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INSIDE this issue BEACHES 8 SECRET Seven beaches you must see.
SANDS CLUB 30 PINK Canouan Island, Caribbean
KONG 14 HONG 48 hours in this cosmopolitan city.
FOOD? WILL TRAVEL 38 HAVE Five cities for foodie travelers. 54 AUSTRALIA A summer road trip in Tasmania.
18 MYANMAR A photographic journey.
2017 42 CRUISING Saving on your high seas vacationW. & STYLE 44 LIFE Packing friendly fabrics with style. KIMBERLY 46 CASA Elizabeth Taylor’s Puerto Vallarta. GEAR 52 TRAVEL What’s hot at the CES.
WINTER 2017 It’s the time to get away and this issue of DRIFT has it all - from exclusive tropical islands and hidden beaches, to off the beaten path adventures in the faraway places. Come along on the journey. 2 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
ARMY 60 TERRACOTTA A fantastic journey to ancient China. A GLANCE 64 AT Richard Branson’s Necker Island. ICE HOTEL 66 CANADA’S It’s only here for a short time.
68 #WHERETONEXT A journey through India’s small towns.
The Case for Better Travel.
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EDITOR The winter months represent a unique opportunity for travel. Depending on where you call home, you have the choice of sun or snow destinations; and I love them both.
In this issue of DRIFT, our nomadic team has been traveling the world to bring you an amazing collection of exclusive destination features. If you’re looking for unknown islands and secret beaches, we’ve found them! If you have always wanted to uncover the secrets of China or learn more about the people of Myanmar, you are going to delight in this issue of DRIFT. If you cannot get away this season, I invite you to take a little time for yourself, grab a hot mug of cocoa and get lost in the stories and inspiring photographs of our adventures. Come along on the journey! Travel often and live well,
Tracey Drake Editor-In-Chief | Creative Director email: editor@DRIFTtravel.com instagram: @TraceyDrakeEditor
Oh, the places I've been!
48 HOURS IN CULTURAL HONG KONG
How to see the very best of this East-meets-West cosmopolitan city in just two days and really make it count.
PINK SANDS CLUB ON CANOUAN ISLAND
The most exclusive Caribbean resort just opened on a virtually unknown island, and I can’t wait to show you around.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S CASA KIMBERLY
It is where the Taylor/Burton love story began and now, as a newly renovated hotel, it’s still brimming with palpable passion.
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PUBLISHER GLOSSY MEDIA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | CREATIVE DIRECTOR TRACEY DRAKE PRODUCTION/EDITORIAL TEAM KAIRI AUN, BONNIE CONRAD, JANE CROSS, ELIZABETH DEAN, LEE DRAKE, TRACEY DRAKE, LAURA FRIIS, KERI HARVEY, ERIC HIMEL, GILLIAN PRESSLEY, JOSIE SALDAT, RUSS WALSH
CREATIVE | PHOTOGRAPHY KAIRI AUN, GALYNA ANDRUSHKO, ADOBE STOCK, FOKKE BAARSSEN, SERGE BERTASIUS, ALEX BROWN, CASA KIMBERLY, STEVE DRAKE, ANGELO FERRARIS, GAGLIARD IMAGES, ANTON IVANOV, CHRISTIAN MUELLER, VADIM PETRAKOV, NICOL PETRS, PINK SANDS CLUB, RENAUD PHILIPPE, CLERMONT POLIQUIN, RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG, JEREMY RICHARDS, LUC ROUSSEAU, TONI SCHMIDT, JOSIE SALDAT, SHUTTERSTOCK, DANY VACHON, ANDREY VERGELES, LILYANA VYNOGRADOVA, XDACHEZ.COM
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Tidal bore rafting. Thereâ€™s nothing quite like that moment when the river shifts directions and goes from serene to exhilarating. And just think, rafting the most extreme tides in the world is only one of the things in Nova Scotia that will make your heart skip a beat.
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There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. S A R A H K AY
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SECRET BEACHES YOU HAVE TO SEE! BY: JOSIE SALDAT
The world over, traveling to a beach is one of the most favorite vacation things we collectively love to do. The soft sands, crashing waves and ever-changing shoreline is simply irresistible. But the popular beaches are overcrowded and increasingly more touristy. If you are searching for a true escape, put these seven secret beaches on your travel bucket list.
DIAZ BEACH Cape Town, South Africa Dramatic cliffs and pristine waters, Diaz beach is scenically stunning. Only an hour drive from Cape Town, this secret beach is situated on Cape Point and visible from the lighthouse above. Well worth the twenty-minute walk to the shoreline, soak in the impressive coastal cliffs, but stray from the water as rough currents make swimming here dangerous.
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FURORE BEACH Amalfi Coast, Italy In a small village situated on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno, Furore is a feast to the eyes. The town, known for its gorge, is tucked away and often called the “town that doesn’t exist.” What used to be a scattered settlement amongst the mountains is now a village, brightly painted to entice tourists and visitors to their small commune. Bypassing the dramatic fjord is a bridge with a state road looking down upon a sunny secret beach.
ASPES BEACH Heraklion, Crete Only known to locals, Aspes is located on the south coast of Heraklion and accessible by boat. Situated near the village of Tris Ekklisies, this beach is one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the Asteroussia Mountains with high cliffs and sea caves. The beach was named Aspes, meaning mountain collapse in Greek, due to the sliding cliffs in the area.
3. Aspes Beach, Greece
CAPE LEVEQUE Western Australia At the end of the remote peninsula in Western Australia’s Kimberly region, Cape Leveque offers a unique slice of historic paradise. Earthy rocks of rich rust color juxtapose the white sand extending along the coastline. Accessible only by four wheel drive vehicle or seaplane, this secret beach was once a campsite for ancient tribes in Northern Australia.
4. Cape Levesque, Australia
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AO SANE BEACH Phuket, Thailand This quiet secluded beach is tucked away and only found if you know where it exists. In close proximity to tourist filled Nai Harn Beach, Ao Sane is a place of solitude and an inviting break from the populated bustle. This rocky beach is one of Phuket’s most tranquil destinations offering magnificent snorkeling.
BLACK VOLCANIC BEACH Wai’anapanapa Park, Maui Wai’anapanapa is a prime example of a beach of natural contrast. Hidden below the state park’s walking trail is beach access to a stretch of ancient black volcanic rocks and crashing waves of crystal turquoise waters. This beach is a must-stop while driving the infamous Road to Hana. There are freshwater caves, lava tubes and blowholes, all surrounded by vibrant green landscape.
PACHENA BAY BEACH British Columbia, Canada This protected bay on the west coast of Vancouver Island is located near the fishing and marine community of Bamfield. During non-camping months, this beach can be devoid of people, but rich in marine and wildlife. Many backpackers start at Pachena to access the West Coast Trail. Here you can explore the unspoiled west coast by hiking through oldgrowth rainforest and partake in diving or beach combing.
6. Black Volcanic Beach, Hawaii
7. Pachena Bay Beach, Canada
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HONG KONG The Peak - high above Hong Kong
BY: TRACEY DRAKE Hong Kong is a city of many personalities - a mix of old and new worlds that meet squarely in the middle of this sky high bustling metropolis. It is also a popular layover point for flights to many other countries. So, if you find yourself in Hong Kong for just two days, as I did, here are a few of my
so I booked into the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong for one night, which occupies the 102-118 floors of the International Commerce Centre. From the airport, take the MTR Airport Express train to Kowloon Station, which is located in the same building as the hotel - for quick return to the airport.
Shopping for scarves at Stanley Market
short-stay recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and what to see to make the most of your two days in Hong Kong.
I was looking for a unique hotel experience that offered beautiful accommodation, convenient location and one-of-a-kind views,
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The hotel is luxurious, elegant and tall. Did you know that the RitzCarlton Hong Kong is the highest (not the tallest) hotel in the world? The deluxe harbor view suite (500 square feet, and spacious by world hotel standards, never mind Asian) was on the 116 floor and the views over the city were astounding. It was like a weekâ€™s worth of sightseeing
from the comfort of my lovely hotel room. The hotel is so high, it makes all the other skyscrapers seem short in comparison. Trust me - you will not find this city perspective anywhere else in Hong Kong.
The other popular place from which to see the whole city is atop The Peak. The vintage funicular tram ride up to The Peak is as much fun as the destination, and the Peak Tram is easy to reach by foot from Central Station (MTR). I recommend purchasing the Sky Terrace pass, 428 meters above sea level, giving you access to the highest elevation deck with 360 degree stellar views of Hong Kong. There are many amazing markets in Hong Kong -Temple Street Market and Ladies Market are huge, very busy and time consuming somewhat impractical for a two day itinerary. I would suggest Stanley Market. One of the oldest fishing villages in Hong Kong, it is a charming place with a lovely beach, Tin Hau Temple, and a great market for buying well priced silk garments, art, jewelry and souvenirs.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and city below
AT A GLANCE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG
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High above Hong Kong on floors 102-118 of the International Commerce Centre. 312 guest rooms, each with astounding city or harbor views. The highest bar in the world, OZONE is 490 meters in the sky, serves tapas and has a great cocktail menu. The hotel boasts 360-degree views that will take your breath away. Five restaurants in-house that range from local cuisine to authentic Italian. An indoor infinity pool and spa are located on the very top floor. Club floors: 24-hour access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge and dedicated Club Concierge, work stations, business center and express check-out.
