Rekindle Your Shared Sense of Wonder at Magee Homestead

Planning a ranch vacation in Wyoming can be as simple as taking the road not taken from the barely marked fork in the road and hoping it lands on a ranch with some horse herds and stables for humans. Or it can be an ornate affair that requires perfection in a place of rustic sensibilities.

For a luxury adults only ranch stay offering a highly-sophisticated and bespoke all-inclusive experience Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection is able to rustle up the right answer: The Magee Homestead. These are nine individual cabins amid the open plains that allow for full privacy for romantic getaways and time spent reconnecting with friends. For weddings, celebrations, bonding time, meetings or corporate super functions, a ‘Rent the Homestead’ option brings it home.

 

Nestled on 7,000 acres of expansive ranchlands in South Central Wyoming’s North Platte River Valley, the private, all-inclusive Magee Homestead offers a secluded boutique experience amid the breathtaking wilderness of the Western United States. Anchored by stunning Magee Lodge featuring private dining room, outdoor patio and great room with bar and billiards,  guests have exclusive any reason at any time, and the quiet boutique complex provides for all needs right there. This is not a haven for young children, except on a buy-out basis. It’s an adults-only option at the ranch that can be reserved by the cabin or by the entire bank of cabins.

This exclusive prairie hideaway designed as a luxurious and rejuvenating haven for adults means an experience tailored to your preferences. Dedicated guides greet you onsite to embark on your personal adventures such as horseback riding, fly fishing and mountain hiking. The luxury Spa facilities include a grotto soaking pool, a hot tub, and sauna and steam rooms. Equally as revitalizing is time spent at the outdoor swimming pool, which offers cabanas and poolside dining for a full day of relaxation An array of classes geared for solos and small groups, including Yoga and Meditation in the Yoga Yurt. A dedicated concierge is on hand to arrange all activities, no matter how spontaneous or planned and a staff manages all the extras, including packing and unpacking for guests.

Rustic fine dining, too, gets individualized attention within the Homestead with an emphasis on fresh, organic and responsibly sourced ingredients via it’s “pasture to plate” program, featuring Ranch-raised Akaushi beef, as well as a 6,480 square foot greenhouse. Under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine, AJ Buchanio, daily menu options include items for vegans, vegetarians and conscious holistic diets as well as those that want to splurge a little from the other side of the Rocky mountain inspired spectrum.  Impromptu gourmet picnics to company or wedding feasts are enjoyed in unforgettable settings indoors and out.

The large cabin suites and residences are located in one- to three-bedroom log cabins and come packed with luxe amenities, such as four poster King beds, chic antique furnishings and appointments, a cozy sitting area, heated bathroom floors and a large, roll-in shower. Some of the units come with fireplaces and efficient kitchens. The Simeone Deary Design Group that also handled the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago, among other prestigious projects, designed all cabins.

And they also carry a little history. The property was a cow camp and hay-producing ranch more than a century ago and the smaller cabins on the property, recently renovated to become the individual luxury lodging cabins they are, were once used as housing for ranch hands and cowpokes. The cabin names –TZ, Elk Hollow, Burgess, Wood, Pearce, Downie and Wiant – are the originals on the property. A stagecoach from the Gold Hill Stage route originally located on the Magee Homestead has been moved, completely refurbished and also serves as an elegant cabin suite on the main ranch.

Magee Homestead all-inclusive getaways stays start at $875 per person, per night and up. Packages are available on the website.

A one-stop destination for the ultimate Wyoming luxury vacation Magee Homestead guests are an easy 13 miles from the front gate with private air access via Saratoga’s local airport. The boutique ranch is approximately a 1-hour drive from Laramie, Wyoming and a 3.5-hour drive from Denver, Colorado, with the scenic ski town of Jackson Hole within 5 hours.

