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H U N D R E D S O F T R I P S . E V E RY C O N T I N E N T. OV E R E I G H T Y D E S T I N AT I O N S . P R I VAT E J E T T R I P S . E X P E D I T I O N C R U I S E S . FA M I LY A DV E N T U R E S . S A FA R I S . A N D M O R E . Behind every National Geographic Expedition is a legacy of exploration and a passion for authentic travel experiences. Our knowledge of the world is as unmatched as our commitment to it. Natural wonders and exotic wildlife. Celebrated archeological sites and historic treasures. Meaningful connections with people and cultures. And when you travel with us, you make a difference. You support researchers and explorers all over the globe.







In Focus

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Island Bound Three new residences at the Rosewood Baha Mar showcase the finest in Caribbean culture and design. written by erin lentz

nassau has long been a Caribbean capital defined by mystery and intrigue. Its vibrant, pastel-hued downtown, turbulent history, and a lively music and food scene has teased the likes of Ernest Hemingway and the 1960s Hollywood jet set. The James Bond film Casino Royale was shot on the island, capturing Nassau’s allure with iconic Bahamian landmarks.

Additionally, The Club has secured access to all three resorts, their pools, and unique amenities. Spend lazy days at Cable Beach, take the family to seven different pools, or pack your itinerary with watersports, nightlife, and gambling. Special benefits for Members include VIP check-in, high tea service in-residence, and discounts on spa treatments, golf, and tennis. Don’t miss The Current Gallery and Art Center, a hub celebrating Bahamian art via exquisite exhibitions, workshops and lectures, artist residencies, and partnerships with local collectors. —



Courtesy of Baha Mar, Heather Carey Photography

Today, with the anticipated opening of Baha Mar—which houses the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar, and Rosewood Baha Mar—seductive island living is further underscored by sophisticated architecture, art, and design. Exclusive Resorts Members now have access to three spacious, ocean-view residences in the posh Rosewood Baha Mar, a private, intimate property featuring the Sense spa, high-end restaurants, and a grand casino, where ER Members will enjoy signing privileges.

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Point of View: Around the World by Private Jet with National Geographic Expeditions Exclusive Resorts and National Geographic Expeditions have announced a new global strategic partnership celebrating immersive experiences. Acclaimed photographer Michael Melford curates the indelible stops to be experienced on the first Members-only Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey Around the World by Private Jet for 2020.


Mahalo Kaua’i With Exclusive Resorts’ new homes at Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences as your oceanside basecamp, discover a pristine paradise where the living is easy and the flavors are fresh.


Defining a Legacy Exclusive Resorts’ next chapter honors the past while evolving a prescient Member vision. Discover 17 new residences in six destinations as part of the expanded Residence Collection.


Insider’s Guide to Whistler The ultimate cheat sheet to experiencing the mountain town of Whistler-Blackcomb like a local.

Courtesy of Michael Melford




More than a gondola, the PEAK 2 PEAK is innovation on a different scale entirely. Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a world record-breaking 2.7 mile journey to infinite possibilities. photograph by max brinton



p. 16 St Andrews


p. 88 Whistler

Aspen, p. 36 Snowmass, p. 24 p. 41 Telluride, p. 38 New York Vail, p. 24 p. 80 Nantucket p. 81 Kiawah Island p. 27 p. 45 Los Cabos Miami

p. 41 San Francisco p. 41 Las Vegas


Kaua’i, pp. 68, 84 Kohala Coast, pp. 19, 96

19 Côte d’Azur p.

p. 20 Danube River

54, 64 Jordan


48, 65 Morocco



14 Costa Rica p.

p. 60 Nepal p. 62 India

p. 59 Cambodia

Bahamas, pp. 2, 44, 83 British West Indies, p. 19 Dominican Republic, pp. 28, 86 West Indies, p. 85

p. 58 Samoa

p. 63 Tanzania

56 Peru


p. 58 Australia

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Resort Report New Members-only experiential programs and insider access to Peninsula Papagayo.


Play Consider your winter ski season elevated with hutto-hut adventures.


Iconoclast In conversation with Tom Lawrence, Chairman of the prestigious Eden Club.


Home Jonathan Adler on beachinspired design.


Vintage With these nods to the past, fashion meets function.


Jet Set The iPhone Photo Revolution.


Little Luxe Kids’ slopestyle fashion gives a nostalgic nod to ski history.


Bucket List ER Member Lea Suriwka and her two sons create a family legacy on the Big Island.


Member Vetted ER Member David Axelrod celebrates milestone memories.


Remember When Join Gina Bach, Exclusive Resorts’ Vice President of Experiences, on the Danube River Cruise.


In Focus




Letter from the CEO


Letter from the Editor

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61 Bhutan p.


Say, Sommelier A day in the life of Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy.


The Dish Discover Alpino Vino at Telluride Ski Resort.


Cheers The best coffee houses in the country celebrate a taste of place.


Art of Travel Escape to Baha Mar and find the globe’s largest collection of Caribbean artwork.


Inked Inspired tomes to celebrate your wayfaring proclivities.


Gift of Travel Education for All ensures remote young Berber women have a pathway to success.


Live Like a Local Globetrotter Mark Ellwood opens the doors to Tokyo’s trend-setting hot spots.

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AMIEE WHITE BEAZLEY Amiee White Beazley is an award-winning travel journalist covering food, wine, and family travel. She lives in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen with her husband and two sons, where they hike, bike, and sleep under the stars as often as possible. p. 36

Recent Foodie Find Roasted palm grubs in Ecuador—they really do taste like bacon! I Write Best When Wearing noise canceling headphones on a deadline. Always in My Suitcase Cipro, a sleeping mask, and earplugs. Never Travel Without An open mind. Dream Interview Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, and Maya Rudolph—all in one room, singing showtunes.



National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced 18 stories for National Geographic Magazine and over 30 stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine, including nine covers. In 2019 Michael’s work will be featured on five USPS stamps celebrating the Wild and Scenic rivers of the USA collection.

Jen Murphy writes about adventure travel and wellness for publications including Men’s Journal, Outside, Robb Report and Town & Country. She also writes the What’s Your Workout column for the Wall Street Journal.

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Never Travel Without iPhone (camera that makes phone calls), camera, computer and noise canceling headphones. Always in My Suitcase Aeropress coffee maker. Happiest When Always happy, except when I’m subject to the airlines.

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Never Travel Without My running sneakers. Bucket-List Trip Trekking in Bhutan or island hopping by sailboat in the Andaman Islands.

SOCIAL STUDIES An Exclusive Resorts Member posts his aerial view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Post your Exclusive Resorts vacation on Instagram and connect with The Club. @ExclusiveResorts

Happiest When In the ocean. Dream Interview New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

CURATED ONLINE Like what you’re reading? Visit our interactive digital platform for additional photo galleries, stories, Member interviews, and videos from destinations around the globe.

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EDITORIAL editor in chief erin lentz creative director justin parnell

editor at large jen murphy copy editor sarah taylor asquith contributing fashion editor karen larrain

exclusive resorts chief executive officer cathy ross senior vice president, marketing hayden mugford vice president, sales rachel regan marketing specialist lauren bowie

contributors David Axelrod, Amiee White Beazley, Kerstin Czarra, Meredith Diers, Mark Ellwood, Michael Frank, Jimmy Im, Karen Larrain, Rob Story, Clara Woodbridge editorial inquiries Queries must be submitted with self-addressed, stamped envelopes. Publisher is not responsible or liable for return or safekeeping of unsolicited manuscripts, art, photographs, or other materials.

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Letter from the CEO

— Along the Wild Atlantic Way during the Ireland: Celtic Holiday Experience.

The growth of our Portfolio has continued over the past 17 years, and 2018 was no different with The Club announcing 17 new luxury residences across six destinations—Kaua’i, HI; Kiawah Island, SC; Nantucket, MA; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Nevis, West Indies. As we evolve, growth and scale are equally as important as expertise and legacy. Club decisions are driven by two important aspects. First, we think ahead of Members on their behalf, guided by Member feedback and requests. Second, The Club’s legacy is defined by our expertise in the market. The best developers in the world want us to be a part of their new luxury resorts. This legacy is why we are successful, and why we can continue to expand into new destinations—like the new Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences, where we are the only vacation club operating there alongside the Timbers Club.


hat is the definition of legacy travel? I believe it’s defined by moments. At Exclusive Resorts, we’ve seen Members celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries and have helped them plan milestone birthday parties or engagement celebrations for their kids. We create occasions of connection, of Members-only experiences, and new traditions. As we celebrate our own 17th anniversary, The Club’s legacy is evolving with exciting new destinations and intentional global partnerships. A significant part of The Club’s legacy was finding the best real estate in the world, acquiring and developing over $500M in real estate during our first five years in operation. One of my personal favorites was our discovery of Kapalua Bay in 2003. Working as an investor partner, our development team spent over a year collaborating with the developer on the design of our residences and the overall development, ensuring that we created a special sense of place focusing on the legacy of this remarkable site. Fifteen years later, Kapalua Bay remains a Member favorite.


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With this issue we celebrate the new residences and an exciting new global partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. National Geographic is now the preferred provider of our Experience Collection, which is anchored in unique destinations and adventure tourism. It includes handpicked experiences allowing Members to expand their horizons in a meaningful way. The first Members-only Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey, Around the World by Private Jet, planned for 2020, will visit 11 countries and 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 days. This partnership—the first of its kind for both brands—is another way in which Exclusive Resorts ensures an unrivaled vacation tradition for its Members. As we look toward the future and our 20th anniversary year, we hope you join us in further defining your own legacy—time spent with family focused on tradition, memories, and what matters most. Travel Well,


Chief Executive Officer

Letter from the Editor

— With son, Bode, at Holden Marolt Mining Museum, where aspiring young travelers learn of Aspen’s silver mining history.


hen i was growing up, my imagination was fueled by National Geographic magazine. My grandmother was an avid traveler, and stacks of those yellow-bordered covers lined the shelves of her Texas living room. I’d spend hours devouring the pages, learning about African wildlife or a far-flung community in the Himalayas. As such, I’m thrilled this issue of CURATED celebrates a new global strategic partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. Within these pages, award-winning National Geographic photographer Michael Melford takes you behind the scenes of the exciting Members-only Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey Around the World by Private Jet for 2020. And with the announcement of 17 new residences to The Club Portfolio, we’re giving you insider access to Kaua’i, Hawaii, while also showcasing exciting new Exclusive Resorts destinations. My grandmother had the softest hands of anyone I’ve known. She passed away in 2006, but I still think about her hands. I imagine them wrapped around the balcony of a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, or gently unfolding a dog-eared guide book while discovering Argentina. I see them unpacking her suitcase during a glamorous trip to California. When I visited her as a child, she’d trace my tiny pointer finger along a framed world map on her bedroom wall, telling me of all the things I’d see someday. We all have mentors that inspire us to get out and see the world. I hope this issue further inspires your wish list and helps you imagine pivotal trips—journeys which, like National Geographic articles or my grandmother’s travel stories, are worthy of passing on to the next generation of aspiring adventurers. Enjoy the issue!



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Welcome to the Caribbean’s newest resort destination, nestled in the pristine sands of Nassau’s storied Cable Beach. Here, luxury is done on your own terms, with your choice of three iconic hotels — Rosewood, SLS, and Grand Hyatt — and your perfect blend of bliss and play, chill and thrill, nature and culture. Baha Mar features an award-winning Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, a racquet club, a dazzling oceanfront casino, an eco-sanctuary, a kid’s Explorers Club, a flagship ESPA, and over 40 fine dining and nightlife options. So follow the breeze and let your heart lead the way. This is your spectacular.















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Terms and benefits of the program are subject to change at any time without prior notification. Upgrade to best car is based on best available car at the time of rental when you reserve an intermediate car or higher. Free upgrade to the best car available does not apply to Select Series (X car group) or on long-term rentals (i.e., mini-lease); you have the option to rent the upgraded vehicle, if available, at the applicable rate in effect at the time of the rental. Car deliveries in excess of 25 miles are subject to an additional fee. Only spouses or significant others are permitted to pick up the vehicle in the member’s name; additional driver fees apply. Family members, co-workers, and other persons are not authorized representatives of the member and are not permitted to pick up the vehicle and access member benefits. Š2018 Avis Rent A Car System, LLC

Images courtesy of Peninsula Papagayo


Resort Report • Iconoclast • Member Vetted • Remember When

Pura Vida Re-Perfected With 11 miles of playful coastline, Peninsula Papagayo celebrates new immersive experiences. page 14




Resort Report

What’s New Elevated living at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica includes Members-only experiential programs and unique insider access. written by jen murphy

an exclusive resorts flagship destination, Peninsula Papagayo has been a Member favorite since it joined the Portfolio in 2004. This biodiverse region of Costa Rica—a magical 1,400-acre playground with 11 miles of coastline—is the perfect place for families to unplug and reconnect with nature and their loved ones. Members have cherished the luxe-treehouse vibe of the Club’s 18 residences, nestled within 20 acres of lush jungle on the south side of Peninsula Papagayo. And, the pura vida spirit of the staff is contagious. Peninsula Papagayo’s experience factor has been upped, with Club Members having access to expanded programming, curated events, and cutting-edge amenities delivering more immersive, personalized experiences both on and off property. — From top: The grand entrance to The Club’s flagship development in Peninsula Papagayo; aspiring adventurers experience the Papagayo Explorers Club.

