and they say print is dead…

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.

star-worthy honeymoons

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.

Trancoso, Brazil

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.

Phuket, Thailand

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.

how to celebrate national rum punch day

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.

 

hoteliers that change the world

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.

the AMPR gold standard

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.

 

Revealed: The Results of the 2013 Mr and Mrs Smith Awards

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:

Sexiest Bedroom

  • #6 Cocoa Island by COMO
  • #7 Chewton Glen

Hottest Hotel Bar

  • #6 Park Hyatt Tokyo

Best Hotel Restaurant

  • #4 Metropolitan Bangkok

Best Spa Hotel

  • #7 GoldenEye
  • #10 Parrot Cay by COMO

The Greatest Outdoors

  • #2 Cliveden House

Above & Beyond

  • #1 Chewton Glen

Best Smith Hotel:

  • #4 Chewton Glen
  • #10 UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

 

For a full list of results, please click here: http://smithhotelawards.com/2013/.

Island Outpost Resorts and Magellan Jets Announce the Ultimate James Bond Adventure Experience in Jamaica

May 22nd, 2013

 

Magellan Jets and Island Outpost have announced the Ultimate Bond Adventure Experience to Jamaica.  The package will include private charter through Island Outposts’ preferred private jet charter company, Magellan Jets, to the exclusive Ian Fleming International Airport in Jamaica, and accommodations at GoldenEye and Strawberry Hill. A variety of perks will be included to ensure that this will be the ultimate Bond adventure experience.

Bond knows how to travel in style and this package delivers all of the necessary elements to live like 007. Private jets and helicopters were the preferred mode of transportation on all Bond films, so the Ultimate James Bond Adventure Experience will begin on a private jet, chartered by Magellan Jets. And for the most Bond-worthy end to the trip, guests will depart Jamaica aboard their Magellan Jet from Ian Fleming International Airport (IFIA), exclusively for private jets and scheduled charters, and less than 3 miles from GoldenEye.

GoldenEye has been the low key hub of cool since James Bond author Ian Fleming first built the lush estate in the town of Oracabessa on Jamaica’s North coast in the 1950s. For decades, this hideaway played host to the glitterati and literati – writers, musicians and heads of state. Now owned by Jamaica-raised Chris Blackwell, the visionary entrepreneur and founder of Island Records, he has ensured that the relaxed allure of Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye endures. Set along the pristine coast, among lush tropical gardens and around the calm waters of the property’s lagoon and secluded beaches, the 52-acre estate now encompasses 20 units – 9 Beach Villas, two Lagoon Villas, six Lagoon Cottages and one Ocean Front Villa. Guests can also book Fleming’s own private three-bedroom villa – with two guest cottages – where his writing desk still stands just as he left it.

Located in the heart of one of the world’s most famous coffee-producing mountain ranges, Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, Strawberry Hill Hotel & Spa opened on October 18 following an extensive refurbishment of the property. Listed in the New York Times #1 bestselling book, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, Strawberry Hill is 3100 feet above sea level and features one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Blue Mountains in one direction as well as the city of Kingston in the other. On a clear day, one can see up to 40 miles from the property’s infinity-edge pool, and at night the city far below becomes a twinkling mirror of the night sky.

The James Bond Experience:

  • Private jet charter through Magellan Jets to Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston
  • Gourmet Jamaican-style catering on-board
  • Bond-themed gift baskets on-board
  • Ground transportation
  • 2 nights’ stay at Strawberry Hill
  • Helicopter transfer to GoldenEye
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at GoldenEye
  • Dinner for two at Gazebo at GoldenEye
  • Cocktails for two at Firefly, Noel Coward’s historic hilltop home at GoldenEye
  • Two massages at Strawberry Hill
  • Private jet charter though Magellan Jets to Ian Fleming International Airport to the destination of their choosing.

007 in Jamaica:

  • Book a Magellan private jet to GoldenEye for a stay four nights or more and receive a $200 resort credit and private kayak safari tour for two.
  • Book a Magellan private jet to Strawberry Hill for a stay four nights or more and receive a $200 resort credit.

Magellan Jets and Island Outpost can accommodate parties of up to 10 people for this package. Rates for the Fleming Villa start at US$5,500. Midsize Jet pricing is $5,300 per hour round trip.  Full pricing based on specific dates and departure cities available upon request.

Magellan Jets will offer those flying privately to Jamaica to stay at GoldenEye a one-time special offer of their fixed Voyager Membership rates: http://www.magellanjets.com/membership/caribbean-bermuda-mexico-rates/

This package can be purchased by calling Magellan Jets at 877-550-JETS. For more information, visit www.magellanjets.com.

