AMPR Villas & Buyouts

April 1st, 2020

The theme of 2020: It’s all about personal space. People are eager to travel again. And when they do, private accommodations will be a popular option, as guests want assurance that they’ll be able to maintain personal safety and hygiene standards. Here’s a list of villa and property buyouts available both domestically and internationally:

U.S.

Can accommodate over 5 guests…

Bardessono Hotel & Spa, Napa Valley

# of bedrooms: 1 to 3

# of guests: 1 to 6

Price: TBC

The three new Maple Grove Villas at Bardessono Hotel & Spa are available to book individually or as one three-bedroom retreat for a total of 3,705 square-feet of space. Guests that book all three accommodations have exclusive access to the property’s hybrid Lexus during the stay. The villas have stocked wine fridges, fireplaces and outdoor “cocktail pools” with lounge seating. The villas are serviced by Bardessono docents, who can arrange activities like private yoga and meditation sessions, art tours or museum visits. Bardessono Hotel & Spa is one of only three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified hotels in the county. Located in Yountville, cuisine reigns king here, with more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in America.

White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street, Nantucket

# of bedrooms: 3

# of guests: 6

Price: Starts at $1,595/night

The historic, three-bedroom White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street in Nantucket is the only bookable accommodation on Nantucket’s Main Street and walking distance to nearby beaches and Brant Point Lighthouse. This 2,500 square-foot pied-à-terre-style, free-standing loft is located on the 2nd floor of a 19th century brick building, featuring a gourmet kitchen. Guests who book the unit receive the keys to a BMW for the duration of their stay and access to Priority Bicycles for exploring the 30 miles of bike trails.

Anchorage House, Nantucket

# of bedrooms: 3

# of guests: 7

Price: Starts at $1,200/night

Situated on the northeast end of Nantucket, The Anchorage House by Serena & Lily is a three-bedroom cottage as part of The Wauwinet. Guests have access to all the amenities at The Wauwinet and exclusive access to 2020 BMW SUV vehicle is included in the stay.

The Setting Inn, Napa Valley

# of bedrooms: 4 rooms in 3 cottages

# of guests: 8

Starting price: TBC

This historic landmark farmhouse built in 1901 has been renovated and reborn as The Setting Inn and re-opened in Summer 2019. The transformation, which includes fresh interiors, has taken place under new ownership with The Setting Wines, which famously sold one of its bottles for $350,000 at a 2017 charity auction. (Complimentary tastings of these vintages are now offered to all guests.) Each of the oversized rooms is named after a wine growing region and features a soaking tub, fireplace and balcony or porch. Surrounded by vineyards, the property offers views of the Mayacamas Mountains, and lawn games like Connect Four and Ladder Ball. The centerpiece of the quiet courtyard is the red barn, which acts as the property’s living room. Tucked away in quiet Oak Knoll District, the property sits conveniently between downtown Napa and Yountville, which are easily accessible via one of the inn’s complimentary electric cruisers.

 

Can accommodate 10 guests…

The Francis House, Napa Valley

# of bedrooms: 5

# of guests: 10

Starting price: TBC

The Francis House in Calistoga opened in September 2018 in a landmark building steeped in history and prestige. Built in 1886, The Francis House was initially a family home for prominent local merchant, James H. Francis. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has being carefully restored, rehabilitated and redesigned as an exclusive five-room luxury inn. In addition to a private pool, guests have access to an infrared sauna and salt room. Located a couple blocks off Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga’s Main Street, the town’s walkable downtown area is home to tasting rooms and boutiques.

 

Can accommodate over 20 guests…

Shou Sugi Ban House, The Hamptons

# of bedrooms: 13

# of guests: 26

Price: TBC

This wellness retreat and destination spa opened in Water Mill in May 2019. Located adjacent to the Parrish Art Museum off Montauk Highway, the property’s three acres are contained behind a private gate with round-the-clock security. The 13 guest studios are all accessible via private entrances to the outside. Each studio has its own locally-made, kobe-style bed, fireplace and bathtub – half of which are Hinoki ofuro (Japanese soaking tubs). Keeping busy won’t be a problem with the following on-site: open-air movement pavilion with TRX suspension trainers, ballet bar, free weights, kettle bells and other functional props; multiple pools; thermal suite with infrared sauna, dry sauna and steam room; and a tennis court. Travelers looking to stretch their legs can head to nearby Southampton beaches or Montauk’s Shadmoor Cliffs. Resident practitioners can coordinate healing arts treatments, such as sound baths and tea ceremonies, and the culinary team led by consulting chef Mads Refslund is on standby to create a menu for whomever rents out the property.

 

Can accommodate over 60 guests…

The Wauwinet, Nantucket

# of bedrooms: 32

# of guests: 64

Price: TBC

Situated on the northeast end of Nantucket, bordering the peaceful Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, the 32-room Wauwinet offers the feel of a private home. Built in 1875, the Inn is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nantucket Bay. It’s the only property on Nantucket with access to two private beaches. During the fall, lobstering, surfcasting, cooking classes and scenic drives to neighboring ‘Sconset in the property’s 1948 Woody are included in the stay. The on-property restaurant, TOPPER’S is recognized for its 1,400-bottle wine list – the largest on island – and fresh oysters, plucked from the Bay 300 yards from the property.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Can accommodate over 5 guests…

Grand Riad at Royal Mansour, Marrakech

# of bedrooms: 4

# of guests: 8 people

Price: Starts at 400,000 MAD/night

Each of Royal Mansour’s 53 accommodations is an individual, three-story riad. The four-bedroom Grand Riad is the undisputed crown jewel. Referred to as the “hotel within the hotel,” the 19,375 square-foot residence features a private library, two swimming pools, a cinema, hammam, gym, multiple dining and living rooms, and a glass-enclosed split-level terrace with a retractable roof.  Guests of the Grand Riad also enjoy the services of a dedicated staff that includes a chef, watchman, housekeepers, and butlers.

Four-Bedroom Villa at The Christopher, St. Barth

# of bedrooms: 4

# of guests: 8

Price: Starts at 3,900 Euro/night

The brand-new four-bedroom villas at The Christopher, St. Barth, designed by Olivia Putman (daughter of Andrée Putman) blur the boundaries between inside and out and use a mix of natural materials including bamboo, sandstone and volcanic stone, accented with pops of the hotel’s signature orange. With large decks and private pools, they meld the privacy of a villa rental with the comforts of a hotel.

 

Can accommodate 10 or more guests…

Fleming Villa at GoldenEye, Jamaica

# of bedrooms: 5

#of guests: 10

Price: Starts at $6,365/night

Channel Ian Fleming in the aptly named, five-bedroom  Fleming Villa at GoldenEye in Jamaica (where he wrote all 14 James Bond novels). The grounds are home to a private beach, pool, and movie screening room (Fleming’s former garage). The Sunken Garden – where Fleming used to entertain the likes of Kathryn Hepburn and Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden – is the ideal location for a private dinner party.

For larger groups, guests can rent out the 23 Beach Huts at GoldenEye. The layout for the huts was conceived to blend the indoors and out; the sounds of the tropics with the feel of a hut on the beach. Separated from main property, those book the one and two-bedroom Huts have exclusive access to Snorkeler’s Cove, teeming with colorful coral and tropical fish, as well as Button Beach for sunning, swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking. The starting nightly rate for the Beach Huts buyout is $12,730/night.

The Beaumont, London

# of bedrooms: 5

# of guests: 10

Price: Starts at 7,380 GBP /night

The Beaumont’s fifth floor presidential suite, The Roosevelt, can be adjoined with neighboring suites and rooms to create a private floor. The Roosevelt Suite has a spacious sitting room featuring a working fireplace and a library stocked with books from neighborhood bookstore Haywood Hill; a separate dining room seating eight; a pantry kitchen that is stocked to guests’ wishes; and a large terrace for outdoor dining. The fifth floor also comes with its own private elevator bank.

Belmond Afloat in France

# of bedrooms: Total of 7 river barges ranging from 2 to 6 bedrooms

# of guests: 4-12 guests

Price: Rates for the two newest barges, Lilas and Pivoine start at 50,920 Euro for a six-night itinerary, fully inclusive

Collectively known as Belmond Afloat in France, Belmond’s fleet of seven luxury barges are available for private charters with a nearly 1:1 crew to guest ratio. Accommodating anywhere from four to 12 passengers, guests can also book two or more barges to float in tandem for larger parties. More akin to floating villas, the barges feature a dining room, lounge, and sundeck as well as private floating pools. The week-long itineraries are all-inclusive and completely customizable to meet the individual desire of each guest. Families can take part in ATV rides and ziplining led by the onboard guide, while culinary buffs can enjoy book Belmond Napoleon for the newest six-night itinerary featuring a different Michelin-starred restaurant every day.

Private Pool Villa at Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla

# of bedrooms: 5

# of guests: 12

Price: Starts at $5,225/night

Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla reopened following a complete renovation in December 2018 with the addition of three new, private pool villas. The five-bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa offers an escape for large groups and families – fully-equipped with a private swimming pool just steps away from the white sands of Maundays Bay, known to be one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. A dedicated beach butler is on hand to make sure guests’ private slice of beach is always prepared to their liking.

 

Can accommodate over 15 guests…

La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel, Bordeaux, France

# of bedrooms: 8

# of guests: 16

Price: Starts at $20,000/night

Located in the heart of a 200-acre vineyard in Bordeaux, La Chartreuse is the private residence of Michel Reybier, the owner of La Réserve hotels in Paris, Ramatuelle, Geneva and Zurich. The Jacques Garcia-designed house is decorated in a mix of European antiques and Asian tapestries has six bedrooms and two suites; a library; dining room; hammam; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; and a wine cellar, of course. Staying at La Chartreuse means an exclusive opportunity to experience life on the Cos d’Estournel estate from the inside. The vineyard is one of just 14 Chateaux ranked as Second Growth in 1855.

 

Can accommodate over 20 guests…

Ithaafushi Private Island at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Malé

# of bedrooms: 3-bedroom beach villa + 2-bedroom overwater villa + 4-bedroom residence

# of guests: 25

Price: Starts at $65,000/night (TBC)

When the doors opened on July 1, 2019, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi became the first luxury resort debut near the capital city of Malé in the last decade. Location is a unique selling point because Waldorf Astoria guests do not need to rely on a seaplane transfer from the international airport to their accommodations, which is not permitted after 6 p.m. due to daylight restrictions. Instead of a nonoptional overnight in Malé, a private fleet of seven yachts is available 24/7 for a 40-minute trip with drinks, snacks and onboard amenities provided by a ‘Yacht Concierge.’ In addition to this indulgent option, privacy-seeking guests can also opt for a standalone Stella Maris villa (2), one-bedroom duplex unit that is accessible by a traditional dhoni boat.

