Dinner and a show 🌎 🍽️

Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who read this newsletter. When my kids were young (and full-on 24/7), I wished for a little peace and quiet on Mother’s Day. Now, I look forward to seeing and spending time with them; life is full circle.

Recently, I enjoyed dinner and a show (often a lovely Mother’s Day gift), but this one was travel-style. Hoteliers and destination-specific representatives travel together in small groups to meet travel advisors like me and discuss their offerings and updates. This time, it was a dinner in Greenwich, Connecticut with travel suppliers from Barcelona, Croatia, Greece, Switzerland, Panama, Indonesia, and Dubai. I enjoyed every presentation and wanted to pass on a bit of what I learned in this week’s newsletter. 

Read on for the scoop – and let me know if you’d like more information on any of these destinations.


If you’ve already checked Italy and Greece off your travel bucket list, it’s time to consider Croatia. I’ve written a few newsletters about Croatia which you can read here: www.hiddengemtravelconsulting.com/blog.

A classic vacation in Croatia includes visiting its gorgeous islands and coves by boat and traveling inland to its stunning national parks. 

You can easily visit nearby Montenegro, and if time, other neighboring countries like Slovenia and Italy. 

Having been there myself – I absolutely loved my experience – I’m pleased to have partners based in Croatia who work with me to design seamless, dream vacations for my clients.

💎Hidden Gem Tip: Wondering about food and wine? In one word – delicious!


This place is a WOW and true hidden gem.

If you’re dreaming of a remote island paradise, Islas Secas in Panama is the ideal place. The area is a 14- Island Archipelago 20 miles from civilization, and this ultimate eco-resort is small with only 7 casitas for up to 24 guests. You’ll have your own spacious outdoor living room with ocean views. Yes, it’s all-inclusive given its location, and the food is amazing.

When you arrive in Panama, you’ll take a private air transfer to Isla Secas. Once there, how you spend your time is up to you. If you love the water, the marine activities are diverse including:

• World Class Fishing

• Diving

• E-Foiling

• Sea bobbing

• Whale-watching

• Kayaking

• Paddleboarding

• Surfing

• Marine Safaris

Time on land can be spent relaxing by the ocean or in the Jungle Spa or for more active pursuits there’s hiking, birdwatching,  stargazing, and more, Your experience is personalized.

While perfect for couples, families and groups come to Isla Secas for a Thanksgiving escape, a family reunion, a quick luxury weekend getaway, or a longer tropical vacation. Together can take private boat tours in the extraordinary Gulf of Chiriquí to watch whales or try scuba diving, enjoy private island picnics, and beach family scavenger hunts. Days can be as action-packed or chilled-out as you like.

Side note – if you’re interested in this type of experience in Asia, I have an incredible recommendation for you!

Barcelona, Spain

I enjoyed eating dinner seated next to the Senior Sales Manager of the Almanac hotel in Barcelona. It was timely since I’ll be in Barcelona this month checking out hotels, tours, and other components of my client’s itineraries. I’m excited to meet him again, tour the hotel and rooms, and end with a cocktail on the gorgeous rooftop! More to come after my tour.

If you love a city rooftop with a view, I’ll add a list of the best ones to your itinerary. Stay tuned to Hidden Gem Travel’s social media pages for my photos of the Almanac’s rooftop!

Hidden Gem Travel clients get some fab perks at this and many other hotels around the world!  Want to book a hotel on your own and get upgrades and perks?  Follow this link:  https://www.virtuoso.com/advis…

Inspired? Reach out to me now to begin the planning process and get your questions answered.

Wishing you and your family continued good health,


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Hi, I'm Susan Wilson

I’m the founder of Hidden Gem Travel Consulting. As your personal travel advisor, I craft custom worldwide itineraries that astound and inspire you.


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