Wellness Plus Offer at Chiva-Som


  • 5 nights stay in double occupancy receives complimentary treatments of 7 nights
  • 7 nights stay in double occupancy receives complimentary treatments of 10 nights
  • 10 nights stay in double occupancy receives complimentary treatments of 14 nights
  • 14 nights stay in double occupancy receives complimentary treatments of an extra 5 nights*

Minimum 7 nights stay in single occupancy receives complimentary cash credit of THB 7,500++ plus a Chiva-Som Healthy Gift Set


◊ Individual Health & Wellness consultation
◊3 wellness cuisine meals per night of stay, beginning with dinner
◊ Complimentary skin consultation (optional)
◊ Complimentary physical analysis (optional)
◊ Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)
◊ Unlimited use of the Water Therapy Suites (Steam, Sauna and Jacuzzi)
◊ A complimentary daily treatment per night of stay, select from: Thai Massage, Chiva-Som Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage or Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish

Offer valid for stays during 1st June – 31st October 2017

To book, please contact our reservations or your preferred travel agents and quote “Wellness Plus”
Phone: +66 3253 6536
◊ Email: reservation@chivasom.com


◊ Available for a minimum stay of 5 nights in double occupancy and 7 nights in single occupancy
◊ This offer cannot be used/claimed in conjunction or combined with any other offers
◊ Complimentary or unused treatments, cash credit and give away gifts cannot be converted to cash or transferred to other people or stay
◊ Complimentary cash credit can be redeemed with Chiva-Som’s treatments only
◊ *Complimentary treatments of 5 nights is additional to the 14 nights programme
◊ Complimentary treatments are not included in ‘minimum 7 nights stay in single occupancy’ offer
◊ Cancellations made less than 30 days before the arrival date will be subjected to a cancellation fee of 50% of the total charges
◊ Offer not valid for re-bookings
◊ Resort regulations apply



The Siam Launches Portier Technology

The Siam prides itself on truly personalized service with two staff members to every guest. A personal butler is also appointed to each Suite on arrival, to ensure every need is met. Now going one step further in this quest for guest satisfaction, The Siam is thrilled to announce the launch of in-room Portier Technology.

The_Siam_Go_Portier• The fully customized mobile phones offer guests a whole host of privileges. 4G Data Connection offers unlimited data roaming capacity as well as free local minutes, allowing guests the opportunity to discover Bangkok free of worry and stress, while only being a phone call away from the hotel.

• Concierge Connect allows guests to contact their Siam Butler at any time of day and arrangements made by the hotel will be uploaded to the ‘My Stay’ itinerary planner for ease of reference.

• The Portier City Guide will inspire guests to explore whimsical Bangkok with text written by internationally renowned travel writers, who call Bangkok home.

• A daily Radar bulletin will introduce guests to the cultural activities taking place during their time in Bangkok, connecting them to local communities of artists, musicians, chefs and more.

• To accommodate the international clientele, the content will be available in four languages: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Arabic.


The Siam Information >>


Specials at The Brando until June 30th

The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa, once Marlon Brando’s personal sanctuary. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool overlooking the most beautiful atoll in French Polynesia where white sand beaches are frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds. Designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyle and culture, The Brando is unique in concept and scope, combining environmental purity, luxury and Polynesian charm into an enriching experience.


Stay and Save* – until June 30, 2017

If ever you needed another excuse to extend your stay at the resort, our Stay and Save offer should meet your expectations with up to 20% discount on your room rate!

Stay 3 nights and save 10% discount on room rate. Booking code: “STAY3”.
Stay 4 nights and save 15% discount on room rate. Booking code: “STAY4”.
Stay 5 nights and more and save 20% discount on room rate. Booking code: “STAY5”.

Fly Free to The Brando* – until June 30, 2017

Get free Air Tetiaroa flights for 2 adults*! For an arrival until June 30, 2017, get your round trip tickets for 2 adults for free from Tahiti to Tetiaroa on regular Air Tetiaroa scheduled flights -a value of 900 Euros (this value cannot be applied to private chartered flights)

Conditions and Booking >>

The Brando Information >>




The Strand Cruise One time 11-Night Itinerary on the Ayeyarwady

Departing April 28th, The Strand Cruise’s 11-night sailing between Mandalay and Yangon offers passengers a longer and more immersive cruise experience, plus access to less frequently visited temple sites and villages along Myanmar’s majestic Ayeyarwady River. Passengers can book the entire itinerary, or shorter sections between either Mandalay and Bagan, or Bagan and Yangon.

