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Where To Go in 2022 – Top Luxury Travel Destinations

With 2021 behind us, let’s focus on 2022 and hope we all can finally move past the long and difficult COVID-19 pandemic.  Let’s now look towards what’s next in travel for 2022. For example, new destinations are emerging out of the post-pandemic travel boom. We want to share a summary of three luxury travel destinations. Check out the latest happenings in each location.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Illuminarium Experiences opens its doors in early 2022. This breakthrough global experiential entertainment company was created by worldwide leaders in cinematic and interactive content. As a result, architectural and theatrical design, and venue operations will open its second Illuminarium at AREA15. This trendy venue becomes Las Vegas’ newest immersive events and entertainment district.

The 33,000 square-foot, purpose-built building will be on the western side of the main AREA15 complex. Audiences will transport to spectacles unlike any other. You can participate in a shared and connected experience. In addition to the opening of Illuminarium, the first new hotel on the Strip in more than a decade recently opened. Continuing, there are renovations at other properties: The Las Vegas Hilton, The Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords.

Los Cabos, Mexico
Coming out to the pandemic, Los Cabos is reporting a huge spike in tourism numbers. Cabo is Mexico’s leading tourism and luxury travel destinations. Airline seats are expected to increase by 45 percent from the U.S. from November 2021 to April 2022 compared to the same periods in 2019 and 2020. Therefore, travelers should plan and book our trips as early as possible.

After undergoing a $10 million renovation, one of the destination’s leading hotels is ME Cabo. This luxury property has reopened its doors as a completely transformed resort. Every aspect of the property has been reimagined from guest rooms and lounges to food and beverage partnerships. As part of the Me by Meliá collection, ME Cabo embraces its beautiful location in Cabo San Lucas. The luxury hotel overlooks the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Plus, the new bold and contemporary design will enrich guests’ experiences.

All 170 guest rooms are remodeled to embrace traditional Mexican design. Hence, they boast an eclectic feel, mixing rustic wood furnishings with bright, vivid colors. Rooms range from 425 to 3,000 square feet and feature a private, furnished balcony or terrace. The provide both garden or ocean views. Additional concierge features include: rainfall showers, fully stocked Maxibar, integrated room technologies and bath amenities by C.O. Bigelow.

The ME Cabo hotel partners with popular Mexican restaurant group Grupo Rosa Negra to debut four new culinary hotspots. These include: Confessions Skybar & Tapas, Taboo Beach Club & Restaurant, Funky Geisha, and Mamazzita Mexican Soul. The new culinary concepts are dedicated to serving locally sourced produce and ingredients that explore Latin American cuisine.

South Florida
From Miami’s current beginnings of a dining golden era to West Palm Beach’s expansion of endless cultural venues and museums, South Florida is as busy as ever. Getting around this tropical destination has also never been easier. Brightline is the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America. Plus, the company is back in service after a 19-month hiatus, between its Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach stations.

Brightline relaunches with multiple service enhancements and investments. Including its new fully integrated, door-to-door booking service Brightline+. It is powered by its app and supported by a new fleet of Brightline branded vehicles. Each are upgraded with delicious food and beverage options. Also relaunching with Brightline is Citizens, a new 26,000 SF culinary center by C3. The leading global food tech platform will house C3 by sbe’s restaurant offerings. In addition, these are inspired by globally renowned chefs such as “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, Chef Katsuya Uechi,  Michelin Starred chef Dani García and Chef Dario Cecchini.

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Enjoy an Aurora Arctic Glamping Experience – New Family Adventure

If you are looking for the ultimate outdoor family adventure, try the new Arctic Northern Lights glamping VIP experience. The northern lights are an atmospheric phenomenon that’s well known as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sky watchers are treated to an awesome light show with a dazzling visual display.

This arctic family adventure is designed for one group traveling together. Due to COVID-19, this ensures safety and social distancing. The Reconnect under the Aurora experience occurs in Sweden. As a result, it brings loved ones together under the gaze of the Northern Lights for an incredible “bucket list” vacation. Guests start their arctic family adventure by traveling by snowmobile across the frozen river. You arrive at your first accommodation – a luxury teepee at the Aurora Safari Camp.

Aurora Lavvu

This vacation is for families with children four years and older. Plus, the luxury four-night program includes two stays that everyone will love. Stay at the Aurora Safari Camp in a new aurora lavvu. This is a traditional tepee used by the nomadic Sami people and located in a log cabin at Arctic Retreat deep in the sub-Arctic woods. A few VIP experiences include: a meeting with reindeer, a sled ride, dog sledding, sauna experience frozen into the lake and snowmobiling. This family adventure package is available from December 2021 – March 2022.

Each 325-square-foot lavvu has room that accommodates up to four guests. It is well winterized with a large “aurora window”. It delivers awe-inspiring views of the Northern Lights. In addition, the lavvu also features wood and automatic fuel burners. As a result, guests will be cozy during their arctic stay.

Off the Map Travel

Jonny Cooper is the founder of Off the Map Travel. Also, he is the designer and exclusive provider of this amazing experience. He states, “The newly upgraded lavvu accommodations are not only warm, inviting and beautifully furnished, but they also all face north to get the best views of the Northern Lights. The large, clear Northern Lights panel in the side of the lavvu brings an immersive connection with the wilderness and the Arctic culture,” he added, “meaning you’ll never miss a second when searching for the Aurora.”

