Relais La Corte Dei Papi: Luxury Stays in Italy under the Tuscan Sun

Travel plans to Italy should include a cooking class or two and a stay at a marvelous country manor in the middle of the Tuscany. La Corte Dei Papi offers both with a dash of panache and a sprinkle of history.

mainFor villa in Italy fantasies that conjure images of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” this is fantasy found. The Relais was a labor of love for the Papi family, heirs to the 17th century family manor that is now a grand auberge with 15 exquisite rooms and suites. David Papi with his mother Gabriella lovingly restored and modernized the manor. All the structures are original but now those cavernous spaces are spa suites and romantic lairs looking out onto a cascade of rolling hills, gardens and vineyards.

cdp roomBut guests that come this way get much more than amazing ambiance for their time. There are wine tastings to experience, magnificent meals to enjoy, country walks and bike rides to take, spa journeys to indulge and cooking lessons to learn. Owner David Papi is there every step of the way with guests, from arrival and check-in, through planning and assistance in maximizing their stay, through managing details of accommodations and comforts and on through their departure.

Getting to La Corte Dei Papi is half the fun. The village of Cortona is a little more than 100 miles from Rome, but there are trains from Rome to Terontola and Camucia, both just a few miles from the Relais and from where cars can be rented, taxis can be found or a transfer can be arranged.

Cortona_Cortona-landscape_2987Practically on the border of Umbria and Tuscany, an easy train trip from Florence through ancient Etruscan lands, guests can rent a car and explore the historic mountain villages and or wander the legendary wine country here. Day trips through the Tuscany might include Siena, Monteiggioni, San Gimignano and the Val d’Orcia. Umbrian explorations might lead to picnics on Lake Trasimeno or ambles through the Umbrian capital of Perugia.

But days at the Relais La Corte Dei Papi can be equally replete with Italian splendor. First, there is the food and perhaps in Italy it always starts with the food. Chef Giuseppe Masciopinto makes everything in these kitchens: the pastas, the breads, the pastries, the entrees, even the marmalades. The ingredients are local and reflect the changing seasons with foods and dishes carefully sourced and planned with assistance from owner David Papi. Cooking classes are a must at the property for guests who want to bring a bit of the Tuscany home.

CdP_Rist_Piatti_19In the warm months, guests dine in candlelight, al fresco by the pool, in the shadows of olive trees and pines and overlooking the gardens. And days can be spent under the Tuscan sun as well, soaking in the rays by the pool, walking the floral gardens and enjoying the amenities available in the spa suites.

LaCortidePapiEvent (2)Furnishings and ambiance is what one would expect in such a period manor – and fairytale bedrooms with fine linens and draping textiles, antique furnishings, wooden or tile floors, exposed wood beams, stone walls, cathedral ceilings – bathrooms with deep porcelain tubs inside marble frames.

_DSC59851Hotel staff can arrange special wine tastings, bringing in local experts to give the inside story on wines of the region. Horseback riding, boating on the lake, designer shopping in the ancient town of Cortona nearby, and wine trail itineraries can all be supplied by Relais La Corte Dei Papi’s ready staff. Famous wine cellars in the Cortona region include Antinori, Avignonesi, Poliziano, Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino, which can also be toured for the day with a private guide and escort. Bicycles are available to anyone who wants to peddle down the local country roads to markets and towns only a few kilometers away. And, for those who want to play Marcello Mastrianni for a day, renting the latest Ferrari or Maserati model is but a phone call away.

Immagine 089The Relais includes Wi-Fi and breakfast in its rates and guests often return – with families in tow — for generational retreats and weddings as the Relais La Corte Dei Papi, with only 15 guestrooms and a breathtaking location, is the perfect size for buy-outs.

Immagine 186Relais La Corte Dei Papi has several packages on tap that run through early 2016. Perhaps the simplest and most popular is the Romantic Weekend, which includes three nights at the Relais with strawberries, Champagne and a bouquet of red roses in room upon arrival, plus buffet breakfast each morning with a smorgasbord of fresh cheese, salami, fruit, home-made cakes and bread – or breakfast in bed — and a romantic gourmet dinner (excluding spirits). Finally, it also includes a late checkout. Rates start at $1,161 for two for the three nights.

