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Cannúa Resort x Travel Promo

Enjoy Two Nights Free at New Boutique Hotel with True Colombia Travel Promo

Be among the first travelers to experience luxury eco resort Cannúa, sister company to True Colombia Travel, which just opened Dec. 1, 2019

Travelers can enjoy a two-night complimentary stay in a deluxe room at the newly-opened Cannúa, Colombia’s first luxury eco resort (a value of $500 USD), when they book a custom tour of Antioquia with True Colombia Travel by March 31, 2020.

True Colombia Travel, a locally-owned and led tour operator, specializes in customized experiences in under-explored regions throughout Colombia, and is celebrating the launch of its sister-company, Cannúa, with its spring promo.

Opened in December 2019, Cannúa is an 18-room boutique hotel set within a protected forest in Antioquia. Taking a holistic approach to sustainability, the 27-acre mountain-side retreat is rooted in permaculture design principles, built from sustainably-sourced bamboo and compressed-earth blocks and utilizing rainwater through its own on-site water treatment system. It also features two acres of organic gardens and food forests to supply its restaurant, and works with local organic farmers for ingredients that can’t otherwise be produced on-site.

The opening of an eco resort of this nature is part of a new era of experiential travel being forged within the region.

“Antioquia offers so much, and now, travelers have the opportunity to mix the rustic, off-the-beaten-path rural exploration of the region with a luxurious stay, complete with some pampering, ” says Brian Schon, co-founder and director of True Colombia Travel. “Guests can spend five days doing all kinds of adventurous activities, from paragliding to exploring local caves and searching for wild hippos, and then spend a couple nights relaxing at Cannúa, enjoying delicious food, gentle hikes, spa treatments, and gorgeous sunsets set against the most incredible views.”

True Colombia Travel’s Antioquia trips start and end in Medellín. To take advantage of this offer, write promo code Antioquia2020 in the subject line of your inquiry and book by Mar. 31, 2020, for travel until April 1, 2021.

For more information about True Colombia Travel’s fully-customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours in all corners of the country, visit www.truecolombiatravel.com.

About True Colombia Travel
True Colombia Travel specializes in offering fully customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout the rural and urban regions of Colombia. Owned and operated by locals who are passionate about their community, the TCT team is made up of bilingual artists, nature-lovers and world travelers committed to sharing Colombia’s secrets with visitors as respectfully and responsibly as possible. Welcoming families, groups, solo travelers and adventurers of all ages, True Colombia Travel creates personalized itineraries designed to showcase the people, heritage, culture and natural treasures that makes Colombia one of the most promising destinations in the world.

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Angama Mara x Tented Camp

Angama Mara the award-winning safari lodge overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, has announced the July 2020 introduction of Angama Safari Camp, a seasonal sole-use tented camp situated in a remote wilderness region of the southwestern Mara Triangle.

The team that created Angama Mara has reunited to launch the new Safari Camp with Jan Allan‘s tent design and interiors by Annemarie Meintjes.

Comprising four tents, sleeping up to eight guests, the camp will offer absolute privacy in the midst of the mega herds of the migration and abundant resident wildlife. “The design, quite unlike any other mobile tented camp, will be fresh, light and uncluttered, making for easy living while echoing many of the most loved elements of its older sister. There will be Fermob and Vogel furniture, there will be red and blue. As with the Angama Mara lodge, Angama Safari Camp will have the very best of everything, but also just the right amount of everything,” adds owner of Angama, Nicky Fitzgerald.

The tents are unprecedented in design with a distinctive look created through a playful and unusual roof shape. Below the roof sits a landscape-oriented inner tent, allowing for the bedroom, dressing room and bathroom to open up onto the view. Designed for maximum cross-ventilation, the tents also have a four-layer roof system to help keep them cool. Inside, the guest tent beds will be extra-length king and can be made up as a double or twins. The ensuite dressing room, double bucket shower room and private toilet offer the same high levels of comfort as Angama Mara.

