Condado Vanderbilt Suite Offer

With a wonderful and storied history, San Juan’s Condado Vanderbilt has been a Puerto Rico landmark since 1919. Envisioned by Frederick William Vanderbilt, the hotel has played host to the island’s most esteemed visitors, including Charles Lindbergh, Errol Flynn, Bob Hope, and President Franklin and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Unveiled on December, 2014, the cherished hotel is restored to its former glory and offers 319 opulent guest rooms and suites, a tranquil full-service spa, fine dining at 1919 restaurant and intimate nightlife at Vanderbilt Court and Premier guest services.

Until December 20th, offer includes:

30% off suites

15% Spa Treatment

15% Ola Restaurant

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Terms & Conditions

2 night minimum restriction, discount does not apply to Alcoholic beverages. Travel window is from Sept 1, 2015 through Dec 20, 2015

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Upgrade Offer at Cortona Gem – La Corte Dei Papi

The autumn season is arriving and Tuscany is even more beautiful than ever, the perfect moment of the year to enjoy the sightseeing of our medieval Villages, admire the soft hills that have a mix of extraordinary colors , small local markets that offer the seasonal fruits and vegetables, the local wineries have just finished the new harvest and they are more than glad to open them for a visit and have a taste of the Tuscan “ Novello.” For the cooking enthusiast, individual cooking experiences are offered. If you wish to experience Tuscany in the most unique way, La Corte Dei Papi is a cozy and Romantic countryside Relais just outside the beautiful City of Cortona.


CdP_2013_086Each of the nine Spa suites are dedicated to the balance and wellness of guests, offering a unique experience with relaxing touches. A crystal Turkish bath & multisensory showers with aromatherapy, chromotherapy and music therapy options. Massages and wellness treatments are done in the privacy of the Suite, with treatments tailored to suit guests needs.


After relaxing in a magical atmosphere, you are ready to delight your palate at our Gourmet restaurant, housed in what was the originally the wine cellar of the house and it maintains the integrity of traditional Tuscan cooking with a modern twist. The Chef prepares everything fresh daily including, bread, pasta and desserts.


Contact  for bookings until November 30th to receive a complimentary room upgrade.


La Corte dei Papi Information

The Private Reserve – Privacy, Space & New Facilities at the World’s Largest Overwater Villa

Gili Lankanfushi, named the Best Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor in the Traveller’s Choice Awards 2015, is about to get even better. The resort’s amazing Private Reserve – the largest overwater villa in the world – has been upgraded, making it more dazzling than ever.


SonevaGiliSunloungersStanding alone in the middle of a sparkling turquoise lagoon, 500 meters from the resort and only accessible by boat, the spectacular sprawling villa takes privacy and luxury to another level entirely. The closest neighboring villas are 300 meters away, allowing guests to relax in total seclusion.


An incredible 1,700 square meter space, the luxurious three-bedroom hideaway offers the utmost in natural chic, with its wood and glass design complementing the breathtaking Indian Ocean views and flooding the villa with light through floor-to-ceiling windows.


SGPrivateReserveEntertainingDayNight2As part of an extensive renovation program, a new 63 square meter fresh water swimming pool has been added overlooking the lagoon sunrise side. With a vast sun-deck and shaded pavilions, access is via wooden walkways from the master suites, as well as the main lounging area. There will also be a Jacuzzi within the pool, the perfect spot for sundowners.


“The beautiful pool adds an extra dimension to the Private Reserve, a wonderful alternative for those who prefer fresh water to the sea – and it’s obviously unaffected by the tides,” said Steven Philips, General Manager of Gili Lankanfushi. “We also wanted to make the most of the deep channel right in front of the villa, so it was built without having to disturb any of the local ecosystem.”


A spacious new en-suite bedroom has also been added to one of the two master suites – ideal for families. But as each suite is the same size as the resort’s huge Crusoe Residences, there’s still ample room for total privacy for friends. There are further bedrooms for two live-in Mr Fridays (private butlers on call 24/7 to cater to every whim), or if this is not desired, some guests opt to bring their nannies, secretaries or bodyguards.


Other improvements include a new library and study for any business needs, complete with an en suite bathroom and large comfortable lounging beds. A shower room is being added within the gym and fresh new furnishings throughout the villa.


Guests at the Private Reserve can relax in the ample indoor and outdoor living and lounging spaces, and soak up endless views. There’s a private spa with sauna and steam room for all pampering needs and a state-of-the-art cinema for film screenings of their choice. A wide water slide from the top deck into the lagoon adds to the fun.


When it comes to dining, quality and imagination are key. A personal chef will plan tailored meals using produce from the resort’s organic vegetable and herb gardens. Choice abounds from Michelin-quality fine dining to BBQs and more casual eating – served in the open top-floor dining room or at cushioned round tables close to the ocean. The wine cellar and bar are stocked to individual tastes too.


content_11105_1And, of course, all the facilities of the main resort are just a short boat-ride away, whether guests use their personal motorized boats or enjoy a chauffeur driven water taxi with their Mr Friday.


All Private Reserve bookings include exclusive transfers on the resort’s sumptuous new 14-metre luxury yacht for the 20-minute journey from Male’ airport. Guests also have use of it for an additional day – perhaps for a fishing outing around the local atoll or a private snorkeling trip with the resort’s own marine biologist.


For those who value true privacy, luxury and the space to enjoy it, there really is no place like the Gili Lankanfushi Private Reserve.


The Private Reserve will re-open on 15th November.


Private Reserve Rates / night range from $11,000-$23,630. Plus local government taxes. Room-only basis. The Reserve sleeps up to twelve people.


For bookings contact: or +960 6640304


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Gili Lankanfushi Information





In Search of the Ultimate Luxury Beach Resort in Costa Rica: Villa Manzu

Finding a luxury beach resort in Costa Rica need not be a task for an upscale Indiana Jones. Luxury beach resorts in Costa Rica can be as brand-stamped as a lovely cliff-side Marriott overlooking Herradura Bay, to an extraordinary Four Seasons spread about an entire peninsula, to a hidden jungle-shrouded mansion just steps from the sea.

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Villa Manzu is just such a luxury beach resort in Costa Rica, a hidden gem set off from the quaint and charming resort town of Liberia and within throwing distance to the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo. That means, that no desire needs to go unfilled at Villa Manzu.

And while every resort needs a key feature that sets it apart from the rest of its class, for most luxury beach resorts in Costa Rica that factor is simply: the beach. At Villa Manzu, guests will find much more than sparkling waves and a white sand expanse fanning out from the palms. They will find a home, call it an estate, with eight suites overlooking Costa Rica’s glittering north Pacific coast.


Private and self-contained, being an estate apart has its privileges. At Villa Manzu guests come as individuals, as families, as wedding parties, as C-suite executives and incentivized performers, and as friends. They find 30,000 square feet of interior spaces to roam, as well as jungle paths to explore and a private beach to play.

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Each suite has its own allure – call it African, Moroccan, Indian, Balinese or Pre-Columbian — and motifs seem to flow into one another amid gathering places: family rooms, entertainment areas, terraces, the bar. Suites maintain their own special comforts. Spacious and open, they range from king and queen bed suites to twin and fun bunkrooms for the children in tow. They each come with oversized televisions, a minibar with morning coffee service, as well as walk-in closets detailed with Costa Rican hardwood and full bathrooms that are suites in themselves with tubs and showers finished in onyx, marble and custom tiling.  And each suite is serviced by a personal butler, part of a dedicated team that includes waiters, bartenders, a concierge and a personal chef .

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Yoga? In the morning on the cliffside yoga platform terrace make refreshing salutations to the sun. Gym? At Villa Manzu, the cardio and muscle building equipment is primed and ready. Views? 180 degrees of pure blue bliss. Cigars with the perfect Patron or fine wine? Name your preferences and check out the dedicated wine and cigar room.

 Wine room

Meals make up some of the magic moments at Villa Manzu. Chef Mariano Fernández takes requests and creatively handles all, whether low-carb, gluten-free, or special treats. Spiny lobster dishes and inspired cerviche might be considered musts at the Manzu.

And while relaxing amid the views and the pools may, indeed, be time well spent at Villa Manzu, this is Costa Rica where nature’s wonders are in full splendor. Activity hosts are at the ready for lessons in paddle-boarding, hiking, diving and snorkeling. Sessions with the yoga instructor and walks with the onsite naturalist might be the easiest way to start a Costa Rican adventure at Villa Manzu. But then there are hidden waterfalls and beach coves to find; hiking trails to meander, exotic bird species to track and world-class golf rounds to consider. If it can be dreamed, chances are Villa Manzu’s dedicated concierge can arrange it, onsite or off, for experiences that will last a lifetime.


