Opening January 2021: Paradero Todos Santos in Baja

November 24th, 2020

Paradero Hotels, Mexico’s First Luxury Experience-Inclusive Brand,

will Launch with the Opening of Paradero Todos Santos, Baja California Sur on January 15, 2021

Paradero Hotel’s vision is focused on travel experiences the elevate communities, promote authentic encounters, and minimize environmental impact by developing highly curated landscaping projects with suites and amenities.

Paradero Todos Santos, a 35-suite property will open on January 15, 2021. Todos Santos’ debut marks the beginning of Paradero Hotel’s long-term plan to expand its experience-inclusive brand throughout additional unspoiled destinations in Mexico. Less than 50 miles from San Jose del Cabo Airport, Todos Santos has 355 days of sunshine per year and has become increasingly popular as a relaxed surf town and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Paradero is spread across five acres of untouched land that is situated within the last unspoiled Mesa farming community – an agricultural area comprising 160 acres of family-owned farms. Due to its proximity to the equator, the immediate landscape offers five distinct ecosystems: the desert with 200-year-old Cardon Cacti, the Sierra La Laguna Mountain range, miles of virgin beaches along the Pacific coast, an oasis with 5,000 palm trees, and farmland as far as the eye can see. Because of this diversity, UNESCO has designated Todos Santos as a Biosphere Reserve – one of only two such sites in Baja.

Experiences are at the heart of Paradero Todos Santos. Surfing for different levels at Cerritos or San Pedrito beach, guided hiking and mountain biking along the bluffs of the Pacific coast, private beach set up on unspoiled locations, hands-on farming tutorials, and Baja taco tours are all included in the nightly rate. Trails throughout the property will also be marked for self-guided running and biking around the farms and gardens. A sample of other activities include boating and fishing expeditions, cooking classes, cliffside champagne and burrito tastings.

Rates start at $550 per night, inclusive of experiences. For more information, visit https://www.paraderohotels.com/www.paraderohotels.com.

Experiences

“Paradero” loosely translates to “stop on the road.” It harks back to the days when their ancestors first arrived in Baja, harnessing its bounty to cultivate a sense of home and community.  At Paradero Hotels, the fundamental belief is that extraordinary outdoor experiences go hand-in-hand with sustainability, community development, and conservation. By immersing guests in nature, Paradero instills reverence towards the land. By employing local hands, there is generations worth of knowledge and storytelling. With these values and culture, the goal is to put outdoor experiences first in high-design landscape spaces surrounded by multiverse ecosystems.

To arrive in Todos Santos is to be thrust into the elements—the warm sun, the dusty trails, the sea breeze, and the starry skies. And the immersion only continues the moment guests arrive through the doors. Activities have been designed to re-center guests in nature, rekindling their childlike sense of adventure, while serving as a gateway to the Paradero lifestyle.

Local guides are passionate about delivering outdoor experiences that combine physical challenge and intellectual stimulation with a heavy dose of “wow” factor. Guides will quickly assess skill and comfort level, customizing each adventure to keep guests safe, smiling, and eager for more.  In order to have an authentic Todos Santos experience, guests are encouraged to try myriad experiences that are available in a small group setting (maximum of four- to six-guests) during morning and afternoon sessions. Activities are also available for private reservations, for an additional cost.

Paradero Hotels has tapped the global expertise of others who have successfully operated similar soft adventure products elsewhere, including Jesus Parrilla, Principal of Luxury Frontiers and ex-CEO of Explora, who serves as Strategic Advisor at Paradero Hotels.

Wellness

Shaded by almost 100 locally grown palm trees and other endemic species, the Ojo de Agua Spa will be a wellness oasis and a healing space that is inspired by secret watering holes that coexist between Sierra La Laguna and the Pacific. The focus will be on ancient Mexican healing traditions starting with sound healing and ending with Temazcal ceremonies. Hot and cold plunge pools, as well as a relaxation area will round out the offerings.

Landscaping

Embracing the wild terrain, Paradero is an 80 percent landscape project, 20 percent development project. The 100,000-square-foot botanical garden is the heart of the project.  Mexico City-based landscape architecture firm, Polen, whose past projects include Google’s and Twitter’s offices, selected 80 endemic species (from red sand verbena and Mojave yucca to Shaw’s agave) for the grounds. More than 20,000 plants, including those found on the land prior to building, will be oriented in a way that promotes maximum growth and vitality. More than 30 percent of the flora was grown from seed in the on-site greenhouse, while the remainder was purchased from local greenhouses.

