Incredible India

India – the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined. ~ Mark Twain.

Well, Mark Twain nailed it! India is a land that is on practically every “bucket list” and it’s there for many good reasons. It is there because it’s a pilgrimage site for all travelers! Whether it be religions, foods, unique cultures, architecture styles, textiles & jewelry, the arts, exotic flora and fauna, geographical beauty, finding your inner yogi, escaping the ordinary, exploring the extraordinary, humanitarian travel or indulgence in luxury travel – you will find it in this massive country.

India is a “khwab ghad”, a dream land.

You will be mesmerized from the moment you set foot on it’s soil. You will be blown away by the  chaos, and by the peace you will find within yourself while amidst it. Yes, that is contradictory, but, so is India. A long blog about everything you can do and see, or even everything we did and saw is redundant. Just go! Do not be afraid of getting Delhi belly (we did and it was worth it), don’t be dissuaded by concerns of seeing things that are too third world (we did and it was worth it), don’t be concerned about having to see it all at once (you will be back!). India is rose petals being thrown upon your head, cardamom, kindness, gold and glitter – mixed with indoor cows, zippy three wheeled Autos and some heat. It works… it’s INCREDIBLE!

Here is a breakdown of Eden For Your World’s visit to India in April of 2015:

  • Delhi. The capital city and a sprawling city (the third largest in the country).
  • Udaipur. The romantic city and the “Venice of the East”. Built around lakes, dotted with palaces and home of the Rajputs.
  • Varanasi. The spiritual capital of India. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities on the planet. Built on the banks of Ganga, the sacred Ganges River.
  • Agra. You know…home of the Taj Mahal!
  • Jaipur. The “pink city”. Alive and vibrant, and our favorite spot for shopping.

Here is our travel video, so you can see a little bit of why it’s so incredible:  INDIA

Let us assist you in designing your visit to India.  With first hand knowledge and our personal connections with the best service providers and hotel operators, we’ll create the perfect experience tailored to your interests and comfort level.  Speaking of comfort level… we’d like to thank our friends at Peirce & Leslie, The Taj Group of Hotels, The Leela Hotels, Oberoi Hotels and ITC Mughal for making sure we always were.

Contact your Eden For Your World advisor to begin planning your visit: info@edenforyourworld.com

Photos and media are all by Eden For Your World, and are only for us to use. Thank you! #edenfyw

 

Rosewood London Calling

Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. ~ Samuel Johnson

Welcome to London, welcome to the world… We came, we walked, we shopped, we ate, we museum-ed, we pub-ed, we stayed in luxury, but, we’ll never be royals.

Samueul Johnson’s quote says it best.  London is full of life. There is so much to see and do in the city, that you’ll feel like you can never do it all. Like any big European city it has museums, cultural sites and arts, shopping, dining and local attractions that can keep you going nonstop. But, the core of the city is quite manageable in size and you can realistically walk by everything on your list quite easily.  May we just say that the we love the Victoria and Albert and British Museums. They are both so beautifully curated! They each have just enough of the empire’s amazing booty to keep you interested in visiting every one of their galleries. In London there’s a vibe and a pace that is so similar to what we find in the big cities of the U.S., but it is definitely unlike anything at home. It’s very cosmopolitan and very English at the same time. That’s what we love about it! Friendly faces and a familiar language make it easy to strike up conversations with locals and visitors alike (usually over a pint). However, getting around is not so easy.  We found the traffic to be as frustrating as it is in L.A.. So after a few private car transfers and taxi rides we opted for the Underground. It’s everywhere, it’s easy and it’s clean. Mind the gap!

You’ll enjoy the sites of course, but, you’ll also love exploring all of London’s unique neighborhoods.  Each with it’s it own vibe and energy. Visit Knightsbridge for a glimpse at some of the most gorgeous town houses and some of the haute-est cuisine in town. Check out SOHO at any time of day (or night) for non-stop action and energy.  Bloomsbury is a good respite from the fast pace, and it’s picturesque tree lined streets are just steps away from theaters and retail therapy. You know you have to see Kensington and Chelsea, it’s so London! Needless to say, there is a neighborhood for your every mood.  Just don’t forget to wave to the Queen when you pass her pad in Westminster.

