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The slopes of Snowmass, Colorado call for peak family fun, and also served as muse to photographer Slim Aarons during the 1960s.
elebrity and lifestyle photographer Slim Aarons always had a keen eye for capturing the “good life,” as he coined it. And the slopes of Snowmass, Colorado, were no exception. During the 1960s actor Gary Cooper discovered Aspen/Snowmass, and became the frontrunner of Hollywood celebs that have frequented its famous peaks. Yet this historic photo also tells a story of family fun, celebrated throughout this issue. Titled “Snowmass Gathering,” Aarons framed a sassy group of skiers attending a mountaintop party in Snowmass, in April 1968. Today, history is still being made amongst these summits. When snow blankets Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, Snowmass transforms into a winter wonderland. Families gravitate to the mountain’s mixed terrain— wide cruiser runs for beginners and challenging moguls for the daredevils—as well as convenient ski-in/ski-out lodging. Exclusive Resorts features five ski-in/ski-out homes at the Timbers Resorts Residence Club, allowing prime slopeside access. Complimentary ski valet service and storage makes for an effortless transition from the slopes to après ski activities, and the local concierge team can arrange for everything from lift tickets to ski lessons. Each three-bedroom mountain retreat has a large great room with a fireplace, ideal for family gatherings at day’s end, where all ages swap highlights from ski school or hiking Highland Bowl. And a gourmet kitchen removes the stress of needing to constantly dine out. Ullr Nights is one evening worth pulling the family away from the fireplace. Ride the gondola to the top of Snowmass Mountain and celebrate the Norse God of Snow with music, sleigh riding, snow tubing, and s’mores. Your snow angels might disappear by morning, but the memories you and your family make will last a lifetime. --exclusiveresorts.com/Snowmass-CO
SLIM AARON’S “SNOWMASS GATHERING,” SHOT IN APRIL 1968.
(PHOTO BY SLIM AARONS/GETTY IMAGES)
M A G A Z I N E
90 The Henry family takes a multigenerational vacation to the legendary Sea Island, Georgia.
28 REMEMBER WHEN…
42 THE SCHUSS FACTOR
Sleek ski fashion for men marries style and function.
12 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
ER Members recall top unplugged vacations of family bonding, discovery, and how vacationing expands worldviews.
32 THE 60-DAY RULE
Black, rose gold, and elegant timepieces make for a truly brilliant city escape.
10 LETTER FROM THE CEO
For the McCormack family, vacation time with ER transcends the typical two-week norm.
La Dolce Vita along the Amalfi Coast; a long weekend in Boston whets the appetite of cultural connoisseurs.
33 MEXICAN FLAVOR
Flor Trasvina, Concierge at Los Cabos Punta Bellena, reveals tips to an adventurous Baja sojourn.
21 EUROPEAN PANACHE
With Exclusive Resorts’ new access to La Resérve’s posh properties, an across-the-pond jaunt awaits. 24 THE “IT” FACTOR
Professional skier, mountaineer, and World Cup announcer Chris Davenport catches up with Olympian skier Mikaela Shiffrin. 26 THE WELL-THY LIFE
Key to an ultra-long, successful existence, says AccessCircles founder Carolee Friedlander, is forging meaningful connections.
BESPOKE 35 BACK TO THE FUTURE
BMW introduces the next generation of covetable cars. 38 ATTITUDE @ ALTITUDE
Ladies, be forewarned. With these alpine-inspired looks a la Barneys Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan, you’ll be fending off the gents at après ski. 40 ISLAND FEVER
With Hawaii-inspired looks by Neiman Marcus, say good-bye to winter blues and aloha to beach bliss.
44 ALL THAT GLITTERS…
46 FAMILY + FASHION = FUN
ER Member Caitlin Fisher on the power of family travel and top packing essentials for kids. 48 GET SKI FIT
Mike Bahn, fitness guru for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, gives the inside track on prepping for the slopes. 49 PAMPERED
The 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach is slated to debut the new Bamford Spa, plus Miami’s top hot spots. 50 SKIP THE LINE!
Ski Butlers offers on-demand rental service and in-residence fittings.
contents SAVOR 53 SHAKEN + STIRRED
Bar hopping has never tasted so good. Spiritsavvy writer and author Mark Ellwood toasts an urban obsession with innovative merrymaking. 56 ELEVATED EATS
Telluride’s Alpino Vino takes its epicurean cue from the slopes of Italy. 58 SKI IN, DANCE OUT
Aspen Highland’s Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro stakes its claim as an elevated on-mountain eating experience. Champagne required. 60 SLOPE STYLE
Each winter, top foodies ﬂock to Europe for a ski vacation that features schussing, restauranthopping, and sommelier standouts. 62 ON THE RHONE TRAIL
The lesser-known Rhone Valley has quickly become an oenophile’s delight, claiming both high-end collectors and down-to-earth wine aficionados.
80 Secret Stash: Backcountry goods at WhistlerBlackcomb ski resort.
CULTURED 65 URBAN MUSE
As Hong Kong stakes its global claim among the contemporary art world with such fairs as Art Basel, Mark Ellwood uncovers how a growing local legacy is being uniquely fostered. 66 ON DISPLAY: CAPE TOWN
The anticipated Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will spotlight South Africa’s ﬂourishing art scene. 68 CREATIVE DISRUPTOR
Artnet CEO Jacob Pabst divulges online art trends and explains how online auctions are expanding the global art world. 72 NOTEWORTHY
WHISTLER PHOTO BY: NEIL BROWN
Romance author and Exclusive Resorts Member Kaira Rouda finds inspiration for her sexy novels in the everyday, and from travels both near and far. 74 CASE STUDY
CEO of the Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, Jean Case reveals the power of philanthropy, travel, and failing forward. 76 HAUTE + HAPPENING IN HAWAII
Noa Santos, founder of HomePolish, shares his Oahu blackbook.
21 Discover European panache at La Resérve Ramatuelle.
100 THE BRILLIANT WORK OF “IT” PHOTOGRAPHER GRAY MALIN, INCLUDING (PICTURED) AMALFI BLUE UMBRELLAS.
FEATURES 100 BEAUTY + THE BEACH
122 GIFT IT!
Curating a hit list of source-to-summit bliss at Exclusive Resorts’ ski destinations, Jen Murphy unlocks the key to elevated winter escapes. Powder-tackling, stargazing, spa-going, family-friendly fun allowed. By Jen Murphy
With the ocean as muse, “it” photographer Gray Malin celebrates a new chapter in a prescient career framed by breathtaking birds-eye views. A curated selection of his photographs celebrate Exclusive Resorts’ beach destinations. By Erin Lentz
Whether shopping for traveling tykes, busy execs, a discerning hostess, or that someone who seemingly has it all, these lifestyle and travel inspired covet-ables celebrate thoughtful holiday giving. Curated by Karen Larrain
THE INSIDE TRACK
A multi-generational vacation enjoyed at Georgia’s fabled Sea Island by Members Bob and Pat Henry—and their 12 children and grandchildren—is an annual lowcountry celebration rich in both tradition and memories-in-the-making. Story and Photography by Clara Woodbridge
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK…
During a weeklong white-water excursion through the heart of the Grand Canyon, the Rodriguez family—Exclusive Resorts Members and adventurous travelers— discover that the Colorado River’s penchant for play also equals family bonding and serious fun. By Erin Lentz Photography by Stefanie Michejda
133 CLUB CURATED: FAMILY TOP 10
Our expanded portfolio is the ultimate passport to family bonding and educational travel for adventurers of all ages. 144 BUCKET LIST
ER Members Michael and Sheila Moran check off a Galapagos Journey from their bucket list.
