ampr march newsletter

March 6th, 2019

What’s New?

The Grand House

Shou Sugi Ban House is a new kind of wellness sanctuary offering three-, four-, and seven-night retreats focusing on transformation, healing, and an exploration of one’s self, and it’s opening this May in Water Mill. This is not a spartan retreat model; guests’ days comprise many forms of wellness ranging from beach hikes, reiki, spa treatments, sound healing, and meditation punctuated by gourmet cooking demonstrations (menus curated by Mads Refslund, formerly of lauded Noma restaurant in Copenhagen).

Nayara Tented Camp will open in Fall 2019 in Costa Rica. Each tent – designed by veteran luxury safari tent company Luxury Frontiers – will have a private plunge pool filled with naturally warm water from the nearby Arenal volcano’s hot springs, with open views of that volcano and surrounded by a sloth sanctuary.

Inspired by the anticipated live-action Lion King coming out this summer, andBeyond’s new itinerary lets kids live out their own adventures in hakuna matata style through the Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater.

The Grand House, a hybrid venture between a luxury hotel and a home rental service will debut in March 2019 with a portfolio of maisons particulières situated in central Rome. Additional properties in Florence and Milan are scheduled to open by 2020.

Napa Valley’s Louis M. Martini Winery will re-open in March 2019  following an extensive restoration of the historic space. One of the first wineries to open at the end of Prohibition, the new space will seamlessly integrate indoors and out and feature 30-foot-high glass walls with views into the barrel cellar.

The Kensington is getting guests into nearby Victoria & Albert Museum’s Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams exhibit with The House Of Kensington Experience, a new three-night package including a stay in a Signature Suite, two tickets to the exhibition (hard to come by due to the show’s popularity), and a round of exclusive Dior-inspired cocktails at the hotel’s K Bar.

With its announcement of the most popular spring travel destinations, global luxury travel network Virtuoso revealed that Americans are staying closer to home and seeking sun in Los Angeles, Miami, and Orlando. European destinations including Italy, France, and the UK remain popular while Switzerland, Greece, Morocco, and Japan are seeing the largest growth year-over-year.

The Falconry Vineyard Tour is a new tasting offering at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa Valley. Guests interact with owls, hawks, and falcons and learn how to call birds to land on their arm. The experience concludes with a wine-tasting in the garden.

This summer, GoldenEye is introducing new guest experiences including yoga and guided meditation sessions that conclude with vibrational healing ‘sound bath’ using Tibetan singing bowls; as well as complimentary excursions to Firefly, Noel Coward’s hill home and rumored to be Captain Morgan’s lookout.

Families traveling with little ones can explore London with a helping hand from their very own Mary Poppins with The Kensington’s new Suite Nannies package. A nanny from the UK’s leading nanny agency will arrive each day equipped with her own carpet bag filled with toys and surprises.

Belmond British Pullman continues its celebrity chef pop-up dinner series including a July 20th event with Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and a zero-waste menu with Michelin-starred chef Merlin Labron-Johnson. Beloved British baker Mary Berry will kick of the series with two afternoon tea journeys May 3 and 4th.

CREST (Center for Responsible Travel) will hold its annual World Tourism Day forum on September 27, focusing this year on Impact Tourism.

 

Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time starts March 10th – here are a few outdoor activities to take advantage of that extra hour of sunshine

Azimuth Rooftop Bar

Located in the heart of Manhattan, The Chatwal, New York offers complimentary Chatwal-red bicycles for the active traveler to explore the city, armed with a bespoke NYC Bike Map and a picnic dinner.

The Grand House will offer its guests the opportunity to fly an Agusta Westland 109 helicopter from Rome to Bolgheri Vineyards where Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, oenologist extraordinaire, will lead a private tour of the vineyards and cellars of Castello di Bolgheri and Argentiera. The tour ends with catching the sunset while flying over Monte Argentario on the way back to Rome.

Guests can enjoy the varied landscape in and around Viceroy Riviera Maya with horseback riding, ATV tours, cenote (sinkhole caves) tours, bird watching, and jungle hikes.

The Kensington’s Slice of the City tour, Snapshots of Kensington, brings guests to the most Instagram-worthy locations in the neighborhood. The local host will double as both a guide to the best photo ops and a personal photographer to help travelers get the shot.

La Réserve Geneva’s private and super chic Venetian Motoscafo boat gives guests the most stylish was to get to the city center – a 15 minute cruise across Lake Geneva.

