Vacation in the Bahamas for the Unceasingly Curious: Musha Cay

A vacation in the Bahamas can become a magical vacation in the Bahamas if the Bahamas resort in focus is none other than Musha Cay. The Bahamas resort in the pristine islets of the Exuma group is the brainchild and coveted work of magician David Copperfield and offers a kaleidoscope of oddities and mysteries in a spot Copperfield, himself, calls “heaven on earth.”

Musha Cay is a stay with few visitors, a private island vacation in the Bahamas where the resort belongs entirely to the guest party. The staff number hovers at 30 and guests can number no more than 24 at a time. But usually that number is much, much less as only one party can visit the island per booking – alone, as a couple, or with some two dozen favorite friends and family. Whatever the group configuration, the resort is all theirs – and explore they must for not all is as it seems.

Copperfield, who walked through the Great Wall of China, erased the Statue of Liberty and levitated over the Grand Canyon, spares little wow when conjuring great scenes and effects around Musha Cay. For Copperfield, lack of logic and lack of precedent are only challenges, not obstacles.  A stay at Musha Cay requires an open mind and an affinity for surprises.

Copperfield founded Musha Cay in 2006 after drawing lines around the globe from four of the world’s most vexing places – the Pyramids at Giza, the statues at Easter Island, the Sun Pyramid in Mexico and England’s Stonehenge – and acquiring the spot where all the lines met. Copperfield’s Musha Cay is actually 11 islands and 700 acres of sugary sand beach around calm, pure waters that are all available for guests to explore. Since then, he has spent more than $50 million on top of the cost of location to turn Musha Cay into a magical kingdom it has become, some 85 miles southeast of Nassau.

But the 150-acre main island is where the action is. A 2,200-square-foot open-air oceanfront pavilion offers dining over the water. On the beach find Dave’s Drive-In movie theater, a gym on the beach, a myriad of watercraft, jet boats, snorkeling gear, water trampolines and more. Swimming, sailing, it’s all there for the taking between snacks and feasts laid out by a world-class chef. In the lodge locate the Houdini Room that features the escapologist’s billiards table.

Guest quarters are equally as curious and inviting. Five luxurious villas fill with yet more treasures from Copperfield’s travels mixed with the odd illusion or two called up through a button pushed or hidden cover exposed. Guests can stay in the 10,000-square-foot manor house perched on a hill with a soaring living pavilion that looks over the island, or take it down to the beach in a thatched cottage with two bedrooms and private outdoor Jacuzzi. Each cottage has its own private beach to accent the private island experience. Bathrooms are fantasy fare in their own right – outdoor bathtubs made of stone and aromatic flower petals floating on the water. It comes as no surprise to learn that Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates or John Travolta may have stayed in that very suite. Actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz were married on Musha Cay, as was Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Privacy, however, comes with a price. The entire resort must be booked for one or all, and the all-inclusive rate runs from $39,000 per night with a four-night minimum. The Bahamas resort sleeps 24. All food and activities are included in the rate and, for a little more, guests can also have their own night of magical entertainment, fireworks included. Copperfield is often on island, making his own escape from his life of escaping by getting away to his personal magical paradise.

The vacation in the Bahamas comes with a pre-order list to make sure all a guest’s wants and needs are stocked in the cottage.  Whatever a guest wants is what a guest gets. But you will find twists and turns, chance meets, unexpected consequences and nights of incomparable wonder.

Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay
Exumas, Bahamas
(208) 309 1106
mushacay@kurtzahlers.com
www.mushacay.com

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KAA News Roundup

We are thrilled to announce the following clients made the list of the Top 50 Hotels in the World from Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. The Lodhi in New Delhi debuts at the #2 spot, and another city hotel, The Reverie Saigon took the #4 spot. The new Faena Miami Beach took the #11 spot and Finca Cortesin on Spain’s Costa del Sol is #43. See full list >>

A separate list of the Top 50 Resorts in the World featured many clients as well. Sister boutique hotels Bahia Vik and Playa Vik in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay shared the #3 spot, while the newly opened Chable Resort outside Merida in Mexico’s Yucatan debuted at #38. The top luxury ranch on the list, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch was named #7 in the world. See full list >>

Regional winners include Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa in Nicaragua at #9 in Central & South America, and Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos was named #8 in South America. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers came in at #3 in all of Australia and New Zealand, and was the highest-ranking property in all of New Zealand.

