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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