 

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Magee Homestead at Brush Creek Ranch
6429 State Highway 130
Saratoga, Wyoming
Phone: (307) 327 – 5284
Email: guestservices@mageehomestead.com
Website: www.mageehomestead.com

 

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Two New Luxury Hotels to Add to the Visit List: Ultima Gstaad in Switzerland and Almanac Hotel Barcelona

If you are planning a vacation in Europe, a visit to Switzerland in summer or winter can turn into a vacation of perfection with a stay at the precious new Ultima Gstaad, which opened in December. Take in the shades of the Bernese Alps in glistening whites or calming greens from your terrace in one of 17 suites and residences to be found at this complex of over-the-top chalets. There is no best time to visit Switzerland. Gstaad is open all year and each season has its reason.

The exquisite scenery of the alpine foothills matches the stunning interiors of Ultima Gstaad. The Ultima is actually three expansive wooden chalets that combine contemporary elegance with traditional alpine design. No reception desks here as all admin is done privately and personally, as can be said about all of the amenities and services at the property. Rather guests will find a cascading seven-foot crystal Chandelier and a glass Schimmel piano customized by Alec Monopoly, a reproduction of one owned by singer Alicia Keys.

Where Roger Moore Parks his Car

Tones here are all whites and silvers and the sheen of glass against warm blond woods, soft beige textiles and some velvety reds. Nothing is loud; nothing offends. It’s quiet and discreet charm here as it has been through the decades as Gstaad became the winter playland of the uberclass vacationing in Europe: Louis Armstrong and the Aga Kahn, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Andrews, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Peter Sellers and Roger Moore were frequent visitors. Today one might see John Travolta, Roman Polanski, George Soros, Madonna or Steve Wynn. Roger Moore was once quoted as saying, “the locals are more interested in my car than they are in me.”

Gstaad Meets Call of the Alps

Gstaad, a German-speaking alpine village of around 10,000 some 3,400 feet above sea level, is an easily accessible place from major European cities and marvelously walkable along its traffic-free mile district with plenty of luxury brand shopping to entertain. Find a medley of known stores there, including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chopard, Brunello Cucinelli, Prada, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, and Cartier and smaller boutiques stocking such labels as Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Tod’s, Burberry, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Marc Jacobs.

The hotel concierge can arrange a car for guests arriving in Geneva, and car transport to Saanen for guests arriving by private plane. As a vacation in Europe, a trip to the Ultima Gstaad is incredibly easy and smooth.

Skiers will be looking at cable cars that connect surrounding ski areas such as Wispile and Rinderberg, with hundreds of miles of all-level mountains and cross-country trails. Elevations on these mountains run around 6,500 feet. But the cables work year ‘round and offer summer guests wide vistas of open verdant meadows with ambling goats and sheep in scenes that might be plucked right out of Heidi. The weather in this part of Switzerland averages from January lows of 34 degrees to July highs of 73 degrees.

Ultima Gstaad: Ultimate Retreat to Luxury

Ultima Gstaad’s guests can content themselves at the chalets as well as the mountains and village. There the emphasis is on food, service, aesthetics and wellness.

Guest quarters may be suites or multi-bedroom residences that spread out from 700 to 2,100 square feet for families or a group of friends. Both options offer ample space and comforts. Even the smallest of options amid the six generous configurations offers plush furnishings with design driven-amenities: fireplace, desk area, living area, walk-in closet, marble bathroom – a veritable cocoon in an ice palace much of the year with the warm wood walls and ceilings.

Dining is about candlelight and crystal at Duchessa. In the living room style setting guests will be treated to Italian fare and fine wines in a country known for providing the finest chefs to the grand restaurants and kitchens of the world. Three bars provide cocktails and top shelf spirits or organic juices and teas.

And then there is the Ultima Spa. The 8,600-square-foot oasis that guests have all to themselves with an indoor swimming pool, hammam for luxuriating, sauna and massage suites where guests are rubbed and smoothed in La Prairie anti-aging products. Through the spa’s collaboration with Aesthetics Clinics® guests can have their DNA tested for strengths and weakness and create individually tailored treatments to match desired goals.

Rates start at $562 per night in low season. A Wellness Package, available now, is a three-day retreat with a medically supervised detox treatment based on personal DNA. The package includes three nights in a Deluxe Suite and three specially designed detox dinners at Duchessa for $11,516.

