International Yoga Day

On June 21st, yogis from around the world will come together to celebrate International Yoga Day. While yoga’s easy enough to practice on your own or at your local gym, we’ve been looking for some of the coolest places to find your inner Zen. Here are just a few spots that can’t be beat:

On a Rooftop in Barcelona

At the Majestic Hotel & Spa in Barcelona, you can practice yoga on the roof with panoramic views of the city from the hotel’s prime location on Passeig de Gracia. From there, you’ll see Barcelona’s famous mountains and Gaudi’s modernistic Sagrada Familia, all while staying above the bustle of city life. The Majestic Hotel & Spa offers both group classes and private lessons that can be adapted for any level of experience.

Above the Jungle in Bali

At COMO Shambhala Estate, you can take complimentary classes or schedule private yoga lessons in a studio overlooking the Bali forests and mountains. There they practice Hatha Yoga, which combines asanas (postures), better breathing, and meditation. At COMO Shambhala Estate, a 23-acre property set on the River Ayung, yoga is just one part of the holistic wellness regime that begins the moment you set foot on the grounds.

On a Private Beach in Turks and Caicos

At COMO Parrot Cay, yoga classes are offered right on the beach. There’s nothing like the sound of the surf to soothe your senses and get you in a meditative state of mind, and the resort’s location on a private island is the ideal place to find inner peace. The only thing better than Yoga Day is five yoga days, COMO Parrot Cay offers five-day yoga retreats with top instructors like America’s Rodney Yee to allow you to fully dive into the experience.

In the Rainforest in Costa Rica

Nayara Springs has a pavilion set in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, where you can relax and enjoy one of the many complimentary group yoga classes or a private yoga lesson with an experienced instructor. When you’re completely surrounded by the forest and fresh air, listening to the humming birds sing, and feeling the warm Costa Rican sun on your body, you’ll feel at peace with the world.


Foodie Getaways

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and while we all have food on the brain…

It’s not your average tasting menu; AMPR clients are stepping outside of the expected luxury culinary offerings to provide guests with experiential, and often hands-on, foodie vacations. Yes, you can go to a Michelin-starred restaurant most anywhere, but can you shop souks with the chef? What about a hotel with its own dairy farm? Ever hand-painted an éclair? And, what’s the best way to get kids to eat their veggies? Have them go farming with chef, of course. Keep reading for a selection of hands-on epicurean experiences, trends, “healthy” eating, and a few other noteworthy food happenings across the globe.

Bon Appetit!

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES

Tree-to-Table Chocolate

At UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso Brazil, cocoa trees grow in the hotel’s garden. The cocoa pods are harvested on property and the beans are left to dry and ferment in the sun. Guests are invited to take part in the rest of the process and make their own chocolate with UXUA chefs who also use the fruits of their labor to create UXUA’s desserts and ice creams.

Michelin Shopping List

Among the souks of Marrakech, Royal Mansour Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno frequents the Jamaa el Fna marketplace for ingredients such as lemon confit from the Bab Ftouh stand and olive oil sourced from the nearby Atlas Mountains. Chef Alléno welcomes guests on his shopping trips.

Eat (and Pick and Cook) Your Veggies!

Children at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo join the chef in the organic vegetable garden and fill a basket with veggies of their choice. After, the chef works with them to create a custom lunch creation.

Catch of the Day

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, offers guests the opportunity to meet, and fish with local fisherman in a simple row boat for local favorites such as: wahoo, dorado, and king fish.

Before It’s Gone, Tsukiji Fish Market Private Tour

The days of the Tsukiji Fish Market are numbered as Tokyo plans to close the institution to build roads in support of Olympics 2020. At Park Hyatt Tokyo, Chef Angerer brings guests on private market tours, enabling them to skip the hour-long wait and experience the tuna auction. Guests will meet with the hotel’s fish suppliers who offer fresh-from-the-sea sashimi tasting.

Périgords on the Burgundy Canals

Belmond Afloat in France luxury barges take guests through the truffle fields of Burgundy to spend the afternoon hunting Périgords, the aromatic jewels of France. Then, back to the ship to enjoy their well-earned spoils, made-to-order.

