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WEGO × SINGAPORE


Wego and Singapore Tourism Board sign co-marketing campaign to promote Singapore in the GCC
 
Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has partnered with Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Middle East, to drive more travelers from the GCC during the winter season to visit Singapore.
 
Wego and Singapore Tourism Board aim to increase brand and destination awareness to Singapore, showcasing the unique experiences, events and all-year-round activities. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, with your family or looking to fuel your adrenaline, Singapore offers a spectacular array of experiences that cater to all your needs.
 
Singapore’s cleanliness, safety, efficient public transport, world-class attractions and quality products and services have always been attributes that attract GCC tourists to Singapore. Beyond the basics, Singapore has many deeper, inspiring stories and authentic experiences waiting for travellers to discover.
 
The country is a food paradise with a wide variety of halal cuisine where visitors can enjoy their meals from hawker food stalls, up to the mid-class restaurants or fine-dining restaurants. Singapore is unique because you will not only find Michelin star chefs in fine dining restaurants but also at the street food hawker stalls.
 
Ms. Beverly Au Yong, Area Director Middle East, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “STB looks forward to our first collaboration with Wego in the Middle East. With the wide variety of specially curated experiences available in Singapore under our brand, Passion Made Possible, we have something for every passion tribe. Whether you are a Foodie, Explorer or Action-Seeker, these activities will provide visitors with unique experiences to embrace their passions with like-minded people in Singapore to celebrate their passions with.
 
From the world-class galleries and museums including the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore to the high flying thrills and world’s largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving at Sentosa, the Universal Studios Singapore™ to the local labels and artisans and the green sanctuaries, this country has everything you’re looking for.
 
Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, MENA and India, Wego, said: “We’re excited to embark this partnership with one of the world’s global metropolis. We saw a 34% increase in the number of bookings to Singapore on our platform in H1 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Through our partnership with Singapore Tourism Board, we aim to educate travellers and showcase Singapore’s unique offerings helping holidaymakers plan and book their next trip. We look forward to forging a long-lasting relationship with our partners offering them the best travel experience.”
 
Singapore being a little red dot on the world map with an area of 721.5km2 and a population of 5.64m attracted 18.5m visitors in 2018. This is a testimony that you should visit this ‘City in a Garden’ to experience what it has to offer. Look out for what Wego has to offer to make your passions possible.
 
 
About Wego
Wego provides award-winning travel search websites and top-ranked mobile apps for travellers living in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions. Wego harnesses powerful yet simple to use technology that automates the process of searching and comparing results from hundreds of airline, hotel and online travel agency websites.
 
Wego presents an unbiased comparison of all travel products and prices offered in the marketplace by merchants, both local and global, and enables shoppers to quickly find the best deal and place to book whether it is from an airline or hotel directly or with a third-party aggregator website.
 
Wego was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Dubai and Singapore with regional operations in Bangalore، Jakarta and Cairo.
 
About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.
 

Travelers Are Looking for Adventure

When it comes to adventure travelers, China is an untapped market totaling USD $8.2B per year, according to new research from Bannikin Travel and Tourism, a leading travel consultancy based in Toronto and Hong Kong. The China Adventure Tourism Market Study, which surveyed more than 300 Chinese travelers over the age of 18 who had taken a trip in the past year, determined that 16.3% of respondents ­­— 23.49 million people — chose an adventure trip for their last holiday. For a market with outbound tourism numbers continuing to see double digit growth, this means there are considerable opportunities for adventure travel brands looking to expand their product offerings for Chinese adventurers.

“This report delves deep into who Chinese adventure travelers are—their planning habits, income, spending habits and dream destinations,” said Natasha Martin, managing director of Bannikin Asia. “We’ve never had better insight into how to market towards the Asian travel market and break into one of the largest tourism spends out there.” The 2019 study found that 2.7% of departures could be categorized as ‘hard adventure,’ while 13.6% pursued ‘soft adventure’ experiences. Though Chinese consumers do not necessarily associate adventure travel with risk-taking activities, such as rafting or mountain biking, they do associate it with remote destinations that can be perceived as exotic and potentially dangerous.

The survey was sent with the objective of discovering how many Chinese travelers actively seek-out adventure while on vacation. Here are the report’s main findings: The total adventure market size for China (based on accommodation spending only) is USD $8.2B per year. Adventure travel spend from China represents 0.64% of total international tourism spend. The top destinations for adventure travelers were United States, Thailand, Australia and Japan.Time in nature, camping and backpacking are some of the most popular activities for Chinese adventure tourists. 72% of Chinese adventure travelers spend between 4-10 days abroad, lower than Western adventure travelers. Bannikin Travel & Tourism runs a leading travel trade development satellite office in Hong Kong, with a team of Asia market experts to assist destinations and tour operators on how to tap into the burgeoning Asia adventure marketplace.