Tucked away in a forest below the towering western wall of the Great Rift Valley, guests will have access to extraordinary wildlife experiences right on their doorstep and can tailor-make their safari days, leaving the Safari Camp as early as 6am and returning after sundown at 7:30pm. Aside from the migration, the region of the Mara Triangle where Angama Safari Camp is located is home to cheetah, resident prides of lion, large elephant herds, buffalo and abundant plains game.

Angama Safari Camp will welcome its first guests in early July and will operate until the end of September, with October on request. There is a minimum three-night stay and children of all ages are welcome. “Angama’s little camp will delight our guests by capturing the essence of the glorious adventure of the Golden Age of the African safari – romance, privacy, unconstrained freedom, stories shared around the campfire, dinners lit only by starlight, gentle Kenyan service, the nights either wrapped in silence or filled with sounds of hyena and lions calling, surrounded by a million migrating wildebeest,” concludes Fitzgerald.

ABOUT ANGAMA MARA
High above the Maasai Mara where some of the most romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, Angama Mara comprises two separate and intimate camps, each encompassing 15 tented guest suites. Built on the edge of the Great Rift Valley on one of the most sought-after sites on the continent, this lodge offers heart stopping views as far as the eye can see. The lodge, helmed by industry veteran Nicky Fitzgerald (formerly of &Beyond), boasts outstanding game viewing 12 months of the year, with private access to the reserve. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air,’ Angama Mara floats 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara, where, every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each suite.

In addition to consistently excellent game viewing, including Africa’s Big Five, guests enjoy walking safaris, garden-to-table lunches in the shamba, editing their images in the Photographic Studio a fitness center, a 40-foot-long swimming pool, a curated gallery of African art, clothing and jewelry, and a sun-filled studio where local Maasai women work at beading bespoke items. Angama Mara was named #1 Safari Lodge in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018.

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Four Seasons, gift guide, holiday, 360 MAGAZINE, NYC, downtown

Four Seasons Gift Guide

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown today announces the launch of a 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, curated by Senior Spa Director Tara Cruz.

The extensive Holiday Gift Guide includes a curated selection of Cruz’s favourite items for the holidays and caters to six distinct categories including The Fashion Forward, The Jetsetter, The Wellness Guru, The Fitness Junkie, The Adored and The Ultimate Host. Included is a wide selection of merchandise and experiences for individuals and couples, all available for purchase from the Boutique at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

Some of the more exclusive products include –

Marc Jacobs x Four Seasons New York Downtown Sweatshirt

Take home a signature Marc Jacobs x Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown limited-edition sweatshirt by Marc Jacobs in celebration of New York Fashion Week 2019. Featuring an apple motif that pays homage to New York in addition to the iconic brands of Four Seasons and Marc Jacobs, the sweatshirt is the first collaboration of its kind for both brands and was designed to celebrate the union of two storied institutions and a mutual love for all things New York City.

Signature Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Candle

Select a specific scent from the dedicated Four Seasons New York Downtown Signature Candle Collection. The collection, which launched in 2018, features five distinctive scents – one for each season and the ever-green spa scent. Designed by General Manger Thomas Carreras, these branded candles allow guests to take home a piece of their New York experience and reminisce over the memories of their stay, long after their trip has ended and they have returned home.  Carreras personally designed each scent and worked closely with specialty scent partner Air Aroma to match each of the notes for the seasonal scents to ensure they are on-brand and reflect the character of the Hotel throughout the seasons. Each of the scents are specific to Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown and are created with the unique New York City environment in mind. Candles can be purchased individually or guests can take home the entire collection.

Personalised Wellness Oil Collection

Take home a personalised wellness oil collection, blended by a wellness expert, specifically for you. The use of essential oils to aid in health and wellness has been around for centuries, dating back as far as Greek and Egyptian times. However it wasn’t until 1910 that a French scientist named Gattefosse used lavender oil to aid in the cure of a burn that the term aromatherapie was coined. Alexandra Soveral, Founder and CEO of SOVERAL, has now actualised this ancient art into a modern day science, developing her own food-grade essential oils from a UK distillery that sources locally and responsibly farmed essentials oils. The Spa’s Aromatherapy Blend Bar features a selection of nine essential oils, all of which support mood enhancement, physical wellbeing and emotional balance. The personalised oil collection includes five bespoke blended oils.

