Clifford’s little black book—filled with nearly three decades of influential contacts—makes him the type of party planner who can book the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice for a private after-hours tour followed by a rooftop dinner. In Northern Ireland, he arranged a surprise birthday party at the Bushmills Inn, and connected a client’s family with a genealogist who introduced them to distant relatives.
Discovery: Isla Holbox, in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is only accessible by small plane or boat. Clifford loves its laid-back ambience, as well as eco-minded properties like Casa Sandra, where you can take writing workshops or swim with whale sharks.
Specialties: Destination celebrations, hotels and LGBT travel