It’s over. And it’s looking like you are never, ever, ever getting back together. Before your spoon goes deep-diving into a pint of Chunky Monkey and you get lost in a 1940s movie marathon, wondering why dating isn’t like that anymore, we’d like you to rethink a fabulous alternative: the get-over-it getaway. Since you’ve arrived in destination Splitsville, we say the only thing to do is grab some friends and keep on traveling! Here are our 5 favorite heartbreak hotels for when you need a little inspiration and adventure.
Zero George Street, Charleston
This quaint boutique hotel’s contemporary, bright atmosphere just washes the blues away and is a lovely historical property in the heart of the Charleston. Engage your brain in an enthralling history tour and walk a plantation, or try a delicious cooking class and get inspired by Southern flavors and Low Country classics with a twist. You might even chance upon a new love interest with a to-die-for Southern drawl.
The Urban Cowboy, Nashville
If you’re seeking some boot-scootin’ fun, look no further than the suites at the Urban Cowboy. Located conveniently in East Nashville, you’re near all the hustle and bustle of Nashville’s night life with your very own stylish retreat to come home to. We recommend the Watchtower, the property’s most unique suite. After a night of whiskey and delicious BBQ, be sure to recuperate with the Tennessee Full-Body Detox, Shefari’s favorite spa treatment in Nashville with HydralFacial treatment and detox body wrap.
Dream Downtown, New York City
Dream Downtown is just that – a dreamy urban oasis for your perfect Manhattan jaunt. We love the pet-friendly rooms as well as the concierge services that get you into New York’s hottest places. Definitely try the Risky & Risque Museum tour, or the Ultimate Sex & the City Experience for unparalleled retail therapy in true Carrie style.
The Hollywood Roosevelt
The cabanas poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt might just be one of our favorite places to be. The Roosevelt has its own retro Cali charm that we just can’t get enough of, and with proximity to all of LA’s hottest sites and places. We suggest scoping West Hollywood for the hottest bars and amazing food scene.
Be Tulum, Mexico
Forget Cancun – Tulum is Mexico’s hottest destination and Be Tulum might be its best kept secret. Nestled between jungle and sand, the property has unique designed rooms each built in native materials. Explore the incredible Sian Ka’an Reserve, and for something truly unique, give the ancient Mayan Spa & Temazcal ceremony a try. You won’t regret it.
Curious clients and inquisitive Instagrammers ask us from time to time, “So…what exactly is the art of traveling?” We answer, it’s our philosophy. It’s our mission. It’s our company’s reason for being. But what is it really about?
This world that we live in is a busy, stressful place. People are juggling a number of elements. Career. Parenthood. Relationships. Expectations. Competition. We’re impatiently tapping our feet in line for a triple java because even sleep is hard to fit in our limited 24-hour window of a day. In general, life can get tough. As human connection researcher Brené Brown put it, “We are the most in-debt, obese, medicated, and addicted adult cohort in US history.” Ouch.
We stepped back and decided, we didn’t just want to be another travel company. We wanted to inspire. Connect. Show the beauty of our world. Remind one another of mindfulness. Promote living in the here and now. And “the art of traveling” was born as our driving force.
It is not a concept of luxury, but of wholeness – an essential part of truly feeling alive and enjoying our world. It is a critical notion in connection with the larger picture of the French term “l’art de vivre”, or the art of living a life fulfilled. In fact, travel makes up a fundamental component as pointed out by the HuffPost.
In practice, the art of traveling is letting a tour guide walk you through history as if you were there, envisioning all of the colorful details of the ancient culture. Slowing down in a sunny Sonoma vineyard to learn the anatomy of wine from a sommelier – how it breathes, tastes, and feels. Leaving your phone behind while digging your hands into home-made dough and wood-firing your very own Italian pizza. Learning how to dance to the rhythm of a new culture in ways you never thought possible – feeling refreshed and rejuvenated by your travel companions.
If we can help a family, a group of lifelong friends, or a newlywed couple connect on the trip of a lifetime – then our hearts are full.
In the vast, digital world, the relevance of a travel planner may be brought in question.
Twenty years ago, travel agents had access to travel databases and were the go-to way of booking. Now, the information is readily available to everyone. So with photographs, reviews, and booking available at our fingertips, how can a modern-day travel planner add value anyways? Here are some examples of how a travel agent may be more beneficial than ever.
1. A truly tailored experience.
We were given a challenge – a mother-daughter bucket list trip to beautiful Italy. Mama had limited mobility, but her daughters were quite active. Each of the ladies had their own set of interests and travel pace. So we carefully chose cities and fun activities that suited the trio perfectly. We selected hotels and towns with minimal stairs (not an easy feat in historic Italy). They saw Rome from the seat of a vintage car and took in the grandeur of the Amalfi Coast from a boat. They were chauffeured to a family-owned winery where they cooked their own pizza in a wood-burning oven while sipping wine from the vineyard. They had a blast and didn’t miss a beat.
2. Handling the hiccups.
One family was thrilled about their multi-island Greek itinerary. They booked their hotels and flights with an OTA before they discovered us, but opted to book the remainder through our services – unique activities, car rental, and ferry tickets to the islands. All was well, until their flight was delayed due to storms for two whole days. They quickly discovered the small print of the great bargain package – non-refundable, non-exchangeable, and not one person to help troubleshoot on the spot. They feared their whole trip was jeopardized as the delay caused a domino effect and they would miss each short stay in the islands. We jumped in and got them an affordable last minute hotel the day they arrived, changed their car rental and ferry tickets to account for schedule shift, and even refunded where we could.
3. Making the right choices.
A travel planner can lend expert advise to help you make the best decisions. We’ve advised clients against “centrally located” hotels that are in unsafe neighborhoods. We’ve directed travelers to a fantastic tour guide who didn’t even have a website. We’ve saved a young honeymoon couple a bundle by avoid peak season without taking away a single indulgence during their dream getaway. It helps just to bounce your ideas off of a pro, which you just can’t get from blog articles or travel reviews.
4. Service a Smart Phone simply can’t give.
Insider tips on where to eat, shop, and visit. Last-minute concierge services. Upgrades and excusive benefits. Real-time questions. Despite what they say, there just isn’t an app for everything. I’ve been called by someone desperately lost and flustered to translate to a taxi driver. There are still some things a human can do better, quicker, and smarter. I can hear the sigh of relief when I answer the phone and confidently say the words, “Don’t worry, I’ll handle it.”
Finally spring has sprung! As we take the opportunity to refresh body and soul, many gather with friends and family to relish the moment in celebration of Passover or Easter. From burning wheels to hooded presiders, these are our picks for cool Easter traditions around the world.