AMPR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

Belmond British Pullman will launch a new Downton Abbey journey in 2020.

September is a time of transition. Summer fades into fall. Late-season harvests give way to pumpkin-spiced everything. The days get shorter. The nights are longer. And it’s always a good time to get away.

What’s New

Uptown, Downton: They say that seeing is believing. We say that experiencing is even better. In honor of the upcoming release of Downton Abbey: The Movie, fans of the Crawley Family can enjoy exclusive access to Highclere Castle while aboard Belmond British Pullman on two dedicated journeys in 2020. Opening exclusively for Belmond guests on March 18 and September 23, 2020, Highclere Castle is the location of the much-loved TV series and the ancestral home of the Earl & Countess of Carnavon. On a day trip from London Victoria Station, guests will enjoy a three course brunch onboard the 1920s and 30s carriages, a guided tour of the house and gardens, and a champagne reception and three-course dinner with sommelier-selected wine on the way back to London.

Capital Improvements: This October, The Doyle Collection’s Dupont Circle Hotel will put the finishing touches on its relaunch with the completion of its penthouse suite by Clodagh. Earlier this year, the hotel opened a new bar and restaurant – Doyle and Pembroke – designed by Martin Brudnizki; and a new lobby, also designed by Clodagh. Clodagh and Martin’s styles both embrace chic midcentury touches, with Brudnizki focusing on bold colors and varying textures and Clodagh incorporating holistic touches like live-edge wood and a quiet fountain on the suite’s extra-large terrace.

Palm Beachin’: Coming late 2019 – just in time to escape winter – is White Elephant Palm Beach. The space is a sister property to White Elephant on Nantucket. Previously The Bradley Park Hotel, the historic structure from the 1920s will remain, but the interiors have been completely gutted and will be re-imagined by architectural firm Elkus Manfredi in a color palette of soft neutrals.

Chocolate-y Goodness: New from La Maison du Chocolat Chef Nicolas Cloiseau is Bars Unhinged, the culmination of 18 months of careful research and worldwide travel to trusted chocolate plantations. Chef Cloiseau selected the finest cocoa beans from Brazil, the Caribbean and South America, juxtaposing the chocolate’s delicate silkiness with hazelnuts from Italy, almonds from Spain and pecans from Mexico. The result is a line of “inside out” bars where a constellation of the decadent nuts are visible from the outside.

Embrace the Night: Sometimes the best way to deal with the waning daylight hours is to embrace it. Though located in the southern hemisphere – where the days are becoming longer – andBeyond Sossusvlei Lodge in Namibia is all about the night sky. Opening on October 16, the property is located in Africa’s only International Dark Sky Reserve. Guests will have the rare opportunity to observe the southern hemisphere stars from one of the darkest and most protected skies in the world. Each evening, guests are invited to join the lodge’s resident astronomer in the on-site observatory – complete with a Meade LX200R 12-inch telescope – to view the brightest constellations and planets across the inky black night sky.

Birch + ‘Wood: Take in the city and the country with a new package by Meadowood Napa Valley and The Battery in San Francisco. The four-night getaway includes a two-night stay at each property, a curated winery itinerary throughout the Napa Valley and a personalized styling appointment at Tory Burch Union Square.

Endless Summer

It’s always summer with views like this. Relax at The Christopher St. Barth this month.

In the northern hemisphere, summer officially turns to fall on Monday, September 23. (And if the Farmers Almanac is correct, winter will rear its head with a vengeance all-too-soon after that.) Apple pie and golden-hued leaves are nice, but if you’re not quite ready to let go of long sunny days and warm breezy nights, the below destinations will keep things Hot! Hot! Hot! And help to stave off any end-of-summer blues.

Jamaican Me Crazy: Jamaica. That Jamaica. James Bond author Ian Fleming spent much of his time on the Caribbean Island, and it’s easy to see why he kept coming back. When he wasn’t snorkeling in the azure waters or birding in the Blue Mountains, he wrote a new Bond novel each winter. Today, Fleming’s legacy remains. His bungalow – renamed the Fleming Villa – is part of the 52-acre GoldenEye resort, as are his writing desk, sunken garden and the nearby coral reef. This winter, GoldenEye will open three, three-bedroom cottages on the resort’s lagoon. And, looking ahead, the island will be the site of the 25th James Bond movie – Daniel Craig’s last! ­Titled No Time to Die, the film will be released April, 2020.

Mal-dive Right In: The recently opened Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is a must-visit for any sunshine seeker. With 122 villas, 56 of which are perched over water, the resort will make guests feel as if they’re in their own private oasis. The Ithaafushi Private Island is perfect for extended families, featuring a two-bedroom overwater villa and a three-bedroom beach villa as well as two pools for adults and one for kids, an overwater spa and wellness center, an entertainment center with cinema, and a dedicated team of chefs. The resort also boasts 11 specialty-concept venues for the largest culinary selection in the Maldives. The highlight is Terra: seven private dining pods on individual treetops overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Eye on the Skies: With new restaurants, reconstructed roads, and the last of the major hotel renovations wrapping up this season, St. Barth is a must-visit. Soak in all that the notorious party island has to offer, then retire to The Christopher, which is located on the island’s quieter, more residential Pointe Milou. The hotel has westward-facing views toward St. Jean Bay, a perfect place to catch the sunset. Sip on fruity beverages at the newly opened restaurant Christo as you mull the cooler weather up north.

Two if By Sea: If you’re crusin’ for a good time in the Caribbean, look no further than PONANT and the recently launched Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d’Urville ships, which will offer a combined 29 sailings for the 2019-2020 season. Highlights of the trips include discovering Mayan treasures along the Yucatan; as well as “The Essential of the Caribbean” itinerary that features a dedicated diving instructor on board throughout the duration of the cruise. Both ships feature the state-of-the-art Blue Eye Lounge. Located eight feel below water, the unprecedented views from the lounge offer a peek into underwater life through the whale-eye shaped portholes.

Island Hopping: Truly extend summer with Belmond’s “Island to Island” package, which offers accommodations in both Anguilla and St. Martin – and a seamless connection via a 25-minute Caribbean boat ride. The recently renovated Belmond La Samanna sits on the French side of St. Martin and offers guests the chance to check out La Cave Wine Cellar – the largest private wine cellar in the Caribbean. After a few days of channeling your inner bourgeoisie exploring St. Martin’s chic shops and restaurants, head across the Caribbean Sea to Anguilla. Sister resort Belmond Cap Juluca reopened in December 2018, following a top-to-bottom redesign by Rottet Studio. The white sands of Maundays Bay, known to be one of the most crystal-clear beaches in the Caribbean, offer a private and quiet escape from the rest of the world.

Tumbleweed Tuesday

Nama-stay in the Hamptons a little longer with a fall retreat at Shou Sugi Ban House.

Tumbleweed Tuesday: A term that locals in beach towns use to refer to the day after Labor Day – a.k.a. a start to the offseason. Tourists head back to the big city as a collective sigh of relief can be felt in the air. And yet, adventures can still be had in September and beyond. Think: All of the fun, but fewer crowds and better rates. Check out our top picks below:

Nantucket, Massachusetts: The hydrangeas may no longer be in bloom, but some say that fall is the most beautiful time to enjoy Nantucket. Still easily accessible via a direct flight from JFK (through October) or Boston (year-round), Nantucket’s offseason is one of the Northeast’s best-kept secrets. Cooler temps are perfect for biking, and each of Nantucket Island Resorts’ properties have complimentary bikes for guests to enjoy the 30 miles of flat trails, nature preserves and local farms. Take a spin to island favorite Cisco Brewery, open year-round for local beers and live music. Or, head to Nantucket’s walkable downtown, with its cobblestone streets and a slew of museums should you need to escape from inclement weather. Summer visitors will be remiss not to stop by Island favorite Juice Bar long after the traditional ice cream season has ended – the shop churns out a homemade Pumpkin Spice flavor only available in the fall.

St. Tropez, France: Partygoers know that St. Tropez in July and August is a guaranteed good time. And yet, September offers all the pros of the summer months, minus the ruckus. The average high temperate is a pleasant 78 degrees and the water is still warm enough to swim. Nestled among the cliffs 15 minutes outside St. Tropez is La Réserve Ramatuelle – the perfect home base for the 20th anniversary of the Voiles de St. Tropez, a 300-boat yacht race that takes place September 28 through October 6. The race will begin on the beaches of Pampelonne where La Réserve’s new beach club, La Réserve à la Plage, opened last April. Guests of the beach club can watch the yachts sail by while sipping a glass of Provencal rosé – yes, the rosé still flows well into September.

The Hamptons, New York: September is fondly called Locals’ Summer in the Hamptons – the temperatures are still pleasant and the ocean is the warmest it gets all year. What better way to soak in the wealth of the offseason than with a health-focused vacation. New wellness retreat Shou Sugi Ban House, which opened in Water Mill in May, will host weekly retreats throughout the fall, with a culinary-focused program with Chef Mads Refslund (co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen) on September 26-29. Guests will get to taste Refslund’s seasonal, plant-rich and locally sourced meals and also learn from him during culinary demonstrations. Other highlights from the schedule include guided beach walks, yoga and spa treatments.

Barcelona, Spain: As the summer tourist crowds disappear and locals return from vacation, the Catalan capital regains its authentic charm. Every September, the city hosts Festes de la Merce, a weeklong festival honoring the patron saint of Barcelona. The city comes alive with 600 events including fireworks displays, free concerts, street theater performances  and activities for children. Travelers who visit in September can join 100,000 spectators to catch a FC Barcelona game at the famous Camp Nou stadium. Take in all the sights and sounds of the city from Almanac Barcelona’s Azimuth rooftop bar – the perfect place to catch the sunset with a sangria in hand. The hotel opened in 2018 in the heart of the Modernist neighborhood of Eixample Derecho. Best of all, the warm temperatures mean guests can still go for a dip in the hotel’s rooftop pool.

Sicily, Italy: For tourist-free views and a deeper dive into the Sicilian coast, those in-the-know head to Sicily in September. With its season extended to January 5, 2020, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo plays host to pop-up restaurant Otto Geleng (named after the influential German painter) on the Literary Terrace. Catering to just 16 guests per night, the restaurant offers breakthtaking views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. The tasting menu features otto (eight) dishes designed by the property’s chef Roberto Toro, all of which highlight local produce and traditional Sicilian culinary methods with a vibrant twist. During the day, oenophiles will enjoy a trip through the vineyards of Mount Etna during peak harvest times to learn more about the production process and to sample rare vintages.

Trancoso, Brazil: September is springtime in Brazil, offering warm weather and a calming atmosphere before the high season kicks into gear in December. Encompassing all that defines the country, Trancoso is surrounded by both the jungle and the sea. The district was put on the map by chic boutique hotel UXUA. The hotel features 11 one-to-three-bedroom casas that seamlessly blend into the surrounding neighborhood, all restored using local and sustainable materials. For a relaxing afternoon, stroll down to UXUA Praia, the beachfront lounge and bar based out of refurbished fishing boat, or stop in the property’s ice cream parlor for fresh, made-daily flavors like cacao and Bahian pepper.

Harvest Season

andBeyond Vira Vira is located on a working farm in Pucon, Chile.

