The Beaumont Lights up London’s Mayfair with Flair

If you are looking for luxury in London you will no doubt wander through the city’s legendary Mayfair district and find yourself melting into scenes played out in films from Merchant and Ivory to Alfred Hitchcock. What you won’t expect to find is “ROOM” and the collection of art and expression bundled into one of Mayfair’s newest oeuvres in hospitality: The Beaumont.

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A little F. Scott Fitzgerald, some dollops of E.M Forster, throw in a little Bloomsbury — the Beaumont not only breathes life into a gentler, if not golden, era of art, design and culture of a century ago, it re-imagines it with all the marble sheen and Art Deco flair one can paint into such works and still function as part of the 21st century.

The property opened just under two years ago as the first hotel and a dream project for master restaurateurs, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. Their work has been seen and celebrated over the past quarter century in such venues as The Ivy and J Sheekey, as well as The Wolseley, Fischer’s and The Delaunay. That streak continues at The Beaumont with its signature dining setting, The Colony, already taking its spot on the A-lists of London’s dining elite (the Beckhams, for instance, and Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney, among others, for a book launch party).

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As the duo’s first hospitality endeavor, The Beaumont incorporates plenty of style that integrates a 1920s, 1930s Art Deco theme throughout and capitalizes on artworks recent and of the era, that root the surroundings in a distinct time and place.

Start with “ROOM.” The work is the most immediately recognizable component of the hotel and serves to define the property’s front façade as something more than a building — as an adventure in artistic immersion. The cubic structure by British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley presides in 1930s style anthropomorphic grandeur as not only a statement of presence but also a suite: one of 73 rooms, including 21 studios and accommodations, offered at the Beaumont.

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The cascading cubes of “ROOM,” looming like a monster version of an oddly re-conceived Rodin “Thinker” or an animated robot from a late ‘50s space invaders film, is a fun room to choose for accommodations. It holds a comfortable living room, a sparkling all-white bathroom and, a few steps up and behind a black velvet curtain, a sleek-lined fumed oak bedroom with 40-foot ceilings all lit by a single sky window that can let in or black out all outside light.

The Beaumont rooms and suites come in seven styles and configurations. Creative concepts run through many of these spaces, for instance each of the eight one-bedroom suites is named after a historic figure, such as newscaster Ed Murrow, American socialite Barbara Hutton, and celebrated New York theater critic and Algonquin’s Round Table legend Alexander Woollcott, all further summoning that sense of time and place.

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The Roosevelt Suite is a massive affair on a presidential scale that can extend through five bedrooms in detailed ambiance reminiscent of a transatlantic ocean liner of the 1920s.

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Amenities are generous in all quarters at The Beaumont. Bath soaps and lotions are supplied by D.R. Harris, chemists to England’s royalty. Guests have complimentary use of a chauffeured vintage Daimler through their stay. A complimentary continental breakfast is served; Nespresso coffee and tea service is available in the room, along with complimentary snacks and soft drinks in the mini-fridge. Wi-fi is available throughout the property at no cost. There are valet car parking and full concierge services. In-room dining can be managed at all hours.

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For private gatherings, The Lotos Room is there to serve. It can accommodate up to 18 guests for boardroom-style meetings or 60 guests for a reception.

Much of the life in spin at The Beaumont takes place, however, at The American Bar and in The Colony Grill Room. As these are signature venues of the Corbin & King team, they are as much about experience of place as they are about the fare. The American Bar might have been a choice Hemingway would have enjoyed: expatriate panache with a focus on American bourbons and whiskeys, classic cocktails a close second. Dark walnut walls play against framed photos of British and American bon vivants of their day, especially the notables of the era that frequented Mayfair.

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Nearby, The Colony Grill elicits a private men’s club spirit that saw its heyday in New York and London during the heady smoke-filled era of the 1920s. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with such nostalgic menu items as Gammon & Pineapple, Chicken Pot Pie and New York Strip. It also specializes in contemporary American comfort food such as mac ‘n cheese and hamburgers, shrimp cocktail and meatloaf. Finish it off with a Colony Club Sundae or spectacle-making Baked Alaska.

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Between meals it may be time to explore the spa, a white chrome-glass-and-marble space inspired by the Turkish baths of London’s Royal Automobile Club. Find a small gym there as well as a hammam where body treatments are done on a heated marble table. Or simmer in the steam and sauna rooms, followed by a quick dip in the cold plunge pool.

