WHY WORK WITH US?
Our expertise and our passion is travel. We have first-hand knowledge of many of the destinations our clients are curious about. Plus, we are devoted to making sure each and every trip is full of positive lifelong memories. We are a proud member of Virtuoso, the leading global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel. When you book with a Virtuoso advisor, you gain access to a world of personalized travel experiences as well as special perks and upgrades only offered to Virtuoso travelers.
WHERE IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL RIGHT NOW?
This is the question we are getting asked every day - where is it safe to travel to right now?
We are excited to suggest these wonderful destinations for your consideration. It is important to understand that some of the services at hotel properties might be limited or feel different due to the COVID-19 safety measures being taken, and we are happy to speak with you about those. You can also ask us about current specials and best offers at any of these properties.
And remember - you are always a Virtuoso VIP with extra amenities such as upgrades, breakfast, and hotel credits when you book with us.
THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
The State of Hawai‘i "Safe Travels Hawai‘i" program is a multilayered process designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. There are restrictions to apply and only single island visits are allowed at this time.
Travelers who successfully complete a pre-travel test will not be subject to the state’s 14-day quarantine program. FDA-approved NAAT tests, processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory are the only types of coronavirus tests currently approved by the state of Hawaii.
The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept test results from trusted testing and travel partners.
This information is subject to change, so please contact us for the most current information if you are considering a trip to Hawaii.
BLANCANEAUX LODGE AND TURTLE INN - BELIZE
A dramatic hideaway in a rainforest wonderland. Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn have always been remote, secluded and sustainable by design as it was the Coppola’s intention to enjoy these hideaways personally allowing for the utmost in privacy.
Reopening November 1, 2020
In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, immediately fell in love with the location, and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the hideaway was used as a family retreat before Francis opened his tropical paradise to the public in 1993. Blancaneaux Lodge is a 20-room luxury hideaway where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting allows guests to explore the ancient civilization of the Maya and to return to their own thatched roof dwelling, rich with Guatemalan décor and nestled in the foliage of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve.
Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside hideaway in 2001 and created an idyllic refuge for those seeking a relaxing or adventure-filled getaway to Belize. This 25-room seafront escape delights guests with individual thatched cottages, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings, naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean Sea. In addition to offering an ideal location to experience the sea, Turtle Inn is located a short bicycle ride or walk from the charming sea-front fishing village of Placencia, where local artisan shops and dining spots can be enjoyed.
NAYARA SPRINGS - COSTA RICA
A secluded place of understated luxury in Arenal Volcano National Park
Each spacious tent was built on stilts to maximize the stunning vistas and leave a minimal footprint. The experience is secluded and romantic for couples, or fun and educational for the whole family. Inspired in the African safaris but conceived in the tropical Costa Rican rainforest, the tents are a mix of sustainable luxury with a “Pura Vida” vibe. If a soothing soak is a staple in your self-care routine, prepare to swoon over the tub; or if an outdoor shower with the stars is your thing, you will have a lifetime experience. A great place to reset and recharge, far from civilization and close to nature, and with great sleep helped by the calming sounds of the rainforest.
Hidden among the tropical forest, the Springs Villas offer a secluded adults-only escape and an authentic experience of Costa Rica. The Villas feature private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs, expansive private gardens with dual rain showers, an oversized bathroom, a sleek, four-poster bed, and indoor and outdoor sitting areas. Exotic touches, modern amenities, and indigenous wood and stone are widely used to produce an unparalleled, authentic, and romantic experience.
LA CASA QUE CANTA - ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO
Still paved with cobblestones and charmingly traditional, Zihuatanejo is dotted with great resorts, but few meld the rustic allure of Old Mexico with five-star luxury the way La Casa Que Canta does.
La Casa Que Canta
Ocean-wrapped La Casa Que Canta blends seamlessly into its natural landscape. This intimate retreat is set on a series of terracotta terraces that spill down to Zihuatanejo Bay below, with a freshwater pool pavilion carved from the rocks above the water. With views of the sea from each of the suites, you can wake up and fall asleep to the sound of waves. Inspired by traditional Mexican craftmanship, the thatched roof suites are characterful spaces peppered with hand-crafted furnishings – with fresh flower designs just one of the thoughtful touches. This spirit of attentiveness continues at La Casa Que Canta’s open-air Mar Y Cielo restaurant, putting the Bay at your feet and the stars overhead. Enjoy Mexican flavours under a wooden palapa at breakfast and lunch, then return for a romantic lantern-lit dinner.