For locavores, fall means one thing: Harvest season. To truly immerse themselves in their vacation destination, travelers look to indulge in the bounty of nearby farms. Take in the local flavors at some of our favorite destinations:

A (Cran)berry good time: The annual family-friendly Cranberry Festival returns to Nantucket on October 12, to celebrate island’s 162-year history of cranberry farming. In addition to live cranberry harvesting, festivalgoers can embark on guided bog tours, or dive into kid-friendly activities such as hayrides, sack races, tug-of-war and a petting zoo. Guests who book The Wauwinet’s three-bedroom Anchorage House will receive keys to a 2019 BMW 760L SUV to arrive to the festival in style:

Cheesing: Nestled on a 54-acre estate just outside of Pucon, Chile, andBeyond Vira Vira defines farm-to-table dining. The resort is located on a modern working farm and features an organic vegetable garden for its Chilean-inspired dishes. The farm also boasts an in-house cheese factory – a quesería ­­– that guests can tour before enjoying a pre-dinner charcuterie board back at the al fresco restaurant. A few favorite local delicacies of Chef Damián Fernández Dupuoy include homegrown artichokes from the garden, honey from the Curarrehue valley, and flakes of fresh parmesan from the quesería.

Sweet Treats: Nestled in the hills of Jamaica’s sleepy Trelawny Parish, 30 miles inland from Montego Bay, Pantrepant is the 800-acre working farm of famed hotelier and record producer Chris Blackwell. Pantrepant, the c. 1700 sugar plantation, is where Blackwell spends time with friends, including Bono, Grace Jones, and Bob Marley’s family. There’s no cell service; no alarm clocks; no set schedule. There’s a two-bedroom guest cottage that is exclusively available to the overnight guests of Island Outpost, Blackwell’s hospitality brand. At Pantrepant, enjoy farm fresh meals prepared by head chef Mama J, who was trained by Blackwell’s personal chef and has been cooking at Pantrepant for more than 20 years. She harvests callaloo from the garden, plucks eggs from the coop and sources milk from the cows. Visitors can spend the day swimming or kayaking in the aqua-marine Martha Brae River or touring the farm via horseback.

Red Alert: Saffron is one of the leading exports for Morocco, and harvest season is right around the corner. Lasting for three weeks in late October and early November, the saffron harvest is typically done by Berber women who gather early in the morning to hand-pick before the sunlight hits and the flowers begin to bloom. Royal Mansour sources all saffron from a local farm in the Ourika Valley, incorporating the spice into its restaurants as well as a new bespoke hammam treatment, The Gourmet Glow wrap. Saffron helps brighten, lift, firm, and hydrate skin. Tip to know it’s not fake? Crush the red stigma and it should turn a mustard yellow color.

Everyday I’m Trufflin’: Belmond Castello di Casole’s vast Tuscan estate is home to a treasure trove of truffles. Guests are welcome to join expert hunter Mauro Nesi and his Lagotto Romagnolo dogs to sniff out the precious tubers, which are particularly abundant in September in October. Once unearthed, the hotel kitchen uses the delicacy to infuse a tasting menu of Taglierini, Tosca fillet and Black truffle tarts.

Wine Not: The Napa Valley’s rich vineyards make it the perfect destination for farm-focused travel. September and October are “crush” season in Napa Valley – the time when vineyard workers pick the grapes and the scent of wine permeates the air. To celebrate, wineries across the region will offer interactive experiences, such as grape stomps at Peju Province and Bell Wine Cellars, and wine blending classes at B Cellars and Judd’s Hill. Stay at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences in Calistoga, which opens January 2020 and will feature an on-site vineyard and tasting space for guests to enjoy the hyper-local harvest. Nearby, learn more about harvest season at 1881, Napa Valley’s first wine history museum and tasting salon. The space features a collection of winemaking artifacts such as decanters, vineyard tools and labels from the 18th and 19th centuries. Afterward, enjoy a meal at Brix Restaurant and Gardens in Yountville – the only restaurant in the region with an on-site vineyard. It reopened in April a three-month, top-to-bottom renovation.

AMPR AUGUST NEWSLETTER

andBeyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will open in October

In August, travelers will “go dark” to experience a destination’s wonders in a new light – or, more accurately, without any:

What’s New

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge: Opening October 16, andBeyond Sossusvlei Lodge in Namibia is located in Africa’s only International Dark Sky Reserve. Guests will have the rare opportunity to observe the southern hemisphere stars from one of the darkest and most protected skies in the world. Each evening, guests are invited to join the lodge’s resident astronomer in the on-site observatory – complete with a Meade LX200R 12-inch telescope – to view the brightest constellations and planets across the inky black night sky.

The Dupont Circle: Named for its downtown DC neighborhood, the recently relaunched Dupont Circle has undergone a Washington Monumental renovation. The team is putting the finishing touches on the final projects, including the Clodagh-designed 3,000 sq. ft. Penthouse Suite, which will open mid-August. Located on the rooftop floor, the space will include a heated private terrace with a firepit and projector for al fresco movie nights. The suite will comprise two master bedrooms and a large living and dining area, including a fireplace, wet bar, dining table, and lounge area perfect for hosting social gatherings.

Nayara Tented Camp: When it opens on December 20, Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica will be one of the first luxury camps in Central America. Guests will be able to experience evening frog-watching tours to see the tiny red-eye tree frogs, as well as other nocturnal species like bats and howler monkeys.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi: New as of July 1, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is the brand’s first location in the Maldives, boasting 122 villas on the sea. The spa features a starlight ocean massage as a part of its signature treatments. Guests can drift away under the Maldivian stars in the outdoor spa pavilion, as they relax to the sound of the gently lapping waves.

Starry, Starry Night

The Belmond Royal Scotsman will take guests on a late-night, starry excursion.

James Taylor said it best, “At night the stars, they put on a show for free.” This summer, travel to one of these dark destinations to take time to stare up at the night sky, learn about constellations, and even catch a falling star.

Botswana: Each of the Belmond Safari lodges – Belmond Khwai River Lodge, Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, and Belmond Eagle Island Lodge – allows guests the opportunity to experience the vast dome of Botswana’s uninterrupted night sky. Guests will learn how the local tribes used the stars for navigation while taking in the beauty of the local landscape.

Scotland: Great Scott! The UK is fast becoming a popular place to enjoy a clear, dark evening. Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scotland’s only luxury sleeper train, has announced bespoke excursions that take guests off the rails and into the wilds of Scotland. Among the options is stargazing in the Cairngorms of the Scottish Highlands, one of the darkest skies in Europe. Guests can explore the area with a certified astrologer who will introduce them to the constellations while they enjoy a late-night picnic.

New York City: The unlikeliest of stargazing spots may just provide the best perspective on the night. Head to The Chatwal to catch the famous Persides Meteor Shower from one of the hotel’s 14 open-air terraces. The annual summertime shower peaks the evening of August 12-13 with a predicted 50–75 meteors per hour, making it the most likely time you’ll see a shooting star in New York City. And if the city lights are just too bright, the stars around the block at Broadway’s famous theaters can fill the void.

California: Stargaze while you float at Napa Valley’s Solage Calistoga, a contemporary oasis with a spa that offers an evening open-air floating meditation called Aqua Vibrations. Guests sits in a mesh chair, partially submerged in the geothermal mineral pool (96 to 98 degrees), where they can gaze at the stars and moon.

Mexico: Bring the indoors outside in Mexico. Each of the 41 villas at Viceroy Riviera Maya comes with its own private moon shower. The luxurious space is a garden oasis surrounded by a bamboo fence and tropical plantings, with a dedicated space for keeping towels dry. Is there any better way to bathe than in nature under the stars?

The Hamptons: Anyone who has ever driven in the Hamptons knows how dark the night sky can be out east. Take in the stars at Shou Sugi Ban House, where each evening concludes with an outdoor fire circle to wind down with hot tea and live music. Retreat guests can also take part in fireside chats with occasional special guest speakers.

Going Dark

Enjoy a digital detox at Nayara Springs in Costa Rica

In today’s hyper-connected world, going off the grid has become a popular – and some say necessary – way to travel. The reasons for disconnecting are endless: it provides time to get in touch with nature, to explore new hobbies, to focus on personal well-being, and to reconnect with friends. If you’re seeking a digital detox, check out the below suggestions for going dark on your next vacation:

I’ve Got the Power: Scratch that. Reverse it. “No power” is the theme for 2019 at UXUA Casa Hotel and Spa’s new Trails for Trancoso initiative. The program, which was developed by UXUA and is 100% financed by the property, creates car-free, green corridors connecting local attractions, beaches and neighborhoods in Trancoso, Brazil. Residents and tourists alike can enjoy a safe and sustainable transportation network via foot, bike, and horseback. The results are clear: 99% of guests don’t rent cars; and 85% of staff members arrive to work by foot or bicycle. Local sourcing allows delivery of many foods and supplies by pulled carts or canoe rather than powered vehicles. The program has cultural significance: UXUA sits on the 500-year-old, automobile-free Historic Quadrado.

A Treat for a Better Sleep: Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Good Night Sleep Stretch, a complimentary 30-minute program, is designed to prepare the body for restful sleep. The teacher-led class takes place in a candlelit fitness room overlooking the city from the 47th floor. It consists of slow stretches and breathing exercises to loosen muscles and bring the body into equilibrium. Across the world in New York City, guests at The Chatwal have access to nine 12-minute yoga classes led by Eddie Stern (Gwyneth Paltrow’s yoga and spiritual guru) via in-room iPads.

Skin in the Game: Did you know that your screens are aging your skin? Guinot’s new Sun Logic (available in SPF 20 and SPF 30) is an anti-aging sunscreen that protects the skin not only from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also from blue light rays from TVs, computers, and mobile phones – keeping skin safe both in the office and at the beach.

Spring Awakening: With Nayara Springs’ Digital Detox, guests are invited to lock away their tablets, smart phones, and laptops and unwind with daily yoga and meditation, a Nature Escape Spa package (hot stone massage, facial, and relaxation time in the natural mineral hot springs), and a birdwatching tour. If you’re too anxious to have your phone under lock and key, start with baby steps and enjoy evening candlelight yoga at the rainforest yoga pavilion. The natural background sounds of chirping tree frogs and a babbling stream below sets the tone for low-impact poses designed to relax the body in preparation for sleep.

Tub and Tonic: At the newly opened Shou Sugi Ban House wellness retreat in the Hamptons, guests are encouraged to return to the simplicity of self. They’ll end each evening with a soak and sleep tonic before bed. Each guest studio is outfitted with either a modern air massage soaking tub or Japanese soaking tub, called Hinoki ofuro.

A No Phone Zone: Nantucket Island Resort’s The Wauwinet encourages guests to stay in the moment and enjoy the view without distraction by restricting phone use while relaxing on the green lawn.

Midnight Snacks

Enjoy a midnight snack on your own private terrace at The Chatwal, New York

Midnight snacks don’t have to be taboo. Instead, think of late-night dining as the ultimate vacation indulgence: a chance to eat and drink in an off-the-beaten path location at an off-beat hour.

Morocco: At the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, guests of Royal Mansour can enjoy a starry night away from the busy lights of Marrakech. Following a private tour on 4×4 vehicles, guests can indulge in sunset cocktails and a gourmet dinner in their own private camp, served with just the glow of candles, torches, and a blanket of stars above.

Paris: Located just off the Champs-Elysées, La Réserve Paris offers a decidedly luxurious take on the midnight snack. The concierge can coordinate a private midnight dinner in the closed Grand Palais, which is located across the street from the property. Afterward, guests can fall asleep in two very distinct accommodations – the hotel with its 19th century Parisian living style, or the affiliated apartments with a more contemporary French experience.

Antarctica: Dine under the midnight sun in the Antarctic Circle with PONANT’s ‘Beyond the Polar Circle’ sailings. The 17-day/16-night journey takes guests roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with ports of call including New Island, one of the most remote islands in the Falkland archipelago and home to the world’s largest colony of thin-billed prions. Outings and shore visits to the Antarctic Peninsula led by a team of experienced naturalist guides are also available.