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Aberdeen Fishing Village and Jumbo Floating Restaurant An absolute sight to behold, and one of my favorite places in Hong Kong is Aberdeen Floating Fishing Village, where you can see more than 600 working junk boats, a floating village that houses about 6,000 people, and even a massive floating restaurant - all set in the midst of midtown Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a foodie wonderland. Be sure to stop, buy and sample from street carts and outdoor food stalls. In Central, try the egg tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery and the shrimp wonton soup at Makâ€™s Noodle. If you are feeling adventurous, I highly recommend spending four hours with Cecilia and Silvana, sisters and owners of Hong Kong Foodie Tours (hongkongfoodietours.com). It is the absolute best way to taste your way through authentic Hong Kong - in other words, eat like a local 16 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
instead of a tourist. Silvana took us to Tai Po Market. Off the beaten path, the pedestrian boulevards are lined with family owned food stalls. The tour included handmade sweets, seafood at a Dai Pai Dong, delicious roasted goose, snake soup and mind-blowing steamed rice rolls. You can taste the proud local heritage in every bite.
Tai Po Market
Hong Kong is an intoxicating city that awakens the senses with tastes, sounds, smells and sights that are truly unique and forever memorable. With just forty eight hours to experience it, have a game plan for making the most of your two days in Hong Kong.
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Hot air balloons floating amidst the Temples of Bagan at sunrise.
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Ma photographic Y A NMjourneyA R Featured Photographer: Kairi Aun Kairi Aun is a photographer that always looks for something real in this fast world. She is often on the road for new opportunities to meet people in the most remote areas of this world and witness their ways of living. Recording basic human emotions that we all share is Kairi’s passion, believing and wishing to show that planet Earth is a much more hospitable place than most make it out to be.
KAIRI’S WORK ONLINE: Webs ite: kat i ek k. com Inst ag ram: @kat i ek k2
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Photographer Notes: (left) Muun tribe lady from a remote area of Myanmar, close to Bangladeshi border in Chin region. These women are known for their facial tattoos. Tattoos were applied to thirteen year old girls to ensure they were not taken against their will. This tradition was outlawed many years ago and will die within a generation. (above) Paduand woman at Lake Inle. Copper rings were applied to push down the shoulder plates and make neck appear longer. This practice comes with health concerns, and is now outlawed. Younger generations do wear neck rings but with no shoulder plate pressure, so their natural posture is not affected. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 21
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Photographer Notes: (left) This lady was selling Betel nuts and smoking the biggest homemade cigar in a village in Bagan. Ladies do like their tobacco in Myanmar. (below) Just 100 meters away from the smoking lady, I came upon a factory where local ladies were weaving fabrics.
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Photographer Notes: Young monk in a monastery in Yangon. I was told that living in a monastery is something every Burmese person goes through at least once in their lifetime. I saw this young apprentice playing with a toy car and had to smile... boys will be boys!
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MYANMAR (FORMERLY BURMA), geographically the largest country in Southeast Asia, is made up of more than 100 ethnics groups. It borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. The nation is home to progressing cities, traditional villages, regional markets, as well as parks and stunning lakes. As
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one of the most inspiring destinations for travelers in Southeast Asia, Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1,000 years. Ancient chronicles say that there were once 4,446 temples in this region; today approximately 2,230 remain. To learn more about travel to Myanmar, visit www.myanmar.travel.
It doesn’t matter whether this is your first or 51st visit to Myanmar: you won’t fail to notice the energy, hope and possibilities for the future that hang in the air. SIMON RICHMOND, TRAVEL WRITER [LONELY PLANET MYNAMAR (BURMA) TRAVEL GUIDE]
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PINK SANDS CLUB CANOUAN ISLAND, ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES BY: TRACEY DRAKE
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It isnâ€™t every day that you get to experience how the other half lives. You know - wealthy beyond imagination with access to well... everything. In December, I had the pleasure of spending five days at Pink Sands Club, an exclusive hotel property located on the Caribbean island of Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. With villas that rent for as much as $20,000 per night, I wasnâ€™t sure what to expect, but it far exceeded anything I could have imagined. In fact, it was pure pink perfection.
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Pink Sands Club officially opened in October, 2016 and it is already garnering worldwide attention. It may be the breathtaking seclusion that grabs your heart the moment you set foot on Canouan Island. It might be the world-class service and authentically friendly staff that leaves a lasting impression. And it might be the hotelâ€™s location, right on the pristine white sands of Godahl Beach that has you never wanting to leave. For me - it was all three. With just 26 suites and 6 villas, Pink Sands Club is an exclusive paradise for those looking to get away from it all, without giving up anything at all.
The Pink Sands Club Spa, with nine hillside villas and two overwater palapas, offers the best in recuperative luxury. I indulged in a spa pedicure that came with the most amazing massage and foot treatment. The award winning 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Jim Fazio, offers a challenging course with the longest par 3 in the world and the best views of the island. Sunset from the 13th tee is a must! Guests are truly spoiled when it comes to dining at Pink Sands Club. Pre-beach breakfast at Lagoon Cafe, lunch at The Pool Bar or dressed up for dinner at Juliet, every culinary option is available. From the moment I arrived, every staff member knew my name, how I liked our eggs and how I took our coffee. It was impressive. For anyone traveling with children, there is a spectacular Kids Club that will appeal to toddlers as well as teens. A lot of time, attention and money has gone into ensuring the little ones have a great vacation too. This was fun! Each suite is assigned a dedicated golf cart to navigate the impressive and expansive grounds, estate, second beach club and golf club house.
