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EAST AFRICA

ARID VENTURE 







THE ITINERARY


Arrive Mombasa and be whisked away to the Swahili coast by private transfer. You arrive at a tranquil property at the end of a winding road edged with palm trees, baobabs and rocky cliffs and an endless white sand beach. Welcomed with a hibiscus cocktail by friendly staff, you wander down to the private beach lapped by the turquoise Indian Ocean. Home to a family related to the famed Baron Blixen, the property is an elevated mix of Swedish and Swahili style. The horizon offers endless possibilities for your stay, such as morning yoga, wellness, horseback riding, paddle boarding, snorkeling, sailing, kite surfing, kayaking, and sunbathing on private islands. Enjoy the warm pinks and oranges of sunset before retiring to your room for a shower and a respite before dinner. Local musicians soothe the warm evening air with melodic tunes, as you sip on signature cocktails and settle down at your dinner table under the stars. Locally grown organic fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood fresh from the ocean adorn your plate. Head back to your bed dressed in crisp linen sheets for a good night sleep. Awaken to several days of adventure, sun, sand and the warm embrace of all that East Africa has to offer.

After the sea has soothed your soul, head by charter flight to a secluded section of Laikipia - a thriving piece of game-rich Kenyan highlands and a conservation archetype. The family who built the lodge, camped on this spectacular property to experience where the sun threw light shafts, where the breezes cooled the trees and how the iconic shape of Mount Kenya anchored the view. Vaulted walkways lure you into cool shade and lead you along earth paths toward a gym, spa and hammam, dappled suntraps and Lamu daybeds. Alongside a gnarled African olive tree, a slice of pool hangs over the untamed wild of the Kieku valley. Explore 97,000 acres of wild savannas, rugged tracks and rocky outcrops via helicopter flips, quad bike safaris, horse riding and big five game drives.

Prepare yourself for the iconic and staggering big-five experience as you are chartered to the Masai Mara. Imagined by a famed East African guide and photographer, you are welcomed to the best situated camp in the Mara. Riverside and backed up against an escapement, the dimension and detail of the property feed a love for raw materials and classic safari aesthetics. The expert rangers read the bush like a book; as you venture into the diverse landscape to seek out lions, buffalo and cheetah you learn more about the environment and unique eco-system. Your hosts, Roisin and Adrian will tell you, that there is no set schedule here, each day is catered to your needs, whether safari picnics under acacia trees, watching water holes with eles, ballooning over the migration or following lion researchers - it is what we dream of Africa.
 

HIGHLIGHTS


Paradise Found on the Indian Ocean

Dramatic Interplay of Light & Landscape

Conservation-Minded & Community-Invested Private Conservancies

Local Artisans & Design Lovers Dream

The Great Migration

Farm-to-Form Innovative & Inspiring Dining



PRACTICAL THINGS 



- Fly into and out of Moi (Mombasa) International Airport.- Personalized international flight itineraries are developed on request.
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No special immunizations are needed, however malaria does occur in East Africa.

- Travel into Nairobi is possible with an overnight(s) stay and additional activities activities can be arranged.  

  • SEASONALITY
  • Across Kenya there are two wet and two dry seasons - the long, cool-dry season is July to October hike the short, hot-dry season is in January and February. In the wetter months, the bleached grasses green up and ant arrival of newborns lures those looking for quiet, exclusive trips. 
  • The off-season is the magical time - when you feel like you can have vast tracts of wilderness to yourself and truly assimilate into this expereince. 
  • We recommend October 1- December 1 for flat windless ocean expanses as well as less traffic in the Mara. Afternoon temperatures are between 18c/ 65f- 30c/ 85f degrees and vary greatly according to altitude and location. Most days have a fine, clear sky and sunny weather.
  • The Great Migration peaks in these areas from August 1-November 1 and elsewhere in the vast Serengeti over the remainder of the year.
  • Bird lover should book from April- October when rare bird migrations arrive.



Join us for your next adventure as we handle all of the details door to door so your travel is an absolute pleasure. Every aspect is customizable ensuring a seamless journey which suits you and provides a wealth of experience.