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Energized, there’s no place like London for shopping or walking. Mayfair is in the middle of it all: Selfridges is paces away, and there are gardens, galleries, even Buckingham Palace within short blocks. Similarly, the designers and jewelers of Bond Street and Regent Street are minutes by foot beyond, as is shopping that includes Versace, Gucci and Tiffany’s. Harrods and Harvey Nichols are minutes away in nearby Knightsbridge.

 

The Beaumont

Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
London W1K 6TF
(+44 20) 7-499 1001 (toll free)
(+34 9) 5293 7800
reservations@thebeaumont.com
www.thebeaumont.com

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KAA News Roundup

One of our original clients, Six Senses Hotels & Resorts, was awarded The World’s Best Hotel Group by The Telegraph Travel Awards. A well-deserved accolade. Opening soon in The Seychelles, read about Six Senses Zil Pasyon in CLAD Global. Sister property Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam was recently reviewed by a Luxury Lifestyle and Travel Blog.

Over to the US, where Vanity Fair described the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach, “I’m not embellishing when I say it’s a Faena universe.” More press for Faena in The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, and from Conde Nast Traveler, “Four New Reasons to Visit Miami Beach” includes Faena Hotel.

Up to Vermont, where Twin Farms was featured in Fathom’s article, 15 Swanky Hotels with Literary History. Usually adults only and always all-inclusive, Twin Farms welcomes kids July 24-28.

Congratulations to another US hotel, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, nominated Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year for the second year in a row.

Down to Latin America, where Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa made the list from Vogue, “6 Reasons #Nicaragua Should Be on Your Must-Visit List.”It’s time to celebrate Earth Day, and Healthy Travel Magazine featured 7 Resorts Making a Difference, including Mukul.  This list of Eco-Friendly Trip Ideas for Eco-Conscious Families is an inspiring read, and Mukul is also a good fit for romance, as featured in Indagare’s feature, “Top 10 Mini Moons,” also featureing Casa San Agustin and Twin Farms.

For more on Casa San Agustin and Cartagena, check out this guide to the city from Architectural Digest. And from Vogue Paris, “Why Colombia’s Cartagena is the latest Luxury Travel Destination.”

Conde Nast thinks April is the month to book your Galapagos adventure, where you can check out Pikaia Lodge, mentioned in House Beautiful’s list, “The top 10 trips of a Lifetime.” Also in the news, The Galapagos is home to a huge new marine reserve.

Over to Chile, where Viña Vik’s Harvest Experience was featured in Departures, “15 Openings, Renovations, and New Trips to Book This April.”

Up to the Caribbean where Musha Cay was featured in a Thrillist article, “Tropical Islands You Can Rent All for Yourself ,“ which also includes The Brando. More press for The Brando this month: From Oyster, “An Inside Look at the Private Island Once Owned by Marlon Brando;” from Bravo TV, “You’ve Never Heard of the Remote Island That’s Set to Become the Next Celeb Mecca;” and from Goop, “Proposal-Worthy Destinations: The World’s Most Romantic Spots,” which also features Twin Farms.

Another romantic spot, Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia, received many accolades this month: Architectural Digest’s roundup of “7 Overwater Villas Perfect for Escaping the Cold;” from Asia Travel + Leisure, “Best Beaches in Asia;” a review by Connoisseur Mag; and from Bride to Be Magazine, a look into what it is like to have a destination wedding at Song Saa:

Down to New Zealand, where Kauri Cliffs and Matakauri Lodge made MSN’s list of “Top 10 Most Amazing Places To Stay In New Zealand.” Quantas writes on “5 Family-Friendly Retreats to Book Now” and includes Kauri Cliffs as an ideal place for parents with active older children,” and both Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers were featured in LATTE Luxury News.

The Kimberly Coast in Australia appears on many travelers bucket lists. Check out Luxury Travel Australia’s great article on “Cruising (wild style) on the Kimberley Coast with North Star Cruises”.

Over to Canada where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family spent the Easter weekend in Newfoundland, visiting – of course – Fogo Island Inn. Many writers come to Fogo Island, and we have all heard of writers-in-residence… but how about geologists-in-residence? And from Quill & Quire, “Despite its remote location along Iceberg Alley, Fogo Island Inn has become a hot international destination.” The icebergs are coming! Watch the powerful and elemental multi-year pack ice as drifts near Fogo Island Inn in this video.

