The authentic and the avant-garde combine in this luxurious rainforest retreat. Stay in a Clay Cottage, inspired by the 'Pa-ta-pea' clan, or a Tent Pool Villa with spectacular views. For something truly individual, pick one of the seven Tree Houses that seem suspended from the canopy itself. Or, for the ultimate indulgence, book a Bird's Nest Pool Villa. With streams and waterfalls running through it, this luxury resort is seamlessly woven into its surroundings.
NORTH AMERICA: Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
Amangani is an ultra-luxury resort with 40 Suites overlooking the majestic Grand Tetons. On the site of a magnificent natural phenomenon, where nature's needs prevail over those of humanity, Amangani has laid its indigenous foundations with environmental integrity rooting itself in the soul of the dramatically unprocessed American Wild West. The resort has a prodigious aspect, in 21st Century comfort, across the raw valley of Jackson Hole where many a wild animal leaves a labyrinthine trail as it wanders up into the spectacular surrounding snow-capped Tetons, the Rockies' youngest and most riveting range.
SOUTH AMERICA: Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Torres Del Paine, Chile
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff
My long held suspicions are now confirmed after a trip to Northwest Ireland earlier this year, it’s my favorite golf destination in the world.
The judgement isn’t made lightly as I’ve played the ancient game in 50 or so countries, including 22 different lands during a year of roaming with clubs in tow for my book “Around the World in 80 Rounds.”
Simply put, Northwest Ireland has everything a true golf explorer desires: joyously dramatic seaside links-style courses playing through incredible duneland; comfortable accommodations for all budgets to recharge in nightly along the way; and gracious Irish hospitality that’s as prevalent as the myriad green pastures dotting the terra firma of this magical land. It’s tough to beat.
Where to Play
Enniscrone Golf Club (pictured above)
On several previous visits to Ireland, I’d somehow overlooked playing Enniscrone Golf Club in County Sligo. What a mistake! I could happily tee it up there on the Dunes Course for rest of my golfing life and be as happy as a leprechaun finding the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It well deserves to be put in the same conversation with Royal County Down, Ballybunion and Royal Portrush
For most people getting to Hawaii takes a good deal of travel time, so the Ooh and Aah factor of where you stay and what you do have to match the travel time.
The Big Island has resort options that blend the allure of the islands with lavish appointments and island charm. It is the kind of destination where focusing on a particular area yields the best travel experience. The Kohala coast, north of Kona, offers a bevy of resorts that combine beach, dining, stunning golf and relaxation in one of the most idyllic settings.
Plan on staying 10 days, especially if you want to stay at one resort, and then gallivant to cultural sites and wonders that span recreation, nature, and dining. The exact mix is best combining activities that are close in driving distance.
If you need to blend your stay plus give the children oodles of energy burning activities, then the Hilton Waikoloa Village might be the place. The entire property, all 65 acres is splashed with an Asian/Oriental theme. Pools abound, and while it’s big, whether you go in a small or large group, you can find your own little kingdom on the
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is the largest food festival in Hawaii and the largest coffee festival in the world. The KCCF just concluded its’ 45th year, having over 15,000 attendees when counting all the events.
Because the program occurs over 10 days, with many programs and events being repeated, you can set your schedule for beach/pool time, snorkeling or other activities and not feel you have missed anything. A real plus compared to the festivals where you have to do everything in two days!
The KCCF honors Hawaii being the only state to grow coffee. The festival traces the progression of coffee from the first plant in the 1800s to the over 400 growers today. A festival button ($3) gets you into most of the events. Combine coffee and art at the Art/Coffee Stroll at Holualoa village up on the hill from Kona. Over 30 farms provide samples while you view the art and cultural exhibitions.
See how it was done in the 1920s on The Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour. This 11-station tour gives a look at early farm life and the production of coffee. On this farm, the first tenant farmers,
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Since ancient Cypriots purportedly ministered to ailing pilgrims at the temple of Asclepius, health tourism has grown to an estimated 11 million cross-border travelers each year.
According to Patients Without Borders, approximately 1,200,000 Americans traveled outside the US for medical care in 2014. Until recently, most were motivated to seek medical care abroad by the prospects of more affordable health care or shorter wait times than they might access at home. A growing niche of luxury facilities is emerging for health travelers who choose – rather than require – health care elsewhere. This “luxe” market draws those interested in improving physical, mental and emotional functioning while enjoying a health holiday. The newest of these destinations has opened in Namibia, a country rated among the top travel destinations on the planet.
Namibia Health Tourism (NHT) operates within the award winning GocheGanas Game Reserve and Wellness Village, but constitutes an independent program. The NHT team encompasses board certified psychologists, biokineticists, health educators, and physician advisors. No invasive procedures or pharmacological changes are undertaken. Rather, holistic health promotion entails a full daily schedule of customized sessions with the wellness team, as well as superb dining and opportunities to explore individual interests. All activities are set
Grace Santorini and Grace Mykonos are two exquisite sister hotels on the contrasting, yet equally enchanting Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.
While our stay in Santorini was hugely relaxing and indulgent, much like the island itself, Mykonos was its fashionable yet mischievous younger sister which made for a more stylish and social experience. The combined stay creates a wonderfully glamorous Mediterranean getaway especially for couples who want to be spoiled with the best of both worlds -- serene relaxation and a buzzing party scene.
Grace Santorini aerial view
Grace Santorini is a honeymooner’s paradise with breathtaking views stretching out from the tip of the north-western part of the island. The typically Greek, gleaming white hotels are carved into the hillside and stacked like elegantly decorated cakes separated with winding steps and sparkling pools. The Grace hotel is perfectly designed to maximize the hillside space and the view while still maintaining the utmost privacy. A chilled champagne reception on arrival was just the ticket to welcome us to the hotel.
Our room evokes the islands history with cool stone flooring and the quintessential Greek white washed walls. Just outside our room is a private plunge pool and with more champagne on ice to greet
January marks exactly one year since President Barack Obama expanded the categories of authorized travel to Cuba thereby inspiring an increasing number of Americans to add the largest – yet previously forbidden – Caribbean island to their adventure bucket list.
Jumping on the bandwagon are at least three U.S.-based cruise lines which have been advertising itineraries that leave from PortMiami this winter and spring.
Cuba expert and author Ted Henken, an associate professor at Baruch College, offers 9 essential tips to bring along on your Cuba trip besides your Visa.
1. Expect a warm welcome
Despite half a century of embargo and strife, Cubans love to engage with Americans. They are friendly and gregarious people, and will become even more so when they discover you are Americano. So, return the warm welcome with a smile and a handshake.
2. Cash is king
It's still virtually impossible to use your American credit or debit card in Cuba, despite the Obama administration's efforts. Some hotels have developed workarounds that allow you to pay with a credit card via the Internet, but don’t count on it. Bring plenty of cash, but you’ll have to convert your dollars into convertible pesos (CUCs), Cuba's invented tourism script – at
Wow. Is all you can say when you walk into the huge living room complete with grand piano and double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows. And through the windows you can spy the room’s private, infinity-edge pool against the 180-degree uninterrupted backdrop of Hong Kong’s famous city skyline.
This is the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental, and at 7,000 square foot, it’s the largest suite in Hong Kong.
The bathroom, too, is something else. Firstly, the bathtub complete with countless jets is so big that you could fit a whole Hong Kong Rugby Sevens team in it. It’s also perched right by floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering sweeping views of the city while you bathe. The super–high-tech showers also offer the same stunning view. And then there’s the private steam room and sauna. Oh, and Chanel toiletries.
But it’s the suite’s private pool that has really become an iconic image across the world. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s large for worldwide private villa standards, let alone space-starved Hong Kong standards. Nestled alongside the pool is a private sunbathing area. And to the right, a trellised hangout spot where many-a-celebrity has hosted a luxurious private party.
But if the Presidential Suite is a little out of
If you still need convincing that the Caribbean is an idyllic place for your next golfing holiday, here are just a few reasons...
With over 50 golf courses scattered across the Caribbean, there’s always one nearby. The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Barbados all have world-class golf courses on their small islands.
1. Fine dining and unique food
The islands’ cuisines are influenced by their surrounding areas and inhabiting cultures, so you’ll have the chance to sample authentic West African food in Jamaica, or Spanish-influenced dishes nearer the Dominican Republic. Being islands, you can count on incredible seafood throughout- try Oistins in Barbados, which is a major fishing community with a modern fishing market. There’s also a wealth of tropical fruits and vegetables to sample, like the breadfruit in Jamaica or the locally grown soursop in Antigua.
2. Spa days for the hardened golfer
If golfing 18 holes have taken their toll, and a day on the beach isn’t relaxing enough, give your body the day off with one of the Caribbean’s many spas. Spa resorts and pools can be find all over the island, helping you to take your relaxation to the next level.
3. Clear days mean more time to play
Barbados has an