ON THE COVER: GRAY MALIN’S “BLACKOMB VERTICAL.” SHOT ON SITE IN WHISTLER BLACKOMB.
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EDITOR IN CHIEF Erin Lentz
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Karrie Sims
PHOTO DIRECTOR Stefanie Michejda EDITOR AT LARGE Jen Murphy COPY EDITOR Christine Benedetti CONTRIBUTING FASHION EDITOR Karen Larrain ADVERTISING ADVERTISING SALES ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Elizabeth Kellick; firstname.lastname@example.org EXCLUSIVE RESORTS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Cathy Ross SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES JP Lind SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Hayden Mugford DIRECTOR, CONTENT MARKETING Caitlin Austin MANAGER, BRAND MARKETING Justin Parnell MARKETING COORDINATOR Lauren Bowie CONTRIBUTORS Christine Benedetti, Chris Davenport, Simon Doonan, Mark Ellwood, Michael Frank, Jimmy Im, Karen Larrain, Ted Loos, Gray Malin, Stefanie Michejda, Heidi Mitchell, Jen Murphy, Andrew Sessa, Noa Santos, Lindsey Tramuta. Flor Trasvina
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It seems like a simple question. Some would tell you it’s because you want to “indulge” and “relax.” And while that may be true, we believe there is something more. Something deeper. So, in late 2015 we commissioned a study to investigate leading motivators for families choosing how and where to vacation. The results? More than 55 percent of families surveyed cited either “broadening their family’s worldview through new experiences” or “spending time together” as top drivers in the decision process. Only 10 percent of families surveyed cited luxuries (like 5-star resort amenities) as the most compelling. Surprised? We’re not. At Exclusive Resorts, we know ﬂeeting dinner table talks are about as close as many of us get to family bonding in our hectic day-to-day lives. As such, vacations experienced with family and the memories made while traveling become all the more meaningful. For more than a decade we’ve crafted oneof-a-kind experiences for Members, strengthening family bonds and creating lasting memories. We’ve been busy evolving our portfolio with vacations and global experiences designed to help you recharge, reconnect, and most importantly—have fun.
(CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): The Ross family on vacation in Real del Mar; the Colmenares family during an ER vacation to Tuscany; the Henry family reunion in Sea Island, GA; the Rodriguez family on a Journey through the Grand Canyon.
Within these pages, we introduce our new advertising campaign Create Your Next Remember When™. This new campaign spotlights real moments from the Club’s 4,000+ Members, collected during time spent vacationing with Exclusive Resorts. You’ll meet Members Lisa, Angel and Lucian Colmenares (page 28), Bob and Pat Henry with their 12 children and grandchildren (page 90) and Marcela Cortina and Alvaro Rodriguez with 14-year-old twin sons Mateo and Lucas (page 112) as they share their long-lasting memories made during recent ER vacations to Tuscany, Sea Island, and the Grand Canyon. I hope their stories will remind you that when travel is at its best, real connections are made. We make sure all the pieces are in place so you can focus on what matters most—time spent together.
Where will you create your next “Remember When…”? Travel well.
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> Letter from the Editor
(FROM TOP): Over the Sedona desert, en route to the Grand Canyon to produce our CURATED feature, “If These Walls Could Talk” (page 112); with nearly 30 ER members during our week-long Grand Canyon Experience; a canyon campsite, with a once-ina-lifetime view.
know how fortunate I am to love what I do. But standing in the heart of Black Tail Canyon on day four of Exclusive Resorts’ Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey to the Grand Canyon, it dawned on me, as our river guide Ben played the ﬂute and our group stood silent—in awe of this magical moment— that I was, in theory, “working.” As we produce the pages of CURATED, I’m grateful to be so lucky. At its best, travel inspires vivid memories of reﬂection, challenge, change, and connection. The trip to the Grand Canyon captured all of the above. And I assume, for most all on the trip, our memories are varied and deeply personal, merging at different moments as we navigated the ever-changing walls of this natural wonder. Photo director Stefanie Michejda and I followed Mexico City-based Alvaro Rodriguez and Marcela Cortina, along with their 14-year-old twins Mateo and Lucas, during this trip. Their unique family bond—readily apparent from day one—was only further enhanced and celebrated along the roaring banks of the storied Colorado River. By design, the experience connected our group quickly, and unforgettably. As we spilled over both raging and playful whitewater, each Member wore a life vest named after different parts of the Canyon. My life vest was coined “Black Tail Canyon.” Ironically, or perhaps right on point, my favorite moment of the trip was inside the aforementioned Black Tail Canyon, as geologist Wayne Ranney read a poem titled “The Great Unconformity.” Eerily silent, the slot canyon, located three miles back from the river, framed an is-this-for-real navy sky. And the history felt in the rocks that hugged us was simply sublime. With this, our Ski Issue, we also celebrate alpine destinations at their peak—where to go now, with tips from pro skiers, local legends, and ER Members. We also curate the power of family travel, as I witnessed firsthand in the Canyon. When helicoptered out of the Canyon, I doubt any of us left as we arrived—just as the waters have carved and crafted The Rim, travel carves new emotional landscapes within each of us. My hope is that within these pages you find inspiration to reconnect with the destinations, friends, and family most important to you. Happy Travels!
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For the first time ever Exclusive Resorts members can now use their days for Airstream travel with Airstream 2 Go. Fully outfitted, luxuriously equipped, and complete with a GM Tahoe or Yukon, several custom, all-inclusive itineraries have been crafted to provide the road trip of a lifetime. To begin planning your exclusive journey through the American West, please visit www.exclusiveresorts.com/airstream2go.
Michael grew up in the Northwest hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing and sea kayaking—as well as trying to perfect outdoor photography and make old cars run. He’s a frequent contributor to Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, Adventure Journal, Men’s Fitness, and has been a staff editor at National Geographic Adventure, Esquire, Forbes, and Bicycling Magazine.
A longtime fashion and beauty editor, Karen loves to travel as frequently as possible. She started her career at Harper’s Bazaar, moving on to Glamour and Cosmopolitan. She has attended global fashion shows, including Paris, Milan, Rio, Sao Paolo, and Sydney. She currently freelances for several fashion/travel sites and magazines. Karen believes there’s nothing better than packing for a trip, which fuses both travel and style.
Jimmy Im has traveled to 116 countries and has most likely stayed at more luxury hotels than any person on this planet. He writes regularly for such national publications as Conde Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Hollywood Reporter and New York Post, and he also appears on morning and evening news shows as a travel expert.
TOP FASHION FIND: The Aerin boutique in Southampton.
NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT: Dark chocolate.
FAVORITE CITIES: Paris, LA, and Aspen.
CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH: The squirrel emoji.
BUCKET-LIST TRIP: India, Maildives, and Bali.
BUCKET-LIST TRIP: Train travel through Mongolia.
WHEN I’M NOT WRITING, YOU’LL FIND ME: Sweating in nature on foot, wheels, skis, or in a kayak. GEAR TO GET: A real camera. Your phone is convenient, but you’ll never frame the shots it takes. NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT: A headlamp. It’s tiny, and it’s uber-kind to a sleeping partner to read by (while you suffer through jet lag). TOP OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Via Ferrata mountain biking in the Dolomites.
NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT: Headphones, lip balm, and a big scarf.
TOP SOUTH AFRICAN FIND: It’s super cliché, but I lugged back a traditional African mask.
Gray Malin is a modern-day fineart photographer who launched his namesake brand in 2013. Malin’s early notable work, Prada Marfa (2010), put him on the radar of fashion and art enthusiasts. He since has created private collections in remote locations such as Antarctica, Namibia and Bhutan while also developing commercial recognition for inventive aerial beach, ski, and park scenes from around the world. Malin’s first monograph, BEACHES— documenting five years of work spanning 20 cities over six continents—was released in May 2016 and was awarded the accolade of New York Times Best Seller.