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Drenka writes on her visit to the iconic Armani Hotel Dubai. Sister hotel Armani Hotel Milan was visited by a French blogger who writes, “Thanks to the time I spent in the world of Armani, I feel like I have a better understanding of the creator, the man, and his message.”

Learn all about Puglia from Conde Nast Traveller, including the beautiful La Fiermontina.

Over to India, where Travel + Style writes on The Lodhi New Delhi, “a boutique city hotel is a surprising and delightful alternative to more traditional hotels.”

Tibet is open to foreign visitors as of April 1st, and Wild China has some outstanding off the beaten path tours.

For your dose of wellness this month, Redbook Magazine writes on 10 Weight Loss Retreats That Basically Feel Like a Spa Weekend including Rancho La Puerta. NY Magazine writer Linda Wells spent a week at the spa and discovered “Spas Aren’t Only About Beauty, Vanity, or Fun.” And Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., one of the experts on the hit A&E show Married at First Sight, comes to Rancho La Puerta in June.

A writer for The Daily Beast does a week in India Will & Kate style, visiting both Ananda and The Lodhi.

Wellness in the US, where Lake Austin Spa Resort made the list from Pursuitist of the Top 5 Spas in the US, as well as this list of “The 11 Best Hotels for Book Lovers” from US News Travel.  Fox News reports on 11 hospitality helpers with unique titles, including Lake Austin Spa Resort’s Trisha Shirey, the director of flora and fauna.

Happy Travels!

 

Experience the Best of the North Island of New Zealand

Combine a two-night stay at each Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers in a Deluxe Suite and receive a complimentary fifth night at the lodge of your choice. Valid until December 14 and inclusive of pre dinner drinks and canapés, dinner, full breakfast and more. Learn more>>

 

Find Adventure this Spring at Arakur Ushuaia

For stays until June 30th at Argentina’s Arakur Ushuaia, book a Double Superior Room for two nights and receive the third night free, transfers, buffet breakfast, city shuttle, guided trekking through the Cerro Alarken Reserve and more. Contact reservas@arakur.com

Experience Northern India with Banyan Tours for Holi, 2017

Holi is the ultimate festival of colors, and Banyan’s “India Unexpected” tour in March 2017 is a fully escorted tour with palace accommodations, cultural and culinary experiences, plus how to celebrate Holi like a local. Contact shonali@banyantours.com for pricing and full itinerary.

Bonus Nights at Song Saa, Cambodia

Enjoy Cambodia‘s finest beaches for one extra night – Stay 5 Pay 4 and Stay 4 Pay 3 till October 31st . All-inclusive rates include accommodations with private pool, all meals, transfers, water activities and more. Learn More>>

 

Enjoy Complimentary nights at Brush Creek Ranch – #1 Resort in the US by Conde Nast

All-Inclusive Family vacations at Brush Creek Ranch are active, adventurous affairs that foster togetherness, family fun, and exploration. Kids and adults of all ages find a multitude of activities to keep busy and depart our Wyoming dude ranch with new skills and memories that last a lifetime. Reunite with family or friends in a unique, Western setting with access to luxurious quarters, fine dining, impeccable service and true American adventure. Traveling with Kids, tweens or teens? At Brush Creek Ranch we find it pretty easy to log into our young guests’ sense of adventure.

Because no matter what his or her personality, nothing beats a glowing screen more than that freewheeling feeling of roaming the range. Go wild! We boast the kind of fun only discovered here, encompassing everything from feeding horses to roping cattle, mountain biking to rock climbing, pond fishing to paintball battles—and way, way beyond. Kids ages 4-8 will love joining the Lil’ Wranglers, a program bursting with daytime activities designed to amaze—and open their eyes to the world around them.

Contact Brush Creek by April 30, 2016 to confirm this exciting luxury ranch vacation offer by reserving 6 nights to receive the 7th night free! Valid on all stays throughout the 2016 season. Excludes applicable taxes, ranch fee and not to be combined with other offers. New bookings only made April 1-30, 2016.  Learn more>>

Contact Kymberly Milroy at kymberly.milroy@brushcreekranch.com to book or the ranch directly at 307.327.5284.