SWITZERLAND

ALPINE ART





THE ITINERARY


Arrive Zürich, and head for the hills - a grand tour of the alps await. Head south by train or private car to the alps of Graubünden. As you wind along the deep blue of the Walensee, the mountains begin to rise. Meander through small villages until you enter into the valley of light past Illanz. Slowly edge up a small steep treelined canyon to arrive in the quaint old style inn, on the banks of the Hinterrhein, run by your hosts Ruth and Thomas. Enjoy a gin and tonic and the sounds of Charlie Parker, while you peruse the extensive art and design library and socialize.

Head by sleigh up to the tiny homestead of Leis for a cozy dinner. Sled down and drift to sleep in sumptuous duvets of Dutch linen to soothing sounds of the rushing waters outside your window. After a wonderful breakfast of dried apricots, local cheeses, muesli with fresh cream, and a fresh tea of alpine flowers, head out for a guided ski tour of the Zerverilla or the Dachberg, the highest resort in Switzerland at 3,300 meters above sea level, and explore the newly designated art zone which wanders through the high peaks.Watch the sun caress the eastern peaks from slate terraces of the Vals thermal baths designed by Architect Peter Zumthour. Let your cares and muscle aches drift away in therapeutic waters.

After a few days of high altitude ski touring and relaxation, head over the Julier pass, by car or Abula pass by train, toward St. Moritz, the origin of the apres ski. Grab a quick coffee or prosecco and watch as people clad in furs and neon skate over the long ice expanse of the Silvanplana. After your apero and enough people watching, take the old restaurant train-car adorned in velvet and beautiful oakwood to S-Chanf where Ladina, your host, will greet you with open arms and show you to your room uniquely decorated with an incredible collection of art and luxurious bathroom of highest architectural quality. Walk through the halls enjoying the current exhibition, while enjoying a glass of wine and local cheeses and charcuterie from high in the alp and retire in the luxury of the red sitting room - always adorned with fresh flowers and stellar arrangements.

Head a few minutes down the road to Chesa Colani for a dinner by chef Paolo, a truly curated gastronomic experience which will intrigue your sense for days. Skate ski for miles along the river inn and follow Nietzsche‘s footsteps through the mountains behind Sils Maria and sit in historic halls graced by great philosophers. Travel by train to the other end of the Engadin for a stay in Sent. The simple interiors and Giacometti Museum will bring another depth to this adventure. After a delicious bowl of barley soup and a glass of local wine, snow shoe to the the Tarasp Castle or Museum Susch, both housing large private collections. Return for a wonderful dinner in the cobblestone courtyard in the center of Lavin. Then it's back to Zürich for a night on the town and a cocktail in the Widder Bar.


HIGHLIGHTS


Lesser Known But No Less Memorable

Alpine Pursuits & Stylized Switzerland

Guided or Unguided Alpine Skiing & Touring / Snowshoeing  

Art & Private Collections

High-End Gastronomy

Hot Springs /  Wellness & Respite

Small Villages Steeped in Swiss Heritage & Culture

Intimate Owner-Run Accommodation  

The Mega-Resort Collection Add-On




PRACTICAL THINGS 


- This experience is designed with the mountain lover in mind - skiers and non-skiers will discover the Alps that they didn’t even know existed.
- Fly into and out of Zurich International Airport.
- Personalized international flight itineraries are developed on request.
- Within Switzerland, travelers can send their luggage directly to any of the main train stations without waiting for bags at the airport. From North America or elsewhere, ski bags can be arranged to be shipped to facilitate the ease of travel.
- Car rental of choice (4x4) or scenic train travel can be arranged as part of the sojourn.
- Special consideration is paid to providing all the possibilities of the winter or sport experience; based upon ability levels, the sky's the limit. Expert guides and specialist skiers can be added upon request.