In Barcelona, Almanac in ready to welcome visitors as of November 1st, and starting this spring, a new Caribbean luxury resort will be unveiled in Grenada, Silversands.

To all females traveling solo, check out 27 of the best destinations for you from Forbes featuring Chable Resort in Mexico’s Yucatan. More on Chable in The Dallas Morning News, “Few resorts marry authentic Mayan culture with modern sophistication like Chablé.”

We love this article by Town & Country on 15 Incredible Places to Visit Before They Disappear featuring Pikaia Lodge in The Galapagos, Bhutan, and many more.

Beautiful article on Vik Chile in NUVO Mag, a must read for must visit destination.

Malibu and the stunning Malibu Beach Inn in Architectural Digest, This Coastal Town Thrives by Tapping into Its Nostalgic “Surfurbia” Roots.

From the New York Times, gain insight into the mind behind art and design hotel Faena Miami Beach in their article, Take a Tour of Alan Faena’s Living Room in Miami Beach.

Leaves have peaked and Twin Farms is ready to welcome guests into November with their Naked Table Project, as featured in Departures Magazine. The boutique hideaway also makes the list from Indagare for Top 10: Fall-Inspired Long Weekends.

5 Yoga Retreats in Asia’s Most Stunning Places features Ananda Spa, tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Over in Jaipur, Rajmahal Palace is featured in this article, “How a revamp of a historic Indian palace gave rise to a beautiful, bespoke wallpaper brand.”

In The Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi is featured in an insightful article, “Travel: Experience Barefoot Eco Luxury in The Maldives.”

A private tour of New Zealand’s best luxe lodges with the Tiger Tour in Forbes, Kauri Cliff’s Tiger Tour Is an Exclusive, Insider’s New Zealand Experience.

Great Plains Conservation and their Wild Studio is in Travel + Leisure, This Safari in Kenya Can Turn Total Amateurs into Skilled Wildlife Photographers.

Advice from The Beaumont GM, on how to London Like a Local from Luxury Travel Advisor.

Check out this great article from Rake Magazine on one of Spain’s best hotels, Finca Cortesin, #43 Hotel in the World from Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Twin Farms: Vermont Winter Weekend in Paradise

Winter in Vermont can be a snow globe paradise for seekers of romantic cabins, warm and aglow against frosted windows, and days spent snow shoeing or skiing gleaming white trails of rare earthly purity.

Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont creates that very vision of a Vermont winter in a rolling, 300-acre spread dotted with farmhouses and cabins that comprise some of the most luxurious stays in the world. Only 20 cottages and rooms here to sleep a maximum of 40 guests. Privacy is at a premium and pampering guests with service, anticipated and unanticipated, fuels the purpose of this exclusive find.

A Vermont Winter Stay with a Story

Twin Farms was founded nearly a century ago by an unlikely pair. Acerbic author Sinclair Lewis who penned such thought-provoking tomes as “Babbitt” and “Elmer Gantry,” gave the farm to his new bride Dorothy Thompson, a journalist with much of her own fame at that time.

Twin Farms is not unfamiliar with notable politicians, captains of industry, writers and celebrities. This Relais & Chateaux member sees many a landing on its helipad these days as a destination resort Travel + Leisure ranks top in the Northeast, number five in the United States, and 15th in the world and word travels fast in elite circles.

What Price a Vermont Winter Wonderland?

Beyond privacy and pampering there is the comfort and convenience factor. Guests will never reach for their wallets while a guest of Twin Farms, gratuities included. All services (except spa treatments and rare wine labels) are provided for the asking – and often without the asking. That means, farm to table meals by chef Nathan Rich, prepared quietly and behind the scenes according to each guest’s wishes (guests fill out a wish list for food preferences and activity wants before they reach the resort).

