Rubondo Island Camp Opens the Treehouse: A Romantic Sleep Out Overlooking Lake Victoria

October 21, 2014 on 12:55 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Zambia | Comments Off



Outdoorplay.com - Free Shipping on ALL ordersRubondo Island Camp is the only camp on Rubondo Island, an uninhabited island 2.5 times the size of Manhattan in Lake Victoria. Home to a troop of wild chimpanzees who were brought to the island in the 1960s after being rescued from zoos in Europe, the island is also home to elephants, giraffe and sitatunga.

The Rubondo Island tree house is a romantic sleep out located an easy walk from the end of Rubondo Camp’s private beach. The “tree house” is a circular platform that extends out from a lichen-covered rock-face and is surrounded by wild fig trees and hanging vines. A large “window” through the foliage opens out on a magnificent view over Lake Victoria.

The suite itself is an entirely open structure that is partially protected from the elements by a canvas canopy. There are no predators on this remote island, and high up in the canopy guests are safe from the roaming elephants and hippos that may pass below. The tree house has all the comforts of the main camp including a luxurious double bed, hot shower, large copper tub, en-suite flushing loo and an antique sink basin with hot and cold running water.

Guests make their way to the tree house at dusk and enjoy a sundowner and romantic picnic-style dinner. There is no electricity (only mobile solar lamps), so it’s early to bed. In the morning tea/coffee and a muffin are brought to the tree house and guests are welcome to enjoy a breakfast in the main lodge at their leisure.

Rubondo Island Camp offers a unique forest and lake experience of walking, boating, canoeing, game drives, trekking through wild chimpanzee territory, gaining insight from the chimpanzee researchers, catch and release fishing, swimming, and simply relaxing.

There is no additional charge for the treehouse, which can be requested at the time of booking.

ABOUT ASILIA AFRICA

Founded in 2004, Asilia has a leading presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya as well as a driving role in a number of pioneering projects. Asilia’s ultimate goal is to turn crucial and fragile natural habitats into lasting conservation economies, benefiting both the environment and local communities. Asilia is the first Sustainable Safari / Lodge Company in Africa to receive a 5 Star rating for Sustainability from GIIRS, and was recognized as one of the “Best Companies for the World” in 2013 and in 2014 won the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Business Award.

Currently, Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes:
In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp, Kimondo Camp, Kwihala Camp, Namiri Plains, Oliver’s Camp, Little Oliver’s, Ubuntu Camp and Rubondo Island Camp.
On Zanzibar: Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House.
In Kenya: Mara Bush Houses, Rekero Camp and Naboisho Camp.


Heritage Hotels & Resorts Opens New Inn in Taos, New Mexico

October 20, 2014 on 11:15 am | In Cabinweb, Southwest | Comments Off



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Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc.

(http://www.hhandr.com ) are announcing the doors are now open at Palacio de Marquesa (http://www.marquesataos.com ) an upscale, 8-room inn located in historic Taos, New Mexico. The inn offers guests a luxury retreat while paying homage to famous women artists, who have lived in Taos. The inn offers complimentary gourmet breakfasts, as well as, seasonal workshops including artist and cooking classes in the communal living room and in the property’s high desert garden. In room spa services are also available to guests.

DESIGN

The pet-friendly inn offers guests luxury private rooms and bathrooms, located a few blocks from Taos Plaza. The southwestern style inn is designed with contemporary touches including brushed-metal canopy beds with Frette linens, modern furnishings, northern New Mexican original woven bed throws from Chimayo, Saltillo tiles and viga wood ceilings. The rooms, decorated in ivory and silver, offer flat-screen televisions, private fireplaces and luxurious marble bathrooms.

COMMUNAL ROOMS

Gourmet breakfasts, made-to-order, are offered in the Community room or delivered to guest rooms in a basket. The Community Room is made up of a living room, dining room, seating areas, two fireplaces and a small library. Activities, demonstrations and classes including health and wellness, cooking and art classes are offered on a seasonal basis in the communal room or in the high desert garden. The inn also offers private picnic lunches for guests who opt to explore Taos or the surrounding areas.

FEMALE ARTIST TRIBUTE

100% GuaranteeThe design of the newly remodeled inn pays tribute to the remarkable stories of the women of Taos. The town of Taos began drawing artists in the early 1900s. A number of very notable female artists including Millicent Rogers, Mable Dodge Luhan, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keefe and others. Each of the 8 rooms has adopted a Taos patron and the rooms design and theme honors the vision and contributions of that particular woman. Every detail from incorporating the artist’s signature elements, such as turquoise and fur, to hanging prints of the artists work in the rooms have been thoughtfully planned out by the hotel’s signature designer, Adriana Long.

