If you’re planning a trip to Italy, a stop in Florence, if only to witness the restoration of the Baptistery, is a must.  The Pucci couture sheath, wrapped by the venerable House of Pucci a year ago,  remains a delight for tourists and Florentines alike.

The Pucci family is one of the city’s founding families and its Renaissance-era Palazzo is around the corner from the Baptistery.  Laudomia Pucci has kept her father’s passion alive, spearheading efforts to mark the 60th anniversary of Florence’s Center for Italian Fashion with her father’s original 1957 designs. Pucci used over 20,000 scarves to drape the iconic Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence during its restoration. “Quite amazing to think the foulard Emilio designed in 1957 would be draping the Baptistery over 50 years later!.” A limited edition of the ‘Battistero’ scarf is available at Emilio Pucci’s stores in Florence, Rome and Milan as well as on emiliopucci.com, with proceeds benefiting this iconic monument’s continued refurbishment, scheduled to be completed September 2015.

Emilio Pucci not only dressed The Baptistery in Florence Italy, and designed the limited edition scarf, but then went to the next level– Presenting scarves of the world.. What’s next?

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Click here to read more and to view the Battistero scarf in full splendor

When visiting my friends in Palm Beach, I learned one thing– The Chesterfield Palm Beach is the ‘locals’ favorite”. Perfectly situated, a block away from Worth Avenue’s famed boutiques and hottest spots to see and be seen, two blocks away from the pristine beaches of Palm Beach, the Chesterfield is also the meeting place for locals and celebrities who appreciate dining al fresco in the Courtyard, and covening at the iconic and vibrant Leopard Lounge for drinks, which usually culminates with dinner …(once I’m there, I don’t want to leave!!)

I understand they now have fabulous summer specials– I also hear from the locals its the best time to go! The snowbirds are gone! Book any of The Chesterfield’s gorgeous Junior or Master Suites for two nights and receive the third night free. Perfect for a long weekend or an extended holiday, this “3 Nights for the Price of 2” package keeps on giving with a maximum of nine nights in total. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability and booking terms and conditions.



Another offer is the “Summer Sizzler” evening, where you can recuperate with a night of unadulterated luxury and enjoy two cocktails in the Leopard Lounge Bar as well as a refreshing continental breakfast the next morning. They also throw in complimentary valet parking and Wi-Fi! One night is all you need to revamp and return to reality. Package is valid between June 1 – September 30, 2015 based on two adults sharing a Superior Queen Room. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.



For some reason, Florida residents get an even better deal! They don’t have to travel far to enjoy a well-deserved break from the daily hustle-and-bustle. The “Florida Resident Package” is the perfect way to embark on a little getaway and treat yourself to something special. Guests take advantage of a further reduction of the Best Available Rate and also receive a Continental Breakfast for two each morning! Guests must show proof of Florida residency. Standard cancellation applies.

chesterfieldFor details and reservations, please contact The Chesterfield Palm Beach at 1-561-659-5800 or
email bookchpb@rchmail.com. Visit them online at http://www.chesterfieldpb.com

by Madison McCleary

I traveled to Bora Bora with my family and absolutely loved every second of it. We were lucky enough to stay at the Four Seasons Resort  in a bungalow that overlooked the water.  It was probably one of the most memorable experiences ever!!

 I had the opportunity to go cage diving with sharks in Bora Bora which was the thrill of a lifetime. My sister Chesley kept saying cage diving “was so intense yet exciting at the same time!”  Believe me it was more than exciting… Seeking an adrenalin rush, and then much more..

 Known for its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, and amazing Bloody Mary’s, Bora Bora may be the best tropical paradise in the world. Many people choose Bora Bora as their dream getaway whether it is for a romantic honeymoon, or simply an outstanding family vacation!


Outdoor activities are a must when the temperatures rarely fall below 80 degrees. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline (like we did…) or prefer tranquility there is something for everyone. Cage diving with sharks, Parasailing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and boating are just some of the few things that Bora Bora has to offer. 

However it wasn’t just the activities that made this trip amazing for my family. The locals on the island were so welcoming and helpful to all of us which made it that more enjoyable.

Bora Bora is a dream location that has so many things to offer while there. So before planning your next vacation, consider Bora Bora. You will not regret it!!

 For more information about The Four Seasons hotel and other options visithttp://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/

or Trip Advisor

Alumbrando el Barrio” or “Lighting up the Neighborhood” will permanently illuminate ten theater signs in Havana. Unveiling will take place during the 12th Bienal de La Habana from May 21st to June 20th, 2015.

Cuban painter and sculptor, Kadir Lopez Nieves, born in 1973 in rural Las Tunas, parlayed his artistic vision to transform historical icons into works of art. This year, during the 12th Bienal de La Habana, Kadir will unveil his in situ restoration project of ten of Havana’s neon and incandescent signs on the very theaters where for decades that have sat, rusting metal hulks, still attached to the buildings.