It also means skiers have all their gear ready and waiting for them when they are ready, plus a picnic basket to enjoy at the summit (Twin Farms offers five small and private ski-in/ski-out mountains on property with snowmobiles that pull skiers to the top. Other skiers will want to check out Killington Ski Area, 45 minutes away – tickets and transportation arranged by the concierge). It means lodgers snuggle in with after-dinner cognac service in their suite with a fireplace at the ready and needing only a match (and maybe a napping dog or a couple of kittens). Warm chocolate chip cookies are already provided.

Elegant picnic meals can be delivered to hikers, snow-shoers, cross-country and downhill skiers, sledders, skaters and amblers. Any meal can be provided anywhere at any time. And any course has its matching wine. The property maintains a 26,000-bottle wine cellar.

After a refreshing Vermont winter day on white frosted trails, guests can relax in the Bridge House Spa, most notably in the Japanese furo or soaking tub set against cathedral windows looking over the frozen meadows.

Or they can go into town (Barnard is a quaint rural Vermont village with fewer than 1000 residents) or explore the surrounding towns for their barns of antiques, specialty coffee and cheese stores, and colorful art galleries. Twin Farms offers a complimentary luxury vehicle to guests who want to take off for a few hours to explore the countryside.

A Vermont Winter Cabin in the Woods

For those who want to enjoy the coziness of the indoors, each cabin, cottage, or suite is its own creation, designed with themes and intentions by architect Alan Wanzenberg and the late interior designer Jed Johnson. Some display precious oil paintings by known artists and others focus more on the ambient theme of the space with native wood accents, hand-painted murals, and folk art.

Meadow Cottage presents a Moroccan themed motif against a meadow of bright yellow wildflowers. The Tree House Cottage looks to the Adirondacks for inspiration and uses twig work furnishings, raw wood logs and vaulted ceilings, accented by floor-to-ceiling windows framing the fireplace. Wicker chairs on the screened porch invite afternoons of peaceful meditation.

Every cottage has a roaring fireplace and a private screened porch. Accommodations in the historic Main House come with stories and a past as this section of the farm hosted many political figures and literary greats over the years. There are also suites and a farmhouse for larger families on the banks of a picturesque pond.

Vermont’s only five-star resort, Twin Farms does not shut down in winter. Rather it celebrates it with the “Art of a Vermont Winter” special events program. These bring special culinary events and unusual activities to Twin Farms on a variety of weekends from November through March.

In November, Twin Farms is hosting Chef Florenzo Barbieri of the Royal Blues Hotel in South Florida, who will team up with Chef Nathan Rich to create menus reflecting modern Italian cuisine. Chef Florenzo led the charge at award-winning hotels and restaurants in Rome, Florence and Sicily. On a separate weekend guests can enjoy a “tree to table” experience with master furniture maker Charles Shackleton of ShackletonThomas, creating their own hand-hewn tables of walnut or cherrywood. The season ends March 15 with a Murder Mystery weekend based on Snow White …with some strange twists.

A Twin Farms winter in Vermont stay, fully inclusive of food, spirits, activities, amenities, services and gratuities, (but excluding certain taxes and fees) will start at $1,650 per night. Minimum stays are required over many popular days and dates. Twin Farms closes for Vermont’s six weeks of mud season starting mid-March and reopens for spring, on the first weekend in May.

Twin Farms
P.O. Box 115
Barnard, VT 05031
(800) 894 6327
info@twinfarms.com
www.twinfarms.com

 

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The Norman: A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv with Purpose and Panache

If you are searching for a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, the choices are bounteous and range from crowded hostels to quaint residences on quiet streets. However, searching for a luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv can be quite another story.

In 2014, The Norman opened on fashionable King Albert Square, just off bustling Rothschild Boulevard with 50 rooms, an art collection that turned the hotel into a gallery and a certain panache that turned heads. Visitors to and residents of Tel Aviv are not easily impressed, but The Norman’s two 1920s Bauhaus structures that turned design and architecture into a hotel experience caught the public’s attention.

