EAT: Exploring Argentina’s love for food with Naya Traveler
Naya Traveler’s new Dish by Dish journeys allow travelers to explore a destination through its aromas, spices and unique flavors as you learn about culinary traditions, origins and making of local dishes from expert connoisseurs and chefs. Stroll through food markets, discover local produce and engage in the preparation of flavor-filled recipes in kitchens, homes, or the wild outdoors. In a country that produces some of the world’s best wine and steak, journey through its northern and southern-most regions to meet with celebrated chefs and join locals in their love for food, a central element of Argentine culture.
Explore Buenos Aires with an expert who runs pop-up restaurants throughout the city. Learn about the country’s immigrant history by visiting different neighborhoods and trying a variety of dishes that represent the melting pot of cultures in Argentina. Fly down to Bariloche in the Lake District to spend time in the backyard of a soulful chef’s home who grows her own produce and adds her own twist to Argentine cuisine at her gourmet, family-fun restaurant Cassis. Step behind closed doors to learn the techniques of Patagonia’s staple dishes. Venture into Gaucho territory and gain knowledge of the many ways to prepare a traditional Argentine Asado – BBQ. Explore Cafayate in northwest Argentina for high-altitude torrontes wine tasting and learning how to make the original empanada. End in Argentina’s wine country, Mendoza, and visit some of the lesser-known, more boutique wineries with the owners and a sommelier.
Naya Traveler’s new culinary journey in Argentinastarts at $1,000USD per person per day, based on a party of 2 people. Includes: high-end accommodations, team of expert guides, culinary specialists & chefs, daily private activities and excursions, many meals, daily transfers in private, entrance fees, and overall coordination. International airfare not included. Best from October through April with a minimum of 5 days. In addition to Argentina, Naya Traveler also offers curated Dish by Dish journeys to Peru, South India and Ethiopia. For more information, contact Naya Traveler at www.nayatraveler.com or 1-301-358-5096.
TREK: Mountain walks from On Foot Holidays
It’s hard to beat the exhilaration of reaching a mountain peak after a challenging climb, being rewarded with breath-taking views and the satisfaction of achieving your goal. On Foot Holidays has many self-guided walks to offer in mountainous areas throughout Europe, with a range of degrees of difficulty. Here are just some of their walks with the most dramatic and inspirational landscapes, including a few strenuous ascents, though there are also occasions where a cable car can take the strain for part of the climb.
–Austria: An Alpine experience in the Bregenzerwald region, but with a moderate grade of walking. Wander the foothills, through meadows, woods and charming villages, and use cable cars to explore remoter valleys, including an ascent in the spectacular Damüls bowl.
–Chamonix and the French Alps: Explore some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Europe, at the foot of Mont Blanc. For the fitter walker, there are some significant ascents, but there are plenty of shortening options to make the spectacular views accessible for all levels.
–Corfu and the Vikos Gorge: After a short exploration of the hills of Corfu, the highlight of this holiday is the Zagoria region of the Greek mainland, and the wonderful Vikos Gorge, with stunning views and zig-zag paths. The final climb to the Astraka refuge reaches into the Alpine zone.
–Dolomites: From the German-speaking enclave of Italy’s South Tyrol, the route meanders south via a remote refuge and the Tre Cime mountain at 2250m, into the Italian Dolomites. The final breath-taking stretch reaches the smart resort of Cortina. A challenging but satisfying walk.
–Bulgaria: The rugged and remote terrain merits this being our only guided walk. Among the highlights of the Rila Mountains is Mt Musala – the highest peak in the Balkans at 2925m. The lift system helps you gain height but be prepared for some ferrata-style walking!
On Foot Holidays offers a boutique range of 32 off-the-beaten-track, self-guided walking holidays throughout Europe, in areas rich in cuisine and culture. For more information, visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk or email@example.com.
SAFARI: The Lodge at Feline Fields offers new luxury mobile camp in Botswana
The Lodge at Feline Fields, Botswana has announced a new luxury mobile camp inMababe Marshes, Khwai Community Concession for a unique safari experience rich in wildlife sightings. Guests can then travel by helicopter to relax and unwind in the spectacular savannah setting at The Lodge at Feline Fields. Guests will experience twice daily game drives to witness some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife, explore the Okavango Delta by Mokoro canoe with a picnic in tow or venture to Chobe National Park known for its large herds of elephants. After two or three nights spent in the wilderness, be whisked by helicopter to The Lodge at Feline Fields just a forty-minute flight away. This six-night safari starts from $6,750USD (approximately £5,093) per person. This includes: two nights mobile camping in Khwai, four nights at The Lodge at Feline Fields, a transfer one-way by helicopter between Khwai and The Lodge, return road transfers, all activities including safari in Khwai and a bushmen experience at Kaure Bush Camp, all meals and drinks (excluding champagne and French wines), laundry service, VAT and a €30 donation to the Feline Fields Trust. For itinerary specifics and more information, visit www.felinefields.com.