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Aja Malibu: Wellness Retreats and Spiritual Awakenings above the Pacific

Wellness happens in magical ways. At Aja Malibu, opening in June, that magic is experienced in a mystical place in the mountains of Southern California. There, guests can retreat into the calm of the surroundings and summon the wisdom of the ages.

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Spread along 23 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains, Aja offers ocean panoramas as guests wander through the herbal tea gardens and fruit trees. Its owner, Australian mystic, Inannya Magick, has integrated plenty of touch points and magical centering spots throughout the property: crystals, statues and sacred objects that anchor the energies of many mystical traditions and beliefs.

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Time is dedicated to re-aligning and balancing the body’s seven energy systems or chakras, which can be thrown into chaos from the stressors of our everyday, technology-driven lives.

At Aja Malibu guests go through what is called “The Magick Process,”™ incorporating “deep earth wisdom” with ancient teachings from around the world inspiring a reconnection with nature and beauty. At Aja Malibu it is an exploration of the “magick” of life. The all inclusive program incorporates nutrient dense plant-based foods, apothecary workshops, hikes, biodynamic gardens and up to 28 spa therapies throughout the week.

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Cuisine at Aja Malibu is plant-based and its own element of the holistic principles that guide the retreat… For instance it is designed with a focus on the energy center it is connected to and the colors associated with that chakra. Even water is designed to attune the body, and a sacred water bar for guests offers water infused with ancient chants, mantras, and flower essences to bring out the element’s highest vibrational gifts. Those properties continue in the swimming pool filled with oxygenated water that is good for the skin.

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Attention and appreciation of nature’s beauty and powers can be seen in all the elements of Aja: in the natural reclaimed timbers and the sustainable cooling systems, the organic sheets, towels and robes found in guestrooms, in the cooking ingredients and in the elixirs created for dynamic body treatments.

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While much time is devoted to tuning up the chakras, enjoying the freshest of foods in natural meals and snacks, meditating, hiking and learning new ways to treat the body, a good portion of each day – some three hours daily — are given to receiving the blessings of the healing arts. The spa, itself, is a centerpiece of Aja Malibu with a far infrared sauna, an ozonated Jacuzzi, a cold plunge and a vibration machine. The signature here is the “Chakra Tune-Up” Massage: a blend of traditional massage methods with non-physical healing therapies using sound, crystals, vibrations and aromatherapies. A Crystal Light Therapy treatment uses John of God crystals to create a unique and profound healing experience as each quartz crystal, through its cut and the quality of the light it refracts, produces special energies that correspond with specific chakras.

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As days flow into evenings, guests get together for a variety of ceremonies that may include drumming, chanting, informative discussions or sharing and can retreat to the library, a special room that enhances the peaceful joy of reading and provides hundreds of books on mystical healing and wisdom.

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Rejuvenation, inspiration and transformation will be delivered at Aja Malibu opening in June. Rates per seven-day stay are expected be begin at $10,000 per person, fully inclusive. Aja Malibu is located in the mountains above Malibu, up to 90 minutes from LAX, depending on traffic. Transfers can be arranged.

 

Contact

Aja Malibu
1821 Latigo Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Tel: 310-457-7024
Email: info@ajamalibu.com
Website: ajamalibu.com

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Hamak Hotel Group: Combining Nature and Culture in Sublime Resort Experiences

IMG_0555 - San Agustin Tower (3)Hamak Hotels may be the company to watch this year as hotel veterans Alberto Remirez, Nicolas Dominguez and Federico Carstens actively execute their dreams of creating unusual properties that preserve the age-old traditions and timeless presence of their locations.  Formerly of Prohotels Management and Hotel Ikal del Mar (currently known as Tides Riviera Maya), the team experience totaling more than 50 years is going into opening Chablé Destination Spa this summer as well as piquing the spirit and authenticity of Casa San Agustin.

 

According to partner, Nicolas Dominguez, the hospitality offered by Hamak is about “cultural greening.” Many indigenous groups, traditions, ways of thinking in these regions have been nearly forgotten – something Hamak seeks to change. Hamak sees cultural greening in the creation of eco-sensitive properties designed to keep local cultures alive, and offering guest experiences that recognize, respect, and preserve indigenous cultures. As managing director of operations and new developments of Hamak, Dominguez has gone on record emphasizing this purpose as the company prepares to open Chablé Destination Spa near Merida, Mexico in October.

