AMPR May Newsletter

May 7th, 2018

What’s New?

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is building a new collection of island homes, the Piton Residences. These St. Lucian retreats will have four or five bedrooms and will be perched between the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons above the Caribbean Sea with unbeatable sunset views.

andBeyond’s new 11-day India Mobile Camping Small Group Journey weaves travelers through Delhi, Kalinjar, Panna National Park, Orccha, and Kuno on a glamping adventure to explore India’s history and wildlife.

Rosé Thursdays is launching on May 3 at Jacques, the new bar at The Lowell in New York.

PONANT announced the launch of two additional ice-class vessels, Le Bellot and Le Surville, which will expand its fleet to 12 ships with 460 departures by 2021.

Napa Valley’s Jamieson Ranch Vineyards’ Mini-Moments is a new family-friendly experience offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of five wines whileinteracting with miniature horses – Whinnie the Pooh, Sweet Jane, and Molly. Measuring just 38 inches in height, the “minis” are trained as therapy animals.

The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa Valley now offers hands-on cooking experiences in its new 9,000 square-foot state-of-the-art kitchen. Themes include A Beginner’s Guide to Sushi Rolls, Healthy Cooking, Exploring Brazilian Cuisine, and Grilling Like a Pro.

In celebration of Ian Fleming’s 110th birthday, Island Outpost is offering a new four-night package at GoldenEye and Strawberry Hill with champagne, bird watching, and a picnic at Noel Coward’s Firefly. Rates start at $2,435 for two guests.

This summer, Royal Mansour is offering a new Prestige Riad package perfect for families or large groups. Guests will enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic drinks from the mini-bar and one pool pavilion per stay with a main sitting room, terrace, and private bathroom when booking any three-bedroom riad.

Off-Property Excursions

At the end of an afternoon game drive, guests at the newly-refurbished andBeyond Bateleur Camp are driven to an escarpment overlooking the Masai Mara to discover the dream sundowner setting: a full bar set up fireside with andBeyond staffers on-hand to whip up cocktails and pass hors d’oeuvres. The experience is topped off with a surprise performance by a group of Maasai warriors.

Nantucket Island Resorts partners with members-only Barton & Gray Mariners Club to offer guests access to their fleet of Hinckley yachts for full- or half-day experiences.

Located on the shores of Lac Léman, La Réserve Geneva can arrange for guests to have a private helicopter ride over nearby Mont Blanc.

Belmond has partnered with British equestrian polo player and international model Jodie Kidd to host an exclusive six-night Horseback Safari departing September 25, 2018. Guests will split their time between Belmond Eagle Island Lodge and the newly redesigned Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. Highlights include daily safaris with Jodie through the Okavango Delta, evening sunset cruises, and a traditional Botswanan Boma dinner.

In partnership with famed French perfumer Serge Lutens, Royal Mansour provides exclusive access into his private Moroccan home. Guests will travel by motorcycle sidecar to the estate, which is otherwise closed to the public, where they will enjoy a private tour through the laboratory where Lutens has created over 70 signature fragrances and his eponymous cosmetic line.

Weekend Warriors

During the summer months, JetBlue operates direct flights to Nantucket from Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and now Charlotte. Stay at the White Elephant Village, one of the few in-town hotels with a swimming pool and ice cream cart with complimentary sweet treats.

With direct flights from New York (and other major cities) arriving in St. Lucia in time for lunch, weekend warriors can get a quick slice of paradise at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort and be back for work on Monday. Groups and families can stay in one of the new ultra-luxe Beachfront Collection Residences complete with private beach access, an infinity pool, and postcard views of the Pitons for a suped up summer rental.

Couples looking for a quick urban getaway can zip over to Washington, DC for a little sight-seeing, art, history, and even some romance. The Dupont Circle offers a Private Chef Experience on the suite’s outdoor terraces overlooking the city lights – complete with a personalized menu, some bubbly, and a VIP turndown service.