 

Can accommodate over 30 guests…

La Reserve Paris Apartments

# of bedrooms: total of 10 apartments ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms

# of guests: 1 to 40

Price: Starts at 1,700 Euro/night for the one-bedroom apartment; starts at 25,000 Euros/night for full buyout

Overlooking the Trocadero in the capital’s 16th arrondissement (meaning unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower) are the 10 La Réserve Paris Apartments. There are 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom flats, ranging from 1,500 to 3,000+ square-feet. The La Reserve Paris Apartment building has its own private street entrance and spans just four floors, accessible via a large staircase. The ground-floor units have expansive garden terraces while the higher units have large balconies with outdoor dining tables. Guests can feel like they have their own pied-a-terre by renting out one apartment or buy out all 10 apartments, accommodating up to 40 family and friends. Each unit has a large kitchen and the pantry and wine cellar come fully stocked. Furniture can even be rearranged to guests’ liking. For long-term stays, the apartment can be decorated with original works of art selected by guests and a home gym and cinema can be set up.

Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scotland

# of cabins: 22

# of guests: 40

Price: TBC

Departing from Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, Belmond Royal Scotsman travels on circular routes through the heart of the Highlands and is Scotland’s only luxury sleeper train. With only 40 passengers on board, the train replicates a ‘Country House on Wheels’ and has two, three- or four-night itineraries. Guests can also tailor itineraries with bespoke excursions depending on each traveler’s preferences, including stargazing in the Cairngorms, which boasts some of the darkest skies in Europe; hiking the gorges of Aviemore; canoeing on Loch Ness; clay pigeon shooting at Rothiemurchus Estate; or teeing off for golf at some of the country’s most famous links courses.

 

Can accommodate over 150 guests…

Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Ireland

# of bedrooms: 97

# of guests: 190

Price: Starts at $33,000/night

Set on 450 acres with gardens based on the same designs as the Gardens at Versailles, Dromoland Castle can trace its heritage back to the 16th century when it was home of the O’Brien family. The lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland. Converted to a hotel in the 1960s and fresh off a $20 million renovation and restoration, Dromoland Castle exhibits the best of its regal Irish heritage. The property offers amenities and country home activities, including an 18-hole, par 72 parkland golf course that weaves around the grounds. Multigenerational families have the perfect venue at Dromoland, with tailored activities like tennis lessons, bespoke golf clinics, horse and buggy rides, archery, garden tours, falconry, bubble baths on demand, and even a genealogy expert to help trace Irish familial roots.

 

Sustainability Initiatives Around the World

March 1st, 2020

KEEP IT LOCAL: Opened May 2019, Shou Sugi Ban House, the destination spa and wellness retreat located in the pastoral hamlet of Water Mill in the Hamptons, features a culinary philosophy that focuses on sustainable foods, with an on-site garden and a hyper-seasonal, plant-based kitchen. The food program is headed by Noma co-founder Chef Mads Refslund, who has tapped several methods of gardening rooted in Austrian scholar Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic philosophy. His method has been described as a ‘spiritual-ethical-ecological’ approach to agriculture. Gardener Albert Zielinski of Alley Crops is a Southampton native who has worked closely with an agricultural master to learn about biodynamic farming, as well as natural and spiritual sciences. This hands-on knowledge and training gave him a radical new perspective on life and food, and he has since dedicated himself to repairing damaged ecosystems in order to prevent further food insecurity and health crises.

WHATA RE-REEF! The Christopher St. Barth has partnered with Artireef to help rebuild the reef of Pointe Milou, the peninsula on which the hotel sits, by creating marine cement that is three times denser than concrete. The growth rate of coral there is three- to five-times that of natural coral. In addition to creating a barrier to the shore, the reef will be more resistant to high water temperatures and pollution.

PLASTICS, BEGONEThe Beaumont in London has eliminated its use of single-use plastic bottles, taking the 32,000 plastic bottles used per year out of the equation. In collaboration with D. R. Harris, London’s oldest pharmacy, and La Bottega, The Beaumont introduced an innovative collection of toiletries comprising a solid shampoo bar and a solid body wash bar, as well as a body cream and a hair conditioner in fully recycled and recyclable aluminium tubes. All products are air-travel friendly, last longer, reduce water waste and eliminate plastic packaging. Any left-over toiletries, plus all the packaging will be repurposed and recycled.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL: In Chihuahua, Mexico, the CREST – Center for Responsible Travel – team has been working with two indigenous communities near Copper Canyon to create authentic, indigenous tourism experiences that have a direct economic benefit on the local community. Designed to help the communities benefit economically from tourism while preserving their land and culture, this project offers tourists the opportunity to participate in women-run cooking and handicraft demonstrations and take a variety of hiking and storytelling tours in the Canyon led by licensed guides.

A FAMOUS FOREST: Plant a tree next to Jay Z to benefit the Oracabessa Foundation in Jamaica. Founded in 1997 by Chris Blackwell, owner of Island Outpost, the organization has a strong commitment to improving the lives of the local community. The Foundation accomplishes this through a variety of initiatives, specifically in the areas of health, environment, education, sports and entrepreneurship. Guests of GoldenEye, which is part of Island Outpost, are able to get involved by planting a tree on the property (as celebrities like Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jay Z and Beyonce, Jude Law, Richard Branson and River Phoenix have done) with a donation to the Oracabessa Foundation. The Foundation’s initiative to restore the local coral reef has proven so successful, it’s a template being replicated in other fish sanctuaries across Jamaica.

IT’S ELECTRICPONANT will launch its new Le Commandant Charcot ship in May 2021, making it the first luxury electric hybrid ship to reach the North Pole. Operating off a mix of battery (no emissions) and Liquified Natural Gas (the cleanest fuel on the market), the vessel will travel to some places in Antarctica where fewer people have been than the moon. Every part of the design was taken into account when building the ship. For example, even the paint used on the hull has been specifically designed to reduce friction and thus use less energy for propulsion. A team of 16 specialists are aboard each expedition will help guests participate in  environmental research and experiments during sailings.

GETTING SCRAPPYBelmond Mount Nelson’s Chef Rudi Liebenberg has introduced a new rotating five-course Wasted! menu featuring reimagined scraps and byproducts of fruits, vegetables, and meats. Hosted at Chef’s Table, guests to the South African hotel will be able to watch as ginger trimmings and buchu become cordials while trout trimmings are transformed into tartare and tempura.

THE NEED FOR LEEDBardessono Hotel and Spa in Yountville, California, is one of only three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified hotels in the county. (LEED is the highest and most rigorous form of green developments accreditation in the U.S.) The resort, which was built in 2009, was designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible and features onsite waste management; low water use; and a solar system discreetly mounted and concealed on the hotel’s flat-topped roofs.

ONLY SOLAR: andBeyond’s long term goal is to ensure that each of its lodges run on solar power. The newly opened andBeyond Sossusveli Desert Lodge in Namibia draws 65% of its power from renewable resources, with each of its 10 suites completely self-sustaining, acting as their own solar power plant. andBeyond Ngala Treehouse opened on the border of South Africa’s Kruger National Park in February 2020; the new standalone treehouse is three miles away from the nearest lodge and also fully solar-powered – offering a completely private yet sustainable experience in the bush.

AMPR FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

February 1st, 2020

New Year, New Vacations

Will your 2020 travels take you to one of these new locations across the globe?

Costa Rica: When it debuted in December, Nayara Tented Camp introduced 18 luxury tents set inside a Costa Rican sloth sanctuary. The property was expanded as a part of Nayara’s reforestation project, which will bring in 40,000 indigenous trees, including Cecropia trees – the main food source of sloths.

St. Barth: The Christopher St. Barth unveiled two new four-bedroom villas to close out 2019, and a third is due to open in early 2020. With interiors by Olivia Putman, the new spaces combine the comfort of private residences with the five-star service of the main hotel – and each has a private swimming pool.

South Africa: Three miles away from the nearest lodge and 52 steps in the air is andBeyond’s Ngala Tree House, opening early 2020. The completely private, six-level home – surrounded by nothing but the South African bush – is a new experience at andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge and andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp. The luxury, solar-powered tree house has a rooftop deck with an outdoor bed and lounge for al fresco sundowners and dinner for two – all with uninterrupted views of the bush below.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: All aboard! Three new Grand Suites will join the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the 2020 season. The new suites – Vienna, Prague and Budapest – each reflect the European cities the train travels to every year. They’ll appropriately feature bespoke design details that give a strong sense of place. The suites will launch with the first journey of the season on March 21. Guests traveling in one of the Grand Suites will enjoy private transfers to and from the train and a personal 24-hour cabin steward available for all onboard services, including free-flowing champagne and private in-suite dining.

Marrakesh: Open Sesame in Morocco! Royal Mansour has debuted a new Italian restaurant, Sesamo. The menu will be overseen by acclaimed Italian chef Massimiliano Alajmo – he was the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars at age 28. Combining his Italian roots with locally sourced Moroccan ingredients, Chef Alajmo has crafted new dishes, including garlic and red pepper spaghetti with vegetables from Royal Mansour’s gardens and a signature Open Sesame dessert – an almond nougat sphere filled saffron, neroli and almond foam in a passion fruit sauce. The menu will also feature a selection of Chef Alajmo’s signature offerings from his restaurant in Italy, Le Calendre, which is consistently ranked one of the Best 50 Restaurants in the World.

Palm Beach: From one vacation destination to another, Nantucket’s iconic White Elephant Resort will open a sister property on Sunset Avenue in Palm Beach in early 2020. Previews of the renovated historic property will begin January 15, when the lobby restaurant Lola – a Nantucket staple – begins serving its signature burgers and sushi. The new hotel, being completely redeveloped by Boston-based New England Development, represents the total renovation of the Bradley Park Hotel, which dates back to the 1920’s and was one of the first resorts in the area.

Zurich: Located in a 100-year-old historic building, La Réserve Eden au Lac debuted on January 8 after an extensive renovation headed by Philippe Starck. It’s the only luxury property on Lac Zurich to offer the tranquility of a lakeside retreat with the convenience of being just a stone’s throw away from the city.

Bordeaux: Enjoy the feel of a private residence and the convenience of a hotel with the opening of La Maison d’Estournel in spring 2020. The resort is located in Bordeaux’s Médoc region in the former home of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, the 18th-century maverick behind the Cos d’Estournel vineyard. Alex Michaelis of Soho House is designing the property’s 40 rooms, which are spread across two floors. Complete with a library, tasting room and onsite vegetable garden, the property retains a homey feeling – guests can even go into the kitchen and help themselves to the pantry. The property is located on the Cos d’Estournel vineyard. Offsite activities include fishing on the coast, golf, bike riding and of course, wine tasting.

Wellness Reasons to Travel…

The three-story, hand-crafted Royal Mansour Spa, which looks like an elaborate white birdcage, is reason enough to visit the palatial property. And now, guests can incorporate multi-day wellness programs into a vacation via Royal Mansour’s collaboration with Paris-based micro-nutritionist Valerie Espinasse, a specialist in food intolerance and gut health. Her Wellness Cure programs are developed for individuals with the goal of improving intestinal flora, the microorganisms that live in the digestive track, a vital component for the immune system. Guests will take part in an initial health consultation and fitness test to build an itinerary complete with dietary suggestions and unlimited access to the water therapy facilities including traditional hammams, a water massage bath, sauna and spa treatments that use ingredients from the property’s gardens. Guests will also leave with a program to incorporate the healthy regimen into daily life.

The first wellness retreat of its kind on Long Island, Shou Sugi Ban House, is open in the Hamptons year-round. The 13-room property incorporates many forms of wellness treatments ranging from sound healing to reiki to yoga to hikes on the beach. The multi-day retreats are completely tailored to each individual, including activities like healing treatments, workshops, nutrition, meditation and movement and a spa menu.

The open-air treatment rooms at the Spa at Nayara Springs are cantilevered over the rainforest so spa-goers can hear tree frogs chirping and a babbling stream below. The Volanic Mud Massage is inspired by Costa Rica’s ancient beliefs that the application of volcanic-rich mud regenerates and nourishes the skin and provides energy and inner peace. After the treatment, guests can lounge in a private plunge pool overlooking the rainforest.

You don’t have to travel far for wellness, but sometimes, you should. The 107,000-square-foot spa at Waldorf Astoria Maaldives Ithaafushi comprises 10 treatment villas accessible by a dedicated spa buggy that provides door-to-door service. The spa menu of 30-plus treatments is based on earth, water, fire and metal. The signature experience is a 90-minute Starlight Ocean Massage that is only available from 9-10:30 p.m.

If you truly want your wellness aspirations to last all year, La Réserve Gèneve has you covered. Its 20,000 square-foot spa is the largest in the city. Guests meet with a team of therapists, coaches and medical specialists with expertise in the realms of preventive and antiaging medicine, as well as aesthetic medicine. Developed in conjunction with the scientific committee of the Nescens brand, the Better-Aging Signature Body Massage treatment targets all muscle and energy routes, concentrating on the most sensitive areas.

Located above the rocky shoreline of the popular neighborhood of Pointe Milou, The Christopher’s Sisley Spa features five treatment rooms all looking out to the ocean below. The spa’s hot shell massage dissolves muscle tension and helps the body find harmony.

Jumpstart your 2020 fitness journey at Ireland’s most magical address – Dromoland Castle. Think: Cozy spaces. Evenings spent by the fire. Brisk walks through the countryside. Later this month, enjoy a midweek fitness retreat at Dromoland – the package includes a one-on-one fitness assessment with a personal trainer and tailored workouts, as well as healthy meals and a spa treatment. To make the most of the resort’s breathtaking grounds, guests can enjoy a bike ride, guided ramble or a power walk. The program runs for three nights, January 20–22, but the five-star castle is open year-round for authentically Irish wellness experiences.

If the day-to-day grind is Jamaican’ you crazy, head to GoldenEye’s FieldSpa, which features two new spa huts along with a new hammam treatment space and yoga deck. The hotel also has a selection of elixirs, juices and healthy bites incorporating fresh ingredients from the hotel’s farm, Pantrepant. The spa completed its expansion in December 2019, and guests now have direct access to a new spa cove – a crescent of sand nestled along the property’s signature lagoon.

La Maison du Chocolat offers a guilt-free product line, “Bien Être,” which is a collection that is rooted in the idea that top-quality chocolate is, in fact, a healthy snack. The six chocolate varieties are sweetened with natural sugars like honey, pureed fruits and fruit nectar. The rich ganache, which is typically made with cream and butter, is a healthier recipe that combines hazelnut oil for creaminess with natural chicory fiber for substance.

Tiny Treatments…
Spa experiences for the littlest guests

The “Bee Pampered” children’s treatment at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa’s Kinan Spa includes a honey facial and a foot massage tailored to tiny feet. The honey is sourced from Kinan Spa’s own hive of native Melipona bees and is known for its strong anti-microbial and healing properties. As a memento, tots take home Meli, a Melipona bee stuffed animal.
GoldenEye offers a dedicated kids’ spa menu, which includes a “Rub A Dub Dub Bush Bath” – a relaxing soak in an outdoor bathtub. It’s a soothing way to prepare for a deep night’s sleep or an afternoon nap. The treatment incorporates medicinal herbs and essential oils, such as lime, soursop and rosemary. These are known to calm nerves and relax tension in the muscles. As part of the spa programming, kids’ yoga is offered complimentary. At Goldeneye, all yoga is held outdoors with the fresh breeze and calming sounds of the ocean as a backdrop.
Big City Wellness Respites…
Tokyo: Forty-seven floors above the city, Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Club on The Park Spa & Fitness Centre features panoramic views of the city and snow-peaked Mount Fuji. The skyline is visible through floor-to-ceiling glass windows from the pool and exercise machines. After a day on Shinjuku’s bustling streets, guests can wind down with a candlelit Good Night Sleep Stretch, offered twice a week, which features stretches designed to relax the muscles for a restful night ahead.
Barcelona: Only steps from Passeig de Gracia and Barcelona’s stylish district of shops, restaurants and museums, guests of Almanac Barcelona can reset with a ‘Wine Therapy’ spa treatment designed to eliminate impurities and detoxify the skin. The 90-minute body ritual includes a peel, wrap and massage – all infused with the antioxidant properties found in grape extracts. Morning yoga and breathwork classes are also offered on the rooftop terrace, followed by a healthy green juice to jump start the day.
London: 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.
New York: From the heart of the Theater District, The Chatwal has an exclusive collaboration with Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow’s yoga and spiritual guru, Eddie Stern to offer complimentary in-room and in-suite yoga sessions. Eddie’s “Pause & Take a Breath” app, featuring nine 12-minute yoga lessons with music by Moby, is now provided to hotel guests through the in-room iPads. Complimentary yoga mats in Chatwal’s signature red are also available.
Charleston: Situated on the fourth floor, the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place offers ten treatment rooms and the city’s only rooftop pool – a 50-foot horizon-edge salt-water pool with a retractable roof. For a full day of pampering, spa-goers can enjoy a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi as well as the in-house Elysium salon.
To-do for June 3:
- andBeyond weekly call
- AMPR internal call
- Review/edit the Belmond excel report
- Research podcasts similar to ABE format – they released podcast, it’s not great so we want to share good example
- LW kindly shared Yeti contact – will reach out to pitch ABE partnership
- Update AMPR blog with client list
- Organize regional list CH and I are working on for GUI outreach; pitch to 3 per day
- Send coverage notes

AMPR JANUARY NEWSLETTER

January 1st, 2020

New Year, New Vacations

Will your 2020 travels take you to one of these new locations across the globe?

Costa Rica: When it debuted in December, Nayara Tented Camp introduced 18 luxury tents set inside a Costa Rican sloth sanctuary. The property was expanded as a part of Nayara’s reforestation project, which will bring in 40,000 indigenous trees, including Cecropia trees – the main food source of sloths.

St. Barth: The Christopher St. Barth unveiled two new four-bedroom villas to close out 2019, and a third is due to open in early 2020. With interiors by Olivia Putman, the new spaces combine the comfort of private residences with the five-star service of the main hotel – and each has a private swimming pool.

South Africa: Three miles away from the nearest lodge and 52 steps in the air is andBeyond’s Ngala Tree House, opening early 2020. The completely private, six-level home – surrounded by nothing but the South African bush – is a new experience at andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge and andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp. The luxury, solar-powered tree house has a rooftop deck with an outdoor bed and lounge for al fresco sundowners and dinner for two – all with uninterrupted views of the bush below.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: All aboard! Three new Grand Suites will join the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the 2020 season. The new suites – Vienna, Prague and Budapest – each reflect the European cities the train travels to every year. They’ll appropriately feature bespoke design details that give a strong sense of place. The suites will launch with the first journey of the season on March 21. Guests traveling in one of the Grand Suites will enjoy private transfers to and from the train and a personal 24-hour cabin steward available for all onboard services, including free-flowing champagne and private in-suite dining.

Marrakesh: Open Sesame in Morocco! Royal Mansour has debuted a new Italian restaurant, Sesamo. The menu will be overseen by acclaimed Italian chef Massimiliano Alajmo – he was the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars at age 28. Combining his Italian roots with locally sourced Moroccan ingredients, Chef Alajmo has crafted new dishes, including garlic and red pepper spaghetti with vegetables from Royal Mansour’s gardens and a signature Open Sesame dessert – an almond nougat sphere filled saffron, neroli and almond foam in a passion fruit sauce. The menu will also feature a selection of Chef Alajmo’s signature offerings from his restaurant in Italy, Le Calendre, which is consistently ranked one of the Best 50 Restaurants in the World.

Palm Beach: From one vacation destination to another, Nantucket’s iconic White Elephant Resort will open a sister property on Sunset Avenue in Palm Beach in early 2020. Previews of the renovated historic property will begin January 15, when the lobby restaurant Lola – a Nantucket staple – begins serving its signature burgers and sushi. The new hotel, being completely redeveloped by Boston-based New England Development, represents the total renovation of the Bradley Park Hotel, which dates back to the 1920’s and was one of the first resorts in the area.

Zurich: Located in a 100-year-old historic building, La Réserve Eden au Lac debuted on January 8 after an extensive renovation headed by Philippe Starck. It’s the only luxury property on Lac Zurich to offer the tranquility of a lakeside retreat with the convenience of being just a stone’s throw away from the city.

Bordeaux: Enjoy the feel of a private residence and the convenience of a hotel with the opening of La Maison d’Estournel in spring 2020. The resort is located in Bordeaux’s Médoc region in the former home of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, the 18th-century maverick behind the Cos d’Estournel vineyard. Alex Michaelis of Soho House is designing the property’s 40 rooms, which are spread across two floors. Complete with a library, tasting room and onsite vegetable garden, the property retains a homey feeling – guests can even go into the kitchen and help themselves to the pantry. The property is located on the Cos d’Estournel vineyard. Offsite activities include fishing on the coast, golf, bike riding and of course, wine tasting.

Wellness Reasons to Travel…

The three-story, hand-crafted Royal Mansour Spa, which looks like an elaborate white birdcage, is reason enough to visit the palatial property. And now, guests can incorporate multi-day wellness programs into a vacation via Royal Mansour’s collaboration with Paris-based micro-nutritionist Valerie Espinasse, a specialist in food intolerance and gut health. Her Wellness Cure programs are developed for individuals with the goal of improving intestinal flora, the microorganisms that live in the digestive track, a vital component for the immune system. Guests will take part in an initial health consultation and fitness test to build an itinerary complete with dietary suggestions and unlimited access to the water therapy facilities including traditional hammams, a water massage bath, sauna and spa treatments that use ingredients from the property’s gardens. Guests will also leave with a program to incorporate the healthy regimen into daily life.

The first wellness retreat of its kind on Long Island, Shou Sugi Ban House, is open in the Hamptons year-round. The 13-room property incorporates many forms of wellness treatments ranging from sound healing to reiki to yoga to hikes on the beach. The multi-day retreats are completely tailored to each individual, including activities like healing treatments, workshops, nutrition, meditation and movement and a spa menu.

The open-air treatment rooms at the Spa at Nayara Springs are cantilevered over the rainforest so spa-goers can hear tree frogs chirping and a babbling stream below. The Volanic Mud Massage is inspired by Costa Rica’s ancient beliefs that the application of volcanic-rich mud regenerates and nourishes the skin and provides energy and inner peace. After the treatment, guests can lounge in a private plunge pool overlooking the rainforest.

You don’t have to travel far for wellness, but sometimes, you should. The 107,000-square-foot spa at Waldorf Astoria Maaldives Ithaafushi comprises 10 treatment villas accessible by a dedicated spa buggy that provides door-to-door service. The spa menu of 30-plus treatments is based on earth, water, fire and metal. The signature experience is a 90-minute Starlight Ocean Massage that is only available from 9-10:30 p.m.

If you truly want your wellness aspirations to last all year, La Réserve Gèneve has you covered. Its 20,000 square-foot spa is the largest in the city. Guests meet with a team of therapists, coaches and medical specialists with expertise in the realms of preventive and antiaging medicine, as well as aesthetic medicine. Developed in conjunction with the scientific committee of the Nescens brand, the Better-Aging Signature Body Massage treatment targets all muscle and energy routes, concentrating on the most sensitive areas.

Located above the rocky shoreline of the popular neighborhood of Pointe Milou, The Christopher’s Sisley Spa features five treatment rooms all looking out to the ocean below. The spa’s hot shell massage dissolves muscle tension and helps the body find harmony.

Jumpstart your 2020 fitness journey at Ireland’s most magical address – Dromoland Castle. Think: Cozy spaces. Evenings spent by the fire. Brisk walks through the countryside. Later this month, enjoy a midweek fitness retreat at Dromoland – the package includes a one-on-one fitness assessment with a personal trainer and tailored workouts, as well as healthy meals and a spa treatment. To make the most of the resort’s breathtaking grounds, guests can enjoy a bike ride, guided ramble or a power walk. The program runs for three nights, January 20–22, but the five-star castle is open year-round for authentically Irish wellness experiences.

If the day-to-day grind is Jamaican’ you crazy, head to GoldenEye’s FieldSpa, which features two new spa huts along with a new hammam treatment space and yoga deck. The hotel also has a selection of elixirs, juices and healthy bites incorporating fresh ingredients from the hotel’s farm, Pantrepant. The spa completed its expansion in December 2019, and guests now have direct access to a new spa cove – a crescent of sand nestled along the property’s signature lagoon.

La Maison du Chocolat offers a guilt-free product line, “Bien Être,” which is a collection that is rooted in the idea that top-quality chocolate is, in fact, a healthy snack. The six chocolate varieties are sweetened with natural sugars like honey, pureed fruits and fruit nectar. The rich ganache, which is typically made with cream and butter, is a healthier recipe that combines hazelnut oil for creaminess with natural chicory fiber for substance.

Tiny Treatments…

Spa experiences for the littlest guests

The “Bee Pampered” children’s treatment at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa’s Kinan Spa includes a honey facial and a foot massage tailored to tiny feet. The honey is sourced from Kinan Spa’s own hive of native Melipona bees and is known for its strong anti-microbial and healing properties. As a memento, tots take home Meli, a Melipona bee stuffed animal.

GoldenEye offers a dedicated kids’ spa menu, which includes a “Rub A Dub Dub Bush Bath” – a relaxing soak in an outdoor bathtub. It’s a soothing way to prepare for a deep night’s sleep or an afternoon nap. The treatment incorporates medicinal herbs and essential oils, such as lime, soursop and rosemary. These are known to calm nerves and relax tension in the muscles. As part of the spa programming, kids’ yoga is offered complimentary. At Goldeneye, all yoga is held outdoors with the fresh breeze and calming sounds of the ocean as a backdrop.

 

Big City Wellness Respites…

Tokyo: Forty-seven floors above the city, Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Club on The Park Spa & Fitness Centre features panoramic views of the city and snow-peaked Mount Fuji. The skyline is visible through floor-to-ceiling glass windows from the pool and exercise machines. After a day on Shinjuku’s bustling streets, guests can wind down with a candlelit Good Night Sleep Stretch, offered twice a week, which features stretches designed to relax the muscles for a restful night ahead.

Barcelona: Only steps from Passeig de Gracia and Barcelona’s stylish district of shops, restaurants and museums, guests of Almanac Barcelona can reset with a ‘Wine Therapy’ spa treatment designed to eliminate impurities and detoxify the skin. The 90-minute body ritual includes a peel, wrap and massage – all infused with the antioxidant properties found in grape extracts. Morning yoga and breathwork classes are also offered on the rooftop terrace, followed by a healthy green juice to jump start the day.

London: 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.

New York: From the heart of the Theater District, The Chatwal has an exclusive collaboration with Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow’s yoga and spiritual guru, Eddie Stern to offer complimentary in-room and in-suite yoga sessions. Eddie’s “Pause & Take a Breath” app, featuring nine 12-minute yoga lessons with music by Moby, is now provided to hotel guests through the in-room iPads. Complimentary yoga mats in Chatwal’s signature red are also available.

Charleston: Situated on the fourth floor, the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place offers ten treatment rooms and the city’s only rooftop pool – a 50-foot horizon-edge salt-water pool with a retractable roof. For a full day of pampering, spa-goers can enjoy a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi as well as the in-house Elysium salon.

AMPR DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

December 3rd, 2019

A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER

Give the gift of getting away, no matter the time of year

For the Animal-Lover

Winner: andBeyond Pangolin Adventure

Pangolins are mini (and adorable) dinosaur-like mammals. While not commonly known in the U.S., these native African anteaters are covered in keratin scales, which are highly valuable to poachers, making them the most trafficked mammal in the world. The species used to roam freely in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, but have been locally extinct for decades. andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve has committed to reintroducing the species to the reserve, and there are already three thriving in their new environment. Conservation-minded travelers can have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with these elusive creatures with andBeyond’s Pangolin Conservation Experience and assist in replacing tags and monitoring behavior. Rates from $3,504 per group (up to six people).

 

Runner-Up: Nayara’s Sloth Sanctuary

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep all day? And all night? Of course you have. Humans are naturally lazy. But not as lazy as sloths. The slowest mammal on earth loves to hang around in Cecropia trees. Spot them in the wild at the new Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica, which opens December 20. As a part of Nayara’s commitment to reforestation, the acres surrounding the resort are being replanted with thousands of trees, including the Cecropia trees, so that the sloths can continue to thrive. Take a slow, leisurely stroll around the property to see these fabulous animals in in-action. Rates start from $1,200 per night.

 

For the Art Aficionado

Winner: La Reserve Paris

Mona-who? Been there, done that. The latest must-see at the Louvre celebrates much more than the Instagram overloaded Mona Lisa. Open through February 24, the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition honors the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance man’s death. Though almost sold out, guests of La Réserve Paris can skip the line by booking the Leonardo da Vinci package, including two VIP fast-track tickets to the exhibition and da Vinci inspired cocktails at Le Bar. Package rates start at $1,330.

 

Runner-Up: Belmond La Residencia

It’s P-art-y time in Mallorca! Deia, the hillside village on the island’s northwest coast, is an artsy town welcoming painters, sculptors and writers for inspiration. Among Mallorca’s most famous former residents is Joan Miró, and Belmond La Residencia is home to the largest exhibition of his paintings in a hotel anywhere in the world. Thirty-three of his original artworks will be on display in Café Miró, the hotel’s bistro, until September 2020. The hotel lawn is also one of Spain’s largest outdoor sculpture gardens, and it features Tete (1975), a Miró bronze head. After taking in the art, enjoy Belmond La Residencia’s “Tea with Miró,” which is inspired by the artist’s signature use of bold colors and abstract line drawings. The tea is served on an exclusive tea set made of La Cartujade Sevilla porcelain with a design based on Miró’s 1952 work, Sans titre. The set will be available for purchase in the on-site boutique. Rates start at $470 per night.

 

Fore! The Golfer

Winner: Belmond Royal Scotsman

Hit the links with Belmond Royal Scotsman as the train travels through the heart of the Highlands from tee time to tee time. Golf enthusiasts can customize their two- to seven-night journeys by adding rounds at Scotland’s renowned courses such as Gleneagles, Royal Donorch Golf Club, Castle Stuart Golf Links and Kingbarns Golf Links. A veritable ‘country house on wheels,’ the Royal Scotsman will also make stops at local distilleries including Strathisla Distillery, the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Journeys start at $3,158 per person for the two-night Taste of the Highlands itinerary.

 

Runner-Up: Dromoland

Enjoy a golf experience fit for a king at Ireland’s Dromoland Castle. Set on a 450-acre estate, the 15-century castle’s parkland course is the perfect place to hone your skills. Take a lesson at The Academy, the on-site golf school helmed by a resident PGA pro. What’s more, Dromoland can coordinate private transfers and tee times at Ireland’s famed links courses, including nearby Lahinch, Ballybunion, Tralee and the new Adare Manor. Rates start at $355 per night.

 

For the Adventure Seeker

Winner: andBeyond Snow Leopard

Known as ‘Little Tibet’ or the ‘Roof of the World’, the mountainous region of Ladakh is situated on the northern border of India and boasts snow-capped Himalaya Mountains, cobalt lakes and an abundance of wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard. The species, listed as ‘vulnerable’ and rare to find, lives in this high-altitude cold desert environment and can be seen during winter months. Conservation-minded, experiential safari outfitter andBeyond offers travelers the opportunity to explore this wilderness with the region’s most experienced guides – meeting villagers and, if luck strikes, a snow leopard along the way. The 12-day Snow Leopard Expedition sets off in small group set-departures in January, February and March 2020. Rates start from $6,891 per person, including a $200 donation to the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

 

Runner-Up: Ponant Antarctica cruise

Journey to the ends of the earth, but make it luxury. Swap icicles in your eyelashes for a champagne toast on an Antarctic iceberg with Ponant, the leader in polar cruising. Each trip to the southernmost continent challenges adventure seekers with the trip through the Drake Passage – the 600-mile stretch of ocean between South America and the Antarctic peninsula that boasts some of the roughest seas in the world. Keep an ear out as the captain will often stop and redirect the ship to point out passing whales, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, and crabeater seals. Once in Antarctica, expedition guides and naturalists will lead daily Zodiac excursions with visits to research stations and former whaling stations. Rates start from $13,310 per person for the 11-day / 10-night Emblematic Antarctica journey.

