The future of luxury travel

The 21st Century has brought many surprises, and now there’s another in store… the Hyperloop Hotel, where you travel to different exciting destinations without ever having to leave your hotel room. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Who would have believed it possible? A hotel room that is actually a pod in which you can travel from one city to the next without ever having to pack? Well, it’s about to happen. It will cost in the region of $130 million to build, but the Hyperloop Hotel could well be the next generation of luxury travel, the opportunity to vacation without ever having to pack up, take a plane or a bus or a train…

 

This concept is the brainchild of graduate architectural student Brandon Siebrecht, from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. His innovative Hyperloop Hotel concept would connect to 13 of the USA’s largest cities, including San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago and Washington. The ‘hotel’ is designed so that it will connect to hotels in all of these cities via a high-speed transit system that Siebrecht suggests be developed by Elon Musk. The concept aims to transport travelers to the city of their choice without them ever having to leave the comfort of their hotel room. No packing, not much effort… it sounds like a dream come true.

 

Siebrecht entered a competition together with 64 other aspiring architects earlier in 2017. He received the ‘Radical Innovation Award’ for his innovative concept, an annual award given to the person who comes up with the most imaginative, futuristic hotel design. Siebrecht’s inspiration was DevLoop, a test track that was made functional for a project called Hyperloop located just outside Las Vegas. Apparently, Elon Musk and his team have been conducting trials to estimate the capacity to transport people from one Hyperloop hotel to another in a pod like vehicle in a vacuumed pod at a speed of up to 750 miles per hour. If the system proves successful, it would transport passengers from, say, Philadelphia to New York in just 10 minutes.

 

What’s more, this won’t cost a hefty sum. It’s expected that there will be a flat fee for guests to travel from one city to the next of $1,200. This does not include the cost of spending a night in the hotel room, of course. That’s extra. It’s estimated that it will cost in the region of $10 million to build each pod, or room. These will be made from recycled shipping containers, transformed into luxurious hotel rooms complete with office area, living area with flat-screen TV, spacious bedroom and luxury bathroom.

At the present time, the technology to build this futuristic system has still to be created. According to Siebrecht, it should be possible within the next five to 10 years. The entire project would be managed via a customized app, so that travelers can visit a number of cities in a day if they wish.

 

If you would like to find out more about this innovative project and the man who created it, as well as keep up to date about what’s happening regarding the Hyperloop Hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us now, info@baroquetravel.com and we will keep you updated with all the details.

Bucket list adventures in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Viewing the Big Five twice over in a matter of days is an expected experience when you visit Kenya’s magnificent Masai Mara. Viewing wild animals from a hot air balloon is another experience entirely. Baroque Travel visits this special part of Kenya and shares a few bucket list adventures

 

Karen Blixen was the author of the famous book about her life in Africa, called Out of Africa, which was made into a movie that was just as legendary, with Meryl Streep as the star. One of the best places to stay in the Mara is a safari lodge named after her – Karen Blixen Camp is a luxury tented camp that has the added advantage of being completely eco-friendly (solar energy is just one of its many energy-efficient projects). It also boasts an unmatched location next to a river, where animals come to drink. Here, overlooking the African plains, one sees buffalo basking in the sun, crocodiles fast asleep, giraffe bending their skinny legs into an awkward V to reach the water with their long necks and drink.

 

In the Mara, visitors spend their days exploring the plains, viewing warthogs and zebra grazing, lions like fat cats asleep with full bellies, hippo, buffalo, leopards, lions, elephants, cheetah...  The Mara is a treasure trove, the Big Five just some of its gems.

 

Kenya is a safari heaven, the vast variety of wildlife its biggest treat. And when you come to the Mara in winter, the weather is still balmy, the Masai people just as colorful and friendly, and the spectacle even more breathtaking. This is the time of the migration, when vast herds of wildebeest and other animals head from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya through the Mara. Of course, like any main attraction in the wilds, there are setbacks. There’s no times set for the migration. Some days it happens, and on others the animals aren’t seen at all. It’s a waiting game with the prize a chance to see hundreds or thousands of animals crossing a river fast and furiously.

 

This time round, it’s early in July and the migration isn’t in full swing yet. There are more than a hundred wildebeest grazing peacefully in a field, but the highlight is more likely to be a leopard sunning its belly after a kill, a herd of zebra dancing in the tall grass, a mother lion and her cubs playing on a hilltop.

 

A highlight of a visit to this beautiful slice of paradise is a very early morning wake up call followed by a drive to Governor’s Camp in the Mara. From here, you embark on a glorious 45-minute game-viewing journey up in the sky, in a hot air balloon. As the sun rises, the colors of the landscape lighten, the animals below you come out to play, to graze, to drink, to wander.

 

You have a bird’s eye view of one of the greatest spectacles on earth – animals living in their natural habitat enjoying their daily life. There is nothing more satisfying, nothing more beautiful, nothing more fulfilling.

 

From gourmet meals under a starlit sky to breakfasts in the bush, dancing with Masai warriors to showering in the outdoors, a visit to Kenya’s Masai Mara is an incomparable bucket list experience.

 

If you would like to find out more about a vacation in Kenya at any time of the year, or about a trip to the Masai Mara, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, and we will give you all the information you require to enjoy a superlative safari experience, info@baroquetravel.com.

Dubai’s new Marsa Al Arab project

Dubai is to get a brand new project, the Marsa Al Arab located near the famous Burj Al Arab, which will include two luxury islands on either side of the hotel. Baroque Access finds out all about it

 

The brand new Marsa Al Arab project in Dubai will see the famous Burj Al Arab hotel become even more of a landmark, as it will include two luxury islands located on either side of the hotel. The project, which breaks ground in June, will include hotels, theaters, shops, a marina, an entire business district plus luxury villas and residences, is expected to be complete by late 2020.

 

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Marsa Al Arab will spread across four million square feet of land including the two islands, one of which will comprise a family friendly tourist destination with hotels and entertainment including Wild Wadi Waterpark, which already exists and will be relocated, while the second luxury island, which will be private, will be built on the left-hand-side of the Burj Al Arab hotel, which is operated by Jumeirah. It will feature 140 luxury villas, a boutique hotel and a private marina.

 

Also part of the project is a Marine Park that will feature a theatre with seating for 1,000 people. There, visitors will be able to interact with aquatic animals and fish. There will be a second theatre on the island that can seat up to 1,700 people – this will be home to Cirque du Soleil. In addition, the Dubai Pearl Museum showcasing rare and ancient pearls from the region will be built on the island. It will include a functioning pearl farm and a boutique hotel that is pearl-inspired.

 

Marsa Al Arab’s shopping area will be built where the Wild Wadi Water Park is currently located. Aside from numerous shops, it will also include 300 seafront residential apartments on the island’s 2.2km beachfront. All of the hotels in the new project are expected to add 2,400 hotel rooms to Jumeirah Group’s portfolio of hotels.

 

If you would like to find out more about this innovative and extraordinary new project, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require, whether you’re interested in purchasing one of the residential properties or villas, starting a business or store on the island, or just want to know about it.

Wimbledon in style

The magnificent Milestone Hotel in London is offering the ultimate getaway when Wimbledon is on. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

There’s only one way to experience Wimbledon, and that’s in unsurpassed luxury. Which is why we suggest a stay at the lavish Milestone Hotel plus two Center Court tickets to the Men’s Quarterfinals. Of course, Baroque Travel can arrange tickets to the Finals if we do all the bookings now, so that’s just a taste of what’s on offer if you decide to take advantage of this amazing offer.