Guests at Nantucket Island Resorts have complimentary access to Priority Bicycles to cruise the 30 miles of scenic flat bike trails on the island. Explorers are provided with a map of popular sites, including the oldest house on Nantucket –  built in 1686; Sankaty Lighthouse – located in the historic fishing village of ‘Sconset; and Cisco Brewery – known for their local beers and live music.

In downtown Napa, visitors can explore the Rail Arts District (RAD) – the 1.7-mile outdoor art gallery showcasing murals, sculptures, landscapes, and parks – beginning at Napa’s Oxbow District and continuing along the Napa Valley Vine Trail bike and pedestrian path and the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks.

Settle into one of the coral cocoon-shaped chairs at Azimuth rooftop bar at Alamanac Barcelona for a sunset cocktail while taking in the 360 views of the city.

 

Shaking Things Up

Instead of a cooking class, guests are learning from the experts how to craft local libations

Guaro Sour at Nayara Springs

andBeyond Bateleur Camp’s new gin bar gives a nod to the gin and tonic tradition dating back to colonial East Africa, when the classic choice for sundowners originated as a medicinal tipple to fend off malaria. With 16 different types of craft gin to pick from, guests can learn from the expert bartenders to create the perfect G&T with ingredients grown in the lodge’s organic vegetable garden.

The Bellini, Venice’s signature cocktail composed of peach juice and prosecco, was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Belmond Hotel Cipriani, in 1948. Today, guests can learn how to make them at the Gabbiano Bar with beloved bartender Walter Bolzonella, a protégé of Cipriani’s, who has been with the hotel for over 40 years.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort offers rum tastings led by the in-house rummelier who teaches guests about the island’s rum history including Sugar Beach – the property sits on a former sugar plantation that produced the key ingredient for 17th century rum makers.

No visit to Peru is complete without a Pisco Sour (or two), and guests of Belmond Hotel Monasterio can learn how to make the traditional cocktail with pisco lessons led by the resident barman. While tasting the different types of pisco, guests will learn the history and distillation techniques of the national drink before mastering their favorite variation.

Sidecar, the Art Deco cocktail bar at The Westbury in Dublin, recently launched mixology classes with their white dinner jacket-clad head bartender (who also happens to be Daniel Craig’s doppelgänger).

Resident mixologist at Nayara Springs, Karla Elizondo Castro, teaches guests a lesson in mixology the Costa Rican way – adorning cocktails with flowers and herbs from the on-property garden at this adults-only resort tucked in the rainforest. Her signature Guaro Sour (made with a local rum-style spirit) is garnished with Borraja and tarragon flowers.

Guests at Viceroy Riviera Maya can participate in a hands-on Artisanal Cocktail Coaching class at the beachside Coral Grill & Bar and learn how to make property favorites like the Xcalacoco Wish (made with a crème tequila liqueur).

Bartenders at The Christopher teach guests to make St. Barth’s potent Ti Punch with sugar, lime, and rum. 

 

Guests Get Involved

Environmental programming

andBeyond Vamizi

Travelers can join a six-day Oceans Without Borders Small Group Journey to andBeyond Vamizi Island to participate in fish tagging, measuring, and monitoring reef systems.

Guests of UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa are invited to become students again at MAMA Trancoso, an education initiative teaching the skills to identify environmental threats and the actions needed to combat these abuses. As part of the daily instruction, guests can collaborate with the small class of students on awareness campaigns and political activism through social media, short films, and community events.

Guests aboard PONANT can join beach clean up excursions in the Seychelles through the brand’s new partnership with the Aldabra Clean Up Project (with its goal of combatting plastic pollution and preserving the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles).

In 1997, Chris Blackwell of Island Outpost hotel established the Oracabessa Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on vocational training and environmental protection.  GoldenEye guests who donate $1,000 to the foundation can have a tree planted on property, joining the likes of Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, and Bill and Hilary Clinton.

andBeyond’s Phinda Impact Small Group Journey is a 7-day journey that combines wildlife conservation (with an experience like rhino notching or elephant collaring), interaction with the local community, and a day-in-the-life of an andBeyond ranger – from learning tracking to rifle training to sleeping out beneath the stars.

 

Calendar

April

March 26 – April 5, 2019: During Easter break, Sugar Beach offers a variety of children’s programing including tie-dye, chocolate making, boat tours, and an Easter egg hunt

April 2019The Dupont Circle completes the final stages of its multimillion-dollar renovation of the bar, restaurant, lobby, and suites

April 2019: Throughout April and early-May, The Woof Cottages at Nantucket Boast Basin will waive pet fees and provide a special dog-friendly turndown treat

April 2019: Napa Valley’s 8th annual Arts in April celebrates the region’s cultural offerings with more than 50 events taking place at wineries, museums and galleries throughout the month.