 

For the Theater Goer

Winner: Chatwal, New York

Do you like your theater with a little side of murder mystery? If so, you’ve come to the right place – The Chatwal, New York. Designed in 1905 by iconic American architect Stanford White – who was famously killed by his mistress’s husband atop Madison Square Garden – The Chatwal was once home to the prestigious Lambs, America’s first professional theatrical club. The Chatwal continues to play homage to its history as the epicenter of Broadway. A dedicated theater concierge can offer access to the most sought-after shows; and guests can enjoy a pre-theater dinner at Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lambs Club at The Chatwal. Rates start at $595 per night based on double occupancy.

 

Runner-Up: Westbury

Theater buffs visiting The Westbury in Dublin can explore the theatrical sites and history of Ireland’s capital city with the complimentary Theatre Walking Tour every Thursday morning. The 90-minute stroll begins in the vibrant Georgian Quarter and brings guests to key sites around the city, including a behind-the-scenes look at the famed Abbey Theatre, which has nurtured the talents of famed Irish playwrights like William Butler Yeats. The tour also includes a lesson on ancient Irish storytelling at the Setanta Wall, and a look at the drama-inspired artwork within the National Gallery. Rates start at $277 per night.

 

For the Movie Buff

Winner: GoldenEye

The 25th James Bond movie, which will mark Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, is heading back to Jamaica. In celebration of the April 2020 release, movie buffs can retrace the island life of Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming. The author was a former British intelligence officer and discovered Jamaica during a WWII mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He resided at GoldenEye every January and February for more than two decades and wrote a new Bond novel each winter for a total of 14 books. His beachfront bungalow, which is now called The Fleming Villa with five bedrooms, is part of the 52-acre GoldenEye resort. Fleming’s writing desk and sunken garden where he would entertain the likes of Noël Coward and Katherine Hepburn are available for guests to enjoy. Rates start at $6,365 per night.

 

Runner-Up: Park Hyatt Tokyo

Guests of Park Hyatt Tokyo can channel Bill Murray while sipping on a whisky flight in the hotel’s 52nd floor New York Bar. Famed as the location of Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation, the bar’s signature L.I.T cocktail with Japanese sake and peach liqueur can be enjoyed to the soundtrack of live jazz while overlooking the sparkling city skyline. Rates start at $600 per night.

 

For the Romantic Beach Bum

Winner: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

“Love Island” – not just a reality show, but something that could actually be your reality. Give the gift of an ultimate couples’ vacation in the Maldives. When it debuted in July, Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi became the first luxury resort to open near the capital of Malé in the last decade. Your journey to tranquility begins with a yacht ride from the airport to the resort. The 122 accommodations include 39 beach villas, each of which features a swimming pool and a private alcove on the beach with an outdoor hammock and two sunbeds. Surround yourself with sand and surf on a nearby sandbar, available for a wine pairing dinner or a yoga class. Rates start at $1,700 per night.

 

Runner-Up: Cap Juluca

Set on the white sands of Anguilla’s Maundays Bay, known as one of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean, each room at Belmond Cap Juluca has its own private slice of sand complete with a dedicated beach butler. Guests of the newly renovated property can soak in the Caribbean sun and sway to live calypso and reggae at the Cap Shack, a laid-back beach bar with a vintage ’80s food truck serving up everything from fish tacos to rum punches and poke bowls. Rates start from $725 per night.

 

For the #InstagramFamous Friend

Winner: Dalloway Terrace

Off to Europe for the festive season? Why not hit two countries in one – visitors to The Bloomsbury in London will be treated to a Merry Swissmas celebration. The hotel’s heated, al fresco restaurant, Dalloway Terrace, has launched a collaboration with the alpine resort town of Gstaad. Stroll from Regent’s Park into snow-dusted pine garlands and frosty foliage. Gstaad’s Swiss traditions overwhelm the terrace, with bespoke “Scherenschnitte” (Swiss paper cuttings) on display around the restaurant. Guests can warm up with Foxford woolen blankets and warming cocktails like an alpine toddy – a hot toddy with a chamomile twist. Cocktails are delivered to the table with a Retro Viewer that allows guests to gaze upon the picturesque mountains of Gstaad between sips. Afternoon tea starts at $50 per person.

 

Runner-Up: Almanac Rooftop

360-degree views of Barcelona, check. Instagrammable décor, check. Craft cocktails, check. Almanac Barcelona’s Azimuth roopftop bar is open year-round, beckoning guests with its coral-hued, cocoon-like lounges and cozy blankets during the mild winter months. The city is known for its gin and tonics, with the clear liquid and fizzy bubbles the perfect accessory for an Instagrammable rooftop view. Almanac’s signature ‘Dealer’s Choice‘ cocktail is elevated with dry sherry from Jerez, grapefruit bitters and artisanal tonic water. Rates start from $287 per night.

 

For the Foodie Focused

Winner: Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum in Napa

Give the gift of the CIA. No, not that CIA ­– the Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa Valley is the perfect place for travelers to the region to become immersed in the local food culture, with daily cooking classes and tastings from local wineries. Newly opened at the CIA, the Chuck Williams Culinary Art Museum features the 4,000-piece personal culinary collection ­– including rare special cookware, bread baking and culinary tools, appliances, and tableware – of the Williams-Sonoma founder. Admission to the museum is free, class and tasting pricing varies with rates starting at $30.

 

Runner-Up: Shou Sugi Ban House

Get a taste for the flavors that put Noma in Copenhagen on the map! Chef Mads Refslund, formerly of the world’s best restaurant, now directs the food and beverage program at wabi sabi-inspired wellness retreat and destination spa Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamptons. The plant-based menu is inspired by Nordic, Japanese and New England cuisines. Located in Water Mill, New York, adjacent to the Parrish Art Museum, the 13-room property incorporates many forms of wellness in its multi-day retreats, which include spa and healing arts treatments, workshops, meditation and movement. Rates start at $550 per person.

P.S. don’t forget the most important carry-on items when traveling: chocolate and a face mask. La Maison du Chocolat’s Bars Unhinged ($14) are the perfect plane-size snack (think mini deconstructed chocolate bars). Guinot’s Newhite Instant Brightening Mask ($77, set of seven) is a travel-size sheet mask that removes those post-flight dark circles and creates a glow in 10 quick minutes.

AMPR NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

November 1st, 2019

See it now: The view from the newly renovated Nayara Gardens in Costa Rica

What’s New

Costa Rica: Nayara Gardens, Nayara’s first property to open on the edge of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park, will unveil its renovation on November 15. The new al fresco restaurant, La Terraza del Arenal, will boast unobstructed views of the volcano. A new reception and courtyard will feature an indoor/outdoor design with a central fountain surrounded by chaise lounges and a local artist’s mural depicting the flora and fauna of the rainforest. The family-friendly resort is connected by footbridges to sister properties Nayara Springs and the soon-to-be opened Nayara Tented Camp – one of the first luxury camps in Central America.

St. Barth: Just keep swimming – in your own private pool! Enjoy uninterrupted laps when you book one of The Christopher St. Barth’s four-bedroom villas, two of which will open in December and a third will be available in 2020. With interiors by French designer Olivia Putman, the three new accommodations combine the comfort of private residences with the five-star service of the main hotel.

St. Martin: Belmond La Samanna in St. Martin has reopened for the season with a plethora of new experiences. Among the unique activities is a Caribbean impressionist painting class in a historic French Créole townhouse with Sir Roland Richardson, one of Saint Martin’s most celebrated painters. Guests can also hike up to Pic Paradis, retracing the steps of the indigenous Arawak people with resident archaeologist and archivist Christophe Henocq.

South Africa: This is not your neighborhood treehouse. Three miles away from the nearest lodge and 52 stairs in the air is andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge’s newest residence. Opening on December 5, the completely private, six-level, solar-powered treehouse will have a rooftop deck with an outdoor bed and lounge for al fresco sundowners and dinner for two – all with uninterrupted views of the bush below.

Washington, D.C.: The Dupont Circle has put the final touches on its extensive renovation with the completion of its Penthouse Suite by Clodagh. The space is available in two configurations with one bedroom or two bedrooms. When expanded into two-bedrooms, the suite is one of the largest in the city at 1,980 square feet, with a heated outdoor terrace adding an additional 590 square feet. Step outside to enjoy views of Dupont Circle below and Washington Monument in the distance.

Napa Valley: The new visitor center at Napa favorite Cakebread Cellars is now open, featuring a new courtyard and nine private tasting rooms. Guests can also enjoy vineyard and winery tours, wine and food pairings and walks through the on-site culinary garden, which provides ingredients for the kitchen.

Country Homes

Ireland’s Dromoland Castle has expansive grounds for falconry, fly fishing and archery

“Country roads, take me home. To the place where I…” can partake in falconry, fly fishing and other activities tailor-made for Ron Swanson. Luckily, you don’t need to invest in a second home to enjoy Mother Nature’s finery in November. Below, check out our picks for the best places to channel your inner outdoorsman, or woman:

Ireland: Experience the rugged luxury of Ireland at Dromoland Castle, located in County Clare – the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. Dromoland’s falconry program takes guests onto the expansive castle grounds to meet with falcons, hawks and owls, giving them a chance to hold these birds of prey and experience their relationship with their falconers. For guests who would prefer to take to the water, fly fishing is also available from the lakeshore; or from the middle of the lake in one of the estate boats. And, the true swashbuckler can enjoy an afternoon of archery.

Scotland: Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scotland’s only luxury sleeper train, allows guests to tailor their itineraries to explore a range of activities in the Scottish countryside. Among the offerings is a falconry demonstration at Dunrobin Castle, the largest great house in the Northern Highlands. Guests will learn about the different hunting methods of a variety of raptors including golden eagles, peregrine falcons and European eagle owls.

Napa Valley: A glass of wine with falconry on the side. That’s what Napa Valley does. During the Falconry Vineyard Tour at Bouchaine Vineyards, guests learn how to call the birds to land on their arm. The experience concludes with a wine-tasting and lunch in the garden.