 

This intimate boutique hotel is situated in the heart of London in a heritage II listed mansion. Staying here is like stepping back in time to a more glamorous era, where the service is personalized and the renowned 24-hour butlers are unmatchable. Offering stunning views overlooking Kensington Palace and its exquisite Gardens, the hotel is just a short stroll to Hyde Park, Harrods Department Store and the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Guest rooms are plush and individually designed, furnished with antiques, fresh flowers, fine fabrics and every modern facility, including flat-screen TV, DVD player, en suite bathroom and treats that are replenished daily, such as homemade cookies, candles, seasonal fruits and candy.

 

Dining at the hotel’s Cheneston’s Restaurant is a gourmet treat with locally sourced and organic ingredients transformed into delectable delights. There’s also the intimate Stables Bar, which offers a stunning selection of more than 400 vintage wines. Or guests enjoy savoring a cocktail or two in the chic conservatory. And then there’s the legendary High Tea in the lounge…

 

So what can you expect when you stay at the Milestone during Wimbledon season? The Wimbledon special includes being transferred to and from the airport in a chauffeur-driven Bentley as well as transfers in the Bentley to all London destinations, three nights’ stay in a luxury suite (date includes 12 July for you to see the Men’s Quarterfinals), English breakfast daily that can be served in the restaurant or in your room by the butler.

 

On your first night you enjoy Champagne Lanson Sabrage and pre-dinner cocktails before enjoying a four-course candlelit dinner in the hotel’s intimate Oratory dining room that is paired with a selection of fine wines by the sommelier.

On the first day of your trip, you are taken on an hour-long private helicopter ride along the River Thames, enjoy a curated pre-public open tour of Kensington Palace, followed by a Champagne Lanson picnic in Kensington Gardens with a private butler.

 

On the second day, 12 July, you’re transferred in a chauffeur-driven Bentley to Wimbledon All England Club, where you enjoy a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of Wimbledon, including a visit to the Trophy Room. You then enjoy a Full-day Hospitality Package while watching the Men’s Quarterfinals, sitting in the Centre Court . Afterwards, you return to the hotel in the Bentley and enjoy post-match ‘Smoking Old Fashioned’ cocktails in the Milestone’s Stables Bar.

 

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On your third day you enjoy a bespoke shopping experience that includes two tailored shirts at Turnbull & Asser and a fitting for a pair of ladies’ shoes at Jimmy Choo. Afterwards there’s a private tasting of six Lanson Champagnes at Champagne Lanson in Mayfair, followed by lunch for two at The English Grill Restaurant facing the Royal Mews.

 

If you would like to enjoy this very exclusive Wimbledon package, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. Contact us right away to ensure you can take advantage of this very special getaway to Wimbledon and The Milestone, info@baroquetravel.com

Unique safari in Zambia

If you’re looking for an African safari that has it all, we have found it for you. Spend seven glorious days and nights in Zambia at a luxury lodge hosted by some of the most acclaimed guides, photographers and naturalists on the continent. Baroque Travel can organize this for you

 

 

Explore Zambia’s legendary South Luangwa National Park as guest of some of Africa’s most famous photographers, naturalists and guides. Stay at the magical Mfuwe Lodge with these esteemed experts including the elephants that live at the lodge, who are the highlight of a stay here. You will embark on a journey of discovery into the vast wilderness of this famous national park, learn about the magic of the stars in the skies above you at night and learn all about the complexities that face nature conservation today in this wildlife paradise.

 

Each morning guests awaken at dawn and enjoy game viewing when it’s still cool and the light is picture-perfect. After a hearty breakfast, they embark on safari in four-wheel drive vehicles in search of photo opportunities. Meals are either superb dishes served at the lodge or enjoyed as a picnic. After a welcome afternoon nap, guests can relax or be pampered at the Bush Spa, soak up the sun by the pool or read a book. After mid-afternoon tea and snacks, there are evening game drives before returning to the lodge for sundowners and a superb dinner.

 

This is the ideal opportunity to enjoy learning about life in the wilds, watching the animals that live in their natural habitat (including the elephants at the lodge) and finding out all about photography at the same time. In addition, accommodation is comfortable and luxurious, the food is excellent, service is personalized and the knowledge you will glean is something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

 

The trip features professional advice on photography, learning about astronomy and wildlife conservation, which includes talks and presentations on preserving Zambia’s wildlife heritage. Guests can also enjoy visits to learn more about the community, how they live and work. They will visit a craft center to watch local artisans and artists at work, and have the opportunity to purchase their wares as gifts and souvenirs.
 

If you would like to experience a unique photographic safari in Zambia, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we can give you all the information you require about this exceptional vacation, or assist you with making your reservations. If you are interested in finding out about other African safaris, we can assist with those as well.

Create your own wine in Australia

What better way to enjoy a vacation Down Under? Baroque Access finds out all about the $100,000 vacation that includes creating your own wine in Australia’s scenic Barossa Valley

 

If you enjoy the finer things in life, especially wine, you can create your very own vintage in Australia’s Barossa Valley with the Home of St Hugo’s Sainthood Fine Wine Experience. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a newbie, you will be able to enjoy a unique vacation where you get to create your very own wine legacy by choosing a row of grapevines that will be named after you. A permanent name-plate is then placed on these particular vines. Once the grapes from these vines are harvested, you will have your very own red wine blend crafted by St Hugo Winemaker Daniel Swincer in your name.

 

Once the wine has matured, a portion of your bespoke St Hugo wine is poured into a specially designed hand-blown Australian artisan glass vessel. This exquisite vessel is then kept in the vault at St Hugo, where only you will have access via your personal fingerprints. This personalized wine is then blended, bottled and finally, after three years, it is delivered to your home.

 

This innovative and exclusive 3-day experience brought to you by St Hugo’s in the Barossa Valley, includes luxury five star accommodation in the city of Adelaide, as well as in the heart of the Barossa Valley. You also enjoy a private chartered flight to the wine estate, and a private tour of the vineyard when you get there, followed by private wine tastings in St Hugo’s underground bottle cellar of the finest old vintages of the estate’s spectacular vintages. You also enjoy a fine meal created by the estate’s Executive Chef, Mark McNamara.

 

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There is no better way to mark an important milestone in your life than with your very own wine blend. Each time you want to celebrate something special, a wine ambassador from St Hugo will hand-deliver a bottle of your private blend to your home.

 

St Hugo wine estate is located in the most distinguished region for Cabernet Sauvignon wines, the Coonawarra region in Australia. This exceptional bespoke experience is priced at $100,000 for two people traveling. It is only available to an elite few who can afford to experience one of life’s finest pleasures when they join the exclusive ranks of top St Hugo winemakers and create their own bespoke private red wine blend.

 

To whet your appetite for the magnificent wines that are being created in your name, St Hugo offers visitors a selection of the estate’sfinest vintages to take home as a souvenir.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this exclusive experience, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, so that we can arrange your trip to Australia to create your own vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. If you are already sold on the idea and would like to organize your trip to Australia including your bespoke wine experience, let our sister company, Baroque Travel, assist. Mail them now, info@baroquetravel.com, and they will make all your travel arrangements for you.

The Ferrari of trains will take you on a trip through Japan

It could be a Ferrari, but it isn’t. Despite being created by the same designer, the Train Suite Shiki-shima is very much a locomotive – and a most luxurious one at that. Baroque Travel finds out all about a journey on Japan’s most luxurious train

 

Bucket list experiences are high on the list of those who can afford to have them. And we have one of these, a one-of-a-kind train journey on the Ferrari of trains, the brand new Train Suite Shiki-shima, which offers the most incredibly luxurious train trip imaginable through Japan. What’s more, this magnificent locomotive could really be a Ferrari – it’s been designed by the very same man who created the Ferrari Enzo, as well as the Porsche AG and the magnificent Maserati Quattroporte.

