JET SET EXPERIENCES: Enchanting Morocco

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Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert, exploring the Blue City of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, winding through the busy medinas in Fes and Marrakech, savoring freshly caught fish at the port in Essaouira, or simply sitting at a cafe sipping mint tea watching the flurry of activity: Morocco is reminiscent of a bygone era.

Life in Morocco still exists as it did thousands of years ago. Though highways and cell phones have been introduced, the Moroccan people have preserved century old family traditions, making this country both romantic and nostalgic. One would never suspect, while nestled quietly in your riad, that right outside was a bustling medina with snake charmers, overflowing spices, and locals selling handmade carpets, jewelry, and pottery. The energy of the merchants and the market place is enough to keep you up all night enjoying the evening food market where you can sample fresh squeezed juices, olives, couscous and tagines. Morocco mesmerizes with its enchanting wonders.

To plan your romantic Moroccan adventure contact Courtney Sheeley.

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: Feeling Irie in Jamaica

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Old school is the new cool, or so it would seem with the resurgence of Jamaica’s popularity. The 1950’s produced classical and colonial gems, like Round Hill, with timeless appeal that still lure sophisticated travelers today. However, figureheads like Chris Blackwell, best known as Bob Marley’s producer and founder of Island Records, have reimagined the Jamaican vacation. Blackwell’s aptly named Island Outposts showcase the lesser-known corners of the expansive island. Pantrepant, a two-bedroom cottage occupying hundreds of acres on the edge of ‘Cockpit Country’, beckons adventurers inland for an authentic experience of living off the land – literally.   For those seeking surf and sand, Rockhouse in Negril and Golden Eye in Oracabessa provide compelling alternatives. Irrespective of location, the distinct culture – a vibrant and dynamic music industry, an indigenous and soulful culinary tradition, and the originality of Rastafarianism – are what continue to make Jamaica a compelling destination.

To plan your own authentic Jamaican experience contact Julia Douglas.