April 2, 2019: andBeyond’s first Endangered Eight Impact Journey departs to search for eight threatened species in India’s wildlife sanctuaries

April 15, 2019: PONANT’s newest vessel, Le Bougainville, departs on its inaugural sailing

April 18, 2019: The Wauwinet reopens following a multi-million-dollar renovation

April 20, 2019The Wauwinet will host the Easter Brunch Adult Egg Hunt where one lucky duck will find a golden egg with a surprise gift inside

April 20, 2019: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge hosts a performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

April 26-28, 2019: The Nantucket Daffodil Festival Weekend honors the more than three million daffodils that bloom every spring on Nantucket. The Wauwinet will offer a Daffy Tailgate Lunch at TOPPERS and a Daffy Tailgate After Party.

April 28, 2019: Whether a London Marathon participant or spectator, The Doyle Collection’s trio of London hotels provide the perfect home base to enjoy the race

 

May

May 2019: Shou Sugi Ban House will open in Water Mill as a wellness haven offering multi-day programs.

May 3 and 4, 2019: Mary Berry will host two afternoon teas aboard Belmond British Pullman

May 5, 2019: Guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Viceroy Riviera Maya with a Mayan Cuisine Class and learn to cook the indigenous fare of the Yucatan Peninsula.

May 11, 2019: andBeyond’s Bhutan Yoga Retreat departs to travel through Asia’s spiritual heartland and to achieve balance of mind, body, and soul with guided yoga and deep meditation

May 12, 2019: andBeyond’s Phinda Impact Journey embarks to explore South Africa through game drives, ranger training, sleeping out under the stars, and visiting the local community

May 18, 2019: Visit Robert Mondavi Winery for their Fume Blanc Release and Lobster Feed Party, set among the vines of the famous To Kalon Vineyard

May 21-25, 2019: The Chelsea Flower Show takes place in London, stay nearby at The Kensington to usher in the spring season

 

June

June 20-25, 2018: The 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival

 

 

ampr february newsletter

February 21st, 2019

February AMPR Newsletter

What’s New?

Town House at The Kensington in London just launched a new London Landmarks Afternoon Tea, inspired by London’s most recognizable sights. Presented on a London Eye-styled stand, tea is served alongside a bespoke map of London highlighting Kensington Palace, Covent Garden, and Big Ben.

Shou Sugi Ban House, the first wellness retreat of its kind on Long Island, will be opening in Water Mill in spring 2019. The 13-room retreat, set on three acres just next to the Parrish Art Museum, will incorporate many forms of wellness treatments ranging from sound healing to reiki to yoga to hikes on the beach. Each day will begin with a tea ceremony and end with a fire ceremony, punctuated by spa treatments and cooking demonstrations.

The Wauwinet, situated on the northeast shores of Nantucket overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, will unveil a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation of its lobby, library and 32 guestrooms and cottages in April 2019.

La Réserve Ramatuelle will reopen in mid-April and will unveil the property’s first beach club on coveted Pampelonne Beach. There will be a beachfront restaurant and lounge chairs and a complimentary shuttle for guests.

Alpha Omega Collective is opening in Downtown Napa, across from The Archer Hotel, in late winter/early spring 2019. The tasting room will showcase wines from Alpha Omega, Tolosa, and Perinet wineries by the glass, bottle, or flight.

Christian Louboutin has created custom babouche slippers for Royal Mansour, inspired by its ornate design details. The shoes are only available at the hotel’s boutique.

PONANT is launching a new seven-night itinerary to “The Essential Azores” departing April 5, 2020. Guests will discover six of the islands including Faial, often called the “blue island” for its myriad hydrangeas and Pico, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Guinot’s new Lift Summum treatment firms and smooths the face, neck, and chest instantly by removing dead cells, redefining the face contour, and restoring radiance.

Perks of Booking a Suite

These suites come with more than just a little more space

Private workshops and tours at the world’s largest rooftop farm and exclusive access to The Morgan Library and Museum are just two of the themed excursions offered through The Chatwal New York’s new partnership with LOCALIKE. The tour operator created a series of insider experiences for guests staying in one of 14 Chatwal Crown Suites.

Guests who book the five-bedroom Fleming Villa at GoldenEye in Jamaica (Ian Fleming’s former home) get a private beach and movie screening room.

