KAA News Roundup

Celebrated Living Mag’s Platinum List was released this month, and we are happy to announce Pikaia Lodge and The Beaumont received accolades for “Most Innovative Architecture.” This innovation at Teh Beaumont is detailed by The Telegraph, “The sculpture that is also London’s strangest hotel suite” and by Conde Nast Traveller, “What’s it like to sleep in a sculpture? A first look inside Antony Gormley’s inhabitable ROOM creation at The Beaumont hotel.” The Financial Times How to Spend It writes on The Beaumont as, “A flawless version of the past.”

More from The Telegraph this month for another European gem, La Fiermontina in their article, “What makes Puglia Italy’s hottest new destination? “ La Fiermontina is also a finalist in Jetsetter.com Best of the Best list for “Best Design.”

Over to Milan where The Armani Hotel Milan’s Ristorante was awarded the Best Italian Luxury Restaurant 2016 from the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Explore the city of Milan in style with their new package on a special Armani branded EA Vespa.

More hotels on Celebrated Living’s Platinum List for “Best Resorts” includes Halekulani, Rajmahal Palace, Finca Cortesin and Faena Miami. Faena Miami was also awarded Best Over-The-Top Luxury by Jetsetter.com. Two great articles this month for the Faena include Introspective Magazine’s “Miami Beach’s Artistic Aspirations” and from The Miami New Times, “Faena Theater in Miami Beach Brings Cabaret to a New Generation.”

Over to California where Haute Living’s list of 25 Great Things to do in Malibu features Malibu Beach Inn & Carbon Beach as #2 and #9.

Up to Vermont where Vogue Magazine includes Twin Farms in their article “5 Perfect East Coast Weekend Escapes to Book Now.”

After a successful Le Miami this month, Fogo Island Inn received some nice press on Le Miami’s website, writing on Zita Cobb as “not your average hotelier, in the same way…Fogo Island Inn, is not your average hotel.”

From Inside Hook, channel your inner Eastwood at these 10 high-end haciendas, including luxury ranch, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch.

New client The Strand Cruise is in demand and in the press. Cruise Critic Gary Buchanan writes, “The most luxurious boat afloat? Quite possibly.” More reviews from Miss Around The World, and the Inquirer.net plus beautiful photos from XO Private and great ideas from Yahoo Finance, “River Cruises That You Can Bring Your Kids On.”

Over to China where WildChina founder Mei Zhang appeared on CNNi Business Traveler, watch the highlights.

Song Saa in Cambodia has a new General Manager. Positive Luxury caught up with Karen Merrick, GM to discuss her life at Song Saa and to discover what ‘treading lightly’ means to her.  A Luxury Travel Blog included Song Saa in their list of “4 of the best private island escapes and Spa Spy for The Telegraph does a full review.

Review of The Lodhi, New Delhi from Travel Executive, “… our new favorite city hotel in India.” South China Morning Post writes on Rajasthan’s Jawai Leopard Camp, “luxury safari, no crowds,” and Forbes describes sister hotel as, “The Most Beautiful New Hotel In India: Sujan Rajmahal Palace.”

Down to The Maldives where Spears Mag writes on Gili Lankanfushi, “a tranquil island in the heart of the Maldives and Telegraph Luxury includes Gili in “The world’s best hotel villas.”

Great news for Costa Rica’s Villa Manzu, Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence – “Best New Villa Worldwide.”

Nicaragua is a hot and emerging destination.  The Toronto Star writes, “Is Nicaragua the new Costa Rica?” Get inspired to visit Mukul Resort from these articles, 9 Hidden Hotel Bars You’ll Want To Check Out from Paste Magazine; 15 Family-Friendly Hotels Mom and Dad Will Love Too from Men’s Journal; and from Conde Nast Traveler, “16 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Butler Services.”

The Galapagos is a bucket list trip for most, and Pikaia Lodge brings a luxury element to this eco paradise. From Wonderland Mag, “The Evolution of the Eco Luxury Adventure;” from Jetsetter, “Journey through the Galápagos;” and why Pikaia is a hot new honeymoon spot from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Plan South America website reviews Casa San Agustin, their new favorite hotel in Cartagena and Conde Nast Traveller on where to stay in Cartagena. Get the full down low on Cartagena by The Points Guy, “8 reasons why you should consider vacationing in Cartagena, Colombia.”

Why not celebrate July 4th in the southern hemisphere? Great feature from The New York Times on July 4th packages in South America including a package at Viña Vik.

From Luxury Travel Magazine, The Brando is the Winner of Best Overseas Resort 2016: Tahiti’s luxurious and eco-friendly The Brando wins this category for the second time just two years since it opened – an impressive feat for an impressive resort. Read more about The Brando from Destinology.

More luxury hotel news – Six Senses in the Seychelles is opening soon!

Big news in wellness travel, where Aja Malibu is opening this August.  Read about it in the LA Times.

Lots of news from Texas where Lake Austin Spa press includes this blog from The Simple Sol, a review from Adventure Girl, Sharp Heels. Well and Good NYC included Lake Austin Spa in their roundup of “The 11 best healthy retreats this summer,”and it was also included on Celebrated Living Mag’s Platinum List for wellness along with Chiva-Som in Thailand.

Prana Journeys “Our Favorite Destination Spas,” featured Lake Austin Spa along with the famed Rancho La Puerta. Yahoo’s article, “10 Underrated Self-Discovery Trip Ideas” features Rancho La Puerta, along with Mukul and Twin Farms.

Finally, read this great piece on Ananda Spa by National Geographic Traveller India.