CHECKING IN TOMORROW: LE VILLAGE SAINT BARTH’S, ST. BARTHELEMY

The Island of Saint Barthelemy or St. Barth's is an overseas collectivity of France.  The population is approximately 9.035 people. The Capital is Gustavia.  The Island has become a popular destination for European and US travellers alike.  The island is mountainous and offers more than 22 pristine beaches to explore.  The Island of course has a very French influence and offers a wide array of fine restaurants, bistros, elegant hotels, charming villas, among many other types of accommodations.

The Island of Saint Barthelemy or St. Barth’s is an overseas collectivity of France. The population is approximately 9.035 people. The Capital is Gustavia. The Island has become a popular destination for European and US travellers alike. The island is mountainous and offers more than 22 pristine beaches to explore. The Island of course has a very French influence and offers a wide array of fine restaurants, bistros, elegant hotels, charming villas, among many other types of accommodations.

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St. Barth's lies only 22 miles SE of St. Martin.  Therefore making for a very easy connection to visit for a quick Winter getaway or longer holiday.  From most major US cities and especially from NYC and the East Coast; one can fly non stop to St. Maarten.  from NYC for example; the flight is only 3hrs 45 minutes.  Then a very quick connection via Winair or the St. Barth's Commuter.  The flying time from St. Maarten to St. Barth's is only 15 minutes.  St. Barth's Airport and Landing is rated as one of the most dramatic in the world.  I will be flying tomorrow on Saturday on UA#1629 departing Newark Liberty International at 7:50AM to arrive in St. Maarten at 1:00PM.  With only hand luggage; one can simply proceed to the Transfer Desk for easier immigration clearance and then check in for the Winair flight to St. Barth's.

St. Barth’s lies only 22 miles SE of St. Martin. Therefore making for a very easy connection to visit for a quick Winter getaway or longer holiday. From most major US cities and especially from NYC and the East Coast; one can fly non stop to St. Maarten. from NYC for example; the flight is only 3hrs 45 minutes. Then a very quick connection via Winair or the St. Barth’s Commuter. The flying time from St. Maarten to St. Barth’s is only 15 minutes. St. Barth’s Airport and Landing is rated as one of the most dramatic in the world. I will be flying tomorrow on Saturday on UA#1629 departing Newark Liberty International at 7:50AM to arrive in St. Maarten at 1:00PM. With only hand luggage; one can simply proceed to the Transfer Desk for easier immigration clearance and then check in for the Winair flight to St. Barth’s.

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While in St. Barth's I was quite fortunate to even find a room during this very peak Winter Season period.  I am greatly looking forward to my experience at the very lovely Le Village St. Barth's, St. Barthelemy.  Located on a hilltop overlooking St. Jean Bay with easy access; walking distance to restaurants, shops, and St. Jean Beach.  This very charming hotel is nestled in acres of lovely gardens with various accommodation options:  Rooms, Suites and Villas.  The Hotel has been owned by the same Charneau family for 40 years and is known for its warm friendly atmosphere.  I am greatly looking forward to my arrival tomorrow and experiencing this lovely hotel in idyllic St. Barth's.

While in St. Barth’s I was quite fortunate to even find a room during this very peak Winter Season period. I am greatly looking forward to my experience at the very lovely Le Village St. Barth’s, St. Barthelemy. Located on a hilltop overlooking St. Jean Bay with easy access; walking distance to restaurants, shops, and St. Jean Beach. This very charming hotel is nestled in acres of lovely gardens with various accommodation options: Rooms, Suites and Villas. The Hotel has been owned by the same Charneau family for 40 years and is known for its warm friendly atmosphere. I am greatly looking forward to my arrival tomorrow and experiencing this lovely hotel in idyllic St. Barth’s.

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DEPARTING TODAY: JFK TO CAIRO NON STOP EGYPTAIR #986 THEN CONNECTING TO ASWAN: CHECKING IN TOMORROW MOVENPICK ELEPHANTINE ISLAND ASWAN

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Departing this evening from JFK via Egyptair MS#986; the only Non Stop service between NYC and Cairo.   Egyptair uses a brand new 777-300 and makes the journey in approximately 10.5 hours.   Then connecting in the afternoon from Cairo to the beautiful historic frontier town of Aswan; considered to by the warmest and sunniest place in all of Egypt.   While in Aswan I will stay at the very lovely Movenpick Resort & Spa located uniquely on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile River.