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Your Essential Guide to Crete

Crete is one of the most stunning islands of Greece, and visiting it is a holiday that you’re sure to remember forever. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your visit and really turn your holiday into something special. 

Accommodation

Where you stay is one of the most important decisions of your trip, and it’s worth spending a little more to make sure you get the best quality. Choosing one of many villas in Crete is a different but exciting way to give your visit a little extra kick – absorb yourself in the true, luxurious experience and invest in a villa you can really relax in after a long day of exploring. Plus, with many including a swimming pool, it’s never been easier to live the good life and rock your holiday in style. You can find accommodation here with Blue Villas – they are an award-winning agency dedicated to finding the best quality for you. They have consultants who will handpick choices from over 150 villas so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for, meaning the whole stay is personal to you.

Scenery

One of the main draws of the Greek islands is the breath-taking scenery – whether you’re looking for beaches that wrap the coastline, hidden coves, valleys that envelope villages lined with narrow cobbled streets, mountains that are sprinkled with snow, or rough cliffs that are soaked with frothy, splashing waves, in Crete you’ll find it all. Don’t forget to bring a camera – you’ll need it, as every moment is picture worthy, and you won’t want to forget a second. There are countless orchards, gardens and plateaus for you to get your fill of the local wildlife and plants, and see the true beauty of what grows in Crete. 

Activities

Crete is full of ways for you to spend your time, whichever way you choose to spend your time – if scenery is your thing, take one of the many walking tours (some free) of the island to gain an insight into the history and culture of Crete, as well as get the opportunity to take in some of the most beautiful sights. Take time to explore your surroundings and decide which areas you’d like to see the most – the more you explore, the more hidden gems you’ll come across to make your trip even more special.

If you’re looking for a little bit of paradise, Rethymno is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and is the perfect place to explore and relax by the gently rippling sea. One of the most bustling parts of Crete is Hania, where you can venture down narrow lanes and explore old Venetian and Turkish architecture, as well as get a taste of the old town and its history. 

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, we recommend hiking the Samaria Gorge – this is Europe’s longest gorge, and gives you access to some of the most incredible views in the world, allowing you to get a glimpse of the raw, untouched beauty of Greece. You’ll even get to explore the abandoned village of Samaria – an experience like no other, and one you certainly don’t want to miss.

History and Culture

If you’re looking to learn a bit more about the history and culture of Crete, it’s not hard to find – there’s plenty to see! You’ll find ruins and remnants of societies been and gone, one of the most prominent being the Palace of Knossos, with plenty more fortresses and mansions scouring the island thanks to the variety of different invaders that have taken a fancy to Crete, along with mosques and Turkish bathhouses. 

The villages in Crete are still untouched, particularly those hidden in valleys and mountains, and they give you a deep insight to life for locals on Crete as well as the chance to immerse yourself in the culture. There are lots of customs and traditions that many of the locals still enact with pride, from dances and instruments (the lyra is a popular instrument in Crete) to local festivals, which occur often and keep the place alive and colourful.

Food

Greek cuisine is one of the finest in the world, and is not to be missed if you visit, particularly in Crete. Since many of the villages are tucked away from mainstream tourism, this is where you’ll find the most authentic and delicious food. Many tavernas make their own food including cheese, olive oil, raki and wine, and often will raise their own meat and catch their own seafood, meaning you’re bound to get top-quality, homemade food straight from the locals. There are plenty of food trails and wine-tastings so you can expand your palette and really explore the world of Greek cuisine and what it’s all about.

Crete is an experience like no other, and with these tips, you’ll be able to make your holiday an extra special one that you’re certain to never forget. Have fun!

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SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK

Written by Vaughn Lowery × Flore Chaumont

With the heat waves roasting Texas and all lower states recently, what better way to spend your weekend than going to a water park?

Schlitterbahn, recently acquired by Cedar Fair LP, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. From a small family owner resort on the banks of the spring-fed natural Comal river to a large scale company with three resorts and seven waterparks across Texas and Kansas, Schlitterbahn is a place rich in history and potential for adventures. We got to spend a weekend there, and here is why it should be your next destination this summer.

With over 15 new attractions, Schlitterbahn is an all time multigenerational crowd pleaser. From family reunions to team building outings, the park is the perfect getaway for every need. Sensation seekers will be thrilled to try the Dark Knight, a breathtaking pitch dark rollercoaster where tubes are completely blacked out. For those of you looking for a challenge, you will love the famous Boogie Bahn, an artificial wave ridden by world known professional surfers that will make you enter history. If you’re not about that hyper life, relax in the slow-flowing Congo River while you admire the mesmerizing underground mine, wild animals and thundering waterfalls.

