveller duty of care solution used by some of the world’s largest organisations.

When she’s not out inspecting hotels or flying the flag for women’s travel safety, Carolyn loves to sail, horse ride and hike the Yorkshire Moors.

Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook

#BoHoLover: Meet Anna of Penelope, Parker and Baby @aeparker81

Travel blogger Anna Parker of Penelope, Parker and Baby talks with us about travel, her love of hotels and her view on Amberlair, of course. In case you don’t know already, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover – just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Anna Parker of Penelope and Parker’s Travels

Anna Parker of Penelope and Parker’s Travels on an arabian falconry.

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I have actually relaxed my approach to choosing a hotel. I used to over analyse and plan, but we’ve learnt what we love over the years. I look for a small hotel, somewhere off the beaten track and with something unique to it – be it history, the view, or something else special. I’m a big fan of choosing general location first and then using the trip advisor map to narrow down what is available. Then I scour photographs from all sources to see what a place really looks like. My husband always has the deciding vote. We’ve not really had any trouble with our choices so I think it’s working out ok!

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special hotels you have ever stayed at?

Three really is impossible… I’m accountant and I can’t do the maths!

The Inn at Cuckolds Light, Maine is a boutique inn located on a 5-acre private island a mile off the Maine coast. The Inn can sleep 6 people, including the hosts. It was quite incredible, somewhere to recharge and reconnect. It was possibly the most relaxing and beautiful place I’ve visited. Totally unique and will always hold a special place for us.

Qasr al Sarab, Abu Dhabi is 3 hours into the desert and needs to be seen to be believed. There are plenty of desert hotels in Arabia, but they aren’t deep in the desert. This ‘palace of the mirage’ is remote and, as such, the space, silence and views are unbeatable. Sunset on the dunes is incredible.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet Anna Parker of Penelope and Parker’s Travels at Qasr Al Sarab Anantara #boholover

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Photo by hotel.

 

The Chewton Glen Treehouses let you live out a childhood dream but in the height of laid back luxury all within walking distance of one of the grand dames of the British hotel industry. A hot tub on the balcony, spacious lounge, treetop views and breakfast delivered in a hamper through a trap door. All the details are thought of!

Special mentions must go to Quinta da Casa Branca in Madeira, Cliveden House near London, The Kinsterna in the Peloponnese, The Oberoi Rajvillas in Jaipur and Vilacampina on the Algarve.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Anna Parker of Penelope and Parker’s Travels in an infinity pool with view to Abu Dhabi Grande Mosque

Oberoi Rajvillas in Jaipur, India.

 

The Kinsterna, Greece is hidden away in the Peloponnese far from the tourist trail. This family-owned hotel defines what boutique and personal service should be. The pool area and views are wonderful. They have an attentive staff that go the extra mile with pleasure and the most gorgeous Byzantine-style rooms. Charm personified.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet Anna Parker of Penelope and Parker’s Travels at Hotel Kinsterna in Greece #boholover

Kinsterna in Greece. Photo by hotel.

 

 

What made them so special?

Each of these was truly one of a kind which made them so incredibly special. Wherever we travel to, for me, it is so important to have personal service and to stay somewhere unique where memories are made. These offer the full package of luxury and comfort, as well as feeling completely at home and relaxed as valued guests.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

Private space. I love a beautiful pool and grounds, but what’s even better is a room and terrace area that is large enough not to need the public space at all times. We go away on holiday to get away from things and it is nice to have that space and privacy in the hotel too.

A snug or lounge. True boutique hotels are very homey and I particularly like it when a little space is set aside for a snug or lounge, perhaps with a fireplace, board games and a trust bar. With only a small number of rooms, a big terrace or bar would often be empty, but a small, homey space is always good.

A top notch restaurant. There is no need for it to be big or have a long menu or a famous chef. A restaurant and chef that know the provenance of raw materials and can make local dishes is the perfect addition to boutique accommodation. If the hotel makes its own wine, even better!

