Kiwi Experts: Brian Mumby’s 5 Favorite Hotels

- Brian Mumby, Executive Vice President for Kiwi Collection.

Where in the world do our well-traveled Kiwi Experts most like to overnight? Every Thursday, a different expert dishes on their five favorite hotels. Up next is Brian Mumby, our EVP and our Zoomer expert (“Zooming Boomer”).

1. Lapostolle Residence, Santa Cruz, Chile
Located in one of Chile’s main wine regions, the Colchagua Valley, this resort has four private casitas named after Chile’s signature grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. My wife and I were in Merlot, which is considered the romantic casita with its pink accents. Each casita features a king-size bed, sunken sitting area with fireplace, two armchairs, couch, work station, massive bathroom with double vanities, as well as a deep soaking tub, separate shower, and private outdoor deck. All have stunning views overlooking the vineyard with the Andes as a backdrop. The Residence is where the living and dining rooms and outdoor pool are located. Here, enjoy multi-course gourmet meals all paired with Casa Lapostolle wines. Everything about this place is what luxury travel is all about.

2. Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cappella’s architecture is welcoming and peaceful; right away you feel at home. The entrance is through a private tunnel which is lit with torches at night. The grounds are planted with local plants and include an extensive herb garden. The rooms, suites and villas all feature spectacular ocean views. The rooms are decorated to make sure guests feel pampered. Lunch at Don Manual means you will have the best ceviche, wonderful guacamole, and fabulous fish tacos. Located out on the point above the surf, El Farallon serves up incredible views and everything fresh and delicious from the sea. The Auriga spa is like no other, unique and utterly relaxing. One of the few resorts that is walking distance to downtown. All in all, an unrivaled and unforgettable experience.

3. Inn of Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This true Santa Fe treasure rejuvenates the spirit through an indulgence in beauty. It’s owned and run by the Serets family who for over 40 years have worked in the design industry. They have developed their own style infusing East and West. Each room is unique in its theme and design. The property is surrounded with hidden courtyards and patios to lounge in. With the Inn, they are able to showcase their superb personal service in an extraordinary environment.

4. Hôtel Le St-James, Montreal, Quebec
Once a Merchants Bank building dating back to 1870, it has been converted to a luxurious boutique hotel. It is ideally situated in Old Montreal on the prestigious and historic Rue Saint-Jacques providing easy access to shopping, restaurants and financial center. Each room is directed with gorgeous, hand-picked furnishings. The hotel has a fully-equipped spa, library, and award-winning Le XO Restaurant where guest can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as evening cocktails. The staff are well-trained and smartly dressed.

5. The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, Palm Springs, California
This hidden gem is set against the Mt. Saint Jacinto Mountains and surrounded by trees and water in Palm Springs Village. It’s just a short walk to museums, shopping and restaurants or head in the opposite direction for a scenic mountain hike. The inn has been restored to its original elegance with mahogany-beamed ceilings and natural stone fireplaces. The morning starts with a three-course breakfast next to the waterfall, then a tour through the extensive gardens, and finally a swim before lounging by the pool (both the pool and hot tub are available 24 hours a day). Come evening, not to be missed are hors d’oeuvres and wine.

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