A Perfect 10

Greenwich residents share their inside tips on fabulous excursions—from spiritual journeys in foreign lands to luxurious days tucked away in paradise— and everything in between



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Casa de Campo, D.R.

Why You Should Go

When you think of Casa de Campo, the Kardashians and Justin Bieber (both recent guests) might come to mind, but this swank Caribbean resort plays host to lots of Greenwich residents. Among them, Muffy Fox and her family have celebrated the holidays there for years. Don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamour, this tropical island has more to offer than just sunshine and umbrella drinks.

Where to Eat

This all-inclusive paradise comes at a steep price if you’re not rolling in celebrity dough. Muffy has some great advice on how to have your filet, and eat it too. She says her best insider tip is to rent one of the villas and hire a chef (not just a cook, which comes with most villas). The chef will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. And you can venture off the compound with him to Jumbo, the big grocery store in La Romana, or better yet, “have your chef take you to where the locals really shop for the freshest fish, fruit and vegetables. The prices at the restaurants go up between Christmas and New Year’s, so invite friends to your place for dinner.”

Who wants to stand in the frigid cold of Times Square to ring in the New Year when you can follow Muffy’s lead and “find your way to the marina and jump on a boat. There is always a huge flotilla of yachts rounded up at a place called ‘the swimming pool,’ where the water is warm and people swim from boat to boat for cocktails.”

What to See

Every villa comes with its own golf cart for guests to tool around in. This is a good thing as the resort spans 7,000 acres. In addition to world famous white-sand beaches, guests can take aim at the Sporting Clays Shooting Center, under expert guidance of course; set out on a trail ride from the clubby equestrian center; or even give donkey polo a go. Muffy warns that you’ll “understand completely where ‘stubborn as a mule’ comes from as you to and get your donkey to go in the direction you want.”    


Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Why You Should Go

Perched on a bluff over the sea, this award-winning resort exudes an old-school colonial aesthetic. Babe Paley posing in a caftan for Slim Aarons would not be out of character here. Greenwich families have been returning to Curtain Bluff for decades, drawn by the same familial service that earned the resort “Best Service in the Caribbean” from readers of Travel & Leisure magazine.

Where to Eat

Though you can head to nearby English Harbour for a bite, every time Ann Ogilvy leaves the resort she regrets it. The resort recently added beachside dining to their already fabulous gourmet offerings, including a 25,000-bottle wine cellar, arguably the largest in the Caribbean.

The real surprise might be that all of this luxury is inclusive. Ann says the resort operates more like a club than a hotel; Rob Sherman, the general manager, joins guests for dinner every night, just as the owners have since it opened. Ann and her husband, David, have returned with their family so often they’ve earned their ten-year plate (you need to return each year running to get your commemorative plate). Ann loves how stress-free the vacation is. When asked for her best secrets she says, “the beauty of Curtain Bluff is that there are no secrets.” Though they return year after year, they never feel the need to ask for a certain room. “They are all fabulous.” The intimate resort has forty-nine guest rooms and fourteen signature suites.

What to See

Doug Hurst of Greenwich grew up going to Curtain Bluff; his parents discovered it shortly after the club was created in the early 1960s. Doug now returns with his wife, Lisa, and their children. Nigel and the pro tennis staff who play with his children today are the same staff that played with him when he was a boy. With four ocean-view tennis courts and a calendar of professional tennis camps, the resort draws recreational and serious players alike.


Park City, UT

Why You Should Go

In the time it can take to schlepp to Vermont, powder hounds can hop a jet to Salt Lake and be traversing the “Greatest Snow on Earth” in Park City, Utah. The snow is so good they’ve trademarked the phrase.

Eric and Heather Wise of Greenwich loved skiing Park City so much they took the plunge and bought a home there. For the second year in a row, all three world-class ski resorts—Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons—were voted in the top 10 Ski Resorts by SKI magazine. There’s a reason the United States Ski Team calls Park City home.

Where to Eat

With more than 100 restaurants and bars, choosing favorites is no easy task. Heather whittled it down to her top few. She recommends taking the sleigh ride up to the Viking Yurt on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort. Where else can you enjoy a Nordic meal in a yurt? OK, maybe Norway.

Heather cautions that reservations for her favorite eatery, Fireside Dining at Deer Valley, are hard to come by, but worth it. This multicourse affair starts with raclette over a roaring fire and finishes with fondue over yet another fire.

For a girls’ weekend or drinks with friends she suggests the Sky Lodge rooftop bar. The outside deck has a hot tub and incredible views of Park City Mountain. Need we say more?

What to See

In January the historic town of Park City plays host to the world famous Sundance Film Festival. Skiers in boots and fleece jackets are replaced with starlets teetering in stiletto heels not designed for ice and snow. The town also welcomed the Olympics in 2002. Visitors can take a thrill ride in a Comet Bobsled at Utah Olympic Park. It is the only regulation-length bobsled ride for tourists in the United States. The mile-long track offers 80-mile-per-hour speeds and up to five G’s of terrifying force. 

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