For those looking for a more experiential gift, some of the highlights include –

Sleep Well, Live Well Experience

The Hotel’s Sleep Well, Live Well experience is designed around the search for, and commitment to, the perfect night’s sleep. The experience includes a 50-minute Sleep Serenity Massage for two, overnight accommodation in a room or suite, and a customisable take-home Four Seasons Queen Bed, featuring the new mattress and topper collection, designed exclusively by Simmons Bedding Company for Four Seasons.

Resident Healer Session

Enjoy a Resident Healer Session with any one of four exceptional Resident Healers including Deganit Nuur, Rashia Bell, Show Shimazu and Michelle Pirret, all of whom tailor the sessions to the individual’s needs. Deganit Nuur is a certified acupuncturist, herbalist, clairvoyant intuitive and meditation instructor whose goal is to improve spiritual and overall well-being. Rashia Bell will help guests explore the healing energy of crystals while practising mindful meditation. Snow Shimazu is a certified travel wellness specialist who incorporates mediation, yoga and advanced massage therapies into her healing methods. Michelle Pirret delivers profound auditory exploration that stimulates the imagination and connects one to their intuition and higher self.

Soak Service in a Hudson Suite

Stay overnight in one of the Hotel’s luxurious Hudson Suites with a deep soaking tub, and enjoy an indulgent Soak Service. Choose a curated experience based on unique needs from a menu that includes restore, soothe, detox, seasonal options or the ultimate – a rose revival for two.

Club27 Membership

For the ultimate gift for the Fitness Junkie, give the gift of freedom with a 12-month membership to Club27. The Wellness Membership includes access to amenities including a 75 foot (23 metre) indoor heated swimming pool; eucalyptus steam room; locker rooms and private sundeck from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily; 24 hour state-of-the-art fitness centre with laundry service; luxury amenities and daily wellness elixir; quarterly complimentary 80 minute spa treatment of choice; access to private or group yoga, boxing, meditation, aqua-fit and personal training classes, including one complimentary initiation class; 9+ guest passes; access to personal Wellness  and Hotel Concierge and more.

Whether looking for an extravagant gesture for someone special or for a more simple subtle hostess gift to take to a dinner party, Cruz has thought of it all.

To view the entire Holiday Gift Guide, visit here.

To see the full listing of festive offerings at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, visit the dedicated Festive Page.

AREA15, hakkasan, 360 MAGAZINE, Vegas

AREA15 × HAKKASAN

AREA15, the experiential retail and entertainment complex opening in spring 2020, today announces a corporate hospitality partnership with one of the world’s leading hospitality companies – Hakkasan Group, which will be AREA15’s preferred caterer for meetings, private parties and corporate events taking place in the one-of-kind venue. Additionally, Hakkasan Group will use AREA15 as the exclusive location for any events outside of the company’s Las Vegas venues.

AREA15 boasts a variety of imaginative, artistic and technologically sophisticated event spaces now available for corporate, social and private events which include:

  • 1,900-square-foot Sanctuary featuring a 34-foot high bamboo structure by the Balinese design firm, Ibuku
  • 7,500-square-foot Lightboxx featuring 360-degree floor-to-ceiling projection mapped walls, a first of its kind in Las Vegas
  • 32,000-square-foot A-Lot, an outdoor patio venue featuring monumental art installations 

Hakkasan Group operates some of the world’s top performing nightlife, daylife and restaurant brands—in Las Vegas as well as in international destinations located in the trendiest locales around the globe, including London, Dubai, Bali and Los Cabos. The group’s expert event planners and marketers cater and produce remarkable events at over 40 best-in-class venues located worldwide in 25 international cities. 

