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Hi! I’m Sarah Groen and I’m on a mission to inspire you to travel broadly and live out the experiences of your dreams.

I’ve been to 100 countries and all 7 continents, and own a luxury travel company called Bell & Bly Travel. Through my time in the travel industry, I’ve had the great fortune to meet some of the top icons of luxury travel. While on my visits to the world’s most renowned hotels and destinations, I get to hear fantastic details, stories, and insider tips that most people never learn.

This inspired me to start Luxury Travel Insider – so that you too can hear these heartfelt stories, learn about ungoogleable experiences, and start expanding your travel wishlist.

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Rocco Forte Hotels

Rocco Forte Hotels

A Knight’s Tale, A Family Affair, and Impeccable Design in the Heart of Europe

India

India

Sujan Tented Camps, The Elegance of the Tiger, and a Mélange of Cultures

Awasi

Awasi

Patagonia to Iguazu, Storytelling Through Food, and the Luxury of Time & Space

Portugal

Portugal

The Oldest Borders in Europe, Lunch with a Countess, and Undiscovered Destinations

The Goring

The Goring

On British Royalty, Lady Thatcher’s Sense of Humor, And True Hospitality in the Heart of London

Schloss Elmau

Schloss Elmau

A Contradiction in Bavaria, Merkel & Obama at the G7, and the Heart of Classical Music in Germany

Morocco

Morocco

From Harvard to Tourism, The Ritual of Mint Tea, and the Spirit of the Sahara

Angama Mara

Angama Mara

A Mother Daughter Team, The Filming of Meryl Streep’s “Out of Africa,” and The Heart of Kenya

Colombia

Colombia

For Love of Country, “Post-Pablo” Social Innovation, and Pirate Tales

Ranch at Rock Creek

Ranch at Rock Creek

A Dream Comes True, America’s Most Expensive Hotel, and The Last Best Place

Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions

National Geographic, Becoming an Explorer, and Connecting Back to the Earth

Japan

Japan

Meaningful Tourism, Unique Experiences, and Collectivism vs. Individualism

Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

Ecuador’s Andean Highlands and A Tale of Two Presidents

Luxury Sports Travel

Luxury Sports Travel

The Serendipity of Sports, Insider Olympics Access, and The Glitz of The Monaco Grand Prix

Inn at Perry Cabin

Inn at Perry Cabin

A Slice of Americana, The Set of Wedding Crashers, and Seeing the Northeast in Style

Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay

365 Beaches, Antigua’s Diverse Cultures, and a Reformed Financier

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

The Story of an Italian Family, A Floating Pool, and Experiencing Lake Como in Style

Turkey

Turkey

Turkey’s Best Kept Secret, Ancient Troy, and Yachting on the Aegean Sea

Resplendent Ceylon

Resplendent Ceylon

50 Shades of Green, Sri Lanka’s Stunning Diversity, and An Accidental Hotelier

Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions

Luxury in the Amazon, Swimming with Whale Sharks, and Building Beautiful Expedition Ships

Soneva

Soneva

Waterslides in the Maldives, Meeting Gwyneth Paltrow, and Founding Six Senses

Silversands Grenada

Silversands Grenada

Dramatic Sunsets, Soca Music, and The Longest Pool in the Caribbean

Italy

Italy

Traveling Like a Local, Luxurious Details, And Up & Coming Destinations

Heckfield Place

Heckfield Place

Eclectic Art and The Elegant Simplicity of Learning New Things

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley

The Heart of Portugal, A Philosophy on Well-Being, and Stepping Back in Time

Uniworld

Uniworld

A Floating Boutique Hotel, Lifelong Friendships, and Bucket List Destinations

UK & Ireland

UK & Ireland

Behind the Scenes at the Changing of the Guard, With the Beatles’ Hairdresser, Downton Abbey, and The Royal Wedding

Necker Island

Necker Island

The Tenacity of Sir Richard Branson, A Story About Flamingos, and A Place For Inspiration

Aman Sveti Stefan

Aman Sveti Stefan

The Wild Beauty of Montenegro, Royalty & Tito, and Your Own Private Island

Il Borro

Il Borro

How Fashion & Hospitality Intersect, 1,000 Years of History, and The Art of a World Class Wine

Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp

Appropriate Luxury, Witnessing Evolution, and the World’s Most Expensive Chocolate

Egypt

Egypt

Relationships = Insider Experiences, What’s New Post-Covid, and A Few Celebrity Guests

Royal Portfolio

Royal Portfolio

Silo Hotel, Royal Malewane + Where Liz Shops and How It’s a Family Affair

Chable Yucatan

Chable Yucatan

Haciendas of the Yucatan, The Origin of Cigars, and Mayan Rituals

Jicaro Lodge

Jicaro Lodge

Buying an Island, Our Mutual Love of Nicaragua, and Why You Must Visit

Iceland

Iceland

Owner, Erling Aspelund: Secret Hikes, Stunning Landscapes, and How Iceland Will Recover Quickly Post Covid

Zannier Hotels

Zannier Hotels

Creating Emotion, Collecting Antiques, and Angelina Jolie

San Lorenzo Lodges

San Lorenzo Lodges

Italian Fashion, Luxury in Pajamas, and The Pope’s Mistress

Cottar’s Safaris

Cottar’s Safaris

Moving at the Pace of Nature, How Visiting Africa Invokes Humanity, and Why Luxury Safaris are so Costly

Canaves Oia

Canaves Oia

How Santorini Became a Famous Destination, Secret Swimming Spots, and Lots of White Paint

One & Only Mandarina

One & Only Mandarina

Stylish Tree Houses, Pueblos Magicos, and a Preview of this Yet to Open Luxurious Retreat

Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna

Off the Beaten Path in Peru’s Sacred Valley, How the Hotel Funds Schools, and Luxury Travel with a Heart

Vermejo Park Ranch

Vermejo Park Ranch

Your Own Private National Park, 18 Years to Save a Fish, and True Service in the American West

New Zealand

New Zealand

Owner Southern Crossings, Sarah Farag: Don’t Miss the North Island, A History of The Luxury Lodges, and The Story of a Junior Ranger

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

An 800 Year Old Castle, Secret Trap Doors, and How Slow Travel is The Way to Experience Ireland

Cayuga Collection

Cayuga Collection

What Makes a Nat Geo Unique Lodge, and True Friendship in Central America

Amangiri

Amangiri

Dinosaur Bones, Honoring Navajo Nation, and What’s New at One of America’s Top Hotels