 

We’re talking about Ken Kyoyuki Okuyama, who previously worked at both General Motors and Porsche AG. This is the first locomotive that this master has created, and it’s full of impressive luxury touches, all in true Japanese style. There are tatami mats in the bedrooms, the lounge has been designed to resemble a tranquil Japanese forest and service is beyond impeccable.

 

The luxurious Train Suite Shiki-shima can carry a maximum of just 34 passengers, who will embark on a journey of a lifetime. When the train was initially announced, people flocked to book to be its first passengers. There was so much interest in the train, that tickets had to be sold on a lottery basis. But tickets for tours later this year will be sold via travel agents as well as the company itself, JR East.

 

Journeys on this impressive locomotive are either one, two- or three-night adventures, exploring Japanese sites such as Naruko Hot Springs, the intricately detailed Nikko Toshugu Shrine and the impressive Hirosaki Castle. Passengers on these and other excursions will get to see how local craftsmen create their artistic products, and will savor dishes traditionally served in the regions that they are visiting.

 

But aside from learning about a side of Japan that is relatively unexplored, passengers on board the Train Suite Shiki-shima will also enjoy a ride on this luxurious, ultra-modern train.

Because of its exclusivity and superior standard of luxury, a journey on Train Suite Shiki-shima won’t come cheap. A two-day journey will cost in the region of $2,900 per person, while a four-day sojourn will be anything from $6,800. And remember, that’s for a standard suite. A deluxe suite will cost much more, whilst the Shiki-shima suite is the most expensive on the train.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the unique journeys available on this extraordinary train, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will give you all the information you require, and can also book your journey on the Train Suite Shika-shima. If you need travel arrangements made to get you to and from Japan, we can organize this for you as well.

The perfect private vacation in Italy

Baroque Villas spotlights the magnificent Amalfi Coast of Italy, 30 miles of bold, colorful, breathtaking coastline where you can rent a villa this summer

 

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The Amalfi Coast offers a visual feast when it comes to spectacular scenery with its picture-perfect pastel houses clinging to limestone cliffs, charming villages full of lively cafes and great shopping, and an incomparable, vibrant nightlife that attracts the famous, the chic and the glamorous in droves.

 

Our two favorite towns of the many dotted along this stunning coastline are Amalfi and Positano, both exceptional choices for a villa vacation in Italy. Both towns are ideal as bases from which to explore the amazing Amalfi Coast’s pretty villages, beaches, restaurants and sights. They also offer excellent entertainment and dining options, so that those who just want to relax can stay put and have a fun-filled vacation.

 

What makes a villa vacation such a perfect choice is that the private luxury villa is an absolutely peaceful retreat, a haven to return to after a day’s sightseeing or soaking up the sun on the beach. Staying in your own villa means you don’t have to fight to get a restaurant reservation; your personal chef can prepare you something delicious for dinner every night of the week, if you like. It’s the ultimate indulgence to enjoy a comfortable, secluded, bespoke getaway in the summer, without the crowds.

 

Amalfi:

The largest and most historic town on the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi has a breathtaking setting. The town’s grand piazza is filled with shops and restaurants and discovering the town’s many hidden gems is great fun. They include hidden staircases and tunnels, the old paper mill, the Sant’Andrea cathedral and the Museo Arsenale Amalfi, a medieval shipyard transformed into a museum.

 

Positano:

This unique and exciting town boasts sheer cliffs that drop down to famous Marina Grande beach, a lively atmosphere and winding narrow streets just waiting to be explored. Wherever you are in Positano you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the bay, and there is so much to see and do here, from relaxing in a charming café to shopping, dining at excellent restaurants and visiting the lively clubs. There are two lovely pebble beaches festooned with colorful umbrellas and loungers. Those staying here don’t mind the crowds come summertime, and can seek a respite by enjoying the Sentiero degli Dei hiking trails that link Positano to other quaint coastal towns.

 

If you would like to find out more about a stunning villa vacation on the Amalfi Coastline, let Baroque Villas assist. We will find you the perfect villa to suit the type of getaway you require, so mail now, info@baroquevillas.com. If you’d like us to assist with all your travel arrangements to Italy, let our sister company, Baroque Travel, assist. They can arrange everything for you, from car hire and flights to transfers, restaurant reservations and sightseeing. Email them, info@baroquetravel.com.

Travel through Japan on its most luxurious train

Japan’s newest, most luxurious train will be traveling through the Western part of the country from June 2017. Baroque Travel finds out all about West Japan Railway’s Twilight Express Mizukaze

 

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Offering “Superior quality with a touch of nostalgia”, the Twilight Express Mizukaze will start operating this summer, from 17 June 2017. The train is one of three new luxury trains that will be launched by Japanese railway companies this year. This luxurious 10-coach sleeper train offers accommodation for up to 30 passengers; it will offer journeys in Keihanshin, Sanin and Sanyo regions in western Japan. Two special observation cars with balconies at the front and the back will enable passengers to enjoy the sights as they travel in luxury.

 

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Designed with every possible facility, the new Mizukaze is refined, and offers a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. Passengers will enjoy an unforgettable experience on board, staying in suites, twin or single cabins that are offered in three classes. Designed by architect and interior designer Kazuya Ura in collaboration with industrial designer Tetsuo Fukuka, the interior is plush and comfortable.

 

Dining is a gourmet experience on Twilight Express Mizukaze, with seven chefs, all “masters of Japanese cuisine” to oversee all meals. The coaches are hybrid-diesel powered and battery-assisted motor-driven, allowing the train to run even without overhead wires.

 

This innovative train has been designed with the concept of being a luxury hotel on rails, taking passengers on scenic journeys across Western Japan. It will run from Kyoto and Osaka to Shimonoseki in the Yamaguchi Prefecture and return via coastal areas that lie on the Sea of Japan. Passengers can enjoy one or two night journeys on board. They will also have time to disembark for sightseeing tours.

 

Before the train even takes off on its first journey more than 2,000 reservations have been made for the summer months, between June and September 2017, proving that the Twilight Express Mizukaze is going to be a roaring success. And tickets don’t come cheap – one night in a cabin for two people will cost in the region of $2,400, while a night in a suite will set you back approximately $6,666.

 

But the price is well worth it for such an exceptional train journey: you can discover Japan’s allure from the comfort of a cabin that is as luxurious as any guest room in a top class hotel, enjoy breathtaking scenery and enjoy gourmet delights.

The name ‘Mizukaze’ translates to ‘fresh wind’ in English, and is also the word for a ‘joyous wind that brings fortune’. The train’s logo comprises an ‘M’ for Mizukaze and resembles a mountain range, with angels from the Twilight Express logo that symbolize the sweeping wind.

 

The Twilight Express Mizukaze’s planned routes

Sanyo Course (outbound) – 2 day tour from Kyoto and Osaka stations to Shimonoseki station via the Sanyo Main line. Sightseeing: Miyajimaguchi and Onomichi

Sanyo Course (Inbound) - 2-day tour from Shimonoseki station to Osaka and Kyoto stations. Sighteeing: Kurashiki and Iwukani

 

Sanin Course (Outbound) - 2-day tour from Kyoto and Osaka station to Shimonoseki station via the Sanin Main Line. Sightseeing: Kinosaki Onsen and Higashi-Hagi

-Sanin Course (Inbound) : 2-day tour from Shimonoseki station to Osaka and Kyoto stations via the Sanin Main Line. Sightseeing: Izumoshi and Tottori

 

Sanin and Sanyo Courses (Round tour) : 3-day circular tour from Kyoto and Osaka stations to Okayama station, Shinji/Matsue and Higashihama Station.

