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A Letter from North America: Miami

During my stay at The W South Beach in Miami, I realized that just as that brand made standard hotels “boutique,” so did the hotel’s thoughtful design encourage me to make normal directions “artistic.” The environment had me unconsciously translating standard navigation into something more unexpected and unique. The desk clerk, Marc, said “Sir, you’ll...

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A Letter From Africa: Kenya

Sleeping Under the Stars I landed in Kenya with a safari bucket list. I returned with adrenaline still pulsing through my veins. But it wasn’t due to the close proximity to wild animals or the resonating beat during a local Maasai dance…  I fell in love with the solitude of sleeping under the stars. After […]

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Letter from Africa

My wife and I return to Marrakech every year as we love its timelessly exotic yet cosmopolitan appeal. And though the city has undergone transformations since my first visit, when it comes to its mystique, plus ça change, plus la même chose. Over the years we have stayed at many resorts and riads in Marrakech. Our […]

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Letter from the Caribbean

It’s high tide and the water is warm, the food smells delicious and the ti’punch has my head spinning just so. It’s a lazy Thursday afternoon: I’m ready to slip into somewhere very comfortable… and I hear Le Petibonum fits perfectly. Let me tell you how I wound up at this fabulous gem, part beach […]

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Letter from North America

  A mere 80 mile-drive South from Miami International Airport, you’ll find the cozy and relaxing charm of Islamorada. The journey along green mangrove-lined US 1 (also known as the “Overseas Highway”) brings you to the northern part of the Keys, the island chain that forms a narrow spit separating the turquoise waters of the […]

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Letter from Asia

I touch down in Hong Kong at 9pm after an 18-hour flight from Toronto. I had slept the majority of the last leg and woke up to the wheels of the plane touching down on the tarmac. Still a bit dazed, I cleared customs, grabbed my bag and hailed a cab. My driver skillfully weaves […]

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Letter from Europe

In the middle of London, you expect a hodgepodge of lanes, terraces and places. The thing I least expected was to find, on one of those smaller quainter “side streets,” a brilliant boutique hotel called San Domenico House, with service that surpassed most 5-star properties I’ve visited. The bedding, the tea, the room service, the […]

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