South Africa: Guests at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve can spend a magical night dining and sleeping under the stars. After a leisurely game drive, arrive at a romantic camp in the middle of the bush where you’ll enjoy dinner al fresco before retiring to a luxurious sleep setup that includes duvets and warm blankets draped with billowing mosquito nets.

New York City: If you get caught between the moon and New York City, the best thing you can do is have a campfire. Seriously. At The Chatwal, guests can request a fire pit with a customizable s’mores kit to create a delectable midnight treat on one of the 14 signature terraces.

St. Barth: Midnight snack? Let’s add in: midnight dancing on tables. Just a quick walk away from The Christopher, St. Barth is Le Ti St. Barth, the popular restaurant with dinner and a cabaret show every night. Enjoy a quiet sunset by the pool before heading out to let your hair down.

Barcelona: It’s a well-known fact that locals in Barcelona eat dinner late. Very late. Ease into the tradition with a stay at Almanac Barcelona, where the on-site Azimuth Rooftop Bar serves food – and a BBQ in the summer months – until 11 p.m. and drinks until 1 a.m. The glass-enclosed lounge offers panoramic views of Barcelona, perfect for a night cap. The short walk down to your room to promptly head to bed ensures a smooth adjustment to Barcelona time.

Jamaica: A beverage named for the inky black sky – how chic! Head to any one of the Island Outpost properties in Jamaica and sip on the Black Storm, a cocktail made from Blackwell Rum, ginger beer and bitters. Island Outpost is a collection of hotels that includes GoldenEye, Ian Fleming’s retreat and where the author wrote all 14 of the James Bond novels.

Your home: You don’t have to travel far to indulge in a special midnight snack. Available worldwide for online ordering direct, La Maison du Chocolat’s Bien Etre collection packs all of the chocolate flavor without the guilt. Translating to “well-being,” Bien Être is collection of naturally sweetened, dairy-free and gluten-free fruit ganaches. New this year is a snack-sized edition that’s perfect for satisfying on-the-go sweets cravings.

AMPR MAY NEWSLETTER

Shou Sugi Ban House


What’s New?

Shou Sugi Ban House is a new kind of wellness sanctuary offering three-, four-, and six-night retreats focusing on transformation, healing, and an exploration of one’s self, and it’s opening on May 16 in Water Mill, NY. Guests’ days comprise of many forms of wellness ranging from beach hikes, reiki, spa treatments, sound healing, and meditation punctuated by gourmet cooking demonstrations (menus are curated by Mads Refslund, formerly of lauded Noma restaurant in Copenhagen).

White Elephant Palm Beach, a luxury 32-room hotel located in the heart of Palm Beach, will open in autumn 2019. The new hotel showcases the total renovation of the former Bradley Park Hotel – which dates back to the 1920s – and its transformation into one of the most luxurious properties in Palm Beach.

THE GRAND HOUSE, a hometel that exemplifies the glamour and ebullience of Italian style, debuted in March 2019 with a portfolio of 7 maisons particulières in central Rome. TGH marries the flexibility of a home rental operator with the high-touch services of a five-star hotel and offers a swath of experiences, such as a day at the Testaccio market with chef Cristina Bowerman, the only female, Italian Michelin-starred chef.

Nayara Tented Camp will open in December 2019 in Costa Rica. Each tent – designed by veteran luxury safari tent company Luxury Frontiers – will have a private plunge pool filled with naturally warm water from the nearby Arenal volcano’s hot springs.

La Réserve Ramatuelle opened for the season on April 18 and introduced a new beach club on St. Tropez’s famous Pampelonne Beach. Designed by Philipe Starck, La Réserve à La Plage includes 75 sunbeds and a 120-seat beachfront restaurant overseen by the resort’s Michelin-starred chef.

The owners behind Peju Province Winery in Rutherford opened the new Calmere Estate Winery and Tasting Room in Carneros on March 29, 2019. Set on a 100-acre estate, the design incorporates local accents including glass wine containers and reclaimed wood paneling from an oak tree on the owner’s vineyard.

Following a top-to-bottom refurbishment, The Christopher Hotel will launch three new villas in October 2019, each featuring four bedrooms and a private swimming pool.

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo was conceived in 1873 when German painter Otto Geleng convinced the homeowner to convert his estate into a hotel. To honor Geleng’s life – and his artwork dedicated to the Sicilian town – Belmond will offer a special menu for the 80th anniversary of his death in 1939.

PONANT announced its new itinerary ‘A World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic Sea’ that will set sail in October 2019 and in August 2020. The sailings will feature captivating programming with leading thinkers including former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis and former director of the CIA General Michael Hayden.

Guests of the top suites at The Wauwinet and White Elephant will receive keys to a 2019 BMW 760L SUV vehicle for the duration of their stay, making it easier to get around island. This amenity equals a savings of up to $450 per day by forgoing a jeep rental on island.

Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury in London has been transformed into a tropical paradise with the unique flora of Sri Lanka, inspired from novel ‘The Village in the Jungle,’ by Leonard Woolf (who was once a regular at the hotel). In partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Dalloway Terrace will donate £2 from each order of Beer Battered Fish & Chips towards improving literacy skills in Local London schools.

Guinot launches Crème Lift Summum, a cream designed to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and a new Eye Lift Treatment designed to reduce signs of aging and fatigue through muscle stimulation and an eye mask.

Life on the Water
Where to swim, snorkel, and sail this summer


Snorkeling at GoldenEye

When night falls at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, the Anse des Pitons comes alive with marine life, creating the perfect locale for night snorkeling. At around 7pm, guests can dive in to see octopus, squid, trumpet fish, needle fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, moray eels, and sometimes sea horses. Occasionally, the rare Hawksbill Turtle will make an appearance as it arrives at the reef to sleep.

Captain Rob McMullen, licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, leads surfcasting, lobstering and boating excursions from Nantucket’s Wauwinet. He will also take guests to an oyster farm just 300 yards from the property and offer a tutorial on how to properly shuck mollusks before tasting the fresh catch.

The glass-bottom boat excursion at Jamaica’s GoldenEye takes guests to the nearby turquoise Oracabessa Bay, where passengers can observe more than 700 species of marine life including sea turtles and king crabs. Learn about the work behind the property’s Oracabessa Foundation, which is largely responsible for the replenishing the waters with more than 2,000 pieces of colorful coral necessary to marine livelihood.

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea marks its 100th anniversary with a Tales of the Sicilian Sea celebratory boat ride that immerses guests in the island’s storied past and family traditions. The cruise takes in the small island gems Isola Bella and Giardini Naxos, introduces guests to working life on the sea with a private tour with the last master ship makers in the region, and concludes with a lunch served at the baroque aristocratic house of Rosalba Cutore and her family.

Underwater enthusiasts can take advantage of the island’s PADI dive school at andBeyond Mnemba Island, a private getaway inhabited only by andBeyond guests and staff that is surrounded by an atoll of coral reefs and boasts some of Africa’s most pristine dive sites.

Located on the shores of Switzerland’s Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), La Réserve Geneva offers the watersport ‘wakeskating.’ An adaptation of wakeboarding, wakeskating uses a similar design of board manufactured from maple or fiberglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, similar to riding a skateboard (hence the name).

Don’t forget to pack sunscreen! Guinot’s Sun Logic (available in SPF 20 and SPF 30) is an anti-aging sunscreen that protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as from blue light rays from TVs, computers, and mobile phones – keeping skin safe both in the office and at the beach.

Family Reunions
Traveling with the family – including kids and grandparents – is the top travel trend according to Virtuoso’s annual Luxe Report. Here is a selection of top accommodations that’s sure to please everyone.



Grand Riad at Royal Mansour


White Elephant’s Loft at 32 Main is the only bookable accommodation on Nantucket’s historic cobblestone street. Families who book the three-bedroom pied-à-terre-style loft will be walking distance to Children’s Beach with its calm waves, and have access to the amenities of the White Elephant, like complimentary Priority Bicycles to explore the 30 miles of flat trails.

The palatial Grand Riad at Royal Mansour is complete with four bedrooms, a two-level rooftop terrace, and swimming pool with built-in water current. Guests also enjoy the services of a dedicated staff that operate in the intricate network of underground tunnels through which the hotel’s service staff transports luggage, room service, and more, completely undetected.

Recently rebuilt andBeyond Phinda Homestead is a sole-use villa in South Africa that offers private safari vehicles (a rarity!) and total control over the day’s schedule.

The five-bedroom Fleming Villa at Jamaica’s GoldenEye is the site where all 14 James Bond novels were penned. Families will enjoy dinner in his sunken garden where Fleming used to entertain the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Noel Coward. Kids can hang out with Fleming’s gardener, Ramsey Dacosta, who still works on property and leads activities that include coconut carving and nature walks.

Away from the hordes of tourists in Amalfi and Positano, Belmond Villa Margherita is an elegant summer house on the hilltop of Ravello, offering a delightful hideaway from the buzzing coastline and combines Belmond iconic hospitality with the right mix of privacy, home comforts, uncompromised luxury and a la carte services. Comprised of two fully equipped suites, the Villa showcases the best, unobstructed views of the entire coastline.

One of the latest additions to the UXUA Hotel & Spa collection, Casa Fazenda Braka is an expansive compound composed of five casas within a 100,000-square-meter family farm overlooking Brazil’s famed Espelho Beach. Centered around the 20-meter swimming pool, each bungalow is situated in a secluded retreat with a spacious ocean-view veranda serving as the gathering point for the whole family.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort offers new ultra-luxe four- and five-bedroom Beachfront Collection Residences, complete with private beach access and postcard views of the Pitons. One of the residences is equipped with a waterslide connecting an infinity pool to a lower level hot tub and yoga deck.

Calendar

La Réserve a la Plage

June
June 14-16, 2019: Belmond Reid’s Palace will host its second annual “Art of Flavours” gastronomy festival featuring seven Michelin-star chefs, exclusive masterclasses, and a nine-course culinary feast
June 14-16, 2019: The 8th annual Nantucket Book Festival showcases award-winning authors as well as local and regional talent, including Nathaniel Philbrick, writer of In the Heart of the Sea, based on the true story of a Nantucket-based whale ship
June 19-24, 2019: The 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival spotlights screenwriters and preview screenings with hosts including Ben Stiller
June 22, 2019: Celebrate the solstice at Napa Valley’s Merryvale Summer Solstice Party with the debut of the vineyard’s Solstice Sparkling Wine

July
July 10, 2019: andBeyond’s Trans-Himalayan Wildlife Journey departs to Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas, a high-altitude desert dotted with Buddhist monasteries and elusive wildlife
July 11-21, 2019: The 14th annual Festival Napa Valley will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with more than 60 themed concerts and events celebrating innovation and exploration, such as an orchestral performance of the score to Star Wars: A New Hope and a film screening of the Apollo 11 documentary.
July 14, 2019: Celebrate Bastille Day at La Réserve Ramatuelle’s new beach club La Réserve a la Plage
July 28, 2019: Celebrating Jackie Kennedy’s 90th birthday, Belmond Hotel Caruso offers a “In Jackie Kennedy’s Footsteps” experience around the Amalfi Coast in a vintage Fiat 500

August
August 7, 2019: PONANT launches Le Dumont d’Urville, its fourth ship in the EXPLORER fleet, each with an underwater lounge
August 11, 2019: Belmond Hotel Caruso hosts exclusive Concert at Dawn performance during the annual Ravello Festival
August 17, 2019: Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi Winery’s Dinner Under the Stars

AMPR APRIL NEWSLETTER

What’s New?


Belmond unveils a new summer house in Ravello, Belmond Villa Margherita. The 2,100 square foot villa comprises two fully equipped suites (Belvedere and Miramare) featuring custom hand-painted murals and antique terracotta. Ideal for families and larger groups of travelers, the villa offers all the services of a Belmond hotel while granting its residents complete privacy.

