KAA News Roundup

This time of year we like to dream about island escapes. First in line is Gili Lankanfushi, recently named the #1 hotel in the world by Trip Advisor, 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards. Islands recommended by Conde Nast Traveler’s Honeymoon Guide included The Maldives and Gili Lankanfushi as well as Fiji and The Wakaya Club.

The magazine also published a list of 20 hotels  – The Gold Standard 2015 – which included Cambodia’s Song Saa Private Island. The Dallas Morning News also sings the islands praises, as well as a piece by The Men’s Journal entitled “Alternative Travel Destinations for 2015.” The piece also features North Star Cruises and their exotic journey to Papua New Guinea.

In the Caribbean, you can have a private island paradise all to yourself on Musha Cay in The Bahamas. Their famous 2-mile sandbar was featured on Huff Post Travel’s roundup of “Nine of the Most Incredible Beaches in the World.”

Awards season is upon us and many of our properties received some well-deserved accolades. Estanica Vik, Halekulani, and Six Senses Zighy Bay were all named to the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2015.  See the full list here.  Conde Nast’s short list of 20 hotels, “Gold Standard 2o15” also featured Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn.

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report picked Fogo Island as their Hideaway of the Year and here’s why. Fogo Island also made the list for the “12 Most Beautiful Places to Spend the Night” from Conde Nast, and this list from Fast Company on the “12 best destinations for globe-trotting design fans.” AFAR magazine agrees in their article, “10 Hotels with Striking Design.” National Geographic recently unveiled its Unique Lodges of the World, and has named Fogo Island Inn as one of their members. Learn more about this Inn from American Way Magazine’s article on founder Zita Cobb, “How to Save an Island.”

More accolades and news from our wellness portfolio, where Rancho La Puerta in Architectural Digest, “8 Hotels with Spectacular Gardens.” Dates for Couple’s Weeks are set for 8 – March 7, Oct 10-17, & 17-24. Make it a date and save 20%! Couples or not, here is a great article from Travel to Wellness on a mother/daughter getaway at The Ranch.

Need a boost? Check out this list of Destination Spas to Jump-Start Your Year from Travel + Leisure featuring Rancho La Puerta, plus VeraVia and The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu. Conde Nast’s article here on “9 Wellness Trips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions” features The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, plus an article here in The Wall Street Journal on Virtuoso President Matthew Upchurch and his yearly visits.

To India, where products from Ananda in the Indian Himalayas can now be purchased at their online store. The Huffington Post offers inspiration here in their article, “8 Luxury Health Retreats for Total Rejuvenation” featuring Song Saa and Chiva-Som in Thailand.

You can also find wellness at Twin Farms, as well as excellent cuisine and experiences. Boston Magazine listed them in “Spa Escapes: The Top 12 Spas in New England;” Forbes named Twin Farms, “Cream of the Crop: 4 Luxurious Farm Retreats;“ and Four Magazine interviews Chef Nathan Rich here.

From farms to ranches, where Brush Creek Ranch named by Net-a-Porter as one of the five best ranch stays in the world, read article.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop blog highlighted family and adventure vacation ideas including Chiva-Som, Matakauri Lodge, Cape Kidnappers, and the new Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos. Explore Matakauri Lodge and Cape kidnappers, plus sister property Kauri Cliffs by the 9-night Tiger Tour, dates just announced for 2015, space is limited.

Some tech updates include the launch of Dubai360.com a fully interactive tour of Dubai offering panoramic videos, photos & more. See where to find the happening Downtown Dubai, home to Armani Hotel Dubai and The Address Downtown Dubai. AFAR Magazine and The Siam in Bangkok have teamed up to launch an interactive app available on the App Store for iPhones.

Bahia Vik is newly opened in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay; learn more about it in The Independent UK and Yahoo Travel.

Lastly, both Forbes and Fortune agree Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa in Nicaragua is a destination not to be missed for those seeking the ultimate in luxury.  Check out Forbes article on “How to Vacation like a Billionaire,” and Fortune’s article here.

We hope you can find your own private island soon.

