The Brando: Tetiaroa’s Stunning Homage to Luxury, Sustainability and Movie Magic in Tahiti

The Brando, Tahiti’s showpiece for what the intersection of ecology and luxury can be, dares to be bested among bucket-list island vacations. Marlon Brando knew what he was doing when, in filming “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1960, he found the island, retreated there with his Polynesian paramour and soon to be wife from the film set and set out to buy the place from the French government.

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Rustic to Eco-Riches at The Brando

Today it has morphed from rustic hideaway for Hollywood stars to an exquisite resort that uses the best of what sustainable technology can offer, funneling it all into a location deep in the Pacific for perfect application. So focused on the ecology and sustainability of these islands, in fact, The Brando has been selected by the National Geographic Society as a model for environmental stewardship in island hospitality. The Society offers vacations at The Brando that move beyond diving and snorkeling adventures to actual hands-on environmental research and in-depth lectures through such participants as the Smithsonian Institute.

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When Brando envisioned his future island resort, fossil-fueled electricity did not figure into the mix. Technology eventually cleared the way for these feats, starting earlier this century with the successful implementation of thalasso dynamics using the ocean’s cold some 3,000 feet down to create a current of electricity – a technique first showcased at the InterContinental Bora Bora. Now sun panels and biofuels contribute the rest to what’s needed to run The Brando with barely a footprint on the pristine sands and clear stunning ocean waters.

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The 193-acre motu or islet among the 12 that make up the atoll of Tetiaroa is as sweet as it gets. It offers a landing strip for the planes that give access to this faraway spot and the 35 stand-alone cottages, each possessing a private pool and private sand beach, a media room with international TV, and large picturesque bathrooms with an outdoor tub.

 

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To-Dos in Tahiti at The Brando

On tap is Les Mutinés, a restaurant run by a Parisian Chef who hails from the Michelin two-starred Le Grand Vefour in Paris and dishes include ingredients picked from the island’s organic gardens and honey from the resort’s resident bees. The Beachcomber Café on the beach presents Polynesian-inspired dishes alongside classic French cuisine. In-room dining is available 24 hours a day, to be enjoyed in-room, on the private deck, poolside, or on the beach. There’s casual dining at Bob’s Bar (named for a dear friend and assistant of Brando’s), a spa and fitness area accessible 24/7.

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For those who want simmer and sun, the Varua spa offers steam baths, a tea lounge and a relaxation room, a yoga shelter and a spa suite tree house set up for couples. Must-have treatments to consider: “the Varua Mana experience,” a Tahitian tamanu oil scrub followed by a coconut oil Polynesian massage. Must-have breakfast treats: Brando’s unparalleled breakfast croissants.

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Days at The Brando are not necessarily those lulling, sleeping, sipping, sampling and simple days that make up most Polynesian vacation fantasies. There is much to do at The Brando and those who want to stay still will not do so for long. The snorkeling here rivals diving in rich sights in underwater wonderment. Find stingrays and lemon sharks among the bounty of swirling reflections, and humpback whale that ply these waters from August to October. The driest period for a visit to Tetiaroa is May to October.

Activities can be found in abundance, whether it is bicycling through the island’s palm forests or bird watching, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking or swimming the warm clear waters of ocean or pool.

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Unlike other island resorts, however, research scientists and oceanographers are at the ready to guide guests on walks and excursions exploring bird sanctuaries and precious reefs. Polynesian culture, too, is something that can be explored at the Brando through a variety of casual classes teaching Polynesian dance and music; pahu or toere handicraft; Food, wine and cocktail sessions and Tahitian cuisine demonstrations.
Deep-sea fishing, photography outings and whale watching tours are also on the program sheet, many of these options are complimentary. In fact, The Brando includes most wants on the room list to be included in every stay.

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All-Inclusive Highlights at The Brando

• All meals in the restaurants, at Bob’s bar or villa

• A wide selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages without restriction and at any time of day

• Mini bar replenished daily

• Nightly turndown services

• Unlimited Wi-Fi internet access in villa and public areas

• Access to the fitness center and tennis court at any time

• Introduction to scuba diving, boat excursions to explore the island, paddle board and canoe lessons, local crafts and visiting the eco-station.

