JetSet Destinations: Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island)

Easter Island is not only one of the most remote islands one may visit – it is historically fascinating and topographically beautiful. Its 63 square miles, roughly the size of Staten Island, is predominantly volcanic resulting in dramatic land and seascapes.  With only 5,000 locals – and 6,700 wild horses  – the islanders welcome visitors with open arms and broken English.

Easily combinable with Chile (a 5 hour flight from Santiago) or even French Polynesia (a 6 hour flight from Papeete), this extremely isolated Polynesian Island is brimming with rich local culture, captivating history, and more recently, luxury lodges. Days are spent learning the fascinating and still disputed history of the tribes that inhabited the island some thousands of years ago and their quest to build the famed Moai statues that scatter the island.

Beyond the archeological wonders, there is plenty to do: hiking caves and volcanoes, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain biking, surfing, lazing on the pink and black sand beaches, sampling the infamous tuna empanadas, exploring the colorful Hanga Roa cemetery, or observing a traditional dance performance.

The place to stay: Explora Rapa Nui.  Rates at this luxurious LEED certified lodge include all guided activities, gourmet cuisine, top shelf refreshments – and unlimited oxygen.

Customize your own adventure with Lauren Maggard:

JetSet Destinations: Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a year-round destination offering amazing culture, architecture and tradition. A  2.5 hour flight from Houston, this charming jaunt is just a short plane ride away making it the perfect weekend getaway or destination for a group gathering.  Many of the colonial-era buildings, dating back to the 16th century, have now been restored and turned into galleries, museums, hotels and restaurants, setting the architectural backdrop for a vibrant Mexican atmosphere.

Jet Set is proud to collaborate with our amazing on-ground partner Journey Mexico to bring you a one-of-a-kind experience that provides complete immersion in the culture and activities of this incredible destination.

Relax in the charming accommodations of the 7-room boutique hotel, Casa Oaxaca, where the traditional rooms are decorated with local, artisan products.  The hotel features an eloquent library, steam and herbal baths and private yoga classes.  From this central location, admire the beautiful architecture of the buildings in the Centro Historico, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Spend the days exploring the archeological site of Monte Alban, which features terraces, dams, canals and pyramids that mark a succession of civilizations spanning over 1500 years.  Wander the various craft markets and shops showcasing ceramics, textile, woodcarvings and tin work or delve deeper and visit the local villages to witness the craftspeople at work.  We can even arrange a private lunch at the home of one of the artisans where you will dine as their guest on authentic Oaxacan cuisine.

Jet Set Exclusive: Meet top chef Alejandro Ruiz for a jaunt through the local market, selecting fresh ingredients for a culinary adventure complete with preparation of a savory meal and a tasting of the traditional “drink of the gods”, mescal.

Jet Set Tip:  Don’t miss dining at Como Aqua Para Chocolate, inspired by the novel Like Water for Chocolate offering spectacular dishes and a selection of traditional Oaxacan moles!

Contact Lindsey Woodcock to plan your own unique Oaxacan getaway!

JetSet Destinations: Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, situated at an elevation of 12,500 feet in the Andes Mountains on the Bolivian border of Peru, is a magical and mystical destination.  Though the landscape is alluring, its residents are most intriguing.

The Uros people have lived on an island of floating reeds since the Incas expanded onto their land hundreds of years ago.   Their lifestyle and subsistence is basic.  They make their living from fishing, selling their reed handicrafts, and weaving beautiful textiles.  Bright colors are dominate as the Uros believe the rainbow harmonizes people and nature – and ultimately leads to heaven.  Thus, their vibrant clothing sends a message to the gods that they are happy.

Titilaka is equally vibrant with 18 uniquely styled lake view rooms, Relais & Chateaux gourmet cuisine, and unlimited exploration offered in their fully inclusive experience.  The magic transcends the destination and engulfs those fortunate enough to visit this remote corner of the country.

Immerse yourself!  Let Jill Taylor design your Andean adventure: