Announcing Great Plains Zimbabwe

This May and July, Great Plains Conservation invites you on an exciting journey into two diverse areas of the incredible Zimbabwe. The exciting Mpala Jena Camp and Suite within Zambezi National Park opens July 1st and Great Mana Expeditions, a 6 Night semi-mobile operation in the Sapi Concession opens in the Zambezi Valley bordering the famous Mana Pools Reserve on May 1, 2018 and will run May – November each year.

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Luxury Resorts in Grenada: Find New Gold at Silversands

Luxury resorts in Grenada may be few and far between, but for this Caribbean island, that is about to change. The super luxurious Silversands resort will become Grenada’s latest and most luxurious resort with 40 decked out suites and nine stunning residences when phase one of the new development opens this summer on Grand Anse beach.

The tiny island nation nearing the south end of the island arc is perhaps best known for its medical school that trains many of America’s doctors, as well as its sizable export of nutmeg, known as “black gold” in these parts and giving Grenada the moniker of “the spice island.”

But now it will be able to add a few more notables to its list. As the latest of luxury resorts in Grenada, Silversands is a unique undertaking and one that caught the eye of Leading Hotels of the World. It is the first luxury resort in Grenada to become part of the collection. Similarly, Silversands is the first luxury resort to be built along Grenada’s famed Great Anse beach in more than a quarter century.

The beach offers two miles of white, sugar sand and is considered the island’s best beach – never crowded and full of island character. Finally, this luxury resort in Grenada brings the longest infinity pool in the Caribbean. At over 300 feet, the pool unfolds as an invitation to the warm, blue sea beyond, flanked by design-intensive lounge furnishings and whimsical day beds.

Silversands shows the deft talent of Paris-based architects AW2, that lists Six Senses Con Dao, Phum Baitang in Siem Reap, the Amanjena in Marrakech and the Patek Philippe store on London’s Bond Street, among its noteworthy projects. That means a cool and pared-down approach using plenty of pale marble, blond woods and greyish neutral tones to put patterns of light on stage at Silversands.

The Grenada luxury resort’s open-plan suites range in size from 580 to 1,647 square feet in one- to three-bedroom configurations each offering a view of the beach or the hillside. The resort brings two restaurants, a destination-style spa providing island-inspired treatments, a soothing hammam, and a state-of-the-art gym. A rum and cigar bar offers evening relaxation before the later hours when the resort’s private beach club comes to life with a resident DJ.


Luxury Resorts in Grenada: The Resident Address

Complementing the action at Grenada’s latest luxury resort are the nine residences available for purchase. Silversands offers five seaside villas and four hillside villas ranging from 13,500 to 26,500 square feet with a sales price starting at $5.7 million in a gorgeous setting outside the hurricane belt.

These options come stacked with three bedrooms, four baths, sizable outdoor terraces and two private pools that overlook the resort and the sea. The three-level villas cascade down the hillside like waterfalls, for which Grenada is famous. Each level brings its own master bedroom suite overlooking the entertainment-ready patio and sparkling main pool.

Buyers may go with the resort’s design packages and they can rent their villas through the resort’s rental program as desired. For guests who want to book something in between, they should consider the 2,066-square-foot penthouse that Silversands offers.


Luxury Resorts in Grenada: Lures for Bespoke Travelers

A recent Bloomberg report citing, a study released by Resonance Consultancy, states that after Europe, the Caribbean is the second-most popular getaway for the wealthiest of travelers. The study found that nearly half of those surveyed were considering a vacation to the Caribbean in the next one to two years.

Many guests who visit Grenada want to stay, and Silversands maintains that double citizenship status on Grenada has its perks. Purchasing a resident villa at Silversands clears the way for this second citizenship opportunity and visa-free access to 125 countries (including the UK, European Schengen countries, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Ireland among others); 90-day sojourns in every six months in Europe and the UK; zero tax levies on gifts, inheritances, foreign income or capital gains, and special government incentive packages on duties, imports, business dealings and manufacturing. Only 21 miles long by 12 miles wide, Grenada, a country of 110,000 souls and it is also one of the safest islands.