Contact:

La Corte dei Papi
(011 39) 0575 614109
info@lacortedeipapi.com
]www.lacortedeipapi.com

 

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KAA News Roundup

With the onset of fall coming soon, it is a good time to start planning a beach vacation. Mukul in Nicaragua is at the top of our list, and the Huffington Post agrees. Their Travel section featured Mukul in their roundup of “10 Cool Pools Around the World.”  And Mukul was featured in another Huff Post article, “Surf’s Up! 8 Top Destinations for Riding the Waves.”

After some over indulgence this summer, a wellness break could be in the cards.  Self Magazine Editor Joyce Chang details her experience at The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu for her readers here.  Yoga Spa Holidays suggests a trip to Ananda Spa in India for a stress relieving holiday.  “Nestled beautifully amidst the scenic Himalayas in Rishikesh make it the resort an ideal place to take a break from the stressful schedules.” Read more here.

Lots of great press for Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico this month.  La Jolla Mom’s blog writes about her cooking school experience here, Eating Bird Food blog writes about “Rancho La Puerta for Food Lovers” and blogger Misty Tosh writes about the different ways to experience The Ranch here.

New client Song Saa in Cambodia is another great beach resort which is very wellness and eco minded.  And, it is also good for families.  Family Traveller writes about Song Saa in their article, “Ten of the best: Teen adventures worldwide.” Lawfully Chic writes about Song Saa’s sustainability programs and their new 4-day “Journeys of Change” program here and USA Today Travel writes about the luxury aspect of both Song Saa and The Siam in “How glam can you go? Asian hotels for the 1 percent.”

Back in North America, but just barely, one of the four corners of the world is home to the remote outpost of Fogo Island Inn where local and expert forager Mona Brown supplies The Inn with berries, edible plants, and more. Andrew Harper Travel writes here about the unique Artisans’ Guild at Fogo Island, “Quilts and Carvings at the Fogo Island Artisans’ Guild.”

Down south to Vermont where the New York Times features Beauty Guru Tata Harper on her home state of Vermont and her favorite places including Twin Farms. Read article. US News & World Report lists the best all inclusive and Twin Farms gets the honor for “best for foodies” and USA Today featured a first hand account of a weekend at Twin Farms here.

Down further south to Texas, The Inn at Dos Brisas was featured by Austin Monthly in their article, “Three Texas Hidden Gems.” The organic farm is out of this world, and Sherman’s Travel blog agrees, “4 Hotels With Amazing Farms You Can Visit.”

Way down south to Uruguay, Vik Retreats new Jose Ignacio dining venture, La Susana, received a write up from Departures Magazine, “Beach Bites in Uruguay”and Harper’s Bazaar included both Estancia Vik and Playa Vik on their “South America Hotlist.” The Vik winery in Chile is a marvel in itself, being featured in Architectural Digest and Stylepark this month.

Cheers to a beautiful fall!

Song Saa: When Romantic Luxury Requires a Private Island in Cambodia

It may be a honeymoon, it may be a babymoon, it may be a simple celebration of life, but it may call for a stay at a romantic luxury resort in Cambodia. A stay in Cambodia is at its core an immersion in the exotic. But a stay at  Song Saa Private Island  in Cambodian in the Gulf of Thailand makes it s stay like no other.

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This precious Cambodian island retreat has just 27 villas and little else. But the bounty here is in the remote quiet, the privacy, the ingenious yet unimposing luxury elements all around and the solid sustainability of all that makes Song Saa possible.

 

Eco-Luxury Found

Villas here are spacious and open to their surroundings, whether overwater, beachside or shrouded by virgin jungle. The cathedral-like spaces are built from driftwood, sandstone, old boats, rusted Thai factories, recycled, sustainable trees and old crumbling South Asian houses.

 

2 bedroom over water villas_MG_2767The eco-villas are the dream of the Australian entrepreneurial couple that bought this island and the uninhabited one next to it for a song and spent an adventurous five more years building their dream resort in a land where few have gone before them. They persisted through roller coasters of worldwide recessions, life-threatening illness, and the phalanx of bureaucratic frustrations but ended up with dream in tact: a sublime retreat at the edge of the world where sunsets are so splendid that the resort moves island time by an hour so guests can savor them.