Only a two-hour flight from New York, travelers can make the most of their weekend getaway to the Holy City. Belmond Charleston Place offers bespoke architecture tours through the city, a horizon-pool situated under a retractable glass roof, and innovative southern cuisine at the infamous Charleston Grill.

Hotels with History

Located in the Grade II-listed building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, The Bloomsbury recently emerged from a renovation spearheaded by design darling Martin Brudnizki. Special attention was paid when restoring the hotel’s historic elements, including the original entrance, the fireplace in the new Sitting Room, and the double height ceilings in the space that is now home to the buzzy Coral Room bar.

Built as a luxury apartment house in the 1920s and a go-to for the likes of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen, this Manhattan mainstay has retained its timelessness through its recent $25 million renovation. The Lowell’s classic tea room, the Pembroke Room, will reopen this spring with a new outdoor space as the finishing touch.

The three-story Jared Coffin House, built by and named for one of Nantucket’s original prominent whaling merchants, was one of the few buildings to survive the great fire of 1846. Today, the landmark Inn is set on a prime corner of the cobblestoned downtown, surrounded by the top restaurants and boutiques.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel opened in 1889 as the first luxury hotel in Cape Town – and the first to offer both hot and cold water. Originally adopting its pink exterior to celebrate the end of World War I, the hotel celebrates its 100th year in the cheery hue with themed cocktails, spa treatments, and new experiences.

Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2018, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona was the city’s first luxury hotel – first opening its doors on Paseo de Gracia for just 10 cents per night. The neo-classical building has been family-owned since the beginning, with the Soldevila-Casals family taking over in 1963. The hotel now features 303 rooms, a rooftop bar and swimming pool, and the largest suite in Barcelona, the Royal Penthouse Suite.

Built in 1905, The Chatwal is one of the last remaining buildings designed by famed architect Stanford White and was originally home to America’s first professional theater club. Following a redesign by Thierry Despont in 2010, The Chatwal now features 76 keys with 14 spacious terraces – the highest concentration of terraces for any hotel of its size in Manhattan.

La Réserve Paris was built in 1854 and owned by the family of the Duc of Morny (step-brother of Emperor Napoleon III) until 1888. The Haussmann-style mansion in the city’s eighth arrondissement was transformed into a hotel in 2015, while retaining the feeling of 19th century private apartments. Original elements include five marble fireplaces and the embossed Cordoba leather walls in Le Gabriel, the hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurant.

Calendar

June

Summer 2018: Park Brewery is back at Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Delicatessen this summer in collaboration with Sankt Gallen Brewery

June 2018: andBeyond Bateleur Camp’s South Camp reopens on Kenya’s Masai Mara, completing the largescale renovation

June 2018: andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge reopens in South Africa after a complete renovation

June 2018: Belmond Afloat in France launches two new barges, Lilas and Pivoine

June 8-10, 2018: Belmond Reid’s Palace will host its first “The Art of Flavours” gastronomy festival, hosted by seven Michelin-starred chefs

June 15-17, 2018: Nantucket Book Festival, a multi-day cultural event celebrating the rich literary history and community on island

July

July 2018: Guinot’s Crème Night Logic launches

July 2018: Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series every Saturday on the lawn (Napa Valley)

July 24-29, 2018: International Biannual Congress of Capoeira Sul da Bahia at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

 

belmond news + updates

May 4th, 2018

Belmond launches new activities, partnerships, and itineraries across its collection as winter makes way for the new beginnings of spring. Offering a tailored journey for every kind of traveler, families can plan holiday break, couples can enjoy a romantic escape to Italy, and adventurers can book a truly over-the-top experience.

Ahead are the brand’s newsiest bytes for spring. Should any of the below pique your interest, please reach out to belmond@alicemarshall.com for more details.