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WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AND GO TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE, IT IS PROBABLY CANOUAN ISLAND... EVEN IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN HERE. IT’S TRULY THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF. 34 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
The number of unspoiled islands that have not been taken over by tourism becomes fewer and fewer each year. Canouan Island is one of the rare ones. This island has it all stunning white beaches, clear blue waters and lush forests. It is also home to one of the largest living coral reefs in the Caribbean, rife with colorful marine life, ideal for
snorkeling and diving. Directly to the south of Mustique Island, and a 35-minute flight from Barbados, the famous Tobago Cays Marine Park, where you can swim with sea turtles, is a short boat ride away. The weather on Canouan (pronounced Can-o-wan)is warm and sunny but with much less humidity that other tropical destinations. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 35
GETTING TO CANOUAN ISLAND • Commercial Airline: Canouan Island is an island hopper away from Barbados, Grenada, and St. Lucia, with scheduled flights daily (often included in 4-7 nights stay). • Private Jet: The Pink Sands Club resort has two private jets for guests who prefer a more elegant mode of air transportation (included in 10+ nights stay with certain accommodation). • Canouan Marina: A brand new luxury marina opened on the island (adjacent to the airport) which features 80 slips, six of which are for yachts up to 100 meters in length.
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The accommodation at Pink Sands Club is special. I stayed in the one bedroom suite. It was oceanfront, with unobstructed views of the white sands, turquoise waters, lush island mountains, and the everchanging Caribbean skies with the most spectacular sunrises. The suite featured a spa bathroom that is larger than most New York apartments. It came well equipped with a separate water closet, huge double marble vanity and immense soaker tub. Of course, toiletries and bath products were provided as well as Evian mineral water face mist, and other niceties. I am not known for my light packing abilities and I couldnâ€™t fill up the three closets, valet and drawer space in the wardrobe area. True to the name, there is a lot of pink in the suite and personally, I loved it. It was a deep tone of pink that felt right at home on Canouan Island. The large bedroom with king cloud-like bed and luxurious Pratesi Italian linens, was separated from the living room by a wall that featured a huge mirror, which magically turned into an embedded television. Then, at the touch of a button, the wall opened, offering magnificent ocean views directly from bed. There was a tablet that conveniently controlled everything in the suite. My favorite part was the Italian inspired terrazza. Unlike dinky hotel balconies, this terrace is made for living. It opened wide to bring in the cool ocean breeze or closed tight to keep out the tropical midday heat. The restorative vistas had a healing effect on my highly stressed, over worked psyche. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 37
BY: LEE DRAKE
M U S T- S E E CITIES FOR FOODIES
Food is as good an excuse to travel as any and often the local cuisine is an adventure in itself. Food can tell stories of wars fought, lands colonized, cultures merged. Travel and food go hand in hand but, as the world becomes more accessible, where are the best cities for foodies? As airfares decrease in price and the world’s farthest reaches become not-so-far-flung, food based travel is an increasingly popular option. The world’s greatest restaurants are more accessible than ever and the tastiest food and most refreshing drinks are just a plane hop away.
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM The hectic buzz and verve of Vietnam’s largest city is matched only by the vibrant nature of its cuisine. Drawing on its colonial history, Ho Chi Minh City blends French and Vietnamese flavors and styles. The famous sandwich, the banh mi, is just one such beautiful result of the European and Asian cultures coming together.
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What really makes Ho Chi Minh stand out however, is the variety and quality of its regional street food. On every corner is another plume of smoke and steam erupting over a sizzling grill. Fantastic aromas and exotic flavors are to be found wherever you look.
The bohemian neighborhood of Barrio Bellavista in Santiago, Chile.
The food on offer in Chileâ€™s capital city is highly dependent on the season, and as such, is always guaranteed to be the freshest around. The reliance on, and appreciation for, local ingredients gives the food in Santiago a very distinct style. Traditional flavors combined with contemporary techniques results in this South American culinary powerhouse being must-taste on any foodie world tour. Not to be missed is Barrio Bellavista, a Chilean neighborhood known for its street art, cafes and restaurants.
FOOD IS OUR
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London has aggressively and triumphantly shaken off the UK’s poor post war culinary reputation. Top chefs from all around Europe and the world are flooding to the capital’s restaurants and the results are plain to see. Food from dozens of cultures and cuisines are on offer just a stone’s throw away from one another. From traditional pub grub to nouvelle cuisine, London has it all and more. The city is ever changing and the future looks bright - and tasty.
Florence is known as a city of culture, but its food more than holds its own beside the incredible architecture, art and history. The city’s many restaurants deal in mainly traditional fare, serving sauce-heavy pastas and thick slabs of bread. However, the food in modern Florence has shot into the 21st century with a delicious bang. Fine dining experiences can be found all over the city with unbeatable ingredients and Italy’s best chefs competing to give the intrepid foodie an unforgettable experience.
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NEW ORLEANS, USA
North America’s entry on this list, like many other great foodie locales, has a culinary make-up inspired by numerous different cultures. Traces of a host of Caribbean flavors, as well as French, Native American, and African can be found in this historical melting pot. The spices from the various cultures combine with Louisiana’s freshest seafood to create an eating experience unlike any other.
Cafe Du Monde is famous for their beignets (above left). Willie’s Chicken Shack serves New Orleans soul food (above right).
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TASTE CULTURE to understand it DEBORAH CATER
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how to save on your
HIGH SEAS cruise vacation BY: BONNIE CONRAD
Cruises are among the most popular of all vacations, and it is easy to understand why those seagoing getaways are so sought after. As hotel prices have continued to rise, cruises have become an even better value. When you consider that a 5-star hotel can cost upwards of $300-500 a night, it is easy to see why a deep discount cruise package is such an attractive value.
Cruising into Montenegro The fact that modern cruise liners are so impressive in scale, accommodations and amenities doesnâ€™t hurt either. New cruise ships are like 5-star hotels that float from one port to another. Consumers have benefited as cruise companies have raced toward the newest, biggest and best ships on the sea. 42 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Norwegian Cruise Lineâ€™s Breakaway at sea
The economy has also strangely benefited consumers who are anxious to try out a cruise vacation, as well as cruise enthusiasts who simply cannot wait to get back on the water. As the recession deepened, cruise companies began to offer better and better prices, translating to excellent value for savvy travelers. If you are flexible with scheduling, you may be able to save even more money. The economy has resulted in some incredible sales, so you can hit the high seas for a week, for less than the cost of a few nights at a hotel. Also keep in mind the money saved on other vacation costs including rental cars, baggage handling, entertainment and meals. With a cruise vacation, especially a discount one, you unpack once, and your hotel moves with you. If you yearn to experience the vacation of a lifetime at a price you can afford, consider look at great deals on 2017 cruises and see how vacationing on the water can save
money while delivered a memorable travel experience. Working with a travel agency, in person or online, you may save you even more on the cruise of your dreams. While booking airfare on your own makes a lot of sense, sometimes it helps to have a professional in your corner when choosing a cruise line and a cabin. A good travel agency will have established partnerships with every cruise line in the industry, allowing it to create the trip of a lifetime at an unbelievable price. If you know how to shop, you can save a substantial amount of money on the vacation of your dreams. Then there is last minute travel, and its associated discounts. If you are flexible with your travel plans, you may be able to save even more. Like hotel chains, cruise lines always have unsold inventory, and if they do not fill it they lose that revenue. Those cruise lines would rather sell those last remaining cruise cabins at a deep discount than miss out on
Celebrity Solstice resort deck the revenue altogether. You may be able to land a real bargain simply by checking those last-minute deals and packing your bags. Even if dropping everything and hitting the high seas is not your style, you can still find great deal. Cruise lines offer a number of special discounts aimed at many different demographics, from families and couples to older adults and members of professional
organizations and even employees of certain companies. Check with your employer - it just may save you money or qualify you for upgrades on your next cruise vacation. It is easy to see why vacationing on the open sea is such a popular thing to do. If you are looking for your next great adventure, just check out what the cruise lines have to offer. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Deck view of the Regent Seven Seas Voyager
According to a 2017 report by U.S. News, the best cruise lines for the money: #1 CELEBRITY CRUISES #2 ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTL #3 NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE *source: travel.usnews.com/cruises/
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LIFE+STYLE by: ERIC HIMEL
Less wrinkles mean less hassle when traveling from point A to point B and knowing what fabrics pack well is, well, half the battle. FABRICS TO AVOID PACKING Cotton is a ubiquitous fabric that feels good against the skin and is in everybody’s closet. A personal favorite! However, 100% cotton is one of the worst materials you can pack in a suitcase if you want to get to your destination unwrinkled. If you have to take pure cotton, roll it neatly in your suitcase to minimize wrinkles and opt for cotton blend. Avoid silk and linen at all costs both are difficult enough to wear and look sharp even when you are not traveling! With the advent of Athleisure and technical fabrics everywhere these days (for men and women) the delineation between casual and athletic wear and hybrid fabrications continues to be crossed and muddled. Good thing for stylish travelers that these clothes are suitcase friendly! SO WHAT SHOULD YOU PACK? A good rule of thumb? Look for materials that are mixed with something synthetic in them like viscose,
rayon, nylon, spandex or Lycra. These will wrinkle less and won’t hold lines when you fold them. They are also what gives clothes that little bit of stretch which makes them more comfortable! Here are my go-to fabrics and designers that are absolutely ready to travel! JERSEY Lightweight, elegant and will not wrinkle. My fave is the DVF iconic wrap in a modern romper. (right) Gold/ivory Celeste Two Banded Romper in 100% viscose.