Among other attractions, it offers the wander worthy capital city of St. George, possibly one of the most picturesque of Caribbean towns.


Luxury Resorts in Grenada: Exploring the Island

Recommended is the climb to Fort Frederick at the top of Richmond Hill to experience preserved relics of the island’s colonial past and sweeping views of the island and island capital. Visitors can walk the waterfront promenade at Carenage and stop for some crab soufflé or Baracuda la Port — pan-fried barracuda fish wrapped in bacon, with a sauce mixed from crab and lobster meats.

With its compact size, most places in Grenada are reachable within an hour by car, although hiking beyond may be required. For instance, inspired explorers will discover more than 10 waterfalls hidden in the island’s amazing rainforests. A hike along trails around Grand Etang Lake is recommended for this. Seven Sisters Waterfall or Mount Qua Qua bring guaranteed encounters with Mona monkeys that reside in the area.

Or they can head to the depths instead. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park debuted in 2006 as a riveting and haunting floorscape of some 110 statues created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. At 30 feet below the surface of the sea, the art pieces were strategically positioned to enhance the recovery of damaged coral reef. Several speedboat operators offer half-day trips to the sculpture park for snorkeling and sightseeing.

Other worthy island undertakings include options to sample nutmeg and cocoa right off the tree at Belmont Estate, a working 17th century plantation with a well-recommended farm-to-table restaurant. Nearby is the River Antoine Rum Distillery, believed to be the oldest such rum distillery in the Caribbean and still using a process unchanged from centuries past powered by a wooden water wheel and leaving the extracted cane sugars alone to ferment in natural conditions for a week. The resultant spirits boast a 90% ABV.

And like most Caribbean islands, Grenada has its festivals, often colorful and amusing and well worth the timing of visits. One of these moments would be Spicemas, a carnival party that culminates on the second Monday and Tuesday of August. Putting this carnival into a class of its own is the Jab Jab Mas, in which revelers cover themselves in black paint, mud and oil take to the streets in giddy celebration.

Other festivals include the Pure Grenada Music Festival in the spring, highlighting Grenadine cuisine and culture along with local, regional and international artists as they perform on the seaside lawn of the Port Louis district.


Luxury Resorts in Grenada: Getting there

Grenada is served by JetBlue from JFK and also American Airlines from Miami, Delta from New York and Atlanta and Caribbean Airlines from New York, Miami, and Toronto. Flights land in Maurice Bishop International Airport (Airport Code: GND) just five miles north of the capital. Silversands is an easy 10-minute drive from the airport.

Contact:
Silversands, Grenada
(1 473) 444-3999
info@silversandsgrenada.com
www.silversandsgrenada.com

 

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KAA News Roundup

Looking for travel inspiration for 2018?  Check out our bucket list blog of must see destination this year.

We are excited to announce a new client on Mexico’s Yucatan, perfect for retreats and takeovers. The new, secluded 9 suite Mukan, in The Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Tulum makes the list of “New Hotels to Check Out in 2018.”

Another Yucatan gem, Chable Resort was featured in Travel + Leisure on the list of the Best Luxury Hotels That Opened Around the World This Year.

Nicaragua’s Mukul was featured in Marin Magazine as a “sustainably luxurious oasis offers carefree exploration of the region’s lush rain forest and uncrowded surf,” and also in The New York Post, “Forget Costa Rica — here’s Central America’s new star.” CNN Travel featured Nicaragua and Mukul in their feature, Move over Costa Rica: Nicaragua is emerging as the new eco-travel darling of Central America.

Mukul along with The Maldives Gili Lankanfushi made the list of The World’s Best Bohemian Surfing Retreats in Hero and Leader.

Down to Panama, where pro surfer Terry Simms has discovered Sweet Bocas and has teamed up with them for surf retreats. Read his blog, “It Doesn’t Get Any Sweeter.”

Congrats to The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo for being named #3 on USA Today 10Best resorts in Cabo.

Vik Chile, Six Senses Douro Valley and Six Senses Bhutan among those highlighted by agent Cari Gray: Creating Amazing Adventures for Billionaires.

Read more about Six Senses and five outstanding Six Senses resorts in southeast Asia, including brand new locations in Bali and Cambodia from A Luxury Travel Blog.

Read about Almanac Barcelona Hotel, a new boutique hotel in a perfect location, in Driftwood Journals, “Personalised Grand Luxury in the City Centre.” Land Lopers agrees after his recent visit, “just steps away from Barcelona’s famous Passeig de Gràcia, I couldn’t imagine a better location than the one enjoyed by the Almanac.”

In India, “Peek Inside Rajmahal Palace, a Hotel and Family Home of Indian Royalty” from Travel + Leisure.  Sister property, luxury tented camp Sher Bagh is featured in Bristish GQ, “How to tour Rajasthan like a king.”

From Africa, wonderful news comes from Rhinos Without Borders along with Great Plains Conservation. Another special initivate to benefit wildlife includes the Mountain Biking for Lions 4-day trip. Check it out here.

For a dose of wellness check out Fodor’s Best of 2017 where Editors Reveal Their Favorite Travel Moments including Lake Austin Spa, also featured in Vacations Mag and Goop this month.

Best Resort for Romance in the Seychelles: Romancing the Stone at Six Senses Zil Pasyon

It’s not hard to find romance in exotic resorts hiding in the jungle cliffs, dazzling stone outcroppings and smooth white sand beaches that characterize the Seychelle Islands. The 115-island archipelago in the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean are more Jurassic than modern and offer all the steamy scented breezes and other-worldy ambiance one could wish for in an exotic vacation in Paradise. And while romance is what visitors will find in a retreat to Six Senses Zil Pasyon on precious Félicité Island, whether on retreat, honeymoon, or fantasy vacation guests will get something else: the unexpected.

Some 300 miles off the coast of Kenya, the French first settled these islands in 1768, followed by the British, who coveted these islands as a modern-day Garden of Eden.

Today, most visitors will head to La Digue, Coco Island, Praslin and the islands’ cultural and economic capital of Mahé. However, one island, Félicité, is an island that guests can have nearly all to themselves with a stay at Six Senses Zil Pasyon.

Barely more than a square mile in area, Félicité is an easy helicopter journey from the international airport in Mahé and has been the target destination of royalty and celebrity, including model and actress Elizabeth Hurley,  who targets the Six Senses resort as a destination for privacy, unspeakable beauty, discovery, and sensual quiet.

They find the 30 of this top Seychelles resort’s one- and two-bedroom villas and several of the capacious residences to be the perfect place to find peace, find themselves, find each other. Six Senses Zil Pasyon villas start at 1,880 square feet for a one-bedroom configuration, each with an inviting terrace overlooking the ocean with a private dipping pool and daybeds. A deep soaking tub as the centerpiece of the bathroom’s floor-to -ceiling window frame on the ocean’s horizon, and the bathroom’s whimsical swing seat on that view, add to the romance of these resort accommodations.

Couples find the king four-poster bed wrapped in gentle gossamer netting to be particularly evocative. The bed overlooks the blue waters beneath a wooden vaulted ceiling and is surrounded by handsomely-designed, locally-sourced wood furnishings. The island offers three white sand beaches, plenty of private coves, a main pool by the beach, a saltwater pool in the spa and the private pools attached to each villa for sybaritic refreshment.

Upon arrival, a villa butler, actually a Guest Experience Maker or GEM, goes over activities that are possible to make the visit a lifetime memory. Snorkeling? Some of the best in the world can be enjoyed a quick boat ride away at Île Cocos, where guests can swim with whale sharks, turtles, barracudas, and parrotfish. Hiking? Bien sûr! Guests may explore the heart of the island with a guided hike by the island’s ecologist or the resort’s sustainability manager, or a private day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallee de Mai on the island of Praslin can be drawn. Guests can go bird watching in lands that time forgot. They can bike ride around the island of La Digue, learn about the ecology of the islands and see efforts to regain original fauna and flora lost through centuries of human habitation — even learn to speak Creole.