EXPLORE THE WEST INDIES
"it's yachting, not cruising"
SeaDream Yacht Club is offering the opportunity to explore the West Indies this winter with unique 7-day round-trip itineraries beginning November 7, 2020. Their 7-day round-trip Barbados voyages are designed to create the ultimate winter yacht experience focusing only on destinations that are regarded as safe for travelers where you can visit some of the true gems of the region with enhanced safety protocols in place. SeaDream yachts are intimate boutique ships that provide a unique traveling experience unlike any other cruise vacation. Chic and stylish, SeaDream’s yachts are favored for their elegant informality, highly personal service, inclusive open bar and gratuities, all ocean view staterooms and suites, luxury accommodations and world-class cuisine.
AMANGIRI RESORT - SOUTHERN UTAH
This luxurious resort is tucked into a protected valley in the heart of the Grand Circle and surrounded by some of North America’s most breathtaking scenery.
Ochre in the morning light, apricot by midday, dazzling pink at dusk, the geology of the Grand Staircase-Escalante couldn’t be more dramatic. Residing in 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, and requiring an Act of Congress to be passed so it could be built here, Amangiri blends into countless untouched square miles of red rock country. In the last remnant of the truly wild West, this ‘mountain of peace’ is cradled by the greatest concentration of national parks in the United States – a staggering landscape of canyons, mesas, mountains, gorges, rapids and desert, with traces of human life dating back more than 10,000 years. A five-minute drive across the desert from Amangiri's main resort is Camp Sarika - a collection of 10 elegant and spacious one- and two-bedroom pavilions that elevate the wilderness experience. The cosy, back-to-nature atmosphere of Camp Sarika is ideal for guests of all ages, and the camp is equipped for families of every size, with two-bedroom tented Pavilions available and extra beds provided as needed. Every Pavilion has a private firepit for spending time together at dusk, toasting s’mores on the flames, and telescopes for evening stargazing sessions.
HOLIDAYS IN THE SOUTHWEST
The holidays are right around the corner, and although we may not be exploring Christmas Markets in Europe this year, you and your family can still enjoy a festive holiday in these Southwest locations that are loaded with charm and plenty of safe, outdoor activities.
During winter, most of the country bears down for three months of shoveling, shivering, and counting down the days until summer. Fortunately, there’s a desert oasis where cold is a foreign language and warm temperatures are a year-round way of life.
Re-kindle the joy of Christmas during Christmas at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess. From November 17th until December 31st the resort transforms into an enchanting holiday wonderland with festive decorations and over 4.5 million sparkling LED lights during Christmas at the Princess. Re-imagined in 2020 for a safe, socially distanced outdoor celebration, savor the splendor of the season and discover the place where Christmas cheer lives on. Go ice skating and watch colorful light shows in the Enchanted Plaza. Roast marshmallows and make s'mores together. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus and meet our cute holiday characters. With safe kid-friendly activities and entertainment all season long, it's the perfect destination to make magical memories before the year comes to a close.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the U.S. The rich cultural traditions of the Hispanic and Native American populations make Christmas a special time to visit. Each December, Farolitos or "paper lanterns" are placed in lines and rows on the ground along streets, sidewalks, on porches, atop roofs and around plazas. In December, you are likely to find snow on the adobes and Indian dance ceremonies at the pueblos.
The Inn of the Five Graces is located in the heart of Santa Fe's historic downtown. Nestled on a quiet side street near the Santa Fe River, the Inn’s earthy, traditional adobe and stone exterior belies the extraordinary sensual experience awaiting visitors on the inside. Step through its doors, and a feast of color and texture awakens the imagination. All of the deeply luxurious guest suites are small worlds of their own. The rooms evoke a time when every object was made by hand, expressing the spirit of its maker. All have wood-burning kiva fireplaces; some have private balconies. Nearly all feature king-size beds and restful sitting areas. Bedrooms, sitting rooms, and secluded patios are adorned with lush textiles and furnishings thoughtfully designed to offer all the comforts of home. The exquisite bathrooms are magnificent in their own right. Vivid with hand-laid tile mosaics, they invite soothing soaks by candlelight. Double sinks, deep soaking tubs, and separate showers are adorned with scenes in intricate, colorful tile. The bathing spaces have been carefully designed to nurture reflection and rejuvenation. Relax, and let the artwork take you to a contemplative place beyond the ordinary.
