Celebrating the Old and the New at Two Iconic Hotels in India

Visiting India, travelers are presented with a swirl of experiences. Waves of colors from saffrons, to pomegranates to midnight blues surround; hypnotic sounds rising from complex sitars to percussive tablas fill the quiet spaces; stories running from the mythic to the magical provide meaning in everyday things; mischievous monkeys vying with oxen and automobiles in the dusty streets create surprise and curiosity; and architectural momentum from mughal to minimalism sweep the skylines and offer the simplest moments of awe.

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Nothing is ever simple in India, a country that boasts 5000 years of civilization and a kaleidoscope of some of the world’s oldest religions.

DancingBut some things make the going easy, if not simply exhilarating. Some of those experiences are wrapped up in stays at two of India’s most iconic hotels: The Lodhi in New Delhi and the SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur. And the two hotels in India could not be more diverse.

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The Lodhi in New Delhi, a forward-leaning mix of contemporary minimalist architecture with touches of raj elegance, offers a top luxury stay on the margins of Lutyens’ Delhi, overlooking Lodhi Gardens – an oasis from the enchanting chaos that is New Delhi. This former Aman hotel brings sharp edges and spacious acres of stone that yield to impressive clean lines to meld with traditional intricate details.

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The Lodhi’s 40 rooms and suites are big enough for royalty – some of the most spacious accommodations in the city. Each deluxe room has its own private balcony, daybed and plunge pool. Bathrooms are large with an adjoining dressing room and walk-in wardrobe. Living spaces are given to a comfortable sofa and armchairs. For longer stays, the Lodhi offers 28 pied-a-terre apartments spread over the territory, and worthy of consideration if only for their location by some of Delhi’s most prized green space.

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The Lodhi Gardens, loved by lawmakers and romantics alike, is celebrating its 80th year. The 90-acre gem is a favored place for butterflies and birds as it interlaces rare blooms and grasses amid medieval grand tombs protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

What’s inside the Lodhi is as impressive as the surroundings. The property features eclectic pop-art pieces curated by Apparao Galleries that seem to complement the moods of the various hotel spaces.

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The property offers three restaurants serving Western, Indian and eclectic Asian dishes. It also has a large and artfully designed lap pool, spa, fitness center, tennis court and bar.

Location counts and The Lodhi has it. Guests can easily walk the mile to Connaught Place and the famous Khan Market. The property is 12 miles from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

Quintessentially Jaipur

Meanwhile, visitors to India seeking variety in lodging experiences can consider a hotel fit for royalty at the SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur.

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Now a Relais & Chateaux property, the SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace was originally built as a palace for the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1729 as a garden retreat for his wife, and remained an official residence until the mid-20th century. Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this exquisite royal palace is located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. An enclosed oasis, secluded in verdant gardens, Rajmahal Palace is the repository of a celebrated history. The palace reopened under the management of  SUJÁN in 2015 with 14 Royal Apartments, Suites and Palace rooms all given to bold Indian styles.

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Guests of the palace have included Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II and Lord Louis Mountbatten.

The Palace has seen many avatars over the years and recently underwent a spectacular refurbishment. Many of the original features remain: the exquisite chandeliers and marble staircases of the original palace are still there and one can experience the grand 1930s Art Deco feel of that bygone era in the color choices and wall patterns. Its bay windows, mirrored doors and meticulously appointed interiors allow guests to be transported to a new era of 21st century regal living.

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Rooms are made ever more palatial with high ceilings and personal belongings of the Royal Family of Jaipur, such as old books and photographs that are found amid the restored original furnishings. Fresh-cut roses and jasmine flowers add wonderful aromas to the spaces.  Each room is a work unto itself with grand designs that tell the many stories of Jaipur, its rulers and their legacies.

Inspired by the palace’s historic features and the history of the Royal Family of Jaipur, the design elements include the use of family crests, traditional royal motifs, old world art pieces and sensuous fabrics.

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SUJAN also offers some wonderful fine dining experiences. The Colonnade restaurant on the original veranda of the Palace is open 24 hours for resident guests with a menu of comfort foods (the restaurant features the best club sandwich in the city) and traditional Indian dishes in a spot overlooking the palace lawns and garden. At 51 Shades of Pink, a dining room inspired by Norman Parkinson’s 1952 Vogue cover, energizing breakfasts are served. The Orient Occident, with its high ceilings, gilded mirrors and original artworks, brings guests into an experience of the rich heritage of the rulers of Rajputana and offers authentic Indian recipes mixed with the fine European cuisine.

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Afternoon tea is a daily ritual at the Palace, presented in full British fashion and served in the Palace Gardens.

When cocktail hour calls, the Polo Bar is the place. Turquoise and white hues offer backdrop to the original silver polo trophies collected by HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, who chose Rajmahal Palace as his own personal private residence when he ruled in 1958.  An Art Deco swimming pool looks over the gardens and the SUJÁN Spa unlocks the magic of the Vedas in carefully selected Ayurvedic treatments to relax body and soul.

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For guests that want a more adventurous experience of India without sacrificing luxury, Sher Bagh, SUJÁN’s jungle getaway from the city is just a few hours drive from the Palace and offers 12 sumptuous tents in the wild. Luxury camping includes jungle wildlife safaris and tiger tracking, affording guests a rare and exciting immersion in the India few visitors get a chance to see.

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The Pink City

Jaipur is known throughout the world as the Pink City for its intricate fortifications carved out of salmon colored sandstone. But it is also India’s city of jewels as the Old City is filled today as it has been for centuries with artisans practiced in the arts of cutting gems and precious stones. These items sparkle and beckon from shops all over Jaipur run by merchants all too willing to cut visitors a good deal on polished adornments.

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The élan of Jaipur, experienced in the architecture, cuisine, colors, dress and culture of the city can trace back to the intermingling of Rajput and Mughal dynasties. As the Mughal Empire waned at the end of the eighteenth century, the kingdom of Jaipur stood fast against incursions from the southern kingdoms and made alliances with the British throne to protect against these threats. The result was a lifestyle Jaipur came to symbolize – one that immersed in the glamour imported by the Royals, the sophisticated cocktail soirees of the time, and the serious sport played on the area’s polo fields.

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Fabulous Festivals in Delhi and Jaipur

The best time to visit India is in the winter months. The weather is cooler and drier and a world of festivals is usually underway. And there is nothing like a festival in India, usually dowsed in palette of pageantry, to mark nearly every day of the year.

Top Winter Festivals in India include:

The Elephant Festival during Holi, usually happening in March and April. This event is especially colorful in Jaipur.

BanyanThe Kite Festival in January, when the skies over Jaipur and Delhi swarm with wild-looking kits in flight and often in battle with one another.

A January Camel Festival in Bikaner, near Jaipur, offers a view of village life that cannot get more colorful or exciting.

CamelndiaRepublic Day on January 26 is celebrated all over the country with parades as only India could present.

Basant Panchami is celebrated in early February as a dedication to Saraswati, Goddess of learning and music. Especially celebrated in Delhi, everyone dresses up in yellow and they offer gifts to the deities.

Other less traditional events to consider during this time are the Book Fairs going on in Delhi and Jaipur in early January as major celebrations of international literary arts. Also the Jaipur Film Festival is scheduled to take place January 7-11, 2017 with a roster of independent films in 16 categories and a lavish Red Carpet event on the last day.

Contact:

The Lodhi
New Delhi 110003
(011 91) 11 43633333
reservations@thelodhi.com
www.thelodhi.com

SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace
Sadar Patel Marg
Jaipur 302-001
(011 91) 1414143000
reservations@sujanluxury.com
www.sujanluxury.com

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Condé Nast Traveler’s 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards named The Brando in Tahiti the #1 Resort in the World and The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch #5 Resort in the World, #1 Resort in the U.S.

Two exciting hotel openings include The Strand Hotel, an iconic hotel in Yangon reopened November 15th after an extensive renovation.

December 10th will see Chable Resort in Mexico’s Yucatan open, an exciting new destination spa with pool villas and a spa next to a cenote.

The Brando was featured along with Song Saa and Pikaia Lodge as one of 50 perfect spots for the ultimate honeymoon from The Telegraph.

Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos is now recommended by Andrew Harper, a well-deserved accolade as the best hotel in the archipelago.

Mukul makes the list of “56 Wonderful Places to Honeymoon Right Now” from Travel + Leisure and read about Nikki Sharp’s recent stay at Mukul on her blog.

Up to Miami, where Conde Nast Traveler writes on The Faena in, “Why Miami’s Hotel Restaurants Are Worth Traveling For.” Read more about the Faena District in Spears, “Is Miami’s billion-dollar district the USA’s most ‘dramatic’ urban project?”

