If you want to plan a trip to Cuba to experience the art and culture first-hand, CNN recommends Havana VIP Tours which produces customized private 5-star itineraries. Havana VIP Tours can create a trip appropriate to the level of luxury you require, whether that is renting a private mansion on the water in Havana with a full staff, chartering a 120-foot yacht to tour the island, or just renting a room from a retired local to get a feel of Cuban life – all while complying with U.S. Government regulations governing legal travel to Cuba. As seen on PBS NewsHour, Havana VIP Tours concierge-style services include guided private day-long “Art Safaris” produced in conjunction with ARTempoCuba where you will visit artists’ studios and galleries accompanied by one of their curators. Havana VIP Tours provides daily recommendations and reservations for lunch, dinner and nightlife to allow you to experience the very best that Havana and Cuba have to offer, without worrying about the logistics.

Cuban Artist working in private studio.

Cuban Artist working in private studio.

One of the top reasons to visit Cuba right now is the art. It is raw, authentic, and revealing of the rich yet tumultuous history of the little island. With some of the world’s best art being discovered in Cuba, collectors are flocking to get a piece of the prodigious creations priced much less than the market-driven world standards. Cuban-born Maribel Alvarez and her boyfriend Jim Pappas, developer and avid art collector, could not believe they did not have Cutting Edge Art in Havana during their last visit to Havana’s bursting arts and culture scene.


"Cutting Edge Art in Havana" as featured in ELLE Magazine, January 2016

“Cutting Edge Art in Havana” as featured in ELLE Magazine, January 2016. Available on www.amazon.com

Maribel Alvarez reading through "Cutting Edge Art in Havana" while preparing for her next trip hosted by Havana VIP Tours and ARTempoCuba. Photographed with work by featured mixed media artist, Kadir Lopez.

Alvarez reading through “Cutting Edge Art in Havana” while preparing for her next trip hosted by Havana VIP Tours and ARTempoCuba. Photographed with mixed media artist, Kadir Lopez.

 “The top Cuban contemporary artists all work with ARTempoCuba, including my favorite Kadir Lopez, who documented our family legacy in his signature CUBE” says Alvarez. 

ARTempoCuba “Art Safari” tours and their Cuban Contemporary Art book, Cutting Edge Art in Havana, are already in demand by collectors worldwide. The catalog profiles more than one hundred Cuban artists in Havana, from internationally recognized artists to fresh faces, their biographical backgrounds, images of representative works, and contract information. ARTempoCuba, a collaborative of Cuban and American Art historian, curators and specialists, donates a portion of the proceeds to the artists encouraging production and exhibition of new works. The book is filled with detailed maps to allow you to visit the artists’ studios directly and even nearby place to have authentic Cuban cuisine and drink. The guide book fits right in your pocket and is accessible during anytime of your trip.

“If you are planning a trip to Cuba to see art, this book is a must!”
Renowned collector of Cuban art, Howard Farber of the Farber Collection of Cuban Contemporary Art

Havana Monopoly Artist: Kadir Lopez Year: 2014 Materials: Mixed Media on Aluminum Dimensions: 150 x 150 cm

Havana Monopoly
Artist: Kadir Lopez
Year: 2014
Materials: Mixed Media on Aluminum
Dimensions: 150 x 150 cm


From the series "Mi arca I" (My Arc I) Artist: Rubén Alpízar Year: 2014 Materials: Acrylic on Wood, metal and Plastic Dimensions: 68 x 94 x 14 cm

From the series, Mi Arca I (My Arc I)
Artist: Rubén Alpízar
Year: 2014
Materials: Acrylic on Wood, metal and Plastic
Dimensions: 68 x 94 x 14 cm



Sample Artist Profile in “Cutting Edge Art in Havana”.


For more visit www.HavanaVIPtours.net and www.ARTempoCuba.com.

