Ok, Calistoga Ranch is ridiculously awesome. Oh my gosh Laura you steered us well. We are sitting by pool having lunch and our first glass of wine. We got your nice welcome gift and the hotel staff has been so nice. Our room is fabulous, so clever how it’s designed. Greg can’t wait to take a shower in the outdoor shower. We love it here so much and a great way to spend our annv. Thanks again for all your help.
Having a wonderful time. Patrick took us to a great place yesterday and we road horses on the beach. It was awesome. The chocolate making today was a huge hit with Hannah. Benoit was so sweet and informative. We have just arrived at the hotel. They upgraded us to a balcony suite and it is soooo nice. My favorite hotel so far. Have you stayed here? Just like in Croatia, we are being treated like royalty. Cannot thank you enough. I look forward to many more trips with your help and suspect I will be sending a lot of friends your way.
It’s our last night in Croatia and I’m not sure where to start. This truly has been the best vacation I’ve ever had. Being able to sit back and know that someone else has taken charge has been amazingly relaxing, yet the most educational and pleasant trip ever. I’ll start with Aleossia. He was beyond amazing. Yesterday, he took us for a tour of the old city in Dubrovnik and we both really enjoyed his intellect and insight on a period/topic/place/event in which we were both very interested. He was passionate, interesting and we both were captivated by his stories and history. Today, we explored wine, oysters we just couldn’t end our day. Absorbing more of this fascinating culture until well past 8, we made a new lifelong friend. We adored our driver, Ivan. He was funny, respectful and was happy to share his stories. The time flew by on our travels, we felt safe and very nourished in his care! He was a darling. Lana….we LOVED her! Lana had an unique perspective, was highly intelligent as well and vulnerable while sharing her own experiences. I was not familiar with the story of Mostar and feel like I’m a better person spending time with Lana. We would love to host her and her family in America. I liked her so very much! Igor was another amazing man that we both really liked and consider a new lifelong friend. He did a wonderful job sharing his knowledge and love of both Split and Croatia as a whole, encouraging us and enabling us to love it as well. We had a wonderful day with him and left with a huge appreciation of the history of Croatia and the sense of fun of the people. We had a really fun lunch that seemed more like three old friends hanging out, laughing and sharing stories vs. two tourists with a guide. Every moment of the day was thoughtful and very well planned out. And sweet Damir….we were so exhausted coming off of our flight with virtually zero sleep. He boated us to Hvar and was the perfect host. He was perceptive, kind, interesting and just an all around great guy. I would be very remiss if I didn’t mention the two AMAZING hotels. We loved, loved, loved both the Vestibul Palace Hotel as well as the Villa Dubrovnik. Both were stunning, spot on, chic, luxurious, yet laid back and comfortable. I can’t decide which we liked better as both ranked in our favorite stays ever. Stunning accommodation with staff beyond reproach. This is my first time I’ve ever written a “book” upon leaving a holiday, but honestly, there wasn’t one thing I would change. Without a doubt, I will tell every friend I know to contact Laura Madrid and arrange any trip with your help. Croatia….my new favorite place in the world.
You nailed it again. Could this place be any more beautiful? Took the single prop plane in, did horseback riding to the waterfall today, followed by amazing zip lining. Just wanted to say hi and so far so great. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store!
Just want to let you know that we had a great time. Rome was perfect. The Vespa ride was something that I cannot even explain in words and the timing for the ride was perfect. I was able to see Rome in daylight, sunset and after dark. The city is so beautiful and romantic. Thank you so much for arranging such an awesome trip for us.
Carneros Inn ‐ we were blown away and will probably never stay anywhere else ‐ the outdoor patio, the view from the pool, the food, and just the overall feeling of Carneros and the Inn. The private wine day was also spectacular. My favorite thing we did for sure. All three places were so much fun and such wonderful wine! The driver was great. French Laundry was wonderful ‐ so over the top with the food, the wine, and the service ‐ a lifetime experience.
Hi Laura, thank you so much for putting our river boat trip together. It ranks among our best trips. Everything went without a hitch. The boat was new, the crew was professional and efficient, the scenery was amazing, our fellow passengers were fabulous and yes our stay at the Amstel hotel (with upgrade to the Presental Suite) was beyond our wildest expectation.We will use you and your team in our future trip planning.