Villa Manzu in Guanacaste

Villa Manzu is well located to manage the conveniences that can smooth the experience of travel. It is in the province of Guanacaste (referring to the wide and flamboyant “ear trees” to be found) about 40 minutes from the international airport in Liberia and in easy reach of the anchoring city of the same name housing some 50,000 souls. The city is an old one, dating from Spanish colonial settlements, and is known for its charmed whitewashed constructions built from the white sands that characterize the stones in this region. A central plaza opens to boutiques and cafes and museums that make sojourns to Liberia an engaging and fun activity.

Meanwhile, the regions around Villa Manzu are ripe for exploration.

* Bird watching: Costa Rica is home to more than 850 species of native and migratory birds and bird-watching tours abound.

* Barra Honda Caves: Visit the underground caves at Barra Honda National Park.

* Nicaragua: Costa Rica’s northern neighbor is just around the corner from Liberia and provides a worthy destination for a day trip across borders.

* Palo Verde National Park: Search the riverbanks for monkeys, crocodiles, and rare birds on a nature cruise through the Palo Verde National Park.

* Miravalles Volcano: Drive through the Guanacaste mountain range with views of the dormant Miravalles Volcano. The volcano hasn’t been active in a long time but it continues to expel gas and geysers near its base, geo-thermal activity that is now used to produce energy.

* Arenal Volcano: The Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s most major natural wonders. It’s an active (and some say picture-perfect) volcano and it opens to the country’s largest lake. The mountains here are carpeted rainforests alive with animal and plant diversity.

* Tenorio River: Take a rafting tour through the Class 3/4 rapids of the Tenorio River and enjoy the area’s lush scenery.

* Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Hike through the bountiful Rincon de La Vieja National Park with an experienced naturalist guide.

* Santa Rosa National Park: This is one of Costa Rica’s oldest parks and has a surf spot called Witches Rock that believed to be the best surf spot in the country. The 12,000-acre park is also home to the Hacienda Santa Rosa monument (also called the La Casona) and museum that memorializes the local peasant army that took down William Walker and his mercenaries.


Back at Villa Manzu

A relaxed vacation at Villa Manzu is hardly a vacation with nothing to do. Guests have their run of the Villa’s water and land sports amenities: kayaks, surfboards, bicycles, golf carts.  There’s a movie library to tap; hammocks to stretch and staff to arrange zip lining or other unique adventures.

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Heading to Costa Rica

This region of Costa Rica, the Peninsula Papagayo, has its seasons and the wet season, or green season, runs from late May to November but usually brings quick and dramatic afternoon rains and leaves morning sunny and dry. The warmer and drier times to visit are November to April. The temperature is usually over 85 degrees year-round.

Airlines serving Liberia (LIR) from U.S. gateways: Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, United, Southwest, WestJet, Copa.

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Villa Manzu officially sleeps 22 guests but is available at $16,500 per night as an all-inclusive experience for 14 guests (additional fees for extra guests) with a three-night minimum (seven-night minimum during holiday weeks).


Villa Manzu
Peninsula Papagayo
Costa Rica
(+011 949) 200 8086


KAA News Roundup

Wellness is in the news this month, and a recent survey shows 86% of travel agents foresee growth for wellness travel in 2015, and our collection of luxury wellness properties is a good place to start for your next healthy getaway.

Ananda is in the news this month with a review by Miss Spa Spy, Little Black Book Bangalore, and National Geographic India. For an in depth look at Ananda, check out this 2-part article from Luxe in a City. Part One / Part Two.

The secret is out! Lake Austin Spa Resort makes Andrew Harper Travel’s Top US Hideaways for 2015. For more info, see Livingly’s Travel Bucket List:  Here’s why we want to relax and be pampered in Texas. Lastly, fashion and wellness merge in Neiman Marcus “Style Series” at Lake Austin Spa Resort, starting November 12th.

Six Senses Resorts & Spas are well known for their innovative approach to wellness throughout their resorts. Read about the newly opened Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal in Departures, “Incredible Fall Travel Destinations“ and the upcoming harvest time. From Forbes Life, check out “Wine Country Vacation, Reinvented: Six Senses Douro Valley.”

More news from Six Senses, this time down to The Maldives and Travel Squire’s review on Six Senses Laamu. The Spa at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman was voted # 1 by Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards. And Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain in China is set to use Tesla Model S electric vehicle for airport transfers.

More Six Senses news from Thailand’s Six Senses Yao Noi and Vogue Magazine’s article, “A Hidden Oasis Due East of Phuket.” More from Holiday Runway, “Six Senses will always have our hearts and there is no end to our future returns to this property and our future visits to that of others.” It is no wonder Six Senses Yao Noi was voted No. 5 in the world’s top hotels from Conde Nast Traveller:

From Harper Travel, The Lanesborough has reopened its doors after an extensive renovation, and it is simply stunning.  James Sherwood’s Discriminating Guide to London agrees, “…like greeting an old friend who’s had the most marvelous face lift.”

This fall head to Mukul where Departures Magazine’s roundup includes “peak surf season” for Nicaragua and the beachfront Mukul resort is not to be missed. Mukul also makes lists this month for both World’s 10 Sexiest Beach Resorts and 7 exceptional Family-Friendly Vacations. For Golfers, Golf Magazine lists Mukul among “9 Amazing Spas for Post-Round Pampering,”and from USA Today, “10 Golf Courses with Epic Views.” Mukul is also a good fit for wellness junkies and design fans. A new yoga retreat is available any time and Architectural Digest included Mukul in their list of The Best Oceanfront Hotels.

Over to Pikaia Lodge in The Galapagos, where the giant turtles are in plain view around the property in their annual migration to the highlands. The hotel has been called the Hottest Hotel in this list of The Ultimate Luxury Travel Hot Spots. From The Huffington Post & Gayot, The World’s 5 Best Extreme Hotels describes Pikaia as, “eco-adventure meets urbane luxury at this architecturally stunning resort.”

Down to Chile where the new Viña Vik has been in the news.  From Departures Magazine, “A Design, Wine, and Art-Centric Escape to Chile’s Vina Vik.” From The Venue Report, Bathtub Bucket List: 26 Beautiful Bathtubs from Hotels around the Globe.  Exciting news from Swide and their list of Five of the World’s Best Hotel Restaurants, including Viña Vik.

Up to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the renovated Condado Vanderbilt receives deserved praise this month. From Destination Magazine, Why The Condado Vanderbilt is the Exclusive Place for Destination Weddings, and from Prestige Meetings, why the hotel is perfect for meetings.

To the United States, where fall foliage is coming soon to Twin Farms, as well as a November Writer’s Workshop with Amy Bloom Nov 15-18. The Smith Hotel awards has nominated Twin Farms Treehouse Cottage for Sexiest Bedroom in the world, vote here. Twin Farms was also named to Andrew Harper’s Annual Reader’s Choice Awards list as #10 in the world of Top Food & Wine.

Further east and north to Newfoundland, Canada, home to Fogo Island Inn on one of the edges of the earth, and recipient of a well-deserved spot Andrew Harper Travels Reader’s Choice Awards. This accolade is evidenced by the following press mentions: Smith Hotels editor details her unique end-of-the-earth honeymoon, and AFAR Magazine includes Fogo in their roundup, “Pinterest Worthy Hotel Rooms.” For more background, read this Q & A on Hotel News Now with Fogo Island Inn founder Zita Cobb on why the hotel looks to the social aspect of business over the monetary returns. This video narrated by Ms. Cobb includes the beautiful scenery plus the mission behind Fogo Island Inn and the joy in the small details.

The new Reverie Saigon opened on September 1st and was featured on Leading Hotels, “Leading Lobbies.”

Over to Cambodia, where Song Saa’s overwater villa was nominated for Sexiest Bedroom in the world by Smith Hotels. The philanthropic arm of this luxury resort, Song Saa Foundation, deserves praise as well, earning Top Rated Non-Profit for 2015 by Great Non-Profits. Prestige Hong Kong’s Next Big Thing calls Song Saa’s Founders “The Next Adrian Zecha.”

To India, where The Lodhi New Delhi was rated a Top 5 Asian City Hotel by A Luxury Travel Blog. Travel, food & wellness writer Jia Singh shared her experience of a day spent The Lodhi on Wandering for Wellness.