Jen Murphy is a Boulder, Colorado-based writer and editor. She pens the Wall Street Journal’s “What’s Your Workout” column and writes about travel, food, and fitness for publications including Outside, Esquire, Vogue.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures and Yoga Journal. She is the editor of the recently published Wildsam New England Guide.
Two-time world champion skier Chris Davenport, in conversation with Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin this issue, is one of the top big mountain skiers in the world. In 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than a year. He’s claimed numerous first descents of peaks around the globe, and has guided and skied on Mt. Everest. He’s been in more than 30 ski films and is a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris resides in Aspen, Colorado, with his wife and three boys.
ON SHOOTING THE IMAGE EXHIBITED ON CURATED’S COVER: “Shooting Whistler for my Aerial Ski series was a really incredible day. We had great weather and the snow was fresh. The people below definitely seemed to be having fun!”
WISH-LIST TRIP: Surf trip to Sri Lanka.
FAVORITE SNOWBOARD MOUNTAIN: Kirkwood, California. TOP YOGI FIND: SUP Yoga at Homestead Crater, outside of Park City. TOP FOODIE FIND: The Poke at Tobi’s Shave Ice in Paia, Maui.
FAVORITE SKI RUN: Highlands Bowl (Ozone). TOUGHEST MOUNTAIN CLIMBED: Mt. Everest. BUCKET-LIST TRIP: Space. The Final Frontier. CURRENT OBSESSION: My personalized PopSockets.
LA DOLCE VITA! The Amalfi Coast is calling…and with a new residence in Positano, Italy’s charm is easily celebrated.
cean vistas, sheer cliffs, and the la dolce vita vibe make the Amalﬁ Coast a timeless destination. Arguably Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, the famed road stretches from the port city of Salerno to the cliff top city of Sorrento. In between, spy terraced vineyards, pastelhued ﬁshing villages, the mountaintop town of Ravello, and jet-setter favorites, Positano and Amalﬁ. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage region like a local (albeit, a very stylish local) when you stay in one of Exclusive Resorts’ Positano retreats. Villa Posto claims a prime address, just a 10-minute walk from the beach and lively village area. The threebedroom home is replete with Mediterranean décor, and guests can lounge around the large, private outdoor pool—a rarity on the Amalﬁ Coast. There’s also a citrus grove— pluck lemons and limes for afternoon poolside cocktails. Positano’s legendary tilework is on display in Villa Bella. This newly built, ﬁve-bedroom home glimpses spectacular mountain and sea views. You’ll easily fall into a ritual of taking breakfast on the back terrace and watching the sunset into the ocean from your inﬁnity edge pool. Given this new stylish Italian residence, that next European escape just got a little more chic.
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Plan a long weekend to Boston, New Englandâ€™s de facto capital, during an Exclusive Resorts three-night Escape that lends insider access to the finest the city has to offer. BY ANDREW SESSA
Dinner Date: 3 Top Tables The city’s food scene is about so much more than “lawbstah” and baked beans. Herewith, a trio of the buzziest, book-ahead tables.
(OPPOSITE): Boston’s Bunker Hill Monument. (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): The State House Capitol at Beacon Hill; the famous Fenway Park; the interiors at XV Beacon Hotel.
oston is feeling more like Boomtown than a college town of late, as innovative biotech companies continue to expand, startups launch left and right, and the biggest of big businesses, including GE, are staking their city claim. In tandem, new high-profile, chef-led restaurants and recent starchitect-designed museum renovations and expansions are increasing the city’s allure. Add these to the longstanding historic pleasures and its famous sporting ones—from Federalist architecture to the championshipwinning Patriots, and from the monuments of the Revolution-era freedom trail to the ballgames of Fenway Park (or, as Bostonians might call it, Fenway Pahk)—and today’s Boston is fast tracking on any traveler’s hit list. This new, three-night Escape from Exclusive Resorts’ Experience Collection features an insider’s itinerary to the best of Boston.
ITINERARY DAY ONE Arrive to your Beacon Hill Studio at the luxury boutique hotel XV Beacon, which holds pride of place in a turn-ofthe-century Beaux Arts building in the posh Beacon Hill neighborhood, just off the northeast corner of Boston Common. Spend the rest of your first day exploring the campuses of the city’s standout universities. If a suggested organized tour isn’t your thing, but art and architecture are, check out Harvard’s Fogg Museum, recently expanded and renovated by Italian architect Renzo Piano; or visit MIT’s Main Group of century-old Neoclassical buildings, which just underwent restoration and renovation.
DAY TWO Today you’ll be treated to a half-day tour of Boston’s famed Freedom Trail. As you move among the 16 historic buildings, monuments, and other sights that make up this fascinating 2.5-mile pathway, your guide will take you back in time, recounting our nation’s epic battles for self-rule and autonomy from the British. Stops include the gold-domed Massachusetts State House; the red-brick Faneuil Hall, where the revolutionary Sons of Liberty planned, plotted and protested against the Red Coats; and the Old North Church, from which Paul Revere’s compatriots shone the “one if by land, two if by sea” lanterns that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote about in his poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” DAY THREE Boston without sports would be like Los Angeles without Hollywood, Miami without the beach, or Dublin without Guinness. That’s why we’re suggesting you devote this day to all things athletic, on guided tours of the Red Sox’s Fenway Park, the Celtics’ and Bruins’ TD Garden and, finally, Gillette Stadium, home to the multi-Super-Bowlwinning New England Patriots. DAY FOUR After breakfast, bid Boston a fond farewell — it’s time to head home after all too brief a treat. (But not before one more bowl of clam “chowdah,” if you can spare the time and calories.)
Packaged for two people, your three-night ER Escape includes three nights in a Beacon Hill Studio at XV Beacon Hotel, a breakfast credit for up to $60 per day, and guided three-hour Freedom Trail Tour. Speak with the Concierge to coordinate additional activities recommended above.
1) Named one of Food & Wine’s best new restaurants this year, downtown’s TOWNSMAN sees James Beard Award–nominated chef Matt Jennings turning out brasserie-inspired, New England–based fare in an open-kitchen and big-windowed dining room that mixes industrial and classical design elements. townsmanboston.com
2) Ken Oringer, one of Boston’s top chefs, shuttered his longstanding white-tablecloth haute cuisine spot Clio to open UNI in February, expanding from a tiny sushi-bar offshoot of Clio into a full-blown, pan-Asian fantasy, with dim lighting, a clubby vibe, and a hip-hop soundtrack. uni-boston.com
3) The guys behind the scene-y, speakeasystyle, east-meets-west restaurant, bar, and lounge Yvonne’s—touted by the Boston Globe as the city’s most Instagrammable new restaurant—will soon open RUKA, a contemporary Peruvian spot that also looks to Asia for its accents. godfreyhotelboston.com
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THEY MADE IT SO EDUCATIONAL AND FUN. TO HAVE AN 11 YEAR OLD AND 13 YEAR OLD ASKING TO SPEND MORE TIME IN MUSEUMS, CHURCHES, AND ANCIENT RUINS SPEAKS TO THE AMAZING EXPERIENCE. —
• Member since 2015.