VERY IMPORTANT KIDS From spa treatments to cooking classes, Belmond offers a variety of tailored activities and programs for its tiniest travelers…

PAMPERED TOTS: Families can enjoy a relaxing afternoon in Belmond Reid’s Palace’s Wellness Centre complete with the kid-friendly Angelsense therapy, a soothing massage designed to improve quality of sleep and strength immune systems. For added incentive, Belmond Reid’s Palace recently launched the Family Package, including 50% off a second room with a five-night stay, daily breakfast, and three dinners with complimentary dining for children under 12 years old.

JUNIOR CHEFS: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons encourages budding culinary enthusiasts to join Michelin-star chef Raymond Blanc’s Cookery School for half- or full-day ‘Adult and Children’ cooking courses. The junior master chefs can also race through the gardens on a treasure hunt, design their own vegetable patch, and become pen pals with Bear Blanc, the hotel’s teddy bear chef.

NATURE EXPLORERS: Nestled along the Sacred Valley’s Urubamba River, Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado invites its tiny explorers to embrace the outdoors with alfresco art classes using local materials, the chance to hand feed the hotel’s baby alpacas, and outdoor movie nights underneath the stars, complete with a popcorn waiter service and dessert bar.


ANDIAMO! Belmond’s Italian collection reopens for the season with new activities to celebrate 2018…

VENICE: In honor of its 60th anniversary, the iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani will host cooking classes highlighting historical recipes, new insider tours throughout Venice, and a scenic boat tour aboard the meticulously restored, 16-meter motor sailing yacht, Edipo Re.

FLORENCE: Art-lovers and wine-connoisseurs will unite with two new tours from Belmond Villa San Michele. Available together as an immersive full-day journey or separately as half-day excursions, the first of the experiences is a visit to Chianti Sculpture Park, the one-kilometer sculpture trail embracing a variety of materials from traditional marble to modern neon-light and glass. The second, titled Art of the Treasure Hunt, brings guests through a collection of contemporary installations hidden among historic Tuscan wineries. Belmond Villa San Michele will reopen on March 29.

RAVELLO: Through Belmond’s new partnership with Leica Sport Optics, guests of Belmond Hotel Caruso can enjoy a series of early morning experiences aptly titled, “First Light.” Outfitted with a complimentary lightweight Trinovid 8x42HD Leica binoculars and a curated map, guests can watch the wildlife up close as day breaks over the Amalfi Coast. On the nearby island of Mallorca, Belmond La Residencia will also offer the “First Light” experiences through the UNESCO World Heritage site. Belmond La Residencia is open now, while Belmond Hotel Caruso will reopen on March 30.

PORTOFINO: In a secluded bay near Belmond Hotel Splendido, the Abbey of San Fruttuoso is host to an after-hours private concert. After arriving by private boat, guests can explore the abbey’s cloisters and vaults and learn about the monks’ daily lives before reconvening in the courtyard for cocktails and a concert featuring music of the guests’ choosing. Belmond Hotel Splendido will reopen on March 30.

SICILY: Guests of Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea can explore the remote island of Filicudi with an insider tour hosted by three resident islanders. Guests will enjoy breakfast with a former antiques dealer who relocated to the island 30 years ago with his partner, meet with an artist who made her home in a local cave, and sit down with a couple in their family-built villa to dine on a late lunch featuring fresh catch and local produce. Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea will reopen on April 12.

OVER-THE-TOP OFFERINGS With properties in UNESCO World Heritage sites, far-flung destinations, and iconic cities, Belmond offers one-of-a-kind experiences in exciting locales…

MUSIC AFICIONADOS: Belmond has launched a new partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra that includes exclusive performances in Machu Picchu, Peru; Iguassu Falls, Brazil; and the Okavango Delta, Botswana. These intimate concerts will be held throughout 2018 and 2019, and guests staying on property will enjoy additional perks such as reduced ticket prices or a pre-concert dinner.

GOLF BUFFS: Ryder Cup champion Sam Torrance returns to host the four-night ‘Scottish Golf Tour’ aboard Belmond Royal Scotsman departing June 25, 2018. Guests will play three rounds of golf at Scotland’s top courses, including one with Sam at Royal Durnoch Golf Links, before spending the evening in the train’s Observation Car, where Sam will share tips and stories from his competition days.

