South Africa: A World in One Country

There is no other country in Africa, and few anywhere else in the world, that offers as much beauty and diversity as South Africa does. South Africa has something for everyone – from the Gold Gateway City of Johannesburg, to cosmopolitan Cape Town, the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine regions, and the epic game reserves rich

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An Invitation to Ireland

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit already, Ireland should be the next must-see destination to cross off your bucket list. Regardless of the season, you will always receive Caed Mile Failte, or a hundred thousand welcomes! Your palate will be impressed with the cuisine options ranging from local pub favorites to haute cuisine

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A Whale’s Tale

Every year like clockwork, something amazing and environmentally precious occurs in the warm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. Multiple species of whales migrate over 5,000 miles from the cold northern waters of Alaska and the Arctic to mate and give birth. Blue and Humpback whales occupy the southernmost tip of Baja and the

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Balance Mind and Body at Belmond Cap Juluca

As a self-admitted massage junkie, I never miss the chance to visit a spa! Ranging from Conde Nast’s Top 10 Spas in North America in 2017, to Relais and Châteaux, to my at home favorites – I consider myself very well versed in the world of massages. So when the opportunity arose to stay at

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Adventures in Anguilla

On the verge of another polar vortex in Pittsburgh, I could not have been more excited to spend a few days in Anguilla at one of Belmond’s newest takeover and restoration properties (formerly Cap Juluca – now Belmond Cap Juluca). A perfect escape for anyone looking for a retreat from winter (especially those on the

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Deplar Farm: Exploring Iceland’s Troll Peninsula

I admit that I love winter – bring on the sub-zero temperatures, the snowfall and frozen landscapes. As long as you are prepared with adequate layers and outdoor gear and have a crackling fire to retreat to, there is nothing more beautiful than a bluebird winter’s day outside! Some may think me crazy, but in

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The Wonderful World of Belmond in Botswana

‘We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.’ Often the anticipation of something you are looking forward to can build expectations that are near impossible to fulfill. For me, travel has always been the exception. After my first visit to Africa over 10 years ago, I had promised myself that

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Subtle Discoveries in Peru

Boarding the plane in Miami, I could hardly contain my excitement. After five hours and 40 minutes, we landed in Lima. Located on the coast of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Lima is the gateway to all of our excursions in Peru. After a night in the city and tour of Lima’s churches, convents and the

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Madeira – Paradise Perfected

After visiting the mainland of Portugal, I made my way to the island of Madeira for a few days and stayed at the iconic Reid’s Palace, a Belmond property. The hotel’s tagline is “paradise perfected in a clifftop haven,” and I certainly agree. Steeped in history, Reid’s Palace has been the hospitality jewel of the

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Experience the Portuguese Capital like a Local

Lisbon is known as “Europe’s West Coast” and is the second oldest capital in Europe after Athens. Given the blending of traditional heritage with striking modernism, it’s no wonder Lisbon has so much to offer. Travelers are often so caught up in their list of sights to see, that they miss some of the most

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