LM: What are your favourite luxury gastronomy experiences?
SM: My favourite luxury gastronomy experience was in Iceland, not necessarily somewhere you would associate with gastronomy. We were trekking and were led to a small outpost where we had a luxury picnic in the mountains near a glacier. When we arrived it had been decorated beautifully, the combination of the setting and the food was simply unbelievable.
LM: Name one of the most popular luxury destinations you have visited for fine dining that you would recommend to our Luxurious Magazine readers and why?
SM: Without a doubt, it has to be Mexico. The gastronomy scene has exploded recently. We do walking street food tours in Mexico City and have just launched our first gastronomy tour there. My personal favourite gastronomic resort is Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya. Even Cocina De Autor, the molecular gastro restaurant, is included in the all-inclusive. The French restaurant Piaf (again at Grand Velas) is one of my favourite dining experiences in the world.
LM: Do you have any hints, tips or recommendations you can give our Luxurious Magazine readers on the must visit luxury destinations for 2018?
SM: Go to Iceland, this beautiful country has it all. Stunning wilderness and adventure. It really is the land of fire and ice. You can do as much or as little as you like, from luxury Arctic camps on a glacier to geothermal pools; to snowmobile and super jeep safaris.
LM: What has been the most luxurious travel request or experience you have had to arrange for one of your clients?
SM: It has to be our flagship ‘Star in your own Wildlife Documentary’. You have four incredible destinations to choose from; Polar Bears in the Arctic, Anacondas in the Pantanal, Brazil, African Vet Safari in South Africa and a Canadian Bear Encounter. You are followed by a five person film crew, stay in the best accommodation available with the most amazing guides. We even host a private screening of your documentary upon your return.
LM: It seems there are exciting times ahead for Luxury Travel Advisors. What thrilling travel experiences do you have lined up that your clients and customers can look forward to in the coming months?
SM: We have just launched our Chef’s Table tours in Spain. You have four to choose from Bilbao, San Sebastian, Madrid and Barcelona. Each one is a three-night gastronomic journey from local markets, cookery lessons, walking food tours and discovery menus at a Michelin star restaurant.
Our next major project will be driving an Aston Martin at the North Pole next April. Keep an eye on our website for details.
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