April 22nd, 2016
Are you feeling the love this weekend?
April 23rd happens to be Barcelona’s most romantic day of the year, giving Cupid quite a run for his money.
Known as Sant Jordi Day, the Catalan tradition dictates that gents give ladies a single rose while women give a book in return. Throughout the city, you’ll see plenty of makeshift book and rose stalls lining the streets, encouraging love birds to celebrate.
Joining in on the festivities, Majestic Hotel and Spa in Barcelona sets up a rose stand offering ‘pay what you can’ roses. All proceeds will go to the Fundacio IRES, helping children at risk of social exclusion. Celebrating a loved one and giving back? A win win in our book.
Even if you can’t make it to Barcelona this weekend, grab your sweetheart and celebrate on Saturday. All of us at AMPR plan on enjoying the holiday with a little Gaudi reading material, some roses, and of course….a glass or two of rosé.
November 24th, 2015
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and while we all have food on the brain…
It’s not your average tasting menu; AMPR clients are stepping outside of the expected luxury culinary offerings to provide guests with experiential, and often hands-on, foodie vacations. Yes, you can go to a Michelin-starred restaurant most anywhere, but can you shop souks with the chef? What about a hotel with its own dairy farm? Ever hand-painted an éclair? And, what’s the best way to get kids to eat their veggies? Have them go farming with chef, of course. Keep reading for a selection of hands-on epicurean experiences, trends, “healthy” eating, and a few other noteworthy food happenings across the globe.
At UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso Brazil, cocoa trees grow in the hotel’s garden. The cocoa pods are harvested on property and the beans are left to dry and ferment in the sun. Guests are invited to take part in the rest of the process and make their own chocolate with UXUA chefs who also use the fruits of their labor to create UXUA’s desserts and ice creams.
Michelin Shopping List
Among the souks of Marrakech, Royal Mansour Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno frequents the Jamaa el Fna marketplace for ingredients such as lemon confit from the Bab Ftouh stand and olive oil sourced from the nearby Atlas Mountains. Chef Alléno welcomes guests on his shopping trips.
Eat (and Pick and Cook) Your Veggies!
Children at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo join the chef in the organic vegetable garden and fill a basket with veggies of their choice. After, the chef works with them to create a custom lunch creation.
Catch of the Day
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, offers guests the opportunity to meet, and fish with local fisherman in a simple row boat for local favorites such as: wahoo, dorado, and king fish.
Before It’s Gone, Tsukiji Fish Market Private Tour
The days of the Tsukiji Fish Market are numbered as Tokyo plans to close the institution to build roads in support of Olympics 2020. At Park Hyatt Tokyo, Chef Angerer brings guests on private market tours, enabling them to skip the hour-long wait and experience the tuna auction. Guests will meet with the hotel’s fish suppliers who offer fresh-from-the-sea sashimi tasting.
Périgords on the Burgundy Canals
Belmond Afloat in France luxury barges take guests through the truffle fields of Burgundy to spend the afternoon hunting Périgords, the aromatic jewels of France. Then, back to the ship to enjoy their well-earned spoils, made-to-order.
Learn to Shuck an Oyster
TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet serves ocean-to-table oysters – plucked from local Retsyo Oyster Farm. Guests enjoy a Bay Cruise led by island legend Captain Rob to see the oyster bed, learn about how they’re harvested, and receive a tutorial about how to properly shuck an oyster.
Latest Fashion Trend: Éclairs
Specialty éclairs are popping up on the menu of luxury hotels from New York to Barcelona.
Park Hyatt hotels serve the confection with interesting flavor pairings worldwide, such as Pistachio and Cointreau in Paris. In New York, Pastry Chef Scott Cioe hand-paints his signature raspberry rose éclair and teaches éclair-making classes at the hotel.
Majestic Hotel & Spa launched a new menu of éclairs for their Majestic Fashion Tea, inspired by the creations of Salvatore Ferragamo, Bulgari, Jimmy Choo, Rosa Clara, and more. The Perugia is Vanilla & Tonka Bean Mousse described to be as delicate as Brunello Cucinelli cashmere.