Speaking of pads, London has no shortage of excellent luxury accommodations to choose from.  On this occasion we choose to stay at the beautiful Rosewood London.

Rosewood London

Hotel of the Year 2014 – Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards

Housed in a 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque building, Rosewood London is steeped in history. Its 262 guestrooms and 44 generously appointed suites, created by renowned New York-based Tony Chi and Associates, are inspired by a traditional British manor house and evoke that of a true London residence. Rooms are designed to provide a series of discoveries to surprise, please and amuse guests by doormen in tweed caps enter through wrought iron gates, into the peaceful courtyard giving a sense of arrival more akin to a private manor house than a hotel. Rosewood London embraces guests within one of London’s most historic locales. The central location, moments from Covent Garden, near an eclectic arcade of ultra-luxury boutiques on Lamb’s Conduit Street, the British Museum, Theaterland and the Royal Opera House.

EFYW guests receive the following exclusive benefits:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
-Daily Full English Breakfast.
-$100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay.
-Early check-in/late check-out,subject to availability.

See London and the hotel in our video: Rosewood London

Dining (here’s where we ate or drank and loved it):

  • Gymkhana
  • Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill
  • Berners Tavern at The London Edition
  • China Tang at the Dorchester
  • Scarfe’s Bar at the Rosewood London

Contact your EdenFYW advisor to begin planning your visit to London: info@edenforyourworld.com

Photos and media are all by #edenfyw, therefore, are only for us to use. Thank you!

 

Paris! Paris! Paris!

Je suis sous le charme! 

Paris is magic!  Anyone who tells you different is confused!

We happened to fall upon it during the winter holidays.  It was the first time we’d been there to witness no leaves on the trees and very little of the quintessential overflow of Parisian diners being beautiful at outdoor cafes.  Not even the bitter cold (for us Californians) could stop us from walking the city day and night, all the while in awe of it’s elegance.  Yes, it was lovely.  But, it was also a bit like guiding the lily… Paris is so incredibly beautiful on it’s own, without festooned garlands down every street and big glittery bows adorning it’s grand palace facades. Nevertheless, the city was alive and gorgeous as ever.

Paris is organized, it’s distinct neighborhoods, it’s grand, it’s manageable, it’s museums, it’s boutiques, it’s cafes (we have new favorites), it’s chic, and it’s just too pretty to describe in words.  The big, luxurious, city can be can be anything you want it to be.  Whether you’re looking to eat, shop, get enlightened or just relax, it’s all there for you to discover.  Paris is comprised of twenty neighborhoods (arrondissements) that each have a particular feel.  It’s important to choose the location of your accommodations appropriately according to how you’d like to enjoy your stay.  There is definitely no shortage on variety of hotel/apartment types in the city.  We’re here to make that decision easier for you (read more about where we stayed below).  Needless to say, we’ve done our homework on the City of Light and we’ve got you covered.

About that… City of Light vs. City of Lights thing… We are on the City of Light team.  Paris was know as the “ville lumière”, which was meant to express Paris’ enlightenment in terms of the arts, culture and learning. Thought the city it lit beautifully, it’s clear that the city was and is still enlightened!

If it’s your first visit, plan on staying at least five nights.  You would kill yourself if you stayed any less.  If you’re returning or haven’t been for a while, be sure to visit the new Fondation Louis Vuitton that Frank Ghery designed and the newly reopened Picasso Museum.  Both amazing!

Oh, and Parisians like us (if you’re cool).  Anyone who tells you different is confused!

Let’s start planning your visit to the City of Light.  Sante!

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LE BRISTOL PARIS

Within walking distance of the Champs Elysées and the Louvre, the impeccable Le Bristol Paris occupies one of the city’s most elegant shopping streets, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The hotel features 188 rooms, including 92 suites, each decorated in luxurious chintz fabrics and rare antique furnishings. Guestrooms are among the largest in Paris! Le Bristol offers an air of seclusion in its peaceful garden setting. Rare for Paris, Le Bristol features a vast interior courtyard garden, the largest of its kind. Equally impressive is the hotel’s swimming pool located on the sixth floor with stunning city views.

