Belmond Introduces a New ‘Golden Era’ for the British Pullman with a Reimagined Carriage by Wes Anderson

October 14th, 2021

Today, Belmond reveals an exclusive cinematic design partnership with filmmaker Wes Anderson. Paying tribute to both the golden age of cinema and travel, Wes Anderson has reimagined the Cygnus carriage aboard the legendary British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England.

With a love of trains and a passion for craftsmanship, Wes Anderson – famed for films including TheDarjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently The French Dispatch – has been able to carefully balance the historical preservation of the Art Deco-inspired carriage with a modern interpretation of design. The carriage is instantly recognizable as a Wes Anderson design through his signature symmetrical lines, unique color pallets, and art nouveau style.  The bespoke design also introduces an elevated guest experience with two new private coupés in the carriage.

Commenting on the design collaboration, Wes Anderson says, “I love trains! I have often had the chance to invent train compartments and carriages in my movies — so I was immediately pleased to say ‘yes’ to this real-life opportunity, and very eager to make something new while also participating in the process of preservation which accompanies all the classic Belmond train projects. They are keeping something special alive; igniting this endangered species of travel into a new golden era.”

A STORIED DESIGN

Each carriage aboard British Pullman has a unique history and continues to be at the cutting edge of design and craftsmanship. With Cygnus’ design, Wes Anderson has paid careful tribute in his dream-like storytelling to the origins of the 1950s carriage.

Named after the Greek God of Balance, Cygnus is often personified as a swan and immortalized as one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. Detailed reference to the myth and legend can be found throughout the design in the intricate waves and swan detailing in the marquetry. From the meticulously positioned silver leaf on the ceiling that reflects like water, to the swan shaped champagne coolers – the carriage is a tribute to the majestic swan.

OFFERING A NEW LEVEL OF PRIVACY

Cygnus carriage features two private coupés where every detail of the design and experience takes a journey aboard British Pullman to a new level of luxury. The intimate space, with 360-degree carefully handcrafted marquetry, can be exclusively booked for up to four guests – beginning at London Victoria where the Train Manager greets guests with priority boarding and ensures free flowing champagne is available throughout the journey.

Contemporary British menus are served on special crockery, with additional flourishes from British Pullman’s Head Chef and exclusive cocktails served in glassware only available in the private coupé.

Guests can also travel in the open carriage as part of the regular Pullman experience or choose to book the entire carriage for groups and celebrations up to 26 people.

A CINEMATIC CELEBRATION

Arnaud Champenois, Senior Vice President, Brand & Marketing, Belmond, comments, “At Belmond we are custodians of timeless heritage. We are always seeking new ways to remain relevant and create new legendary adventures. It is our mission to keep the travel dreams alive by collaborating with the most creative talents, who share our passion for design and craftsmanship.

It has been a privilege to work with Wes Anderson who is one of the most captivating story tellers in the world and a true legend.”

THE FINAL DETAIL

British Pullman, A Luxury Train, England, offers a host of day journeys throughout the year from London Victoria Station.  ‘Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson’ starts from $545 (£400) per person. The ‘Pullman coupé by Wes Anderson’ starts from $2,455 (£1,800) per coupé. The full carriage hire price is available on request. To book or for more information, visit belmond.com or call 0 845 077 2222.

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About Belmond

Belmond has been a pioneer of luxury travel for over 45 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring destinations. Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to perpetuate the legendary art of travel, taking discerning global travellers on breathtaking journeys.

Its portfolio extends across 24 countries with 46 remarkable properties that include the illustrious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, remote beach retreats like Cap Juluca in Anguilla, Italian hideaways such as Splendido in Portofino, or unrivalled gateways to world natural wonders such as Hotel das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguazu National Park. From trains to river barges, safari lodges to hotels, each unique property offers an incomparable experience with its own story to tell. The essence of the Belmond brand is built upon its heritage, craftsmanship and genuine, authentic service. Belmond sees its role as custodians of timeless heritage, dedicated to preserving its assets through sensitive ongoing restoration plans. Belmond is part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Belmond.com

 

What’s New at Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla

October 11th, 2021

A new restaurant, experiences, and flight route make Cap Juluca a must this winter

Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla will reopen for the 2021/22 season on October 22 with a new Peruvian restaurant, the only one on the island; two new guest experiences; special programming for Thanksgiving and festive season; and a new direct flight from Miami launching on December 11 with American Airlines.

New Restaurant: Uchu

Taking inspiration from Belmond’s collection of properties in Peru, Uchu, named after the Quechuan word for spice, will feature a menu of contemporary Peruvian cuisine inspired by three of the country’s regions: the coast, the jungle, and the highlands. The restaurant will offer a casual chic seafront dining option by day with a lunch menu based on local seafood, including ceviche, Anguillan crab cakes, and Quinoa Poke. As the sun fades, Uchu will transform into a stylishly elegant lounge complemented with live DJ entertainment.

Highlights on the menu will include Pollo Pachamanquero traditionally prepared in a clay pot; Lomo Saltado, a traditional stir fry; and a Red Snapper Patarashca, originating from Peru’s Amazon region. Don’t miss the Raspadilla Cart – a traditional shaved ice maker offering a cool treat in the afternoon sun – or the Ceviche Bar serving up the freshest seafood. Surrounded by natural wooden tones, lush tropical flora, and the sparkling emerald infinity pool, Uchu seamlessly blends Peru’s culinary diversity with Anguilla’s connection to the sea. The launch rounds out Cap Juluca’s extensive food and beverage options with four restaurants, also including traditional Caribbean at Pimms, Italian in partnership with Cipriani at Cip’s by Cipriani, and the casual beachside Cap Shack, the property’s vintage food truck.

Pisco is at the heart of the new signature cocktail menu. Complemented with fruits and herbs native to Peru, such as lemongrass, cape gooseberry, and eucalyptus, refreshing twists on the classic piscolada and ginger vanilla mojitos will be served – mirroring Uchu’s regional experience. A favorite will be the chicha morada sours, served as popsicles for a fun, contemporary twist on the classic drink originating in the Andean regions. A variety of Peruvian wines and artisanal beers will also be available.

Island Experiences

Cap Juluca is launching two new experiences this season. Honoring Anguilla’s reverence of the sea, Belmond guests can join local third-generation Anguillan fisherman Shawn Romney to learn about the importance fishing has for the local community. Using a traditional yo-yo reel, they will head over to the eastern point of Maundays Bay, a favorite local fishing spot for decades, and cast a line searching for a yellowtail snapper, blue runner, or parrotfish before taking the fresh catch back to Uchu for a private ceviche lunch. The two-hour fishing experience is offered complimentary for up to four guests at a time, excluding the ceviche lunch.

Set off in the property’s sea blue vintage Volkswagen van to explore the island’s 33 beaches. Guided by a Belmond Villa Host, no detail is overlooked for a perfect beach day, outfitted with beach chairs, towels, a cooler stocked with refreshing water, lemonade and frozen fruits, and a polaroid camera to capture candid shots from the day. A gourmet picnic lunch will be set up filled with a la carte menu items such as a smoked salmon poke bowl or lobster sandwich. As the sun sets, guests can opt for a champagne toast and sunset cruise back to Maundays Bay. The experience starts at $800 plus service fees for two people; additional $500 for the optional sunset cruise, depending on available boat.

These two new offers further enhance a robust variety of experiences on property. A playground for water activities, guests can also venture on an offshore trip to the tiny chain of uninhabited islands of Prickly Pear Cays, acquire an open water dive certification, or take part in windsurfing, water skiing, or snorkeling off the coast. As the sun rises, avid bird watchers can join local conservationist Jackie Cestero on a morning walk around Cove Pond, a nesting habitat for over forty species of tropical birds – from the green-throated Carib to the Antillean Bullfinch. Guests looking for a little relaxation can spend the afternoon at the Arawak Spa villa, located just 30 steps away from the water’s edge, featuring a private swimming pool, fitness center, three all-suite treatment villas and private relaxation terraces that overlook the Caribbean Sea. Treatments incorporate local and organic ingredients, including Anguillan salt, balsam bush, clay, and even a touch of Mount Gay rum.

Celebrate by the Sea

A white winter takes on new meaning in Anguilla. Skip the below freezing temperatures and head south for miles of white sand beaches and balmy 80 degrees days. The festive season in Anguilla is centered around great food and family fun, savoring mouth-watering coconut tarts and rum cakes or decorating the native, white flowered five-finger bush. Cap Juluca will host a roster of daily programming for couples and families alike, including wine tastings, sunset sails, tennis lessons, rum tastings, salt-scrub-making classes, an iron man swim along Maundays Bay, and more. For some extra yuletide spirit, there will be a choir performance, Carol of the Bells, on December 24 and a kids gift opening along with eggnog and s’mores on Christmas Day. Then, raise a glass to the new year island-style at the all-white New Year’s Gala – filled with a four-course dinner menu, live music, dancing, and fireworks over the sea.

Private Pool Villas

Cap Juluca’s three- and five-bedroom villas offer optimal seclusion for family and friends traveling this winter. The multi-story pool villas include a full kitchen with a dining atrium for private meals, direct beach access, and a personal freshwater swimming pool. Guests can spread out with 5,540 square feet of space – nestled in a private area of the property’s beachfront. 24/7 villa host service is on hand to assist with arranging group activities from a sunset cruise to tennis lessons, assist with dinner reservations, and share local insight into island experiences.

How To Get There

The trip is made even easier this winter with American Airlines launching a new direct route from Miami to Anguilla on December 11, 2021. This will be the only direct flight from a U.S. destination to the island. There are also flights from major U.S. cities into Anguilla with connection through San Juan. Travelers can also fly into St. Martin and take a 25-minute boat ride to Anguilla. Those arriving via private jet can also fly directly into Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA).

Entry Requirements: Visitors to Anguilla who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, must be fully vaccinated (last dose or only dose 21 days prior to arrival) to be granted entry to Anguilla. Visitors must also fill out an application form prior to scheduled travel, including the desired time frame of stay, proof of health insurance, and a negative PCR test within three to five days before arrival. Upon arrival in Anguilla, a PCR test will be administered, and travelers will be asked to remain within the resort until receipt of the negative test result (results are usually received within 6 to 12 hours of testing). Once guests have received the negative rt-PCR test result, they can leave the resort and explore the island at will. There is a cost of $200 per person to cover the testing fees. For more information, please visit https://escape.ivisitanguilla.com/.


andBeyond’s New Limited-Edition Itineraries

September 28th, 2021

From tiger conservation in India to walking safaris in Tanzania to exploring the ecosystem of the Okavango Delta

Conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary by releasing a fresh batch of limited-edition itineraries designed to highlight its commitment not only to the preservation of wildlife and the environment, but also to educating travelers on the role of sustainable travel in conservation.

Following the launch of the first set of experiences in June, andBeyond has designed three more exclusive itineraries that range from an in-depth look at tiger conservation in India to discovering the origins of Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta and learning the art of guiding andBeyond-style while exploring the Serengeti on foot. Led by the top experts in their field, each of the itineraries is scheduled to take place in 2022.

A Project Tiger Expedition

Hosted by award-winning naturalist, conservationist and wildlife photographer Aditya Panda, the 50 Year Anniversary of Project Tiger expedition celebrates half a century of tiger conservation in India. Travelers will explore three of India’s most thriving national parks, from the famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore to Kanha, one of India’s largest conservation areas, and the diverse Kaziranga National Park. Guests will enjoy the unique opportunity to set out in search of eight of the most endangered wildlife species in India, from the magnificent tiger to the Asian elephant, one-horned rhino and Asiatic lion as well as the wild dog, blackbuck, barasingha and wild buffalo. Along the way, they will meet Dr. Raghu Chundawat, one of India’s best known tiger experts, who will share fascinating insights from his decades of wildlife research. A visit to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation will provide a first-hand glimpse into the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals.

The itinerary has two departure dates, December 1 to 15, 2022 and January 12 to 26, 2023, with a maximum of six to eight guests. The cost begins from $9,919 per person sharing and includes a donation towards conservation projects in India.

Walking in the Footsteps of a Tanzanian Guide

Walking in the Footsteps of a Tanzanian Guide is a nine-day adventure that provides the opportunity to explore parts of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park on foot while learning some of the skills taught at andBeyond’s guiding schools. Accompanied by an andBeyond Ranger Trainer and a Maasai guide, guests will explore diverse terrain, encounter iconic wildlife, enjoy unforgettable community interactions and traverse the Serengeti on foot in an educational, informative and entertaining way. They will learn some of the tips and tricks of the guiding trade, from plant and animal identification to tracking, bird and bird call identification, how to use camera traps for research and much more. Setting off from Arusha, the itinerary begins at andBeyond Klein’s Camp, where travelers will learn about the daily lives of Maasai villagers, as well as spend some time at andBeyond’s Mwewe Ranger Training School. After experiencing a series of daily walks, guests move to andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas, where they will enjoy a classical safari experience, complete with hot air balloon flights over the vast plains. Moving on, they will stay at the freshly rebuilt and reopened andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge. Here they will assist the researchers studying the annual migration of topi antelope, a phenomenon far less known than that of the Great Migration of zebras and wildebeest, but no less fascinating.

Designed for a maximum of six guests, this itinerary travels from November 8 to 16, 2022 and costs $11,250 per person sharing, which includes a donation to Africa Foundations Community Leaders Education Fund, a program that provides tertiary education bursaries to students from rural communities.

Care of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, its Wildlife and People

From wildlife conservation to the preservation of one of the world’s key watershed areas, the Care of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, its Wildlife and People expedition examines the miracle of water in the desert. It begins along the banks of the Chobe River with the opportunity to explore the thriving wildlife that rely on the river for their lifeline. Accompanied throughout by one of andBeyond’s Regional Guide Trainers, go off the beaten path and disconnect from the world at a rustic semi-permanent camp and get to know the animals of the Chobe by road and by boat. Then travel to the unexpected oasis of the Okavango Delta, the world’s only inland delta, a marvel of lush waterways amongst the dry sands of the Kalahari. Delve into the Delta in the company of Map Ives, one of the first professional guides to begin unravelling the secrets of this unique ecosystem decades ago. Travel by traditional canoe along the twisting waterways and explore even deeper in the company of a local Bushman who will introduce you to the long-lost lore of the wild. Venture out with the research teams studying wild dogs in the dense heart of the Delta and find out about the elephant herds that inhabit it. Meet some of the local communities and learn about the delicate balance between their needs and the preservation of this magical environment.

This itinerary is run for a maximum of four guests and has three set departure dates in June, July and September 2022. The eight-night experience starts from $19,838 per person sharing (depending on season), which includes a donation to the Africa Foundation, andBeyond’s community development partner of choice.

For more on any of andBeyond’s 30 year limited edition experiences, log on to andBeyond.com or speak to your preferred travel specialist.

About andBeyond

andBeyond designs personalized high-end tours in 13 countries in Africa, five in Asia and four in South America, offering discerning travelers a rare and exclusive experience of the world as it should be. We own and operate 29 extraordinary lodges and camps in iconic safari, scenic and island destinations in Africa and South America. This enables us to positively impact more than nine million acres of wildlife land and over 1,200 miles of coastline. Established in 1991, andBeyond strives to leave our world a better place than we found it through our care of the land, wildlife and people, and the delivery of extraordinary  guest experiences.

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Paradero  Todos Santos in Baja Debuts Exclusive  Taco  Series  in Partnership with  Top Chefs from Across Mexico 

September 27th, 2021

Paradero  Todos Santos will kick off its inaugural  Taco  Series  on September 17,  2021  with esteemed chef Dani González of Culiacan’s Casa Bon. The  Paradero  restaurant is helmed by Chef Eduardo Rios. He was previously with Pujol, ranked one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2020 and is widely considered to be among the best in Mexico. At  Paradero, Chef Rios creates simple, elevated dishes that are made up of a maximum of five ingredients, all grown in-house or sourced from family farms and other local purveyors in Todos Santos and Baja California.

The  Taco  Series  events is a collaboration between Chef Eduardo Rios and four visiting chefs from acclaimed restaurants in Mexico City, Tulum, Veracruz, and Culiacan. The chefs will draw on their own culinary backgrounds to create tacos that reflect the authentic flavors of Todos Santos. The charming Pacific Coast town is home to a booming culinary scene, thanks to its Mediterranean climate, farm-to-table ethos, and vibrant community of ranchers and farmers. In addition to the restaurant at  Paradero, other standouts include Tijuana born Javier Plascencia’s Jazamango, Barracuda Cantina, a beachside spot that featured in Netflix’s  Taco  Chronicles, Tres Galline a  northern Italian restaurant producing fresh pastas, Noah Sushi, a fresh seafood Baja style sushi restaurant and  Hierbabauena, a plant-based eatery helmed by celebrity chef Javier Plascencia.

The  Taco  Series  dinner—the anchoring event of a multi-day weekend program—will be bookended by a Cooking Master Class the following day, as well as a Tasting Menu dinner that night. Space for each event is limited and priority will be given to hotel guests.

During the  Taco  Series, a total of six inventive tacos will be served, half of which will be the creation of the visiting chef.  Paradero’s  Chef Rios will create the remaining three  tacos, plus dessert. The visiting chefs will put their own distinctive spin on the  tacos using fresh, seasonal produce from  Paradero’s  working organic garden. As Todos Santos is renowned for its seafood, guests can expect creative takes on classic Baja fish tacos, ceviche tostadas, and other regional specialties.  Tacos are made from scratch and cooked in a traditional Oaxacan clay oven, while meat and fish are sizzled in a wood fired  Josper  oven and in a hibachi grill over binchotan  charcoal. From $85 USD++ per person excluding beverages; 35 seats, preference for hotel guests.

Visiting chefs to include Dani  Gonzàlez  of Culiacan’s Casa Bon, Ezequiel Hernandez of Campo Baja, Juan Cruz of Tulum’s Sushi Batta, and finally, Erik Guerrero of  Nemik in Veracruz.  Below are the 2021 dates:

  • September: 17-18 (Fri/Sat) Dani González
  • October: October 15-16 (Fri/Sat) Ezequiel Hernandez
  • November: 26-27 (Fri/Sat) Juan Cruz
  • December: 9-10 (Thu/Fri) Erik Guerrero

The Tasting Menu dinner (from $135 USD++ per person, excluding beverages) will be overseen by  Paradero’s  Chef Eduardo Rios. The dinner will feature 6-7 courses as well as wine and cocktail pairings. Guests who book the Tasting Menu can also sign up for a Cooking Master Class ($50 USD+ per person) earlier that day. During the hands-on session, guests will learn the art of nixtamalization, a traditional maize preparation process, and create heirloom corn tortillas to take home.

The  Taco  Series  is the latest event to cement  Paradero’s  reputation as one of Mexico’s top destination restaurants. Executive Chef Rios beat out at least 20 top chefs who interviewed for the job.  Other events this fall and winter 2021 include special themed dinners celebrating the  Dia  de la Independencia (September 15), Dia  de los Muertos (November 2), Thanksgiving (November 25), Christmas (December 24), and New Year’s Eve (December 31).

 

 

The Christopher in St. Barth Launches New Restaurant: RIVYERA

September 23rd, 2021

Inspired by the French Riviera

Though nestled firmly in the Caribbean, St. Barth evokes an indelible connection to France. Through its fantastic restaurants, relaxed European vibe, excellent French bakeries, and outposts French shops, it feels a bit like the Riviera.

Fittingly, The Christopher’s new restaurant which will open along with the hotel on October 15, with be French Riviera-inspired and will be called “RIVYERA.” Chef Arnaud Faye created the restaurant to transport diners to the South of France, seizing on the elements the two places share: the warmth of the sun on one’s skin, a salty breeze in the air, and the laidback rhythm of sun-drenched destinations. Faye, a two-Michelin-starred chef and a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, shares his passion for the Côte d’Azur through his Mediterranean menu and the overall feel of the new restaurant.

For lunch, one might order Pan Bagnat with seared tuna, a niçoise garnish, and risotto with red shrimp. The dinner menu was designed for sharing with traditional pissaladière tarts, little stuffed vegetables, roasted sea bass with fennel, and some naturally vegan items like tomato tart, ratatouille, and polenta with orange. Diners will also be tempted by a pastry cart with classics such as baba au limoncello, St. Tropez-style milles feuilles, and sweets made with orange blossoms. Breakfast will offer myriad options from fresh fruit and acai bowls to croissants, crepes, and eggs.

The bar will have a new signature cocktail menu to serve as the beginning of the journey to the French Riviera. The menu itself was hand-designed by Nice-based artist Haydée Otero and features ingredients like figs, lemon, rose, and Bergamot. The recipes were imagined by the innovative recipe-creator Victor Delpierre (who was also the world champion at the Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, a competition promoting innovative beverage recipes that showcase the mix of coffee and spirits).

As a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (the designation for France’s top craftsmen) and coming from his position as a 2 Michelin star Chef at the Chèvre d’Or on the Côte d’Azur (a member of the Grandes Tables du Monde), Chef Arnaud Faye brings with him some very impressive credentials. Faye is already quite familiar with St. Barth and the Christopher after the 2019 St. Barth Gourmet Festival where he was the guest chef at the hotel as well as the event’s patron chef.

Faye began his career at several three-Michelin-star restaurants, such as Arnsbourg in Baarenthal, Antoine Westermann’s Buerehiesel and Bernard Loiseau’s Relais. He went on to become head chef at L’Espadon at The Ritz Paris which earned its second Michelin star during his residency. He them went to the Mandarin Oriental followed by Auberge du Jeu de Paume before joining the Chèvre d’Or.

About The Christopher

Located above the rocky shoreline of the sought-after neighborhood of Pointe Milou (home to the raucous Le Ti Saint Barth and some of the poshest villas on the island), The Christopher has long been a refuge for those in-the-know on St. Barth for its understated elegance. Its sunset lounge provides a prime spot to watch the sun go down while drinking a traditional Planteur or Ti Punch, both island favorites. The 42 accommodations comprise 23 rooms and 19 suites, and in 2019 three villas will be added to the inventory. The Sisley Spa has five treatment rooms open to the ocean below, as well as a dedicated Essie manicure and pedicure room.

 

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