Gluten-Free Wine Pairings
B Cellars Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley recently launched a wellness tasting experience. A three-mile hike through the vines is followed by a healthy “B-Bite” food and wine pairing comprising gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan selections prepared in B Cellars open kitchen (an element not found in other wineries in Napa Valley).
Food is Science at COMO
COMO Shambhala Cuisine from COMO Hotels and Resorts was created to boost concentration, balance blood-sugar levels, and encourage overall mental and physical wellbeing. Food is described on the menu as “enzyme-rich” and is primarily raw and vegan. Dishes (such as: zucchini carpaccio; flax and walnut flat bread with cashew nut “hummus,” avocado, and tomato salad; and pineapple sundaes made with cashew nut milk and young coconut sorbet) are available at 12 COMO properties worldwide – including the new room service menu at the recently renovated Metropolitan by COMO, London.
Buy the Farm
To guarantee the freshest and highest quality dairy products for guests, Nayara Springs created its own local dairy farm where all of the milk and cheese is sourced for the hotel’s restaurants.
Stay at Chris Blackwell’s Farm
Chris Blackwell, the man who discovered U2 and Bob Marley, recently opened Pantrepant, his farmstead in west Jamaica to guests of Island Outpost resort group. Visitors can stay in the two-bedroom guest cottage and have full access to the grounds – enjoying farm fresh dishes using just-picked callaloo and mangos, milking cows at the dairy, and plucking eggs from chickens.
CIA-Only in Napa Valley
The fifth annual Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival will be held March 16-20, 2016. Participating chefs are all graduates of the historic Culinary Institute (CIA) of America. Area vintners will host wine-paired dinners at their wineries and top winemakers will lead wine tastings at the CIA California campus.
New Celebrity Chef Restaurant in Bermuda
Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson recently opened his latest culinary endeavor, Marcus’ at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Hotel in Bermuda.
We hope these brief bites were enough to whet your palate!
July 31st, 2015
August 2nd is perhaps the sweetest day of the year. We’ve got the scoop on where you should be celebrating Ice Cream Sandwich Day (pun intended). Here are our picks for the best childhood favorite revamps.
After work (New York City):
Skip happy hour and satisfy your sweet tooth. As if Shmackary’s cookies weren’t tasty enough on their own, you can amplify your dessert by adding vanilla bean gelato. Choose any two cookies (they have over 65 different flavors) to create the ultimate frozen treat. We suggest one Classic Chocolate Chip and one of their seasonal Blueberry Cobbler cookies- you won’t be disappointed.
Photo Courtesy of Shmackary’s
At the beach (Montauk):
No one feels bikini-ready after a sugar binge. Here’s a way to celebrate and lessen the guilt that your two-piece brings. The Fresh Fruit Ice Cream Sandwich at Harvest on Fort Pond is served with vanilla gelato, hot fudge and raspberry coulis- so not entirely guilt free, but fruit is healthy right?
Photo Courtesy of Yelp(er) Jay G.
At home (your kitchen):
Now this one is definitely not your traditional childhood treat- Cognac-Ice-Cream sandwiches. Inspired by a bakery in San Francisco that refused to separate booze from dessert, this recipe is sure to impress any of your “adult” guests.
Photo Courtesy of The New York Times
In Paradise (Brazil):
Made from cashew nuts of local farms and cacao beans from the garden, UXUA’s homemade ice cream is the center of this savory sweet. When dessert meets innovation, only good things can happen!
July 17th, 2015
After a decades-long hiatus, Men’s Fashion Week returned to the New York runway. A few styles rose to the top of the AMPR list of favorites, probably because we couldn’t help but envision them against the backdrop of the world’s most fashionable travel experiences. Wondering what to pack for a weekend on Nantucket or your next Milan jaunt? Here’s your guide:
Designer: Carlos Campos
A classic look with a contemporary flair. Transition seamlessly from a tour of La Sagrada Familia to dinner at Petit Comité and drinks at El Bar de Majestic.
Designer: Nick Graham
Can you say, Nantucket? The ideal outfit for the land of seafood, sunsets, and seersucker.
A suit worthy of the fashion capital that is Milan. A stay at Park Hyatt Milan provides an equally stylish launching point for taking in the sites…and for more shopping.
Designer: Michael Kors
You’ll unquestionably be the most stylish safari-goer in South Africa. The leopard may be the star of andBeyond Exeter River Lodge, but we think you’ll get some admiring looks, too.
Designer: David Hart
Jamaica is calling! The vibrant colors match the spirited sights, smells, and sounds of the island. Sunglasses recommended.
Spotted: Street Style
Granted, they’re not actually runway looks, but Fashion Week attendees/star athletes Victor Cruz and Dwayne Wade look like they stepped off the plane for a Parisian dinner at Le Gabriel. Blue lobster all around, s’il vous plaît!
JP Yim/Getty Image, Robin Marchant/Getty Image, Fernanda Calfat/Getty Image, Michael Kors, Mr. Dume, Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
May 12th, 2015
The art community is buzzing this week with news of the record-breaking $179.4 million sale of Picasso’s 1955 painting “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” at a Christie’s auction. Alberto Giacometti’s gaunt bronze sculpture, “L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man)” sold for $126 million, an auction high for any sculpture, the same evening.
Tonight, Sotheby’s is putting Roy Lichtenstein’s “The Ring (Engagement)” on the block with the expected price tag of $50 million.
We would be remiss not to address that today’s art collectors are not just anonymous billionaires. Hotels and hospitality brands are in the game as well, in a big way. It’s as though having great art has become the cost of entry in the luxury travel market and with good reason. It’s a major draw in attracting the affluent traveler who is looking for a story to tell about their hotel experience. And because there is so much competition in the space, unfortunately a Botero in the lobby is no longer “special.” Here, we take a look at three outfits that are taking something seemingly mainstay, and making it their own.
London newcomer The Beaumont not only has a culinary pedigree being the first hospitality project from Corbin and King, it also features an inhabitable sculpture created by acclaimed artist Antony Gormley. Titled “ROOM,” it is a distinguishing mark on the hotel’s facade as well as a part of its room inventory. The hotel is also filled with original sketches and paintings by San Francisco-based illustrator John Mattos, who drew 48 black and white cartoons for the hotel’s restaurant.
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, Brazil is not just a haven for beach-combing “hippies” and celebrities looking to get off the grid. “Artist in Casa” brings a few creatives a year to UXUA where they live shortly and produce objects born of their own creativity from local inspiration and materials. It is a celebration of the destination’s heritage of welcoming outside artistic energies and the works left behind become a part of UXUA’s identity.
Park Hyatt was founded by Jay Pritzker as an extension of his own home and hospitality for visiting friends – and for a place to showcase his art collection. A Richter hung on the wall of his Park Hyatt Chicago’s lobby for decades until it sold for $37 million last year. Park Hyatt hotels are the place for notable museum-worthy pieces, including: Lucio Fontana’s 1984 sculpture “Testa Di Medusa at Park Hyatt Milan; six works by Ed Paschke at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme; and a 570-square-foot mural by Sol LeWitt that the artist painted specially for Park Hyatt Zurich. But where Park Hyatt goes above and beyond in establishing themselves as experts in art, is their publishing of ARTPHAIRE, an online magazine curated in collaboration with Anne Paternak, Tom Sachs, Marco Brambilla, Daniel Libeskind, KAWS, and others.