 

If you would like to book a trip to Japan to experience one of these unique, luxurious train journeys this summer, let Baroque Travel assist. We can make all your travel arrangements, including flights, a journey on the Twilight Express Mizukaze and any other reservations you require. Mail us right away while tickets on this new train are still available, info@baroquetravel.com.

Glamping in Kenya – like it’s never been done before

Enjoy the ultimate luxury safari at Kenya’s newest and most extraordinary safari lodge, Angama Mara, which is literally between heaven and earth. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Set on the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley in Kenya, this brand new creation from unconventional African luxury hotel brand andBeyond offers panoramic views that stretch forever across the Maasai Mara 300m below. The site, which is where the famous Hollywood film Out of Africa was filmed, is so breathtakingly beautiful that it has been described as being ‘between heaven and earth’.

 

The Maasai Mara is named in honor of the indigenous Maasai people who live here alongside a variety of wildlife including leopard, cheetah, the rare black rhino, lion, elephant and herds of buffalo, some 1,000-strong. Every year in July the famous Great Migration takes place, four months of the most awesome, unforgettable game viewing imaginable.

 

The Mara Triangle, where the lodge is located, is one of the most scarcely populated areas in the Masaai Mara, with very few lodges in this 500 square kilometer area, which is home to such a diversity of mammals and birds.

 

The new luxury safari lodge, Angama Mara, is located on a 700-hectare site, with its own lush forest, home to a variety of wildlife. Each of the magnificent modern tented suites, of which there are 30 in all, divided into two separate camps of 15 on each side, offer stunning 180-degree views from their 1.2 km cliff-side location over the Rift Valley below. Each camp has its own kitchen, dedicated staff and separate guest area where one can dine, drink, relax or read a book from the library. Between the camps is a public area with swimming pool, fitness area and shop. For guests, everything is within a 10-minute walk.

 

Unrivalled exclusivity is the name of the game at this stunning establishment, which also features a private airfield and a track that leads directly down into the Reserve.

 

A stay at Angama Mara is a never-ending spectacle of beauty provided by nature. All of the tented suites have three canvas sides and an 11 m wide floor-to-ceiling glass window in the front offering exceptional views. The suites feature a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area and spacious wooden deck. Luxury additions include Wi-Fi, superb guest amenities, a collection of books on East Africa to browse through and a tablet with all the guests’ personal information on it.

 

Guests can sleep with the sliding doors wide open enjoying the fresh air and sounds of the wild. Meshed doors are latched for safety, but still allow the outside world in. Sunrise is an unforgettable, unique spectacle every morning, as hot air balloons float by, taking people on a game-viewing adventure from a most unique vantage-point.

 

Aside from being located exactly where part of the film Out of Africa was shot, the lodge’s dramatic guest areas are reminiscent of the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi, which was built in 1917 and was featured extensively in the film. The area has no clearly defined dining-room, living room or bar; all are inter-connected. It also features an extensive deck overlooking the Rift Valley offering endless views. Here too is the Fitness Room which features state-of-the-art equipment and an infinity pool that is solar-heated with loungers.

 

Life at the lodge is leisurely and full of numerous experiences, including game viewing safaris in four by four vehicles, hot air balloon rides, walking safaris, relaxing or learning about the fascinating Maasai culture. Rates, which are approximately $825 per night per guest, include superb meals, drinks and various safari activities. Hot air balloon safaris and park fees are extra.

 

If you would like to experience the ultimate luxury African safari experience, let Baroque Travel book your travel arrangements to this extraordinary lodge. Contact us right away, especially if you’re keen on experiencing the magnificent Great Migration, info@baroquetravel.com.

Sail the seven seas on the world’s most luxurious cruise liner

Consider yourself lucky. You are one of the 1% in the world who can afford to travel on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer, the most luxurious cruise ship in the world!

 

We wrote about Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer in 2016, when it was christened in Monte Carlo by Princess Charlene of Monaco. But now, as the liner gets ready to sail on its inaugural season this week, Baroque Travel finds out why it’s going to be considered the world’s most luxurious liner

 

The magnificent Regent Seven Seas Explorer that was christened by Princess Charlene of Monaco on 13 July, 2016, set sail from Los Angeles this month on its inaugural journey, the start of its winter season. This spacious, elegant, exquisitely plush ocean liner offers wall-to-wall luxury in each of its 375 suites, all with private balcony and every possible amenity.

 

So what sets the Seven Seas Explorer apart from the rest? Let’s start with the magnificent giant chandelier in the main dining room, created from $200,000 worth of hand-blown glass.  It’s one of 158 chandeliers on board, and contains 6,000 hand-placed octagonal pieces of glass. Then there’s the Regent Suite that takes up the entire front of Deck 14, which boasts its own spa, steam room and mini pool. And let’s not forget the $7 million worth of exquisite artworks decorating the ship…

 

Regent’s $450 million Seven Seas Explorer promises superlative service and unbeatably opulent accommodation. The ship, which has just sailed from Los Angeles to Miami on a 15-night cruise via the Panama Canal, boasts a one-to-one guest-crew ratio and is most notable for its subtle extravagance and exceptional service offerings.

 

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Cruises are renowned for being all-inclusive, but the Seven Seas Explorer takes this to another level. Your caviar, champagne and lobster, staff tips, sightseeing on shore, entertainment and anything else you require is all included in your fare, as if the business-class flights to get you to and from the ship.

 

But it’s the whole atmosphere that oozes luxe. The spaciousness of the cabins and their generous private balconies, the pampering in the bathrooms that offer two tubs and double sinks as well as showers and marble everywhere. The Illy espresso maker, binoculars and cashmere blankets are just the start. There’s also a caviar service in your suite, access to the ship’s private dining room, the Study, and the two-bedroom Master Suite with its baby grand piano and bar.

 

When it comes to fine dining, this cruise ship pulls out all the stops. There are two main lunch restaurants and six where guests can enjoy dinner. Staff is on hand the moment you step aboard, offering caviar and shrimp canapés, and the party is never-ending from then onwards. The largest restaurant is the Compass Room; it seats 400 guests who enjoy superb cuisine on specially designed Versace place settings. And if you’re interested in learning to cook, there’s a dedicated Culinary Arts Kitchen for that.

 

A voyage on the Seven Seas Explorer is full of exciting experiences. Every day is a new adventure, with a choice of entertainment and sports options that caters for everybody. There’s a casino, jogging on the outdoor deck, paddle tennis, golf practice, library, bocce ball… or just lazing on a plush pool chaise and soaking up the sun.

This winter, this superlative super liner will be cruising the Caribbean, visiting the Bahamas and Mexico and passing through the Panama Canal right up till the end of March. The ship cruises the Med during the summer season and then returns to the Caribbean for its second season in December 2017.

 

If you would like more information on any of this superlative cruise ship’s summer or winter itineraries, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will give you all the information you require. We can also book your luxury adventure on board the Seven Seas Explorer for you.