WILDLIFE: New wildlife adventures in 2018 with Natural World Safaris
UK-based travel outfitter Natural World Safaris places guests in the right place, at the right time, for extraordinary wildlife encounters. They specialize in experiential luxury, with fully bespoke trips accounting for more than 90 per cent of their safaris. Here’s some of their new journeys for 2018:
–Galapagos: Travel in February with wildlife photographer and National Geographic cameraman Doug Allan on this expedition to the wildlife-rich islands of the Galapagos, staying aboard the luxurious Infinity yacht.
–Greenland: In August, a new small-ship, 12-berth expedition will travel to Greenland led by photographer Andrew James.
–Brazil: In August, journey to the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil in search of the jaguar and other wildlife with award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Winter.
–Uganda: In September, join primatologist and great ape conservationist Ben Garrod in western Uganda tracking the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Forest National Park and the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest.
–Kamchatka: In September, cruise the coastlines of Russia’s eastern seaboard, a remote and seldom-visited area known for breathtaking landscapes and rich wildlife.
–South Georgia: In November, an exclusive photographic safari with acclaimed wildlife photographer David Yarrow will depart to South Georgia on a small ship sailing.
The expert team of Natural World Safaris comprises of ex-wildlife safari guides and specialists in the natural world, ensuring guests can get up close with some of the world’s most spectacular, enchanting or elusive wildlife, while promoting responsible travel and supporting local conservation projects. For more information, visit www.naturalworldsafaris.com.
WELLNESS: Adler Spa Resorts adds new Adler Med program
One of Italy’s top spa resorts, Adler Spa Resorts has just added an extra dimension to its 5-star well-being services: an upgraded medical program with a six-doctor team specializing in the latest techniques in preventive medicine. Known as Adler Med, this innovative program is part of the two 5-star spa resorts in Italy, Adler Thermae Spa in Tuscany and its sister property Adler Dolomiti. Family owned and operated since its founding in 1810, Adler Spa Resorts now move beyond typical spa treatments like detox, thermotherapy and stress management to 21st century concepts like bioletrical impedance analysis, iomet tests for active cell nutrition, kinesiological examinations and other advanced diagnostics techniques. The full range of this Adler Med program is spotlighted in detail on a new website, www.adler-med.it. It includes the names and credentials of the medical staff with brief descriptions of their specialties, which include- bioelectrical impedance analysis, aromatogram testing, orthopedic traumatology and applied kinesiology. The programs range from one day to one week, but they’re merely a starting point since the staff will formulate custom packages to fit the specific needs of individual guests. For more information on Adler Spa Resorts, visit www.adler-resorts.com/en/.
STYLE: Iconic Santorini – a Cave Hotel that truly reflects Santorini’s history
Iconic Santorini is a Cave Hotel which makes it unusual architecturally and one of the few hotels that truly reflects Santorini’s history. As Architectural Digest noted, the rooms at Iconic Santorini “take the rustic Cycladic aesthetic to a new level of refinement.” Named Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel at The World Travel Awards in 2014 through 2017, four years in a row, the property has maintained a sustained perfect rating on TripAdvisor since opening in 2013.
A truly extraordinary place, recreated from former homes and shops in one of Santorini’s typical white-cube villages, this exquisite hotel showcases suites that echo the island’s unique style of white vaulted caves, each deftly restyled with modern amenities. The task of transforming the village into a hotel was assigned to the Athens-based architectural/design firm, A&T Kontodimas. From the sea, the breathtaking view of Imerovigli village hasn’t changed – the five-level hotel fits right into the cliffscape. Indoors, the Kontodimas team harnessed the caves’ rough-hewn white walls and vaulted ceilings to fashion a setting that recalls the Greece of bygone days but adds touches of contemporary elegance.
Offered now through October 15th, 2018 (subject to availability), the Iconic Santorini Honeymoon Retreat package, for honeymooners and other couples in love, can be booked for the Cliff Suite. The romance package includes a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne on arrival, elegantly presented daily breakfasts served with complimentary mimosas, fresh fruit baskets every morning, flower arrangement in the suite, a romantic candlelit dinner-for-two featuring Greek specialties with a bottle of one of Santorini’s distinctive wines, complimentary mineral water and sodas throughout the stay, a couples’ massage, transfers to and from the island’s airport. Packages requires a three-night minimum stay and apply to the specific suite listed above, so early booking is recommended. For more details and information on other Iconic offers, visit www.iconicsantorini.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUTDOORS: Copper Mountain announces major upgrades for 2018-19 ski season
In its ongoing commitment to enhancing guest experience and providing access to an authentic Colorado adventure, Copper Mountain and its parent company, POWDR recently announced major upgrades for the 2018-19 ski season. Copper Mountain will transform the Center Village guest experience with the replacement of the American Eagle and American Flyer chairlifts with high-speed combination and bubble-style lift service slated to debut in time for the 2018-19 ski season. The American Eagle lift, a high-speed quad, will be replaced with a high-speed lift that includes a combination of both 6-person chairs and 8-person gondola cabins. The new lift will increase uphill capacity by over 40 percent, allowing more skiers and snowboarders access to an abundance of Copper’s intermediate terrain. A high-speed 6-person chair with bubble enclosures is set to replace the high-speed quad known as the American Flyer lift, offering a more comfortable ride and greatly increasing uphill capacity. The new lift will primarily serve the easy and intermediate side of the resort’s unique naturally-divided terrain and will provide expedited access to Copper’s advanced high alpine bowls.
This announcement is a continuation of Copper Mountain’s demonstrated commitment to providing its guests with local experiences and easy access to authentic Colorado adventure. In other news, beginning on March 6, Copper Mountain will once again offer resort season passes starting at $459 with Kids Ski Free. Season passes include unlimited access to Copper Mountain along with three free days at Monarch, Purgatory, Powder Mountain Utah and Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. Passholders can also enjoy free skiing and riding at Grand Targhee with the purchase of lodging. To learn more about Copper Season Passes and to purchase, visit CopperColorado.com/passes. Copper Mountain will also be offering the Copper Four Pack for the 2018-19 ski season. More details will be released in the coming weeks. Copper Mountain is a proud partner on the Ikon Pass. For Ikon Pass Details, visit IkonPass.com.
MUSIC: Saint Lucia Tourism Authority hosts Jazz Festival in May
From May 6th – 13th, 2018, the island of Saint Lucia hosts the 27th Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, a celebration of seven days of eclectic musical brilliance from international, regional and local Jazz artists in beautiful intimate settings throughout the island. The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will host a mix of free and paying concerts throughout the island. The Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort will host “A World of Jazz” beginning on Monday, May 7th at 7pm. ($40USD per show). The line-up is as follows: May 7th – Barbara Cadet, Denys Baptiste; May 8th – Pauline Jean, Arnaud Dolme; May 9th – Zara McFarlane, Etienne Mbappe and the Prophets; May 10th – Cameron Pierre, Luther Francois; May 11th – Carolyn Malachi, AZIZA featuring Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. The newly opened Harbor Club in Rodney Bay will host “A Taste of Bourbon Street” on Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th at 7pm featuring Jazzmeia ‘Jazz’ Horn and a set dinner each night ($100USD per person per dinner set). The Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa will host “A Musical Tapestry” on Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th. Each night will feature two shows at 7pm and 11pm ($40USD per show). Lalah Hathway will perform the May 11th show and Alfredo Rodriguez will perform the May 12th show.
The Jazz Festival culminates at Pigeon Island National Landmark at 2pm with the “Mother’s Day Special” on Sunday, May 13th with performances by The Frantz Laurac Quartet, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson & Friends, R+R=NOW with Robert Glasper, Terrace Marti, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin and Justin Tyson, and Avery*Sunshine. Cost is $50USD per person. Hotels island-wide are offering special promotions and packages for the Jazz Festival and through Summer. For more information on the musicians and full details on the festival, please visit www.stlucia.org/jazzfestival.
JUST BACK FROM MEXICO CITY: What to do, eat and where to stay in CDMX
Eat Like a Local launches new tour in May
For an insider’s view of Mexico City’s food scene, look no further than Eat Like a Local. Born and raised in Mexico City, Rocio Vazquez Landeta takes travelers through the streets of this vibrant city to taste, explore and connect with Mexico City’s food scene, markets, restaurants and people. Discovering all the hidden gastronomic gems that only locals know, Eat Like a Local’s food journeys showcase the cutting-edge restaurants along with secret food stalls and street food that offer the most authentic Mexican cuisine. Starting in May, Eat Like a Local is launching a new tour called “Cook with Local Women”, a four-hour culinary experience where travelers learn how to cook homemade traditional Mexican food with local women. The cooking class takes place right in the family’s homes and guests will cook, prepare and eat a four-course traditional meal together, sipping mezcal, drinking Mexican coffee and enjoying a first-hand Mexican food experience and cultural exchange. Eat Like a Local supports four local hard-working women, a cultural exchange that inspires people and showcases the diversity of the local community. The tour is $130 USD per person, everything included. Available every Monday starting May 7th, 2018. For more information, visit www.eatlikalocal.com.mx or email email@example.com.
Chic Boutique Bed & Breakfast: Ignacia Guest House
Located in the gastronomic center of Mexico City in the vibrant Colonia Roma neighborhood,Ignacia Guest House is an exclusive bed and breakfast with just five suites, uniting Mexican artisan tradition and history with contemporary design. The restoration of this 1913’s mansion celebrates the personality of Ignacia, the mansion’s housekeeper for more than 70 years. In partnership with the interior design studio A – G, Factor Eficiencia developed Ignacia Guest House a year ago. The cooks at Ignacia Guest House hit the pantry bright and early to prepare each day’s selection and source all ingredients at traditional neighborhood markets and prepare everything—salsas, condiments, everything—from scratch. For more hands-on culinary experiences, take one of Casa Jacaranda’s cooking classes to learn true beauty of Mexican cooking—and Mexican life—at home with Beto Estúa and Jorge Fitz in gorgeous Casa Jacaranda (above Ignacia Guest House). Casa Jacaranda offers by-request cooking lessons for every kind of cook, at every experience level focusing on the market’s top seasonal offering. And liquor enthusiasts can soon enjoy the new mezcal tastings at Ignacia Guest House this Spring. www.ignacia.mx
The New Favorite in Mexico City – Meroma
With its recent opening at the end of October 2017 in bustling Roma Norte,Meroma is quickly becoming a hotspot in Mexico City’s buzzing food scene. Mercedes Bernal and Rodney Cusic are the minds and hands behind this new restaurant in Colonia Roma. One of the main objectives of Meroma is always to work with local suppliers that share their passion for sustainability. The result is contemporary cuisine that focuses on the local produce. The chefs have created a very special network of small producers, in which they provide quality products with unique local ingredients. Meroma is a place that seeks to use avant-garde culinary techniques and take advantage of the best ingredients that Mexico offers, resulting in a unique, accessible and delicious experience. www.meroma.mx
Condesa’s Newest Boutique Hotel: Casa Decu
Located in trendy Condesa District, a neighborhood energized with galleries, bars and restaurants, Casa Decu is a new boutique hotel that just opened at the end of 2017 offering a cosmopolitan stay for the global traveler. A restoration of an Art Deco building, the beautifully renovated hotel is managed by Nice To See You and brings a new dimension of luxury and design to Mexico City. Architects Mikel Merodio and Salvador Arroyo developed the concept that blends contemporary design with elements of the indigenous Mexican Art Deco style. Casa Decu features 27 luxury suites distributed between four floors. 24 of these suites are fully equipped with a kitchen and TV room. The building offers a fitness center, beautiful rooftop garden terrace, continental breakfast and more. Get to know city, walking its streets by foot or with the bicycles that the hotel offers for its guests. www.casadecu.com
New Restaurant in San Miguel: Masala y Maiz
Norma Listman and Saquib Keval met in the kitchen tracing notes of ancestral recipes and community food-ways. As chefs, they have committed themselves to creating unique dining experiences rooted in using food as a means to tell complex stories of food migration through beautifully curated meals. At their newly opened Masala y Maiz in Mexico City, Norma and Saquib research the migration of spices, chiles, ingredients and cooking techniques between Mexico and South Asia. Their menus present unique recipes and stories that bring people to the table to reflect the depth and history of ancestral foods. Chefs Norma and Saquib are based in Mexico City, but travel internationally giving lectures, food demonstrations and hosting pop ups featuring their signature foods. www.masalaymaiz.com