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.
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.
November 12th, 2013
COMO Shambhala Estate, Winner of Best Spa Hotel
In its inaugural year, the Mr and Mrs Smith awards showcased the best boutique hotels across the globe in 12 categories.
Members voted for favorite hotels; the top three were chosen by a panel of judges composed of Mr and Mrs Smith editors and experts.
Congratulations to all the winners in the 2013 Mr and Mrs Smith awards including:
Mr and Mrs Smith Judges’ Choice:
Best Spa Hotel: COMO Shambhala Estate
Best Newcomer: Fogo Island Inn
Best Dressed Hotel: Runner up, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
Mr and Mrs Smith Readers’ Choice:
- #6 Cocoa Island by COMO
- #7 Chewton Glen
Hottest Hotel Bar
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Spa Hotel
- #7 GoldenEye
- #10 Parrot Cay by COMO
The Greatest Outdoors
Above & Beyond
Best Smith Hotel:
- #4 Chewton Glen
- #10 UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
For a full list of results, please click here: http://smithhotelawards.com/2013/.
October 15th, 2013
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
The results of Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards are in. This year, the 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards boasted its highest-ever participation with 79,268 readers casting 1.3 million votes. The result is a compilation of the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world.
The #1 spot for Top Hotel & Resort in the World was a tie between The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand and La Residence in Franschhoek, South Africa.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards including:
Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World: #1 The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, #7 One&Only The Palm Dubai, #22 (tied) Phinda Private Game Reserve, One&Only Palmilla, #63 Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens, #75 Park Hyatt Dubai
Top Midsize-Ship Cruise Lines: #1 Crystal Cruises
Top Hotels in the Middle East: #1 Park Hyatt Dubai
Top Resorts in the Middle East: #1 One&Only The Palm Dubai, #2 Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, #5 One&Only Royal Mirage
Top Resorts in Central & South America: #1 Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens
Top Resorts in Baja, Mexico: #1 One&Only Palmilla
Top Hotels in Australia & the Pacific: #1 Park Hyatt Sydney
Top Hotels in the Atlantic: #2 One&Only Ocean Club, #4 Parrot Cay
Top Hotels in New England: #3 The Wauwinet, #7 White Elephant Hotel
Top Resorts & Safari Camps: #4 Phinda Private Game Reserve, #25 Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Top Hotels in Chicago: #4 Park Hyatt Chicago
Top Hotels in Northern Europe: #5 Park Hyatt Hamburg
Top Hotels in South America: #4 Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau
Top Hotels in Washington, D.C: #5 Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.
Top Resorts in the Caribbean: #5 The Caves, #6 Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France, #10 Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Top Hotels in France & Monaco: #6 Park Hyatt Paris-Vedome, #18 Pavillon de la Reine
Top Hotels in Africa: #7 One&Only Cape Town
Top Hotels in Japan and South Korea: #7 Park Hyatt Seoul, #8 Park Hyatt Tokyo
Top Islands in the Caribbean: #7 St. Barths
Top Hotels in the Southwest: #8 Inn on the Alameda
Top Resorts in Europe: #10 Chewton Glen
Top Cities in the United States: #10 Napa
Top Hotels in Southeast Asia: #13 Park Hyatt Saigon
Top Resorts in Asia: #16 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp
Top Hotels in Central Europe: #17 Park Hyatt Zurich
Top Hotels in China: #29 Park Hyatt Shanghai, #37 Park Hyatt Beijing
For the complete list of 2013 Readers’ Choice winners, click here: http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards
August 17th, 2012
Some celebs like to tie the knot in the limelight – others prefer the more intimate route choosing to say “I Do” at more remote destinations. Can you guess which celebs married at One&Only Palmilla and COMO’s Parrot Cay?
Giants Quarterback Eli Manning married his high school sweetheart at the extravagant One&Only Palmilla. This two-time Super Bowl MVP stuck to his off-season workout routine by hitting up the hotel’s fully equipped gym and infinity-edge pool just hours before his beach front ceremony.
America’s sweethearts Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got hitched in Turks and Caicos at COMO’s Parrot Cay. The power couple opted for a quiet ceremony on the private island with close family and friends, staying in Bruce Willis’ private villa.
One&Only Palmilla and COMO’s Parrot Cay are among the most extravagant resorts in the world, no wonder it appeals America’s favorite celebrities.
Check out some other resorts where celebs got hitched here
August 13th, 2012
Donna Karan, fashion designer and founder of the Urban Zen Foundation, is constantly on the run – from meetings, to fittings and events. How does she escape her hectic schedule? By jetting down to her private Parrot Cay residence in the Turks & Caicos, of course! She tells Vanity Fair what she loves most about her relaxing getaways. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/where-i-go/2012/08/donna-karan-home-turks-caicos-parrot-cay
July 20th, 2012
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is a rock n’ roll legend but we bet you didn’t know he’s also a loving father, adoring grrandfather, and a legendary dominoes champion. Vogue’s recent feature on Richards and his family’s vacations to their retreat at Parrot Cay describes the relaxed island lifestyle that keeps them coming back.
June 27th, 2012
Indagare’s recent report on Parrot Cay makes us want to ditch our desks and hop on a plane for some serious R&R: