Golf & Surf Kids Summer Camp

Mukul Beach Golf, & Spa is a haven of exploration and discovery. Combining stunning accommodations, farm-to-table culinary experiences, a world-class spa, private surfing, and a PGA golf course to deliver the ultimate hideaway luxury vacation. This Summer, we want the entire family to consider Mukul home, parents and kids alike!

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Our monthly, 2-week golf and surf camps are specially tailored to kids ages 7-14. Starting on Wednesday and ending on Saturday of each week, kids will be in the care of golf and surf pros during the morning and taught a wide range of skills in both sports. In the afternoons, our Aventura Rangers and Kul Kids Team will lead the group on high-energy and high-fun activities that will expose them to the secrets of the environment around them and encourage team-work.

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KAA News Roundup

News from The Brando this month includes a visit from Barack and Michelle Obama as reported in Vogue, People, and Travel + Leisure and to celebrate Earth Day, this roundup from Vogue includes 6 Must-Visit Eco-Friendly Hotels for Earth Day, including The Brando.

New client and new hotel Ultima Gstaad is readying for a magical summer in the Swiss Alps. Read about it in The Robb Report and in this in depth review from Doug Golan that will tell you all you need to know.

More Europe hotel news from Bloomberg in their roundup of the Hottest Hotels in Europe, including the yet to open Almanac Barcelona.

The Robb Report reviews one of London’s best, The Beaumont in Mayfair, and Square Mile agrees in their list of London Designer Hotels.

Over to Asia where The Strand Yangon received some great press from Just Luxe, “Myanmar Magic at the Historic Strand Yangon.”

Hopping down to The Maldives where Gili Lankanfushi and their outstanding organic cuisine received some love from blogger Silver Spoon London. 

More from The Robb Report – their Editors Top 10 List for April includes the new Duba Plains Camp in Botswana.

Down to Latin America, where Vanity Fair UK dishes some great reasons to include Cartagena to your travel list. “It’s like Positano, New Orleans and Havana have all been shoved in the Vitamix. The Casa San Agustín, which is built around Cartagena’s oldest aqueduct and rises statesman-like above a courtyard pool, delivers oasis-like refuge from the steamy city.”

For a bucket list yet boutique Galapagos adventure, head over to Pikaia Lodge, included on Virtuoso’s list of “20 Amazing Hotels with Less Than 20 Rooms,” and on this 14-day Ecuador itinerary from Andrew Harper.

Mukul in Nicaragua is looking good on this list from Golf Digest of the Best Golf Resorts in Mexico/Central America. Bring the kids this summer and enroll them into their exciting new Golf & Surf summer camp for kids.

Honeymoon? Check out The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo and the rest of the best honeymoon hotels according to CNN.

Wellness? Love this piece from Pop Sugar, “Staying at Rancho La Puerta Feels like You Died and Went to Fitness Heaven.”

Honeymoon and Wellness? Don’t miss the new Chable Resort, featured in Brides as a favorite honeymoon destination, hotel review by Travel + Leisure, and CNN’s piece on farm-to-hotel.

We are thrilled Conde Nast Hot List for 2017 includes Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles, Chable Resort in the Yucatan, and Malibu Beach Inn.

Brush Creek Ranch is more than a luxury ranch getaway, check out this review on their spa from Just Luxe.

And last month Lake Austin Spa Resort marked its 20th year with new treatments and activities. Read more in The Star Telegram.


Celebrating Life, Italian Style at Armani Hotel Milan and La Fiermontina, Lecce

While visiting Italy is a feast for the senses in any season, Italy pops in spring and summer with endless blue skies, blooms of color, seductive strains of music and the sweet chaos of outdoor celebration.

Armani Hotel Milan

In Milan, nearly every weekend brings a special fest or unusual market gathering somewhere in the city. To complement the Milan experience, a fashionable stay at the Armani Hotel Milan puts guest in the epicenter of action while anchoring them in a wonderland of interior perfection and progressive design.

The eponymous property opened in 2011, a modern glass-walled structure atop an austere rationalist-style edifice from the 1930s. The intimidation factor melts away as you make your way through this maze of design and fashion-inspired shops and restaurants toward the front desk where a disarmingly warm “lifestyle manager”takes over and handles all cares and concerns. Need to meet someone but do not know where to find the meeting spot? No problem. Have questions about what to wear, where to eat, how to find out of the way gems, or where to go to “be seen”? Check. The lifestyle manager is your therapist without a couch and can fix your fashion woes, your sleep comfort concerns and maybe even your love life.

