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Charles de L’Arbre

Charles de L’Arbre

President, Montecito

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
1485 East Valley Road #9
Montecito, CA 93108

Email:
Phone: 800.266.5452  
Direct Dial:
805.869.1128 
Cell: 805.698.8751

Areas of Expertise:
Luxury travel, golf travel( particularly Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii), luxury cruises, country hotels in the British Isles and Western Europe, film and music travel.

Specialties:
Boutique hotels, golf trips, driving trips through Western Europe, entertainment travel (music, film, and television production travel).

Destination Expertise:
Western Europe, Turkey, India, North Africa, Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, Hawaii, anywhere there is a golf course.

About Charles:
39 years of experience in travel. I learned this profession from the ground up and from one of the recognized leaders in the profession—my father. Integrity in this business is paramount as is listening to the client, and then distilling their needs into a perfect and elegant solution. If there is one area of travel that I particularly enjoy, it is discovering wonderful hotels. In a very real sense, it is the last medium available that one can be truly creative with in this profession.

Unlike a lot of my colleagues, I consider myself to be a travel generalist in that I know something about almost everything and am prepared to work with our clients on nearly any sort of trip from a simple one-way to a highly complex round-the-world itinerary. I look for a life-long relationship with each client, which is based on a complete understanding of their needs and a mutual professional respect.

Favorite Sayings:
“Listen to what the guest wants……and then give it to them.”
- Larry Pimentel in a directive to employees at Seabourn Cruise Line.

“There is a lot of information on the Internet, but not much wisdom."
- Charles de L’Arbre.

Why I love being a travel specialist:
Unlike a lot of my colleagues, I consider myself to be a travel generalist in that I know something about almost everything and am prepared to work with our clients on nearly any sort of trip from a simple one-way to a highly complex round-the-world itinerary. I look for a life-long relationship with each client, which is based on a complete understanding of their needs and a mutual professional respect.

My most recent travel:
My travel for the past couple of years has been pretty limited due to demands on my time. I was recently in Puerto Vallarta on an annual golf trip I have made with some friends for the past dozen years. Wonderful hotel (Casa Velas Boutique Hotel) with wonderful service and ambience. My most recent hotel stay was at the newly re-opened Hotel Bel-Air which has been beautifully redone, but is still getting some of the kinks out of their service.