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

how to celebrate national rum punch day

September 18th, 2014

This week in  NYC we really started to feel the chill creep up.  Instead of rushing for cashmere throw blankets and Farmer’s Market hot apple cider, we’re burying our heads in the proverbial sand and grasping one last inch of summer.  How?  By throwing a Rum Punch Party! We highly recommend you do the same to celebrate National Rum Punch Day on Saturday, September 20.  Here’s how:

Step 1: Mix up one or all of our preferred rum libations (recipes below)

Step 2: Tune into some Reggae and steel drum beats (may we suggest the Jolly Boys?)

Step 3: Fill your home with sand and palm trees and transform your bathtub into a swimming pool (optional)

Traditional Rum Punch at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia

3 oz fresh pineapple juice
3 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz g St. Lucia Distillers Crystal White Rum
1 oz St. Lucia Distillers Bounty Rum
1 oz grenadine syrup for color

Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into an ice filled glass. Sprinkle the top with fresh nutmeg and dress with fresh pineapple.

Blackwell Rum Cooler at Island Outpost’s GoldenEye in Jamaica

  • 2 oz Blackwell Rum
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 orange
  • Brown sugar to taste
  • 1 can of ginger ale
  • 6 to 10 ice cubes

Mix Blackwell Rum with muddled lime and orange, brown sugar and crushed ice, top with ginger ale and garnish with orange slices.