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.
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.
Sri Lanka, located off the coast of southern India, is an island full of mystery that begs to be discovered. In addition to its diverse culture, peaceful beaches, lush landscapes and passionate locals, Sir Lanka boasts innumerable UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is home to the world’s largest population of leopards, which are found in Yala National Park.
A visit to Sri Lanka calls for a few days of exploring the city of Kandy and visiting some of its temples and historical sites. One of the most popular is Sigiriya, which is quite literally a massive column of rock stretching nearly 660 feet upwards in the middle of the surrounding hill country. It’s home to a World Heritage-listed ancient city where you may climb to the top for unbelievable views!
Kandy is a vibrant city and the Stone House Lodge is the ideal address to spend a couple of nights. Its unique location set on a plateau lets you escape the hustle and bustle below while you relax and disconnect.
Another must-see location is Hatton, home to Ceylon Tea Trails. This Relais & Chateaux resort is comprised of four luxurious colonial bungalows that are connected via walking trails through the stunning Ceylon tea gardens.
To discuss and design your own authentic exploration through Sri Lanka, please contact Michelle.