In addition to all the unique attractions, there’s a bunch of delicious food options to enjoy during your trip. Bahn Burgers, 1/2lb. foot-long chili cheese dog, tacos, salads and freshly made funnel cakes: possibilities are endless! Because Schlitterbahn aims to fit all budgets, they also offer a variety of cheap options to get food on site, such as the Basic and Deluxe Meal Bands, or Catered Picnic for large groups. Oh and of course, wouldn’t be a party without their famous hand crafted cocktails. But the best thing? You are also allowed to bring your own picnic, and the free BBQ stations will give you some Sunday home BBQ vibes. Like having one of the world biggest water parks in your backyard.

Enjoy the bank of Schlitterbahn’s natural river without breaking it! Their budget-friendly policies go hand in hand with their tickets pricing. Regular tickets cost $54.99, or $41.99 for ages 3-11 and 55+. But come from Monday to Thursday and you can save $7 on each ticket! Family of 4? You can opt for the Family Fun and Food Pack for a total of $199.99. Travelling from far? Save up to $47 with the Two-Day Tickets, and enjoy a stay at one of the unique resorts located right next to the park. Schlitterbahn has a variety of options and packages to cater everyone’s needs! And if you’re really impatient for the never ending fun, you can get the Blast Pass to skip all the lines and make the most out of it.

We spent a magical weekend with a close family friend and her two kids. We got to experience a wonderful stay in one of the riverbend cabins, with a really authentic cottage-style interior design, wooden floors and walls and a gorgeous view on the Comal River. Sipping on brew, snacking on pizza and braiding each others’ hair… Couldn’t think of a better way to relax and break our busy routines. We also had fun exploring the miniature downtown area that was a walking distance to our cabin, brimming with an array of eclectic bars, restaurants and street murals.

Our team had a blast at Schlitterbahn, and we’re sure you will too. So go and make memories this summer!

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Top 10 anniversary gifts

When celebrating your anniversary, you want to do so in style. This is a day for the two of you to share your love and appreciation with a tangible gift that helps keep the mystery and romance alive. Your early anniversary gifts may be simple to choose, but over the years, keeping gifts unique and surprising can become more difficult, but not impossible.

Be inventive with gift-giving with the help of www.anniversarygiftsbyyear.org which provides the theme from which you choose your gift, such as silver for a 25th wedding anniversary and gold for a 50th. The themes can be taken literally, as in the above cases, or think outside the box for a gift that your beloved actually wants and that remains one of the top 10 anniversary gifts:

1. Flowers

Rather than flowers that wilt within a week, consider a framed floral print in a design that fits your home décor. Plant a tree in your garden or in another special place where you can watch it grow over the years.

2. Jewelry

For milestone anniversaries, choose diamonds and precious metals to feel like royalty. Earrings that can be worn during the day and dressed up with a necklace to be the most glamorous among friends.

3. Home Decor

If you prefer not to wear jewelry, dazzle with home décor. If you are a hopeless romantic, a platinum-dipped rose will celebrate your partnership, surviving hard times that we all face in one way or another. This is an elegant rose that will be a daily reminder of your love.

4. Linen

Cotton could be matching bathrooms, new bedsheets, or even matching underwear. If you had cotton sheets on your second anniversary, by your seventh, you could upgrade to a silk sheet set for a romantic snuggle fit for a queen. As you share a bed, this is a gift for you too.

5. Technology and Appliances

You can stretch the idea of appliances to being a camera, such as a Go-pro or a pet-at-home camera that can monitor Fido while you’re out of the house. Agree together beforehand before you upgrade to a fancy fridge to mark your anniversary. You have an excuse to gift an iPhone XS Max since fruit is the theme of this anniversary year.

6. Leather

Leather could be a calfskin leather weekender bag that will age beautifully over the next decade while also hinting at weekends away together. If your getaway is further afield, a stylish three-piece luggage set with 360-degree wheels will make navigating an airport painless.

7. Chocolate

Chocolate covered strawberries are a favorite, even if a cliché. Have these as a dessert at home after a meal out. A designer leather laptop bag is stylish for upscale occasions, while practical enough for everyday use.

8. Spa

For an anniversary where you just want to stop and take stock. To appreciate getting through the year together and take time to relax. Have a couples’ massage, a manicure, and a pedicure and enjoy the steam rooms and other treatments on offer.

9. Dinner

Invite as many people as you want to a dinner party at home and have a chef cater for the event so you can both relax in the company of those who mean the most to you. Alternatively, hire a private room in a restaurant for the whole night.

10. Perfume

f there are bottles of unopened fragrances, consider a perfume bottle from their favourite designer or in their favourite style instead. Classic designs from Lalique or bold geometric designs in metal. Choose their favourite style.