In Bangkok, The Siam was featured in “Thailand by Design” article in Coastal Living, and received a nomination for Best Dressed Hotel by Smith Hotel Awards.

Destination Specialist WildChina can get you off the beaten track with their new tour through Laos and China, “Jewels of the Mighty Mekong.”

A beautifully written article in Travel + Leisure on Israel luxe travel by Daphne Merkin features a bit on the new boutique hotel, The Norman Tel Aviv.  She ponders how Israel has always been a place of pilgrimage—for history, faith, politics, and partying. But now that first-rate hotels, globally celebrated chefs, and forward-looking design are on the rise, can the country establish itself as a destination for more urbane pleasures?

Down to New Zealand, where all three lodges are in the press this month. Read about Matakauri Lodge in Forbes Life, A Room With A View: 10 Hotels To Love.  Matakauri Lodge also made the list for 26 beautiful bathtubs on Venue Report. It is no wonder Matakauri Lodge was nominated for Best Dressed Hotel by Smith Awards.

Sister property Kauri Cliffs made the list on Harper Travels Reader’s Choice Awards for Top International Hideaways.  Cape Kidnappers is on USA Today, 10 Golf Courses with Epic Views.

Another South Pacific gem in our portfolio is The Brando.  The humpback whales are visiting and so should you.  Check out this beautiful video. Three wonderful articles this month on The Brando are all worth a read.  Forbes Life, Luxe in a City, and The Dallas Morning News.

To end this roundup, one more mention of all the great awards from the month.  The following hotels and resorts all made Andrew Harper’s Reader’s Choice Awards: Kauri Cliffs, Twin Farms, Lake Austin Spa Resort, Fogo Island Inn, Halekulani.  See full list here.

Town & Country Magazine also released a list, “The T&C Travel 100: The Best Hotels in the World.”

In the New Hotel Category, Rajmahal Palace and Viña Vik made the list. For Romantic Beach Resorts, Gili Lankanfushi and Song Saa made the list.  For Best Remote Hotels, The Brando, Six Senses Laamu, and Fogo Island Inn made the list. Congratulations! May you find wonderful travels this fall.

For added inspiration, look to these 20 wonderful itineraries by Travel + Leisure that include Iceland, Nicaragua and Fogo Island Inn in Canada.

Banyan Tours & Travel: Bespoke Experiences in Inscrutable India

The banyan tree is the most complicated of plants, growing through the cracks and crevices of a host until it becomes its own grand presence, bearing fruit, reaching for hidden places, ever-expanding and feeding an entire eco-system around it. So it is not surprising that the Banyan is the national symbol of India and the namesake of a destination specialist in India that delivers bespoke tours of a most complicated country: Banyan Tours & Travels.

1209074_10153260169615088_956734290_nIndia remains one of the most populous countries in the world and one with more than 20 official languages, 29 states and seven Union territories, a variety of hidden cultures and at least nine official religions. And let us not forget – India has a territorial history more than twice as old as the Bible. So when it comes to visiting India, touring India, seeing and understanding the vibrancy of this most colorful subcontinent, interpretation and guidance should be left to the experts.

Banyan Tours & Travels caters to a certain type of traveler: the luxury traveler, the high maintenance traveler whose interests are specialized and whose requirements are high. This can be a VIP or members of the media; celebrities, CEOs or simply a couple that wants a customized tour and wants to do it right.

523453_10153260168770088_660557834_nThrough the chaos of the streets, the diamonds and the dust, the glittering swirls of saris and the pungent aromas, India is an overwhelming match for the senses. So much to be experienced, and yes, so little time. From the majesty of dawn rising around the Taj Mahal to the awe of the Ellora Caves, the visions of Rajasthan’s timeword step wells and palaces, the excitement of a tiger safari, or the enchantment of walking the circuitous alleys of the Old City in Jaipur, India is a bottomless box of surprises. And while much can go right, much can go wrong. This is India and the unexpected is part of the adventure.

So securing passage and guidance with the right company is essential, especially if you are responsible for making plans that must go right. Banyan Tours has office presence in seven major cities around India and is careful to ensure that guides have the know-how, the language skills, the careful leadership that can handle unexpected incidents or requests, and the breadth of experience to put it all together in a stellar package for the discerning client.

