Linara Travel, Eagle, Idaho
Phone: 800- 335-6033
Parkinson has stayed in about 35 Maldives resorts, evaluating each property against a checklist of 100-plus attributes—from the brand of bathroom amenities to the excursion menus—so he can perfectly match each client with a dream stay.
Discovery: Resorts are starting to offer great cooking classes that take advantage of their kitchen staffs’ multicultural backgrounds. Anantara Veli Resort hosts top-notch Thai-food-focused classes at Baan Huraa, an overwater restaurant; at the One&Only Reethi Rah you’ll learn to make fresh pasta from the Italian executive chef.
Other specialties: Maldives and The United Arab Emirates.