Contact: Ultima Gstaad
Gsteigstrasse 70
3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
(+41 33) 748 05 50
info@ultimagstaad.com
ultimagstaad.com

 

New Luxury Hotel in Barcelona City Center

For those vacationing in Europe this summer a new exciting option for vacations in Spain may be the Almanac Hotel Barcelona, which will be Barcelona’s latest luxury hotel when it opens late summer. And its location, in Barcelona’s city center, could not be more inviting. The new 91-room property along Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes is practically within throwing distance of some of Barcelona’s iconic draws.

This new hotel in the center of Barcelona is steps away from Paseo de Gracia and Plaza Cataluña and in easy walking distance to Las Ramblas and buildings designed by Modernist master architect, Antonio Gaudi. Almanac Barcelona will be the first of a series of Almanac properties in a new luxury chain that is also targeting locations in Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Zagreb.

Modernist Twist

Decor at the Almanac Hotel Barcelona is richly imaginative: a blend of modernist simplicity with unpredictable touches for the senses — a hotel that is meant to be seen, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. Expect gray, beige, and gold tones with accents of oak and walnut and the use of antique mirrors that complement the copious use of Ibiza marble.

Guest rooms will measure 366 square feet and suites will range from 484 square feet to 1,345 square feet. Watch for unusual details such as bowed windows overlooking the city in the hotel’s “Cube Rooms,” complemented by a comfy sofa nook. The Almanac will debut a “Connect & Collect” app to give guests access to a personal concierge and area guides, and provides international calling free of charge, even when outside the hotel.

The hotel’s rooftop will become a sun sanctuary by day with a pool and sun lounge and a nightlife magnet by night with inventive cocktails served on a terrace overlooking the lights of Barcelona. Dining will be done at Linia, the Almanac’s Mediterranean brasserie in an upscale but casual setting that opens onto the avenue.

The Almanac Hotel Barcelona mezzanine will become the business hub of the hotel with a 10-person conference space and two private dining rooms illuminated by natural light. And, of course, the hotel will welcome guests to its fitness and wellness center that will have a treatment area, steam sauna and relaxation lounge.

Rooms will start at around $476.

A summer vacation in Europe with all the amenities, would be well spent with nights at the Almanac Hotel Barcelona.

Contact: Almanac Hotel Barcelona
Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes 619-621
08007 Barcelona, Spain
reservations.barcelona@almanachotels.com
www.almanachotels.com

Golf & Surf Kids Summer Camp

Mukul Beach Golf, & Spa is a haven of exploration and discovery. Combining stunning accommodations, farm-to-table culinary experiences, a world-class spa, private surfing, and a PGA golf course to deliver the ultimate hideaway luxury vacation. This Summer, we want the entire family to consider Mukul home, parents and kids alike!

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Our monthly, 2-week golf and surf camps are specially tailored to kids ages 7-14. Starting on Wednesday and ending on Saturday of each week, kids will be in the care of golf and surf pros during the morning and taught a wide range of skills in both sports. In the afternoons, our Aventura Rangers and Kul Kids Team will lead the group on high-energy and high-fun activities that will expose them to the secrets of the environment around them and encourage team-work.

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KAA News Roundup

News from The Brando this month includes a visit from Barack and Michelle Obama as reported in Vogue, People, and Travel + Leisure and to celebrate Earth Day, this roundup from Vogue includes 6 Must-Visit Eco-Friendly Hotels for Earth Day, including The Brando.

New client and new hotel Ultima Gstaad is readying for a magical summer in the Swiss Alps. Read about it in The Robb Report and in this in depth review from Doug Golan that will tell you all you need to know.

More Europe hotel news from Bloomberg in their roundup of the Hottest Hotels in Europe, including the yet to open Almanac Barcelona.

The Robb Report reviews one of London’s best, The Beaumont in Mayfair, and Square Mile agrees in their list of London Designer Hotels.

Over to Asia where The Strand Yangon received some great press from Just Luxe, “Myanmar Magic at the Historic Strand Yangon.”

Hopping down to The Maldives where Gili Lankanfushi and their outstanding organic cuisine received some love from blogger Silver Spoon London. 

More from The Robb Report – their Editors Top 10 List for April includes the new Duba Plains Camp in Botswana.