Papagayo Explorers Club is the ultimate passport to off-thebeaten path adventures. This new program, based out of the onsite Nature Center, is run by a mostly local team of biologists, naturalists, and marine life experts. Members can customize their own journey or join a set-itinerary designed for small groups. Thrill seekers can mountain bike the peninsula’s diverse trails or white water raft 14

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secret rivers. Curious to learn more about Tico life? Be a guest under the roof of a local family and learn to cook and fish. Or attend a folkloric festival where you’ll have front row seats at a traditional bull-riding event. More options mean there are more ways for Members of all ages to explore the surrounding wilderness. The introduction of e-bikes to The Club’s fleet means

grandpa can keep up with the grandkids on the trails. And new naturalist-led, safari-style outings via golf cart mean the entire family can spot butterflies, parakeets, and opossums in the rainforest—no hiking boots required. The Discovery Jr. program, designed just for ER’s young Members, lets kids, tweens, and teens channel their inner adventurers on scavenger hunts and kayak excursions.

Images courtesy of Peninsula Papagayo


— This Page: Al fresco dining at Poro Poro Beach Club; the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course at the Four Seasons.



New fitness offerings rival the most cuttingedge programs at any five-star resort. Try creative classes like AntiGravity Fitness (think Cirque du Soleil with a yoga twist) or embrace the latest aqua workout craze and take a water bike for a ride on the calm waters of the bay. Ocean lovers can sign up for surf lessons, guided-paddleboard excursions, intro to freediving and scuba sessions, or try out the new fleet of Hawaiian-style outrigger canoes. And Members can access the resort’s new luxury jet boat, Papagayo Explorer—rentable by the hour for up to 10 guests—offers endless possibilities for ocean outings.

Access to the nearby Arnold Palmer-designed golf course at the Four Seasons has always been a draw for golf fanatics. Activities on the green are even more enticing (and fun) with new Member offerings like Nine & Dine—9holes followed by drinks and dinner at Caracol Steakhouse— and the Club’s Neon Long Drive Championship, an evening event powered by glow-in-the-dark gear and accompanied by music and a pop-up bar.


The Poro Poro Beach Club will soon debut stylish new décor, and its cocktail menu features drinks inspired by Exclusive Resorts Members.

Stay 18 residences • 4 bedrooms An Exclusive Resorts flagship destination, Peninsula Papagayo offers 17 ER residences tucked within 30 acres of lush jungle on the south side of the peninsula.

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Legacy Leader CURATED talks with Tom Lawrence, Chairman of the prestigious Eden Club, a multifaceted international private club offering Members access to events, the most luxurious private estate at “the home of golf,” and a unique concierge service to some of the world’s top links. written by jen murphy

you launched the eden club in 1997. at the time, nothing similar existed. what were your inspirations? It started as two ideas. Around that time, some U.S. developers came over to Scotland and opened really different high-end clubs. Loch Lomond was one of them. They set the bar and I knew we could reset it. I imagined a next level multi-dimensional club at St Andrews. As a businessman, I was always traveling and would want to play at private clubs but arranging the details was challenging. Every club before us had been venue dependent. People have upwardly mobile desires—to experience food, wine, and golf all over the world. We broke the mould and established relationships with private clubs around the globe. 16

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pittormie castle, a gorgeous baronial castle located in fife, is the heart of the club. why is a brick-and-mortar base so crucial to the member experience? It is the only place in the world we can control the furnishings, the food, the way the drivers behave, and how our staff greet guests. When you can do that, you can deliver an exceptional product. Our members come to us from outstanding places and we have to surpass their expectations, and it’s often down to the details. My philosophy has always been, ‘this year is good, next year must be better.’ We’re always investing in the core product which keeps our members coming back.

your events aren’t just about playing golf. what makes them so special? describe an eden club member.

Every last detail is thought out, from arrival to departure. The events are about bringing people together. There’s a science to it. Some people can walk into a room and immediately mingle, and others have to be mixed in and made to feel at home. In our click-click world people are placing more value on relationships and we facilitate a setting where like-minded people can connect.

Today, we have over 800 members from around the world. For a lot of them, The Eden Club is their second, third, sometimes even fourthplus membership. These are people who really love golf—golfaholics. They are high-net worth, well-traveled, sophisticated individuals who are very busy. During 20-odd days a year they have with us they want to indulge in fine, wonderful experiences.

why do you feel families are gravitating to clubs like yours? Some of the best times I spent with my dad were on the golf course. It was our reason to get together as father and son. My dad has since passed, and when I look back, those are the times I treasure. Legacy is a critical part of why people join The Eden Club. If they can pass this along to their children and give them the opportunity to enjoy themselves, well, in my opinion, there’s no greater gift you can give.

has the demographic changed at all over the years? In the beginning, it was a bit of a men’s club. Now we really service all aspects of family. You are competing for members’ social time and family is very important. We have a lot of father-son, father-daughter, and couples’ events. We also cater to a lot more women who want to play, many who are more enthusiastic golfers than their husbands.

how has the product evolved? We offer a much broader product, including a shooting club, outdoor areas for fishing, archery and falconry, and indoor golf simulators.

— Opposite: Pittormie Castle, located in Fife. Right: Old Course, St Andrews. CURATED / Fall + Winter 2018



Member Vetted

Time Travel ER Member David Axelrod bridges past and present with milestone memories. written & photographed by david axelrod

i was a teenager when my family joined Exclusive Resorts. Over the years, our vacations became signposts marking phases and eras. Trips that once seemed isolated in time now trigger stories defining the dynamics of my family. Every turning point, celebration, or new beginning we’ve shared has an Exclusive stay attached to it. Here are three stand-out locations, not only for their beauty, but as backdrops to the memories we collect and recollect.

— This page: David Axelrod in Cote d’Azur. Opposite (Clockwise from top): Observatory atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea; Virgin Gorda is a favorite for Axelrod family gatherings; sunsets on Virgin Gorda inspired Axelrod’s photography.


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côte d’azur, france

kohala coast, hawaii

La Retraite—a villa on the Côte d’Azur—is the highlight of our France trip and the dreamiest residence on my ER resume. Hidden in the hills above Le Rouret, the elegant stone château sits perched amid the lush countryside. Flanked with roses, the pool couldn’t be more inviting. I expected my workaholic mom to park herself at the desk with the best view and reemerge at mealtime, as is customary on all of her “vacations.” Imagine my surprise and delight to find her nonchalantly paddling around in the pool. Even she could not resist relaxing. My dad followed her in, and I would have been next, but I didn’t dare spoil the scene of the two of them, floating on their backs, reveling in the magnificence of the moment.

The Kohala Coast is the closest thing I have to a second home. I’ve spent so many Thanksgivings there, I now eat Mahi Mahi instead of turkey. I’ve circumnavigated the island, traversed volcano craters, trekked to black sand beaches, swam with dolphins, spiraled through botanical gardens, and watched the moonrise from the frigid summit of Mauna Kea. Ukulele jam sessions and bocce on the lawn have become family-favorite pastimes. Of all these memories we’ve shared on the Big Island, none compares to the moment my wife and I spilled the news of our engagement. After island-hopping from Kaua’i, we met up with the rest of my family at our Kohala residence. We walked into the kitchen, grabbed local chips and guac from the pre-stocked fridge, and waited for the inevitable. My sister noticed the ring and burst into tears. So much aloha.

virgin gorda, british virgin islands I got my first professional camera just before our British Virgin Islands holiday. The explosive Caribbean sunsets gilded every photograph I took and our leisurely routine left me plenty of time to test my new gear. Every day started with a revitalizing yoga session by the infinity pool, leaving afternoons free for panoramic views from the top of Gorda Peak or a boat ride to The Baths. No matter what adventures the day delivered, I made it a habit to drive our golf cart to the bluff overlooking Spanish Town at golden hour. Without fail, the sky would ignite in a fiery cocktail of clouds. I couldn’t take my finger off the shutter (and barely have since). I did put my camera down once before leaving Little Dix Bay, to sip a Planter’s Punch and plan my return to the Lesser Antilles.

Stay With these oceaninspired retreats, long lazy days are sunkissed and carefree. côte d’azur, france

2 residences • 4 bedrooms Spectacular homes are partner residences with The Hideaways Club. kohala coast, hawaii

• 4 bedrooms This distinctive island is one of the few places on Earth where one can find every climate zone.

11 residences

virgin gorda, bvi

9 residences • 4-5 bedrooms Swim in Devil’s Bay or take an early morning boat ride to The Baths.

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Images courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Remember When

— From top: The Crystal Ravel; Gina Bach (left) with Ambassador Meredith Moore.

A River Runs Through It Join Gina Bach, Exclusive Resorts’ Vice President of Experiences on her recent Danube River Cruise: Budapest to Vienna, and discover the heart of Europe.


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As part of Exclusive Resorts’ Experience Collection, the Danube River Cruise: Budapest to Vienna takes Members from Hungary to Slovakia and Austria. Gina Bach recalls trip highlights and offers tips for travelers.

most unexpected aspect of river cruising: River cruising is so easy! The ship pulled up to these darling little towns and Members are quickly visiting vineyards, beautiful abbeys, and monasteries. There are e-bike experiences almost daily—a fun way to see the towns and ride along the river.

your favorite aspect of the ship: Members have been asking for a river cruise for years, and we have researched many to find the perfect ship for Exclusive Resorts. Ships are all the same size due to the width of the river itself, so it’s how the space is utilized that makes them different. Most ships maximize space and have small cabins to fit more travelers. Because we charter our ships, we wanted an all-suite product and not just four huge cabins (and the rest tiny). The Crystal Ravel™ was perfect. Think 50 cabins, all with floor-to-ceiling windows opening like a car sunroof. The ship was absolutely beautiful—light and airy, with high-quality finishes.

what makes crystal cruises a game-changer in the river cruising experience? Crystal is new to river cruising, and they are stepping up everyone’s game. The food and service was phenomenal; no one missed a meal. I’m still dreaming about the beet salad with whipped goat cheese.

why do you think there’s been such an uptick in demand for river cruising? The value is high, with allinclusive experiences including shore excursions, alcohol, internet, and gratuities.

favorite moment on the danube: A group of Members who had never traveled on our ER Members-only cruises became fast friends and wanted to have dinner together. When I walked by to check on them, the six husbands had their own table and I asked, “Where are your wives?”. They pointed to the six wives sitting together at another table. Both tables were happy as clams, laughing and carrying on. I love seeing Members become friends through our Experiences.

— From top: The indoor pool aboard Crystal Ravel; pop-up Vista Bar.

If You Go Gina Bach’s Tips to River Cruising in Style don’t miss in vienna:

Belvedere Palace to see Gustov’s Klimt’s “The Kiss” up close and personal. Watch the movie Woman and Gold on the plane over prior to cruising. don’t miss in budapest:

The food in Budapest is amazing. There are many up-and-coming chefs with newly earned Michelin stars.


3 shore excursions:

3. Day Trip to Salzbug. 1. e-Biking from Getting to see the Durnstein to Melk. Sound of Music The ship drops you off movie settings and in Durnstein, and after then lunching at a biking through the restaurant of choice vineyards you meet was a trip highlight. the boat later in Melk. 2. Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial. It’s odd to say a concentration camp was my favorite activity, yet it showed the reality of a terribly tragic time.

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Play • Home • Vintage • Jet Set • Little Luxe

Hut to Hut Ready for peak pursuits? The Colorado backcountry is calling... page 24





Off the Grid With these hut-to-hut Colorado backcountry adventures, consider your winter ski season elevated. written by rob story

we can all agree the ancient Romans had a lot of good ideas. Civilization as we know it grew thanks to their roads, aqueducts, keystones, and what have you. Less known is the Romans’ invention of hut-to-hut ski tours.

Alpine Escape All 10th Mountain huts include woodburning stoves for heat, propane burners for cooking, photo-voltaic lighting, and handicap accessibility. Travel with ER to Snowmass or Vail, and our Concierge will coordinate the ultimate backcountry adventure.


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The Romans, you see, laid down many of their famous roads across the mountain passes of Europe’s Alps. Eventually, refugios, or shelters, were built alongside the roads. When the 19th century rolled around, mountaineering became a “thing,” and climbers and skiers began taking comfort inside the huts, while also building new ones. Although the Appalachian Mountain Club built the first backcountry hut in the U.S. (in New Hampshire, to be exact) way back in 1889, the concept didn’t reach Colorado until the 1940s. Like many aspects of the history and culture of American skiing, an idea that came to fruition in the Appalachians has been perfected in the Rockies. America’s best-known hut-to-hut system is the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, which occupies the Gore Range, Elk Mountains, and other ranges near Aspen and Vail. While the Alps have a century-long head start on the Rockies in terms of backcountry accommodations, Colorado does its best to keep up: The 10th Mountain Division currently manages 34 different cabins connected by 350 miles of trails. Some huts are reached by easy kick-and-glides up mellow pitches; some adjoin serious, steep mountain descents. The lodges on the 10th Mountain system essentially accommodate anyone with two planks attached to their feet. Make the trip if you can. To spend a night at a rustic mountain refuge is to toggle happily back and forth between the past and the present.

Images courtesy of C2 Photography

It’s true ... sort of.


During World War II, some of the finest alpinists in America’s embryonic ski industry journeyed to Camp Hale in central Colorado to teach mountain skills to soldiers. Those soldiers—proud members of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division—were then shipped off to Italy to battle in the aforementioned Alps. They endured both the brutality of war and the savagery of volcanic uplifts. One thing they cherished, however, was exposure to Europe’s huts—shelters allowing sojourners to travel light and sleep indoors. The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association honors the soldiers with intimate shelters in stunning settings located far off the grid. Hut logistics still vibe more 1940s infantryman than 2010s millennial. Most guests sleep in bunks. Heat emanates from crackling wood stoves. There’s no running water—just giant kettles of snow melted over propane burners. Granted, you might get cell service at a hut, but why even try? Just go with the timeless flow, and play backgammon or read a book.


A couple of years ago, this writer joined friends for a trip to a 10th accommodation: the Lindley Hut in Castle Valley near Aspen. A gorgeous chunk of Colorado, Castle Valley divides Cathedral (13,943 feet) and Conundrum (14,022) peaks from some merely 12,000-foot-plus monsters on its eastern rim. Because it was the 21st century, we donned high-tech laminates and deployed ultra-light ski-touring gear, then promptly trashed all weight savings by toting plastic sleds loaded with cases of Colorado microbrew. Most huts, Lindley included, feature outhouses, not bathrooms. It was impossible to find a mirror to aid contact lens insertion. A millennial perked up and said, “You don’t need a mirror for that anymore! Just flip your phone camera back on your face.” Oh. OK. Why didn’t I think of that? But don’t go thinking this is the ultimate time to be a hut-to-hut skier. While we enjoy advantages and amenities a 10th Mountain soldier would never understand, we suffer from modernity as well. Upon arrival for a trip linking the huts of Switzerland’s Urner Haute Route, for instance, this reporter was horrified to discover a prized possession had vanished somewhere between Denver International Airport and Flüghafen Zürich. My 16-yearold travel cribbage board, which had provided backcountry entertainment from Alaska to Aspen, France to Antarctica, was a goner, for an obvious reason: TSA had forgotten to re-zip my ski bag.

— Opposite: The 10th Mountain hut system traverses the backcountry near Aspen and Vail. From left: A scenic Nordic ski through the Colorado backcountry; morning essentials at a 10th Mountain hut.

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New Wave Happy-cool designer, potter, and author Jonathan Adler on living a modern, breezy life.

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— Above from left: Jonathan Adler celebrates bold, sophisticated design; beach-inspired décor sets a playful tone.

shore things Adler reveals his beach house essentials. “To me, it’s about relaxation and nature, and being with the people and things I love,” he says.


Bring in the feeling of dunes indoors with grasscloth wallpaper or a Beni Ourain rug. COZY UP

Everyone fights for hang-time chairs in the living room. Stock up on comfy seating. STAND UP

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great escapes Where Adler likes to drop his towel and sunscreen. — Left: Breezy indoor-outdoor living is Adler’s mantra. Below: Adler’s home on Shelter Island, NY.


That’s where my hubby (Simon Doonan) and I built our dream house. SUNSET BEACH ON SHELTER ISLAND

For the sunset, of course … PALM BEACH

For the people watching. CAPRI

For well, everything. If heaven exists, it looks like Capri.

state of mind The dos and don’ts of chic seaside style. DO channel

the ocean by incorporating sunset and water hues. The yellow of the sun, the white of the clouds, the blue of the water, and the beige of the sand will make you feel like you’re at the beach even if you’re in Des Moines.

DON’T toss anchors on every wall and lobster traps in every corner.

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• 4 bedrooms Visit the chic family-friendly Esperanza, a favorite of Members for years, or the spacious Villas Las Conchas and Las Residencias estates—all decorated with local pottery, hand-craft wood furnishings, and brightly colored local textiles.

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Ahead of the Game With these nods to the past, fashion meets function. curated by karen larrain

why be run-of-the mill when entertaining guests? Elevate nostalgic childhood games with unexpected details like wooden frames and metal chips, colored acrylic, or calfskin and saddle-stitched tables only Hermès would dream of designing. With games this stylish, you won’t want to tuck them away once a champion is crowned.

— Restoration Hardware: Leather Bocce Ball Set / $141

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Conjure the glamour of the ‘70s with an oversized, chunky acrylic chess set. Perfect for permanent display on any cocktail table. Available in moody smoke, clear, or electric orange and yellow.

Acrylic Chess Set / $795


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Foosball Table in Maple and Swift Calfskin

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Four Up

Concrete Pool Table

Don’t expect the foosball table of your high school years. Rather, Hermès brings us elegant jockeys in vivid silk jerseys against the finest upholstery and saddle-stitched leather.

This handsome set pairs a wooden board with aluminum game pieces in silver and brass. Easy to play but difficult to master, it’s an all-ages crowd pleaser and an impressive hostess gift. / $73,600 / $141

Step up your pool game with this attention-grabbing sculpture/table for indooroutdoor use. The sleek concrete is impervious to moisture and salt air, and is sealed with multiple coats to create an ultra-smooth surface. / $22,000






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Jet Set

Freeze Frame The iPhone Photo Revolution. written by michael frank

the iphone is arguably the most transformative device since the automobile. From its debut, it has dominated cell phone sales, at times besting all other Android products put together. With the dawn of the 2012 iPhone 5 and its eight-megapixel camera, iPhone sales have eclipsed all other cameras on the planet. And thanks to the rise of the photo-specific app, Instagram, we collectively snapped 1.2 trillion photos in 2017. Suddenly 30

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the world’s most-shared, richest, emotionally resonant, and arguably most accessible artform is photography. The sheer popularity of the iPhone has made this photography revolution possible. Unlike a traditional camera, where the image you have very much relies on the size of the sensor (a full-frame DSLRs sensor is about 45 megapixels), Apple has rather obstinately kept to relatively small lenses and a mere 12MP sensor. Where the power of selling 200 million phones a year comes in, versus the much smaller volume of digital camera sales or sales of smartphone competitors, is Apple’s ability to invest in computational analysis and make better software, nearly rendering sensor size irrelevant. How? Two important ways. 

Shot on Site National Geographic, an industry leader in expedition travel, is now the preferred provider of The Club’s Experience Collection, which includes photography excursions to such far-flung locales like Bhutan. — new-at-the-club/new-partnership

— Prior to even pressing the shutter, it “pre-shoots” four frames so you don’t miss the moment.

iPHONE X s and X s MAX

First, the dual-lens tech on the 2016 iPhone 7 Plus allowed Apple’s proprietary software to study the entire image you shoot, and to shoot several shots at once. The software in the phone is looking simultaneously at the intended subject and the extant lighting to create the best possible single image. Now, with the debut of two new iPhones—the Xs and the Xs Max—Apple’s taking computational photography technology even further. Like the original X, the new phones have dual-camera tech, one for 2x zoom and one that defaults to wide. But Apple also added what it calls smart HDR. An HDR is several images sandwiched into one. A professional photographer might “bracket” a series of shots taken with a DSLR, then fuse the images with software into a single photo in order to make shadows brighter and highlights more balanced. This is great for landscapes, but tough for non-pros to strike the balance with a portrait. Until now. Because the tech in the Xs and Xs Max automatically takes multiple shots at once, you’ve only tapped the shutter a single time, yet in essence have snapped dozens of shots at different exposures. The technology analyzes the information in an instant (performing up


Three other top-note features include the larger Xs and Xs Max screens, yet both are actually physically smaller than Apple’s largest phone, the 8 Plus. That’s because the screens dominate the new phones, while the 8 Plus’s screen is relatively small. So the Xs Max won’t feel inordinately large, and if you want more screen in a smaller phone, the Xs is the way to go. Both phones are also more waterproof, rated to submersion in up to over six feet of water (including chlorinated pool water), and both also get dual SIM tech—a fantastic feature for both vacation and business travel. You can have two numbers in a single phone, keeping the billing distinct, or if frequently jetting abroad, you can use an overseas carrier for your second number.

to one trillion modifications) and then outputs this to one shot with a perfectly lit background, foreground, and skin tone. If shooting action, the camera detects motion. Prior to even pressing the shutter, it “pre-shoots” four frames so you don’t miss the moment. Naturally, it also compares focus of all those shots to make sure the result is ultra-sharp. And if you’re using portrait mode, which is designed to softly blur the background to create what’s called bokeh (the effect of bringing your subject forward), you can adjust the background focus after shooting. Maybe there’s too much bokeh and the subject looks artificially cookie-cut out of the scene? No worries; you can reduce that effect.


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Kids’ slopestyle fashion gives a nostalgic nod to ski history. curated by karen larrain 5


— Above: Montage Deer Valley, Utah

headed for the hills this winter? What you wear on the mountain is almost as important as where you decide to snag first tracks. Your little ones will be oh-sohappy with these stylish slope side gems, which marry form with technical function. Happy trailblazing!


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1. Canada Goose Rundle Bomber • / $525 2. POC Ito Auric Cut SPIN • / $180 3. L.L. Bean Smith Daredevil Junior Goggles • / $35 4. KJUS Jacket: Boys Speed Reader in Atlanta Blue/White • / $329 5. KJUS Junior Ride Beanie in Atlanta Blue/Green Leaf • / $49 6. L.L. Bean Kids’ Fleece Upper Bibs • / $79

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Say, Sommelier • The Dish • Cheers

Oenophile A sneak peek of the exclusive Red Light Lounge at Aspen’s The Little Nell. page 36




Say, Sommelier

Just a few years ago, Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy was the new kid on the block. Today he’s a trailblazer among oenophiles. written by amiee white beazley


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in the world of wine there are millions of bottles, thousands of producers, and a few hundred vintages, but there are only a handful of bona fide experts. Carlton McCoy is one of them. As the Wine Director of The Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colorado, Carlton oversees a legendary 5-million-dollar cellar of more than 20,000 wines. This year, McCoy was nominated by Wine Enthusiast magazine in the category of Sommelier/Wine Director of the Year in its Wine Star Awards (the winner is announced in December 2018). He also has his own wine label, La Carafe, in collaboration with friend and Little Nell colleague Csaba Oveges. One of only two African American master sommeliers, McCoy is not only a leader in his community, he’s also an educator for the Court of Master Sommeliers and has helped put The Little Nell on the map as a launching ground for aspiring sommeliers, where they can work, study, and taste their way to the top of the wine world’s ladder. So what does the life of Aspen’s top somm look like?

Escape Plan This year The Little Nell is starting a new program called “Nell Escapades.” McCoy will be a part of the planning and hosting of each one. First up is heli-skiing with Canadian Mountain Holidays (Jan 19-26, 2019) followed by Cycling Camp in Burgundy in conjunction with DuVine Cycling and based in Beaune, France (Aug. 4-8, 2019).

Images courtesy of Jamie Fletcher,Daniel Krieger, Gibeon Photography, and The Little Nell

Top Somm

— Opposite: Master Sommelier and The Little Nell Aspen Wine Director Carlton McCoy; bottle shock (the good kind). This page: The Little Nell wine cellar houses 20,000 bottles; McCoy in the Red Light Lounge tasting room; Element 47 restaurant at The Little Nell.

8:00 a.m. Wake up and cycle 12 miles to the ghost town of Ashcroft, located near downtown Aspen. McCoy took up cycling shortly after moving to Aspen. “Two of my life’s passions are cycling and wine. Here, I get to pursue both,” he says. To keep himself motivated, he rides with cycling pros visiting Aspen. The Little Nell hosts the annual “Clip-In with Christian Cycling Camps,” giving cyclists of all abilities time to ride Aspen’s most famed roads with former pros Christian Vande Velde, George Hincapie, and Craig Lewis.