The-Strand-Cruise-Cruise-1-750x370Rates for the 11-night journey from Mandalay to Yangon are priced from $4,076 (from £3,383)per person sharing a Deluxe Cabin based on double occupancy.Rates include all excursions and activities on board The Strand Cruise as described in the set itinerary, three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on day of disembarkation, soft drinks & local beer, house wine during meals, port charges, English speaking guides (alternative language guides can be provided on request subject to availability) and satellite WI-FI in all cabins and public areas.

The Strand Cruise Information >>





Chablé Resort Introductory Offer

Experience the newly opened Chablé Resort in Mexico’s Yucatan and see what all the buzz is about. Valid for bookings until November 15th.

* Luxury accommodation in a Casita (Double or King)
* Full American breakfast in Ki’ol Restaurant
* Airport Round Trip Transfer from Merida Airport
* Spa Credit of $100 USD per person per day
* Participation in daily free scheduled activities, including fitness, balance and culture
* Full use of Spa facilities & gym

$1,099 per night based on double occupancy in a King Casita, Or Casita Double.


*Rate excludes 19% VAT and 10% service charge

*Subject to availability, please contact Toll free +1 844 424 2253 or (52) 55 41 61 42 62 reservations@chableresort.com

*Extra person 200 USD per night, plus VAT and service charge. Children between 4-12 years old, 100 USD per night, plus VAT and service charge. Please consult availability to add an extra person in Casita.

*Valid for stays between February1st to November 15th, 2017

Chable Resort Information >>


Maximum Baja: Having the Moon and the Sea at The Resort at Pedregal

Cabo San Lucas at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula in Western Mexico has more than a few charms that keep the L.A. glitterati coming back for weekend escapes between film shoots. And those usually require immersion in deep luxury at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez where The Resort at Pedregal stands, and its chic and in-demand restaurant, El Farallon, rises from the rocky cliffs.

821-0d3f851726bf1f4b733fb7e44ef2000dThe Resort at Pedregal provides a rarefied stay in Cabo San Lucas. With only 113 rooms and a focus on romance, this luxury resort by the sea is not the quarry of party seekers and spring break crowds. Rather it is where you can go in Cabo San Lucas and get a sense of quiet, enjoy some extremely good seafood, take walks on clean, deserted beach strands, soak in your own private pool and hear the soft roar of the ocean all night from your room.

_DSC5750The first thing you notice when arriving at the resort is its remoteness. While it is within a five-minute walk to the bustling marina and of designer shopping venues, parked yachts and busy café bars, a castle-like tunnel through the cliffs separates the resort from all that and gives the Pedregal a sea-facing world all its own.

Adult Pool Sunrise Glory ShotThere you find guestrooms and suites that feel like royal guest quarters in some Mediterranean castle keep. Rooms have ceramic tile flooring and wide windows overlooking the ocean or the marina. They have private plunge pools and sun terraces and romantic fireplaces. Each guest is given a personal concierge, and a personal chef should they want one. In the room guests will find a bottle of tequila and an in-room refreshment center full of complimentary beverages and treats. Every afternoon an ice bucket is delivered along with two Coronitas and a side of chips with fresh guacamole.

Pedregal Bedroom_9376_72Recently, the Pedregal added the three-bedroom Villa Collection – an exclusive, 4,391-square-foot villa with a living room and floor-to-ceiling windows. It has an open balcony, a private infinity pool and a fire pit, as well as loungers and a barbecue area. Naturally, the lay out also includes a full kitchen and dedicated butler service – an ideal set up for families in a wedding party, friends who want to vacation together or families.

Surrender to the Moon and the Sea

At the heart of The Resort at Pedregal find the Luna y Mar Spa, a labyrinth of wellness and healing overlooking the ocean beyond. The 12,000-square-foot oasis of peace features 10 private treatment rooms, all opening onto a special spa pool that contains eight relaxing floatation pods. Two elaborate couples suites provide private hot tubs.

unspecified3333Both the men’s and women’s areas offer a healing hideaway with intricate Moorish tile work and steam, sauna and ice rooms. Daily seaside Yoga is offered and special yoga-focused retreats with midnight meditations sessions can be booked for the asking. Treatments are themed according to Moon, Sea and Mexican Folk remedies cleverly infusing local herbs and plants into the mystical and archetypal forces of nature.

