I thought this week I'd give everyone a glimpse of a short highlight reel of what we have been booking so far this year. I am pleased to report that our travelers seem to be spreading their wings further in 2024 than since way back in 2019 and this excites me.
Don't forget these are just the accommodations. Our true skill and purpose is connecting you with tours and guides that will open your eyes and broaden your mind, whether it be related to history, food, wine, architecture, sport or pretty much any special interest you can name.
Top 5 - Just Booked in 2024
all properties are in hotel programs that enable us to offer you several extra amenities
1. Amanwella, Sri Lanka (above and below)
Amanwella is situated amidst a mature coconut grove fronting a crescent shaped beach close to the village of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. The resort derives its name by combining the words, aman, or "peace" in Sanskrit, and wella, the Sinhalese name for beach.
The property reigns above a tranquil beach between two rocky headlands. Serene and stylish, this is a tropical paradise for the ages – be as active or as lazy as you wish. While you have every opportunity to commune with giant turtles, snorkel, and visit protected elephant herds in nearby national parks, remember to take time to curl up in your ocean-view suite with its floor-to-ceiling windows, plunge pool, timber sliding doors, and spacious terrace with double sun lounger; everything was designed with your utmost pleasure in mind. Indulge in a spa bath, while sipping fresh king-coconut juice or Champagne.
2. La Samanna, a Belmond Hotel, St Martin (above and below)
Characterized by white stucco Mediterranean architecture adorned with lush tropical foliage, La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, is an exclusive luxury resort secluded on Baie Longue, on the island of St. Martin.
Timeless elegance is the essence of La Samanna, a Belmond Hotel, made all the more impressive through recently completed renovations. Modern comfort and effortless island living are perfectly balanced in the 83 beautifully and meticulously updated ocean-view guest rooms and suites, as well as in the three- and four-bedroom Private Pool Villas. The restaurants include one featuring traditional French seaside cuisine and another highlighting Caribbean cooking. In addition to sunbathing on Baie Longue beach or by either of the two pools, enjoy spending time at the spa, playing tennis, snorkeling, or sailing on the Caribbean Sea.
3. Rosewood Miramar Beach, CA (above and below)
Rosewood Miramar Beach sits within easy reach of all that Montecito and Santa Barbara have to offer. Referred to as the "American Riviera" and situated between the Santa Ynez mountains and pristine California coast line, there is no shortage of things to do. From wine tasting rooms in the Funk Zone to whale watching, Santa Barbara offers activities for everyone.
With its light and airy guest rooms and suites on one of Southern California’s most exclusive beaches, Rosewood Miramar Beach is a seaside gem. Tucked away in idyllic Montecito, just 80 miles northwest of L.A., the resort’s bungalows are the perfect respite from the everyday grind. Rejuvenation happens daily at Sense Spa, while sunrise yoga and sunset walks begin and end days in paradise. Indulge in Italian-inflected coastal cuisine at the oceanfront Caruso's.
4. Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand (above and below)
Nestled among emerald rice fields, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is a sanctuary of well-being, perfect for unwinding, recharging and finding your fulfilment with individually tailored experiences. The resort is 30 minutes from downtown Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of Lanna and Thailand’s second-largest city, where you will find a thriving contemporary art scene. For our adventurous clients, the off-the-beaten-path Mae Rim Valley, home of the lush Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and the sacred Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi temple, is only a couple of miles away.
5. Castel Monastero, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy (above and below)
Castel Monastero is set in the Tuscan countryside and is surrounded by stunning landscapes of Chianti vineyards, chestnuts forests and long rows of cypress trees.
An 11th-century walled hamlet surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this property transports guests to another place and time, with a transformative spa and much-touted restaurants. Its 73 individually appointed guest rooms and suites are rustically elegant, and the spa offers personalized programs to revitalize and detoxify. The annual chef’s table is extraordinary and not to be missed. The ancient wine cellar offers more relaxed repasts. Go bike riding, play golf or polo, join the kitchen team for an Italian cooking class, or take a hot-air balloon ride over the Tuscan hills.
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