9:30 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

Back at the hotel, McCoy takes a few meetings and prepares for the day before the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Element 47, opens. In the winter, McCoy pulls his favorite bottles for après ski. He chooses the singlevineyard, 100-percent blanc pinot noir Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire Blanc de Noirs Champagne—a 1996 vintage. “This year The Little Nell has partnered with this legendary champagne house to produce an exclusive label just for The Nell,” he says. He also suggests the 1985 Domaine Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares, one of McCoy’s favorite vintages of the century.

If it’s a rare night off, you’ll find McCoy hosting The Little Nell somm team for dinner. “I like to teach in an informal setting,” he says. Tonight he’s pouring 30-year-old whites from Alsace and Burgundy. “We will drink wine, but I’ll show them how to cook classic, healthy dishes as well. White Burgundy goes well with pork.”

1:00 p.m. Time for lunch. If it’s just McCoy and friends, you’ll find him at Meat & Cheese. “The food there is high quality and I love the diversity of the menu,” he says. But don’t expect McCoy to be uncorking anything ostentatious. “Typically, I’ll order wine by the glass,” he says. “I tend to drink lighter, crisper white wines, refreshing styles of wine with a casual meal. Only when I’m out with somms do I ever drink high-end wine. For me, I prefer cheaper, simpler wines. It takes all the professional pressure off.”

after hours When the rest of the world is gone to bed, McCoy teaches guests about the wine cellar in The Red Light Lounge, where he has turned a 10-by-12-foot office adjacent to the cellar into the ultimate wine tasting room. The ceiling is full of signatures by those lucky enough to find themselves inside for a tasting, including celebrity chef and community activist José Andrés and winemaker Joel Gott. It’s not uncommon for a guest to drop $100,000 a night here, but you can also access McCoy’s time, knowledge, and wine with a $500 minimum buy. “I’m interested in the process in which people consume wine and experience it,” he says. “I just encourage everyone—open the damn bottle and drink it!”

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High Top Discover Alpino Vino at Telluride Ski Resort, where elevated eats and ski descents are the perfect pairing. written by rob story


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whether we asked for it or not, Telluriders see Tyrolean apparel on a regular basis. It’s what the staff typically wears at Alpino Vino, the rifugio/wine bar perched on the Telluride Ski Resort’s eastern boundary at an elevation of 11,966 feet—making it the highest restaurant in America. At Alpino Vino, a stunning blonde in a St. Pauli-girl dirndl dress might steer you to a sun-drenched table on the expansive deck overlooking the most beautiful slopes in the ski universe. Your server might sport a felt hat, edelweiss-print necktie, and boiled wool vest from Austria. Though they look like they’re headed for an Oktoberfest bender, the Alpino Vino team really dress this way to emphasize the authentic European aesthetic. The restaurant opened in 2009 on a run called See Forever in a former private home built on a mining claim.

Telluride Ski Resort bought the building and turned it into a Dolomites-like dining rifugio thanks to former CEO Dave Riley’s initiative to model this steep, isolated, photogenic ski area after the best mountains in the cradle of skiing, the European Alps. Riley made multiple trips across the pond to fine-tune the details, and now the stube appears airlifted from the Alps. Inside are hand-hewn beams, furniture crafted from reclaimed wine barrels, stone floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and seats for 26 happy diners. The multi-tiered outside deck seats even more while furnishing OMG views of Colorado’s steepest peaks. On sparkling winter days when sunshine pours through haze-less, Four Corners skies, the deck at Alpino Vino resounds with clinking glasses, the crunch of antipasto-topped crackers, and giddy laughter. Chef Nico Peccedi grew up in Bormio, in the mountains of Northern Italy. His à la carte menu is highlighted by savory grilled cheese sandwiches, hearty pasta specials, Prosciutto paninis, organic tomato-gorgonzola soup, and selections of cured meats and fine cheeses. At lunch, you might encounter a 10- to 15-minute wait—which is best spent ripping groomers to Gold Hill Express (Lift 14). A four-minute ride on a high-speed quad and a 30-second descent later, you’re back chatting with the Fraulein in the dirndl. Those who can ski blue runs find Alpino Vino a simple ski-in, ski-out joint between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dinner, however, is an entirely different manner. At night, access requires a heated snowcat that chugs up (and up and up) from the top of the Telluride Mountain Village gondola. When guests emerge from the coach at almost 12,000 feet, they’re handed a glass of effervescent prosecco. Chef Peccedi prepares five-course tasting menus—and each course enjoys a wine pairing. The cost, including the snowcat ride, is $150 per person. There are two sittings per night. Featured dishes include braised bison short ribs, housemade crab ravioli in saffron cream sauce, pan-seared wild sea bass with roasted potatoes and olives, and polenta gnocchi. Cheers!

Images courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort

Stay telluride, co

• 4 bedrooms The town of Telluride is a National Historic District with a colorful mining history. Stroll through its storied streets and discover Victorian architecture, quirky shops, and locallyowned restaurants.

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— Opposite: Comfort food served with alpine views. This page: Alpino Vino has become a Telluride rite of passage for locals and visitors.

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Some Like it Hot Part café, part sacred space, the best coffee houses in the country are community hubs celebrating a taste of place. written by amiee white beazley

according to some historians, we can thank King George III for America’s love affair with coffee. As the story goes, while there were already hundreds of coffee houses in colonial America, tea was the country’s favored drink until 1773—when Mad King George heavily taxed tea and colonists revolted by throwing their beloved brew into the Boston Harbor. Not only did they dump the tea, they found a substitute for it in coffee. Hence, the beginning of a much beloved relationship with the caffeinated bean. Today, coffee is an institution, an art—and some might say, a religion. Read on for three coffee houses in great American cities where people love their coffee, ahem, a latte.

Single Origin: Taste of Terroir At the best coffee houses in the world, you’ll likely see coffee terms like single origin. So, what does this mean, and how does it affect your morning espresso? Single origin refers to coffee beans grown on one farm, or in one specific geographic region, and sometimes it means the beans are from multiple farms from the same area. While there is no official definition, each single origin coffee is said to capture a different taste profile and sense of the terroir in which it was grown. At Toby’s Estate Coffee in Brooklyn, they aren’t just brewing and pouring great coffee, they also travel the world, ethically sourcing green beans from fair-trade, single-origin estates. “As roasters and baristas, we believe each coffee can tell a story, and we strive to share that in every cup.” —


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— Opposite: Sightglass. Above (Clockwise from left): Hutch + Waldo Cafe, Sightglass, Vesta Coffee Roasters.

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Hutch + Waldo Café is a neighborhood jewel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Housed in a former garage just off of Second Avenue at East 81st Street, this city respite is overflowing with greenery and welcomes guests with a friendly Aussie vibe. Emulating their home country of Australia’s incredible coffee culture and a commitment to eco-responsibility, owners Alastair McFarland and Michael McClintock are on a mission to eliminate plastic waste while serving up the city’s best coffee.

Helmed by brothers Justin and Jerad Morrison, the independently owned Sightglass began with a service cart in the city’s SoMa district near an old warehouse. That warehouse eventually became the coffee company’s roastery and coffee bar, and of top note, it became a community gathering space. Now with several city locations, the Seventh Street flagship store still attracts coffee lovers for its dedication to a stellar, globally inspired cup.

After the arduous task of ensuring its coffee is organic, fair trade, bird-friendly, Rainforest Alliance certified, and socially responsible, the Vesta Coffee Roasters team spends endless hours developing coffees and roasts—right on the premises—to make sure its flavor profiles are complex and robust. Spend time with their expert baristas in this industrially stylish space in the Vegas arts district, and see why Vesta has brought a new appreciation of the drink to this former coffee desert.



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Art of Travel • Inked • Gift Of Travel • Live Like a Local

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On Display The Baha Mar Art Collection curates the best of the Caribbean. page 44




Sense of Place Escape to Baha Mar and find the globe’s largest collection of Caribbean artwork. written by jimmy im

Art of Travel

the caribbean may be famous for white-sand beaches and the crystal-clear sea, but the Bahamas is giving travelers a new reason to visit. The Current, the largest art collection to ever exist in the Bahamas, is on display throughout the new luxury resort Baha Mar, capturing the history, allure, and artistic flair of the island nation through 2,500 compelling pieces of varied works. “We set out wanting to tell the most encompassing, dynamic, and reflective story possible,” says John Cox, Baha Mar’s art director and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. As the former chief curator of The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Cox selected art that holds a special place in Bahamas history or expresses a particular narrative through local artists. The collection comprises the largest concentration of notable Bahamian artists, like Stanley Burnside, a local art hero; Maxwell Taylor, a master printmaker, painter, and ceramicist; and Kendall Hanna, the first major abstractionist in Bahamian art. The Current is also the largest collection of original Caribbean art anywhere in the world, and the single largest collection of Bahamian art ever exhibited.

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— This page from left: “The Fifth Season” by John Cox; “Just Another Version of You II” by Dede Brown & Dylan Rapillard. Painted and etched aluminum, 2016. Opposite: Artwork at ESPA by Lynn Parotti. Oil on canvas, 2015.


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“We want the collection to have an aesthetic appeal, with formal qualities and content speaking to the lush environment and compelling aspects of our culture, while not compromising on the realities of what The Bahamas is today,” says Cox. “Drawing on my past experience and working closely with my curatorial team, Natascha Vasquez and Cydne Coleby, we dove deeply into the collection of Bahamian collector and cultural partner, Dawn Davies, whose loaned works comprise approximately 60 percent of the exhibition. Additionally, we looked for works from artists pushing emotive buttons, challenge conventions, and helped turn artistic corners.” The largest concentration of art can be browsed at The Fairwind Exhibition inside The Baha Mar Performing Arts and Convention Center, which houses 250 pieces representing over 150 years of Bahamas art. The art also spans other spaces, including a gallery, studio space, public spaces, guest rooms, spa, restaurants, and more, throughout the $4.2 billion, 1,000-acre property. Baha Mar, opened in May 2018 in Nassau, features three resorts— Grand Hyatt, SLS Hotel, and Rosewood—with more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges; a

we want the collection to have an aesthetic appeal, with formal qualities and content that speak to the lush environment and compelling aspects of our culture, while not compromising on the realities of what the bahamas is today. ”

—john cox, baha mar art director spotlight on:

Frost Science, Miami

17-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course; 100,000-square-foot casino; ESPA spa; seven pools and several boutique shops. Guests are encouraged to experience the art in exhibition programs, tours, workshops, and lectures. Curated as a themed compilation of paintings, sculpture, and photography, the Fairwind Exhibition specifically celebrates local narratives, providing guests with native understanding of Bahamas culture, including themed walls like The Genius Wall, which pays tribute to one artist at a time, and The Intuitive Wall, highlighting prominent artists without formal art training. “I am excited by the works of Giovanna Swaby—a mixed media and installation artist

and recent graduate of Emily Carr University in Vancouver,” says Cox. “Swaby is known for her portraits of women made from floral patterned fabrics and a sewing machine. Kachelle Knowles, who is also a mixed media artist and graduate of Emily Carr University, created a large format collage portrait of the first Bahamian Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling, using papers she embellished from hand-drawn patterns, including a hand-written excerpt from The Bahamas Constitution, detailing the fundamental rights of all citizens.” Among the vast collection, visitors should not miss some standout, extraordinary pieces anchoring the exhibit, including April Bey’s mixed media tapestries, Lynn Parotti’s Slave House Series, and Brent Malone’s Junkanoo Mural, which is on loan to Baha Mar from the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Before you jet off to the Bahamas, stop at the new, $305-million Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, located next to Pérez Art Museum Miami. The immense, threebuilding complex spans five levels, with innovative exhibitions exploring space and animals. Don’t miss the 500,000-gallon aquarium and, the star attraction, a 250-seat domed planetarium. The ultra-high-def, 3D projection system makes Frost one of the most advanced planetariums in the world. —

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Travel Type Inspired tomes to celebrate your wayfaring proclivities. written by meredith diers

The Paris Journal by nichole robertson & evan robertson

A fictional, visual diary of a day in Paris combines laugh-out-loud journal entries with photos that bring the city to life. The anonymous solo traveler is accompanied only by her enthusiasm and imagination, which guides her on a whirlwind tour of the City of Lights. —


Travels with Charley: In Search for America

by andrew sean greer

by john steinbeck

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Greer’s book follows a struggling novelist who travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding. The main character, Arthur Less, treks from New York to Mexico, then crosses the Atlantic to Europe and Morocco, and also explores India and Japan. This page-turning satire celebrates an American traveling abroad who unsuccessfully squashes his emotions. —