The Wauwinet on Nantucket and Serena & Lily have collaborated to present The Anchorage House by Serena & Lily opening on April 18, 2019. The three-bedroom beach cottage will feature the brand’s signature coastal furniture and design.

Shou Sugi Ban House is a new kind of wellness sanctuary offering three-, four-, and six-night retreats focusing on transformation, healing, and an exploration of one’s self, and it’s opening this May in Water Mill. Guests’ days comprise many forms of wellness ranging from beach hikes, reiki, spa treatments, sound healing, and meditation punctuated by gourmet cooking demonstrations (menus are curated by Mads Refslund, formerly of lauded Noma restaurant in Copenhagen).

When La Réserve Ramatuelle opens for the season in mid-April, the property will introduce a new beach club on the famous Pampelonne Beach. Designed by Philipe Starck (whose work includes Le Meurice and Faena in Buenos Aires), La Réserve à La Plage will include a 120-seat beachfront restaurant from the resort’s Michelin starred chef Eric Canino and 75 sunbeds.

The Christopher in St. Barth is broadening its horizons and introducing its very own yacht, Lady Beatrice, in the Mediterranean. Based in Cannes, the yacht can be booked for a private cruise just for the day and up to multiple weeks. The 98-foot boat can accommodate up to eight guests and comes with a five person crew.

Nayara Tented Camp will open in Fall 2019 in Costa Rica. Each tent – designed by veteran luxury safari tent company Luxury Frontiers – will have a private plunge pool filled with naturally warm water from the nearby Arenal volcano’s hot springs, with open views of that volcano and surrounded by a sloth sanctuary.

As part of 33 sailings to Latin America in 2019 and 2020, PONANT announced a new 10-night itinerary, ‘An Exploration in Nature in Costa Rica & the Panama Canal’ with stops at Corcovado National Park, UNESCO World Heritage site Darien Jungle, and the San Blas Islands to meet with the indigenous people. Guests will sail onboard PONANT’s newest vessel Le Dumont d’Urville, departing January 6, 2020.

Almanac Barcelona created a series of experiences to celebrate the Easter holiday, including a sharing menu at Línia, kids’ egg painting classes, and traditional La Mona de Pasquas decadent Spanish cakes topped with chocolate eggs and figurines crafted using the property’s own chocolate tempering machine.

The Chatwal, New York launched a dedicated Theater Concierge, Juan Espinal, to share insider knowledge on the hottest shows and work with guests to craft an immersive Broadway experience including a behind-the-scenes look at some of Broadway’s biggest theaters, tickets to otherwise sold-out productions, and meet-and-greets with cast favorites.

Pet parents may pamper their furry friends with Hotel Yountville‘s new pet friendly offerings. Dogs will enjoy a special culinary menu, complete with gourmet treats for dessert; monogrammed bedding; dog bowls; and ropes and frisbees to ensure playful adventures and a restful sleep.

Today, Guinot launches Crème Pur Confort SPF 15, a daily cream for sensitive skin that protects against environmental and internal irritants – from water to wind to emotional stress – to soften and even out complexion.

Coinciding with the launch of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s latest exhibition, Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams (on display through September), The Kensington is offering a three-night suite package, including tickets to the exhibition and a custom cocktail, ‘The Corolle’ inspired by Dior’s first couture collection in 1947 ‘La Ligne Corolle’.

Pop-Up Chefs at Hotels


Belmond British Pullman

The Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry will host two afternoon tea journeys aboard Belmond British Pullman on May 3 and 4, 2019. While dining on a selection of her favorite cakes and desserts, Mary will regale guests with stories from her award-winning career and share some baking tips. This marks the first in a series of pop-up gastronomy journeys in 2019 for the UK day train.

July 9, 2019 marks the date of Park Hyatt Tokyo’s 25th anniversary, and the hotel is celebrating with a host of guest chef collaborations, including celebrity Michelin-starred chef, Sergio Herman of The Netherlands, and Chef Gilles Vérot of Maison Vérot in Paris, who is known for introducing French charcuterie to the NYC dining scene.

Recently recognized as one of the 120 best restaurants in Mexico by la Guía México Gastronómico 2019, La Marea at Viceroy Riviera Maya will host a series of guest chefs who also received the coveted award. Chef Carlos Zamora will welcome Chef Francisco Ruano from Alcalde in Guadalajara on December 4, 2019.

 

Hotel Partnerships

The Lady Mansour at Royal Mansour


Royal Mansour and Christian Louboutin partnered to create exclusive babouche slippers, inspired by the hotel’s distinctive latticework and hard-carved ceilings and paired with Louboutin’s signature red sole. The collaboration is the designer’s only creative partnership within Morocco.

For the jetsetting mom, Belmond Hotel Cipriani has launched two exclusive bags in partnership with Venetian leather brand Dellaluna. Choose between a limited-edition tote bag inspired by Venice’s signature cocktail, the Bellini – invented by Guiseppe Cipriani, founder of Hotel Cipriani – and a weekender bag made of leather and canvas complete with Belmond’s signature luggage tags from the Southern Europe properties. Both pieces can be shipped worldwide, priced at $1,680 and $1,345, respectively.

In honor of the pending arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first baby, due in April, The Kensington has partnered with Sarajane Ambrose, Founder of the UK’s leading nanny and maternity nurse agencies, Imperial Nannies and Maternally Yours. New or expectant parents can now book a two-hour, one-on-one session with Sarajane to learn the dos and don’ts of parenthood over The Kensington’s new ‘London Landmarks’ Afternoon Tea.

andBeyond has partnered with Thule to bring stylish, versatile, and durable luggage to future guests (meeting the tight size regulations on bush planes in Africa). Once guests arrive at the lodge, they will now be able to use a pair of custom Swarovski Optik binoculars on game drives during their stay, and can even buy a pair of their own at the safari shop.

Thanks to Nantucket Island Resorts’ partnership with New York-based cycling startup, Priority Bicycles, guests can enjoy complimentary bike rentals to explore the island, including popular sites such as the oldest house on Nantucket, built in 1686; Sankaty Lighthouse, located a historic fishing village; and Cisco Brewery, known for their local beers and live music. Guests of White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street and The Anchorage House receive the keys to a BMW hybrid-SUV for use throughout their stay.

Almanac Barcelona partnered with Master Perfumer Jimmy Boyd to create private label scents exclusively for the hotel – pear apple and bergamot. There is also an accompanying retail line conjuring aromas of the sea, botanicals, and the essence of citrus representing the city’s Mediterranean energy.

The Chatwal, New York launched an exclusive collaboration with Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow’s yoga and spiritual guru, Eddie Stern. His “Pause & Take a Breath” app, featuring nine 12-minute yoga lessons are available on a complimentary basis through the in-room and in-suite iPads.

Guests of Belmond can join equestrian polo player and fashion model Jodie Kidd for the second annual six-night Horseback Safari through the wilderness of Botswana this September 13-19, 2019. Splitting time between Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge and Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, travelers will join Jodie for daily expeditions into the Okavango Delta, a traditional Boma dinner, and an evening sunset cruise along the delta.

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa collaborated with local NGO Despartar to launch MAMA Trancoso, an education initiative to teach local students how to identify environmental threats and ways to combat these abuses. Over the past three years, the program has worked with 30 dedicated students (10 each year) hosting 10 exhibitions in local schools, participating in two civil actions to battle an environmental threat, and joining the United Nations Youth Assembly in 2018 and 2019.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas



Brant Point Grill


Instead of a box of chocolate, give a chocolate making experience at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. The class entails learning about how cocoa is grown and what cocoa varieties make the very best chocolate. Participants learn how to temper chocolate to make molded creations and rich, dark chocolate truffles. They also learn how to make traditional, St Lucian Cocoa Tea and best of all… they get to taste and take home the fruits of their labors.

Breakfast in bed is a nice gesture, but Mom will enjoy the “Best Brunch on the Island” even more! From the Benedict Burger to the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, a Sparkling Station for mimosas, and a brand-new tapas station, this brunch is complete with all of Mom’s favorites. Nantucket’s Brant Point Grill’s Mother’s Day Brunch is $85 for adults, $39 for kids. Combine your brunch with a stay at White Elephant and enjoy special Hot Dates Cool Rates, starting at $195 per night.

Treat moms to a signature Hunan-Kab (Honey ceremony) at Viceroy Riviera Maya, incorporating honey harvested on-property. The property’s resident shaman oversees the Jardin Pak’al, the garden where he grows herbs used to treat guests at the Wayak Spa. One-on-one consultations with moms are conducted in the K’óben (Mayan herb kitchen), to determine individual preferences and needs before a personalized experience is created. The Melipona Bee Honey (Bee Cheii) is thought by the Mayans to be medicinal. The honey is applied using herb compresses soaked in a special tea before guests enjoy a massage in nature next to a waterfall.

The international chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat has an anthology of chocolates for mothers with a sweet tooth available online and in New York City boutiques. Choose the timeless Emeraude Hatbox ($210) or Grenat Hatbox ($360), and she won’t be disappointed.

Belmond Charleston Place Hotel’s Tata Harper Exclusive package is perfect for a moms-only weekend, including a Tata Harper Nothing But Nature facial at the on-site spa. Guests can also enjoy the Mother’s Day Brunch with garden seating at the Palmetto Café before spending an afternoon perusing The Shops on the ground floor of the hotel.

Perfect for your yogi parent, Nayara SpringsWellness Package invites travelers to disconnect from reality in the rainforest of Costa Rica – days are filled with yoga and meditation, daily spa treatments, healthy mixology classes, and walks through the on-site sloth sanctuary.

Cliff Lede Vineyards’ Mother’s Day Celebration offers complimentary light bites and tastings from the vineyard’s FEL wine portfolio, named in homage to Cliff’s own mother, Florence Elsie Lede, a home winemaker and early inspiration for his love of wine. Mothers will also receive a tulip, Florence’s favorite flower.

Guinot’s Huile Mirific is a multi-tasking dry oil. It nourishes skin, protects dry hair ends, and doubles as a floral perfume – the perfect way to pamper mom on her day.

Calendar


andBeyond Phinda Impact Journey

May
May 2019: Shou Sugi Ban House will open in Water Mill as a wellness haven offering multi-day programsMay 2019: Guinot launches a new Eye Lift Treatment designed to reduce signs of aging and fatigue through muscle stimulation and an eye mask
May 2019: Guinot launches Crème Lift Summum, a cream designed to minimize the appearance of wrinkles
May 3, 2019: First Sip of Summer cooking class with Chef Mackenzie Rupp showcasing her favorite warm-weather recipes at Vista Collina Resort in Napa Valley
May 5, 2019: Guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Viceroy Riviera Maya with a Mayan Cuisine Class and learn to cook the indigenous fare of the Yucatan Peninsula
May 11, 2019: Stay with Belmond Hotel Cipriani as the 2019 Art Biennale kicks off in VeniceMay 11, 2019: andBeyond’s Bhutan Yoga Retreat departs through Asia’s spiritual heartland to achieve balance of mind, body, and soul with guided yoga and deep meditation
May 12, 2019: andBeyond’s Phinda Impact Journey explores South Africa through game drives, ranger training, sleeping under the stars, and visiting the local communities
May 14-22, 2019: PONANT’s Green and Gentle Lands: Exploring Gardens and Historic Sites sailing journeys from London to Bergen, Norway with a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh
May 15-19, 2019: Winemakers, chefs, and sommeliers celebrate the Nantucket Wine Festival
May 21-25, 2019: The Chelsea Flower Show takes place in London; stay nearby at The Kensington to usher in the spring season

June
June 8, 2019: 3rd Annual Napa Valley RoséFest at Sterling Vineyards
June 14-16, 2019: The 8th annual Nantucket Book Festival showcases award-winning authors as well as local and regional talent
June 17, 2019: Brazil waives travel visas for American, Canadian, Japanese, and Australian passport holders
June 19-24, 2019: The 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival spotlights screenwriters and preview screenings

July
July 4, 2019: The Independence Day Parade sets off down Main Street in Nantucket and builds to the water fight between fire departments, ending with fireworks over Jetties Beach
July 13, 2019: Bastille Day Dinner at Swanson Vineyards in Napa Valley
July 14, 2019: Celebrate Bastille Day at La Réserve Paris

 

ampr march newsletter

What’s New?