WINE CONNOISSEURS: What many wine lovers attempt in a lifetime, Belmond Amaryllis accomplishes in a week with the Grand Cru itinerary through Burgundy, where guests will have the opportunity to taste all 33 Grands Crus. Highlights include exclusive access to the vineyards at Puligny Montrachet and a private dinner in the cellars of Domaine Droughin-Laroze hosted by the owners themselves, Olivier Leflaive and Christine Droughin.

CALENDAR Launches, events, and new programs to keep on the radar…

  • May – Belmond Andean Explorer launches a new spa car
  • May – Belmond El Encanto celebrates its centennial birthday
  • June – Belmond Afloat in France unveils two new barges, Belmond Lilas and Belmond Pivoine
  • June 1 – Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge reopens following a complete renovation
  • July 18 – Commemorate Nelson Mandela’s would-be 100th birthday at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
  • September 25 – British equestrian Jodie Kidd will host a new safari with two Botswana lodges
  • November – Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel celebrates 100 years in its rosy-pink hue.
  • November 17 – Belmond Cap Juluca re-opens following a top-to-bottom renovation
  • November 29 – Explore Belfast with Belmond Grand Hibernian in honor of C.S. Lewis’ 120th birthday
  • December 29 – Stay with Belmond Copacabana Palace to celebrate the 85th anniversary of ‘Flying Down to Rio’ – the first onscreen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Roses, Reading, and Romance.

April 22nd, 2016

Are you feeling the love this weekend?

April 23rd happens to be Barcelona’s most romantic day of the year, giving Cupid quite a run for his money.

Known as Sant Jordi Day, the Catalan tradition dictates that gents give ladies a single rose while women give a book in return. Throughout the city, you’ll see plenty of makeshift book and rose stalls lining the streets, encouraging love birds to celebrate.

Joining in on the festivities, Majestic Hotel and Spa in Barcelona sets up a rose stand offering ‘pay what you can’ roses. All proceeds will go to the Fundacio IRES, helping children at risk of social exclusion. Celebrating a loved one and giving back? A win win in our book.

Even if you can’t make it to Barcelona this weekend, grab your sweetheart and celebrate on Saturday. All of us at AMPR plan on enjoying the holiday with a little Gaudi reading material, some roses, and of course….a glass or two of rosé.

Foodie Getaways

November 24th, 2015

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and while we all have food on the brain…

It’s not your average tasting menu; AMPR clients are stepping outside of the expected luxury culinary offerings to provide guests with experiential, and often hands-on, foodie vacations. Yes, you can go to a Michelin-starred restaurant most anywhere, but can you shop souks with the chef? What about a hotel with its own dairy farm? Ever hand-painted an éclair? And, what’s the best way to get kids to eat their veggies? Have them go farming with chef, of course. Keep reading for a selection of hands-on epicurean experiences, trends, “healthy” eating, and a few other noteworthy food happenings across the globe.

Bon Appetit!

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES

Tree-to-Table Chocolate

At UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso Brazil, cocoa trees grow in the hotel’s garden. The cocoa pods are harvested on property and the beans are left to dry and ferment in the sun. Guests are invited to take part in the rest of the process and make their own chocolate with UXUA chefs who also use the fruits of their labor to create UXUA’s desserts and ice creams.

Michelin Shopping List

Among the souks of Marrakech, Royal Mansour Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno frequents the Jamaa el Fna marketplace for ingredients such as lemon confit from the Bab Ftouh stand and olive oil sourced from the nearby Atlas Mountains. Chef Alléno welcomes guests on his shopping trips.

Eat (and Pick and Cook) Your Veggies!

Children at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo join the chef in the organic vegetable garden and fill a basket with veggies of their choice. After, the chef works with them to create a custom lunch creation.

Catch of the Day

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, offers guests the opportunity to meet, and fish with local fisherman in a simple row boat for local favorites such as: wahoo, dorado, and king fish.