“This partnership allows Hakkasan Group to fuse its unparalleled expertise in producing successful consumer and corporate events with our extraordinary world of art, technology and imagination,” says Winston Fisher, chief executive officer, AREA15.

Opening in 2020, AREA15 promises to be a portal to the extraordinary, the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex designed to bring the best-in-class of immersive experiences together under one roof. AREA15 will announce additional attractions and food and beverage experiences this fall. Event bookings are now available for dates beginning February 2020.

ABOUT HAKKASAN GROUP
Hakkasan Group is a renowned worldwide hospitality company with establishments across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Its namesake is taken from its Michelin star restaurant that set the best-in-class standard for the diverse brands in the group’s collection. Its ‘brand first’ philosophy creates restaurant, nightlife and daylife venues into a world-class hospitality portfolio, all with a focus on service, design, and innovation that together, craft remarkable experiences for its guests. Its restaurant properties include Hakkasan, with 12 locations worldwide, Ling, Yauatcha, Sake no Hana, Casa Calavera, Herringbone and Searsucker. Concepts under the nightlife umbrella are Hakkasan, Omnia, Jewel and 1Oak Nightclub; and daylife brands include Omnia, Wet Republic and Liquid. For more information, visit www.HakkasanGroup.com or connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @HakkasanGroup.

ABOUT AREA15 
AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex offering live events, exhilarating attractions, immersive activations, art installations, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including NomadicEmporium, Oddwood, Dueling Axes and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas, AREA15 will also host ongoing pop-up events designed to attract locals and tourists of all ages when it opens in 2020. AREA15 is the development project led by a joint venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York. For more information visit www.AREA15.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter: @AREA15Official; Facebook: AREA15LasVegasand YouTube: AREA15. Hashtag: #SomethingIsComing. Click here for directions and here to download high-res renderings.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: 
Facebook: @AREA15LasVegas@HakkasanGroup 
Instagram: @AREA15Official@HakkasanGroup 
Twitter: @AREA15Official@HakkasanGroup 
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BERNARDUS Lodge, 360 MAGAZINE

BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

WITH A ROLL OUT OF CRUSH-WORTHY COCKTAILS, PLATINUM PERKS AND HARVEST CELEBRATION

Two Decades of Hospitality Leadership on California’s Central Coast

Fresh off receiving a coveted eight Forbes Travel Guide stars, Bernardus Lodge & Spa announces its 20th anniversary with a roll out of programs throughout 2019. The line-up includes a classic showcase of platinum-inspired cocktails, luxury Platinum Plus guest package and Bernardus 20th Platinum Anniversary, Grand Tasting & Craftsman Exchange event set for Sunday, October 27, 2019.

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Debuting in 1999 with 57 guestrooms, the Spa at Bernardus and Marinus restaurant led by chef Cal Stamenov, the lodge’s double decade evolution has raised the hospitality bar along the California coastline. In 2014, new ownership and management set out to recreate an intimate and stylish experience more deserving of Bernardus’ surroundings. Set on 28 acres of sweeping vines and lavender, the lodge debuted a multi-million dollar renovation in 2015, launched Lucia Restaurant & Bar under chef Stamenov and added its suites and villas product the following year. Curated for epicureans and romantics alike, the 16 spacious 1050 sq., ft., to 2100 sq., ft., suites and villa lifestyle accommodations feature alfresco fire pits, master baths with hammered copper free-standing soaking tubs, wet rooms with wall and rain showers, radiant heat floors, double-sided fireplaces and alfresco showers and terraces featuring vineyard or Santa Lucia Mountain views. In 2019 Bernardus Lodge earned the World’s Best Room award from Forbes Travel Guide, an honor shared by only 41 hotels in 17 countries.

Bernardus Platinum Anniversary, Grand Tasting & Craftsman Exchange; Sunday, October 27, 2019
The ever popular Craftsman’s Exchange takes on a platinum patina this year, combining the region’s top toques – a salute to Stamenov’s alumni – with a line-up of iconic purveyors for an afternoon steeped in fine wines and decadent tastes. The expanded event will be set alfresco on the lodge’s tournament size Croquet Lawn.

Not surprising, Stamenov’s kitchen has been a luminous launch pad for a variety of area chefs mentored over the past two decades. Joining the grand tasting will be Tim Wood/Carmel Valley Ranch, Ben Spungin/Alta Bakery, Matt Bolton/Intercontinental The Clement Monterey, Jerry Regester/Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Jerome Viel/Carmel Valley Market and Cal Stamenov and team from Lucia Restaurant. A party for the palate, graze the day away with an amazing line-up from Delamotte Champagne, Bernardus Winery, Newport Meats, Swank Farms, Sciabica Olive Oil, Earthbound Farms and Morro Bay Oyster Company, among several other notable purveyors. Certain to be the event of the season, the Platinum Anniversary party will be backed by live music and the stylish sophistication Bernardus Lodge is known for. Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., $99.00/person++.

Platinum Playground – Stirred, Not Shaken

Lucia Restaurant & Bar’s craft cocktail program steps up with a triad of new drinks worthy of exploration. Resisting a Platinum Blonde can be tough, especially when it’s crafted with Beluga ‘Noble Russian Gold Leather’ Vodka, Contratto Bianco Vermouth and garnished with a crave-worthy dollop of caviar. Playing off Prince, “…Like its 1999” also delivers with a tasty WhistlePig 10 Year Rye, stirred with Vermouth Royale and Angostura bitters, topped with a platinum leaf Luxardo Maraschino cherry. Rounding out the offerings, the dreamy Little Silver is certain to be a showstopper, combining Patron Rocca Reposado Tequila, Cointreau Noir and garden fresh lime, served up with a platinum Maldon salt rim. $50.

Platinum Plus Package


1. Pampering hits a high note with the new Platinum Plus package, offered through December 31st. Slip into the sanctuary of a spacious 1,050 sq. ft., Bernardus Villa Suite for a two-night escape. Steeped in luxury with a wine country twist, Bernardus villa suites provide a secluded stay with its signature contemporary design, three fire features, romantic hammered copper free-standing soaking tubs for two and full pantry of complimentary wines and snacks.

Guests will enjoy daily breakfast and a round of celebratory platinum cocktails for two. As the sun sets, the 1999 theme continues with a vintage bottle of 1999 Bernardus Marinus Bordeaux blend backed with canapes and delivered in-room with two keepsake glasses.

Day two the Spa at Bernardus ups the ante with two deluxe spa treatments certain to soothe the senses. Slither in for a 2+ hour Platinum Facial using the newest technology. From an in-depth cleansing to a regenerating peel, lymphatic massage, firming mask and microcurrent therapy, skin will rejoice with a smooth refined finish that both tones and defines. A hand and eye treatment complement the service as well as a takeaway customized home care kit from Eminence Organic Skincare.

Glass in hand, artisanal cheese plate on tap, the Platinum Pedicure kicks off with an antioxidant-rich chardonnay bubble bath, pure cane sugar and chardonnay grape seed scrub, reflexology and creamy chardonnay moisturizer to calm and tone, followed by a detailed nail care and polish treatment. 50 minutes. Hotel package starting at $3,383 midweek, double occupancy, including taxes and resort fee.

ABOUT BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA


Perennially recognized by discerning readers of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Resorts” and Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Resorts” and as well as a Wine Spectator award recipient (2001-2019), this Forbes Travel Guide Four Star property has long set the gold standard for wine country vacationing. Reopened after a full resort renovation in 2015, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender and boasts 73 luxurious guestrooms, suites & villas, the signature Spa at Bernardus, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a hilltop adults-only infinity Jacuzzi, an alfresco croquet and bocce court, two tennis courts and 4,300 sq. ft. of meeting space. Woodside Hotel Group (http://woodsidehotelgroup.com), an operator of a portfolio of distinguished independent luxury properties throughout Northern California, is the management company for the property, which is located on the Monterey Peninsula, 120 mi./193 km, south of San Francisco and 330 mi./531 km., north of Los Angeles. For information, contact Bernardus Lodge & Spa at 831-658-3400 or visit http://bernarduslodge.com.

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Bellagio to Debut Lakeside Supper Club

Renowned for a portfolio of ‘must-visit’ experiences that forever transformed the city, Bellagio will once again change the way visitors think about a night on the town with the launch of The Mayfair Supper Club over New Year’s weekend.

Inspired by top supper clubs in London and around the world, The Mayfair will redefine the traditional “dinner and a show” for today’s traveler with a restaurant that evolves throughout the evening, amplifying in energy as dusk shifts to night. Guests will be able to indulge in contemporary American cuisine while enjoying live entertainment performances nightly, set to the greatest backdrop in the world – the Bellagio Fountains.

“The experience will be fun and memorable and feel like a return to the glamour eras of Las Vegas and old New York when dinner and a show was the place to be seen,” said MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of F&B Strategy Ari Kastrati. “The Mayfair’s food and beverage menus will pay homage to all the greatest hits of classic American dining.”

MGM Resorts partnered with London and New York-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studios to create whimsical moments that transport guests to a fanciful and flexible environment – from a backdrop for a delightful meal to a high-energy lounge with moments of surprise.

MGM Resorts President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie said, “The Mayfair will bring together the best elements of what makes Las Vegas the world-famous destination it is, in ways that celebrate our past, channel our present and define the future of a memorable night out on the Las Vegas Strip.” The Mayfair also will serve as the ideal location for guests to book special events. All booking inquiries can be emailed here.

Lexus, Costa Rica, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery, RXL

Lexus Milestones

By Flore Chaumont × Vaughn Lowery

Lexus celebrated their 30-year anniversary this past July; and we couldn’t escape it. We were invited on a 3-day lifestyle activation in Costa Rica, testing both their latest vehicles along side of their precursors. Since Lexus is the leading producer of luxury hybrids, their choice of hosting this event in Costa Rica was not arbitrary. Aside from lush landscapes, the island is a place where environmentally driven initiatives and technologies thrive. The country is a leading producer of hydroelectric energy, and conserving their beautiful flora and fauna is one of their top priorities.

1. Accommodation

Our hopes were high and they were remarkably met with our arrival at the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel, located in Liberia, a jewel in the countryside of Costa Rica. The luxurious property, nicely integrated into the surrounding region was mesmerizing. Modern yet rustic decorated rooms spilt out onto the beachfront as we assembled at a welcoming reception. We were treated like loyalty with excellent service, savory bites and of course, great fellowship. With a 181 rooms, fitness center (which rivaled Equinox), day spa (complete with plunge pool, steam room and hot tub) and private beach, many of us were tempted to stay longer within the 1,400 acres of utter bliss. There was so much to explore via a biking excursion or a simple hike into neighboring jungles.

2. History of Lexus

During the conference, we learned about the history of Lexus; and their product line from 1989 to present. With the use of VR, we were teleported in time to when Toyota arrived in the US. In 1984, they launched the Circle F Project with the aim of releasing a luxury car. The challenge was to change America’s perception of the marque. For this project, Chief Engineer Ichiro Suzuki sets aggressive goals which will define the brand’s strategy and excellence down the route. With over 1400 engineers involved and 400 prototypes later, the Lexus LS was born. A sedan unlike any other. The name, originally Alexis, became Lexus, and the logo came to become this symbol of beauty and perfection with a succession of exceptional cars to accompany.

3. Meeting with Executives

We also got the privilege to sit down and shoot the breeze with some of the senior level executives of Lexus. Koichi Suga, General Manager of Lexus Design, explained to us his inspiration for adding the concierge and driver refresh, he maintains, “Our vision is human centered: what the customer wants, while focusing on our distinctive culture and heritage.” Indeed, the driver refreshes function is an imitation of shiatsu massage, and it was also our favorite feature in this newly reintroduced full-size flagship. In a discussion with Koji Sato, Vice President of Lexus International Products & Engineering, we were informed that the brand expects to issue its first EV by 2025. And he gave tongue to what gives the sedan a long-term advantage over SUV models. He states, “I think the sedan is more formal, more stylish, with a low center of gravity that provides a more emotional feel.”

