Haute Author

  • NAME Stacy Small
  • BIO The launch editorial director of Elite Traveler Magazine and founder of Elite Travel International, Small (aka @elitetravelgal) has spent the past 19 years traveling worldwide on assignment visiting hotels, reviewing airlines and cruises, previewing new spas, interviewing travel industry executives and uncovering the latest, greatest trends in luxury travel. In 2005, Small launched Elite Travel International, a luxury boutique travel firm based in Brentwood, CA, specializing in high-end travel experiences for both leisure and business travelers. Small has written about luxury travel for TheStreet.com, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the New York Times Magazine, and has been quoted as a luxury travel expert in Smart Money, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. When not jet setting around the world, Small enjoys yoga, spending time with her three rescued dogs, and working with charitable organizations including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise funds for cancer research.

Articles By Stacy Small


The Perfect Road Trip Winds Up the Pacific Coast Highway

How is it that I've traveled all over the world, yet had never experienced a self-drive trip up and down the stunning California coast until this weekend? All I can say is better late than never. It's a trip I'll be doing many times again. Breaking up the drive from LA by booking stays at fab hotels in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Sonoma County was the smartest idea I've had in a while, and I'm already planning my next visit in my head. Read More


Food For Thought: Luxe LA Hotels Offer Some of the City’s Best Eats

What do Four Seasons Los Angeles, Beverly Wilshire, the Fairmont Miramar, Malibu Beach Inn, Four Seasons Westlake, The London West Hollywood, and the Peninsula Beverly Hills have in common? Other than being hotels in LA, each has an amazing restaurant—so good you might even forget you're dining in a hotel! Gone are the days when hotel dining was nothing more than a necessary evil, as these properties offer up seriously great eats. In fact, the meals I've had at these hotels rival some of the best I've had anywhere in LA. Read More


Mexico in Style: St. Regis makes its mark from Punta Mita to Mexico City while a stunning hacienda showcases the best of Puerta Vallarta

Mexico’s always been top of my list of places to go when I totally need to chill, and want to do so in a luxury hotel on a gorgeous beach. A recent journey south gave me the chance to do so, as I checked into the newish (opened fall ‘o8) St. Regis Punta Mita for sheer R&R then headed to old town Puerto Vallarta, the region Richard Burton & Liz Taylor put on the map with their longtime love affair. Read More


Perks at Worldwide Four Seasons Hotels for Preferred Partners

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch simply hasn’t yet met a Four Seasons Preferred Partner. Not that any of us need a free lunch, but why refuse it, especially at top restaurants in some of our favorite hotels worldwide? Simply book your next Four Seasons stay through a Preferred Partner and enjoy a complimentary lunch at the hotel or a $100 spa or golf credit. Read More