Suite guests at La Reserve Geneve are offered a personal assistant and exclusive access to reserve a cabana by the outdoor pool with views of Lake Geneva.

In addition to its gourmet kitchen and prime locale in downtown Nantucket, the historic White Elephant Loft at 32 Main Street offers guests keys to a BMW hybrid-SUV.

The crown jewel of Belmond Charleston Place, the Club Level accommodations sit across two floors featuring private elevator access and check-in, and an impressive all-day food and beverage service that includes breakfast, afternoon tea service, evening hors d’oeuvres, and full bar selection.

Royal Mansour’s Grand Riad is a palatial hotel-within-a-hotel complete with its own private entrance, cinema, hammam, and swimming pool with a built-in water current. Guests will access to a dedicated staff of butlers, chefs, housekeepers, and watchmen available around the clock.

Spring Holidays & Festivals


The Nantucket Daffodil Festival Weekend, April 26-28, honors more than three million daffodils that bloom every spring on Nantucket. The Wauwinet will offer a Daffy Tailgate Lunch at TOPPERS; a Daffy Tailgate After Party with live entertainment and shuttle service to/from ‘Sconset; and a two-night accommodation package that includes a picnic for two and special Daffy Weekend hats.

Napa Valley’s 8th annual Arts in April celebrates the region’s cultural offerings with more than 50 events taking place at wineries, museums and galleries throughout the month.

Guests celebrate Holi, the festival of colors, in India with andBeyond’s A splash of colour in Rajasthan journey on March 20-21 dance to the beat of music and join the massive crowd as they splash each other with colorful powders and emerge coated in a rainbow glow.

Cherry BlossomsTravelers to Washington, D.C. can celebrate springtime with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, running from March 20 – April 13. Guests can explore the blooming city from The Dupont Circle and dine under cherry blossom trees in their restaurant, The Pembroke.

Tokyo turns pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival from March 23 – April 27. Park Hyatt Tokyo is near several parks where guests can stroll under the pastel petals.

The Christopher Hotel on the rocky shoreline Pointe Milou offers the best views of the St. Barth Bucket Regatta (March 21-24, 2019).

After watching the New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue, onlookers can head over to The Pembroke Room for afternoon tea to dine on petit fours and scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream.

Barcelona’s Saint Jordi festival is held every April 23rd, with men gifting roses to women and women sharing a book with their loved ones in honor of the patron saint of Catalonia. Guests of Almanac Barcelona are just a 10-minute walk from the main action along La Rambla, which transforms into a flower market intermixed with book stalls.

Belmond Copacabana Palace will host the famed Carnival Ball on March 2, 2019. Long associated with the glitz and glamour of the Rio Carnival, Belmond pays homage to Italy’s global influence with Dolce Carnevale as its newly renovated Golden Room is transformed into Venice’s St. Mark’s Square for an all-night dance party.

For an off-the-grid Carnival experience, travelers can book UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in the seaside village of Trancoso, Bahia with celebrations centered in the 500-year-old, car-free town square, or Quadrado.

Guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Viceroy Riviera Maya with a Mayan Cuisine Class and learn to cook the indigenous fare of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Easter at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia means treasure map egg hunts, chocolate making classes, a Wonderland tea party, and a beach bonfire with s’mores for the littlest of travelers.

Early Summer Travel Deals

Savvy travelers can take advantage of lower rates when taking their summer vacations early


The rates at Nantucket Island Resorts heat up with the summer sun, travelers who book their stay before peak summer season can enjoy up to 55% off and thinner crowds on the island.

After the spring break crowds have dwindled, but the weather still calls for a sunny getaway, Viceroy Riviera Maya is offering a ‘Sun, Sea & Solitude’ deal with accommodations up to 35 percent off, including daily breakfast and $100 resort credit.

For those looking for a South of France holiday, there’s no better place to experience la belle vie than La Réserve Ramatuelle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Go in June before the prices climb in July and August (as do the crowds).
Classic tents at Kenya’s andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp on the Masai Mara jump from $330 per person per night in June to $450 for the rest of summer.