Architecture

Mexico-born Ruben Valdez and Yashar Yektajo of Yektajo Valdez Architects were charged with blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The sanctuary-like interiors flow into contemplative outdoor seating areas and cactus-studded desert and farmland. The property was designed in a trapezoid shape, with each suite offering views of the wild terrain. Beige-colored concrete will be peppered with materials including tornillo timber and custom-made metal. Triangle patterns, a sacred symbol of the Mayan culture, are incorporated throughout.

Public spaces on the property include the ‘Living Room,’ a multi-purpose hub for gathering and activity planning with an opportunity to meet with guides and learn about experiences. The roof will also double as a yoga deck. Along the perimeter of the property will be a 130-foot-long infinity pool, hot tub, and half-moon lounge deck that will look out onto a horizon of cacti – specifically designed to push guests towards the landscape.

Interior Design

B Huber, the interior design firm behind the new Edition Riviera Maya and Four Seasons Tamarindo, was tapped to create a new brand of hotel experience, offering a sense of community and representative of Mexico. The color scheme focuses on monochromatic tones and incorporates a predominantly sand and natural color palette. All furnishings were custom-crafted and locally-sourced from cities such as Guadalajara and Oaxaca – largely considered the design capitals of Mexico. No detail was overlooked. For each piece of furniture selected for the property – more than 10 suppliers were reviewed before deciding. Key furnishings will also be available for purchase.

Suites

The 35 suites range from 780- to 2,674-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space. Windows are strategically positioned to allow for cross ventilation, minimizing the need for air conditioning. The 16 Garden Suites extend into the landscape with outdoor living areas that will either offer views of the farming fields that encircle the property or look out to the forest of cacti. All Garden Suites will feature a hammock, and some will offer an outdoor circular soaking tub. The 18 Rooftop Suites are distinguished by their panoramic rooftops, all of which have built-in suspended ‘star nets,’ offering high-altitude expansive views of the surrounding farmlands, mountains, oasis, and ocean. The corner Master Casita spreads over three floors and has been designed to feel like a luxury residence, with a kitchenette, spacious dining area and a plunge pool. In all suites – bathrooms feature a rain shower and organic bath amenities made in Mexico.

Culinary

The restaurant, which will be open to the public, offers a theatrical experience with an elevated, open-fire kitchen that features a Josper wood-fired oven and a traditional Oaxacan clay tortilla oven. The menu will incorporate ingredients from the surrounding farms as well as fish and seafood from the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. Bounty from the on-property chili garden, with 12 different types of peppers, will spice up dishes. Cocktails are just as inventive, made from fresh-pressed juices and elixirs from local shrubs. Guests will also be encouraged to visit nearby restaurants, with the property serving as an insider guide to the best of Todos Santos.

Rates

Nightly rates start from $550 per night for Garden Suites, $650 for Rooftop Suites, and $1,395 for the master suite, plus tax and service; inclusive of experiences.

How to get there

American Airlines, Delta, Eastern Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines, and WestJet are among the carriers that offer direct service from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Denver and New York City to San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD). Paradero can coordinate private transfers to/from the hotel. Five-minute shuttle service to Todos Santos and Pescadero will also be available.

For more information, visit ParaderoHotels.com, follow @paraderohotels

 

Dupont  Circle Hotel Opened October 16, 2020 in Washington, DC

November 9th, 2020

The luxury Dupont Circle hotel is delighted to announce it will open its doors to guests on the 16th October following a largescale renovation. This transforming refurbishment includes a cutting edge bar and restaurant designed by internationally regarded Martin Brudnizki, alongside a new lobby and penthouse suite realized by trailblazing Irish designer Clodagh – known for her trademark ‘life-enhancing minimalism’.
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White  Elephant Palm Beach to Open November 4, 2020

September 9th, 2020

From one vacation destination to another, Nantucket’s White Elephant resort will welcome  a sister property in Palm Beach on November 4, 2020. The 32-room  White Elephant Palm Beach  is housed  in the former Bradley Park Hotel – originally constructed in 1924 as one of the first resorts on Palm Beach’s Main Street.  During its century-long history, it was initially owned by Colonel Edward R. Bradley, who ran a private and celebrated Beach Club casino on land that is today Bradley Park. For more than 20 years, the hotel served as a magnet for business tycoons and high rollers who frequented the salon. Over the decades that followed, the hotel remained a mainstay for seasonal visitors. In 1980, in part to its architectural significance, the hotel was listed with the Landmark Preservation Commission.

The footprint of the structure and the facade  remains, while  the interiors have been stripped to the bones and rebuilt by Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects.  The nationally recognized firm, known for their projects with The Peninsula Chicago and Four Seasons Residences, Boston, worked closely with the Town of Palm Beach to create a new hotel that showcases the history of the existing building while incorporating a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean-revival architecture. White Elephant Palm Beach will maintain the welcoming feel of a private residence with 13 rooms and 19 suites spread across  four  stories.

