KAA News Roundup

We are happy to report Vacation Agent Magazine’s article on the ABC’s of Selling Mexico features some great insight from our very own JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers.

The Siam in Bangkok was featured in the Financial Times, How to Spend It, “Flawless luxury in a genteel Bangkok neighborhood”.

Gili Lankanfushi appeared in three blogs this past month: The Daily Mail, Beers and Beans, and Travel News and Info who listed Gili Lankanfushi as the clear winner in the region!

Over to the Middle East, where Armani Amal has been awarded 2nd Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant the entire Middle East by Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice Awards, read more here.

Six Senses Zighy Bay appeared in Splash Magazine, here and was also awarded “Best Luxury Spa Hotel of the Middle East 2013” from the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming was listed among the top 10 most relaxing resort spas in the U.S by MSN here, and a great article in Cigar Aficionado does a nice job describing the luxury ranch experience.  Read article.

A list by Yahoo of the top 10 hotels & resorts in the United States features the one and only Twin Farms in Vermont.

Down to Latin America where the new Mukul in Nicaragua continues to command attention. Recently included in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, the resort was also featured in Forbes, “Five Things to Know about the New Mukul Resort”. Mukul was also included in Travel Agent Central’s roundup of trending Destinations of 2013 here.

Another new and exciting Latin American property, Villa Manzu, has appeared in Forbes, “Costa Rica’s Most Exclusive Hideaway, Villa Manzu”. Luxury Travel Magazine also featured the luxury 8-bedroom villa in Costa Rica here.

Down in New Zealand, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was named IAGTO’s “Golf Resort of the Year” and Mr. & Mrs. Smith featured Kauri Cliffs as their Hotel of the Week here. 

On to wellness, where many of our resorts shine.  There is no better time of year to plan a trip to a true destination spa to start 2014 off with a spring in your step. Rancho La Puerta in Mexico was featured on Bay Area Bites, “Culinary Vacation at Iconic Spa in Baja.” More from Girls Getaway Guide, here. This iconic spa has also recently launched a new executive wellness program with a 5.5 hour Lifewellness exam in San Diego before arrival. Learn more.

Rancho La Puerta & Ananda were featured in USA Today’s “World’s Best Wellness Resorts”.

Ananda Spa in The LA Times, “At India’s lauded Ananda spa, a restless vata dosha learns to relax”. Read article.

Spain’s SHA Wellness was awarded Conde Nast Johansens Knight Frank Award.

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu’s new 4-day program, R4.0 received a play by play from Ann Abel at Forbes, “A New Quick Fix from America’s Top Weight Loss Retreat”.

Elite Traveler feature on top 5 Wellness Resorts & Spas includes SHA in Spain, Ananda in India, Kamalaya, and more here.

Lastly, SpaFinder’s Reader’s Choice Awards, “Best Spa by Country” chose Ananda for India, Rancho La Puerta for Mexico, Kauri Cliffs for New Zealand, SHA Wellness for Spain, and Chiva-Som for Thailand.  Congratulations!