 

Six Reasons to Stay in Dubai

If you are heading to the Arabian Gulf for business, pleasure or curiosity there are easily a hundred reasons to visit Dubai. Here are six reasons we think you should visit Dubai:

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Hotels in Dubai do not get more stylish than this – nor more boutique. In a city that has some of the most imposing hotels in the world, Armani Hotel Dubai stands out with its 160 rooms and suites that each reflect the personal style of Mr Giorgio Armani. In this case call it brushed metallic backdrops, set off by soft, tight bedding, geometric motifs and a personality that earns the tab, “The Centre of Now.” Where else could a guest have access to a Lifestyle Manager to sort out needs and problems at any hour of the day or night?

Armani Hotel Dubai - ExteriorThe hotel looks over the city with exclusive guestrooms and suites on floors five to eight and suites on the 38th and 39th floor of The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai and considered as one of the most prestigious place to stay in the city, within walking distance of The Dubai Mall — the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination — and in shouting distance of some of Dubai’s most notorous tourist attractions, such as The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain.

Armani Suite (2)Armani Hotel Dubai, spreading out over nearly 500,000 square feet of space, offers guests a stunning swimming pool, relaxing spa, fitness centre, business centre and 7 restaurants and lounges, including Dubai’s most exclusive late night venue Armani/Privé.

 

Armani Hotel Dubai
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
(+971 4) 888 3888
info@armanihotels.com
www.dubai.armanihotels.com

 

The Address Hotels & Resorts

Dubai is no stranger to the art of hospitality. It is said that the concept was invented in the Middle East where nomadic cultures depended on strangers for the very sustenance of life – sharing tents, food, water, gossip and entertainment in the long days and nights spent wandering the deserts.

Burj_panoThe Address Hotels & Resorts is part of Emaar Hospitality Group, a Dubai-based hospitality company with five hotels and three residences that handle the needs and desires of travelers who come to this city on the Arabian Sea with smart, stylish, well-located and convenient rooms and suites. Each Address offers its own reasons for choosing that Address and no two Address Hotels are alike.

The Address Downtown Dubai

The Address Downtown Dubai is the flagship of the group and provides the youthful vibe that a visit to Dubai demands. The 196 rooms occupy one of the tallest buildings in Dubai and look onto the marvel that is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

The Dubai Fountain1Soon to come, the Dubai Trolley, the city’s newest public transport system, will open to public in the first quarter of this year, covering seven kilometers around Downtown Dubai, connecting such landmarks such as The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, the Opera District and other parts of the sprawling city with The Address, which will be one of the first stations to open.

 

The Address Dubai Mall

If Dubai is known for anything it is the shopping. The Address Dubai Mall offers shopping on a platter – make that a silver platter – as close as you can get to jewels and finery and designer fashion. With 244 rooms and suites, three trendy restaurants and lounges, a relaxing urban spa and steps away from the famous Dubai fountain and the city’s world-class aquarium, an ice rink in the desert, and plenty of other wows, The Address Dubai Mall is very much an address in demand.

 The Address Dubai Mall

 

The Palace Downtown Dubai

Seeking the ancient spirit of these eternal sands? The Palace Downtown Dubai in Old Town provides a stay in a traditional setting. While still in Downtown Dubai, The Palace sprawls by a lake more in the manner of a raj’s palace than a modern hotel in one of the world’s most future forward cities. The property’s 242 rooms are special inner sanctums within a meandering spread of ancient souks and ambient cafes. Suites here all offer balconies with majestic views, whether overlooking the Dubai Fountain, the lake or Old Town views.

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The Address Dubai Marina

Not all visits to Dubai call for a stay inside the city’s frenetic City Centre. Address Dubai Marina is on the northern side of the city convenient to business and industry and catering to visitors seeking both short-term and long-term stays. This Address’s 200 guest rooms include 28 suites – a Presidential Suite among them – and all with stunning views of the city’s covered marina area. Find five restaurants here, an organic spa, a fitness room, an infinity pool and a kid’s club for those wit families in tow. The location is along a canal leading to the Sea in a lively and developing area of walking promenades, shopping, entertainment, nightlife and plenty of city scene.

