Luxury Travel Advising

Hotel Stays & Trip Design by Under the Palm.

There’s a better way to travel.

Lauren Rich-Lama, Luxury Travel Advisor, Under the Palm.

Why work with a travel advisor?

To put it simply: as a luxury travel advisor backed by industry leader Fora, a Virtuoso agency, I’ve got the best connections in the biz. You didn’t know about the secret hotel guest hierarchy? Spoiler: there is one, and guests booked through human travel advisors like me (vs. online booking platforms) land at the top.

I not only have insider power to VIP your next hotel stay with priority room upgrades, free breakfast, early check-in/late checkout, resort credits and more, I also have privileged access to the best local experiences – wellness to cuisine to unforgettable excursions – to level up your entire trip.

From Rosewood to Relais & Châteaux, Auberge to Omni, Hyatt Privé to IHG, take a peek at some of my preferred partners here.

My specialty is anywhere under the palm.

My beat is everything from sultry sojourns under the tropical sun to balmy subtropical getaways, exotic desert escapes to breezy coastal affairs, to name a few. Think: Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean to Southeast Asia, Morocco and the Mediterranean, and in the States, Florida to California to my coastal family roots – under the palmetto – in the Carolinas.

Who better to plan your dream vacation than someone whose life is your vacation?

After spending 15 years in the concrete jungle of New York City, I’ve been living in the tropics since 2019 – traversing everywhere from Thailand and the Mediterranean coast to Peru and Costa Rica, to my current home base of Mexico’s Riviera Maya (a.k.a. paradise). My story here.

Unforgettable, experiential travel.

I’m all about culture-rooted luxury travel and fully immersing my clients in the destination. I’m just as passionate in finding you that exceptional stay (with requisite jaw-dropping views) as I am curating highly unique and unforgettable local experiences based on your travel style and preferences. The secret to travel is striking the right balance, and you better believe I’m carving out plenty of time for R&R too – whether that’s poolside, beachfront or living your best robe life at the world-class spa.

3 Reasons to Book Your Next Trip with a Luxury Travel Advisor

You’ll have a better planning and booking experience (with personalization, insider intel and attention to detail) before your trip. Plus: you’ll travel like a VIP, with killer hotel perks, priority room upgrades… the works.

The advantages of working with a luxury travel advisor to book your next hotel

The Hotel Booking Hack Giving You Free, VIP Perks – That Booking Sites Don’t Want You to Know About.

Did you know there’s a (way) better way to book?

My services.

Leveled up hotel bookings.

I have insider power to VIP your next hotel stay. In addition to being treated like gold from check-in to check-out, you’ll be first in line for room upgrades, savor complimentary breakfast, linger longer with early check-in and late check-out, score resort credits and enjoy more fabulous perks – for FREE.

Yes, I can still book with any of your points-earning credit cards, and/or with your loyalty rewards number!

Transparency: when you book a hotel through me, you don’t pay me a single cent. I earn a commission which comes directly from the hotel.

Hotel booking takeovers.

Already have something booked? If you reserved directly through the hotel, I can takeover and level up your booking at no extra cost to what you’re already paying. Sound like a win-win? That’s because it is. Booked through an OTA? If you have free cancellation, I may be able to hook you up too!

Transparency: when you let me takeover a hotel booking, you don’t pay me a single cent. I earn a commission which comes directly from the hotel.

Cruises & Safaris.

Carnival chaos aside, I’m your girl for boutique sea and land-born adventures. Think: river journeys down the Mekong or Amazon, expeditions to Antarctica, unique coastal jaunts or once-in-a-lifetime safaris in the African savanna.

Transparency: when you book a cruise or safari through me, you don’t pay me a single cent. I earn a commission which comes directly from the cruise or safari operator.

Bespoke Trip Design.

Consider me your exceptionally connected source for killer travel itineraries. After getting to know the ins and outs of your travel style, preferences and vision, I’ll curate the best local experiences ranging from wellness to cuisine to unforgettable excursions. I’ll handle the practicals too, so you don’t have to worry about a single logistic affecting your dream trip.

Transparency: when you engage me to create a customized itinerary – whether single day or multi-week, one location or cross-city/country destinations – I charge a flat planning fee based on the scope of your itinerary.

Ready to start making your dream trip a reality?

Contact me at OR complete the form below. I’ll respond as fast as possible – typically within 24 hours – to get the wheels up on your overdue escape!