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EUROPEAN PANACHE With Exclusive Resorts’ new Hotel Collection providing access to La Réserve’s posh properties, an across-the-pond jaunt awaits. BY LINDSEY TRAMUTA
In the pantheon of luxury lodging, few recognizable names are easily summoned to mind. Among these arbiters of experience is a man renowned as much for discretion as for extraordinary taste. Little may be known about multi-millionaire Michel Reybier, the vitner and hotelier behind La Réserve luxury properties in Paris, Ramatuelle, and Génève, but we do have the finer details. For one, he knows discerning travelers seek out intimate settings, state-of-the-art facilities, fine dining, and stellar wellness services. As such, his properties, each with a singular design focus, more than deliver. Three La Réserve hotels and villas were recently added to the esteemed Exclusive Resorts Hotel Collection, allowing Members to use their Membership to book stays at any of the three properties. The question now becomes: Just what kind of experience are you after? GO exclusiveresorts.com/residence-collection
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LA RÉSERVE PARIS Opened in 2015, La Réserve Paris is the most recent addition to the brand's portfolio. Housed in a 19th-century mansion in the 8th arrondissement and once home to Pierre Cardin, the hotel was designed by Jacques Garcia in his signature 19th century Napoleon III style. Its luxe Louis XVI salon, done up in deep Bordeaux sofas, repurposed Versailles parquet and antique wood furnishings, and guest-only spaces—the spa, swimming pool, cigar room and library—transport guests into an intimate cocoon that evokes both a private club and a home-away-from-home. The property’s 26 suites and 14 rooms showcase understated design. If it’s palatial vistas you’re after, book the presidential suite with views of the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais glass roof, and the spires of Notre-Dame. DON’T MISS: Lunch or dinner at Le Gabriel, one of only 10 restaurants in France, and five in Paris, with two Michelin stars. LA RÉSERVE GÉNÈVE Don’t be misled by its locale on the shores of Lake Geneva: La Réserve’s flagship property surprises with an African game reserve interior, kitted out in oversized prints of lions and sculpted elephant heads. The aesthetic continues through 29 suites and 73 rooms, each styled like African lodges. Architect Patrice Reynaud celebrates Reybier’s vision to make the property a center of wellbeing: The 2,000-squaremeter NESCENS spa features a solarium, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools that are dedicated to relaxation, and personalized treatments anchored in better aging. Plus, the hotel’s junior suites just emerged from a renovation. DON’T MISS: Book your private Motoscafo (motorboat) rides across the lake to the heart of Geneva. BRING THE KIDS! La Petit Réserve is a treehouse stocked with game tables, an obstacle course, a suspension bridge, and a fireman’s pole—all off-limits to parents (a trained staff oversees children ages 6-months to 13-years old). In the summer, the property hosts a kids' camp, offering swimming, diving, and tennis lessons as well as sailing, paddle boarding, and wind-surfing on the lake.
(OPPOSITE): The uber stylish La Réserve Ramatuelle; (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Opened in 2015, La Réserve Paris's stellar rooms; lush landscaping at La Réserve Geneva; the posh lobby in Geneva; the library at La Réserve Paris.
LA RÉSERVE RAMATUELLE The Ramatuelle property, one of only two in the south of France with the prestigious Palace status, may only be six miles from St-Tropez yet is far from the ostentation of the party town. It was designed on a medieval hilltop village by Jean-Michel Wilmotte—one of the designers of Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art—with floor-to-ceiling windows, large balconies, and natural stone colors. The property recently debuted two new villas (a three- and five-bedroom, adding to the existing 12), and uber-luxe amenities include a dedicated maid, chef, chauffeur, and daily one-on-one time with a fitness coach. DON’T MISS: Three- or five-day wellness boot camps including Nordic walking, spa treatments, and special meals (offered twice per year or upon request for small groups).
THE “IT” FACTOR Professional skier, mountaineer, and World Cup announcer Chris Davenport catches up with Olympian and World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who claims Vail as her home turf. Winning Globes is always in the forefront. I’m trying not to place more emphasis on that even though finals are in Aspen. It would be super cool to claim some titles in front of the home crowd, but I don’t want to put added pressure on myself. I’m hoping to just get the job done, race-byrace. When that point of the season rolls around and we come back to the US for those last races I’d like to be able to enjoy it for what it is!
YOU’VE HAD SO MANY AMAZING SUCCESSES ON THE WORLD CUP AND AT THE OLYMPICS. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY?
I don’t usually like to pick out my main competition because I don’t want to overlook someone. There is always some super fast girl who seems to come out of nowhere. But I know how much work it takes to get to the top. My competitors are working as hard as they can to get there every second of the day. I do expect that Frida Hansdotter, Wendy Holdner, and Veronika Zuzulova will still be ripping in slalom. Lara Gut is at the top of her game right now with Speed and GS so I’m sure she’ll be fast, as well as Eva-Maria Brem, and I’m highly anticipating the return of Anna Fenninger (now Anna Veith) since her injury last year. She’s one of the greatest racers of this generation and I’m hoping she comes back with a vengeance.
My first World Cup was in Åre, Sweden. It was such a beautiful evening for a night race— crisp air, perfect snow conditions, and super light snow flurries every so often. It was like a dream. I just remember feeling like it was the perfect time for my first win. YOU DOMINATED THE ASPEN WORLD CUP SLALOM COURSE LAST YEAR. WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE ABOUT RACING IN ASPEN?
Racing in Aspen is awesome. Even in the past years when I didn’t have so much success it was still one of my favorite race weekends, but with the double slalom victories last year it was even sweeter. I love that time of year because everything feels so fresh. Winter is just beginning, the snow is new, the season has just started, and you can feel the excitement in the air. WE HAVE AN EXCITING SEASON COMING UP ON THE WOMEN’S TOUR, WITH NEW RACES AT KILLINGTON, SQUAW VALLEY, AND THEN THE WORLD CUP FINALS IN ASPEN. WINNING CRYSTAL GLOBE(S) ON HOME SOIL HAS TO BE FRONT OF MIND?
THERE ARE SO MANY FANTASTIC TECH SKIERS RIGHT NOW ON THE WOMEN’S TOUR, INCLUDING FRIDA HANSDOTTER, EVA-MARI BREM, AND OVERALL CHAMPION LARA GUT. WHO IS YOUR MAIN COMPETITION THIS SEASON?
YOU WERE THE YOUNGEST WORLD CUP SLALOM CHAMPION EVER. WHAT WAS A PRO AND CON WITH THAT LABEL?
Billie Jean King once said, “pressure is a privilege.” I truly believe that. The more people expect me to win, the more I feel like I can’t lose. That’s not to say I will win every race on every given day, but having labels like the youngest slalom champ in history just reminds me that I have put in a lot of work, and that work has paid off. I believe there is only one recipe for true
success— preparation. If I’m winning, it’s because I’m prepared, and if I’m prepared, I don’t feel pressure to win. WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME IN VAIL, WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO HANG OUT?
Cinebistro movie theater. It has a burger bar with awesome burgers, sandwiches, and Loaded Fries, with cheese, bacon, and cooked onions. So good! If I want to hang out with my family we’ll usually go to Maya, a Mexican restaurant at the Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek. They have this appetizer called Quesa Fundido—Mexican cheese fondue—that I order every time. FAVORITE SKI RUN?
The Birds of Prey GS in Beaver Creek. That is such a fun trail to ski, whether it’s in gates or just freeskiing. ADVICE YOU WOULD SHARE WITH A YOUNG, UP-AND-COMING ATHLETE?
Have fun with it! Sports can be stressful, nerve-racking, frustrating. Sometimes it seems like you have to make every mistake possible before you figure out the right way down the mountain, but that is a really important process. Try to learn something from your sport every day, and know that you’ll use those lessons for the rest of your life. CURRENT BUCKET-LIST TRIP?
Africa or Thailand. But I don’t think I’ll make it to either of those places for a little while. WHEN DO WE GET TO GO FREESKIING TOGETHER?
Get in line, pal!
EXPERIENCE The 2017 Audi FIS World Cup Finals are held in Aspen, Colorado, March 15-19, 2017. For a full list of ER's ski properties visit exclusiveresorts. com/residence-collection
RACING PHOTOS: J.Selkowitz/ SelkoPhoto; VAIL: istock.com/Adventure Photo
The reigning Olympic and World Cup champion in slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin is the youngest racer in alpine skiing history to clench Olympic gold. Chris Davenport, a veteran of professional ski racing and an announcer at the 2017 Audi FIS World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado, learns Shiffrin is just getting started.
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Shiffrin, in a familiar podium pose, at Sun Valley in 2016; Vail’s famous slopes are where Shiffrin perfected her "A” game; banging gates has become second nature; Maya restaurant, one of Shiffrin’s favorites, at the Westin Beaver Creek.
The Well-thy Life Key to an ultra-long, successful existence, says AccessCircles founder Carolee Friedlander, is forging meaningful connections. BY HEIDI MITCHELL
he doesn’t eat red meat, she works out five times a week, and she sees her friends and family regularly—all in the name of wellbeing. She is also a big advocate of long, untethered vacations. Taking those extra two weeks off each year just might help her—and everyone she touches—achieve ultralongevity in excellent health. And research backs her up. So who is this cheerleader for serious bonding while on holiday in an effort to promote wellness? Carolee Friedlander, former fashion-jewelry entrepreneur and current founder and CEO of AccessCircles, a network that ties together 2,000 women across the country with thought leaders from places like Johns Hopkins University and the Cleveland Clinic. AccessCircles offers expertise on everything from finance and wellness to travel and cancer research.
Friedlander became particularly interested in wellness after selling her company and taking stock of her life in 2001. She was in good health, had grown, happy children, but still felt something missing. So she ratcheted up her involvement in women’s organizations in which she had played leadership roles and quickly realized “that when you get a bunch of ladies in a room, happy hormones are literally released. You really do feel energized.” AccessCircles was formed as a way to allow like-minded, high-networth women instant access to those feel-good hormones, as well as to experts armed with answers to wide-ranging, big questions: How am I going to save for a healthy life that now may last more than 100 years? How am I going to stay connected to friends and family as I live for another 40 or 50 years? Along with medical and financial planning, AccessCircles
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"I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT VACATIONS ARE WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES. THEY ARE GOOD FOR EVERYTHING RELATED TO YOUR HEALTH ." -CAROLEE FRIEDLANDER, ACCESSCIRCLES FOUNDER
curates lifestyle services, products, and experiences, including small-scale lectures focused on hot subjects, like mindfulness, or in-depth, three-day forums on living to be healthy, wealthy, and wise at 100 years of age. Speakers sing the praises of the importance of taking time off, re-connecting with loved ones, and forgiveness as keys to ultralongevity. Friedlander seems to deeply understand this notion, which is why many of her events take place outside of her home base of Greenwich and New York City, and why she takes her extended family and friends (a clan of 15 spanning three generations) on vacations frequently—and encourages many to do the same. “There is something very powerful about experiencing a country and culture that is completely foreign and different from what we are accustomed to. Different art, music, food and religion provide incredibly enriching experiences. There is an element of surprise that everyone shares and bonds over,” she says. Several years ago, the grandmother of five took 13 of her family members to the Galapagos. “My grandson, who is now 6’5,” looks back on those photos and says he can’t believe how little he was,”
she recalls. “We still look at pictures from that trip and relive that experience over and over again. Travel can be like glue that knits your family together.” It is these shared experiences, like her trip to the Galapagos—or her most recent multigenerational family adventure with Exclusive Resorts to Costa Rica—that Friedlander credits with making “70 the new 50” for active people like her, arguing that, as long as we continue to make meaningful connections, we may be happy, healthy centenarians. “There was an interesting study that looked at five communities around the world where there are a lot of centenarians. And what they all had in common was their connectivity: they harvested their food together, they prepared it together, they ate it together,” she says. Friedlander likes to think of vacations similarly—as a time for shared, happy experiences. “Vacations are all about family and appreciating the precious time we have together. If you keep offering opportunities to bring families together, to have fun, to build new memories, to me that is as valuable as saving money for a life that will last 100 years.”-accesscircles.com
OCTOBER 6: THE CORE CLUB, NY, 6-8PM Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility A dialogue with Dr. Ellen Langer, professor of Psychology, Harvard University NOVEMBER 9: THE CORE CLUB, NY, 6-8PM The Right Food and Powerful Medicine A dialogue with Dr. Gerry Mullin, associate professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins DECEMBER 1-3: MIAMI BEACH Art Basel Art Dialogues and Dinners DECEMBER 6: THE CORE CLUB, NY, 6-8PM Investment Strategies for 2017 Insights from Johns Hopkins Women’s Wellness Experts JANUARY 25: LOST TREE, PALM BEACH, 6-8PM A Private Dinner Insights from Johns Hopkins Women’s Wellness Experts FEBRUARY 16-17: MIAMI BEACH FORUM Living to Be 100: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Living long and well | Will I have enough To RSVP to an AccessCircles event, contact Lynn Connelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.661.1173 and identify yourself as an ER Member.
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A Global Classroom Vacation isn’t just a way to bond with family—it expands your children’s worldview. A growing number of Exclusive Resorts Members are discovering the value in experiential education gleaned from travel. BY JEN MURPHY
any couples lament that they stopped traveling once they had kids. Yet having children may be the best excuse to take a trip. Gone are the days when a quick trip to Disney was the ultimate kids’ vacation. Today, discerning young explorers and their well-traveled parents want a broader travel experience, and more and more parents are discovering that travel is a key teacher. “Because travel is so immersive and puts children literally right in front of that castle, or geyser, or local tribe, it becomes personal, a real, imprinted experience they’ll never forget,” says Chris Chesak, Executive Director of the Family Trade Association. “I think that any parent that has traveled with a child has seen this transformational effect where the child’s eyes stare
in wonder, then they start asking a battery of questions, then they reflect on the situation and compare it to their own lives and their own living situation. There are times where you can see the moment where their minds are figuratively ‘blown’ by this exposure to new cultures, history, geography.” And research is exceedingly showing family travel is top of mind. A 2015 study conducted by the Family Travel Association and the New York University School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism showed family and multigenerational travel has become one of the hottest and fastest-growing segments of the entire tourism industry, with 93 percent of study participants saying they were either “likely” or “very likely” to travel with their families in the next two years. In
(OPPOSITE): Members Angel, Lisa, and Lucian Colmenares in Tuscany. (FROM LEFT): A stop at Upper Deer Creek on the Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey to the Grand Canyon; Vicki Kroviak, Steve Grieder, Isabel Grieder, Olivia Grieder on a Jeep tour out of Sedona.
particular, the study found trips offering an educational component— including volunteer trips, safaris, national parks and ski and snowboard trips—are emerging as niche products for family travel. PASSPORT TO LEARNING
Exclusive Resorts Members Lisa and Angel Colmenares took their son Lucian to Los Cabos with the Club when he was a year old. “Angel and I love to travel and rather than change what we love because we were starting a family we made our son a part of it,” says Lisa. “Even if a child is too young to remember a trip, I think elements of a place—the sounds, the weather, the smells—stay with them.” When Lucian was eight, the Colmenares family visited the UK with Exclusive Resorts. Their residence in London was located next to Buckingham Palace, which piqued Lucian’s curiosity about the royal family. “He was so interested in the idea of a country having a queen that he wanted a postcard of her to carry around,” recalls Angel. When the family took the train to Scotland, they participated in a falconry class at St. Andrews. While most kids experience wildlife in the pages of National Geographic or at a zoo, Lucian fed an 18-pound bird out of his palm. “Being that close to an animal and having an expert telling you about it was interesting for all three of us,” says Angel. And the Colmeneras family is not alone in acknowledging the power of travel. Chesak, the father of two girls, recalls when his daughter, Lillian, then 10, asked why people’s houses were so different from her own during a trip to Costa Rica. “That resulted in a long conversation about how lucky we are to live in the United States and to have a home that is larger than those of the majority of people’s homes around the world,” he says. On that same trip, he watched as his daughter Sylvia went from being terrified by the idea of going on a zip line, to doing it in tandem with him, then insisting on doing it alone. “She was screaming with joy the whole way down,” he says.