Calendar

March

March 2019: Belmond La Samanna completes the final phase of its renovation

March 2019: Guinot launches its new Clean Logic Range, a cleansing skincare regimen formulated with anti-aging properties suited for fragile skin

March 3, 2019: The Napa Valley Marathon follows the famed Silverado Trail from Calistoga to Napa, and passes beautiful scenery, vineyards, and world-renowned wineries along the way

March 14, 2019: Belmond’s Southern Europe collection opens for the 2019 season with Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

March 16, 2019: Visit The River Lee to experience Cork’s family-friendly three-day St. Patrick’s Day festival with parades, food, and music without the massive crowds that descend upon Dublin for the holiday

March 20, 2019: The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off in Washington D.C. The Dupont Circle’s new restaurant honors the capital’s festival with its floral décor

March 23-April 7, 2019: Tokyo turns pink during the Cherry Blossom Festival

April

Spring 2019: Shou Sugi Ban House opens in The Hamptons offering multi-day wellness retreats.

April 2019: The Dupont Circle completes the final stages of its multimillion-dollar renovation of the bar, restaurant, lobby, and suites

April 1, 2019: andBeyond’s 11-day Southern Chile Islands & Lakes Expedition kicks off in Santiago and travels to Chiloé Island, south into the Chilean Lake District, and ends with a stay at the new andBeyond Vira Vira

April 2, 2019: andBeyond’s first Endangered Eight Impact Journey departs to search for eight threatened species in India’s wildlife sanctuaries

April 15-22, 2019: PONANT’s Le Bougainville sets sail on its inaugural journey with a brand-new itinerary from Nice to Athens

April 18, 2019: La Réserve Ramatuelle will re-open for the season

April 20, 2019: The Wauwinet will host the Easter Brunch Adult Egg Hunt where one lucky duck will find a golden egg with a surprise gift inside

April 20, 2019: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge will host an exclusive concert with London Philharmonic Orchestra

April 26-28, 2019: CampoVelo is a three day event hosted by Chef Chris Cosentino from Acacia House at Las Alcobas. Activities include road and dirt bike riding, hiking, yoga, chef demos, fireside chats, and wine tastings

April 28, 2019: Whether a London Marathon participant or spectator, The Doyle Collection’s trio of London hotels provide the perfect home base to enjoy the race

April/May 2019: The Lowell offers a perfect sanctuary for New York City’s spring art auctions – situated just between Sotheby’s and Christie’s

May

May 11, 2019: andBeyond’s Bhutan Yoga Retreat departs to travel through Asia’s spiritual heartland and to achieve balance of mind, body, and soul with guided yoga and deep meditation

May 11, 2019: Stay with Belmond Hotel Cipriani as the Venice Art Biennale kicks off its 58th edition

May 12, 2019: andBeyond’s Phinda Impact Journey embarks to explore South Africa through game drives, ranger training, sleeping out under the stars, and visiting the local community

May 18, 2019: Visit Round Pond Estate for their Summer Wine Release Party

 

Funeralocity

December 27th, 2018

Shopping and basic research in the pre-internet days often involved looking up shops, restaurants and services in the Yellow Pages, a book of ads, addresses and telephone numbers that was so thick it also worked well as a booster seat at the dinner table. Now we just whip out our phones and ask Siri or Google to pull up whatever we need. Or we go to a website that gathers the information for us.

The age of comparison websites has arrived in full force. When shopping and researching, we want to see all our options in one place instead of going from website to website. So, when traveling, we research hotels at TripAdvisor. When buying a home, we go to Zillow. For airline tickets, we go to Expedia and many other online sources. For restaurants, we go to Yelp.com. We can go to Match.com to find a date. And when planning a funeral, we can even go to Funeralocity.

Brands need to articulate their value propositions in short profiles to succeed in the competitive frame of comparison shopping sites. They must clearly demonstrate points of differentiation as well as show high resolution photos, videos, and positive reviews. A brand’s online profile is more than just its website. It is multifaceted and needs to stand out in the eyes of consumers as they view their alternatives.

ampr november newsletter

November 1st, 2018

What’s New?


Following a top-to-bottom refurbishment, The Christoper’s Christo restaurant reopens November 1, 2018 with a new concept focusing on organic meats and vegetables. Timed with the Saint Barth Gourmet Food Festival, Christo’s chef Nicolas Tissier is partnering with Michelin-starred chef Virginie Basselot to create a limited-edition menu.

In South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the completely new andBeyond Tengile River Lodge will open on December 1, 2018 and will share unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. Raised above ground level, the spacious suites will offer sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and bathrooms that open out onto the forest, creating private spaces in the open air.

Guinot’s new Anti-Dark Spot Serum, launching in January 2019, brightens dark spots caused by sun exposure and aging with a two-week regimen featuring pure vitamin C.

Holiday season in New York City kicks off with the Park Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd. After the lights go on, carolers can pop into Jaques of The Lowell for a warming cocktail.

