Entries by Irvina Lew

Farol Hotel, Cascais, Portugal

The impressively restored, 19th-century oceanfront villa was the Count of Cabral Costa family’s retreat before it was transformed into the luxury boutique Farol Hotel. Located just outside the Historic Center, it’s next to the Lighthouse Museum and within a short walk or bike ride to the marina, the Citadel Art Center and Museum Condes de […]

Hotel Bel Ami, Paris

Last September, when I checked into the 5-star Hôtel Bel-Ami, on a quiet street on the Left Bank, my first thought was how happy my granddaughter would have been to have stayed in this oh-so-stylish, 108-room boutique hotel while we were together in Paris, because it’s so well-located near all the cafés, shops and boutiques in […]

Four of the Fabulous Hamptons

Starting about 90 miles east of New York City, in Shinnecock Hills, and leading 40 miles eastward to Montauk, the series of charming coastal communities on the south fork of Long Island’s east end are collectively called The Hamptons. The name comes from Southampton, England, re-applied to the Long Island settlement, in 1640; Southampton and […]

The Chesterfield Mayfair, London

Twice, during various trips to London, I’ve happily stayed at The Chesterfield Mayfair. As its name implies, The Chesterfield is located in the heart of Mayfair, and ideally located for families because it’s on a quiet street in a posh residential neighborhood just a short walk to the shops along Piccadilly, the metro station and […]

Havana, Cuba

On June 4, 2019, The New York Times reported about Trump administration constraints on American travel to Cuba. They ban group educational and cultural trips not booked by June 5, 2019, and prohibit visits by cruise ships, private yachts and fishing vessels. The restrictions reverse President Obama’s procedures from 2011, which approved “people-to-people” travel with […]

Bodega Bay Lodge

Harbor seals bark under the wharf, a dog sits patiently under a picnic table, I’m standing at the rail watching a rubber-suited fisherman crank the winch and lower a crate of fresh rock cod on the dock. This is Lucas Wharf, a high ceilinged, window-walled restaurant in Bodega Bay, where I just lunched, inside, on […]