Bear typically works with a discerning clientele who depend on her to create once-in-a-lifetime commemorative events, so she makes a point of knowing the destinations she’s working with intimately. In preparation for a family of six traveling to South Africa to celebrate Christmas, Bear jumped on a plane to handpick their guides, restaurants, and accommodations. She also specializes in around-the-world travel, often by private jet.
Discovery: At Le Cinq Codet, a 67-room boutique hotel on Paris’s Left Bank, the industrial-chic rooms have views of the Eiffel Tower or Les Invalides. Prices are reasonable—from $400 a night in high season—and it has all of the amenities of a high-end hotel (a gym, spa, an outdoor restaurant, and complimentary Wi-Fi).
Specialties: Destination celebrations, family travel