• Bicycles to explore the island

• A 50-minute spa treatment for one person per room per day

• 24/7 unlimited online access to a selection of worldwide newspapers and magazines

• Complimentary early check-in and late checkout upon request (subject to availability)

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Also find amid the aged-wood and intricately-designed habitats, a meeting room for executives and CEO functions, a stocked library, a staff on duty to assist with weddings, meetings, events and celebrations, and a Lagoon school for restless kids. Storytelling is part of the culture here and stories and tales from French Polynesia and Tetiaroa keep children and adults alike fixed to the unfolding yarns. And, of course, there are movies on the beach here, whether classics from the Brando vault or family comedies with more recent release dates.

Inclusive rates start at $2,784 per night for two ($2,300 for one). High season rates begin at $3,500 per night for two. Children 11 and younger always stay free.

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Getting to the Tetiaroas

Getting to The Brando is half the fun. The Tetiaroa Atoll can be reached by a 20-minute charter flight– one of two eight-passenger Britten Norman airplanes (turboprop twin-engine) employed for this service — from a private, dedicated terminal at Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport. Helicopter transfers can also be arranged. Rates on Air Tetiaroa run around 450 Euro per person. A two-night minimum stay at The Brando is required.

 

The Brando

Tetiaroa, Tahiti, French Polynesia
(+689) 40 866 366
Reservation@thebrando.com
www.thebrando.com

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KAA News Roundup

Big news from Nicaragua, where the new Costa Esmeralda Airport is set to open in November, 2015, making the trip to Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa much easier. Read about Mukul in The Robb Report, “10 of the World’s Top #Surf Resorts.” Read about Mukul’s new program to donate 10% bookings to APROQUEN, a non-profit organization helping children in Nicaragua.  Mansion Global featured Mukul in their article about the lure of Central America for the ultra wealthy.

Down to Chile, where Le Pan magazine writes about the spectacular Vina Vik in their article The Chilean ‘wine parks’ you won’t want to leave, describing Vina Vik – “the place is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, in the wine world or elsewhere.”  Sister property Estancia Vik in Uruguay offers a Polo Retreat not to be missed.

Luxury ranch escapes in Wyoming this fall include the “Wild West Fall Sporting & Spa Escape” which includes a new Tee Pee Experience at Brush Creek Ranch. Also, a September 24-27 just for women adventure weekend with Georgia Pellegrini. Read about Brush Creek Ranch on The Huffington Post, “7 Dude Ranch Vacations to Take This Summer.”

Up to Vermont, where Twin Farms was included in USA Today’s roundup of  “Top 10 Romantic Inns.” Travel & Leisure’s Top Best Hot Tubs in the World also features Vermont’s Twin Farms, and the wonderful Aviary Cottage.

Why visit Fogo Island? International Traveller Magazine explains. Read about Fogo Island Inn’s architecture and design in Bold Magazine here.

Down to the special Song Saa Resort in Cambodia, where an insightful article in Lifestyle Asia details the robust “giving back” component of the private island resort. Great Profits agrees. Read the reviews on their site by those who have already donated to The Song Saa Foundation.

The Brando in Tahiti is another property that gives back. Congratulations to The Brando for winning the Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award at Virtuoso Week. Two reviews of this special property this month; one here from Billionaire Magazine, and another from Smart Flyer.

Another winner at Virtuoso Week was destination specialist for Africa, Micato Safaris, for 2015 Best Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel Partner Award.

Exciting news from The Siam in Bangkok, where a new Sak Yant Tattoo program offers authentic, traditional body art from Thai masters. Read about the program here in Billionaire Magazine.

In India, SUJAN Luxury’s palace in Jaipur, Rajmahal Palace, reviewed in House & Garden UK Magazine.

Tel Aviv’s boutique gem, The Norman, as reviewed by Carlos Melia, entitled, “OBSESSED with The Norman Tel Aviv.”

For wellness this month, look to VeraVia and their inspiring 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor.

Ananda in the Indian Himalayas was in the news this month, Friday Magazine AE, Travel Insider, and a wonderful article from Luxe in the City.

Rancho La Puerta conducts a Family Week each summer, click here to see the full schedule of activities.

Lake Austin Spa incorporates music and wellness with their new Rhythm & Moves series. Click here for the September lineup.