February 10th, 2015
According to an interview appearing this weekend in The New York Times, there’s more to Sophia Loren than just spaghetti. At 80, Italy’s most beloved actress and icon takes issue with an apocryphal quotation long attributed to her (“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”) finally putting to rest the idea that her life — or anyone’s for that matter – can be summed up so tersely. She wrote a 352-page memoir that was published last year, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life,” proving that it shouldn’t necessarily be easy or expected to live la vita in 140 characters. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful, wonderful story, full of many things,” she explains to The Times, “many memories, good, bad, because life sometimes is very hard.” And the thread that runs through the story of Sophia Loren is travel. Seeing the world is very important to her. She says, “I’ve been to many festivals to show some films that I made. I’ve been in Russia, I’ve been in Asia. I’ve been everywhere.” But seeing it all isn’t enough for her. What’s more important is sharing those experiences with her family. “I am eager very much to choose, let’s say two weeks, three weeks with my children,” she says. “To go a little bit around and to see like a tourist.” Who knew that Sophia Loren would make a great spokesperson for multi-generational travel?
October 22nd, 2014
René Burri, the legendary documentarian of humankind in the 20th century, passed away Monday evening. To remember him, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from his life. As an adventurer, investigator, and photographer he experienced more in a day than most could in a lifetime. René Burri will be missed, but his legacy lives on.
“A photograph is the moment you push the button. It will never come back.”
- René Burri
September 23rd, 2014
To commemorate the first day of fall, here’s what we’re putting on your to-do list…
Keep your beach bod going…
Run: Site-running on Crystal Cruises’ new excursions
Climb: Mountains in Phuket at Point Yamu by COMO (opened this month)
Swim: Laps to the sounds of Carnegie Hall (hint: underwater speakers) at Park Hyatt New York
Follow the colors…
Yellow: Belmond’s new Brussels journeys wind through German, Austrian, and Swiss foliage
Red: Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival celebrates the kick-off of Cabernet Season, here’s your chance to rub elbows with star chefs
Blue: A new TropicSurf excursion at Maalifushi by COMO takes you to secluded Maldivian surf spots
Move with the Migrations…
Africa: Feel the beat of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest as they pound through the Maasai Mara at the newly opened andBeyond Kichwa Tembo
Caribbean: Watch the hatching of baby sea turtles while staying at GoldenEye
Northeast: Set sail from Nantucket Boat Basin on The Grey Lady to watch Humpback whales
August 19th, 2014
When it comes to the pools we dip in, we prefer ones hanging in the Costa Rican rainforest or perched on a mountain range in Jamaica. Or anything at all like these:
1. Aventurine healing waters at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
2. Swimming with Pitons Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
3. The high life at Strawberry Hill
4. Treetop swimming at Nayara Springs
5. 100 meters of awesome at Point Yamu by COMO
6. Desert oasis at Park Hyatt Dubai
7. Dripping in gold at Park Hyatt Vienna
8. Birds-eye view from the rooftop at Park Hyatt Sydney
9. Soaking up Low Cay Beach at GoldenEye
10. Sunset sailing and swim on Crystal Cruises
August 7th, 2014
Harper’s Bazaar just called on the “in” shoes of this season and next. We feel utterly compelled to decide precisely where they should be shown off. Read on to see where we’ll be taking these styles first…
See and be seen during fashion week next month at Park Hyatt New York.
The only thing hotter than wearing these out, is wearing them at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach.
Stroll the galleries of SITE Santa Fe in these cowgirl-chic booties before heading over to Inn on the Alameda for a southwestern-style evening.
Polka dots were meant for Paris and these shoes were meant for Pavillon de la Reine.
These “sneakers” scream Tokyo high design, much like Park Hyatt Tokyo.
“Beautifully Boyish,” wear these at The Living Room cigar and whiskey lounge at the new Park Hyatt Vienna.
Wear a work of art in a work of art, such as the ROOM suite by Antony Gormley at The Beaumont.
A disco ball has nothing on these boots shining brighter than the London city lights; wear them at The Halkin by COMO.
Classic, timeless beauty, sounds just like Belmond trains to us.
These chic suede boots will be fall’s best accessory at Flavor! Napa Valley. Reservations at The Restaurant at Meadowood anyone?