The Grand House

Shou Sugi Ban House is a new kind of wellness sanctuary offering three-, four-, and seven-night retreats focusing on transformation, healing, and an exploration of one’s self, and it’s opening this May in Water Mill. This is not a spartan retreat model; guests’ days comprise many forms of wellness ranging from beach hikes, reiki, spa treatments, sound healing, and meditation punctuated by gourmet cooking demonstrations (menus curated by Mads Refslund, formerly of lauded Noma restaurant in Copenhagen).

Nayara Tented Camp will open in Fall 2019 in Costa Rica. Each tent – designed by veteran luxury safari tent company Luxury Frontiers – will have a private plunge pool filled with naturally warm water from the nearby Arenal volcano’s hot springs, with open views of that volcano and surrounded by a sloth sanctuary.

Inspired by the anticipated live-action Lion King coming out this summer, andBeyond’s new itinerary lets kids live out their own adventures in hakuna matata style through the Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater.

The Grand House, a hybrid venture between a luxury hotel and a home rental service will debut in March 2019 with a portfolio of maisons particulières situated in central Rome. Additional properties in Florence and Milan are scheduled to open by 2020.

Napa Valley’s Louis M. Martini Winery will re-open in March 2019  following an extensive restoration of the historic space. One of the first wineries to open at the end of Prohibition, the new space will seamlessly integrate indoors and out and feature 30-foot-high glass walls with views into the barrel cellar.

The Kensington is getting guests into nearby Victoria & Albert Museum’s Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams exhibit with The House Of Kensington Experience, a new three-night package including a stay in a Signature Suite, two tickets to the exhibition (hard to come by due to the show’s popularity), and a round of exclusive Dior-inspired cocktails at the hotel’s K Bar.

With its announcement of the most popular spring travel destinations, global luxury travel network Virtuoso revealed that Americans are staying closer to home and seeking sun in Los Angeles, Miami, and Orlando. European destinations including Italy, France, and the UK remain popular while Switzerland, Greece, Morocco, and Japan are seeing the largest growth year-over-year.

The Falconry Vineyard Tour is a new tasting offering at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa Valley. Guests interact with owls, hawks, and falcons and learn how to call birds to land on their arm. The experience concludes with a wine-tasting in the garden.

This summer, GoldenEye is introducing new guest experiences including yoga and guided meditation sessions that conclude with vibrational healing ‘sound bath’ using Tibetan singing bowls; as well as complimentary excursions to Firefly, Noel Coward’s hill home and rumored to be Captain Morgan’s lookout.

Families traveling with little ones can explore London with a helping hand from their very own Mary Poppins with The Kensington’s new Suite Nannies package. A nanny from the UK’s leading nanny agency will arrive each day equipped with her own carpet bag filled with toys and surprises.

Belmond British Pullman continues its celebrity chef pop-up dinner series including a July 20th event with Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and a zero-waste menu with Michelin-starred chef Merlin Labron-Johnson. Beloved British baker Mary Berry will kick of the series with two afternoon tea journeys May 3 and 4th.

CREST (Center for Responsible Travel) will hold its annual World Tourism Day forum on September 27, focusing this year on Impact Tourism.

 

Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time starts March 10th – here are a few outdoor activities to take advantage of that extra hour of sunshine

Azimuth Rooftop Bar

Located in the heart of Manhattan, The Chatwal, New York offers complimentary Chatwal-red bicycles for the active traveler to explore the city, armed with a bespoke NYC Bike Map and a picnic dinner.

The Grand House will offer its guests the opportunity to fly an Agusta Westland 109 helicopter from Rome to Bolgheri Vineyards where Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, oenologist extraordinaire, will lead a private tour of the vineyards and cellars of Castello di Bolgheri and Argentiera. The tour ends with catching the sunset while flying over Monte Argentario on the way back to Rome.

Guests can enjoy the varied landscape in and around Viceroy Riviera Maya with horseback riding, ATV tours, cenote (sinkhole caves) tours, bird watching, and jungle hikes.

The Kensington’s Slice of the City tour, Snapshots of Kensington, brings guests to the most Instagram-worthy locations in the neighborhood. The local host will double as both a guide to the best photo ops and a personal photographer to help travelers get the shot.

La Réserve Geneva’s private and super chic Venetian Motoscafo boat gives guests the most stylish was to get to the city center – a 15 minute cruise across Lake Geneva.

Guests at Nantucket Island Resorts have complimentary access to Priority Bicycles to cruise the 30 miles of scenic flat bike trails on the island. Explorers are provided with a map of popular sites, including the oldest house on Nantucket –  built in 1686; Sankaty Lighthouse – located in the historic fishing village of ‘Sconset; and Cisco Brewery – known for their local beers and live music.

In downtown Napa, visitors can explore the Rail Arts District (RAD) – the 1.7-mile outdoor art gallery showcasing murals, sculptures, landscapes, and parks – beginning at Napa’s Oxbow District and continuing along the Napa Valley Vine Trail bike and pedestrian path and the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks.

Settle into one of the coral cocoon-shaped chairs at Azimuth rooftop bar at Alamanac Barcelona for a sunset cocktail while taking in the 360 views of the city.

 

Shaking Things Up

Instead of a cooking class, guests are learning from the experts how to craft local libations

Guaro Sour at Nayara Springs

andBeyond Bateleur Camp’s new gin bar gives a nod to the gin and tonic tradition dating back to colonial East Africa, when the classic choice for sundowners originated as a medicinal tipple to fend off malaria. With 16 different types of craft gin to pick from, guests can learn from the expert bartenders to create the perfect G&T with ingredients grown in the lodge’s organic vegetable garden.

The Bellini, Venice’s signature cocktail composed of peach juice and prosecco, was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Belmond Hotel Cipriani, in 1948. Today, guests can learn how to make them at the Gabbiano Bar with beloved bartender Walter Bolzonella, a protégé of Cipriani’s, who has been with the hotel for over 40 years.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort offers rum tastings led by the in-house rummelier who teaches guests about the island’s rum history including Sugar Beach – the property sits on a former sugar plantation that produced the key ingredient for 17th century rum makers.

No visit to Peru is complete without a Pisco Sour (or two), and guests of Belmond Hotel Monasterio can learn how to make the traditional cocktail with pisco lessons led by the resident barman. While tasting the different types of pisco, guests will learn the history and distillation techniques of the national drink before mastering their favorite variation.

Sidecar, the Art Deco cocktail bar at The Westbury in Dublin, recently launched mixology classes with their white dinner jacket-clad head bartender (who also happens to be Daniel Craig’s doppelgänger).

Resident mixologist at Nayara Springs, Karla Elizondo Castro, teaches guests a lesson in mixology the Costa Rican way – adorning cocktails with flowers and herbs from the on-property garden at this adults-only resort tucked in the rainforest. Her signature Guaro Sour (made with a local rum-style spirit) is garnished with Borraja and tarragon flowers.

Guests at Viceroy Riviera Maya can participate in a hands-on Artisanal Cocktail Coaching class at the beachside Coral Grill & Bar and learn how to make property favorites like the Xcalacoco Wish (made with a crème tequila liqueur).

Bartenders at The Christopher teach guests to make St. Barth’s potent Ti Punch with sugar, lime, and rum. 

 

Guests Get Involved

Environmental programming

andBeyond Vamizi

Travelers can join a six-day Oceans Without Borders Small Group Journey to andBeyond Vamizi Island to participate in fish tagging, measuring, and monitoring reef systems.

Guests of UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa are invited to become students again at MAMA Trancoso, an education initiative teaching the skills to identify environmental threats and the actions needed to combat these abuses. As part of the daily instruction, guests can collaborate with the small class of students on awareness campaigns and political activism through social media, short films, and community events.

Guests aboard PONANT can join beach clean up excursions in the Seychelles through the brand’s new partnership with the Aldabra Clean Up Project (with its goal of combatting plastic pollution and preserving the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles).

In 1997, Chris Blackwell of Island Outpost hotel established the Oracabessa Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on vocational training and environmental protection.  GoldenEye guests who donate $1,000 to the foundation can have a tree planted on property, joining the likes of Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, and Bill and Hilary Clinton.

andBeyond’s Phinda Impact Small Group Journey is a 7-day journey that combines wildlife conservation (with an experience like rhino notching or elephant collaring), interaction with the local community, and a day-in-the-life of an andBeyond ranger – from learning tracking to rifle training to sleeping out beneath the stars.

 

Calendar

April

March 26 – April 5, 2019: During Easter break, Sugar Beach offers a variety of children’s programing including tie-dye, chocolate making, boat tours, and an Easter egg hunt

April 2019The Dupont Circle completes the final stages of its multimillion-dollar renovation of the bar, restaurant, lobby, and suites

April 2019: Throughout April and early-May, The Woof Cottages at Nantucket Boast Basin will waive pet fees and provide a special dog-friendly turndown treat

April 2019: Napa Valley’s 8th annual Arts in April celebrates the region’s cultural offerings with more than 50 events taking place at wineries, museums and galleries throughout the month.

April 2, 2019: andBeyond’s first Endangered Eight Impact Journey departs to search for eight threatened species in India’s wildlife sanctuaries

April 15, 2019: PONANT’s newest vessel, Le Bougainville, departs on its inaugural sailing

April 18, 2019: The Wauwinet reopens following a multi-million-dollar renovation

April 20, 2019The Wauwinet will host the Easter Brunch Adult Egg Hunt where one lucky duck will find a golden egg with a surprise gift inside

April 20, 2019: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge hosts a performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

April 26-28, 2019: The Nantucket Daffodil Festival Weekend honors the more than three million daffodils that bloom every spring on Nantucket. The Wauwinet will offer a Daffy Tailgate Lunch at TOPPERS and a Daffy Tailgate After Party.

April 28, 2019: Whether a London Marathon participant or spectator, The Doyle Collection’s trio of London hotels provide the perfect home base to enjoy the race

 

May

May 2019: Shou Sugi Ban House will open in Water Mill as a wellness haven offering multi-day programs.

May 3 and 4, 2019: Mary Berry will host two afternoon teas aboard Belmond British Pullman

May 5, 2019: Guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Viceroy Riviera Maya with a Mayan Cuisine Class and learn to cook the indigenous fare of the Yucatan Peninsula.

May 11, 2019: andBeyond’s Bhutan Yoga Retreat departs to travel through Asia’s spiritual heartland and to achieve balance of mind, body, and soul with guided yoga and deep meditation

May 12, 2019: andBeyond’s Phinda Impact Journey embarks to explore South Africa through game drives, ranger training, sleeping out under the stars, and visiting the local community

May 18, 2019: Visit Robert Mondavi Winery for their Fume Blanc Release and Lobster Feed Party, set among the vines of the famous To Kalon Vineyard

May 21-25, 2019: The Chelsea Flower Show takes place in London, stay nearby at The Kensington to usher in the spring season

 

June

June 20-25, 2018: The 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival

 

 

ampr february newsletter

February AMPR Newsletter

What’s New?