WRINKLE-FREE PACKING! ERIC HIMEL (erichimel.com) is a widely known celebrity stylist, fashion expert and media personality. Himel attended Parson’s School of Design and trained under Project Runway’s Tim Gunn. Now based in Los Angeles, Himel’s roster of celebrity clientele has included Jenny McCarthy, Giuliana Rancic, Pete Wentz, Gabby Douglas and more,. Eric is best known for his signature Closet Purge™ and now offers Virtual Styling Sessions. 44 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
ATHLEISURE The hottest trend in casual dressing, for vacation and for running errands at home. It packs, travels and washes with ease, making it the perfect vacation companion. (top opposite page) Vie Active Shay windbreaker jacket in Moonshine. POLYESTER & SPANDEX Don’t be turned off by Polyester - it is no longer the same as those shirts that were popular in the 70’s at Studio 54. Polyester is so much more sophisticated these days and high end designers have blended it into dreamy travel options. (right) Alice + Olivia sleeveless sheer black maxi dress in polyester/spandex blend. TECHNO COTTONS Many companies offer an exceptional cotton shirt (men and women) that are great travel staples. Look for fabric like Brooks Brothers Supima® cotton broadcloth dobby, specially treated to resist wrinkles. (below) Brooks Brothers non-iron regent fit shirts.
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Upon arrival, unpack immediately. Never hang knitwear to avoid shoulder marks. For a quick refresher, hang items in bathroom and turn on hot shower to steam Bring a travel-size can of Static Guard or pack Bounce dryer sheet in your suitcase to eradicate static cling.
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the editor when was the last time you saw something for the first time? BY: TRACEY DRAKE
Elizabeth Taylor would have approved of the newly renovated Casa Kimberly, her holiday home in Puerto Vallarta for more than a quarter century. In 1964, then lover Richard Burton gave Casa Kimberly to Elizabeth Taylor as a birthday gift, and within the walls of this luxurious Mexican hacienda, the two shared a heady and hedonistic life, the essence of which still shines bright in Puerto Vallarta. It is their love affair in this very special Mexican (then sleepy) fishing village that put Puerto Vallarta on the world map. The history in this place is palpable; it feels royal and rare, and I reveled in every moment that I spent at Casa Kimberly. Set over the sparkling blue waters of Banderas Bay, amidst the Sierra Madre Mountains, and surrounded by a city known for 46 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
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• Getting Here: Located in the residential neighborhood of Gringo Gulch, Casa Kimberly is just a short walk from downtown Puerto Vallarta, and a short taxi ride from the airport.
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• Packing: Warm weather resort wear for dining at Casa Kimberly is appropriate and required. There is also some hill walking involved so be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. • Attractions: You may feel the urge to hunker down and never leave Casa Kimberly (I certainly did!) but put aside at least one full day to explore this charming city, walk along the Malecon, and take a boat ride to Los Arcos for a little snorkelling. FOLLOW @TraceyDrakeEditor on Instagram & Twitter or search hashtag #TheTravellingEditor
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its terracotta rooftops (one of my favorite things about PV), Casa Kimberly is nestled in the residential hillside neighborhood of Gringo Gulch, and offers discriminating guests an exquisite escape. With just nine suites, the property boasts an inner courtyard, original swimming pool and terrace, spa, dining, bar and of course, all the old world Hollywood glamour you could ever want! The fine dining restaurant, aptly named The Iguana Restaurant is open air, offering diners beautiful evening views of Puerto Vallarta, and a menu that expertly blends delicious regional and continental fine cuisine. Luckily, even if you cannot stay overnight, The Iguana is open to the public by reservation. Named after Elizabeth Taylorâ€™s starring role in National Velvet, the 1944 movie that truly made her famous, we stayed in The Velvet Suite and it was magnificent. Our bedroom (previous page) featured a stunning carved bed and antique early 19th century decor including crystal chandeliers and oriental rugs. Even the massive clawfoot tub in the opulent bathroom offered breathtaking views from a soaking position. Large wooden paned sliding doors lead to an incredible terrace (opposite page) with a raised 2-person Jacuzzi and stellar views of Banderas Bay and the city of Puerto Vallarta below. End of day is a special time here. In fact, this room could have been named The Velvet Suite because of the way the velvety, warm sun washes over the terrace at sunset. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 49
The famous Lover’s Arch, which allowed Taylor and Burton to move freely, from one side of the property to the other, away from paparazzi and prying eyes, remains intact and original. Casa Kimberly is a place of silver screen history, modern elegance and amenities that are world-class. It is a new way to experience charming Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to sleep, swim and live where Hollywood royalty once did.
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To see more exclusive images from our stay at Casa Kimberly, including photographs of the exceptional Elizabeth Taylor suite, check out our website at DRIFTtravel.com
This photo (right) of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (reading the Night of the Iguana script) was taken by Elizabethâ€™s father, Francis Taylor in 1963. Elizabeth and Richard are on the upper terrace above the swimming pool, pictured below as it looks today.
