JetSet Jewel: M/V Aqua Mekong

As two of the hottest and most desired travel destinations, Vietnam and Cambodia could not be beat. From the historic temples of Angkor Wat, to the loveable and charming villages along the Mekong River, what better way to discover these Southeast Asian gems than by a beautifully built cruising vessel?

Known for their sleek and luxurious designs, creative local cuisine, and innovative itineraries, Aqua Expeditions offer a unique and specialized river cruising experience in some of the less-explored parts of the world. Launching in early 2014, guests aboard the 20-suite Aqua Mekong cruise ship, can experience Asia like never before. Whether floating along for 3, 4, or 7 nights, every moment will create memories of the inspiring beauty this region has to offer. (Tip: this is the perfect add on to a longer SE Asia itinerary!)

We suggest you keep this at the top of your 2014 travel wish list! Please contact Jet Set World Travel for more information and to discover more about this unique voyage:

JetSet Hotels: qualia, Hamilton Island Australia

The remote Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, Australia offer the perfect balance of relaxation, romance, adventure, and genuine Australian hospitality and charm. At the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and just a short flight from the mainland is Hamilton Island, an idyllic oasis boasting a variety of activities and accommodations.

At the pinnacle of these accommodation choices is qualia, located on the secluded northernmost tip of the island. In Latin, qualia means a collection of deep sensory experiences, and each detail of this resort has been coordinated to ensure that is exactly what you will experience during your stay. The accommodations consist of standalone pavilions that are perfectly blended with natural beauty and space, including elegantly designed living rooms, bedrooms and sweeping patios, complete with private plunge pools. Adding to this indulging experience are the spacious bathrooms with deep sinking tubs and private outdoor showers.

qualia boasts two exclusive restaurants, two infinity pools, a library, two bars and a fitness center. The adventurous can find snorkeling, diving, bushwalking, 4WD safari tours, sailing, and helicopter tours and those looking to explore the island can do so in the personal golf buggies.

Adding to this diverse experience, Hamilton Island recently opened the only 18-hole championship golf course on its own island. The Hamilton Island Golf Club, just a 5-minute ferry ride away, has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best courses in the world.

Hamilton Island has succeeded at providing something for everyone, without having a one-size-fits-all travel experience and a stay at qualia ensures that all of your senses are truly spoiled.

To plan your adventure ‘Down Under’, contact Monika Weinsoft:

JetSet Experiences: No News, No Shoes

I listen to the sails struggling to support the passing wind that also cools my sun soaked skin.  The gentle rocking as the waves roll below – I am lulled in to the most relaxed state.

There is a real luxury – and art – to “doing nothing”.  Learning to simply “be” requires discipline.  When this state is embraced, the ultimate gift is awarded: sheer contentment.  And in this environment void of noise pollution, troubling news, and endless to dos, one has time and space to reconnect with those most near and dear.

Adrift at sea, unplugged from the real world, I find my battery completely recharged. For four blissful days I went exactly where the wind took me.  No check-in desk.  No registration forms to complete.  Not even a “do not disturb” sign.  There were no decisions to make.  I was left only to contemplate where I would lounge aboard our gorgeous 62’ Lagoon Catamaran, Foxy Lady.  Would I read the latest issue of Vanity Fair or catch up on business reading in “Good to Great”?  Perrier or Red Stripe?  Coldplay or Bob Marley?  Paddleboarding or kayaking?  Decisions, decisions.

In my quest to sail the seven seas, my yachting experiences have spanned the Cyclades in Greece, the Aeolian Islands in Italy, and the British Virgin Islands – traditionally bareboating with friends.  However, my most recent experience was “crewed”.  I did not lift a finger, and loved every second of it!

Renewed, recharged, revitalized – I return to Chicago, blanketed in snow, and remember the warmth that enveloped me only days ago.  I stare out at the falling flakes and dream of my next exploit– sailing the famously fabled and far flung French Polynesia.

I invite you to share your own yachting fantasy and I’ll help make it a reality: Julia Douglas – – 312-574-1181