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With more than 230 elegantly appointed rooms, gardens, swimming pool and restaurants; The Movenpick is most strategically located and within walking distance to historic Aswan.  After my very brief stopover in Aswan I will board the Sonesta Moon Goddess Nile Cruise for Four Nights cruising upriver to Luxor and stopping at the various historic ports.  Aswan is located approximately 81 miles south of Luxor and the travel time by air between Cairo and Aswan is approximately 1 hour.

 

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DEPARTING TOMORROW; SATURDAY, NOV. 28TH 2015: UA#179 NON STOP FROM NEWARK TO HONG KONG

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Departing Tomorrow on Saturday, November 28th 2015: UA#179 Non Stop Service from Newark to Hong Kong.  One of the longest flights non stop flights in the world; taking the polar route to reach Hong Kong in approximately 16 hours.   While in Hong Kong; I will stay at the very lovely and unique Hotel ICON located in Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon.  The ICON is a modern luxury hotel blending all of the local elements of Hong Kong and its environment.   The Hotel ICON is also a unique learning experience Hotel which is part of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management.

The purpose of my visit to Hong Kong is to attend the first ever Hong Kong Hotel Concierge Forum 2015 where I will be discussing the Evolution of The Concierge Profession and Les Clefs d’Or, among other concierge related topics.

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The Hotel ICON offers spectacular views of Hong Kong Harbour from its guest rooms, panoramic bar and a very special restaurant Above and Beyond.  The photo above is the very well appointed heated swimming pool and bar also with spectacular views of Hong Kong; my favourite city in the world.

I am looking forward to attending the Hong Kong Concierge Forum as well  to experience this unique “learning” Hotel ICON.

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Departing Saturday, November 7th via UA#1475 Non Stop from Newark to Los Cabos, Mexico

Departing tomorrow on Saturday, November via UA#1475 Non Stop service in 5 1/2 hours to the beautiful location of Los Cabos, Mexico. Strategically located at the southernmost tip of Baja California Mexico. Offering near picture perfect weather year round between the Pacific Ocean and The Sea of Cortes

Departing tomorrow on Saturday, November via UA#1475 Non Stop service in 5 1/2 hours to the beautiful location of Los Cabos, Mexico. Strategically located at the southernmost tip of Baja California Mexico. Offering near picture perfect weather year round between the Pacific Ocean and The Sea of Cortes

Luxurious Suites and Accommodations await at the beautiful Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Luxurious Suites and Accommodations await at the beautiful Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa.

The very lovely Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa is conveniently located overlooking the beautiful Marina and Harbour offering a multitude of options and activities for guests and travellers.

The very lovely Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa is conveniently located overlooking the beautiful Marina and Harbour offering a multitude of options and activities for guests and travellers.

The most photographed location in Cabo; the famous Los Arcos. The most and beautiful site in all of Los Cabos.

The most photographed location in Cabo; the famous Los Arcos. The most and beautiful site in all of Los Cabos.

I am most anxious to return again to this beautiful location and to meet with our concierge colleagues and friends there.  The purpose of this trip to Los Cabos is to conduct a Les Clefs d’Or Educational Training Seminar entitled “Creating Service Magic.”   This unique Seminar creates awareness of our concierge profession and Les Clefs d’Or together with teaching and training of our professional standards and excellence.

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Traveling on Wednesday October 7th from Panama City to San Jose, Costa Rica then Checking In at the Luxurious Springs Resort, Arenal, La Fortuna

Tomorrow Morning, Wednesday, October 7th; I will fly from Panama City to San Jose, Costa Rica.  The very quick 45 minute flight is scheduled on Copa Airlines #144 departing at 9AM.  Because of the one hour time difference between Panama and Costa Rica the flight departs at 9AM but actually arrives at 9:25AM.  The beautiful garden like country of Costa Rica is nestled in between Panama and Nicaragua in Central America.  Just like Panama, Costa Rica also has two coastlines the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other.  The entire country is full of lush jungle like national parks as well as various mountain peaks and volcanoes.  After the quick 45 minute flight from Panama City; I will then travel approximately Three Hours NW to the beautiful Arenal Volcano region in La Fortuna.