Guest rooms at the Armani are large, sleek, cutting edge and even a bit masculine in their tones and minimalistic measure. They number 95 and range from Armani Deluxe Rooms to the Armani Presidential Suite and all contain details waiting to be discovered. Metallic tones yield to soft matte finishes. From walk-in closet to pillow menu to special Armani espresso blends to place in the coffee maker to the pop up flat screen that emerges on command from a console by the bed … accommodations are worlds until themselves. Enjoy luxury bath amenities, soft and deep towels, a variety of custom lighting options and a spa and gym to visit when ready to explore the rest of the hotel. A seventh-floor glass restaurant and bar offer floor to ceiling views of the Duomo, all fittingly located at the edge of Milan’s bustling fashion district.

And while guests stay at the Armani for location, luxury and comfort, they find a city in motion on the blocks that surround, where everyplace that catches a glance offers something historical, something fashion-focused and something intensely beautiful to the eye.

Armani Hotel Milano
(+011 39) 02 8883 8888

Milan: Festivals and Concerts of Spring and Summer

A visit to Milan means strolling the narrow streets and alleys to explore art galleries, fashion boutiques, architecture and culture. The following is a list of best fests and events to target this spring and summer.

Settimana dei Beni Culturali

Gain complimentary entry to the city’s publicly owned museums and galleries. Watch for special openings, guided tours, concerts and tastings. Various locations.

Pittori del Naviglio Grande

An open-air art expo that showcases work by more than 300 artists from all over Italy. Along the Naviglio Grande, South.

Orticola ai Giardini Publicci

This growing flower exhibition and market is organized by the Associazione Orticola di Lombardia, one of the first Italian institutions to encourage public interest in gardens and plants. Giardini Pubblici, East.

Idroscalo in Festa

This summer season festival of sporting events, concerts, nightlife and picnics runs through September and gets under way at the Idroscalo Park on the eastern outskirts of town. Idropark Fila.

Sagra di San Cristoforo

The feast of the patron saint of travelers takes place in the square in front of the little church of San Cristoforo, at Navigli, South on the first Sunday of June. Decorated boats float down the Naviglio and vehicles are duly blessed.

Milano d’Estate

Open-air concerts and performances run through August with internationally known groups and bands. It all takes place in and around the grounds of the Castello Sforzesco.

La Notte Bianca

This “white night” is a sleepless one. For one night each year, bars, restaurants, shops, cinemas et al whoop it up from early evening to 6am.

Notturni in Villa

Jazz and classical music concerts are held through August in patrician villas around the city in various locations. Performances start at 10 pm and entry is free.


La Fiermontina, Lecce

To get a full experience of the wonders of Southern Italy, head to the charming Puglia region toward the bottom of the country’s iconic boot for a rich and rarefied stay at La Fiermontina, Lecce. You’ll find yourself in the center of an ancient city where a portion of a precious 17th century residence was carefully converted into a 16-room masterpiece of an inn.

The result was an integration of classic Italian touches with modern Italian furnishings, all infused with vintage items by Charlotte Perriand and the owner’s own intelligent art collection. It’s all arranged around a restful pool setting and a sculpture garden.

The transformed masseria, or fortified farmhouse estate that is typical of the domociles found in this region where attacks near the Adriatic by Turks or pirates during the 16th to 19th centuries were not uncommon, is surrounded by olive trees and the preserves of an area often referred to as the Florence of the South – and without the crowds. It’s all a short hop to the exquisite beaches of the Adriatic, often featured across the waters in the popular Game of Thrones series on HBO.

In Puglia (pronounced “pool-ya”) a stay comes with all the scenic beauty and museum-quality strolls through ancient stone villages, and a cuisine scene that has become legend with the food and wine crowd.

Spacious rooms and suites come in six configurations and offer a modern minimalist to monastic focus on style, rather than the ornate or baroque styles common to Lecce. Several offer balconies over the courtyard gardens and pool. The dining room offers a feast of regional comfort foods and because of its small size, the hotel is never too crowded or crazy.

Exploration of Puglia is an essential part of a stay at La Fiermontina and for this purpose the property offers Vespa tours that will make you feel like Audrey Hepburn or Gregory Peck in a scene from Wyler’s 1953 classic,  Roman Holiday. In fact, La Fiermontina offers a Personal Travel Designer service that creates authentic immersion experiences for each guest to get the most out of a visit to the region. Private tours, cooking classes, and wine and olive oil sessions are all on the menu, as is a beach trip for those who want a break from wandering and exploring.

La Fiermontina, Lecce
(+39) 0832 302481


Festivals and Events in Southern Italy

Puglia, too, has its seasons and spring and summer are loaded with celebrations of music, art and local culture.

Festival Metropolitano Bari in Jazz

This is the first of a series of jazz festivals in Puglia, starting in June. (Bari’s runs through July 1).

Truffle Food Festival in Corigliano d’Otranto

Find lively food stands in the historical centre of Otranto, usually running at the end of May and beginning of June in Corigliano d’Otranto, Lecce.

Negroamaro Wine Festival

Find this fest in the heart of Brindisi – a huge exhibition area where the Puglian Negroamaro wine is poured. It usually runs in mid-June.

La Notte di San Giovanni

Possibly most magical summer nights in Puglia that usually happen around the third weekend in June in Ostuni.

San Pietro e Paolo

Enjoy local food and get to know the colorful Salento folklore in Otranto, usually during the last weekend of June.

Locomotive Jazz Festival

For 10 days at the end of July, Salento is all about jazz. Concerts happen in various locations in Puglia and Lecce.

La Festa di Santa Domenica

During the first weeks of July, the little town of Scorrano near Otranto comes alive in celebration of its Patron Saint, Santa Domenica.

Festival della Valle d’Itria

This classical music festival in Martina Franca (province of Taranto) runs from the first week of July to the first week in August and features well-known artists.

Otranto Jazz Festival

Every year, Otranto Castle in Lecce hosts a three-day jazz fest with international jazz players.

Locus Music Festival

A rich calendar of jazz music events happen from mid-July to mid-August in Locorotondo, in Bari.

Corteo Storico di Federico II e Torneo dei Rioni

In Oria (midway between Taranto and Brindisi), there is a celebration the first week in August of the great Holy Roman Emperor Stupor Mundi with 800 costumed participants moving through the old town centre and the castle built by Frederick himself.

La Festa dei Martiri Idruntini

Commemorate the martyrs who died at the hands of the Turks in 1480 for refusing to convert to Islam at this festival in San Vito dei Normanni (province of Brindisi) that happens in the middle of August.

La Notte della Taranta

Pay tribute in mid-August to Salento’s tarantella dance with concerts and opportunities to get dancing in true local traditions. The action happens in the towns of Grecia Salentina south of Lecce, including Melpignano.




Matakauri Lodge New Zealand: Stay 4, Pay 3

Experience fabulous New Zealand from May to September 2017, stay four nights and receive the fourth night free in a luxurious lodge 10 minutes form Queenstown. An exclusive retreat located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge enjoys spectacular mountain views and a personalized concierge service.

Offer includes; accommodation, pre-dinner drinks, canapés, gourmet dinner each evening, full breakfast each morning, complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of all lodge facilities (excluding spa treatments).

This Stay 4, Pay 3 offer is available May 01 – 30 September 2017.

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New Hotel in Downtown Dubai by Emaar, Address Boulevard

Address Hotels + Resorts, the premium luxury hotel brand of Emaar Hospitality Group, March1st unveiled its new city lifestyle resort, Address Boulevard. It adds to Emaar Hospitality Group’s impressive and growing portfolio of luxury hospitality venues that have redefined the hotel industry and set new benchmarks in service standards.

Address Boulevard has 196 spacious rooms including 116 spacious Deluxe Rooms, 44 Deluxe Club Rooms, 28 One-Bedroom Suites, seven Two-Bedroom Suites and a luxurious Presidential Suite offering spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. In addition, there are 532 serviced apartments including duplexes and two penthouses, with short-term guests at the residences also guaranteed access to the hotel’s facilities.

With its inspiring art-deco architecture, design and décor, Address Boulevard offers a unique experience for guests and builds on the strong credentials of Address Hotels + Resorts in managing mixed-use luxury hotels and serviced residences.

The new destination is inspired by classic European finesse underlined with contemporary understated luxury. A core theme of the hotel is the notion of timeless elegance. The interiors are influenced by the era of luxurious travel while exquisite craftsmanship is evident in public areas giving the property the feel of being surrounded by someone’s private art collection making family and business guests feel perfectly at home.

