Stories written by Judith Ritter
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Travel

Next Stop, Paradise at Coco Privé Private Island

Looking for a little privacy from the 21st-century chaos, the sturm und drang of daily life? How about a hideout on an atoll in the Maldives? It sounds remote enough to indulge all your castaway imaginings, but make those fantasies the five-star kind. Coco Privé Private Island is a tranquil complex of astonishing architecture surrounded by coral reefs in the […]

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Food Travel

Fine Dining and Fast Cars at Miami Supercar Rooms

For exotic car connoisseurs, a visit to Miami SuperCar Rooms is a heart stopping experience, not only for the chance to get up close and personal with some of the rarest autos in the world. The 15,000 square foot gallery of 16 of the world’s sexiest auto masterpieces is also a late night, haute boite […]

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Casa Bri Bri in Costa Rica
Homes

The Power of Simplicity at Casa Bri-Bri

She had an idea to buy a small hotel. He needed to be near the sea so he could surf. And they both agreed that when the time came to start their family, they could not imagine leaving the house early in the morning and not seeing their child until six in the evening. So […]

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Homes

A Handmade Home in Costa Rica

There is a well-known (though anonymous) quote, “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Those words perfectly describe the personal philosophy that drove Dan Catalfumo to trade his life as a successful South Florida developer for one of relaxation surrounded by nature in a vacation dream home in Costa Rica. […]

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People

Style and Substance: Stephanie Odegard

The name Stephanie Odegard is quite simply linked with style, luxury and affluence. Her hand knotted rugs and home furnishings are known worldwide. And so is her commitment to human rights. For her entire adult life this celebrated designer has managed to seamlessly weave together a love of (and life among) beautiful things, a wildly […]

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Homes People

A Slice of Paradise at Tip of the Tail Villa

There was nothing in Glenn Garrard’s childhood that would predict that at age 50 he would hand build a six-bedroom Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home on a deserted tip of a small tropical island and moreover, complete it in a mere 7 months! Glenn, who grew up in a northern climate (Ontario, Canada), had not traveled […]

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Homes

Paradise Found in Costa Rica at Villa Mareas

Who hasn’t sat in bottleneck freeway traffic and fantasized about just getting away from it all?  Former Californian, Pilar Dalinger, admits she certainly was one of those daydreamers. The difference, however, between Pilar (and her husband Tim Davis) and other dreamers is simply that this enterprising couple made it happen. After years of travel for […]

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Homes

Building Dreams at Little Waters, Jamaica

Here is a happy (though sometimes challenging) story about how a couple’s decision to find a little house for themselves in a quieter part of Negril, turned into a six year project and a three thousand square foot villa on a rocky and almost inaccessible cliffside. “The real estate agent who showed us the land […]