“We wanted to create something unique for guests in Taos. A place that celebrates the remarkable women artists that Taos is so well known for,” explains Adriana Long, Interior Designer, Heritage Hotels & Resorts. Long has been collecting pieces for the new property for over a year and is excited to be able to showcase the new tribute inn. “We’ve created a luxury retreat, that blends original art, southwestern culture, contemporary design and modern accommodations in one of the most beautiful mountain havens in the country.”

LOCATION

The historic inn is a short 6-block walk from Taos Plaza. Since the area is well known for Taos Mountain and the Rio Grande Gorge, the new inn offers outdoor enthusiasts a new venue option.

“Taos is known for it’s art galleries but also it’s a must-see destination for year-round outdoor recreation including world-class skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, white-water rafting, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. Palacio de Marquesa offers a tranquil retreat from the summer heat and is a perfect winter hideaway with easy access to Taos Ski Valley and cozy fireplaces in each room,” states Chad Ozment, resident general manger, Palacio de Marquesa.

 The Ultimate Online Ski Shop With 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Skis.com | Shop Now >Palacio de Marquesa is a part of the 8-property collection of culturally distinct hotels in New Mexico, managed by Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. Most recently, Heritage Hotels and Resorts announced the company is building a new luxury hotel in old town Albuquerque to be completed in the Spring of 2016. For details see www.hhandr.com

About Heritage Hotels & Resorts

Founded by Jim Long in 2005, Heritage Hotels & Resorts is a collection of culturally distinct hotels in New Mexico and is the largest independent hotel brand in New Mexico.

Through their architecture, interior design, landscaping, cuisine, art, entertainment and music, Heritage Hotels & Resorts provides guests with a very rich, authentic, cultural experience. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and Nativo Lodge are located in Albuquerque, NM; Hotel St. Francis, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe and The Lodge at Santa Fe are located in Santa Fe, NM; Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces is located in Las Cruces, NM; and Palacio de Marquesa is located in Taos, NM. Each Heritage Hotel donates a percentage of its revenue to cultural causes. The company and its affiliate companies provide over 1,500 jobs in NM.

You can find Heritage on Twitter at @HeritageHtls or on Facebook at

Facebook.com/HeritageHotelsandResorts or at www.hhandr.com

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Elephant Pepper Camp Has a Fabulous New Look

October 15, 2014 on 6:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb | Comments Off




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Extensive refurbishments were carried out at Elephant Pepper Camp early this year, and the results are impressive – if we may say so.

The new-look Elephant Pepper Camp is already so popular that for 2015 we have brought forward our summer opening date by 10 days, from 15th June to 5th June, to accommodate demand for bookings.

Brand New Tents
All the bedroom tents have been completely replaced and the new ones are larger, tan in colour and have more spacious bathroom areas.

Last year, we added new tent furniture in the style of Indian Raj campaign, with lots of wood and brass, and altogether, the tents now have a classic, very elegant feel.

Plumbing
We are happy to announce that we have installed running water throughout the camp, including the showers – providing more comfort for your clients!

New second Honeymoon / Family Suite
We have extended the camp with the addition of a second Honeymoon / Family Suite – and the two Suites have a new layout – spacious, two-room units that can easily fit 2 extra beds for children, and with 1 en-suite bathroom.

With a total of 10 tents, the room configuration at Elephant Pepper Camp is now 8 Luxury Safari Tents and 2 Honeymoon / Family Suites.

New Library / Private Dining Tent
The main area has been expanded with the addition of a charming library and lounge tent that looks out to the open plains where game frequently ambles by. The library is already popular for private dining!

Elephant Pepper Camp is not only in the best wildlife location, it is now the most elegant tented camp in the Masai Mara. It always had, and still has, the best food!


Avitourism takes flight with the Cayuga Collection

October 14, 2014 on 7:28 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Belize, Cabinweb, Costa Rica | Comments Off




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Avitourism takes flight with Costa Rica’s Cayuga Collection

A 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition, Nov. 10 – 20, 2014

San Jose, Costa Rica – For those who you like to see, hear or track tropical bird species or assist conservation efforts to the 870 bird species that call Costa Rica home, the Cayuga Collection has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to offer a 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition (Nov. 10 – 20, 2014).

Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition will guide guests through some of the most diverse and plentiful bird habitats in the Costa Rica, while providing avid birders the opportunity to enjoy eco-luxury amenities at a variety of award winning, sustainable properties. Additionally, guests will experience both primary and re-generating rainforests and a coffee plantation, many differing ecosystems hosting a myriad of Central American species. As a bonus, North American migrants will have arrived, better informing the need for neo-tropical forest conservation.

Included in the expedition are visits to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort near San Jose, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, and the famed Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Guests have the opportunity to sign up for the full 10-day tour, or arrange schedules to join the avitourism activities at any of these properties. When signing up for any of the Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition, there is a 35 per cent reduced room cost at each participating property.

Properties offer a wide range of bird species, including the scarlet macaw, laughing falcon, dozens of tanagers, toucans, and colourful hummingbird species. To help maintain the natural habitats and migration of these birds, each of the Cayuga Collection properties have taken steps to enhance conservation efforts. At Finca Rosa Blanca, the tree-shaded organic coffee plantation is a natural draw for birds seeking insects, fruit and shelter. Thanks to the many native trees planted on site, the shade trees in turn provide nutrients and nitrogen to the coffee plants. Arenas Del Mar uses only native plant species throughout the property to attract bird life found in the Central Pacific zone including the common black hawks, trogons and toucan varieties. John and Karen Lewis, the visionary founders of Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Reserve, signed a conservation easement benefiting permanent biodiversity protection to more than 900 acres of tropical rainforest. In addition to almost all Costa Rican animal species, reptiles, amphibians, etc., more than 360 bird species have been recorded. For a bird list, visit http://www.laparios.com/birders_paradise.html

Awaken each morning to the bird chorus then join the pre-breakfast early bird walks, which provide the best chance to see multiple foraging species. Participate in afternoon or evening bird hikes, and seminars on birding conservation with an overview of the work being done by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A full schedule of daily activities is available by contacting info@cayugaonline.com

Joining from Cornell will be husband-and-wife team Ben Freeman and Alexa Class Freeman. Having worked as a bird guide and researcher throughout Central America, Ben is now studying and conducting research for his dissertation for Cornell on tropical bird evolutionary ecology. Alexa is currently a post-doctoral researcher, where she works to educate the public about the conservation of biology of birds. Previously, Alexa worked several years in tropical countries including Costa Rica, Ecuador (where she completed her dissertation research), and Papua New Guinea, studying birds and helping with conservation efforts.

With one fifth of Americans identifying as birdwatchers, avitourism is a growing industry, contributing more than $36B to the US economy, according to a US Fish & Wildlife Service study, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society developed eBird.org in 2002, which serves as an online checklist program, helping to revolutionize the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. With a goal to maximize the utility and accessibility of bird observations, those participating in the Tropical Birding Expedition will have the opportunity to participate in the program, helping to catalogue observations in each of the Cayuga Collection property locations.

For more information on the Tropical Birding Expedition, visit www.cayugaonline.com

About Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality develops and manages hotels, lodges and other tourism related projects in Central America commit to the four Ps of sustainability – people, planet, profit and place. It offers solutions and expertise to tourism operators looking to enhance their performance in an environmentally, socially responsible manner. Cayuga provides expert responsible travel advice, including full itinerary suggestions for families, adventurers and honeymooners. For more information, visit www.cayugaonline.com


Sun or snow for your winter getaway?‏

October 8, 2014 on 1:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb, Plains States, Rockies | Comments Off



Warm-Weather vs. Cold-Weather Winter Getaways

The Southwestern climates of Arizona and New Mexico will make you forget all about the cold temperatures elsewhere in the country in no time.

Circle Z Ranch is open from late October through early May. Located in the heart of Southern Arizona’s Sky Islands, this desert oasis treats guests to vistas dotted with grasslands, canyons and mountain ranges, and more than 100 miles of trails spanning landscapes of Sonoran prickly pear and ocotillo, to oak and pine forest. In addition to horseback riding, activities include nature education programs, hiking and bird watching, as well as lots of photo opps and fine dining. Circle Z offers several packages tailored for winter travelers.

White Stallion Ranch in Tuscon, Ariz., prides itself on combining the Western hospitality of a traditional dude ranch with the service and quality of a fine resort. Guests are treated to unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and towering cactus, the likes of which have attracted Hollywood filmmakers to the area for more than 70 years. While some of the best views can be enjoyed from the saddle, you can also partake in spectacular hiking and rock climbing, along with amenities like a tennis court, heated pool, hot tub and fitness center. White Stallion is currently offering special packages for December 2014.

At Burnt Well Guest Ranch in Roswell, N.M., evidence of the American Old West is visible at every turn. Located in the foothills of the Sacramento mountains, this family-owned ranch has been a working cattle and sheep ranch since 1950. A simple ranch with simple pleasures like good food, good conversation, lots of storytelling and laughter, campfires and a night sky full of stars, you’ll feel right at home kicking off your boots and relaxing.

Northern dude ranches in Idaho, Montana and Colorado specialize in providing guests with a winter retreat like nothing they’ve ever experienced.

The first hint of snow means it’s time for sleigh rides, skiing and snowmobiles at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Northern Idaho. Spend time with loved ones while enjoying a Dinner and Sleigh ride. Explore the ranch via snowshoes or cross-country skis. Or enjoy a Bed and Breakfast stay. Western Pleasure is located on 1,100 acres and adjacent to thousands of acres of land with breathtaking views of the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains. Winter specials include several ski packages, a snowmobile package and spa package.

For the ultimate Rocky Mountain winter adventure, visit Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Mont. The ranch is perfectly situated just six miles from some of the best skiing in the country and was voted as the No. 1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine. Winter activities include skiing (Nordic, downhill and backcountry), snowshoeing and sleigh ride dinners. Guests can even take a short shuttle ride to explore Yellowstone National Park or the Gallatin National Forest by skis or snowshoes. Winter packages are currently available.

At The Home Ranch just north of Steamboat, Colo., you’ll find some of the best Nordic skiing in the world right outside your doorstep, plush yet rustic accommodations, and one of the best chefs in the West preparing your every meal. A winter stay at this ranch could include a snowshoe up Home Mountain for a breathtaking view of the Elk River valley; a cross-country ski over to Llamasary; a backcountry excursion up to Hahn’s Peak; a quick skate ski around Aspen Arches; or a hair-raising trip down the tubing hill. Winter and holiday packages are currently available.


Hike the Haut Route of Switzerland

October 8, 2014 on 8:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb, Outdoors, Switzerland | Comments Off



f you’re longing to walk in flowered meadows, hike near massive glaciers, and ring glistening lakes, you should check out Alpenwild’s new tour. A trip not to miss.

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Cabin Rental Agency

September 7, 2014 on 3:01 pm | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb | Comments Off



Venture Resorts, the largest cabin rental agency in the Smoky Mountains, has announced a special September Half Price Weekend. During the weekend of September 12-14, guests can save 50% on cabins of four or more bedrooms.

“September is a great time to come to the Smokies,” says Billy Parris, general manager of Venture Resorts, “The crowds thin out after Labor Day, but the weather is still great.”

Venture Resorts features over 136 cabins of four or more bedrooms. With the half price special, guests can book a cabin like the company’s “Gaze of Our Lives” for as little as $102 per night, after discount.

“That discount is on top of our already-low September rates,” says Parris. “A cabin like Gaze of Our Lives typically rents for $335 per night during October.”

With features such as gourmet kitchens and outdoor fire pits, the company’s cabins are a long way from the rustic mountain cabins of the past. “Gaze of Our Lives” includes amenities such as a home theater with sofa seating, three separate Jacuzzi tubs, and a game room with a pool table and arcade games.

In addition to its large cabin deals, Venture Resorts is also offering discounts of 20% on cabins of one to three bedrooms during the September 12-14 weekend. That means guests can book a 1-bedroom cabin for as little as $68 per night, after discount.

Cabin prices vary by cabin based on size, amenities and cabin location. Guests can visit the company’s web sites to see current rates for all cabins, with the weekend discounts applied at the time of booking. This offer is not available for existing reservations.

About Venture Resorts
Venture Resorts is the largest luxury cabin rental agency in the Smoky Mountains, managing over 460 cabins within minutes of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and family-friendly attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

For more information, call (866) 347-6659 or visit one of the company’s web sites http://www.cabinsofthesmokymountains.com  or http://www.cabinsofpigeonforge.com


Best State Parks to Visit This Fall

September 3, 2014 on 2:19 pm | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb, California, East Coast, Florida, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Northwest, Plains States, Rockies, The South | Comments Off



Staying in a luxury resort surrounded by modern accommodations does not mean that travelers must spend their entire vacation in the city. Tripps Travel Network points out that State Parks are a great, and inexpensive, way to spend a day or two during a family vacation. As the chilly months approach, families should certainly keep these beautiful parks in mind while they plan their next family vacation.

Tripps Travel Network knows that one of the major highlights of autumn is the vibrant colors that spring up throughout the forests. Oak Mountain State Park in Alabama is an excellent choice for catching some fall colors. This State Park offers nearly ten-thousand acres for visitors to explore, and they will be amazed at what they find around each corner. The various types of foliage keep an abundance of color up through the final days of fall. The stunning Peavine Falls offer park guests a memorable view as a reward for hiking through the park. Guests can also enjoy fishing, camping, bird-watching, and boating.

Another great park that travelers will not want to pass by is Colorado’s Ridgeway State Park. Tripps Travel Network is certain that nature-lovers will enjoy the beautiful shades of gold that the aspen trees turn to starting in mid-September. This time of year happens to be ideal for bird-watching as a number of migratory species are making their way through the region. Ridgeway State Park is also in proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, where visitors can go on day hikes, scenic drives, and where kids can become Junior Rangers. This park is also ideal for a variety of fishing spots as well. Both of these parks boast great attractions that will surely keep travelers busy for days.

From Alabama to Colorado and beyond, Tripps Travel Network knows that people will enjoy these outstanding national parks. Guests can experience the great outdoors while spending time with their friends and family. While staying in these areas, vacationers should also be sure to check out the surrounding attractions and features that are available. For more information on Tripps Travel Network and its services, please visit http://trippstravelnetwork.com/


Top Luxury Offerings in Western Australia‏

August 29, 2014 on 10:08 am | In Australia, Beachbooker, Cabinweb, Western | Comments Off



Sometimes, you have to travel the distance to Experience Extraordinary…
What defines luxury? Palatial castles, dripping in gold? Custom-made Bentleys driven by your own, personal chauffeur? We’d like to think that luxury is defined by extraordinary experiences not meant for the masses, but for those willing to go the distance for something truly unique and spectacular. The diamonds of Western Australia are found under a billion sparkling stars that blanket an endless, midnight sky (although we have the priceless gem variety as well!) in the world’s southern hemisphere. The Bentleys are found in the form or private jets that take visitors to their luxurious accommodations, found in the middle of no fewer than 1 million acres of wilderness and along stretches of white, sandy beaches and extraordinary reefs. Priceless treasures grow right from the soil, from exotic black truffles to premium grapes made into world-class wines. Gold is found everywhere, from the mines in Kalgoorlie to the endless hours of gleaming, golden sunshine in the capital city of Perth. Western Australia’s definition of luxury is to have an experience like no other, in a place overflowing with natural riches unlike any other destination in the world.

Top Luxury Accommodations

From starry nights in one of the most remote regions on earth, to the barefoot luxury of a coastal enclave, WA offers world-class lodging for the upscale traveler

El Questro, The Kimberley
This Wilderness Park totals an incredible one million acres in size, and boasts some of the region’s most lavish accommodations. The location also grants easy access to some of the best attractions in The Kimberley such as the Bungle Bungles, Lake Argyle and Ord Valley River, which is teaming with Australian wildlife and boasts unforgettable landscapes. Guests staying in The Chamberlin Suite can gaze onto the magnificent sunset from their wrap-around veranda or from the luxury of a grand, claw-foot tub surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Three Cliff Side Retreats offer uninterrupted views of the Chamberlin River and a garden rain shower, surrounded by stone walls that provide complete privacy.

The Berkeley River Lodge, The Kimberley
Experience the stunning landscape of the Kimberley’s true wilderness in ultimate luxury. Each of the 22 private villas offer sweeping, 180-degree views, while the main lodge is the perfect place to take a dip in the pool. Those looking for a more adventurous stay can opt to take a private helicopter for a day of fishing for Barramundi, ending their day with a secluded picnic of gourmet fare prepared by renowned chef Paul Seymour.

Cape Lodge, Margaret River
A favorite of celebrities, Cape Lodge is a five-star hotel located in the heart of Western Australia’s premium wine region, Margaret River. Guests can enjoy Executive Chef Michael Elfwing’s world-class, award winning cuisine – voted #4 on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best of Food” Gold List – and sip premium wines at the source, all against the backdrop of acres of picturesque vineyards. While all of the rooms are beautifully appointed, The Vineyard Residence is the ultimate in luxury, with a Master Suite, two King bedrooms, a guest house, a private lake and putting green on three, gorgeous acres.

Sal Salis, Coral Coast
With luxury safari tents on a private beach just steps away from the Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis is where the outback meets the reef in grand style. With the philosophy of ‘Wild Bush Luxury,’ Sal Salis is designed to expose guests to the abundance of the natural wonders found in the region. Swimming with Whale Sharks, guided gorge walks, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking further expose guests to the spectacular natural beauty of Ningaloo Reef and its surroundings. Sal Salis is Barefoot Luxury at its finest.
The Richardson Hotel, Perth

The indulgent, ESPA-designed treatments at The Spa at The Richardson and the elaborate tasting menus at Perth’s most glamorous dining destination, Opus One, are just two of the reasons why The Richardson Hotel is Perth’s leading, 5-star boutique hotel. Although located within a short drive to some of the city’s most alluring sites, The Richardson’s spacious accommodations, superb service and understated elegance may be too captivating to leave!

Faraway Bay, The Kimberley
Located at the edge of the Kimberley coastline is the unique Faraway Bay. A breathtaking 70-minute flight from Kununurra, Faraway Bay is only accessible by air and sea. Providing unrivalled luxury for a bush camp, Faraway Bay has eight spacious cabins which dot the natural bush landscape, offering privacy and 180-degree views of the spectacular cliff-lined bay. Guests can go bird watching, explore ancient Aboriginal Art, spend a day exploring the King George River, and explore the surrounding wilderness of the untouched environment. Visit Faraway Bay and book today!
Top Luxury Experiences/Tours

From private air tours to luxury outback experiences, Western Australia offers unforgettable experiences to travelers who are seeking adventure and luxury
Walk into Luxury, Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River

Walk into Luxury will offer visitors a new option to the Margaret River wine region offering an extraordinary experience on the Cape to Cape track with all the amenities. Walk into Luxury is more than just a walk-the all-inclusive packages are complete with post-walk massages, exclusive food and wine experiences, luxury accommodations at award-winning resorts, and a host of other upscale embellishments. Voted as one of Australia’s top ten tracks, the Cape to Cape track is a spectacular and varied section of coastline featuring pristine beaches, limestone cliffs, coastal bush land, wildlife and the famed Boranup Karri forest.

To book, contact Nikki King at info@walkintoluxury.com.au

Bill Peach Journeys, Western Australia & Beyond
The Great Southern AirCruise departs October 20, 2014 and is a fantastic 12 days of exploring the South West and Golden Outback. On this luxurious trip, visitors will travel via private aircraft to Kalgoorlie, Perth, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island. The itinerary highlights Australia’s many varied landscapes, from East to West, encompassing a wonderful combination of wildflowers and wildlife. Contact: aircruising@comcast.net  or call + 1-630-758-0108.

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, The Kimberely
Discover how the rare Australian South Sea Pearl is produced at Cygnet Bay Farm, the oldest operating pearl farm in Western Australia. Go behind the scenes and learn how the family-owned and operated pearl farm forged a niche in the South Sea Pearling industry in Australia’s remote North West region. Cygnet Bay Pearl offers an extensive range of land, sea and air tours; to book, visit Cygnet Bay Pearls.
Cruise the Kimberley with North Star Cruises, The Kimberley
Australia’s North West is one of the world’s last true wilderness areas and home to The Kimberley, a region abundant with iconic outback landscapes and rugged wilderness areas. Embark on the 13-night “Kimberley Ultimate” cruise, during which guests can witness the mighty King George Falls, the ancient rock paintings in the caves of Jar Island before soaring in a helicopter to witness the stunning Eagle Falls. The Kimberley Ultimate offers a captivating blend of adventure, luxury and service for the elite traveler. To book, visit North Star Cruises.

Top Upscale Dining

Western Australia is a destination of culinary riches, boasting pristine, locally-sourced produce, seafood and world-class wines

Restaurant Amuse, Perth
Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the Australian Hotels Association, this fine dining establishment created innovative tasting menus dictated by what is freshest each season. Owners Hadleigh and Carolynn Troy’s strong ties with local growers ensures only the best, seasonal produce will be served in Restaurant Amuse’s elegant, serene setting.
Voyager Estate, Margaret River

The restaurant of this stunning estate winery is manned by Executive Chef Nigel Harvey, who creates menus highlighting the magical marriage between food and wine that is well-paired. MUST DO: The Discovery Menu invites diners to come on a journey that reveals the Voyager Estate story through six beautifully paired courses will inform and leave your palate singing. Alternatively, the Vintage Menu encourages guests to choose courses from a seasonal menu.