 

5 Getaway Must-Haves Global Traveler Emilia Taneva Stashes in Her Bag

Before your feet hit the pavement for any getaway vacation you need to pack the must-have necessities for your trip. Traveling light is the only way to go, so choose the items you stash in your bag carefully. One of the worst mistakes people make while getting ready for a trip is leaving something important behind and either have to do without or purchase a new one. That’s why world traveler and influencer Emilia Taneva has put together a guide for getaway must-haves so you don’t forget any of your essentials at home!

Chanel Makeup Base. When you need a versatile makeup that does more than just mask your flaws, choose Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. Ideal for travelers, this cream-gel bronzer can be used under your favorite foundation, as a spot cover-up, a smoother as well as a highlighter. Unlike other bases, Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup was formulated to leave your skin velvety soft with a light finish and a hint of color.

Love & Positivity Rose Quartz Stud Earrings by Congés. When you have finished traveling, are rested and want to stand out look to Congés. Designer Hasmig “Jasmine” Penna leaves her pieces untreated to harness their natural beauty. These hand-cut rose quartz stones represent love and are made in the heart of Los Angeles. In an evening outfit or daytime ensemble, add these 18k gold studs with a white diamond center to create an elegant look.

Rose Quartz rounded hand cut stone White diamond center (very good quality approximately 1.35 mm for each ear…

Mason Weekend Bag. Sole Society created this trendy tote for the stylish traveler. Made soft enough to sleep on, this bag features soft faux leather that will never leave you feeling stranded. The 19½ x 12 x 10 bag is one of the getaway must-haves that works with every outfit in cognac brown or black. What makes this bag a must-have? The spacious interior shoe compartment with a bottom zipper at the base. The sturdy bag still looks chic when it is packed to the seams so toss in anything you need and don’t worry! There are top carry handles, a removable strap, smartphone pockets, protective metal feet, and a sexy leopard lining so you never feel like you’re away from home.

Clinique Pep-Start™ Daily UV Protector. Ideal for daily sun protection the Pep-Start™ Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 from Clinique meets all of the FDA’s standards for sun protection, stopping both UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with minerals to flawlessly blend into the skin for a better-than-bare finish on any skin tone.

Summersalt Swimsuit. With a colorful made in Italy style, this swimsuit is available in many different color combinations. Bold, elegant and sure to turn heads the colorblock swimsuit will make onlookers expect a cannonball or a swan dive. So, why not make a splash with this getaway must-have?

About Emilia Taneva:

Emilia Taneva is a creative photographer, travel blogger, digital influencer, and Board-Certified Orthodontist. She is ranked as one of the top influencers in North America, with a focus on travel, fashion, and lifestyle. Taneva was born in the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) where civilizations and cultures have collided throughout its history. At a young age, she was captivated by history and tour books and would daydream about seeing the world one day. Today, Taneva runs the popular travel blog, Bubbly Moments. The Bubbly Moments is focused on the world’s most luxurious destinations and exclusive places. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents and knocked some big adventures off her bucket list along the way. Her all-time favorite destinations include Hawaii, the Maldives, Hong Kong, the French Riviera, and Singapore.

Farmhouse Inn

Introducing, summer of 2019, a brand-new gathering space, The Grange. Where small meets mighty…

grange

noun

\ ˈgrānj  \

Definition of grange

1. archaic : GRANARYBARN

2: FARM especially : a farmhouse with outbuildings

3capitalized : one of the lodges of a national fraternal association originally made up of farmersalso : the association itself

Taking the traditional definitions and rolling them into one elastic space.  Two of our original workers’ cottages, dating back to the turn of the last century have been re-imagined into a modern ideal gathering place.  Vaulted open beam ceilings, white-washed wainscoting, a double-sided fireplace, rustic “reclaimed” barn-wood flooring, French doors to a private patio…  and, of course infinitely comfortable furnishings.  

The Grange is charming without being quaint, and rustic with every imaginable modern convenience. 

It’s been outfitted with all of the thought and imagination that have made Farmhouse a world-leader in hospitality.

Why hold a meeting when you can create an experience? Why not get married under 
Wedding Trellis, enjoy champagne in the garden and then dinner in the comfort and privacy of The Grange?  Whether you are re-imagining your company, planning programs for the coming year, fostering teamwork or launching a new strategy to take your leadership team to the next level, Farmhouse Inn is the perfect event and meeting place. 

With just 25 rooms set amid rolling hills and rambling vineyards, we’re perfectly suited for intimate events, meetings and executive retreats that require privacy, security and all the luxury you’d expect from the #3 Best Hotel in US and Canada, Condé Nast Gold List 2019 with a restaurant that has, 13 years in a row, been awarded One Michelin Star. 