Suddenly luxury boutique hotels in Tel Aviv became a thing and the city’s more than 4,000 Bauhaus structures turned The White City into a living museum. British design firm Sagrada (Chedi Andermatt, Hotel Royal Evian, Hermes Maison Shanghai) teamed with Tel Aviv–based Yoav Messer Architects (Neve Tzedek Hotel, Moav Desert Hotel, Domaine Makeda Haute) to carve imaginative and inspiring spaces out of the Modernist structures, preserving such original details as the hand-made ceramic floor tiles and stenciled wall coverings. In came the clean-lined custom and often plush furnishings in soft-hued, light-filled spaces giving breath to the ambiance of that era.

Now walls fill with original Israeli art throughout the property’s guest rooms and public spaces, presenting rotating and temporary exhibits of many up and coming notables. Hand-carved beds in the guestrooms complement stilted armchairs, cushy sofas and pin-legged tables set off by such Anglo-Indian pieces as daybeds and chandeliers.

Luxury Boutique Hotel with Rooftop Views of The White City

Where would a luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv be without a pool, especially one that sits above the city? The Norman’s rooftop infinity pool quickly generated buzz when it opened and that continues with Dinings Restaurant, serving a confluent menu of traditional Izakaya-style Japanese Tapas and modern European cuisine on the rooftop as well, with views of the burgeoning city skyline.

The Norman Restaurant brings the experience into the interiors with French Mediterranean dining inspired by the Old Town of Nice. The Library Bar at The Norman offers stylish 1940s elegance and an extensive menu of cocktails, spirits and wines.

A techno-gym, treatment and beauty spa and Sam Stiller physical training programs are complemented by the bevy of beaches, bike and jogging courses, and walking paths to be found all around The Norman in Tel Aviv.

Taking Time to Experience Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has 13 beaches and seasons of perpetual sunshine along its nine-mile coastline. A well-trodden jogging path along the beachfront creates a nearly 4-mile promenade extending from Tel Aviv Port in the North to the old Port of Jaffa in the south.

As for bikes, Tel Aviv is fast becoming the Copenhagen of the Middle East. Some 15 percent of the city’s residents bike to work and the city offers some 85 miles of ordained bike lanes with more about 90 more miles set to come on line. A public bike hire system allows cyclists pick up and drop off a network of green bicycles at 150 stations citywide, including several along the beach for just shekels a day.

While The Norman is not on the beach, guests can take a frequent complimentary shuttle offered by the hotel. But for those with other activities in mind, The Norman is only to happy to suggest and provide.

In line with a rising trend seen among luxury boutique hotels worldwide, The Norman offers a tempting menu of exclusive tours, from one-on-one specialty shopping tours to culinary tours, gallery tours, and, of course, architecture tours lead by experts.

Guests can choose to have a guided tour of Jaffa that will lead them to a seductive store selling custom perfumes that can be mixed and matched to suit. They will wander through the Old City’s Ottoman-style buildings with its upscale mezza parlors and one-of-a-kind notion and clothing boutiques, visit a popular flea-market selling all manner of antiques, and visit an architectural furnishings store for unusual neon stools, quirky prints and dinosaur broaches crafted by young Israeli artists. The accompanied tour includes a leisurely lunch and a customized vial of personal perfume.

The property also offers on-demand tours that take the lead from the guest’s wishes and come up with bespoke solutions that The Norman can arrange. These could include excursions to Jordan and Eilat or a visit to the Dead Sea for a relaxing float between excursions to Massada, the caves of Qumran and the oasis of Ein Gedi.

The Norman makes a worthy luxury boutique hotel in Tel Aviv to start a journey of Israel, which is, in itself, a journey of time and civilization. Tel Aviv, proclaimed a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 2003, tells the tale of only the last century — but makes a strong start.

The Norman
23-25 Nachmani St.
Tel Aviv, 6579441, Israel
(+972 3) 543 5555
reservations@thenorman.com
www.thenorman.com

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Last Minute “Seize the Gili Moment” Offer in The Maldives

Until November 30, 2017 book a four-night stay at Gili Lankanfushi in The Maldives and enjoy a lavish Champagne breakfast at your convenience by the beach at the Main Restaurant and indulge in a different gourmet dinner experience nightly, with a stay of minimum 4 nights with us and create your very own Gili Story.