“BECAUSE TRAVEL IS SO IMMERSIVE AND PUTS CHILDREN LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THAT CASTLE, GEYSER, OR LOCAL TRIBE, IT BECOMES PERSONAL —A REAL, IMPRINTED EXPERIENCE THEY’LL NEVER FORGET.” -Chris Chesak, Executive Director of the Family Trade Association
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“IT’S BEEN REALLY SPECIAL TO HAVE MY CHILDREN STUDY ART OR HISTORY AND BE ABLE TO CONNECT WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED IN THE PAGES OF A BOOK TO REALITY BY VISITING THE UFFIZI MUSEUM IN FLORENCE OR THE LOUVRE IN PARIS. THAT CONNECTION IS ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS.” – Liz Thompson, Member since 2005
Gina Bach, ER's Vice President of Experiences, who has been with the company for 10-plus years, adds, “Traveling is a phenomenal way for parents to show their kids the world is a live classroom. From learning up close and personal about wildlife, botany, and marine life in the Galapagos, to grasping geography not from a book but from being on another continent, travel makes maps come alive.” As interest and priorities of Members have shifted, including an emphasis on family travel, the Club’s offerings have evolved. “Our Members’ children have gone to a school in Kenya and not only have a better understanding of how fortunate they are, but those are real people and when Kenya is on the news, their little ears perk up to listen,” Bach adds. “Over the years, we have expanded the Experience Collection from four trips in 2008 to now offering 50+ unique itineraries for couples and 30
families each year.” As Lucian has gotten older, the Colmenares family has started choosing vacations introducing him to new foods as well as history. Last year, on a trip to Anguilla, the family took a boat to a tiny island for lunch where the locals showed Lucian how to eat a lobster. “This guy told Lucian that Americans leave all the good stuff and then showed him how to eat every piece,” says Lisa. “Lucian became really thoughtful after that about how important it is to use the whole animal.” This year the family went to Tuscany. Angel came home with a deeper knowledge of Italian wine varietals, and Lisa brushed up on her Italian. As for Lucian, “I learned that most of the towns in Tuscany were built in the period of the Etruscans,” he says. “I also learned I love all of the different flavors of gelato.”
Get Schooled On Vacation COSTA RICA Kids can channel their inner adventurer with treetop zip line tours and surf lessons. Naturalist-led tours of nearby Palo Verde National Park will introduce them to local flora and fauna. exclusiveresorts. com/Peninsula-PapagayoCosta-Rica
SOUTH AFRICA A safari through Kruger National Park won’t just wow kids with wildlife. It will also spark a conversation about conservation. Visits to nearby communities demonstrate how other cultures live. exclusiveresorts.com/SouthAfrica-Kruger-National-Park (OPPOSITE): Exclusive Resorts Members on a 10-day Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey to South Africa. (ABOVE): Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey to the Grand Canyon with ER.
THE VALUE OF TIME
Time is money, and for many executives time together with family may be the most valuable of all. During his tenure as CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, Don Thompson admits he didn’t have much time for family vacations. “But Exclusive Resorts made the most of the rare time we did have away together,” he says. “We could trust ER to execute a stress-free trip every time.” A Member since 2005, Don believes the Club allowed him to remain connected to his wife, Liz, and their two children Xavier, 23, and Maya, 20, ensuring family time was a priority despite his professional commitments. “The kids grew up with the Club,” says Don. “And in a way, the staff at the Club have become part of our family.” They jokingly refer to their ER Ambassador Alma Smith as Charlie. “She reminds us of Charlie in Charlie’s Angels,” explains Liz. “She works magic from behind the scenes.” With their Exclusive Resorts membership, they have taken guy trips, girl trips, spring break trips and cruises with ER’s Once in a Lifetime Journeys. Residence 211 in Los Cabos, Mexico, has become a home-away-from-home. “We consistently go back,” says Don. “As soon as I arrive I feel like I can exhale. We love that the ocean is steps from our door and we can hear the waves crashing at the shore. As soon as we walk down to the Beach Club, no less than five people are coming over to give us hugs. The staff know our favorite drink, our favorite food…even where we like our chairs set up. It feels like returning home.”
And family travel isn’t just about the kids, it also helps reconnect with partners and spouses. One year, Don worked with Alma to plan a surprise dinner on the beach in Los Cabos for he and Liz’s 30th wedding anniversary. “Don and the kids led me down to the beach with my eyes closed and they’d set up a pig roast. I knew nothing about it. We had our own staff to pamper us and the entire beach was ours for the evening.” While most teenagers dread vacations with mom and dad, Xavier says he feels lucky he’s gotten to experience the world with them. “My mom and I are total nerds and ER always sets us up with the most incredible tour guides,” he says. “When we cruised to Europe we had a guide in every port to tell us about the history and architecture. We always had private access to museums and didn’t have to wait in lines.” “It’s been really special to have my children study art or history and be able to connect what they’ve learned in the pages of a book to reality by visiting the Uffizi Museum in Florence or the Louvre in Paris,” says Liz. “That connection is absolutely priceless.” Education has always been a core value for Liz and Don and is at the heart of their latest venture, the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, which funds numerous organizations dedicated to student success. “I love that we learn as a family when we travel with the Club,” says Liz. “Even meals become an education. When we stayed in a renovated farmhouse in Tuscany, a chef came to prepare dinner and Don, who is an excellent cook, was in the kitchen by his side taking notes.”
ROME, ITALY Don’t just tour the Colosseum. Kids can learn why the Romans were so powerful in battle. exclusiveresorts.com/ Rome-Italy
GRAND CAYMAN The Ritz-Carlton’s JeanMichel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program turns the island into a natural classroom and living laboratory. Eco-tours educate kids of all ages about ocean conservation and coral reefs, and excursions include night snorkels and kayak trips through the mangroves. exclusiveresorts.com/GrandCayman-Cayman-Islands
YOUNG VOYAGERS CAMP Give your kids the experience of a lifetime at the Exclusive Resorts Young Voyagers’ Camp. In 2017, ER heads to Canada for an epic adventure. Kids aged 12-17 will be able to experience the finest British Columbia has to offer via a combination of land and sea activities. exclusiveresorts. com/Young-Voyagers-CampCaribbean
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60 Days + Counting...
