The Private Suite at LAX

IMAGINE FLYING FROM COMMERCIAL & NEVER HAVING TO ENTER AN AIRPORT…IT’S EDENFYW!

The Eden For Your World Team had the pleasure of visiting one of Los Angeles’ newest and greatest stars, The Private Suite at LAX. Los Angeles is the perfect place to inaugurate this level VIP service. Though this is the first of it’s kind in the US, The Private Suite group is planning on bringing the service to JFK this year, as well as MIA and other destinations soon.

Here are the basics:

  • Fly commercial but have the private airport experience.  Skip the LAX traffic and entrance and go to a private airport entrance adjacent to the airport.  Stay in the left lane on 105 and exit at Imperial Blvd.
  • Upon arrival to the Private Suite entrance valet will greet you and take you to your fully stocked suite with anything you want free of charge: all food, beverage, amenities are yours to consume and take. Members may pre-schedule a complimentary massage or manicure and have their car detailed while away. All included and all customizable.
  •  Experience the only private TSA and customs with no line – just you and your travel companions in comfort and privacy.
  • Once your flight is ready to depart, a Private Suite BMW will pick you up at your suite and drive you on the tarmac directly onto your commercial plane. This same service is provided upon return.

EXCLUSIVE LAX TERMINAL WITH PRIVATE SUITES REDEFINES THE AIRPORT EXPERIENCE!              

The Private Suite, a newly built and exclusive private terminal serving all commercial airlines, transforms Los Angeles International Airport into one of the world’s most convenient airports for people traveling in premium class. The Private Suite dramatically enhances the LAX experience with a new private terminal offering high-end security and logistics, and five-star services. The Private Suite delivers the most seamless and luxurious approach to airline travel.

The Private Suite provides an efficient and discreet method for high-profile individuals to be transported directly to and from their aircraft. Within the gated and guarded compound, the new private terminal features ten individual suites, a new facility for private TSA screening, and direct-to-aircraft transportation across the tarmac, Head-of-State style. Eliminating the congestion of traffic and crowds, members enter LAX through a special gate, and are welcomed inside the compound where they can work or relax while all travel and baggage needs are handled by The Private Suite. Members of The Private Suite enjoy private TSA screening, on-site Customs and Immigration processing, the comfort of their own suite, and the convenience of direct transportation across the tarmac to their aircraft in BMW 7-Series sedans — streamlining the typical LAX experience with unprecedented privacy, comfort, and service at every turn. While it typically takes a passenger more than 2,000 footsteps to get from car seat to plane seat, for members of The Private Suite, it’s just 70 footsteps – and every footstep is peaceful and efficient.

The Private Suite at LAX is the first-of-its-kind in the U.S., modeled after VIP services that have proven successful at many major overseas airports including London’s Heathrow Airport, and airports in Munich, Frankfurt, and Dubai, among others. The Private Suite is owned and operated by Gavin de Becker & Associates (GBDA), the consulting and security firm that protects many of the world’s most prominent people. Headquartered in Los Angeles, GDBA has operations in 27 cities and seven countries. The new airport facility serves as the testing site for several innovations in aviation security, providing key support to Federal Government agencies and Airport Police. GDBA’s Aviation Services Division at LAX is run by two leaders recruited from London’s Heathrow Airport: Danny Sloan, who directed all VIP services, and Steve Gargaro, who managed The Windsor Suite. Leading The Private Suite’s hospitality team is Vikram Sood, formerly with Four Seasons Hotels and The Ritz-Carlton.

Located right alongside the main runways, The Private Suite is removed from the traffic and congestion of the public terminals. Each suite features its own bathroom, food-service pantry, a two-person daybed, and a view of aircraft landing and taking off. The logistics of the service require a dedicated team of eight people assigned to each member.

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One gets members securely into our gated compound
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Another escorts members to their suites
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Two others manage any special service requests
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Another escorts members through private TSA screening and into one of our runway-side BMW 7 Series sedans
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Another drives members across the tarmac to their aircraft
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Another serves as advance person waiting at the jet-bridge to escort members to the aircraft door
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An unseen eighth person deals with the luggage
(The process is reversed when members arrive into LAX)
Private Suite Service For Members (contact us to get membership pricing)
Domestic: $2700 per group (up to 4 people included)

International :$3000 per group (up to 4 people included)

Benefits of Membership

  • Substantially preferential pricing for the service, as much as $1000 less than non-members
  • Members can bring extra passengers for no extra charge (up to a total party of four)
  • Members can book meals to be waiting in their suite, complimentary
  • Members can drive themselves to the airport in their own cars, which will be waiting outside the suite on their return, no charge
  • Book complimentary pre-flight massage
  • Book complimentary in-suite manicure
  • Book complimentary in-suite haircut on arrival
  • Qualify for special services from BMW, including Dedicated Client Managers
  • Preferential introductory pricing from XOJET
  • Nominate any non-member for trial service
  • Book up to six months in advance
  • Preferential cancellation policies
  • Book concierge doctor in your suite on arrival
Private Suite Service For Non-Members
Domestic: $3500 per group (up to 3 people)
International: $4000 per group (up to 3 people)
Shared Lounge Service
Domestic: $2000 per person
International: $2500 per person

Luxury Hideaways in Vietnam

A day of traveling will bring a basketful of learning. ~ Vietnamese Proverb.