1233369_10153260169370088_38791268_nWhether a traveler wants to wander the kaleidoscopic beaches of Goa, stalk tigers in the Sundarbans, go hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas, wander the tech campuses of Bangalore, see the French-designed avenues of Pondicherry or stand at the Gateway of India in Mumbai, an itinerary can be set with private car and driver, knowing guide and resourceful negotiations that can make miracles and magic happen out of the toughest of requests.

Banyan Tours & Travel Services:

Custom-designed luxury tours for individuals and small groups

Specialized culture, adventure and wildlife tours

Luxury Trekking in the Indian Himalayas

High profile press trips and fashion shoots

Luxury cruises and charter operations

Conference and Incentive Programs


Top Ten Things to Do in India:

1. Taj Mahal at Dawn

Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, the quietest time, just as the sky opens into a amber spectacle that is reflected in an eerie rose hue of the majestic white marble tomb.

2. Shopping for Jewels and Silks in Jaipur

Walk through the gates on the Old City of Jaipur, past the Mughal splendor of the Amber Fort and into the alleyways of precious storefronts and boutiques selling rubies, emeralds and sapphires and all manner of glittering stones available for a song. Keep the sparkle going with a scarf or a sari embroidered with gold threads or fashionable clothing created with iconic Jaipur block print design.

3. Art Classes in Rajasthan

The art of the miniature painting, a practice that developed around the 10th century in Rajasthan and detailed the lives of the princes in vibrant golds and ambers on black silk, is something that can be learned in an assortment of art classes offered in the royal town of Udaipur.

4. Cooking Classes in Udaipur

Indian cooking, with its distinctive array of spices and colorful order of thalis and condiments, can be learned in large Western-style schools with do-it-yourself tables or intimate home kitchens taught by motherly masters of the culinary arts in such spots as Udaipur’s old city. Menus cab classic Indian vegetarian – mutter paneer (peas and cottage cheese), aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower), dahl and fried rice or elaborate curries and with suites of sweet and savory pickles. Northern Indian styles vary greatly for cooking traditions of Southern India, Goa and Northeastern India.

5. Bike Ride through Kerala

If you visit Kerala, where slow cruises along the region’s backwaters are popular, get off the boat and get on a bike to ride the country lanes through the scenic lands steeped in British, Dutch and Portuguese colonial history.

6. Explore Delhi

Take a cycle rickshaw through the chaos and wonder of Old Delhi to see a world frozen in time and full of electricity.


7. See Tigers in India

Take a tiger safari through Bandhavgarh or Ranthambore national parks. Enter through ancient gates where, once, only elephants could pass and see lands untouched and preserving of India’s history and natural wonder. Look beyond the paths and you might even see a tiger!

8. Explore Temples in the Punjab

Visit the Golden Temple in the city of Amritsar, a centre of huge religious and architectural importance. The holy shrine has four different entrances to show that people from all backgrounds are welcome.

9. Float in the Ganges

Visit Varanasi, the holiest city in the Hindu religion, spreading out from the banks of the Ganges. Watch religious pilgrims washing their sins away in sunrise immersions in the Ganges as you take a stunning dawn cruise down this sacred river at dawn.

10. Ride the Darjeeling Express

Ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the “Toy Train” built around 1880. The narrow gauge line runs 53 miles between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, through foothills full of tea plantations.



Banyan Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd
Vatika City Point, Sector 25, MG Road
Gurgaon – 122002, India
Tel: +011 91 1244563800



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Six Senses Zighy Bay “Out of the Ordinary” Offer

Six Senses Zighy Bay is happy to extend the Half Board offer to explore the breathtaking nature of Gulf of Oman and the Hajar Mountains.

Book by October 31st, 2015 with minimum of four-night stay and receive a complimentary upgrade to half-board.


Terms and Conditions

• Offer Valid for stays until the 20th December 2015.

• Valid for new bookings only

• Can be combined with all existing offers

• Valid on all villa categories

• Extra person supplement applies for additional adult sharing the same villa.

• Not applicable from the 20th October – 31st October 2015.

• Please quote FREEHB 2015 when booking



Six Senses Zighy Bay is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of these beautiful indigenous village-style accommodations and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other.

Tantalize your senses: feel the sand beneath your toes; listen as your sunset dhow cruise glides through waves; taste culinary delights of the region. For reservations, please call +968 2673 5888 or email at



Twin Farms: Fall Fantasia in the Foothills of Vermont

Twin Farms, a precious luxury hideaway in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains, is heating up for brisk fall escapes and romantic, snow-driven winter vacations.


