andBeyond’s Limited Edition Set-Departure Itineraries Celebrating its 30thAnniversary

January 14th, 2022

Conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond is marking its 30th birthday by highlighting its pioneering business model, based on its ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People. Built on a foundation that seeks to make conservation sustainable through providing exceptional experiences for its guests, the company has dedicated three decades to its vision of leaving the world a better place. Having exported its model of responsible travel to three continents, beginning in Africa and gradually expanding to cover parts of Asia and South America, andBeyond has launched a series of limited edition itineraries ranging from following the largest sardine migration off the coast of East Africa to birding in Sri Lanka to a teen-focused sustainability trip in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. These small set departure trips highlight the company’s conservation successes and achievements, seeking to promote greater awareness of sustainable travel by involving even more of its guests in incredible travel experiences that contribute towards environmental awareness and protection.

Conservation-focused

  • Marine Predator Tagging Expedition: Guests join a team of marine conservationists and head out into Mozambique’s pristine waters in search of its apex predators and help tag Giant Trevally and Grey Reef Sharks.
    • September 2022: September 5-9, 9-13, 13-17, and 17-21
  • A Project Tiger Expedition: The 16-day journey takes guests to three national parks set up under this project, Ranthambhore National Park, Kanha National Park, and Kaziranga National Park.
    • December 1-16, 2022 and January 12-27, 2023
  • Walking in the Footsteps of a Tanzanian Guide: This nine-day journey offers the unrivalled opportunity to learn, first-hand, some of the skills of andBeyond’s East African guides while exploring diverse terrain and encountering iconic wildlife on foot.
    • November 8-16, 2022
  • Care of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, its Wildlife and People: This privately-guided, nine-day itinerary for just four guests reveals the sanctity of water and how significant it is for the sustainability of the wildlife, communities and landscapes in the Chobe National Park and the world-renowned Okavango Delta.
    • Departing: June 11, 2022; Jul7 23, 2022; July 31, 2022; and September 9, 2022
  • Africa’s Greatest Marine Migration: A bucket list adventure for any diver, this expedition lets guests dive into the annual Sardine migration, the greatest shoal on earth (followed by predatory game fish, sharks, whales and giant pods of dolphin) followed by a Big Five safari.
    • June 7-17, 2022
  • Our Impact Journey into South America: A 14-day impact journey exploring pioneering wildlife conservation projects aimed at protecting jaguars and pumas hosted by Les Carlisle, andBeyond’s Group Conservation Legend.
    • October 16-19, 2022
  • Return of the Lion Expedition: This 10-day itinerary follows in the footsteps of five lions translocated from South Africa to Rwanda, to reverse a local extinction, and is hosted by Simon Naylor, Conservation Manager at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, and Drew Bantlin, Conservation and Research Manager at Akagera National Park.
    • October 5-14, 2022

Birding

Each of these set departure itineraries travels in groups of ten to twelve people, is accompanied by a specialist birding guide, and was created to appeal to both birders and non-birders. In addition, guests benefit from the opportunity to choose their favorite SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars from a selection of three of their latest models to use on the trip.

  • Beyond Average Birding in South Africa combines the cosmopolitan and scenic attractions of Cape Town with Big Five safari in KwaZulu-Natal, all while exploring some of the country’s best known birding destinations.
    • Departing in November 2022
  • Beyond Average Birding in Ecuador: This 10-night itinerary travels from the depths of the Amazon to the renowned Galápagos Islands.
    • Departing February 2023
  • Beyond Average Birding in Sri Lanka: This 10-night itinerary explores a range of ideal birding destinations including mangroves, wetlands, highlands, and lowlands.
    • Departing February 2023
  • Beyond Average Birding in Bhutan: This itinerary seeks out a diversity of Himalayan bird species while offering an array of cultural, spiritual and wellness activities.  A variety of walking trails offer opportunities for birding in Bhutan’s lush valleys, across its mountain passes and along the banks of its rivers.
    • Departing March 2023
  • Beyond Average Birding in Botswana: This eight-night journey ventures from the Chobe River to the famed Okavango Delta, a paradise for birdwatchers two watery destinations, both attracting a wealth of both resident and migrant bird species.
    • Departing May 2023

Meant for teens: Eco-Guide Challenges

What makes these itineraries a “challenge” is that all of the teens will be challenged, as andBeyond’s guides are, on what they have learned while out on excursions, earning certificates and prizes that will be handed out at a festive ceremony dinner at the end of the trip. These excursions are a call to all aspiring conservationists, planet warriors, budding rangers, or any teen who loves the wilderness and its creatures and wants to leave the world a better place.