The Chatwal, New York has launched an exclusive holiday offering for its guests with Bloomingdale’s, including a personal shopping consultation at Bloomingdale’s At Your Service, complimentary chauffer service in the Mercedes-Benz house car, a complimentary ‘Luxury Blow Dry’ courtesy of Fernando Valencia, and a surprise holiday gift.

PONANT will launch a brand new 11-day/10-night itinerary crossing four of the five Great Lakes of North Americas, departing September 12, 2019 from Quebec. With stops in cosmopolitan Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Flowerpot island, famous for its beachfront “flowerpot” stone pillars.

The Villa at Hotel Villagio at The Estate in Napa Valley is in its final stages of renovation. The five-bedroom villa, furnished with Hastens beds, has 20-foot ceilings with expansive walls of windows overlooking the pool, hot tub, and outdoor lounge space.

Specialty Concierges

Guests who book the Garden Suite at The Chatwal reserve exclusive access to a Flowelier: a specialized butler who teaches the suite residents how to make the most gorgeous flower arrangements.

The Bath Butler Royal Mansour’s Grand Riad helps guests relax after a day out in the souks.

33 of The Lowell’s 74 rooms have wood-burning fireplaces. The dedicated Fireplace Butler can prep the fire so guests return to a toasty room with a crackling fire and a selection of charcuterie and cheese or marshmallows and s’mores supplies.

Upon arrival, guests can expect a visit from the Soap Concierge at Viceroy Riviera Maya to present a selection of hand-made soaps, crafted with seasonal ingredients. Once guests have made their selection, the Concierge will slice personalized bars for travelers to use during their stay.

Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas Eve dinner in Provence is not complete without 13 desserts. The tradition is a reference to Christ and his twelve apostles at the Last Supper. Custom dictates that each guest must have at least a small bite of each of the 13 sweets. The components vary by region but always include pompe à l’huile (olive oil and citrus-infused bread), fruit, and black and white nougat. Domaine de Manville guests can expect carriage rides and holiday movies in the private screening room in addition to the sweet treats.

Ring in the New Year the traditional Japanese way at Park Hyatt Tokyo with a customary bowl of Toshikoshi Soba on New Year’s Eve, symbolizing good luck for the year ahead. Guests can join the staff and slurp down a bowl of these auspicious noodles just before midnight.

Nantucket celebrates the holidays with its annual ‘Christmas Stroll.’ Now in its 45th year, hundreds of Christmas trees line the streets for the three days of merriment with carolers, festive treats, and a visit from Santa.
Calistoga’s 23rd annual Lighted Tractor Parade on December 1 is the ultimate small-town holiday event in celebration of the region’s agricultural heritage. Vintage and modern tractors and antique trucks decked out with dazzling lights and holiday décor will parade down Calistoga’s charming Main Street.

In the English countryside, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ guests can join the on-property cookery school created by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc OBE for a half-day lesson on crafting the traditional Christmas lunch. Some highlights from previous years’ classes include salmon in champagne cream sauce, duck breast, and chocolate fondants.

Keeping with French traditions, La Reserve Paris’ two Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jérôme Banctel and Head Pastry Chef Adrien Salavert have crafted a limited edition buche de noel for this festive season. With a gold-accented outer layer surrounding a filling of Michel Reybier champagne and fruits including mango, passion fruit, pineapple, and coconut.

Use It Or Lose It: How to Spend Those Lingering Vacation Days

Theater-lovers who opt to sojourn at The Chatwal, New York will enjoy two premium tickets to Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song as it makes its Broadway debut. The two-night minimum stay package will also enjoy a pre-theater dinner at the Lambs Club and a Harvey Fierstein-signed playbill. Travelers can take advantage of this package through February 2019.

In The Holy City, Belmond Charleston Place’s Third Night’s a Charm deal offers a 25% savings on a three-night stay. While the offer is valid for all travel from November 11 through the New Year, the hotel delights during the holiday season with a fully-operational train display – a replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – under the hotel’s Georgian open-arm staircase.

Whether it be Marylebone, Kensington, or the up-and-coming Bloomsbury, travelers can live like locals for a quick long weekend with a curated itinerary of insider experiences with The Doyle Collections ‘Slice of the City’ itineraries.
Travel to Napa Valley on easy, direct, domestic flights to experience Cabernet Season starting in November. During this season, the crowds have dwindled, the prices are lowered, and the pace slows down. As its moniker suggests, the region’s famed Cabernet Sauvignons are released during this period for travelers to get first access to the season’s selection.