Click here to purchase “Cutting Edge Art in Havana” on Amazon.com

Nicole Mellon Henley, Photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine

Nicole Hanley Mellon in St Barths, photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine

In less than two weeks, the curtain is set to rise on one of the signature events in the Caribbean, New Years in St Barths. This chic yet laid back emerald isle plays host to extraordinary people, having extraordinary experiences. Preferred partner WIMCO Villas represents the finest portfolio of villas on the island. The WIMCO team was awarded “Best Quality of Villas” by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel Weekly’s 2015 Magellan Award for excellence in vacation rentals and concierge services. Its concierge team can open any door, and secure any reservation for its clients.

“This trip we stayed in a WIMCO Villa. Their concierge service is unparalleled and staying in a home gives you a certain freedom to get out, get lost, and explore the island on your own,” said Nicole Hanley Mellon who was recently featured in Quest Magazine for her HANLEY’S Resort 2016 Collection. Read More here: http://questmag.com/blog/paradise-found-st-bart.

Nicole Mellon Henley, photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine

Nicole Hanley Mellon, photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine

Top Five WIMCO villas still available for New Years in St Barths:

Villa WV ECO in Gouverneur, http://publicbeta.wimco.com/villas/villa.aspx?pid=903688
Villa WV VUE in Columbier, http://publicbeta.wimco.com/villas/villa.aspx?pid=902707
Villa WV DUN in Saline, http://publicbeta.wimco.com/villas/villa.aspx?pid=903451
Villa WV BOW in Lorient, http://publicbeta.wimco.com/villas/villa.aspx?pid=905220
Villa WV ATP in Lurin, http://publicbeta.wimco.com/villas/villa.aspx?pid=905375

View All Villas, http://publicbeta.wimco.com/villas/searchholiday.aspx?hol=xms&did=487&sdid=0&br=0&pr=0&so=0&ch=False&pl=False&be=False

WIMCO’s seasoned Villa Specialists are ready to help Altima subscribers find the right villa, advise on best flight options,  book any on-island services, and  provide 24-7 concierge service during your stay.

Contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach.com or call 561-833-8283 for more information.

Nicole Mellon Henley, photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine

Nicole Hanley Mellon, photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine


Nicole Mellon Henley in St Barths, photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine

Nicole Hanley Mellon in St Barths, photographed by Cristina Macaya for Quest Magazine



Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas, InList Feature

Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas, InList Feature

If you are still frantically trying to figure out how you will celebrate New Years Eve, you can relax now. Why? Because there is an app for that.

Our partnership with InList, has us covered for the biggest and most exciting parties of the year—whether you’re in St. Barths, South Beach or Sydney. InList, the members-only mobile application for discovering and booking curated nightlife and special events is in over 45 cities around the world. Book any type of NYE event from a black tie bacchanal to a VIP table at a chic nightclub.


InList App, Altima Offer

As a holiday gift from InList, they have offered Altima subscribers a $100 INLIST credit that is eligible to be applied towards any New Years VIP Table Reservation at any of their partner venues worldwide. If you are not already a VIP INLIST member, please follow the easy instructions below to receive immediate VIP pre-approved status.

Here is how simple it is: First make sure you download the APP on your phone at www.inlist.com . Request VIP membership with code ALTIMANEWYEARS.  Then simply locate your preferred city, select your favorite New Year’s Eve event in the app, and choose how you want to celebrate 2016. Make sure to contact your personal InList Representative in the app to obtain your credit. We look forward to helping you plan the best New Years yet! Cheers and Happy New Year!
Contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach.com for more information.


By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

What was your greatest experience as a child? Was it a vacation your parents took you on? Maybe it was when you met your lifelong friend during recess? Did you have a teacher who inspired you to become what you are today? I am sure you have shared endless childhood stories with your children. It is time for your them to start making memories of their own…

Institut Le Rosey is known for bringing excellence in education and life experiences for the past 135 years. Does a 2-week Winter Camp filled with the breath-taking natural beauty of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, endless indoor and outdoor adventures and a group of inspiring mentors sound like a blast to you? Sorry parents, but we are talking to the kids! (You are invited to live vicariously through them, of course.)

A Rosean is an active, curious and ambitious individual with the motivation to follow a holistic education.

Institut Le Rosey

Institut Le Rosey

The exclusive camp only accepts 50 students and focuses in the development of self-confidence.   The program which is made up of sports, activities, workshops and excursions, will be led by a team of 7 counselors who have been with Le Rosey and the Rosey Summer Camps for at least 5 years. There is a Camp Director, a Head of Excursions, a Head of Sports, a Head of Boarding, a Nurse, an Arts teacher, Public Speaking teacher and 5 more supporting teachers who are there to ensure your child makes the most out of this experience!


Interested in this opportunity for your child? Contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach.com or 561-833-8283


WIMCO | Beach House Cosmos

WIMCO | Beach House Cosmos

The island of St Barths is one of our favorite winter retreats. Here is an update on some of the latest happenings on the island…

New Restaurants
St Barths is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. With over 60 restaurants packed into its compact 8 miles, you’ll have no difficulty finding new and exciting places to try out every day. Long time favs like Maya’s, the Hideaway, Sante Fe, Do Brazil and La Gloriette all have their fans. Here is a quick take on two newcomers.

25 Quarter: The pop art inspired bar opened up in the space formerly occupied by Monbarth in Gustavia, and the year before that by Rhum St Barth. It advertises exciting “street food” like finger food tacos and sliders.

Carpe Diem: A bit of Italy has been found its way to the La Pointe area of Gustavia, in the space formerly occupied by Le Ti Zouk. This is a simple restaurant with Italian dishes like beef carpaccio , burratina with sausages, and zucchini soup for starters. For main courses, several varieties of pasta, with different sauces, and the ability to choose the portion size. A good value.

25 Quarter

25 Quarter | Gustavia, St Barths

Best times to go
New Year: Think multi-course dinners, champagne toasts, moonlight on the calm ocean, fireworks over the harbor in Gustavia, parties on the yachts tied up to the quai, live music in the streets and in many restaurants, a moveable feast for the eyes and senses.

Carnaval: Feb 9, 2016. An intimate fun version of Mardi Gras

Bucket Regatta: March 17-20, 2016. See some of the most elegant and impressive large sailing boats (100+’ in length) in the world compete for the celebrated Bucket cup.

Les Voiles de St Barths Regatta: April 11-16

St Barts Villa

Where to stay
St Barths has several top notch hotels, and for those of you visiting St Barths for the first time, that may fit your comfort zone. Repeat visitors to the island quickly figure out that the island’s private villas can offer more space, privacy and value than a comparable number of hotel rooms. If you are game to try a villa rental, we recommend that you contact WIMCO Villas, a company we have used for several of our vacations. Their reservations office in the US will help guide you to a villa that best suites your needs, and then their on-island concierge team will take care of your every need during your vacation.

Reservations: info@wimco.comor 401-849-8012

WIMCO has some excellent villas still available for New Years week, call for details.
Links to a sampling of villas is included below:

5+ bedroom villas
WV CML http://www.des08.com/t/30977171/498610353/67369589/0/18155/?2997ebdd=VGVzdCtvZitjb250ZW50JTNBK0hvbGlkYXlBdmFpbGFiaWxpdHlPY3QyMDE1&x=2714850f
$89,950/week – *10 night min
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$80,000/week – *7 night min.
WV WAY http://www.des08.com/t/30977171/498610353/67369609/0/18155/?2997ebdd=VGVzdCtvZitjb250ZW50JTNBK0hvbGlkYXlBdmFpbGFiaWxpdHlPY3QyMDE1&x=b8ba1209

