Oh the Places We Go!

Inviato: noun (Italian) envoy, correspondent, messenger. Inviato offers an experty curated selection of the best places to stay over the globe, providing authentic insider hotel reviews, sneak peeks at the hottest new hotel openings and access to special VIP amenities and rates.

About Inviato

I, and so many friends and acquaintances come back from new places bursting with tips and recommendations only to jot them down and file away somewhere forgotten. My own home office is overflowing with boxes of notes, magazine clippings and articles of intriguing places that I have collected over the years. Anyone who knows me knows how meticulous I am in the research of my next trip – for me it’s equally as fun as the trip itself.

inviatophotoI have been very fortunate to merge my passion for travel into a career – over 27 years in the luxury travel industry to be exact. From my first job right out of college helping create Platinum and Gold Cardmember travel programs for American Express T.R.S. (and subsequent management roles at the company for 11 years) to various senior marketing and consulting roles at companies such as Zagat Survey and Leading Hotels of the World to my position today as Executive Director of a non-profit global travel foundation, I have gained immeasurable experience and knowledge connecting travelers to special places and experiences.

It seemed only natural, then, to channel these resources, my passion and experience into something of value. That is how Inviato was conceived – a simple inspiration to create a vehicle to share unique places with wanderlust travelers who are equally excited about the discovery of the next trip as I am.  And what a journey it has been.  From my first post in Rome in 2009 (hence the Italian heritage of our site) to today – 250 hotel reviews and travel experiences later – my mission has never strayed. It just got a bit more ambitious!

Like a child, I have enjoyed watch Inviato blossom over the years and transform before my eyes from a humble luxury travel blog to an online travel destination providing a personally curated selection and candid reviews of luxury hotels, resorts and experiences over the globe as well as our new edited City Guides and sneak peeks inside the latest hotel openings.  I am eternally grateful to my globe-trotting contributors below who journey the world and report back with the inside scoop and to our partners at Classic Travel who enable us to provide our readers Virtuoso VIP amenities and perks at the most luxurious hotels in the world. We hope you enjoy the Inviato website – please follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily hotel updates and travel inspiration!

Jackie Cittone Magid (jackie@inviatotravel.com)


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Jackie Cittone Magid, Editor

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Travel executive, blogger, hotel inspector, philanthropist – seriously multi-tasking to do it all while raising two girls in New York City and trying not lose it!  Executive Director of The Bodhi Tree Foundation, a travel foundation that supports communities, cultural heritage and wildlife in global destinations and proud Board member of the U.S. Friends of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust by day, editor of this blog in whatever spare time I can find!

My Favorite Destinations

Paris, always. I have a special soft spot for Provence, where I lived in my Junior Year. Plop me anywhere in Italy and I’m happy. Every country I have been to in Africa (6 so far!) – I’m a safari junkie.

My Favorite Hotels

Pretty much any Singita lodge, Chewton Glen (Britain), Ham Yard Hotel (London), Gleneagles (Scotland), Blackberry Farm (Tennessee), Lake Placid Lodge, Esencia (Mexico), Inn at Palmetto Bluff (South Carolina), Goldeneye Resort (Jamaica) and EVERY place I stayed in Kenya.

My Favorite Markets, Restaurants or Stores

The antique stores in Franschoek, South Africa (I bought a beautiful art deco bar there), the Marchés Aux Puces of Paris and the Mercato Centrale in Florence – for every delicacy under the Tuscan sun. Merci in Paris and Maxfield’s in Los Angeles always have a terrific curated mix of clothing and home goods. Restaurants?  Il Fornaio in Santa Monica, Craig’s in Los Angeles, the 5-course meal at Castello Banfi il Borgo in Tuscany, and Da Ivo in Venice were all pretty memorable

I Never Get On A Plane Without

A new notepad, iPad with movies, a good book, comfy socks, some valium and as many junk magazines as I can carry.

I’m Always Searching For the Perfect

Man (just joking!). A beautiful piece of locally made jewelry, decorative item for our home or leather bag to serve as a keepsake of our trip.

On My Travel Bucket List

I just crossed gorilla trekking in Rwanda and seeing the migration in Tanzania off the list but there are so many more to go – Galapagos Islands, Israel (this Spring!), Vietnam, Cambodia, Vancouver Island… The list goes on and on.


Regular Contributors

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Karen Larrain

Long time fashion and beauty editor who loves to travel as much as possible. I started my career at Harper’s Bazaar and then had a short stint at Glamour Magazine until I became pregnant with my daughter, Camila. Took a short break, saw her take her first steps and then headed back to work at Cosmopolitan for almost ten years. I have attended fashion shows all over the world from Paris to Milan to Sydney, Rio and Sao Paolo. Currently freelancing for many different sites and magazines including Manhattan, Beach, Curated and Inviato. Nothing makes me happier than packing for a trip…two of my favorite things….travel and style all in one case.

My Favorite Destinations

The  Cipriani in Venice, Cartagena Colombia, Fasano in Sao Paolo, and Careyes in Mexico.