Fall at Twin Farms is a particularly poignant time: the vibrant leaf spectacle unfolds as aged maples blaze in the refreshing New England temperatures. And the harvest of autumn comes to life at Twin Farms through the creative talents of Chef Nathan Rich.


Few such places are within reach for most of us. Twin Farm’s 20 rooms, suites – including 10 freestanding cottages — offer the fireplace warmth, the exquisite expressions of fine design in furnishings and museum-worthy art additions, and the secluded natural setting so many of us seek. And the good news: Twin Farms is a mere five hours drive from the chaos of New York City and three hours from Boston.


A Little Vermont Romance

Like so many rolling estates on the eastern seaboard, Twin Farms also comes with a history. Those rolling 300 acres of prime wilderness filled with hiking trails and Nordic skiing tracks were once part of a homestead established in 1785. It was later occupied by author Sinclair Lewis, who, when proposing to journalist Dorothy Thompson, promised to buy her a farm in Vermont with sweeping lawns, orchards, and “delicious air.” They found their piece of paradise in the revolution-era farmhouse that is now Twin Farms and purchased the whole lot – 300 acres and all — in 1928 for $10,000. Current owner, Thurston Twigg-Smith, acquired the property as a second home for his family in 1974 and eventually made it into his vision: an inn deep in the Vermont countryside that offered sophisticated escape and playful romance.



Today, much of that romance is played out in the possibilities that creative local cuisine can bring. Similarly, the Bridge House Spa can be a sublime undertaking in romance, falling in love with the quiet comforts of immersing in a Japanese furo bath within a cathedral of windows looking onto the woods. Massages and facials for individuals and couples are on tap, as is yoga and personal training.

Days are spent active enough to warrant a little afternoon pampering. Twin Farms is an “inclusive” experience that means nearly every need is provided in the nightly rates. Biking, hiking, swimming, tennis, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fly-fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and all other on-site activities, such as croquet, and bocce ball, along with necessary equipment and instruction are all on the menu.


At Twin Farms, a Relais & Chateaux property and the only five-star resort in Vermont, cocktails and canapés come out each evening and fine wines and spirits flow 24/7. Bon fires and s’mores, barbeques at the cabana, picnics on the hilltop, if it can be envisioned, it can be done and usually without touching a wallet since Twin Farms version of all-inclusive is truly that – no resort fee, tipping, or service fees.




Twin Farms Celebrates Food

Dining is a celebrated affair at Twin Farms as Chef Nathan Rich, whose vitae includes The Taj in Boston, the Lake Placid Lodge and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, draws inspiration from the fresh farm-raised possibilities all around him that change with each season. But every meal has a certain signature, be it the Cavendish Quail, the razor clams with smoked bacon, cashews and black garlic, the beef tenderloin with bone marrow butter, even the breakfast feasts of fresh baked pastry baskets.


Nightly farm-to-table oeuvres are presented in the Original Main House dining room from 6:30 to 8 pm, flowing from the cocktail hour. However, meals can be enjoyed at any hour and in any setting. If there are favorites or special requests, the chef has them: each guest is given a wish list questionnaire before each stay.


A Night at Twin Farms

Final retreat for the night is equally as luxurious. There are sumptuous stand alone cottages – each its offering its own design theme and ambiance with telltale names like “Aviary,” “Chalet,” “Treehouse” and “Log Cabin.” All contain original artworks by famous contemporary artists and all offer fireplaces settings in spacious, light-filled quarters.



However, every room and suite, whether in the farmhouse, the lodge or cottage, is an original study in interior flourishes that seem to satisfy designer fantasies about what a romantic room at a luxurious New England inn should be.


Complementing the lavish interiors is the bounty of complimentary amenities — featherbeds, down pillows, and comforters; linens by Anichini and The Purists, Out of the Woods bath and body products, hand-blended especially for Twin Farms; same day laundry service along with packing and unpacking services, and, of course, a fully stocked refrigerator with coffee, tea, seasonal snacks — all for the taking.

Groups, whether weddings, celebrations or company retreats, benefit from the convenience of Twin Farms’ fully inclusive policies as well. As focus needs be on the celebration or business, floating questions about meals, laundry or mini-bar mess-ups have no place in this peaceful world.




Rather, all eyes are on nature, on the woods and on the pure air that energizes every pore in this corner known as Barnard, Vermont.


Top Five Things to Do in Barnard, according to Twin Farms’ Experts

* Visit the 250-year old village of Barnard and stop in to the Barnard General Store. Take a swim or canoe out on Silver Lake (private beach access available to Twin Farms guests).


* Tour Woodstock, a quintessential New England village just ten miles from Twin Farms, and explore the many shops and art galleries.


* Visit the Billings Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage and a working dairy farm. Also visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park with its focus on conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. Both are located in Woodstock.


* Get a behind-the-scenes tour (exclusively for Twin Farms guests) of Simon Pearce in Quechee, where hand-blown glass and handmade pottery is crafted. Check out the restaurant, store and art gallery.


* Visit the Stave Puzzle Workshop in Norwich, Vermont, legendary in the art of creating wooden jigsaw puzzles.


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Barnard, VT 05031
+1 800 894 6327


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Personal Transformation with Spa Halekulani’s Living-Well Program

KHalekulani-Rates-01amala Skipper was an attorney at the largest human rights law organization in Southern Africa. Faced with the stressful demands of her work and personal life, her existing health issues worsened. Skipper, who was previously a professional athlete, started to research ways to improve her health. As she implemented changes to her diet and lifestyle, she immediately experienced significant improvements to her health and well-being. Fast forward to today, Skipper has left behind her career as an attorney and is now Halekulani hotel’s in-house Lifestyle Coach.


As part of Halekulani’s overall vision to promote a healthy lifestyle, SpaHalekulani has launched a Living-Well Program offering a series of wellness lectures, a cleanse program and individual lifestyle coaching sessions. This one-of-a-kind program offers in-depth consultations with Skipper, guiding guests to develop a personalized plan based on their specific health and wellness goals.


The SpaHalekulani program also provides its clients with the tools to self-motivate, self-regulate and create lasting change.


SpaHalekulani Living-Well Programs:


Individual Consultations are available for 60 and/or 90 minute sessions. Costs range from $175-$255 per session. Guests of Halekulani have the option to schedule a complimentary 20-minute introductory session with Skipper prior to their consultation.


Living-Well Packages offer individual lifestyle coaching sessions and consultations plus a SpaHalekulani treatment and activity.


Foundation for Optimal Health Package ($595)

• Two nutritional consultations

• One personal training session

• One signature SpaHalekulani service

• Personalized email/phone support with Skipper


Executive Health Package ($685)

• Introductory Pre-Session

• Two individual coaching sessions on the essentials for nutrition and stress management

• One signature SpaHalekulani service

• Personalized email/phone support with Skipper


Continuity Program enables guests to optimize results after their visit, when they return home via Skype or phone appointments. Three 60-minute sessions cost $495 and six 60-minute sessions cost $955.


Jumpstart Your Health Cleanse helps reduce inflammation and introduces foods that fuel and nourish the body’s vitality. The cleanse is safe and effective, and is intended to reset the body’s system by removing toxins and maximizing nutrients. Cost is $195 and includes a comprehensive booklet, a shopping list with menus and recipes, cleanse protocol as well as daily personal email support.

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Living-Well Lectures with Ms. Skipper teaches guests how to eat well and establish healthy habits. Upcoming events include ‘Simple Stress Solutions’ (August 29), ‘Mindful Eating’ (September 25) and ‘Living Longevity’ (October 31). The one-hour Living-Well Lectures are offered every last Saturday of the month at Halekulani for $25 per session and are complimentary for hotel guests. Paying participants will receive a $25 gift certificate to SpaHalekulani.


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Twin Farms Writer’s Workshop with Amy Bloom

Do you have a story? Whether it’s a wisp of an idea, or a full-blown manuscript, come to the Twin Farms Writers’ Workshop and explore your own possibilities. All levels of experience welcome. Writing well is not easy. But we think a master teacher, kind and useful feedback and a community of readers and writers will make it easier. Morning workshops, afternoon naps or writing or walking or all three. Evening cocktails with new friends and readings. And there’s a desk and a view in every beautiful room. And wonderful food you don’t have to cook. And a wine cellar that provides an exceptional reward for a hard day’s writing.

This November 15 – 18, 2015, space is limited.

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