JetSet Hotels: Minaret Station Luxury Tented Lodge, Lake Wanaka New Zealand

Hidden in the remote Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, near Queenstown and on the shores of Lake Wanaka sits Minaret Station, the country’s first and only luxury tented lodge.  Minaret provides a unique combination of alpine adventure with comfort, style and relaxation. Activities abound year round, including fly fishing, heli skiing, hiking, water activities, biking, and food and wine pursuits. For those seeking a truly local experience, mustering assistance is welcomed on this 65,000 acre working sheep farm. Guests’ experiences are tailored by personal guides and designed for all ages and abilities.

The accommodations exceed every luxury imaginable. Canvas tented suites boast wall to wall sheepskin carpet, a private deck with personal hot tub, plush king or twin bedding, and large open windows framing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. A main lodge invites guests to relax or converse in two separate living areas, with open fires and first class dining experiences. The Mountain Kitchen features fresh local produce prepared as modern European cuisine, seamlessly paired with selections from the extensive cellar and bar. Guests can dine together or in the privacy of their suite (Tip – request that the kitchen prepare a gourmet picnic and set out for a day of exploring!)

With crystal clear waters, rainforests, green fields, mountains, wildlife and glaciers beckoning visitors, and luxurious tented appointments seducing guests, it’s no wonder Minaret provides the perfect complement to any New Zealand itinerary.

To plan your custom New Zealand adventure, contact Monika Weinsoft at or 312-574-1184

JetSet Hotels: The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Rajasthan India

Tucked just beyond the world-famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve you’ll find the first luxury jungle resort in India.   The Oberio Vanyavilas combines a picture-perfect rugged jungle setting with lavishly tented accommodations.

Vanyavilas has 25 well-appointed tents spread out over 20 acres.  Once you step foot into your tent you’ll enjoy all the amenities of a five star resort.  Each tent is air-conditioned, spans an area of 790 sqft and complete with a king-size four-poster bed and elegant baths.  Outside you can enjoy sunbathing on your private deck, which is surrounded by a large private walled garden.

When you’re not relaxing in the comforts of your accommodations, fill your days exploring the jungle around you.  You’ll have a chance to enjoy a jungle safari where you’ll see the elusive tigers living in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.  On property you’ll enjoy the lakefront spa center, yoga classes and locally grown produce from the hotel’s garden.

Classy and luxurious, The Oberio Vanyavilas is far from roughing it.  Contact Michelle Pragnell today at or 312-574-1185 to plan your jungle safari retreat.

JetSet Hotels: Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle Thailand

This is likely the most exotic and intimate Four Seasons property in the world. With only 15 luxurious tents (I recommend Tent 14 with a private hot tub on the balcony and a view of elephants grazing below), the Four Seasons Golden Triangle is set deep in the jungle in northern Thailand very near the boarders of Burma (Myanmar) to the North and Laos to the East.

Guests come to experience the elephants up close and personal (learn how to ride and bathe them like a traditional mahut or fancy a game of elephant-back polo?) but also for a jungle trek to discover the fascinating hill-tribe natives, shop the local crafts along the Mekong River (textiles, weaving, cravings and silver work), and cross the bridge to Burma on foot to provide an offering at a local Buddhist Temple.   Of course in Four Seasons style you will retreat to luxury after a day of excursion; private wine cellar dinner or group dinner at Nong Yao Restaurant; your choice!  Three to four day itineraries available (fully inclusive programs) – a splurge worth every dime.

For more information contact Lauren Maggard: or (312) 574-1186.