Find wellness in Wyoming at Magee Homestead at Brush Creek Ranch, a new, adults-only wellness retreat featured in American Spa.

Twin Farms in Vermont is promoting Art of a Vermont Winter which includes several exciting special events including a vertical tasting of Screaming Eagle’s 2002, 2003 and 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon vintages on December 3rd.

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland was featured on the Travel Channel, “Canada: Bucket List-Worthy Hotels.”

Over to Europe where The Armani Milan was feared in Luxury London, “Hotels for Fashionistas.”

In Cambodia, Song Saa Private Island has received some inspiring 5 star reviews for the work their foundation is doing from Great Non Profits.

A fascinating article from National Geographic, “Mosquitoes May Meet Their End Thanks to Marlon Brando” on the innovative program at The Brando Resort that has nearly eradicated the insects on the island, no pesticides or genetic engineering needed.

“Dubai: A Safe and Fascinating Middle East Destination” on the Huffington Post features The Address Hotels. Read about a wonderful journey through India by Prana Journeys including stays at The Lodhi and Ananda Spa.

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Winter at Twin Farms is romantic and peaceful: snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing and just being lazy in front of a fire watching the snow fall.

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Twin Farms has curated some very talented people and events to inspire this winter including Screaming Eagle tasting, cooking classes, musical guests and special dinners.

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Summer Escape Package at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand

It is now easier than ever to reach The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs thanks to their exclusive Summer Escape package. Book by November 30th for travel Jan 5 – March 31st and receive credit for the NZ$400 round-trip fare to be used toward spa, excursions and more at Kauri Cliffs in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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Half-day Game Drives at Sher Bagh in Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore National Park is the finest habitat in the world to watch tigers in the wild and tiger numbers are at a ten year high in Ranthambhore. With the climate cooling down and the foliage dissipating, the sighting record for all is only going to improve. The introduction of a new Half-Day game drive has added to this popular activity and is not to be missed.

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Mughal ruins, palaces and cenotaphs lie in the embrace of ancient hills and forests. Apart from being home to the tiger, other animals commonly seen are the wild boar, deer, antelope and monkey. The jackal, mongoose, sloth bear and leopard also roam this forest. In winter, thousands of birds migrate from Europe and Siberia making Ranthambhore an ornithologist’s paradise.

Half-day drives include a six hour drive into the park with no restrictions on zones and guests can traverse an area of 430 square kilometers, without being confined to a particular zone for a particular drive as is the case with the normal drive. With their jeep and guide of choice, this is a spoiling addition to the safari experience in Ranthambhore and one which affords great privacy as well as a superbly guided drive through this stunning, natural wilderness.

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Chablé Opens in the Yucatan as a Luxury Stay with Many Wonders

One of the newest resorts to open on the Yucatan Peninsula may also be one of the most intriguing. Opening December 10th, Chablé Resort, located some 25 miles from Merida, comes as a welcome segue from many of the mass-marketed golf and family resorts on the Riviera Maya and the quaint, but less sophisticated boutique properties scattered about the coastal by-ways of the Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico.

Chable - King Villa ExteriorlowRather, Chablé puts 40 ultra deluxe villas and spreads them upon 750 acres of Mayan forest to create a private retreat that not only takes guests back in time, it slows it down to a long slow breath.

Chable - Exterior GroundslowThe ultra precious resort does not focus on baking on the beach as many places on the nearby coast do. Rather is looks to its stunning cenote and focus on wellness to keep guests mystified and enthralled. A cenote is a deep pool of fresh water located in a limestone cave and very much part of the Mayan landscape and legendary lore in these parts. Healing ceremonies were often performed by shamans in just such settings.

Chable - Exterior Grounds 2lowAt Chablé the unseen forces of nature are driven through modern comforts of relaxation, pampering and meditation areas circulating through nine treatment rooms, a steam room, a salt cabin and a floatarium. Water circuits in mini-pools of varying temperatures and pressures complement the treatments. Yoga and meditation sessions infuse the options as guests pick magical ingredients in the garden and mix their own treatment elixirs, using many of the same techniques that were used during the 17th century.

Chable - Presidential ExteriorlowThe forested setting shrouds casitas in luscious vegetation for privacy as each expansive stand-alone villa or casita comes with outdoor showers, hammocks, and outdoor living space. Warm woods and local stones of the interiors are complemented by open spaces that give way to a private plunge pool and soothing views. Two presidential suites measure 10,000 square feet with three bedrooms, living and dining rooms, private spa, media room, bar, butler kitchen and a large private pool terrace. Of course, there is a large meandering pool in the center of the resort and garden paths the lead to shaded forest clearings for meditation and contemplation.

Chable - Main Resort PoollowDining, not surprisingly, centers on organic local ingredients and menus, influenced by traditional Mayan flavors and traditions, change with the seasons. Lessons in the culinary customs of these parts are offered to guests as part of their stay.

A precious and extensive wine cellar complements the culinary performance. And for those who prefer the spirits of Mexico, Chablé boasts the largest private tequila collection in the world. Chable is a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels.

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Chablé is surrounded by the legacy of an ancient civilization now the vision of magnificent ruins set up in complexes of archaeology discovery. These can be found among the legendary sites of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, and are well worth the trek for those who have come this way in search of wisdom. These trips are best accomplished with the guidance of the concierge to arrange drivers and interpretive guides. In the summer months, the sites can bake and visitors may want to consider other activities, such as swimming with whale sharks near Holbox, a cooler and perhaps once in a life time thing to do. The whale sharks come into these areas seasonally to feed and, gentle giants that they are, can reach behemoth proportions of 50 feet in length. Curious mammals, they are friendly to swimmers and snorkelers who want to spend an afternoon frolicking with friendly cetaceans.

Merida has its merits as a city to explore. It’s still moored in the 15th century in parts and remains one of Mexico’s charmed colonial towns. Find regular festivals there, stunningly preserved churches, and ancient mercados of chattering locals selling everything from odd souvenirs to miniature carvings to fresh fish.

The most notorious craft find in these parts is the venerable hammock, designed in Technicolor palates of nylon or cotton. Several shops sell quality cotton garments made to order. Carved religious artifacts in beeswax are also ubiquitous as are silver jewelry creations using semi-precious stones.

Cenotes are everywhere in these parts of Mexico as rain waters seep and flow through limestone layers and creating stunning wells of sunlight, pools of bright and clear water and stone formations. Caves often lead out from these pools, pathways to the sea or to other cenotes nearby. They have been the quarry of shamans and mystics, if only for the sense they offer of entering the world below and the land of the unseen. Visitors can take cenote tours or seek these out for themselves, stopping at clearly marked swim spots off main roads.

To get to Chablé, it’s best to fly to Merida and even arrange to spend some time exploring this preserved medieval city so close to the resort. Flights can be booked from the U.S. on Aeromexico, United, American and Delta.

Chablé Resort, Yucatan, Mexico
(844) 424-2253
info@chableresort.com
www.chableresort.com

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Arakur Ushuaia: Comfort and Luxury at the End of the World

How south can you go? If we are talking about geography, an easy target for your trouble is Arakur Ushuaia, a luxury resort and spa in the most unlikely of places: at the southernmost tip of South America, literally, the “end of the world.”

Monte Olivia verano(2)But there is method to the madness of putting a luxury hotel and spa in one of the most remote and weather-challenging places on earth, for Arakur Ushuaia has clear and uninterrupted views of rare horizons at the continental gateway to Antarctica and the South Pole.

Sunrise at Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

The coastal village of Ushuaia in Argentina’s legendary Tierra del Fuego is a jewel in its own right. Brightly-painted byways flank the Beagle Straits, bustling with cruise and exploration ships boarding passengers and loading last minute supplies. For adventurers, it is a place to prepare for great treks that challenge the elements for everlasting views and stories. And for the well traveled, there is plenty to do at the bottom of the world, from hiking, to odd museums to visiting nearby islands where only penguins dwell.

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Arakur Ushuaia is a special complement to all the outdoor activity and local discovery. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the 117-room boutique hotel sits on a foothill perch some 600 feet above the town with stunning views of the Beagle Channel and the base peaks of the Andes.

Hotel Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa at Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

When the Antarctic winds rage, the Arakur Ushuaia is a cozy retreat with fireplaces and floor to ceiling windows all protecting against the cold and delivering in all the comforts. For those who have spend the last too many hours on airplanes or the last weeks avoiding icebergs on the Strait of Magellan, Arakur Ushuaia can seem like paradise itself.

