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Faces of India A sophisticated cultural immersion into the heart of this enchanting country? Check! written by erin lentz

in india, expect the unexpected, yet during the new 2020 Once-in-a-Lifetime “India and Nepal: An Unforgettable Journey,” Exclusive Resorts has curated a worry-free, bespoke itinerary. First up is Nepal, where 20,000-foot peaks stir your inner mountaineer. Highlights include a private chartered flight over Mount Everest and a visit to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. Next, cross the border into India and discover the sights, sounds, and flavors of the country. Take a guided sunset walk or yoga practice around Humayun’s Tomb, and visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib—the most prominent Sikh temple in Delhi, where up to 30,000 people are served meals daily. Experienced guides provide intimate knowledge of India’s history, culture, and people, while Exclusive Resorts’ Trip Leads ensure hassle-free travel through one of the most populous and complex countries in the world. What to expect? Watching the sun rise along the Ganges on a morning boat ride, exploring the Taj Mahal on a private tour, witnessing a local cricket game, and visiting shops in Jaipur, among other indelible experiences. —ExclusiveResorts.com/Journeys-2020

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FEATURES

56 Low Country High A journey to the iconic Charleston and Kiawah Island reveals one of the South’s most dynamic—and delicious—destinations. First stop: The Dewberry’s 8th floor terrace, which features the highest rooftop in Charleston and home to the whimsical reservation-only lounge, the Citrus Club (seen left).

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Dream Weaving With the recent announcement of the 2020 Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys, your travel wish list never looked so good.

78 Haute Home Exclusive Resorts’ Residence Collection is meticulously vetted. And as The Club grows, the life of each luxe home grows right alongside its Members.

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Wild at Heart Club Member DJ Brooks frames iconic wildlife scenes from his favorite points on the globe.

ON THE COVER Sunset at the Ocean Course Clubhouse, Kiawah Island, South Carolina. photograph by clara woodbridge

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DEPARTMENTS

p. 18 St Andrews

p. 87 Whistler pp. 16, 83 Lake Tahoe pp.

17, 38 Deer Valley pp.

52 Beaver Creek p.

33, 36 Napa

19, 31 Scottsdale pp.

p. 31 Laguna & Newport Beach

71 Georgia p. 71 Armenia p.

76 Rhine River p.

56, 86 Kiawah Island pp.

31 Miami p.

pp. 46, 80 Los Cabos

p. 14 London p. 32 Paris

16, 41, 82 New York pp.

17 Real del Mar p.

20, 42, 81 Costa Rica

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73 Nepal p.

73 Holy Land p.

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Bahamas, pp. 19, 84 Dominican Republic, p. 96 West Indies, p. 17

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33 Hong Kong p.

77 Uganda p.

p. 77 Rwanda

72 Brazil p.

72 Botswana p.

p. 71 Australia

76 Argentina p.

p. 71 New Zealand

global experiences

70 Antarctica

National Geographic Student Expeditions, p. 50 Around the World by Private Jet, p. 77

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Iconoclast Tennis pro John Isner reveals travel tips for Wimbledon and London.

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Home Fashion-inspired accessories curate the ultimate spring makeover.

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Member Vetted The Club’s stellar service, straight from the source.

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Tech Talk Travel apps for the discerning wayfarer.

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Resort Report An insider’s view of top golf clubs around the globe.

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Little Luxe Beauty tips for traveling tykes and kiddos.

Remember When A serendipitous encounter at Peninsula Papagayo turns into a lifelong friendship for several Club Members.

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Play Ready to rock a summer triathlon? We have you covered.

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Unplugged Hello, Hammam! Where to discover this rising spa trend.

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Contributors

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Letter from the CEO

Bucket List The Kahrnoff family has a trip of a lifetime in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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Letter from the Editor

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SAVOR 36

Say, Sommelier Tour Member-owned Silverpoint Cellars in Napa, California.

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The Dish A where-to for elevated dining in Park City, Utah.

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Art of Travel The Club’s Los Cabos residences display work by a talented local Denver artist.

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Cheers Healthy cocktails? Yes, please!

Inked Coffee table tomes to inspire your next sojourn.

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ER Inspired Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo features handcrafted and Member-inspired cocktails.

From the Field New Student Expeditions by National Geographic immerse young minds in nature.

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Eye on Design HW Home re-imagines Exclusive Resorts’ Beaver Creek residences.

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CONTRIBUTORS

DJ BROOKS

MARK ELLWOOD

OLIVER SHARPE

An Exclusive Resorts Member and resident of Park City, UT, DJ lives in an idyllic spot for both wildlife and landscape photography. He loves hitting the trails and searching for a cool scene. In 2018 he took more than 10,000 photos. His photos have been featured in magazines and on websites, but mostly hang on the walls of his friends and family’s homes.

Mark has lived out of a suitcase for most of his adult life. He writes for the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Condé Nast Traveler, where he is a contributing editor. He’s interviewed the world’s oldest supermodel, trekked to a $10 billion art island in rural Japan and spent a weekend in an all-psychic town. Mark is the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World, which explores our culture’s snowballing obsession with deals and discounts, from Prada to Primark.

Oliver has a high tolerance for risk and a high handicap to match, but he never lets that get him down. When playing a new course he always familiarizes himself first with the snack bar and then with the right side fairway bunkers, because scrambling on an empty stomach is no fun!

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Tools of the Trade Canon 5D Mark IV and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. Would Most Like to Photograph Antarctica. It has it all— animals, birds, sea life, dramatic landscapes, and ice. When you think of all the impressive work by National Geographic photographers, Antarctica photos stand out. And I’m going in February, 2020! Never Thought I’d Experience I was in Patagonia on a glacial-fed lake called Lago Grey. As we boated out, the clouds sat quite low and I couldn’t see much. As we got close to the glacier, the clouds began to rise and part. I thought to myself, “this may be the most beautiful scene I have ever beheld.”

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Favorite Spirit Small-batch mezcal, in which you can really taste the expression of the agave. Most Memorable Speakeasy Find At PDT, a bar in New York hidden inside a hot dog fast food joint, the bathrooms are dazzlingly trippy. They look like the inside of Liza Minnelli’s mind. Person I’d Most Like to Interview Karl Lagerfeld was my number one, so sadly I’ll have to replace him with Bjarke Ingels, hands-down the most exciting architect working anywhere in the world today.

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SOCIAL STUDIES With jaw-dropping views of Italy’s Amalfi Coast right from your own private pool, we don’t blame Member Michelle Gabe for not wanting to leave for a while. Post your Exclusive Resorts vacation on Instragram and connect with The Club.

Favorite Golf Course Bandon Preserve, 13-Hole Par 3 with a centrally located bar. What could be better?

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Never Travel Without A sense of humor.

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Golfer I’d Most Like to Interview The late, great Sam Snead, a fellow Virginian.

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

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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 executive vice president, acquisition hayden mugford vice president, sales rachel regan

manager, corporate marketing haley mccoy

contributors Amiee White Beazley, DJ Brooks, Meredith Diers, Mark Ellwood, Michael Frank, Jimmy Im, Karen Larrain, Jen Murphy, Oliver Sharpe, 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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Club Membership is subject to terms and conditions of Club Membership agreement. Different terms and conditions apply to different purchases. Reservations for specific days, destinations and events subject to availability. Experience Collection vacations, certain services, amenities and other Member benefits may require additional fees, may have limited availability and are subject to additional terms and conditions. Magazine content is for informational purposes only; The Club disclaims any warranty or representation of any kind; stories do not constitute The Club’s endorsement of any cause or program. See ExclusiveResorts.com for more information. Exclusive Resorts and the Exclusive Resorts flower logo are registered trademarks of Exclusive Resorts, LLC. ©2019, Exclusive Resorts, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Letter from the CEO

— Cathy and husband, Vic, on a recent family vacation to Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica.

get engaged. It is because of this level of trust between Club Members and their Vacation Ambassadors and on-site Concierges we are invited into their lives and able to share these moments with them.

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am sure you are as thrilled as I am knowing summer is quickly approaching. I have always loved the change of seasons, but most especially the transition into summer. Thoughts of backyard barbecues with friends, hikes with my sons, and after-dinner walks with my husband and our dogs always get me excited. The long, sunny days seem to allow more time for conversations—more time to slow down and connect with loved ones. Summer is also synonymous with travel. There always seems to be an anxious energy to get out and explore after being cooped up during the cold winter months. Plus, occasions to celebrate are never lacking—be it a graduation, birthday, wedding, or the simple fact that school is out. Whether a week-long vacation or just a weekend away, we believe it’s important to take time to recognize those special moments and milestones. At Exclusive Resorts, we love celebrating with our Members and sharing in their joy. We have participated in 50th wedding anniversaries, watched grandkids take their first steps, and helped couples

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You all know the phrase “if these walls could talk,” and sometimes I really do wish I could hear all the incredible stories of families and friends who have had the opportunity to spend time connecting in our residences. Laughter, tears, new traditions, expanding families—we’ve seen it all. Take Kiawah Island, for example, a perfect location for family reunions, golf getaways, couples’ trips, and more. Countless memories have been made on this tiny island and is one of the reasons we expanded our collection of residences there last year. Then there are places like New York City. We’ve hosted mother-daughter trips, Members traveling for business, marathon racers…the list goes on and on. Each vacation holds a unique story, and each residence specifically chosen to be the stage on which experiences and memories unfold. Since The Club was founded, an exceptional Member experience has been at the core of all we do. 2019 is our year to elevate beyond extraordinary. Now more than ever we are embracing this idea of pushing past excellence and into a new, more remarkable category. As you read through these pages, you’ll discover deep-rooted traditions claimed by The Club, our Members, and those we share together. This is just the beginning, and I look forward to all there is to come. I hope your summer includes abundant time with loved ones and experiences remembered as more than extraordinary. Travel Well,

CATHY ROSS

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Letter from the Editor

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he first time I visited Charleston, South Carolina, I was buzzing with anticipation. As a Georgia native, I considered it the romantic gem of the South; mysterious even, with lavish plantations, haunted mansions, and cobblestone streets. I imagined it a window to the past—an American city with a serious sense of place. I quickly discovered it was indeed a special part of the world. Every aspect of Charleston is seductive, from the city’s storied buildings and low country cuisine to its genteel Southern accents and swaying seagrass. But it was when I visited Kiawah Island that I really fell for the area. With 10 miles of beaches, 30 miles of biking and walking trails, and incredible wildlife, it’s easy to understand why it has been a Member favorite for 15 years and counting. In this issue, we’ll take you on a food-filled tour of Charleston, with Exclusive Resorts’ Kiawah Island residences as your posh, yet decidedly laidback headquarters. After exploring Kiawah’s beautiful marshes via boat and kayak, discover Charleston’s top tables and toques. We’ll also take you further abroad with Exclusive Resorts’ new 2020 Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys. From the Rhine River to Australia’s Sydney Harbour, experience 11 wish-list trips defined by handcrafted itineraries and insider access. Additionally, Club Member and photographer DJ Brooks frames global wildlife in a gorgeous photo essay. This issue ultimately celebrates tradition—with friends and family, through travel, and via The Club’s longstanding tradition of excellence. Within these pages I hope you find inspiration to further connect with those who matter most and—much like Charleston and Kiawah—discover destinations steeped in their own tradition yet perfectly poised to elevate your own. Happy Spring!

ERIN LENTZ

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— Outside of South Carolina, during my first trip to Charleston.


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Iconoclast • Member Vetted • Resort Report • Remember When

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Par & Play Journey to far corners of the globe and discover iconic resorts steeped in the tradition of golf, including the famous 18th hole of the Old Course, St Andrews Links. page 18

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Insider Access: John Isner’s Wimbledon & London written by jen murphy

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tennis star john isner’s feats of endurance are stuff of sports legend. The name of the 6-foot-10 former NCAA all-American is immortalized on a plaque outside of Wimbledon’s Court 18, where, in 2010, he defeated Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history. The famous bout was a remarkable five-set drama that lasted 11 hours and five minutes, spread over the course of three days. In 2018, he cemented his reputation for competing in long-duration matches, logging the lengthiest semifinal in Wimbledon history, a six-hour, 36-minute battle he ultimately lost to South African Kevin Anderson. Currently ranked 9th by the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour, the 33-year-old still has ambitions of winning a Grand Slam event. Wimbledon, the most prestigious tournament in tennis, will always, he says, be a special tournament for him.

