JET SET EXPERIENCES: Chasing Powder in Japan

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For powder skiing fanatics, nothing beats falling asleep to a sustained snowfall certain to produce an epic powder day by morning. In Hokkaido, such an experience occurs more often than not from December through March, setting this destination apart in the predictability of its excellent conditions.

Skiing in Japan provides both an amazing mountain experience and an opportunity to understand and appreciate the quiet, kind Japanese culture.  Nestled in the mountains of the northern island of Hokkaido lie numerous resorts filled with like-minded adventurers seeking the famed fluffy flurries of snow. The gentle slopes and vast terrain provide memorable powder days for skiers of all abilities.

Following an exhilarating day on the slopes, a warm bowl of spicy ramen and a soak of one’s weary legs in any of the many onsens (natural spring pools) in the area provide a satisfying dose of local Japanese culture.  A stopover in Tokyo on the way there, back, or both will round out an exceptional vacation.

To book your own Hokkaido ski experience contact Lindsey Woodcock.

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JET SET EXPERIENCES: “No News No Shoes”

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Located on a tiny coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean you’ll find the ultimate barefoot paradise, which also happens to be the 2015 World’s Best Resort (according to TripAdvisor): Gili Lankanfushi. With just 45 villas, all of which are overwater, this Maldivian hideaway is a magical place. The island is characterized by the most beautiful shades of blue, perfect sunset skies and palm lined canopy walkways. Everywhere you look, and every corner you turn, you will find the most idyllic scenery.

From the moment you arrive to Gili Lankanfushi, you’ll be wishing you were staying longer. The attention to detail that goes into creating such an incredible resort is deliberate, but somehow feels effortless. Gili is the ultimate example of an eco-conscious property that captures the natural beauty of a destination, from bottling their own water, to banning plastic on the entire island, to growing the majority of their herbs, spices and vegetables in their own expansive organic garden.

Leave your worries at home and take a trip into the unknown to find out just how much sweeter life can be. To learn more, contact Michelle Gordon.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Five Star Adventure in South Africa

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With the South African Rand (SAR) hitting an all time low, current exchange rates make now an excellent time to plan your luxury safari to South Africa.

Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa, offers the best combination of uninterrupted land and game density. It also boasts some of the most exclusive camps to be found in all of Africa. The unique mix of superior service, haute cuisine, diverse wildlife, and luxury accommodations will deliver a highly memorable and unparalleled experience. Each camp has its own unique attributes, from bush breakfasts overlooking a pod of hippos, to star gazing from your outdoor bed, to observing elephants drinking from your private plunge pool.

To reap the benefits of five star accommodations in South Africa paralleling the density of wildlife in the bush there, contact Courtney Sheeley.