Learn to Shuck an Oyster

TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet serves ocean-to-table oysters – plucked from local Retsyo Oyster Farm. Guests enjoy a Bay Cruise led by island legend Captain Rob to see the oyster bed, learn about how they’re harvested, and receive a tutorial about how to properly shuck an oyster.

TRENDS

Latest Fashion Trend: Éclairs

Specialty éclairs are popping up on the menu of luxury hotels from New York to Barcelona.

Park Hyatt hotels serve the confection with interesting flavor pairings worldwide, such as Pistachio and Cointreau in Paris. In New York, Pastry Chef Scott Cioe hand-paints his signature raspberry rose éclair and teaches éclair-making classes at the hotel.

Majestic Hotel & Spa launched a new menu of éclairs for their Majestic Fashion Tea, inspired by the creations of Salvatore Ferragamo, Bulgari, Jimmy Choo, Rosa Clara, and more. The Perugia is Vanilla & Tonka Bean Mousse described to be as delicate as Brunello Cucinelli cashmere.

“HEALTHY” EATING

Gluten-Free Wine Pairings

B Cellars Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley recently launched a wellness tasting experience. A three-mile hike through the vines is followed by a healthy “B-Bite” food and wine pairing comprising gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan selections prepared in B Cellars open kitchen (an element not found in other wineries in Napa Valley).

Food is Science at COMO

COMO Shambhala Cuisine from COMO Hotels and Resorts was created to boost concentration, balance blood-sugar levels, and encourage overall mental and physical wellbeing. Food is described on the menu as “enzyme-rich” and is primarily raw and vegan. Dishes (such as: zucchini carpaccio; flax and walnut flat bread with cashew nut “hummus,” avocado, and tomato salad; and pineapple sundaes made with cashew nut milk and young coconut sorbet) are available at 12 COMO properties worldwide – including the new room service menu at the recently renovated Metropolitan by COMO, London.

NOTEWORTHY

Buy the Farm

To guarantee the freshest and highest quality dairy products for guests, Nayara Springs created its own local dairy farm where all of the milk and cheese is sourced for the hotel’s restaurants.

Stay at Chris Blackwell’s Farm


Chris Blackwell, the man who discovered U2 and Bob Marley, recently opened Pantrepant, his farmstead in west Jamaica to guests of Island Outpost resort group. Visitors can stay in the two-bedroom guest cottage and have full access to the grounds – enjoying farm fresh dishes using just-picked callaloo and mangos, milking cows at the dairy, and plucking eggs from chickens.

CIA-Only in Napa Valley

The fifth annual Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival will be held March 16-20, 2016. Participating chefs are all graduates of the historic Culinary Institute (CIA) of America. Area vintners will host wine-paired dinners at their wineries and top winemakers will lead wine tastings at the CIA California campus.

New Celebrity Chef Restaurant in Bermuda

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson recently opened his latest culinary endeavor, Marcus’ at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Hotel in Bermuda.

We hope these brief bites were enough to whet your palate!

and they say print is dead…


Seussville’s newest resident has seen record-breaking sales and has been the #1 bestseller according to Publishers Weekly. With more than 200,000 copies sold in the first week, What Pet Should I Get? is Random House Children’s Books’ fastest-selling picture book to date. This all comes as the result of the long-anticipated transformation of Theodore Geisel’s lost manuscripts, a posthumous picture book for the ages. Once again, Dr. Seuss reminds us of the joy that the innocence of childhood (and a few furry friends) can bring. In honor of the release’s success, we’re highlighting a few animalistic experiences crafted for the youngest travelers.


“If I Ran the Zoo”- Belmond Northern Belle allows kids to “run” the Chester Zoo of the United Kingdom. They will walk among the wildlife, discovering some of Britain’s most exotic creatures. The grounds include several play areas, where kids ages 3 and up can monkey around and get their faces painted like their favorite creature.


“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”- To fish, you wish? We’ve got the dish- go to Jamaica. At GoldenEye, there are a variety of water activities for kids of all ages. From snorkeling and kayaking to jet skiing and deep sea fishing, GoldenEye is the perfect place to swim with the fishies of the Oracabessa Bay.


“Horton Hears a Who”- Point Yamu by COMO, overlooking the Andaman Sea in Phuket, organizes family excursions to the Gibbon Primate Sanctuary. Here, kids can ride bareback through elephant village, making friends with Horton’s endangered Asian cousins.