Tomorrow Morning, Wednesday, October 7th; I will fly from Panama City to San Jose, Costa Rica. The very quick 45 minute flight is scheduled on Copa Airlines #144 departing at 9AM. Because of the one hour time difference between Panama and Costa Rica the flight departs at 9AM but actually arrives at 9:25AM. The beautiful garden like country of Costa Rica is nestled in between Panama and Nicaragua in Central America. Just like Panama, Costa Rica also has two coastlines the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other. The entire country is full of lush jungle like national parks as well as various mountain peaks and volcanoes. After the quick 45 minute flight from Panama City; I will then travel approximately Three Hours NW to the beautiful Arenal Volcano region in La Fortuna.

While in Arenal, La Fortuna; I will stay at the luxurious Five Star Boutique Hotel The Springs Resort & Spa.  Perched up on a mountainside with spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano.  The Springs Resort & Spa massive acreage of lush gardens with lagoons, swimming pools and natural springs.  The Resort is an ideal destination for a romantic holiday, family vacation, Spa destination and numerous adventure sports and activities in the immediate area.  My dear friend and colleague Johnny Castillo, Chef Concierge has organized all of the arrangements together with a most wonderful concierge gather event this coming weekend.

While in Arenal, La Fortuna; I will stay at the luxurious Five Star Boutique Hotel The Springs Resort & Spa. Perched up on a mountainside with spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano. The Springs Resort & Spa massive acreage of lush gardens with lagoons, swimming pools and natural springs. The Resort is an ideal destination for a romantic holiday, family vacation, Spa destination and numerous adventure sports and activities in the immediate area. My dear friend and colleague Johnny Castillo, Chef Concierge has organized all of the arrangements together with a most wonderful concierge gathering- event this coming weekend.

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The beautiful accommodations at The Springs Resort & Spa Arenal, La Fortuna, Costa Rica are designed to blend into the natural environment.  The Resort offers a lush tropical rainforest design and feeling yet luxurious at the same time.

The beautiful accommodations at The Springs Resort & Spa Arenal, La Fortuna, Costa Rica are designed to blend into the natural environment. The Resort offers a lush tropical rainforest design and feeling yet luxurious at the same time.

The spectacular Arenal Volcano awaits and The Springs Resort & Spa offers the best vantage point for viewing the Volcanic activity both day and night.

The spectacular Arenal Volcano awaits and The Springs Resort & Spa offers the best vantage point for viewing the Volcanic activity both day and night.

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DEPARTING TOMORROW ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 4TH: NYC TO PANAMA CITY, PANAMA. CHECKING IN AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA PANAMA

Departing Tomorrow on Sunday October 4th via United Airlines #1021 from Newark to Panama City.  The approximate flying time to Panama from NYC is Five Hours.  This first time visit to Panama is a stopover on the way to Costa Rica.  The country of Panama offers a wide array of sites and attractions including of course the most famous: The Panama Canal.  Panama is the southernmost country in North America and lies between Costa Rica and Colombia.  Panama shares two coastlines both on the Caribbean Side as well as The Pacific Ocean.  As a tourist destination one can partake in a wide assortment of activities and leisure; from City urban activities to lush forests with wildlife to luxurious resort hotels with beaches and numerous off shore islands to explore.

Departing Tomorrow on Sunday October 4th via United Airlines #1021 from Newark to Panama City. The approximate flying time to Panama from NYC is Five Hours. This first time visit to Panama is a stopover on the way to Costa Rica. The country of Panama offers a wide array of sites and attractions including of course the most famous: The Panama Canal. Panama is the southernmost country in North America and lies between Costa Rica and Colombia. Panama shares two coastlines both on the Caribbean Side as well as The Pacific Ocean. As a tourist destination one can partake in a wide assortment of activities and leisure; from City urban activities to lush forests with wildlife to luxurious resort hotels with beaches and numerous off shore islands to explore.

The modern skyline offers a thriving city of history, nightlife, shopping, and panoramic views among many other cultural attractions.