The scent of piñon woodsmoke fills the air as you step onto your private patio to watch the sun set. In Santa Fe, it’s hard not to feel a little spoiled by the rugged beauty that surrounds our intimate, 65-room Resort. Set on 57 rolling acres in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, and just 10 minutes from downtown’s shops and galleries, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is a family-friendly haven. We make sure our youngest guests get just as many opportunities for fun as the adults, and our Concierge is pleased to help arrange adventures suitable for your children’s ages and interests.
WHAT'S ON YOUR WANDERLIST?
“Think of it as a little portal for your dreams,” says Virtuoso Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Matthew Upchurch
"If a bucket list is what people want to do before they die, a Wanderlist focuses them on how they want to live.”
Use the Wanderlist online tool to begin organizing your travel dreams.
And, when you are ready to travel again, we will be here to help every step of the way!
THE ROBERTSON TEAM
The joy of travel begins with the excitement of planning. It extends to the experience itself. And it lives on in the memories we make. We are committed to providing the guidance and tools you need for the perfect trip and a lifetime of wonderful memories.
HEATHER SCHUYLER GRAY
Owner, Certified Travel Agent
Heather Schuyler is a native to the Santa Barbara area, born and raised in the beach-side town of Carpinteria. She attended the University of Southern California, graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with plans of becoming a physical therapist. Two backpacking trips, through Europe and Africa, and a few twists and turns of life later, the travel industry beckoned. In 2003, armed only with her backpacking experience and a passion for traveling the world, Heather joined the ranks of Robertson International Travel Consultants. Under the mentorship of Brian Robertson, she was taught the travel business from the ground up. In November of 2013, in recognition of her ten year anniversary with the agency, Heather was named Managing Partner and in August of 2017 took over ownership of Robertson Travel.
In the sixteen years since starting her career in the travel industry, and just twenty-one years after her own international traveling began, Heather has touched 6 continents and over 35 countries. Her experience of travel styles ranges from backpacking and hostels to luxury cruises and 5-star hotels. Heather is drawn to destinations of stunning natural beauty (Alaska, Patagonia and the South Pacific) and culture (India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia). Her love of active, adventure and eco-travel has taken her biking across New Zealand, heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies, and sailing aboard expedition ships through Costa Rica, the Galapagos and the Peruvian Amazon. She has been on safari in both East and South Africa, and set out into Northern Canada on a Polar Bear Expedition. She has explored holiday markets along the Danube river, meandered through the English Countryside, yachted through the Greek Isles and most recently spent her honeymoon in Fiji.
Heather’s strengths lie in her absolute attention to detail, her passion for travel, and her desire to create memorable experiences for her clients. She, along with the Robertson Team, continue to work closely together to provide the very best in service and expertise in travel planning for their clients.
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JESSICA GOLDMAN FISHER
From a young age growing up in land-locked Ohio, Jessica had the urge to explore the outside world. Upon graduation from UC Santa Barbara, she organized a year-long trip around the world and it became quickly evident that she was destined to be a travel planner.
A luxury travel consultant for the past 14 years, Jessica continues to expand her reach every day through relationships with her many counterparts and resources across the globe. She specializes in custom international land and sea itineraries of any complexity.
Her own travels uniquely add to her experience… it’s the comfort that gives many clients peace of mind. She has embarked on such adventures as hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, been on safari in Africa, swam the Great Barrier Reef, cruised the Galapagos Islands, and hot air ballooned over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Her travels have taken her to 6 continents, including the countries of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tahiti, Fiji, Costa Rica, St. Lucia, Grenadines, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Turkey, and a large handful of European Countries.
A Santa Barbara resident now for 19 years, Jessica is grateful to share a wonderful life “in paradise” with her husband and two children.
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STACEY J BYERS
Stacey is the newest member of our team! She is a travel enthusiast and a professional photographer.
Stacey has always been curious about people, their stories, and about places she has never been to before. As a photographer, she primarily focuses on people. She says that portraiture provides her with a powerful opportunity for total strangers to share some of their life stories with her. Stacey’s other passion is travel. She possesses a wanderlust to experience new places and cultures. One might describe her approach as “look, listen, learn, and love” because no matter where she travels, she develops a deep respect for the people she encounters and inevitably falls in love with the places she explored.
As a travel advisor, she enjoys helping clients have experiences where they too fall in love with the people they met and the places they visited.
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At Robertson International Travel Consultants, the sky’s the limit in terms of creating your next travel itinerary. We are ready to plan every last detail of your upcoming trip, so all that’s left for you is to enjoy it.
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The purpose of life, after all, is to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.