Down to Latin America, where Vanity Fair UK dishes some great reasons to include Cartagena to your travel list. “It’s like Positano, New Orleans and Havana have all been shoved in the Vitamix. The Casa San Agustín, which is built around Cartagena’s oldest aqueduct and rises statesman-like above a courtyard pool, delivers oasis-like refuge from the steamy city.”

For a bucket list yet boutique Galapagos adventure, head over to Pikaia Lodge, included on Virtuoso’s list of “20 Amazing Hotels with Less Than 20 Rooms,” and on this 14-day Ecuador itinerary from Andrew Harper.

Mukul in Nicaragua is looking good on this list from Golf Digest of the Best Golf Resorts in Mexico/Central America. Bring the kids this summer and enroll them into their exciting new Golf & Surf summer camp for kids.

Honeymoon? Check out The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo and the rest of the best honeymoon hotels according to CNN.

Wellness? Love this piece from Pop Sugar, “Staying at Rancho La Puerta Feels like You Died and Went to Fitness Heaven.”

Honeymoon and Wellness? Don’t miss the new Chable Resort, featured in Brides as a favorite honeymoon destination, hotel review by Travel + Leisure, and CNN’s piece on farm-to-hotel.

We are thrilled Conde Nast Hot List for 2017 includes Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles, Chable Resort in the Yucatan, and Malibu Beach Inn.

Brush Creek Ranch is more than a luxury ranch getaway, check out this review on their spa from Just Luxe.

And last month Lake Austin Spa Resort marked its 20th year with new treatments and activities. Read more in The Star Telegram.

 

Celebrating Life, Italian Style at Armani Hotel Milan and La Fiermontina, Lecce

While visiting Italy is a feast for the senses in any season, Italy pops in spring and summer with endless blue skies, blooms of color, seductive strains of music and the sweet chaos of outdoor celebration.

Armani Hotel Milan

In Milan, nearly every weekend brings a special fest or unusual market gathering somewhere in the city. To complement the Milan experience, a fashionable stay at the Armani Hotel Milan puts guest in the epicenter of action while anchoring them in a wonderland of interior perfection and progressive design.

The eponymous property opened in 2011, a modern glass-walled structure atop an austere rationalist-style edifice from the 1930s. The intimidation factor melts away as you make your way through this maze of design and fashion-inspired shops and restaurants toward the front desk where a disarmingly warm “lifestyle manager”takes over and handles all cares and concerns. Need to meet someone but do not know where to find the meeting spot? No problem. Have questions about what to wear, where to eat, how to find out of the way gems, or where to go to “be seen”? Check. The lifestyle manager is your therapist without a couch and can fix your fashion woes, your sleep comfort concerns and maybe even your love life.

Guest rooms at the Armani are large, sleek, cutting edge and even a bit masculine in their tones and minimalistic measure. They number 95 and range from Armani Deluxe Rooms to the Armani Presidential Suite and all contain details waiting to be discovered. Metallic tones yield to soft matte finishes. From walk-in closet to pillow menu to special Armani espresso blends to place in the coffee maker to the pop up flat screen that emerges on command from a console by the bed … accommodations are worlds until themselves. Enjoy luxury bath amenities, soft and deep towels, a variety of custom lighting options and a spa and gym to visit when ready to explore the rest of the hotel. A seventh-floor glass restaurant and bar offer floor to ceiling views of the Duomo, all fittingly located at the edge of Milan’s bustling fashion district.

And while guests stay at the Armani for location, luxury and comfort, they find a city in motion on the blocks that surround, where everyplace that catches a glance offers something historical, something fashion-focused and something intensely beautiful to the eye.

Armani Hotel Milano
(+011 39) 02 8883 8888
www.armanihotels.com
reservations.milan@armanihotels.com

Milan: Festivals and Concerts of Spring and Summer

A visit to Milan means strolling the narrow streets and alleys to explore art galleries, fashion boutiques, architecture and culture. The following is a list of best fests and events to target this spring and summer.