For the active set, a fitness facility is open 24 hours, and a daily regimen of fitness classes, TRX, cross-training, Pilates and even boot camps come with the resort experience.

A Taste of Perfection

Dining, too, is a central experience and dinner at El Farallon can be considered the hidden gem of the resort, if not Cabo San Lucas, itself. One of the most in-demand tables in town, El Farallon takes the bounty from the seas as it comes in daily from local fishing crews and displays it upon shaved ice for guests to select. The catch is then cooked to order with a heady display of sauces and garnishes and a slew of creative sides. The setting, too, is sublime – outdoors, under the sky and stars as waves crash into the rocks just below.

Don Manuels terrace Glory DuskAhead of dinner, guests can enjoy the Champagne Terrace that provides a selection of at least 15 different Champagnes by the glass that can be sipped in full or sampled in flights paired with house-made moles.

Mexican-inspired dining happens in a terrace restaurant overlooking the ocean called Don Manuel’s Restaurant and Su Cocina. Both the breakfast buffets and dinner offerings are elaborate in choice and culinary innovation. Su Cocina is an exclusive dining option for up to 10 guests, who get a special menu and the chance to watch the culinary team prepare each dish in front of them.

unspecified6Discovering special flavors and dishes they want to take home, guests can take culinary classes at the resort that include participating in events such as tequila or wine tastings, learning how to prepare classic regional ceviches, demystifying tamales, and whipping up magic salsas and moles.

For those who want to move beyond the beach to discover some of the other wonders of Baja, the Resort at Pedregal’s new menu of exclusive experiences offers a bounty of choices – from swimming with Whale Sharks, to island hopping and sunrise stand up paddleboarding.

Art and Culture in the Los Cabos

Two art colonies remind wanderers that Los Cabos has culture, too.

San Jose Del Cabo, at the upper eastern end of the 20-mine resort corridor that has Cabo San Lucas at the bottom end, remains a charming and walkable town that is anchored by a church, numerous art galleries, creative notion stores, comely boutiques, a smattering of desirable restaurants and cobbled streets to keep it all within its colonial roots.

The Mission San José del Cabo was founded in 1730 and it was a notable supply stop for galleons traveling to and from the Philippines. The expansive town square is the site of festivals and art walks. On Thursday evenings from November to June, art works fill the campus and most stores stay open late.

The other jewel of the area is Todos Santos, a colonial art town in the cooler nearby mountains about an hour’s drive away. It’s a preserved mission village that still seems caught in the 19th century except for the phalanx of colorful notion boutiques lining the main street. Find handmade jewelry, bright cotton wraps and dresses, drawings and paintings of local artists, handspun pottery and food items in the shops inhabiting the old adobes there. The Misión Santa Rosa de las Palmas founded in 1723 and renamed the next year as Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz can be toured and a central museum is free for the wandering as well, offering a look into what the town was like in the preceding centuries through photos and artifacts.

In fact, a stay in Cabo San Lucas can be stuffed with all manor of exclusive experiences, from diving, to whale watching to shopping to learning. And a stay at the Resort at Pedregal allows visitors to have it all.



The Resort at Pedregal
Camino del Mar 1
Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Phone: +52 624 163 4300
Toll-free: (844) 733 7342; 844-PEDREGAL
Email: reservations@theresortatpedregal.com


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KAA News Roundup

A big month of news from January, where bucket lists, resolutions and best of the year lists were plentiful. We were also thrilled to announcing representation of The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas this month.

Our special started the year off on an inspirational note, followed by a wellness blog for the best places to kick start your year.

One of these spas, Chable Resort in Merida, Mexico just opened.  This great article in Departures gives you a peek inside, as well as an article in the Financial Times and Travel Agent Central.

A Mexico spa that has been around for decades is Rancho La Puerta; get  inspired to visit from this article in Midlife Road Trip and this one in Passport Magazine.

In the US, Lake Austin Spa Resort’s popular Culinary Experience Program has released their dates through summer. Read more about the spa in this article by Money Inc.

A Conde Nast article worth reading is on Ananda Spa in India, “This place will change your relationship with your body.”

Mukul in Nicaragua is a few years old and offers wellness options, plus golf, surf and luxe accommodations. Read about this five star getaway in Travel + Leisure, Newsweek and NY Times.