Two months on holiday may seem like a lot, but for Exclusive Resorts early adopters, the McCormacks, it’s just right. BY HEIDI MITCHELL
John perfects his casting at The Abaco Club; the McCormack clan during a ski trip to Sun Valley; touring Paris, an annual trip for Kathy McCormack.
he McCormacks do not take decisions lightly. When they were discussing a potential fourth child, the conversations were intense. When Kathy decided she’d take her 7-year-old daughter and niece to Paris every year, she stuck to it—for more than a decade. And when it came time to choose between a second home or another travel option, Chris invested months researching options. “At that point, I was pregnant with my fourth child, and I read an article in Greenwich Times about destination clubs, and Chris, who is in commercial real estate, was interested,” explains Kathy. “He is a meticulous reader and while he was going over the Exclusive Resorts Membership options, he realized, ‘Why wouldn’t we join for 60 days each year?’” So the couple signed up. That was back in 2005. Since then, while they still grapple with highly contentious issues— including which colleges to tour for their four children—when it comes to vacations, planning an excursion doesn’t add to their stress. For the Greenwich, Connecticut couple, they simply pick up the phone, speak to their Exclusive Resorts Vacation Ambassador about their interests and availability, and hop on a plane for pretty much wherever. “It’s never so much about where we want to go, it’s about what we are interested in,” explains Kathy. Exclusive Resorts encouraged the couple to take some unexpected trips, like a train from Paris through London and up to an historic Bovey Castle. “It was unbelievable. ER pushed us to go on vacations that we would never plan on our own,” Kathy says. “It was like having a friend with an apartment in Berlin who said, ‘Hey, want to go on vacation here?’” Having their own Vacation Ambassador, admits Chris, helps take the pain out of the decision-making process and push his family “to take some insane vacations,” like the one they took to Megeve, France, one summer. “We got the kids water skiing. We drove to Italy and had dinner. We literally went on a fantastic trip to a place in France that I had never heard of—with young children, which is
not something I would consider doing without a concierge available to take care of everything should all hell break loose,” says Chris. The family, all avid skiers, recently went back for Christmas. Sixty days actually goes by fast for the McCormacks. Chris gives a week each to his parents and brother, and Kathy often pops down to New York City and spends a few nights doing cultural immersions and eating out. “That leaves us with about 35 days each year,” she explains. Going fishing at The Abaco Club in The Bahamas has become a constant on the ER travel calendar (Chris books two years ahead); as has skiing, to wherever there is space during the McCormack’s desired travel dates. “Some people are like, ‘I’ll only go to Aspen!’ But I don’t care. I just want to go skiing. Aspen, Telluride, Megeve—whatever!” says Kathy. Chris notes a recent African safari as tops thus far for ER family memories, while he and Kathy also make a point of spending time at the Club’s two-bedroom villas at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson each year. “If I had asked Chris, Hey, you want to go to a spa in Arizona? He’d be like ‘No!’ But it was open when we had time to travel about eight years ago, so we went,” recalls Kathy. Now Chris looks forward to his time at the award-winning resort. “He gets excited. Our close friends moved to California, so they come with us, and now that’s become another annual family tradition.” Kathy grew up going to same-same Cape Cod every summer. But after 10-plus years as ER Members, the McCormacks consider themselves lucky they don’t have the obligations that come with a summer or weekend home. “Some people have second homes and every year they have to go to Newport in summer and Vermont in winter,” she says. “But for us, we love the idea of trying new places.” Costa Rica, Kiawah Island, the Dordognes—for the McCormacks, they are all the family’s second homes, for 60 days a year. GO To learn more about Membership, visit exclusiveresorts.com/join-the-club
Mexican Flavor Flor Trasvina, ER Concierge for the Club's eight residences within the private community of Punta Ballena in Los Cabos, reveals tips to an adventurous Baja sojourn.
LOCAL FLAVOR Toro. Acclaimed Chef and Restaurateur Richard Sandoval masterfully blends Pan Latin cuisine with South American, Japanese, and Chinese influences. Ediths. A vivid combination of Baja California cuisine with a Guerreran flair. Steaks and seafood with local ingredients. Flora Farm. Handmade food with farm-fresh ingredients. A healthy family meal with an authentic sense of place.
Los Cabos hosts it’s Annual “Sabor a Cabo” (The Flavors of Cabo) International Gastronomy & Wine (Dec. 10, 2016). Top chefs and wines from the region. ART SCENE San Jose del Cabo Art Walk is held every Thursday (5-9 p.m.) from November to June. Fine art galleries display original paintings, sculpture, photography, prints and jewelry made by local and contemporary artists.
DID YOU KNOW? The Heartbreak Kid was filmed at Esperanza Resort.
ONLY IN LOS CABOS COCKTAIL CULTURE Best Margarita. Royal Margarita or Cabo Green Margarita at Esperanza’s Lounge Bar. Rooftop Lounge at The Cape Thompson Hotel. Cabo San Lucas’s only rooftop lounge. Gorgeous sunsets and sweeping downtown views. Sip artisanal beers and handcrafted cocktails from awardwinning mixologist Osvaldo Vazquez.
The Arch, or “El Arco”, at the peninsula’s very southern tip, Land´s End. On one side, the Pacific Ocean in all its grandeur; on the other, the Sea of Cortez. During big-money fishing tournament season (late JuneNovember), the biggest is the Bisbee’s Black & Blue-over $3.9M to one team in 2006 and nearly $2.5M to another in 2012.
AQUA ADVENTURE See our famous Arch, spy dolphins and (in winter), humpback whales. Catamaran Belize 43” Fountain Pajot Catamarán “Zig Zag,” is known as the best in its category. Elegance and service distinguish them. And, The Sea of Cortés adventure travels to one of the globe’s most biologically diverse marine environments. UNESCO has declared the Sea of Cortés a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.
Bar Esquina. Vibrant atmosphere, delicious menu, live music, and excellent locale.
SPA SCENE Baja services—the luxury and indulgence found in a traditional spa delivered in your own residence. And Esperanza Spa’s Auberge Head to Toe full-body massage combined with a Sea Greens Hair & Scalp Treatment, finished with a Salt of the Sea Foot Revitalizer.
Mandala. A more traditional club-like atmosphere than next-door neighbor El Squid Roe, with great dance music from a rotating cast of international DJs.
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Flora Farms private ambiance; Rooftop Lounge at The Cape; Esperanza spa; Bisbee's Black & Blue fishing tournament. (BELOW): Baja outback via camel safari.
CHILD’S PLAY. Dolphin Kids is a program is for kids ages 4 to 9 so they can interact and get close to dolphins. Outback & Camel Safari. An unforgettable eco-adventure. Off-road Unimogs travel deep into the heart of the Baja outback. Spectacular views, guides, and cuisine are topped with an exciting beach camel ride in Rancho San Cristobal. GO exclusiveresorts.com/Los-Cabos-Mexico CURATED
AFTER A DAY OF EXPLORING TUSCANY
WE’D GATHER AROUND THE OUTDOOR DINING TABLE. MY HIGHLIGHT WAS COMING HOME, JUMPING IN THE POOL, AND DRINKING A NEWLY PURCHASED BOTTLE OF WINE FROM OUR ADVENTURES THAT DAY. — angel c.
• MEMBER SINCE 2006
DRIVEN // STYLE // JEWELRY // HAUTE SERVICE // HEALTH + WELLNESS // FAMILY TIES
Back to the Future BMW introduces the next generation of coveted cars. >
THE ULTIMATE AUTONOMOUS MACHINE As BMW celebrates its 100th anniversary, the brand’s future is driven by surprise, delight, and customized intelligence and design. BY MICHAEL FRANK
BMW is a brand known for a single key attribute—a superb driving experience. Yet if
Tesla has taught mainstream automakers anything, it’s that in the future driving will be optional. Yes, Tesla and other early-adopter brands (Google) have seen accidents as we lurch toward an autonomous future. But studies prove that humans are deadlier drivers than robots. And if the robots win, what happens to a brand like BMW, which has always been about the fun and feel of a fine sports sedan? BMW also faces another conundrum, where Millennials in the “sharing” economy view luxury as something to borrow. Autonomy means freedom from prior norms. And yet BMW has been thinking about these trends a lot longer than you’d guess, and this year, on the centenary of the brand (which also owns Rolls-Royce and Mini), it debuted a showcase series of the car of the future, well beyond 2050. Here’s how they envision cars working once Baby Boomers and Millennials enter retirement.