Havana, once graced by thousands of electric signs on theatres, stores, hotels and nightclubs, was a city of lights that rivaled even Paris in the 1950s. Thousands of neon and incandescent signs heralded the urban chic of Havana before the practice fell in to disfavor in the early 1960s and they slowly evaporated from the city’s skyline. The politically incorrect implications of the fabulous signage, as well as the maintenance required in the harsh, tropical climate propelled the signs into decay.

“…we all know about Cuba’s fleet of American cars. …I wonder what remains of Havana’s old neon signs. A little bit of Paris, a little bit of Vegas and a lot of South Beach, Havana was a city that positively glittered…” T. Rinaldi, NY Neon Blogspot



During the last the last ten years, Kadir Lopez has focused on reclaiming many of the city’s old inventory of unused commercial baked enamel signage and has created extensive works of art, exhibiting in Cuba, Europe, Latin America, the US and Canada in both collective and one man shows. His work is exhibited in galleries, museums and private collections.

Increasingly unsatisfied with dichotomy of working in the studio and confining the work to the interiors of exhibition spaces, Mr. Lopez decided to move his works to the streets of Havana, thereby creating a new social practice he defines as En Poder Practica Social.

“…I was feeling confined in the studio and longed to share the beauty I find in the antique signs with my neighbors and other Habaneros. En Poder, or In-Power, if you will, stands for the empowerment of the people of the city through my work, playing with the concept of electricity and illumination. Our motto is “Relighting the Neighborhood, and that is exactly what we intend to do.” Kadir Lopez Nieves


Today, Havana is a city with a new vigor and energy that is quickly reclaiming old traditions and creating new ones. With a keen consciousness of this throughout his body of work, Kadir Lopez Nieves will move out of his studio and into the streets of Havana in force during the upcoming Bienal de La Habana, breathing new life into the electric signs that are the equivalent of the rolling stock of antique American cars that grace the city’s streets. He will also participate in three important exhibitions with related works and deeper insights into his En Poder Practica Social project.

“I look forward to doing my part in relighting the neighborhoods of my beloved Havana. I am committed to work on preserving and relighting every single sign that still stands in the city….for as long as it takes.” Kadir Lopez Nieves
Theatre Locations of Signs to be illuminated during “Alumbrando El Barrio”:

-ALAMEDA/Santa Catalina Y Parraga,
Vivora -ACAPULCO/Avenida 26 esquina Ave kohly,
Alturas del Vedado -APOLO/Diez de Octubre numero 446 -ARENAL/(ave 47 y calle 30 , playa)Columbia y 6.
La Sierra -ARSENAL/Casablanca -CITY HALL/Ayestarán y San Pablo,Plaza
For complete list, contact Mr. Adolfo Nodal adolfovnodal@gmail.com /310 808 3594
or visit www.kadirlopez.com

Bring your family to Gstaad Palace and your kids stay for free! Or opt for a Romantic Glamping adventure at the Walig Hut

Kids aged up to 15 years can stay for free in their own room, a saving of up to CHF 375 per child per night, breakfast and dinner at the Grand Restaurant included.

Between June 21st and September 12th 2015, two children traveling with their parents can stay in their own direct connecting room at no extra charge, for a stay of five nights or more.

To make sure you get to see the best of what the region has to offer for families, we will also arrange a complimentary visit to the Cailler chocolate factory with a tour and chocolate workshop, as well as a stopover at a local Alpine farm or zoo, where your children can see and play with the animals, and learn how to make cheese.

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Walig Hutte

The Palace Hotel coined the term ‘glamping with their new old summer mountain hub located 1700 meters above the nearby village of Gsteig. An award winning Alpine pasture from the late 18th century, Walig Hut was named ‘Best Wilderness Hotel’ by Condé Nast Traveller. This former summer home to a local farmer family, and is now offered to a discerning couple seeking a luxurious but truly alpine experience during their stay at the Gstaad Palace.

A one night get-away to this magical Alpine destination is now available for those ready to tear themselves away from the ultimate luxury The Palace Hotel offers and embark on a true Alpine experience–without sacrificing the Palace’s 5 star service.

Intoxicatingly beautiful, thanks in part to Maurizio, who welcomes the privileged guests with drinks and nibbles of the Bündnerfleisch– regional dry-cured meat. Next he gets to work at the wood-fired stove, where he stirs up a rich, smooth cheese fondue. A stunningly beautiful day draws to a close with the guests left to savor a serene 200 year old kingdom, audibly guarded by cows.

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For further information or bookings, please contact us on
+41 (0) 33 748 58 59, info@palace.ch, or visit www.palace.ch/offers to check availability online.

by Sienna Charles

As more and more travelers begin to check destinations off of their bucket lists, yachting opens new horizons to unexplored parts of the world. Exploring by sea is certainly not a new thing, but some destinations are emerging that offer very unique experiences.
Here are a few destinations becoming increasingly more popular that Sienna Charles can arrange for you.