Appealing to leisure and business travelers, Address Boulevard enjoys an exclusive city location that is perfect for overseas visitors who yearn to be in close proximity to retail and leisure attractions. Within walking distance of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest retail and entertainment destination, the hotel is also on the vibrant Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, offering an extensive choice of specialty food and beverage concepts, ideal for families and young visitors.

It is also in close to Dubai Opera, the recently opened multi-format performing arts venue in Downtown Dubai, assuring guests of cultural experiences like never before. Other attractions that are in walking distance for guests include Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, SEGA Republic, the largest of its kind indoor theme park in the region, and KidZania®, a dedicated children’s city.

Business guests have the convenience of being located near the Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai International Convention Centre. The property can be effortlessly accessed from Sheikh Zayed Road and via the Dubai Metro. An air-conditioned travellator connects the Address Boulevard to Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Metro Station and The Dubai Mall.

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Escape to The Resort at Pedregal Package

Book three nights and receive the fourth night complimentary with an exclusive vacation package at The Resort at Pedregal, inclusive of everything you need for a tranquil getaway.

Reserve an Escape to The Resort at Pedregal and receive:

~Every fourth night complimentary
~Welcome margaritas upon arrival
~Welcome bottle of tequila in your room
~Full breakfast for two each morning in our signature restaurant
~Round trip airport transfers to and from San Jose de Cabo Airport (SJD) including a personal greeting by our airport host and escort to your private car (1 Luxury Vehicle for up to 5 people)

This getaway to Los Cabos includes daily afternoon amenities, evening turndown, wireless Internet and a refreshment center stocked with complimentary soft drinks, juices, coffee and bottled water.

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Duba Plains in Botswana Now Open

Opened for its first guests on 1 March 2017 the new Duba Plains Camp, built on the site of the old dismantled camp of the same name, is the very finest in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Five vast guest tents of 120sqm, in addition to a two bedroom tented suite, each offering guests their own private plunge pools, rosewood decks, inside and outside showers, sumptuous bath, outside sala bed, Canon professional camera equipment and Swarovski binoculars.

The central mess tent has private and communal dining areas, interactive show kitchen, wine cellar, library and media room. From here the extended deck is the camp’s focal point, with a fire pit, day beds and dining areas overlooking the swamp.

Like all Great Plains Conservation camps and lodges in Botswana and Kenya, yoga mats and light weights are available in each tent.

Perfect combination with Zarafa Camp and Zarafa Dhow Suites.


  1. This most northerly series of islands in the Okavango Delta receives the finest, most fertile sediments of the life-giving Okavango River as it enters the Delta. This thereby supports the most nutritious grasses, which in turn supports the largest concentration of biomass in the Delta.
  2. Stunning elephant herds, kudu and warthogs everywhere, bat eared fox, aardwolf, side striped jackal, hyena, crocodiles, hippo, and …
  3. Duba has movie-star lions and buffalo from the films by Dereck & Beverly Joubert, The Last Lions and Relentless Enemies. Our guides are able to identify some of the lions characters from the films, however identifying the buffalo individuals proves a little trickier.
  4. Duba is home to large herds of buffalo, which used to be the prime source of lion’s protein until the red lechwe numbers grew to number thousands that made them the current dish of the day.
  5. As the lion prides have splintered within the Duba concession in recent years it has allowed leopard to inhabit the area for the first time in many of our long-serving guides memories.
  6. The lions of Duba are amongst the largest in Africa, they hunt through watery channels (bulking their muscles) and hunt almost exclusively during daylight hours – the water cools them as they move through the day.
  7. The vehicles of Duba are amongst the largest in Africa, they pass through watery channels (so we’ve bulked them up with raised suspensions) and we have accessorised them for photographers – camera mounts, bean bags or monopods.
  8. In addition to day and night game drives and walks in the concession Duba we have recently taken ownership of a custom-made photographic boat with swivel-chairs and photographic mounts.
  9. Constrained by deep, permanent waters of the Okavango Delta, the wildlife remains through dry and green seasons in classic Okavango scenery of vast open grassy plains, interspersed with shallow channels and palm islands. Duba is a true year-round wildlife haven. It’s a birding hotspot year-round too, reaching its peak between November and February with seasonal migrant visitors.
  10. Duba Plains is a private concession of 77,000 acres of community-owned land, with just two small camps and a maximum of only 24 guests.

Travel to New Zealand: Like Nowhere Else, Now More than Ever

New Zealand may be benefitting from too much of a good thing. International Tourism to New Zealand has been growing at a speedy pace, with numbers that approached 3.5 million in 2016 and are expected to top 4.5 million in the next five years. And there may be good reason for that.