RATES INCLUDE

Package offer is applicable to all villa categories

Enjoy 25% off room rates from all villa categories (no restriction on the number of nights stayed)

Daily Champagne breakfast in the Main Restaurant

Minimum stay of 4 nights to receive the following privileges:

Gourmet dinner experience in the Main Restaurant every night
Receive USD 400 resort credit per villa per stay for food and beverage experiences, Meera Spa treatments, boutique purchases and return transfer on speedboat (excluding water sport activities and surfing)

Booking and more information >>

15% Off 14 Night Stays at Ananda

Book any wellness programme and get 15% off, for a stay of 14 nights or more.

This winter, immerse yourself into curated Wellness Programs at Ananda in the Himalayas and emerge completely refreshed and revitalized. The programs are designed with the aim of restoring the vitality of the body by eliminating toxins. The focus is to enhance the body’s immunity through the combination of Ayurvedic treatments, dosha (body type) based diet, Yoga and meditation.

Please use code ‘ANANDA WINTER’ to avail this offer

Terms & Conditions

– This offer is applicable for stay period between 1st October & 28th December 2017
– This offer is only valid for Ananda’s global rates, applicable to residents outside India
– This offer is valid for a minimum stay of 14 nights
– This offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or group rate
– All standard confirmation and cancellation policies are applicable
– Other Standard terms and conditions at Ananda in the Himalayas are applicable
– Limited number of rooms available daily on the above offer.

Contact sales@anandaspa.com

KAA Roundup

Fall has arrived and it is one of the best seasons to travel to many worldwide hot spots. Departures Magazine included Mukul in Nicaragua and Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal on their list of Incredible Fall Travel Destinations.

A perennial favorite, Twin Farms in Vermont, is on the top of many lists for fall, including twice from The Robb Report, Indagare, Vogue and an entertaining read from The Boston Globe, “A $2,000 night at New England’s top resort. Is it worth it?”

Malibu Beach Inn was featured on Gwen Books Blog where the top travel agent writes, Until recently, seaside sun seekers had zero options for a five star hotel in Malibu. That has changed dramatically with the opening of The Malibu Beach Inn.

Twin Farms, Song Saa and The Brando make the list from Jetsetter, “The World’s Most Luxurious All-Inclusive Resorts.”

More luxury escapes can be found in this list from Wonderlust on Fantasy Islands featuring Musha Cay, Necker Island and more.

World’s Top 25 Most Unusual Hotels as selected by Tablet includes Vik Chile:

And sister hotel Playa Vik featured in The 13 Most Jaw-Dropping Oceanview Hotel Pools.

Forbes piece on Micato Safaris is definitely worth a read, World’s Best Safaris Keep Getting Better: 50 Years of Excellence.

Safari excellence continues with Great Plains Conservation, a leader in sustainability.

For a dose of wellness, read about Chable Resort in Departures Magazine, An Unforgettable Spa Day, the Mexico Way.

And 12 destination spas to visit in the US from Pop Sugar features Lake Austin Spa. Lake Austin Spa is also featured in Garden & Gun, Great Lake Hotels.

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Luxury Address in Andalucía: Refinement and Romance at Finca Cortesin

Traveling to Andalucía is its own reward. Staying at a luxury resort in Andalusia with Michelin star dining, some of the best golf and spa options in Spain, and accommodations created by a designer of palaces, well, that is something else entirely. As luxury hotel in Andalucía you might say Finca Cortesin is in a class without equals.

A finca in Spain is not a castle, it is an estate and in such traditions, it is a manor surrounded by rolling land, gardens, possibly views of the sea and no doubt. At Finca Cortisen, while not an Andalucía castle, it is a grand estate with 67 suites and four villas, where every space is a painting with a purpose and every detail has a story.

The doors at Finca Cortesin opened in 2009, the last major project for Duarte Pinto Coelho, who spent a lifetime in the company of the 20th century’s greatest literary and artistic talents, and who designed the homes of celebrities and dignitaries around the world. At Finca Cortesin, these feats are shown in curiously sourced details from historic homes of royalty and clergy. Simply wandering through the great public rooms or around the 23.000sqm of gardens and 200-year-old olive trees.