41 (2)Arakur Ushuaia welcomes guests with friendly hard wood flooring and finishes, leather-upholstered furnishings, oversized artworks and lots of warm textiles. Guest rooms give focus to the huge windows and wonderful views they afford over the town – lines of twinkling lights at night, of the Channel taking in the light and shadows of sun and clouds, of the ships that sail through and back from lands beyond, and the mountains that shift shapes and hues in the distant sunlight.

hotel interior habitacion SuiteRooms and suites offer large LED TV sets, an efficient heating system, international power outlets, heating and lighting controlled from a smart console, comfortable cotton bedding and lots of natural light.

Public spaces are comely and comfortable with plenty of stone, marble, local woods and handsome leathers throughout. The signature restaurant, La Cravia, offers Argentine and international meals à la carte and buffet style centering around Argentine barbecue, king crab, lamb dishes and what can be done with Patagonian sea bass in a room that commands views of the city and the bay.

La Cravia Restaurant at Hotel Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa at Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, ArgentinaThe bar is a comfortable hideout as well, offering Fuegian platters with liquid contentment as well as frames of the outside world tableau.

Relaxation at Arakur Ushuaia means enjoying the resort’s great hot tubs and pools inside and out. The outside deck made of Lapacho wood offers crystal water hot tubs with infinity views that take in the whole of the southern skies. Heated indoor and outdoor pools, a gym overlooking the Channel – there is never a bad day at Arakur.

Outdoor jacuzzi at night, Hotel Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

The property also offers Internet and a business center for those who find that proximity to the South Pole simply isn’t far enough off the grid. Guests can arrange for guided hikes around the property’s 445-acre reserve, visits to hidden mountain lakes, off road tours and fly-fishing at the resort. Regular shuttles ferry guests down the road to the village of Ushuaia.

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What to do in Ushuaia

This coastal fishing town of some 60,000 souls is a colorful place to visit these days as more and more tourism finds its way to Tierra del Fuego and the outer reaches of the southern hemisphere. The town is on track to receive up to 100,000 visitors in the coming years (it counted 71,000 with 251 cruise ship calls in 2015 alone). The southern summer season is the busiest time, of course and the best time for seeing some of the wonders of the area before or after a cruise.

ushuaia outdoor estancia tunel genteTo start, visitors must know the history of Ushuaia, and it is a compelling one considering the location. Ushuaia, in fact, was a frontier settlement founded by a medley of missionaries, British land surveyors, gold prospectors and Yaghan tribes before becoming the favored spot to commit re-offenders and, with Tasmania as the model, have them build the infrastructure for the town and become its permanent residents as surviving escape would be nearly impossible.

A top attraction there is the old prison facility, built to house 380 inmates but ended up with 800 by the time it closed in 1947. It remains open today to visitors who want to get a sense of the harsh life and conditions suffered through the first half of the last century. (Note: information at the museum is in Spanish only).

One of the many accomplishments of this convict population is the railway they built, now a tourist attraction known as the End of the World Train — the southernmost railway in the world. The world’s narrowest-gauge freight train was built transport prihttp://travellifeandgadgets.com/image/data/Blog/end-of-world-train3.jpgsoners between the town and workstations. It runs for about five miles, crossing the Pip River on a wooden bridge, passing the Macarena Waterfall and revealing a reconstruction of a Yamanas Indian campsite. Passenger pass beech forests, peat bogs and old timber-felling worksites operated by the prisoners from 1901 to 1941. Explanations along the way are in English and Spanish. The train offers five daily services (only once a day in the winter months) and choices of first class or coach (snacks and bigger winders in first class).

 

Other discoveries to be considered: Penguin Island, which is inhabited only by cute flocks of Magellanic and gentoo penguins. Visitors can take day trips to the island, located about 52 miles (40 nautical) from Ushuaia but the daily numbers are regulated for those who want trips that allow them to walk on the island and mill around with the penguins.

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Hikers will like Martial Glacier, a spot high above Ushuaia but only a few kilometers away. The views from the top are worth the walk, especially in days of calmer winds. A chair lift is also an option and many trails spiral out from the platform at the top.

 

Another wondrous hike is to the Esmeralda Lagoon just outside of Ushuaia. After a 2- or 3-hour scenic hike through peat bogs and lenga forests, visitors end up at a lagoon with iridescent blue-green glacier waters where beavers are busy at work and an array of other local fauna are easily sighted.


Getting to Ushuaia

There are direct flights from Buenos Aires with flight times around 3.5 hours. It is also possible to drive there with great effort. The town is the terminus for the Pan American Highway.

