I ticked off another destination on my bucket list and, in retrospect, am finding it hard to determine which vacation I loved more: the South African Safari http://singita.com/ or a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands.

View from our Dorado Beach Hotel terrace.

Quechua ladies of Peru

"Positano, like Capri is more of a way of life than a tourist destination.  La Marina Grande is the small main beach."

These two teenagers fighting were so amazingly close you could hear their tusks clanking

Rafting in the Rio Paquare, Costa Rica was an exhilirating, heart thumping experience

Art Basel Miami Beach

Vernissage: December 1



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2341 Collins Avenue (23rd street)


After an investment of over $100 million, this resort, formerly the Gansevoort, relaunches as 1 Hotels South Beach. Gone is the shark tank and the frenzy in the lobby, and in its place a sea of white and natural wood with accents of cedar. There are bowls of fresh fruit here and there, replaced with different ones every day.  The extra large rooms are accessed by a key-coded elevator. We have managed to negotiate special rates for our clients during Art Basel.

Rates given below are European Plan (no meals included) and are subject to 13% local taxes and a $25.00 per room, per night resort fee – includes: Wi-Fi, beach chairs, fitness center, unlimited local calls, bicycles, in-room tablet (loaded with newspapers and magazines) Tesla drop off service based on availability (inside of a 3 mile radius of the hotel). Rates are the same for one king or two queen beds for one and/or two adults.


Room rates: Off-Peak 11/29 – 12/01     Peak rates 12/01-12/06

King run of the house     $ 699               $ 899

Ocean view king             $ 799               $ 999

Studio suites **               $ 799               $ 999


** Studio Suites – 700 square feet room with king size bed, full kitchen, dining and sitting area, washer/dryer and Miami skyline views.

Rates are based on a four night minimum stay. A refundable deposit of one night plus tax will be taken when you reserve. Full refund less an administrative fee of $100.00 will be processed if you cancel by Friday September 25.


For more hotel information, refer to the WorldTable front page for the story: “Weekend Geataway Miami Beach”.

Loews Miami Beach

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1601 Collins Avenue (between 16th and 17th streets)

The Loews has undergone a complete refurbishment ( new color scheme-light green, brown and grey) new carpeting, linens and curtains) plus the renovation of bathrooms and the lighting system in the hallways. All rooms have a pullout couch in the sitting area. 


The room descriptions given below is to help you with the different types of rooms now available. The rates will vary by the date you make your reservation and the day you arrive. In the past, they have required a three day minimum stay, so the prices will vary taking that into consideration.



TBD – PREMIUM guaranteed balcony with an ocean view.
TBD – DELUXE with city views
TBD – LUXURY rooms are all partial ocean views (add $46 for King beds)
TBD – ROTUNDA rooms are located in the front towers, therefore are all city views. These are junior suites, King bed, with separation between the living area and the bedroom.

The hotel has informed us they are not giving out any room allotments to groups.  Since Altour has special year-round contract rates with them together with American Express (you don't have to pay with Amex) we will use these rates for this year's Art Basel attendees.  As always, the prices given do not include the 13% state/city taxes. The earlier you reserve, the better chance to get the lowest rates. All changes and cancellations must be done in writing with Altour. Please note, that the room types have changed since the renovation, they now call the "standard" room city view a deluxe and what was the "deluxe", is now called a Luxury.


In order to secure a reservation a deposit of one night will be taken at the time of booking.  Full refund will be given if reservations are canceled, in writing to Altour, at least 3 days in advance.  Changes will be allowed for an administrative fee of $50, please be aware it may change the room rate. The Loews charges $50 for early departures once you  have checked in.

For reservations contact: esty.fruchter@altour.com

Tradewinds Apartments

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Located at 2365 Pinetree Drive (near 23rd street) just 3 blocks walking distance from the Miami Convention Center. The Tradewinds apartments & hotel is a haven of relaxation and ultimate comfort. It features 160 luxuriously appointed studios, one and 2 bedroom apartment suites. The Tradewinds Apartments are part of the South Beach Group (Hotel Metropolitan, Lincoln, Riviera, Catalina, etc) has a complimentary Golf Cart which connects all their properties and the Exhibition Hall. Just make a reservation at the front desk for the cart to pick you up.

The one bedroom suites have a light-filled living and dining space with wide-screen plama TV, stainless steel and granite clad kitchen, a separate bedroom with queen bedding and a full bathroom.  
Room amenities include: plush bathrobe, flat panel TV, Wi-Fi, hair dryers and make-up mirror, stainless steel kitchen with cooking and dining ware, on-site laundry facilities, A/C.  The hotel has lush beautifully kept gardens all around. There is a large pool with complimentary lounge chairs, umbrellas and tables. Added to the rates given below, is a $12.00 per room, per night charge to cover: Wi-Fi access in your room,  happy hour from 7-8PM at the sister hotel Catalina and the shuttle service from Miami Airport to/from hotel (see website below).
$ 200.00 - per night with 10 nights minimum
$ 240.00 - per night with 6 nights minimum
$ 270.00 - per night with 5 nights minimum
Five night minimum stay. City, state taxes of 13% not included. 
Shuttle bus service from/to Miami international Airport (check website for schedule).  Airport pick up location is at the 2nd level of departures Gate G, door 26. View shuttle service schedule here: http://www.southbeachgroup.com/south_beach_group_freebies.php




A one night non refundable deposit will be taken November 1st.  Any cancelations after that date will be charged the entire amount of room and tax reserved. Full prepayment will be taken 21 days prior to arrival. Name changes will be allowed with a charge of $50 administrative fee.

For reservations, contact: esty.fruchter@altour.com


For all reservations, please contact Esilda at: