Who says you can’t be chic with baby in tow? Meet our San Fran based hotel reviewer - Serena. She is the epitome of the modern woman and she raises the bar of excellence for everyone on the planet. Boho chic style -check. Amazing mum - check. Feeds her family farm to table - check. Smart and savvy as hell - check. Okay, you get the idea. On top of all that, her wayfarer spirit and superior taste have taken her around the world, sampling the finest hotels and most amazing destinations. Her mama side scouts out the best hotels for family retreats - think African Safari not Disneyland - and her adventurous side takes her to far off romantic getaways with her hubby, dancing-on-the-tables hot spots for girls' weekends and the most exclusive under-the-radar locations for digital detox. Serena’s impressive traveling pedigree dates back to her college days when she met M. on a tiny, secluded island in the Great Barrier Reef. From there, they sailed the South Pacific to Tahiti, Fiji, Western Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. That was just the beginning! And now we are thrilled to bring you her favorite and ongoing hotel picks around the globe.
To our new followers, many of you know M., but do you know the backstory? Why is she the hottest new reviewer on the hotel circuit? It goes something like this… She lived in NYC for many years, working in finance and eventually running a commodities hedge fund. In the blur of working long hours and collecting the “must haves,” she had an epiphany moment and did the unthinkable for a successful woman on Wall Street: she gave up her sleek city pad, stashed her Louboutin collection in storage and set out with one signature suitcase in hand and hotel hopped around NYC for two years. She stayed mid-town during the week to be near her office and headed downtown for weekends. When she was ready to get out of town, she just booked a hotel in St. Barth’s, Paris or California Wine Country. To say she learned the ins and outs of the luxury hotel market is an understatement. Now, several years later and with over 1,000,000+ frequent flyer miles under her belt, M. has retired as a hedge fund manager and set out to teach the hotel booking market the secret weapon of a trader’s well-trained eye and penchant for efficiency. Expedia and Travelocity - be gone. Pretty, non-functioning hotel booking sites – take notes.
You know that feeling the moment you set foot in a hotel, when you look around and get that overwhelming sense of “Ahhhh, I just LOVE this place?” It’s that je ne sais quoi that gives you an authentic feel for your destination. We call it SENSE OF PLACE. It’s how much a hotel helps you experience your surroundings upon arrival and marks the beginning of your journey. A hotel with a strong SENSE OF PLACE will make you feel immersed in the city, beach, countryside, mountaintop or jungle that you’re in- it’s a destination, not just a place to rest your head.