Settimana dei Beni Culturali

Gain complimentary entry to the city’s publicly owned museums and galleries. Watch for special openings, guided tours, concerts and tastings. Various locations. www.beniculturali.it

Pittori del Naviglio Grande

An open-air art expo that showcases work by more than 300 artists from all over Italy. Along the Naviglio Grande, South. www.navigliogrande.mi.it

Orticola ai Giardini Publicci

This growing flower exhibition and market is organized by the Associazione Orticola di Lombardia, one of the first Italian institutions to encourage public interest in gardens and plants. Giardini Pubblici, East. www.orticola.org

Idroscalo in Festa

This summer season festival of sporting events, concerts, nightlife and picnics runs through September and gets under way at the Idroscalo Park on the eastern outskirts of town. Idropark Fila. www.provincia.milano.it/idroscalo

Sagra di San Cristoforo

The feast of the patron saint of travelers takes place in the square in front of the little church of San Cristoforo, at Navigli, South on the first Sunday of June. Decorated boats float down the Naviglio and vehicles are duly blessed. www.visitamilano.it

Milano d’Estate

Open-air concerts and performances run through August with internationally known groups and bands. It all takes place in and around the grounds of the Castello Sforzesco. www.visitamilano.it

La Notte Bianca

This “white night” is a sleepless one. For one night each year, bars, restaurants, shops, cinemas et al whoop it up from early evening to 6am. www.comune.milano.it

Notturni in Villa

Jazz and classical music concerts are held through August in patrician villas around the city in various locations. Performances start at 10 pm and entry is free. www.amicidellamusicamilano.it

 

La Fiermontina, Lecce

To get a full experience of the wonders of Southern Italy, head to the charming Puglia region toward the bottom of the country’s iconic boot for a rich and rarefied stay at La Fiermontina, Lecce. You’ll find yourself in the center of an ancient city where a portion of a precious 17th century residence was carefully converted into a 16-room masterpiece of an inn.

The result was an integration of classic Italian touches with modern Italian furnishings, all infused with vintage items by Charlotte Perriand and the owner’s own intelligent art collection. It’s all arranged around a restful pool setting and a sculpture garden.

The transformed masseria, or fortified farmhouse estate that is typical of the domociles found in this region where attacks near the Adriatic by Turks or pirates during the 16th to 19th centuries were not uncommon, is surrounded by olive trees and the preserves of an area often referred to as the Florence of the South – and without the crowds. It’s all a short hop to the exquisite beaches of the Adriatic, often featured across the waters in the popular Game of Thrones series on HBO.

In Puglia (pronounced “pool-ya”) a stay comes with all the scenic beauty and museum-quality strolls through ancient stone villages, and a cuisine scene that has become legend with the food and wine crowd.

Spacious rooms and suites come in six configurations and offer a modern minimalist to monastic focus on style, rather than the ornate or baroque styles common to Lecce. Several offer balconies over the courtyard gardens and pool. The dining room offers a feast of regional comfort foods and because of its small size, the hotel is never too crowded or crazy.

Exploration of Puglia is an essential part of a stay at La Fiermontina and for this purpose the property offers Vespa tours that will make you feel like Audrey Hepburn or Gregory Peck in a scene from Wyler’s 1953 classic,  Roman Holiday. In fact, La Fiermontina offers a Personal Travel Designer service that creates authentic immersion experiences for each guest to get the most out of a visit to the region. Private tours, cooking classes, and wine and olive oil sessions are all on the menu, as is a beach trip for those who want a break from wandering and exploring.

La Fiermontina, Lecce
(+39) 0832 302481
info@lafiermontina.com
www.lafiermontina.com

 

Festivals and Events in Southern Italy

Puglia, too, has its seasons and spring and summer are loaded with celebrations of music, art and local culture.

Festival Metropolitano Bari in Jazz

This is the first of a series of jazz festivals in Puglia, starting in June. (Bari’s runs through July 1). www.viaggiareinpuglia.it

Truffle Food Festival in Corigliano d’Otranto

Find lively food stands in the historical centre of Otranto, usually running at the end of May and beginning of June in Corigliano d’Otranto, Lecce. www.pugliaandculture.com

Negroamaro Wine Festival

Find this fest in the heart of Brindisi – a huge exhibition area where the Puglian Negroamaro wine is poured. It usually runs in mid-June. www.negroamarowinefestival.org