 

Chablé Destination Spa, Yucatan, Mexico

Chablé Destination Spa is a spa resort in the Mayan forests of the Yucatan near Merida and one that is dedicated to the beauty of its surroundings as well as the traditions and ways of the people who once populated these forests. The resort spreads across 750 acres there with 40 villas and private pools that mix with mystical ruins, Mayan-themed spaces and a cenote that makes up the resort’s centerpiece. Each guest suite is its own eclectic version of Mayan architecture with warm woods and elements from the original hacienda that crowned these grounds in the 19th century.

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Mexico is rife with cenotes – a natural hole that happens when porous limestone bedrock collapses. Usually this even unearths a great pool of fresh groundwater, magically illuminated through the opening by stunning shafts of sunlight. These pools, filtered and mineralized for centuries by nature, are some of the clearest, freshest, purest collections of water to be found. But to the Mayan tribes they were sacred portals for communications with the gods, whether brimming with water or dried from drought. They became giant cathedrals that held the people in awe.

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For Chablé, that means a strong focus on the Mayan traditions of healing and shamanic practices that invoked the guidance of the gods. These ancient techniques are employed with contemporary know-how using sacred local ingredients and modern amenities. Guests enjoy the modern comforts of relaxation and meditation areas amid 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. Guests will enjoy yoga and meditation sessions, pick special ingredients in the garden and prepare their own healing aromatherapy aids.

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Cuisine, too, will take its cues from local culinary traditions when the resort opens this October. Emphasis will be on organic and local, with tequila as a major player. The resort will soon showcase what will be the largest private tequila collection on the planet.

 

Chablé Destination Spa
Yucatan, Mexico
info@chableresort.com
www.chableresort.com

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Casa San Agustin, Cartagena, Colombia

A second Hamak hotel with an eye for preserving history and culture is the Casa San Agustin located within old walled city of Cartagena, Colombia. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, dates back to the 1500s as a port created by Spanish emissaries and named for the ancient port in Spain. Here visitors will find a 6.8-mile, 17th century fortress that took Spanish engineers 200 years to complete and was one of Europe’s most formidable footprints in the New World. And you will also find the quaint and exquisitely maintained 15th century city of Cartagena, a maze of cobblestone alleyways, medieval cathedrals and colorful mansions painstakingly preserved.

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One of these sites Casa San Agustin, a boutique hotel created out of a trio of 16th century Spanish-colonial mansion houses, and anchored by a 300-year-old aqueduct within old Cartagena’s UNESCO-protected perimeter wall. Cartagena was a rich city in its day – it was where the gold and precious stones were kept as seafaring traders from Europe passed through to the El Dorado. The grand mansions of the time now serve as fodder for a new vibrancy that has emerged in the past decade or so with restored dwellings housing hotels, galleries, restaurants and living quarters.

Casa San Agustin is a museum of its day, with wrought-iron detailing and appointments, lots of thick, original wood-beam ceilings, private balconies overlooking the plaza and courtyards, private pools for dipping and sun bathing, as well as roof terraces, and labyrinthine corridors of partially exposed original frescoes.

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While the Casa’s location is idyllic, what’s inside the Casa is just as compelling. The boutique hotel that opened in 2012 with 24 rooms and six suites showcases the work of interior designer, Kelley McRorie (Palmetto Bluff Resort in South Carolina, Castello di Casole in Italy), giving rooms at Casa San Agustin a stylish and tasteful appeal. The marble floors and impressive wood beam ceilings complement Caribbean touches such as wicker furnishings, hand-carved cabinets, pastel hues and mosaic wall art. Accommodations come with modern amenities, of course: flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, DVD players, stocked mini-bars. One may be hard-pressed to find more ambient, mise-en-place accommodations in Cartagena that take you back three hundred years.

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While Cartagena is well established as a culinary destination (Michelin-trained Carlos Accinelli’s La Perla restaurant is just an easy amble away), Casa San Agustin’s restaurant, Alma, is high on the list of worthy recommendations. It offers some unconventional menu choices in Asian-influenced Colombian cuisine and has a reputation for serving the most delicious cerviche in town. Fresh seafood is always an option. Must-trys include a Colombian-style bouillabaisse and Latin-spiced slow-cooked lamb.

Alma offers a special room service menu as well, available 24 hours, with private butlers on delivery duty.

