Italian hotelier Valeriano Antonioli certainly knows a thing or two about style. As the Managing Director of the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona, Antonioli’s discerning taste has made the InterContinental brand’s first US resort one of the most fashionable luxury destinations in the country. Having spent 23 years managing hotels and resorts in Italy, Germany, Russia, England and the United States, Antonioli brings a certain international flair to Montelucia.
Prior to joining the InterContinental Hotels, Antonioli managed another one of TDO editors’ favorite places- the W Westwood in Los Angeles. He was also the force behind the Diana Majestic in Milan, Italy, the go-to destination for the fashionable jet set. When I was on property at Montelucia earlier this year, I had to chance to meet and chat with Antonioli and learn a bit more about his favorite things and personal style that brings so much sophistication to the hotel.
ONE. The Art of Writing — We ignore the significance and art of writing in our lives because of the ease of technology. I am a huge fan of technology and email, but to slow down and focus and engage in the act of writing is so important. I use a fountain pen – Mont Blanc is my personal favorite – for any important documents or signatures. It takes more time and creates a more purposeful written exchange. My inkwell and pen stand is antique, and every time I use it, I am reminded of how I am a part of a greater collective history of the world.
TWO. At One Yoga — I am expert-level in skiing and snowboarding, taekwondo and tennis, but my newest passion is yoga. I am obsessed with a modern take on the ancient practice of yoga – set to amazing music – at Scottsdale, Arizona’s At One Yoga. It is absolutely the best way to dissipate stress.
THREE. Chocolate — I try to stay away from it because when I am around it I can’t stop, but I am addicted to chocolate! The best is Cailler Frigor from Switzerland. A close second is Guylian Belgian chocolate, and in a pinch, the readily available Lindt is fabulous. My dear friend Julia Baker makes the best chocolate locally.
FOUR. White Nights — One of my absolute best memories of St. Petersburg, Russia is the month or so of “White Nights”. Fete-ing with thousands of revelers in the middle of the night yet in perfect daylight is fantastically fun.
FIVE. The Overnight Train from Milan to Paris — Although I work in the industry, the romance of travel has never been lost on me. Something that is guaranteed to inspire even the most cynical traveler is the midnight train from Milan to Paris. Something about sipping champagne in your private cabin and arriving in Paris early the next morning is magical. My insider tip is to book a cabin with a king size bed, and pack delectables, Champagne and accouterments; the quality on the train can vary.