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!

~ ~ ~

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!

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

Travel Weeks Sao Paolo 2014

Eden For Your World had the pleasure of attending Travel Week Sao Paolo for the third year in a row.  The 2014 edition was fantastic, like previous years.  However, this was the inaugural year of the show’s merger with International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM).

Between May 6-9th luxury travel agents and suppliers descend upon the vibrant city of Sao Paolo and unite under the roof of the Bienal Pavillion, designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, at Ibirapuera Park.  Meetings and collaborations are on the agenda from 9am-6pm.  Afterwards, dinners and cocktails become a more relaxed atmosphere for all of us to gather and talk business and fun!

During shows like this, we are afforded the greatest luxuries available on earth… connections with suppliers on site and in locations where our clients will be heading.  These connections are why we choose to travel far distances.  Our participation and our personal experiences work to make our clients future travel’s true ‘eden’ experiences!

Enjoy a brief 30 second recap of Travel Week Sao Paolo:  TWSP14

 

 

 

 

 

Birkenhead House, Hermanus – South Africa

Hermanus and Birkenhead House

After your adventure in the bush, after you’ve downed several bottles in wine county and after you’ve thoroughly explored Cape Town… you’ll need a vacation.  There is no better place to unwind and reflect on your amazing South African journey than at Birkenhead House in Hermanus.

An hour and a half drive, from Cape Town, will bring you to the charming town of Hermanus.  You’ll definitely find enough to do to keep you busy here.  Situated on Walker Bay, it is one of the best places on earth for whale watching, close encounters with Cape Fur Seals,  as well as Great White Shark cage diving (an absolute thrill just down the road in Gansbaai).  Beyond the thrill of seeing these great animals of the sea, there are a myriad of other activities for the nature lover, including an all time favorite – laying out on one the spectacular beaches!  Of course there is enough in town to keep you busy as well.  Great galleries, local markets and restaurants will keep you occupied.  But, don’t forget that the reason you are coming here is to relax.

So you’ve read a bit of what you can do while you are in the area.  But, you may discover that you won’t be in such a hurry to get through your list once you arrive to Birkenhead House. It’s not a hotel, it’s a home.  In fact it’s like staying at your best friends place at the beach… that best friend that has exquisite taste and tends to your every wish.  The vibe here is chill.  Though you are in luxury, the atmosphere and staff are laid-back.  Lounging all day on the deck or kicking your feet up in the one of the many intimate living areas is totally normal and encouraged.  Here, you’ll fall asleep to the sound of soft waves in one of the eleven beautifully appointed rooms.  You’ll enjoy delicious meals and local wines as you wish, as the hotel is all inclusive.  Best of all, you’ll have time to relax and reflect while floating in their infinity pool which overlooks Walker Bay and beyond.  The sunsets here are magical!

Welcome to Hermanus and Gansbaai.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds, including this beautiful region!

Learn more about cage diving with the Great White Shark and why Marine Dynamics is our preferred supplier.

Birkenhead House.  Let us plan this bit of bliss into your South African holiday.  www.edenforyourworld.com.20140201-154703.jpg20140201-154710.jpg20140201-154717.jpg20140201-154723.jpg20140201-154730.jpg20140201-154736.jpg20140201-154744.jpg20140201-154751.jpg20140201-154757.jpg20140201-154804.jpg20140201-154809.jpg

20140201-154829.jpg

20140201-154836.jpg

20140201-154843.jpg

20140201-154851.jpg