More lists include “56 Wonderful Places to Honeymoon Now” and we are proud that Mukul was featured as well as Song Saa, Gili Lankanfushi and Six Senses Resorts. 

Another list “11 of the world’s most luxurious vacations” featured the eight-bedroom Villa Manzu, Pikaia Lodge and The Brando.

The Brando in Tahiti was also featured on Elite Traveler’s list of “Best Beach Resorts on Private Islands.”

Over to the US, where the whales are migrating in record amounts along the coast of California.  One prime viewing point is the newly renovated Malibu Beach Inn.

On the other coast, the new Faena Miami Beach has transformed mid-beach and thus has been written up in Cool Hunting and Palm Beach Illustrated, and New World Order.

Bloomberg News list of Where to go in 2017 includes Faena Miami Beach, plus The newly renovated Strand Yangon.

Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now describes her favorite things including Song Saa in Cambodia.

Chic art-deco Siam Hotel is now the #1 hotel in Bangkok on Trip Advisor and was also lauded as Bangkok’s most instagrammable luxury hotel.  Vogue Magazine included The Siam in their “Essential Thailand: A Guide to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.”

Vogue’s article on The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2017 includes another Asian gem, the 5-lodge circuit of Six Senses Bhutan.

Another wonderful Six Senses property, Six Senses Laamu in The Maldives, has received some great press this month from The Telegraph and A Luxury Travel Blog.

The newest Six Senses resort lies in the glimmering Seychelles, featured in Luxatix, “The Seychelles Is Also Home To The Drool-Inducing Six Senses Zil Pasyon” and in Travel Plus Style.

Six Senses Douro Valley is the first Six Senses in Europe and has been receiving rave reviews over the past year including this article from Departures.

Another European gem, The Beaumont in London, was featured in The Parisian Eye, quoting “When the two most emblematic figures of the London restaurant scene decide to open a hotel, you can expect …”

Planning a honeymoon? Think about Puglia, Italy and La Fiermontina.  Read more in The Telegraph.

Discover one of New Zealand’s most revered & beautiful golf courses, Kauri Cliffs in this video,  and read about sister property, Cape Kidnappers in Town & Country Mag, “12 Restaurants with Gorgeous Ocean Views.”

Lastly, travel to the end of the earth with Luxury Travel Magazine to Arakur Ushuaia in Argentina, “A Dream Journey to the End of the Earth.”




Wellness 2017: Six Sensational Destination Spas for Healing Vacations

Wellness tourism has become the next big thing in travel. The latest figures by the Global Wellness Summit show travelers take 586 million wellness trips each year — that’s 15 percent of global tourism, second only to cultural tourism in revenues. And wellness travelers spend 130 percent more than the average traveler. Analysts expect the wellness tourism market to grow at a clip of more than 10 percent through 2020, all augmented by the increasing awareness about anti-aging measures to preserve looks and vigor.

10648442_10156439974395088_599536576219072251_oSo what does that mean for those seeking a healing retreat in 2017? Mostly it means that there are many choices, many types of wellness vacations to consider and many things to think about when choosing among the world’s top spa destinations.

Are you seeking help with weight loss only or help with specific facets of your health?

Are you seeking lifestyle changes? Exotic or adventurous experiences? Relaxation? Medical or surgical treatments? A kickstart to a good year? To a great life?

13584872_10157150116210088_329272986678980584_oThen there are costs, locations and philosophies to parse and in the end, no two healing or spa destinations are alike.

To make the choosing easier, here are six sensational spas from Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates that have been curated for their quality stays, excellent programs and unusual approaches to wellness.

Ananda – in the Himalayas

Easily accessible by rail or air from New Delhi, this former summer palace is now a luxury stead in the foothills of the Himalayas and keeps a focus on health and wellness through the ancient wisdom of the Veda texts.

1933672_10156439972330088_6648894647269678994_oYoga, Ayurvedic healing treatments, meditation and eating according to your body type are part and parcel of the philosophies found hear. Programs in detoxification, rejuvenation, self-realization, relaxation and weight elimination are all available in 5- to 14-night packages for sustained results. Healing masters frequently pass through Ananda offering special sessions on mediation, yoga and mindfulness.

Tel: +011 91 1378 227500
Email: sales@anandaspa.com
Website: www.anandaspa.com

Lake Austin Spa Resort

This all-inclusive luxury spa in the Texas foothills outside Austin offers a big advantage to Americans looking for a quick and healthy getaway – it’s in the U.S. and it is an easy destination to visit.