The Lanesborough in London is open to rave reviews: Céleste restaurant as reviewed by Square Meal, and a full review from Forbes.

 

Spacation in the USA: Lake Austin Spa Resort Equals Luxury with Benefits

Taking a spa vacation in the USA should be on everyone’s to-do list, even if weight-loss is not on the menu. Lake Austin Spa Resort may offer more than relaxation should a wellness break be in the offing. A spa vacation, whether a quick weekend of quiet pampering and meditation or a lively week of serious tune-ups, can take the wrong out of an off-course life and set the compass straight.

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Lake Austin Spa Resort is just that sort of place, should you be looking for a nudge or a full-fledged push into those necessary corrections. It’s not in a remote outpost in Asia or in an in-demand corner of some European be-scene spot. It’s in homey and casual Austin, Texas – more famous perhaps for its annual tech-forward South By Southwest gatherings these days – and as accessible as it gets from U.S. airports and in less than three hours from most points on the domestic map.

 

Find Lake Austin Spa Resort on … well, Lake Austin. It’s one of the most scenic spots in Texas, formed by a dam in 1939 and nearly always replete with large populations of fish. Facing the lake are Lake Austin Spa Resort’s 40 guest rooms and 25,000-square-foot spa area, ensuring peaceful views and welcomed change from fast-moving lives.

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It may be the food that draws first but it is the pampering that completes the experience. While Lake Austin Spa Resort was, at one time, a focused weight-loss destination spa, today weight-loss is still in the spotlight, but only a part of a greater experience more centered on total wellness than the shedding of pounds. And, the resort was just named the #4 Destination Spa in the World by readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine.

 

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Weight does indeed come off, however, with recipes that are maximized for taste and fulfillment while minimized for calories through careful ingredient selection and portion balance. Chef Stephane Beaucamp brings his Paris training to the resort following stints at Hôtel Plaza-Anténée, Grand Café des Capucines and health-conscious invention at the famous spa of Enghien-les-Bains and the Hôtel le Trianon in Versailles. Eventually moving to Los Angeles, Beaucamp’s reputation for healthy, weight-defying oeuvres made the rounds in Hollywood, where he cooked for Elton John, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Tim Curry, Adrian Brody and Nicole Kidman.

Today, those skills come into play with plenty of panache at Lake Austin Resort & Spa as guests take meals in the resort’s sunlit dining room and avail themselves of behind the scenes tips in the exhibition kitchen.

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Menu choices run the gamut – from blueberry-ricotta or quinoa-banana pancakes for breakfast, to beef tenderloin tapenade with Barolo wine sauce for dinner, and not forgetting blueberry cobbler or chocolate chips bread pudding for dessert. All of Beaucamp’s choices add up to calorie saves and weight-losing results without the agony of sacrifice.

 

Culinary Experiences at Lake Austin Spa Resort

 

Foodies will find an extremely attractive program at Lake Austin Spa Resort happens each month in an ongoing celebrity chef series the resort is hosting. Currently, Gail Simmons — “Top Chef” darling, Food & Wine contributor and author is on for August 15, 2015, while September 16 -17, brings gail-simmons-photos-7Chef John “Johnny Vee” Vollertsen, a Food Radio talk show host and director of the Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. On October 16 Cheryl and Bill Jamison return to the resort with Martin and Jennifer Rios, the proprietors of Santa Fe’s celebrated Restaurant Martín.

 

These Culinary Experience weeks include daily cooking demonstrations and other activities, such as “Adventures in Cocktail Gardening,” “The World of Wine,” “All About Olive Oil,” “Guided Organic Garden Tour,” “Hands on Lunch and Learn,” “Health Benefits of Tea and Tasting,” “Knife Skills,” “Composting 101,” “Herbal Swags” and more. The Culinary Experience program is complimentary to overnight guests of the award-winning destination spa.

 

A schedule of fitness classes, however, ensures a guiltless stay no matter what the menu choice or culinary adventure at Lake Austin Spa Resort.