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

It’s actually the simple things that make the biggest difference!

  1. Welcome champagne is often included by some hotels and so it isn’t necessarily seen as a ‘treat’ by the hotel team. For me, though, as an arriving guest, nothing says “Welcome” quite as well as being shown to our room and finding a bottle on ice awaiting us. A sure fire way to ensure immediate relaxation.
  2. Day to day life has few formalities to it these days, so being called “Mrs. Parker” by the hotel team from arrival to departure is something that always stands out as attentive and personal. It shows the hotel knows their guests and is interested in making sure they have the best stay possible.
  3. I’m always impressed when a hotel knows the details, especially as an allergy sufferer. The Chewton Glen know that I can’t eat dairy on each visit and actually remind me at meals what I can eat. When we stayed at Quinta Jardins do Lago in Madeira, by the time we arrived at sister hotel Quinta da Casa Branca they knew about my allergy and the chef had been busy making me my own Madeira cake!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Anna Parker of Penelope and Parker’s Travels in the desert dunes

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  • Lacklustre. When somewhere has so much potential but just ends up being a bit flat, grey and boring. I hate being disappointed by somewhere that could have done so much better. Or somewhere that misrepresents on its website or is an influence hotspot!
  • Bumping into a venomous snake on the porch of a thatched hut. We had this excitement in South Africa on my first (and last) safari holiday. Granted, there is always a risk of this happening in the bush, but it was just a little too close for comfort.
  • Being told, “Mrs Parker, you’ll be pleased to know we have upgraded you”, only to double-check the room type against my booking confirmation, as I was suspicious we’d been lied to. I never expect an upgrade and certainly don’t like being taken for a ride. This 5-star property also gave us welcome prosecco that was undrinkable. Definitely not 5-star.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel - Meet Anna Parker of Penelope and Parker’s Travels #boholover

Anna and her husband in Greece.

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

It is a really interesting and inspired concept. I can’t believe it hasn’t been thought of before. By identifying the right people, the people that would want to stay at the Amberlair, we’ll find something perfect from all the highlights we’ve seen occasionally elsewhere. Clearly tastes and trends will change so it will be important that it stays up-to-date.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

Life changed a bit this summer with the arrival of a baby adventurer in the family! We’ve got a few trips planned – Vienna to see friends, an AirBnB in the Peak District and then first class out to Dubai. I’m not really sure how any of it will work and certainly the hotel research for Dubai is going to take a different style to previous form! Everything needs to be family friendly now! For now though – I’m just keen to a) get through the first flight unscathed and b) hope the car is big enough for a staycation!

 

 

Anna Parker is always on the lookout for luxury and unique stays. Her preferred way of travel is in style with her husband, always wanting to enjoy the outdoors! Since July this year travel will now include Baby Parker so she’s now on the look out for the same things, but family friendly!

She started her blog, Penelope, Parker and Baby, to keep note of where they went and what they enjoyed. She has also used it to share experiences and tips, and to be able to point others at ideas that will help them on their travels!! If she can build into a holiday some wine-tasting, cycling, sailing or walking, then she’s a happy traveller! On any trip she always wants to see the country for real rather than just the hotel and its tours. With Baby in tow, the blog will become something of a record as he grows up of all the family adventures.

Follow Anna Parker on  TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

 

#BoHoLover: Meet Rachel of Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels @spaniola

We have asked Rachel Webb of Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels, to share her thoughts with us about her love for hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover… just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Rachel Webb of Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels @spaniola

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

Oooh that really depends, if I want to visit a certain town or city and I haven’t a hotel on my long list of ‘Hotels to Visit’ then I’d search and search in Spanish and English to find, then decide on the one I want to stay in. Yes, I really do have a spreadsheet of hotels but Only Spain! Usually I’ve decided on the hotel I want to see and the place isn’t quite so important – and hubby is happy that I’m the planner.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

Finca la Fronda in Huelva province, Andalusia is in the heart of a huge expanse of Natural Park – Sierra de Aracena & Picos de Aroche but serves English tea in teapots, cups and saucers and you get a piece of poetry by William Wordsworth on your pillow each night. The hotel is owned by the great, great grandson of the poet.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Rachel of Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels @spaniola

Finca la Fronda in Huelva province, Andalusia.