Sophisticated Andalucía Luxury where Cultures Converge

Wander through Moorish courtyards of this Andalucía luxury estate; gaze at portraits of Spanish noblemen lining the long corridors and vast archways; mind the flagstone floors rescued from a monastery in Portugal; pass aged tapestries, deep velvet sofas and precious ceramics. Finca Cortesin is an Andalucía luxury stay that seems to transcend eras and tastes, offering up some thing special to all that come this way.

Find Finca Cortesin in the southeastern curve of Spain, less than an hour from Malaga, birthplace of Picasso, and Gibraltar. A ferry across the Med from Malaga will land you in Tangiers, Morocco in about the same amount of time – an easy day trip to take for adventurous guests. A true crossroads of time, eras, cultures and countries, Finca Cortesin has equally as much to offer to anyone who just wants to stay put for a few days and enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of travel. The best times to visit Finca Cortesin are spring and autumn, however summer in this part of Andalucía offers a magnificent cooler micro climate, and winter never gets too cold.

Andalucía Luxury All About the Details

Accommodations at this Andalucía luxury hotel are generous by all accounts and offer views to the Mediterranean, the rolling gardens, the lush golf course, and the mountains that surround the stead. The smallest of accommodations, the Junior Suite, measures 538 square feet with cathedral ceilings and a 130-square-foot white marble bathroom. Every suite enjoys an ample private patio or terrace, handpicked flowers, sweets and other treats, plus daily a la carte breakfast in the El Jardín de Lutz restaurant. Families will want to book the Private Villa Suites with 4,520 square feet of sprawl amid four en-suite bedrooms, living and dining rooms and a full, state of the art kitchen. Private terraces, a private swimming pool, and a wood-burning fireplace add more extras to a Villa stay.

Golf enthusiasts can immerse in the championship, Cabell Robinson-designed course that has seen its share of Volvo World Match Play Championships. The greens offer a great variety of undulating elevations and settings. The par-4, 13th hole is the signature here with a slope that is tightly guarded by 100-year-old trees. Players will see nearly two-dozen species of flora and fauna imported from all over the world.

Lovers of all things spa will find pleasures to match. The Spa brings eleven state-of-the-art session rooms, each with under-floor heating and heated massage beds and treatments from Biologique Recherche. The spa is also the home of Southern Spain’s only snow cave. The 23,000-square-foot luxury spa offers saunas, Turkish baths, a relaxation lounge, and an indoor pool, all to match the beauty without to the beauty within. Treatments range from caviar or diamond facials to ayurvedic therapies to Thai stretch massages.

Lounging is legend at Finca Cortesin with its four pools (including a saltwater pool) and beach club expanse on the Med. About a mile from Finca Cortesin sits the quaint, medieval, Andalucían hilltown of Casares with its narrow, cobbled streets and white, saltbox architecture. Casares presents a tapestry of tapas bistros, wine bars and historic attractions to explore and is a rather unsung benefit of a stay at Finca Cortesin. The town is only 10 minutes by car, with small shops and curiosities within a stone’s throw to the beach, it does not get more picturesque than this.

Dining at Finca Cortesin, also brings its bragworthy merits. Kabuki Raw restaurant is managed by the Kabuki Group, global leaders in Japanese cooking, with four Michelin stars restaurants. All is done in open-front kitchen preparing omakase menus of four, six or nine dishes, or à la Carte creations to order. In this Andalucian land of truffles, gingko nuts and langoustines, Japanese oeuvres mean turbot with miso, wok-tossed crab, langoustine tempura and possibly a barbequed fillet of Wagyu beef, all with an almanac of wine labels to pair, according to the recommendations of the onsite sommelier. Don Giovanni is Finca Cortesin’s award winning Italian restaurant and El Jardin de Lutz serves Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine and mouth-watering breakfasts. Typical Mediterranean cuisine at beach is available at The Beach Club.

Not to be missed: cocktails at The Blue Bar. This Moorish preserve feels like a room in a castle of 1,001 Nights with floor to ceiling wooden doors leading to an Arabesque courtyard lined by hand-painted textiles on the walls and Egyptian lanterns on Moroccan tables illuminating intimate spaces with filtered candlelight. An evening dress code applies, heightening the mood and raising the romance level.