In its remote location at the bottom of the earth, temperate and lush New Zealand is still one of the most scenic and untouched spots on the planet.

Visitors seeking their own version of paradise should try to visit New Zealand sooner than later as growing popularity will only make the destination that much more precious. And when they do, they should stay in places that provide an experience of the real New Zealand – that remote place on the map that boasts more sheep than people and where you can still, for now, have a forest and beach all to yourself.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The best place to begin this journey is at Kauri Cliffs at the top of New Zealand’s North Island. Aptly named for the majestic Kauri tree, Jurassic in age and growing to heights of 150 feet with trunks that measure up to 50 feet in thickness (and found only in these parts), this is a luxury stay like no other and presents a timeless immersion into the island’s beauty.

A Relais & Châteaux property, Kauri Cliffs is one of a trio of luxe lodging options created by Wall Street hedge fund titan Julian Robertson (see the Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge) and offering those precious amenities in demand by travelers whose vacation time is exceedingly valuable.

Kauri Cliffs has its own golf course, one of New Zealand’s top ten and the world’s top 50. It has three private beaches. It even has its own waterfall.

Find 22 guest suites on this 6,000-acre spread, scattered along a secluded walking path each with their own porch, fireplace, dressing room, and spa-themed bathroom, and views of the par-72, David Harmon-designed golf course with the Pacific Ocean beyond. And then there is the Owner’s Cottage, a 4,200-square-foot abode with its own garden and infinity-edge swimming pool, often used by the Robertson family and bookable all other times.

Nightly rates include pre-dinner cocktails on the veranda of the 1930’s style colonial guest lodge. An à la carte dinner follows, while complimentary mini-bar with domestic beers and organic sweets is offered in room. Mornings come with a full breakfast. Days can be spent wandering the beaches and forest trails, visiting quaint towns nearby, guided walks in Puketi Forest, fishing, diving the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, quad biking on 90 Mile Beach, partaking in cultural tours and sailing the Bay of Islands.

Or guests can just hang close at the infinity pool, go for a round of golf at the challenging seaside Kauri Cliffs course or get wrapped in manuka honey and New Zealand purity at the onsite spa. Later, a rest by a gentle fire or exploration of the treasures of the lodge library might be in order.

Getting there: Find Kauri Cliffs just over three hours from Auckland by car driving north and 30 minutes from Bay of Islands Kerikeri Airport, which receives scheduled flights from Auckland. Or visitors can take the high road: Kauri Cliffs has its own helicopter that can pick up in Auckland and offer a most scenic path to the lodge along the coast.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Tepene Tablelands Rd,
Matauri Bay, Northland
New Zealand
(011 64) 9 407 0010

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Also on New Zealand’s North Island but heading south toward the Pacific, find a sister in this trio: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in the heart of Hawke’s Bay’s wine country. A stay here marks the finest of farm luxe with large cottage-like suites, healthy foods grown on the property and great wines that are always in season.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a working farm with tours available. Some 22 suites and a sumptuous 4-bedroom Owner’s Cottage share the property with sheep, cattle and, yes, kiwi. The owners have worked hard to foster and preserve the precious New Zealand namesake in what has become the largest privately owned and funded wildlife sanctuary in the country.

A Relais & Chateaux property as well, families are in vogue at the Farm. Design here is farmhouse chic with thick timbers, fireplaces, stone floors and amazing views of the bay. Golf is celebrated here as well with an uber-exclusive, par 71, 7,119-yard course designed by Tom Doak that challenges all skill levels.

Wine, too, is a major reason to stay at Cape Kidnappers. Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine producing region, and it is its second largest. (The largest is Marlborough, on the South Island, with its renowned Sauvignon Blancs.) Hawke’s Bay’s sunny and temperate climes produce seductive Merlots and Cabernets. Syrahs and Chardonnays have their moment as well. Te Mata, New Zealand’s oldest winery (est. 1896), is a must-visit for lovers of reds that only get better with time.

While there is plenty to do on the farm (consider helicopter rides over Hawke’s Bay to secret trout fishing locations, spa treatments, golf and wine tours of the district’s vineyard, ATV Can-Am property tours, horseback riding and Kiwi Discovery Walks), an exploration of nearby Napier is also worth the trip. Described as “frozen in the 1930s,” Napier suffered an earthquake in 1932 and was rebuilt in the style of the day, which was completely Art Deco. It’s a good place to explore for local knick-knacks, farm fresh cuisine and wine gems.