 

Fitness in True Form at Lake Austin Spa Resort

 

Naturally, there is morning yoga on the lakeside yoga dock, and an assortment of ways to get in that cardio with hill country hiking, hydro-biking on the lake, dance fit sessions and a battery of heart-boosting endurance options. Pilates, stretching, flexibility and balance, and restorative meditation are also available – usually some 20 daily choices for focus sessions keep guests busy, entertained and in shape in programs wrapping around themed weeks and guest speakers. Programs range from Girls Getaway adventures to Enrichment and Wellness to Style Boosting to Breath and Meditation.

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Wellness Travel Widens its Reach

 

It’s no secret that spa vacations in the USA and other places in the world are enjoying a healthy upward trend in popularity. The Global Wellness Institute reports wellness travelers now spend on average $1,639 per trip, (this turns out to be nearly 60 percent more than the average tourist). Domestic wellness travelers spend $688 per trip, (159% more than the average domestic tourist). Lavish numbers aside, the growth in popularity of wellness travel is booming at a 19.5% clip per year.

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And there is no doubt that the relaxation, rejuvenation and restorative pampering involved have much to do with this well of interest wellness travel seems to be experiencing. Lake Austin Spa Resort keeps the intrigue alive with 20 indoor treatment spaces with private showers, a state-of-the-art sound system, private suites with hot tubs and gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a menu of more than 100 spa treatments. Guests love such massage choices as the Day Dreaming option or Starry Night massage that use lavender chamomile oil to dissolve away stress. Ayurvedic, Thai, Balinese, aromatherapy, pregnancy and couples massages are also on the roster.

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Treatments with a regional twist include the Tour of Texas that lasts 110 minutes and starts with a prickly pear scrub, adds an agave nectar wrap and ends with a full body massage of custom-selected essential oils. The Best of the Southwest treatment uses local mesquite, jojoba oil, honey and orange blossom to take guests on a trip of exquisite sensations and inner healing.

 

Lake Austin Spa Resort’s all-inclusive rates provide three gourmet meals, fitness classes and activities, Wi-Fi, signature lavender bath amenities and luxury accommodations. Many multi-night packages include a resort spa allowance to be spent as desired on certain classes and treatments or these may be pared down to keep spa activities on an a la carte basis.

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Special program themes and focused activities are available throughout the year for a variety of interests and categories.Click here to view a YouTube video for insight into the experience.

 

Lake Austin Spa Resort
1705 S. Quinlan Park Road
Austin, Texas 78732
(512) 372-7300; (800) 847-5637
info@lakeaustin.com
www.lakeaustin.com

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Pikaia Lodge Offer for Fall Savings in the Galapagos

From mid-September – October guests at Pikaia Lodge can enjoy 30% savings on Exploration Packages of three, five, or seven nights. September and October are full of fantastic wildlife viewing, while enjoying the coolest temperatures of the year. Click here for a full wildlife calendar. Hurry to take advantage of big savings at Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos, just ranked the #1 best island in the world by Travel + Leisure.

Special 30% off rates for these months include excursions on the Sea Finch Yacht. Click here for details on the 7-night exploration package.  Contact monica.witmer@pikaialodge.com for more information on this special offer.

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Since July 2006, the Yacht Sea Finch has operated day excursions from Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. The Sea Finch carries 16 guests, who will enjoy both the air conditioned inside bar, lounge and dining room, as well as the outdoors to catch the sun during inter-island navigation. This motor yacht, built by Hatteras in North Carolina, USA was chosen for its solid construction and fiberglass hull.

 

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Viña Vik Debuts Wine Spa

Viña Vik, the stunning retreat at VIK Vineyard in Chile’s Millahue Valley, is thrilled to debut its wine spa, further expanding the holistic wine experience. The Wine Spa at Viña Vik provides a unique and luxurious wellness experience, with offerings inspired by the land and incorporating VIK grapes into one-of-a-kind massage, facial and body-scrub treatments.

 

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Treatments include the Vik Signature Massage which begins with a luxurious wine bath followed by a full body massage with moisturizing grape seed oil, as well as the Vik Signature Experience which begins with a soft and rejuvenating scrub with natural grapes and brown sugar, followed by a full body grape wrap. With treatment products developed from the terrior, polyphenols from the grape seeds and resveratrol from the vines provide superior anti-aging, moisturizing, nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties. Additional wellness offerings include a sauna, relaxation lounge and zen garden, yoga classes, a fitness center and more.