La Notte di San Giovanni

Possibly most magical summer nights in Puglia that usually happen around the third weekend in June in Ostuni. www.folclore.it/En/Events/Italy

San Pietro e Paolo

Enjoy local food and get to know the colorful Salento folklore in Otranto, usually during the last weekend of June. www.folclore.it/En/Events/Italy/

Locomotive Jazz Festival

For 10 days at the end of July, Salento is all about jazz. Concerts happen in various locations in Puglia and Lecce. www.locomotivejazzfestival.it

La Festa di Santa Domenica

During the first weeks of July, the little town of Scorrano near Otranto comes alive in celebration of its Patron Saint, Santa Domenica. www.santadomenicascorrano.it

Festival della Valle d’Itria

This classical music festival in Martina Franca (province of Taranto) runs from the first week of July to the first week in August and features well-known artists. www.festivaldellavalleditria.it

Otranto Jazz Festival

Every year, Otranto Castle in Lecce hosts a three-day jazz fest with international jazz players. www.europejazz.net/salento-jazz-otranto-jazz-festival

Locus Music Festival

A rich calendar of jazz music events happen from mid-July to mid-August in Locorotondo, in Bari. http://www.eventiesagre.it

Corteo Storico di Federico II e Torneo dei Rioni

In Oria (midway between Taranto and Brindisi), there is a celebration the first week in August of the great Holy Roman Emperor Stupor Mundi with 800 costumed participants moving through the old town centre and the castle built by Frederick himself. www.pugliainesclusiva.it/oria-corteo-storico-di-federico-ii-torneo-dei-rioni

La Festa dei Martiri Idruntini

Commemorate the martyrs who died at the hands of the Turks in 1480 for refusing to convert to Islam at this festival in San Vito dei Normanni (province of Brindisi) that happens in the middle of August. www.salento.tv

La Notte della Taranta

Pay tribute in mid-August to Salento’s tarantella dance with concerts and opportunities to get dancing in true local traditions. The action happens in the towns of Grecia Salentina south of Lecce, including Melpignano. www.lanottedellataranta.it

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Matakauri Lodge New Zealand: Stay 4, Pay 3

Experience fabulous New Zealand from May to September 2017, stay four nights and receive the fourth night free in a luxurious lodge 10 minutes form Queenstown. An exclusive retreat located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge enjoys spectacular mountain views and a personalized concierge service.

Offer includes; accommodation, pre-dinner drinks, canapés, gourmet dinner each evening, full breakfast each morning, complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of all lodge facilities (excluding spa treatments).

This Stay 4, Pay 3 offer is available May 01 – 30 September 2017.

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New Hotel in Downtown Dubai by Emaar, Address Boulevard

Address Hotels + Resorts, the premium luxury hotel brand of Emaar Hospitality Group, March1st unveiled its new city lifestyle resort, Address Boulevard. It adds to Emaar Hospitality Group’s impressive and growing portfolio of luxury hospitality venues that have redefined the hotel industry and set new benchmarks in service standards.

Address Boulevard has 196 spacious rooms including 116 spacious Deluxe Rooms, 44 Deluxe Club Rooms, 28 One-Bedroom Suites, seven Two-Bedroom Suites and a luxurious Presidential Suite offering spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. In addition, there are 532 serviced apartments including duplexes and two penthouses, with short-term guests at the residences also guaranteed access to the hotel’s facilities.

With its inspiring art-deco architecture, design and décor, Address Boulevard offers a unique experience for guests and builds on the strong credentials of Address Hotels + Resorts in managing mixed-use luxury hotels and serviced residences.

The new destination is inspired by classic European finesse underlined with contemporary understated luxury. A core theme of the hotel is the notion of timeless elegance. The interiors are influenced by the era of luxurious travel while exquisite craftsmanship is evident in public areas giving the property the feel of being surrounded by someone’s private art collection making family and business guests feel perfectly at home.

Appealing to leisure and business travelers, Address Boulevard enjoys an exclusive city location that is perfect for overseas visitors who yearn to be in close proximity to retail and leisure attractions. Within walking distance of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest retail and entertainment destination, the hotel is also on the vibrant Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, offering an extensive choice of specialty food and beverage concepts, ideal for families and young visitors.