 

The villas blend thatched roofs with rustic timber beams, hardwood floors and locally collected stone for the walls, and harbor such sumptuous appointments as four-poster canopy beds, floor windows into the waters below, Moroccan lanterns and indigenous carvings. A soak in the sunken tub is a must. Or dip in the private plunge pool facing the sea.

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Each villa is its own romantic lair but can open up to the sound of children with added cots built into the décor. Children are welcome on this island of powder white beaches and super conscious conservation practices. An onsite preservation guide offers gentle kayak journeys into the surrounding mangrove mazes and into the local villages where Song Saa works hard at educational and earth-minded givebacks that can make a difference in this tiny corner of the planet.

 

SongSaa (4)Song Saa, literally “Sweethearts” in Khmer and so named for the two hidden islands in the undeveloped Koh Rong Archipelago that seemed joined for life. Song Saa is on one of them – a tiny, jungle-shrouded islet surrounded by the sea and around which any point can be reached within a 15-minute stroll. Then there is its twin, connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve and left to be wild and natural.

 

The protected reserve is replete with underwater surprises: a rainbow of unusual fish, sea horses, active bio-marine life that glows at night to make a midnight swim simply stunning.

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Song Saa is remote by anyone’s standards: a 3.5-hour car ride and then speedboat transfer from the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. But for the distance, all meals, spirits, yoga, and non-motorized water activities are included in the tariff. What you see, minus taxes, is what you pay. In a country like Cambodia, such mindful service goes a long way. At Song Saa, where the guest to staff ratio easily runs three to one, well-trained employees understand and deliver on the demands. In addition, guests are at rest knowing top science and discipline are used in the sustainability systems in operation at the resort and many of the surrounding villages. Streets are clean of debris. Local eco-designed fish farms and gardens supply most of the food. Fresh water is preserved, waste is recycled and few details are left dangling.

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Amenities in Mind

 

Infinity pools, shaded daybeds, comfortable bar and restaurant on the beach, exotic menu of Khmer and Continental foods: check! Snorkeling, waterskiing, stand-up paddle surfing, kayaking, trekking and exploring with knowledgeable and educated guides: check! Cocktails when you like, dining when you like, popular films and music in-room, on-site nanny and kids activities – check!

villa 07 deck (2 bed villa)_32033Guests can relax and unplug completely while spa therapists provide the healing touch. Yoga classes are offered and Journey into Wellness programs applied. Need a refresh? Have a personal yoga or meditation session with a master on the beach. Then relax for a biorhythms session followed by a Rainforest facial and a 90-minute Karuna Kaya massage. Need to rejuvenate? Partake of a special wellness menu designed by the chef; sit back for a 90-minute Metta massage and then top it off with a blessing by a Buddhist monk. Need to revive? Try a healing bath, followed by a Khmer Poultice Massage and a Marina Flora Face Therapy session. A lengthy menu of unusual spa experiences unfolds in a candy store fantasy of possibilities.

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Once on island the idea is to stay on island – no cars here, no discos, no distractions outside visiting local villages and the pondering the lives of the contented marine beings. Romantic luxury at a Cambodian resort somewhere in a far of archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand — achieved.

 

Song Saa: Getting there is Half the Fun

For safety reasons (which become clear when you get there), visitors are not permitted to self-drive in Cambodia. The Phnom Penh International Airport is a 3.5-hr drive from Sihanoukville from where guests take a 35-minute speedboat ride to the resort. Song Saa can arrange transfers in one of the resort’s luxury vehicles or guests can get themselves to Sihanoukville via flights from Siem Riep on Angkor Air and meet the boat. Hotel transfers are not included in rates. Very pricey helicopter flights via Helistar Cambodia can provide speedy transport from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

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High season: Feb 13-May 31; Nov 1-Dec 22

Low season: Jun 1-Oct 31

Peak season: Dec 23-31

 

Contact:

Song Saa Private Island
(+011 855) 23 686 0361
reservations@songsaa.com
www.songsaa.com

 

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Micato Safaris in Africa: Finding Your Inner Hemingway

Dreaming of travel to Africa is like dreaming of traveling to the moon. You know it is there and have very clear visions of what it must be like. But nothing, nothing prepares you for that first footstep on the savannah, the winds, pure and silent, sailing over the grassy plains or that first glimpse of a lion that is, yes, looking back at you.