“The Cat in the Hat”- But these cats don’t use a litter box! At andBeyond Phinda Homestead, we’re tracking cheetahs. Kids can join andBeyond’s WILDChild Programme for a day of crafts and activities, or embark on a private guided safari with their family to spot these elusive predators first-hand.

fall to-do list

To commemorate the first day of fall, here’s what we’re putting on your to-do list…

Keep your beach bod going…
Run: Site-running on Crystal Cruises’ new excursions
Climb: Mountains in Phuket at Point Yamu by COMO (opened this month)
Swim: Laps to the sounds of Carnegie Hall (hint: underwater speakers) at Park Hyatt New York


Follow the colors…
Yellow: Belmond’s new Brussels journeys wind through German, Austrian, and Swiss foliage
Red: Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival celebrates the kick-off of Cabernet Season, here’s your chance to rub elbows with star chefs
Blue: A new TropicSurf excursion at Maalifushi by COMO takes you to secluded Maldivian surf spots

Move with the Migrations…
Africa: Feel the beat of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest as they pound through the Maasai Mara at the newly opened andBeyond Kichwa Tembo
Caribbean: Watch the hatching of baby sea turtles while staying at GoldenEye
Northeast: Set sail from Nantucket Boat Basin on The Grey Lady to watch Humpback whales

world’s best pools

When it comes to the pools we dip in, we prefer ones hanging in the Costa Rican rainforest or perched on a mountain range in Jamaica. Or anything at all like these:

1. Aventurine healing waters at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

2. Swimming with Pitons Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

3. The high life at Strawberry Hill

4. Treetop swimming at Nayara Springs

5. 100 meters of awesome at Point Yamu by COMO

6. Desert oasis at Park Hyatt Dubai

7. Dripping in gold at Park Hyatt Vienna

8. Birds-eye view from the rooftop at Park Hyatt Sydney

9. Soaking up Low Cay Beach at GoldenEye

10. Sunset sailing and swim on Crystal Cruises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stepping out

Harper’s Bazaar just called on the “in” shoes of this season and next. We feel utterly compelled to decide precisely where they should be shown off.  Read on to see where we’ll be taking these styles first…

 

Isabel Marant

See and be seen during fashion week next month at Park Hyatt New York.

 

Proenza Schouler

The only thing hotter than wearing these out, is wearing them at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach.

 

Saint Laurent

Stroll the galleries of SITE Santa Fe in these cowgirl-chic booties before heading over to Inn on the Alameda for a southwestern-style evening.

Sophia Webster

Polka dots were meant for Paris and these shoes were meant for Pavillon de la Reine.

Stella McCartney

These “sneakers” scream Tokyo high design, much like Park Hyatt Tokyo.

Valentino

“Beautifully Boyish,” wear these at The Living Room cigar and whiskey lounge at the new Park Hyatt Vienna.

Chloé

Wear a work of art in a work of art, such as the ROOM suite by Antony Gormley at The Beaumont.

Laurence Dacade

A disco ball has nothing on these boots shining brighter than the London city lights; wear them at The Halkin by COMO.

Delpozo shoes

Classic, timeless beauty, sounds just like Belmond trains to us.

 

 

Gianvito Rossi

These chic suede boots will be fall’s best accessory at Flavor! Napa Valley. Reservations at The Restaurant at Meadowood anyone?

AMPR TOP FIVE: spa treatments

Brazil: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

Travel by horseback to Taipe Beach where the stress-relieving, mineral-rich clay deposits will leave skin softer and fresher.

 

St. Lucia: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

Take advantage of Saint Lucia’s most unexpected spa: its volcanoes. Natural sulfur mud and the Piton’s black water springs restore skin.

 

France: Guinot Institut Paris

Ionize, oxygen charge, and lift your skin with a Hydradermie treatment. Tailored products mean firmer and more radiant skin.

 

Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives

The Rejuvenation Path at the COMO Shambhala Retreat on Cocoa Island is a day-long series of treatments designed to relax and refresh the body. After a morning of energizing Hatha yoga, relax with a soothing bath and massage, replenish with COMO’s Shambhala’s specially designed healthful cuisine, and release any final strands of tension with a deep tissue massage.

 

Visit Napa Valley

Find your relaxation 40 feet underground in Spa Terra’s wine cellar hideaway. The “Have a Grape Day” treatment uses grape seed extracts in every step – the scrub, massage, and facial – even ending with a glass of bubbly.

 

the AMPR gold standard

Gold is the new black. From Vienna to Jamaica, our “Gold Standard” will pave the way to a truly gilded vacation.

 

The pool at the new Park Hyatt Vienna, located in a 100-year-old bank vault, is lined in real gold tiles as an homage to the bricks that were once stored there.

 

The Halkin by COMO’s basque-inspired Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is dripping with golden icicles from every inch of the ceiling.

 

Ian Fleming has always taken his readers on the ultimate gilt trip with “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “Goldfinger.” Now, to mark the 50-year Golden anniversary of Fleming’s passing, Island Outpost is allowing guests to book a single room in his former villa at GoldenEye in Oracabessa, Jamaica.

 

All that glitters is gold in the Arrow River, where families can take a 30-minute day trip from Matakauri Lodge to pan for golden nuggets.

 

guinot launches hydradermie double ionization

Guinot is unveiling its newest treatment: Hydradermie Double Ionization.  They have revamped their signature Hydradermie treatment (the facial known for its powerful results to deep cleanse, hydrate, and address specific concerns) and increased its effectiveness by enabling the active ingredients to penetrate the skin quicker and deeper.

How does it work?

The roller ionizes gels on the flat surfaces of the face, while the rounded tips ionize gels specifically on the chin, eyes, mouth, and laugh lines.  Skin becomes more radiant from the absorption of the products and the delicate galvanic currents massaging the face.

Where is it available?

The new Hydradermie Double Ionization will be available starting June 2014 at spas around the country, including the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the new Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach.

How is it different?

The improved and longer lasting results include softer skin and a brighter complexion and the new electrode has shortened the treatment time from 75 to 60 minutes. The hand help electrode used in the original Hydradermie treatment is no longer needed and instead, new electrode rollers with positive and negative charge are used to induce penetration of ions at the same time. 

Who is it for?

The machine can be adjusted to meet the needs of all skin types, including oily, dry, combination, mature, and sensitive skin.

 

AMPR Hosts 12th Annual Showcase

Tonight is AMPR’s annual Client Showcase event (now in its 12th year!).  More than 100 of New York City’s most influential media and industry players flock to this event to find out everything that is new and trending in luxury hospitality.  They are met by our clients who fly in from all across the globe – London, Tokyo, Jamaica, even Bhutan.

At a prestigious university club in Midtown, this year we celebrate “The World is Our University.” We will draw attention to the culturally enriching and educational experiences that await our globe-trotting guests.

But, our clients aren’t the only teachers in this class.  Tuesday morning, a panel of media specialist and photographers will be leading a session titled “Storytelling through Imagery.”  PR is becoming an increasingly visual industry where the importance of photography is paramount to a good story.  This year’s panelists will speak about the evolving landscape of traditional and digital photography in media.

We will be live posting tonight and tomorrow.  Be sure to follow @alicemarshallpr on Twitter and Instagram for a sneak peek at education-inspired travel experiences tonight.  And, tune in from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. tomorrow for tips on how to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack with great photos.

SHOWCASE PANELISTS

  • Deborah Frank, Executive Managing Editor, Departures
  • Stephen Wallis, Executive Editor, Architectural Digest
  • Tania Pirozzi, Deputy Photo Editor, Town & Country
  • Matthew Hranek, Freelance Photographer with work appearing in Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveler, Esquire, GQ, Town & Country, and Travel + Leisure)
  • Daniela Stallinger, Freelance Photographer and founder of Bearleader Chronicle

SHOWCASE ATTENDING CLIENTS

  • The Beaumont
  • Chewton Glen
  • Cliveden House
  • COMO Hotels & Resorts
  • CREST (Center for Responsible Tourism)
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Island Outpost
  • Maisons & Hotels Sibuet
  • Nantucket Island Resorts
  • Belmond
  • Park Hyatt
  • Park Hyatt Tokyo
  • Sugar Beach
  • Virtuoso
  • Visit Napa Valley

 

 

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