The Details:

640 sq. ft

Accommodates:

• Up to 20 for Meetings

• Up to 40 indoor/outdoor for receptions

Features include handsome wooden farm board table with upholstered linen chairs*, a 60-inch wall-mounted TV for presentations, and (best of all) seamless access to Farmhouse Inn’s acclaimed, Michelin-rated cuisine.

*up to 12 linen chairs, over 12 requires use of metal chic bistro chairs. 

 For meeting and event information visit https://www.farmhouseinn.com/meetings

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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…

Why You Should Take a Holiday to Saint Barts

Saint Barts in the Caribbean is a hotspot for luxury and adventurous travellers. The tiny island is St Martins neighbour and gets only a small number of annual visitors. You can find some spectacular Villas in Saint Barts along the coast that are among the best in the world. If you’ve never heard of the island or don’t know anything about it, check out these reasons why you should take a holiday to Saint Bart’s this year.

Some of the Caribbean’s Best Beaches

Saint Barts has a total of 22 beaches spanning the coastline. Some are popular with locals who like to hang out with their friends in the evening. Others have a handful of resorts and vacation rentals nearby. Expect a band of white sand curving around the shore. Thick jungle borders to the one side as the gentle waves roll in on the other. You can easily find secluded beaches in Saint Barts. Rent a car and drive around the mountain roads and you’ll find your own slice of paradise. If you like surfing, head to Toiny Beach where the waves crash offshore bringing in a current to ride.

St Bart’s Doesn’t Feel Touristy

The Caribbean receives millions of tourists each year. Cruise ships dock at the popular ports and the tiny seaside down become overrun with visitors every day. The resorts on other islands burst with holidaymakers taking away the charm and charisma of the islands. Saint Barts, on the other hand, is relatively unknown. This means it only gets a fraction of the tourists compared to more popular spots like Jamaica. So, you’ll have more opportunities to see the real Saint Barts rather than the superficial touristy zones.

The Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Because of the beauty of the island, it has become a magnet for honeymooners in recent years. Saint Barts can be defined as the closest thing to a tropical paradise. You can find vacation rentals next to the coastline overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Sit in the rooftop infinity pool. Relax with a glass of wine. Then watch the sunset. Then you can get a car and drive down to town and enjoy the exceptional dining experiences. If you want to have a luxury getaway filled with romance, Saint Barts is the place for you.

The Island’s Picturesque Capital Gustavia

Saint Bart’s capital Gustavia almost resembles a fairytale-like tropical paradise. The small buildings have the island’s characteristic red roofs which make them look a little bit similar to a gingerbread house. You can walk around the capital (more of a small town) in a single afternoon. Highlights include both Fort Gustaf and Fort Karl in the northern part of Gustavia. Spend an hour or two at Shell Beach or watch the world pass by overlooking the harbour.

Yacht-Lovers Paradise

Saint Barts is a haven for exclusive luxury yachts. Wealthy owners moor up on the island after cruising around the Caribbean. You can stand in the harbour and count hundreds of yachts of all shapes and sizes. Some of the larger ones cost millions of dollars. Even if you’re not a yacht owner, you can still soak up the atmosphere. Stand in the harbour and snap photos of the elegant vessels. Stroll around and read the quirky names and wave to the people on board.

Saint Barts has the Perfect Climate

It doesn’t get too hot in Saint Barts. Nor does it get too cold. Temperatures hover in the high 20s (Celsius) all year round. This is the ideal weather for wearing t-shirts and shorts and sunbathing on the beach. May and June see slightly cooler temperatures while December and January get higher temperatures. If you love the sun and want to top up your tan, Saint Barts makes the perfect holiday destination. Despite having a rainy season, you can practically guarantee good weather for most of the year.

Incredible Food

Stroll around the waterfront in Gustavia and you’ll find plenty of high-end restaurants. Some offer the catch of the day while others focus more on international cuisine. But the real culinary treat lies in the island’s unique fusion of French and Creole food. Order the grilled yellowtail snapper or warm zucchini soup with lobster fritters. If you want to try some of the more local dishes, order some street food from the vendors. You’ll feel an explosion of flavour when you bite down, and come away with a deeper appreciation of Caribbean food.

You Might Bump into Your Favourite Celebrity

Saint Martin receives the highest number of celebrities on vacation compared to its island-nation neighbours. The likes of Roman Abramovich and The Clooneys have their own private villas on the island. If you drive around, you’ll occasionally come across an enormous complex with a higher level of security than most properties on the island. These are where the celebrities spend their time. Paparazzi often follow the celebs on Saint Martin and you might see them hanging outside their villas. Because of the island’s population of just 35,000 people, you have a much higher chance of bumping into someone famous. Especially down near the waterfront or in the restaurants. Keep your eyes peeled. You never quite know who you’ll bump into.