Nobu, Perth
The Master of Japanese cuisine, Nobu Matsuhisa, brings his signature fusion cuisine to the Crown Perth Hotel. Several omakase menus can be savored along with views of Swan River and Perth’s majestic skyline in the main dining room or one of two, private rooms, complete with private balconies and restrooms.

The Club Restaurant, Broome
This award-winning restaurant is one of several fine dining offerings at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa features exquisite artwork, a Club Deck for pre-dinner aperitifs and an Italian-inspired menu of gourmet delights. The menu highlights local ingredients such as Broome Pearl Meat and Cone Bay Barramundi, while the extensive wine list offers diners top bottles from around the globe.

Vasse Felix, Margaret River
The restaurant of this celebrated winery offers modern, Australian cuisine in a stunning, viticultural setting. Executive Chef Aaron Carr’s travels to Europe and Asia has influenced his cuisine, which helped the restaurant wine multiple awards including “Top 100 Restaurant” in Australian Gourmet Traveller and “Hot 50 Australian Restaurants” from The Weekend Australian.

Top Luxurious Gift Ideas

Known as the “Treasure Chest of the West,” Western Australia’s abundance of natural treasures will please even the most discerning shopper

Argyle Pink Diamonds
The Kimberley is home to one of the world largest diamond mines which produces this exquisite and rare pink diamond. For the ultimate experience, charter a private jet to the mine and choose the perfect sparkler for that very special someone. Private charters available from Edwards Aviation Australia and Aviair.

Broome Pearls
There’s a reason why Broome is referred to as the “Pearl of the North” – it’s the pearling capital of Australia! Cruise to a local pearl farm to get a first-hand look at how South Sea pearls, among the worlds most coveted, are cultured or visit Paspaley’s luxurious boutique in Broome. Not traveling to Broome? See these stunning pearls in Perth at Kailis Australian Pearls.

Kalgoorlie Gold
Home to the “Golden Mile,” the richest square mile of gold-bearing earth in the world, the Kalgoorlie Goldfields is the largest gold-producing region in the country. Feel the spirit of the gold rush pioneers and explore the area via four-wheel drive, or visit the Super Pit, the biggest gold open pit mine in the country.

Black Truffles
Manjimup, located in the Margaret River region, produces more of the world’s black truffles than the rest of Australia combined. Enjoy these sumptuous delicacies at many restaurants throughout the country, including The Truffle & Wine Co which specializes in tours featuring truffle hunts and exports truffles to some of the most prestigious restaurants around the world.

Indigenous Art Work and Artifacts
Collectable art from one of the world’s oldest cultures feature ancient dot painting to modern pieces of work. Artefacts include aboriginal tools and musical instruments, including the incredible didgeridoo which come in many striking designs. For authentic, cultural experiences, tours and artwork visit the Western Australia Indigenous Tourism Council website.

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From the Outback to the Sea with COX & KINGS
10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS / private journey; Perth, Ningaloo Reef & The Kimberley. Begin your travels in the sun-kissed, modern city of Perth where you’ll discover Kings Park botanical gardens and immerse yourself in the area’s maritime past in the charms of Fremantle. Head north to the remote Coral Coast where you’ll stay in barefoot luxury at Sal Salis beachside safari camp and experience the world’s largest fringing coral reef, Ningaloo – home to vibrant corals, manta rays, friendly whale sharks, dugongs, giant sea turtles and tropical fish. Next, you’ll head to The Kimberley, Australia’s last great wilderness where you’ll spend two days exploring its rugged ancient landscapes at El Questro. From the Outback to the Sea, this tour helps guests explore the best of Western Australia. To book, contact COX & KINGS at 1-800-999-1758, or email journeys@coxandkingsusa.com.

Special offer: Book before September 1 and a pair of UGG boots are yours for free!
Learn About Wine’s Meet Us in Australia

This is an epicurean tour for food and wine lovers! Explore Margaret River region, celebrated for premium wines, black truffles and other gourmet delights, guided by Sommelier and Wine Educator Ian Blackburn. Trip includes stays at top hotels, including the Cape Lodge, multiple winery visits, activities such as canoeing and a visit to the Australia Aborigine Museum and world-class dining at top restaurants in the region.

Event Spotlight
Anzac Albany, Oct 30-Nov2
This special, commemorative event marks 100 years since the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force set sail from Albany in 1914 to fight in World War I. Events include a Ceremonial Sunset Commemorative Service, a free public concert by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Princess Royal Harbour Lights, a lighting and pyrotechnics show.

