Conde Nast has kindly put together a list of the best restaurants in 2013.  Some of our favorites:  Mission Chinese in NY and Mercato in Shanghai.  Eating and travelling…a great combination.


Best Tailor in NY – Dynasty

by Carl Marks on April 7, 2013

in New York,USA

Dynasty Tailor If you ask around in Manhattan, most well informed people will tell you that the best tailor / dry cleaner in the city is Madame Paulette.  We have used them and agree, they do outstanding work and brilliant customer service.   But that comes with a hefty price.

Our other choice is the rather non descript, Dynasty Custom Tailor.   You can expect the same quality and friendly staff here at a better price.  And since all the fun people live downtown these days going to 38th Street and 5th Ave is closer than 2nd Ave and 65th Street.  Saves you getting that uptown visa for your passport.

We still take our furs to Madame Paulette but everything else goes to Dynasty.


Burgers and Lobster in London

by Carl Marks on March 25, 2012

in Europe,London,Restaurant

Tucked away in Mayfair on 29 Clarges Street is a lovely spot to have a burger or lobster.  Aptly named Burger & Lobster.  They don’t take reservations and are open Monday – Saturday from Noon to 10:30pm (last orders).  We had both choices and were very pleased.  Great atmosphere and the place always seems to be busy so prepare for a bit of a wait at the bar but it’s worth it.

The best part…GBP 20 for either the burger (10 oz) or the lobster plus chips (fries for the Americans) and salad.   Now you know why we are fans.


NYC Smyth Tribeca Hotel – 20% off

by Carl Marks on September 3, 2011

in Hotels,New York,USA

The Smyth Tribeca with its chauffeured cars and Dean & DeLuca products in the rooms has a deal for you.  On the Smyth Suite Promotion in Tribeca, book by 6 September 2011 with rates from $299 / night:

  • 20% off suites at the best available rate
  • Daily breakfast for two at Plein Sud
  • Welcome amenity
  • 4pm check-out

Take some time off from your Labor Day barbecue and book now.


Kenya Safari 30% off – Olarro

by Carl Marks on August 21, 2011

in Africa,Luxe Style

It’s not often that you get 30% off during high season on a safari.  Fortunately, the team at Olarro has done just that until the end of September.

Olarro’s seven thatched roof cottages will go for $487 per person per night for a three-day package that includes all meals on their Special Migration Offer:

  • 3 nights’ accommodations for the price of two
  • A full-day game drive in the Masai Mara, including a picnic lunch
  • All other activities including night game drives, mountain biking, trekking, bush dining, and community visits
  • Up to two kids under 12 stay free (room and meals) with their parents
  • A complimentary spa treatment per adult
  • All meals

Just in time to give your new Vuitton luggage a test run from the latest collection for men.


Lake Tahoe – Ritz Golf Package

by Carl Marks on August 18, 2011

in California,Golf,Hotels,USA

Treat yourself to one of Lake Tahoe’s spectacular golf courses.  Choose from Gray’s Crossing or Old Greenwood and stay at the Ritz Carlton.

  • Rates from $349 / night until 1 October 2011
  • Includes one round of 18 holes at either course.

Then mix up some killer cocktails with these ice cubes.


Get the girls together and head to Bermuda.  Until 31 October 2011, stay in a 2 bedroom suite at The Reefs and get:

  • 20% savings on four nights accommodations in a two-bedroom luxury Club Suite for four women
  • $300 credit per person to use at La Serena Spa for a spa day (or spa treatments spread out over the trip). Choose from a full menu of pampering treatments including manicure/pedicures, facials, body wraps, massages and more.
  • Daily breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course gourmet dinner
  • $100 drink credit to use toward the island’s signature Dark n’ Stormy or Rum Swizzle cocktails (or your own favorite drink)
  • One-day bus/ferry pass for each person to explore Bermuda and shop in downtown Hamilton
  • Roundtrip airport transfers for the group
  • All hotel taxes and gratuities
  • Cost – $7,545

You go girls!


If you are heading to London, a must do is Martini central with our favourite bartender, Antonio, at Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge.  To make things better, they have a 3 nights for the price of 2 on their suites or the 5th night free on other rooms.

Close to shopping, restaurants and London’s optician of choice, 36 Opticians on Beauchamp Place.




Miami Spice 2011 – Restaurant Deals

by Carl Marks on July 31, 2011

in Florida,Restaurant

Not to be out done with mere restaurant weeks in other cities, Miami has their 2 month long Miami Spice event from 1 Aug – 30 Sept.  Try out some of Miami’s finest eateries for $22 lunches and $35 dinners.

How about these as just a sample:

Colours of the world, spice up your life.  La, la, la, la….




Trump Summer Deals

by Carl Marks on July 5, 2011

in Las Vegas,New York,USA

Even though we don’t care much for the man himself, the hotels are worth a visit.

Chicago Kids in the City

  • One night stay in a Deluxe King City View Suite
  • Trump Kids Welcome Amenity
  • Gaming system or board games in-room (based on availability)
  • Milk and Cookies at turn-down
  • Continental Breakfast for Two
  • $15 Nightly Hotel Credit

New York – 3rd night free

  • Offer good through 6 Sept 2011
  • Book a suite and get the 3rd night free

Waikiki – 4th night free

  • Offer good through 16 Dec 2011
  • 4th night free
  • Steps from the beach

Las Vegas

  • Luxury accommodations in your choice of guest suite or penthouse
  • One day cabana rental
  • Two 20 minute poolside chair massages
  • Two night minimum stay required
  • Rates from $189 / night