Top Spa in the Seychelles

Some of the best of the Seychelles, however, can be found at the resort, especially after a day of discovery in this remote archipelago. The Spa, is one of the best on these islands, if not all Africa. Measuring just under 20,000 square feet, it sprawls amid private treatment suites, giant boulders and hammans with five rooms that open to the ocean, perfect for couples. The quarters are connected by a rope bridge suspended along a boulder pathway toward the ocean waters below, harnessing the sounds from the breaking waves. Treatments are “journeys” that fuse the island themes of granite, earth, sea and nature and work on the body’s seven chakras and can be followed by a soak in the saltwater infinity pool over the ocean. Beauty treatments and yoga are also on the menu.


Dining Delights in the Seychelles

Any romantic resort in the Seychelles would also have to have a special touch with food and Six Senses Zil Pasyon handles that focus with a fresh-from-the-sea approach and several venues where meals can be enjoyed: sland Café, Ocean Kitchen (loved by pescatarians!), The Wine Vault, Lakanbiz Rum Bar, and the poolside Koko Bar. And those who want to linger in the private spaces of their own pool and terrace can enjoy room service and sipping from their own in-villa wine cellar stocked with international and local options. The resort maintains a policy of not charging an additional fee for in-villa dining orders.

Those seeking nightlife will find it in the capital city of Victoria, on the island of Mahé. But those seeking the night sky will be happy to enjoy the resort, where the equatorial sky has a show every night while it is possible to sip fine wine or brandy and simply listen to the breeze. The resort offers complimentary cinema under the stars as well, two nights a week, or private screenings on-demand for a fee.


A Guide to the Seychelles

Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located 30 nautical miles northeast of Mahé (location of Seychelles International Airport – SEZ) and is accessed by a scenic, 20-minute helicopter flight.

Alternatively, domestic flights from Mahé Airport to Praslin airport can be booked through Air Seychelles. From there, or La Digue, Félicité Island is only a short private boat trip away.

Flights to SEZ are abundant enough, especially with connecting flights from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Addis Ababa, Johannesburg, Nairobi and South Asia on major commercial airliners. Air France, Austrian, British Airways and Turkish Airlines also fly there. Location is east of Kenya and north of Madagascar. U.S. passport holders need only proof of lodging, sufficient funds and return ticket to be given entry. Travel between islands is best facilitated by helicopters, although there is scheduled ferry service between the main islands of Mahé, La Digue, and Praslin (operated by Seychellesbookings.com).

A visit to Victoria on Mahé tells it all: the town presents beautifully preserved French and British colonial architecture along its thoroughfares, and restaurants reflect the islands’ more than 500 years of foreign imprints (Seychelles gained its independence in 1976) in restaurants that run French to British to Portuguese to Chinese to Indian to island. Victoria is the place for cultural take-ins, museums, shopping and nightlife. Otherwise, visitors come for the beaches. As the islands are so far asunder, many remain uninhabited and nearly untouched by humans.

But there is more than beach to the Seychelles and on Praslin, the Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve offers amazing jungle walks and the chance to experience nature that has remained isolated since the beginning of time. That includes sightings of the Seychelles black parrot, which can only be found here.

Visitors will need to pack sturdy shoes along with their hats and bathing gear. Six Senses Resort Zil Pasyon may be a top resort for romance in the Seychelles, but it is also the top resort for guests who want to fall in love with the Seychelle Islands.

Contact

Six Senses Resort Zil Pasyon
Félicité Island
P.O. Box 696, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Telephone: (855) 695-6693 (toll-free)
E-mail: reservations-zilpasyon@sixsenses.com
Website: www.sixsenses.com/resorts/zilpasyon/

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Trisara Phuket: Leading the Luxury Tier in Thailand’s Top Beach Resort

Trisara Phuket puts a private luxury resort in Thailand on the map where visitors would usually find a phalanx of budget to mass market, to family-friendly inns eager to offer proximity to public beaches with a bunch of affordability.