“The only thing I can compare it to is the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club,” he says. “It’s so steeped in tradition. I’m always amazed how this very quaint, sleepy little town comes alive during the tournament. It attracts fans from around the world every single year.” Wimbledon Village is also where Isner proposed to his wife, Madison McKinley, in 2017. She’ll be returning this year with their daughter to cheer him on from the stands. Here, Isner shares his tips for navigating the Tournament, plus not-to-miss attractions in London.

— From left: Isner in action; Wimbledon is a sleepy little town that comes alive when tennis reigns supreme.


— Right: Pimm’s No. 1 Cup anchors Wimbledon’s cocktail tradition.

ISNER’S TRAVEL TIPS: If coming from the city, take the Underground District Line to Southfields. It drops you right in the Village and from there it’s a short walk to the stadium. Strawberries and cream and Pimm’s are Wimbledon staples when it comes to food and drink. This goes for any Grand Slam tournament: Go the first four days of the tournament when there are several matches going on. The courts are full everywhere and it’s a much more intimate viewing experience. The Fox & Grapes is a traditional English pub in Wimbledon Village, with a menu of fishcakes and steaks. I took my wife to dinner here the night before I proposed. Even though London is a massive city, it doesn’t feel that way because there are so many green spaces. I always like to spend some time wandering Hyde Park and the Royal Parks. I love how historic London is. I always recommend a visit to the House of Commons. It’s so neat and full of history.

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THE ULTIMATE TRIPS FOR TENNIS FANATICS: Grand Slam Tennis Tours specializes in arranging trips to major events, including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, Roland Garros, and the Australian Open. Not only will they secure excellent seats, they also host welcome dinners with tennis celebrities and can arrange playing opportunities on grass at Roehampton Club during Wimbledon, on the red clay of the Tennis Club de Paris at Roland Garros, and at the famed Kooyong Club in Australia. During Wimbledon, sip Pimm’s at their private hospitality space, located just a few steps from the famed All-England Club.

Stay 51 buckingham gate

• 2 bedrooms The Club’s five residences at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate put Members steps away from the city’s top attractions, including Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Park, Westminster, and Mayfair. Modern and recently renovated, suites range from 752 to 1,325 square feet. Each suite features two bedrooms with a king size bed and twin beds, two luxurious bathrooms, spacious living room, and a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen and dining room. 5 residences

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Member Vetted

Intuitive Service Exclusive Resorts Members show firsthand how stellar service is the difference between a getaway and an unforgettable experience.

LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA

“Kathryn was really a great Concierge for us. We experienced an amazing amount of snow, and she was always keeping us informed about the skiing and various other conditions—including roads and traffic, and keeping restaurant reservations. We have never seen so much snow, and we are hardy Minnesotans! Really a beautiful week.” —kathy w., member since 2015

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

“Bruni and team were phenomenal, as always. They were able to once again find amazing tickets to a top show on Broadway, we were so grateful! We also loved the post theatre dinner recommendation—very cozy and warm with fantastic energy and great people watching.” —jill s., member since 2007

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REAL DEL MAR, MEXICO

DEER VALLEY, UTAH

“We are amazed at how fresh and beautiful the homes and grounds continue to look after so many years. This is our favorite ER location, and the Concierge Antonio is great, and the wonderful home cooked breakfasts, the views, the whales, and, and, and...”

“Blake, the Concierge at Deer Valley, was amazing! He walked me through everything and made all weekend plans. He would text or call me to confirm my itinerary. When my plane was delayed, he immediately changed my transportation service and canceled my dinner plans. Even though it was Sundance weekend, Blake was still able to get me a dinner reservation in town for a party of nine—no small task. And when we were late getting to our reservation, Blake met us there and held the table for us. Wow!”

—mark v., member since 2006

—scott and pam s., members since 2018

NEVIS, WEST INDIES

“Nevis was spectacular!  We really enjoyed Paradise Beach. Very nice villa. Food at the beach club and the housekeeping were outstanding. We loved the island, which is really laid back, without commercialization. I made it up to the top of Nevis Peak, which was a highlight. Would most definitely go back.” —brad p., member since 2003

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The Green Scene

Resort Report

— From top: The famous St Andrews Old Course plays over grassy dunes and Hell Bunker; the iconic Swilcan Bridge at the Old Course.

The best way to experience a destination? For many, it’s course correcting. written by oliver sharpe

golf is a unique way to celebrate sense of place. Not only are you challenging yourself and competing against playing partners, but primarily you’re facing off against the landscape. Unlike other sports, with universally defined courts or fields, each golf course is unique—a puzzle with variable solutions dependent on the day. While tee-ing off, golfers experience the course designers’ authentic interpretation of a destination—its specific topography, native vegetation, and local weather patterns are all factors. Thus, no two rounds will ever be the same. These three coveted Exclusive Resorts golf havens provide golfers the opportunity to check a course off of the bucket list while also experiencing an area through the game’s unique lens. And though Exclusive Resorts simplifies accessing top courses, as for your score, it’s up to you to make the shots.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND THE EDEN CLUB

The Eden Club at Pittormie Castle offers the perfect staging ground for an authentic Scottish golf outing. Test your mettle on one of the nearly 40 courses in and around St Andrews, golf ’s birthplace and original landscape. The Old Course—St Andrews’ signature and arguably the most famous track in the world—is situated on a stretch of Scottish seaside where variable winds pass over grassy dunescapes, or links, to create playing conditions ranging from brisk to challenging. In addition to blustery winds and undulating hills, links-style courses are defined by shoulder height bunkers, ball swallowing fescue, and sandy soil types sustaining firm turf grasses and causing the ball to run rather than sit. 18

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA TROON NORTH GOLF CLUB

— From top: The Abaco Club on Winding Bay plays along a horseshoe beach; sunset desert hues at Scottsdale’s Troon North Golf Club.

THE BAHAMAS THE ABACO CLUB ON WINDING BAY

A quick flight from Miami, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay features a Scottish-style links course in a more temperate setting. Palm trees replace grazing sheep on these tropical tees, but the pot bunkers remain—though they are filled with gleaming Bahamian beach sand—and the contoured greens are built to play firm and fast. Designed by distinguished British architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, the championship course is home to the Great Abaco Classic, a stop on the Web.com tour. It’s sunnier than Scotland but wind remains a welcomed challenge, with gusts reaching 25 miles per hour in the final round of this years’ Classic.

Scottsdale is home to more than 200 golf courses; they speckle the Sonoran Desert like green oases. Troon North Golf Club represents an iconic desert interpretation of links golf by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish. Weiskopf is a British Open Champion, and though you will find more cacti at Troon than in the UK, there are plenty of nods to Scotland throughout the Monument course. The fifth hole is known as the “Swale”; hole nine is named “Hell Bunker” (an ode to a particularly unfriendly sand trap on The Old Course); and the 18th is simply called “St Andrews.”

Stay Images courtesy of St Andrews Links and The Abaco Club

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• 3-4 bedrooms Members enjoy privileged access and preferred rates at Troon North’s Monument and Pinnacle courses. Luxury residences at The Rocks Club — A Timbers Resort Residence Club® managed by Troon Golf — offer seamless indoor/outdoor living, making the most of the spectacular desert climate and framing dramatic views.  11 residences

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Remember When

The Rat Pack A serendipitous encounter at Peninsula Papagayo turns into a lifelong friendship for several Club Members. written by jen murphy

members pat dipietrantonio and Don DeCarlo joined Exclusive Resorts for The Club’s extensive Residence Collection. A chance encounter at The Club’s flagship property in Costa Rica launched a friendship neither could have expected. Over the years, their circle of friends within The Club has grown to include Members Michael Bushkoff, Greg Tedesco, and Fred Saint. The five men, along with their wives, are now regular vacation buddies. Here, DiPietrantonio and DeCarlo reflect on what drew the group together and some of their most memorable trips.

how did the two of you strike up a conversation in costa rica? It was Thanksgiving 2007 and my wife, Karen, and I were with our family when we met Don. pat:

We hung out a bit that week, and exchanged phone numbers and about every month we’d exchange a text or two. Don had convinced me to sign up for a Seabourn cruise with The Club. My wife was hesitant. We live in Oklahoma, so we decided to all meet and get reacquainted at the Exclusive Resorts residences in Laguna Beach. don:

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— From left to right: Club Members Connie Tedesco, Karen DiPietrantonio, Pat DiPietrantonio, Greg Tedesco, Susan Saint, Jill Bushkoff, and Michael Bushkoff.

karen and i initially joined exclusive resorts so we could have our family together in one place. we never thought of the social aspect.”

—pat dipietrantonio

how did you decide to go on a seabourn cruise with the club?

do the five families always travel together?

At the time, my son was going to USC and his roommate’s parents ended up having the same Exclusive Resorts Ambassador as we did. We met them on move-in day, started a friendship, and agreed to go on this cruise with them. I texted Don immediately saying he had to join.

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your friend group grew on the cruise. how did that happen?

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I’m from New York and my Ambassador told me another couple from New York, Greg and Connie Tedesco, would be aboard and I should say hello. Turns out I had met them previously on a wine tour with The Club. Karen and I initially joined Exclusive Resorts so we could have our family together in one place. We never thought of the social aspect. pat:

We’ve now been on three Exclusive Resorts cruises. On the first one, no one knew us. Now we have friends we always see on these Journeys. We’re all very type-A and outgoing. Put us together, and wow! I never joined to meet other people but it turned out to be a nice bonus. My face hurts from laughing after a week with our ER group. don:

We’ve been to each other’s homes and on vacations with Exclusive Resorts. This spring, the Saints and Bushkoffs are going on a cruise to Tahiti. Pat and his wife are joining my wife Susan and me on Maui. Last fall, four of the five guys went to Kiawah Island to golf. All five families got together for Thanksgiving one year in Costa Rica. Each family got their own residence and we did a dinner for 30 or so.

how do you choose a location? I’m not sure place is as important as logistics and the ability of the five couples to get somewhere. Our second cruise wasn’t a lot different than the first Italian cruise. One went north; one went south. But the attitude of our group is, who cares as long as we’re together somewhere warm. don:

a lot of people say it’s harder to make real friendships as we age. why has your group been able to bond so strongly? As years go by, you start to wonder: maybe I have too many friends. And so perhaps later in life you don’t try as hard. We’ve all been Members quite some time and our needs have changed over the years. We used to travel as families, but our kids have grown and we realize we like traveling with other Members. We will go weeks without talking and that’s okay. Lately we text each other almost daily about something silly. pat:

I think every couple in their own hearts knows this is something special. If one couple can’t make a trip, we don’t force it. We meet when we can. It’s also not just the men. Our wives all get along and do their own girl trips. don:

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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. Š2019 Avis Rent A Car System, LLC


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Personal Space With these posh accessories, your home is as stylish as your wardrobe. curated by karen larrain

These days, outfitting a home as eye-catching as your closet is made simple, thanks to a trend in fashion designers lending their design skills to home décor. After all, our interiors should be an extension of our personal style. Here’s what’s tried and trending.

1. Luisa Beccaria Monogram Dessert Plates $240 • modaoperandi.com 2. Kate Spade Nolita Bottle Stopper Set $20 • katespade.com 3. Hermès Bouchon Leather Stool $4,875 • hermes.com 4. Tory Burch • Votive Candles $128 • toryburch.com 5. Kate Spade Nolita Berry Bowl $40 • katespade.com 6. Missoni Home Villa Hermosa Cushion $509 • missonihome.com 7. Aerin x Frances Palmer Small Painted Vase $570 • aerin.com Image: Kiawah Island, SC

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Swipe It! From private car service to airport lounge access, the coolest 2019 travel apps cater to traveling tykes, creative teens, and CEOs on the go. written by michael frank

Petting Zoo $3.99/$2.99 • ios/android

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Skyscanner has one function most other flight-finding apps omit—the ability to enter no destination as you search. Instead, the “explore” function simply highlights deals to fuel your wanderlust; from there you can sub-filter by date, class of flight, window of travel, and more. As an example, Skyscanner reveals coach-class non-stops to Tokyo for $700 roundtrip and business-class seats just shy of $3,000—both a good 50 percent cheaper than average.