Town House at The Kensington in London just launched a new London Landmarks Afternoon Tea, inspired by London’s most recognizable sights. Presented on a London Eye-styled stand, tea is served alongside a bespoke map of London highlighting Kensington Palace, Covent Garden, and Big Ben.

Shou Sugi Ban House, the first wellness retreat of its kind on Long Island, will be opening in Water Mill in spring 2019. The 13-room retreat, set on three acres just next to the Parrish Art Museum, will incorporate many forms of wellness treatments ranging from sound healing to reiki to yoga to hikes on the beach. Each day will begin with a tea ceremony and end with a fire ceremony, punctuated by spa treatments and cooking demonstrations.

The Wauwinet, situated on the northeast shores of Nantucket overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, will unveil a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation of its lobby, library and 32 guestrooms and cottages in April 2019.

La Réserve Ramatuelle will reopen in mid-April and will unveil the property’s first beach club on coveted Pampelonne Beach. There will be a beachfront restaurant and lounge chairs and a complimentary shuttle for guests.

Alpha Omega Collective is opening in Downtown Napa, across from The Archer Hotel, in late winter/early spring 2019. The tasting room will showcase wines from Alpha Omega, Tolosa, and Perinet wineries by the glass, bottle, or flight.

Christian Louboutin has created custom babouche slippers for Royal Mansour, inspired by its ornate design details. The shoes are only available at the hotel’s boutique.

PONANT is launching a new seven-night itinerary to “The Essential Azores” departing April 5, 2020. Guests will discover six of the islands including Faial, often called the “blue island” for its myriad hydrangeas and Pico, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Guinot’s new Lift Summum treatment firms and smooths the face, neck, and chest instantly by removing dead cells, redefining the face contour, and restoring radiance.

Perks of Booking a Suite

These suites come with more than just a little more space

Private workshops and tours at the world’s largest rooftop farm and exclusive access to The Morgan Library and Museum are just two of the themed excursions offered through The Chatwal New York’s new partnership with LOCALIKE. The tour operator created a series of insider experiences for guests staying in one of 14 Chatwal Crown Suites.

Guests who book the five-bedroom Fleming Villa at GoldenEye in Jamaica (Ian Fleming’s former home) get a private beach and movie screening room.

Suite guests at La Reserve Geneve are offered a personal assistant and exclusive access to reserve a cabana by the outdoor pool with views of Lake Geneva.

In addition to its gourmet kitchen and prime locale in downtown Nantucket, the historic White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street offers guests keys to a BMW hybrid-SUV.

The crown jewel of Belmond Charleston Place, the Club Level accommodations sit across two floors featuring private elevator access and check-in, and an impressive all-day food and beverage service that includes breakfast, afternoon tea service, evening hors d’oeuvres, and full bar selection.

Royal Mansour’s Grand Riad is a palatial hotel-within-a-hotel complete with its own private entrance, cinema, hammam, and swimming pool with a built-in water current. Guests will access to a dedicated staff of butlers, chefs, housekeepers, and watchmen available around the clock.

Spring Holidays & Festivals


The Nantucket Daffodil Festival Weekend, April 26-28, honors more than three million daffodils that bloom every spring on Nantucket. The Wauwinet will offer a Daffy Tailgate Lunch at TOPPERS; a Daffy Tailgate After Party with live entertainment and shuttle service to/from ‘Sconset; and a two-night accommodation package that includes a picnic for two and special Daffy Weekend hats.

Napa Valley’s 8th annual Arts in April celebrates the region’s cultural offerings with more than 50 events taking place at wineries, museums and galleries throughout the month.

Guests celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, in India with andBeyond’s A splash of colour in Rajasthan journey on March 20-21 dance to the beat of music and join the massive crowd as they splash each other with colorful powders and emerge coated in a rainbow glow.

Cherry BlossomsTravelers to Washington, D.C. can celebrate springtime with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, running from March 20 – April 13. Guests can explore the blooming city from The Dupont Circle and dine under cherry blossom trees in their restaurant, The Pembroke.

Tokyo turns pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival from March 23 – April 27. Park Hyatt Tokyo is near several parks where guests can stroll under the pastel petals.

The Christopher Hotel on the rocky shoreline Pointe Milou offers the best views of the St. Barth Bucket Regatta (March 21-24, 2019).

After watching the New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue, onlookers can head over to The Pembroke Room for afternoon tea to dine on petit fours and scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream.

Barcelona’s Saint Jordi festival is held every April 23rd, with men gifting roses to women and women sharing a book with their loved ones in honor of the patron saint of Catalonia. Guests of Almanac Barcelona are just a 10-minute walk from the main action along La Rambla, which transforms into a flower market intermixed with book stalls.

Belmond Copacabana Palace will host the famed Carnival Ball on March 2, 2019. Long associated with the glitz and glamour of the Rio Carnival, Belmond pays homage to Italy’s global influence with Dolce Carnevale as its newly renovated Golden Room is transformed into Venice’s St. Mark’s Square for an all-night dance party.

For an off-the-grid Carnival experience, travelers can book UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in the seaside village of Trancoso, Bahia with celebrations centered in the 500-year-old, car-free town square, or Quadrado.

Guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Viceroy Riviera Maya with a Mayan Cuisine Class and learn to cook the indigenous fare of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Easter at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia means treasure map egg hunts, chocolate making classes, a Wonderland tea party, and a beach bonfire with s’mores for the littlest of travelers.

Early Summer Travel Deals

Savvy travelers can take advantage of lower rates when taking their summer vacations early


The rates at Nantucket Island Resorts heat up with the summer sun, travelers who book their stay before peak summer season can enjoy up to 55% off and thinner crowds on the island.

After the spring break crowds have dwindled, but the weather still calls for a sunny getaway, Viceroy Riviera Maya is offering a ‘Sun, Sea & Solitude’ deal with accommodations up to 35 percent off, including daily breakfast and $100 resort credit.

For those looking for a South of France holiday, there’s no better place to experience la belle vie than La Réserve Ramatuelle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Go in June before the prices climb in July and August (as do the crowds).
Classic tents at Kenya’s andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp on the Masai Mara jump from $330 per person per night in June to $450 for the rest of summer.

Calendar

March

March 2019: Belmond La Samanna completes the final phase of its renovation

March 2019: Guinot launches its new Clean Logic Range, a cleansing skincare regimen formulated with anti-aging properties suited for fragile skin

March 3, 2019: The Napa Valley Marathon follows the famed Silverado Trail from Calistoga to Napa, and passes beautiful scenery, vineyards, and world-renowned wineries along the way

March 14, 2019: Belmond’s Southern Europe collection opens for the 2019 season with Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

March 16, 2019: Visit The River Lee to experience Cork’s family-friendly three-day St. Patrick’s Day festival with parades, food, and music without the massive crowds that descend upon Dublin for the holiday

March 20, 2019: The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off in Washington D.C. The Dupont Circle’s new restaurant honors the capital’s festival with its floral décor

March 23-April 7, 2019: Tokyo turns pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival

April

Spring 2019: Shou Sugi Ban House opens in The Hamptons offering multi-day wellness retreats.

April 2019: The Dupont Circle completes the final stages of its multimillion-dollar renovation of the bar, restaurant, lobby, and suites

April 1, 2019: andBeyond’s 11-day Southern Chile Islands & Lakes Expedition kicks off in Santiago and travels to Chiloé Island, south into the Chilean Lake District, and ends with a stay at the new andBeyond Vira Vira

April 2, 2019: andBeyond’s first Endangered Eight Impact Journey departs to search for eight threatened species in India’s wildlife sanctuaries

April 15-22, 2019: PONANT’s Le Bougainville sets sail on its inaugural journey with a brand-new itinerary from Nice to Athens

April 18, 2019: La Réserve Ramatuelle will re-open for the season

April 20, 2019: The Wauwinet will host the Easter Brunch Adult Egg Hunt where one lucky duck will find a golden egg with a surprise gift inside

April 20, 2019: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge will host an exclusive concert with London Philharmonic Orchestra

April 26-28, 2019: CampoVelo is a three day event hosted by Chef Chris Cosentino from Acacia House at Las Alcobas. Activities include road and dirt bike riding, hiking, yoga, chef demos, fireside chats, and wine tastings

April 28, 2019: Whether a London Marathon participant or spectator, The Doyle Collection’s trio of London hotels provide the perfect home base to enjoy the race

April/May 2019: The Lowell offers a perfect sanctuary for New York City’s spring art auctions – situated just between Sotheby’s and Christie’s

May

May 11, 2019: andBeyond’s Bhutan Yoga Retreat departs to travel through Asia’s spiritual heartland and to achieve balance of mind, body, and soul with guided yoga and deep meditation

May 11, 2019: Stay with Belmond Hotel Cipriani as the Venice Art Biennale kicks off its 58th edition

May 12, 2019: andBeyond’s Phinda Impact Journey embarks to explore South Africa through game drives, ranger training, sleeping out under the stars, and visiting the local community

May 18, 2019: Visit Round Pond Estate for their Summer Wine Release Party

 

Shou Sugi Ban House

Shou Sugi Ban House, the first wellness retreat of its kind on Long Island, will open in Water Mill in Spring 2019. The 13-room retreat, set on three acres just next to the Parrish Art Museum, will incorporate many forms of wellness treatments ranging from sound healing to reiki to yoga to hikes on the beach. Amy Cherry Abitbol, a Hampton local for over 25 years, founded Shou Sugi Ban House with a goal to bring people to a simple appreciation for their natural surroundings, allowing for quiet contemplation and introspection while fostering human connection. Programming combines ancient rituals with modern wellness and healthy longevity science. Stays are meant to be transformative, healing, and an exploration of one’s self in a lighthearted and joyful setting. Guests will be invited to stay for multi-day retreats to restore both body and spirit.

ampr january newsletter

January AMPR Newsletter


What’s New?

For the first time in its 30-year history, The Wauwinet on Nantucket will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation including a complete overhaul of all 32 guestrooms and bathrooms and updates to the property’s three intimate cottages and the lobby’s library, reopening in April 2019.

Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will reopen after a complete refurbishment on October 15, 2019 with floor-to-ceiling glass walls to take in the dramatic desert landscape.

Fresh off a top-to-bottom refurbishment, The Christopher Hotel will launch three new villas in 2019, each featuring four bedrooms and a private swimming pool.

Belmond British Pullman is hosting a Mary Poppins Returns-inspired afternoon tea journey on February 16, 2019. Families will enjoy balloon artists, face painters, and magicians as the train passes through the British countryside.

This spring, The River Lee in Cork, Ireland will unveil a new look for the lobby, restaurant, bar, and terrace, spearheaded by O’Donnell O’Neill Design.

PONANT will host a gastronomy and wine cruise in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Chateau Latour aboard L’Austral from April 13-22, 2019. The ten-day sailing, ‘Gastronomy, Vineyards, and Grands Crus’ from Lisbon to Portsmouth will feature ports of call in Porto, Bordeaux, and Pauillac and two gala dinners hosted by chefs Xavier Boireau and Francis Fauvel.

Guinot launched its Anti-Dark Spot Serum this month, a new two-week treatment that uses pure Vitamin C to reduce and brighten dark spots caused by sun exposure and aging.

Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa has completed a renovation of its 94 cottages and suites – all featuring redesigned interiors and exteriors, new furnishings, and relaunched outdoor terraces that are complete with gas fire pits, portable mini-projectors, and telescopes.

La Maison du Chocolat has created a new line of Valentine’s Day confections for this season’s Parisian Dream collection available in boutiques and online on January 24.

Cool Hangout Spots for the Littlest Travelers

Suspended in the treetops amid the 10-acre park at La Réserve Geneva is La Petit Réserve. Free for kids ages six-months to 13-years, including local day guests, the kid’s club has a wooden obstacle course, swings and slide, and a suspension bridge that connects to a treehouse complete with a fireman’s pole, game tables, toys, puzzles, and a coloring station.