11259438_10155661919105088_3876513585033899089_nForty cottages and villas spread along the banks of idyllic Lake Austin. Guests partake in daily programs, from yoga on the lake to intensive fitness classes, candlelight meditations, wellness and nutrition talks, cooking classes, painting, paddle boarding, even forest baths. Regular packaged specials mix and match focus themes with healing spa treatments, which include a menu of East Asian treatments and couples (as well as men’s) treatments.

Tel: 512-372-7300
Toll-free: (800) 847-5637
Email: info@lakeaustin.com
Website: www.lakeaustin.com

Chablé Resort

Newly opened in the magical jungles near Merida in Mexico’s Yucatan region, Chablé Resort offers a different way to experience Mexico, outside the beach resort corridors and beyond the reaches of mass tourism.

16003097_10158116783285088_8129941628955204526_nRather, the Chablé experience is a quiet one that can be as intense or inactive as you wish amid the 750-acre property’s 40 villas. The spa staff will devise an optimum personal program to match guests’ goals, whether fitness, detoxification, stress management, weight management or rejuvenation. Programs run hand in hand with the resort’s regular daily activities, such as morning yoga, guided walks, biking, meditation and nutrition. Central to the resort is its cenote – a mystical subterranean spring of natural clear waters for soaking and relaxing, a wonderful complement to the resort’s healing treatments that infuse ancient Mayan healing practices and wisdom.

Toll-free Tel:  (844) 424-2253
Email: info@chableresort.com
Website: www.chableresort.com



As Thailand takes off as a premier wellness destination, especially with its widely recognized medical tourism leadership boosted by the fast-rising reputation of Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Chiva Som has followed suit.

13603675_10157150116340088_605873804793203922_oThe precious, boutique resort spa in Hua Hin, just over two hours from Bangkok, offers a wellness getaway that blends the best of all worlds. With 54 charming Lanna-style rooms and villas along a sugar sand beach on the Gulf of Thailand, this is a premier retreat no matter what the purpose. Well-trained medical staff members offer assessments and draw up programs, whether for relaxation and meditation or even special medical procedures. All treatments are given to a high standard of practice. At night, guests can partake in guest lectures in English by master healers; or walk on the beach, even head to town, just ten minutes away for nightlife (Hua Hin is the former summer palace location for the royal family). In true Thai fashion, service is extraordinary and at the same time, a stay at Chiva Som, for all its luxe touches, can be affordable for most Americans.

Tel: +011 66 32 536 536
Email: reservation@chivasom.com
Website: www.chivasom.com


Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa

Nicaragua is fast emerging as the next go to place in Central America and Mukul is sparking much of that growth. As Nicaragua’s first and premier luxury resort on the Pacific’s Emerald Coast, Mukul is the perfect destination to stay in an undiscovered region if relaxation is your goal.

1555423_10153806656030088_1091053125_nThe resort offers 37 guest accommodations in cottages and villas all opening to an endless ocean horizon. There’s plenty to do at this hideaway that is a two-hour drive (or 20-minute flight) from Managua, whether swimming, jungle trekking, even exploring volcanoes. But time at the spa is a must. Spa Mukul, a white-domed rainforest sanctuary, includes six experiences housed in six individual, private spa suites, each equally harnessing a different ancient healing tradition, often using local Nicaraguan ingredients. Guests choose from six themes of experiences and then wait for the mysteries of healing to unfold. In she Secret Garden: Water is the theme here and guests float their way to bliss. With the Hammam, Moorish architecture pays homage to Turkish cleansing rituals. In the Rainforest Suite, guests immerse and soak in a variety of water experiences. At the Crystal Temple, quartz crystals and stones unloose their magic powers on participants. In the Healing Hut, Asian and Ayurvedic treatments invoke the wisdom of ages, and in Casita Mukul, powerful treatments use ancient indigenous healing practices and traditional Nicaraguan medicinal plants.

Tel: +011 505 25 63 71 00
Email: reservations@mukulresort.com
Website: www.mukulresort.com


Rancho La Puerta

Ranch0 La Puerta is one of the pioneers in delivering the wellness retreat. It was founded in 1940 and has been leading the pack ever since, offering some five dozen daily fitness classes and programs and easily as many spa treatments, many incorporating ingredients from the resort’s extensive gardens.