New Yorkers don’t always have time to plan a big trip – but still need that escape from reality. With a staycation at The Lowell just off Madison Avenue, guests can cozy up next to their own wood-burning fireplace under an alpaca throw with a glass of vino, while their fireplace butler creates a homey atmosphere with fresh logs and aromatic scents.

With direct flights from six major US cities to St. Lucia, Sugar Beach, A  Viceroy Resort is a quick and easy destination for a long weekend. Far enough South to be out of the main hurricane belt, St. Lucia has beautiful weather year-round – offering a sunny escape from reality. Especially tempting in November and early December before prices go up around the holidays.

With Delta’s new daily nonstop flight from New York to Kingston launching this December, travelers can escape to Strawberry Hill in the blue mountains to experience an unexpected side to the Caribbean island with lush greenery replacing sandy beaches and cool, misty air replacing the heat of the blazing sun.

Calendar

December

December 2018: Jamaica’s GoldenEye will unveil the new FieldSpa

December 1, 2018: andBeyond Tengile River Lodge opens on South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park

December 10, 2018: Belmond La Samanna reopens in St. Martin following a renovation and redesign in collaboration with Muza Lab

December 15, 2018: Belmond Cap Juluca opens after a complete renovation and redesign on Maundays Bay in Anguilla

December 31, 2018: Close out 2018 with a New Year’s Eve Dinner on Belmond British Pullman

December 28-January 4, 2019: Celebrate the new year with PONANT’s eight-day New Year in the Caribbean sailing aboard the newly launched Le Champlain

January

January 2018: Guinot launches a new Anti-Dark Spot Serum – a two-week regimen for brighter skin

January 20-27, 2018: Napa Valley Restaurant Week offers multi-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner at restaurants throughout the Napa region

February

February 1, 2019: Take part in a full-day course at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ cookery school to learn Raymond Blanc OBE’s mother’s favorite recipes.

February 14, 2019: Board the Belmond British Pullman to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a five-course brunch

February 28 – March 5, 2019: Stay with Almanac Barcelona while celebrating Barcelona Carnival

AMPR October Newsletter

October 25th, 2018

What’s New?


On October 24, La Maison du Chocolat will launch a hot cocoa cart in partnership with The Surrey hotel. Set in front of the La Maison du Chocolat’s Madison Avenue boutique, the cart will serve the signature hot chocolate by the famed Parisian chocolatier.

The Taproom will return to Nantucket’s Jared Coffin House for the 2019 season. Along with the return of the pub-style restaurant, the historic property will add three one-bedroom suites and two additional guestrooms to the inventory.

The Dupont Circle in Washington, DC will relaunch in January following a complete redesign of the restaurant, bar, lobby, and Dupont Suite in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Clodagh Design.

andBeyond’s new Phinda Impact Small Group Journey kicks off on its inaugural departure next month. This 7-day journey combines wildlife conservation (with an experience like rhino notching or elephant collaring), interaction with the local community, and a day-in-the-life of an andBeyond ranger – from learning tracking to rifle training to sleeping out beneath the stars.

Nayara Springs is launching Wellness Experience Packages inviting travelers to disconnect from reality in the rainforest of Costa Rica – days are filled with yoga and meditation, daily spa treatments, healthy mixology classes, and walks through the on-site sloth sanctuary.

The Lowell’s classic tea room, the Pembroke Room, is relaunching with a new outdoor space this fall after a refresh and redesign.

PONANT’s new EXPLORER ship, Le Champlain will launch on October 25. Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Founder of PONANT will join the inaugural sailing, which will travel from Honfleur, France to Lisbon, Portugal.

Art around the world

The Westbury has just launched an Art Trail around Dublin showing art-lovers the best of Irish public art and sculptures around town – including The Westbury Art Collection, where the work of masters such as John Lavery, Norah McGuiness, and Louis le Brocquy are displayed in The Gallery.

Passengers aboard the new EXPLORER ship Le Dumont D’urville’s History, Art & Architecture along the North Sea sailing enjoy an art-focused itinerary, including an after-hours tour of the modern and contemporary art Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Domaine de Manville, the restored farming estate in Provence, offers tours of the Van Gogh trail, allowing guests to see where the artist painted his most famous works including ‘Starry Night.’

On andBeyond’s Sensory City Excursion of Santiago, art-lovers can explore sites including the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, home to the works from celebrated Chilean artists like Roberto Matta and Luis Vargas Rosas.