It was so great to be back in Vietnam!  It had been eight years since our last visit, and we couldn’t wait to discover new places and return to one place we fell in love with before.  Albeit, this trip’s mission was going to be a little different than the last…

This time we wanted to see less city and more beach!  And, that we did.  In one week we packed in three of the countries most incredible luxury beach resorts, an art deco treasure in it’s ancient capital and it’s newest and most glamorous hotel in the heart of Saigon.  Below you’ll find brief bits about each of the stops, along with photos and videos.  Hope you enjoy the tour and that we’ve inspired you to visit (or return).

AMANOI

Named for the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and noi meaning ‘place’, Amanoi is a tranquil retreat situated on a beautiful white-sand beach overlooking spectacular Vinh Hy Bay, in one of the country’s largest natural conservation areas.  Nui Chua National Park protects an area of more than 29,000 hectares of pristine coastal and marine habitats in Ninh Thuan Province, northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

All you need to do is fly into Nha Trang and the rest is taken care of by Amanoi.  You’ll quickly get whisked away in your wifi equipped SUV for the 1.5 hour drive (the roads are a bit of mess currently, as they’re under construction) to this most “peaceful place”.

  • jaw-dropping beauty in architecture and design
  • spectacular Aman Spa and large fully equipped fitness center
  • intimate and quite, perfect for those seeking privacy and exclusivity
  • two gorgeous pools and a beach club (if your villa doesn’t have it’s own pool)
  • plenty of nature related activities in and around the resort to keep you happy

EdenFYW guests recieve these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests served in the restaurant
-A comp. lunch for up to two people once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
-Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

See our video:  Amanoi

SIX SENSES NINH VAN BAY

The resort is nestled in a dramatic bay that gives the feeling of an island, with impressive rock formations and overlooking the sea. A golden sand beach and towering mountains add to the sense of being intimately at one with nature. The family friendly resort presents the reality of the destination, with an architectural style incorporating traditions of Vietnam. The resort is a sanctuary for all the senses while maintaining a sustainable and Eco-friendly environment.

Not accessible by land.  You’ll fly into Da Nang, drive about 45 minutes to Six Senses’ private dock.  From there you’ll catch their speed boat for the 20 minute ride to paradise.

  • eco-luxury all the way!
  • our favorite accommodations are the beach villas and the rock villas (each with private pool)
  • several dining options, from casual to elegant and comp. scoops at the ice cream shop!
  • relaxed atmosphere is great for families or romance
  • greet reef in directly in front of the resort for snorkeling or diving

EdenFYW guests recieve these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-One complimentary half-hour massage for up to two, per room
-Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

See our video:  Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

THE NAM HAI

Sitting on an enviable stretch of Ha My Beach near historic Hoi An, The Nam Hai is a prestigious luxury resort catering to the savviest of travelers. Architecture and nature harmonize in a lush setting, making the most of views across the East Sea and the surrounding tropical grounds. Each villa is an immaculate escape complete with indoor and outdoor sitting areas and, in the case of the Pool Villas, a private swimming pool.

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Da Nang airport.

  • just minutes to Hoi An, our favorite town in Vietnam
  • beautifully appointed stand alone villas
  • incredible Leading Spa, one of the best in Vietnam
  • several wonderful dining options, including the best breakfast in the country
  • impeccable service
  • large beach resort with all the luxury fixings

EdenFYW guests receive these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
-A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

See our video:  The Nam Hai

LA RESIDENCE HUE

The best luxury option in the ancient royal capital of Hue. Set on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930’s streamline moderne school of art deco architecture.

Just a 30-40 minute drive to the Hue airport.

  • elegant and comfortable
  • centrally located for a stay while exploring the former ancient citidel and the royal tombs scattered around the city

THE REVERIE SAIGON

The Reverie Saigon is the ultimate luxury hotel, providing a one-of-a-kind modern lifestyle by successfully combining Vietnam’s local warmth and familiar comforts of home with the luxurious pampering of a five-star hotel. The hotel offers exceptional guest rooms and spacious suites in Ho Chi Minh City with breathtaking views of the Saigon River city.

Note: We visited during a very soft opening. Despite the fact that they were just getting going, the service and amenities were spot on.  We’re just sorry we didn’t get to see the amazing spa finished… next time!

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, just 30 minutes from the international airport (depending on traffic).

  • Italian design and craftsmanship on steroids, opulent and glamorous decor everywhere
  • close to everything in the city; market, luxury shopping, opera, dining, river (for cruisers) and landmarks
  • floor to ceiling windows in all guest rooms, with great views
EdenFYW guests receive these preferred amenities:
-Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
-Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests in restaurant
-$100 USD equivalent food & beverage credit
-Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

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

 

 

 

 

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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Virtuoso Rising Star 2014

He did it again!  John Oberacker has been nominated by the Virtuoso luxury travel network as a Rising Star in the industry.  This is John’s second time being nominated for this prestigious award.  We couldn’t be more proud of his achievements and this honor he’s been given.  Our fingers are crossed that John’s name will be announced as the recipient of this award on August 14, 2014 at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas.

More about John:  John Oberacker caters to those looking for unique experiences around the globe.  His goal is to present the world to his clients in new, exciting and imaginative ways.   Having traveled the world extensively, 60 countries to date, he is uniquely qualified to provide his clients with first hand knowledge the destinations they want to experience.  In turn, this affords his clients wonderful memories that will last them a lifetime!  www.edenfyw.com

More about Virtuoso:  Virtuoso is the travel industry’s leading luxury network. This organization includes more than 340 agencies with 8,900 elite Advisors in 20 countries throughout North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.  Travelers who use Virtuoso’s Advisors get access to more than 1,300 of the world’s premier travel providers, as well as exclusive services, experiences, and products.  http://www.virtuoso.com/

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.

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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