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Barbara Barton Sloane

Between Dreamland and the Deep Blue Sea on Silversea
August 26, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Ever consider that the road to happiness may not be a road at all? That point was driven home when I recently cruised four of the seven seas: Mediterranean, Aegean, Ionian and Tyrrhenian on the Silver Spirit, one of the vessels on Silversea Cruises, visiting ports from Malta to Elba and everything in between.
Jekyll Island: A Retreat of History and Wonder
July 24, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
"Mr. Rockefeller never feels as well as when he’s enjoying the secluded and exclusive life which only this Paradise on Earth affords."
Time and the Sea in Croatia
June 19, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
You say you like your cruises small and intimate, not one of those gigantic “floating cities” with 5,000-6,000 passengers where chaos reigns and one needs a sign in the elevator telling you what day it is.
Hollywood's Incomparable Star – The Diplomat Beach Resort – Shines Anew
May 18, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Hollywood – Florida – is a classic beach town that has been enchanting visitors since the 1920s.
Vail, Colorado – Where Dance Moves Mountains
April 20, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
I have always loved the words to John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High,” and longed to know the sensations that these words evoke: quiet solitude, serenity of a clear blue mountain lake, and yes, the chance to see an eagle fly (I did!).
ART & SOUL: A Magical Master's Tour from the Riviera to Provence
March 25, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
The light shimmers bright and golden on a cerulean sea. The soft, warm breeze stirs the palm trees and threatens to take my napkin off into the blue.
Anguilla - A blend of high style and low-key elegance
February 23, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Anguilla is a British overseas island territory that is tucked away in the northern Caribbean and nestled around unrivaled white beaches and deeply turquoise seas.
Winter in Telluride Brings Warm Memories
January 24, 2017
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they do when they stick together. In Telluride, Colorado, their sticking together has produced a magnificent, world-class resort for all manner of winter sports.
The Moments You Live For, Live Here
December 27, 2016
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Dream Catcher extraordinaire – the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, located in Chandler, is Arizona's only Native American-owned GeoGreen-designated luxury resort.
In Aruba, Life's a Beach
November 29, 2016
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Some people love a parade, some love a rainy night. I love a beach. And as they are predicting a long, hard winter this time around…. Aruba - and your fabulous beaches - here I come!
A Stranger in Paradise: Costa Rica
October 20, 2016
By Barbara Barton Sloane
There's a famous quote that says: “Paradise is not a place, it is a state of mind.” Wrong. Paradise is, very much, a place. Once at this “place,” your state of mind kicks in and then, voila: Paradise! This was my profoundly pleasurable experience recently on my first visit to Costa Rica.
Visiting Europe's Festive Christmas Markets
September 21, 2016
By Barbara Barton Sloane
During the Christmas season, typically from mid-November through 23 December, all Europe comes alive with holiday festivities and none are more joyous and all-encompassing than the Christmas markets. I had the opportunity to experience these merry events when I joined a Uniworld River Cruise sailing down the Rhine to visit cities from Cologne, Germany all the way to Basel, Switzerland.
Napa and Sonoma - California Wine Country's Twin Valleys
August 23, 2016
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Just an hour's drive northeast of San Francisco is one of California's most visited attractions – the world-famous vine-covered hillsides of Napa and Sonoma Counties.
QUITO: Viewing the New Face of Ecuador's Old City
July 20, 2016
By Barbara Barton Sloane
The “Navel of the World” was the inauspicious and lackluster Quechua name old-time Quitenos called their city. I am delighted to report that Quito lacks luster no more!
Dreaming in Color in Mexico
June 27, 2016
By Barbara Barton Sloane
Guanajuato, Mexico is a city that is also the capital of the state of the same name and is 175 miles from Mexico City. The origin of this city resulted from the discovery of gold and silver in the mountains surrounding it.
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Hotel Valley Ho - Scottsdale, AZ
Escape to the sun in Scottsdale! A hideaway for celebrities, this Downtown Scottsdale resort features generously sized guest rooms with all-glass walls opening onto airy patios or balconies, many with views of Camelback Mountain.

 

 

 

Carneros Resort and Spa - Napa Valley, California
The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck.

 

 

 

Calala Island - Nicaragua
A luxury resort named one of "The 10 Best Private Islands in the World" is nestled in the undiscovered part of the Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua. Come experience barefoot luxury in a pristine paradise!

 

 

 

Carrington Italia - Amalfi Coast
Luxury Villa Accommodations and Personalized Service on Italy's celebrated Amalfi Coast. Experts in providing exclusive travel experiences and local knowledge of the Amalfi Coast.

 

 

 

Hotel del Coronado - San Diego
The iconic Hotel del Coronado has been the world's choice for creating inDELible moments and connections for over 128 years.

 

 

 

Eden Roc at Cap Cana - Punta Cana
Offering exclusive luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island, features 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views.

 

 

 

The Luxury Signature - The Finest Luxury Villas in Southeast Asia
The Luxury Signature is Southeast Asia's most exclusive collection of luxury villas rental and vacation homes, located in some of the most beautiful destinations including Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, and Bali in Indonesia.

 

 

 

Primland - Meadows of Dan, VA
A pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offering 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Primland is the ultimate getaway for world-class golf, refined dining, and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.

 

 

 

Rawai VIP Villas - Phuket, Thailand
A brand new family community and kids' park that epitomizes modern Thai luxury. Each of the 40 villas boasts a private pool in terraced courtyards.

 

 

Meadowood Napa Valley
Owned by vintners and dedicated to showcasing Napa Valley wines, Meadowood is a member of Relais & Chateaux and features a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant!

 

 

Hurtigruten Cruises
Go beyond a traditional cruise line - explore the world in an authentic, unique & natural style. Hurtigruten offers voyages to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland, Greenland & more.

 

 

From Milan to the Northern Lakes, Luxury and Romance
Relais & Chateaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully customize according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover.

 

 

Jade Mountain - St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is an exclusive luxury 'resort within a resort' with 24 suites at St. Lucia's famed Anse Chastanet Resort, in a truly romantic and magical setting poised high overlooking St. Lucia's Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Home in Italy: The Most Stunning Villas Imaginable!
The portfolio includes handpicked properties located in the most beautiful regions of Italy; a team of specialists personally selects each villa and only the finest properties become part of the exclusive Home in Italy collection.

 

 

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Set across from the Royal Palace, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is one of the landmark historic hotels of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina. The hotel first opened its doors in 1932 but the legend lives on today after careful restoration.

 

 

Relais San Sanino - Tuscany, Italy
Four suites are beautifully furnished with terracotta floors, wooden beams, refined fabrics, period furniture, travertine and marble, crystal showers, Jacuzzi with chromotherapy, Bang&Olufsen TV, iPod with AirMusic system.

 

 

BINA - Luxury Yacht Charter 142'
Offering remarkable quantities of luxury for a yacht of her size category, nothing but unadulterated bliss awaits you on board BINA. Sleeps 10-12 in 5 cabins.