Even if you regularly fly business class, often some leg of a trip may find you stuck at Gatwick for five hours on a coach-class ticket— meaning lounge entry may be a challenge. Enter Lounge Buddy. Input your frequent flier info, premium credit cards, and itinerary, and it will filter which lounges you can access. Even better, if multiple choices, you can view the range of options and amenities, and where to find each lounge. The app also shows listings of one-time entry lounges, frequently for under $50. That’s well worth it for a meal, hot shower, and glass of Champagne—and refuge from the usual airport din.

Does Uber operate in Dublin? Before staring blankly at your phone, download this app, which reveals nearly every form of transportation you can imagine in 160 countries. The best way to get from Istanbul, Turkey, to Thessaloniki, Greece? There’s a ferry every half hour for just a buck—or you could fly for $100. The app is also handy because it shows standard pricing akin to a black car in a foreign country, so you won’t get ripped off. That means you can compare the two-hour train ride for $18 in rural Vietnam to the $50 private car ride that cuts an hour off your journey.

This is an excellent app for your creative or bored teen. Daily video highlights are captured in a tight, one-second moment, so they have to really think (rather than idly Instagram) about what they want to most remember from their travels. These onesecond trip snippets are then collated into a video diary that’s exportable and captures your clan’s 12 days in Rome and Paris. In the end, your teen will have a gorgeous capture of the entire experience—and something artistic they can be proud of, too.

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When kids are traveling and away from their standard routines, a familiar activity can help ground them. Petting Zoo is an interactive illustrated storybook with adorable, build-your-own animations by New Yorker cartoonist Christoph Niemann. Each animation is inventive and fun for parents and kids. Guilty pleasure alert: You may find yourself calming down with Petting Zoo while standing in a 20-person-deep line at the airport Starbucks.


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Plan ahead with naturally inspired beauty products to protect your little ones while traveling. Just what to pack? Products like mineral sunscreen, bug repellent made from essential oils, lavender sleep aids, moisturizing balms packed with vitamins, and anti-inflammatory hemp oil. Healthy tykes make for happy trips …

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2. Dr. Barbara Sturm Baby Bum Cream Soothing Ointment Made with Strengthening Marigold Extract, Healing Zinc, and Panthenol $38 • dr-barbara-strum.com 3. California Baby Calendula Soothing Cream with Lavender and Sage Essential Oils $14.99 • californiababy.com 4. California Baby Bug Repellent Spray Made with Citronella and Lemongrass Essential Oils $5.79 • californiababy.com 5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids 60 SPF $19.99 • laroche-posay.us 6

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Pro Rated Spring triathlon tips courtesy of Earl Walton, Global Director of Training and Coaching at IRONMAN. written by jen murphy

training for a triathlon, whether it’s a sprint distance (.5-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) or a full IRONMAN (2.4mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.22-mile run), “doesn’t have to be daunting,” says Earl Walton, Global Director of Training for IRONMAN. With more than 20 years experience coaching elite athletes, Walton knows what it takes to get to the finish line, and how to have fun along the way. Here are his top tips.

— Right: The IRONMAN World Championship on the Big Island of Hawaii is considered the most prestigious endurance race in the world.

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Triathlon training is an exercise in time management. “Even I can be hard on myself when I miss a workout, but rest is an important part of training,” Walton explains. He tells his athletes to look at their workouts over the course of a month versus a week. “When you tell yourself I have to get in 12 bike rides in four weeks, it’s easier to be ok with skipping a day,” he says. “There’s not as much pressure to get it all done in a week. And realistically, the real impact comes over the course of six weeks, not one.”

You can bike and run as much as you want, but the real key is doing them back-to-back during workouts. “When you get off the bike and start running, you’re using a whole different energy system,” he says. “You’re going from a hunched-over position—where your hip flexors are crunched and compressed and the quads are tired from effort—to an upright position where you need the posterior chain—your hamstrings, glutes, and low back—ready to fire.” When you start running, your legs often feel heavy like bricks, hence the name ‘brick workout,’ which involves tacking on a run right after a hard bike ride. Practicing the transition prepares athletes mentally for the initial discomfort.

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— From top: Cycling is an essential spring reboot for those wanting to test their mettle in a race; triathletes swim in open water as the first leg of IRONMAN competitions.

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Endurance sports, by nature, are repetitive, but your workouts don’t have to be. “As a coach, I always want to challenge the way my athlete is interacting with an effort or environment,” he says. For example, he might have athletes swim with paddles one day and with closed fists and fins the next. Or he might have athletes ride 12 minutes on the bike then run eight minutes on a treadmill on and off, alternating the speed and incline of the treadmill.

take a trip Most people book their travel for race day and don’t think about traveling to train. Walton suggests picking one discipline and signing up for a multi-day camp. “I am a huge believer in getting away and immersing yourself in a sport,” he says. “I promise, after four days of riding a bike with a coach, group, or friend you come out a better cyclist.” He says swimming camps are particularly useful. “Having a coach take underwater video of you and work on little changes in stroke technique will translate to more confidence in the water and faster times,” he says.

Training Ground Walton’s top Destinations to spin, swim, and run. arizona THE ROCKS CLUB, SCOTTSDALE MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA, TUCSON

Head to Arizona for yearround cycling and running. “You can find a mix of mountain trails and great roads for riding,” he says. florida 1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI

Go to Florida for openwater swimming. “This is an easy option for people who live in the Northeast and want to get in training during the winter.” california THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL, NEWPORT BEACH MONTAGE RESORT, LAGUNA BEACH

San Diego is a wonderful option for year-round swimming, biking, and running. There’s a great athlete community here.

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THE SPA AT LA RÉSERVE PARIS PARIS, FRANCE

Located between Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, The Spa at La Réserve Paris is just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées, but its hammam experience is a step into another world. “A hammam session at La Réserve Paris is a real moment of relaxation,” says Spa Director Maud Seigle. To fully experience the hammam, Seigle recommends the spa’s two-and-a-half hour Detox Experience. This includes a hammam session with purifying essential oils, a body scrub with salt and marine clays, a detox body wrap, and a Better Aging Body signature massage. “This massage detoxifies the skin and targets all the muscle and energy paths as a part of a long-term approach to maintaining youthfulness and health,” she says. La Réserve is the only spa in Paris to use the Nescens-Swiss anti-aging science brand, created by Professor Jacques Proust, a pioneer in the realm of aging biology at the Center for the Prevention of Aging at the Clinique de Genolier in Switzerland.

Hello, Hammam An ancient tradition flourishes in today’s most luxurious spas. written by amiee white beazley

the hammam, or Turkish bath, is an ancient tradition used for cleansing and relaxation, dating back to the Ottoman Empire. Inspired by Roman Baths, the practice of steam baths paired with massage and body treatments is still sought after and often included in top spas, where clients seek to detoxify, relieve stress, and improve blood circulation. Interested in “hammam-ing”? Try one of these treatments at spas from properties included in the Exclusive Resorts Hotel Collection, and you may never want to leave the spa. 32

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Following the Detox Experience, guests are offered a fresh green vegetable cocktail served at La Réserve Bar. This, says Seigle, can be paired with the Well-Being Breakfast available at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gabriel. The gluten- and lactose-free menu includes two detox shots, a choice of herb teas, gluten-free bread and cakes, buckwheat muesli and almond milk, avocado with gomasio seasoning (unhulled sesame seeds and salt), and an egg-white soufflé omelet with seasonal vegetables and fresh fruit. “The Well-Being Breakfast is ideally attuned to the treatments provided in the spa,” says Seigle. “It’s a unique taste experience, both pleasurable and healthy.”


THE PENINSULA HONG KONG SPA HONG KONG, CHINA

If the spectacular views of Victoria Harbor from The Peninsula Hong Kong Spa doesn’t move you, its hammamstyle Thermal Suites certainly will. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and unwind with a cup of aromatic ginger tea with honey, cinnamon, and lemongrass, paired with an in-depth wellness consultation. Pre-treatment, experience one of six Thermal Suites, combining hammam-style steam rooms and saunas. Don’t miss the aromatherapy “Experience Showers,” which feature a unique peppermintvapor steam to boost energy and mood. “Steam heat opens the pores and promotes the body detoxification of the outer skin,” says Spa Director Winnie Yu. “It raises the body temperature above normal and stimulates the circulation system, as well as relieving muscle tension.” Post treatment, enjoy bites from the hotel’s Naturally Delicious menu, which combines locally and sustainably sourced ingredients, organic seasonings, and homemade sauces. AUBERGE DU SOLEIL SPA NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Images courtesy of La Réserve Paris, Auberge Resorts, and The Peninsula

While a traditional hammam experience involves a progression through interconnected rooms—typically from warm to hot, and then cool—the Auberge du Soleil Spa reimagines this process “with a wine country twist that showcases our picturesque setting,” says Spa Director Karen Ray. Inspired by the vision of a Zen Master, the Auberge du Soleil Spa is designed around the natural beauty of its surroundings. The courtyard includes a signature reflecting pool with three stone basin fountains aligned with the top of Mount Veeder, three outdoor hammam-style soaking pools (warm, hot, and cold), and treatment rooms including an indoor-outdoor element. “More than ever, spa guests are focused on health and wellness and are in tune with therapies and modalities benefiting their body and mind,” says Ray. “Hammam is compelling because it’s based on an ancient tradition that addresses their desire for detoxification, cleansing, and rejuvenation.” The Meritage Couples’ Treatment is one of the spa’s most popular offerings. Guests begin with a purification ritual in the hammam. Next up, full-body exfoliation using locally-sourced crushed grape seeds. Lastly, a private bath for two is enjoyed with fresh fruit and wine, side-by-side scalp and foot treatments, and full-body massages. CURATED / Spring + Summer 2019

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Right: The in-demand fruit of Silverpoint Cellars’ labor, in Napa. Opposite from top: Silverpoint’s lauded Napa Valley red blend; Club Member and Silverpoint Cellars co-owner Rosemary Dunbar.

On Point Exclusive Resorts Members Rosemary Dunbar and Barry Murphy usher their Napa-based Silverpoint Cellars into the next chapter of standout boutique wines. written by mark ellwood

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when exclusive resorts Members Rosemary Dunbar and her husband, retired lawyer Barry Murphy, were looking to launch their boutique wine label, they drew inspiration from Rosemary’s life as an artist. The couple wanted to stand out amid the mass production and commodification of everything, wine included. “This was to be made carefully, by us, on a small scale,” Dunbar says. But so many artsy terms they considered—sketchbook or perspective, for example—were already registered. What about silverpoint, she wondered? Artists using this Renaissance-era technique, like da Vinci and Michelangelo, took a fine silver wire to sketch on a gesso-covered surface; it allowed them to work in more detailed ways than either pencil or brush. “The precision, the delicacy—that was just what we were striving for.”