The modern skyline offers a thriving city of history, nightlife, shopping, and panoramic views among many other cultural attractions.

During my visit and stopover in Panama; I will be staying at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Panama, the first Waldorf Astoria in Latin America.   The 36 floor modern structure offers luxurious accommodations, restaurants, bars, lounges as well as outdoor pool.  The hotel is located in a trendy enclave and is most convenient to shops business and the historic centre.  The Hotel is only 15 minutes from the International Airport.

During my visit and stopover in Panama; I will be staying at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Panama, the first Waldorf Astoria in Latin America. The 36 floor modern structure offers luxurious accommodations, restaurants, bars, lounges as well as outdoor pool. The hotel is located in a trendy enclave and is most convenient to shops business and the historic centre. The Hotel is only 15 minutes from the International Airport.

The luxurious Waldorf Astoria Panama combines  elegance and modern luxury in the heart of Panama City.

The luxurious Waldorf Astoria Panama combines elegance and modern luxury in the heart of Panama City.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR VANCOUVER STOPOVER: ROMEI FAMILY ALASKAN ADVENTURE

 

Sister Patty and Niece Michelle shared a spectacular Seaplane Ride over Vancouver Harbour and environs.  A must for any first time visitor to Vancouver

Sister Patty and Niece Michelle shared a spectacular Seaplane Ride over Vancouver Harbour and environs. A must for any first time visitor to Vancouver

Myself with Niece Susan Romei took one of the complimentary Bicycles at the Fairmont Pacific Rim for a ride of the famous Sea Wall of Vancouver.

Myself with Niece Susan Romei took one of the complimentary Bicycles at the Fairmont Pacific Rim for a ride of the famous Sea Wall of Vancouver.

Another spectacular view of Vancouver Harbour from the Sea Wall in Stanley Park

Another spectacular view of Vancouver Harbour from the Sea Wall in Stanley Park

The famous Totem Poles in Stanley Park.  One of the most famous attractions of Vancouver BC

The famous Totem Poles in Stanley Park. One of the most famous attractions of Vancouver BC

Dinner with Les Clefs d'Or friends of Vancouver at the home of Matthew and Greg.

Dinner with Les Clefs d’Or friends of Vancouver at the home of Matthew and Greg.

Our first night dinner in Vancouver at CinCin.  Excellent Italian cuisine even for us Italians; very authentic, great service, using fresh local ingredients.

Our first night dinner in Vancouver at CinCin. Excellent Italian cuisine even for us Italians; very authentic, great service, using fresh local ingredients.

Delicious Sable Fish fava beans, local greens and trumpet mushrooms.

Delicious Sable Fish fava beans, local greens and trumpet mushrooms.

Classic shaved beets and burrito.

Classic shaved beets and burrito.

Simple Rigatoni tomato and basi.  Delicious

Simple Rigatoni tomato and basi. Delicious

Italian interior of Cin Cin Restaurant Vancouver. Warm and inviting with excellent service and attention.

Italian interior of Cin Cin Restaurant Vancouver. Warm and inviting with excellent service and attention.

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LUXURIOUS STOPOVER IN VANCOUVER, BC AT THE FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM: ROMEI FAMILY ALASKAN ADVENTURE

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Our Romei Family Alaskan Adventure began two days ago in spectacular Vancouver at the luxurious Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.   Conveniently located across from Coal Harbour and steps away from Canada Place, The Vancouver Sea Wall, Gas Town, Robson Street shopping and more.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim offers modern elegance, luxurious accommodations but most of all superlative friendly service that is most attentive and caring.   Our Family began to arrive this past week:  From far and wide we gathered here in Vancouver to then begin our Alaskan Adventure.   Featured in the above photo: Sisters Patty and Carmela, Brother -In-Law Paul and myself on the balcony verandah of the Fairmont Pacific Rim with spectacular views of Vancouver Harbour.

Family Memories to begin our adventure created by Chef Concierge Matthew Scott Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver BC .  Different Family photographs were placed as a surprise gift in each of our rooms upon arrival.

Family Memories to begin our adventure created by Chef Concierge Matthew Scott Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver BC . Different Family photographs were placed as a surprise gift in each of our rooms upon arrival.