My Favorite Hotels

Georges Cinq Paris. I feel like a princess when I stay there. The rooms have great views to the Eiffel Tower. I love the pool and the spa and of course the amazing flowers. Seeing Jude Law there in the hallway in his bathrobe was a nice bonus too.

My Favorite Markets, Restaurants or Stores

I love this little shop on Walton street in London called Percy Bass. It looks like a flea market in the middle of this posh little street because every surface in the shop is filled to the brim with items and it is not merchandised in any fashion but when you start picking through there are so many great gift items and small novelties for the home. I always find so much and everything has that special English touch like handmade eating trays, special soaps, book ends, mirrors, leather boxes, or frames. 

Sardinia has the most incredible restaurants. Two of my favorites are La Casitta and La Scogliera. Arrive by boat and eat with an incredible view.

I Never Get On A Plane Without

Headphones, a big scarf to put over me face on long flights, water, lip balm and socks

I’m Always Searching For the Perfect

The perfect beachwear. Whether its a bracelet, straw bag, caftan or special bikini. It’s my favorite thing to shop for. I especially love those pop up shops on the beach in places like Ibiza, St Tropez, Tulum or Marbella where you find one of kind items. For me, it’s like buying a souvenir from my trip and it always makes me happy when I see it in my closet later. Nothing better than stumbling across an old necklace, dress or sandal that reminds you of a beautiful vacation as you are packing for your next adventure.

On My Travel Bucket List

India, Bali, the Maldives.

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Christina Meza-Kim

Mom of a young toddler, still in the honeymoon phase who has already been asked when baby number two is coming and has toured a few schools (too soon??). Austin native who moved to NYC eight years ago to pursue a marketing career that led to content development for the largest advertiser in the world. Dream of visiting the Seven Wonders of the World before I die – four down, three to go.

My Favorite Destinations

Lake Como, Milan, Paris, Lima, Buenos Aires

My Favorite Hotels

Giraffe Manor in Kenya, Gibb’s Farm in Tanzania, Hotel Scher Salzburg

My Favorite Markets, Restaurants or Stores

Christmas markets in Nuremberg, Porte de Clingnancourt flea market Paris, Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi Tokyo

I Never Get On A Plane Without

Extra large headphones, wipes (you never know what’s lurking on those tray tables!), cozy socks and lots of videos (and vodka) now that we’ll be traveling with a baby (yikes!)

I’m Always Searching For the Perfect

Art to display on my walls. Whether it’s a small oil painting, photo, or a framed piece of exotic fabric, much of the art hanging on my walls has a travel story behind it (hint to hubby: we may need a bigger place)

On My Travel Bucket List

Madagascar, Cuba, and cruising down the Mekong (via Aqua Expeditions!)

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Romi Howard

Former but exceptionally patriotic Canadian / Montrealer, now mother of two teenage daughters navigating the streets of the Upper East Side for the last 18 years. Professionally trained chef running Romi’s Table ( follow me @romistable) on instagram.  Extremely dedicated escape artist from reality who travels every chance I get – there is nothing more intoxicating then touching down somewhere knowing you are about to experience and delight in something new and unseen.

My Favorite Destinations

It’s a toss up between Paris, Hopewell Jamaica and Mont Tremblant in Quebec

My Favorite Hotels

The Park Hyatt in Vienna, Hotel Areias do seixo in Povoa de Penafirme Portugal, Malliouhana in Meads Bay Anguilla, Round Hill in Hopewell Jamaica and Blanket Bay in Glenorchy on the South Island of New Zealand

My Favorite Markets, Restaurants or Stores

Mercado da ribeira in Lisbon, les Halles de Biarritz, le Bon Marché department store in Paris, Da Ivo in Venice, the Bar at Pauly Saal in Berlin. And Sa Foradada, a restaurant built into a cliff in Deia Mallorca Spain that serves the worlds best Paella

I Never Get On A Plane Without

Two huge cashmere wraps, they act as pillows, blankets and eye masks, big ugly socks and something to read on my iPad

I’m Always Searching For the Perfect

Magnet. Our family collect magnets from all our travels. we cannot come home without one. Also something little   (or slightly bigger) that is emblematic of the places we have just visited – Hungarian spices from Vienna, a surfboard from Biarritz, a drunken celebutante from Mykonos…

On My Travel Bucket List

Awasi Patagonia in Chile,  Amangiri in Utah and the Maldives before they sink


Special Thanks To

Our other contributors: Tushar Roy, Liz Goldstein, Suzanne Marwill, Roxanne Dowell, Samantha Schmidt, Katie Losey, Lance Stamps and my junior editors, Justine and Vanessa Magid, who always have something to say.


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Coming Soon

  • Hotel De Russie, Rome
  • Hotel Savoy, Florence
  • Aman Canal Grande, Venice
  • The Norman, Tel Aviv
  • A Culinary Adventure: Eating our way through Israel
  • Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara
  • Soho Farmhouse, Cotswolds
  • Hotel Le Saint, Paris
  • Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi