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

 

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

 

 

 

 

A Piece of Eden in Maui Hawaii

You have to LOVE a place to return to it year after year.  Maui, Hawaii, is one of those places for all three of us at Eden For Your World.  Jill has made annual pilgrimages with her family for years, as have John and I.  We all feel like it’s our second home.

What’s not to love about this island that has something for everybody?  You can simply lie on one of it’s gorgeous golden sand beaches and play in the water, or you can enjoy the myriad of activities that Maui has to offer; hike tropical jungles, swim in secluded pools fed by waterfalls, deep sea fish, whale watch, bike down a 13,000 ft volcano, zip-line, go wine or vodka tasting, visit lavender fields, eat to your hearts content, kayak with dolphins, kite surf one of the world’s best spots, immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture and music, relax by your resort pool and order Mai Tai after Mai Tai and much, much more.

This most recent visit was our 17 or 18th… we can’t keep track anymore.  Maui is never the same place twice, because it’s always changing, as we are.  But, this year was particularly special in the world of luxury hotels.  Two beautiful Virtuoso hotels had arrived for us to experience, and now we can share them with our clients.

New Luxury Hotels:

Montage Kapalua Bay

Montage Kapalua Bay celebrates art and artisanship in many forms, from architecture and local art to culinary and spa offerings, all inspired by the rich surroundings and culture of Hawaii. Set beachfront atop picturesque Kapalua Bay, the 24 acre-resort features Montage branded residences and the introduction of an intimate 50 suite Montage resort which opened in June 2014.

Situated on a legendary oceanfront location, which was once the site of The Kapalua Bay Hotel, Montage Kapalua Bay offers access to the best of Maui. Guests experience a blend of relaxation and rejuvenation with every detail celebrating the richness of Hawaiian culture.

Lasting memories can be made while relaxing by the multi-tiered lagoon pool which cascades down the center of the resort, or while dining on island-inspired cuisine in one of the resort’s restaurants or lounges. Comfortable all-suite accommodations are a resplendent retreat in themselves, with spacious living rooms, large private lanais, fully equipped kitchens, elegant master suites and luxurious bathrooms.  The 50 luxury residential style suites, ranging from one to four bedrooms, offer spacious living accommodations flowing into a large private “lanai” (balcony).

EFYW guests will receive:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability.
  • $50 Daily breakfast credit per bedroom.
  • $150 Spa Montage Kapalua Bay Spa service credit.
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

Andaz Maui

Set along 15 acres of beachfront beauty in Wailea, awaits a new lifestyle experience, where you can dip your toes in the sand, explore Hawaii’s vast wonders, or lounge poolside with your favorite drink. Discover regional dishes that showcase the best of Maui and uncover something new every day, whether you’re here on honeymoon or booking a well-deserved vacation package. Gentle ocean breezes and the pristine shores of Mokapu Beach provide the perfect backdrop.

From the moment you step into your room at Andaz Maui at Wailea, you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Each one of the hotel’s 290 guest rooms and suites, and seven residential villas, blends the non-traditional Andaz style with the feel of a luxury resort community. Accommodations are enhanced at every turn, with modern touches like private lanais for admiring magnificent Hawaii sunsets, baths with ocean and garden view showers, and luxurious body products that invigorate both body and mind.

Discover your personal spa. Non-traditional and wholly unique, `āwili spa and salon invites you to mix, blend and entwine the purest elements of Maui into an experience that’s custom tailored to you. Let our apothecary consultants assist in blending your personal product for your spa or salon service, embracing your body’s truest needs and desires through an omakase treatment menu that highlights the best of Wailea.

Oh, and be sure to get your chef’s table reserved at Ka’Ana Kitchen!  By far, one of the best meals we’ve ever had on the islands!  Everything on the menu is locally grown, raised and made.  ONO!