Andy Beckstoffer, a renowned vintner and developer of the Napa Valley region, has commissioned a 11 by 70 foot mural of Beckstoffer Farms during fall for First Street Napa, painted by the Bay-Area artiest Morgan Bricca.

Strawberry Hill in Jamaica offers a tour that brings guests through the graffiti-plastered Fleet Street in Kingston.

‘Tis the season

On Nantucket…Celebrate Christmas Stroll December 1-3, 2018. Carolers wander through the cobblestone streets singing holiday tunes and The Whaling Museum hosts the annual Festival of Trees, which features 80 brilliantly decorated trees designed by local artists.  The historic Jared Coffin House is located in the heart of the event.

In New York… While strolling through the Upper East Side on this year’s Winter Solstice (December 21), passersby can stop for some homemade hot cocoa at The Lowell’s outdoor treat cart.

In London… At The Kensington, a ‘Festive Tale as Old as Time Afternoon Tea’ menu will be available from December 1-31, 2018. The sweets and savouries featured in this afternoon tea are inspired by the characters and scenes of the classic film, Beauty and the Beast – with a holiday twist.

In Geneva…Come the holidays, La Réserve Geneva welcomes its onsite ice-skating rink. Children can borrow skates on a complimentary basis and after they’ve tired themselves out on the ice, they can head to the cozy tent next door for crepes and hot chocolate.

In Napa Valley…The Winter in the Wineries Passport offers a onetime fee for a ‘passport’ that gives guests access to complimentary wine tastings at seventeen Calistoga wineries during Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season.

Must-try desserts

In honor of National Dessert Month

Charles Masson, restaurateur of Majorelle at The Lowell, offers his own take on the classic French dessert, Oeufs à la Neige – whisked egg white coated in vanilla crème anglaise.

Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in Yountville is known for its eponymous dessert Bouchons au Chocolate, small chocolate cakes baked with chocolate chips and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, that resemble corks (bouchons in French).

La Maison du Chocolat’s new Halloween Pumpkin Bouchée is a dark squash praline bouchée covered with a dark chocolate pumpkin-shaped plaque décor.

Chocolate-lovers at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort can learn how to make their own dark chocolate truffles and traditional St. Lucian Cocoa Tea from the resident pastry chef.

Island Outpost’s GoldenEye offers homemade ice cream with ingredients from owner Chris Blackwell’s 800-acre Pantrepant farm with tropical flavors like spicy scotch bonnet pepper or sweet mango.

Each flavor at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa’s ice cream parlor is made in micro-batches, completely dependent on fresh ingredients picked daily from the property’s gardens, such as chocolate and Bahian pepper or guava and jambo, and guests can create and name their own flavor.

Guests at andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge can indulge post-safari with the lodge’s custom rocky road nougats and crunchies – sweet treats that combine ingredients like marshmallows, coconut, white chocolate, and dried cranberries.

PONANT partners with Ladurée to offer guests complimentary macaroons onboard.

Calendar

November

November 7-11: The Napa Valley Film Festival features 120 new independent films and filmmaker Q&A’s alongside wine tastings and culinary demonstrations

November 18-20, 2018: Hosted journey on Eastern & Oriental Express by chef and television personality Ian Kittichai

November 22, 2018: Majorelle at The Lowell will have Thanksgiving baskets to bring home on offer.

November 29, 2018 – December 11, 2018: PONANT’s new, Treasures of Seychelles itinerary will visit islands throughout the Indian Ocean.

November 30-December 8, 2018: Marrakech International Film Festival returns after a one-year hiatus with new artistic director

December

December 2018: Jamaica’s GoldenEye will unveil the new FieldSpa

December 1, 2018: andBeyond is opening the completely new andBeyond Tengile River Lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve

December 10, 2018: Belmond La Samanna reopens in St. Martin following a renovation and redesign in collaboration with Muza Lab

December 15, 2018: Belmond Cap Juluca opens after a complete renovation and redesign on Maundays Bay in Anguilla

December 31, 2018: Close out 2018 with a New Year’s Eve Dinner on Belmond British Pullman

December 31, 2018: Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Peak Bar rings in the New Year with their ‘Countdown Lounge’ New Year’s Eve celebration

January

January 2018: The Dupont Circle in Washington, DC debuts a new restaurant, bar, lobby, and Dupont Suite after a major redesign

January 2018: The River Lee in Cork, Ireland, will emerge from a renovation including an updated bar, restaurant, and suites.

January 2018: Guinot launches a new Anti-Dark Spot Serum – a two-week regimen for brighter skin

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!

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