Oh the Places We Go!

Inviato: noun (Italian) envoy, correspondent, messenger. Inviato Travel offers an expertly curated selection of the best places to stay over the globe, providing readers access to over 300 authentic insider luxury hotel reviews, sneak peeks at the newest hotel openings and our own black-book city guides of favorite places to stay, eat and shop. As a Virtuoso travel affiliate, we provide you access to special rates, privileges and VIP amenities at thousands of luxury travel companies worldwide.

About Inviato Travel

I have always returned from my travels bursting with tips and recommendations only to jot them down and file away somewhere forgotten. My own home office is overflowing with drawers and files full of travel brochures, 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 life-long passion for travel into a career – over 31 years in the luxury travel industry to be exact. From my first job right out of college designing the company’s first Platinum and Gold Cardmember travel programs and supporting the marketing efforts for over 150 travel agencies for American Express TRS (and subsequent management roles in corporate, consumer and online travel 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 the non-profit global travel foundation The Bodhi Tree 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 Travel 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 and hotel review in Rome in 2009 (hence the Italian heritage of our site and name) to today – 350 hotel reviews and travel experiences later – my mission has never strayed. It just got a bit more ambitious!

Like a child, I have enjoyed watching Inviato Travel blossom over the years and transform before my eyes from a humble travel blog to an online luxury travel destination that enables you to read about and then book the most incredible places in the world. And more exciting plans are in store.

I am eternally grateful to our Virtuoso travel agency partner Classic Travel, who have welcomed us more as a member of their travel family than just a partner. As a Virtuoso member and an independent affiliate of Classic Travel, Inviato Travel has been able to support the demand of our readers to book their travel and provide them with Virtuoso VIP amenities, perks and special rates at the most luxurious travel companies in the world. Through this wonderful relationship and through our own recent ASTA certification, we have been booking more hotels, safaris and custom itineraries over the last two years than I can count. Thank you also to our globe-trotting contributors below who journey the world and contribute such insightful and professional hotel reviews.

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Jackie Cittone Magid (jackie@inviatotravel.com)


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Jackie Cittone Magid, Founder and Editor

Travel executive, advisor, editor, hotel inspector/scout, 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 David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA and of course Founder and Editor of this fine travel website in whatever spare time I can find!

My Favorite Destinations

Paris, always.  Plop me anywhere in Italy and I’m happy. Every country I have been to in Africa (6 so far!) but I will always have a soft spot for Kenya – I’m a safari junkie. In the U.S., I am gravitating West (although I could do without the drought, mudslides, and wildfires) – I could see myself living in a bungalow in Santa Barbara one day.

My Favorite Hotels

Chewton Glen (Britain), Ham Yard Hotel (London), Gleneagles (Scotland), Blackberry Farm (Tennessee), Lake Placid Lodge (New York), Esencia (Mexico), Soho Farmhouse (Cotswolds), Goldeneye Resort (Jamaica), Giraffe Manor (Kenya), Mara Plains (Kenya), Hotel Sacher (Vienna), Four Seasons Hualalai (Big Island) and this safari camp called Galdessa in Kenya that is not even open.

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 Maxfields in Los Angeles always have a terrific curated mix of clothing and home goods. Restaurants?  Il Fornaio in Santa Monica, Malibu Farms in Malibu, 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 places to go – Galapagos Islands, Vietnam, Cambodia, Maldives, Jordan, British Columbia  … The list goes on and on. This summer, I am finally crossing one of the list: Triple Creek Ranch in Montana. It has been on my list forever.


Regular Contributors

Romi Howard, Contributing Editor

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

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.

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!)

Elisa Brown

Sales and business development gal by day, hotel junkie, (I could live in a hotel full time), freelance travel writer for several sites/publications and mother of three active kids. I feel most alive when I am on the road with my babes and guy soaking up every ounce of culture (and sun!) the destination has to offer.

My Favorite Destinations

Italy is always a good idea, whether you are in the North or South you can never go wrong. There is nothing like Paris #romance and Staniel Cay (a tiny outer island in the Bahamas) has truly captured my heart.

My Favorite Hotels

Le Sirenuse (Italy), Casa San Agustin (Cartagena), The Faena and The Edition (Miami), Nekupe (Nicaragua), Bardessono (California), 15 Beacon (Boston)

My Favorite Markets, Restaurants or Stores

Stores? Barneys in NYC, Elizabeth Charles in San Francisco and Webster in Miami always have the best edit in the states. Restaurants? Marmalade in San Juan, Los Fuegos in Miami, Don Juan in Cartagena, I am still dreaming about the meals at Nekupe in Nicaragua, and SPQR in San Francisco is pretty much perfect.

I Never Get On A Plane Without

As much Essencia water that I can carry, laptop, beats headphones, notepads and pencils (typically ones from the last hotel I stayed in) and a cozy throw if I can remember to pack

I’m Always Searching For the Perfect

Beach bag and stack of locally made bracelets, snowglobes and postcards (my children have one from every holiday we have ever been on in their bedroom) and a decorative home item

On My Travel Bucket List

I just crossed off Nicaragua and booked a Montana dude ranch for my family this July. Trying to squeeze in a quick getaway to Tofino and Lake Como this August. Asia, specifically Cambodia, Bali and Vietnam are next. Cape Town needs to happen sooner than later and a safari trek through Rwanda, Tanzania and Namibia would be nice….


Special Thanks To

Our other contributors: Lance Stamps, Ania Wroblewska, Liz Goldstein, Suzanne Marwill, Roxanne Dowell, Samantha Schmidt, Katie Losey, and my junior editors, Justine and Vanessa Magid, who always have something to say. And, of course, our Canine ambassador, Kona.


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