Micato Safaris vehicle and lionGreat writers have always known the power of this continent. Nothing can bring you to your primal self faster than a dark night on the Serengeti. Rustling in the bushes, invisible roars and growls nearby, and you are just another creature in the vastness claiming space under the stars.

It was into this story that Ernest Hemingway stepped and perhaps found some of his seminal inspiration. Under the snow capped heights of Kilimanjaro and into the steamy darkness of the Congo, the great author took on Africa for all its adventures and marvels and frightening splendor, captured now through one safari company, Micato, and its civilized explorations into the wilds Kenya and Tanzania.

Hemmingway_Map_ImgHemingway’s Africa was immortalized in several volumes of some of his greatest works and short stories and is now frozen in time with Micato’s “The Hemingway Wing Safari.

The Africa specialist company finds its roots in Kenya where Micato’s owners live to this day. They have persevered since 1966 to offer a way for travelers to see this, often unforgiving, land through local eyes and have been active in the conservation efforts that have sustained communities and revived a once fast-dying elephant population back to healthy numbers.

hemmingway-elephant-babyOn the Hemingway tour, the guests will be not be hunting big game and channeling their inner macho. Rather, guests spend 14 days tracking through the rugged expanses of the Great Rift Valley seeing, experiencing, tasting the very same land that Hemingway did, not much changed from a bygone era, and finding intimacy in the romance that is Africa.

Micato Safaris_romantic dinner in the bushThe tour starts in Nairobi and a visit to the Norfolk Hotel (now a Fairmont) where it is easy to imagine Hemingway, if not Karen Blixen, reading in a quiet corner of the lobby. Then it is off to Samburu and the Masai Mara where humans are rare guests among the acacias and great animal herds. While the land is rugged, the tents are full of comforts and the sundowners toasted with gin and tonics quite in style whether at camp or sitting atop a land rover watching a leopard scope the landscape. Or base may be at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, with its luxurious rooms on the Mara River.

Hemmingway-Camps-and-LodgesBut the Serengeti waits with low, sloping hills that reach for the horizon in all directions, soft and brown covered in the distance with odd roving herds of wildebeest or Cape Buffalo (said to be the most dangerous of Africa’s beasts). Lake Manyara, loved by Hemingway for its placid beauty, is the place to find the world’s repository of wild and exotic birds. Coral riots of flamingoes take off and regroup over the salted waters. Zebras match the spectacle with a blanket of stripes nearby.

hemmingway-zebraFinally, the Ngorongoro Crater in a quiet corner of northern Tanzania never disappoints. If Noah had built an arc in Africa, he would have built it here in this mini-Eden separated from the rest of the land by high walls of an ancient volcano. There is no doubt some of the earth’s first hominids walked these lands and now the 100 square mile depression is home to 25,000 animals offering easy access to rhinos, hippos, zebras, elephants, wildebeest, waterbuck, gazelles and elands. It also has one of the densest populations per square mile of lions in Africa.

Micato Safaris Sundowners (2)Because it is Micato who is the host, no guest ventures into these lands without a home cooked meal – and that would be at the long-time home of the Pinto family who own Micato. In Africa there is a saying: “a small house will hold a hundred friends.” It is rare a visitor will pass a home and not be welcomed in. A safari in Africa is not just about experiencing some of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife in their ancient ancestral lands. It is also about discovering the heart of Africa, the heart that is Africa.

Micato can take you there.

Micato Safaris
(212) 545-7111
(800) MICATO-1
www.micato.com

 

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KAA News Roundup

New client Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia featured the Wall Street Journal article, “Resorts Take Eco-Conscious Turn With Private-Island Luxury.” Also in Conde Nast Traveler here, “Beach, Pray, Love in Cambodia.” Song Saa is also the latest brand to be awarded with Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark for their outstanding commitment to championing positive initiatives for both society and the planet.

Departures Magazine feature, “Places to Stay Now” by Melissa Biggs Bradley, features both Song Saa here and Mukul in Nicaragua here.

Elite Traveler Magazine also featured Mukul this month, in their feature “Top 101 Suites in the World” for their outstanding Casona Don Carlos suite.

The iconic La Mer restaurant at Halekulani on Waikiki has been honored this month with a Five Star Rating from Forbes Travel Guide.  The distinction complements their long standing rating as a Five Diamond restaurant. Learn more.

The architect of VIK Retreats in Uruguay was featured in the New York Times article, “Smiljan Radic: A Rock Star Among Architects.” For more information on these retreats, click here for a wonderful review of Estancia Vik and Playa Vik in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay as a perfect venue for your next weekend or event.

Up to Canada, where Fogo Island Inn in was mentioned in an insightful article from the Sydney Morning Herald, “Dream merchants: The future of hotels has arrived” discusses how hotels are responding the travelers search for unique experiential travel, including design, eco and cultural elements. Something special is happening on Fogo Island, where the New Ocean Ethic Plan is a community driven initiative that, “…will become a model for communities around the world.” Read article.

Both The Inn at Dos Brisas and Twin Farms featured on Destination W here, “ 5 destination wedding resorts with a little country and a lot of luxury.” And after the wedding, head to Gili Lankanfushi for the honeymoon, rated here by Pixable as the #1 spot in the world for skinny dipping.

For wellness, a big congratulations to Ranch La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico for being named the #1 Destination Spa in Travel & Leisure for the 4th time in 5 years! Conde Nast reader’s also voted the spa the #1 destination spa.  Read more here…Here’s to a great 2014!

Editors from SpaFinder named Rancho La Puerta along with The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu as a perfect spot for a Wellness Wedding.

Yahoo Travel’s “7 of the World’s Best Weight-Loss Resorts” features Malibu’s Ranch at Live Oak. Down Linens Blog feature, “6 Wellness Spa Retreats to get You Feeling Refreshed” highlight both Ananda Spa in the Himalayas and SHA Wellness in Spain here. SHA was also featured in Savoir Flair, “It’s a Sha Thing: A Review of Sha Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain.”

September 6th Fivelements in Bali to host TEDxUbud, learn more here. 

Check out the website for The Norman Tel Aviv, opening next month.

National Geographic Traveller’s article, “Thai boxing holidays: Just for kicks” discusses the popular sport of Muay Thai and the luxury facilities at The Siam in Bangkok. Yahoo Travel featured Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives, “The 13 Greatest and Grandest Hotel Bathrooms.”

 

The Siam: A Boutique Luxury Hotel in Bangkok with a Tale to Tell

Choosing a hotel in Bangkok is like trying to find the prettiest wildflower in the field. There are just so many and they are all precious. But if you narrow that search to a boutique luxury hotel on the Chao Praya River – a few doors down from the home of Thailand’s crowned prince, you will find yourself at The Siam.

The Siam could be considered one of Thailand’s jewels in a shimmering city of gold. The 39-key property opened in June 2012 as a hideaway within Bangkok’s towering skyline. It’s right on the river, tucked into a corner of the Dusit neighborhood, a stones’ throw from the Chitralada Palace, and it hails from another era entirely.

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The small, white two-story expanse seems more turn of the century colonial or 1920s expat hip than 2014 fashion forward chic. The Siam is a unique property with a capital “U” in Bangkok, if only for its efficient use of rare riverfront real estate and a commitment to keep things interesting for its discerning visitors.

A quick look around The Siam shows a petite Deco lobby area that flows into a library and game room that could have been the setting of a gothic coming of age novel: rare first edition books, new oversized art books, oddities from world travels, antiques that pop out of forgotten steamer trunks. No doubt a mysterious monkey doll is hidden in there somewhere.

TeaserThe library is part of the main building that offers a variety of rooms lined up along a comely atrium, all smartly themed in 1920s Art Deco. The rooms here are ambient and comfortable, easily evoking times past. Beyond the main building are the restaurants, patios and pool all facing the river and benefitting from its cooling breezes. The Chon Thai Restaurant and Cooking School anchors the F&B, which includes the Deco Bar, a pool bar and the outdoor, riverfront Café Cha. Chon is the signature here and a treat for the palate. Home-cooked Thai dishes are served in teakwood elegance amid spaces that once saw such socialites as Jackie Kennedy, John Rockefeller and Henry Ford mixing with Thai dignitaries.

pool-&-bathers-bar_1_57The Siam: The Story Behind It

That’s because The Siam has a back-story. Current owner Kamala Sukusol, a star singer and entertainer in Thailand (and the head of Sukusol Hotels and Resorts) bought the original property from the estate of Connie Mangskau, a notable Bangkok bon vivant who lived there through the years and threw legendary parties at this perch on the Chao Praya. The three-acre spread contains some Thai heritage houses sourced by silk tycoon Jim Thompson that Mangskau had moved from the ancient royal capital of Ayutthaya. Thompson, considered the god of textiles in these parts, revitalized the silk industry in Thailand but lived a life of mystery and adventure. A close friend of Mangskau the two were linked socially, but all that ended during a trip the two took together in 1967 to Malaysia where Thompson disappeared during a stroll from his bungalow in the jungle highlands, never to be seen again.

connie1_54The Siam: The Stay

The intriguing design of the Siam, at some $1.5 million per room, includes 16 Siam suites done up in Art Deco décor with interior verandahs for leisurely breakfasts and afternoon teas over the Main Residence atrium. A dozen spacious Mae Nim suites offer views of the river. Then there are the 10 villas that offer private gardens, dipping pools and open-air moon terraces. Upon request, personal butlers cater each suite. Complimentary wi-fi is available property-wide.

MainPampering is on the menu and the Opium Spa offers a hammam and full array of massage and body treatments, but puts focus on the Muay Thai ring in the gym adjacent to the spa. There, Muay Thai instructors provide spot lessons and offer weeklong lose weight/learn-to-box programs.

The property is a member of Small Luxury Hotels and a part of the Virtuoso collection. Nightly rates start at around $532 per night but plenty of packages, mix and match opportunities and suite deals are available through a quick check of offers on the website.

Opium Spa DenThe Siam: The Location

Getting there: Shared transfers to/from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), about 35 miles away, cost around $90 per vehicle each way, and The Siam can arrange. Taxis to/from BKK run around $20 each way.

The Siam, with a dock right on the river, offers options for breezy 15-minute longboat rides to and from top shopping spots and Skytrain depots, and easy tuk tuk to local temples and museums from the front entrance.

Poolvillariverview1_50The Siam

Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal
Dusit,
 Bangkok
(011 662) 247 0123
reservations@thesiamhotel.com
www.thesiamhotel.com

Chiva-Som Wellness Plus Until September 30th

Chiva-Som’s new Wellness Plus special is valid until September 30th and features bonus nights for all retreat programs until September 30. Guests who book a minimum of 5 nights in Double Occupancy will receive upgraded treatments equal to those of 7 nights stay.  Guests who book 7 nights get upgraded treatment equal to those of 10 nights and so on. All retreats include an Individual health and wellness consultation, all meals, physical analysis, daily spa treatment, daily fitness and leisure activities, and unlimited use of Water Therapy Suites.

 Upgraded Benefit (For all room types)

• 5 nights stay in double occupancy receive complimentary treatments of 7 nights

• 7 nights stay in double occupancy receive complimentary treatments of 10 nights

• 10 nights stay in double occupancy receive complimentary treatments of 14 nights

• 14 nights stay in double occupancy receive complimentary treatments of 21 nights

• Minimum 7 nights stay in single occupancy receive complimentary cash credit of THB 7,500++ plus Chiva-Som Healthy Gift Set

(Complimentary treatments not included)

Retreat Inclusions

• Individual health and wellness consultation (60 min)

• 3 spa cuisine meals per night (beginning with dinner)

• Complimentary physical analysis (30 min) and skin consultation are available if required

• A Daily Treatment per night stay, choose from Thai Massage (50 min), Chiva-Som Massage (50 min), Invigorating Massage (50 min), Relaxing

Foot Massage (50 min), Oriental Scalp Massage (25 min) or Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish (25 min)

• Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)

• Unlimited use of Water Therapy Suites (Steam, Sauna and Jacuzzi)

Conditions

• Available for a minimum stay of 5 nights in double occupancy and 7 nights in single occupancy.

• This promotion cannot be used/claimed in conjunction or combined with any other promotions.