4. Vehicle Drives

After being fascinated with the history of Lexus, we got to take a glimpse of and even test drive a few. The incredible LFA was on display and the RC F Sport (f/ in Men in Black: International) were definitely crowd favorites. We test drove three of their models: the LS 500h; RXL (new RX w/ third row seating) and LC 500h. The LS literally made us feel like a royal family. The sleek design, alongside a more pronounced spindle grill and a ton of driver/passenger amenities made the interior feel like nirvana. The RXL possesses a 4.4 inch longer wheel base than RX, now seats 7 and has been refined to exaggerate masculinity. Lastly, the LC 500h, spotlighted in the critically acclaimed Black Panther, was simply sublime, from its paw-like exterior to the silky ride it offers. The peaceful drive along windy roads near the rain forests was almost mysterious.

5. Adventure

On our final day, we drove to the Diamante Eco Adventure Park which is home to one of the highest zip lines in the world – approximately 80 stories high and 1 mile long from one side to the other. We strapped into the renowned Superman, headfirst while facing forward on our bellies. Within, 45 seconds or less we were tailed and ready to retrieve our rides.

In short, Lexus created an atmosphere which showcased creativity, confidence and courage. Everything was exemplified through their leaders, bold design and humanity. Here’s to another 30 years!!!

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, NYC, 360 MAGAZINE

Hôtel Plaza Athénée


As of late, 360 Magazine attended a mixer held to mark the newly restored Bar Seine, Arabelle Restaurant and Spa Valmont at Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Since 1984, elite travelers and celebrities alike have referred to Hotel Plaza Athénée as their ‘home away from home.’ Nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side (in tight proximity to MOMA and the Central Park Zoo), it’s heavily revered for its decor and 5-star services. A tranquil treasure and best kept secret for over 30 years.    

Hôtel Plaza Athénée sets the gold standard with it’s onsite dining – curated by Chef Oliver Keegan. The “Athénée sliders” are the perfect appetizer made with black angus, smeared with Sriracha mayo will make your taste buds tango.

After devouring our starters, we were whisked over to Bar Seine for handcrafted cocktails. A signature Gin Martini deeply infused with floral accents was dubbed as a “Hendrick Midsummer Solstice.” Splashed with cherry liqueur and garnished with edible flower buds, it was an effortless blend of both femininity and masculinity.

Shortly after, we stepped over to Spa Valmont. Stocked with Valmont cosmetics (which are exclusive to the property) for both men and women to topple the signs of aging alongside of therapeutic sessions which encompass natural resources from Switzerland.

In short, this 143-room stately accommodation comes with an array of suites and amenities which would be sure to enhance your stay while in NYC.

Book now.

Farmhouse Inn Receives its 13th Michelin Star

The Michelin Guide announced, this week, the list of restaurants receiving stars for 2019.  And the Farmhouse team was proud and honored to remain among that elite list for the 13thconsecutive year.  Says Executive Chef, Steve Litke, “to be one of only 90 restaurants to receive one or more stars, out of 657 that are recommended in the state of California makes me so incredibly proud of my entire team.  Every year that we receive our star is just as exciting and nail-biting as it was the very first year”.

For anyone new to the system, one star means “high-quality cooking, worth a stop,” two stars equals “excellent cooking, worth a detour” and three stars means a restaurant has “exceptional cuisine and is worth a special journey.”

When Farmhouse owners, Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, conceived the idea of a European- style hotel and world-class restaurant nineteen years ago, it was with the hope that they would achieve one star status.  “One star is a perfect spot for us.  We are approachable and have flexibility in our offerings, but it recognizes the level of talent that we have in the kitchen.  Our team is second to none.  And the fact that our Chef has been with us for our entire nineteen years, and is like family, makes it all the sweeter.  Congratulations to our entire restaurant team!”

KQED  has compiled a list of this year’s winners.

For packages please visit us at  https://www.farmhouseinn.com/specials

About Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant and Spa

Situated on a serene ten-acre wooded property in Sonoma County’s world-famous Russian River Valley region, Farmhouse Inn combines the hospitality of a family-owned country inn and the amenities of a Four-Diamond luxury boutique hotel to create a casually elegant wine country escape. A charming and romantic property in the emerging and popular destination of the Russian River Valley, Farmhouse Inn celebrates the spirit of wine country by providing guests with an insider’s experience of Sonoma County. The Inn boasts a Michelin- starred restaurant, a full-service farm-to-table spa managed by Francis & Alexander, and picturesque gardens throughout the property. All of Farmhouse Inn’s 25 rooms—including seventeen Barn rooms and suites, eight cottage rooms and suites and two upstairs guest rooms in the original farmhouse—offer relaxing, scenic views with an unparalleled luxury experience.

Awarded in 2019 #3 Hotel in North America, Conde Nast Traveler, #3 Best Hotel in California, Travel & Leisure and Michelin One-Star restaurant 13 years running.

Www.farmhouseinn.com is our website, but this is a great way to get to know us better…

And here to learn all about what this gorgeous region has to offer…

World’s Best Room Honor

Capping this year’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award for Bernardus Lodge & Spa and chef Cal Stamenov’s signature dining venue – Lucia Restaurant & Bar- Carmel Valley’s esteemed hideaway for epicures on escape has again raised the hospitality bar with the Forbes 2019 World’s Best Rooms Award, one of 41 hotel properties in 17 countries and just six on the West Coast. Nearly 1700 worldwide hotels were included in the review process.
 
Achieving perfect scores on guestroom and bathroom standards related to luxury, guest comfort and convenience, this award underscores Bernardus’ mantra on superseding guest expectations with meticulous attention to design, ergonomics, and elegance. “This is an incredible honor, one that speaks to our philosophy and passion as well as recognizing our hardworking staff,” according to Sean Damery, vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge & Spa. 
 
Opened in 1999 and celebrating its platinum anniversary, the 73-room vine-swept lodge has long set the standard for luxury lodging on California’s Central Coast. Tucked on  28 acres of sweeping lavender, grapevines and olive orchards in Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge & Spa speaks to today’s experiential traveler with a showcase of guest accoutrements including spacious 525 sq., ft., to 2100 sq., ft., lifestyle accommodations, many featuring vaulted ceilings, double-sided fireplaces, private patios and terraces featuring vineyard or Santa Lucia Mountain views as well as a complimentary wine bar and butler’s pantry. Standout elements include Suite and Villa accommodations featuring alfresco showers and fire pits, hammered copper free-standing soaking tubs and rain showers. Two pools, an adult-only infinity Jacuzzi, tennis, apiary program, croquet, and bocce courts and the sleek 5,300 sq. ft., Spa at Bernardus round out the property.
 
ABOUT FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 WORLD’S BEST ROOMS
 
Forbes Travel Guide’s Verified Lists provide guests with an objective, data-driven source for making informed choices. These Illustrious properties have been thoroughly tested and verified to ensure that the rooms are of the highest quality – not just beautiful, but impeccably functional, luxuriously comfortable and elegantly appointed. Elements of luxury standards reflect detailed attention to the level of sumptuous comfort, as well as luxurious choices and conveniences provided to guests including linens of exceptional quality and style, high-quality amenities and/or technology appropriate to the destination, exception attention to interior design, notable pieces of artwork, high-quality soft goods and bathroom amenities that are exceptionally luxurious. Comfort and convenience standards encompass guestrooms that are well-sound-proofed, extremely fresh upon arrival, generously spacious grooming areas, advanced lighting, and technology that is easy to navigate.
 
 
Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas. The anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards with an emphasis on exceptional service. The only way to receive a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through Forbes’ independent inspection process. A full list of awards is listed at www.forbestravelguide.com.