Fun fact: On some Saturdays, the elegant Castellane salon hosts fashion high teas, featuring designer cakes (the BEST croissants in town) and the latest collections…

EFYW guests receive the following exclusive benefits:
-Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (up to deluxe Junior suite. Higher categories are on arrival, subject to availability).
-Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests at their Bar or in our main restaurant Epicure.
-$100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay.
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

See Paris and the hotel in our video:  Le Bristol

PLAZA ATHENEE PARIS

Practically synonymous with Paris, Hôtel Plaza Athénée brims with all the elegance one would expect of a classic hotel situated between the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. Located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, at the crossroads of fashion, entertainment and business, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée represents a delicate balance of refinement and luxury.The lobby is a vision in “Plaza red,” terra cotta, gold and bronze — accents you’ll discover in your room as well. Each of the 148 guestrooms and 46 suites offers windows that open to the Eiffel Tower, Avenue Montaigne, La Cour Jardin, the inner courtyard or the rooftops of Paris. See and be seen in one of several acclaimed dining options, including Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée.

Fun fact: As part of Paris’ citywide bicycle program, called Vélib, the hotel provides complimentary bikes with shopping totes for guests’ use.

EFYW guests receive the following exclusive benefits:
-Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests.
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
-85 EUR Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay.
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

See Paris and the hotel in our video:  Plaza Athenee

Photos and media are all by #edenfyw, therefore, are only for us to use.  Merci!

 

AMANGIRI

Now I walk in beauty, beauty is before me, beauty is behind me, above and below me. ~ Traditional Navajo Prayer

Fused with the ancient rock formations of the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah, AMANGIRI truly embody’s it’s namesake as a “peaceful mountain”.

AMANGIRI is in spectacular territory, just a twenty five minute drive outside of Page, Arizona and situated within sight distance of Lake Powell and Escalante National Park and about 2 hours from all the gems of the Southwest (the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches National Park, to name a few). The resort itself is no less spectacular than it’s surroundings.  It’s simple lines, concrete walls and neutral palate harmonize beautifully with the sand, buttes and brush that it’s nestled in. Owners and architects of the resort camped for weeks on the land to understand the landscape and to be certain it’s footprint would take full advantage of the areas natural structures.  They definitely succeeded in creating an extraordinary property. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the resort simply melts into it’s dramatic backdrop.  The resort offers 34 luxury suites (six with private pools), a stand alone four bedroom villa (more to come soon), dining room, private dining room, cellar, living room, gallery, library (soon to be converted into a bar), swimming pool, an outdoor desert lounge, and of course a stunning AMAN Spa.

The resort itself is enough reason to visit.  In fact, we want to go back to spend more time taking advantage of the gorgeous spa, fitness facilities, pool and to simply soak up the signature AMAN zen vibe.  It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.  The scenery and blue skies will quickly absorb any stress that tagged along.  However, the resort’s 600 acres and it’s surrounds offer active temptations that are too good to pass.  Just try to choose from all that is offered at and around the resort:  hiking, biking, customized rock climbing (including the Via Ferrata and suspension bridge), canyoneering, horseback riding, paleontology, Navajo cultural experiences, scenic helicopter and fixed wing tours, hot air ballooning, fly fishing and float trips on the Colorado River, boating and fishing on Lake Powell, Slot Canyon tours, nature and of course historical tours to nearby National Parks.

It’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, get in touch with your adventurous self, enjoy time with the family or to simply unwind.

Your EFYW advisor is ready to start designing your AMANGIRI experience.

Rates are per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy and begin at 1,200 USD.  Rates include full board for two people, as well as complimentary airport transfers from Page Municipal Airport, daily guided group hikes, daily morning group yoga classes, daily afternoon group mat-based strength and stretch classes and access to facilities at the fitness and water pavilions.  Special yoga, and seasonal packages are available as well.