 

The welcome, patio and array of architectural pieces at the Balcon de Cordoba in Spain.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Rachel of Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels @spaniola

Balcon de Cordoba in Spain. Photo by hotel.

 

I’m a lover of old wood, and ancient ceramic Spanish tiles, the Hotel Palacio Marques de Gomera in Spain was a gorgeous baroque palace, in need of some attention and a little lacking in welcome but I loved it.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

  • Friendly, helpful, willing and knowledgeable about the area (but not intrusive) staff.
  • Free bottled water and well stocked room fridge with a choice of wines
  • Excellent WiFi and free use of laptop/computer – I refuse to take more than my phone with me on short trips but just sometimes I’d wished I’d a laptop or iPad to use
  • ALSO that double rooms have double beds and twin rooms have 2 single beds

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

A swinging sofa/bed on the private terrace and sockets everywhere you could possibly want one.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Rachel Webb of Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels @spaniola

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

  • Blankets that you know are rarely washed
  • Dirty valances
  • Empty or not properly stocked room bar

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

It’s a brilliant idea. With so much input from so many #boholovers there won’t be anything lacking or any complaints!

 

 

Where are you off to next?

My next trip is a Press Trip around Andalucia which will be more about great food and wine but they go with boutique hotels don’t they?

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Rachel Webb of Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels @spaniola

 

 

Rachel has lived in Andalucia, Spain since 1996. She enjoys nothing more than exploring her new homeland from rambling on country tracks and discovering wine cellars to luxurious city hotels and fine dining. She writes and blogs about her discoveries.

She reviews hotels  and is a Trip Planner and reviewer for her own handpicked Only Spain ~ Boutique Hotels site born out of a love for Spain and a life-long passion for great hotels. Its sister blog Luxury Spain Travel is a more general blog about Spain. If you’re looking to explore inland Andalucia and its array of charming hotels Rachel is definitely in the know.

Find her on Facebook as  Andalucia Explorer and Luxury Spain and OnlySpain on Twitter as @spaniola and @LuxurySpainTrav on Instagram and Pinterest.

#BoHoLover: Meet Dolores of Travels and Retreats @travelsandretreats

We have asked Dolores Semeraro of Travels and Retreats to share her thoughts with us about her love for travel and hotels, and Amberlair, of course. And before you ask, a #BohoLover is a Boutique Hotel lover …  just like us!

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Dolores of Travels and Retreats @travelsandretreats

 

 

How do you choose a hotel when you travel?

I love to stay at places where I feel connected to the local vibe. When I plan a holiday I usually look into boutique hotels, studios or independent mini houses with a host. I recently traveled to New Zealand where I fell in love with the warm hospitality of the local people, I felt truly welcomed.

 

 

If you had to choose 3, which were the most special (boutique) hotels you have ever stayed at and what made them so special?

The first place that comes to my mind is Botswana, Africa. A boutique lodge called ‘Oddballs Camp’ where the most magical scenery at the core of the Okavango Delta and the sweetest hosts made my stay truly memorable to the point that I was literally in tears on the day of departure. I travel a lot and never cried when leaving a place. Ever. That says it all.

I also loved Thaulle Boutique Resort in Sri Lanka, quiet and private right next to Yala National Park. I wanted to take some time off and traveled to Sri Lanka while I was working in the Maldives. Thaulle was just perfect. There was a tiny Ayurveda Center and the treatments done by the local therapists were incredible.

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Dolores of Travels and Retreats @travelsandretreats

Thaulle Boutique Resort in Sri Lanka. Photo by hotel.

