“Life is all about timing, my friend,” an older wiser comrade once told me.Â To the naked eye, this bon vivant’s life appears as if the right timing for everything just falls easily into his lap.Â At the bare minimum, he lives an opulent life filled with the finer things, the most interesting travel experiences, the highest quality in goods and services, and keeps the most intellectually stimulating company.Â I always have respected and admired his ability to make the best of life, but then again years of hard work, proper investments and hiring a good staff over the course of a lifetime have afforded him certain luxuries, particularly when it comes to flying the coop.
More often than not, money and time to arrange tend to be obstacles when it comes to extravagant travel, even for the most conscientious explorer.Â Those who work very hard in order to save up for an over the top experience can sometimes get sidetracked when it comes to the perfect planning.Â And, while a trip can provide you a lifetime of memories (or nightmares), it can also set you back financially so much that it hurts.Â On top of that, there’s no guarantee that your investment will be as heavenly as you had planned. As they say, “the best laid plans.”Â Enter Portico by Exclusive Resorts.
Under the veteran leadership of executives Steve Case and former Euro Disney and Club Med Chairman and CEO Philippe Bourguignon, the company just announced this month that it launched a private club that provides access to a growing portfolio of incredible luxury vacation homes in the worldâ€™s best destinations, combined with personalized pre-trip planning and expert concierge service, all at members-only prices up to 50% below market rates.Â They are touting Portico as the common sense solution for consumersÂ seeking all the advantages of luxury homes for their vacations, with reliable branded excellence to eliminate the uncertainty of villa rentals and other unpredictable vacation alternatives.
What do you get?Â Every Portico vacation includes superb personal service from start to finish.Â Members enjoy comprehensive assistance from a team of Exclusive Resorts-trained staff, including Dedicated Vacation Planners to provide travel recommendations and pre-trip planning, experienced onsite staff to handle all the details, and daily housekeeping, all at no additional cost.Â Portico members also enjoy access to an impressive variety of amenities at prestigious world-class resorts, such as private beach clubs, spa and fitness facilities, golf courses, and more.Â Â Â Portico offers an unmatched selection of more than 150 vacation homes in over 50 of the worldâ€™s best beach, mountain, leisure and metropolitan destinations, with a target of 300 homes in 100 destinations by yearâ€™s end.Â Members will be able to travel to Bora Bora, Los Cabos, Bermuda, Nantucket, Lake Tahoe, Telluride, Chamonix, Palm Springs, Rancho Palos Verdes, Sonoma, Greece, Provence, and more.Â The Portico portfolio features a wide variety of homes to suit every vacation, ranging fromÂ four-bedroom villas with private pools in Los Cabos; to three-bedroom, slopeside residences in Telluride; to two-bedroom bungalows over the water in Bora Bora.Â Each home will be vetted and verified under an expansive set of proprietary standards to ensure that every Portico vacation delivers world-class quality with maximum value.
I bought my boyfriend a Hammacher Schlemmer Personalized World Travel Map (thanks to the suggestion of friend/travel expert Peter Greenberg) for Christmas and just this weekend we started our Pin Plan for destinations, where we will go together and I just noted some of these near and far away places happen to be on Portico’s list, as I’m sure even more will be added over the course of the year.Â So, if life is all about timing, I’m pretty sure these mouth watering photos came at about the right time.Â Time for us to all GET. AWAY.Â
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.