Travel Guide: Experience cherry blossom season in Japan

What a special time! In Cherry blossom season, these beautiful pink flowers transform Tokyo, Kyoto and other areas in Japan into a veritable wonderland. So if you’re planning a visit to Japan shortly, or would love to be there when cherry blossoms are in profusion, let Baroque Travel arrange everything for you

 

Famous around the world for their spectacular beauty, Japan’s cherry blossoms come out to play for such a short time – just two weeks – in different parts of the country at different periods of time. As the cherry blossoms are at their very best (and fullest) in the second week of blooming, this is the time you need to schedule to visit whichever part of Japan you’re planning to spend time in.

 

Where and when to visit

Depending on when the blossoms are in season and when you want to travel, here’s a list of some of the most popular places to visit in Japan in cherry blossom season. The dates shown are approximate as weather can be unpredictable.

 

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Tokyo

26 March to 11 April 2017

It’s always a great time to visit this fabulous city, but it’s great fun to visit during Cherry blossom season. Of course, aside from seeing the pretty pink floral display, there’s plenty to do here, including stunning shopping and dining, superb sightseeing and great entertainment.

Wheres to hunt ‘hanami’ in Tokyo: Aoyama Cemetery, Imperial Palace, Meiji-jingu Shrine, Meguro River, Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Ueno Park and Yogogi Park.

 

Kyoto

29 March to 12 April 2017

Famous for its exquisite cultural and historic wonders, the country’s ancient capital is one of the best locations to see ‘hanami’ in full bloom. In fact, it’s one of the most popular places to visit during Cherry blossom season for both locals and international tourists.

Where to hunt ‘hanami’ in Kyoto: Imperial Palace Park (known as Kyoto Gosho), Kamo-gawa River, which is lined with cherry trees, Kiyomizu-dera Temple – visit at night to see an unbelievable lit up spectacle, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Maruyama-koen Park and Shirakawa, the most popular street in Gion, which is also lined with cherry trees.

 

Hiroshima

29 March to 12 April 2017

More famous for the tragic atomic bomb that destroyed most of the city, Hiroshima is a great place to visit to commemorate those lost and see the magnificent cherry blossom trees at the same time.

Where to hunt ‘hanami’ in Hiroshima: Hiroshima Castle, Peace Park and Shukkeien Garden.

 

Osaka

29 March to 12 April 2017

This beautiful city is called ‘The kitchen of Japan’ because it is a gourmet paradise. It’s also full of exquisite cherry trees.

Where to hunt ‘hanami’ in Osaka: Best spot is Osaka Castle, otherwise Kema Sakuranomiya Park, home to almost 5,000 cherry trees that line the Okawa River. This is a great place to enjoy a picnic. Another great place to visit is Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park, home to hundreds of cherry trees.

 

Booking a trip to Japan in Cherry blossom season

Cherry blossom season is Japan’s peak tourist season, and you’ll find that hotels in all the places mentioned above will be booked up quickly. So let Baroque Travel assist you with your travel arrangements to ensure that you can enjoy the cherry blossoms to the fullest. Contact us now, while there’s still time, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make all the arrangements for you. 

Bucket list 2017 – a holiday to the end of the earth

The town of Ushuaia, in the area of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina is the southernmost city on earth. It’s called ‘Fin del Mundo’, which means ‘End of the World’. And what better place to visit on a luxury vacation this year? Baroque Travel has the itinerary...

 

Start off at the end of the world, in the frontier town of Tierra del Fuego, located between the spectacular snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the famous Beagle Channel. This is the departure point for a cruise to Antarctica on a bucket-list luxury journey of adventure.

 

But whatever you do, don’t rush off to explore the Arctic; instead, spend a few days at the magnificent Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa, a luxury retreat that is one of the Leading Hotels of the World. Here you can enjoy a selection of relaxing spa treatments, indoor-outdoor pools and hot tubs filled with heated glacier water whilst soaking up breathtaking views of the Beagle Channel, the city and the snowcapped mountains in the distance. This retreat is much more than just a luxe hotel; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience offering a snug, warm and inviting atmosphere.

 

One of the most popular cruise liners used in this region belongs to Norwegian firm Hurtigruten, who have a long history of exploring the polar region. With them you can travel across the notorious Drake Passage that spans the tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula in comfort and luxury on the MS Fram.

 

Your Antarctic voyage begins with a champagne toast in the liner’s Panorama Lounge. You also meet the National Geographic photographer who will document your journey of discovery and offer photographic lessons for both beginners and experts. The ship heads east from Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel into Antarctica, the coldest place on earth, an isolated area that is the most pristine natural environment in the world.

 

Built in 2007, MS Fram was designed to bring guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. Its spacious outside decks are located at the very front of the ship, which is a great place to observe marine wildlife. The ship has been specifically designed as an expedition vessel and features everything required to explore this untouched wonderland. Acting as an ‘expedition base camp’, it is comfortable, safe, environmentally friendly and as luxurious as this type of ship can be. Guests also enjoy comfortable seating at the top of the ship in the observation lounge with its large panoramic windows offering stunning views.

 

Guests are well-looked after, with excellent cuisine in the ship restaurant, which offers spectacular views of the surroundings from every table. At the far end of the restaurant is a balcony where you can take photographs of any wildlife that may appear while you’re dining. Other facilities include a well-equipped fitness room (also with ocean views), a sauna, outdoor Jacuzzis and extremely comfortable cabins and suites.

The ship offers its guests complementary expedition and excursion gear to wear when they embark on sturdy Polarcirkel boats to take them to shore and explore the surroundings.

 

So what will you see and experience on your Antarctic adventure? Magnificent icebergs, whale blowholes, penguins and stunning destinations, such as Elephant Island, home to elephant seals. You’ll glide through the Antarctic Sound with its unequalled array of icebergs, some the size of large aircraft. There’s the ominous 2,450-foot volcanic cliff called Brown Bluff, home to Gentoo and Adélie penguin colonies, the Argentine military base called Esperanza established at Hope Bay in the Antarctic Sound in 1951 and much, much more.

 

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In Antarctica, the itinerary changes according to the weather conditions, so every day is an unexpected surprise. You will visit locations with romantic, historic names such as Deception Island, Whalers Bay and Cuverville Island, an enchanting penguin paradise. Famous ports of call include Port Lockroy, home to the only post office in Antarctica, Half Moon Island close to Livingstone Island and Andvord Bay, which is surrounded on every side by mountains and alpine glaciers.

 

You’ll see birds and animals you’ve only dreamed of coming into contact with, including the Wandering Albatross, which boasts a wingspan of more than 10 feet, the largest of any bird in the world. You’ll experience adventures that will give you stories to tell for many years to come.

 

If you would like to embark on a dream journey to Antarctica, contact Baroque Travel now, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make all the arrangements for you to enjoy your unforgettable bucket list experience. Contact us right away and get ready to enjoy an adventure like no other!

Travel made easy: Louis Vuitton City Guide App

One of the most innovative mobile phone applications launched in 2016 is an impressive travel app from leather goods designer Louis Vuitton. In fact, Apple has voted it one of its “Best of 2016” mobile apps. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

Every year, Apple recognizes apps from around the world, including games and tools, shopping apps and mobile wallets, and everything in between. These include mentions of many famous brands, such as Nike, Pokemon, Vogue, FIFA and others.

One of the apps Apple voted as best of the past year (and the year before that!) is Louis Vuitton’s City Guide app, a mobile adaptation of its printed travel city guides, which it has published annually since 1998. Since 2015, Louis Vuitton has offered information on different cities around the world in both mobile app or print form.

 

The Louis Vuitton City Guides are already renowned for being meticulously put together, offering all the information one needs when visiting a new city, and including sections on gourmet restaurants, luxury accommodation, fine food stores, day and night markets, and must-see sightseeing attractions, both well-known ones and those off the beaten path.