Royal Mansour’s dedicated Kids Club, Le Jardin de Lila, turns little ones into global citizens with Moroccan art activities, Arabic lessons, and a complimentary children’s book following Lila, a young girl exploring the hotel’s winding passageways and gardens.

Belmond Reid’s Palace on Madeira welcomes its younger guests to partake in fun activities housed in a traditional Santana cottage with a private kids’ swimming pool where swimming and gymnastics classes can be arranged.

andBeyond’s Bateleur Camp on Kenya’s Maasai Mara offers their fun and educational WILDchild program for the smallest safari-goers. Kids can learn to identify animal tracks and droppings, learn to build a fire the Masai way, and do some fun games and activities while learning about conservation and the role they can play in protecting the world’s fauna.

With treasure hunts and coconut bowling for the 4-12 set and ping pong tournaments and sailing school for tweens and teens, St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort’s Sugar Club and Spice Club offer kids their own version of paradise.

AMPR’s Guide to Wellness Travel for 2019

Thanks to its relaxing and mood-enhancing effects, CBD is a trending ingredient in spa treatments, especially prevalent in Napa Valley. Travelers in the region can choose from a selection of CBD wellness massages at Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort or enjoy a sound healing therapy paired with a CBD-infused wrap at Mount View Hotel & Spa.

Viceroy Riviera Maya’s resident shaman oversees the Jardin Pak’al, the garden where he grows herbs used to treat guests at the Wayak Spa. In the K’óben (Mayan herb kitchen), he has individual consultations with the guests to determine their preferences and needs, before creating a personalized healing experience for them held next to a waterfall.

andBeyond’s new Bhutan Yoga Retreat Small Group Journey allows travelers to immerse themselves in the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Highlights of this 10-day journey include yoga and meditation, hiking Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro, and exploring the fortresses and temples of Thimphu and Punakha, all led by an expert guide and specialist healing facilitator to help guests find balance of the mind, body, and soul.

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, La Reserve Geneve’s Nescens Spa is the city’s largest spa, at 20,000 square-feet. Travelers looking to improve their ski, tennis, or golf performance can take part in the special Fitness Preparation Program, which combines coaching, treatment, and nutrition.

Royal Mansour has introduced Bespoke Hammam Treatments where each step of the traditional technique is personalized to the specific skincare needs of each guest using locally sourced ingredients – including purifying clay from the Atlas Mountains and roses from the Kalaat Megouana valley.

Guests at Sugar Beach can get fit with the Piton Recovery, which starts with a hike of the Gros Piton. After descending from the peak, hikers are met by one of Sugar Beach’s personal trainers for a stretching session, rehydration with coconut water, and revitalizing snack of potassium-rich bananas before have a muscle releasing massage back at the spa.

As part of The Chatwal, New York’s partnership with yoga and spiritual guru Eddie Stern, travelers will enjoy a new wellness program featuring nine 12-minute yoga sessions focusing on breathing techniques that balance the central nervous system, available complimentary through the in-room iPads.

Guests at The Marylebone have complimentary access to Third Space, an on-site members-only health club. Guests can snag a coveted spot in the popular group fitness classes and use the 60-foot indoor lap pool – finishing with a healthy smoothie from The Juicery.

Nayara Springs’ new Wellness Program incorporates healthful menus, yoga and meditation, and spa treatments so guests return home thoroughly relaxed and restored.

Not Your Typical Spring Break Destinations

Instead of the Caribbean or skiing, here are places you may not have considered…

Travelers who want an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience can avoid the Dublin crowds and visit The River Lee in Cork, where a family-friendly three-day festival from March 16-18 offers parades, food, and music.

In March 2019, travelers can join a six-day Oceans Without Borders Small Group Journey to andBeyond Vamizi Island to participate in fish tagging and measuring and monitoring reef systems. Guests will learn what it takes to be an andBeyond dive instructor or a marine biologist, spend time in the local community, and enjoy water sports such as kayaking and snorkeling – with all proceeds supporting Oceans Without Borders.

Almanac Barcelona opened in February 2018 just steps from buzzing Passeig de Gracia. While Azimuth, the penthouse bar with 360-degree views of the city, is popular with locals, the rooftop pool and sun lounge are reserved for guests only. March and April temperatures are in the mid-60’s and it’s just before the summertime tourist rush.

Nearing the end of rainy season, safari-goers will enjoy the greener landscape and abundance of wildlife in Botswana at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. The newly reimagined lodge now features a viewpoint overlooking the watering hole in Chobe National Park, where guests can enjoy breakfast with a front-row seat to the passing elephants.

Dallasites can take advantage of the new direct Air France flight route launching on March 31, 2019, between Dallas/Fort Worth and Paris, and stay in the city’s 16th arrondissement at the La Réserve Paris Apartments. Families staying in the Apartments have the option to cook at home in the large chef’s kitchen, have exclusive access to the Roland Garros tennis courts (home to the French Open), and can ride bikes to enjoy an al fresco picnic lunch along the Seine.

Napa Valley continues to celebrate Cabernet Season through April. For adults in the know, this is the best time to visit – think smaller crowds, special hotel deals and winery experiences, and brilliant yellow wild mustard flowers, purple lupine, golden California poppies, and crimson clover are scattered through the vineyards and along country lanes.

Tokyo turns pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival from March 23 – April 27. Park Hyatt Tokyo is near several parks where guests can stroll under the pastel petals.

For an adventurous and warm spring break destination, visit Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano Park. Guests at Nayara Springs can have tours organized for ziplining, white water rafting, and waterfall hikes, among others, observe a variety of wildlife including sloths at the on-site sanctuary, and then relax on property with daily yoga, by their private plunge pool, or at the spa.

…and don’t forget to get a sun-kissed glow before heading out for vacation with Guinot’s AutoBronze, an easy-to-apply tinted gel creating an even and natural-looking bronze without leaving streaks.

 

Calendar

February

February 14, 2019: Belmond British Pullman’s Valentine’s Day lunch

February 8-16, 2019: In celebration of New York Fashion Week, Jacques at The Lowell will be offering a Fashion Week-inspired cocktail menu with drinks inspired by famous designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, and of course, Yves Saint Laurent (former owner of the Majorelle gardens).

February 16, 2019: Belmond British Pullman’s Mary Poppins Returns-inspired afternoon tea journey

February 2019: Guinot launches its new Lift Summum Treatment designed to firm and smooth the delicate skin of the face, neck, and chest.

 

March

Spring 2019: The Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. relaunches its new bar, lobby, and Dupont Suite after a multi-million dollar renovation.

March 2019: Guinot launches its new Clean Logic Range, a cleansing skincare regimen formulated with anti-aging properties suited for fragile skin.

March 2019: andBeyond’s first Oceans Without Borders Small Group Journey departs for andBeyond Vamizi Island

March 3, 2019: Napa Valley Marathon

March 15-18, 2019: Yountville Live is a four day event celebrating music, food, and wine with programming including cooking classes, wine-paired dinners, a red carpet gala, a street festival, and live music throughout the weekend.

March 21-24, 2019: Stay with The Christopher Hotel during the annual St. Barth Bucket

March 26 – April 5, 2019: During Easter break, Sugar Beach offers a variety of children’s programming including tie-dying, chocolate making, boat tours, and an Easter egg hunt.

March 27 – April 7, 2019: Tokyo turns pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival

 

April

April 2019: The Wauwinet reopens following a multi-million-dollar renovation

April 2019: Napa Valley Arts in April

April 1, 2019: andBeyond’s 11-day Southern Chile Islands & Lakes Expedition kicks off in Santiago and travels to Chiloé Island, south into the Chilean Lake District, and ends with a stay at the new andBeyond Vira Vira.

April 2, 2019: andBeyond’s first Endangered Eight Impact Journey departs to search for eight threatened species in India’s wildlife sanctuaries.

April 15-22, 2019: PONANT’s newest EXPLORER ship, Le Bougainville, departs on its inaugural cruise

April 26-28, 2018: Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival

 

 

 

 

ampr december newsletter

What’s New?


andBeyond Tengile River Lodge opens on December 1 as a completely new property in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve with nine suites raised above ground level, designed to give a floating impression over the riverbed.

The Dupont Circle will relaunch in Washington D.C. in Spring 2019 unveiling a multimillion-dollar hotel transformation in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Clodagh with the new Doyle bar and new restaurant.

Jamaica’s GoldenEye will unveil its new FieldSpa this month with two new spa huts, a new hammam and yoga deck, and a selection of elixirs, juices, and healthy bites incorporating fresh ingredients from the hotel’s farm, Pantrepant.

Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla and Belmond La Samanna in St. Martin will reopen in December 2018 following top-to-bottom renovations. Cap Juluca will have a new sea-view infinity-edge pool and a rustic beach bar dubbed The Cap Shack. La Samanna will have a new restaurant, two bars, a spa, and the largest private wine cellar in the Caribbean.

Following a top-to-bottom refurbishment, The Christopher’s formal dining restaurant,Christo, led by Chef Nicolas Tissier recently relaunched with a focus on organic meats and vegetables.

A gastronomic adventure through Southeast Asia, Eastern & Oriental Express is collaborating with four international chefs throughout 2019 to introduce immersive culinary experiences onboard the train. Highlights include edible art during a chocolate painting workshop with Singaporean pastry chef Janice Wong and a spices lesson with French chef Didier Corlou who combines the flavors of East and West.

PONANT will host a new itinerary titled, “History, Art, and Architecture Along the North Sea” led by the General Director of the Municipal Museum of Bruges onboard the newest addition to the EXPLORERS series, Le Dumont d’Urville, departing August 25, 2019, exploring exhibits in Holland and Belgium.

In December, Almanac Barcelona’s rooftop bar transforms into the Azimuth Winter Rooftop Lounge, a glassed-in winter wonderland with mulled wine inspired by the brand’s hometown of Vienna.

With the Very Lowell Holiday Package, suites are decked out with custom holiday décor(stockings hung above the fireplace, trees lit, and holiday books in-room) and families can enjoy the city with VIP Tickets to Wollman Skating Rink and a Holiday Afternoon Tea in the Pembroke Room.

 

In The Spirit of Giving

andBeyond’s new seven-day Phinda Impact Small Group Journey offers conservation-minded travelers the opportunity to experience rhino notching or elephant collaring, interaction with the local community, and a day-in-the-life of an andBeyond ranger – from learning tracking to rifle training to sleeping out beneath the stars.

With the firm belief that children are more receptive to the environmental challenges society faces today, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa has launched a local initiative, MAMA Trancoso, for children between 10 and 12 years old to teach the importance of sustainability and respect for the environment. Guests are invited to join the students in their daily instruction before collaborating on creative content in the form of photography, music, and video to raise awareness of the threats to their surrounding environment.

In 2005, Chris Blackwell, of Island Outpost hotels, established the Oracabessa Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on vocational training and environmental protection. Guests who donate $1,000 to the foundation can have a tree planted at GoldenEye, along with the likes of Johnny Depp, Kate Moss and President Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Guests staying at Nayara Springs and Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens in Costa Rica can visit The Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center to volunteer and help care for and feed a variety of animals. Back at the resorts, guests can also observe more than 15 native sloths at the on-property Sloth Sanctuary on property.

For guests looking to support the local Mexican community, the artisan soaps offered byViceroy Riviera Maya’s Soap Concierge are made by local Mayan communities following ancient tradition with organic ingredients found on the Yucatan Peninsula.

At Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, guests can volunteer their time to give back to the community in the nearby town of Soufrière at the local soup kitchen.

