Monique was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia so travel is in her antipodean blood. After receiving a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (with the requisite Australian six-month backpacking trip around Europe) Monique spent ten years working for a global public accounting firm in Human Resources. Monique’s work brought her to the US, where she moved permanently in 2003.
In 2007, Monique left the corporate world to attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and graduated with honors. Monique has now married her passion for food and travel. Food and dining are one of the most important aspects of travel for Monique. Exploring local markets and restaurants is most often top of her list so it should be no surprise Monique has spent the past 5 summers in the European countryside.
Monique, her husband Tony and their three children live in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. With three young children, Monique has a particular interest and expertise in vacation planning for families….and getaways sans children.
Monique is a member of the Victoria Racing Club in Melbourne and the Melbourne Cricket Club, and is a board member of the Getty Research Institute Collections Council and Board member of ESMoA.
Favorite Hotels & Resorts: Amangiri Utah, La Reserve Ramatuelle, La Reserve Paris, Amankila Bali, San Ysidro Ranch, Hotel du Cap, Tiberio Palace Capri, Hotel Splendido
Best Adventures: Tiger safari in Ranthambhore, India – what better way to honeymoon?
Bucketlist: Being an avid tennis fan, Monique has attended all 4 of the tennis Grand Slams in Melbourne, Paris, New York and Wimbledon. Her goal is to get to one Grand Slam tournament each year.
Family Travel: Monique and her husband Tony have spent the last 5 summers touring France & Italy with their 3 children. Savoring the food and beauty of Provence & Tuscany followed by time at the beach…Capri, St Tropez, Cap d’Antibes.
Recently Visited: Saint Barthelemy, Charleston, Amsterdam, Turks & Caicos, Sydney, London, Liverpool, Portofino, Florence, Fiji, Rome, Tuscany, Pompeii, Capri, Provence, Paris, St Tropez, Hayman Island, Antibes, Aspen, Jackson, Palm Beach, Brussels, Venice and the Venice/Simplon Orient Express Train.
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