Passing words: Bring sunscreen, an extra fleece and plan ahead. Most tourists arrive in summer and added day trips book up quickly.

Arakur Nature Reserve, Hotel Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

Contact:

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

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Great news this month for several hotels from Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.  The Brando scored a 99.8, making them the #1 resort in the world.  View the whole gallery here which includes awards for Brush Creek Ranch, #1 in the USA and #5 in the world, plus great rankings for Twin Farms, Malibu Beach Inn, Mukul in Nicaragua and Kauri Cliffs.

The Brando has a very real commitment to the environment including research and conservation with the Tetiaroa Society. Read more here from Nat Geo Voices, and here from National Geographic, “Mosquitoes May Meet Their End Thanks to Marlon Brando.” An innovative program has nearly eradicated the insects on the late actor’s private island, no pesticides or genetic engineering needed.

Forbes Travel Guide explores “7 Irresistible Private Island Hotels” and includes The Brando and Musha Cay in The Bahamas. Musha Cay was also featured in Robb Report, 10 Luxury Trends That Forever Changed the Way We Travel, “Private Islands.” Musha Cay wins Caribbean’s Leading Private Island Resort from World Travel Awards.

New client Nomadic Expeditions and their unique itineraries throughout Mongolia have been featured in some high end publications.  Read about this exciting, groundbreaking company in Town & Country, “A Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.”

Sophy Roberts writes for How to Spend It, “Mongolia: Ice driving and horse-sled racing in remotest Mongolia,” and from Travel + Leisure, “Why Mongolia’s Moment Is Now.”

Down to Cambodia and Song Saa Private Island, featured this month in Forbes, “3 Southeast Asian Spa Retreats That Should Be On Your Bucket List,” and on AOL Travel’s list, “World’s most luxurious beach holidays.” The Chef from Song Saa is coming to Carousel in London November 15-26 for London’s very first pop-up Khmer dining experience.

Over to Myanmar, where The Strand Cruise is readying to sail the Irrawaddy this Valentine’s Day featuring musicians from the Paris Opera & Orchestra.

Luxury Travel: Discover the Opulent Reverie Saigon in Eat Love Savor.

Down to India, where Jawai in Rajasthan was featured on Jetsetter, “The World’s Most Spectacular Safaris.”

For wellness inspiration in India, read about The Lodhi & Ananda in Architectural Digest’s article, “India’s Most Opulently Designed Spas.”

Connecting with her inner Bedouin in Dubai, Huffington Post contributor E Nina Rothe reviews the spa at The Palace Downtown Dubai.

The Address Hotels featured in this article by The Mirror, “If you think that size doesn’t matter then you’ve clearly never been to Dubai.”

Fall is a great time for travel to Spain.  Check out this New York Times article featuring Finca Cortesin’s two-night Hike & Bike package.

A well-deserved congrats to our favorite London Hotel, The Beaumont, awarded AA Hotel of the Year, London.

Read about winter at Twin Farms, Vermont in The Robb Report where their new Art of a Vermont Winter offers a totally customized gastronomic experience.

Brush Creek Ranch was named #1 in the USA by Conde Nast and also #1 Destination Resort by USA Today Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. The award winning ranch was also featured in Brides Mag, “Get Married at These Famous Celebrity Wedding Venues.”

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In wellness news, Healthy Living Travel lists the “Top Ten Best Fitness Spas of North America” and Lake Austin Spa makes the list. Goop also includes the spa on the Austin Guide for Beauty and Health.

In Mexico, Rancho La Puerta featured in The Washington Post, ‘The Ranch’: In Mexico, a spa’s luxury inspires a cultish devotion.

A wellness resort, plus beach, golf and mush more, read about Mukul in Nicaragua in the Huff Post, “The Hidden Gem of Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast.” Goop features Mukul in their roundup of Three great girls trips which includes surfing lessons with Tropic Surf.

More news from Latin America, way down to Uruguay. Estanica Vik, Playa Vik, and Bahia Vik in the news from Marie Claire and The Times London.

Need a Zika free holiday this winter? Head to Uruguay, Chile The Maldives and more. Guide from the Trip Trotter here.

The Seychelles is also an excellent choice, where the newest Six Senses just opened. Six Senses Zil Pasyon.

Over to Africa, and a Travel + Leisure interview with Dennis Pinto of Micato Safaris on the transformation he’s seen in the Safari Industry.