Switzerland: A’foraging we will go! Guests at La Réserve Geneva can visit nearby Jura Mountains with a mycologist (fungus expert) to forage for different mushroom types including ceps, horns of plenty and chanterelles, all indigenous to Switzerland.

Chile: Set in the heart of Araucanía in Chile’s Lake District, a lesser-known tourist destination to neighboring Patagonia, andBeyond Vira Vira is surrounded by glacial lakes, frosted-tipped volcanoes and lush national parks. Fly fishing enthusiasts can stand knee deep in the Liucura River, which runs through the property, casting their line for rainbow trout, brown trout or chinook salmon. Alternatively, fishermen can venture into the warm waters of Villarrica Lake by boat.

Italy: It’s time for a truffle hunt! 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 can be found year-round. Once unearthed, the hotel kitchen uses the delicacy to infuse a tasting menu of taglierini, tosca fillet and black truffle tarts.

Winter Wanderlust

Embrace winter at Dromoland Castle in Ireland

Fall is still very much in the air, but the festive season will be here before we know it – and with it, the magic of winter wanderlust. Think: curling up by a fireplace, exceptional holiday décor and unique celebrations to ring in a new year. Below, we’ve rounded up places to indulge in the best that winter has to offer.

Cozy Spaces

Kenya: Set in the Masai Mara reserve – where the famous final scene of Out of Africa was filmed – andBeyond Bateleur Camp reflects the romantic ambiance of Kenyan safaris of the ’20s and ’30s. With copper free-standing bubble baths, leather buttoned sofas and candlelit decks, guests can spend chilly safari nights under the covers with hot water bottles hand-delivered to their tent.

Ireland: Situated near Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare, Ireland, the 16th century Dromoland Castle is the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back to one of the last High Kings of Ireland. The intimate cocktail bar was once the O’Brien family’s library, and it now serves as a cozy spot to sip authentic Irish coffee next to the crackling fire after a day of exploring the 450-acre estate.

Barcelona: Almanac Barcelona’s star attraction is the rooftop terrace, Azimuth, which offers 360-degree views of the city. This winter, the terrace remains open with festive and cozy décor to provide a warm space for guests to sip on seasonal cocktails.

Paris: Guests at La Réserve Paris can make themselves at home in front of the marble fireplace in the Duc de Morny Library while reading from the selection of over 3,000 antique books from the 19th century. The library is open exclusively for guests during the day, before it turns into a lively bar at night.

London: Set in a former private residence, The Kensington features cozy nooks around every corner. From the intimate K Bar with its artful cocktails to the open fireplaces found in most ground floor rooms, the hotel offers a true home-away-from-home experience this winter. Travelers can celebrate Christmas Day lunch in the library-like drawing rooms of the Town House restaurant with a menu that features everything from Christmas pudding to Perrier-Jouët ‘Belle Epoque’ 2011.

Christmas Stroll, an iconic Nantucket tradition, sees the seaside town transform into a holiday wonderland.

Instagrammable Décor
Ireland: The River Club at The River Lee has unveiled its new seasonal installation on its al fresco terrace. The design is inspired by the hotel’s location on the very site of the Old Western Road station, which was used by the Muskerry Light Railway in the late 19th century on its trips from Cork to Blarney. Remnants of the train tracks are still visible. The terrace features a canopy of autumn foliage and vintage décor, including wooden train-style doors dividing each table and old-fashioned stacks of luggage. Come late-November, the Harvest Carriage will welcome interior touches like snow-dusted leaves and twinkling lights.

Charleston: All aboard! This season, a replica of the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train plays a starring role in the festive lobby display at Belmond Charleston Place. Situated underneath the hotel’s signature Georgian open-arm staircase, which will be wrapped in garland, the fully operational display features miniature European alpine homes, realistic stables and a blacksmith shop that guests can spy through little open doors. After taking in the sights and sounds of the Christmas village, guests can then enjoy The Conductor cocktail at The Thoroughbred Club, which is located just next to the decked-out lobby.

Nantucket: New England’s quintessential Christmas Experience is the Nantucket Christmas Stroll. One part enchanting holiday storybook scene and one part jolly block party, the annual event is filled with old-fashioned fun. Carolers wander through the cobblestone streets singing holiday tunes; the Whaling Museum hosts the annual Festival of Trees, which features 80 brilliantly decorated trees designed by local artists; and Santa arrives by boat via the Coast Guard. Stay in the heart of it all at the historic Jared Coffin House – a former whaling merchant’s home.

Ring in 2020 aboard the Belmond British Pullman, which also has a number of holiday excursions

New Year’s Eve
Anguilla: With nothing but clear skies and a gentle Caribbean breeze, there’s no better place to escape for the holidays than the beachy island of Anguilla. Belmond Cap Juluca, which underwent an extensive renovation last year, is welcoming 2020 with a seaside celebration on Maundays Bay – complete with Champagne sabering, midnight fireworks and live music and dancing from local Anguillan band, The Mussington Brothers.

Rio de Janiero: Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio starts the year off with a bang with front row seats to the famous fireworks show on Copacabana Beach. Parties will be held throughout the hotel, with dining and an open bar at Pergula Restaurant and Ristorante Hotel Cipriani, as well as dancing in each of the hotel’s three ballrooms.

England: Step into 2020 by stepping back into 1920 aboard Belmond British Pullman’s vintage carriages on the New Year’s Eve Dinner journey. The train departs from London’s Victoria Station, gliding through the English countryside while guests enjoy champagne, fine wine and a five-course meal. Table magicians will be on hand to provide entertainment. The train will pull back into Victoria Station just after midnight for passengers to disembark into a new year.

New York City: Watch the ball drop in Times Square from the private terrace of The Chatwal’s Producer Suite. Master designer Thierry Despont created the suite with entertaining in mind, and the space has a cozy fireplace in the living room and a spiral staircase leading up to the large roof deck with a view of the Crossroads of the World.

Antarctica: Adventurers can toast the new year on an iceberg with PONANT’s 11-day “New Year’s Day and the magic of the White Continent” sailing, departing Ushuaia, Argentina on December 29. Ring in 2020 while crossing the Drake Passage, considered a badge of honor on an Antarctic voyage. Guests will see Gentoo and Adelie penguins up close during land expeditions, and they’ll explore the icy waters with a team of experienced naturalist guides.

Tokyo: Ring in the New Year half a day earlier than your friends in the States with a visit to Japan. Guests at Park Hyatt Tokyo can enjoy a customary bowl of Toshikoshi Soba on New Year’s Eve. The dish symbolizes good luck for the year ahead, and the staff invites all who want to partake to join them in slurping down a bowl of these auspicious noodles just before midnight. Guests can also dance the night away at the hotel’s New York Bar Countdown Lounge New Year’s Eve party, which will overlook the city skyline from 41 floors in the air.

AMPR OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

October 1st, 2019

We’re falling for October in Nantucket.

What’s New

No Cold Shoulders Here: It’s a little-known fact: Shoulder season in beach towns is the best season, and Nantucket is no exception. Take advantage of the falling temperatures with falling rates – guests who stay two nights, Sunday through Thursday, at the White Elephant Residences & Inn will receive a $50 food credit for Brant Point Grill or TOPPER’s, as well as use of a Jeep for 24 hours.

To Infinity…: andBeyond! The andBeyond Soussusvlei Desert Lodge will open this month after an extensive rebuild. Located in the only Dark Sky reserve in Africa, the lodge will offer programs like stargazing with the resident astronomer and early morning scenic hot air balloon flights.

Throw the Book at It: The much-anticipated Museum of Literature Ireland, which explores the story of Ireland’s famous literary culture, is now open. Located on St. Stephen’s Green, the museum is just an 8-minute walk from The Westbury, where bibliophiles can indulge in a post-museum dinner at on-site Wilde, named after the famous poet and playwright.

Costa Rica – It’s “in tents:” 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 the natural beauty of the Arenal Volcano area, with its plethora of eco-adventures. As a part of the build, Nayara is leaving a protected area of the hill as a sloth refuge and planting 1,000 Guarumo trees – the sloth’s favorite habitat.

Say What?: Seychelles! Luxury cruise line PONANT has launched three new itineraries to the 115-island archipelago. The expeditions will allow guests to explore Aldabra – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and discover hundreds of giant tortoises. Guests will cruise aboard Le Bougainville, one of PONANT’s newest ships. Le Bougainville features the industry-leading Blue Eye Lounge, an underwater sanctuary where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean.

Garden of Eden: Located in a 100-year-old historic building, La Réserve Eden Au Lac in Zurich will debut in December after an extensive renovation headed by Philippe Starck. When it opens, it will be the only luxury property on the lake.

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 Parker 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.

12 Chefs A-Cooking: It’s never too early to think about the holidays! And where better to celebrate than in the Napa Valley. Join Chef Christopher Kostow and The Restaurant at Meadowood team this season for the annual charitable Twelve Days of Christmas celebration. The event invites influential chefs from around the world to cook in collaboration with Chef Kostow, using seasonal products from the Napa Valley. This year’s celebration will benefit Saint Helena Preschool for All, Inc.

It’s All Greek to Me: Coming soon to Mykonos is new hotel Aleomandra, a luxury boutique hotel with 360 degree views of the horizon so that guests can take in the island’s famous sunrises and sunsets. The ultra-private suite and villa property will open in June 2020.

Halloween

The moody Bloomsbury Club bar is the perfect setting for a Halloween cocktail.

Does any holiday invite such polarizing opinions as Halloween? Die-hard fans will spend months planning elaborate costumes for the freakishly festive celebrations – and as the weekend comes to a close, they’ll swap their Halloween mask for Guinot’s Age Logic Eye Mask to soothe puffiness and brighten dark circles! On the other hand, the demurer among us will say “boo” to the big parties and instead opt for a themed cocktail in a festive setting. No matter your vibe, these destinations around the world will ensure you have a scary good time.

Ireland

Travel to the Emerald Isle, the hometown of Halloween, to celebrate Púca, a festival commemorating Ireland’s history as the birthplace of the fall holiday. Stay at The Westbury in Dublin and travel to nearby Meath from October 31 to November 2 to commemorate the season with three spooky nights – in Athboy, festival goers will hear a spiritual and historical retelling of the original Halloween story; in Drogheda, the three day event will be commemorated with Halloween music, films and a light installation; and at Trim Castle guests can celebrate with three nights of concerts.

Further to the east in Co. Clare, family-friendly Halloween celebrations are alive and well at Dromoland Castle, where children can enjoy three days’ worth of programming. Held from October 30 through November 1, activities include a haunted high tea, a Halloween fancy dress disco and an All Hallows Eve Bonfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows.