Tea Time

To celebrate 100 years of its exterior rosy hue, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel‘s famed afternoon tea will serve pastel-pink treats, including raspberry-filled white truffles, wild berry tea Turkish delight, and pink pavlova paired with their  own Mount Nelson Tea – a blend of six teas and rose petals from the on-property gardens.

Guests of Royal Mansour can enjoy a traditional Moroccan afternoon tea featuring nos-nos coffee, a plate of sweet pastries, and a selection of Moroccan pancakes with thyme honey created by Royal Mansour’s pastry chef.

Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury has transformed into a cozy winter haven with seasonal tea offerings such as English Peppermint and 2nd Flush Muscatel, harvested high in the Indian Himalayas in the region of Sikkim. Guests can escape the cold with hot water bottles and Foxford woolen blankets, while sipping on warming tea in the fully covered and heated patio.

andBeyond’s Tea & Tastes of Sri Lanka journey begins in the country’s capital of Colombo before traveling into Tea Country. Travelers will experience the tea-making process from the experts and sip on varieties of tea native to the region.

At the newly-renovated Pembroke Room at The Lowell, the Tea Sommelier can recommend a tea to each guests’ liking from French purveyor Dammann Frères, paired with elegant bites including tea sandwiches, caviar blinis, scones with homemade lemon curd and Devonshire cream, and macarons.

Guests at Park Hyatt Tokyo can enjoy tea while taking in views of Mt. Fuji from the hotel’s Peak Lounge on the 41st floor of the Shinjuku Tower. The leaves are picked from the hotel’s very own plot 300 miles away in the Inokura tea fields in the city of Nara.

The Ackerman Heritage House in Napa offers a traditional Sunday tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, and cakes all served on period-correct silver, linens, and tableware from when the house was built in 1888.

The new Shou Sugi Ban House, a wellness retreat opening in The Hamptons this coming spring 2019, will begin each day with a tea ceremony.

 

Catching Zzzs

In addition to private sessions and a treatment at the spa, The Chatwal‘s Dip Into Wellbeing meditation sessions by Donna D’Cruz come with Sleep Kits with a fragrant candle, incense, power stone bracelet, a sleep mask, and a notepad with pen for journaling for a restful sleep.

Travelers can unwind at Bardessono Resort & Spa with the Peaceful Sleep treatmentwith an essential oil bath, a calming body butter, and a warmed herbal pillow in their beds with smell of an aromatic candle to lull them to sleep.

Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Good Night Sleep Stretch, a complimentary 30-minute program, is designed to prepare the body for restful sleep. It consists of slow stretches and breathing exercises to loosen muscles and bring the body into equilibrium.

Nayara Springs, tucked below the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, offers evening yoga classes by candlelight in the yoga pavilion cantilevered over the rainforest. The soundtrack (chirping tree frogs and a babbling stream below) sets the audio scene for low-impact poses designed to relax the body in preparation for sleep.

Solage Calistoga is a contemporary oasis with a spa that offers evening floating meditation called Aqua Vibrations in which a guest sits in a mesh chair, partially submerged, in the open-air geothermal mineral pool (96 to 98 degrees), gazing at the stars and moon, before heading off to bed more centered and relaxed.

Guinot’s Crème Night Logic works throughout the night to relax the skin, creating a rested and refreshed complexion – as if waking up after a good night’s sleep. This moisturizer specifically acts at night (when the skin is in its resting and repairing phase) to neutralize the effects of stress, reduce tension, and deeply hydrate.

 

Calendar

January

Winter 2019: The River Lee in Cork, Ireland unveils an expansive renovation with an updated bar and restaurant.

January 2019: Guinot launches its new Anti-Dark Spot Serum, a two-week treatment that works to reduce and brighten dark spots caused by sun exposure and aging.

January 1, 2018: Belmond Cap Juluca offers a ‘Surf & Bubbles’ New Years Day Brunch

January 1, 2018: Guests at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort can enjoy ‘Recovery Brunch’ with fresh food and hydration for a little revitalization to start off the year right.

January 11, 2019: andBeyond’s Snow Leopard Expedition will depart to track the elusive snow leopard through the Himalayan region of Ladakh.

January 12-20, 2019: The Napa Lighted Art Festival takes place throughout Downtown Napa showcasing lighted art displays.

January 20-27, 2018: Napa Valley Restaurant Week offers multi-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner at restaurants throughout the Napa region

 

February

February 14, 2018: Belmond British Pullman’s Valentine’s Day lunch

February 2019: Guinot launches its new Lift Summum Treatment designed to firm and smooth the delicate skin of the face, neck, and chest.

 

March

Spring 2019: The Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. relaunches its new bar, lobby, and Dupont Suite after a multi-million dollar renovation.

March 15-18, 2019: Yountville Live is a four day event celebrating music, food, and wine with programming including cooking classes, wine-paired dinners, a red carpet gala, a street festival, and live music throughout the weekend.

March 21-24, 2018: Stay with The Christopher Hotel during the annual St. Barth Bucket

March 2019: Guinot launches its new Clean Logic Range, a cleansing skincare regimen formulated with anti-aging properties suited for fragile skin.

 

 

 

AMPR October Newsletter

What’s New?


On October 24, La Maison du Chocolat will launch a hot cocoa cart in partnership with The Surrey hotel. Set in front of the La Maison du Chocolat’s Madison Avenue boutique, the cart will serve the signature hot chocolate by the famed Parisian chocolatier.

The Taproom will return to Nantucket’s Jared Coffin House for the 2019 season. Along with the return of the pub-style restaurant, the historic property will add three one-bedroom suites and two additional guestrooms to the inventory.

The Dupont Circle in Washington, DC will relaunch in January following a complete redesign of the restaurant, bar, lobby, and Dupont Suite in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Clodagh Design.

andBeyond’s new Phinda Impact Small Group Journey kicks off on its inaugural departure next month. This 7-day journey combines wildlife conservation (with an experience like rhino notching or elephant collaring), interaction with the local community, and a day-in-the-life of an andBeyond ranger – from learning tracking to rifle training to sleeping out beneath the stars.

Nayara Springs is launching Wellness Experience Packages inviting travelers to disconnect from reality in the rainforest of Costa Rica – days are filled with yoga and meditation, daily spa treatments, healthy mixology classes, and walks through the on-site sloth sanctuary.

The Lowell’s classic tea room, the Pembroke Room, is relaunching with a new outdoor space this fall after a refresh and redesign.

PONANT’s new EXPLORER ship, Le Champlain will launch on October 25. Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Founder of PONANT will join the inaugural sailing, which will travel from Honfleur, France to Lisbon, Portugal.

Art around the world

The Westbury has just launched an Art Trail around Dublin showing art-lovers the best of Irish public art and sculptures around town – including The Westbury Art Collection, where the work of masters such as John Lavery, Norah McGuiness, and Louis le Brocquy are displayed in The Gallery.

Passengers aboard the new EXPLORER ship Le Dumont D’urville’s History, Art & Architecture along the North Sea sailing enjoy an art-focused itinerary, including an after-hours tour of the modern and contemporary art Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Domaine de Manville, the restored farming estate in Provence, offers tours of the Van Gogh trail, allowing guests to see where the artist painted his most famous works including ‘Starry Night.’

On andBeyond’s Sensory City Excursion of Santiago, art-lovers can explore sites including the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, home to the works from celebrated Chilean artists like Roberto Matta and Luis Vargas Rosas.

Andy Beckstoffer, a renowned vintner and developer of the Napa Valley region, has commissioned a 11 by 70 foot mural of Beckstoffer Farms during fall for First Street Napa, painted by the Bay-Area artiest Morgan Bricca.

Strawberry Hill in Jamaica offers a tour that brings guests through the graffiti-plastered Fleet Street in Kingston.

‘Tis the season

On Nantucket…Celebrate Christmas Stroll December 1-3, 2018. Carolers wander through the cobblestone streets singing holiday tunes and The Whaling Museum hosts the annual Festival of Trees, which features 80 brilliantly decorated trees designed by local artists.  The historic Jared Coffin House is located in the heart of the event.

In New York… While strolling through the Upper East Side on this year’s Winter Solstice (December 21), passersby can stop for some homemade hot cocoa at The Lowell’s outdoor treat cart.

In London… At The Kensington, a ‘Festive Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea’ menu will be available from December 1-31, 2018. The sweets and savouries featured in this afternoon tea are inspired by the characters and scenes of the classic film, Beauty and the Beast – with a holiday twist.

In Geneva…Come the holidays, La Réserve Geneva welcomes its onsite ice-skating rink. Children can borrow skates on a complimentary basis and after they’ve tired themselves out on the ice, they can head to the cozy tent next door for crepes and hot chocolate.

In Napa Valley…The Winter in the Wineries Passport offers a onetime fee for a ‘passport’ that gives guests access to complimentary wine tastings at seventeen Calistoga wineries during Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season.

Must-try desserts

In honor of National Dessert Month

Charles Masson, restaurateur of Majorelle at The Lowell, offers his own take on the classic French dessert, Oeufs à la Neige – whisked egg white coated in vanilla crème anglaise.

Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in Yountville is known for its eponymous dessert Bouchons au Chocolate, small chocolate cakes baked with chocolate chips and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, that resemble corks (bouchons in French).

La Maison du Chocolat’s new Halloween Pumpkin Bouchée is a dark squash praline bouchée covered with a dark chocolate pumpkin-shaped plaque décor.

Chocolate-lovers at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort can learn how to make their own dark chocolate truffles and traditional St. Lucian Cocoa Tea from the resident pastry chef.

Island Outpost’s GoldenEye offers homemade ice cream with ingredients from owner Chris Blackwell’s 800-acre Pantrepant farm with tropical flavors like spicy scotch bonnet pepper or sweet mango.

Each flavor at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa’s ice cream parlor is made in micro-batches, completely dependent on fresh ingredients picked daily from the property’s gardens, such as chocolate and Bahian pepper or guava and jambo, and guests can create and name their own flavor.

Guests at andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge can indulge post-safari with the lodge’s custom rocky road nougats and crunchies – sweet treats that combine ingredients like marshmallows, coconut, white chocolate, and dried cranberries.

PONANT partners with Ladurée to offer guests complimentary macaroons onboard.

Calendar

November

November 7-11: The Napa Valley Film Festival features 120 new independent films and filmmaker Q&A’s alongside wine tastings and culinary demonstrations

November 18-20, 2018: Hosted journey on Eastern & Oriental Express by chef and television personality Ian Kittichai

November 22, 2018: Majorelle at The Lowell will have Thanksgiving baskets to bring home on offer.

November 29, 2018 – December 11, 2018: PONANT’s new, Treasures of Seychelles itinerary will visit islands throughout the Indian Ocean.

November 30-December 8, 2018: Marrakech International Film Festival returns after a one-year hiatus with new artistic director

December

December 2018: Jamaica’s GoldenEye will unveil the new FieldSpa

December 1, 2018: andBeyond is opening the completely new andBeyond Tengile River Lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve

December 10, 2018: Belmond La Samanna reopens in St. Martin following a renovation and redesign in collaboration with Muza Lab

December 15, 2018: Belmond Cap Juluca opens after a complete renovation and redesign on Maundays Bay in Anguilla

December 31, 2018: Close out 2018 with a New Year’s Eve Dinner on Belmond British Pullman

December 31, 2018: Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Peak Bar rings in the New Year with their ‘Countdown Lounge’ New Year’s Eve celebration

January

January 2018: The Dupont Circle in Washington, DC debuts a new restaurant, bar, lobby, and Dupont Suite after a major redesign

January 2018: The River Lee in Cork, Ireland, will emerge from a renovation including an updated bar, restaurant, and suites.

January 2018: Guinot launches a new Anti-Dark Spot Serum – a two-week regimen for brighter skin

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