297219_10150865317770088_1299632012_nThe resort welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3000-acre spread of gardens, mountains and meadows located just across the border near San Diego. Fitness is in focus as daily activities include Pilates (Reformer and mat work), extensive yoga, guided hikes on over 25 miles of wild and trails, Feldenkrais, fitness ball, Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, trekking, volleyball, aquaexercise, dance, circuit training, NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action), strength training with and without weights, stretch, posture, cross training, cardio-cycling, meditation, and … well, it’s an exhaustive list. Cuisine is fresh, semi-vegetarian and geared for healthy eating. Afternoon and evening programs are also a vital part of the Ranch experience. These feature staff talks and special guest lectures, plus games, workshops, entertainment (musicians especially), arts and crafts classes, and a variety of possibility. Theme weeks bring beauty experts, lifestyle coaches, yoga masters and naturopaths, who generously share their knowledge with guests.

Tel: (800) 443-7565
Email: reservations@rancholapuerta.com
Website: www.rancholapuerta.com


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Resorts that Belong on Your 2017 Bucket List

Our dream-worthy travel bucket list is a good way to start visualizing a 2017 to remember. Start planning now to find adventure and once in a lifetime experiences from Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates’ exclusive collection of luxury travel resorts and companies from the bottom of Argentina to the eerie night skies of Lapland.



Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa puts a luxury stay where few people dare to tread – at the bottom of South America in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego. Overlooking the Beagle Strait and gateway to the great Antarctic, Arakur Ushuaia’s refined accommodations offer floor to ceiling windows that let in the season’s light and shadows contouring the majestic scenery, all complemented with gourmet food & beverage offerings and exquisite pampering.


Rent a magical private island on Musha Cay in the Bahamas as a world only a talent such as David Copperfield could create. This bucket list dream includes you and 23 of your favorite people, who will stay on an island all their own in five all-inclusive manse spreads and explore a treasure trove of magical sets designed by Copperfield, himself, between swimming and snorkeling in special spots, picnics on the secret islands, movies on the beach, even fireworks and special shows on demand. The catch? You must book the entire island at rates that run $39,000 to $59,000 per night, four-night minimum. But these will be nights to remember


Song Saa is a private island paradise off the coast of Cambodia. Luxury villas over calm, warm waters, yoga on the beach, deep relaxation massages in thatched huts that let in the wind and sun; private picnics in magical spots of your choosing. It’s all included and comes with the chance to give back to the environment and local people in creative and sustainable ways.


Pikaia Lodge let’s the islands of the Galapagos be the star of this journey. While these islands harbor habitats and wildlife found nowhere else, Pikaia Lodge offers luxury lodging like nowhere else in the Galapagos. Located on central Santa Cruz Island, private luxury yachts take small groups of guests around the archipelago to see a panoply of nature at its purist and to swim and dive in warm, clear coves. The Lodge keeps its promise to sustainability without sacrificing stunning views from private villas or foods prepared with care and conscience.


Micato Safaris heads deep into the wilds of Kenya and East Africa to reveal to true secrets of the plains. See it all with a 17-day African Splendor safari or create your own dream of Africa with itineraries you can design yourself. Bespoke or classic, elephants or chimpanzees, lodges or luxury tents… Africa is calling and yours for the choosing. Micato’s non-profit arm, AmericaShare, gives back with every tour.

Amboseli National ParkIndia

India opens up in splendid ways through Banyan Tours and SUJÁN’s collection of palace accommodations and luxury camps. India’s complex soul expresses itself in a swirl of color and seductive scents made ever more personal and meaningful with the right guidance and to the right places, whether the Taj Mahal, the caves of Ellora or the vast and ancient markets that stretch through Old Delhi. Experience the deserts where tigers dare to tread at the SUJÁN Sher Bagh or the intricate and bejeweled details of palace décor at the SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace.

Days in New Delhi can be enhanced with a stay at The Lodhi, in one of its exquisitely designed guest rooms or suites with private pools — all overlooking the historic Lutyens that are seven acres of preserved gardens dating back in parts to the 15th century.

If your wanderings should include wellness travel, the quintessential wellness retreat in India is Ananda in the Himalayas. Easily reached by train from New Delhi, visitors immerse in the ancient healing wisdom of the Ayurvedas while enjoying sublime hiking, yoga, meditation, sojourns into the holy town of Rishikesh and the Ganges River, as well as deeply immersive healing practices that will take them to new levels of health and rejuvenation. The luxury accommodations here are the royal rooms of what was once a raj’s summer palace as India becomes a bucket list journey that will change much about the way you see – and live in — the world.