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At age 58, John Steinbeck, along with his French poodle Charley, sets out to rediscover the country he’d been writing about for years. Steinbeck revels on American character, racial tensions, and the unexpected kindness of strangers. —

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by clemantine wamariya & elizabeth weil

In her sharp and moving memoir, Wamariya tries to make sense of a life fractured by the Rwandan genocide. She recounts her early childhood in the Rwandan capital Kagali, and her life that followed with, at times, an analytic eye and beautiful honesty. Wamariya says it’s about “the human side of war: what is forever destroyed, what can be repaired, the fragility and importance of memory.” —

The Stylish Life: Skiing by gabrielle le breton

The author explores the nostalgic and impressive journey of alpine ski history, from its origins in China and Scandinavia and the innovation of cutting-edge equipment, to jetsetter destinations defining a popular global culture and aspirational lifestyle. Be forewarned: The eye candy may inspire a last-minute ski weekend. —

The Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim by pete mcbride with kevin fedarko & hampton sides

Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure by peter stark

An exploration of what happens to our bodies and minds in the last moments of life—specifically when an extreme adventure goes horribly wrong—is the basis of Stark’s collection of stories. The narratives combine the adrenaline of extreme sports with psychological reality. Adventure travelers will learn what they’re getting themselves into when opting to live on the edge. —

Award-winning photographer Pete McBride and best-selling author Kevin Fedarko share their remarkable journey of hiking the entire Grand Canyon. After reading a compelling foreword by historian Hampton Sides, follow McBride and Fedarko as they hike 750 miles through the canyon—a feat undertaken by fewer than those who’ve orbited the Earth. Stunning imagery frames original vantage points while the book also delves into the conservation challenges of the Canyon. It reminds us why we protect public space. Proceeds from the book benefit the Grand Canyon Association and a documentary was released in time for the national park’s centennial. —

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Gift of Travel

Give + Get Education for All is ensuring young Berber women in Morocco’s remote High Atlas Mountains have a pathway to success. written by jen murphy

while american teens may beg their parents to stay home from school, girls in rural Morocco must plead with their parents to pursue an education. According to the World Bank, only 36 percent of females in rural Morocco enroll in secondary education. The remoteness of many villages in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains means secondary school is not an option, particularly for girls. Parents prefer their daughters to stay at home to help cook, clean, and care for siblings. Many families can’t afford to pay for lodging or transport to schools. The majority speak Berber and school is taught in Arabic. And many parents don’t trust their girls will be kept safe away from home. But Berber girls have a brighter path thanks to Education for All, an NGO building and running boarding houses for females aged 12 to 18. Founded by Mike McHugo, co-owner of Morocco’s mountain eco-retreat Kasbah du Toubkal, and Cees and Maryk van den Berg, owners of Riad Siwan in Marrakech, EFA started as a simple idea: provide young women with a safe base, located within walking distance to secondary school and in an environment where they can thrive in their studies. The first boarding house opened in 2007 in Asni. Just 30 miles from Marrakech, Asni, like most of the High Atlas villages, feels like another planet compared to the cosmopolitan city. Community outreach was crucial to gain the support of parents. The original vision was to accept 10 to 12 females from the poorest families living in some of the most remote villages in the High Atlas for the three years it would take them to complete their secondary education. Everything is provided for free: three meals a day, hot showers, beds, access to computers, study support via an international volunteer program, and dedicated Berber housemothers. 48

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— Above: You won’t just find books at the EFA houses.

young berber women have a brighter path thanks to education for all, an ngo building and running boarding houses for females aged 12 to 18. ”

Images courtesy of Gerard Wagemakers, Education for All

— From top: Gaining an education makes these local women smile; the EFA is a home away from home.

The success of the first boarding house has led to the addition of four more, including one fully funded by a benefactor inspired after a visit to the program. A sixth will open in 2019. Nearly 200 girls now attend school, thanks to EFA, and on average, the pass rate for all academic years is more than 90 percent, double the national standard. More than 60 EFA participants have gone on to enroll at university and two are pursuing Master’s Degrees. A portion of every stay at Kasbah du Toubkal goes towards supporting the program. I make the journey along a dusty, pot-holed road to the boarding house in Asni. The simple brick building is akin to a camp dorm with bunk rooms, a dining hall, kitchen, and study areas. I join a group of girls for lunch and they enthusiastically begin to introduce themselves: “Hi, my name is Amina Ait Afraden, I’m 16 years old. My favorite hobby is basketball and I want to become a lawyer. Hi, my name is Malika Ait Aablla, I’m 15 years old. My favorite subject is math. I would like to become a doctor. Hi, my name is Fatima Alhyane. I’m 16 years old and my favorite sport is football. I want to become an engineer.” All are engaged, polite, curious, and thankful. And all have a future thanks to EFA. — CURATED / Fall + Winter 2018



Live Like a Local

Toast to Tokyo Where to go for speakeasy-esque sips? Globetrotter Mark Ellwood opens the doors to the city’s trend-setting hot spots. written by mark ellwood

tokyo’s high-end, pilgrimage-worthy cocktail scene dates back to the Meiji era of the 1880s, when the Chrysanthemum kingdom opened up to the world. It sent out emissaries to absorb the best of foreign culture, which included everything from British tailoring to the then-novel phenomenon of American cocktails. While stateside, martinis were largely put on ice between Prohibition and the craft cocktail revival of the 1990s, the Japanese continued to cherish (and refine) the tradition. Today, the Nippon Bartending Association oversees the industry, with stringent rules like free-pouring ingredients without wasting a drop (jiggers are frowned upon) and higher staff-to-customer ratios to ensure premium hospitality. Here are four of the best places in Tokyo to explore right now, borrowing from century-old tradition.


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bar high five

mori bar



Slink into this train carriage-like basement bar in Ginza and snag one of the 10 stools overlooking the barkeeps. It’s the best perch to chat with owner Hidetsugu Ueno, one of Japan’s best-known bartenders. Wry and witty, he’s married to an American, so speaks fluent English. Ask for a snifter of one of the 200+ scotches and whiskies filling the top two shelves behind the bar, or request a fresh-made, flawless White Lady. The classic (mixed with gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice) has become Ueno-san’s signature drink.

Visit this bar to sample Tokyo’s peerless martini. Tucked away on the 10th floor of a Ginza side street building, the plain room is beige and boxy; the only decoration, some baseball knickknacks. There isn’t even any muzak piped in to fill the awkward silences. That’s deliberate, of course. The sole focus of this experience is namesake owner Takao Mori’s martinis (he even wrote a book entirely about them, titled Martiniism). The 70-something-yearold bartender’s bone-dry gin version—made with Boodles, unless otherwise requested—is served in a hefty, etched coupe glass, with an extra jaunty olive on the side.

Stay The Peninsula Hotels have a long heritage of over-thetop service and next-level luxury. Here, Members have access to the spacious Deluxe and Marunouchi suites offering unparalleled views of Tokyo.

bar tram

bar benfiddich



“Get Drunk Different,” says the English language sign at the foot of the stairs pointing up to Bar Tram in Ebisu. Here, find a nod to yakushu, or medicinal liquors, especially absinthe. Herby, purportedly healthy tinctures underpin the menu here, devised by owner Takuya Ito, an absinthe obsessive. No wonder the interior resembles a longlost soundstage from Moulin Rouge! After two or three of absinthe-spiked Bohemian Negronis, you’ll be seeing your own Green Fairy.

Think of Hiroyasu Kayama as a chemistry teacher with a passion for cocktails and, judging by his magnificent quiff, a rockabillylevel fondness for hairspray. There’s no menu at his Scottishthemed bar in Shinjuku. Rather, guests pick a base spirit—gin, whisky, absinthe or amaro— and Kayama will custom-mix a drink to your liking, often using unusual tools, like a pestle and mortar. Ingredients include his homemade herbal tinctures and infusions. Last year, he added a second spot in the same building: the brandy-focused B&F.

— Opposite: Bar High Five (left) and Mori Bar in Ginza. Left: Ebisu’s Bar Tram; Bar Benfiddich in Shinjuku.

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Courtesy of Michael Melford

Around the World A new global partnership with National Geographic Expeditions takes Members on an incredible private jet experience. page 54





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Exclusive Resorts and National Geographic Expeditions have announced a new global strategic partnership celebrating immersive experiences. As such, acclaimed photographer Michael Melford curates the indelible stops to be experienced on the first Members-only Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey Around the World by Private Jet for 2020. photographed & written by MICHAEL MELFORD

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PERU Cusco — “At the weaver’s co-op in Peru, we learn how women use organic dyes and alpaca wool to weave fabrics.” 56

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— “Sunrise over the Moai at Tongariki, Easter Island.”

As a National Geographic photographer, I get to see the world firsthand. Traveling almost everywhere—from Yemen to Yosemite, from Antarctica to the Arctic—I experience multiple cultures and the immense beauty of mother nature. Included in my everexpanding world view is the Around the World by Private Jet with National Geographic Expeditions. With every Around the World trip I’ve photographed, I experience something that astounds me and leaves me wanting to share what I have witnessed. I’ll join a team of National Geographic experts accompanying this exclusive Member Journey in 2020. What takes my breath away on these private jet expeditions? The Moai of Tongariki on Easter Island, sunrise at Angkor Wat, and the most romantic building in the world—the Taj Mahal. The cultural experiences at each stop are extraordinary. We meet the women of Peru who use organic dyes and weave beautiful tapestries, the Rapa Nui dancers of Easter Island, and the Maasai of the Serengeti plains of Africa, among others. There are many unique experiences on this trip as we visit the cultures, architecture, and natural beauty of the world from the luxury of our private jet. I love every stop on this trip, but one of my favorites is wild Africa. Here we see zebras, giraffes, lions, elephants, antelope, hippos, exotic birds, and more on the open plains of the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater. At night, you can hear the sounds of Africa under the star-filled sky. A trip of a lifetime? Count on it.

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SAMOA Apia — “Traditional performance in Samoa ends with fire dancing, or ailao afi.”

AUSTRALIA Great Barrier Reef

— “As we approach Cairns, Australia, we are treated with a view of the Great Barrier Reef from our private jet.”


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CAMBODIA Angkor — “A monk at Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.”

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NEPAL Kathmandu — “When we are in Kathmandu we go to visit one of the largest stupas in the world, the Boudhanath stupa. I’m always looking for an interesting angle and upon entering the area I saw a sign for a rooftop restaurant and so enjoyed having a cup of coffee while admiring one of the wonders of our ATW trip!”


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BHUTAN — “A young monk in Bhutan. Training for monks can start as early as 5 years of age.”

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INDIA Taj Mahal — “A beautiful red mosque that flanks the Taj Mahal.” 62

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Serengeti National Park

— “Special moments, such as witnessing these elephants under an acacia tree, are always offered on the wild African Serengeti plains.”

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The Lost City of Petra — “It’s a special experience to enter the ancient city of Petra and see the Treasury carved from the sandstone rock face.” 64

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MOROCCO Marrakech

— “The Souk of Marrakech is the heartbeat of the old city, where merchants sell their wares.”


experiential travel, redefined.

“National Geographic has been synonymous with exploration since 1888, and is not only respected, but trusted,” says Exclusive Resorts CEO Cathy Ross. As such, the first Members-only Once-ina-Lifetime Journey for 2020 is offered through National Geographic Expeditions: Around the World by Private Jet†. With a special departure for Club Members, the trip will visit 11 countries and 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 days, including the Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal. “Our families grew up with National Geographic on their tables,” Ross adds. “It’s been a staple in the media industry. They’ve touched so many people’s lives through experiential travel, and their legacy is being the best of the best and a household name.” Exclusive Resorts Members will also have access to National Geographic’s custom travel desk, whereby travel specialists are available to help Club Members plan curated vacations which fall outside The Club’s core Collection. In addition, National Geographic Student Expeditions will be offered to Members’ middle school- and high school-aged children beginning in the summer of 2019.

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ON THE ITINERARY * Peru, India, Easter Island, and Australia? Check! Experience the Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey, Around the World by Private Jet in 2020, and prepare to be wowed.

day 1

day 8

Washington, D.C.

Apia, Samoa

Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a reception at National Geographic headquarters, followed by a welcome dinner at our historic hotel overlooking the White House.

see: The idyllic island world of Samoa, known as “the heart of Polynesia,” is one of the few places where Polynesian culture remains little changed from ancient times. Experience Samoa’s deep reverence for hospitality, tradition, and community (known as fa’a Samoa, or “the Samoan way”). Enjoy a memorable fiafia—a lively performance of Samoan dance and song. Opt to spend time at a local women’s cooperative or visit the former homestead of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.



The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C.

days 2-4

Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Inca, and Machu Picchu or Amazon Rain Forest, Peru see: Fly by private jet to Lima and continue by local flight to Cusco. Discover this charming city, then explore the Inca ruins of Moray and Maras. Meet National Geographic grantee and master Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, as well as archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Peter Frost. Travel to Machu Picchu, which was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from the National Geographic Society. Instead of visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, you have the option to venture deep into the Amazon rainforest. stay:

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas or Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción

days 5-6

Easter Island, Chile see: Fly to Easter Island, located 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile. Explore the island’s ancient ruins with resident archaeologists Edmundo Edwards, Patricia Vargas Cassanova, and Claudio Cristino, delving into the mystery surrounding its colossal Moai statues. Visit the stone village of Orongo, the ceremonial center of the island’s intriguing Birdman cult, and enjoy a splendid performance by the Kari Kari dance troupe. stay:

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

day 7

Cross the International Date Line From Easter Island continue your journey across the Pacific, crossing the international date line. You’ll lose a day en route and arrive in Samoa the following evening.


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Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort

days 9-10

Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest, Australia

see: Explore the Great Barrier Reef— one of the most biologically rich places on the planet, spanning more than 1,200 miles of islands, submerged reefs, and vast expanses of coral. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage site aboard a privately chartered vessel, accompanied by marine biologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Jamie Seymour. Alternatively, discover the natural wonders and Aboriginal culture of the Daintree Rainforest—the oldest rainforest on Earth. stay:

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

days 11-12

Angkor or Beng Mealea, Cambodia

see: Fly by private jet to Siem Reap and venture to Angkor, once the capital of the Khmer Empire. Explore Angkor’s vast temple complex, then choose to cruise to nearby floating villages, visit an artisan market, or enjoy a Cambodian cooking class. Alternatively, explore the lost jungle temple of Beng Mealea, one of the largest Khmer temples. In the evening, enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance during a private dinner on the grounds of a magnificent temple. stay:

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

— *Sample itinerary. Stops and accommodations are subject to change. †The Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey, Around the World by Private Jet, will be operated by National Geographic Partners Chicago, the tour operations branch of National Geographic, on flights operated by Icelandair.

days 20-21

Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

days 16-17

Taj Mahal, Agra, India see: Return to Kathmandu by local flight and fly by private jet to Agra. Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, the most iconic site in all of India, and explore the palace’s exquisite construction and serene garden. Venture to the impressive Agra Fort or join local youth on a walk to the city’s lesser known monuments. Instead of the Taj Mahal, you may choose to visit the redsandstone city of Fatepuhr Sikri and the exquisite tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, also referred to as the “baby Taj.” stay:

The Oberoi Amarvilas

days 18-19

Serengeti Plain or Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

— Opposite: “While on our stop at the Great Barrier Reef, we visited a wildlife habitat park and met the flightless cassowary bird, which is native to northeastern Australia.” From top: “Sadhu—one of the holy men who have left all materialistic pleasures behind to live a life devoted to God—can be seen on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal; monks in the Rinpung Dzong monastery in the Paro Valley, Bhutan.”

day 13

Kathmandu, Nepal see: Continue by private jet to Kathmandu and visit the iconic Bodhnath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Gather for a talk with Ben Ayres, a climber, writer, filmmaker, and humanitarian based in Kathmandu who documents isolated and threatened cultures across the Himalaya and has been featured in National Geographic magazine. Then enjoy dinner in the ancient city of Patan, known for its spectacular palaces and temples. stay:

see: Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport and choose from two options: head deep into the savanna on game drives in Serengeti National Park, one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations and home to the “big five.” Or descend into Ngorongoro Crater, which harbors some 25,000 animals including endangered black rhinos. National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Louise Leakey joins us to discuss her family’s historic fossil finds. stay:

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

see: Explore Petra, the once thriving capital of the Arab tribe known as the Nabataeans. Half-built, half-carved into rose-red sandstone cliffs, the city was mysteriously abandoned in the seventh century and rediscovered in 1812. Discover many intriguing structures including the famed Treasury, royal tombs, houses, and a monastery. Gather for a festive dinner and Bedouin folklore performance, and travel to Wadi Rum the next morning. Explore this otherworldly desert landscape in 4x4s and enjoy tea with Bedouin villagers. stay:

Mövenpick Resort Petra

days 22-23

Marrakech or the Atlas Mountains, Morocco see: Examine historic Moroccan architecture on a tour of Marrakech and explore the city’s medina. Visit the Museum of Perfume and create your own scent with a perfume maker, or enjoy a food tour of Djemaa el Fna square. Stroll through the lush Majorelle Garden, once owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Instead of Marrakech, venture into the Atlas Mountains and experience Berber traditions during lunch at a local home. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner celebrating our adventure. stay:

La Mamounia

day 24

Marrakech/Washington, D.C. Following breakfast, board our private jet and fly to Washington, D.C. Upon arrival, connect with your commercial flight home; or, if you wish, we will provide complimentary accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Dulles for the night.

Dwarika’s Hotel

days 14-15

Paro, Bhutan see: Fly by local charter to Bhutan and explore Paro’s highlights. Meet local monks and learn about their daily lives. Don traditional Bhutanese clothing and join locals for a religious festival, attended by masked dancers and a high-ranking lama. Then hike up to the legendary Taktsang Lhakhang, or the Tiger’s Nest Temple—the most famous pilgrimage site in the country. Alternatively, spend a day exploring Thimphu (7,900 feet), the capital of Bhutan, known for its mix of Himalayan and Western cultures. stay:

Zhiwa Ling Hotel

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C cody meyer doesn’t look like your average farmer. His long blonde curls cascade from a leather cowboy hat. The sleeves of his flannel shirt are rolled up to reveal tribal tattoos on his tanned forearms. And instead of denim, he’s dressed in board shorts covered in swirls resembling blue waves of the ocean. Early this morning, as the low sunlight filters through the leaves of giant palms overhead, bathing his garden in shimmering gold, Meyer—or Farmer Cody as he’s known at Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences—is pulling up a bushel of the most beautiful carrots I’ve ever seen. They look like something out of Peter Rabbit, brilliant in their orange hue with long stalks of flowering stems trickling down from Meyer’s hands like a verdant waterfall. It appears this surfer dude has quite the green thumb. “I learned how to grow lettuce a few years ago from an old kahuna farmer,” Meyer says as he hands me a long, fat carrot speckled with bits of brown-red earth. “His methods taught me to grow everything—beets, carrots, flowers. He was very traditional and so everything we grew was simple and organic. And now, here at Timbers, that’s our ethos, too.” In the beginning, it was just shovels and buckets of water and reused tree waste, Meyers explains. We’re standing on a swatch of farmland located within the 450-acre Hokuala Resort on the eastern side of the island, with easy access to the airport. Just a year ago, this land was a golf course, and if you look closely you can still see evidence of its former life: The gently rolling hills on which Meyer has planted acres of mango, banana, and papaya trees bears the perfect slope of a long fairway, and the rows of cabbage and cherry tomatoes could have easily been a sand dune once upon a time. But now, this green paradise has a new purpose—one that gives Timbers, and Kaua’i at large, the opportunity to be more sustainable than ever.


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“This is your grocery story,” Meyer says. “You want honey for your tea, I’ve got honey. Hawaiian honey is unbeatable. You want fresh-squeezed orange juice, I’ve got oranges. If you want a salad, we can harvest our greens and blend something beautiful together.” The simplicity of Meyer’s—and Timbers Kaua’i—goal is fitting when you consider Kaua’i. The island is Hawaii as one imagines: Pure in both its landscapes and motivations. There’s a sense little of the modern world has caught up with this pristine speck of land on the northern end of the Hawaiian chain. Rather than packed with shopping malls and Starbucks (though on occasion you can find both), it’s all surf stores and shave-ice stands, with roosters clucking and birds chirping all the while, as if the entire island itself was a farm. In between the little villages—which are at once old-school and new-school, with ukulele shops rubbing elbows with well-curated fashion boutiques—it’s nothing but miles of palm trees and golden beaches. From upscale Poipu in the south to bohemian Hanalei in the north, these island hamlets serve as punctuation marks between long strings of sweeping canyons, towering green mountains, and dramatic cliffs.

— Clockwise from top: Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences claims a quintessential stretch of Kauaian tropics; Cody Meyer plucks mangos from The Farm at Hokuala; cycling through the banyan tree-filled bike paths at Timbers Kaua’i .

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There’s no better way to explore all of these riches than by Jeep. The drive from Timbers Kaua’i to the north shore is less than an hour, and as we set out with the top down and the sun high, the journey begins to feel more important than the destination. Every few miles, there’s another lookout point or public beach, and we stop at almost every one because they’re simply too picturesque to pass up. Just past Wailua, we turn left and take an impromptu hike at Sleeping Giant, a green mound winding higher and higher until we discover 360-degree views of the entire island. In Kilauea, we veer right at a sign bearing a picture of a lighthouse, and follow a quiet road to the end, where a centuries-old lighthouse perches majestically on the edge of a cliff. Back in the Jeep, we drive across a curving bridge canopied by the stencil-like leaves of giant Moluccan albizia trees before arriving in Hanalei for a shave-ice pit stop at Wishing Well, an old truck pairing organic flavors like passion fruit and banana with the creamiest macadamia nut ice cream we’ve ever tasted. It’s worth the long drive to slurp on the frozen treat while wandering past shops hawking trucker hats—still very much de rigueur around here—and tank tops scrawled with the popular island saying, “Slow Yourself Down.” But such sage advice is hard to follow when there’s so much to explore. We circle back south and stop in Kapa’a, a hipster’s paradise where cold-press juice shops and poke trucks are run by young yogis and surfers. At Shipwrecked, a small boutique wedged between a bamboo furniture store and a coffee shop, we browse pieces by island designers—asymmetrical silk dresses, tanks emblazoned with, “Hanalei is My Bae”—before sidling up to the bar at The Local for a kombucha cocktail. But it’s just one drink and then we’re back on the road, heading down to Kalaheo to check out Warehouse 3540, a new collective featuring local makers like Shannon Hiramoto, whose Machine Machine is an explosion of colorful clothing. Hiramoto studied fine art before opening her boutique, where her artist’s tool is a sewing machine, piecing vibrant patterns together for beautiful dresses and hats. Her father Charlie, a former firefighter, runs the T-shirt press sitting just beside her. “I started this because it was a way to make money; fine art just wasn’t,” Hiramoto says as she sews two Hawaiian floral fabrics together. “And after my dad retired, he got really into what I was doing. Now he makes all the T-shirts in the shop.” Indeed, the homegrown vibe is catching: Nothing at Warehouse 3540 falls into the category of contrived souvenir shop. At another boutique, Hawaii Says Hi, the skincare products are made from local ingredients like co-


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conut, fig, and even Kona beer. Elsewhere in Warehouse 3540, artists run galleries, coffee shops use island-grown beans, and just out front at the Fresh Shave, even Kauai’s dessert of choice is an artisanal affair. “We’re taking it next-level,” says owner Daniel Soules as he turns a vintage hand crank to churn out tiny chunks of ice that will be mixed with homemade flavors like açai and coconut. “I’ve gotten requests from people all over the world trying to replicate what we do.” (Indeed, the shop with the mustache logo has even been featured in Vogue.)

— Clockwise from left: Shopping in colorful Kapa’a; a passion-fruit mojito at Hualani’s; the Observation Deck at Timbers Kaua’i; panoramic views of the coastline from the Timbers Kaua’i open-air lobby.

As we wind our way back to the Timbers Resort, our bellies full of too much shave ice, we continue our roving tour of detours—a beach stop here, a photo opp there. By the time we reach our home base, the sun is low enough to flood our lanai with golden light. And though we’re tempted to stay in for the night, the bounty from The Farm at Hokuala—which is slated for an expansion—beckons: Executive Chef Jafet Tellez of Timbers’ Hualani’s restaurant has promised us a preview of his tasting menu. An hour later, the moon is high, the stars are bright, and we’re three courses in when Meyer’s gorgeous carrots make an appearance on our plates. Roasted along with pumpkin and squash, and served with a juicy cut of steak and crisp tabbouleh salad, they’re a perfect reminder of Timbers Kaua’i’s commitment to simplicity (see page 84 for more). So are the other dishes of the night: poke served atop a crunchy pad of fried rice, speckled with fresh sesame seeds and green onions; a vibrant beet salad nestled into a mini tostada with crisp greens; and to drink, an Empress gin cocktail topped with the fragrant needles of rosemary. It’s delicious yet simple and even a bit humbling—in other words, just like Kaua’i itself.

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— Opposite: The Fresh Shave owner Daniel Soules turns out the island’s best frozen treats. Right: Hualani’s organic heirloom beet salad.


best shave ice

Kauai’s local-food movement is in full swing. Here’s a shortlist of the top spots to dig in (and drink up).

best tasting menu


Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences’ oceanfront restaurant is just the right amount of fine dining for casual Kaua’i. Farm-fresh ingredients are expertly prepared yet unadulterated with heavy sauces or butter, and every course comes with a back story and briefing on where it was sourced. —

best breakfast

The Fresh Shave

Kountry Kitchen

On an island packed with cool spots, this stand outside of Warehouse 3540 is getting the biggest buzz lately— and for good reason. Menu favorites like the Professor (berry ice topped with Kaua’i honey, fresh banana, and shredded coconut) are bursting with flavor and free of artificial ingredients. —

“Broke da mouth” is a Hawaiian term that essentially means really good, and at this no-frills café focusing on locally sourced ingredients, the mouths have been breaking since 1972. You might be tempted to go for a tall stack of macadamianut pancakes, but if you’re in the market for something super-local, it’s all about the loco moco. —

best cocktail The Local Kaua’i

Surfer culture meets mixology at this Kapa’a bar and restaurant where the cocktail menu is full of intrigue with ingredients like activated-charcoalinfused vodka, lilikoi juice, and soursop. —

best coffee

Java Kai

“Drink coffee or die!” is the motto of this Kapa’a coffee house. The 100-percent Kona is like liquid gold in these parts—and you can even bring a bag of the houseroasted beans home with you. —

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Drift Bar image courtesy of Baha Mar

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N 2003, Exclusive Resorts CEO Cathy Ross strolled the shore of Pauoa Bay on the Big Island in Hawaii, imagining what could be. Back then, Ross was leading The Club’s real estate team, tasked with scouting new destinations for potential development and acquisition. Exclusive Resorts launched its travel legacy in Hawaii with seven homes in Kapalua Bay, Maui, and Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Today, on the heels of The Club’s 15th anniversary, Exclusive Resorts has 380 residences in its Portfolio, a team of outstanding global resort partners, and 31 residences on three Hawaiian islands. The definition of legacy travel may vary with each curious explorer. For some, it may mean returning to a destination year after year for a multi-generational retreat. For others, it may be sharing moments of hair-raising adventure in far-flung locales. Yet the common thread is how travel connects us—to nature, new cultures, our families, and to ourselves. Exclusive Resorts always evolves with Member interests and desired pursuits top of mind. With the recent announcement of 17 new luxury residences across six destinations—Kaua’i, HI; Kiawah Island, SC; Nantucket, MA; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Nevis, West Indies—The Club is poised to begin an exciting next chapter. “This is the biggest announcement of new residences in recent years,” Ross explains. “We’re getting back to our roots with the Residence Collection. Our continued legacy is about growth and forward movement of The Club, adding to our homes and partnerships, and making sure The Club works for our Members and their families.” So where to in 2019? Let these new residences further define your family’s own travel legacy.

— Previous spread: Poolside drinks at Baha Mar; Ohana Maliula pool at Timbers Kaua’i; bedside in Nevis. Right: Marsh Walk Beach Club on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island. 78

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— From left: Al fresco dining at the Dolphin Court residence on Nantucket; a chef-grade kitchen at the Watercolors residence.


There are plenty of reasons Nantucket has been the most requested destination among Members. The charming “Town” district is peppered with mom-and-pop boutiques and locally owned seafood restaurants vying for the best chowdah in the States. Nantucket’s fishing history is celebrated most everywhere, transporting visitors to bygone eras and reconnecting us to our roots. Here, time slows. Quaint cedar-shingled buildings line cobblestone streets. Boats of all shapes and sizes grace the harbors. Many locals rise with the tide, and simplified demands of the day include fishing and weather reports. Tour lighthouses by bicycle or savor a fresh lobster roll before returning to three five- to six-bedroom residences—all new to The Club’s Portfolio.


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Stay Each expansive residence is historically inspired, with interiors exuding seaside sensibility and a modern aesthetic. Shared amenities include fireplaces, spacious communal areas, en suite bathrooms, and beautiful outdoor spaces—all ideal for large friend groups or multi-generational families. number of residences: 3

square feet: 2,600 - 5,500

bedrooms / baths: 5-6 / 5-6

See More than 800 structures islandwide predate the Civil War, and Town is defined by only-inNantucket shops and restaurants, museums, and historic homes. Don’t miss the many picturesque lighthouses in Sconset or a local microbrew at Cisco Brewery.

Dine Start your day with a latte at Handlebar Café. For lunch, try Corner Table at the Nantucket Culinary Center. The grab-and-go eatery offers plenty of people watching. Come evening, Oran Mór is a top table, helmed by a native Nantucket chef. Order raw local oysters and the razor clam garganelli.


Stay All residences are set within a private, gated residential community offering plenty of seaside play. The Club’s five original residences are within a short drive of resort activities and an easy bike ride to the beach. Members can access five world-class golf courses, a topranked tennis club, and the Forbes five-star spa at the Sanctuary Hotel. Kiawah’s newest development, Ocean Park, is set on the eastern tip of the island and includes a beautiful new community, Marsh Walk. These residences feature exclusive access to the Marsh House community clubhouse. The Ocean Course and its clubhouse are a bike ride or short drive from these homes. number of residences: 8

A Member favorite for 15 years, Kiawah Island—a barrier island and gorgeous nature preserve—covers 11 square miles. Located one hour south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah is lined with 10 miles of dare-to-leave-me beaches, abundant wildlife, and endless natural landscapes. The island features more than 30 miles of biking and walking trails, and Members enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and naturalist-led programs at the Night Heron Park Nature Center. The Kamp Kiawah program is a long standing tradition for families, where kids can participate in half- or full-day camps. The southern charm of Charleston and its historic (and oft reported haunted) mansions, innovative restaurants, and quaint boutiques are just a short drive away. The Club now offers two unique options when visiting Kiawah Island: five original, standalone homes and three new, modern residences in Marsh Walk, Kiawah Island’s newest community.

— From left: The modern and bright kitchen at Caroline Shores 455 makes meal prep a pleasure; an infinity-edge pool at High Dunes 245 offers sweeping marshland views.

square feet: 3,400 - 5,000

bedrooms / baths: 4-5 / 4.5-5.5

See A Member favorite, Golf at Osprey Point is a must if tee time is a priority. Originally designed as a Members-only layout by Tom Fazio, this course utilized a superb natural canvas to create a masterpiece in playability. Expect four large, natural lakes, fingers of saltwater marsh, and dense maritime forests of live oaks, pines, palmettos, and magnolias. Fazio blended a Par-72 layout, taking advantage of this unique setting. The course offers a wide variety of holes, each presenting its own unique challenges and beauty, and features generous landing areas and few forced carries. Dine Though Kiawah and Charleston merit plenty of restaurant hopping, spend a night in residence with a private dinner by Chef Merrit Brady and his culinary team. Having prepared meals for many Member families over the past 10 years, Chef Brady can create a bespoke menu for special milestone moments.

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This Caribbean hotspot has long been a go-to for discerning travelers. Ernest Hemingway used to frequent Nassau, seduced by its colonial downtown streets, local characters, and the laid-back “Brilander” lifestyle. Baha Mar is made up of three separate resorts—Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar, and Rosewood Baha Mar. With three new two-bedroom residences at the ultra-posh Rosewood, Members can now access the finest of this Caribbean capital.

Stay The most secluded of Baha Mar’s three resorts and a short walk to the beach, each Rosewood residence features en suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and resort views from private balconies. Members have VIP access to all three resorts and amenities, including Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, casual and fine dining options, seven large pools, and Baha Mar’s grand casino. Additional benefits include VIP check in, high tea service inresidence, and exclusive offers for spa treatments, golf, and tennis. number of residences: square feet:

bedrooms / baths:

— Above: Spacious bedrooms open to private balconies with expansive views of the Caribbean and Rosewood pools. Opposite: Baha Mar’s famed beachside Blue Hole pool.


2,000 3 / 2.5

See A private 39-foot power boat can whisk Members off to secluded beaches and to see the famous swimming pigs. Intrepid adventurers can also feed the Bahamian rock iguanas or swim with reef sharks. When returning to the Rosewood, book a locally inspired therapeutic body treatment at Sense, A Rosewood Spa®.

Dine Sapodilla Estate’s sophisticated islandstyle and colonial influence is set among lush gardens and beautiful Bahamian artwork. Begin your evening with a glass of wine in the cocktail lounge, then dine indoors in one of four charming rooms, or opt to eat under the stars. Members can also enjoy a secluded cabana for two, with personalized chefs and butler service. Post meal, unwind in the cigar lounge or sip artisan cocktails at the Kamalame Bar, which features live steel pan music and percussion.

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Stay Timbers Kaua’i is off the tourist path and an ideal hideaway (just five minutes from Lihue airport) to discover the whole island. To the south, Old Koloa Town and Poipu’s family-friendly beaches are just a 30-minute drive, while Kilauea lighthouse, Princeville, Hanalei, and the North Shore are accessible in an hour. The Club features four three-bedroom units in the Maliula building, all with views of the lagoon or ocean from lanais extending nearly the entire length of the residence. What’s more, there’s plenty of action on property, including two pools, a spa and fitness center, and two dining options. Plus, the Keiki Adventure Club educates children about Hawaii’s traditions and culture. number of residences: square feet:

4 2,378 - 2,843

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If you haven’t been to this tiny Hawaiian island, now’s the time (see page 68 for proof). With an ethereal landscape of emerald green jungle, a kaleidoscope of ocean hues, and the unforgettable moment when first experiencing the incredible Nāpali Coast, Kaua’i is unlike any other Hawaiian island. You may spot big wave surfer and Hanalei resident Laird Hamilton pulling up to The Dolphin sushi restaurant on a paddle board. Or travel inland and discover the depths of Wailea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. You may be hard pressed, however, to leave your new home at the Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences. The cliffside resort community hugs the coast and frames indelible views of the Garden Isle. The Club’s four new three-bedroom residences are finished with contemporary Hawaiian architectural elements, including custom cabinetry, natural stone counters, floor to ceiling windows, and three private lanais. Resort amenities include easy access to Kalapaki Beach, two pools (one with an infinity edge and one with a waterfall), two on-site restaurants, and The Ocean Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. “The best developers in the world wanted us to be a part of their projects, and that’s how we ended up being a buyer in Wailea, a joint venture partner in Kapalua, and developing on the Big Island,” Ross says. “Our expertise and relationships in the market allowed us to partner with The Timbers Club in Kaua’i.” 84

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— The Maliula residences feature spacious outdoor and indoor living spaces with lagoon and/ or ocean views.

3 / 3.5

See Take a day trip to Hanalei. Here you’ll find the world’s top surfers testing their mettle at Hanalei Bay or The Bowl. Adventurists will enjoy stand-up paddle boarding the gorgeous Hanalei River, while fashionistas can hit local boutiques. Foodies should book a table at Bar Acuda, while Tahiti Nui (the “Nui”) restaurant is the locale of the famous George Clooney scene in The Descendants. Dine Back at the Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences, eat at Hualani’s Restaurant and Nalu’s Pool Grill, where the catch of the day is a must. Additionally, the famous Duke’s Kaua’i is nearby, where the Seven Spice Ahi is a local favorite.

— From top: Set high above the beach with unblemished views of the water, your Beach House is truly beach front; five two-bedroom residences on Nevis are just steps from the ocean.


WEST INDIES The diverse culture of Nevis, considered one of the best-kept secrets of the Caribbean, is seen in the local community, which celebrates dance, art, drama, and food. With 40 dive sites located 20 to 45 minutes from shore, Nevis is a diving paradise. This tiny island lies about two miles southeast of St. Kitts, across a shallow channel called The Narrows. Diving is diverse, with caves, mini-walls, ledges, and deep holes teeming with tropical fish. The area is best known for its ship wrecks, as more than 400 vessels sank in the Narrows between 1493 and 1825. Nevis Peak, the dormant volcano the island was created from, is Nevis’ focal point and is the source of the famous black-sand beaches. The Club now offers two- and four-bedroom residences at Paradise Beach Nevis, each with identical décor and similar floor plans.

Stay This intimate, villa-only resort (comprised of just eight four-bedroom villas and five two-bedroom beach houses) is the only one on the island just steps from the beach. The Beach Bar is a short walk from your residence and is exclusive to Paradise Beach guests, while a resort concierge and butler are on hand to address every whim. For Members preferring more intimate units, The Club has also secured two-bedroom beach houses. number of residences: square feet:

5 1,190 - 3,400

bedrooms / baths:

2-4 / 2-4.5

See Hike to Nevis Peak, zoom through the jungle via zip line, visit historic plantations, and take an island tour with a local driver. Additionally, don’t miss Lover’s Beach, a mile-long secluded spot offering loads of privacy and views of neighboring St. Kitts, while Nisbet Beach is a palm-lined stretch of white sand ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Dine After leaving Mumbai to open a restaurant in the Caribbean, Vikas Pariani introduced Indian Summer after debuting two successful restaurants on St. Martin and St. Kitts. Vik, as he’s known to his clientele, serves authentic Indian cuisine and plenty of charm.