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TRAVEL GEAR HOT TRAVEL PRODUCTS AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW BY: RUSS WALSH
WEARABLE CRUISE MEDALLION
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Wireless smart earphones with high definition audio, plus Live Translation. Voice recognition technology translates foreign languages instantly during conversations. Fully customizable with easy to replace ear tips in different sizes and colors. mymanu.com
WAIR is the first anti-pollution scarf. It protects you with style from the main air pollutants. Wear it down as a scarf and when you need it pull it up to filter the air your breath. It also informs you about air quality thanks to the SUPAIRMAN app. WAIR is available in different fabrics and prints to match every style. wair.fr
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TASMANIAâ€™S EAST COAST AUSTRALIA
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BY: JOSIE SALDAT The term “pictures do not do justice” was probably invented here on the magically scenic East Coast of Tasmania. So put down your smart phone, and truly let your eyes wander this heart shaped island, located on the edge of the world. With a tragic past, Tasmania exudes a mysterious wisdom and wondrous energy unlike any other. Start your road trip up the coast in the capital of Hobart; a port city with historic architecture, the narrowest streets and a diverse artistic population. A city of contrast combining heritage charm with modern living, locals live only a short drive away from some of the world’s most alluring coastal beaches and endless pristine landscapes. For local “tassies”, February is the end of summer and beginning of a new work or school year, but for travelers it is a time of vacant roads and secluded raw landscapes. It may be one of the world’s most underrated destinations so be sure to go before the rest of the world clues in.
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ROAD TRIPPING IN TASMANIA IS ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY If there is one thing you should know about road tripping in Tasmania: it is all about the journey. In other words, strive to become a Tasmanian sponge and submerse yourself into exploring the island. Through corridors of green, the dramatic windy roads offer vantage points to uninhabited turquoise coasts.
Past the small community of Swansea lies Freycinet National Park, home to one of the most magnificent and picturesque locales, Wineglass Bay. Opt for the trek down to the beach instead of the lookout. You will need to walk the beach to truly feel the magic of this secluded hot spot. The walk is worth the legwork of one hour from the car park. Besides, if you have been sitting in the car itâ€™s a great opportunity to stretch your legs. With the rugged backdrop of the Hazzards, a series of jagged red and pink tinted granite peaks, you should devote an entire day just to explore here. If you want to spend a few days, there are many amenities accessible including camping, hostels, equipped cabins or the ultimate retreat, Saffire Freycinet which has been named Australiaâ€™s top luxury hotel. Hop out of your vehicle and roam the soft white and squeaky sand floors of Binalong Bay. On the south side of the beach lays the Bay of Fires which may feel like the Caribbean, except swap the palm 56 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
trees for Tasmania’s majestic gum trees. Given the name in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux for the burnt orangehued granite boulders hugging the coast that contrast against the clear blue waters. Here you can post up for the night at the Bay of Fires Conservation Area which offers beach-side camping with dreamy views of acacia trees and the sea. Not far away lies the largest town on the north-east coast, St. Helens. As the state’s second largest fishing port, seafood does not have to swim far to your plate. Local family owned pizzeria, Timboli’s serves up an Italian classic, pizza topped with mouthwatering seafood – and yes, I recommend ordering a large pie. To walk off the copious amounts of cheese, grab your sneakers and explore the spectacular hour long TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 57
walk to St. Helens Point and the Peron Dunes, where you can run around pretending you are in the Sahara Desert or simply enjoy the sunset from a bed of sand. Off the Tasmanian Coast are many surrounding islands that are lush with nature and wildlife. Take a thirty minute ferry ride to Maria Island National Park, where native animals roam freely and pieces of the island’s criminal past remain. Pack a picnic and wander the island to see ruins of the mess room, barn, chapel and prison cells - all dating back to the Darlington convict settlement of 1825.
When you return to Hobart you can catch a quick passenger ferry over to Bruny, the apple island that exemplifies the term “room to roam”. Consisting of two land masses joined by a long narrow isthmus, the island was inhabited by the Tasmania Aborigines until European arrival. Visit a plaque dedicated to Explorer James Cook 58 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
who came to the island in 1777 and carved his initials in a tree that burnt down in 1905 and was replaced with the plaque. Since the 1920’s, Bruny has become infamous for a holiday hot spot with hiking trails, surfing beaches, ancient caves and a small friendly local community. In total, North Bruny and South Bruny together have nine coastal enclaves with the most popular being Adventure Bay. Dip into Hotel Bruny, where freshness and food made on premises is their specialty. Try the fish of the day, caught by local fishermen Dave and Ross, who bring in an exclusive ‘catch of the day’ that is always changes
and is paired with Bruny Island’s original cider. Food for the body and food for the mind; indulge your inner creative self on an island that welcomes you as a local yourself. A taste of Tasmania is all one needs to spark a connection with this heart shaped island and a promise to return not too far in the future.