Make Italy into a must this year with a special stay in a Tuscan Manor at the La Corte dei Papi in Cortona. The 17th century farmhouse has 15 rooms and suites, a spa and a renowned wine cellar all on the hilly border between Tuscany and Umbria. Wine tastings are offered as well as amazing multi-course meals prepared fresh daily. Then head south to the heel of the boot that is Italy for a stay at La Fiermontina in Lecce, an easy drive from Brindisi-Salento Airport (BDS). With pinnacled ceilings and traditional pietra di Trani floors common in Salento’s noblest homes, La Fiermontina’s private quarters feature romantic balconies, locally produced bath products, antiques and contemporary artwork Walk to historic churches, enjoy wine tastings and regional tours. For a taste of fashion and Italian panache a stay in Milan at the Armani Hotel Milan could not get more trendy. Located in the prestigious Manzoni district, top shopping, dining and people watching is right at your doorstep. The Armani Hotel offers 95 guest rooms and suites with elements personally designed by Giorgio Armani and chosen for sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities.


Mongolia is yours with tours through Nomadic Expeditions, highlighted with a stay at Three Camel Lodge. Experience colorful festivals where nomads and villagers from all around the land descend for horse racing competitions and eagle hunting adventures. Stay in the Steppes in a decked-out yurt. Go hunting for dinosaur eggs and Buddha treasures in an ancient land few travelers get to experience.

Three Camel LodgeNew Zealand

New Zealand is a world away for most of us and that is not only in distance but in a certain beauty, captured well in such epic film series as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Much about New Zealand remains large, looming, untouched expanses of fantastical mountain scapes, kauri forests with tree trunks as big as houses, and roiling, steaming volcanic lakes. It’s a country that keeps more sheep than people and one where adventure is an every day occurrence. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and the Farm at Cape Kidnappers on New Zealand’s North Island, and the Matakauri Lodge on the country’s South Island offers Kiwi experiences aplenty while wrapping guests in all the beauty New Zealand can muster.


Nordic Luxury takes you through the wonders of the northlands in bespoke explorations of Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Field your way through snow castle fiords and crystalline forests in the northern latitudes. Immerse in remote geothermal springs while gazing at windswept snowscapes as you explore the intriguing country of Iceland. Search for the Northern Lights – and find them.



The Brando is there when you are seeking white sand beaches on your own Polynesian island where the star-power is palpable and the remoteness something to be savored. Only 35 villas here on Tetiaroa, 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. But the manta rays, sea turtles and exotic birds are plentiful. For all there isn’t to do there is plenty to do: bicycling, snorkeling, bird watching, diving and paddle boarding among them. Or visit the library and attend lectures and demonstrations given by onsite researchers about Polynesian culture, history, and lifestyle. Find out why Condé Nast readers rated The Brando the top resort in the world.

United States

The Lodge at Brush Creek in Saratoga, Wyoming makes a great getaway in all seasons. An Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing school makes it a favorite for families, mancations and office retreats. Kids love the ‘lil wranglers programs and Condé Nast readers keeps finding reasons for consistently rating this cowboy country ranch #1 in the USA. Among the accommodation offerings is the recently added Magee Homestead, a collection of seven historically restored cabins with nine total bedrooms that sleeps up to 25 guests.

Twin Farms in Barnard, VT gets the energy pumping through a variety of winter fun to be found on this 300 acre stead near some the best skiing on the east coast. In summer, guests hub at “the farm” while heading on day trips through the Green Mountain State for hiking, antiquing, and fun at nearby fairs and festivals. This fully inclusive Relais & Chateaux resort offers 20 artfully crafted accommodations, each one its own design, plus an alluring spa with a Japanese furo bath, and magnificent gourmet meals and snacks at every turn.


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At Home in Stockholm: A Stay at Ett Hem

Sweden has its seasons and visiting Sweden through the dark and festive winter months should not be overlooked. Christmas in Sweden can be magical, and made into that much more of a storybook journey with a stay at Ett Hem in Stockholm.


This elegant mansion in the fashionable Ostermalm district of Stockholm was built in 1910 as a home for a government official and his wife and literally means “a home” in Swedish. Reopened as a 12-guestroom hotel in 2012, it is not hard to imagine the characters of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander here in rooms reimagining traditional Swedish craftsman design mixed with elements of antique and contemporary minimalism. Each room is its own statement as Ett Hem offers a running story of childhood whimsy and serious adult sophistication.