Since the beginning of 2015, Louis Vuitton has also offered this comprehensive information on 25 international cities such as Paris, Milan, New York, Venice, Shanghai and Cape Town on mobile app as well as in print. These apps, which are available for both iPhone and iPad, are regularly updated to keep visitors in the loop about what is new and trending in each international city. And, just like it did in 2015, the app has won another accolade from Apple as one of its best mobile applications of the year for 2016. The revised app also added four cities to the list, bringing it up to 29; the new cities are Lisbon, Taipei, Amsterdam and San Francisco.

 

Much like the City Guide books produced by Louis Vuitton, these apps offer an excellent insight into each city, capturing its spirit through exquisite photographs and written descriptions. Every possible aspect of the city is covered, from art and culture, to tradition, as well as new and innovative aspects. The apps are also interactive, intuitive and extremely user friendly to ensure that travelers can glean as much, or as little, information about the city as they wish, in every area that interests them.

What set this mobile app apart from so many others? According to Apple, special features such as geo-location enable users to find addresses quickly and easily. There are also filters for target search results, and users can also send digital postcards from the app, share addresses by email, SMS, and use social media.

 

While the app itself is free and comes with a free Paris City Guide, there is a small fee of $9.99 for each additional city. Innovative sections include ‘Good Things’, which lists organic markets and gourmet deli’s, and ‘Interior Cachet’, that covers art galleries and quirky antique shops not usually found on anybody’s list unless you live in the city.

’24 Hour’ experiences offer a full day’s itinerary in the city, and there are also sections written by guest celebs or famous local residents offering an insight into their personal list of what to see in their home town, including self-guided walking tours.

 

The 2017 collection of City Guides were released in October 2016. If you are interested in finding out more about any of these innovative City Guides in mobile app form, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com. If you are planning to visit one of the cities featured in Louis Vuitton’s City Guides, our sister company, Baroque Travel can assist with all the travel arrangements you require, using the innovative guides. Mail now for a unique travel experience, info@baroquetravel.com

A new cruise liner takes to the seas in January 2017

Still time to reserve your suite on Seabourn Encore’s maiden voyage from Singapore in January 2017, or to book a cruise to one of the exciting locations it’s visiting throughout the year

 

The latest luxury vessel in the Seabourn stable is Seabourn Encore, which was launched this month and sets sail in January 2017 on its maiden voyage. Seabourn is renowned for being one of the most ultra-luxurious cruise lines in the world, and the new vessel, is its finest yet.

Guests traveling on this superlative cruise liner will enjoy extraordinary levels of personalized service, not to mention privacy and every possible luxury. The vessel offers 300 elegantly appointed suites, each with a private verandah. Suites were designed by iconic designer Adam D. Tihany, who created a setting that is more like a private yacht than a cruise liner. Understated elegance is key, but there are numerous modern design elements and plenty of space in the public areas.

Inspiration for this model comes from Seabourn’s famous award-winning Odyssey class of ships which took luxury cruising to a whole new level with their innovative facilities and superb accommodation offerings. On Seabourn Encore there’s more luxury than ever before, as well as more innovation, in the form of The Retreat, a sanctuary where guests can relax in private cabanas, and even a special Spa Treatment Cabana where they can enjoy bespoke spa treatments.

Dining is also on another level, with superb cuisine prepared in the ship’s signature restaurant, The Grill by Thomas Keller, which first opened on Seabourn Quest in early 2016 and is going to be included in the entire Seabourn fleet. The restaurant by acclaimed three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller is one of those on offer on Seabourn Encore. There’s also Sushi, an all-day restaurant offering superb dishes.

When it comes to entertainment, Seabourn Encore has it covered with a new production show, 'An Evening with Tim Rice,' created exclusively for the brand in association with Belinda King Creative Productions. This is one of the highlights guest can expect if they are going on the ship’s maiden journey in January 2017, when she sails from Singapore. Another highlight of the new vessel is the brand’s new Spa and Wellness program with Dr. Andrew Weil, a mindful living program that also debuts on Seabourn Encore. Another reason to enjoy the inaugural journey: both Tim Rice and Dr. Weil will sail on this voyage.

Before this inaugural journey, Seabourn Encore will officially be christened on 7 January 2017 in Singapore at a special ceremony. There, international recording artist Sarah Brightman will officially name the ship before the ship departs on a 10-day Gems of the Java Sea Cruise, en route to Indonesia.

Seabourn Encore has a number of exciting journeys in store for 2017, including a 16-day Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast cruise, followed by back-to-back 16-day Australia and New Zealand voyages. The luxury vessel then returns to Singapore on the reverse of its first cruise, the 10-day Gems of the Java. Her winter season ends in Athens on 5 May 2017.

This superlative ship then spends summer 2017 along the Med on a selection of exciting itineraries that include a 7, 14, or 21-day Mediterranean cruise that departs from Piraeus, Athens on 6 May, a 22-day Adriatic & Mediterranean cruise departing on 24 June and a 20-day Mediterranean Encore cruise that departs Barcelona on 5 August. It ends off the summer season with the 20-day UNESCO Gems of the Western Mediterranean cruise on 13 September, before starting its autumn season.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional cruise liner and its selection of stunning voyages throughout 2017, let Baroque Travel assist you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we can assist you.

Exciting holidays in Africa

The New Year holidays in the Southern Hemisphere are full of fun in the sun – not your usual Christmas setting, but exciting nonetheless. Baroque Travel seeks out two exotic summer holidays worth taking this Festive Season, or all the way until the end of March

 

For those who love a dose of the sun, and an exotic location, Africa is the place to visit at this time of the year. There are numerous adventure vacations just waiting to be enjoyed all over the continent in its sultry summer months, involving untouched white sand beaches, endless plains that are home to a wide selection of wildlife, and people with an exuberance and infectious love of life.

We have scoured the continent to find two exciting holidays to take that will help you escape the winter chill and enjoy a very different vacation experience. Take a look…

 

Feast with Masai Warriors

A vacation in Kenya is usually about wildlife, safaris through open plains to see a wide selection of animals in their natural habitat. The lodges are always luxurious and secluded, the food is always sublime, and the game viewing adventures always unforgettable. But to make this adventure even more exciting why not visit a traditional Masai tribe over the holidays? The Masai people, with their traditional bright red garb, are known for being fierce warriors; they are also very tall. They live a semi-nomadic lifestyle, and are found throughout Kenya and in parts of Tanzania as well. These distinctive tribes people have extensive knowledge about the land they live in.

You will get the opportunity to spend time with the Masai people and find out all about their pastoral lifestyle. You’ll take a walk into the wilds with these warriors and learn from them skills that have been passed down from one generation to the next – how to start a fire in the wilds, what certain animal sounds mean, how to handle a bow and arrow, exchange stories about their lives, and even wear their iconic red ‘shuka’. You’ll also dine with them on a traditional meal, an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime event that is incomparable to anything you’ve ever experienced before.

 

 

Start off the New Year on a tropical island

Pemba Island, which is part of the Zanzibar archipelago of islands, is nicknamed ‘the Green Island’. It’s mostly uncharted territory and offers the adventurous an unforgettable experience to literally sleep 13 feet under the ocean surface. Guests stay at Mantra Resort on the island and enjoy an opportunity to watch the fish in their natural habitat, a magnificent underwater wonderland in the coral reef. The Mantra Resort residence offers three decks. Dinner is spent on one of these private decks under the African night sky, and the bedrooms are submerged below the surface of the Indian Ocean. Spotlights below each bedroom window offer unique viewings of the creatures of the deep as they go about their nocturnal wanderings.