But if you are a celebrity (Trisara Phuket has been a fave with Maroon 5 and Paris Hilton) or want to be treated like one, choosing Trisara as your resort for a visit to Phuket, Thailand, ensures a seamless stay in stunning surroundings.

An easy 15-minute transfer from Phuket International Airport, Trisara is  a 40-acre hideaway on a secluded beach. Privacy is at a premium here. Some 63 individual pool villas and suites and an array of 2- to 7-bedroom lavish residences peek out of a forest of bamboo canopies and banana trees on a hill overlooking the Andaman Sea. Orchids, lilies and lotus plants line the trickling waterscapes that meander through the resort. The wind through the leaves and the calm, lapping waves providing the soundscapes.

Luxury at Trisara Phuket

Trisara brings a selection of one- and two-bedroom pool villas starting with a 1,450-square-foot Jr. Suite (and going as large as two bedrooms with 3,200 square feet). All villas offer a signature element that separates Trisara into a class of its own when it comes to hospitality choices on Phuket: a spacious pool terrace with dreamy ocean views. Luxury at Trisara Phuket can easily be defined as desire to stay wrapped up in these sumptuous accommodations. But there are plenty of draws at the resort competing for guests’ ooohs and aaahs.

While it is tempting to order room service and enjoy quiet meals on your private terrace, two restaurants at Trisara offer two different approaches to fine dining in both taste and ambience. PRU bases its menu on western approaches of farm-to-table cuisine and provides locally sourced ingredients from its very own farm within unusual fusions of eastern and western culinary philosophies. Think: Phang Nga black crab salad with marinated kohlrabi, local avocado, PRU papaya and a crab sauce infused with foraged sour leaves; or pumpkin cooked overnight in a pit and then topped with homemade goat cheese and sorrel leaves.

A second restaurant, Seafood at Trisara, offers authentic and fresh Thai seafood from the Andaman Sea inspired by long-forgotten local “Mama” recipes. Casual comfort food and cocktails are served on The Deck, which overlooks the resort’s secluded beach. It’s also the location of a must-do Sunday Jazz Brunch.

For private groups, weddings that seat up to 100 guests can be arranged at the resort’s picturesque Sunset Point, or in one of the lavish private pool residences.

Trisara Phuket: Simple Thai Surprise

Massage and pampering treatments are also on the menu at Trisara. JARA Spa receives continued buzz for its legendary “Royal Trisara Six Hands Massage.” This is one time when three is not a crowd — six hands knead and stretch in the traditions of Thai medicine to produce a harmonious, sublime balance. Organic, chemical-free potions are used for massage and facial treatments, aiming to touch the five pillars of physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Treatments as simple as a 60-minute foot massage, or as involved as the six-hour holistic JARA Wellbeing Discovery, are all rooted in traditional Thai healing practices, some of which date back thousands of years.

Tours and Treats at Trisara Phuket

As one of the few resorts in Phuket to offer a private beach, guests often spend time in the peaceful cove waters and protected white sand expanse, snorkeling and enjoying the beach’s ease of use. But Trisara can arrange cruises to special snorkel spots, to the Similian Islands and to the beaches of Phang Nga Bay, UNESCO world-heritage site. The tour circles dramatic limestone islets that jut from the emerald sea. There, you will see James Bond Island, an iconic limestone tower surrounded by water, seen in the 1974 film The Man with The Golden Gun. An air-conditioned fitness gym is available for those who want to stay in shape and a small kids’ club is available for families, although the resort is mostly popular with adults and honeymooners.

Although Trisara tends to be quiet and peaceful, that does not mean the party does not go on. Trisara guests have access to nearby Dream Beach Club, a well-known brand in glamorous beach club spots offering cozy day beds, flows of sushi and champagne and a guest list that often includes billionaires and celebrities from around the world. The beach, swimming pool, restaurant, all day DJ ensures the party never stops … and then there is the welcome quiet of Trisara waiting at the end of the craziness.