Getting there: Air New Zealand operates daily flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch while JetStar flies from Auckland to Napier/Hawke’s Bay Airport, which is located about 25 miles from the Farm. Private transfers are available through desks at the airport or taxis. From Auckland, drive time takes about six hours; four hours from Wellington. Helicopter transfers from Auckland, Wellington and Taupo can be arranged by Cape Kidnappers.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
446 Clifton Road
Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay
New Zealand
(011 64) 6 875 1900

Matakauri Lodge

The third sister might be considered the most adventurous sibling, although she is also strikingly demure and exceptionally elegant. Matakauri Lodge is a South Island spot on scenic Lake Wakatipu and within a seven minute drive from the heart of Queenstown — New Zealand’s hot spot for hikers, trekkers, thrill seekers and sporting enthusiasts.

Matakauri’s 12 stunning suites offer views of the Remarkables mountain range with wide windows, private patios, and open fireplaces. Four rooms can be found in the lodge, while another eight are dotted next to the forest overlooking the lake and mountains.

The lodge’s four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage is, as one would expect, a stunner. Designed for families and groups of friends traveling together (sleeps up to eight guests), it has a spacious living room, as well as a study, kitchen and dining room and four large bedrooms. Find open fireplace, private balconies, bathrooms with large tubs angling in on the sublime views, and a perfectly located hot tub on the main balcony over the lake.

Matakauri Lodge offers plenty of comfortable, warm public spaces as well, with stylish lounges and roaring open fires. Guests can sip wine on the Remarkables Patio, find peace in the Library, soak in an outdoor infinity pool and Jacuzzi, or relax in the spa that sits on the edge of a pine forest, with uninterrupted views of the lake and Cecil Peak.

Getting there: Air New Zealand, Jet Star and Virgin Australia operate daily flights to Queenstown from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. While several carriers operate direct flights from major Australia ports of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The Lodge is located about 20 minutes Queenstown Airport.

Matakauri Lodge
569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown
New Zealand
(011 64) 3 441 1008

Inquire about the Ultimate New Zealand Lodge Package and stay at all three properties with plenty of “only in New Zealand” perks included.

Top Ten “Only in New Zealand” Musts

As New Zealand, some 13 hours flying time from the west coast of the U.S., is often noted as a bucket list destination, that may be because it offers so many unique and breathtaking experiences that you simply cannot find anywhere else. In New Zealand, you can swim with dolphins in Bay of Islands, cruise Fiordland’s Sounds, indulge your Lord of the Rings fantasies with tours in Matamata, raft inside the eerie glow of the Waitomo Caves, and develop your palate among Hawke’s Bay historic vineyards.

The following is a top ten New Zealand bucket list file to tuck inside the top ten destinations to see before you die.

1. Swimming with dolphins in Bay of Islands

2. Cruising Fiordland’s Sounds

3. Lord of the Rings Tours

4. Visiting the Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

5. Bungy Jump in Queenstown

6. Rotorua’s geothermal attractions

7. Cruising Marlborough’s Sounds

8. Black water rafting in Waitomo Caves

9. Wine tasting in Hawke’s Bay

10. Experience Fiordland’s fjords by Helicopter


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Lake Austin Spa Resort Perfect for Group Getaways

It’s hard to believe that spring is here and summer is just around the corner.  Looking for the perfect property for a little group get away? Lake Austin Spa Resort, located in a nature preserve right on the shores of Lake Austin, was named by Conde Nast the #6 Wellness Destination in the World and #5 Most Beautiful Lakeside Hotel in the World.

Besides the amazing array of spa treatments to choose from and the nearly 20 daily activities ranging from yoga, hiking, meditation and stand up paddle boarding to cooking demonstrations, what makes this property in Austin, TX unique is its setting.

Begin your next stay by arriving via their one of a kind water taxi experience. This is one of the few properties in the world where you can do this!  This is a must visit destination for girls getaways, anniversaries and birthday or milestone celebrations.

Group discounts begin when you have as little as six people in a group and packages can include the water taxi experience, scenic boat cruise or a cooking demonstration using produce from the on property gardens.

Please contact your preferred travel advisor or Tara Kaufman at 512-372-7216 or via e-mail at for latest offers.

A little slice of heaven is closer than you think!