 

 

Not to mention a place I will never forget is Samode Haveli, a traditional Indian mansion in Jaipur, India. The place was converted into a boutique hotel from a former royal residence and kept all the unbelievable decadence of its original style. The dinner was so romantic and the room was postcard-perfect.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Dolores of Travels and Retreats @travelsandretreats

Samode Haveli in Jaipur, India. Photo by hotel.

 

 

If you had your own boutique hotel, what 3 things would you make sure existed?

If I had a boutique hotel, I would make sure that my guests would find a local host to welcome them. I believe it’s important and it builds trust. I would also have books in the room so that guests could catch up on some reading if they wanted to and a fantastic breakfast. Best way to start the day.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Dolores of Travels and Retreats @travelsandretreats

 

 

Name 3 things you loved in hotels you stayed in before…

Great service is the most important thing when I stay in a hotel. It takes so little and means so much. However, I was impressed by a few other things over the years:

  1. The gift that are given upon arrival and departure at the LUX* Resorts, so thoughtful and personalized.
  2. The eco-friendly and cruelty-free bathroom amenities that every hotel I stayed in New Zealand had.
  3. A cool bar to hang out in the evening, I love a good vodka tonic and a chat.

 

 

Name 3 things you wouldn’t want to experience in a hotel ever again.

In hotels, cleanliness is imperative and my skin gets rashes almost anytime the bedsheets are dusty or not properly cleaned. Unfortunately, I experienced a bad skin rash while staying in a small hotel in Sri Lanka and had to change room twice and leave the day after. It was that bad. Never again.

Getting food poisoned is also not great, especially when you are away from your comfort food and hospitals are not an option. Like in Asia for example, and that happens a lot.

Last but not least, bad service from a staff member that simply doesn’t care. It just kills the whole vibe of your holiday, I believe time is very precious so why waste it?

 

 

How do you feel about the Amberlair concept?

Amberlair is a great concept that finally empowers boutique hotels lovers to express their opinions and create something unique. I think that today’s travelers have fundamentally changed the way hoteliers need to operate their ventures. They want different things, act differently while on holiday, value new aspect of their time off work. Amberlair concept is able to listen to these needs and turn them into reality with their project.

 

 

Where are you off to next?

I am currently based in Mauritius where I work as digital marketing consultant. This summer I am hoping to schedule a little escape to Kenya and immerse myself in nature and wildlife once again. I am still dreaming about Botswana so I can’t wait to go back to Africa. I love it.

 

Amberlair Crowdsourced Crowdfunded Boutique Hotel #BoHoLover: Meet Dolores of Travels and Retreats @travelsandretreats

 

Dolores Semeraro is a citizen of the world with more than ten years in PR & Marketing for hospitality across Asia and the Indian Ocean. Passionate about all things social media and creative communications for travel and tourism, she is a positive soul with an undeniable travel bug.

Dolores has just launched her crowdfunding campaign #pugliafeelsgood on Indiegogo.

“I have always had this crazy dream to create the ultimate holiday experience. A place where you could be whoever you want to be, a painter, a rock climber, a yogi, a farmer or the cool kid taking ‘selfies by the pool’. I am originally from Puglia, so I couldn’t think of a better place to look for the perfect place than my homeland! So I went ahead and bought a Trulli property near Martina Franca, right at the core of Puglia. From there it was all about getting the restoration permits, working on the project and the design concept. It has been a long journey but now I am very excited to run my first crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise the necessary funds to restore the property and turn it into a Trulli Retreat. This is why I named this campaign #pugliafeelsgood. Because there is always something about Puglia that feels good, whether is the amazing food, the crisp air, the sense of relaxation overall. If you, like me, also think that Puglia feels good, please contribute to my campaign and get yourself a fantastic week holiday in Puglia heading to the campaign page on 10 MAY 2018, launching on Indiegogo.”

 

Find her on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Ciao!

 

 

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