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The Address Montgomerie

The Address Montgomerie is more like a country palace on an estate amid rolling hills than a hotel in an electric city on the Gulf. The quiet out here is palpable and perfect for golfers, resort goers or city dwellers that want to get away for the weekend, even if that address is just up the road. The Address Montgomerie presides over 265 acres of soft green fairways, adorned with gardens and water features, a verdant mirage in the rocky Arabian sands.

The Address Montgomerie DubaiThe golf course is managed by Troon Golf (think: Westin Turnberry, Scotland and Troon North, Arizona), and is easily recognized as golf’s luxury brand. With only 21 guest suites, The Address Montgomerie is not for everyone. Business leaders, captains of industry, those who want to seal the deal make particularly perfect guests and those guests can immerse in the game, day or night (games can go on into the cool nights with special lighting managed amid the fairways) or use the many pampering amenities offered here. An outdoor pool overlooks the 18th green, and the Thai-themed Angsana Spa is at the ready for guests who want to relax.

 

The Address Hotels & Resorts Dubai
(+011- 971) 4 423-8888
stay@theaddress.com

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January Only Special at Mukul

Four-night package rates from $606 per night for January only at Mukul in Nicaragua.  Package includes:

  • Four nights accommodations
  • Breakfast for two daily
  • One 200ml bottle each of Flor de Caña Rum ¨Extralite¨ and ¨5 aged years” in room, once per stay
  • One $300 resort credit to be used toward activites or F&B, not toward room rate, taxes or gratuities
  • Use of non motorized aquatic activities and bicycles for two during your stay
  • Round trip ground transfers to and from Managua Airport
  • Rates subject to 17% taxes and 10% resort fee. Package subject to room and rate availability at time of booking

Contact Adriana Beer by email at  abeer@mukulresort.com for more information.
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Located on a four-mile white sand beach on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa features 37 spacious free-standing accommodations, unique six-room Spa Mukul, beach club, nature trails, and the 18-hole Guacalito Golf Course. One of the world’s best kept secrets, Mukul sits directly on the beach and enjoys over 1,600 private acres of lush vegetation.

Brush Creek Ranch Memorial Day Weekend 4th Night Free Offer includes Authentic Cattle Drive

Kick off the 2015 summer season in grand adventurous style with a Memorial Day Weekend Opening Special at the luxurious, all-inclusive Brush Creek Ranch, recently named #1 Resort and Dude Ranch in the USA by Conde Nast Traveler! For a limited time, reserve 3 nights and receive a 4 night free, along with an authentic Ranch Cattle Drive experience during our opening weekend!

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Select from arrival on Friday or Saturday, May 22 or May 23, 2015. Gather family and friends for a dream ranch all-inclusive vacation you’ll be talking about for years to come. Experience endless adventure on 30,000 private acres of spectacular Wyoming ranchlands; delight in luxurious accommodations and gourmet Rocky Mountain cuisine; unplug and reconnect with loved ones as you explore this truly unique country oasis in the heart of the American West. Click here for more information.

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The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch promises breathtaking vistas, gourmet dining, endless adventure and the refinements of a modern boutique hotel, set in the grand landscape of a centuries-old Western ranch. Set on a 15,000-acre working cattle ranch in south central Wyoming amongst rolling hills, verdant river valleys, lush forests and majestic rock formations, the Ranch features a 38,000 square foot lodge, a luxury spa, a finely appointed collection of new and historically renovated cabins and a vast array of authentic outdoor adventures in every season. For individuals or groups, guests experience includes everything — from lodging, food and premium beverages to on-ranch activities with gear, guides, instruction and gratuities — allowing guests the freedom to fully unwind and immerse yourself in every moment.

 

Fivelements Bali Signature Retreat Special

Begin 2015 with a healing journey through the mystic culture of Bali. Fivelements Bali offers three different Signature Retreats for 7, 10 or 14 nights: Panca Mahabhuta focuses on regeneration and replenishment; Tri Kaya Parisudha is for detoxification and transformation; and Cuisine for Life™ improves health, beauty and longevity.

Book one of these retreats by January 31 for travel by March 31 and receive 15% off the package price.

Does not include the Silent Retreat. Click here for more information.

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Nestled on the banks of the Ayung River in Bali, Fivelements is an award-winning eco-conscious wellness retreat deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali. Healing is inspired by the Balinese way of life, which nurtures harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another. (teaser tag)Holistic Balinese inspired therapies include a combination of yoga, meditation, water therapies, deep massage therapies and prana therapy. This special retreat features just nine spacious accommodations, bamboo mandala pavilions, personalized wellness experiences, vegan cuisine, and a variety of wellness retreats and authentic experiences. Fivelements is a center for healing and a place for Learning to Love and Respect Life.

 

Tiger Tour of New Zealand Lodges, Dates for 2015

The Tiger Tour is the personal vision of Julian H Robertson Jnr, the property’s creator. Experience Julian’s favorite destinations, taste the best wine and fine dining New Zealand has to offer, stay in luxury lodges and enjoy the stunning vistas and challenging terrain of award-winning golf courses, all in one remarkable package. Nine-night package includes three night each at Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, and Matakauri Lodge.

Incorporating the most unique experiences in New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The tour is inclusive of green fees at stunning golf courses, quintessential Kiwi experiences such as quad biking, horse riding, jet boating, sailing and a behind the scenes winery tour, along with the opportunity to mingle with distinctive New Zealanders, human and otherwise. You will see and experience it all first hand on this tour – dramatic coastlines and rugged rural settings, mountains, lakes, beaches, rivers, forests, fiords, quaint and historic villages and vibrant towns. Put simply, with each passing day this tour sets the extraordinary side by side with the intimate, and bathes it all in world-class luxury.

Tiger Tour dates for 2015 are March 13-22, 2015.

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The Itinerary can be downloaded from here. To request further information or for assistance at any time please do not hesitate to contact reservations by phone +64 9 407 0010, or emailing reservations@kauricliffs.com.

 

Valentine’s Day at Fogo Island Inn

What is winter like at one of the four corners of the earth? Think birds… Bull birds, Snowbirds, Evening Grosbeaks, King Eiders, Harlequin ducks, White Winged Scoter…birds for love birds. Fogo Island Inn has created an intimate and intriguing Love Birds’ Package for nature lovers. This Love (the) Birds Package is for couples, solo travellers and best friends.  The full board Love (the) Birds two night package includes: a wine, chocolate and cheese pairing, a day of guided bird watching, woodland caribou tracking, a five course supper and (depending on the weather) ocean skating, snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing.

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For a detailed itinerary visit www.fogoislandinn.ca/fii/events/
To secure your booking, please call: 709-658-3444 or toll free in North America at 855-268-9277 or email reservations@fogoislandinn.ca

 

 

Halekulani: Oahu’s Historic Slice of Heaven in a Waikiki Resort

Waikiki may be a crowded confluence of tony high rise hotel properties, designer labels and Elvis memories, but only paces away along the quiet reaches of Gray’s Beach on Oahu stands the Halekulani and the Hawaii of a gentler era.

969496_10153012112700088_616765012_nThe Halekulani has a history, nearly as deep and mysterious as the island itself. As the 453-room property rounds 108 year of age it stands where it started as the beachfront bungalow hotel built by Robert Lewers. Over the years a succession of owners put their signature on the property and gave it legacy and story that would eventually capture the imagination of a writer and then Hollywood.

The House without Keys, published in 1925, featured a main character —  a Boston Blue Blood who travels to Honolulu to convince an aunt, transfixed by the island, to abate her endless vacation and return home. But it does not take long for the nephew to fall under the spell of the island and find himself unable to leave.

1013182_10153012112425088_828685987_nIt was during an extended stay at the Halekulani that the author, one Earl Derr Biggers, wrote the novel The House without a Key, which eventually became the setting for a 1933 Charlie Chan film bearing the same title, and then a restaurant at the property lauded for delivering some of the best sunsets to be had on the island – and some of the best mai tai’s too.