London

The hometown of Jack the Ripper and the haunted London Tower make an excellent backdrop for Halloween celebrations. After spending the day exploring the ghostly sites of the city, head to The Bloomsbury Club for a mystical menu. Inspired by Tarot cards designed by the bohemian occultist Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith, the bar has debuted 14 cocktails corresponding with 14 mental states. Upon arrival, a Diviner will read guests’ emotions and will advise as to which of the new drinks to enjoy.

New York

As New Yorkers and tourists alike don costumes and masks, The Chatwal, New York readies its littlest guests for a night of trick-or-treating with its in-suite ‘Dressing Room’ trunk. Inspired by its history rooted in the glitz of Broadway and theater, children are transformed into character with the Wicked Witch of the West’s black hat, Elsa’s tiara or Harry Potter’s signature glasses and wand. Adults can enjoy a themed specialty cocktail, the Corpse Reviver #2 featuring gin, Cointreau and Lillet Blanc complemented with lemon and an absinthe rinse.

Charleston

Charleston – the seaside city is long on both southern charm and ghost stories. As one of the most haunted cities in America, Charleston has a number of eerie legends and alleged spiritual sightings. Get your fright on with spooky tour of the city, and then unwind at Belmond Charleston Place. Located in the heart of the historic district, the hotel is the perfect home base for all of the city’s adventures.

Napa Valley

Carrie Bradshaw once famously told Big, “if you’re tired, you take a nap-a, you don’t move to Napa!” For those who are tired of the traditional Halloween celebrations, check out Wine Country. Spend Halloween weekend among the rolling hills with a glass of wine in hand, before taking just a little bit of time to commemorate the holiday in a quintessentially spooky way – with a murder mystery tour aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. The three-hour journey includes a multi-course gourmet meal as you solve the crime.

Tokyo

According to Virtuoso, the global luxury network, Japan is the “it” country to travel to this fall – visitors are attracted to the country’s adventure tourism and culinary traditions. Combine both your bold spirit and taste for the local flavors at Tokyo’s Bake Neko (Supernatural Cat) Festival. The event takes place in the bustling neighborhood of Shinjuku on October 13, offering travelers a different kind of Halloween celebration. Locals and visitors alike take to the street of Kagurazaka for a parade, dance performance, and most importantly – to flaunt their creepiest cat costume. While that may not be adrenaline-inducing, it’s certainly something different. Park Hyatt Tokyo is situated in the heart of Shinjuku and offers a luxe home base for the feline festivities.

Hamptons

Trick or treat yo’ self to the antidote to Halloween candy at Shou Sugi Ban House. The Hamptons retreat will host a number of wellness focused weekend retreats this fall. Happening October 18-20, The Healing Power of Wild Plants culinary retreat will give guests the opportunity to learn and interact with local, wild and abundant ingredients, encouraging discovery and connection with the area’s natural bounty. The retreat will feature inventive meals prepared by Chef Mads Refslund, inspiring the sense of smell and taste by cooking with nature.

Festival Season

After enjoying the Jazz Festival of Barcelona, grab a drink at the Azimuth rooftop bar at Almanac.

Summer’s action-packed adventures have nothing on the beauty that is a fall festival. But New Englanders, take note: it’s not all flannel shirts, apple cider and hay rides. (Not that we’re complaining about those!) These international destinations take things up a notch. Below, check out the fall festivals worth traveling for – we’ll note that winter doesn’t begin until December 21 so YES, you can start celebrating the holidays during the autumn months.

Jamaica: Food and Drink Festival

The 5th Annual Jamaica Food and Drink Festival takes place in Kingston from October 26 through November 3. For ten days, Jamaica’s cultural capital celebrates its culinary offerings. Over 50 of the island’s food and beverage experts present at the festival’s seven events, with each celebrating a different facet of Jamaican culinary heritage – themes include Pork Palooza and Meet Street – Jamaican street food. The week concludes with a Sunday Brunch. Guests who book at partner hotel Strawberry Hill in the Blue Mountains during the festival receive 20% off the best rate.

Barcelona: Jazz Festival

One of Europe’s premier jazz events, Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona brings world-class performers to venues across the city to perform everything from jazz’s most recognizable jams to unique compositions. Held from October 29 to November 20, the lineup features free concerts, master classes, lectures and one-on-ones with the artists. Almanac Barcelona’s central location in the Exiample district provides a home base for music-lovers to return to after a day full of musical escapades.

St. Barth: Gourmet Festival
Food and wine and sunshine. As the U.S. cools, St. Barth heats up with the sixth annual Gourmet Festival, held November 6-10. Located above the rocky shoreline of the sought-after neighborhood of Pointe Milou, The Christopher has long been an island refuge for those in-the-know, as well as a site for many of the festival’s activities. The Christopher is hosting the festival’s patron chef, Arnaud Faye – Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) and two-star chef at Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Eze, France. Seven other top French chefs will take part in the festival, each working at a restaurant on the island to create special multi-course menus for both residents and guests. Flying to St. Barth is easier than ever now that Tradewind has expanded its service from San Juan, Puerto Rico; and St. Barth Commuter has added flights from Guadeloupe, St. Martin and Antigua.

Napa Valley: Cabernet Season
November is the start of Cabernet Season in the Napa Valley – the wines have been harvested and the pace of life slows down. November is one of the best times to visit Wine Country, as hotels rates drop and it’s easier to nab a restaurant reservation, to get behind-the-scenes access at wineries and to enjoy one-on-one time with winemakers. The foliage turns to reds and golds and the musty smell of grape crush is still in the air. In a place known for its cuisine, many of the valley’s best restaurants and wineries prepare a special feast, including the End of Harvest dinner at Baldacci Family Vineyards on November 23. Guests enjoy a family-style meal and Baldacci wines along with live music and dancing.

Nantucket: Christmas Stroll
Head to Nantucket December 6-8 for one-part enchanting holiday storybook scene and one part old-fashioned block party. Created 45 years ago to lure shoppers from the mainland before shuttering the shops for the season, Christmas Stroll is the quintessential New England experience. You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a Charles Dickens novel as carolers wander through the cobblestone streets singing holiday tunes; the Whaling Museum hosts the annual Festival of Trees, which features 80 brilliantly decorated trees designed by local artists. Santa even arrives via the coast guard. Every block of Nantucket’s historic downtown is lined with extravagant shop windows and twinkling lights. Stay in the heart of it all at the Jared Coffin House. As an added bonus, direct flights from NYC are offered this weekend.

London: Christmas Festivals
From the Christmas markets to afternoon tea to ice skating at Somerset House, London offers festive activities for the whole family during December. After a day of hopping from one Christmas tree to the next, board the Belmond British Pullman for a festive day trip to the award-winning Bath Christmas Market. Guests will enjoy a three-course brunch before spending an afternoon browsing the more than 170 chalets brimming with artisanal gifts, local delicacies and piping hot cider. The return journey will venture back from the West Country with a four-course dinner accompanied by the sommelier’s choice wine. Belmond’s day train offers 14 holiday themed journeys through the British countryside, including trips to Canterbury to hear carolers at England’s first cathedral; and a visit to the Lincoln Christmas market.

Giving Thanks for Dinners Abroad

Enjoy a specially prepared feast in your own private home-away-from-home in Marrakech.

For those of us who are thankful for travel this Thanksgiving, you’re in luck! Whether you find yourself as an expat in need of a traditional turkey; or simply want to take the opportunity to vacation abroad, check out the below destinations to visit for Thanksgiving.

London
The Doyle Collection welcomes its American guests to give thanks at their London properties with special menus to celebrate the holiday. 108 Brasserie, set on the cobbles below The Marylebone, will serve free-range bronze turkey from Worcestershire accompanied by pumpkin pie with cinnamon cream. Traditional dishes – such as chestnut risotto, roast turkey with apricot stuffing and pecan tart – are included at the menu at Town House, The Kensington’s cozy restaurant with intimate porticos overlooking South Kensington’s tree-lined avenues.

Rome
There’s nothing like a home cooked mean in your home-away-from-home in The Eternal City. To make Thanksgiving extra special, let The Grand House do all the work. Cristina Bowerman, the only Italian female chef who’s received a Michelin Star since 2010, will arrive at your residence to cook a full-course Thanksgiving dinner in the privacy of your own kitchen. Marrying the flexibility of a home rental operation with the high-touch services of a five-star hotel, The Grand House is a collection of diverse properties spread throughout Rome. Each accommodation in The Grand House portfolio has a distinctive identity and layered history. Guests will have plenty of entertainment for the extra days they decide to spend in Rome: from a private oboe and violoncello concert and before-and-after hours tours of the most sought-after monuments and museums to a helicopter ride to the Bolgheri Vineyards in Tuscany for a private wine tasting with the owners of Bolgheri castle.

Marrakech
As the only all-riad property in Marrakech, Royal Mansour was created under the discerning eye of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Set your Thanksgiving dinner table at the Grand Riad – the most palatial of the accommodations. At nearly 20,000 sq. ft., the home can accommodate up to 14 people with food prepared by a personal chef. Among the amenities at the Grand Riad is a two-level roof terrace, two swimming pools – one in the garden and one on the roof – a home cinema and gym.

Jamaica
If your extended family is Jamaican you crazy, escape to Island Outpost in Jamaica for a turkey dinner, complete with side dishes like callaloo, string beans and sweet potato that are sourced from owner Chris Blackwell’s farm, Pantrepant. But a stay will satisfy more than your hunger cravings – it’ll also give you a reason to give back. Blackwell founded the Oracabessa Foundation in 1997 to improve the lives of the local community through a variety of initiatives. Guests of GoldenEye are able to get involved by planting a tree on the property and making a donation to the Foundation.

New York City

Located in the heart of the theater district, The Chatwal’s penthouse suites, the Producer Suite and Director Suite are designed with entertaining in mind, with a separate dining area and outdoor balcony access. The two suites can also be connected for larger families traveling together. For an intimate Thanksgiving dinner, guests of the penthouse suites can enjoy all of the holiday fixings without any of the hassle courtesy of the dedicated butler service and the renowned Lambs Club by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

Tanzania
The Great Migration takes place each year when over two million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 500,000 gazelles migrate from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Thanksgiving time is often the best time to witness this wildlife spectacle in the Serengeti, and andBeyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas, a mobile campsite that tracks the migration within the Serengeti National Park, provides the ultimate viewpoint. If you are willing to forgo the traditional turkey and stuffing for a bush meal cooked on an open fire, Serengeti Under Canvas is the way to have a Thanksgiving your family will never forget.

 

AMPR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

September 1st, 2019

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

August 1st, 2019

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 JULY NEWSLETTER

July 1st, 2019


Costa Rica’s Nayara Tented Camp will open in December 2019.