• Complimentary treatments, cash credit and give away gifts cannot be converted to cash or transferred to the other people or other stay.

• Complimentary cash credit can be redeemed with Chiva-Som’s treatments only.

 

To make your booking or for further information, please contact our reservations or your preferred travel agents and quote “Wellness Plus”

By Phone: +66 3253 6536 | By Email: reservation@chivasom.com | By Online Reservation: www.chivasom.com

 

Ultimate New Zealand 2014-15

Experience the very best New Zealand has to offer with a very special nine-night package.  Three nights at each Lodge – Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, and Matakauri Lodge – each Lodge offering unique landscape and activities. A stay at these lodges always includes daily pre-dinner drinks and canapés, gourmet dinner, and full breakfast – but guests who book the Ultimate New Zealand package also enjoy a quintessential New Zealand adventure at each property (per couple), plus lunch daily. Options include spa treatments, excursions, kiwi discovery tour, cruises and more.  This package offers substantial savings and is a perfect itinerary to explore both the South and North Island. Click here for information and package rates through March 2015.

 

 

Texas Size Specials at The Inn at Dos Brisas

The Inn at Dos Brisas is offering two new summer packages – featuring 2014’s lowest rates, the Pitchfork to Pillow special includes in-room dining prepared by the Chef from their Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star Restaurant, a culinary experience to remember from pitchfork to pillow. Or, choose the Dos Brisas Adventure package where guests can customize their own experience, action-packed or an epicurean delight.


Pitchfork to Pillow

The ultimate culinary escape; join us for an evening of wine and fine cuisine within the comfort of your accommodations.Our Chef prepares a culinary experience to remember from pitchfork to pillow. Wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed. The Texas countryside never felt so good!  Offered in Haciendas and Casitas. Includes discounted room rate and in-room dining.

 

Sunday – Thursday: Casita $649 | Hacienda $1,169

Friday: Casita $809 | Hacienda $1,549

Saturday: Casita $949 | Hacienda: $1,869

 

Dos Brisas Adventure

 

Experience the life of a gentleman rancher at Dos Brisas. Whether you are a foodie or sports enthusiast, we have something for everyone. Create your own Dos Brisas Adventure with a one hour-long activity per day. Your next culinary adventure awaits filled with organic farm tours, cooking classes and wine classes or explore the property horseback riding, cycling, fishing or clay shooting.

Offered in Haciendas and Casitas. Includes chef’s choice hot breakfast. Pick one activity per person per day: cooking class, wine class, farm tour, horseback riding lesson, trail ride, carriage ride, clay shooting, fishing, cycling or one-hour couples massage.

 

Sunday – Thursday: Casita $969 | Hacienda $1,479

Friday: Casita $1,129 | Hacienda $1,859

Saturday: Casita $1,259 | Hacienda $2,179

 

To make reservations, contact us at 979.277.7750 or email us at reservations@dosbrisas.com

 

 

Special Packages at La Corte dei Papi, Tuscany

A historic family estate with modern-day stylings, La Corte dei Papi a tranquil Tuscan getaway for gourmands and those seeking a truly unique experience. La Corte dei Papi dates back to the 1700’s and The Papi family has taken great care over generations to preserve the history of the Relais. The hotel boasts just 15 suites including beautiful Spa Suites and an excellent restaurant housed in the estate’s original wine cellar.  Special packages include the following:

Romantic Weekend – Spend a romantic weekend of well-being and good food in the beautiful Tuscany

  • Accommodation for 3 nights in a comfortable and luxurious room
  • Strawberries, Champagne and a lovely bouquet of red roses in room upon arrival
  • Lavish Buffet Breakfast with a wide range of cheese, salami, fruit, home-made cakes and bread
  • Welcome gourmet dinner in the romantic atmosphere of our restaurant (drinks excluded)
  • Breakfast in room
  • Free wi-fi in room
  • Complimentary late check out

Price per person for all the package with accommodation in Double Room Deluxe € 440,00. Until January 10, 2016.