The hotel stands one street north of Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach’s original Main Street, less than two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and one block from the Intracoastal Waterway.  White Elephant Palm Beach is adjacent to Bradley Park, which will serve as a grand lawn to the hotel, and is less than a half mile from the newly redeveloped Royal Poinciana Plaza shopping complex.

The layout of the property takes advantage of the South Florida sunshine and features a U-shaped outdoor courtyard that is the social heart of the hotel – a place to relax and recharge, whether lounging on the patio or around the pool. The landscaping features mature, local flora whose lush colors and tropical fragrances envelop guests.  Previews of what’s to come started earlier this year, when White Elephant Palm Beach’s signature restaurant Lola 41 – a Nantucket staple – began serving its globally-inspired dishes and local seafood specialties.

The design captures the spirit of a grand home while maintaining the ambiance of a landmarked boutique hotel. Breaking from the bright pinks and greens that dominate the Palm Beach aesthetic, the White Elephant Palm Beach features a neutral color palette with sleek metal accents and vibrant pops of color. The hardwood floors, Carrara marble, elegant tiles and woven rugs are all interpreted with contemporary style.  Outside, the Mizner-style facade  is  painted a light, creamy-white color with classic black-and-white striped awnings, terracotta roof tiles, and black trim to bring a fresh, sophisticated look to the classic structure. Guests will be welcomed onto the property by a seven-foot white elephant statue by Santa Fe-based artist Fredrick Prescott. (A “sister” elephant statue, Trunket, is on the grounds of White Elephant in Nantucket.)

The statue is just one of 120 original pieces of colorful modern and pop art personally curated by the owners and Elkus Manfredi. The museum-worthy collection will be on display throughout the rooms and common spaces. Featured artists include Robert Rauschenberg, whose early creations in the 1950s anticipated the pop art movement, and Jennifer Bartlett, known for her small, square steel plates that are combined in grid formations to create large-scale works. Several pieces by painter Kenzo Okada, the first Japanese-American artist to receive international acclaim using abstract expressionist style, will be on display, as will works by Donald Baechler, part of the East Village, New York 1980s art movement. A 54-inch round acrylic work by Orit Fuchs was specifically created for the hotel and is a focal point of the lobby; while six prints by Yinka Shonibare, who will unveil a new public sculpture installation in West Palm Beach in 2021, will be found on the second-floor corridor. Doodle Boy, a 10-year-old British artist, was also commissioned to create 30 exclusive pieces for the powder rooms. Using clean black lines hand drawn with a thick marker, he incorporated a hidden signature elephant in each of his drawings.

Guestrooms and suites range from 510- to 3,000-square feet featuring custom-designed furniture. King-size beds will be outfitted with Pratesi  linens with  upholstered  backboards accented in a colorful palm and flower print. The same fabric will be found on the back of the desk chairs and on the throw pillow piping. Other noteworthy pieces include console tables  by  Selamat Designs in collaboration with the heritage brand, Morris & Co, which are wrapped inside and out with authentic William Morris “Strawberry Thief” covering. The pattern was originally created in 1883.  Each of the suites will be furnished with plush grey and cream armchairs and couches. The custom-designed wooden arches that frame the entrance to some of the rooms are a defining architectural element of the hotel. Other decorative  accents such as bronze elephant door knockers, bold patterned throw pillows, rattan ceiling light fixtures, and black and white striped side tables are sprinkled throughout. The bathrooms feature marble tiles, double sinks crafted from stone, a dry vanity and glass-enclosed walk in showers with L’Occitane bath amenities.

The two penthouse suites are ideal for those who want to entertain, with large living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, and terraces ranging between  800- to 1,200-square-feet. With views of Bradley Park, the Park Suite is a three-bedroom that can be expanded into four, and the ocean-facing Palm Suite is a two-bedroom that can be expanded into three.

Among  other  amenities, guests will have complimentary use of BMW courtesy vehicles, Priority Bicycles and Radio Flyer Wagons as well as exclusive access to Barton & Gray yachts for excursions. A shuttle will be offered to transport guests between the beach and property, and complimentary sweet treats from the White Elephant ice cream cart will be available poolside daily.

“Our main mission is to combine our vision of hospitality with the ethos and style of casually elegant Palm Beach,” comments Douglass Karp, President of New England Development. He notes, “We are pleased to combine our promise of service excellence with the exciting tradition of hospitality in this legendary resort destination. We feel right at home in Palm Beach.”

Reservations are being taken now; rates start at $650 for a guest room and $995 for a suite.

Address: 280 Sunset Avenue, Palm Beach, FL

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.

 

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