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That was just over a decade ago. Since then, the Napa-based duo has carved out an impressive niche among boutique wineries. Silverpoint Cellars is renowned for its Chardonnay from the Petaluma Gap and a Napa Valley Red, blended from four Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot). Rather than investing in land, however, Barry and Rosemary opted to develop long-term relationships with top grape growers, and hire a facility to produce it on their behalf—all under the guidance of renowned winemaker Don Van Staaveren. He first found fame in the 1990s via his award-winning Bordeaux blend for Chateau St. Jean (his wife, Margo, is equally accomplished, helming all operations for Treasury Estates, which includes Beringer). Barry and Rosemary have made an equally long-term commitment to Napa—the California natives returned to their roots to be closer to family. Exclusive Resorts Members since their three children were in grade school, they still travel extensively, usually on a Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey. They experienced Japan in 2014, Antarctica in 2015, and are considering Rwanda next. Anyone should add Napa to a travel bucket-list, though, they add. “It’s a combination of what we love about Provence and Tuscany,” says Murphy. “You can live in great, rural beauty but sacrifice nothing in terms of food, wine, and culture.” He recommends the astonishing modern art collection at the Hess winery. “No one is ever there. We can’t believe it,” he says. And make time to visit the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, also attached to a winery. Nothing is better, he stresses, than the simplest pleasures of their adoptive home: the farmers’ markets, especially in St. Helena every summer. “There’s bocce, a mellow guy with a guitar, and produce beyond comprehension.” —silverpointcellars.com

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Alpine Inspired Famous for its Olympic training grounds and Sundance Film Festival, Park City takes gold in Utah’s dining scene. written by amiee white beazley

in september 2018, chefs from Park City restaurants Handle, Tupelo Park City, Riverhorse on Main, Stein Eriksen Lodge, and Deer Valley Resort presented a dinner at New York’s iconic James Beard House, celebrating the mountain town’s culinary reputation on a global stage. “Mountain town visitors usually expect some quick dining option during a break from recreation, but Park City dining has genuinely evolved over the years,” says Director of Communications at Visit Park City, Dan Howard. Here’s a firsthand account of what not to miss.

— Right: Chef Briar Handly at Handle dishes up a regularly evolving menu inspired by local produce.

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After landing in Salt Lake City and Uber-ing 40 minutes to Park City, my first stop is Handle. Located in Old Town, its varied menu of small bites and larger plates is indicative of its creative vibe. Chef Briar Handly serves a regularly evolving menu inspired by locally sourced produce and creative cocktails. Start with the General Tso’s Cauliflower—a vegan version of the traditional dish, followed by the Fried Chicken Breast, crisp and tender, with a hint of spice and miso cremeux to finish. —handleparkcity.com

No visit to Park City is complete without a visit to High West, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Today, this gastrodistillery, saloon, and restaurant teases the most discerning cocktail connoisseur. Surprisingly, Utah (which has some of the most restrictive alcohol laws in the U.S.) has a long-standing tradition of distilling spirits. According to hooch historians at High West, the state’s early pioneers distilled alcohol as “medicine,” despite Brigham Young’s prohibition of saloons. They crafted the Valley Tan cocktail, “the exclusive Mormon refresher” as Mark Twain once described. Taste Valley Tan, or my favorite: Campfire, a blend of rye, bourbon, and scotch. —highwest.com

Though mountain towns love steakhouses, sushi is paramount, too. Located in Old Town, Yuki Yama, which translates to “Snow Mountain,” brings the heart of Japan to the Wasatch Mountains. Executive Chef Kirk Terashima and Chef de Cuisine Cedric Woodward serve fresh fish flown in from around the world, as well as ramen bowls, unique sashimi plates, and hot dishes. Order the Omakase, which allows chefs to surprise you with creative preparations of Hamachi, wagyu, and mirugai. —yukiyamasushi.com

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Images courtesy of Handle, High West Saloon, and Tupelo Park City

— From left: High West Saloon, Utah’s first legal distillery; Tupelo Park City is a newcomer to the mountain town.

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Recognized as the coveted restaurant reservation in the historic district, Riverhorse is alpine dining at its peak. Executive Chef and Co-Owner Chef Seth Adams serves Utah game (elk and bison), trout, and vegetarian dishes in a dining room overlooking Main Street. The Riverhorse team also recently opened Provisions by Riverhorse, a grocery café located at the top of Main Street in a preserved historic home. —riverhorseparkcity.com

One of Park City’s newest restaurants, Tupelo and Chef Matt Harris have quickly been recognized as rising stars on the national culinary scene. Harris is opening a second outlet named Rime, located at the top of Deer Crest (Deer Valley Resort), serving lobster rolls, chowder, and fresh oysters flown in daily. —tupeloparkcity.com

Often named one of the finest restaurants in Park City, Mariposa is that rare onmountain dining experience open year-round and reached by vehicle. The Silver Lake Lodge setting is a beautiful complement to an incredible wine list and a dinner menu of elevated pork, beef, and fish dishes. —deervalley.com

Stay deer valley, utah

• 3-4 bedrooms Whether enjoying the nine Club homes at Ironwood or five residences at Montage, Members enjoy slopeside access to Deer Valley Resort’s alpine terrain. Both the Ironwood and Montage properties are located less than four miles from Park City’s Main Street, home to the best dining and shopping in the area, and the headquarters of Robert Redford’s famous Sundance Film Festival. 14 residences

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In the Spirit Innovative drinks and elixirs give imbibing a healthy boost.

— From top: ‘The Realness’ mocktail made with Seedlip’s Grove 42, Spice 94, Nowness Nya Tea, cranberry, lemon, and soda; Bellion Vodka claims to be easier on the liver and oh-so tasty, too.

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bellion vodka is the world’s first “functional” spirit. Its mad scientist-esque inventor, Indian-American entrepreneur Harsha Chigurupati, spent $35 million and over a decade devising the holy grail of happy hour: healthy liquor. He claims his firm’s proprietary formula, NTX (say it: no-tox) can indemnify your liver against the ravages of overindulgence, thanks to ingredients like an anti-inflammatory derived from licorice root. One of its own studies claimed biomarkers for liver damage were 93 percent lower in tipsy testers when they sipped Bellion versus a conventional vodka. The U.S. government isn’t convinced, however, as Chigurupati is yet to see his claims endorsed by any official certification. But he isn’t alone. There’s a burgeoning business in low or no-alcohol drinks aiming to combine good health and good times.

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red wine. He claims he’s one of the 35 percent of U.S. adults who suffer allergic reactions to Cabernet Sauvignon and other red wines. “Histamines are produced during the primary fermentation process, when yeasts digest the proteins found in the skins of red grapes,” he explains, “Nine European countries actually have regulated the amount of histamine permitted to be in wines imported into their country.”  Some people can metabolize the histamine in wine, beer, and other foods and have no adverse reactions, yet too much histamine can lead to inflammation in the lungs, nose, and skin.

martinis and wheatgrass This health drive has hit craft cocktail bars, too. Many of them have responded by tweaking menus, adding lower ABV drinks (known as shims), or recipes with healthboosting ingredients. You can sip an ice-cold martini at New York’s Dimes with a shot of wheatgrass, while London’s Farmacy features drinks with anti-oxidant properties. If you want to make them at home, snap up a copy of the book, Doctor’s Orders, by Chris Edwards and Dave Trengenza, the duo behind London’s First Aid Box. The tome features drinks which are also true tonics, with recipes aimed at ailments from easing pain to curing a hangover.

sans alcohol, please Then again, you could opt to solve the issue by avoiding alcohol entirely, thanks to a new category of distilled, non-alcoholic spirits. These are botanical tinctures, akin to gin, which even confirmed teetotalers can enjoy. Seedlip’s UK inventor Ben Branson created the category and the company is now part-owned by drinks giant Diageo. Rivals include Ceders “alt-gin” from South Africa and the amaro-style MeMento.

Spotlight: New York City, NY Imbibe dead rabbit

Since it opened six years ago, New York’s Dead Rabbit bar has repeatedly earned the title of best bar in the world from global cocktail juries. The accolade is deserved not just for its drinks, but also for the painstaking attention to detail shown by co-owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. The menus, in particular, are proven keepsakes. A new one is introduced each year, on the anniversary of the bar’s February opening, and designs have ranged from a history-packed ode to how Manhattan became a cocktail mecca to a graphic tale of Irish gangsters. The duo, along with colleague Jillian Vose, has just published its first book, a novel-style compendium of recipes titled “The Dead Rabbit Mixology and Mayhem.” Stay park avenue place

• 2 bedrooms If wanting to be in the heart of the U.S. cocktail scene—be it healthy or indulgent sips—The Club’s Park Avenue apartments are located two blocks from Fifth Avenue. Shopping, table-hopping, and artisan cocktails await.

Images courtesy of Bellion Spirits, Seedlip, Ceder’s, and First Aid Box

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— From left: Cedar’s nonalcoholic “Alt-Gin” from South Africa; a creative cocktail from London’s First Aid Box.

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Monkey Business Tales of Member-inspired Costa Rican cocktails.

when dreaming of vacation, many discerning travelers imagine a chaise lounge on the beach and an umbrella drink in hand. Cocktail culture is often the DNA of a fun-filled holiday, and at Exclusive Resorts’ flagship property in Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica, Memberinspired, hand-crafted drinks are the order of the day. As such, a pre-dinner martini or post-meal nightcap celebrates pura vida—aka, the good life. And take note: You may just spy resident bartending monkey, Poncho (right), peaking behind a bottle of your favorite spirit.

“These cocktails, created by Exclusive Resorts Members, really make a unique experience at the Poro Poro Clubhouse Bar,” says Executive Chef Nicolas Devenelle. “It’s all about creating an emotional connection between our staff and the Members, having Members feel more connected to their Club in Costa Rica. You can enjoy a mixology class at Poro Poro or at your private villa, which is unique and makes your vacation even better.” Stay • 4 bedrooms An Exclusive Resorts flagship destination, Peninsula Papagayo offers 17 Club residences tucked within 30 acres of lush jungle on the south side of the peninsula. 17 residences

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— Clockwise from top: Peninsula Papagayo’s mixologist serves a Member-inspired cocktail; a spicy margarita from Poro Poro Clubhouse. Opposite: Poncho, the resident bar back.


MEMBER-INSPIRED COCKTAIL CULTURE The following cocktails at the Poro Poro Clubhouse Bar at Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica are named after and inspired by specific Club Members. Cheers!

Your Sneaky Mom inspired by: Robinson Family

Green Eyes inspired by: Barefoot Family

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DeCarlo Family

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Rum, fresh pineapple, mint leaves, simple syrup, and lemonade

Guaro Cacique, Midori liqueur, mint leaves, gum syrup, and lime

Espresso, Grey Goose vodka, and Kahlua liqueur

Captain Morgan rum, Malibu rum, passion fruit, orange juice

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+ stirred: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and mix. Strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with a rosemary stick and a splash of local rum.

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+ stirred: In a shaker, combine all ingredients, add ice and mix. Strain the ingredients into a martini glass.

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+ stirred: In a shaker, combine all ingredients, then add ice and mix. Strain and pour all ingredients into the glass. Garnish with coffee beans.

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+ stirred: Place all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice, and mix. Strain and pour all ingredients into the glass. Garnish with two orange slices and a splash of rum.

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Peak Décor The Club’s Beaver Creek residences receive a stylish makeover, thanks to HW Home. page 52

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— From left: Santiago Ignacio’s progressive approach to multimedia art; the artist’s colorful works of art celebrate Mexico’s penchant for play.

Art Star Denver-based Santiago Ignacio reimagines multimedia art and infuses Exclusive Resorts’ Los Cabos homes with sophisticated whimsy. written by jimmy im

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art has come a long way, from petroglyphs in the prehistoric age to contemporary art birthed in the 1970s. Meant to inspire, engage, and fascinate, the art world is constantly shifting, and 33-year-old, Denver-based artist Santiago Ignacio is helping define the modern movement. Ignacio’s progressive approach to multimedia art is establishing him as a young trailblazer, and his work graces dozens of private homes and collections. Ignacio, who moved to Denver from Mexico in 2016, has been working with multimedia and multidisciplinary art since he was five years old. “My mother surrounded me with art. As a kid, I was inspired by architecture and statues all over Mexico,” he recalls. “I knew I wanted to express myself through art when I grew up.”


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16 residences • 4 bedrooms Members can access three unique types of Los Cabos residences. Five Villas Las Conchas residences feature private pools, and lovely outdoor spaces and casitas, while two Las Residencias are stunning and spacious single-family homes with private infinity pools and entrée to the Punta Ballena Beach Club. Nine homes at Esperanza are posh, condo-style residences located within the lauded Esperanza Resort.

Since childhood, Ignacio relied heavily on art—often both his refuge and inspiration to understand the world around him—and he became disciplined in the contemporary wave of multimedia and multidimensional art. This specific art form merges unconventional techniques, elements, and approaches across various mediums. Ignacio carved a signature aesthetic; he creates a canvas in the form of a painting or photo and then manipulates it with forward-thinking, creative layers for an abstract, hyper-realistic interpretation. The majority of his work emphasizes technology. “I would describe my work as ‘progressive mind expansion’,” he says. “When I work on the digital details, I focus on colors, shapes, and patterns.”

Ignacio’s work is shown in various cities across Mexico, and he recently lured the attention of international buyers in Dubai after being profiled in Harpers Bazaar Arabia. He has also recently worked with Exclusive Resorts; pieces of his multimedia art were commissioned for five Club residence in Los Cabos. “I was excited to blend my aesthetic with the choice of Mexican folk art, playing with color and using three-dimensional and digital embellishments,” he says. “I was happy to see my DNA in the work and have a representation of Mexican art that also represented me.” Ignacio explains each piece in the Los Cabos residences have a different interpretation and story. All are inspired by alebrijes—brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures—and are comprised of digital images. The wood and hand-painted pieces are designed to conjure a feeling of celebration. “My clients call me and tell me they have discussions with friends, family, and their little ones who ask question after question about my work. I love that.”

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Statement Pieces Must-have coffee table books for the luxe vacation home. written by meredith diers

Gypset Living by julia chaplin

In this third book of the Gypset series, experience living spaces of stylish jet-setters, from Hydra to Cuixmala and beyond the Indonesian Islands. Chaplin gives an insightful look at the world of personal utopias through humorous and witty stories of gypsetters met on her journeys. Stunning photography brings you into the homes and oases of bohemian artists, designers, and bon vivants. —Assouline.com

Supersonic: The Design and Lifestyle of Concorde

Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

Van Life: Your Home on the Road

by lawrence azerrad

by daniel nolan

by foster huntington

The Concorde—a revolution in space engineering as well as an icon of industrial design—is the subject of the LA-based graphic artist Azerrad’s new book. Filled with his personal collection of Concorde memorabilia and graphic drawings, Supersonic offers historical photography and first-hand accounts from those who helped create the Concorde experience. —PenguinRandomHouse.com

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An expert on dry gardens, Nolan showcases 25 of the best public and private desert gardenscapes—each with a different approach to incorporating desert flora. Techniques are exposed in an effort to inspire readers to try their own hand at this luxury minimalism trend. —RizzoliUSA.com

Beautifully illustrated with photos of retro vans and their owners, this collection is from the creator of the Instagram hashtag #vanlife. Pictures generally depict a lifestyle punctuated by dawn yoga on the beach and clear desert nights stargazing through the sunroof. It’s as much about exploring nature as it is about the romantic life of the modern nomad. —BlackDogandLeventhal.com


Wanderlust: Hiking On Legendary Trails Images courtesy of Assouline, Penguin Random House, Rizzoli, Black Dog and Leventhal, Nichole Robertson, Gestalten, Taschen

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Explore some of the world’s most amazing walking routes through travel tips, inviting maps, and stimulating landscape photography. Wanderlust takes you to legendary hiking trails in all corners of the earth. What’s more, spectacular photography will inspire your next journey to beautiful vistas, tall summits, or picturesque locales. —US.Gestalten.com

Paris in Color

Inside North Korea

by nichole robertson

by liver wainwright

Robertson’s color-focused images of iconic Parisian scenes evoke a sense of excitement and celebrate the City of Lights in a completely unique way. Find scenes of bright blue bicycles, weathered white doors, and bright orange café chairs. Perfect for those who love art, design, color, and, of course, Paris.

The Guardian’s architectural critic, Wainwright, journeys through the hermetic Pyongyang, North Korea, chronicling the candy-colored city with more than 275 photographs. Much of what is featured looks like it came directly out of a Wes Anderson movie, emoting a fantasy of prosperity. —Taschen.com

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Brain Gain Via a new partnership, National Geographic Expeditions and Exclusive Resorts offer illuminating and inspiring Student Expeditions. written by jimmy im

“powerful imagery doesn’t need to be explained,” says award-winning National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan. “It exists because that moment, place, and person exists or existed.” While on the one hand a picture may be worth a thousand words, it’s also a priceless, unforgettable experience with National Geographic Expeditions and Exclusive Resorts—especially for students across the country. Exclusive Resorts’ new partnership with the renowned travel innovator offers Members highly curated programs for students (ages 13 and older) with one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences. On these exclusive adventures, students learn from National Geographic’s talented roster of explorers, researchers, and photographers, following in their footsteps for hands-on learning and exploration. This summer, students can choose from a variety of destinations around the globe, led by highly qualified trip leaders. On most trips, a National Geographic expert also joins the group. Students will learn straight from the field, discovering fascinating destinations through On Assignment projects.

— From left: Photography Workshop in Yellowstone; Community Service Program in Costa Rica.

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EXPANDING HORIZONS National Geographic Student Expeditions are now available to Members’ high school and middle school students ages 13 and older. Snorkel with marine biologists in Belize, go on photo shoots in Yellowstone National Park, help out with a community project in Costa Rica, and more.

— Below: High school expeditions in the Swiss and French Alps.

high school • grades 9-12 Expeditions recommended: iceland

Discover fascinating destinations across the globe through the lens of an On Assignment project. Each expedition offers a choice between two of three areas of focus, such as photography, geology, or wildlife conservation. Photography Workshops recommended: yellowstone national park

Each day, learn important photography lessons in the classroom and apply them in some of the world’s most photogenic places, shooting alongside a National Geographic photographer. Community Service Programs recommended: costa rica

Settle into a community and get involved with collaborative service projects focusing on infrastructure, education, or sustainability. Work alongside local people, and document your experience through photos, journals, and video. University Workshops recommended: engineering and robotics workshop, massachusetts institute of technology

Images courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions

From your base at a top university, delve into issues impacting the future of our world, and examine solutions offered by engineering, technology, journalism, and more. Develop a capstone project to address an issue you’ve encountered, and pitch your idea for a chance to receive funding from National Geographic.

middle school • grades 7-8 Expeditions recommended: belize

These highly structured trips allow students who are completing grades seven or eight to discover exciting destinations in a fun, engaging, and safe environment. With guidance from trip leaders and a National Geographic expert, students explore a number of themes.

With each program, students exchange stories, explore the fascinating world around them, and work with top experts in their respective fields. Each summer, students return home with stories of life-changing experiences that instilled increased confidence, global perspective, independence, and compassion for others. “The student trips are a remarkable opportunity to travel and learn from excited and passionate experts,” adds Donovan, whose work has been featured in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. “It’s really a traveling experience with all the events that bond people together—amazing sights, foods, and conversations.” For the past two years, Donovan has taught photography on National Geographic Expeditions in Antarctica as well as during photo camps in equally exotic places. He’s also joining the Yosemite & San Francisco Photo Workshop this summer, a program he’s given photographic insight to in the past. Having spent his career sharing the natural world through images, he says the Student Expeditions allow him to inspire young minds. “Getting to know the students and travel with them as their instructor makes our interactions more impactful,” he says. “It’s a fully immersive experience, for both teacher and student.” “We experience the world primarily through our eyes,” adds Donovan. “You can tell someone about an issue or what an animal looks like, but if you show a single powerful image, the viewer is transported immediately to that place.” CURATED / Spring + Summer 2019

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— From left: Beaver Creek residences were recently reimagined, with rich natural color palettes and textured materials; bedrooms are alpine inspired, reflecting colors of a Colorado sky.

Elevated Style Colorado-based HW Home reimagines two signature Beaver Creek residences. written by amiee white beazley

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today’s mountain home can be many things: a gathering place for family and friends, a cozy retreat from the chaos of city life, a doorway to the world of nature, or a respite from a mountain storm. And in classic ski resorts like Beaver Creek, Colorado—one of the chicest alpine communities in the American West—the mountain home must also reflect the specific location, its people and, for Exclusive Resorts, its Members. Two signature Beaver Creek residences in the Vacation Collection recently underwent an interiors transformation. At the helm of this journey were Ron Werner and Jim Hering, owners and co-founders of Colorado-based HW Home. Twenty years ago, they opened the first of four HW Home retail locations in Boulder, CO, and later opened their design studio and custom furniture business, bridging the gap between high-end design and homogenized retail. “Jim and I have developed an interesting hybrid,” says Werner. “HW Home is a design firm and yet we have mastered procurement and remote installations along with retail core competencies. We understand the demographic of the users, and are sensitive to wear-ability, durability, and sustainability.”


Because they work with various global Exclusive Resort properties, the team understands the totality of The Club, yet acknowledges the importance of each property’s personality. “Each Club property is unique,” he says. “Exclusive Resorts wants to make sure every piece is fresh and every look holds up.” To achieve this in the two spacious Beaver Creek residences, HW Home transformed the interiors from what Werner describes as “old school mountain”—an aesthetic synonymous with the 1980s and 90s and featuring multiple fabrics, dark woods, and heavy “Tuscan inspired” details—into a streamlined, mountain modern design. The top-to-bottom remodel of the homes included the replacement of furniture, lighting, linens, and carpets, while employing rich natural palettes and a mix of attractive materials. “We respect the mountain look, so we brought in fresh and current designs without being too modern,” he says. “You won’t find a white leather sofa with metal legs in a mountain modern house we are doing.”

What will you find? Modern pieces juxtaposed with artwork evoking a sense of western wonder and nods to the natural world through furniture design and imagery. Werner and Hering also created custom pieces for the homes via their own furniture label, True HW Home. The duo designed a custom sectional-sleeper covered in a durable fabric that cleans easily “even if SpaghettiOs were spilled on the sofa.” The pieces are chic, but more importantly, comfortable. “If the furniture is not comfortable in a mountain home, what good is it? If you are skiing all day, when you finally get home, all you want to do is snuggle up and relax.”

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all you want to do is snuggle up and relax.” —ron werner, hw home co-founder & owner

— Clockwise from top left: Carefully placed artwork celebrates the wonder of the West; stylish kitchens inspire elevated eats; living rooms are cozy and inviting, with plenty of room for the whole family.

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• 4-5 bedrooms Spa lovers staying at Beaver Creek can access Allegria Spa or Spa Anjali, just minutes from the residences. And golfers? Home to several worldclass Colorado golf courses, the Vail Valley is one of the top golf destinations in the country.  2 residences

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Southern Charm A trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston reveals a land rich in natural bounty and a city ripe for culinary exploration. page 56

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— Previous page, from left: The pretty pink streets of downtown Charleston; beer and brisket at Lewis Barbecue; shucking oysters at Charleston’s annual Low Country Oyster Festival.

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The arrival? Breathtaking, with ancient oak trees spreading high and wide across the entry—a sort of untouched Southern boulevard—to form a canopy interrupted only by the spackled sunlight peeking through the broad leaves. The estates? Faintly antebellum yet grand and contemporary, with whitewashed wood siding and dramatic double-height ceilings. And then there’s the beach: Perfectly pristine slice of white sand lined with tall ferns that dance in the breeze like synchronized swimmers. Just beyond, the rolling hills of the world-famous Ocean Course are the purest hues of green imaginable. No bad angles, indeed. Taking it all in for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking that everything on Kiawah is just about perfect. And if you’re sitting on the bow of Captain Nick Penna’s speedboat, meandering through Kiawah River, you might be right. From the waterborne vantage point, the 10,000-acre barrier island, which sits just 25 miles south of Charleston, is a Low Country fantasy come to life. The water is smooth like glass, and each little island has its own story and potential: One, reached only by boat, is for the best summer picnics; just across the water, another is a sanctuary for sea turtle hatchlings come spring. Up above that way, a magnificent bald eagle stands atop a tall maple tree, surveying the water for prey. And down below, more dolphins than I’ve ever seen.