SEASONALITY
This experience is perfect for winter, late spring, summer or fall. Best Jan-March and May 15- Oct 1. Winters are generally cold and snowy. In summer the focus shifts to hiking, biking, climbing, mountaineering, canyoning, beautiful green hills, wildflowers and the joie de vivre. Temps range from low 40f/ 12c to high 70‘sf/28c. Travel time is advised to be conducted outside of local school holidays. For special events such as the Engadin Art Talks, Nomad, workshops, markets and festivals TBD.


Join us for your next adventure as we handle all of the details door to door so your travel is an absolute pleasure. Every aspect is customizable ensuring a seamless journey which suits you and provides a wealth of experience.




AMERICA

WANDER WEST






THE ITINERARY


Arrive in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hop just 10 miles up the the road north along the Rio Grande River, and find your first respite in the arms of an historic farm with two namesake silos — the ultimate sustainable getaway in the most unlikely of places. You are welcomed through a long alle of trees into the most enchanting courtyard, overflowing with climbing red bougainvilleas and hanging ristras of pueblo chilis. Spend your first few days exploring endless rows of lavender, over 25 acres of gardens and an extensive network of nearby trails; relax by the saltwater pool and enjoy creative southwestern fare cooked exclusively from the house gardens.

Watch the sunset behind the Sandia Mountains, with a vintage tequila in hand and wake up refreshed to head west across empty two lane highways through the desert to Gallup, enjoying an evening at the historic El Rancho Inn. After sweet dreams and a full belly of chili rellenos and blue corn enchiladas, awake early morning and head north through the sagebrush and sand to Shiprock; after your fill of red desert rocks, wind northward to the foot of the rockies and nestle in to your secluded mountain cabin retreat in Colorado. Spend days soaking in the natural springs, hiking through aspens, horseback riding or mountain biking through wildflowers and snow capped peaks.

Rejuvenated and relaxed, hit the trail traversing over a series of mountain passes with several pit stops in quaint mining towns with a final destination of Durango; grab a few bikes supplied by your hip downtown hotel and hit the town for micro brewed beers, the rodeo and a bit of local bluegrass. The next day venture out once again on backroads through tall grass and ponderosa pines to the soothing springs, scents and lavish beds of a favorite northern New Mexican oasis.

After a morning massage and herbal wrap, head east to the artist retreat of Taos; walk through adobes, browse galleries, and retreat for the night under the desert sky and big cottonwood trees. Enjoy brunch at the local’s Love Apple and head south over the high road to the magical El Santuario de Chimayo;  after bags of chili and charms are purchased, head again further south to Santa Fe to enjoy an evening at Vanessi’s piano bar and indulge in breakfast at Guadalupe Cafe and giant Georgia O’Keefe paintings or the newest exhibition at SITE, the following day. The circle ends as your depart from Albuquerque International.
 

HIGHLIGHTS


Wide Open Ranchlands Filled with Rustlers, Wranglers & Dudes

Horseback Riding & Rodeo

Hot Springs, Spa & Wellness

Drive Alongside the Rio Grande, Santa Cruz & Animas Rivers

Southwestern Heritage, Culture & Cuisine

Mountain Biking & Hiking

Ancient, Traditional & Contemporary Art

Sweeping Mountain Views & Experiences in the Sangre de Cristos, Sandia & San Juan Ranges




PRACTICAL THINGS



This experience is designed for visitors and natives alike — Americans will discover the West that they’ve only dreamed of…
Fly into and out of Albuquerque International Airport.
- Personalized international flight itineraries are developed on request.
Your vehicle of choice will be arranged whether a vintage Cafe Racer, Land Rover or convertible.


SEASONALITY
An experience such as this should be taken whenever you can... all seasons are enjoyable, we recommend June- September. The American Southwest has a very dry, high desert climate with intense sunlight. The summer sees average high temperatures in the 30c/ 80f with infrequent albeit incredible afternoon thunderstorms and comfortably cooler nights.
For warm summer nights or by motorcycle- June 15- September 15.
For the best light and golden hues in the high alpine forests- September 1- October 1. For special events such as workshops, markets and festivals TBD. 



Join us for your next adventure as we handle all of the details door to door so your travel is an absolute pleasure. Every aspect is customizable ensuring a seamless journey which suits you and provides a wealth of experience.