Tamara Moore, owner and President of boutique luxury lifestyle and travel concierge company Ascent Behave, knows a good thing when she sees it. Finding unique and personalized ways to pass on her globetrotting acumen to her impressive roster of celebrity clients has transformed Ms. Moore’s passion for bespoke travel experiences into a brand of her own. Now starring in a new docu-series, Après Ski, airing on Slice Network, Tamara Moore shares with us some of her insights.
Where was your last trip? London, England.
Where in the world have you felt the happiest?
My very happiest place is being home with my son. I really enjoy travelling and getting to experience so many amazing places and cultures, but it’s always nice to come home to your own bed. There is something about being away that makes you appreciate home in a special way.
What item do you pack first? Chargers for my phone, my laptop, and my iPad – as you can tell, I love staying connected when I travel.
Perfect travel companion? My son.
Which foreign phrase or word has come in handy? Bitte and Danke schön (German). And really, Please and Thank You in any language.
Describe a view that stole your heart. There are so many incredible views in this beautiful world – some standouts for me include: Watching the sunset cliffside while overlooking the Caldera in Santorini, Greece. Viewing kangaroos in the wild while sipping champagne and eating canapés at Southern Ocean Lodge in Adelaide, Australia. The view from a motu in Bora Bora – the water and lushness is pure paradise. The bird’s-eye view of a glacier from a helicopter over Queensland, New Zealand. It’s very humbling. And taking in the beauty of the beaches and water of Turks and Caicos and Grand Cayman.
Which is the most memorable hotel you’ve stayed at?
I’ve travelled all over the world and stayed at some incredible, exotic locations, but my most memorable hotel is the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. The service and warmth at the property is extraordinary. The aesthetic is outstanding. The lobby bar is electric. The food is beautiful. Philip Barnes launched that hotel and he is such an inspiration to me. He pays attention to every last detail.
What app do you use most when you travel? Google Translate is pretty amazing. It offers instant language translation, which can be very helpful.
Describe a holiday disaster. Missing my flight.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Champagne.
What’s your favourite travel hack? Since I travel so regularly, using a service that speeds up the check-in process, like NEXUS, is essential.
The ultimate in relaxation is…? Yoga, followed by a fabulous massage at an extraordinary spa.
Destination you always return to… The Albany Resort in Bahamas, Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York, the Gansevoort Hotel in Turks and Caicos, and a Canadian favourite Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. These are my homes away from home.
What’s your definition of luxury? Luxury isn’t just about expensive things. And yes, luxury includes visiting opulent, exclusive places, and I love a Prada bag as much as the next woman. But luxury to me is also about having the ability, health and freedom to experience authentic travel and to give back to the communities in the places you visit – so it can mean many things. Luxury is also about time – and having the time (and the freedom) to travel the world, and the time to travel with my family.