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QIN SHI HUANGâ€™S TERRACOTTA ARMY
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BY: GILLIAN PRESLEY
The first emperor of a unified China, Qin Shi Huang, reveled in truth and beauty. Consider the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army. However, he loathed aging and deeply feared death. Sometimes people who fear death feel a need to control everything, and not surprisingly Qin Shi Huang was known as much for his creations as he was for his tyranny. As emperor, Qin Shi Huang reorganized the bureaucracy, built a network of roads, simplified the Chinese script, standardized weights and measures, and minted new copper coin. Still, the Qin Empire faced recurring threats by Xiongnu nomads to the north. To fend off the Xiongnu, Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of an enormous defensive wall, which formed the first section of what would become the Great Wall of China. Unfortunately the Great Wall couldnâ€™t save Qin Shi Huang from aging and he became obsessed with living forever. He ordered court doctors to concoct potions to keep him alive. As a failsafe, he also ordered the construction of an enormous tomb for himself, which came equipped with molten rivers and an army of some 8,000 life-sized terracotta clay warriors to be placed in the tomb, along with terracotta horses, real chariots and bronze weapons. The emperor died in 210 BC at age 49, and today, his legacy continues to live on in the magnificent and mysterious buried city of death. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 61
The exquisite Terracotta Army was discovered on March 29, 1974, to the east of Xi’an in Shaanxi province by farmers who were digging a well at the foot of Mount Li, a location favored for its underground springs, gold and glimmering jade. According to the Shiji, or “Records of the Grand Historian,” the mausoleum precinct (city of death) began construction shortly after Qin Shi Huang became king, and continued until shortly after his death. Qin Shi Huang had four pits excavated to house the terracotta army, although only three were filled by the time construction ceased. Pit 1 is the largest pit, Pit 2 is the most spectacular, and Pit 3 houses the command headquarters. Traces of Chinese purple and other colors may be seen on some of the half solid/half hollow terracotta warriors, and the bronze swords unearthed in Pit 2 remain sharp and surprisingly pliable. When a 331-pound terracotta warrior was removed from one of these swords, the sword slowly returned to its original shape. Scientific studies concluded that the Qin swords were coated with chrome, which is interesting since chrome oxidation is a relatively recent phenomenon. How did Chinese ancestors do it more than 2,000 years ago?
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Qin Shi Huang Ancestral name: Ying 嬴 Clan name: Zhao 趙 Given name: Zheng 政 Qin Shi Huang was the king of the Chinese State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC [Warring States Period] and the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC.
In 2007 and 2008, the British Museum in London displayed a collection of 120 objects and 20 terracotta warriors in an exhibition titled The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army. For seven months, visitors flocked to the museum in herds to marvel at the extraordinary casting techniques and artistic abilities that dominated the ancient Qin Empire. Today, visitors are making trips to China to visit the Terracotta Army .
If you go to China: The Terracotta Army Museum, located in Xi’an, in West China’s Shaanxi Province, has become one of the country’s most popular attractions, and it will be crowded no matter when you go. However, avoid the Chinese National Day Holiday and Labor Day Holiday. Start early in the day and allow for several hours of viewing time.
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AT A G L A N C E :
Necker Island, BVI
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BAREFOOT LUXURY BY: ELIZABETH DEAN Located in the British Virgin Islands is the unbelievable private paradise known as Necker Island. Owned by Sir Richard Branson, it is part of the Virgin Limited Edition retreats, an ultra-luxurious collection of distinctive retreats, chosen for outstanding locations and magnificent surroundings. At Necker Island, you can book a suite, or the entire island, and it is an experience for the discerning traveler seeking an ultra-exclusive and very private escape. Necker Island has been designed to harmonize with its natural surroundings, and the result is a tropical paradise with the best modern amenities in a raw, unspoilt Caribbean oasis.
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CANA D A ’S
ICE HO TEL BY: JANE CROSS For the 17th year, Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel) invites visitors to discover the beauties and mysteries of the North Pole. Located just a few miles from Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover winter.
hotel rooms and suites, and a lively ice bar, it is an experience like no other. From the pole star to the Arctic wildlife, the Northern Perspectives theme is the inspiration behind the architectural design of the 2017 Hôtel de Glace.
The only ice hotel in America, the Hôtel de Glace has hosted more than a million people from around the globe since it opened in 2001.
For the artistic director of Hôtel de Glace, Pierre l’Heureux, this year’s theme offers a fun way to explore different avenues. “This year, we’re taking a look at the circumpolar world from both an entertaining and a cultural perspective. This
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will be an exciting opportunity for visitors to discover different cultures and civilizations, to meet important figures and to take a thrilling trip to the polar ice pack.” From January 4 until March 26, 2017 the hotel invites guests to enter their magical universe by visiting or staying in an ephemeral work of art. To learn more about Hôtel de Glace and Quebec City, Canada, visit hoteldeglace-canada.com
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TRAVELERS CAN EXPERIENCE THE JOYS OF WINTER IN AN ENCHANTING ICE VILLAGE.
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#WHERETONEXT UNDISCOVERED TOWNS OF INDIA India is a country that can be unnerving and chaotic, for even the most seasoned traveler. DRIFT wants to take you to ten of our favorite towns in India; each with its own charm, unique sights and a slower pace of living - and a few that are not in most popular travel guide books but should be. Watch for our Top 10 Towns in India - coming soon to the March 2017 issue of DRIFT magazine. 68 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
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