EFYW guests will receive these additional benefits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
  • Toiletry kit with Amangiri’s signature sage shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and body wash.
  • Choice of 30 minute scalp massage or neck/shoulder massage.
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

See more of the resort in our travel video.  Make sure to watch the in HD:  AMANGIRI

Recipe:  Signature AMANGIRI Lemonade
1Cup Sugar
4Cups Hot Water
2Cups Fresh Squeezed Lemons
1Cup Sage and Mint
Method:
1. Add enough hot water to sugar in order for it to dissolve.
2  Steep fresh sage & fresh mint in 4Cups of boiling water until water is noticeably green.
3. Add lemon juice, as well as the sage and mint tea.
4. Allow to cool.  Add more sugar water or lemon juice according to taste.
5. Enjoy!

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Virtuoso Travel Week 2014

Once a year the Best of the Best gather at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Once a year Virtuoso Travel Week brings the who’s who of luxury travel together for the greatest travel show.  Once a year the whole world gathers under one roof!

Enriching lives through human connections!

We won’t exhaust you with details about our hectic schedules, about the madness of running to meetings and events, about our tired bodies and horse voices… we’ll just tell you that every second of the week is spent connecting, networking and enjoying the company of the world’s best hoteliers, tour operators, cruise lines, travel advisors, media personnel in order to learn more and to secure closer relationships that will in turn help us better serve our clients.

During the week each of the three of us at Eden For Your World partook in 352 one on one meetings with suppliers. Together we had 1056 meetings!  This doesn’t include the numerous meetings we each had during breakfasts, lunches, in hallways, or even in elevators.  It’s these connections that award us knowledge and award  you with a better travel experience.

Virtuoso Travel Week Stats:

  • 5 Days
  • 92 Countries
  • 1,860 Suppliers
  • 2,122 Agents (3 of them are yours from Eden For Your World)
  • 371,724 Meetings
  • Infinite Number of Human Connections

Watch our video for a glimpse:  Virtuoso Week 2014

Virtuoso Week is also the time that the Best of the Best is rolled out for the world to see.  This years winners included:

  • Best Achievement in Design – Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St Petersburg, Russia.
  • Best Bar – King Cole Bar, The St Regis New York, New York, USA.
  • Best Culinary Experience – L’Abeille, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, France.
  • Best Family Program – “The Pinocchio Experience,” Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Florence, Italy.
  • Best Spa – The Bulgari Spa, Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London, England.
  • Sustainable Tourism Leadership – Cuixmala, Costalegre, Mexico.
  • One To Watch – Park Hyatt New York, New York, U.S..
  • Hotelier of the Year – Rainy Chan, Peninsula Hong Kong.
  • Hotel of the Year – Rosewood London, England.

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to congratulate our very own John Oberacker… again!  He is a two time nominee by Virtuoso as a Rising Star in a industry that is full of stars!  His nominations in 2012 and in 2014 are a true testament to his hard work, dedication, professionalism and of course love of all things travel.  We salute him for being a STAR!

Until next year Virtuosos – #virtuosowk

 

 

 

 

La Vie est Belle en St Barth

Another blog about St Barth… We won’t do that to you.  There is not much more left to say about it, is there?  You know it’s in a stunning French island in the Caribbean.  You know everybody, who’s anybody takes their holiday there.  You know the food is going to be amazing… it’s French!  You know everybody living on or visiting the island is, has been or will be a model.  “La vie est belle” – Life is good in St Barth!

So what are you waiting for?  With easy flight options and fabulous accommodations, what is keeping you from having that perfect croissant in paradise?

Contact your Eden For Your World travel advisor to start designing your holiday.

Enjoy a video of our recent stay at the beautiful Hotel le Toiny. Click here:  St Barth Video.

Get Your Hotel Perks!

Eden For Your World is a full service travel agency.  We offer our clients personalized and effortless assistance in travel arrangements around the globe.  Our affiliations and preferred status with the world’s leading hotels allows us to extend exceptional benefits and perks to our clients.  Who doesn’t like complimentary upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, spa treatments, bottles of wine, transfers, VIP treatment and more?

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Enjoy the privileges of booking with EFYW, at these fine properties:

  • Four Seasons – Preferred Partner
  • Mandarin Oriental – FAN Club
  • Starwood – Luxury Privileges
  • Ritz Carlton – STARS Program
  • Peninsula – Pen Club
  • Dorchester Collection – Diamond Club Member
  • Langham – Couture Program
  • Belmond – Orient Express – Bellini Club
  • Rocco Forte – Sir Rocco’s Knights
  • Rosewood – Elite Program
  • Fairmont – Famous Agents
  • & many more fine hotels around the world.