Luxury in Andalucía, and the Perfect Escape Package

Book a two-night stay and choose between:

~Two green fees per stay at Finca Cortesin Golf Club

`Or an 80-minute Relaxing with Aromatherapy Massage, Sport Massage or Therapeutic Massage at our spa per person. (Please inform us of your choice at the time of booking

Enjoy:

  •  Breakfast served daily in El Jardin de Lutz Restaurant
  •  An Andalusia welcome drink
  • Complimentary seasonal basket of fresh fruit and refreshments, plus fresh-cut flowers in suite
  • Complimentary access to Spa with stunning thermal area, 75-foot indoor pool and snow cave
  • Access to the Finca Cortesin Beach Club during season, with a complimentary shuttle service.
  •  Complimentary facial diagnosis or body diagnosis at our spa, with refreshments and herbal teas.
  •  Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability

 

Junior Suite 2 nights from: €1,300. Executive Suite 2 nights from: €1,700
(10% VAT not included)

Finca Cortesin
Carretera de Casares Km 2, E 29690 Casares
Malaga, Spain
Toll-free: 1-844-733-4190
Tel: +34 952 93 78 00
reservas@hotelcortesin.com
www.fincacortesin.com

 

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A Mayfair Hotel with Curb Appeal: The Beaumont London

If you were playing Monopoly® in London, Mayfair would be your Park Place. And if you were to put a hotel on that square, it would undoubtedly be The Beaumont. And for that you would be well rewarded every time an iron or a shoe landed on your spot as Mayfair has always been and remains one of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

The Beaumont makes an impressive statement in this historic location. The hotel opened in 2014 following an extensive redo that turned the former 1926 car park into one of London’s most fashionable addresses. The property, with its 73 rooms and suites, offers a post modernist imprint amid the precious Georgian residents of Mayfair – many bearing blue insignias by the entrance to note their historical significance as the former home of a great statesman or musician.


A Hotel in Mayfair with History and Punch

You’ll find The Beaumont on a quiet square in Mayfair, just a few minutes’ walk away from Selfridge’s and overlooking Brown Hart Gardens. Find iconic Hyde Park to the west and the ultra-trendy West End to the east. More energetic walks might mean Kensington Gardens, adjacent to Hyde Park, or the fashionable Bond Street, a 20-minute walk away.

The 70-odd streets that make up Mayfair area of London deserve some exploration of their own, however. A tour with SideStory of the hidden art galleries and world-renowned museums located nearby, or explore the home of George Frideric Handel, a museum now; or the last house occupied by all four Beatles. The beautifully preserved streets and alleys lead to hidden squares and eventually to Shepherd Market, now a buzz of restaurants, cafes and bookshops.


The area, once owned and eventually developed by the Duke of Westminster in the mid 1700s, saw a succession of earls and dukes, landed gentry and wealthy bankers take up residence as Mayfair evolved. The prime real estate in the shadow of Buckingham Palace was the early home of Queen Elizabeth II. Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia was born there in 1945. Grosvenor Square was the site of the former American naval headquarters, where General Dwight D. Eisenhower planned D-Day, near the current site of the U.S. Embassy.


A Hotel in Mayfair with a Mélange of Styles

Within this spirited history, the design firm of ReardonSmith Architects transformed The Beaumont from an Art Deco-era garage into an intimate destination redolent with the style of a refined and casual 1920s establishment under the strong direction of the hotel’s founder Jeremy King, who invented the back-story of a disenchanted New York hotelier called Jimmy Beaumont, who moves to London in the mid-twenties to open his eponymous hotel.


The Beaumont is an art deco building and its interiors are Art Deco, with some decorative elements from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. The Beaumont’s exquisitely chiseled interior details put the guest in these colorful former times from the moment of arrival, from the entrance hall to the bar, to the restaurant, and staircase behind sweeping down to the spa and private dining room.


Guestrooms are enriched by Art Deco features, from the design of the ceiling cornice in the bedrooms to the tone of the glass bathroom tiles and the traditional bronze light switches. Sliding timber-veneered doors draw across the bedroom spaces in most accommodations to create complete bedroom privacy from the bathroom, foyer, wardrobes and dressing room.