 

Living Beauty – Two nights of wellness and total relax on the border between Tuscany and Umbria

The estate’s Deluxe Spa Suites were created with relaxation and rejuvenation in mind. Two guests can savor a blissful experience in a private spa area, complete with a Turkish bath, a double Jacuzzi, a quiet sitting area and a multi-sensory shower – including aromatherapy, chromotherapy and music therapy. The Deluxe Suite Spa “La Terrazza” boasts a terrace with views of Cortona and the Tuscan countryside, a solarium and a flower-bedecked gazebo, perfect for romantic candlelight dinners.

  •  Two nights stay in our exclusive Deluxe Spa Suite (with a indoor private spa)
  • Very good bottle of Italian sparkling wine in room upon arrival
  • Buffet breakfast served in the privacy of your suite, with a wide selection of cheeses, cold meats, fruit, homemade cakes and freshly baked bread
  • Gourmet dinner in the romantic atmosphere of our restaurant (drinks excluding)
  • Body massage for 2 people in the total privacy of your Suite
  • Bathroom turkish with aroma, chromo and music therapy in Suite
  • Emotional shower with aroma, chromo and music therapy in Suite
  • Double Jacuzzi in Suite
  • Breakfast in Suite
  • Free wi-fi in suite
  • Late Check Out

Price per person with accommodation in a Deluxe Spa Suite € 730.00. Until January 10, 2016.

 

Honeymoon in Tuscany – Unique and unforgettable moments in the romantic atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside

  • Accommodation for 3 nights in a comfortable and luxurious room
  • Strawberries, Italian Spumante and a lovely bouquet of red roses in room upon arrival
  • Lavish Buffet Breakfast with a wide range of cheese, salami, fruit, home-made cakes and bread
  • Candlelight Gourmet Dinner with wine tasting of a selection of “Antinori” wines in the romantic atmosphere of our restaurant
  • breakfast in room
  • Free wi-fi in room
  • Complimentary late check out

Price per person starting from € 460.00 with accommodation in a Deluxe Double Room. Until January 10, 2016.

ITALY BY MASERATI

1-Day Val d’Orcia & Tuscany Maserati Tour

La Corte dei Papi and Red Travel offer a new travel concept; an innovative approach to the self-drive tour offering absolute luxury combined with the ultimate Gran Turismo experience. Red Travel Tours are unique journeys, individually created for you to fully experience the Italian Way of Life. Each journey is a sublime blend of art, fashion, architecture, gastronomy and spectacular scenery.Our guests will feel part of a real Maserati team, enjoying the opportunity to personally drive the very latest models. Travelling for kilometres, accelerating through the steep, winding roads of Tuscany, along the route of the legendary Mille Miglia race, putting their driving skills to the ultimate test.Behind the scenes, Red Travel staff take complete care of the cars. Every morning, our guests will find their car at the entrance of the hotel, clean and polished, refuelled and fully checked, ready to begin another day of exciting driving through further dazzling landscapes.

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2-Day “Umbria & Tuscany” Maserati Tour

Three hundred years ago Europe’s aristocracy travelled to Italy on a Grand Tour in search of personal inspiration. Today we will take you on a tour that encompasses all that is finest in Italian life. Red Travel Tours are unique journeys, individually created for you to fully experience the Italian Way of Life. Each journey is a blend of art, fashion, architecture, gastronomy and spectacular scenery, enriched by the use of a sublime car such as Maserati Quattroporte, able to combine luxury and elegance, style and performance.Red Travel offer you privileged entry into a most exclusive elite.You join the nobility of travellers who are welcomed to share sights that are achievable only by the most fortunate visitors.For we draw on all our vast experience and knowledge to find the special views…the hidden locations…the keys to closed doors. In short, the very essence of Italy. That is luxury travel of the highest orderRed Travel is glad to present a new luxurious way to discover Italy: Italia in Maserati, you may choose to self explore Italy at the wheel of a brand new Maserati, fully assisted by Red Travel staff with a concierge service at your disposal for 24hours/7 days, a detailed road-book to guide you through countryside roads dotted with villages of incomparable beauty, as well as the most attractive spots in world-renowned cities. Or you may decide to visit Italy in a complete relaxing way while a professional chauffeur drives you wherever you want, whenever you like!Your personal Tour Manager will chauffeur and guide you through every stage of your journey – unobtrusive until called on yet vastly experienced, knowledgeable and wise in the ways of making your days memorable.A level of personal service second to none, a holiday that’s as individual and unique as you are.

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