February 21st, 2019
February AMPR Newsletter
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.
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
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 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