Stay at Trisara; Explore Phuket

Phuket is well worth the exploration in its own right. Only 90 minutes from Bangkok, numerous flights from Bangkok make it easy and a must for anyone visiting Thailand. Knowns as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket is the largest island (bridge connected) located on the southern leg of Thailand reaching down toward Malaysia. The area bears the influence of the Portuguese, Dutch, English and Chinese traders and Burmese invaders before a succession of Siamese kings strengthened their hold on the land.

A walk through the narrow, preserved streets of Old Phuket Town brings a colorful collage of Sino-Portuguese buildings developed through profitable centuries of mining and trading in tin and now converted into a lively collection of shops, hotels, restaurants and museums. Trisara’s Senior Resort Hosts gladly take guests on a hosted tour of the lesser known streets of Phuket Town, and introduce them to intriguing local artists and gourmet street food stalls.

Other take-ins include Phuket’s revered Big Buddha landmark, the island’s renowned monastery of Wat Chalong, and the sweeping views at Promthep Cape.

Nature and animal lovers can head to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, a vast jungle reserve home to a handful of rescued elephants that guests can observe from a respectful distance.

Diving enthusiasts can get trained at Koh Tao (costs for PADI certification are relatively reasonable in Thailand) then head out to Similan Islands National Park for some once-in-a-lifetime submerged sightseeing.

Island boat tours, a rivetingly beautiful elephant show at Fantasea, a visit to a small and remote band of “sea gypsies at Rawai Village, even a half-day cooking lesson at the Blue Elephant Cooking School – there is no shortage of actions and distractions in Phuket. But a stay at Trisara, Phuket guarantees guests time to experience the real Phuket through the pauses.

Contact:
Trisara

60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road
Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Phone: (+66 76) 683320-6 4
Email: reservations@trisara.com
www.Trisara.com

 

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40% Off Rates in Puebla at the New Cartesiano Hotel

Enjoy 40% off room rates at Cartesiano in Puebla, Mexico until March 31, 2018.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puebla is one of Mexico’s oldest colonial cities and features 365 churches, famous antiques markets and Talavera pottery, and nearby Cholula pyramid, Tepoztlan or Taxco. See below for “10 Things you Need to Know About Puebla.”

Choose from any room category of the 78 guest rooms and suites, housed in two historic and modern buildings, including a XVI century colonial house. Within the hotel, two fine dining restaurants focused on rich regional flavors, a rooftop pool, a library and the serene Spa at Cartesiano.

The 40% is valid through March 31, 2017, no minimum night stay, refundable up to 24 hours prior to arrival.  If cancelled within 24 hours there is a 1 night penalty. It is applicable on all rooms, and its just room only.

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Ten Things You Need to Know about Puebla

1.      First Settlement

Puebla was founded on April 16th 1531 as the first ‘perfect’ city in the Americas; that is, a city built to accommodate only Spaniards.

2.      Documentary Heritage of The City

Unlike other cities, the Archive of the City of Puebla preserves unique documents such as the original Royal Charter that establishes its foundation and its Royal Provision, showcasing the famous coast of arms of the city. Because of their importance, the aforementioned documents and many others belonging to the Archive have been inserted in the UNESCO-Mexico Memory of the World Register.

3.      A Historic Centre to Admire

The Historic Centre of Puebla (‘World Heritage’ by UNESCO since December 11th 1987), contains 2619 monuments distributed across 391 blocks allocated over 6.9 square kilometers; making Puebla the city with the largest number of monuments in the Americas.

4.      Mexican History And Puebla

Many relevant historical events have occurred in the city of Puebla; for example, the famous “Battle of 5 de Mayo” commemorated even outside of Mexico. This battle tool place in 1862 and in it the Mexican army defeated the French army (then considered the strongest of all). Furthermore, the city is the birthplace of the Mexican Revolution; on November 18th 1910 the Serdán siblings were attacked at their house by the Mexican government due to their subversive ideas and activities. The revolution movement spread across the country in the days after this attack.