3 & 4 bedroom villas
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$39,500/week – *10 night min
WV COS http://www.des08.com/t/30977171/498610353/57243052/0/18155/?2997ebdd=VGVzdCtvZitjb250ZW50JTNBK0hvbGlkYXlBdmFpbGFiaWxpdHlPY3QyMDE1&x=b7d01295
WV HCH http://www.des08.com/t/30977171/498610353/67369723/0/18155/?2997ebdd=VGVzdCtvZitjb250ZW50JTNBK0hvbGlkYXlBdmFpbGFiaWxpdHlPY3QyMDE1&x=3d9b4e58

1 & 2 bedroom villas
WV ATO http://www.des08.com/t/30977171/498610353/67369763/0/18155/?2997ebdd=VGVzdCtvZitjb250ZW50JTNBK0hvbGlkYXlBdmFpbGFiaWxpdHlPY3QyMDE1&x=40f4c01e
WV TED http://www.des08.com/t/30977171/498610353/67369808/0/18155/?2997ebdd=VGVzdCtvZitjb250ZW50JTNBK0hvbGlkYXlBdmFpbGFiaWxpdHlPY3QyMDE1&x=030b8c29
$21,620/week – *10 night min.
WV BBE http://www.des08.com/t/30977171/498610353/67369833/0/18155/?2997ebdd=VGVzdCtvZitjb250ZW50JTNBK0hvbGlkYXlBdmFpbGFiaWxpdHlPY3QyMDE1&x=c4c50d5a
$7,000/week – *12 night min.

Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

My last trip to Mexico was for a wedding. I remember the jovial spirit of the wedding party as timeless festive songs echoed along the coastline while we flooded the dance floor. The colorful lights, skirts swaying and twirling with every song…You could feel the liveliness of the Mexican culture which has been passed down for centuries.

There are times when words cannot do justice to describe the most vibrant and touching moments. This is when we can thank the invention of photography and the photographers who capture and tell stories with their stills.

Christophe von Hohenberg, renowned portrait, documentary, and lifestyle photographer briefly describes the plot and inspiration for his upcoming exhibition, Shadows of the Gods….

“For the past eight years, I have been living among the shadows with the children of Montezuma and Cortez, exploring the neighborhoods,” says von Hohenberg. “From walking through romantic Calle Francisco Sosa in Coyoacan, to losing my balance on cobblestones in the picturesque Colonial neighborhood of San Angel.”

Shadows Of The Gods Book Cover

Splitting his time between Mexico City and New York City, von Hohenberg’s photographs have been featured in American Vogue, Art ForumVanity Fair, German Rolling StoneThe New York Times, Fortune, and French Vogue, as well as art galleries and private collections around the globe. He has published two acclaimed books Andy Warhol- The Day the Factory Died and Another Planet – New York Portaits – 1976 – 1996

Shadows of the Gods features photographs ranging from 2007 to the present, capturing the emergence of contemporary art and culture within Mexico City’s historical setting. A selection of the pieces featured in the exhibition will be taken from a section of the book which is devoted to Mexican Street Art.

Join von Hohenberg as he reveals his latest work at

Leonard Tourné Gallery
46 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

Wednesday, November 4 through Saturday, November 14

Contact maribel@altimapalmbeach.com for more information.

Mexican Street ArtMexican Street Art

St. Barth Properties | Acerola Deck Dining

St. Barth Properties | Acerola Deck Dining

If you have been following Altima for a while, it is no secret that one of our absolute favorite destinations is St. Barts. The day we stop raving about it means we have finally dropped everything and moved there…

The island is known as the getaway for those “in the know” and comes with a high price tag, but it is the simplicity of the island that people fall in love with. Never underestimate the soothing power of pristine waters, picturesque cliffs and a bottle (or 5) of rosé. The French-speaking locals, sexy nightlife, and boho-chic shopping scene are just a bonus to the entire experience.

St. Barth Properties of Sotheby’s International Realty would like to introduce you to one of their most desirable listings – Villa ACEROLA on Camaruche. The romance of starting the morning off with an espresso and French pastries with no plans for the day other than lounging on the sprawling deck overlooking the panoramic ocean views begins the minute after you step off the plane.