  • South Africa: This four-night set itinerary takes place at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and includes a rhino and pangolin conservation experiences, bush walks, astronomy lessons, and ranger training.
    • Dates: October 18-22, 2022 and March 6-10, 2023
  • Botswana: This four-night itinerary takes place at andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and includes game drives, bushman skills, wild dog research, and a sustainability audit.
    • Dates: October 22-26, 2022
  • Mozambique: This marine-conservation focused itinerary takes place at andBeyond Benguerra Island and includes an introductory PADI diving course and scuba sessions, diving at 2-Mile Reef to learn about the fragile marine ecosystem, meeting the local community, and sandboarding on the dunes.
    • Dates: October 10-14, 2022
  • Tanzania: This five-night journey focuses on the Serengeti National Park (after one night in Arusha) and includes game drives through the Serengeti, nature walks, conservation lessons with local children, animal tracking, and a Maasai village visit.
    • Dates: March 5-10, 2023
  • Chile: This four-night itinerary at andBeyond Vira Vira focuses on conservation and local culture through activities such horseback riding, a catch-and-release fishing competition, rafting, a community visit to learn about the local Mapuche people and a visit to Villarrica National Park for a wildlife photography lesson.
    • Dates: October 3-7, 2022 and April 3-7, 2023

 

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. andBeyond owns and operates 29 extraordinary lodges and camps in iconic safari, scenic and island destinations in Africa and South America. This enables them to positively impact more than 9 million acres of wildlife land and over 1,800 miles of coastline. Established in 1991, andBeyond strives to leave our world a better place than we found it through their ethos of care of the land, wildlife and people, and the delivery of extraordinary guest experiences.

 

 

PARADERO TODOS SANTOS CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL TWO-NIGHT OFFER

January 10th, 2022

In celebration of its first anniversary in February 2022, Paradero Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico is offering guests a choice of amenities along with a special rate when booking a stay of two nights or more this winter. The offer’s value-added perks include either one 30-minute neck massage per person, per stay or one dinner for two, per stay (three-course chef´s menu, a welcome cocktail and non-alcoholic drinks included). A complimentary on-the-go Mexican breakfast per person, per day that includes a variety of burritos, fruit, coffee, tea, and orange juice, is also included.

Opened in February 2021, Paradero Todos Santos is a 35-suite experience-inclusive property with activities like hiking, mountain biking, learning to garden, and art tours offered as part of the weekly schedule. Less than 50 miles from San Jose del Cabo airport, the immediate landscape offers five distinct ecosystems: the desert with 200-year-old Cardon Cacti, the Sierra La Laguna Mountain range, miles of virgin beaches along the Pacific coast, an oasis with 5,000 palm trees, and farmland as far as the eye can see.

Other activities for guests include relaxing in a suspended ‘star net’ offering high-altitude views of the surrounding landscape or indulging in a traditional temazcal ceremony at the spa. The resort reflects its surroundings with details inspired by a sense of place, including an on-site 100,000-sq.ft. botanical garden with 60 endemic species and artisan-made furniture from Mexico. Chef Eduardo Rios, a Pujol alumni, is at the helm at the open-fire kitchen restaurant that utilizes a traditional Oaxacan clay oven.

The anniversary offer is valid for new bookings between January 8 – March 31, 2022. Rates start at $550 per night and a minimum two-night stay is required. All bookings are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other packages.

For reservations or more info, please visit: www.paraderohotels.com.

 

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY: Travel-Inspired Gifts and Nearby Experiences

January 5th, 2022

This Valentine’s Day and beyond, all we need is love! For those who are looking for something a little extra special, our favorite travel-inspired gift options and nearby hotel experiences below are just the bow on top.

For Lovers of Craftsmanship:

The Fife Arms by an art world power duo, Iwan and Manuela Wirth, takes the ‘breakfast in bed’ gesture to the next level. For a thoughtful Scottish treat, Braemar Breakfast Small Gift Box contains a pair of the property’s famous egg scissors as well as two egg spoons carved from cow horn and a spurtle (traditional porridge-stirring implement) by McLean of Braemar, a local family-owned gift shop that was founded in 1968. Couples can also enjoy the artful property’s bone china jam dish, a caddy of Brodies 1867 Royal Scottish tea, tea towel featuring a Victorian illustration of the famous Gathering in Braemar, and a pot of Scottish heather honey. All is packed into a reusable gift box bearing the Fife Arms crest in gold. (£185)

While the online Shop offers myriad options for stylish design enthusiasts, another standout product is the new pewter and leather hip flask. The deep green bridle leather case with saddle stitch detail is hand crafted in Scotland by McRostie, a brand that has celebrated the finest British materials and provided exceptional leather craftsmanship since 1887. The case is embossed with The Fife Arms crest and motto – Ad Alta, ‘to the summit.’ (£165)

For Lovers of Art:

With 130 original pieces of colorful modern and pop art, White  Elephant  Palm  Beach is a museum in its own right. New this season, guests can enjoy  complimentary guided tours of the private collection that has been curated by the hotel’s owners as well as New York-based art consultant Emily Santangelo. The 30-minute experience is available at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Guests will admire pieces by: a 10-year-old British artist who created 30 exclusive pieces for the powder rooms; Kenzo Okada, the first  Japanese-American  artist to receive international acclaim using abstract expressionist style; Yinka  Shonibare who has recently unveiled a new public sculpture installation in West Palm Beach; and more.

For Lovers of Tablescapes:

Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamptons, blending fitness programs and spa treatments with wabi-sabi design accommodations, expands its wellness philosophy to tablescaping through a line of signature ceramics made exclusively for the property by New York-based ceramicist Stephanie Charlene. The collection includes 4.75” and 6” bowls, a 6.75” side plate, and a 10.5” dinner plate, all made from a groggy white stoneware and finished with a sandy white glaze. Prices start at $40 and gifts are available to purchase online at www.ssbhouse.myshopify.com or at the onsite shop in Water Mill, New York.

Now that we have put away our festive season table linens, a classic option is from Gayle Warwick’s Whitework collection in white, silver and gold. (£120). London-based designer has worked with the same embroiderers for two decades to create each and every piece.

For Lovers of Ocean Safari:

Todos Santos, 45 miles up the coast from Cabo San Lucas, is a year-round haven for surfers and outdoor enthusiasts. Winter, when temperatures are still around mid-60s, is the best time for whale watching, as Gray Whales arrive in January. The 60,000-pound mammals migrate 5,000 miles from the cold waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea to Baja Peninsula to give birth, the longest known mammal migration in the world. In Todos Santos it is common to see them perform an acrobatic jump or come straight out of the water like a periscope of a submarine. The 35-suite, experience-focused Paradero Todos Santos can arrange daily ocean safaris for up-close encounters. The property is an 80% landscape/20% construction project, situated by the Le Mesa farming community with more than a dozen family-owned farms. We recommend a rooftop suite, where a suspended ‘star net’ offers high-altitude views of the surrounding topography.

For Lovers of Fishing:

Located along the pristine, crescent-shaped Maundays Bay, Cap Juluca, a Belmond hotel in Anguilla, is a sanctuary for total escapism. Every room is beachfront, giving guests their very own slice of Caribbean Sea. A new experience for this winter season honors the island’s reverence of the sea. Guests can join third-generation Anguillan fisherman Shawn Romney to learn about the importance fishing for the local community. Using a traditional yo-yo reel, 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 the new Peruvian restaurant, 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.

For Lovers of History:

Did you know that according to the latest census, more than 31.5 million U.S. residents have claimed Irish ancestry? Fun fact: 23 U.S. presidents, including Joe Biden, are among this long list. The 16th-century Dromoland Castle, located in the countryside of County Clare in western Ireland, helps previous and future guests with the love and curiosity for family history. This Valentine’s Day, couples interested in tracing their Irish roots can start with the property’s genealogy package. After filling out family history details, the in-house genealogist, Lorna Maloney, hosts a private  45-minute Zoom call before preparing and presenting the full results.

For Lovers of Music:

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (2001) and the hotelier behind GoldenEye in Jamaica that has inspired the creation of James Bond, Chris Blackwell has recently launched Blackwell Rum Truffles. Created in partnership with Charbonnel et Walker, a London chocolatier established in 1875, each truffle has a velvety golden rum-filled center, wrapped with rich and silky dark chocolate, and topped with vermicelli chocolate sprinkles. Available to order on BlackwellRum.com and CharbonnelChocolates.com, each package of nine truffles is $28. An extra special treat can be found right under the box lid: an exclusive playlist, accessible via a QR code, that is curated by Chris Blackwell himself.

 

WHAT’S NEW IN PALM BEACH: WINTER 2021-2022

January 5th, 2022

Why Go

Known as a winter playground for those seeking sunshine and pristine beaches, in Palm Beachthis season it is the rich culture and flourishing art scene that will vie for the spotlight. Beyond the city’s many established and emerging galleries, art enthusiasts should also mark their calendars for the 37th Annual ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival (February 19-20, 2022). Recently named one of the top 70 fine art festivals in the U.S., this event attracts more than 300 artists and tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors.  While the acclaimed Norton Museum of Art’s exhibits feature works from perennial favorite Frida Kahlo and The New Yorker’s Saul Steinberg, as well as landscapes by Hassam, Wyeth and other American Masters.  There is also a brand-new, state-of-the-art marina which was specifically designed to attract another type of eye-candy, the floating masterpieces called superyachts. The $40 million renovation transformed the old Town Docks into a world-class facility able to accommodate vessels from 60 ft up to 294 ft superyachts.  And for those who will be arriving by plane rather than boat, getting there just easier with several new flight options to Palm Beach from hubs across the country. The new service includes nonstops from New Haven (CT), Austin, (TX), Minneapolis (MN), and restored daily flights from New York JFK.

A Perfect Nest For Culture Vultures

Opened just a year ago, White Elephant Palm Beach offers the intimate warmth of a private residence with just 13 rooms and 19 suites spread across four stories housed in the former Bradley Park Hotel – originally constructed in 1924 as one of the first resorts on Palm Beach’s Main Street. In addition to the landmark building and impeccable interior design which breaks from the traditional pink and green Palm Beach aesthetic, what sets this property apart is a museum-worthy collection of 120 original pieces of colorful modern and pop art personally curated by the owners and architect Elkus Manfredi. New this season, hotel guests can take a complimentary educational guided tour of the hotel’s private art collection. The 30-minute experience is available every Saturday at 10:00 am for hotel guests.

The hotel’s new “Soak Up Sun & Culture” package provides guests access to some of the city’s top cultural institutions.  In addition to a two-night stay in the one of the hotel’s residential-style guestrooms, the experience includes two tickets to: the Flagler Museum, housed in a 75-room, 100,000 sq ft Gilded Age mansion; The Norton Museum of Art, with a permanent collection of more than 8,200 works; and, the 1916 Palm Beach County Court House and Johnson History Museum, operated by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and designed to bring the city’s vivid history to life.

The Suite Life

Life is truly sweeter at the top.  The hotel’s two penthouse suites – Park Suite and Palm Suite – are perched at the top of the hotel and offer private rooftop terraces ranging between 800- to 1,200 sq ft, ideal for intimate gatherings. Those looking to entertain will also appreciate the suites’ large living rooms and fully equipped kitchens. With views of Bradley Park, the Park Suite is a three-bedroom that expands into four, and the ocean-facing Palm Suite is a two-bedroom that expands into three.  The onsite team is always on-hand to help plan the perfect event and make any celebration memorable.

Making Stylish Moves

Leave ride-shares in the past thanks to White Elephant Palm Beach’s partnership with BMW. Guests can be chauffeured into town in a 7 series or borrow the keys to take a spin on their own. For shorter trips, White Elephant Palm Beach also has a partnership with Priority Bicycles, allowing guests complimentary access to pedal around town. For a day on the water, Barton & Gray yachts will also offer exclusive access to guests for excursions.

 

andBeyond launches WILDchild Eco-guide itineraries for teens and parents

December 13th, 2021

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, experiential travel company andBeyond just launched five new itineraries specifically for teenagers and parents, offering a chance to connect while making a difference on an incredible journey. The conservation-focused itineraries are available in South AfricaBotswanaMozambiqueTanzania, and Chile.

What makes these itineraries a “challenge” is that all of the teens will be challenged, as andBeyond’s guides are, on what they have learned while out on excursions, earning certificates and prizes that will be handed out at a festive ceremony dinner at the end of the trip. These excursions are a call to all aspiring conservationists, planet warriors, budding rangers, or any teen who loves the wilderness and its creatures and wants to leave the world a better place.

*This itinerary has been specially curated for a teenager (14-18) and their parent. In the spirit of giving back, the nightly rate for the teenager will only be at 50% of the adult rate.

South Africa

This four-night set itinerary takes place at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve with guests staying at Phinda Vlei Lodge. Teens and parents will mingle with their peers the first afternoon followed by a game drive and a dinner where the hosts will lay out the program for the next few days. This program comprises:

  • Twice-daily game drives
  • rhino conservation experience and a chance to assist the Phinda Conservation Team
  • Bush walks to learn the art of tracking
  • Astronomy lessons and tips on navigating by the stars
  • Going behind the scenes at andBeyond’s Ranger Training School to get a taste of ranger training
  • Pangolin Conservation Experience to join researchers as they locate a pangolin that has been reintroduced to the reserve
  • Dinner under the stars with Zulu drummers
  • An Africa Foundation Community Trip into the communities surrounding andBeyond’s reserve to see the long-term collaboration between andBeyond and the people of the area
  • A final celebratory dinner Eco-guide Challenge certification and prize ceremony

Dates: October 18-22, 2022 and March 6-10, 2023

Size: Group of 6-12 total

Rate: ZAR 72,500 per person sharing (already including the 50% off rate for the teenager)

Botswana

This four-night set itinerary takes place at andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. After an introduction to the group and a game drive, the Botswana Regional Trainer for andBeyond will host a dinner and outline the program, which will include:

  • Game drives
  • A nature walk to learn ancient bushmen skills such as hunting, identifying plants for medicinal uses, survival skills, and bushmen games
  • Sunset drinks on the delta learning about the waterways and fishing
  • Post-dinner stargazing
  • Meet with a wild dog research team and track and interact with the dogs
  • Assist the teams in elephant-proofing baobab trees
  • Tracking rhinos that were translocated from South Africa through the Rhinos Without Borders program
  • Join an interactive cooking competition with the lodge’s chefs
  • Teen-only sustainability audit at the lodge, engaging with different staff members to find out how the lodge is leaving a light footprint in the Delta
    • Adults have the morning at leisure
  • Finale Eco-guide Challenge award ceremony

Dates: October 22-26, 2022

Size: Group of 6-18

Rate: $6,500 (based on one adult and one teenager sharing a room)

Mozambique

This marine-conservation focused itinerary takes place at andBeyond Benguerra Island and is perfect for ocean-lovers. The program consists of:

  • An introductory PADI diving course and scuba sessions
  • Sunset dhow sailboat cruise
  • Dinners on the beach
  • Diving at 2-Mile Reef to learn about the fragile marine ecosystem
  • Picnic lunch on an island
  • Dinner with the conservation team from Oceans Without Borders to learn about efforts to protect the water
  • Choose either a half-day catch and release fishing experience or another diving/scuba adventure
  • Meet the local community on the island
  • Sandboard on the dunes
  • A finale prizegiving and certification dinner

Dates: October 10-14, 2022

Size: Group of 8

Rate: From $5,020 (based on one adult and one teenager sharing a room)

Tanzania

This five-night journey focuses on the Serengeti National Park (after one night in Arusha). Activities include:

  • Stay at andBeyond Klein’s Camp with its sweeping views over the plains
  • Game drives through the Serengeti and the private reserve on which Klein’s sits
  • A nature walk up the Kuka Hills behind the lodge for a 360-degree view of the Serengeti
  • Engaging with an andBeyond guide trainer and local children during a conservation lesson to teach the importance of conservation at a young age
  • Learning the art of animal tracking and wildlife and bird identification
  • An astronomy session
  • A visit to an authentic Maasai village to learn the daily customs of villagers and the delicate balance between people and wildlife in these remote locations
  • Visiting a vegetable garden to pick fresh produce for lunch
  • A bush dinner with Maasai warriors displaying their incredible jumping skills
  • Helping prepare a bush breakfast

Dates: March 5-10, 2023

Size: Group of 6-18

Rate: $4,755 (based on one adult and one teenager sharing a room)

Chile

This four-night itinerary at andBeyond Vira Vira focuses on conservation and local culture through activities such as:

  • Horseback riding on the ranch
  • Chilean barbecue
  • River activities such as a catch-and-release fishing competition, rafting, or rock climbing
  • Parents have one morning off while teens work on a sustainability audit of the lodge to understand how Vira Vira is leaving a light footprint, including a tour of the organic vegetable garden
  • A community visit to learn about the local Mapuche people and enjoy a ruka (traditional Maphuche house) and weaving tour
  • An interactive cooking competition aided by the chefs
  • A visit to Villarrica National Park for a lesson in wildlife and landscape photography as well as a birding challenge
  • A finale prize giving and certification dinner

Dates: October 3-7, 2022 and April 3-7, 2023

Size: Group of 6-12

Rate: From $3,465 (based on one adult and one teenager sharing a room)

 

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