Before It’s Gone, Tsukiji Fish Market Private Tour

The days of the Tsukiji Fish Market are numbered as Tokyo plans to close the institution to build roads in support of Olympics 2020. At Park Hyatt Tokyo, Chef Angerer brings guests on private market tours, enabling them to skip the hour-long wait and experience the tuna auction. Guests will meet with the hotel’s fish suppliers who offer fresh-from-the-sea sashimi tasting.

Périgords on the Burgundy Canals

Belmond Afloat in France luxury barges take guests through the truffle fields of Burgundy to spend the afternoon hunting Périgords, the aromatic jewels of France. Then, back to the ship to enjoy their well-earned spoils, made-to-order.

Learn to Shuck an Oyster

TOPPER’S at The Wauwinet serves ocean-to-table oysters – plucked from local Retsyo Oyster Farm. Guests enjoy a Bay Cruise led by island legend Captain Rob to see the oyster bed, learn about how they’re harvested, and receive a tutorial about how to properly shuck an oyster.

TRENDS

Latest Fashion Trend: Éclairs

Specialty éclairs are popping up on the menu of luxury hotels from New York to Barcelona.

Park Hyatt hotels serve the confection with interesting flavor pairings worldwide, such as Pistachio and Cointreau in Paris. In New York, Pastry Chef Scott Cioe hand-paints his signature raspberry rose éclair and teaches éclair-making classes at the hotel.

Majestic Hotel & Spa launched a new menu of éclairs for their Majestic Fashion Tea, inspired by the creations of Salvatore Ferragamo, Bulgari, Jimmy Choo, Rosa Clara, and more. The Perugia is Vanilla & Tonka Bean Mousse described to be as delicate as Brunello Cucinelli cashmere.

“HEALTHY” EATING

Gluten-Free Wine Pairings

B Cellars Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley recently launched a wellness tasting experience. A three-mile hike through the vines is followed by a healthy “B-Bite” food and wine pairing comprising gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan selections prepared in B Cellars open kitchen (an element not found in other wineries in Napa Valley).

Food is Science at COMO

COMO Shambhala Cuisine from COMO Hotels and Resorts was created to boost concentration, balance blood-sugar levels, and encourage overall mental and physical wellbeing. Food is described on the menu as “enzyme-rich” and is primarily raw and vegan. Dishes (such as: zucchini carpaccio; flax and walnut flat bread with cashew nut “hummus,” avocado, and tomato salad; and pineapple sundaes made with cashew nut milk and young coconut sorbet) are available at 12 COMO properties worldwide – including the new room service menu at the recently renovated Metropolitan by COMO, London.

NOTEWORTHY

Buy the Farm

To guarantee the freshest and highest quality dairy products for guests, Nayara Springs created its own local dairy farm where all of the milk and cheese is sourced for the hotel’s restaurants.

Stay at Chris Blackwell’s Farm


Chris Blackwell, the man who discovered U2 and Bob Marley, recently opened Pantrepant, his farmstead in west Jamaica to guests of Island Outpost resort group. Visitors can stay in the two-bedroom guest cottage and have full access to the grounds – enjoying farm fresh dishes using just-picked callaloo and mangos, milking cows at the dairy, and plucking eggs from chickens.

CIA-Only in Napa Valley

The fifth annual Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival will be held March 16-20, 2016. Participating chefs are all graduates of the historic Culinary Institute (CIA) of America. Area vintners will host wine-paired dinners at their wineries and top winemakers will lead wine tastings at the CIA California campus.

New Celebrity Chef Restaurant in Bermuda

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson recently opened his latest culinary endeavor, Marcus’ at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Hotel in Bermuda.

We hope these brief bites were enough to whet your palate!

ice cream sandwiches, all grown up

July 31st, 2015

August 2nd is perhaps the sweetest day of the year. We’ve got the scoop on where you should be celebrating Ice Cream Sandwich Day (pun intended). Here are our picks for the best childhood favorite revamps.

