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.



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 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 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