June 20th, 2016
Today marks the first day of summer and everyone’s eager to make the most of the beautiful weather. From sky diving to whitewater rafting, this season is all about embracing thrilling new pastimes. Below we’ve highlighted four experiences that are ideal for a summer adventure.
What better place to paraglide than in the region where the sport was invented? From sailing on the biggest lake in Western Europe to paragliding over the Alpine peaks, Evian Resorts boasts over 80 outdoor activities. The resorts even offer helicopter rides over the Chamonix Valley followed by a picnic lunch on the mountain. Located between Lac Léman and the French Alps, Hotel Royal and Hotel Ermitage flourish in the summer with endless adventures for the whole family.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle De France
Go on an afternoon excursion with the team of experts at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France’s sports center. Choose any activity, from sailing to water skiing, and the resort’s team of Alchemists will combine their professional ability to interact with nature and their knowledge of the island to create an unforgettable tropical experience. You might even spot the hotel’s very own mermaid in the water!
Discover the rainforests of Costa Rica while staying at Nayara Springs. Water rafting, canoeing, and horseback riding are just a few of the many ways to explore the tropical wilderness. Those feeling especially adventurous might try the canopy tour and zip-line along the top of the rainforest, 150 feet above the ground.
Domaine de Manville
Only a short drive from Domaine de Manville, the Camargue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect place to explore Provence’s unique terrain. Bike, bird-watch, and ride horses through the acres of wetlands. Those who wish to stay on-property can hike the 3 kilometer nature trail and take in the French countryside. The family-friendly journey is filled with panoramic views of the Alpilles, the mountain range that dominates Provence’s landscape.
June 17th, 2016
On June 21st, yogis from around the world will come together to celebrate International Yoga Day. While yoga’s easy enough to practice on your own or at your local gym, we’ve been looking for some of the coolest places to find your inner Zen. Here are just a few spots that can’t be beat:
On a Rooftop in Barcelona
At the Majestic Hotel & Spa in Barcelona, you can practice yoga on the roof with panoramic views of the city from the hotel’s prime location on Passeig de Gracia. From there, you’ll see Barcelona’s famous mountains and Gaudi’s modernistic Sagrada Familia, all while staying above the bustle of city life. The Majestic Hotel & Spa offers both group classes and private lessons that can be adapted for any level of experience.
Above the Jungle in Bali
At COMO Shambhala Estate, you can take complimentary classes or schedule private yoga lessons in a studio overlooking the Bali forests and mountains. There they practice Hatha Yoga, which combines asanas (postures), better breathing, and meditation. At COMO Shambhala Estate, a 23-acre property set on the River Ayung, yoga is just one part of the holistic wellness regime that begins the moment you set foot on the grounds.
On a Private Beach in Turks and Caicos
At COMO Parrot Cay, yoga classes are offered right on the beach. There’s nothing like the sound of the surf to soothe your senses and get you in a meditative state of mind, and the resort’s location on a private island is the ideal place to find inner peace. The only thing better than Yoga Day is five yoga days, COMO Parrot Cay offers five-day yoga retreats with top instructors like America’s Rodney Yee to allow you to fully dive into the experience.
In the Rainforest in Costa Rica
Nayara Springs has a pavilion set in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, where you can relax and enjoy one of the many complimentary group yoga classes or a private yoga lesson with an experienced instructor. When you’re completely surrounded by the forest and fresh air, listening to the humming birds sing, and feeling the warm Costa Rican sun on your body, you’ll feel at peace with the world.
April 22nd, 2016
Are you feeling the love this weekend?
April 23rd happens to be Barcelona’s most romantic day of the year, giving Cupid quite a run for his money.
Known as Sant Jordi Day, the Catalan tradition dictates that gents give ladies a single rose while women give a book in return. Throughout the city, you’ll see plenty of makeshift book and rose stalls lining the streets, encouraging love birds to celebrate.
Joining in on the festivities, Majestic Hotel and Spa in Barcelona sets up a rose stand offering ‘pay what you can’ roses. All proceeds will go to the Fundacio IRES, helping children at risk of social exclusion. Celebrating a loved one and giving back? A win win in our book.
Even if you can’t make it to Barcelona this weekend, grab your sweetheart and celebrate on Saturday. All of us at AMPR plan on enjoying the holiday with a little Gaudi reading material, some roses, and of course….a glass or two of rosé.
November 24th, 2015
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and while we all have food on the brain…
It’s not your average tasting menu; AMPR clients are stepping outside of the expected luxury culinary offerings to provide guests with experiential, and often hands-on, foodie vacations. Yes, you can go to a Michelin-starred restaurant most anywhere, but can you shop souks with the chef? What about a hotel with its own dairy farm? Ever hand-painted an éclair? And, what’s the best way to get kids to eat their veggies? Have them go farming with chef, of course. Keep reading for a selection of hands-on epicurean experiences, trends, “healthy” eating, and a few other noteworthy food happenings across the globe.
At UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso Brazil, cocoa trees grow in the hotel’s garden. The cocoa pods are harvested on property and the beans are left to dry and ferment in the sun. Guests are invited to take part in the rest of the process and make their own chocolate with UXUA chefs who also use the fruits of their labor to create UXUA’s desserts and ice creams.
Michelin Shopping List
Among the souks of Marrakech, Royal Mansour Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno frequents the Jamaa el Fna marketplace for ingredients such as lemon confit from the Bab Ftouh stand and olive oil sourced from the nearby Atlas Mountains. Chef Alléno welcomes guests on his shopping trips.
Eat (and Pick and Cook) Your Veggies!