Luxurious Holidays in Saint Barts

The island paradise allures celebrities and yacht-owners, but doesn’t see the hordes of tourists like some of its Caribbean neighbours. Visitors can book coastal villas, try a unique fusion of French-Creole cuisine and explore the quaint capital Gustavia. Check out the gorgeous white-sand beaches and keep your eyes open for famous faces.

PUNTA MITA × SURF CAMP

Back by popular demand, Punta Mita announces its second annual Surf Camp

July 31-August 2nd, 2019

 

Punta Mita is thrilled to announce the second edition of the Punta Mita Surf Camp, an annual event that welcome back two Mexican legends on the water:  Diego Cadena and Coco Nogales, offering Surf, Yoga, SUP, amazing local cuisine and more!

For 2019, we have new additions with surf and SUP expert, Jessica Cichra, and Kristen Addicks, an internationally recognized yoga instructor.  Together with Coco and Diego they will lead an extraordinary program of surfing, yoga and SUP on the beautiful Mexican coastline of Punta Mita. These world-class instructors will perfect your skills in an interactive learning environment with personal training that is ideal for everyone from beginners to those more advanced looking to add high-level tricks to their repertoire. This is a unique opportunity to learn from top experts in one of the most outstanding surf destinations in the world.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm Welcome dinner by Chef Pato Pérsico at Pacífico Beach Club 

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

  • 7:00am- 8:00am    Breakfast at Pacífico Beach Club.
  • 7:30am- 8:15am    Yoga class by Kristen Addicks – Pacífico Beach Club
  • 8:30am- 9:30am    Surf lesson or SUP lesson – Pacífico Beach Club 

Surf session with Mexico’s legendary surfers, while the crew gets to know each other and groups abilities. Coco Nogales, Diego Cadena and Jessica Cichra share their best tips and practices to improve your movements and skills for Surf and SUP.

  • 10:00am-12:30pm  Surf Boat trip departing from Pacifico Beach Club 
  • 1:00pm- 2:00 pm    Lunch by Pacifico Beach Club culinary team 
  • 3:00pm- 6:00pm     Outrigger Canoe Training or Surfing experience 
  • 8:00 pm                  Group dinner at Pacifico Grill Latino

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

  • 7:00am- 8:00am     Breakfast at Pacífico Beach Club
  • 7:30am- 8:15am     Restorative Yoga by Kristen Addicks – Pacífico Beach Club
  • 8:30am- 9:30am     Surf lesson or SUP lesson – Pacífico Beach Club 
  • 10:00am-12:30pm  Surf Boat trip departing from Pacifico Beach Club 
  • 1:00pm- 2:00 pm    Lunch by Pacifico Beach Club culinary team 
  • 2:00pm- 5:30pm     Introduction to Foil Basics of Jet Ski safety and FOIL surf training OR
  • 2:00pm- 5:30pm     Boat Trip Sunset Experience
  • 6:00pm                   Early evening: Sunset Surf session
  • 8:00pm                   Awards dinner on the beach

PACKAGES Prices includes taxes and service charges

With accomodations.

  • 4-night accommodation at The St. Regis Punta Mita.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • 2 days of classes & surfing, including surf equipment, theory and water transportation 
  • 2 yoga classes.

Price per person single occupancy: $2,799 USD
Price per person double occupancy: $1,999 USD

Surf Camp Participation Only 

  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • 2 days of classes & surfing, including surf equipment, theory and water transportation 
  • 2 yoga classes.

Price per person: $1,199 USD 

For further information and reservations, please contact events@puntamita.com

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Coco Nogales Raised in Puerto Escondido, Carlos “Coco” Nogales, is the most recognized big wave surfer in Mexico. A known wave hunter, a place in which fear and risk go hand in hand, Coco has earned the respect of the surf community and has mastered the swell in some of the world’s most iconic surf destinations, like in Teahupo’o, Haiti, where in 2015 he amazed the world with a death-defying ride on a wave approximately 15 meters high.

Diego Cadena Born in Sayulita, Nayarit, this master of shortboard surfing and specialist in spearfishing, Diego has had a successful career, dominating Mexican surfing for over 20 years and being named National Champion on multiple occasions. Diego holds the #2 Latin American Surfer ranking and represents Mexico in Surfing World Cups. 

Jessica Cichra   Jessica is deeply involved in the SUP racing circuit as an athlete. Her love for adventure and travel inspired her to begin instructing abroad, teaching national and international SUP Yoga and Bala Tula clinics, as well as organizing and facilitating international SUP and yoga retreats. 

Kristen Addicks Kristen is a yoga instructor from Marin County where she teaches Hatha Flow at Sukha Yoga, a combination of Vinyasa and Bikram, Power Flow and Gentle/Restorative Yoga. She is also a teacher-trainer at Some Like It Hot Yoga & Boutique and writes a yoga blog for Marin Magazine. Additionally, she runs a Yoga Sutra Study Group that studies the deeper meaning of yoga and leads international yoga adventure retreats. 