Enjoy an Aurora Arctic Cabin Glamping Experience - New Family Adventure

The five- day, four-night, “Reconnect under the Aurora” package is priced from $9,145 USD per person. That is based on six people with total exclusivity for all activities. For example, the package includes – all meals, transfers, two nights in an Aurora lavvu, two nights in a luxurious private cabin at the Arctic Retreat, and more. Lastly, note that air flights are additional.

The team at Off the Map Travel works with experiences and destinations that allow people to explore hidden wonders of our planet. Programming is age-appropriate with adults encouraged to participate as well. For example, younger children, aged 4-eleven, will be kept entertained by an expert Sami guide. Hence, the guide teaches traditional survival skills. For example, learn how to make Gáhkko bread over a campfire. Furthermore, older children will learn the art of ice fishing and how to stay safe and dry in the Arctic winter climate.

Off the Map Travel believes everybody wants something different from their break. Therefore, holidays are tailored to the requirements of the individual, couple or group traveling. No two holidays are the same. The adventure travel company is owned and run by those who appreciate holiday experiences in authentic cities, towns and villages for a chance to see the real country.

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Photo: Graeme Richardson Dogsledding




Enjoy The New Year – Travel and Relax At These Wellness Getaways

As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers just want to enjoy life and see the world.  Wellness getaways are more popular than ever. Health minded individuals desire more than just sitting by a pool or laying on a crowded beach. Get a relaxing body massage, try thermal body mapping, or enjoy the great outdoors and take a hike.

Whatever your ideal wellness dream is, you can find it out there. One of the best things about searching for your personal health bliss, is that wellness retreats are often entirely customizable. Life is stressful these days. Therefore, take some much deserved time off and make wellness getaways your next passion. We want to share 3 wellness getaways to consider for your next luxury vacation.

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New Tech-Driven Spa Treatments at Naples Grande Beach Resort

Surrounded by 200 acres of protected mangrove, Naples Grande Beach Resort invites guests to relax and unwind in the new year with an expansive new spa menu that now includes several self-guided treatments available for use across the resort. The only spa in the destination  to provide guests with touchless services, The Spa at Naples Grande is dedicated to refreshing the mind, body, and soul with the addition of NuCalm, Avacen, and Cryolift Pro Machine, along with a new installment to come in the year, V.E.M.I. These tech-advanced services allow guests to distress, detox, and rejuvenate from head to toe. Treatment information and prices are as follows:

  • NuCalm ($49/$79) – the world’s first and only patented neuroscience technology app, clinically proven to lower stress and improve quality of sleep, NuCalm technology mimics the body’s natural progression of tiring the brain down to sleep through applied neuropsychobiology and neuroinformatics, leaving guests to feel centered, present, and in control. This service is offered to all hotel guests with or without a spa service, as guests can ask for the service to be performed in any hotel area.
  • Avacen ($39) – a muscle-relaxing device used to increase microcirculation by applying thermotherapy and negative pressure to either hands’ palm that systemically treats the entire body. This service allows guests a deep cleanse of their immune system by eliminating toxins and improving circulation at the same time, reducing body aging.
  • Cryolift Pro Machine ($250) – A non-invasive shaping device, the Cryolift Pro uses a focused pulsed ultrasound, combined with cavitation, bipolar radiofrequency and semi-conducting cooling technology to selectively destroy fat cells instantly, without pain across the body. Guests are left feeling and looking younger instantly with this advanced thermal treatment.
  • Upcoming in 2022Vibroacoustic Electro-Magnetic and Infrared therapy (V.E.M.I) ($99) – an all-in-one therapy that includes VibroAcoustic, ElectroMagnetic & Infrared technology, V.E.M.I use healing sound resonance in tandem with full-body vibrations, natural earth frequencies, and Infrared for a full-body meditation experience.

Visit www.naplesgrande.com/spa or call 239-594-631.

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Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort - wellness getaways
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A Music Wellness Retreat at Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort – Dominican Republic

Sitting on one of the longest, continuous white-sand beaches in the Caribbean, Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resortis a Meliá Hotels International adults-only and wellness-inclusive resort. Located in the Dominican Republic, the resort offers the ultimate well-being travel experience for guests looking for a more Zen stay.

With its exclusive collection of resort wellness activities and rituals under the “Wellbeing 360 Experience”, Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort invites guests to recharge their mind, body and soul through a series of monthly wellness retreats throughout 2022. Guests can stay in the resort’s Level Wellness Suites by Stay Well™. Offering the ultimate well-being travel experience, The Level Wellness Suites by Stay Well™ include one spa treatment per day per person, a personal wellness concierge, and a personal bicycle to explore the resort. Stay WellTM features in the suites include welcome and guided meditation from American author and wellness advocate Dr. Deepak Chopra, mood-enhancing aromatherapy, dawn simulation to wake you gradually and gently, and a shower infuser that reduces chlorine to leave hair and skin feeling softer and smoother.

The resort will be hosting its first wellness weekend from January 20th-23rd under the influence of music. Guests can kick off the new year to meditating sounds that will connect their physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social environments. Weekend amenities and nightly rates are the following;

Wellness Music Weekend – January 20th-23rd, 2022

Proven to improve sleep quality and lighten moods, the Wellness Music Weekend will be packed with the enjoyment on:

  • Yoga with live violin music
  • Wellness sunset experience
  • Sound healing ceremonies
  • Healthy picnic at the garden with ambiance music
  • Meditation with selected silent music
  • Violin, sax + violoncello concert
  • Percussion workshop
  • Well vibes night music

Deluxe

$160.00 per person per night in double occupancy // $256.00 per person per night in single occupancy

The Level Wellness Suites by Stay Well™

$300.00 per person per night in double occupancy // $438.00 per person per night in single occupancy

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa - wellness getaways
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Spa Specials at the Historic Cheeca Lodge & Spa 

Located in the beautiful Florida Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa has been a cornerstone of the Islamorada community since 1946.  The iconic resort is offering month-long spa specials throughout January to assist guests with their newfound wellness resolutions. Spa-goers are encouraged to indulge in a variety of treatments offered at The Spa along with opulent amenities such as a heated lap pool with butler service, a fully-equipped fitness center, and more.

Special offerings for January 2022 include;

$20 off Forest Therapy Treatment – Rejuvenate your mind and body with this wellness-focused treatment that will help relax you while you detox some of those extra indulgences over the holidays. Therapists will apply our detoxifying mud on your hands and feet while you receive an amazing massage.  Must request our 2022 promo when making your appointment to receive this offer.

20% off all Yoga & Water Aerobics Classes – A tranquil island oasis, Cheeca is the ideal backdrop to restore and renew your mind, body, and soul. Must input 2022 PROMO next to name when signing up.

20% off Vitamin Supplements by Hush & Hush – With more than 169 active, natural ingredients, Hush & Hush products have been scientifically researched and formulated to address a specific nutraceutical need anti-aging benefit. Globally sourced and organic when possible, Hush & Hush products is a leader in natural anti-aging.

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The Luxury Side of Panama

Are you looking to go off the grid to an untouched, authentic luxury destination? Then, Panama is your place of choice. It has a distinct history, beauty, and experiences that you cannot find anywhere else. Enjoy the luxury side of Panama.

The country has 1,400 islands, which translates into 1,500 miles of beautiful, breathtaking coastlines along the Caribbean and the Pacific. Panama City is home to the Panama Canal, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Panama City also boasts a tropical rainforest within itself, enamoring historical sites, and quite a few bohemian neighborhoods. To top it all off, the people of Panama are welcoming, big-hearted and beautiful, both inside and out.
Panama Canal

Here are a few super luxurious hotels that you can kick back and relax in after an exciting day exploring the luxury side of Panama City.

Hilton Panama

Within Panama City, on Avenida Balboa, Hilton Panama offers visitors access to an urban yet relaxed waterfront. Tocumen International Airport is a short 25-minute drive away, and the hotel offers an area shuttle service free.

From polished marbles flooring to contemporary, artistic accents, the hotel exudes both luxury and sophistication. Guests have access to a hot tub, full-featured spa, steam rooms, sauna, pool, bar, cocktail lounge, and fitness center amenities. Hilton Panama’s Society Cafe restaurant is a charming, modern, and expansive space with indoor and outdoor seating on a beautiful terrace overlooking the bay. The menu comprises a mix of Panamanian cuisines and Western-friendly foods.

Each room boasts of its space with Nespresso makers, well-stocked minibars, high-speed Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city or the bay, along with an optional, private bay-view balcony.

Would you like to explore the city? Just outside Hilton Panama is a pedestrian bridge that opens into a stunning walkway along Panama Bay. A few blocks inland, you will find dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars.

These and more features found at the Hilton Panama will ensure you will want nothing else.

Bristol Panama

This chic luxury hotel will enthrall you with its classic and contemporary styles. It is fresh and shiny, with a touch of old-time luxury elements, such as ironwork chandeliers and antique gas lamps at the entrance.

The establishment has two towers, each housing airy and bright rooms with beautiful décor in shades of white, beige, and light blues. The rooms each have fully stocked minibars, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and iHome stereos.

Once there, you have the option to access the rooftop pool, the modern fitness room, bar, spacious lounge, banquet hall, and meeting rooms. The stylish hotel restaurant and bar, both known as the Salsipuedes, offer a hip and casual atmosphere. The menu features Panamanian cuisines. However, the breakfast is the most outstanding, with different empanadas, meat plates, fresh fruit, and cheese.

Another highlight is the 8’58 Lounge restaurant and bars with alfresco seating on an attractive terrace, offering cocktails, happy hour, and small plates. On given nights of the week, guests can listen to and dance to live music.

Strategically located on the top floor of the hotel, you will find the Spa. It has some of the best panoramic views of the city. Guests can get a couple’s massage, hydrotherapy, full-service salons, saunas, and steam rooms.

To experience the bustling Panama City, you find several restaurants, bars, shops within walking distance from the hotel. You will discover the Multicentro shopping mall and the Calle Uruguay, popularly known for its nightlife.

Bristol Panama is a perfect luxury alternative compared to many other chain hotels in the region.

Waldorf Astoria Panama

We know the Waldorf Astoria for its quiet luxury that offers both relaxation and convenience in equal proportions. The interior décor is a mix of ivory and earthy brown tones with stunning accents unique to each space. Plus, this sophisticated yet comfortable theme provides relaxed, luxury accommodation to travelers and tourists alike.

Do you want to do some sightseeing? The Iglesia del Carmen, a lovely old church, is a short walking distance from the hotel. The Panama Viejo ruins are also a short 17-minute drive from the hotel. A further 5-minute drive away should take you to the Miraflores Locks, a well-liked spot to view ships as they pass through the canal, as well as a nearby museum. A short walk away from Waldorf Astoria, Panama, you will find several casinos, nightclubs, and restaurants. The Casco Viejo, a historic and vibrant section of Panama City, is also a 15-minute drive away.

The hotel rooms contain luxurious and neutral tones, each with Nespresso machines, floor-to-ceiling windows, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, iPod dock, and sleek bathrooms. Some rooms come with balconies and separate bedrooms.

The establishment has two restaurants that serve American and French dishes all day. The Sushi Restaurant and Lounge are the more popular of the two, especially for dinner. Also, you have the option to take a dip at the hotel pool or whirlpool nearby or relax in the shade on one of the comfortable pool beds or loungers. Lastly, try the relaxing spa for beauty services, body, and facial treatments, or a massage or the fitness area to keep in shape.

Conclusion

Panama Coast

To fully grasp the diversity, beauties, and luxury of Panama City, travel to Panama. Once there, expect to find unexpected and fascinating surprises along the way. Therefore, the variety within the country makes it one destination that you will long to return to for more and maybe plan to retire in Panama. Are you ready to enjoy the luxury side of Panama?

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Perfect Weekend Getaway to South Lake Tahoe

One of my favorite places to visit is Lake Tahoe. For a perfect weekend getaway, I traveled into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to always scenic, Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The deep blue lake has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet or 1,897 meters. It has over 70 miles of gorgeous shoreline. The Lake Tahoe area is well known for world class skiing and snowboarding. In addition, enjoy countless hiking trails and water activities.

To get the most out of your perfect weekend getaway, be sure to plan ahead. Decide what you want to do and make your reservations. Lake Tahoe is popular all year with countless things to do. Glaciers contributed to carving out the bowl shaped valleys of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake. and Fallen Leaf Lake. There is so much to see and do. Enjoy the best nature offers and take in the stunning views, everywhere you look.

Emerald Bay State Park Lookout

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

A breathtaking view of alpine Lake Tahoe and majestic Emerald Bay. The views are picturesque and unbelievable. Then take the trail down to the Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. There are numerous small waterfalls along the way. I feel it provide the best lookout around Lake Tahoe area. Due to its popularity, parking can be scarce so be prepared.

Hotel Azure

Hotel Azure Lake Tahoe

We stayed at the Hotel Azure, a 99-room property that is located across the road from the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe. You are just a short five-minute drive from the famous Tahoe hotels and casinos, plus Heavenly Mountain Resort. All rooms at this boutique hotel are non-smoking and include balconies and many offer views of Lake Tahoe. In addition, the rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and offer microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. In addition, the larger suites feature full kitchens that comes with an oven, dishwasher and full-sized refrigerator.

Guests will enjoy complimentary wireless internet and cable programming for great TV watching entertainment. You can utilize their fitness facilities and have fun in the game room, plus receive complimentary parking. The hotel staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The heated pool and 20-person hot tub can be enjoyed year-round. Relax and take in the surrounding scenery. Staying at Hotel Azure is perfect for both family vacations and those wanting to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe offers.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular - Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Enjoy year-end events at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino. In the South Shore Room, concerts, shows, comedians and singers deliver top-notch entertainment value. During our stay, we were able to attend the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular show. It is an amazing, multi-media laser and light show that features the original master recordings of the iconic band – Pink Floyd. During the first half of the show, attendees listen to music from the Dark Side of the Moon and view the laser shows through 3-D glasses. During the second half, we put on prism glasses and rocked out to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It was a fun night of great music.

Sprouts Cafe

Sprouts Cafe Lake Tahoe

If you want to dine and be treated to delicious tasting, healthy food, then head to Sprouts Cafe. The friendly staff offers great service and serves outstanding meals. Choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, smoothies, juices, bagel and more! There is a variety of veggie and meat options. Their delish sandwiches include avocado, sprouts and carrots. Patrons can dine inside or enjoy the Tahoe area views from their great outdoor patio, along with relaxing music! The cafe is open 7 days a week and provides both dine-in and takeout service.

The Shops at Heavenly Village

Shops at Heavenly Village - Lake Tahoe

For the best shopping in South Lake Tahoe, visit the Shops at Heavenly Village. It is located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola and close walking distance to the major Tahoe hotels and casinos. You can stroll leisurely along cobblestone sidewalks and check-out over 40 shops and restaurants. You can shop for outdoor clothing, gear and accessories, resort wear, kids wear, toys, souvenirs, art, gifts and more! During the warmer months, there is miniature golf and during winter try the large ice skating rink.

Scusa Italian Ristorante

Scusa Italian Ristorante - Lake Tahoe

To cap off our perfect weekend getaway, we enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner at Scusa Italian Ristorante. The food is very delicious and the staff is friendly and attentive. After our tasty appetizers, my wife had the “Fresh Salmon Scaloppine” and I chose the “Veal – Scaloppine Cut“. Both tasted great and cooked perfectly. For dessert, we had the Hot Fudge Brownie – raspberry purée and vanilla ice cream and Tiramisu with espresso cream sauce. Both so delish! The next time we are back in Lake Tahoe, we will definitely return for another enjoyable dinner.

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12 New All-Inclusive Beach Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico

The popularity of all-inclusive beach resorts amongst travelers continue to rise. The appeal of all-inclusive beach resorts is obvious. Typically the resort or hotel includes the room, all meals and snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and even some on-sight or local activities.

So by paying a set price, vacationers get just about everything included in your visit. Travelers are most often excited about getting all their meals and drinks included in the overall price. It’s piece of mind and minimizes the surprise of spending more than they budgeted for their dream vacation.

The Caribbean and Mexico continue to be two of the top luxury travel destinations in the world. With warm weather, white sand beaches and rich culture, the Caribbean and Mexico will provide a memorable travel experience. To help you plan your next luxury vacation, we want to share 12 new All-inclusive Beach Resorts to choose from.

All-inclusive Beach Resorts

Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This no-kids resort offers a sophisticated and modern setting. Head to the Feel Harmony Spa for therapeutic specialty treatments. Once there, join a spin class at the fitness center or go for a dip at one of the hotel’s seven pools. Opened February 2021.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The highlight of Nickelodeon’s first resort in Mexico is Aqua Nick. This six-acre water park features a lazy river, a faster-paced adventure river and over 20 water slides. Hence, guests will also enjoy “gourmet inclusive” experiences at six restaurants and three bars. Opened July 2021.

Hotel Xcaret Arte (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico — The luxury resort features 900 suites, seven restaurants and multiple pools. Also, this kids-free retreat pays tribute to great Mexican artists. Guests are encouraged to explore and engage in Mexican culture through activities. For example, weaving workshop, dance classes and cooking lessons. Plus, the resort offers the “All-Fun Inclusive” experience, where the upfront price includes unlimited access to the seven nature parks of Grupo Xcaret. Opened July 2021.

Dreams Bahia Mita Surf and Secrets Bahia Mita Surf (5 stars), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
These sister resorts are set on the beaches of Banderas Bay and surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains. Family-friendly Dreams offers five swimming pools, water slides and theme parties. Secrets is a no-kids haven, pampering guests with 24-hour room service, pool and beach wait service and elegant all-suite accommodations. It features an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a luxury cenote-inspired spa. Opened August 2021.

Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon, this property offers nine pools, an oceanfront water park and a two-story spa. Participate in a wine tasting and dance to live music. In addition, indulge in delicious meals and drinks at the 17 restaurants and bars on site. Opened September 2021.

Hilton Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
12 restaurants, three bars, two infinity pools and a kids’ pool area and water park are highlights of this hotel. Sip a cool beverage poolside, take a yoga class or indulge in sweet treats at the Ice Cream and Churros Shop. Lastly, it is scheduled to open November 2021.

Secrets Impression Moxche Playa Del Carmen (5 stars), Mexico
This no-kids retreat offers activities like snorkeling, archery, tennis and dance and cocktail-making classes. For example, enjoy 24-hour concierge and room service, seven heated pools and three man-made cenotes. For example, Preferred Club guests have exclusive access to a rooftop pool. Scheduled to open February 2022.

Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This resort features 228 suites and 40 villas, including swim-up accommodations and rooms with private pools. At the heart of the resort is Gourmet Village, home to multiple performance venues, restaurants and bars. Also, relax at the swimming pool, grab a drink at Land Shark Brewery, join a pickle ball tournament or enjoy yoga on the beach. Scheduled to open November 2021.

Hilton Vallarta Riviera (5 stars), Mexico
All of the accommodations at this 444-room, no-kids hotel feature walk-in rainfall showers and private balconies or terraces overlooking the Pacific coast. Thus, relax at one of two infinity pools, grab a drink at a cocktail bar or enjoy the oceanfront Eforea Spa. Also, the resort also boasts 26,000 square feet of event space. Opened August 2021.

Breathless Cancun Soul (5 stars), Mexico
Two rooftop infinity pools, swim-up bars and a variety of trendy dining venues amid a kids-free setting are top draws of this property. Therefore, enjoy high-energy events and themed parties hosted by live DJs. Continuing, take in a tequila tasting or participate in water sports like windsurfing and sailing. Scheduled to open December 2021.

Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos (5 stars), Mexico
This intimate boutique hotel has just 60 rooms. All boast ocean views and private terraces. Next, guests can sign up for a complimentary wellness or fitness consultation or enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. In addition, join a yoga session or take a culinary class. Scheduled to open December 2021.

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Photo: Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana




Artist Christo Wraps the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

The amazing art display titled “Wrapped” is now available to view in Paris, France. Famous artist Christo had the vision to complete the mega pop-up art installation over the iconic Arc de Triomphe. The final art display was completed by his team, due to Christo’s death last year.

“Wrapped” is a a temporary art work that will be on display starting today, Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. The art exhibit was initially planned for last year. But due the COVID-19, it’s debut is a year later. The Arch of Triumph is carefully wrapped in over 269,000 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric. In addition, the exhibit uses almost 23,000 feet of bright red rope.

What most people don’t realize, is that Christo’s vision for wrapping actually began decades ago. In 1961, Christo met his wife Jeanne-Claude. Soon after, plans began with Christo making his first sketches and photo-montages in 1962 and 1963. In addition, Christo lives near the Arc de Triomphe, so it provides him a daily inspiration.

The impressive monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, from orders by Napoleon and inaugurated in 1836. The inauguration is based on the sixth anniversary of the Three Glories—Les Trois Glorieuses. The might arch is 50 meters high and 45 meters in width. In addition, it is 22 meters deep. For years, the monument was the largest triumphal arch in the world. The Paris monument’s design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

Arc de Triomphe art exbibit by artist Christo

Visitors to Paris will be happy to know is the Arc de Triomphe will remain open to the public all during the wrap exhibit. Of course, the Arc de Triomphe is know all around the world and is located on the famous Champs-Élysées. The famous monument pays tribute to people who both fought and died for France, during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Hence, visitors, can view names of all French victories and generals inscribed on the monument’s inner and outer surfaces.

The Eternal Flame is found in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s good to hear that the flame will continue to burn throughout Christo’s art exhibit. Beneath the arch’s vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from World War I.

Sadly, Christo did die on May 31, 2020. He is well known for his large-scale, environmental installations created around the world. Yet, his great project was approved last year by the National Monuments Center. The organization manages the famous Arc de Triomphe plus almost 100 other national monuments across France.

Be sure to view the Christo art exhibit at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. We offer the best luxury travel packages to popular destinations around the world.

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Explore Ecuador by Sea on the 128-Foot Private Yacht – M/S Wayra

Starting this month, Kontiki Expeditions introduces a safe and distinctive vacation alternative for exploring Ecuador by sea. The M/S Wayra is an amazing 128-foot private, luxury yacht. This luxury yacht will set forth on an exploration of the seldom-visited Ecuadorian coast. Thus, allowing for a rich cultural adventure and exclusive voyage. In addition, the voyage will adhere to a “neo luxury philosophy” of sustainability and giving back to communities visited.

The new M/S Wayra yacht is available for charter for up to 18 guests. There are nine luxurious staterooms. Plus, find a wealth of onboard amenities to enjoy during your excursion at sea. Kontiki Expeditions is proud to the first water-based member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Kontiki Expeditions are truly pioneers in conscious luxury travel. Therefore, they offer immersive and sustainable small-yacht expeditions. Enjoy a luxury vacation by sailing the untouristed Ecuadorian coast. The luxurious nine-stateroom Kontiki yachts introduce a maximum of 18 guests to fully enjoy the richesse of both the land and sea.

Guests can expect personalized service throughout the voyage. From a handcrafted cocktail to a bespoke excursion. Then to the final turndown at the end of a memorable day. Hence, a personalized itinerary allows for new experiences to meet guests’ interests in wellness, relaxation, gastronomy, adventure and more.

The M/S Wayra on-board crew includes a local chef, naturalist and wellness experts. Take the time to try these multi-stop itineraries. For example, snorkeling, hiking and meetings with locals. Also, experience in-depth cultural explorations, wellness activities and gastronomy.

Seven Reasons to Charter the Private Kontiki M/S Wayra Luxury Yahct:

1) Experience the freedom of an uncrowded, customized vacation. Leave the crowds and travel with your own “bubble” in your own private setting. An itinerary customized around your personal interests leads to new discoveries and lasting memories, all created “your way.”

2) Experience the pampering of a dedicated crew. The nearly 1:1 crew: guest ratio, combined with Kontiki’s intimate yacht atmosphere, ensures a high level of care and attention. They unpack your luggage and  keep your stateroom immaculate. In addition, they cook gourmet meals to your taste, and customizing the holiday experience down to the tiniest detail. As a result, it is all part of the personalized, luxury yacht charter experience.

3) Safety and attention are paramount on a private yacht. Your  your every concern is attended to. Health precautions are paramount for Kontiki Expeditions. The small group size allows for advance counsel and adherence to health protocols before boarding, on land and at sea. The Safe Travels accreditation by WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) has been achieved for all sailings.

4) Size makes a difference. Inaccessible to larger ships, Kontiki Expeditions docks in remote ports. Here, locals invite you to share their rich culture, cuisine and indigenous flora and fauna. Island and inland areas are yours to explore. Discover blue-footed boobies and howler monkeys. Also, view silver rays, cuzumbos and hummingbirds abound.

5) Adherence to sustainability is a guarantee when size is controlled. Smaller vessels eliminate over-tourism. Thus, this allows navigation without disruption to the sensitive Ecuadorian waters and ecosystems. Environmental protection guidelines are strictly followed on Kontiki’s small yacht. In addition, they give back to the communities visited, as a priority.

6) Immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture. Under the tutelage of your own crew and guides, enjoy the pace that you determine.

7) Importantly, privacy, luxury and safety ensure a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Lastly, it is the ultimate goal of a memorable vacation or holiday.

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St. Barths Gourmet Festival – Foodies Rejoice!

Make your plans to visit tropical St. Barths in November. The popular St. Barths Gourmet Festival is an experience every foodie should have on their personal bucket list. Enjoy a delectable display of culinary prowess by Michelin-rated French chefs. Plus, experience a weeklong dive into the highly curated barrels of the world’s best rums. St. Barths has much to offer curious taste buds.

St. Barths Gourmet Festival is back to remind us why this French isle is the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Since 2014, the St. Barths Gourmet Festival has highlighted the best of the best in French cooking. Top chefs fly in for four nights of multi-course tasting menu dinners. Next, these chefs each team up with local chefs and work in the kitchen of St. Barths’ top restaurants.

The patron chef this year is highly respected Pierre Gagnaire. He has been awarded three Michelin stars for 20 consecutive years. Hence, it is no wonder he was elected “the best-starred chef in the world” by his peers. As a result, Gagnaire has invited a “Dream Team” of chefs to St. Barths for the event.

Meet the Chefs

The invited chefs flying in to participate in the St. Barths Gourmet Festival event, represent the best of the best in the world of fine French dining. For example, several run the most revered restaurants in France. Plus are proud owners of multiple Michelin stars. Here is the list:

Pierre Gagnaire – Patron Chef and ambassador of the St. Barts Gourmet Festival and 3-Michelin star Chef at Pierre Gagnaire Paris
Eric Frechon – 3-Star Michelin Chef at Hotel Le Bristol Paris
Arnaud Lallement -3-Star Michelin Chef at L’Assiette Champenoise
Jean-Rémi Caillon – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Kintessence, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Sébastien Vauxion – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Sarkara Restaurant, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Dimitri Droisneau – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant La Villa Madie, Cassis
Nicolas Beaumann – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Maison Rostang
Marcel Ravin – 1-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Blue Bay, Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel & Resort, Monaco
Juan Arbelaez – Chef and Businessman, owner of 10 restaurants in Paris
Matthias Marc – Chef at restaurants Substance et Liquide
Jean Imbert – Chef at Hôtel Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

The Caribbean Rum Awards

The Caribbean Rum Awards has quickly become the Caribbean’s most exclusive celebration of rum. Each year, a team of judges from the Caribbean and around the world descends upon St. Barths. They judge a coveted selection of the Caribbean’s best rums. For example, try “Uber-Premium” categories of rum, such as Rhum agricole.