 

Both of these unique experiences await those who are happy to push the boundaries of what a vacation is all about. If you are interested in experiencing one of them over the festive season, you need to contact Baroque Travel now, info@baroquetravel.com so that we can book the vacation of a lifetime for you.

Where to spend the Festive Season - London or Paris?

Some of the most sumptuous hotels in London and Paris are owned by the Dorchester Collection, which is offering some excellent packages over the season. Baroque Travel takes a look…

 

The Dorchester, London

If you’re looking for a stunning, plush hotel to get together with family over Christmas and New Year, this iconic London hotel is ideal. Every year, Christmas at The Dorchester is extra special, with the elegant hotel decorated with festive cheer as well as a beautiful gingerbread house, a replica of this luxury hotel in the lobby.

The hotel, which has been pampering guests since 1931, is famous for its superlative service and luxury accommodation. It’s also renowned for its delicious afternoon tea, and the festive versions are even more delightful. The festive afternoon tea includes carols offered by the resident pianist, and there’s also a special Christmas Carols Afternoon Tea, which includes a local children’s choir as well as a pianist. Both events feature champagne for adults as well as sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a selection of festive pastries and cakes to enjoy with the guest’s choice of tea. Both hotel restaurants – the Grill and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester – offer exemplary Christmas Eve dinners and lunches on Christmas Day with their signature luxe offerings including Scottish langoustine, blue lobster, Christmas pudding and much more.

 

 

45 Park Lane, London

This contemporary hotel located in Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park is the perfect location for a festive getaway. If you’re lucky enough to visit London during a White Christmas, staying at 45 Park Lane takes on a whole new meaning, as every room and suite in the hotel overlooks Hyde Park. Viewing this famous park under cover of snow is quite spectacular.

The hotel’s famous Wolfgang Puck’s CUT restaurant offers superlative seasonal menus throughout the festive season, including a lavish three-course Christmas Eve dinner, a four course lunch on Christmas Day and a pick-me-up brunch on Boxing Day. Dishes are spectacular and sumptuous, all accompanied by champagne. Throughout the festive season, the hotel offers a special daily festive brunch with live music as entertainment and cocktails to follow. The food is sublime. Christmas Eve dinner: $188 per person, lunch on Christmas day: $245.

 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

This exceptional Paris hotel is not only one of the top luxury establishment in the city, it’s also a haute couture hotel, offering a level of service, accommodation and facilities that are unmatched. This year, the hotel will boast the first-ever Dior Couture Christmas tree, which is sure to be a crowd-puller. From 15 December onwards, the hotel will also host a charming exhibition in partnership with leading French doll brand, Corolle. Another highlight of a visit here is to go ice skating on the hotel’s famous ice rink in La Cour Jardin.

When it comes to festive delicacies, the hotel’s new pastry chef, Angelo Musa, will be creating a delicious Christmas Yule log that guests can enjoy in the days leading up to Christmas and all the way till after New Year.

 

Le Meurice, Paris

This iconic hotel is offering a very special package over the festive season that includes luxury accommodation in a room or suite with breakfast daily as well as some delectable treats in the room, including champagne and chocolate from the famous Manufacture de Chocolat by Alain Ducasse. If you book a suite at the incomparable Le Meurice, the room will be specially decorated with festive cheer. This offer is available from 11 December 2016 until 8 January 2017.

Gourmet offerings over the festive season include a Hazelnut Chocolate Yule Log by pastry chef Cédric Grolet.

 

If you would like to book a stay at any of these iconic hotels over the Festive Season, whether it’s for a meal, afternoon tea, or to reserve a room or suite, let Baroque Travel arrange this for you. Contact us now, info@baroquetravel.com and we will arrange everything for you.

Around the world in 27 days

Crystal AirCruises has paired with Peninsula Hotels for 2017 to offer the quintessential luxury world tour for those who can afford it – 10 cities and 27 days for $159,000. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

So what will you get when you embark on a superlative 27-day world tour with Crystal AirCruises and Peninsula Hotels? Well, for starters, you can diarize a private dinner on the Great Wall of China. You’ll enjoy the Festival of Lights with another special dinner in Bangkok, experience the magic of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony in Beijing, drink Champagne in the area where this famous French bubbly is made, and lots more.

 

Of course, this inaugural journey for Crystal AirCruises pulls out all the stops, but it’s likely that this is just the start of a journey that will become a traditional for those with the budget to enjoy the finer things in life. Passengers will visit 10 glamorous cities around the world, starting off in New York. Wherever they go, they will stay in a luxurious Peninsula Hotel, an establishment just as prestigious and exclusive as the Crystal Air jet offering, with superior accommodation, every possible luxury facility and pampering at every turn.

 

Passengers start the tour by enjoying a rooftop cocktail reception at the Peninsula New York, and enjoy extraordinary luxury experiences in each destination city. The Peninsula Shanghai will host them to an over-the-top dinner that steps back in time to glamorous Old Shanghai, in Tokyo passengers will enjoy a private performance of the ancient art of Kabuki… and did we mention that guests enjoy afternoon tea in each city, too?

 

This unbelievable round the world luxury journey by private jet will be the inaugural flight for CrystalAir Cruises’ brand new Boeing 777-200LR jet. Aside from exploring some of the world’s most exciting cities, the air journey itself will be quite exceptional. The brand new Boeing, which is set to take to the sky in summer 2017, has been completely refurbished. The result is a larger, more high-tech and luxurious version of most luxury private jets.

 

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All seats now convert into 180-degree lie-flat beds, there’s a social lounge area with stand-up bar and table seating, and in-flight meals are all prepared by a private executive chef. Guests enjoy the use of Apple iPads on board, complimentary WiFi and Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, interactive TVs and much more. This is luxury air travel in the same league as Crystal Cruises’ legendary cruise liners, and if the latter is anything to go by, passengers are in for an unbeatable luxury experience.

Crystal AirCruises opened bookings for their extraordinary luxury private jet packages at the beginning of November, for travel taking place from 31 August 2017.

 

The inaugural world tour will be the first of many journeys on this ultra-luxurious jet, and the Peninsula Hotel collaboration means that guests will continue their luxury journeys on land in the same style. Destinations visited on this exceptional trip include New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and the grand finale, Paris. In each city, guests will be hosted to a special welcome reception by a local celebrity (famous artists, gallery owners, fashion and jewelry designers are on board). They will share their expertise about their hometown with their guests.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional luxury world tour, let Baroque Travel assist. We can get you any information you require; we can also book your reservation on this one-of-a-kind luxury journey. So contact us now while seats are still available, info@baroquetravel.com.

Ski in the French Alps this winter

The French Alps offer a myriad stunning ski holiday options with quaint Alpine villages filled with cozy chalets, superb skiing opportunities and an après ski life that is exceptional. Baroque Travel finds out which French ski resorts are worth a visit

 

The highest and most extensive mountains in Europe, the Alps are, without a doubt, the ideal location for memorable skiing holidays. Life in a ski resort is full, varied and exciting. If you’re a keen skier, spending a day on the slopes is de rigeur. ‘Apres ski’ life in top resorts is always a party. The more glamorous the resort, the more nightclub options are available. So, whether you’re heading for a resort because it’s glam, or because the skiing is exceptional, or both, take a look at our choice of some of the best in France.

 

LA PLAGNE

Over 2 million people flock here to enjoy this resort’s huge 425km ‘Paridiski’ region, which is served by an excellent network of ski lifts. The resort offers hundreds of kilometers of ‘pistes’ suitable for beginners all the way through to professional skiers as well as excellent glacier skiing. Off the slopes there are numerous ice sports to enjoy, including bobsleighs and a stunning ice-climbing tower. The region is actually home to 10 separate little villages, including Montalbert, Champagny and Montchavin –Les Coches and more modern establishments such as Belle Plagne and Plagne Centre.

 

CHAMONIX

Located in France’s Haute-Savoie region, with breathtaking Mont Blanc as its backdrop, it offers extensive slopes to challenge everyone, from beginners to the most advanced skiers and snowboarders as well as professionals. The resort, which is home to the longest lift-served ski run in the world and was also the location for the first-ever Olympic Games in 1924, also offers a vibrant après-ski life making it a great location for a ski getaway. The resort itself is compact, full of accommodation and entertainment options. In peak season the atmosphere is lively and cosmopolitan. The Chamonix region is actually a valley with various villages and ski areas, such as Balme, Le Brévent and La Flégère (the latter two are the linked by lifts).

 

 

LES DEUX ALPES

Located between the Northern and Southern French Alps, this long-established, southern ski area offers exceptional skiing. This lively resort, which is one of the highest ski resorts in the country, features 225km of piste served by 40 lifts, not to mention the largest skiing glacier in Europe. Visitors enjoy skiing just a few steps from the main street, on both sides of the valley, reaching high up to the glacier area. The resort is also famous for its off-piste activities and its close proximity to other ski areas offers an unmatched skiing choice. The Glacier du Mont, highest point in the ski area, is connected to the resort of La Grave with an underground funicular railway and draglifts.

 

MERIBEL

Situated in the Savoie region, in the largest ski area in the world, the renowned Les Trois Vallées, magical Meribel offers access to 600km of piste. The resort is very pretty, with traditional chalets adding to the picturesque beauty of this typical Alpine destination. Meribel caters to all grades of skier and snowboarder, which is why it’s so popular. The vibrant après ski life is another big draw card; the resort is bursting with bars and entertainment venues. Meribel is covered with snow from early December right through April and the choice of ski runs is so vast that skiers never need to ski the same route twice on a week’s stay. Advanced skiers enjoy skiing Mauduit, a challenging red run that was once an Olympic downhill course.

 

VAL THORENS

Located in the Savoie region, this stunning resort is situated at the highest tip of the Trois Vallees, making it Europe’s highest ski resort, with almost guaranteed snow for the entire winter. It offers accommodation and entertainment for every type of skier and its après ski life compares with the most famous resorts in the world for choice and style. With excellent ski slopes, an extensive ski season (from late November to mid-May) and a location in one of the world’s largest ski areas, the resort is a popular choice for visitors from around the globe.

 

 

VAL D’ISERE

Located in the southeastern region of Savoie in the Western Alps, this traditionally French Alpine ski resort is both historic and beautiful. Extremely popular and quaint, it boasts a mainly urbanized city center full of shops, restaurants and night-time entertainment. A leading competition venue, the resort has hosted world-class international ski championships and competitions including the Winter Olympics in 1992. Together with its neighbour, Tignes, Val d’Isere is part of the 10,000-hectare Espace Killy ski area, one of France’s best and most popular.

 

 

If you would like to find out more about a ski vacation in France, let Baroque Travel assist. We have all the information you require to choose the resort best suited to your personal requirements. Just mail us now, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange everything for you.

Viva Las Vegas

Throw away your watch, because when you get to Vegas, you’ll lose all concept of time and age. And get ready for the roller coaster ride of your life! Whether you’re planning to spend two days, or two weeks, in this vibrant city, Baroque Travel can assist you in having the time of your life

 

Las Vegas is the center of the world when it comes to gambling, entertainment, glitz and glam. Life here is a never-ending string of fun and frenzy. It’s like living in the midst of a wild and wacky movie, where they’ve escalated the speed, the fantasy is full tilt and the action never stops.

Renowned as a hub of decadence and delight, Vegas also has a luxury element, with some of the best restaurants in the world, a new crop of luxe hotels and some of the best designer shopping on the planet in a series of exquisite mega malls. Aside from gambling, visitors here enjoy every possible type of entertainment imaginable, from theme parks and circuses to dining extravaganzas.

No matter how long you’re in town, we’ve put together an idea of how to get to know this vibrant city in the shortest time possible – in this case, 48 hours. Of course, if you are staying longer, BaroqueTravel will offer insight into lots of other sights and entertainment to keep you busy!

 

Two days of fun in the city that never sleeps

 

Day 1:

Explore the Strip and soak up the sights, including plenty of weird and wonderful characters. Then head for the Marquee Dayclub at the Bellagio. During the day you’ll find bathing beauties and their partners dancing up a storm. With an unequaled sound system and state-of-the-art audio-visual stage, the Dayclub also offers three storeys of Bungalow Lofts, which come complete with cabana, pool cabanas, infinity pools and a party deck right on top.

After a day full of fun in the sun, head for The Bellagio to enjoy the renowned Cirque du Soleil fantasy show, called “O”. Staying at the Bellagio itself is well worth it, but even if you choose another hotel, you have to visit this one to enjoy its fabulous entertainment. The set of “O’ is apparently the most expensive ever built, and the show itself is phenomenal. With a water theme, it features lots of swimming and diving. It’s indescribable!

After the show, head for STK for dinner. This modern establishment is a steakhouse on another level – it’s also a celebrity hotspot.  Located within the Cosmopolitan Hotel, it offers the most tender steak dishes in Vegas. Created by The One Group, STK offers a bustling bar and relaxed dining setting. The menu is flavorsome and modern, courtesy of one of the country’s “Top Chef” contestants, Stephen Hopcraft, and uses only the freshest ingredients.

 

Day 2:

In Vegas, nobody goes out to have breakfast. It’s room service all the way, especially after a night of fun! We suggest you tour the Grand Canyon by helicopter, late this morning, returning in time for a long lunch at Milos at the Cosmopolitan. Your helicopter ride will take you from Vegas to explore the Grand Canyon. En route, sip some champagne and soak up the spectacular view from a bird’s perspective. If you prefer, you can spend the entire day at the Grand Canyon, exploring either by road or air. But even a few hours of fun in the sky are well worth it.

Whenyou return to Vegas, it’s time for a fabulous dining experience at Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan. Milos is renowned as one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world, with establishments in New York, Montreal, Athens, Miami and London as well as Vegas. Founded by chef Costa Spiliadis, this glorious Greek restaurant offers a menu filled with Mediterranean delights, especially seafood. Ask for a table on the terrace outside, which offers a spectacular view.

After lunch, we suggest going shopping at The Shops at Crystals, located on The Strip. It connects to the Aria Resort and Casino and was designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind and the Rockwell Group. It’s a luxurious, contemporary mall with elaborate water and ice displays, lush floral décor and iconic elements that include a 21m-tall tree house. Its 10 flagship exclusive designer stores include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tom Ford, Versace, Prada and Fendi.

Tonight, you head for MGM Grand for dinner, and then party on afterwards upstairs in the five-story mega-nightclub, Hakkasan, where you can dance till dawn. Hakkasan is known as the place to party. It is a sight to behold, with an enormous dance floor and floor-to-ceiling LED screens.

Located in the MGM Grand, the club is the playground of some of the world’s best DJs such as Steve Aoki, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris. At the hotel itself, there are numerous restaurants and bars. Book a table at one of them; by reserving a table and dining there, you get automatic entrance to this exclusive club, which is almost impossible to get into under normal circumstances.

 

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