Upcoming Events

Staircase to the Moon, Mar-Oct:
Just a couple of months left to experience this natural phenomenon! When the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, it creates the optical illusion of a staircase reaching for the moon.
Wildflower Season, Jul-Nov:

Western Australia is home to over 12,000 species of wildflowers, 60% of those cannot be found anywhere in the world! Take in the breathtaking beauty of these unique and beautiful specimens at events such as the Hidden Treasures Great Southern Bloom Festival, or book a tour: Perth’s Best Flower Tour via Australian Pinnacle Tours and the Wildflower Tour from Country Escapes WA Tours are great choices. For more information, download our 2014 Wildflower Guide.
Little Penguins, Sep-Jun:

Did you know WA has their very own Penguin Island? It’s less than one hour from the capital city of Perth, and is a great destination to meet little penguins, and swim with dolphins and sea lions. Click here to book a Rockingham Wild Adventures tour.
A Taste of Broome, Sep 12:

This monthly event showcases music, media, dance, food, arts and crafts, tradition and heritage of this multicultural community. Purchase tickets here.
Australasian Safari, Sep 19-27:
Competitors from all over the world compete in one of the toughest and most challenging motor events on earth.
Perth International, Oct 23-26:
The country’s premier golf event returns, with top international golfers, including Jason Dufner, Jin Jeong, Victor Dubuisson and Brett Rumford, battling for to lay claim to the AUD $2 million purse.

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Castello di Monte celebrates 10 years of 5-star hospitality

August 29, 2014 on 9:53 am | In Africa, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off



Castello di Monte was launched as a Tuscan 5-star guesthouse 10 years ago and has grown from strength to strength, establishing a sterling reputation for offering bespoke hospitality.

Elegantly nestled in the lush green hills of Waterkloof Ridge, the classic Italianate beauty overlooks the spectacular green belt bordering Eastern Pretoria as well as the famous Pretoria Country Club. The beautifully sculpted gardens, mature olive trees, lavender hedges and de-stressing water features complement the tranquil charm of Cestello, only minutes from the bustling city.

Favoured by diplomats, business and leisure travellers as well as locals savouring the fine-dining establishment’s romantic accommodation, Castello, as it is fondly known, also offers the added luxury of intimate special events and conferencing.

Originally created as a private home by the master builder Rudan Maritz, Castello’s owners of the past 10 years, Tilla and Pieter van Zyl fell in love with the property at first sight on completion in 2004 and purchased it to create an exclusive guesthouse. They added a further three en-suite rooms to the original six-bedroomed property, made some changes to befit a luxe establishment, with great attention to detail in the décor to complement the timeless elegance of the owner-run guesthouse.

Castello di Monte offers delectable private dining, which is subject to reservations 24-hours in advance to ensure dietary requirements for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, high teas and cocktail functions are planned in detail. From romantic dinners for two to intimate functions for up to 35 guests, Executive Chef Louis Vermaak has created culinary triumphs for guests time and again, resulting in Castello celebrating its 10th anniversary as a well-known special events establishment, whilst treated as a splendid private home-from-home by satisfied regular overnight visitors.

The comprehensive wine list includes popular wines such as La Motte Sauvignon Blanc, Rupert and Rothchild Classique and the ever-popular Buitenverwachting Meifort.

With the team’s focus on exceeding guests’ expectations, the most common feedback from regular visitors goes along the lines of: “Great service, beautiful property, what a view…,” says the General Manager Madeleen Jacobsz, who is also the owners’ daughter.

The 360-degree vistas from the generously designed terrace are famed for its all-year round panoramic beauty over the greenbelt of Pretoria, which includes those spectacular jacaranda avenues and glorious sunsets.

The owners and management’s dream for Castello di Monte is to continue striving for exceptional service, thereby creating unforgettable experiences for guests, who return regularly to create new and lasting memories.

In celebration of this milestone anniversary, Castello will offer special bed and breakfast packages until mid-December, ranging from R2050 per couple per night (normal rate R2850) in the Classic or Terrace Rooms to the Honeymoon Suite @ R2550 per couple per night (normally R3300). Current single rates for Classic or Terrace Rooms are R1485 per person per night including breakfast. Special rates are non-commissionable.

Call the guesthouse for further special packages available until 12 December 2014, subject to availability and 24-hour reservations in advance, comprising the Romanza as well as the Corporate Packages.

Castello offers guests free Wi Fi, secure parking, luxurious accommodation, fine-dining and scrumptious breakfast – dinner on request.

Contact details: 012 346 6984/083 450 1252 – info@castello.co.zawww.castello.co.za  - 402 Aries Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria.


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