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Located at one of the most exotic places in the world, at the shore of Beagle Channel and with a beautiful view of the snow-covered peaks of the imposing Andes Mountain Range, Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa has direct beach access, and spectacular views in all areas, highlighting its unique in-out pool.
While the lush beauty of St. Kitts draws numerous visitors to the island year-round, Belle Mont Farm welcomes you to experience Caribbean vacations that offer more than just a relaxing island escape. In addition to adventurous activities, and fresh, sustainable dining, you will become immersed in the rich culture of the island as you connect with the locals who live and work here, as well as guests from the four corners of the globe. From the fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the 400-acre organic farm to the edible golf course and restorative spa journeys, every aspect of the Kittitian Hill community is designed to support a vision of community and sustainability.
At the Southernmost point of South America, located in the mythical Tierra del Fuego and washed by the waters of the Beagle Channel, stands the city of Ushuaia. A destination to visit, enjoy, and explore. With a standards-based sustainable architectural design, Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spaextends along a spectacular natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces, and green areas harmoniously integrated into the environment.
Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resortis located on a privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the exuberant Emerald Coast. Known as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil, the property enjoys direct flights from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires. Here the waters of the Emerald coast meet the lush rainforest vegetation in a dazzling display of colour and light. 25-sophisticated and charming bungalows lay in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery.
Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch. The 50 room luxury Napa resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer guests and owners the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to fully experience the pristine setting.
At Gateway Canyons Resort in Western Colorado, guests can explore places virtually untouched by humans, in the stunning landscape of sculptured rock that surrounds Gateway, Colorado. One of the most unusual way to explore the scenery is through Gateway Canyons Air Tours. The tours are customized to accommodates guests' schedules, and gives a bird's eye view of the landscape. Spectacular red rock canyons, monoliths and mesas, snow capped mountains, lakes and rivers – these are the land formations of western Colorado and eastern Utah – geologically diverse in such a concentrated area! Guests not only see the scenic beauty from under the beautiful blue skies of Colorado, but they learn about the fascinating lore and legends of western Colorado and eastern Utah. The helicopters fly at a lower altitude than commercial airlines, so we are able to provide our guests with a more intimate and memorable view of the spectacular terrain.
The Eurocopter AStar B3’s exceptional visibility, range and power, combined with a quiet cabin, make it ideal for scenic tours. This helicopter has been appointed with leather seats and a luxurious interior. Passengers are treated to state-of-the art, noise-cancelling Bose headsets for ease of conversation in the cabin and with the pilot. The helicopter can accommodate up to 5 passengers per tour. Tours of any length from 15 minutes to 2 hours can be arranged, the most popular being the 30 minute tour.
Gateway Canyons Air Tours is a custom scenic flight company. If guests want to go to Aspen, Moab, Gateway, Telluride, or Vail for lunch, shopping or golf for the day, the company can provide that luxury for a very affordable price.
Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine.
A walk along the hotel's private pathway will bring guests out atop the gorge and provides a magnificent view of the bridge crossing into Zambia. From here one can watch in awe as bungi jumpers fall 111 metres down the world's longest natural bungi jump, towards the mighty Zambezi below.
Dining options include:
The Livingstone Room-Enjoy an elegant dining experience at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Guests can choose from a la carte menu and an extensive wine list. The dress code has been relaxed in line with the times. The dress code is smart but a jacket and tie is not longer obligatory.
The Jungle Junction-Situated close to the swimming pool with a clear view of the spray of the Falls, the Jungle Junction is a popular venue with groups, offering African fusion food with traditional African music.
Stanley's Terrace-A selection of light meals is served from the Stanley's Terrace at The Victoria Falls Hotel. An afternoon spent enjoying the renowned traditional High Tea overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and spray of the Falls is a must for hotel guests.
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club, the elite luxury Alaska sport fishing lodge, is the only resort on the unpopulated Noyes Island. The exclusive club accepts reservations for groups up to sixteen during the summer fishing season. The location’s remote privacy makes it the perfect venue for both intimate gatherings of friends and family, and for high end corporate events.
The world-class fishing and accommodations at the club are matched by the world-class dining. The cuisine at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club is designed to invoke the great Alaskan wildnerness. The regionally inspired cuisine includes quality ingredients like wild game, prime cuts of meat, local seafood, and organic greens grown in The Club's gardens.
The kitchen at Steamboat Bay is an open display-style, so guests can observe and interact with the Chef and his staff. Gourmet dining at The Club is all-inclusive and customized to guests’ individual tastes. Guests with food preferences or restrictions are easily accommodated with advance notice. The fine dining starts as early as 5am. Guests can fuel up for the long day of fishing. Lunch options include a picnic-style lunch on the water, which means no break in the fishing, or guests can return to the lodge from nearby fishing spots. The guides even call in lunch orders on the way back so the meal is ready as soon as the fisherman hit the shore.
Guests are treated to an evening reception. The Club's open bar is amply stocked with Pacific Coast wines, local microbrews and brand name beers, and premium spirits and mixers. For dinner, bay-side table service is available. There's also a special five-course Taste of Alaska option. Menus are updated daily, and personalized to accommodate guests individual tastes.