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.
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.
September 30th, 2014
Typically we have the inside track on where Hollywood’s elite checks in to check out, so naturally it’s killing us to be in the dark on Mr. & Mrs. Clooney’s honeymoon plans. If we were a betting bunch, our money is on one of these five to win…
Okavango Delta, Africa
They’ll want to start their new life together by saving one. Traveling with andBeyond saves rhinos.
Itinerary includes showering in an ancient tree hull, swimming in a hand-laid aventurine quartz stone pool, and edible spa products. UXUA means ‘marvelous’ in the language of the Pataxó, an Indian tribe who helped construct and decorate UXUA – and it is marvelous.
It’s time to trade in one Como for another. Point Yamu by COMO has a 360-degree view of the Andaman Sea and the ancient limestone karsts of the UNESCO protected Phang Nga Bay.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
At Nayara Springs, waters from the neighboring Arenal Volcano flow directly into the private plunge pools. Design is breezy and understated but the oversized Venetian mirrors will have the couple feeling right at home.
Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica
We always thought Clooney would make a great James Bond. Perhaps staying in GoldenEye’s Ian Fleming Villa will get him in the mood for a 007 casting call.
September 18th, 2014
This week in NYC we really started to feel the chill creep up. Instead of rushing for cashmere throw blankets and Farmer’s Market hot apple cider, we’re burying our heads in the proverbial sand and grasping one last inch of summer. How? By throwing a Rum Punch Party! We highly recommend you do the same to celebrate National Rum Punch Day on Saturday, September 20. Here’s how:
Step 1: Mix up one or all of our preferred rum libations (recipes below)
Step 2: Tune into some Reggae and steel drum beats (may we suggest the Jolly Boys?)
Step 3: Fill your home with sand and palm trees and transform your bathtub into a swimming pool (optional)
Traditional Rum Punch at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia
3 oz fresh pineapple juice
3 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz g St. Lucia Distillers Crystal White Rum
1 oz St. Lucia Distillers Bounty Rum
1 oz grenadine syrup for color
Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into an ice filled glass. Sprinkle the top with fresh nutmeg and dress with fresh pineapple.
Planteur at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France in Saint Barth
- 2 oz white and dark rum
- 1.5 oz orange juice
- .5 oz pineapple juice
- .5 oz guava juice
Shake over ice and add fresh lime juice and cinnamon.
Blackwell Rum Cooler at Island Outpost’s GoldenEye in Jamaica
- 2 oz Blackwell Rum
- 1 lime
- 1/4 orange
- Brown sugar to taste
- 1 can of ginger ale
- 6 to 10 ice cubes
Mix Blackwell Rum with muddled lime and orange, brown sugar and crushed ice, top with ginger ale and garnish with orange slices.
August 26th, 2014
In honor of National Dog Day, we’ve decided to let our blog go to the dogs, much like the VIP treatment at some hotels…
WOOF Cottages, Nantucket
The Woof Cottages at The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin welcomes its furriest guests with Draper Canine beds, welcome basket of treats and toys, personalized pet tags, doggie turndown, walking, and more.
From Argentina to Chicago, most Park Hyatt hotels offer fido friendly amenities. In the newly opened Park Hyatt Vienna, the concierge recommends local walking hotspots and the kitchen is happy to prepare a special meal. Park Hyatt New York has also gotten into (dog)bed with Friends of Finn.
Cliveden House, Berkshire, England
No better place to treat a pooch like royalty than the English Countryside and Cliveden House offers more than 250 acres of dog-walking woodland paths with views of the Thames.
July 24th, 2014
Chris Blackwell, Island Outpost
Chris Blackwell, music mogul turned hotelier, founded the Oracabessa Foundation to protect Jamaica’s environment and youth. In the nearly 20 years since efforts began, it has increased coral growth by 47 percent on the once-barren reefs; helped hatch 13,000 sea turtles; introduced sustainable farming; and each year gives hundreds of school children a fighting chance through music programs, after-school sports, and job training. Some would also agree Blackwell changed the world when he discovered Bob Marley and Bono.
Joss Kent, andBeyond
Joss Kent is Africa’s answer to how to save the rhinos. Poaching is at an all-time high and there are few sanctuaries where the rhinos are out of harm’s way. andBeyond is leading the charge to move these nearly extinct, majestic animals to safer pastures…and it’s working. Rhinos without Borders is one of many world-saving initiatives helmed by Kent. Nature is precious.
Wilbert Das, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
In an effort to escape the constant buzz of the fashion world, former Creative Director of Diesel Wilbert Das first visited Trancoso, Brazil in June 2004 on vacation and was immediately taken with the people and environment. It became his mission to preserve it. Das worked with local artisans to build an 11-casa hotel, UXUA, using only natural resources and sustainable techniques. He also sources the majority of produce, spa ingredients, and artwork from the area. Das continues to support the village’s economy by employing locals almost exclusively and contributes a great deal to the local school system and Capoeira Academy so children in the village can have free lessons.
Leo Ghitis, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
For Leo Ghitis and his wife, Ruthy, it’s not just the beautiful flora and fauna that make the Arenal region of Costa Rica special – it’s the people. In addition to preserving the environment through practices such as recycling, composting, and energy efficiency, the hotel takes great stock in supporting the cultural and educational activities of the community of La Fortuna de San Carlos. From providing free transportation to employees and their families to donating more than $3,000 every month to the local school system and orphanage, Ghitis makes sure everyone feels like they are part of the Nayara family.
July 17th, 2014
Gold is the new black. From Vienna to Jamaica, our “Gold Standard” will pave the way to a truly gilded vacation.
The pool at the new Park Hyatt Vienna, located in a 100-year-old bank vault, is lined in real gold tiles as an homage to the bricks that were once stored there.
The Halkin by COMO’s basque-inspired Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is dripping with golden icicles from every inch of the ceiling.
Ian Fleming has always taken his readers on the ultimate gilt trip with “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “Goldfinger.” Now, to mark the 50-year Golden anniversary of Fleming’s passing, Island Outpost is allowing guests to book a single room in his former villa at GoldenEye in Oracabessa, Jamaica.
All that glitters is gold in the Arrow River, where families can take a 30-minute day trip from Matakauri Lodge to pan for golden nuggets.
July 15th, 2014
This summer, we’re taking our olives and twists on tour.
Here are our top five destinations for the most luxurious 5 o’clock somewhere.
1. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, KENYA
AMPR’s favorite garnish this summer is the sound of the Great Migration rattling the ice cubes in our gin and tonic. The only barrier between you and the wild is the drink in your hand at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, situated where the forest meets the plains.
2. TOKYO, JAPAN
Sip Yamazaki neat at Park Hyatt Tokyo’s The Peak Bar, 41 stories into the sky and lit entirely by washi paper lanterns.
3. RAMATUELLE, FRANCE
Suspended between the clouds and the Mediterranean Sea, La Réserve Ramatuelle’s bar overlooks the crystal waters of the French Riviera. Hotelier Michel Reybier serves his private label Cos d’Estournel, a Sauvignon Blanc grown from his personal vineyard.
4. NANTUCKET ISLAND, MASSACHUSETTS
Sit under the Brant Point Grill’s shady canopy and gaze out at The White Elephant statue, a harbor-side symbol of the eponymous hotel’s history. Drink of choice: Lobster Bloody Mary.
5. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
The Living Room at Park Hyatt Sydney offers a front-row seat to the Sydney Opera House and world-renowned harbor. With a glass of Penfolds in hand, everything is looking good from “down under.”
June 10th, 2014
Guinot is unveiling its newest treatment: Hydradermie Double Ionization. They have revamped their signature Hydradermie treatment (the facial known for its powerful results to deep cleanse, hydrate, and address specific concerns) and increased its effectiveness by enabling the active ingredients to penetrate the skin quicker and deeper.
How does it work?
The roller ionizes gels on the flat surfaces of the face, while the rounded tips ionize gels specifically on the chin, eyes, mouth, and laugh lines. Skin becomes more radiant from the absorption of the products and the delicate galvanic currents massaging the face.
Where is it available?
The new Hydradermie Double Ionization will be available starting June 2014 at spas around the country, including the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the new Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach.
How is it different?
The improved and longer lasting results include softer skin and a brighter complexion and the new electrode has shortened the treatment time from 75 to 60 minutes. The hand help electrode used in the original Hydradermie treatment is no longer needed and instead, new electrode rollers with positive and negative charge are used to induce penetration of ions at the same time.
Who is it for?
The machine can be adjusted to meet the needs of all skin types, including oily, dry, combination, mature, and sensitive skin.