It is also in close to Dubai Opera, the recently opened multi-format performing arts venue in Downtown Dubai, assuring guests of cultural experiences like never before. Other attractions that are in walking distance for guests include Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, SEGA Republic, the largest of its kind indoor theme park in the region, and KidZania®, a dedicated children’s city.

Business guests have the convenience of being located near the Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai International Convention Centre. The property can be effortlessly accessed from Sheikh Zayed Road and via the Dubai Metro. An air-conditioned travellator connects the Address Boulevard to Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Metro Station and The Dubai Mall.

For more details, please visit: addresshotels.com

Escape to The Resort at Pedregal Package

Book three nights and receive the fourth night complimentary with an exclusive vacation package at The Resort at Pedregal, inclusive of everything you need for a tranquil getaway.

Reserve an Escape to The Resort at Pedregal and receive:

~Every fourth night complimentary
~Welcome margaritas upon arrival
~Welcome bottle of tequila in your room
~Full breakfast for two each morning in our signature restaurant
~Round trip airport transfers to and from San Jose de Cabo Airport (SJD) including a personal greeting by our airport host and escort to your private car (1 Luxury Vehicle for up to 5 people)

This getaway to Los Cabos includes daily afternoon amenities, evening turndown, wireless Internet and a refreshment center stocked with complimentary soft drinks, juices, coffee and bottled water.

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Duba Plains in Botswana Now Open

Opened for its first guests on 1 March 2017 the new Duba Plains Camp, built on the site of the old dismantled camp of the same name, is the very finest in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Five vast guest tents of 120sqm, in addition to a two bedroom tented suite, each offering guests their own private plunge pools, rosewood decks, inside and outside showers, sumptuous bath, outside sala bed, Canon professional camera equipment and Swarovski binoculars.

The central mess tent has private and communal dining areas, interactive show kitchen, wine cellar, library and media room. From here the extended deck is the camp’s focal point, with a fire pit, day beds and dining areas overlooking the swamp.

Like all Great Plains Conservation camps and lodges in Botswana and Kenya, yoga mats and light weights are available in each tent.

Perfect combination with Zarafa Camp and Zarafa Dhow Suites.

10 REASONS WHY THE DUBA PLAINS CONCESSION IS SO SPECIAL

  1. This most northerly series of islands in the Okavango Delta receives the finest, most fertile sediments of the life-giving Okavango River as it enters the Delta. This thereby supports the most nutritious grasses, which in turn supports the largest concentration of biomass in the Delta.
  2. Stunning elephant herds, kudu and warthogs everywhere, bat eared fox, aardwolf, side striped jackal, hyena, crocodiles, hippo, and …
  3. Duba has movie-star lions and buffalo from the films by Dereck & Beverly Joubert, The Last Lions and Relentless Enemies. Our guides are able to identify some of the lions characters from the films, however identifying the buffalo individuals proves a little trickier.
  4. Duba is home to large herds of buffalo, which used to be the prime source of lion’s protein until the red lechwe numbers grew to number thousands that made them the current dish of the day.
  5. As the lion prides have splintered within the Duba concession in recent years it has allowed leopard to inhabit the area for the first time in many of our long-serving guides memories.
  6. The lions of Duba are amongst the largest in Africa, they hunt through watery channels (bulking their muscles) and hunt almost exclusively during daylight hours – the water cools them as they move through the day.
  7. The vehicles of Duba are amongst the largest in Africa, they pass through watery channels (so we’ve bulked them up with raised suspensions) and we have accessorised them for photographers – camera mounts, bean bags or monopods.
  8. In addition to day and night game drives and walks in the concession Duba we have recently taken ownership of a custom-made photographic boat with swivel-chairs and photographic mounts.
  9. Constrained by deep, permanent waters of the Okavango Delta, the wildlife remains through dry and green seasons in classic Okavango scenery of vast open grassy plains, interspersed with shallow channels and palm islands. Duba is a true year-round wildlife haven. It’s a birding hotspot year-round too, reaching its peak between November and February with seasonal migrant visitors.
  10. Duba Plains is a private concession of 77,000 acres of community-owned land, with just two small camps and a maximum of only 24 guests.