(Water) Current Events
A sprinkling of “what’s new” in the water world of luxury hospitality:

July 1 marks the opening of Waldorf Astoria’s first post in the Maldives, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. The property is a water-lover’s paradise, with 122 villas on the sea – 39 beach, 24 reef, and 56 overwater. In addition, there are two Stella Maris Ocean Villas, which are one-bedroom duplex accommodations that are accessible by a traditional boat called a dhoni. The most indulgent option is the Ithaafushi Private Island, which combines a two-bedroom overwater villa, a three-bedroom beach villa, 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.

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.

Nantucket’s Wauwinet and Serena & Lily have partnered to present The Anchorage House by Serena & Lily. Opened on June 1, the redesigned three-bedroom guest cottage is located on the northeast end of the island between two private beaches – one on the Atlantic Ocean and one on the Bay. Evoking the feeling of a private beach house, the cottage features a palette of navy and golden-sand hues, as well as woven basket textures that embrace the home’s coastal charm.

Ponant’s newest vessel, Le Dumont-d’Urville, will make her debut on August 7 with an eight-night sailing called the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea. The fourth vessel in the Ponant Explorer series, the yacht-like ship will be outfitted with the Blue Eye Lounge – an underwater lounge with the feel of a submarine. The multi-sensory experience allows guests to see sea life through the whale-eye shaped portholes; while the seats and floor move in unison with the sounds of the water.

Sea turtle nesting season runs from June through September, and guests of Belmond Jimbaran Puri can provide hands-on help to ensure their safe journey into the ocean. Nature-lovers will adopt and name the turtles, visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre in Serangan to learn more about the protection of these endangered animals, and then give the newly hatched babies a helping hand into the sea.

Wombat Charter Tours in Napa Valley now offers small-boat sunset tours and cruises of the lower Napa River and the surrounding southern wetlands of the Napa-Sonoma Marsh Wildlife Preserve, as well as guided fishing charter excursions complete with gear and expert guidance.

When andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge reopens in the Namib Desert in October 2019, its water recycling system will recycle more than 26,417 gallons of grey water a month. By bottling water on site and using recyclable glass bottles, the lodge saves a significant amount of CO² per month, absorbing the carbon footprint of the delivery truck used to bring in bottled water and eliminating more than 45,000 plastic water bottles. The brand aims to install a water bottling plant at 100% of their lodges by 2020.

Nayara Tented Camp will open in December 2019 as one of the first luxury camps in Central America – complete with seven interconnecting, private hot springs dotted around two acres of rainforest at the peak of the mountain.

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Stay dry high above the trees when you dine at Terra at the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

Is there any better way to spend summer than on a boat? This July, get “rowed over” by these aquatic offerings, with by-the-sea properties that invite guests to shun their inner landlubber and get on the water.

The Coast(est) with the Most(est): A trip to the Mediterranean isn’t complete without a visit to the Amalfi Coast, and Belmond makes getting there a (sea)breeze. See the famous Italian villages when you stay at Belmond Villa Margherita and Belmond Hotel Caruso, as both offer guests a complimentary boat ride to the Amalfi Coast.

Lake Life: Set on the shores of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), La Réserve Geneva makes it easy for guests to get to and from the city center on the hotel’s private – and super chic – Venetian Motoscafo boat. After a quick, 15-minute ride, guests can visit the art gallery neighborhood, stroll through trendy Quartier des Bains, enjoy a cappuccino on the terrace of the iconic café Clémence, and shop in the town of Bon Génie.

Elite Fleet: Nantucket’s White Elephant has teamed up with Barton & Gray Mariners Club to offer the White Elephant/Barton & Gray Hinckley, which guests can charter for half- or full-day private cruises. The 36-foot classic yacht, named “True Blue III,” is clad in navy, white, and elephant-printed fabric, mirroring the interior design of the White Elephant. Barton & Gray is a member-only yacht service, but guests of Nantucket Island Resorts also have the rare opportunity to charter their full fleet.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Depart from Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea and cruise by the famed Isola Bella and Giardini Naxos – make sure to spot the railway station made famous in the third episode of The Godfather – before continuing onto the small fishing village of Acitrezza for a peek into the world of master ship making with a tour of the Rodolico family boatyard. The final stop is Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, for a whirlwind walk through the lively La Pescheria fish market and an Italian lunch with Rosalba Cutore and her family, longtime friends of the Trewhella’s, whose villa became Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea.

One fish, two fish: As part of the hotel’s efforts to preserve the fragile ecosystems of Trancoso’s beaches and marine life, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa completely finances the Trancoso Fisherman’s Association – a collective of 10 fishing boats and over 100 fishermen committed to using traditional net-less and pole-less fishing practices. Guests can learn to fish with a member of the Fisherman’s Association and have their catch prepared at the hotel by Chef Bernardo Silva.

Eat Your Pie in the Sky: Now that it’s open, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s 11 specialty-concept dining venues offer the largest culinary selection in the Maldives. The highlight is Terra: seven private dining pods on a treetop overlooking the Indian Ocean. Six can accommodate couples, and one is designed for a group of four diners. The restaurant will feature a multi-course meal with wine pairings.

Under the Sea: GoldenEye in Jamaica offers daily complimentary glass bottom boat rides to explore Ian Fleming’s beloved reef and learn about the property’s efforts to preserve the coral.

Hang 10…


Where there’s a will, there’s a way—to surf

Just one year from now, surfing will be a part of the 2020 Olympics in Japan for the first time ever. With Park Hyatt Tokyo as your home base, you’re sure to get stoked watching the top surfers in the world rip through the breaks at Shidashita Beach, 40 miles east of downtown and the site of the Olympic competition. To some, Japan may seem like an under-the-radar surf spot. Below are four other places where you might not expect to be able to ride the waves – check them out to have a swell time.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia. Salsa. Siesta. And Surfing. The closest surfing spot in Barcelona is just a 15-minute walk away from Las Ramblas. Avoid the crowds and head to the open seas. The waves at Barceloneta are long and perfect for beginners, as the shifting sandbars cause them to break both to the right and the left. Nearby, in the Eixample district, Almanac Barcelona’s concierge can arrange for your own surf board to be shipped from (and back) home; or the hotel can book a rental ready to be picked up right on the beach at the Barceloneta.

Charleston: For those who don’t want to get caught up with the kooks in California, Charleston’s break is consistently named one of the top spots on the East Coast. Or, more accurately, Folly Beach, which is just 12 miles south of the Holy City. The waves are 20- to 30-percent bigger than other beaches in the area, but Folly is still known as a good place for beginners (a.k.a. groms) and more seasoned salts who want to perfect their form. After a day of wiping out and getting caught on the inside, Belmond Charleston Place offers the ultimate in après surf—be it a relaxing spa experience or a much-deserved Southern meal.

New York City: It’s the most densely populated area in the U.S., but surfing in New York City is alive and well. (If you don’t trust us, check out the @nysea Instagram account ­– the handle is a wonderful play on words, and the surf photos will get you stoked.) Among the popular subway-accessible spots is Rockaway Peninsula, just 18 miles from Chatwal, New York’s prime Midtown Manhattan location. For visitors with a bit less time on their hands, a 20-minute walk due west of Chatwal will lead you to Manhattan Kayak Co. on the Hudson River, which rents out kayaks and stand up paddleboards.

Nantucket: Surfing in Nantucket? ACK-tually, yes! Nantucket offers one of the most consistent breaks in the northeast, as the island is all sand and sandbars. And with increased JetBlue flights from Westchester and LaGuardia this summer, the Grey Lady is closer than ever. Two of the more popular beaches is Surfside and Nobadeer, where big breaks can attract big crowds. For more info on where to go – and how to book surf lessons – check with the concierge at Nantucket Island Resorts.

…But Stay Out of the Shark Tank


Dine anywhere, at any time, at Viceroy Rivera Maya

Everyone who has a television knows that Shark Week is coming. The annual Discovery Channel series premieres July 28, and watching even an hour of programming is enough to make you a landlubber forever. (For an even more frightful experience, follow @MaryLeeShark on Twitter to re-live the adventures of Mary Lee, a shark tagged off the coast of Cape Cod in 2012). If you love the sea but are fearful of being turned into shark bait – the chant, “Fish are friends, not food” doesn’t apply in the real world – waterfront dining is the perfect compromise. So, if “everybody out of the water” is your mantra right now, check out these seaside dining destinations:

Cork: Overlooking the River Weir below, the recently renovated River Club Terrace in Cork, Ireland has been transformed into an urban hideaway, decorated with tropical ferns and hanging pink blossoms made for Instagram.

St. Barth: Located above the rocky shoreline of the sought-after neighborhood of Pointe Milou (home to the raucous Le Ti Saint Barth and some of the poshest villas on the island), The Christopher has long been a refuge for those in-the-know, as it’s famed for its understated elegance. The refreshed Christo Lounge Restaurant by Chef Nicolas Tissier is situated on the cliff overlooking the Carribbean Sea, featuring a healthy concept menu focusing on organic meats and vegetables. Its sunset lounge Mango Beach Club provides a prime spot to watch the sun go down while drinking a traditional Planteur or Ti Punch, both island favorites.

Venice: Looking out over the Guidecca Canal, with St. Mark’s Basilica in the distance, Cip’s Club at Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a favorite among guests and locals alike for an aperitivo and traditional Venetian fare. Hotel Cipriani is welcome respite from the crowds in Venice, as guests arrive via the hotel’s private dock before weaving through the property’s gardens and onto the floating terrace. Make sure to have a Bellini (or two) – Venice’s signature cocktail was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Belmond Hotel Cipriani, in 1948. For a fine-dining affair, the canal-side Michelin-starred Oro Restaurant offers just 41 seats and inventive Italian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients from the hotel’s own farm and nearby islands.

Nantucket: Topper’s, the restaurant at The Wauwinet on Nantucket, is best reached by boat. If you book brunch or dinner at the hotel, visitors can take the complimentary hour boat ride across the bay, departing from the White Elephant.

Jamaica: GoldenEye’s Gazebo is a sight to behold. Built in an airy treehouse style, the restaurant overlooks Low Cay Beach and the Lagoon. Serving up local favorites like Butter Lion Fish, the restaurant also sources produce from the hotel’s 2,500-acre farm, Pantrepant, which is located in the heart of Jamaica.

Anguilla: Guests can swim to breakfast at Belmond Cap Juluca from their beachfront suite directly over to the waterfront eatery Cip’s by Cipriani, where they will be met at the water’s edge with a fresh robe and fruit juice in hand.

Mexico: Viceroy Riviera Maya allows guests to ‘dine anywhere, anytime’ – from the poolside to the ocean pier – with a personalized menu to suit their occasion, tastes, and setting.

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