Winter is coming… and it’s time to get packing. Many people assume December is always peak season travel—and the Christmas rush certainly brings higher prices and more crowds. But early December is a travel sweet spot: rates are lower but most destinations are already steeped in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorite spots to send clients in December—paired with impressive deals at top luxury hotels.
Thanksgiving with the family agaaaaain? Are you really looking forward to dry, stringy turkey (great job, Mom), drunken political arguments (really, Uncle Bob??) and interminable football games (sorry in advance, Giants fans)? Maybe this is the year to get away from the extended family… by just getting away. Here are a few alternate destinations for Turkey Day: three traditional feasts in the good ol’ USA and three food-centric spots abroad if you want to get your expatriate on.
P.S. If you actually love spending time with your family—we do!—why not take them with you?
Here’s a little secret: The best time of year to travel to Europe is...right now! September (and even early October) still has beautiful weather, but crowds are fewer and prices generally lower. And now that the tourists have gone home from the major destinations, the locals come back out to enjoy festivals, harvests and cultural events. Here are six places to consider a trip this fall:
Red carpets unfurl, beautiful people appear and lights flash. Film festivals aren’t just celebrity parades and previews for the next big hit, they’re celebrations of culture and beautifully crafted storytelling—and well, they’re also awesome opportunities to hop on a flight and spend time in a new city. But, plan ahead—hotels are booked solid by film studios and celebrity personal assistants far in advance—and you don’t want to get there when the credits are rolling. Here are Skylark’s picks for where to stay for the world’s top film festivals.
Pumpkin-spice lattes. College football. Fall foliage trips—ahh autumn's overrated glories. But hold on there. Before you start grumbling about backed-up Berkshire lanes and overpriced, doily and crumbly scone-stuffed Vermont B&B’s, we've got news: There are plenty of other places to see the kaleidoscopic colors of fall—and those places just happen to have activities beyond peeping at leaves. Here are a few of our favorite autumn alternatives.
When was the last time you were impressed by a mint on the pillow? Yeah, we can’t remember either. Not that we’re complaining: High-end hotels have been engaged in something of an amenities arms race for years, with guests ending up the winners. We’ve all come to expect—and usually receive—niceties like flat-screen TVs, crisp duvets, multiple charging ports and high-end bath products. That’s why we’ve created the Skylark Originals: a list of innovative amenities that show a spark of creativity or thoughtfulness, and special experiences that bring a destination to life in a new way. Along the way, we also discovered airlines, airports, and apps that made us feel like V-VIP’s, so we included those, too. Hats off to them and the other travel providers that are Making Amenities Great Again!
Arguably the most beautiful and glamorous of all the resorts on the Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse is usually fully booked for the entire summer. But we’ve uncovered some last-minute availability in last August that, combined with our deeply discounted insider airfare, adds up to once-in-a-lifetime savings at a bucket-list hotel.
For example, you can fly from New York in Alitalia business class on Friday, August 18, spend four nights in a junior suite, and return on Wednesday, August 23, for just under $13,000 for two people. Not a cheap date, but the same trip normally costs about $30,000. That flight connects in Rome, with the quick hop to Naples in economy; if you’d rather fly non-stop, you can take Meridiana in coach for the same price.
You can plug in your own home airport to find similar deals. For instance, we’re seeing that same fare from San Francisco on Air France in business.
Le Sirenuse only has limited rooms available for the dates August 19-23, but if you want to extend your trip at another hotel, whether in Amalfi or beyond, get in touch with one of our agents and we'll help you out.
Soon enough, you’ll be raising an Aperol Spritz to toast your own good fortune—and travel savvy.
Ever since Stag’s Leap snagged 1st place from Montrose in the scandalous 1976 Paris wine-tasting conference, Napa Valley has been the go-to for American oenophiles. Now we love Napa, but sometimes there’s a craving for a different terroir. So, here are some of our favorite vineyards, complete with exquisite grapes, stunning views and, of course, superlative-worthy hotels.
For those of you like myself, sometimes a coconut with a straw just doesn’t quite cut it. History always has and always will be the central part of many of my vacations, and, where possible, I like to be as close as possible to the—albeit long-dead—action. Whether it’s a hotel taking over a 12th-Century chapel or one that offers special access to a UNESCO World Heritage site, I present to you my personal list of favorite historical hangouts—all of them providing modern-day comforts as well as direct connections to the past. See them all in our Historical Hideaways collection.