Articles by David J. Latt

A Visit to Poggi Alti Estate: A Room with a View of Coastal Tuscany

A Visit to Poggi Alti Estate: A Room with a View of Coastal Tuscany

In southern Tuscany, the sun was setting as the dusty sedan took my wife and I to Tenuta Poggi Alti also known as the Estate.

Fun in the Sun at Maui's Grand Wailea

Fun in the Sun at Maui's Grand Wailea

I had a simple plan. Relax in Maui and have fun. My first day at the Grand Wailea resort was about as perfect as I could have imagined.

Lakeside Luxury at Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Lakeside Luxury at Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Looking out the train window, I was hypnotized by the mile upon mile of thickly trellised vineyards that followed the contours of the surrounding hills.

La Jolla's La Valencia Hotel Puts Big Arms Around the Future

La Jolla's La Valencia Hotel Puts Big Arms Around the Future

Affectionately known as “The Pink Lady” and “La V,” the 5-Star La Valencia Hotel sits on a bluff above La Jolla Cove. Rooms facing the water look out across Ellen Browning Scripps Park to the vast expanse that is the Pacific Ocean--flat, blue and stretching in all directions as far as the eye can see.

Unexpected Pleasures at the Mandarin Oriental, Genève

Unexpected Pleasures at the Mandarin Oriental, Genève

Wild geese and ducks circled lazily above Geneva's old town. From the open window in my room, I watched diners gathering on the rooftop of the floating restaurant anchored in the Rhône River.

At LAX the Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar Raises Expectations

At LAX the Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar Raises Expectations

A man in a suit races to make the final boarding of his London-bound plane. He barely avoids colliding with an exhausted tour group deplaning from their all-night coach flight from Bangkok. He flashes his boarding pass at the gate and disappears down the jet bridge.

Beau-Rivage Geneve: Elegance with a View

Beau-Rivage Geneve: Elegance with a View

When the bellman showed me my room at the Beau-Rivage Geneva, I could see Lake Geneva out the window. In the distance, the French Alps were painted gold by the setting sun. Commuter water taxies scooted across the lake.

Weekend Away at The Grand Del Mar

Weekend Away at The Grand Del Mar

A visit to the Grand Del Mar begins at the turn off from Carmel Valley Road. Sheltered by a line of Eucalyptus trees, the private two-lane drive feels like a road from another time. A grassy meadow stretches on one side and to the other, a rolling hill slopes down to a manicured green, part of the 18 hole, par-72 golf course designed by Tom Fazio.

Between Heaven and Earth: The Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Between Heaven and Earth: The Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Visitors to the Alpine town of Interlaken stare up at the small dots in the sky. Those dots high overhead circle slowly and descend until finally their shape is revealed. Not falcons or eagles or other birds of prey, but brightly colored airfoils made from paper-thin fabric allowing a tandem ride by two people sharing the magic of flight.