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— This page: Sweeping beach views from the living room and bedrooms. Opposite: Eden Roc at Cap Cana.


A vibrant country with a playful personality, the Dominican Republic is a trending vacation hot spot. Spanning two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti occupies the western portion), the “DR” is credited with inventing merengue and is steeped in music and dance. The eastern tip of the island is book-ended by Punta Cana and Cap Cana, neighboring high-end resorts located just 10 minutes from each other. Aqua adventure awaits, while zip lining, sailing, and kayaking is also on tap. The Club now features two options in the Punta Cana area, at two separate resorts. At Punta Cana Resort & Club, there’s a four-bedroom villa, while the boutique resort Eden Roc at Cap Cana features two new two-bedroom suites.

Stay Designed for complete privacy, each residence is tranquil, with beachfront views and al fresco dining. Each suite has high ceilings, expansive windows, rich fabrics, exotic woods, and local art. This small boutique property— with only 34 suites in all—provides Members incredible value, featuring daily complimentary breakfast and airport transfers. number of residences: square feet:

3 1,786 - 4,000

bedrooms / baths:

2-4 / 2.5-4.5

See Tour Altos de Chavon, a 16th-century replica of a Mediterranean village located just 30 minutes from the Club residences. Perched atop the Chavón River in La Romana, it’s a main attraction for good reason, with a cultural center, archaeological museum, and amphitheater. Dine Bamboo, one of the most requested restaurants in the area, features an eclectic menu blending locally sourced food with Mediterranean influences in a cozy, chic setting designed by style icon Oscar De La Renta.


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Courtesy of David McColm/Whistler Blackcomb

— Right: Powder day in Ruby’s Bowl Clockwise from top: Ski Race Extreme on Saudan Couloir; steep and deep on Spanky’s Ladder; Glacier Express Chairlift en route to the Blackcomb Glacier. Previous spread: Whistler Blackcomb glistening at night.

The secret is out. Whistler Blackcomb is a ski and snowboarding paradise. Visitor numbers set a record for the third straight year in 2017, making Whistler Blackcomb the most-visited mountain resort in North America. The twin peak’s expansive 8,171 skiable acres of terrain offers something for everyone, but it’s the more than 2,200 acres of Warren Miller-worthy black and double-black runs setting it apart. It’s also one of the most welcoming ski towns in North America. In the 1980s, when snowboarding was still banned at many mountains, Blackcomb embraced the sport. Locals may not reveal all of their secret powder stashes, but they’ll definitely clue you in to challenging mogul runs and the best après spots. What’s more, the recent acquisition by Vail Resorts means Whistler Blackcomb is part of the Epic Pass, so it’s more accessible than ever. Whether it’s your first visit or your fifth, these local tips guarantee you’ll experience Whistler Blackcomb like a true insider.


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best breakfast spots If looking for something quick and easy that can be enjoyed while you’re uploading, the Lift Coffee Co. at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola is your place for coffee and a wrap. The breakfast menu at Ingrid’s, a cute, locally-owned café in the main square, is grab n’ go-style. Don’t miss the tomato and cheese melt with scrambled eggs. If you’re not in a rush to snag first tracks, settle in at Elements, where the Benedicts and caramelized banana and chocolate stuffed French toast will keep you fueled until the last chair. best challenges for an expert

Images courtesy of Paul Morrison, Robin O’Neill, and Mike Crane/Whistler Blackcomb

“Try to keep up with a local,” jokes Aaron Peart, a bartender at Garibaldi Lift Company. “This is some ‘big boy pants’ skiing out here, and I’ve had my share of tagalongs who had to call it quits after a 10-minute hike into Ruby Bowl.” Spanky’s Ladder is a great spot to test your abilities, according to Olympian Robbie Dixon. “That run’s got lots of steep and deep and crazy chutes and big lines to rip,” he says. On Blackcomb, Saudan Couloir is a local’s proving ground.

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Everyone watches the weather forecast apps closely, so if there’s a big system moving in, be ready early. They all want to get that fresh pow. Jorge Munoz, chef of Bar OSO, is in the lift line, coffee in hand, by 7:15 a.m. He usually heads straight to the Wizard chair, which is being replaced this year with a new gondola from Blackcomb Base to the Rendezvous. “Transfer onto the Jersey Cream lift to do a few laps there, then move to the Crystal chair and be first in line for it to open and do a few more laps,” he shares. “Finally, move to the Glacier chair and do some runs until Spanky’s Ladder opens.” Sometimes the best skiing is on lower or mid mountain, where there are fewer lift lines and more shelter on stormy days, advises Tracy Higgs, a massage therapist at Scandinave Spa. “Check out Red Chair, Garbanzo Chair, or the runs leading back to the base of Creekside Gondola,” she says.

When the alpine is too cloudy or windy, the trees are the place to be. Jorge Munoz, chef of Bar OSO, beelines to Peak to Creek, aka Whistler Peak to Creekside, through the forest. best way to ride with a pro You can skip the lines by booking the Snow School’s super exclusive Ski or Ride with an Olympian program. Follow in the tracks of athletes like three-time Olympic alpine and slalom skier Mike Janyk or halfpipe star Crispin Lipscomb. No matter your ability, they’ll help fine-tune your technique while sharing Olympic stories and favorite mountain terrain.

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best après scenes Garibaldi Lift Company, locally known as GLC, is consistently voted by locals as Whistler’s top post-ski party. You can practically ski onto the recently expanded patio, which is even more popular after the addition of five toasty fire pits and comfy lounge chairs with views of the mountain. An always-changing lineup of entertainment ranges from DJs to live bands like Ruckus Deluxe. “I’ve worked here four winters and love the true cross-section of Whistler,” says bartender Aaron Peart. “You get young and old bonding over beers, skiers and snowboarders laying down differences to take a shot-ski, and locals and tourists swapping ski stories.” Dusty’s at the base of Creekside is particularly fun on Saturdays, says Robbie Dixon, when longtime resort rockers Grateful Greg and Guitar Doug of the Hairfarmers jam. If you’re looking to let your hair down and dance on tables, head to Longhorn, says Olympic snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll. For a more low-key scene, stroll into the village and relax over wine and charcuterie at Basalt.

best place for a drink with a view Last year’s renovation of Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck saw the addition of Roundhouse Umbrella Bar, a circular, 60-seat bar enclosed by glass with 360-degree mountain views. Perched higher than 6,000 feet, the bar is accessible by the Whistler Village Gondola and is the hot new, end-of-day hangout, says bartender Peart. The umbrella roof is retractable and the glass panels can be removed so you can soak in rays on bluebird days. best beer selection Located in the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb, the HandleBar may be tiny but its selection of beers on tap make it worth squeezing up to the bar. Look for BC brews from Strange Fellows Brewing, Superflux Beer Company, and Riot Brewing Co. Soak up your suds with a soft German pretzel topped with hot mustard or the excellent sausages, like lamb merguez and wild boar with apple.


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— From left: Australian pies and lattes at Peaked Pies; the oyster bar at Araxi; handmade pasta at Il Caminetto. Opposite: Roundhouse Umbrella Bar.

best hot chocolate Locals unanimously agree that Blenz Coffee serves the mountain’s best hot chocolate. No powder-y mix used here. The secret to their silky-smooth cocoa is high-quality milk and a mix of dark and white chocolate chips.

Image courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb, Peaked Pies, and Aquilini Group

best cures for sore muscles Whistler boasts some of the longest runs in North America. Warm up your quads and hamstrings with a yoga class at Yogacara Whistler before you hit the slopes. Robbie Dixon, a former Olympic alpine skier, is used to feeling aches after a big day on the hill. He suggests recovering at the amenity-heavy Four Seasons spa, where the popular aprèsski massage includes warm stones, hot towels, and a peppermint foot mask. To be a bit more one with nature, says Dixon, visit Scandinave Spa. “This unbelievable Scandinavian-inspired spa has outdoor hot and cold pools, steam rooms, saunas, and the massages will help you recover for another killer day on the slopes,” says Dixon. Tracy Higgs, prescribes the hydrotherapy cycle of hotcold-relax, to increase circulation and aid in flushing out any lactic acid build up, followed by a deep tissue massage to refresh your legs ahead of another hardcharging day on the mountain.

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Olympic snowboarder Nicoll is a fan of the sandwiches at Corner Deli (meat lovers shouldn’t miss the charcuterie, piled high with ham, brie, pesto, and raspberry preserve) and the authentic Australian pies at Peaked Pies. Bartender Pert is addicted to the pho, curries, and fried rice at Main Street Noodles. “At one point I was going once a week,” he confesses. And you can’t come to Whistler without trying a Splitz burger from legendary Splitz Grill. The single 1/3-pound patty with house made sauces is the local go-to (of course with an order of the signature Splitz fries) but the menu also offers free-range bison, Canadian lamb, and spicy lentil burgers.

Whistler has no shortage of amazing eateries. With just a handful of tables, a reservation is required if you want to enjoy the cooking of talented Chef RD Stewart at Red Door Bistro, says Tracy Higgs. His French-influenced West Coast menu features crowd pleasers like a hearty bouillabaisse spiked with crab claws, scallops, and fresh fish. Sushi Village has a reputation for serving the best margarita in town, as well as the freshest selection of sushi and sashimi. Alpine skier Robbie Dixon heads to Araxi to get his oyster fix and Il Caminetto for killer Italian in a classy setting. Bearfoot Bistro is a Whistler classic known for its 20,000-plus bottle wine cellar—the largest collection in Western Canada. Wine nerds can learn to saber a bottle of champagne or dine in the cellar while foodies can reserve the chef ’s table, located in the heart of the kitchen. “Make sure to order the special nitro ice cream for dessert,” says Dixon. “The servers make it tableside.” CURATED / Fall + Winter 2018



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— From top: Sundial House dining room; Viewpoint West sitting area. Opposite: Sundial House living room.

THE WHISTLER RESIDENCES With these four-bedroom alpine retreats, mountain living brings the outdoors in.

owl in the woods 4 bedrooms

• 5.5 bathrooms

Your luxury residence sits above Whistler Creekside Village, putting the valley below on display and offering a closeness with nature rarely found in any of North America’s top mountain resorts.

spirit island

4 bedrooms

• 4.5 bathrooms

Located high in the mountains above Whistler Creekside Village, the alpine-inspired design and thoughtful floor plan takes its cue from the outdoors.

sundial house

4 bedrooms

• 5.5 bathrooms

Sundial House offers private ski-in/ski-out access that puts you front and center to the slopes.

viewpoint west

4 bedrooms

• 4.5 bathrooms

This residence features a unique, rustic farmhouse design—picture a spacious gourmet kitchen with barstools for four leading into a large open dining room.

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Bucket List

Destination: Hawaii ER Member Lea Suriwka and her two sons create a family legacy on the Big Island.

top takeaway from my most recent hawaii trip:

Taking time every day to be unplugged. Practicing and living the “aloha” lifestyle with my teenage sons was incredibly fulfilling.

most photo-worthy moment: The lava flowing so rapidly through multiple rivers out of the Kilauea volcano, as seen by helicopter. never thought i’d experience: We had a wonderful

dinner at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Afterward, we changed into our bathing suits and swam with at least six large manta rays in the dark ocean, with the stars and the moon shining down on us. It was an exhilarating, amazing experience!

favorite foodie find: Every year we like to eat at least once at the Village Burger in Waimea for the best, locally sourced Hawaiian beef burger and parmesan goop French fries. if you go: Bring a dive flashlight for swimming with the

manta rays at night, and binoculars so you can see the dolphins and whales from shore. Rent bikes and bring a beach bag to easily wear on your back, so you can ride to Puako. Beach 69 is our favorite. And don’t miss Black Sands Beach and the Mauna Lani Beach Club.

bragging rights: My older son Nicholas has been scuba

— From top: Lea Suriwka with her two sons in 2006 at the Kahua Ranch on Kohala Mountain; the enchanting volcanic landscape on the Big Island.


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diving with Kohala Divers every summer for the last four years. This past summer he became a Master Diver at age 16! He’s now one of the youngest Master Divers in North America.

how would you define the idea of “legacy travel”?: We refer to the ER Concierge team in Hawaii as

part of our family. We’ve been going for the last 13 years, and they’ve seen my sons grow from boys with lemonade stands outside the house to teenage men diving. We are so fortunate to be able to experience the beautiful culture and nature of Hawaii year after year. It has become part of my family’s soul—a bonding, active, fun summer adventure we will continue on as my sons become men with their own families.

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