Two of the world's most exotic countries, South Africa and Brazil, will be intriguing travel destinations in 2014 for travelers who enjoy extensive, pre-planned schedules. Travel services Audley and Elevate Destinations are making it easy to visit these countries with tailor-made trips to help tourists experience the local culture and venerable history. ... Read More
I am installed in understated and effortlessly chic Provençal style at the 6th century Relais & Château Hôtel Crillon le Brave, a sleepy cluster of seven elegantly rustic stone buildings in a tiny Roman hilltop hamlet overlook vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Rhône valley. In this stunning place I begin my truffle hunting for the earthy nuggets, the diamants noirs, so highly prized by gourmands. Leading the way is Provence's truffier extraordinaire Eric Jaumard and his exuberant, but expertly trained, truffle hound Mirette.... Read More
The holidays aren’t a competition, they’re all about love and giving and those Fa-la-la-la-las. But say for one second, that they WERE a competition. You’d want to win, right? It just so happens that Flexjet and Abercrombie & Kent really want you to come out on top as well by offering this year’s Ultimate Holiday Gift.... Read More
I hear it again. To an ear unaccustomed to this sound, it is so haunting. It is the call of the loon, reverberating on the clear, cerulean waters of Lake Rosseau, part of the District of Muskoka, about two or three hour drive north of Toronto, Ontario. I remember hearing this sound years before, on a lake of my childhood, and once its haunting timbre is heard, it is impossible to forget: very like the wistful sounds of the Hardanger fiddle, played only by a few old men, along the fjords of southern Norway. The loon sound, like the unique Norwegian string instrument, has pensive resonance, creating a landscape of memory that only sounds of the past exude.... Read More
The Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny but beautiful country on the eastern end of the Himalayas, is home to a few exquisite luxury resorts; but it’s a little difficult to reach. Thanks to a new partnership between high-end COMO Hotels and Resorts and global aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn, however, elite travelers can now easily arrive in style. COMO, which owns Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos as well as other five-star Bhutanese luxury lodges, has launched an exclusive seven-night trip with flights to and from the country via private jet.... Read More
Part of the excitement of traveling is getting to experience the local cuisine of each new destination; likewise, part of the anxiety of traveling is trying the local cuisine…if you know what I mean. To accommodate both emotions, Discovery Adventures in partnership with Discovery Communications and G Adventures has created a trip for the ultimate foodie traveler. The Argentina & Chile Gourmet Adventure is a 12-day journey in November that highlights South American foods and wines, specifically chosen by knowledgeable tour operators.... Read More
Italy has some competition. Croatia, the slender post-Cold War country that sits just across the Adriatic Sea from the land that is home to pizzas and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is quietly luring the jet-setting class to its soil. In particular, the rugged coastal city of Dubrovnik offering unending views of the emerald sea and petite untouched islands is thriving with a surge of international guests. American couples and roving European families are quickly filling its medieval streets and winding coastal highways, and it is not a surprise to the Adriatic Luxury Hotels (ALH) group.... Read More
One of the most frustrating things about being on vacation is trying to fit everything into that one short stay. It seems you never have the time to see and do everything you’d like to and you may never have the chance to return.
Extraordinary Journeys (EJ)—specializing in bespoke African tours—knows it’s not that often people get to travel around this captivating continent. So, to help get the most out of your time there, they’ve has taken their offerings to new heights…literally.... Read More
South Florida luxury resort Turnberry Isle Miami announced the launch of its Ultimate Guys Golf Weekend (UGGW) package. This all-inclusive, four-day package provides an opportunity for 20 friends to enjoy a golf lover’s dream vacation together. In addition to daily rounds of golf on the resort’s two, 18-hole Raymond Floyd-designed courses, participants will also receive personalized golf amenities and participate in exclusive VIP events.... Read More
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