Where to go now that the U.S. has lifted its Covid Testing Requirements

June 13th, 2022

According to a recent poll by luxury travel agency network Virtuoso, 84% of consumer respondents are more likely to travel internationally now that the U.S.’s Covid-19 testing requirement has been lifted. (Let us know if you’d like more intel from Virtuoso!)  Here are some international travel ideas.

 

Europe

Why? The euro is at its lowest against the dollar (currently at $1.04 to €1).

  • Ireland

o   Fly to Shannon for a quick trip to Dromoland Castle for a weekend of golf, falconry, and even surfing (nearby Lahinch is known for luring surfers all summer) – golfers can play their 18-hole course before the ladies of the Women’s Irish Open in September.

o   Fly to Dublin for a weekend at The Westbury with visits to the Guinness store house, listening to music outside of a pub, and strolling through the Georgian neighborhoods.

  • Greece

o   The cobalt blue sky against the whites of Kalesma Mykonos are an Aegean summer personified. Faithful to its Greek roots and local traditions, the hotel has unveiled the artistic re-interpretation of the small church of Agios Dimitrios on property. Curated by graphic designer and illustrator Gerasimos Chatzis, the murals on the walls reference he friezes of ancient temples with their main body narrating the Passions of Holy Week. A bespoke soundtrack was also created mixing sounds of water and air with European orchestra instruments and voices of a choir.

o   With the new xenodocheio Milos in Athens, celebrated Greek chef Costas Spiliadis of the estiatorio Milos empire is returning to his roots – while marking a new chapter in the evolution of the Milos brand. Straddling the historic area of the Plaka and the trendy Kolonaki district puts it in prime location for exploring old and new.

  • France

o   Nestled within a Mediterranean jardin overlooking the Cote d’Azur is the cliffside retreat, La Réserve Ramatuelle opened for the season in May following last summer’s refurbishment courtesy of Jacques Garcia. This comes just in time for all business-class airline La Compagnie’s new seasonal route from Newark to Nice (which launched in May).

  • Spain

o   Just off Passeig de Gracia, Almanac Barcelona recently launched VIRENS, a new vegetable-forward restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Rodrigo de la Calle of Madrid’s acclaimed El Invernadero. Guests can expect dishes that spotlight seasonal ingredients like fried artichoke hearts with liliaceae cream and white asparagus with black garlic demi-glaze and capers.

  • Italy

o   Belmond has partnered with internationally acclaimed art gallery Galleria Continua to host a series of large-scale artworks in its landmarked gardens across Italy. Indian artist Subodh Gupta kicked off the partnership with his large-scale “Cooking the World” installation in Cipriani’s Casanova gardens on April 23. In May, the final three major installations were revealed: Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich’s “Window & Ladder” at Florence’s Villa San Michele; Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Accarezzare Gli Alberi” (L’Etrusco) at Castello di Casole in Tuscany; and a garden installation by Cameroonian artist Pascal Marthine Tayou in Sicily’s Grand Hotel Timeo. The works will be on display until the properties’ seasonal closures in November.

o   The new Dior pop-up spa is available at Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino from June 1-September 30, 2022. The hotel’s serene gardens overlooking the Portofino Bay will be the setting for two Dior spa gazebos, offering the brand’s signature skincare treatments, including a new Dior Bronze Signature Massage, which focuses on boosting radiance and glow while also repairing the skin from the effects of the Italian sunshine.

 

UK

Why? The Great British Pound is also at its lowest against the dollar since Covid began (currently at $1.22 to £1, compared to $1.41 to £1 last June) and JetBlue announced a July 19 launch of direct flights between Boston and London.

  • The Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury is awash in colorful flowers with a partnership with The Botanist Gin. Guests can sip summery tipples like the Dalloway Collins, a cocktail comprised of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, earl grey syrup, lemon juice, mandarin foam and LE soda water.
  • On July 15, The British Pullman, A Belmond Train, will journey roundtrip from London Victoria Station through the English countryside while guests indulge in the seasonal five-course tasting menu by Simon Rogan, owner of the Michelin-starred UMBEL restaurant group and a pioneer of the farm-to-fork movement. The dinner series will continue with Michel Roux Jr., two-Michelin star chef at the helm of Le Gavroche in London, in September; and Raymond Blanc, founder of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, Oxfordshire, in October. For a more private affair, the historic Cygnus carriage was recently completely reimagined by filmmaker Wes Anderson.

 

Japan

Why? Japan is just beginning to reopen for the first time since Covid began.

  • Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New York Bar, 52-flights above Tokyo, was immortalized in Lost in Translation. This summer, its corresponding restaurant, New York Grill, is offering Olive-fed Wagyu Beef. (The cattle are raised on an olive farm. After the olives are pressed for oil, the leftovers are fed to the cattle who then fertilize the trees (with nothing going to waste). At New York Grill, Chef Paul Gajewski serves the rich, buttery, supremely marbled meat with a its high oleic content which improves the tenderness and umami flavor.

 

TRAVEL WITH THE ONLY PASSENGER SHIP SAILING TO THE NORTH POLE, PONANT’S LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

June 7th, 2022

 

Le Commandant Charcot is the world’s only luxury icebreaker and the only passenger ship to take travelers to the Geographic North Pole, the most northern point of the Earth’s axis of rotation. With eight departures for the summer 2022 and 2023 Arctic season beginning at $35,960 per person, PONANT’s North Pole sailings will take tourists to the farthest corners of the region, where floating pack ice, polar bear sightings, naturalist-led excursions, and scientific collaboration are part of the itinerary.

The 16-day exploration begins in Longyearbyen, the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, where winter temperatures drop below 40-degrees Fahrenheit and the glaciers and mountains stretch as far as the eye can see. From there, travelers will sail along the icy coast of Spitsbergen, the last stretch of land before the Arctic ice floe, characterized by rugged mountains and hollowed-out fjords. After four days of carving through the ice floe, where the landscapes are constantly changing, guests will arrive at the Geographic North Pole, a mythical site few people have ever reached.

Off-ship excursions range from outings in Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes, or by foot. There will also be opportunities to practice ice fishing and go ice floating. Guests will be outfitted with a special suit, designed to keep the body warm and clothes dry while buoyant on the fresh Arctic waters. Plus, chances to participate in citizen science experiments, like setting up a research station on an ice floe and deploying an Argos transmitter, a satellite-based system that collects and disseminates environmental data.

While the landscapes in the Geographic North Pole are frost-bitten and extreme, the accommodations aboard Le Commandant Charcot are inviting and luxurious. The ship is designed to feel more like a yacht versus a traditional cruise ship, with 123 staterooms and suites, chef-crafted meals designed by Alain Ducasse, a wellness area in partnership with Biologique Recherche, and extras like Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Kristal caviar, and Bordier butter.

But what sets the ship apart are her environmental credentials. PONANT has been a leader in responsible tourism for more than 30 years, and Le Commandant Charcot is among the most environmentally-friendly ships in the sea, powered exclusively by battery and LNG (liquified natural gas), which is the cleanest fuel on the market. When in battery mode, the ship can sail for up to eight hours at a time without producing any emissions and with very low noise levels, so as to not disrupt aquatic life.

 

About PONANT:

PONANT’s “Explore to Inspire” mission is centered around exploration to better understand, learn, share and protect. For more than 30 years, PONANT has been committed to more responsible tourism and voyages of exploration which have meaning. The French-flagged fleet comprises 13 small capacity ships equipped with state of the art environmentally friendly equipment. With PONANT, exploration is refined, authentic and a source of inspiration. The ships explore the Arctic and the Antarctic as well as in the Atlantic and North Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Asia, Oceania and South Pacific, the Caribbean, North, Central and South America. For more information, visit  https://us.ponant.com or call 1-844-747-2873 or contact your travel advisor.

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andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is now open!

June 6th, 2022

The newest lodge from conservation-led travel company andBeyond is now open in a remote corner of the Serengeti known for Great Migration river crossings and very large local lion prides (consisting of between 20 and up to 60 lions).

Today, andBeyond  Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp opens its doors to guests! With interior design by long-time andBeyond collaborator Fox Browne Creative and architectural design by Jack Alexander, the classical tented camp look is redefined in a form that will least impact the natural landscape. The contemporary and rustic spaces were made to bring guests closer to the surroundings, such as the nearby pool particularly popular with hippos, as well as the river drawing a constant flow of wildlife. Drawing inspiration from the natural setting, the main guest areas form a single sweeping arc following the contours of the river with a series of sitting and dining areas that flow naturally together. The large suites are made of canvas, banana fiber and hardwood cladding with deep baths and indoor showers, with outdoor decks and private plunge pools. All buildings were made with lightweight steel frames, canvas, and sustainably sourced local hardwood, allowing them to float over the landscape without the need for heavy concrete foundations and slabs.

 

Sustainability:

As with all andBeyond projects, sustainability will be key in the rebuild and the new lodge will include a 130kWh solar system, which will allow it to run on 80% renewable energy. All hot water systems will also be replaced with brand new, energy efficient ones. Wastewater from the laundry will be recycled for other use and rainwater will be harvested for the swimming pools, while brand new technology will be installed to monitor underground water levels and ensure borehole capacity is not exceeded.

 

Experiences:

There are several new experiences including walking safaris and complimentary daily yoga classes.

 

Rates start at $1,080 per person sharing.

 

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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.

 

Hotel Gift Shops 2.0

May 18th, 2022

These hotels are bringing their gift shops to the next level

 

Instead of the requisite trinkets that often fill hotel gift shops, these next generation gift shops at hotels are filled with locally made pieces that are of-the-place, and things you would actually seek out.

 

Dromoland Castle’s new Charlotte & Co. boutique, Ireland

Dromoland Castle just opened Charlotte & Co on May 2, a boutique celebrating Irish artisans and giving visitors a one-stop shop to pick up an authentic, Irish-made item to remember their trip. The boutique features a collection of Irish contemporary design comprising chunky, hand knit Colin Burke sweaters that reimagine traditional motifs; homewares by KOPPER KREATION made with reclaimed copper, steel, and brass; handmade perfumes made in and inspired by The Burren national park from Burren Perfumery; super chic freeform architectural modeling kits from ARCKIT (think Lego goes high design); and several other proudly Irish makers. While only in-person right now, the shop will go online (and will ship internationally) starting in June 2022.

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The Doyle Collection Hotel Group Awarded with Green Tourism Gold Award

May 16th, 2022

The Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. and The Kensington, London are the latest properties in The Doyle Collection Hotel Group to receive full Gold Status accreditation from Green Tourism. The Dupont Circle remains the first hotel to achieve this highest accolade from Green Tourism in the United States, setting it apart in the luxury market.

 

May 2022The Doyle Collection, an Irish family-owned luxury hotel group with eight hotels located in Ireland, tThe UK and the USA, will now hold full Gold Status across all properties and Head Office for its exceptional environmentally friendly practices and conscious consumer ethos. The group is committed to ensuring that it operates in an ethical, socially conscious and sustainable manner. Each of the hotels are actively continuing to make climate positive changes throughout every touch point of the business, to achieve its sustainability mission.

 

Founded in Scotland in 1997, Green Tourism currently boasts 2500+ members and operates in 20 countries worldwide. They endeavor to assist businesses in reducing their environmental impact through a world-leading sustainability standard, endorsing an overarching vision to care for our planet.

 

Based on three fundamental pillars – People, Places and our Planet – the Green Tourism Assessment criteria considers 70 indicators across 15 sustainability goals which include: carbon, waste, water, biodiversity, local produce and products, ethical purchasing, health and wellbeing, equality and inclusivity, culture and heritage, active travel and community giving, all of which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Its awards certification program shines a light on the commitment of tourism businesses and industries actively working towards becoming more sustainable and recognized worldwide as indicators of environmentally friendly operations.

 

Bernie Gallagher, Chairman of The Doyle Collection states: “We are truly delighted to receive this accolade across the entire portfolio of The Doyle Collection hotels, alongside our head office in Dublin. The recognition of Gold Status is a true testament to the ongoing hard work we continue to put into striving to become more climate conscious in every possible facet of our business. We are on a committed journey to constantly improve the way in which we operate in an effort to safe guard our planet for future generations.”

 

Green Tourism CEO, Andrea Nicholas, remarked: “The investment and support from The Doyle Collection in incorporating sustainability into day-to-day operations and standards has been impressive and an excellent example of corporate commitment.  This along with the dedication, hard work and creativity of the on-site teams at all the hotels has been central to them achieving the highest standard Gold Awards. What is particularly impressive is the success of The Dupont Circle which can be credited with achieving a number of firsts; it being the first hotel in America to become a member of Green Tourism, and the first to be certified with a Gold Award.”

 

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About The Doyle Collection

At the heart of our business is a warmth of service that stems from our family ownership, imbuing our properties with the familiarity and intimacy of a private home. Each of our eight hotels – landmark buildings in unrivalled city locations, has its own distinct personality that is rooted in, and authentic to, its neighborhood. Innovation and ongoing investment ensure a boutique, cosmopolitan yet local feel – as seen in our cool destination restaurants, bars, and event spaces – while our heritage lends character to our vision of informal luxury, timeless style, and the very best guest experience. www.doylecollection.com | www.doylecollection.com/sustainability

About Green Tourism

Green Tourism is a world leading sustainability standard, influencing and advising tourism and hospitality businesses. Its awards are globally acknowledged as an indicator of environmentally friendly best practice. Founded in Perthshire, Scotland in 1997, Green Tourism now has 2500+ members and our reach extends to 20 different countries worldwide. Based on the three pillars of caring for People, Places and our Planet the Green Tourism Assessment criteria covers over 70 indicators across 15 sustainability goals including Carbon, Waste, Water, Biodiversity, Local Produce and Products, Ethical Purchasing, Health & Wellbeing, Equality and Inclusivity, Culture and Heritage, Active Travel and Community Giving.  All the criteria are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. www.green-tourism.com

Japan plans to open borders in June

May 13th, 2022

With the announcement this week that Japan plans to open to tourists shortly (after more than two years), all eyes will be on the island nation. Interest in Japan has only grown – according to Virtuoso (luxury travel agency network with more than 20,000 travel advisors across 50 countries and annual sales between $25-30 billion), leading up to last summer’s Olympics, Japan was the #3 destination American travelers were dreaming about visiting.

 

Park Hyatt Tokyo floats over the city at the top of a 53-story building with views across the metropolis and all the way to Mount Fuji in the distance. Immortalized by Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Sofia Coppola in Lost in Translation, the hotel is still a must-see for visitors to Tokyo.

 

For when travelers are ready to visit, here are some reasons and fun facts why Park Hyatt Tokyo should be on the itinerary.

  • New York Grill serves 3% of the world’s wagyu beef.
    • Launching this summer at New York Grill is “Olive-fed Wagyu Beef,” a premium Sanuki beef. The cattle are raised on a farm where olives are grown. Frist, olives are pressed for oil, then the leftovers are fed to the cattle who then in turn fertilize the olive trees. Nothing goes to waste in the cycle. At New York Grill, Chef Paul Gajewski serves the rich, buttery, supremely marbled meat with a its high oleic content which improves the tenderness and umami flavor. In conjunction, cocktails and snacks featuring local olives will also be prepared at New York Bar. This is running from July 6-August 31.
  • New York Bar has live jazz nightly and its Japanese Whisky flight is a must-try, tracing the history of Japanese whisky and its evolution.
  • Guests can participate in the bi-weekly Goodnight Sleep Stretch, a complimentary 30-minute program designed to prepare the body for restful sleep through stretches and breathing exercises.
  • Sankt Gallen – Japan’s pioneering craft brewery – partners with the hotel every summer to create the Park Brewery Ale, hopped with 20 aromatics.
  • The 65-foot pool sits in a glassed-in tower atop the sky with views over the city.

 

Images courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo: https://we.tl/t-dV6goyDkAP

 

PONANT Announces Winter 2022-2023 Departures in the Seychelles Onboard Le Ponant

March 18th, 2022

Le Ponant, the company’s iconic three-mast sailing yacht, launches a new itinerary, ‘The Seychelles under the trade winds,’ with 11 departures in the Winter 2022-2023 season. Following a complete refit led by Jean-Philippe Nuel Studio, Le Ponant now accommodates just 16 staterooms, offering an intimate sailing adventure in the Seychelles archipelago.

Sailing roundtrip from Mahé, the nine-night itinerary explores a new island each day including two new ports of call for PONANT – the African Banks north of the Amirante Islands and Thérèse Island. Fringed by white sandy beaches, these uninhabited islands will be exclusive hosts to PONANT guests for the day. Venturing as close as possible to the fauna and flora of the Seychelles, an expedition leader, three naturalist guides, and a free diver instructor will be on ship to lead excursions, conferences, and discussions on the region’s biodiversity. Highlighted activities include scuba diving, free diving initiation, yoga at sunrise and sunset led by a yoga expert, meditation, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and outings in glass-bottomed kayaks. As a prelude to the Seychelles, guests also have the option to book a one-night pre-cruise program – sleeping under the stars in an eco-lodge nestled into the dunes on the Arabian Peninsula desert. Rates start from $10,890 per person. The itineraries depart from November 22, 2022 – February 20, 2023. For more information, please find the full itinerary listed here.

Le Ponant

Having been completely renovated with a sleek sophisticated design by the Jean-Philippe Nuel Studio, the end result is an intimate setting with only 16 staterooms for a maximum of 32 guests. Le Ponant, a symbol of PONANT’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism since the beginning, is now fitted with the latest technological innovations to reduce her impact on the region. Le Ponant, which will navigate under sail as often as possible, includes other improvements such as a dockside connection, an innovative system of SCR filters to eliminate fine particles and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90%, waste sorting, and a state-of-the-art water treatment system. No detail has been overlooked to preserve and honor the local heritage and community.

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ABOUT PONANT

Founded in 1988 by French Merchant Navy officers, PONANT offers a new style of cruises under the French flag with its own concept of sea travel and commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism. Centered around sailing to exceptional and unusual destinations aboard refined design yachts, where lifestyle and excellent cuisine take pride of place, the promise of a voyage with PONANT is that it will be truly unique and authentic. For more information: us.ponant.com.

 

Summer in Southern Europe with Belmond

March 16th, 2022

While Italy and Spain are perennial favorites (both are topping Virtuoso’s list of most-booked international destinations this year), this year brings dreamy new experiences and buzzy cultural events that beckon new visitors. In Venice, don’t miss Peggy Guggenheim Museum’s first large-scale international loan exhibition, Surrealism and Magic. And if your travels take you to the Amalfi Coast, organize a side trip to the sister island of Procida—a short ferry from Naples—which was dubbed Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022.

Filtered through the lens of Belmond, visitors will experience the splendor of a European summer like never before. Drift along the Italian Riviera in a traditional gozzo fishing boat, tour an artist’s Sicilian studio inside a former monastery, and enjoy Spanish guitar melodies amid a 15th-century winery on Mallorca. Access is everything, and guests of Belmond get front-row seats to these region’s most spectacular landscapes, experiences, and attractions.

PORTOFINO

At Splendido Mare and sister property, Splendido, discover the Portofino that has lured artists and writers to the coastal town throughout the centuries. Following a complete restoration that debuted last summer, Splendido Mare is the epitome of Italian glamor, with a picturesque location overlooking the yacht-filled harbor and 14 rooms filled with Ulrich Guglielmo armchairs, Carrara marble surfaces, and works by Italian painter Gabriele Cappelli. Off-property, guests can walk in the footsteps of aristocrats and artists including Peter Paul Rubens by touring two private palaces that date back to the 16th century. Or play out private villa fantasies at a pair of cliff-hugging private residences surrounded by herb gardens and overlooking the shimmering sea. For deeper immersion in nature, plan a sunrise hike to a sustainable eco-farm overlooking the Ligurian Sea, where you can wander around olive groves and vegetable gardens and feast on local delicacies.

A quick jaunt away is Splendido, a Portofino icon housed inside a 16th-century monastery. Take a motorboat to the secluded bay of San Fruttuoso or drift along tranquil waters on traditional gozzo fishing boats, exploring secret coves and hidden bays. At the vineyard of La Portofinese—the only vineyard in Portofino with views of the Ligurian Sea—walk through sloping vines while tasting local grape varieties like Vermentino and Bianchetta Genovese.

VENICE

Over the next few months, Italy’s floating city will host several can’t miss cultural events, including the Arte Laguna Prize, the Surrealism and Magic exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and the Venice Biennale. There’s never been a better moment to visit—and at Belmond’s Cipriani, the city’s most iconic stay, guests will have access to exclusive experiences that will deepen their perspectives and whisk them away from the crowds. During tours of the Fondazione Cini Library and the 13th-century Library San Francesco della Vigna, rare books and preserved manuscripts will be on exclusive display for Belmond guests. Meanwhile, at the tiny island of Giudecca, guests will tour medieval pharmacies, visit an authentic gondola boatyard, and meet one of the last “moecante” (soft-shelled green crab) fishing families.

RAVELLO

A hidden treasure of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello is known for its cliffside gardens and dramatic Tyrrhenian Sea scenery. And Caruso, an 11th-century palace set on a cliff’s edge 1,000 feet above sea level, features all the worldly luxuries anyone could desire—paintings by old masters, marble-clad hallways, a pool that appears to drop into the sea below. Go beyond the usual tourist sites and enjoy exclusive access to secret underground networks deep below the historic town, where you’ll discover archeological treasures from Roman times. And while Amalfi is synonymous with hairpin turns and ribbon-like highways that stretch along the coastline, locals know that there’s a better way to discover the scenery: a hike along the Path of the Gods, an ancient route that links Agerola and Nocelle and offers hair-raising views. An expert guide will join you as you climb into the mountains and picnic on local specialties before descending 1,680 steps to the bustling town below.

SICILY

Travelers are finally catching onto Sicily’s diverse charms. With two glamorous hideaways on Italy’s boot, Belmond can offer every perspective on the island. Grand Hotel Timeo is a private home reborn as a lush tropical paradise. The enchanting hotel is located in the seaside commune of Taormina, on the island’s east coast, where it offers commanding views of Mount Etna, Naxos Bay, and beyond. Go on a private tour of artist Sergio Fiorentino’s private atelier, head to a winery on the slopes of Mount Etna for lunch and a tasting, or see the sights from above on a helicopter tour.

Set on a craggy coastline on the secluded Bay of Mazzaro, Villa Sant’Andrea has been dazzling visitors since the 1950s. Sit on a cabana on the hotel’s private beach, or set off to explore the island’s full range of adventures and experiences. Catch a show at the ancient Greek Theater with Mount Etna as your backdrop, or sail along the Sicilian coast to the charming town of Aci Trezza to meet members of the Rodolico family, who have been building handcrafted boats since 1908. For further local immersion, spend an afternoon with a fisherman and enjoy lunch inside his home overlooking the Messina Strait.

FLORENCE

Florence is synonymous with the Renaissance—what better way to immerse yourself in the period by staying at Villa San Michele, a former medieval monastery whose 15th-century façade is attributed to Michelangelo? Nestled in the Fiesole hills, the historic hotel is surrounded by lush woodland and terraced gardens, with views of the Chianti hills in the distance. Meet local makers and craftsmen who are powering Florence’s New Renaissance, enjoy a private visit to the Zeffirelli Museum where you’ll be personally greeted by the family, and end the day with a meditation session in a tranquil corner of the Leonardo woodland.

SPAIN

Mallorca is an island of many sides, and at La Residencia, guests can truly choose their own adventures. Wedged between the Mediterranean and the island’s spectacular Tramuntana mountains, the boutique jewel is steeped in soulfulness, with 800 works from local painters, 35 rooms and 32 suites set inside 16th-century manor houses, and easy access to the magical village of Deià. In a remote enclave near Alucudia, the Fundacion Yannick y Ben Jakober is a cultural institution comprising an underground art gallery, a sculpture park, and a rose garden with over a hundred varieties of old English roses. Belmond guests can round out their visits by touring a neighboring country estate and enjoying a picnic on the grounds of the Sa Bassa Blanca museum. For a different feast of the senses, meet acclaimed winemaker Javier Jara for a walk through his 15th-century winery, Son Sureda Ric. The experience will conclude with a bossa nova performance amid vines, with Javier on the guitar and his talented wife, Carmè, on vocals.

 

Le Commandant Charcot sets new world record in the Antarctic

March 16th, 2022

On February 27, 2022, PONANT’s Le Commandant Charcot set a new world record in reaching the latitude of 78°44.3’ South, the closet geographic latitude to the South Pole located in the Bay of Whales in the Ross Sea.

Captain Patrick Marchesseau, who was at the helm, describes the moment when the vessel reached this point, “The Bay of Whales was the point of departure for the Amundsen expedition which was the first to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911. The temperature was around -15°C. It was in this beautiful landscape, as striking as the cold which reigns here, that Le Commandant Charcot reached 78°44.3’ South, which is the closest geographical latitude to the South Pole by sea on the entire Antarctic continent.”

The latest addition to the PONANT fleet, Le Commandant Charcot is the first hybrid electric high polar exploration ship powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). It is a leading innovation that signals the company’s commitment to sustainable tourism and to minimizing the environmental impact. A ship of scientific opportunity, she is also the only cruise ship to host researchers on board and provide them with a dedicated scientific laboratory. With Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT is collaborating with the scientific world to collect data and gain new insights into these extreme polar regions with that society becomes the best ambassadors once experienced firsthand.

ABOUT PONANT

Founded in 1988 by French Merchant Navy officers, PONANT offers a new style of cruises under the French flag with its own concept of sea travel and commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism. Centered around sailing to exceptional and unusual destinations aboard refined design yachts, where lifestyle and excellent cuisine take pride of place, the promise of a voyage with PONANT is that it will be truly unique and authentic. For more information: us.ponant.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Chatwal Launches an Exclusive Work-From-Hotel Package

February 24th, 2022

A playground for New York’s creative set, the Theater District has long been a source of endless inspiration for residents and visitors alike. And now that The Chatwal—a landmark building where the nation’s first professional theatrical club once gathered—has launched an exclusive Work-From-Home Offer, guests will be able to chase their creativity and boost their productivity while enjoying a change of scenery, including views of Manhattan’s skyline from their private outdoor terrace.

The offer includes 10% off a two-night minimum stay, Sunday through Wednesday, plus daily lunch from The Lambs Club delivered straight to your “desk,” complimentary daily butler services (shoe-shining, garment pressing and steaming) complimentary WiFi, and daily housekeeping service upon request.

With pandemic restrictions easing, including the lifting of the indoor mask mandate, there’s never been a better time to visit New York City, where guests of The Chatwal enjoy specialty access to Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and other top sights.

For an extra dose of inspiration, bed down in one of 14 suites with lush private terraces that overlook West 44th Street and Manhattan’s skyline. Or spark your creativity by opting for the Library Suite, which features a private library stocked with literary tomes and classics. After work hours, guests can work out in the on-site fitness center, or ask the concierge for the best local recommendations, whether it’s dinner reservations, art exhibitions, or walks in nearby Central Park.

The offer will end Labor Day; room rates start at $495+tax (pre-discount).

About The Chatwal Brand

With timeless elegance at its core in architecture, design and details, The Chatwal brand is committed to offering bespoke experiences and refined services. Created by the visionary hotelier and entrepreneur Mr. Sant Singh Chatwal, The Chatwal brand represents a seamless mélange of impeccable world-class interiors, serene wellness components, the finest in haute cuisine and elaborate wines, and a deep understanding of local cultures to provide guests with highly personalized and distinguished, luxury hospitality in some of the world’s most desirable locales. The flagship property, The Chatwal, New York, has been voted #1 Best Hotel in New York City by the 2021 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and #2 Top Hotel in New York City by the 2021 Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards. Originally built in 1905 by Stanford White, the landmark hotel was restored and renewed by master architect Thierry  Despont and re-launched in 2010 with 76 creatively-appointed accommodations, several of which feature spacious outdoor terraces. April 29, 2022 will  debut  The Chatwal Lodge, The Catskills, NY, which will be followed by  2023 openings in San Miguel de Allende and Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico.

 

 

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