 

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Wild West Fall Sporting & Spa Escape Includes New Tee Pee Experience at Brush Creek Ranch

Plan now to experience the sublime fall season in Wyoming with a new luxury ranch escape that is equal parts adventure and relaxation at Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 Resort and Dude Ranch in the USA. With the rocky mountain’s Snowy and Sierra Madre ranges exploding with color, combined with cooler weather ideal for outdoor recreation, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch invites couples – or several couples looking for a group getaway – to enjoy their experience-laden Wild West Fall Sporting & Spa Escape.

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In addition to the ranch’s suite of all-inclusive experiences, this fall adventure package includes a privately guided ORVIS-endorsed fly fishing or wing shooting experience, along with a luxuriously private 90-minute Signature TeePee Massage experience for two.

Inquire for select available dates in September and October by phoning Chikeeh or Corinne directly at 307-327-5284.


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Ananda’s Winter Wellness Offer

At awards winning Ananda – In the Himalayas, from October 1 – December 20, 2015, receive free nights on all wellness packages.

• Stay for 7 nights – pay for 6 nights only.

• Stay for 14 nights – pay for 12 nights only.

• Stay for 21 nights – pay for 18 nights only.

Contact: sales@anandaspa.com

Click here for more information on Ananda’s Wellness Packages.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

• The offer are valid on new bookings and for inbound market only.

• This offer is valid on stays starting 1st October 2015 and ending on 20th December 2015.

• The above offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or group rate.

• No show – 100% of total price will be charged as retention.

• Early check-out – 100% of balance period will be charged as retention.

• Other Standard terms and conditions at Ananda in the Himalayas are applicable.

 

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Summer Escapade Special at Condado Vanderbilt

Experience the #1 Hotel in Puerto Rico from Trip Advisor until September 30th and receive the third night free.

Located in the in the chic Condado District of San Juan, the hotel is close to many gourmet restaurants, high-end boutiques including and the nearby historic district of Old San Juan. The re-imagined 319 guestrooms, including 108 suites, take inspiration from the hotel’s dreamy oceanfront setting and eclectic history.

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Conditions:

Book by August 30th for stays until September 30th. This promotion offers one night free on any three night stay. If the guest has an extended night the free night is cumulative (every third night is free). Promotion has a three night minimum restriction. Not combinable with other offers. Subject to availability and black-out dates.

 

For information or reservations contact info@condadovanderbilt.com

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Tigers and Palaces with SUJÁN Luxury

Experience the best of Rajasthan, staying in the palatial Rajmahal Palace, steeped in history and of a glamorous past. Guests experience the fascinating city of Jaipur, shop and dine in Royal splendor and then whisk off to the wilderness and into the jungle for cocktails around the campfire and breathtaking safari’s into Ranthambhore National Park, with a chance to see the majestic tiger and an abundance of wildlife and explore the ramparts of Ranthambhore fort.

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Pay for three nights at summer rates and get the fourth night free with an upgrade to a suite on availability, valid October 30, 2015 – May 31, 2016. Contact – reservations@sujanluxury.com

 

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Tierra del Fuego in Style: Luxury Stays at Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

A vacation in Tierra del Fuego need not be for adventurers alone. Although there is plenty of adventure to be had at this edge of the world, there is plenty of luxury as well if that Tierra del Fuego vacation includes a stay at Arakur Ushuaia. Located within Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve – with over 250 acres of native forests, flora and fauna – and the trails begin at Arakur’s gates.

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A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Arakur is as good as it gets — whether you happen to be pushing off on a seven-day cruise to Antarctica and some of the most remote lands on the planet, or just want to take in some pretty incredible scenery and history in a place that will give you bragging rights. Arakur Ushuaia was thought for those who enjoy life outdoors all the year round and in any season, offering multiple alternatives to experience nature intensely.

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Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Arakur is just outside Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego and a maritime town of 60,000 souls. It’s a settlement with a story to tell in a land of harsh living, but today those stories are passed by guides who take wanderers to see vast penguin colonies, disappearing glaciers, and odd museums in a land settled by British Missionaries following Magellan’s lead through the world’s southern passage. Ushuaia is as close to Antarctica as it gets while still keeping a foot in civilization. And at the Arakur Ushuaia, civilization certainly has its comforts.