ABOUT PUNTA MITA, MEXICO

Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious, 1,500-acre resort and residential gated community situated in the Riviera Nayarit, north of Puerto Vallarta. It lies on a private spear-shaped peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. Punta Mita is home to private villas, residences and two Five-Diamond rated Resorts: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita – both ranked 2018 Top Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Punta Mita also offers four Resident’s Beach Clubs, two Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship Golf Courses, and Tennis Center. Pacifico Golf Course is best known for its famous island green, “The Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural ocean island green. For more information, please visit www.puntamita.com.

Mexico City's Ignacia Guest House, 360 MAGAZINE

Ignacia Guest House Has New Additions

Consistently ranked among the world’s top places to visit, Mexico City is a global capital welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors each year with  its renowned cuisine, vibrant culture, rich history, unique neighborhoods and modern-day travel offerings. A sprawling metropolis bursting with a vibrant personality  blending  old and new, there are over a dozen distinct neighborhoods or “colonias” each with their own character and charm. 

An essential part of the city’s cultural and gastronomic life, the adjacent Roma and Condesa neighborhoods are home to Mexico City’s trendy creative class. The area overflows with diverse dining options and alluring nightlife possibilities, as well as varying architectural styles and bold design. A century ago, when La Romita was a wealthy town of grand mansions, no one would have guessed that by the turn of the millennium, it would home to Mexico City’s  hipsters. These days, its neoclassic, beaux arts and art nouveau-style buildings, squares and tree-lined boulevards abound with restaurants, galleries, bars, foodies, artists, eclectic bed and breakfasts and more. In September 2017 an earthquake impacted Roma and Condesa, Mexico City’s most beloved colonias. After, local artists, architects, designers, chefs and residents have worked to restore and revitalize the area, making them more compelling destinations than ever before. 

With the recent buzz from this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Director, Alfonso Cuaron’s love story to his hometown of Colonia Roma hit center stage in the internationally acclaimed movie, Roma. Located just a few blocks from the house where Roma was filmed, Ignacia Guest House is an exclusive bed and breakfast with five suites blending history, Mexican artisan tradition and contemporary design. Opening its doors in February 2017, the name is derived from the housekeeper who looked after this 1913 casona for over 70 years, Ignacia.

To celebrate the recent two-year anniversary of its opening, Ignacia Guest House collaborated with prominent illustrator Hilda Palafox, known as “Poni” to design the guest house’s commemorative anniversary tote bags. Born and raised in Mexico City, Poni is a world-renowned designer, illustrator and muralist whose creative work includes murals, illustrations, drawings and ceramics. She studied at the National Institute of Fine Arts and has illustrated for magazines, singers and several national and international brands. Passionate about the female form, Poni uses illustrations and ceramic works to create a variety of womanly characters in her own unique style. Despite being commissioned for murals by Amnesty International, her most famous work is a doodle which pays homage to Mexican activist and feminist Elvia Carrillo Puerto which was featured on Google’s search homepage in 2017. These beautiful signature tote bags designed exclusively for Ignacia Guest House by Poni can be purchased for $25USD at the front desk. In other news, Ignacia Guest House now offers luxurious robes for all guests to adorn during their stay and a new summer mezcal cocktail to be enjoyed during their daily complimentary cocktail hour in the garden.

Architecture and Design

Ignacia Guest House has been internationally acclaimed for its interior design, architecture and restoration. Led by Fermin Espinosa and Gerardo Salinas of Mexico City-based Factor Eficiencia, with the design firm Estudio de Interiorismo A-G, Ignacia Guest House was developed based on a concept from the design and communications firm, Fuckin’Fitz & Co. The concept reflected the personality and background of Ignacia, from the chromatic color palette and gardens inspired by the forests of Guerrero (Ignacia’s home state) to the privacy of each space. The historic building joins public spaces, including the lobby, reception, library, dining room, and kitchen, directly to the master suite, La Habitación Negra. In a completely new building, the other four suites, La Azul, La Verde, La Rosa and La Amarilla, are arranged one on top of the other on the central patio with individual balconies or terraces. Each has a unique color scheme, and rooms have their own specific ambience that works in harmony with the complex. The interior furniture blends traditional, past and contemporary, including designs by Eileen Grey, Eero Saarinen, Serge Mouille, Sean Dix, and James Tan. The spaces complement each other with examples of contemporary design by A-G, Bo Concept, PECA, and Jonathan Adler. All common spaces boast works from master artisan potter José Cervantes of San Agustín Oapan, Guerrero.