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Casa San Agustin

Centro, Calle de la Universidad No. 36 – 44
Cartagena, Colombia
(57 5) 681 0000
US Toll Free: (855) 272-1122
info@hotelcasasanagustin.com
www.hotelcasasanagustin.com

 

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KAA News Roundup

News from India and destiantion specialist Banyan Tours: A very special “India Unexpected” tour in March 2017 will incorporate the colorful festival of Holi. Start your tour in New Delhi at The Lodhi who received a nice review from Travel + Style.

For a tented camp experience in India aka “glamping,” Jawai is a special place.  Read about it in Venuelust and XOPrivate. Jawai’s sister property in Jaipur, Rajmahal Palace, was featured in Vanity Fair this month, with a quote, “Writing home from one of our favourite hotels in the world.”

Our new client La Fiermontina in Lecce, Italy is an exciting addition. Learn about Puglia and Salento, “the heel of the boot” aka “the Florence of the South” by Conde Nast Traveller, Financial Times, Forbes and The Australian.

Another new client, Faena Hotel Miami Beach, is making waves in the press since opening in December. From Bloomberg, “Forget Art Basel. The biggest news out of Miami Beach these days is the Faena District” and from Forbes, “The Coolest New Hotel in Miami: The Faena Miami Beach.”

Up to Vermont, where this May, a very special Culinary & Wine Series welcomes chefs and vintners from around the country to Twin Farms. Plan a destination wedding there with inspiration from Wedding Bells Magazine, “There are many beautiful hotel properties in the Green Mountain State to choose from but one of the most renowned and exclusive is Twin Farms.”

This spring, icebergs are on the move to Fogo Island Inn, where a special package awaits. Get inspired for your visit by these gorgeous photos from Most Beautiful Spots, and here’s why Fogo Island should be on your bucket list from International Traveller Mag.

Over to Wyoming where the time is now to begin planning your 4th of July family adventure to Brush Creek Ranch, full itinerary here. Or, go with just adults to the new kid-free Magee Homestead where a separate pool, spa and full staff take luxury ranch to another level.

Down to Texas for a dose of wellness news where Lake Austin Spa Resort is the perfect girlfriend getaway writes The Examiner. 

More wellness news from Mexico, where The Toronto Star’s review on Rancho La Puerta, “At this Wellness Spa, you Must Disconnect to Connect.

Go the heart of wellness in India, where Ananda in the Himalayas is “India’s Holistic Health & Wellness Haven for Mind, Body & Soul” from Forbes.

And from the Financial Times, a write-up the soon to open Chable Destination Spa in Mexico’s Yucatan.

Down, then down again to Arakur Ushuaia in Argentina, what The Hotel Specialist calls, “luxe at the end of the world.” Next door in Chile, the chic new Viña Vik is featured in Afinal Viagens e Turismo as well as The Wine Show with Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys.

The March issue of Conde Nast Traveller features a beautiful and lengthy article on the hippest city in South America, can you guess? This city is home to Casa San Agustin, ranked the #1 hotel in #Colombia by TripAdvisor.

According to Conde Nast Traveler readers, Mukul in Nicaragua is #3 “The Best Resorts in Central and South America.” Congrats! Mukul is also a spot where you can snorkel with sea turtles.  The Brando and Pikaia Lodge can also treat guests to this amazing experience. “10 Resorts Where You Can Snorkel with Sea Turtles” from Islands Magazine.

The Brando in Tahiti excels in wonderful water experiences, but they also have a spa worth your time. Review of the Varua Spa at The Brando by Gwen Books. Jewelry Designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire’s Favorite Things, as listed in Vanity Fair, include The Brando, “Favorite hotel: The Brando, in Tahiti. It blew my mind.”

Congrats to The Address Hotels + Resorts, awarded “Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East”’ for 3rd year.

The Siam in Bangkok has been wowing travelers for a few years now, including Table No. 7 in this worthwhile read.

Next door in Cambodia but seemingly a world away, Song Saa Private Island receives raves from Discover Magazine, “There’s really nothing to compare with Song Saa in the whole of the Kingdom,” in My Lifestyle News, in Telegraph Luxury of the most amazing hotel experiences in the world, and in this personal write-up from Joanna McGarry at Stylist Magazine on her magical honeymoon experience.

Song Saa, along with The Brando and Musha Cay, made The Telegraph’s list of the world’s best private islands. Enjoy!

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