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.

 

 

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)

 

Why falconry should be your new favorite hobby

December 3rd, 2021

Falconry is certainly not a new fad. In fact, it dates back to 2,500 BC and is the oldest form of assisted hunting known to man. That said, it is new to many, especially Americans visiting the British Isles where falconry has remained a country house pastime for over a thousand years. If Alice, Pickles, and Alvin can’t convert Dromoland Castle guests into falconry enthusiasts, then head falconer Dave Atkinson certainly can.

Dave has created an incredible, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria-accredited mews filled with Peregrine falcons, hawks, and owls (including those beloved individuals named above). Guests go on “hawk walks” with Dave and learn about the history of falconry and get to experience the unique thrill of a bird of prey swooping low to the ground, wings spread, and alighting on their raised (and gloved) hand. Dave is a font of knowledge (not only about the birds, but also about local rock-climbing spots and surf breaks). He has been a passionate falconer since training his first sparrow hawk at the age of nine.

More recently, falconry has been tied to sustainability efforts. Like many other creatures, falcons have been increasingly threatened by habitat loss, scarcity of prey, and climate change. Falconers have long been advocates for sustainability as a means to protect these birds of prey (some of the world’s earliest avian conservation laws date back to the 14th century and were put in place to protect birds of prey). Since the 1970s when people began to notice raptor population decline, falconers have been some of the loudest voices in the conservation effort.

For a pop culture tie-in, The Rolling Stones can also thank falconry for one of their hits. Along with sharing some history about the pastime, Dave also shares the many words and phrases that are in our vernacular that come from falconry such as hoodwinked, haggard, being wrapped around one’s little finger, being fed up, being a boozer and of course, being under one’s thumb.

About Dromoland Castle

Set on 450 acres of parkland with 97 rooms and suites, Dromoland Castle dates back to the 16th century when it was home of the O’Brien family, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland. Converted to a hotel in the 1960s, Dromoland Castle exhibits the best of its regal Irish heritage.

Rates at Dromoland Castle start at $352.

 

FESTIVE LONDON AWAITS WITH THREE NEW SPECIAL OFFERS FROM THE BEAUMONT

November 22nd, 2021

FESTIVE LONDON AWAITS WITH THREE NEW SPECIAL OFFERS FROM THE BEAUMONT

As London dons its holiday best, the city is full of winter fun and there is no better spot to soak in the holiday spirit.  Whether it is shopping in Mayfair and the Christmas markets, skating in a pop-up winter wonderland or taking in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, London offers the best of the season.  With three new special offers and some stunning fresh upgrades to celebrate, The Beaumont provides guests the ideal backdrop for a festive break.  Here are the details.

Winter in London

Centrally located, The Beaumont is the perfect base to experience all that London has to offer at this time of year.  With the “Winter in London” package, guests can sample the wares from some of Mayfair’s top independent British retailers without having to leave the comfort of their room.  Guests will receive a selection of treats from noted brands such as, Private White V.C., The New Craftsmen, Paul Smith and D. R Harris & Co Ltd., and also enjoy The Beaumont Full English Breakfast in The Colony Grill Room. Rates start at £470 (inclusive of tax) per night, per room, including Full English Breakfast. Available for a two-night stay, December 6, 2021 through February 20, 2022.

Christmas Escape

Checking into The Beaumont for Christmas is like giving yourself a gift.  Guests who book the “Christmas Escape” package to stay on either December 24 or December 25, 2021 will enjoy a traditional holiday with all the trimmings.  The menu will feature homemade mince pies and mulled wine served in the Gatsby’s Room and an indulgent six-course Champagne Christmas lunch complete with Christmas pudding in the Colony Grill Room. Also included in this offer is Full English Breakfast for two, a room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability), and time to relax with a late 2:00pm check-out. From £985 (inclusive of tax) per night, per room, including Christmas Lunch for two & taxes, based on a one-night stay.

New Year’s Eve Fresh Start

Guests can bid farewell to 2021 and welcome 2022 in style with The Beaumont’s “Fresh Start” package.  With check-in on December 31, 2021, the celebration starts with Champagne and canapés. This is followed by a luxurious six-course dinner in the glamourous Colony Grill Room accompanied by live jazz. There will also be entertaining surprises throughout the night gradually building excitement to the stroke of midnight, when as is tradition, a Scottish piper will herald in the New Year.  After all the revelries, it is just a few effortless steps to retire to a sumptuous guestroom upstairs.  On New Year’s Day, a traditional, heart-warming Full English Breakfast awaits. From £995 (inclusive of tax) per night, per room and available for a one-night stay (valid on December 31) for two, inclusive of Dinner in The Colony Grill Room and Full English Breakfast.

All guests of The Beaumont enjoy the following thoughtful amenities:

  • - Fresh organic coffee, teas, soft drinks, still & sparkling water & snacks from the in-room minibar
  • - High speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • - Interactive film and music on demand
  • - Access to our in-house digital media platform for a huge selection of local and international newspapers, magazines, podcasts & more
  • - Local & national landline telephone calls
  • - Use of The Beaumont’s chauffeur-driven house limousine for emissions-free local trips (subject to availability)
  • - Use of the Spa and 24-hour Gymnasium throughout stay

Guests of The Beaumont will appreciate the fresh upgrades to the property that were just completed during the 15-month enforced closure. Along with a brand-new bar, lounge and al fresco dining terrace, The Beaumont’s Art Deco interiors have been rethought and refurbished by New York-based designer Thierry Despont and London-based architects Reardon Smith.

 

About The Beaumont

A five-star luxury London hotel with 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios, The Beaumont is grand in style yet intimate and welcoming.

Inspired by the great hotels of the 1920s, it occupies a fine Art Deco building on a secluded garden square, close to the boutiques, galleries, museums and the many attractions of Mayfair, St James’s and the West End has to offer.

The Beaumont’s glamorous Colony Grill Room has established itself as a firm favorite on the London dining scene. The restaurant and ground floor food and beverage outlets, as well as the Spa, have undergone a design refresh during the pandemic, under the creative direction of the Office of Thierry Despont. This summer will see the opening of a new Bar, Le Magritte, and an all-day-dining Library, as well as the al fresco terrace on the forecourt.

Opened in 2014, The Beaumont is privately-owned and independently run.

 

 

New Hotel Openings and Renovations

November 22nd, 2021

From Napa Valley to Tanzania, here is a look ahead at the most exciting new destinations and renovation plans for 2022.

Stanly Ranch, an Auberge Collection Resort | Napa Valley, CA | February 2022

In February 2022, Stanly Ranch, an Auberge Collection Resort, will make its debut on the historic Stanly Ranch Winery estate, a 700-acre private ranch that dates back to the 19th century. The resort will include 78 airy hotel cottage suites, all featuring outdoor terraces with fire pits and views of the property’s vineyards and the Mayacamas Mountains. Wellness will be a focus. Guests can sign up for weeklong detoxes, pick their own ingredients in the fields for a farm-to-fork dinner, and go on bike rides along the banks of the Napa River. There will also be four dining venues that pay homage to local farmers and makers.

Images courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collection

Chatwal Lodge, The Catskills | Bethel, NY | April 2022

90 minutes from Manhattan, Chatwal Lodge is located at The Chapin Estate, a 2,500-acre gated residential community. Architect and designer Steve Dubrovsky specializes in 19th-century Adirondack style, and he is also a four-time circuit champion of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. 10 suites spread among three buildings will feature private patios overlooking the 1,000-acre Toronto Reservoir Lake. Activities will range from fly fishing in the on-property trout stream and kayaking with a to-go picnic to Ayurvedic treatments in-suite.

Images courtesy of Chapin Estate

Nayara Tented Camp | Costa Rica | June 2022

Nayara Tented Camp opened at the end of 2019 as one of the first luxury camps in Central America. This June, they are putting the finishing touches on a big phase two which will see the addition of a main building, reception area, bar, lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, and fire pit. There will also be several new accommodations, including: two two-bedroom villas with a living area, dining area, and main deck and pool (with the option to add a third tented bedroom); six two-bedroom tented suites (perfect for families); and two more tented suites. Nayara Tented Camp will then have a total of 38 accommodations altogether, and the new two-bedroom villas will be perfect for larger families and groups and those seeking extra privacy.

*Images to come.

andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge | Tanzania | June 6, 2022

Conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond has announced that andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp in Tanzania’s Western Corridor will reemerge from an extensive rebuild, following a flood in April 2020, with a brand-new identity as andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge. As part of andBeyond’s ethos, sustainability will be key in the rebuild. With interiors by long-time andBeyond collaborator Fox Browne Creative, the rebuild will use the existing footprint of the former structure to redefine the classical tented camp look in a form that will least impact the natural landscape. Guest suites will double in size and feature deep baths and indoor showers, as well as extensive outdoor decks with private plunge pools. The rebuild will also bring a new family suite. An extended selection of experiences is also being developed in time for the reopening. These will combine with the rich resident wildlife of this remote corner of the Serengeti, as well as the lodge’s ideal location for experiencing the thrilling river crossing and vast herds of the Great Migration.

Renderings courtesy of andBeyond


VIRTUOSO® BRINGS LUXURY TRAVEL’S TOP EXECUTIVES TO VIENNA FOR NETWORKING AND IDEATION SESSIONS AT ITS 2021 SYMPOSIUM

November 10th, 2021

VIENNA (November 8, 2021) – Virtuoso®, the global network renowned for creating meaningful experiences in luxury travel, brought to Vienna key stakeholders from its travel agency members and preferred partners for the group’s 2021 Symposium, an event originally scheduled for March of 2020 in recognition of what would have been the 20th anniversary of the company’s rebranding to “Virtuoso.”  The high-level event attracted 329 of the industry’s most prestigious executives from 33 countries for networking, trendspotting, and meaningful dialogue around the challenges, opportunities, and future of luxury travel.

The event’s Opening Session struck just the right note as attendees gathered in Vienna’s beautiful Musikverein – Golden Hall, where in addition to multiple presentations on industry insights and trends, guests were also treated to performances from the Vienna Boys’ Choir as well as an improvisational piano piece from 16-year-old composer prodigy Alma Deutscher paying tribute to the spirit of Virtuoso. Presenters included Courtney Scharf, chief client officer of Trend Hunter, and Tiffany Misrahi, vice president of policy and research for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), both of whom sat down with Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Marketing Helen McCabe-Young for a conversation on trends and opportunities to impact the future of travel and tourism.

Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Network Products and Strategy David Kolner also presented insights that assessed the current state of the travel business. Showing the rebound continues, Kolner shared that for the third quarter of 2021, the network’s U.S. sales are 66 percent of what they were in 2019, and leisure hotel bookings have surpassed the same time period in 2019 at 103 percent. Longer stays also continue to trend. Comparing October-November-December of 2019 vs. 2021, lengths of stay increased respectively to 115 percent, 132 percent and 143 percent longer. January 2022 stays vs. 2020 are a whopping 163 percent longer, indicating we will continue to see this consumer behavior. City hotels are also on the rise, with bookings up 497 percent since January and 44 percent since June.

Virtuoso Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, delivered the keynote address during the event, sharing with the audience how Vienna factors into Virtuoso’s history as the location he selected 21 years ago to reveal the rebrand of the company from API Travel Consultants to Virtuoso, a move that has helped elevate not only the network he serves but also the entire travel advisor profession. Noting that the last 18 months have brought unprecedented challenges, he spoke of Virtuoso’s commitment to scaling up strategically to become a truly global organization by strengthening the value to the network’s members and partners, and growing its share of target travelers during this historic opportunity to do so.

“Thinking globally pushes us to build flexible solutions that help us capture even greater market opportunities everywhere,” said Upchurch. “Never before have we had such a strong demand for travel, combined with a deeper appreciation for the value of a professional travel advisor.”

Upchurch also explained a concept he termed “adopting an ecosystem view,” explaining that Virtuoso has always focused on communities of businesses creating value together, so it should be no surprise that Virtuoso’s Communities program has proven extremely effective in growing skills and production through targeted activities. By focusing on specific travel specialties, Communities help advisors move up the pyramid of success, while growing preferred partner production and engaging travelers through their passion points.

Enhancing client engagement through digital innovation is also a key priority, as Upchurch shared it is designed to succeed in two ways: by enhancing its members’ engagement with their clients and vastly scaling Virtuoso’s ability to deliver new high-value travelers to the network. The launch of a more content rich virtuoso.com has grown traffic and time spent on both the Virtuoso brand site, as well as on member and advisor private label sites. Virtuoso’s dreaming and planning platform, Wanderlist®, has had explosive growth since August, going from just over 3,000 to more than 10,000 Virtuoso advisors now actively using it. To date, Wanderlist has captured a pipeline of future travel worth $150 million and experiences from Virtuoso partners have been added to Wanderlists over 65,000 times.

In addition to the thought-provoking insights that came from the Opening Session, attendees also participated in one-to-one networking sessions as well as roundtable discussions that centered on three areas: consumer engagement, network engagement, and sustainability. It wasn’t all work, though, as Virtuoso also sprinkled in some time for participants to bond over shared experiences, including throwing a traditional Viennese Ball at the famed Spanish Riding School, private use of the historic Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien/Museum of Fine Arts for the opening night welcome reception, as well as “design your day” activities that gave everyone an opportunity to explore the city and surrounding area in a unique and personalized way.

The strong relationship between Virtuoso, the Austrian Tourist Office and the Vienna Tourist Board was a key factor in securing Virtuoso’s Symposium. Throughout the event, the spotlight stayed on the host city and its highly desirable luxury offerings, with additional support coming from the following Virtuoso partners:

  • Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel
  • Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
  • Park Hyatt Vienna
  • Palais Hansen Kempinski
  • Hotel Sacher Wien
  • Palais Coburg Residenz
  • Mondial Destination Management

For more information on Virtuoso and its future events, please visit www.virtuoso.com.

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About Virtuoso

Virtuoso® is the leading global travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,200 travel agency locations with more than 20,000 travel advisors across 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with more than 2,200 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. Normalized annual sales of (U.S.) $25–$30 billion make Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.

Media Contacts:

Misty Belles                                                                             Lauren Wintemberg

Vice President, Global Public Relations                                   Account Director

Virtuoso                                                                                  Alice Marshall Public Relations

Phone: +1.202.553.8817                                                          Phone: +1.212.861.4031

Email: mbelles@virtuoso.com Email: lauren@alicemarshall.com

 

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Travel Offers

November 4th, 2021

From Black Friday (November 26) to Cyber Monday (November 29), here are six deals not to miss.

White Elephant Resorts | Nantucket, Massachusetts + Palm Beach, Florida

The White Elephant Resorts portfolio, including Jared Coffin House, The Cottages, The Wauwinet, White Elephant, and the Boat Basin in Nantucket, and White Elephant Palm Beach in Florida (debuted in 2020), will offer 15% off the best available rate on bookings made from Black Friday through December 2. Use the booking code CYBER or call 1 833 360 3659.

  • Travel Dates for Nantucket: April – November 2022; not available in July and August; blackout dates may apply.
  • Travel Dates for Palm Beach: May 1 – October 23, 2022; blackout dates may apply.

Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs | Napa Valley, California

Save 30% off the best available rate on all bookings made between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Fresh off a large-scale renovation in May 2021, Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs was originally built in 1952 and considered one of the first resorts in Calistoga. The property’s new look includes a Southwestern-inspired restaurant, House of Better and new outdoor cabana treatment rooms as part of the spa.

  • Travel Dates: November 26th, 2021 – May 26th, 2022; blackout dates may apply. Offer many not be combined with any other offer.

The Meritage Collection | Napa Valley, California

The Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort & Spa will offer 30% off all bookings made from November 24-30, along with a $30 resort credit per stay. The Meritage Collection will also donate $10 per stay to The First Responders Children’s Foundation.

  • Travel Dates: Valid for stays through March 31, 2022; blackout dates may apply.

Dromoland Castle | Ireland

Set across 450 acres of parkland with a myriad of outdoor activities out in the Irish countryside, Dromoland Castle will offer 50% off a second night when booking a one-night stay in an Executive Deluxe room or Stateroom. Valid on bookings made from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. The reservation will also include a €25 spa credit per person.

  • Travel Dates: December 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 (excluding festive season); available on bookings Sunday through Thursday

Nayara | Costa Rica + Chile

Located in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, Nayara will offer 30% off all bookings at Nayara Resorts and Nayara Gardens made from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Now that Chile has announced that as of November 1 vaccinated travelers will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, opt for Nayara Alto Atacama with a 30% discount when booking a ‘Full Experience’ (all meals included and one full-day group excursion with local guide) and ‘Private Full Experience’ (all meals included and one full-day private excursion) with a minimum of four nights.

  • Travel Dates for Costa Rica: April 1 – June 30 and September 1 – October 31, 2022; blackout dates may apply.
  • Travel Dates for Chile: December 1, 2021 – September 1, 2022; blackout dates December 20, 2021 – January 5, 2022

*Reservations must be prepaid and are non-refundable.

andBeyond | Africa + South America

Luxury safari company andBeyond is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a 30% savings on long stay bookings made at the brand’s lodges in Botswana, Kenya, Chile, and Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. These savings will apply only on inquiries made on Cyber Monday and can be combined with all current offers.

  • Travel dates: January 15 – May 30, 2022; excluding Easter

 

La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St Martin Reopening November 7, 2021

November 4th, 2021

A Blissful Beach Escape and New Experiences Await This Season On French St Martin

The secluded island paradise, La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St Martin, set on the pristine, mile long Baie Longue beach and surrounded by 55 acres of tropical gardens, will reopen on November 7, 2021. This season, the resort introduces a host of new culinary experiences, festive surprises, and wellness offerings.

New Culinary Series: La Cave Under the Stars

The property’s historic La Cave Wine Cellar, one of the largest private cellars in the Caribbean at over 2,000 bottles, is the inspiration for the new culinary series – La Cave Under The Stars. Throughout the Winter 2021/22 season, guests can indulge in distinctive culinary experiences led by a stellar roster of international guest chefs and sommeliers.

The series will premiere on November 27-29, 2021, with a two-day culinary event in partnership with celebrated Champagne House Maison Veuve Clicquot.  Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a Champagne kit, setting the tone for the exceptional events to come.  A program highlight will be a 5-course dinner with Champagne pairings, including La Grande Dame, one of the world’s finest Grand Cru Champagne vintages. The price of the 5-course dinner is $195.00 per person with Champagne pairings with seating limited to 20. Guests will also be able to enjoy a champagne picnic and daily breakfast with a Veuve Clicquot brunch bar as well as attend a tasting class led by Veuve Clicquot expert and head of Research and Development, Gaelle Goossens. Each activity is available to book à la carte throughout the weekend.

The second event in the dining series will take place on January 28-30, 2022 and feature acclaimed New York City Chef, David Waltuck, creator of the trailblazing downtown restaurant Chanterelle and four-time James Beard Award Winner. More details on this and other future events in the series will be available soon.

An Artist’s Escape

Already known as a hive for local artists and their art which is showcased throughout the property, La Samanna announces its next featured artist and month-long exhibition as part of its artist-in-residence series.  Beginning on December 15, 2021, French photographer François Castelain, who splits his time between Paris and St Martin, will display his intimate portraits of island residents captured through his discerning and soulful lens. Hailing from the world of high-profile fashion photography, Castelain found his passion for portraiture in the beauty and diversity of the island’s people.  Resort guests will be able to book complimentary portraiture photography classes with Castelain and to study his captivating style first-hand.

Aiming to nurture artists and become a fertile arts hub in the French West Indies, the resort launched its artist-in-residency series in July 2021, with an exhibition and workshops by local Street Artist, Jimmy Sabas.   The resort’s interiors, recently reimagined by design firm Muza Lab in London, reflect its commitment to the island’s creative community, with artwork from celebrated local Sir Roland Richardson, known as the “Father of Caribbean Impressionism,” in every single guest room and public space. The La Samanna Spa also displays artwork from the Trimborn sisters, island locals who originate from Düsseldorf, Germany and run Noco Art Villa, which doubles as a studio and gallery. After a studio tour and a visit to NoCo Art Gallery accompanied by Anikó van Nie, an art specialist and the gallery’s director, either Corinna or Norma leads an abstract impressionist painting class, providing all art materials.

What’s New in Wellness

The newest offering from the La Samanna Spa, Energetic Re-Mastery, is designed to holistically support overall wellbeing by taking a multifaceted approach to wellness.  Led by resident energy healer and wellness expert Christine Caruso, who has twenty years of research in Energy Medicine and a loyal following of clients around the globe, each course is tailored to fit individual needs.  Against the backdrop of secluded Baie Longue Beach, she helps clients tap into their unleashed potential through mindfulness and healing techniques. Guests can choose from several guided sessions, such as Kundalini meditation to awaken inner energy, Point of Origin meditation to re-engage the divine spark, and the Sacred Stone Activation, an ancient Peruvian tradition of meditative practice. The La Samanna Spa is a quiet hilltop oasis nestled within a Mediterranean-inspired garden offering open-air treatment rooms each with a private Zen garden and outdoor shower. Private in-villa experiences are also available for guests to unwind in the comfort of their own room, including sunrise yoga flows, reiki, and evening meditation.

Cheers to the Festive Season

This holiday season, La Samanna is the ideal destination to eat, sleep, and be merry. Guests staying over the Thanksgiving break can enjoy a traditional repast with all the trimmings.  While those who celebrate Christmas can start the festivities with complimentary Champagne cocktails and French style canapés with live music on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day features a lavish complimentary brunch at Corail, followed by the time-honored tradition of Santa arriving by jet ski on the shores of Baie Longue. The resort’s holiday schedule also features an array of complimentary physical activities for those who want to offset all of the merry making.  These include guided power walks, Pilates sessions, Standup Paddle boarding, and snorkeling at Creole Rock.

For those seeking to explore further afield, signature off-property excursions can be booked with the concierge. These include Escape To Tintamarre, an exhilarating pre-dawn boat ride to an uninhabited island to snorkel with a marine conservationist and share an energizing breakfast on the beach before returning to St Martin.  Guests can also hire one of the resort’s charter boats to sail the serene waters between St. Barts or Anguilla, enjoying the best of St Martin’s secluded coves enroute.  Back on land, Hiking With The Arawaksis a moderate to challenging guided excursion up to Paradise Peak in the company of a nature guide. This is followed by an evening discussion with a local archaeologist for an in-depth look at the history of St Martin’s original inhabitants, the Arawaks.

Private Sanctuaries

La Samanna’s three- and four-bedroom villas offer a private hideaway for families and groups. Now, with the new Private Sanctuaries package guests can enjoy even more amenities. In addition to Private Pool Villa accommodations, this package includes roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast in villa, and use of a private beach cabana (from day after arrival to the day before departure). A minimum 3-day stay is required. The two-level Private Pool Villas feature wrap-around terraces, full kitchens, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and infinity pools – all with sweeping sea views. Guests of these cliffside villas can sprawl out with over 4,600 square feet of space – from intimate gatherings on the expansive private yard to starry nights on the rooftop deck.

How to Get There

Travelers can fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on the Dutch side, before crossing into the French side to vacation at La Samanna. Travelers from various states across the U.S. can fly direct into SXM with airlines like JetBlue, Delta, and United. JetBlue launched new flights from Newark to SXM earlier this year, and Delta plans to resume service from New York to SXM in December.

Entry Rules and Regulations

All travelers to the island must complete a mandatory Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) whether arriving by air, boat or in transit. As of November 1, all vaccinated travelers are no longer required to submit a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival. The vaccination date cannot be older than one year, unless a booster shot has been administered before the one-year term. Children ages 5 and over are required to submit a negative Covid-19 test. Travelers to the island are required to have health insurance coverage for their stay (additional insurance covering Covid-19 related expenses is strongly recommended) and are subject to temperature checks at the Airport Health Checkpoint. Should temperatures be abnormal, the guest would be subject to mandatory testing at their own expense. Detailed guidelines can be found here.

Travelers to the island will not need to quarantine at their accommodations during their stay. However, they will be required to self-monitor their body temperature on a daily basis for 8-14 days (based on where they are traveling from); La Samanna will have a standalone temperature check station onsite. Guests will receive a daily email alert with a link to submit the required information online.

Guests traveling back to the U.S. following the trip can receive their needed antigen or PCR test on-property in the privacy and comfort of their own room – all organized by the La Samanna team.

 

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