Welcome to the second installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:
• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love. • Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence. • For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.
Singapore + Malaysia and Borneo The Highlights: Private full-butler dining in the Singapore Flyer; enjoying tea with a Malay family in Kuching; kayaking through the Borneo rainforest; and visiting the colorful Iban tribe in a traditional longhouse. The Details: 10 days and 9 nights, from $5,900 per person—includes intra-tour airfare**
Peru The Highlights: Tasting rare Tunki coffee and Peruvian ceviche in colonial Lima; observing sea lions and sea birds, such as the blue-footed booby, on the Ballestas Islands; and following in the steps of Hiram Bingham as you navigate the ruins of Machu Picchu. The Details: 10 days and 9 nights, from $4,995 per person**.
Two historic European buildings are being reborn as luxury hotels. Which becomes a legend most?
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna Auspicious Origins: A hotel built for the 1873 World Exhibition. Humdrum Later Tenants: Police HQ (1875 to 1945) and Health Department (1941 to 1997). Surprise Visitors: Ladies of the evening, who frequented the Health Department for checkups. Design Flourishes: New custom bird’s-eye-maple furniture gives the neo-Renaissance building some Art Deco flair. Best View: Roomy third-floor balconies overlook the chestnut trees on the Ringstrasse. Ask the Concierge To... Arrange a tour of hidden vineyards within the city. Vital Statistics: 152 rooms; opened March 2013. $$$
Hot-ticket restaurants? Check. Ultra-luxe bedding? Check. The latest battleground in the hotel wars: flower shops run by star petal-pushers. Guests at the Hotel Savoy($$$$), in Florence, can jazz up their rooms with Sebastian Bierings’s modernist “sushi flower” arrangements (Lady Gaga and Elton John are fans). New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel($$$$) recently welcomed a branch of the 100-year-old Gramercy Park Flower Shop, whose monochromatic, leaf-wrapped bouquets make perfect hostess gifts. In Menlo Park, California, Aili Ice has opened her first brick-and-mortar location at Rosewood Sand Hill($$$$), showcasing designs that incorporate reclaimed wood. No wonder she’s the go-to florist of Silicon Valley VIP’s.
High-end hotels are taking to the water, deploying luxury yachts to give guests a taste of the sailing life. In Indonesia, the 151-foot, five-cabin Alila Purnama(pictured; $54,000 a week for up to 10 people) joins Alila’s two terra-firma properties in Bali. The teak-and-rattan phinisi carries guests to neighboring islands for snorkeling and massages on deserted beaches. This winter, Soneva Resorts will launch Soneva in Aqua(from $4,375 a day for up to four people) in the Maldives—the sleek, two-cabin seaborne villa will come complete with a chef, dive master, spa therapist, and 24/7 butler, and will cruise to less-explored atolls and reefs. Also on the horizon: La Sultana Yacht(nine days from $7,545 per person), a sister to hotels in Marrakesh and Oualidia, Morocco. The former Soviet spy ship is getting a serious upgrade and will have seven James Bond–worthy Moorish-style rooms.
Mark Lakin and Marc Chafiian believe that travel can not only change a person, but the world. Longtime friends and world travelers, Lakin and Chafiian saw a major hole in the luxury travel market: High end packages that combine philanthropy with luxury. Together, they created Epic Road, a New York City-based luxury travel boutique that creates customized holidays combining adventure travel with charity and conservation work in Africa and the Arctic.
We sat down with the Lakin and Chafiian in their photography-filled gallery in Greenwich Village to talk about distributing solar powered lights to locals in Africa, transformative travel, and running from wild elephants.
What makes Epic Road different from other travel boutiques? We try to blend experiences. Our clients will go on an incredible safari, and then on top of it they’ll have a humanitarian or conservation experience that’s meaningful for all parties. We find that people get very excited about it. Our real hope is that our clients' trips become a catalyst for understanding, for empathy, and that we can create a movement for the issues we’re addressing when clients come home. Our thing is about positivity. It’s about going into a place and having fun, having an adventure.
Ever wanted to book a trip to a destination featured in T+L? Starting in June, we've made it easier than ever. We're announcing a new promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings. Here's how it works:
• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love. • Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence. • Limited-time savings for T+L readers.
Zambia The Highlights: A walking safari in South Luangwa's National Park; night game drives in the remote Chamilandu Camp; and spotting crocodiles in the Zambezi River. The Details: 10 days and 9 nights, from $10,565 per person—includes intra-Zambia airfare**
Croatia The Highlights: Tour the vineyards of Hvar Island and the beaches of Korcula; explore the cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik; and head to Ston for taste of the local dish—oysters plucked straight from the Adriatic. The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $4,795 per person**.
Just downriver from Washington on the western bank of the Potomac, Alexandria has that perfect mix of historic charm—and easy access to the nation’s capital. WHERE TO STAY The 45-room Morrison House is a great choice because it’s small—just 45 rooms—plus there are so many extras, from complimentary wine from 5-6 p.m. to free morning coffee and newspaper. PRICE $165 a night.
LUXE GETAWAY: Baltimore, Maryland
For those who love a good Four Seasons hotel—and really, who doesn’t?—the new Four Seasons in Baltimore is one more reason to visit the city. Plus, the Baltimore Museum of Art just reopened its Contemporary Wing, with works by Olafur Eliasson, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol. WHERE TO STAY The 256-room Four Seasons opened in 2011 in Harbor East, with a terrace, heated whirlpool, and a spa. PRICE $339 a night.
WINE TOURS: Barboursville, Virginia
Two hours southwest of D.C., Barboursville, Virginia, is a serene wine country getaway. WHERE TO STAY The lakeside 1804 Inn is a romantic escape: you’ll sleep in a four-poster bed in this historic inn set between Madison's Montpelier and Jefferson's Monticello. PRICE $240 a night.
The name Singita became synonymous with East African luxury safaris when the ecotourism company took over three properties in Tanzania back in 2006. Now its two latest arrivals push the wilderness-immersion envelope even further. Set in Serengeti National Park’s northernmost tip, close to the Kenyan frontier, the intimate Singita Mara River Tented Camp(pictured) has six canvas tents—complete with carved-wood Shona lamps, retro travel chests, and beds draped in hand-spun natural fabrics—where guests can unwind after wildlife drives and bush walks. Up to eight safari-goers can also rent the new Serengeti House, near the flagship lodge on towering Sasakwa Hill. Inside, you’ll find contemporary African arts and crafts (leather thong chandeliers inspired by Masai skirts; papier-mâché animal-head trophies), while the exterior has a subtler, beach-chic look. The 82-foot-long infinity lap pool is the ideal setting for sundowners while a herd of wildebeests drinks from a watering hole below. After a day exploring, why not let the animals come to you? All-inclusive. $$$$$
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As I reported earlier, the UN World Tourism Organization has a new campaign encouraging international tourists to travel more responsibly. There are endless options, ranging from staying at locally-owned hotels to traveling by train and taking part in voluntourism. Then there’s newcomer destination company The Giving Plan. Billing itself as the world’s first philanthropic vacation club, its Getaway 2 Give Collection is aiming to donate $1 billion to charities every ten years.