5.      The Only Place Where You Can Find Such Thing

The Puebla Talavera is one of the few Mexican products with protected designation of origin. Talavera is a type of ceramic that has been produced without interruption for more than four centuries, making it one of the most important Folk Art expressions of Mexico.

6.      A Mouthful of Joy

The Pueblan Gastronomy is one of the most diverse and exquisite in Mexico and the world. Puebla has provided Mexico with its most traditional dish: Mole Poblano (chilli chocolate sauce). Also, one can find their: Chiles en Nogada (spicy peppers filled with mince and covered in batter and nut sauce), Chalupas (small fried tortilla snacks) and Cemitas (giant baps).

7.      Memory Of The World In Puebla

The Palafoxian Library is considered the oldest library in the Americas with an intact collection and where the building and all the shelves and furniture are original. These characteristics lead UNESCO to add the Library to its Memory of the World Registry in June 2005.

8.      A Treasure Protecting More Treasures

The Cathedral of Puebla is considers one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, in addition to having the tallest towers in the continent. Furthermore, The Cathedral safeguards an important art collection (paintings, sculptures, music compositions and documents).

9.      A Paradise in Puebla

African Safari is the most important zoo-safari in Latin America. Wild animals roam free and make an unforgettable experience for visitors encouraging them to love and respect our planet.

10.  The Eighth Wonder of The World

The Chapel of the Rosary is the greatest baroque jewel of the seventeenth century in Puebla and Mexico. Since the day it opened its doors on April 16th 1690. The Chapel has been seen as one of a kind due to its symbolism and the quality of its decorations which are largely covered with gold foil.

Special Offers at The Brando

Enjoy two special offers until June 30, 2018 at The Brando, Tetiaroa

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Fly Free to The Brando*

Get free round trip tickets for inter-island flights between Tahiti and Tetiaroa for 2 adults* for a 3-night minimum stay between January 11, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

  • Stay 3 nights and more, and get “FLY FREE” on Air Tetiaroa. Booking code: “STAY3”.
*Retroactive offer, applicable for stays booked on public low season villa daily rates only. Available on Air Tetiaroa shared scheduled flights only — a value of 900 Euros (this offer does not apply to privatly chartered flights).

 

Stay and Save**

Enjoy up to a 15% discount** on your daily villa rate:

  • Stay 4 nights and save 10% discount on your daily villa rate. Booking code: “STAY4”.
  • Stay 5 nights and more and save 15% discount on your daily villa rate. Booking code: “STAY5”.

This special offer is cumulative with the Air Tetiaroa “Fly Free” offer (but does not apply on Air Tetiaroa rates).

**Retroactive offer. This special offer is applicable on public low season rates for a stay between January 11, 2018, and June 30, 2018. This offer is applicable on both the “All-inclusive” and “Villa & Breakfast” rates.

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Wellness Travel: The Why and Where of it

Wellness was at the heart of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show that just concluded in Las Vegas this month. Complementing the fast-growing wellness economy that now accounts for some $3.7 trillion in spending worldwide were all manner of wearables that could track movements, heart rates, even predict a heart attack. And those were bolstered by sensors embedded in sleeves, beds, shoes, walls, headbands and appliances tracking just about any activity with connectivity to talk to other sensors, other like-minded peers and medical professionals.

At the heart of the message delivered by one medical authority after another was this fact: Americans are not getting enough rest. More than a third of the population sleeps less than the seven hours of sleep required as the minimum hours needed. not only for productivity but to reduce risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and mental disorders.

 

And while the exhibition showcased beds that rocked you to sleep and meditation bands that sent delta waves right into your pineal glands and rooms that instantly brought the optimum settings of cooling, heating, lighting and music into tuck-in moment, something was missing – let’s call it the escape.

 

Meditation bands and smart sneakers can go only so far to bring on that lasting sense of peace. Finish the run, complete the hypnotherapy recording and you are still in the same room, bridled with the same stress. But a trip to the jungle forests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, yoga on the beach looking over the Gulf of Thailand, a forest walk in filtered light under tall trees, or a massage journey on a beach followed by nothing but the sound of waves can do wonders to get the body back to the place it needs to be.

