Virtuoso Life - May/June 2017 - 66
In My Bag
"Travel to me is
living. If I couldn't
travel, I think
I would just die."
I DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT:
My book of the
moment. Right now, it's
Setting the Table: The
Transforming Power of
Hospitality in Business
by Danny Meyer.
3. My older son's "let-
trunks - because you
ter to Santa" wish list for
reference (my younger
isn't quite writing yet).
My Travel Essentials
Kevin Wendle hits the road with a hotelier's perspective.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KORENA BOLDING SINNETT
HE OWNER OF HOTEL
Esencia has packed enough
innovation into his 58 years to
deserve a beach vacation -
which is what owning a boutique hideaway in Mexico's Riviera Maya sounds
like compared with Kevin Wendle's stints
in the entertainment and digital worlds.
(He launched The Simpsons and Beverly
Hills 90210, among other pop-culture
megaliths, and cofounded CNET and E!
Online.) Wendle travels at least twice a
month, often with his sons, ages 10 and
V I RT U O S O L I F E
6, and his ﬁancé, Virtuoso travel advisor
Sebastian Uribe. Among his favorite
adventures: an "all-American" New England summer road trip and celebrating
the turn of the millennium in Sydney. "I'm
especially lucky because my Virtuoso
travel advisor is also my ﬁancé," he says.
"I used to book my own travel online, but
now it's more clear to me than ever that
travel agents put in a huge effort to see
that their clients are well taken care of.
And I can see that hotels like ours do prioritize those clients over online clients."
At least three pairs
of See Concept reading
glasses because I will lose
at least two.
A Lacoste polo, for
a fresh change that goes
The latest Vanity Fair,
New Yorker, and/or Condé
Tata Harper face
cream, so people will think
I'm still under 50.
Quies earplugs, to
escape the sound of my
own kids - or others'.
Wet wipes - essential for anyone traveling
cashews stolen from the
Hotel Esencia minibar -
more for me than for