A Hotel in Mayfair with Living Art by Antony Gormley

British artist Antony Gormley, whose haunting sculptures grace parks and popular public galleries and buildings all over the U.K., Europe and the U.S., was invited to use The Beaumont as a canvas to create a living work, called ROOM. It pushes out from the face of the Beaumont’s exterior to become a room of its own – a veritable cathedral in a cubist block design that makes a statement and invites curiosity.


Inside, the artist has created a cave-like space, a three-dimensional sphere of darkness: a state of consciousness that approaches enlightened as the occupant looks up through the room’s levels. In keeping with The Beaumont theme, the sitting room of Gormley’s one-bedroom suite is decorated in an Art Deco motif.


Another in-demand suite is the Beaumont’s Roosevelt Suite, which can be opened up to expand into a five bedroom, moving from a one-bedroom configuration of 1,820 square feet to become a five-bedroom villa of 6,525 square feet. The Art Deco theme continues, calling up the glamorous era of the great Transatlantic liners of the 1920s and 30s with cream lacquer paneling, brass inlaid details and parquet timber floors throughout. The roomy sitting area leads to a separate dining room that seats eight, plus a pantry kitchen and a guest bathroom, The suite opens up to a large, wrap-around terrace overlooking the London. The five-bedroom expanse occupies the entire fifth floor of the hotel for an experience of total privacy for guests that desire added privacy. Added extras: a working fireplace, a large marble master bath with heated flooring, and a private lobby.


Colony Grill Room: All the Rage of an Era

Good rest requires good food, and even the libations and sustenance at The Beaumont are in character with the era. The Beaumont was the first hotel project for the talented restaurant team of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (The Wolseley, the Delaunay, etc.). They created the Colony Grill Room with an intriguing menu of 1920s faves. Order lobster à la Russe, a Yankee hot dog, an Arnold Bennett omelette, or a chicken pot pie, and top it off with red velvet cake or a build your own classic ice cream sundae. The eclectic wine list promotes European classics and includes a wide selection from the New World.


Interior areas for dining and sipping are, indeed, “you are there” in detail and style, putting guests not only in place, but in time for a true taste of the “roaring twenties” in London. For venturing out, reserve the Chauffeur-driven courtesy vintage Daimler.

Classic room bookings include morning coffees & teas plus home-made viennoiseries and preserves, served in the Cub Room, as well as hi-speed Wi-fi, local calls, all movies, and soft drinks & snacks from the in-room minibar.

Book the ROOM package for 1575 GBP per night to stay in Gormley’s masterpiece. The package includes: a 3-hour individually tailored, one-on-one guided walking tour of London’s best contemporary art galleries; a limited edition signed copy of Antony Gormley’s monograph on ROOM with an essay by Margaret Iverson; a private ride in the hotel’s vintage Daimler to the first gallery on your tour’s list; a full English breakfast for two; private in-room bar with soft drinks and snacks; Wi-fi; access to the hotel’s spa and 24 hour gymnasium.

 

Contact:

The Beaumont
Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
London W1K 6TF
Toll-free: (+44 20) 7499 1001
(+34 952) 93 78 00
reservations@thebeaumont.com
www.thebeaumont.com

 

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Great Plains Conservation Photography Tuition Specials

Wild Studio Photography Workshops are an innovative format of learning photography. Dates from November 2017 to April 2018 at Kenya and Botswana camps enjoy up to 25% off of 4-7 night fixed date workshops.

2017
Duba Expedition Camp – Botswana

4 Nights – Wild Studio Photography Tuition – $3 160 per person sharing
20th to 24th November 2017

2018
Selinda Camp – Botswana

5 Nights – Wild Studio Photography Tuition, per person sharing – $3 950 per person sharing
19th to 24th February 2018
5th to 10th March 2018
17th to 22nd March 2018

Mara Expedition Camp – Kenya

5 Nights – Wild Studio Photography Tuition, per person sharing – $3 864 per person sharing
19th to 24th February 2018
27th March to 1st April  2018
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No single supplement on dates where at least two other guests are booked.
Payment of double required if sole attendee.
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Non-Photographers are welcome and will enjoy themselves and the game drives
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Where?
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Private tuition is available in all our camps throughout the year and is available on request.

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