A former New Yorker originally from England, I'm now based on the Caribbean's 'Nature Island', Dominica, with my Californian wife and two sons.
I love doing that extra bit of research that takes me to the paths less traveled, and a more local, authentic experience of a destination. I'm equally a fan of a pristine crowd-free beach, a historic building rich with stories of the past or a magical nature encounter. I often find novels that are set in the places I visit, to enrich the experience even more. When I travel, I balance seeing sights with times for kicking back in my hotel, and that's why the hotel environment is so important. My favorite hotels are either in historic buildings that have been given beautiful luxe renovations or those designed to merge in with the nature that they're surrounded by – I love a tropical garden and luxury outdoor bathroom!
Simon's travel guides & trip reports
Hix Island House
Sustainably-minded hotel in Vieques set on a 13-acre natural refuge featuring daily open-air yoga and the first fully solar-powered guest house in the Caribbean.
Jungle Bay Dominica
Airy eco-forward property overlooking the Caribbean Sea with simple, open-air villas.