JetSet owner Julia Douglas’s favorite way to experience Africa is to combine bush and beach. After several days spent on safari, the Kenya and Tanzania coast is calling.
Discover barefoot luxury at the North Island in the Seychelles. Eleven private guest villas have been crafted from local materials, fusing luxury and simplicity. Coming soon to the Seychelles is the posh Four Seasons Desroches. Located on the remote Mirante—a 35-minute flight from Mahé—explore nine miles of white beach. One of our favorites to add on to South Africa experience is Mozambique’s &Beyond Benguerra. Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago, the lodge is located on a protected marine conservation area, with dare-to-leave-me beaches and unspoiled coral reefs.
Visit Fregate Island—a stunning jewel of the Seychelles that’s home to 2,200 free-roaming Giant Aldabra tortoises, and is a Banyan Hill estate on a completely secluded peninsula.
Coined the Hamptons of South America, Jose Ignacio fuses both glamour and grit. Beat the crowds in early December or late February, and get prepped for ocean bliss, posh beach clubs, biking, wine and olive oil tastings, horse back riding, polo, boutique-hopping, and surfing.
– Bahia Vik. An oceanfront, art-centric hotel with incredible cuisine and a variety of room options.
– Estancia Vik. This Spanish colonial ranch is just minutes from the beach. Think countryside views—and the ideal complement to a beach stay at Bahia Vik.
– Or, book a private, beachside home fully serviced with a chef and housekeeping team.
– Wine tasting and vineyard dining is the order of the day here, with easy access to top regional vineyards.
– Garzon by Francis Mallman is worth the 40-minute scenic drive from Jose Ignacio. Source-to-fork fare and incredible seafood.
– The rustic-chic Narbona Wine Lodge is located in a historic Estancia. Sip wine from the vineyard and sample handcrafted cheese.
“Research” the friendly rivalry between Argentina and Uruguay on who has the best barbecue. Uruguayans claim their Parilla restaurants are tops.
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Departing January 24, 2018
Sailing the Indian Ocean involves more than white sand beaches and crystal clear seas (though, yes please!). During this 11-night expedition cruise with Silversea, transcend the traditional itinerary to an inspired corner of the world and discover uninhabited islands and villages. Shore excursions include stops in Hanifaru Bay, Uligamu Island, Parumal Par Reef, and Beypor, among others.
– Visit the tiny, uninhabited Olhugiri Islandan. Olhugiri is one of two islands in the entire Maldives with regular roosting frigate birds.
– Uligamu Island is a yacht hotbed for accessing the Arabian Sea, and the first in the Maldives to use a combination of renewable energies via wind turbines and solar panels in a micro grid.
– Perumal Par is home to some of the most beautiful and virgin reefs in the world.
– Witness a Kalaripayattu performance—traditional combat training. Rituals include the worship of Hindu Gods inside the Kalari arena. Afterward, lunch with celebrity chef Faiza Moosa.
– Navigate the “Venice of the East,” located south of Cochin between the Arabian Sea and Lake Vembanad.
The 128-guest Silver Discoverer is your sleek floating headquarters. Expect spacious, all ocean-view ultra-luxe suites (nearly all with private verandas), butler service, and a fleet of 12 zodiacs and a glass-bottomed boat. Exclusive JETSET perks include a $250 shipboard credit.
While at Vilanjam, visit the largest wooden palace in India. The16th century palace—which used to feed 2000 people daily—celebrates Keralan architecture, with antique interiors and sculpted décor.
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