Even though you did not arrange accommodations for us in Rabat, clients who are adventurous enough to stay in the old medina—and should not hesitate to do that—might consider the Ryad Dar Karima. This is one of those old private homes, remodeled as a ryad (small hotel), in the heart of the medina. Like most riads in Moroccan city medinas, it looks unimposing from the exterior entrance, but it’s a different story inside. Our room was spacious, the breakfast in the courtyard was very good, and the young staff was warm and helpful. (We did not meet the owner, who was away at the time.)
The Meridien Hotel in Marrakech was as good as a 4-star establishment should be. In the past couple of decades Marrakech has seen a massive boom in tourist construction. I am amazed and somewhat appalled by this, having first visited the city in 1967, when it was a different place altogether. There is a modern mall just across the street from the hotel, not to mention a Chilis restaurant! Clients who like fine accommodation like the Meridien should nonetheless get away from that neighborhood during the day and see the more traditional Marrakech, or what’s left of it. By the way, the son of my old friend in the city would be an excellent city guide for anyone interested. His English is quite good. I can explain more about him for any client interested.
Le Littré Hotel in Paris is excellent, and we will certainly consider staying there again when the time comes. As I said on the phone, the hotel is not in the Saint Germain de Près area but further south near the Montparnasse railroad station and that huge skyscraper. The Metro connections from the hotel are very good. There is a little bistro across the street from the hotel that we found very good. It’s called the Petit Bistro Le Littré. If clients walk to Blvd Montparnasse, about five minutes from the hotel, they will find long strings of restaurants on both sides of the street.
The Doubletree Hilton in London is very near the Imperial Wharf London Overground line. This line is new to us. The stations are quite far apart, and the lime does not go anywhere near central London. So tourist clients will almost always have to transfer from stations on that line where it intersects with the Underground system. We did not find this terribly inconvenient considering that the Imperial Wharf station is so close to the hotel. The hotel neighborhood is a rather colorless cluster of modern business buildings. We would strongly recommend that clients take the breakfast package because the buffet is inviting and varied and because finding breakfast reasonably close to the hotel might be a challenge. There is, however, a street very near the hotel that has several restaurants for lunch or dinner, including Thai, Japanese, and Mediterranean. We dined at Waterside Kitchen and Bar, which is right on the river. The food was very good and the ambience pleasant. When we departed, we took the Overground to a line that goes to Paddington, where we boarded the express rail service to Heathrow. Much better than taking the Underground all the way to the airport and much cheaper than a cab.
I just wanted to thank you all for assisting us with what has been such a fabulous holiday and definitely the visit to Big Island and then to Oahu were done in the right order and coincided beautifully with the Sony golf tournament and our room at the Kahala overlooked the golf course and world class golfer, Jordan Speith was just three doors away on the seventh floor.
The hotels were perfect choices and how well you chose for us after just brief chats and assessed what we would like from our holiday.
I thought it was an excellent idea to include breakfast and I am so pleased that you also included the gratuity which actually is like another tax and throughout the day it gets quite tedious paying extras on all these services.
The schedule went like clockwork and we thoroughly enjoyed every part of the holiday.
The lava flows and geology in the volcano national park was something we have never seen before and enjoyed spending a couple of days at the Kileula Lodge which enabled us to visit the park in the evening.
Lovely to meet you all and thank you for all your expertise and information and attention to detail which made our holiday very special and memorable.
We had the pleasure of planning our family vacation with Susan Tanzman and Debbi Folsom of Martin’s Travel, based upon Conde Nast’s recommendation. Both Susan and Debbi devoted their energy to customize the perfect trip for our active family.
We were treated like VIP’s from the moment I reached out to Susan. We loved the Fairmont! and the ocean view suite they arranged for us was much appreciated. All the restaurants were great, and I am still thinking about the sesame crusted tofu at Browns. The Cabana was so nice and we loved snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding - what a wonderful addition from them!
Can’t wait to plan our next trip with Martin’s Travel.
Thank you for planning such a wonderful family trip for us.
We had such a fabulous visit to Hawaii and I want to thank you for all your help and sage advice. Thank you so much for recommending the helicopter trip. My personal highlight. I was at the edge of tears for at least the first half hour of the trip not due to fear, but to being overwhelmed by the beauty of all that we saw. Thank you.