After work (New York City):
Skip happy hour and satisfy your sweet tooth. As if Shmackary’s cookies weren’t tasty enough on their own, you can amplify your dessert by adding vanilla bean gelato. Choose any two cookies (they have over 65 different flavors) to create the ultimate frozen treat. We suggest one Classic Chocolate Chip and one of their seasonal Blueberry Cobbler cookies- you won’t be disappointed.
Photo Courtesy of Shmackary’s

At the beach (Montauk):
No one feels bikini-ready after a sugar binge. Here’s a way to celebrate and lessen the guilt that your two-piece brings. The Fresh Fruit Ice Cream Sandwich at Harvest on Fort Pond is served with vanilla gelato, hot fudge and raspberry coulis- so not entirely guilt free, but fruit is healthy right?
Photo Courtesy of Yelp(er) Jay G.

At home (your kitchen):
Now this one is definitely not your traditional childhood treat- Cognac-Ice-Cream sandwiches. Inspired by a bakery in San Francisco that refused to separate booze from dessert, this recipe is sure to impress any of your “adult” guests.
Photo Courtesy of The New York Times

In Paradise (Brazil):
Made from cashew nuts of local farms and cacao beans from the garden, UXUA’s homemade ice cream is the center of this savory sweet. When dessert meets innovation, only good things can happen!

runway to the world

July 17th, 2015

After a decades-long hiatus, Men’s Fashion Week returned to the New York runway. A few styles rose to the top of the AMPR list of favorites, probably because we couldn’t help but envision them against the backdrop of the world’s most fashionable travel experiences. Wondering what to pack for a weekend on Nantucket or your next Milan jaunt? Here’s your guide:

Designer: Carlos Campos

A classic look with a contemporary flair. Transition seamlessly from a tour of La Sagrada Familia to dinner at Petit Comité and drinks at El Bar de Majestic.

Designer: Nick Graham

Can you say, Nantucket? The ideal outfit for the land of seafood, sunsets, and seersucker.

Designer: Hvrminn

A suit worthy of the fashion capital that is Milan. A stay at Park Hyatt Milan provides an equally stylish launching point for taking in the sites…and for more shopping.

Designer: Michael Kors

You’ll unquestionably be the most stylish safari-goer in South Africa. The leopard may be the star of andBeyond Exeter River Lodge, but we think you’ll get some admiring looks, too.

Designer: David Hart

Jamaica is calling! The vibrant colors match the spirited sights, smells, and sounds of the island. Sunglasses recommended.

Spotted: Street Style

Granted, they’re not actually runway looks, but Fashion Week attendees/star athletes Victor Cruz and Dwayne Wade look like they stepped off the plane for a Parisian dinner at Le Gabriel. Blue lobster all around, s’il vous plaît!

Photo Credits:
JP Yim/Getty Image, Robin Marchant/Getty Image, Fernanda Calfat/Getty Image, Michael Kors, Mr. Dume, Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

hotels are the new art collectors

May 12th, 2015

The art community is buzzing this week with news of the record-breaking $179.4 million sale of Picasso’s 1955 painting “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” at a Christie’s auction. Alberto Giacometti’s gaunt bronze sculpture, “L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man)” sold for $126 million, an auction high for any sculpture, the same evening.

Tonight, Sotheby’s is putting Roy Lichtenstein’s “The Ring (Engagement)” on the block with the expected price tag of $50 million.

We would be remiss not to address that today’s art collectors are not just anonymous billionaires. Hotels and hospitality brands are in the game as well, in a big way. It’s as though having great art has become the cost of entry in the luxury travel market and with good reason. It’s a major draw in attracting the affluent traveler who is looking for a story to tell about their hotel experience. And because there is so much competition in the space, unfortunately a Botero in the lobby is no longer “special.” Here, we take a look at three outfits that are taking something seemingly mainstay, and making it their own.


London newcomer The Beaumont not only has a culinary pedigree being the first hospitality project from Corbin and King, it also features an inhabitable sculpture created by acclaimed artist Antony Gormley. Titled “ROOM,” it is a distinguishing mark on the hotel’s facade as well as a part of its room inventory. The hotel is also filled with original sketches and paintings by San Francisco-based illustrator John Mattos, who drew 48 black and white cartoons for the hotel’s restaurant.


UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, Brazil is not just a haven for beach-combing “hippies” and celebrities looking to get off the grid. “Artist in Casa” brings a few creatives a year to UXUA where they live shortly and produce objects born of their own creativity from local inspiration and materials. It is a celebration of the destination’s heritage of welcoming outside artistic energies and the works left behind become a part of UXUA’s identity.


Park Hyatt was founded by Jay Pritzker as an extension of his own home and hospitality for visiting friends – and for a place to showcase his art collection. A Richter hung on the wall of his Park Hyatt Chicago’s lobby for decades until it sold for $37 million last year. Park Hyatt hotels are the place for notable museum-worthy pieces, including: Lucio Fontana’s 1984 sculpture “Testa Di Medusa at Park Hyatt Milan; six works by Ed Paschke at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme; and a 570-square-foot mural by Sol LeWitt that the artist painted specially for Park Hyatt Zurich. But where Park Hyatt goes above and beyond in establishing themselves as experts in art, is their publishing of ARTPHAIRE, an online magazine curated in collaboration with Anne Paternak, Tom Sachs, Marco Brambilla, Daniel Libeskind, KAWS, and others.

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti…and other things

February 10th, 2015

According to an interview appearing this weekend in The New York Times, there’s more to Sophia Loren than just spaghetti. At 80, Italy’s most beloved actress and icon takes issue with an apocryphal quotation long attributed to her (“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”) finally putting to rest the idea that her life — or anyone’s for that matter – can be summed up so tersely. She wrote a 352-page memoir that was published last year, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life,” proving that it shouldn’t necessarily be easy or expected to live la vita in 140 characters. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful, wonderful story, full of many things,” she explains to The Times, “many memories, good, bad, because life sometimes is very hard.” And the thread that runs through the story of Sophia Loren is travel. Seeing the world is very important to her. She says, “I’ve been to many festivals to show some films that I made. I’ve been in Russia, I’ve been in Asia. I’ve been everywhere.” But seeing it all isn’t enough for her. What’s more important is sharing those experiences with her family. “I am eager very much to choose, let’s say two weeks, three weeks with my children,” she says. “To go a little bit around and to see like a tourist.” Who knew that Sophia Loren would make a great spokesperson for multi-generational travel?

rené burri, in memoriam

October 22nd, 2014

René Burri, the legendary documentarian of humankind in the 20th century, passed away Monday evening. To remember him, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from his life. As an adventurer, investigator, and photographer he experienced more in a day than most could in a lifetime. René Burri will be missed, but his legacy lives on.

“A photograph is the moment you push the button. It will never come back.”
- René Burri

fall to-do list

September 23rd, 2014

To commemorate the first day of fall, here’s what we’re putting on your to-do list…

Keep your beach bod going…
Run: Site-running on Crystal Cruises’ new excursions
Climb: Mountains in Phuket at Point Yamu by COMO (opened this month)
Swim: Laps to the sounds of Carnegie Hall (hint: underwater speakers) at Park Hyatt New York


Follow the colors…
Yellow: Belmond’s new Brussels journeys wind through German, Austrian, and Swiss foliage
Red: Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival celebrates the kick-off of Cabernet Season, here’s your chance to rub elbows with star chefs
Blue: A new TropicSurf excursion at Maalifushi by COMO takes you to secluded Maldivian surf spots

Move with the Migrations…
Africa: Feel the beat of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest as they pound through the Maasai Mara at the newly opened andBeyond Kichwa Tembo
Caribbean: Watch the hatching of baby sea turtles while staying at GoldenEye
Northeast: Set sail from Nantucket Boat Basin on The Grey Lady to watch Humpback whales

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