The private 2-bedroom villa [now available from December 15, 2015- January 7, 2016] sits hillside featuring a contemporary living room, infinity swimming pool overlooking the picturesque landscape, outdoor fitness area, and inviting kitchen with a large island. The spot is perfect for entertaining family, friends and perhaps newer friends you have met during lunch at La plage (Tom Beach) or picnicking at Colombier.

To book your perfect villa or hotel, contact Mai directly and make sure you mention Altima Palm Beach for Special Perks! mai_sharona@yahoo.com or

call (590) 690 643 572


By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

Like me, you may have had to settle for the living room plasma screen when Novak Djokovic went head-to-head with the legendary Roger Federer, or the emotional defeat of Serena Williams by Roberta Vinci at the 2015 US Open hosted in New York. Lucky for us, global business mogul and visionary Sir Richard Branson is bringing the thrill of tennis down south at the 2015 Necker Cup Pro-Am and Legends Tennis Camp on Necker Island from November 28, 2015 through December 3, 2015.


The Necker Cup is acclaimed as the “most fun and exclusive” Pro Am Tennis Event IN THE WORLD. Naturally, the event will be hosted in true Branson style. The all-inclusive six-day/five-night experience will include sixteen ATP/WTA Tour Players and legends who will be paired up with sixteen amateur teams of all levels. Imagine going back and forth on the courts with tennis greats Boris Becker, Brad Gilbert, Martina Navratilova, Marion Bartoli, Tracy Austin, Viktor Troicki, Donald Young, David Nalbandian, Chris Evert & Johan Kriek!

I know, this is an overdose of tennis frenzy and you may need some time to relax. There is still plenty for you to do at Necker Island like paddle boarding, sail boat races, kite boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, massage therapy, parties, and more! A-list celebs including Sean Paul, Jewel, Charlotte McKinney & Chevy Chase will all be joining the festivities too!

The unique experience organized by Premier Tennis is all about FUN and has raised over $2 million for their chosen beneficiaries.

Choose between 3 exclusive packages and allow Altima to help you set up the trip of a lifetime! Contact us at 561-833-8283 or email maribel@altimapalmbeach.com

Necker Cup Pro-Am Package
Play in the Most Exclusive Pro-Am in the World
Location: Sir Richard Branson’s private, Necker Island, BVI
Package Price: $110,000 for two (2) people, all inclusive (air not included)
Highlights: Team entry for up to two players into the Necker Cup Main Draw that will include Sir Richard Branson and 15 ATP / WTA Tennis Legends; Courtside seats to the Necker Cup Pro Charity Tennis Exhibition; and entry into the Charity Dinner, Auction & “End of the World” Party in the newly rebuilt, Great House

Platinum Packages
Play in the Legends Camp & Enjoy the Necker Cup
Package Price: $40,000 for two people and $25,000 for one person (Limited to 10 guests)

Legends Tennis Camp Package
Led by Murphy Jensen, Wayne Bryan
Location:  Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort, Virgin Gorda, BVI and Necker Island.
Package Price: Starting at $13,000 for two (2) people and $7,645 for one (1) person, all inclusive



By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

I’m still trying to understand how this works.. According to a recent article I came across, Christie’s International Real Estate and its partner Dutch Docklands have taken ‘Private Island Living‘ to the next level.  According to Forbes Magazine,  “Amillarah Private Islands has created unique tailor-made floating residences designed by famed Dutch architect Koen Olthius.”  Not only will these islands be self-sustainable, eco-friendly and free from environmental impact, but you can take it wherever you want to create your own private paradise…  Customize your island and take it to… Miami? Maldives? Dubai? New York?

Even if I could afford it, not sure it would be my cup of tea…I prefer the ‘real thing’,  but no question this ‘over the top experience’ may be just the thing for some who have experienced just about everything…. Click here to read the article

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