Today, Halekulani still casts its spells. Visitors are charmed by its fusion of Plantation and Asian décor; it’s fresh water orchid pool whose waters reflect the 1.2 million tiles of South African glass that make up the flowery mosaic lining the depths; and it’s attention to dining and cocktails with award-winning chefs and imaginative, period piece surroundings. It is not surprising, for instance, to find that the Halekulani offers what is likely the best afternoon tea service on the island where open quiet air seatings and rare tealeaf blends combine with such sweets as coconut cake and cream, and Kula strawberries and lemon curd paired with currant scones.

1045233_10153012112750088_1712574281_nA $52 million redo completed in 2012 preserved the history of this oceanside grand dame, whose name means: “house befitting heaven.” But the property also received significant bathroom makeovers with modern showers, vanities, sinks, lighting and fixtures that help keep the legendary property current in contemporary amenities.

972026_10153012111880088_386208416_nRooms and suites at the Halekulani tower over the Pacific and come in five styles of suites and five styles of guest rooms – mostly differentiated according to size and ocean views. Top suites to consider are the Royal Suite, Halekulani Suite and the Orchid Suite.

The Royal Suite is accessed by semi-private elevator and brings two bedrooms, more than 4,000 square feet of space, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a dedicated butler. Similarly, the Halekulani Suite brings 2,135 square feet of space with a lanai offering more than 640 square feet of outdoor space, and optional connecting to a second luxury suite.

1013185_10153012113850088_2048844447_nThe Orchid Suite, which debuted in 2008, is slightly larger with designer appointments that include a steam shower with Toto body sprayers, a revitalizing cold plunge tub with mother of pearl and blue glass detailing; a chromo therapy pool with garden views; an expansive living room; full kitchen and indoor dining room table for six. Guests of this suite alone have included Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Affleck, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

993908_10153012112140088_1770466003_nRegular guest rooms range 500 to 720 square feet and come with iPhone or iPod docking stations, Blu-ray disc players, and complimentary high-speed wireless and Ethernet connections, plus daily morning newspapers, twice daily maid service and complimentary mementoes. The hotel is said to have the highest staff to guest ratio of any resort in Hawaii.

1069950_10153012111895088_1600299504_nHalekulani Celebrates Hawaii in Art and Music

If is not the setting, the history, the food, the service or the location that drives guests to the Halekulani, it might be the arts. The property runs art exhibitions from time to time, most recently “Photographs of Hawaii — Where Tradewinds Blow,” a collection of 25 images taken in Honolulu and Waikiki during the early 1900s. But an ongoing arts program popular with guests is experienced through the Halekulani’s relationship with area galleries, orchestras and museums.

Halekulani’s “For You, Everything” program allows guests of the property to show proof of stay and gain complimentary admission to the Bishop Museum, Doris Duke’s Shangri-La, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Iolani Palace, even Hawaii Symphony Orchestra concerts and the Hawaii Pops. A very special Art & Architecture Tour is offered twice monthly on the first and third Thursdays, first come first served, for a limited number of guests of the Halekulani.

1011524_10153012112400088_449000363_nAn ongoing package to consider is the Halekulani’s Romance Remembered package. Although popular and requiring plenty of lead time to book, it includes a Chef’s Special dinner for two at Orchids, daily buffet breakfast at The House without a Key or full American breakfast at Orchids in the rate. Standard, unpackaged Ocean View rooms typically start at $720 per night.

Contact:

Halekulani
2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815-1988
(808) 923-2311
www.halekulani.com

 

The Lodhi Adds Stamp on Style to Luxury Hotels in New Delhi

The top luxury hotels in New Delhi are precious indeed. Demand often outstrips supply in the great capital city of India. But those visiting India on business or in search of pampered adventure will know exactly where to find the best accommodations in New Delhi, and no doubt of The Lodhi will be on top of the list.

1Guests accustomed to staying at Aman Resorts will want to stay at The Lodhi, as this was an Aman Resort until last year. A lift here, paint there, and a new youthful do, The Lodhi is its own property now, as luxury minded as ever but with a chic persona that is making waves in Bollywood and beyond.

