What travel plans have you put on hold for the pandemic?
Recently, I was due to go to Tobago
, part of the Caribbean I had not yet visited. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that instead I enjoyed my fake holiday (where, although I went around the world in photos, I never actually left my garden) almost as much. Fortunately, the weather in England has been spectacular. My philosophy has always been, life is what you make of it.
Where do you want to go when travel is possible again?
At the top of my list is our newest Virtuoso property, Xigera Safari Lodge
, which is located in the watery wilds of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and is due to open later in the year. I genuinely believe this is going to be the most “must go-to” destination in the world.
The part of your hotels you most like to show travelers.
One of the joys of being a hotelier is to entertain guests on property. I love introducing them to our incredible staff. Anybody can build a hotel, but it’s the people who work in them that make a place special. All of our hotels are fortunate in having wonderful bars and exquisite restaurants. I’ve always appreciated how fortunate I am to meet so many interesting and well-traveled people from around the world. I truly believe if you stop learning, you stop living.
A favorite travel memory that’s top of mind right now?
Being on one the first planes back into New York City after 9/11 and going on a “hug trip” around America to reconnect with my great friends in the travel industry.
Your best feel-good moment since all this started?
Going down to my wine cellar to find I had enough stock to outlast the quarantine.