 

World of Wellness Escapes

Kurtz-Ahlers offers wellness as a focus of its collection of luxury resorts around the world. While many resorts offer elaborate spas and ways to relax and de-stress in some of the most exquisite settings possible, here are four destination wellness resorts that take wellness quite a bit further for lasting memories and measurable results.

Ananda in the Himalayas

Find this retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas, an easy and scenic train journey from Delhi. The property was a former palace set amid a hundred acres of virgin forest. Focus can be as simple as resting, hiking, morning yoga, afternoon mediations and a menu of healing massages. Or it can delve into issues of weight management, stress management, smoking cessation, sleep disorders and other life disrupters for permanent behavior changes and lasting gains.

Much of the medical wisdom is taken from the Vedas and age-old Ayurvedic practices. Eighty rooms, suites, and villas top a mountain ridge, overlooking the valley below, or the garden and Palace. Ananda is a destination wellness retreat and offers programs and packages starting at three nights.

Ananda – In the Himalayas
Palace Estate, Tehri Garwal
Narendra Nagar, UT 249175
India
Tel: +011 91 1378 227500
Email: sales@anandaspa.com
Website: www.anandaspa.com

 

Chablé Resort

 

Chablé Resort in the Yucatán is an easy 25-minute drive from Merida, Mexico’s 15-century UNESCO World Heritage city that anchors tourism for much of the preserved temples and treasures of Mayan culture surrounding. The resort brings unexpected luxury to this area with 38 private pool villas and two presidential estates on the 750-acre expanse. Perhaps what is most alluring here is the resort’s natural cenote, a mystical spring deep within a limestone cave.

Chablé’s spa integrates this natural wonder into its design and brings a formidable list of healing experiences, many of them borne from ancient Mayan traditions.

 

Chablé Resort
Yucatan, Mexico
Toll-free Tel: 844-424-2253
Email: info@chableresort.com
Website: www.chableresort.com

 

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary
& Holistic Spa

 

Koh Samui, an island off the eastern coast of central Thailand is within easy reach, by flight or ferry, for most visitors to Thailand and once there, Kamalaya will no doubt keep you there with its Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, tropical vegetation, ancient boulders, cascading streams, and 1.5 miles of idyllic private beach. The central feature here is the ancient monk’s cave that once served as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat. Some five dozen certified wellness professionals at Kamalaya take care of guests with life transforming programs and therapies.

Naturopaths, doctors of Chinese medicine, western medical doctors, nutritionists, life coaches, Ayurvedic and Thai therapists, fitness specialists and yoga, meditation and pranayama teachers help guests put their bodies and their lives back into balance. And, of course, the Holistic Spa brings sensual pampering using healing traditions from east and west with a menu of over 70 services.

Wellness programs include: Ideal Weight, Optimal Fitness and Sleep Enhancement; Detoxification; Relaxation & Renewal; and Yoga, while special retreats programs throughout the year add expert guidance and wisdom to the work.

 

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa
102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road, Na-Muang
Koh Samui, Suratthani 84140 Thailand
Tel: +011 66 77 429 800
Email: reservations@kamalaya.com
Website: www.kamalaya.com

 

Lake Austin Spa Resort

 

Lake Austin Resort & Spa is where you go to keep your New Year’s resolutions about weight management, stress reduction and a healthy lifestyle. Do it all with style, panache and fun at the resort in Austin, TX, where the days melt by in massage after massage (there are more than 100 massage, body and skincare treatments and therapies to choose from) and weight melts off in effortless hours spent hiking, practicing yoga, meditating, socializing, learning great life skills and finding your center. Guests stay in 40 guest room casitas looking over a wooded lake in the Texas hill country, 30 minutes from Downtown Austin.

Lake Austin Spa Resort
1705 S. Quinlan Park Road
Austin, Texas 78732
Tel: 512-372-7300
Toll-free: 800-847-5637
Email: info@lakeaustin.com
Website: www.lakeaustin.com

 

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