As Captain Nick slows the boat and the cool wind on our faces abruptly stops, we carefully stand in silence. For a second it looks like a scene from Jaws, as we approach the edges of the boat with trepidation, but we’re waiting for something far more cheerful than a shark—a family of bottlenose dolphins has been stalking us all afternoon, and it’s time to play. They crisscross beneath us, popping out on port then twirling back to starboard, then in unison cresting the water to show off their gracefully arched fins. “There’s the baby,” Nick says, pointing to an emerging fin smaller than the others. Having made leisure cruising his enviable vocation, he spends enough time out here to know them well—and there’s a few hundred of the mammals in this area. At low tide, he often sees them sunning themselves and feeding on fish right on shore. They might be enjoying themselves more than any other creature on the planet.

— Above: Playful bottlenose dolphins are a regular sight along the Kiawah River. Opposite: Cruising the winding tributaries of the placid Kiawah River.

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Barefoot Luxury That’s saying a lot on Kiawah Island, which seems to have been made for one thing only: pure enjoyment. Originally developed in the 1970s, the community is an idealized version of Low Country life (after all, it’s not everywhere in these parts where you can play with dolphins practically on command). With five award-winning golf courses, a world-class spa, several restaurants and bars, and nine spectacular estates in the Exclusive Resorts Residence Collection, it’s a mini-paradise, where there’s something for everyone, and every age. It’s easy to want to stay put—and plenty of visitors certainly do, says Leslie Cowell, Exclusive Resorts’ South Carolina-based Regional Director of Operations. “Most people spend some time in Charleston on the way out from the airport, or on the way back, but once they are on Kiawah, they stay on Kiawah.” You can’t blame them, and yet, part of the beauty of this retreat is its close proximity to what has recently become one of the South’s most innovative culinary hubs. If you’re a foodie (and even if you’re not, we promise you will be soon enough) there’s too much waiting just beyond that oak-lined Kiawah entrance to pass up a trip to “the outside.”

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— Above: Exclusive Resorts’ newest residences are contemporary retreats with private pools and views of the Low Country landscapes. Opposite: The Ocean Course is Kiawah Island’s most famous green.

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— From top left: Butcher & Bee’s satisfying vegan “pulled pork” sandwich; talking shop at the Bar at Husk. Opposite: The 18th-century John Rutledge House on Broad Street.

The Gourmand’s Hit List

During a day trip to Charleston from Kiawah, we hit the road, thirsty and hungry, with a delicious to-do list. We first land in downtown, which could easily be renamed “Quintessential Charleston” for its collection of antebellum mansions, rows of manicured palmettos, and iconic landmarks like the famous Rainbow Row. Amid all that history though, and hidden behind newly painted facades of historic structures, are trendy new restaurants and hotels, bars and boutiques, all blending a bit of classic Low Country with a touch of modern edge. At the Bar at Husk, that combination translates to a speakeasy set in a Victoria-era estate, where everything is a throwback with a contemporary tinge. On the menu, the Charleston Light Dragoons Punch is a strong (literally) example of past and present: Using an 18th-century recipe unearthed at the Preservation Society of Charleston, the libation—a favorite of the local light dragoons, a fancy term for a group of privileged young cavalrymen who ruled the city way back when—is a re-creation of black tea, brandy, rum, and new for the 21st century, peach rum. It’s a taste of history in a place that manages to feel equally antiquated and of-the-moment.

Though tempted, we skip Husk’s legendary burger and instead embark on a barbecue crawl. Low Country ’cue is its own special breed—the meat is slow-cooked, the sauce is vinegary, and the restaurant claiming the best depends on who you talk to. We head north to follow a trail of nearly every type, and emerge some three hours later quite full and with our own list of bests: Rodney Scott’s BBQ—a James Beard Award winner—is our top pick for pulled pork; Lewis impresses for brisket and a spicy green-chili cornbread; and for something completely modern, we crown Butcher & Bee the unofficial best vegan “pulled pork.” The sandwich combines shredded squash with smoked cabbage, barbecue sauce, and pickles for one of the most successful impostor dishes we’ve ever tried. The variety is a testament to Charleston’s newfangled culinary acumen, says Cowell. “There’s a real identity in culinary here,” she explains. “Everybody has their own take on the classics, whether it’s shrimp and grits or pulled pork. We always knew we had a good scene here, but now all of a sudden the world knows.” CURATED / Spring + Summer 2019

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— From top: Barbecue at the James Beard– awarded Rodney Scott’s BBQ; The Bar at Husk’s modernized version of the historic Charleston Light Dragoons Punch. Opposite: Discovering more barbecue, with green-chili cornbread and curly fries, at Lewis Barbecue.

THERE’S A REAL IDENTITY IN CULINARY HERE. EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN TAKE ON THE CLASSICS, WHETHER IT’S SHRIMP AND GRITS OR PULLED PORK.” —LESLIE COWELL, EXCLUSIVE RESORTS REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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Charleston: Past Meets Present in the Design District

— From left: Sipping rum cocktails at the Citrus Club at Dewberry Hotel; slurping oysters at the retro-chic Ordinary.

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The challenge during any trip to Charleston, however, is staying hungry enough to experience it all. To continue any further in our culinary exploration requires a bit of exercise, and so we head north by foot on King Street, peeking our heads into the trendy shops selling peacock-feather bowties and raw denim in the burgeoning Upper King Design District. Along this lively road, if a historic structure hasn’t been transformed into the next cool purveyor, it has been landmarked and perfectly preserved. We cross Marion Park to the new Dewberry Hotel (located, of course, in a historic government building), to take it all in from the rooftop terrace with 360-degree views that stretch from the Port of Charleston to the Ashley River.

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By late afternoon, we’re contemplating the most delicious route out of town and back to Kiawah. A few blocks up King Street, we make our final stop at the Ordinary, a restaurant that proves anything but, serving oysters hailing from all over the Atlantic out of a bar that, upon closer inspection, is the old vault from a historic bank. Such dramatic surprises have become commonplace in our little culinary experiment, so we sit down and order a half-dozen each of the Savage Blondes and Seaborn Selects while the cocktail bar—another speakeasy that looks of then and now—bustles with the sounds of ice rattling in shakers. By the time the shadows are growing long, we’re ready to return to paradise, so we hop back in the car and make the short 45-minute drive back to Kiawah. Having arrived just in time for sunset, we join families, golfers, and happy couples at the Ryder Cup Bar at the Ocean Course. Somehow still hungry and a little bit thirsty, we watch a golden sun light up the sky like a cotton-candy-colored painting. The waves crash while the ferns dance, and every iPhone is out for the perfect sunset shot. After all, there are no bad angles here.


— From top: Cruising Charleston’s trendy King Street; peacockfeather accessories at Brackish Bow Ties.

FAMILY MATTERS: MULTI-GENERATIONAL LIVING See The first summer homes were built on Kiawah in 1954. More than 60 years later, the 10-mile-long island remains one of America’s preeminent vacation communities, with five golf courses, a worldclass spa, and more than a dozen restaurants and bars. But that’s just the basics. Kiawah is like a year-round camp for all ages. For the nature lover, there’s bird sanctuaries and naturalist programs; for adventurers, there’s fly-fishing, kayaking, cycling, and alligator expeditions. Fitness comes in the form of surf lessons and stand-up paddleboarding, yoga and beach bootcamp. Culture buffs can attend painting lessons, mosaic workshops, and woodworking; and annual activities include everything from marathons and triathlons to oyster and barbecue fests. If you can imagine it, Kiawah probably has it—and your home base is one of Exclusive Resorts’ expansive estates, all of which come with their own private pools and several of which hover right over the Kiawah River.

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— This page: During the India and Nepal Journey, guests experience a culture defined by family and community.

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DREAM WEAVING WITH THESE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME JOURNEYS, YOUR 2020 TRAVEL WISH LIST NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD. written by jen murphy

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pack your bags and passports. Exclusive Resorts has scouted the globe to create 11 dream trips, providing Member access to remote locales, extraordinary locals, and indelible experiences. From trekking with gorillas in the mountains of Rwanda to dining with a Professor of Conflict Resolution in Jerusalem, these 2020 Journeys take Members beneath the surface and behind the scenes in signature Exclusive Resorts style.

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Follow in the footsteps of such iconic explorers as Sir Ernest Shackleton on a polar expedition to the Great White Continent. Travel aboard Lindblad’s state-of-theart, 53-cabin ship for the 12-day Journey to ring in the new year. NOT TO MISS Experience naturalist-led hikes on a glacier to view colonies of Gentoo or Amelie penguins. SUITE TALK Located on the bridge deck, the owner’s suites are the most spacious, and the large balconies mean you’ll never miss a calving glacier. MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT Have the resident National Geographic photographer snap a photo of you kayaking against a backdrop of towering, glowing blue icebergs. FOR THE EPICURIOUS Lindblad is known for sustainable, locally-sourced meals. Chefs stock up on supplies in Chile, so expect Chilean salmon paired with Carménère wine. BRAGGING RIGHTS Travel in a zodiac alongside humpback and minke whales.

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND Incredible natural beauty, vibrant cities, world-ranked chefs, and exceptional vineyards make these countries two of Exclusive Resorts’ most Member-requested destinations. An 11-night trip includes a wildlife tour in Australia’s Blue Mountains and private winery tours in New Zealand’s Central Otago wine region on the South Island. NOT TO MISS A cruise around Sydney Harbour affords the best views of the city’s famed Opera House and Bridge. SUITE TALK The Heritage Villas at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley take design cues from traditional homesteads yet are outfitted with luxe touches including doublesided fireplaces and private pools.

ARMENIA & GEORGIA Russian, Persian, and Turkish influences shape the distinctive cultures of these two incredibly hospitable countries. Over the course of nine days, be wowed by the food, history, and music in capital cities, Yerevan and Tbilisi, and humbled by the natural beauty of the surrounding Caucasus mountains.

— Clockwise from top: Australia’s scenic Yarra Valley vineyard in Australia; ancient landmarks offer breathtaking views of Tblilisi, Georgia’s rolling landscape; National Geographic Orion navigates the waters of Antarctica.

MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT A boat safari on New Zealand’s Dart River into Mount Aspiring National Park cruises past several Lord of the Rings location sights. FOR THE EPICURIOUS Swirl, sniff, and sip award-winning Shiraz and Chardonnay during a private tasting at Oakridge Estate, one of Yarra Valley’s top vineyards. BRAGGING RIGHTS Get a bird’s-eye view of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and World Heritage Fiordland National Park on a private helicopter tour.

NOT TO MISS Armenia’s Khor Virap monastery is a Gothic masterpiece and overlooks stunning Mt. Ararat. SUITE TALK Set within a former Soviet-era printing press, the new Stamba Hotel will impress architecture and design lovers. The 850-square-foot Aviator Suite, with its exposed brickwork and glass walls, is the epitome of eclectic chic, with a fun and funky vibe. MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT Snap shots of the ancient cave town of Uplistskhe, with structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. FOR THE EPICURIOUS You’ll fall in love with Georgian dishes like Khachapuri, a traditional dish of cheese–filled bread, and receive instruction in Armenian cuisine during a cooking class. BRAGGING RIGHTS Enjoy an exclusive tour of Tbilisi’s National Museum and Presidential Palace; the latter isn’t open to the public. CURATED / Spring + Summer 2019

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BOTSWANA FA M I LY S A FA R I Diverse landscapes ranging from the Kalahari Desert to the Okavango Delta and top-notch, sustainably-minded camps make Botswana one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Each family on this sevennight trip is assigned its own vehicle and driver for a personalized wildlife adventure. NOT TO MISS Go walking with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. SUITE TALK The palatial canvas tents at Tuludi in the Khwai Private Reserve are tree-house style rooms, shaded by the boughs of leadwood trees. For Club Members, family tents are being specially built to accommodate three to six travelers.

— From top: The stylish San Camp in the Kalahari Desert; a morning walk to Brazil’s Iguazú Falls at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.

MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT Every game drive guarantees National Geographic-worthy photo opportunities of lions, giraffes, springboks, elephants, and more. FOR THE EPICURIOUS Sundowners are always a highlight, but you’ll write home about the three-course winepaired dinners (not to mention the homemade brownies) at San Camp. BRAGGING RIGHTS Spot hippos on a poled mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta.

BRAZIL: R I O, S A LVA D O R , & I G U A Z Ú FA L L S The crown jewel of South America, Brazil is home to postcard-perfect beaches, colonial cities, and some of the most ecologically diverse wilderness on the planet. Exclusive Resorts’ 10-day Journey distills the best the country has to offer, from its unique Capoeira dance to its Carnival culture. 72

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NOT TO MISS Explore Iguazú National Park before it opens to the public. Hike down the canyon, which features an incredible 275 waterfalls. Enjoy a private boat ride, where you’ll be so close to the water you’ll be kissed by its spray. SUITE TALK Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is the only property located inside Iguazú National Park. Elegant rooms feature paintings of the local flora and fauna by Brazilian artist Ludmilla de Montes and traditional azulejos painted tiles. All Club Members will have views of the falls from their rooms.

MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT Photograph the 275 cascades of Iguazú Falls during a helicopter tour of the park. FOR THE EPICURIOUS In Salvador, Brazil’s former capital, shop the local market for ingredients, then learn to make the region’s signature dish, Moqueca (seafood stew) during a private cooking class. BRAGGING RIGHTS Exclusive Resorts takes Members on a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of Rio’s famed Carnival. Observe the construction of intricate floats and dress up in authentic costumes.


— From top: Dead Sea glamour in Israel; a guided sunrise visit of the Taj Mahal.

T H E H O LY L A N D : A DUAL PERSPECTIVE Two local guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian, will provide a dual narrative on this 11-day tour of the Holy Land. The itinerary, inspired by the region’s peace-building efforts, will take Members from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, weaving in stories from the past and discussions about the present political situation. NOT TO MISS In Jerusalem, you’ll go to a Jewish family’s home to observe the Sabbath. The following night, enjoy a home-cooked meal with a Palestinian family. SUITE TALK Soak in views of the Sea of Galilee from your Kinneret Villas at the Setai hotel in Tiberius.

FOR THE EPICURIOUS Learn to make dishes like shakshuka (eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce) during a cooking class in Jaffa. BRAGGING RIGHTS Float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT Snap a shot of Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East.

I N D I A & N E PA L This 12-day spiritually and culturally-rich itinerary promises to captivate Members as they travel from the Himalayas to Varanasi, one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the world. NOT TO MISS Set sail on a sunset river cruise along the Ganges, where you’ll witness a Hindu fire ceremony along the ghats. SUITE TALK Luxury suites at the Taj Nadesar Palace feature views of the Palace Gardens or swimming pool. Unwind at Jiva Spa, where the Abhisheka is inspired by Indian purifying rituals.

FOR THE EPICURIOUS Indulge in a variety of authentic Indian dishes as you experience the country, including chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, naan, and unforgettable chai. BRAGGING RIGHTS You might not have stepped foot on the Summit of Mount Everest, but you will be able to say you flew along the famed peak on a private air excursion.

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— Clockwise from left: Roaming through Rwanda; the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas in Brazil; the iconic stark-white, scalloped Sydney Opera House.

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RHINE RIVER CRUISE Set sail aboard the Crystal Debussy, a state-of-the-art river yacht, and explore charming villages along the Rhine River. The nine-day itinerary is packed with on- and off-ship highlights from castle tours to wine tastings, all of which immerse Members in the unique Swiss, German, and French cultures of this region. NOT TO MISS In Bonn, take a musical tour of Beethoven’s birthplace. SUITE TALK The 100-passenger Crystal Debussy boasts river cruising’s largest standard accommodations. All suites have floor-toceiling windows and butler service. MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT In Koblenz, a cable car ride provides the perfect vantage to get a shot of the formidable Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. FOR THE EPICURIOUS Attend a private chocolate-making workshop at the Lindt factory. BRAGGING RIGHTS You’ll enjoy a rare, private tour of Strasbourg Cathedral.

MENDOZA, ARGENTINA On this wine-inspired Journey, Members will experience an education in Malbec, eat meals prepared by leading Argentine chefs, and explore the renowned Uco Valley wine region by horseback. The Club has secured exclusive access to the Vines Resort & Spa as your home away from home for this five-day trip. NOT TO MISS Enjoy dinner and a tasting at the Winemakers Village, a residential collective where top local winemakers live and work. VILLA TALK Spanning 1,002 square feet, the onebedroom villas at the Vines Resort & Spa feature spa-inspired bathrooms, kitchenettes, and spacious outdoor decks where you can watch the sunset over the vineyards.

MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT During the traditional barbecue feast, get a shot of the lechón roasting over an open fire with the vineyards and Andes mountains in the backdrop. FOR THE EPICURIOUS A grilling master class teaches everything from salting different cuts of meat to strategies for grilling them. BRAGGING RIGHTS During a one-on-one blending session, you’ll create a wine for the group, and then after it ages, a case will be shipped to your home to share with friends.

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— From top: Crystal Debussy navigates the Rhine River; lounge with a view and local Argentinian wine at the Vines Resort & Spa.


U G A N DA & RWA N DA : TRACKING THE GREAT APES With just over 1,000 mountain gorillas left on earth, future generations may never have the opportunity to see these great apes. The majority of the remaining population make their home in the mountain forests between Uganda and Rwanda. This 11-day Journey offers the rare opportunity to track the extraordinary creatures with a leading primatologist.

NOT TO MISS Observe a dance performance by the Batwa Pygmies in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. SUITE TALK The glass-fronted, thatch-roof bandas at Bwindi Lodge in Uganda reflect the local building style and have forest views, plus butler service.

MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT Spot chimpanzees playing in trees of Western Uganda’s Kalinzu Forest. FOR THE EPICURIOUS Lovingly known as the Harry’s of Bwindi, locally-staffed Bwindi Bar serves as a training institution for disadvantaged youth and serves tasty tapas inspired by traditional Ugandan dishes. BRAGGING RIGHTS Come face to face with a silver back mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park.

AROUND THE WORLD BY PRIVATE JET In 2018, Exclusive Resorts and National Geographic Expeditions announced a new global strategic partnership celebrating legacy travel and immersive experiences. The first, Members-only Once-in-aLifetime Journey Around the World by Private Jet for 2020* ensures indelible stops to such enchanting destinations as Easter Island, Peru, India, Nepal, Morocco, Tanzania, and much more.

— From left: Family bonding in Uganda; a friendly face of Peru, one of the unforgettable stops on The Club’s Around the World by Private Jet.

NOT TO MISS Explore the architectural marvels of Machu Picchu, Petra, and the Taj Mahal, and experience diverse cultures from timeless villages in Bhutan. JET SET From the comfort of your luxurious private jet, visit 11 countries and 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 24 days.

MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT Just one moment? Impossible. Consider photo-worthy moments a daily pastime, and what’s more, a National Geographic photographer will accompany the Journey and give tips on how to return with photos of a lifetime. FOR THE EPICURIOUS For your final evening in Jordan, enjoy a festive dinner accompanied by a Bedouin folklore performance. BRAGGING RIGHTS Encounter the incredible creatures of the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti Plain.

— *Trip currently waitlisted. Members interested in being added to the waitlist can contact their Ambassador. For all other inquiries, please contact a Membership Director at MembershipDirector@exclusiveresorts.com. The February 27, 2020 departure of 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.

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AN EXCLUSIVE RESORTS RESIDENCE IS, BY NATURE AND DESIGN, UNIQUE. WITH COVETED LOCATIONS PARAMOUNT TO THE CLUB’S EXPANDING REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO, EXCLUSIVE RESORTS’ RESIDENCE COLLECTION IS METICULOUSLY VETTED. AND AS THE CLUB EVOLVES, THE LIFE OF EACH LUXE HOME GROWS RIGHT ALONGSIDE ITS MEMBERS. written by erin lentz

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— Right: Grand entrances to Los Cabos’ Las Conchas residences feature lush gardens and outdoor terraces.

E exclusive resorts’ tradition of scouting Club-worthy, family-inspired homes began with a flagship development in Los Cabos, Mexico. Why? For starters, location. Nestled along a stretch of sand coveted by international travelers, Los Cabos’ Las Conchas residences embrace The Club’s philosophy, which is defined by home-away-from-home residences celebrating a unique sense of place while also allowing Members to foster unforgettable memories. Today, Exclusive Resorts has 380-plus residences in more than 75 destinations worldwide, and as The Club’s team of real estate experts continually searches for additions to the Residence Collection, the underlying qualifiers are many, yet the goal remains simple: Which homes have the makings for life-changing moments? As such, each Club residence is qualified by a chameleon-like personality. They must become a quintessential host to milestone memories, including weddings, anniversaries, and special birthdays. Yet The Club’s residences must also have potential for Exclusive Resorts’ “secret sauce”—those unexpected occasions found during a sunset on Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica or a private chef dinner on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Equally adept at catering to an adventurous young family, honeymooning newlyweds, or empty nesters on a spontaneous escape, an Exclusive Resorts residence is defined by versatility, style, and plenty of surprise and delight.

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Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica A Club flagship destination, Peninsula Papagayo features 17 residences tucked within 30 acres of lush jungle on the south side of the peninsula. The private gated community is home to the nearby Four Seasons Costa Rica and Andaz Peninsula Papagayo. Developed in 2004, The Club’s four-bedroom residences each feature a private plunge pool and large wrap-around porch. What’s more, all were designed specifically with Members in mind, with expansive indoor-outdoor gathering spaces, chef-grade kitchens, and access to Exclusive Resorts’ Poro Poro Clubhouse, just a short golf cart ride away.

The Young Family Papagayo homes have all the bells and whistles for families on the go, with plenty of space for both privacy and communal living. And though it’s easy to laze away the days spotting howler monkeys from your private patio, family adventure is always on tap. Zipline through rain forests, explore the incredible Rio Celeste waterfall, or hang at the kid-friendly Poro Poro Clubhouse and pool. The Couple Spacious Papagayo residences are ideal for several couples traveling together. Book a romantic private chef dinner at your residence, or charter a private yacht to explore the peninsula. Afterward, enjoy in-residence couples spa treatments inspired by Costa Rican flora and fauna. The Adventurers Costa Rica is a thrill-seeker’s paradise, whether searching for surf, sand, or jungle. Your Concierge can arrange for private sailing or scuba diving outings, or a day trip to Tenorio Volcano National Park. If staying closer to your Club residence, perfect your backhand at the Peninsula Papagayo Tennis Complex or test your swing at the neighboring Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.

— From top: Interiors celebrate an authentic sense of place; private infinity-edge pools allow for family gatherings.

The Gourmand Pura Vida is defined by good food and wine. Members can dine at the Poro Poro Clubhouse, which features a Member-inspired cocktail menu. Foodies also flock to Playa Prieta Beach Club, or enjoy private chef meals served in-residence. The nearby Andaz resort’s Ostra Restaurant offers a not-to-miss fresh ceviche bar. The Wellness Seeker Via the Life Force Wellness program, treat yourself to a full Wellness Day at Papagayo, which includes a healthy itinerary of yoga, body work, and gourmet dining. What to expect? A private, 90-minute yoga class, meditation instruction, a customized body treatment, breakfast and dinner prepared by a private chef and nutritionist, and a personalized nutritional evaluation, diet plan, and recipes.

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— From left: Dining areas overlook Manhattan’s skyline; master bedrooms feature accents inspired by city life.

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New York City, New York In total, Exclusive Resorts offers 20 twobedroom apartments or suites in three distinctive locations in Manhattan. Members will find 14 luxury apartments at Park Avenue Place in Midtown East, located in a private residential building. Comfort meets style here, with such ultra-luxe finishes as custom flooring and kitchen cabinetry, contemporary artwork, and Italian light fixtures. A full-sized gourmet kitchen makes breakfast in residence a snap, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide inspired cityscape views. 82

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The Young Family Often overlooked as a family escape, Manhattan has potential for unforgettable vacations. Central Park is packed with playgrounds and kiddos love the Staten Island Ferry and Statue of Liberty. Explore the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York City Fire Museum. The Couple Cozy up to the famous King Cole Bar at the St. Regis New York—just a short walk from your Park Avenue Place residence—and discover where the Bloody Mary was invented. Afterward, spoil your lady or gent with Madison Avenue shopping, and then top the day with a Broadway show and decadent dinner for two. The Adventurers City slicking doesn’t forgo fitness and outdoor adventure. Runners flock to Central Park, while your Exclusive Resorts Concierge can recommend ofthe-moment fitness studios like Taryn Toomey’s The Class. Also check out High Line Park, where you can walk the greenways and explore outdoor sculpture gardens.

The Gourmand Arrange for a private, inresidence chef dinner or hit the city for the finest dining in the country. Members have exclusive access to Jean-Gorges, which overlooks Central Park, and on-site Concierges have insider knowledge of trendy and off-thebeaten-path NYC restaurants, like 5 Napkin in Hell’s Kitchen. The Wellness Seeker Members staying at Park Avenue Place enjoy complimentary access to the Peninsula Spa and Fitness Center (just a short stroll away), which features a sunlit yoga studio and personal training. Pamper yourself with The Peninsula Spa’s new Vedic Aromatherapy Treatments from Australia.


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— From top: Outdoor fire pits call for cozy alpine nights; elevated décor takes its cue from the mountains.

Lake Tahoe, California This all-season playground celebrates California’s natural side. Set in a residential neighborhood with incredible views of the surrounding evergreen forest, spacious mountain residences feature such luxuries as private hot tubs, massive great rooms, rustic rock fireplaces, and media rooms. Your on-site Concierge is at your beck and call, arranging for pre-arrival groceries, lift tickets, tee times, and access to any winter or summer mountain thrill desired.

The Young Family Homes here are playful yet sophisticated, just like the families that choose to vacation in Tahoe. Northstar hosts a Kids Adventure Camp in summer, offering age-appropriate nature hikes, games, and activities. The Couple Treat yourselves to a romantic dinner at Trokay Restaurant, a Truckee bistro with locally-sourced ingredients. The well-known eatery also hosts cooking classes for all skill-levels, including ones for the kiddos. The Adventurers Given your vacation home’s easy access to trailblazing, getting “out there” is a daily pastime. During winter, score powder turns at Squaw Valley USA (site of the 1960 Winter Olympics) or Northstar-at-Tahoe, then aprés at the legendary Le Chamois and Lift Bar (Squaw). Come summer, hike, fly-fish, mountain bike, or golf—the views alone elevate every pursuit. The Gourmand Top alpine restaurants include Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge—a Lake Tahoe landmark since the 1950s. Cottonwood has a vibrant heritage, lively music scene, and an adventurous menu. Alternatively, opt for a private dinner by Chef Dany Foster. She honed her skills in top Los Angeles restaurants and prepares seasonal, organic, healthy meals for cozy intimate dinners, family gatherings, and special parties. The Wellness Seeker With five world-class spas in the area, health and wellness is always top of mind at Tahoe. Find solitude via mountain hikes and snowshoe outings right outside the front door. Exclusive Resorts Concierges can also arrange for private healthy dinners in the comfort of your home.

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Abaco, Bahamas This quiet island hideaway is tucked along one of the most secluded horse-shoe beaches in the world, accessed right outside your back door. Five four-bedroom luxury residences are airy and uncluttered, with fresh upscale Bahamian décor and an open floor plan to welcome families in comfort and style. An exclusive Clubhouse features savory Bahamian cuisine, a fitness center, swimming pool, spa, and a world-class, 18-hole Scottishstyle golf course.

The Young Family Abaco’s kids’ club will make certain your little ones have a magical island vacation. Families can paddle-board from the beach to a tiny little island to search for sea turtles, while Flipper’s Beach Bar features weekly, family-friendly beachside barbecues. The Couple Whether honeymooners or empty nesters, Bahamian rhapsody is all in a day’s play. Wander via boat to secluded beaches and enchanting coves, and then have your personal Concierge arrange for cocktails and light bites at sunset. The Club’s residences feature expansive outdoor and rooftop decks, the perfect perch to bid adieu to the ultimate Caribbean day. The Adventurers Whether a golfer, angler, or sailor, Abaco is prime for outdoor pursuits. Bonefishing is some of the best on the globe, while the Don Mackenzie and Tom Steele-designed golf course plays host to the annual Web.com tour. Golf star Darren Clarke lives here, claiming the world-class golf is as tempting as the fishing. Enjoy a private charter with Captain Bruce Ost and snorkel among his favorite local spots. The Gourmand No trip to Abaco is complete without a lazy afternoon spent at Pete’s Pub. Stadium-style seats in the bar are crowded with salty dogs weathered by the sun and tolerant to the potency of Pete’s signature rum-infused Blaster cocktails. The ceiling is lined with dangling tee shirts and beer koozies signed by past visitors. The food is equally of note—simple, fresh-from-the-sea cuisine. The Wellness Seeker The Abaco Club Spa restores mind-body balance with a relaxed Caribbean vibe. Spa products include the Abaco Neem skin care line, derived from the leaves and oil of the medicinal neem tree, organically grown right on the island. If wanting to stay close to home, arrange for a massage in residence or beachside.

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— From left: Large homes at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay feature plenty of spots to relax, whether it’s at your private pool or oversized rooftop decks overlooking the adjacent beach and surrounding dunes; master suites feature hints of sun-inspired color.

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SENSE OF PLACE Exclusive Resorts’ Vice President of Real Estate, Sara Whitford, reveals how a home evolves into a Club-worthy community.

how does a home qualify as part of the exclusive resorts residence collection? There are so many things we look for in a residence before it’s added to our Portfolio. Of course, the top priority is finding the right destination. We are constantly searching the globe for our next destination based on Member feedback and intelligence from our global network of luxury resort brands, developers, and industry experts. Once we find a destination we love, we look for the best places to be in that destination. Different Members like different types of residences, so we look for a balance between stand-alone residences and residences within a resort community. Some Members want to be able to order room service and have access to a resort pool and kids’ programs, while others prefer a quieter experience where they feel like part of the local community. And then, of course, the residence itself needs to be outstanding—being designed, built, and decorated to the highest standards, with large gathering spaces and beautiful outdoor areas that allow Members to spend time together rather than being relegated to separate hotel rooms. Additionally, we always look for those must-have features like gourmet kitchens, private pools and hot tubs, and expansive balconies and patios. what about the residence collection sets exclusive resorts apart from other luxury destination clubs? What sets us apart is having a Portfolio of residences we own, which only Members are allowed to use. Because we control them, we can ensure each residence is maintained to the highest standard, and Members don’t have to worry before a trip about what they will get, or during a trip if something unexpectedly happens and requires attention. Our dedicated on-site teams of Concierges, property managers, and housekeepers are our eyes and ears on the ground. They help us keep our residences in top condition. We don’t settle for anything less.

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what does the club look for in a residence’s style and design? Exclusive Resorts always wants its residence to convey a sense of place. We want to maintain a standardized level of luxury and attention to detail, but also showcase the local culture and style. When a Member walks into any Club residence, we want it to live up to the highest level of quality in terms of furnishings, décor, and layout, but we don’t want it to be cookie cutter. An Exclusive Resorts residence in the Bahamas won’t look like an Exclusive Resorts residence in Whistler, B.C. Each will carry a sense of place that reflects local influences, allowing Members to feel a connection to each destination they visit.


— Clockwise from top: Coastal living in Anguilla, British West Indies; peak pursuits in Whistler, British Columbia; Kiawah Island calls for private chef dinners at your Club residence.

with flagship properties, like peninsula papagayo, how does exclusive resorts help members make connections? We help Members make connections with their families and friends, with other Members, and with our dedicated on-site teams by creating spaces that foster relationships. At Peninsula Papagayo, we built our residences, our own clubhouse, a restaurant, and more. The residences—with their expansive living rooms and patios with swimming pools and hot tubs— allow families and friends the space to enjoy each other’s company and form connections best made outside the hustle of everyday life. The Poro Poro Clubhouse and restaurant give Members the opportunity to expand those connections and meet other Member families at the pool, on the beach, or over a cocktail. Throughout it all, our Members develop meaningful relationships with our on-site teams, many of whom have been with us for as long as The Club has existed. Members return to their favorite Club residences not only because they love the destination, but also because of the bonds they have developed with the Concierges, housekeepers, private chefs, and others who have made their trips memorable year after year. Our teams become like family to our Members.

when searching for properties, how does multi-generational travel come into play? Multi-generational travel is fostered and celebrated in our legacy of having spacious homes and gathering spaces in a multitude of destinations around the world. Families can choose to relax together in their own private pool or go on an adventure exploring a new place. Because many Exclusive Resorts residences comfortably fit multiple families, generations can travel together, allowing grandparents, children, and grandchildren the chance to vacation with each other. In addition to these large residences, The Club also offers smaller residences that provide smaller groups and empty nesters a more intimate experience. CURATED / Spring + Summer 2019

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Wild at Heart a photo essay by Club Member dj brooks

exclusive resorts member DJ Brooks happened upon photography via mountain biking. After building a career as an equity derivatives trader in Asia, and working in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and London, he lived an adrenaline-filled life with financial rewards yet growing stress. So, he “checked out at a young age and got into investing in early-stage start-ups,” he recalls. “My father died at a young age and I was determined to enjoy life.” After tackling mountain climbing, adventure racing, IRONMAN events, and mountain biking, he started competing in global races. During a mountain bike race in South Africa, a wildebeest ran alongside him—a pivotal and memorable moment furthering his passion for wildlife. And while training for a race in Bariloche, Argentina, Brooks and his teammate—who happened to be a talented photographer—would test their endurance by day and then train their cameras on various landscapes by night. “That trip was the impetus for my passion for photography. I’m normally a very analytical person. Photography has brought out an artistic side I didn’t know existed.” These days, he adds, “You will rarely find me without a camera.” In 2018, he took more than 10,000 photos. Here’s some of his finest.

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little fawn grow up. It would sleep with its mom under our deck on the comfortable and dry mulch.”

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“The big male guanaco in the middle must have spotted a threat. He puffed up his chest, stood tall, and looked to me like he was protecting his little herd.”

“This new colony of King Penguins had

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“These majestic

animals on Antelope Island in Utah seem much bigger in person than they do in photographs.�

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“I’m always on the

lookout for moose. We have a lot of them in the Wasatch Back. Once I figure out their territory, I keep going back to visit, and capture their portrait of course!”

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“This sea lion was warming itself in the

first rays of early morning sun in the Galapagos. The younger ones are very curious and not too shy.”

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Rather than selling his work, Brooks trades his photography for donations to the Summit Land Conservancy in Park City. The non-profit preserves regional landscapes in Park City and Summit County for future generations. —WeSaveLand.org

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“These cool

looking birds have eyes that are so close together that they seem crosseyed. But what sets them apart is their blue feet.�

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Bucket List

Punta Cana, Please! Club Member Kathy Karhnoff and her family experience the best of the Dominican Republic.

KARHNOFF FAMILY members since 2007

top takeaway from the trip:

Our trip to Punta Cana was one of the finest trips our family has ever taken. Everything about this island, including the house, food, and people, made it the best trip ever.

favorite foodie find:

Right on property—we had Chef Renzo cook for us every morning, in addition to three private dinners in our home, which made the trip.

never thought i’d experience:

The afternoon snorkeling trip. We rented a private charter boat and had a blast.

if you go:

Take your golf clubs. The course is stellar.

a family favorite:

The zipline adventure was incredible.

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A Masterfully Crafted Flight

Experience

Enhance Your Exclusive Resorts Vacation With Luxury Cabin Airfare Your Exclusive Resorts membership includes access to VIP luxury air booking services with Regal Wings. Fly international First or Business Class on every major airline with bespoke insider rates. You deserve a white glove boutique experience, and Regal Wings is here to give it to you.

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