Raj-sized Rooms at The Lodhi

Rooms here Raj-sized. Even the smaller choices come as spacious as a house with an ample terrace opening over quiet park views in central Delhi. Calming pastels paint the interiors and private plunge pools complementing most accommodations make striking additions amid the hotel’s rooms and suites.

IMG_1802The hotel traded traditional, overstuffed classic decor for light, airy, contemporary themes using local materials, such as Khareda stone quarried in northern India, for the flooring protected throughout the property by handmade rugs. The Lodhi’s 40 rooms and suites, and 28 pied-a-terre apartments spread over seven acres abutting some of the rare and most venerated green space in New Delhi: Lodhi Gardens.

Looking over Lodhi Gardens

The park is opposite the hotel, a ring of peace created in 1936 by Lady Willingdon (wife of the Viceroy of India) around three tombs and a ruined mosque. Within those wooded 90 acres find herb gardens, rose gardens, even a bonsai park. The grand 14th century, octagonal tomb of Mohammed Shah Sayyid makes a haunting centerpiece and often serves as location for morning yoga in the park.

Guests of The Lodhi are also guests of India and to that point, are offered some rare regional experiences to make the stay that much more memorable. Through a variety of guest programs at The Lodhi, visitors can have guided explorations of nearby Lodhi gardens or visit neighboring Nizamuddin Village, a historic and mysterious area surrounding Humayan’s Tomb. Also available are shopping tours of traditional area markets, such as the Khan Market, Meher Chand Market, Sunder Nagar, Connaught Place, Old Delhi, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. Hotel guides can assist in locating Indian designers and perfect souvenirs of local crafts and textiles, shawls, jewelry, decor items and artifacts.

3Cycling or rickshaw tours through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi are a must for anyone who wants to experience the essence of local life in Delhi. Home-cooked dinners in Indian homes and tours of the local food markets are all on the table as well and guests can get lessons in perfecting paneer during cooking lessons in The Lodhi Kitchen.

OTW Interiors-142 copy copyRespite from the din and dust of New Delhi gets a boost from The Lodhi’s aromatic Hammam Steam Baths and Bamboo Garden relaxation areas. A signature deep tissue massage employing sandalwood oils with vetiver and pomegranate can melt away any jetlag or travel tensions. An Olympic-sized swimming pool, gym and Pilates studio come handy for on the spot workouts. And guests can always soak in their own private terrace pool and lose all notions of place and time.

IMG_7069Aman Journey Lets India Unfold

But the journey that starts at The Lodhi is only one piece of the path for visitors traveling to India. India is a country that is peeled off in layers, digested in small doses and The Lodhi makes the journey just right with its Aman Journey, a six-night circuit that exposes guests to the vibrant culture of India, through two-night stays at The Lodhi, the Amanbagh and the Aman-i-Khas, in mysterious Rajasthan. It includes daily breakfast for two and one activity per resort per stay.

The Amanbagh Resort, a desert oasis some 230 kilometers from New Delhi, is tucked within a walled compound that was once the staging area for the Maharajah of Alwar’s royal hunts. The grounds evoke a certain palatial grandeur emblematic of the Moghul Era, and the resort includes such royal amenities as a pool and spa. The hills surrounding Amanbagh are enchanting sets for private picnics in marble gorges, camel and horse safaris, excursions to ancient forts and ruins and visits to colorful rural villages.

The next days bring further explorations into the wilderness of Rajasthan with nights at Aman-i-khas, a tented camp in the heart of Rajasthan’s starkly beautiful wilds, near Ranthambore National Park. Guests spend mornings and late afternoons on tiger hunts and while elusive tigers rarely show, chital deer and marsh crocodiles abound. Guests can cool off at a traditional stepwell that serves as a dipping pool, or head to the spa tent for some magical healing treatments. Dusk falls in a spectrum of earth tones over rustic Rajasthan. Quiet and mystical it is celebrated with thali dishes featuring fresh organic produce and roti with piquant relishes, and then toasted in appreciation around the bonfire witnessed by the night stars.

Rates for the 2015 high season, which runs through March, start at $431. Rates for the Aman Journey for two start at $4,820, including activities and most breakfasts.

