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Ronald Balzan

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Expertise

  • Europe,
  • Saint Barthélemy,
  • Luxury Travel,
  • City Travel

Based in

London, England, and Cap Ferret, France

Minimum booking Budget

$500/night

Profile details


About

A worldly lifelong traveler and former COO of a high-end travel management and publishing company. Constantly in search of value and soul because they can make trips memorable and the ordinary extraordinary.

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Travel style

In general, I’m a “free and independent traveler,” or “FIT”—I prefer to be in control of my days rather than stick to someone else’s schedule. When visiting Namibia or Chile, for instance, my partner and I will rent a car upon landing and hit the road—our itineraries planned by me, of course! We rely on guides only when necessary, like on safari or gorilla trekking.

I’m also a worldly, lifelong traveler and former COO of a high-end travel management and publishing company constantly in search of value and soul—they can make trips memorable and the ordinary extraordinary. With high standards and an eye for detail, I search for them in everything I do, wherever that may be.

And where I find exceptional value and soul, they are always the places I remember most. I long for, daydream about and often revisit them. For instance, I’ve been staying at the same small hotel in Capri annually for almost 20 years. We also visit St Barth almost every year. And they are one of the reasons I love Cap Ferret, France, where we live part of the year.

Originally from Wisconsin, I spent 15 years in New York City after 10 in Dallas. We now live in London and Cap Ferret, and we have been here over a decade too. So, I know these places exceptionally well. I know much of Europe well too—we go to the Continent regularly and have traveled it extensively. I love Italy, France, Ireland, Sweden and Norway (Oslo!), in particular.

I’ve also seen much of the greater world and have been to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Argentina often and love Namibia and Chile too!

Favorite hotels

Hiiragiya

Hiiragiya is a historic ryokan in Kyoto, Japan, renowned for its exquisite traditional Japanese architecture, meticulous attention to detail, and exceptional hospitality, offering an authentic and unforgettable cultural experience.

Badrutt's Palace Hotel St. Moritz

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has 156 elegant guest rooms and suites, all with heart-stopping views of the lake or the charming village center.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Ronald 's travel photos

capri bay area

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Travel Advisor

Ronald Balzan