 

Sea Turtle Travel Guide from Caribbean to Middle East

May 10th, 2013

While sea turtles have been swimming the Earth’s oceans for more than 100 million years – pre-dating even dinosaurs – all seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered today.

Nesting season begins this month, making conservation programs topical while hotels and resorts from the Caribbean to the Middle East draw travelers to witness the delicate nesting and hatchling rituals.

Some examples:

Jamaica’s Turtle Whisperer, GoldenEye

Those visiting GoldenEye in September for five days or more are guaranteed sea-turtle sightings at neighboring Golden Sea Beach. For a $10 donation, guests of any age have the rare opportunity to observe turtles nesting and hatching in their natural habitat while being educated by a local sea-turtle expert known as the “turtle whisperer.” More than 13,450 sea turtles hatched on Golden Sea Beach in 2012—an incredible 3,745% increase in hatchings over the launching of the program in 2005.

Kids Name the Turtles in Mexico, One&Only Palmilla

Guests at One&Only Palmilla between July and October have a chance to participate in the baby sea turtle release. Each summer, sea turtles return to One&Only Palmilla’s aptly-named Turtle Beach to lay their eggs, and 45 days later, the baby turtles break free from their shells. “Young biologists” have the opportunity to learn about the turtles and their yearly return to Los Cabos, name the turtles, and receive a certificate acknowledging their sea-turtle release participation.

Turtle Safe Haven in Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi seeks to peacefully co-exist with the Hawksbill turtles that find their way to the hotel’s beach every season. The hotel installed an elevated boardwalk to transport guests to the beach and clearly marked nesting spots to ensure the nests remain undisturbed. The turtles are monitored continuously in a joint program by the Tourism Development and Investment Company and the Environmental Agency in Abu Dhabi, and guests may donate to these organizations to support the Hawksbill turtles.

Private Island Hatchlings, AndBeyond Mnemba Island

On the private island off the coast of Zanzibar, Green Turtle nesting season is year-round, peaking in February and March. The turtles lay their eggs on the island’s beach, and in September and October, baby turtles immerge. With only 10 thatched roof bandas on the island, guests can watch the tiny hatchlings make their way down to the water without a crowd for an incredible experience.

 

from relaxation to adventure: stand up paddle boarding has it all

July 16th, 2012

A couple goes stand up paddle boarding at Island Outpost’s GoldenEye in Jamacia

A new surfing trend is sweeping the beaches, allowing novice and experienced surfers alike the chance to experience their very own surfing safari.  Made popular by Laird Hamilton (big time surfer Bill Hamilton’s son), stand up paddle boarding is versatile and easy to learn, unlike surfing.

Stand up paddle boarding, also called SUP, can be as difficult or easy as you want.  To start off, it is best go in calm waters and prepare for a relaxing day cruising around the ocean, lake, or river.  Stand up paddle boarding has an effect that makes you feel as if you’re walking on water.  More experienced “SUP”-ers can go out in the tide to have more of a thrill ride!

Some SUP-ing is best with a little motivation, like when Wall Street Journal Columnist, Charles Bethea took his first SUP adventure.  He kept his eyes on the prize:  an ice-cold rum drink overlooking the ocean.  Bethea went out with his instructor off the coast of Anguilla to cross the water and over to an island where his drink was ordered and waiting for him.  He completed his journey and ended back on the beach gloating, almost soberly. Read more about his experience here.

Do you want to have your own SUP adventure? GoldenEye Resort in Jamaica offers personal SUP lessons around some of the most breath-taking sites.  Wata Sport Beach is available for anyone to learn and perfect their favorite water sports.  If you need some personal motivation like Bethea did, make your reservation at the Bizot Bar, paddle up, and enjoy!

island outpost properties earn tripadvisor certificate of excellence award

May 25th, 2012

All four Island Outpost properties in Jamaica – GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, The Caves, Geejam and Strawberry Hill Hotel, Spa & Gardens have received the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

The highly applauded award honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that maintain an overall rating of four stars or higher (out of a possible five) as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Approximately 10 percent of establishments listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

The accolade comes as no surprise as Island Outpost hotels have long been recognized by travelers worldwide as remarkable properties with exclusive accommodations, unsurpassed service and top-notch amenities.

Each Island Outpost property has its own singular sense of style – GoldenEye offers laid-back luxury on the north coast, The Caves in Negril feels like a secluded castle set above a vibrant town center, while Geejam in Port Antonio is a secret hideaway infused with a cosmopolitan vibe and the newly-renovated Strawberry Hill offers a cool refreshing escape 3,100 feet above sea level in the Blue Mountains.

For more information and summer offers visit, www.islandoutpost.com or call 1(800)-OUTPOST.

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