History

Ignacia was born around 1914 in Guerrero and arrived in Mexico City in the late 1920s to work in the estate house. She first helped with the cleaning, then began caring for the children, eventually becoming the head housekeeper until the year 2000, at which time she moved with the family that she worked for so many years to an apartment in the south part of the city. For 70 years, she dedicated her devotion to the house, and became part of it. Her imprint is still alive in the building; as a character of Pita Amor, Ignacia enjoyed the house as her own and in the end, practically it was – she knew every last corner and administered to it with rigorous discipline. She planted two orange trees in the garden that she crossed thousands of times. 

Cuisine

The cooks at Ignacia Guest House hit the pantry bright and early to prepare each day’s breakfast selection and source all ingredients at traditional neighborhood markets. They prepare everything—salsas, condiments—from scratch. Artisanal breads, delicious fruits and juices one can only find in Mexico complement cooked-to-order entrees ranging from seasoned eggs, regional charcuteries, tamales and chilaquiles to lesser-discovered tastes guests will remember long after their travel ends. The cooks offer vegetarian and vegan options for all their breakfast dishes and can accommodate guest’s dietary restrictions. Guests can enjoy the complimentary cocktail hour at Ignacia’s garden, under the two orange trees, between 5pm and 7pm daily. Each day, the chef prepares a different cocktail for guests, made with mezcal from Oaxaca, gin, tequila or other liquors. Ignacia’s signature cocktail is made with grapefruit, sparkling water, mezcal and a hint of Ancho Reyes, a liquor made from the ancho chile. The decoration of the glass has a special touch – chefs add worm salt frosting on one side of the glass along with fresh grapefruit. Celebrating the onset of summer, their newest drink is a mango and mezcal cocktail made with mango and pomelo juices, Eureka lemon, mezcal, Ancho Reyes liquor, mint and rosemary syrup, ginger ale and ice.

Sustainability

Ignacia Guest House is committed to preserving our environment. Solar panels produce most of the electrical energy consumed on property, preventing 3.8 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year (the equivalent of planting 85 trees per year). The solar panels reduce fossil fuel consumption up to 60% in bathrooms and the kitchen. The ingredients used to prepare food and beverages (fruits, vegetables, legumes, coffee, eggs, dairy, tortillas, bread) come from small local producers, which guarantees their freshness and quality, as well as fair trade (supporting the local community). In-suite toiletries are provided by Loredana, a Mexican company that specializes in natural, organic products free of parabens, sulfates and EDTA, which are all environmentally friendly and made free of animal cruelty. Water bottles are provided courtesy of Casa del Agua, a Mexican company that triple-filters water using evaporation and condensation, which provides the highest purification standard (100%) in the market. Additionally, water is harmonized with intention, through a process of flow forms, light and, music. Only glass bottles are used, so the property does not contribute to plastic waste. The cleaning products used are sourced from Corpo Citrik, a Mexican company that manufactures all its products with biodegradable citric extracts, without chemicals, abrasives or irritants, Kosher certified and as low foam to promote saving water saving.

One of the biggest trends in travel right now is boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts that feel like a home-away-from-home. Globetrotters are seeking personalized service that go beyond the usual hotel concierge and find that properties with ten rooms or fewer allow them to really slip into local life with total tranquility and ease. With its unique offering of just five suites, Ignacia Guest House’s guests experience a stay in a chic design-led accommodation that is unlike any other. Whether traveling for pleasure or business, Ignacia Guest House is the perfect basecamp to explore the city. All guests receive exceptional individualized attention from the staff, complimentary Wi-Fi, daily breakfast, daily cocktail hour in the garden from 5pm – 7pm and more amenities. Nightly rates for the suites in double occupancy are: Master Suite Negra ($442.10USD), Standard Suites Amarilla, Verde and Azul ($387.94USD) and Junior Suite Rosa ($318.91USD). For more information, visit www.ignacia.mx or email hola@ignacia.mx. 

About Ignacia Guest House

Located in the vibrant Colonia Roma neighborhood, Ignacia Guest House is an exclusive bed and breakfast with just five suites, uniting Mexican artisan tradition, history and contemporary design. The restoration of this 1913 mansion celebrates the personality of Ignacia, the mansion’s housekeeper for more than 70 years. In partnership with the interior design studio A – G, Factor Eficiencia finished restoration of Ignacia Guest House in February 2017. The historic building includes an entrance hall, reception, library, dining room, kitchen and the Black Guest Room (master suite), all along with a common concept of nude color used in the interiors. In a completely new building, the rest of the guest rooms are vertically arranged around a central patio and garden: Blue, Green, Pink and Yellow. With terraces and a harmonious chromatic palette, each guest room creates environments in balance with the entire complex. The cooks at Ignacia Guest House hit the pantry bright and early to prepare each day’s selection and source all ingredients at traditional neighborhood markets and prepare everything—salsas, condiments, everything—from scratch. www.ignacia.mx