EFYW guests will receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests, served in Ka’ana Kitchen.
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay, (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full).
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

Dining spots we loved on this trip:

  • Merriman’s – Best spot on the West side for waterfront cocktails and dining.
  • The Plantation House – Fantastic panoramic from the top of the golf course.
  • Star Noodle – Great tapas style asian fusion dishes.
  • Honu – Another great waterfront spot with delicious salads, pizza and fish.
  • Vietnamese Cuisine – Yes, that is the name.  One of our favorite spots on the island!
  • Coconuts Fish Cafe – Delicious fish tacos.  Warning:  they’re huge!
  • Ka’Ana Kitchen – At the Andaz Waile.  DO NOT MISS THIS!
  • Izakaya Matsu – If you’re done with giant saucy sushi rolls, this is your place.  Oishi food.
  • Ko – At the Kea Lani.  Always great food.  Have to try the Ahi on a Rock.
  • Isana – We love a good Korean BBQ.  Here it is.  The poke is awesome here too!

Enjoy our Maui video, by clicking on the link:  Maui.

Contact us to plan your next visit.  You have two Hawaii Destination Specialists standing by to make the most out of your aloha vacation.

John@EdenFYW.com or Jill@EdenFYW.com.

Aloha.

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Buenos Aires – Argentina

What’s new Buenos Aires? I’m new, I wanna say I’m just a little stuck on you.  ~ Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice

It had been ten years since we had visited the city and our return reminded us why we fell in love with this city once before. 

It’s easy to get “stuck on” this gorgeous city. It may be the second largest metropolitan area in South America, but it’s definitely number one in style.  Wherever you look there is beauty.  B.A.’s architecture, it’s monuments, it’s people, it’s parks and even it’s shrines to her fallen are gorgeous.  Each of the districts of the city have there own unique flavor and charm.  In each you’ll find treasures, weather it be food or fabulous shopping finds (and there are a plethora of both for everyone’s tastes).  Then there is the food and wine… how much can one person eat and drink in a day?  The answer is – a lot!  Fine dining is abound, but, even the whole in the wall empanada place has amazing wine to accompany it’s beautifully wrapped meaty treats.  Currently, the major bonus is the value.  As visitors to Argentina, the dollar goes a long way.  You’re bags will be full of goodies to bring home, your bellies full of food and your pockets will be surprisingly happy too.

Unfortunately, today Argentina’s economy is broken.  It’s seems to be a eight to ten year pattern there.  There are some noticeable signs around town.  There is a bit more graffiti on the walls of certain neighborhoods, though some of the graffiti is actually art and pretty fantastic.  The difficult times have also brought a rise in petty crime.   Everybody seems to be talking about it in Argentina and abroad.  However, we felt safe and comfortable getting around by car and on foot.  We were cautious, but never worried.  The key in safety anywhere in the world is knowing yourself and your surroundings and most importantly not looking like a target. 

Buenos Aires is one of those cities where you get home and tell all your friends “I’m moving there!”  Go see it for yourself and discover why.  If you’ve already been, maybe it’s time for your return.  You’re different and so is the city. 

Here is how we spent our four full days in B.A. Enjoy the travel video:  Buenos Aires. 

Stay: Enjoy special EFYW perks when booking any of the 5* hotels below.

Do:  Visit the neighborhoods…

  • Recoleta:  Chick and boutique.  World class luxury and du jour to do’s everywhere.  The architecture is particularly grand here.  Don’t miss the cemetery or museums!
  • Palermo:  It’s like Melrose, but better!  Colorful and trendy.  Hipsters and hippies unite.
  • San Telmo:  Antiques galore.  Cobblestone streets, cafes and finds everywhere you look.
  • Puerto Madero:  Last time we were in B.A. there was no reason to come to this neighborhood. Things have changed.  The young, wealthy and in vogue have taken over and they’ve declared it the place to be.  Design, fashion and cocktails are here.  Cheers!

Eat & Drink:

  • Puerto Cerrados – A variety of closed door restaurants in private homes.
  • Arumburu BIS
  • Heirbabuena
  • Sucre
  • La Parolaccia – Casa Tua Palermo
  • Floreria Atlantico
  • El Sanjuanino
  • La Brigada

Shop: 

  • If you’re good, well tell you.

Let’s start planning your visit to Buenos Aires and beyond!  www.edenforyourworld.com

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