Private beaches are the best part about yachting around Brazil. Most are untouched, completely remote and only accessible by boat.

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Destinations that are absolutely stunning are Palawan Island Philippines, Raja Ampat Indonesia, Myanamar’s Mergui Archipelago, Similan Islands and Palau.



Sicily, Malta, Spain, and Porquerolles ar fabulous yachting destinations for 2015

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The Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands and the Cook Islands, as well as Bora Bora and Tahiti make the Pacific Coast one of the world’s best yachting destinations.


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For more information, contact Jaclyn@siennacharles.com

or click here to view more

Nathalie Eynard, Associate Director of Admissions of Le Rosey received the red carpet when Marzia Precoda hosted a Rosey informative tea for parents and children at her fabulous home. New York famed photographer Patrick McMullan captured the moments!


Marzia Precoda and Nathalie Eynard (photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

Though the event was strictly private with the guest list limited to close friends of Marzia’s and her co-hosts Lori Stoll and Lori Bernstein, over 30 parents and their children were in attendance. Rosey Alumni including Bill Mann class of 1940; Maribel Alvarez class of ’76 and her son Robert Riva, class of 2007 were also present to answer questions from inquisitive parents. Result: 6 students were signed up on the spot for the Rosey camp and another 8 pending!

Marzia and her co-hosts Lori Stoll and Lori Bernstein understand the value of the multic-cultural experience Rosey offers. “My husband is American. I am Italian and an attorney. We believe it is crucial for our children to speak several languages and grow up in an environment where they are exposed to multiple cultures. It not only opens their horizons, but will provide them with opportunities they otherwise would not have. By allowing them to experience Le Rosey, we rest assured we are offering them a gift and tools for the future,” says Marzia Precoda, Palm Beach Day Academy 2015 Gala Chair.

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“Marzia’s generosity and hospitality was key to the success of this event. As a US rep alumni of Rosey, and parent of two alumni, I can’t thank Marzia enough for her hospitality. Families trust her and feel comfortable sending their children for summer camp knowing that Marzia is minutes away.,” says Maribel Alvarez

Click here to view more pictures on Patrick McMullan’s site

Wimco Properties (West Indies Management Company) has donated a week long stay in a 2 bedroom Villa in St. Barts to the live auction of Let’s Rock Palm Beach- A Musical Tribute to Jon Stoll. 100% of the proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society. (Villa size may be upgraded– subject to fee)

“Imagine relaxing in your own private WIMCO Villa on St Barts. Imagine arriving there to find it stocked with a buffet of fine foods, fruits, breads, cheeses and wines. Enjoy the privacy of your own pool. Enjoy the open air layout, the music wafting through the house, the sweeping views of the stunning blue waters below. During the day you’ll visit St Barts’ stunning beaches, enjoy leisurely lunches with your feet in the sand, windsurf or snorkel in one of the island’s picturesque bays, and window shop in the quaint harbor town of Gustavia. At night you’ll sample international cuisine at one of 60 restaurants on the island, then go out and listen to live music or go dancing if so inspired.

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WIMCO has a large selection of two bedroom villas on St Barts. A portion of that inventory has been selected for participation in this charity event. The final villa selection for the winner will be based on availability at the time the winner books their vacation. Good for travel between April 18 – Dec 13, 2015 or April 18 – Dec 13, 2016. Blackout dates apply for travel during Thanksgiving, and between Dec 15 and April 18. Flexibility for upgrade to larger villa subject to fee.

To learn more about the fabulous villas available year round in the Antilles and the European Rivieras, email Glenn by clicking here

Wimco is Altima’s PREFERRED concierge for St. Barts and the Antilles

Village Camps continues to support Palm Beach charities. They once again donated a two week summer camp session in the Swiss Alps, valued at $4,000

Let’s Rock Palm Beach- A Musical Tribute to Jon Stoll benefitting the American Cancer Society will make a very fortunate youngster a happy camper! Ed Ivy, director of the world renowned Village Camps has pulled through for us again, donating a 2 week summer camp session for auction at the upcoming Gala, taking place at Mar a lago on February 6th.

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Village Camps offers a myriad of summer experiences for children and young adults. This year, Village Camps celebrates 44 years of providing an award-winning international summer camp experience for children 7 to 18 years of age. More than 200,000 Village Campers have sojourned at these residential summer camps in Switzerland, Austria, France, England, Cyprus, Singapore and the USA.

​​Each specialized program provides a valuable opportunity for youngsters to grow, learn and have fun in a multi-cultural setting where they are cared for by an experienced and well-equipped staff. Campers have an array of curriculums to choose from including Languages Programs, Leadership Training, Adventure & Sport, Film Academy, Creative Arts and much more.

visit www.villagecamps.com to view complete brochure
Click here to find out more about Let’s Rock Palm Beach Tribute to Jon Stoll