Children at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo join the chef in the organic vegetable garden and fill a basket with veggies of their choice. After, the chef works with them to create a custom lunch creation.
Catch of the Day
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, offers guests the opportunity to meet, and fish with local fisherman in a simple row boat for local favorites such as: wahoo, dorado, and king fish.
Before It’s Gone, Tsukiji Fish Market Private Tour
The days of the Tsukiji Fish Market are numbered as Tokyo plans to close the institution to build roads in support of Olympics 2020. At Park Hyatt Tokyo, Chef Angerer brings guests on private market tours, enabling them to skip the hour-long wait and experience the tuna auction. Guests will meet with the hotel’s fish suppliers who offer fresh-from-the-sea sashimi tasting.
Périgords on the Burgundy Canals
Belmond Afloat in France luxury barges take guests through the truffle fields of Burgundy to spend the afternoon hunting Périgords, the aromatic jewels of France. Then, back to the ship to enjoy their well-earned spoils, made-to-order.
Learn to Shuck an Oyster
TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet serves ocean-to-table oysters – plucked from local Retsyo Oyster Farm. Guests enjoy a Bay Cruise led by island legend Captain Rob to see the oyster bed, learn about how they’re harvested, and receive a tutorial about how to properly shuck an oyster.
Latest Fashion Trend: Éclairs
Specialty éclairs are popping up on the menu of luxury hotels from New York to Barcelona.
Park Hyatt hotels serve the confection with interesting flavor pairings worldwide, such as Pistachio and Cointreau in Paris. In New York, Pastry Chef Scott Cioe hand-paints his signature raspberry rose éclair and teaches éclair-making classes at the hotel.
Majestic Hotel & Spa launched a new menu of éclairs for their Majestic Fashion Tea, inspired by the creations of Salvatore Ferragamo, Bulgari, Jimmy Choo, Rosa Clara, and more. The Perugia is Vanilla & Tonka Bean Mousse described to be as delicate as Brunello Cucinelli cashmere.
Gluten-Free Wine Pairings
B Cellars Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley recently launched a wellness tasting experience. A three-mile hike through the vines is followed by a healthy “B-Bite” food and wine pairing comprising gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan selections prepared in B Cellars open kitchen (an element not found in other wineries in Napa Valley).
Food is Science at COMO
COMO Shambhala Cuisine from COMO Hotels and Resorts was created to boost concentration, balance blood-sugar levels, and encourage overall mental and physical wellbeing. Food is described on the menu as “enzyme-rich” and is primarily raw and vegan. Dishes (such as: zucchini carpaccio; flax and walnut flat bread with cashew nut “hummus,” avocado, and tomato salad; and pineapple sundaes made with cashew nut milk and young coconut sorbet) are available at 12 COMO properties worldwide – including the new room service menu at the recently renovated Metropolitan by COMO, London.
Buy the Farm
To guarantee the freshest and highest quality dairy products for guests, Nayara Springs created its own local dairy farm where all of the milk and cheese is sourced for the hotel’s restaurants.
Stay at Chris Blackwell’s Farm
Chris Blackwell, the man who discovered U2 and Bob Marley, recently opened Pantrepant, his farmstead in west Jamaica to guests of Island Outpost resort group. Visitors can stay in the two-bedroom guest cottage and have full access to the grounds – enjoying farm fresh dishes using just-picked callaloo and mangos, milking cows at the dairy, and plucking eggs from chickens.
CIA-Only in Napa Valley
The fifth annual Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival will be held March 16-20, 2016. Participating chefs are all graduates of the historic Culinary Institute (CIA) of America. Area vintners will host wine-paired dinners at their wineries and top winemakers will lead wine tastings at the CIA California campus.
New Celebrity Chef Restaurant in Bermuda
Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson recently opened his latest culinary endeavor, Marcus’ at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Hotel in Bermuda.
We hope these brief bites were enough to whet your palate!
August 10th, 2015
Seussville’s newest resident has seen record-breaking sales and has been the #1 bestseller according to Publishers Weekly. With more than 200,000 copies sold in the first week, What Pet Should I Get? is Random House Children’s Books’ fastest-selling picture book to date. This all comes as the result of the long-anticipated transformation of Theodore Geisel’s lost manuscripts, a posthumous picture book for the ages. Once again, Dr. Seuss reminds us of the joy that the innocence of childhood (and a few furry friends) can bring. In honor of the release’s success, we’re highlighting a few animalistic experiences crafted for the youngest travelers.
“If I Ran the Zoo”- Belmond Northern Belle allows kids to “run” the Chester Zoo of the United Kingdom. They will walk among the wildlife, discovering some of Britain’s most exotic creatures. The grounds include several play areas, where kids ages 3 and up can monkey around and get their faces painted like their favorite creature.
“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”- To fish, you wish? We’ve got the dish- go to Jamaica. At GoldenEye, there are a variety of water activities for kids of all ages. From snorkeling and kayaking to jet skiing and deep sea fishing, GoldenEye is the perfect place to swim with the fishies of the Oracabessa Bay.
“Horton Hears a Who”- Point Yamu by COMO, overlooking the Andaman Sea in Phuket, organizes family excursions to the Gibbon Primate Sanctuary. Here, kids can ride bareback through elephant village, making friends with Horton’s endangered Asian cousins.
“The Cat in the Hat”- But these cats don’t use a litter box! At andBeyond Phinda Homestead, we’re tracking cheetahs. Kids can join andBeyond’s WILDChild Programme for a day of crafts and activities, or embark on a private guided safari with their family to spot these elusive predators first-hand.