Each of our luxuriously appointment rooms offer spectacular views of Vancouver Harbour not to mention the famous Seaplane activity and surrounding mountain scenery.

Each of our luxuriously appointment rooms offer spectacular views of Vancouver Harbour not to mention the famous Seaplane activity and surrounding mountain scenery.

The lobby of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver offers a modern elegant atmosphere that becomes hip and trendy each evening.  Daily music and entertainment is offered.  The staff aim to please and the hotel has thought of every imaginable amenity for the guests.

The lobby of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver offers a modern elegant atmosphere that becomes hip and trendy each evening. Daily music and entertainment is offered. The staff aim to please and the hotel has thought of every imaginable amenity for the guests.

Another spectacular view of Vancouver Harbour from the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Another spectacular view of Vancouver Harbour from the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

As mentioned they have thought of everything at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  Each room has toys for tots or even adults to entertain and occupy your time.

As mentioned they have thought of everything at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Each room has toys for tots or even adults to entertain and occupy your time.

Thank you to my dear Les Clefs d’Or friend and colleague Matthew Scott, Chef Concierge, Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver for all of your extra special kind care and attention.  Also, thank you to Michael Glennie, President and COO Fairmont Hotels and his Executive Assistant Vivien for organizing such superlative accommodations for our family.

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Departing Tomorrow to Vancouver, BC. Checking-In at The Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

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Departing Tomorrow on Thursday, June 25th 2015:  Traveling on United Airlines Non Stop Service from Newark to Vancouver BC.  Flying time is approximately 5 1/2 hours to Vancouver. Our Romei Family Adventure to Alaska begins with a stopover in beautiful Vancouver, BC.  We are checking-in at the luxurious Fairmont Pacific Rim with spectacular views of the mountains and harbour.  Luxurious elegance with a modern design conveniently located in a prominent position with prime views and spectacular scenery.  The Fairmont Pacific Rim also numerous dining options a very popular Lobby Bar Lounge and well appointed rooms and suites.  342fc3df-998a-405d-a380-3d5a38f63b6f

The sleek modern design of the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

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The spectacular pool area of the Fairmont Pacific Rim db4905fe-2a96-4a73-a1db-98fc240f517dStunning views of Vancouver Harbour.   Our Romei Family are all traveling from various destinations in the United States to meet and experience this fine hotel together with the beauty of Vancouver, BC.   Then on Saturday; we will board the The Star Princess to begin our Alaskan journey northward sailing into the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay and all the way up to Anchorage.

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The above Map shows the route of our Alaskan journey from Vancouver northward towards Whittier and Anchorage and eventually into Denali National Park.   I will continue to Blog and post about our experiences and adventures as we meet and gather in Vancouver and share this family journey together.

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CHECKING IN TOMORROW: THE WALDORF ASTORIA EL CONQUISTADOR RESORT, FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO

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Departing tomorrow on Saturday, May 9th via United Airlines #1533 non stop from Newark Liberty International to San Juan, Puerto Rico.   The Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador Resort offers a spectacular location; perched up on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea as well as The Atlantic Ocean.  The Resort is located in the Fajardo, Las Cabezas natural reserve promontory in the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico.   The area is rich with numerous natural wonders such as the nearby El Yunque Rainforest and the Waldorf’s own private Palomino Island with natural sand beaches.   The Resort offers a multitude of accommodations cascading up and down the mountainside with spectacular views.  There is also a funicular connecting the main building to the Marina and Yacht basin below with additional accommodations.  Championship Golf Course, Tennis Courts, and an award winning Spa await.  For those wishing more privacy the Resort also offers the luxurious Las Casitas Village with its own private butler service and separate reception checkin area.

Puerto Rico is a perfect long weekend getaway from New York City offering numerous non stop flights throughout the day and evening as well as easy airport access without the delays of having to go through customs and immigration.   Upon landing in San Juan I will pick my Hertz Rental Car and head southeast through Carolina and then Route 3 East passing through Rio Grande on the way to Fajardo approximately 94KM or 1 to 1/2 hours.

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Photograph of the Waldorf El Conquistador’s own private Palomino Island which connects to the main Resort via a water launch every 30 minutes.

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