Take Time for Romance in the Dominican Republic

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017

Time To Say I Do

Framed by the Caribbean Sea on the southern coast, the beauty of La Romana may inspire you to take a plunge of another kind. As one of the world's most coveted wedding destination's. Casa de Campo, La Romana makes your special day entirely carefree. Live out your fantasy of a private barefoot wedding on the Pacific shores of Minitas Beach or exchange vows on the grand steps of a Mediterranean- inspired amphitheater. Across the 7,000-acre golf courses, several dining venues and all-inclusive water sports, ensuring each day together brings new joyful adventures.

Time to Escape

On the eastermost tip of the island, just where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, are the bl;issful beachers and lavish resorts of Punta Cana. At Eden Roc at Cap Cana, a private chef and butler in your four bedroom imperiale villa lifts every sense of responsibility from your shoulders; a kids club ensures you have ample time to steal away your own. Take advantage of your well-deserved freedom when we reserve a romantic table for two at La Palapa by Eden Roc to dine on fresh-from-the-sea tuna cured in citrus and an upscale interpretation of Dominican-stlye plantain mofongo. Should you crave an ultimate grown-up getaway, we'll guide you to the adults-only Royal Service at Paradisus Palma Real Resort, Punta Cana. Once you've been spoiled by a VIP arrival and butler service, you'll be primed for an unforgettable eight-course tasting menu at Passion by Martin Berasategui.

Time for Rejuvenation 

Devoting time to your mind,body and soul will deepen your connections with others. At Amanera, where a mile of golden sand stretches out from protected rain forest, only 24 luxury casitas and a two-bedroom casa inhabit the northeastern shore. Perfect spaces for romances abound, beginning with sunrise yoga on the beach, followed by a private picnic for two and a couple's massage, and a culminating in dinner by candlelight. Spend one leisurely day after the next - together or on your own - teeing off on the cliff-side golf course and indulging in shaman-inspired body treatments. 

Time to Explore

Beyond the resorts, you'll stumble into moments that surprise and delight as you venture into remote terrain. Wild, lush Samana on the northeastern Atlantic coast invites you to ride horses and hike through the jungle to your final rewarding stop: the cascading waterfall of El Salto del limon. Farther north, the windswept coast of Puerto Plata creates ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite-boarding for adrenaline-fueled adventures together. 

Culinary Travel Packages 2018

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Culinary Travel Packages 2018...Find Your Flavor

Part of the excitement of traveling to a faraway land is becoming immersed in that region's culture and history.  Essential to this discovery is sampling and studying the unique cuisine and history.  Essential to this discovery is sampling and studying the unique cuisine of your destination.  It's learning the art of food and wine pairing in Bordeaux or trying pisco sour alongside a plate of ceviche in Peru.  Delectable dishes not only awaken your taste buds, but also helps you absorb the cultural traditions of a region.

Here is  just a sample of the Culinary Travel Packages we have available around the world.  Choose one or design your own!

Taste of Bavaria, Munch and Nuremberg:  Enjoy Munich, a mecca for beer drinkers, car lovers, fashionistas and history buffs.  Discover Nuremberg's Kaiserburg Castle, the Albrecht Durer House and a mind-boggling number of eating establishments. Consider suggested day-trips to Regensburg, Bamberg and Bayreuth. Package includes: Hotel Acoomodations; breakfast daily and two dinners; bratwurst cooking class; Hop-On, Hop-Off City Tour; two day Nuremberg Card and first class rail between cities.5 nights from $999

Paris & Provence For Foodies: Delve into the wine and cheese scene that so many visitors have fallen in love with and come back for time and time again. Begin your trip in magical Paris, and then take a scenic rail train ride to historic Avignon in the Provencal region of southern France. Package includes: Hotel accommodations; breakfast daily; Paris city tour with wine and cheese tastig; wine country tour; cooking classes with market visits; three-day central zone Paris Visite Pass; Paris Tripbuilder CityGuide and first-class rail between cities with seat reservations. 6 nights from  $1679.

Bordeaux & Basque Country: Begin your foodie journey in the UNESCO Word Heritage site of Bordeaux with an introduction to the subtleties of the art of food and wine pairing. Finish with the savory culinary pleasures of San Sebastian in northern Spain, where no less than 13 Michelin-starred restaurants reside. Package includes: Hotel accommodations; breakfast daily and some meals; regional food and wine tasting experiences and city walking tours. 6 nights from $5799.

Flavors of Peru: Adventurous chefs fuse Peru's Inca roots with modern cooking techniques to create amazing dishes like the reinvention of ceviche and the refreshing taste of pisco sour.Package includes: Hotel accommodations; breakfast daily and some meals;private culinary experinces;pivate guided tour of Machu Picchu; Cusco by Night tour with pisco sour lesson; intra-tour air and ground transfers plusVistadome Train to Machu Picchu.

Taste of Japan: Whether you love to cook or simply enjoy fine dining. Japan is the destination for you. Learn how to make sushi like a local in Tokyo, sample some sweets and matcha green tea with a geisha in Kyoto and enjoy authentic takoyai snacks in Osaka.Package includes: Hotel accommodations; breakfast daily; private tours and local foodie experiences, including afternoon tea with a geisha; green class rail between cities and private transfers.

Flavors of China: Learn to cook local dishes, and visit a famous night market to get a taste of savory and strange offerings. Try your hand at dumpling making, test your spicy limits with Sichuan cuisine, enjoy an interactive hot pot meal and much more, including gorging yourself on delectable dim sum.Package includes: Hotel accommodations; breakfast daily; private tours, including the Great Wall and foodie experiences; private transfers.

We're your destination experts.  Let us whet your appetite for authentic cuisine by introducing you to the delicious creations of your destination.  Whether you prefer food and wine tastings at Michelin-starred restaurants in Bordeaux or sipping matcha green tea with a geisha in Toyko, we have the insight and expertise to customize each vacation so it appeals to your individual tastes.  Call us today to plan a journey to the heart and soul of the regions around the world through culinary discovery.

Magical Fiji Moments

Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017

As you step into your luxury resort, surrounded by thatched-roof bures and swaying palms, locals greet you with a warm "bula!" Its clear this paradise is unlike any on Earth, and extraordinary moments await.Whether your're slipping away for a romantic escape , gathering your loved ones for a milestone event or simply indulging in the vacation you've always dreamed of, Fiji's welcoming locals, enduring traditions and idyllic landscapes will elevate every moment. With nonstop flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Nadit International Airport, this tropical wonderland can easily be just a plane ride away. Exclusive beachfront properties and a bounty of activities let us curate spectacular moments for any occasion. Throughout it all, it's the people of Fiji who will transform your celebratory trip into an unforgettable adventure. Looking for a special way to celebrate your engagement, honeymoon or anniversary? Likuliku Lagoon Resort on Malolo Island is tailor-made for magical moments. In fact, the island's nickname, "Na Siga e dromu l Malolo," translates to "where the sun comes to rest." Set sail on a sunset cruise, sparkling wine in hand, as you raise a toast to a lifetime of romance. Need to disconnect in order to reconnect with your whole family? InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa on Viti Levu is less than 60 miles from the airport, so we can effortlessly whisk you from your plane to the white sands of Natadola Beach. Ready to take that friends getaway you've been talking about for years? Let us take all the stress out of planning with an all-inclusive stay at the adults-only Namale Resort and Spa. Here you'll find boutique luxury surroundings and plenty of space in an oceanfront villa with your on\wn private infinity pool. Discover the magic of a Fijian kava ceremony, explore villages where the locals welcome you with open arms and savor a lovo meal cooked in the earth. A sense of gratitude and joy will fill your heart and create connections to Fiji that will stay with you for a lifetime.

An Epicurean Occasion in the Dominican Republic

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017

Luxury properties Casa de Campo and Eden Roc at Cap Cana are taking island cuisine to new heights, with onsite restaurants redefining what resort dining can be. Taking inspiration not only from Dominican traditions and ingredients, resort chefs also look to international influences, often fusing the two to create exciting and sumptuous culinary indulgences. Any meal will be transformed into a celebration at one of these standout venues. With an electric menu featuring a mix of Japanese, Dominican and Latin American cuisine, Pubbelly Sushi at Casa de Campo will lead you on an unexpected culinary adventure. Blue Grill + Bar inside Eden Roc at Cap Cana might be an energetic nightlife hub, yetr so sophisticated culinary offerings entice with Japanese influences and Peruvian techniques, like their take on tiradito - Peruvian sashimi - which perfectly combines with the traditional thinly sliced sashimi technique. 

Fusion cuisine is the love it or hate it buzzword of contemporary cooking, but traditional Dominican cooking - which blends flavors from West Africa, Latin America, Spain and indigenous Caribbean cultures - was a fusion long before it was trendy. Mofongo, a signature Caribbean dish of mashed plantains with garlic, chicharrones and oil, draws its roots in the West African dish fufu. Pollo, arroz y frijoles, a staple of Domincan cuisine, is a deeply connected to Latin American traditions. Literally meaning "to stew in the heat," sancocho is derived from Spanish cocido, featuring local ingredients such as yucca, plantains and aromatics to create a nourishing and hearty one-pot meal. 

No matter which venues you choose at these two properties, you'll always enjoy local and seasonal ingredients that delight your palate with the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean. Gather your travel companions to dine, unwind and experience an effortlessly luxurious vacation in exquisite surroundings. 

Extreme Elegance Silversea

Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The intimate Silver Cloud has recently been converted into a powerful ice-class ship, prepared to maneuver polar waters. An ice- strengthened hull impressively navigates ice floes and pack ice, while 18 new zodiacs deliver you to the rarely visited shores of Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.

You'll have access to unparalleled insight as up to 19 qualified specialists are on every polar voyage and shore excursion. Expedition experts guide you toward incredible sights on shore while guest lecturers present enriching talks and workshops on board. No question is left unanswered, whether you're spotting puffins in the Arctic with an ornithologist or hiking the moss-covered South Shetland islands with a geologist.  

As magnificent as it is to walk among thousands of penguins and watch glaciers calving thunderously in glimmering waters, some of your greatest tales will emerge on board your all-suite ship. At the Relais & Chateaux restaurant Le Champagne, dine on six courses paired with fine wines- a feat that seems impossible in a region as remote as Antarctica. Four other dining options satisfy at every meal, whether you choose a candlelit dinner with your new friends or dine in the comfort of your suite as you watch the tundra slip past.   

Only 200 guest sail on polar voyages, creating an intimate air and endless opportunities for conversation and laughter. Thoughtful staff are at your service: a bartender who pours your favorite evening aperitif as you chat with friends in The Bar; a personal butler who presents an assortment of pillows and extra Bvlgari amenities in your marvel bathroom. With all the creature comforts at your fingertips, you'll always be refreshed and rejuvenated as you voyage to the most remote lands in the world.

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