 

11018343_10155334354000088_1593153596574631106_oArakur perches on a hill over town offering each of its 131 rooms and suites panoramic views of the town and the surrounding Andean peaks. Designed with a mind for sustainable architecture, each room is decorated with indigenous Argentine materials: copper, marble, stone, woods, and leather among them. Designer details include Hansgrohe faucets, Duravit bathroom appliances and Philippe Starck touches.

Ushuaia is surprisingly temperate most months – the southern winter might hit 35 degrees, while summers here are a balmy 50 degrees (with rain in the forecast for a good third of the year). It all bodes well for enjoying Arakur’s indoor pools and patio hot tubs. Swim in a pool area that features stunning water mirror pools, a lap pool, and an infinity edge relaxation pool with underwater music. Kids get a pool of their own. The outdoor hot tubs overlook the city and the austral ocean expanses, all surrounded by glacial mountain crags and forests.

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Naturally, there is WiFi and breakfast in the tariff, and guests find meals with flair at La Cravia restaurant. King crab is a must in these parts, as is fueguino lamb, barbecue and Patagonian sea bass.

 

When Nearing Antarctica …

After exploring the gastronomy of the southern latitudes it’s time to explore the sites. Ushuaia proffers an odd history as a penal colony over the last century and a great take-in is the Maritime Museum that is built on the site of the former prison. While the prison closed in 1947 it was modeled after escape-proof colonies in Tasmania and Devil’s Island with cells built by the prisoners themselves. The Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino, a five-mile train attraction runs the route that prisoners would take in gathering forest resources for building and heating. The route travels up to the Tierra del Fuego National Park Station where the mini steam train picks up passengers for a ride along the Pipo River Valley with discussions of the indigenous Yamaná people and local plenty of local lore.

 

11043336_10155334356980088_1714608421780611604_oHikers can hit the trails at Glacier Martial for an ascent of around 3,500 feet. Trails start about four miles outside of town. The views from the top bring a spectacular panorama of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia. A chair lift runs in both directions all year for those who would rather sit out the climb. Wintertime brings the snow and the skiers to this area. Cerro Castor opened in 1999 as the world’s southernmost full-service ski resort and the consistently cool temperatures allow the longest skiing season (June through October) in South America.

But most visitors from the U.S. who come to Ushuaia come to see the penguins, to see Antarctica and to travel through Tierra del Fuego. Ushuaia is one of the top jumping off points to Antarctica, easily as close to the South Pole as you can get without boarding a ship or hauling an exploration team. A number of cruise lines make Ushuaia an iconic port stop on Cape Horn and expedition companies, such as Lindblad and Australis, take off for week-long cruises amid some of the world’s most remote geographies.

 

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Those who do not want to venture into those far southern reaches can instead take full and half-day cruise tours through the Beagle Channel to see all the penguins they could ever imagine. These include the diminutive Magellanic species with a white circular stripe around their black faces, and the larger Gentoo (Happy Feet) penguins with orange feet and beaks. Passengers are not usually allowed to go on shore as a measure of minimizing the disruption to the colonies, although a few operators retain permission to take 20-passenger inflatables to restricted spots near the penguins. If penguins top the bucket list note: Magellanic penguins are migratory and leave the colony location in late March or early April for about seven months.

 

11038893_10155334357700088_2386917829289395091_oBesides the Beagle Channel excursions, other natural attraction highlights include explorations of the huge Tierra del Fuego National Park to the west of the city and the Fagnano and Escondido Lakes to the east. Tierra del Fuego National Park is about a 20-minute drive from Ushuaia. The park’s tourist office offers full meals and has a convenient top-floor observation deck as well as exhibits on the Yamaná indigenous people, now virtually extinct but once the world’s most southern inhabitants.

Find Ushuaia and the delightful Arakur Ushuaia at the terminus of the Pan American Highway, although most visitors take the three-hour flight from Buenos Aires on LAN or Aerolineas Argentinas to Ushuaia-Malvinas Argentinas International Airport.

 

Contact:

Arakur Ushuaia
(011 54) 2901 44 2900
reservas@arakur.com
www.arakur.com