 

The Lodhi 
New Delhi
(011 91) 11 4363-3333
reservations@thelodhi.com
www.thelodhi.com

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KAA News Roundup

Big news from Puerto Rico, where the remodeled and re-imagined Condado Vanderbilt opened in San Juan on December 8th.  Read about the fascinating history of this iconic hotel here.

Gold List: The World’s Best Hotels from the editors of Conde Nast Traveler is out and we are proud Six Senses Zighy Bay, Halekulani, and Estancia Vik have made the list.  Read the full list here. And a big congrats to Halekulani on Oahu for making Travel + Leisure‘s 2015 “The Word’s Best Hotels” list.

To inspire your 2015 travel plans, Travel + Leisure magazine has compiled a list of 50 of the “Best Places to Travel in 2015.”  Places we love receiving a mention are Istanbul, Chile, Milan, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Queenstown New Zealand, Chengdu China, Dominican Republic, and Bali. Read the full list here.

Many great hotels make this list from The NY Post, “22 Don’t-Miss Travel Destinations for 2015″ including The Lanesborough in London, Baccarat Hotel in New York, Vina Vik in Chile, Milan and Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, China.

More awards from AFAR, and the Mag’s “11 Most Beautiful Places to Stay in the World” here featuring Fivelements in Bali and The Siam in Bangkok.

It is not too early to plan a wellness trip for the New Year, to jump start your resolutions, calm frazzled nerves, or just sit in silence in a warm yoga room. All of our wellness retreats can offer all of this and much more. A great list here features SHA Wellness and Kamalaya in an article, “5 Best Recovery Holidays for Stress & Burnout.”

Lahra Tatriele from Fivelements in Bali was featured in Just Breathe Mag’s How to Meditate in 7 Simple Steps. Fivelements was also featured in the Huffington Post, “Cultivating Weightless Simplicity” and in Time Out Dubai’s article, “Stylish Eco Retreats.”

Learn more about Ananda in India from this review in Travel Weekly by Beth Adler. A great article here in UT San Diego described the program at VeraVia in Carlsbad in great detail.  VeraVia was also mentioned in an article by Pravassa in the Huffington Post on Top Wellness Trends for 2015. Lastly, congrats to the team at Armani/SPA, winner at the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens Spa Awards for Excellence.

As if a villa on the beach or over water is not enough, Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives has added private plunge pools to many of their villas, plus many additional improvements.  Read more here.

Another Six Senses Resort wins Smith Hotels Sexiest Bedroom award for 2014: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam.

The newly opened Norman Hotel in Tel Aviv is receiving praise from guests and press, read more here and see some stunning photos in Hotel Chatter’s article, “Historic Roots and Cool Rooms at the New Norman Tel Aviv.”

Down to Uruguay, where we can see a sneak peek of the new Bahia Vik in Jose Ignacio in the Robb Report here.

Up to Nicaragua where Mukul is featured in Recommend Mag and then over to The Galapagos, where Pikaia Lodge is featured in Forbes and in an article “25 of the Coolest Green Trips.”

Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia is a sexy island getaway, and Bride’s Magazine agrees in their article “Sexiest Private Island Honeymoon Resorts” here and in Martha Stewart Weddings “10 Picture-Perfect Private Island Resorts to Travel to for Your Honeymoon.”

Zita Cobb, founder of Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn, was awarded Hotelier of the Year at the Pinnacle Awards in Toronto. The stunning Newfoundland furniture pieces from the property are now available online here. AFAR named Fogo Island Inn among the best hotels in Canada here and The National Post featured Fogo in their article here on 5 fun spots to enjoy winter.

Dubai is a hot place to be for New Year’s and some award winning hotels are ready to bring the action. Armani Hotel Dubai recently won World’s Leading Landmark Hotel at The World Travel Awards, and The Address Downtown Dubai was named World’s Best Individual Hotel.

Forbes includes Micato Safaris in their roundup of the Seven Most Luxurious Safaris. The company’s dedication to giving back continues to amaze, read more in this article here from Crains New York.

May exciting travel plans, wellness, and adventure find you in 2015.  Happy Holidays from Kurtz-Ahlers!