For all its compact richness, Ett Hem is a full service hotel with a gym, a relaxation room with a traditional Swedish sauna, a library, a kitchen with dining area plus  plenty of nooks and crannies to enjoy a custom-designed Swedish meal alone, with friends, or  family style with other guests. There are twelve suites and plenty of common space to lounge comfortably. Guests are as likely to take a snooze in the library with a good book in front of the fire as they are to, sip a warm drink or coffee in the glass conservatory overlooking the garden or retreat to their cozy lair.

Ett Hem

Like a comfortable home, there is a space for every mood. Expect lots of candlelight to brighten the cold shadows of winter and the fading midnight skies of summer.


Each room has its own personality but all offer the delights of plush bed coverings, cocktail cabinets, rain shower-style walk-in showers, free Wi-Fi, iPad controls, plush slippers, robes, and coveted Bamford amenities. Some accommodations come with a mélange of extras: city views, wood-burning fireplaces, freestanding deep marble soaking tubs, and antique writing desks.

Breakfast comes with every stay, served in the guestroom or in any other chosen area of the property, and is a celebrated moment with fresh berries, warm, fresh-baked bread, cheese and ham and delightful Swedish coffee.


While Ett Hem’s location is in a quiet neighborhood known for elegant domiciles and embassies, its location is an easy 20-minute amble to trendy City Center and Gamla Stan, the Old Town section of Stockholm is a 40 minute walk. It’s a five-minute skip to the Tekniska Högskolan underground station.

Christmas Markets in Stockholm

Winter wanderers in Sweden will not want to miss Stockholm’s legendary Christmas markets, a tradition that dates back to 1837 in the Old Town district. The square fills with festive stalls serving warm, spirited glögg and selling all manner of Swedish meatballs, smoked sausages and reindeer meat, as well as winter knits, ceramics and handmade toys.

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Nearby is Stockholm’s remaining medieval abbey, the Riddarholmen Church. The magnificent cathedral is also the final resting place of many Swedish monarchs, including Gustavus Adolphus (Gustav II Adolf) and Charles XII (Karl XII). Another spot to visit is the iconic Riksbron (“The National Bridge”), a 44-meter arch bridge in the city centre that leads to Riksdagen (the Parliament Building) and Rosenbad (the Prime Minister’s Office).

In fact, whether in winter or summer, visitors to Stockholm will want to take advantage of the Stockholm City Pass that essentially puts “the whole city in a card.” Visitors can gain entry to more than 60 top attractions, monuments and museums, plus a range of boat and bus tours with this comprehensive sightseeing product.


It costs approximately $67 ($35 for children) for a one-day adult pass and comes with a free guidebook as well as a hop-on, hop-off combination bus and boat ticket, normally priced at around $47.

The pass works on a simple scan-and-enter system, acting as a ticket into the city’s top attractions and tours and presents a discount on normal attraction and tour prices.

Featured attractions and tours included in the Stockholm City Pass:

•                    The Royal Palace – This is one of Europe’s largest and most regal palaces, and is still the official residence of the King. Highlights include the Royal Apartments and three museums steeped in regal history.

•                    Vasa Museum – This is the revered King Gustav II Adolf’s prize warship, which sank when it was not even a mile into its maiden voyage in 1628. It was salvaged in the second half of the 20th century.

•                    Royal Canal Boat Tour – This is a worthy experience of Stockholm from the water as it travels from the city center into the Djurgården Canal, passing historic buildings, beautiful green spaces and offering a spectacular city skyline.


•                    Nobel Museum – Visitos can learn about the Nobel Prize and its founder Alfred Nobel, together with the stories of the work of many Nobel Laureates.

•                     Gröna Lund Tivoli – located on Djurgården Island, Sweden’s oldest amusement park offers more than 30 rides and attractions, making it a fun choice for families.

•                    SkyView – The SkyView gondola to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, the Ericsson Globe, comes with a fantastic view over Stockholm from a height of 425 feet.


A stay at Ett Hem, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, starts at $835 a night for a double room, breakfast, Wi-Fi, taxes, and service fees included. View this wonderful short film for more information.



Ett Hem
Sköldungagatan 2, SE-114 27
Stockholm, Sweden
+011 46 (0)8 20 05 90

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