The benefits of our service extends far beyond hotels. Enjoy the ease, expertise and perks of planning all of your travels with us!

See the world… better, with Eden For Your World.

Contact us today to start planning.  info@edenforyourworld.com

 

Cape Town – South Africa

 

Cape Town

There is a reason that there is a buzz in the air about Cape Town… it’s because it is awesome!  And, now may be the best time to visit it yourself.  It’s in the midst of a huge transformation that you don’t want to miss… and it’s always better to go before everybody else does.

The 2010 World Cup really put the city on the map for world travelers, when government invested hundreds of millions of dollars into infrastructure and the private sector matched them in upping the scene for visitors by refreshing neighborhoods and an creating new restaurants and hotels.  The spark that was lit four years ago has continued to burn under the the feet of entrepreneurs, artists and investors.

The city is a buzz of activity.  With a jaw dropping setting, wonderful weather, friendly locals and plenty to do, it’s no wonder Cape Town is on every must see list of 2014!

Read more about why CPT is so hot right now.

52 Places to Go in 2014 – NY Times

Good Timing – LA Times

World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town has several distinct neighborhoods.  Make sure to make your way out of the beautiful, but touristy, Waterfront area to explore the one’s that peak your interest.  Find great shopping and cafes in the Lower Kloof area, or stroll along the up and coming De Waterkant for great jazz and galleries, or make it down to Camps Bay to play at the beach with all the beautiful people of Cape Town.  Whatever you do, don’t miss Saturday in the Woodstock neighborhood at the Old Biscuit Mill market and design center.  Trust us… go early, go hungry!  The city is full of delicious places to eat and drink, but expect to make reservations far in advance for the hot spots.  Locals love to eat out as much as visitors and getting a table at the in spot may be harder than you think. But, that’s why you have us, right?

There are a handful of wonderful five star hotels to choose from as well.  Each has it’s own unique vibe and each has a sense of place.  We enjoyed visiting three of these top hotels during our visit.  We’ll help pick just the right one for your stay.

Cape Grace in the Waterfront.

Mount Nelson Hotel in Tamboerskloof.

The Twelve Apostles just outside of Camps Bay.

Go see why life is “lekker” in Cape Town!  lekker: [lekk-irr with a rolling r] Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds.

Lets start planning your visit!  www.edenforyourworld.com

Here are a few photos to entice you.

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Royal Malewane, Thornybush Game Reserve – South Africa

The Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane, located within the private Thornybush Game Reserve (along Kruger National Park) is the safari experience one dreams of…

Tucked quietly into it’s natural surroundings, the sumptuously appointed colonial style lodge is a paradise for those seeking an exclusive experience. With six stand alone suites, two royal suites, and it’s Africa house villa, the lodge is perfect for couples, families and V.I.P.’s.

Guests will surely see the “Big Five” here. The lodge boasts some of the countries best and most acclaimed rangers and trackers who unveil the nearly 38 thousand acre reserve to their guests. But, what really sets the Royal Malewane apart is the atmosphere that the richly appointed furnishings and superior service impart on it’s guests. No detail is missed, no thoughtful attention is left behind in the bush. They’ve thought of everything for you already! One feels as though they have stepped back in time, to experience the luxury and romance of the safari as it was.

The Royal Malewane – contact Eden For Your World to begin planning your experience.

A video voyage of Royal Malewane.

Saving the Rhinoceros

With the horrific increase in Rhinoceros poaching in recent years, new innovative measures are being taken to curb their needless slaughter. Last year, In South Africa alone, nearly one thousand rhinos were lost to poaching. Royal Malewane is on the forefront of efforts to protect these animals and to make their horns useless for the market that covets them. The latest method of deterring poachers is Rhino Horn Devaluation, where poison is injected directly into their horns, leaving them useless for trade. Handling or use of the horns by humans proves fatal. Bravo RM, and thank you!

Rhino Rescue Project

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