Now in its fourth year, this event gathers the most expensive rums on the market for an unparalleled competition. It is hosted in Gustavia, definitely the heart of St. Barths. The Caribbean Rum Awards packs a punch with nightly events ranging from tastings to workshops to exclusive gala events.

Reservations are required. Contact The Life of Luxury today. We can book all of your travel reservations for both the St. Barths Gourmet Festival and the Caribbean Rum Awards! Therefore, it reduces the hassle and stress, so you can enjoy yourself.

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Explore the Rich History and Historic Castles of Germany

Germany is blessed with countless, historic castles. Glucksburg Castle is a holiday home in a fairytale castle. Located in Germany, Glucksburg Castle is actually a moated castle. At times, a residence of the Danish royal family. In addition, it it is one of the most important Renaissance castles anywhere in northern Europe.

Upon seeing Glucksburg Castle for the first time, many visitors have the same first impression. It is a magnificent historical building, perfectly reflected in the water. Plus it is one of the most famous sights in Schleswig-Holstein. Holidaymakers can stay in apartments directly on the castle island in the former carriage house. Be welcomed by the surrounding lake, park and vast castle courtyard.

Glücksburg Castle, built between 1583 and 1587 belongs to the most significant complex of castles in Northern Europe. Under the Duke John the Younger (1545-1622), Castle Glucksburg is an architectural marvel and must be seen in person. In addition, the property is the ancestral home of of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg,

But, you don’t need to have noble blood glowing through your veins. Across Germany, there are a wide range of castle and palace accommodations in stay in. Anyone can dine and sleep in these historic dwellings, that were once the exclusive preserve of famous Knights, Princes and Kings. Visitors can choose between a youth hostel or even a luxury hotel.

Holiday home in a fairytale castle

There are numerous, historic castle hotels in the Saarland area. Each offers visitors a chance to get away from it all in a fairytale setting. One example is the amazing Berg Castle. Interestingly, it is now a five-star hotel nestled in a picturesque landscape of rolling vineyards.

Situated at the heart of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, you will find the Baroque-style Münchweiler Castle. This castle has been owned by the same family for eight generations. It is now a hotel and café. The beautiful Ziegelberg Castle near Mettlach offers visitors a regal, holiday accommodation. Enjoy your stay in the heart of an ancient wooded park.

Historical accommodation by the Rhine and Elbe

A total of 35 historic castles and palaces in Germany offer budget youth hostel accommodations. Hence, they are ideal for children, young people, families and groups. For example, one of these historic castles is Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz. Is is situated high above the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. As a result, visitors will enjoy impressive views over the city. In addition, explore this picturesque river landscape and its many hilltop castles on hiking trips or boat tours.

A river trip on the Elbe is the ideal start to a visit to Pillnitz Castle in Saxony. Steamboats are operated by Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt. Definitely, they are the most scenic way to arrive. Once leaving Dresden’s Old Town, the steamboat passes the historical Elbe castles of Albrechtsberg Palace, Lingnerschloss and Schloss Eckberg. Continuing, are the famous Loschwitz Bridge (the “Blue Wonder”). For a peaceful night’s rest, stay at the former summer residence of the Saxon Kings. Next, you will explore the extensive parklands around Pillnitz Castle. Plus, visitors can find exclusive holiday apartments in small, cozy buildings. Examples are the “Small Guard House” and the “Trumpeter’s House”.

Secret passageway to castle kitchens

Among Germany’s many historic castles is Wörlitz Castle in Saxony-Anhalt. This castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded as the founding construction of German Classicism. In addition to the castle, the area includes the surrounding Wörlitz Park. Next, take guided tours and an opportunity to admire the very well preserved interior of the castle. It includes furniture and ceramics, as well as progressive features such as dumb waiters and concealed doors. Finally, the tour takes visitors through an underground passageway. Enjoy viewing the former kitchen building of the castle.

Nearby, visitors can also dine in regal style in Anholt Castle. It is one of the largest moated castles in all of the Münsterland region. Continuing, visitors will quickly notice the massive 12th-century tower. Now, Anholt Castle is a prestigious residential castle. Foodies will love a gourmet cuisine, accompanied by a view of the castle and park. Wasserpavillon restaurant is found in the middle of the palace pond.

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V-Health Passport Is a New Secure Health Passport by VST Enterprises

British cyber technology company VST Enterprises (VSTE) recently launched the world’s first public “FIT TO FLY” secure health passport. It is designed for air travel. The cross border platform called V-Health Passport™ can already be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Search for ‘VPassport’ or visit www.v-healthpassport.co.uk

V-Health Passport is the worlds first publicly available secure digital health passport that the public can download. Travelers can use it alongside any form of Covid 19 testing and vaccination that does NOT use unsecure bar codes and QR code technology. Hence, airlines and transport carriers can also download and use the system.

It comes at a time when security over the use of bar codes and QR codes in airline travel has come under intense scrutiny. This follows the cyber attack on the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot. The former PM had his Qantas airline boarding pass hacked. Details including his passport, mobile phone and messages between Qantas staff about him were intercepted. The wider threats of fake Covid 19 test certificates have also been prevalent. As a result, there is an alarming rise in the sales of fake Covid 19 certificates booming in Russia and the Middle East.

VST Enterprises is a Manchester based cyber security and technology firm. They are the first company in the world to have a fully functioning LIVE heath passport that can be used cross border and across all transport by air, land and sea.

The V-Health Passport™ is the worlds most secure health passport using next generation VCode® code scanning cyber security technology. Using the most advanced closed loop technology with end to end encryption, V-Health Passport™ has 2.2 Quintillion collision free combination codes. These decode based on geo location, time & date, device type and user login… meaning it cannot be hacked.

VSTE Enterprises CEO and inventor of the VCode technology and V-Health Passport™ Louis-James Davis said:
“We are the first technology company in the world to have developed a secure, multipurpose, cross corporate & cross government digital health passport that does not rely on using bar codes or QR codes as its authentication technology. Both bar codes and QR codes have huge potential security implications as they can be cloned and hacked with the latter being subject to a process called ‘Attagging’. Therefore any suggestion of using this type of technology in a health passport for air travel has very real security risks.

Not only is a citizen’s personal information at risk, but their Covid test status, vaccination records and also their credit card information. All of this can lead to the very real potential of a massive data breach and a persons personal information and data hacked and stolen. This is of particular concern when using a bar code or QR code technology designed for use to authenticate a persons Covid 19 testing and/or vaccinations records.”

It can provide airline passengers and airlines with a secure digital passport that validates the passenger’s identity, authenticates their Covid 19 test result and vaccination/immunization details in one secure app. The V-Health Passport™ also uniquely provides airline passengers and airlines with a contact tracing technology which uses anonymized data.

Unlike other health passports, V-Health Passport™ has been designed with a citizens privacy front and center. The technology does not track your live location and provides all data in a secure GDPR compliant framework giving citizens a unique ‘self sovereign identity’ style technology putting them in control of who, when and how they share their data.

With the alarming increase and black market trade in fake Covid 19 test certificates this also puts a very real threat and risk to passenger safety on airline carriers with the potential to infect and contaminate other passengers on what would be a Covid safe bubble onboard an aircraft.

It is well documented that bar codes and QR codes can be hacked so any airline who considers using a health passport for Covid 19 testing and vaccination using this method of authentication risks a serious potential breach of its passenger data. In 2018 British Airways was fined a record £20M for a data breach on 400,000 of its customers which affected their personal and credit card data.

Louis-James Davis went on to state that both bar codes and QR codes – which represent first and second generation technology – are unsecure and vulnerable to hacking.
“QR codes were originally developed as a scanning technology for close proximity car parts tracking, a world away from identity and banking use cases and now digital health passports. It was then used to skip the input of websites in marketing and promotional purposes. They were never designed with security or privacy in mind… they are simply not fit for purpose and should not be used at all in any form for delivery of sensitive information, travel or event tickets or health passport.

QR codes can be subject to a process called ‘Attagging’ or ‘cloning.’ The process of ‘Attagging’ is where a ‘genuine QR code’ is replaced by a ‘cloned QR code’ which then redirects the person scanning that code to a similar website where personal data can be intercepted and breached. The problem is that serious that in India alone there are over 1 BILLION fraudulent financial transactions each day using QR codes. As the scanning user journey is the same, it is only tech savvy individuals that may notice the domain name has changed.”

As reported by a recent Forbes Magazine investigation, it is predicted that over 11 Million households in the US alone will scan a QR code this year and the majority of them, some 71% of people who have interacted with a QR code will not know if it is the start of a malicious hack. It is envisaged that over 5.3 Billion QR codes will be redeemed this year making it one of the fastest growing tech scanning interactions and also posing one of the greatest cyber threats.

QR codes can be cloned and redirected to other information points or websites. Often criminals and hackers will exploit this by putting a fake QR code over a genuine QR code. So a QR code for example on scanning would link to the genuine website www.similardomain.com but a fake QR code can be made up printed off and placed over the genuine code to redirect to www.similar-domain.com at this point the member of the public is tricked into entering their personal information, private data and financial information. The rogue website looks and feels exactly like the genuine one and is made to mirror it precisely.

VCode® which is the ultra secure digital code which powers the V-Health Passport™ cannot be cloned. Even if it was printed off, or a photograph was taken and placed over a VCode® or V-Health Passport™ it simply wont scan as it works on a call and response system of information between the code and web platform to verify location of the code, user ID and time and date and much more.”

Louis-James Davis added:
“We developed and built the V-Health Passport and health wallet to be the most secure technology on the planet that you could use as a health passport where you could combine your test status, vaccination record, boarding pass, airline ticket, music or sports ticket all in one app. With V-Health Passport™ we wanted to provide functionality and greater mobility to allow citizens to return to work, be fit to fly or return to the sports stadiums. But at the heart of the technology was the ability to protect and respect data privacy of the individual.

The lack of engagement and interaction by the public with Government track and trace app/s over the pandemic was over privacy, security of data and the tracking of a persons live location. This is why we have built a unique system in the vein of ‘Self Sovereign ID’ with the ethics of privacy & security by design. The V-Health Passport™ puts the citizen in control in a way which they share information with who, when and where. “

V-Health Passport™ will help employers safely return their employees back to their offices, factories and warehouses. It will facilitate airlines to allow their passengers to be fit to fly and avoid the need for quarantine restrictions. At the same time it will ensure their airline ticket or boarding pass is secure and won’t be hacked.

A citizen will be able to share their health pass and confirm their Covid test status, or present their vaccination record. They will also be able to show their credit score, work permit or visa, scan their travel or event pass. At the heart of each interaction they will have peace of mind that their data and information is highly secure and ultimately, they control who sees what, who scans what, where and when.”

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