Portofino is a picturesque Italian Riviera fishing village offering a nice blend of luxury, nature and rustic Italian charm.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Whether you love it, hate it or don’t celebrate, Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. It’s really just another day, but this year, it happens to be a Friday, which means all the more reason to celebrate — even if it’s only in honor of TGIF. While everyone is scrambling to make dinner reservations and flower deliveries, there are some tasteful celebrations happening around the world you may be missing.
The wonderful thing about Italy, which evolved from a land of many kingdoms to a unified country in the 19th century, is its buildings have transformed into boutique hotels with fascinating past lives that guests can still explore and appreciate. Whether former farm houses, monasteries, castles or full-on estates, the stays not only provide atmospheric lodging and wonderfully executed regional food, but a means to immerse oneself into a different way of life — be it one of royalty or a simple existence living off the land.
The Roman Empire spread throughout Italy and across much of Europe, so it’s not surprising relics of their ancient world are found beyond just Rome. In fact, some of the best places for kids to get a sense of how the ancient Romans lived are elsewhere in Italy.
Nearly every ski resort in Italy has an area for beginners, but a number go the extra mile. Some resorts offer magic carpet lifts, dedicated beginner terrain, children’s centers that combine ski lessons with child care, or long gentle cruisers the whole family can enjoy. Some have special ski runs for children complete with cartoon characters and kid-friendly challenges to improve their technique. Lodging is easy to find, with family-sized rooms and suites at luxury hotels or modest inns and ski lodges.