BMW says that by 2021 it will have fleets of shareable cars on the roads of major cities around the world. This is already happening. In London a program called DriveNow lets you borrow BMW and Mini models, and a pilot program in Seattle called ReachNow lets you borrow fleet cars (the model works like ZipCar where you borrow by the hour) and also enroll your own BMW or Mini to allow sharing. The next layer? Sharing a car that can drive itself. The slated 2021 target date dovetails neatly with BMW also debuting autonomous or nearly-autonomous technology. Instead of just Uber, a higher-level 7 series BMW could taxi you to an event. That car may not necessarily need a human driver. One advantage to sharing in that world (vs. the one we inhabit today) is that the owner would be able to control use cases; i.e., you might only loan your 7 Series for autonomous mode in a ReachNow scenario, not in a situation where the borrower could get behind the wheel. That is, when we get to trust the robots more than the humans.
So how does this borrowed-luxury model work? Just like ZipCar and other car-sharing models work today. You might join several different carmakers’ clubs. Yes, borrowing a Rolls-Royce would be a special and pricier option, but for certain occasions that tier in the BMW pantheon would be more approachable than full ownership.
you arrive, and, of course, knows you like sushi for dinner, and that you prefer to drive yourself and a sportier suspension setting. And that your favorite skin color for the body of the car is blue. You’d approach your loaner and instantly all of your preferences would be uploaded, the car’s shape would change, and your destination would be pre-loaded via an app on your phone.
YOU CAN STILL DRIVE!
MADE TO MEASURE
BMW stresses that even though autonomous capabilities will be built into everything they sell in half a decade, their brand DNA will always allow the owner to drive. It’s one thing to sit back and relax during your weekly grind into the office. Yet during a weekend spent navigating remote mountain roads, performance driving, brand managers stress, remains an attribute buyers and borrowers will want.
4D printing has the potential to create bespoke cars like never before. Yes, they’ll still have to meet safety and crash standards, but a car that can change form in the blink of an eye could also feature patterns keyed to a specific buyer—for instance a loaner fleet could be made for your company, or for a resort property that’s specific to that brand. If you’re not in that club your eye would tell you at once it’s a BMW, but not one you’d be able to buy or borrow. That would further distinguish the “club” model and BMW cache. And that is just the point.—bmw.com
This past June BMW recently showcased a Mini concept car with a “skin” that can change color and even appear to have different surface texture. Inside, instead of instruments or even LCDs, the entire windscreen acts as a transparent display. In the future, 4D printing will allow for manufacturing “alive” components that can move to adapt to circumstances. That means the body of the car could change color— even shape—on the fly, becoming more aerodynamic with speed, and altering physical attributes over time—an OS update of a sort could allow these morphings for fashion or function. Displays that are no longer fixed to surfaces but floating within the field of vision (think augmented reality) could signal hazards as well as supply information about potential stops along your destination. ADAPTING TO WHAT?
Part of the reason to have every physical surface mutable is to make customization possible, even in ownership-free circumstances. With the club model, the car knows your most frequent destinations, hunts for wired parking spaces before
EVEN THOUGH AUTONOMOUS
WILL BE BUILT INTO EVERYTHING THEY SELL, THEIR BRAND DNA WILL ALWAYS ALLOW THE OWNER TO DRIVE. CURATED
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Set on a private estate with three Members-only buildings, the Club’s residences at the secluded Ritz-Carlton at Aspen Highlands are ready to spoil you.
Attitude @ Altitude! Ladies, be forewarned. With these alpine-inspired looks a la Barneys Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan, you’ll be fending off the gents at après ski. All items available at barneys.com and select Barneys New York stores.
IRENE NEUWIRTH Diamond & Boulder Opal Pendant ($9,615) SIMON SAYS: “If you get stuck up a mountain, dangle your diamonds and ﬂash for help.”
MAISON MARGIELA Belted Zip-Front Jumpsuit ($2,780) SIMON SAYS: “Dress like a jump-suited Bond villain...at the breakfast buffet.”
FRÉDÉRIC MALLE | Carnal Flower ($74) SIMON SAYS: “How coordinated are you? Can you apply your Carnal Flower whilst ﬂying down a double diamond ski run?”
MONIQUE PÉAN Fossilized Dinosaur Bone & Pietersite Drop Earrings ($5,060) SIMON SAYS: “Don’t even think of hitting the slopes without a killer pair of earrings. So maybe they will be hidden under your muffs, but imagine the effect when you de-muff back at the lodge.”
DITA SUNBIRD SUNGLASSES ($495) SIMON SAYS: “Rock the lodge in a seriously vampy Dita situation.”
As part of the Club’s partnership with Barneys New York, Members enjoy: VIP access to personal stylists, personalized styling and beauty makeovers, Made to Measure and bespoke suit services in Barneys ﬂagship cities. ER Members also have access to in-store private events, including designer appearances and priority reservations at such Barneys signature restaurants as Freds in New York both Uptown and Downtown, Beverly Hills, and Chicago.
LISA PERRY Wow Fit & Flare Dress ($495) SIMON SAYS: “Pack an LBD. Because I said so.”
ANYA HINDMARCH Eyes Mini-Backpack ($1,450) SIMON SAYS: “Carry your brandy ﬂask in a snow-white backpack.”
GIANVITO ROSSI Laser-Cut Knee Boots ($2,745) SIMON SAYS: “Hiking boots don’t have to be ugly, especially if they are just for hiking down to the bar in the evening.”
R13 Distressed Striped Sweater ($995) SIMON SAYS: “Make sure your sweater is a conversation piece...with strategically placed holes.”
YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTY Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Spring Collection ($36) SIMON SAYS: “When every part of your face is covered except your lips...tangerine boho to you, too!”
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(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): You’ll feel cradled in the lap of luxury when staying in one of the Club’s 10 oceanfacing residences at Montage Kapalua Bay.
MIGUELINA Piper Strapless Lace Jumpsuit Coverup, Black ($560)
Island Fever With these Hawaii-inspired looks curated by Fine Apparel Associate at Neiman Marcus, Devin Chapman, say goodbye to winter blues and aloha to beach bliss. All products available at Neiman Marcus; neimanmarcus.com
BVLGARI Floral-Rhinestone Gradient Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($600)
SAINT LAURENT Striped Beach Shopper Tote Bag, ($795)
MANOLO BLAHNIK Susametal Woven Thong Sandal ($645)
KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Dermatologist Solutions™ Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($38)
CAMILLA Printed Sheer Chiffon Coverup Top ($500)
DIOR DiorSplit Two-Tone Metallic Aviator Sunglasses ($555)
EMILIO PUCCI JunglePrint Halter One-Piece Swimsuit ($390)
MILLY MYKONOS Crocheted LongSleeve Tunic Coverup ($270)
ALICE + OLIVIA Amal Sleeveless Lace Boxy Top, Multicolor ($398), Amaris Lace HighRise Shorts ($485) MISSONI MARE Reversible Triangle Bikini Two-Piece Set ($430)
SISLEY-PARIS Super Creme Body Sunscreen Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($165)
RENE CAOVILLA Crystal Gladiator Sandal ($1,245)
ORIBE AprÃ©s Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($22)
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WHISTLER PHOTO BY: ERIC BERGER
WHISTLER, with both legendary nightlife and slopes, is the ultimate ski escape for a gent’s weekend. (INSET): The Club’s four estate-style homes at Kadenwood Estates offer ski-in/ ski-out access to some of the most soughtafter ski terrain in North America.
The Schuss Factor Sleek ski fashion for men marries style and function. BY KAREN LARRAIN
LORO PIANA Paloma Grey Mel ($2,195); loropiana.com
KJUS Blackcomb Down Jacket ($1299); kjus.com HESTRA Army Leather Patrol ($130); hestragloves.com
BOMBER Ski All Mountain Red Baron Skis ($1,900)
MONCLER Athos Vest ($840); moncler.com POLAROID Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses ($60); polaroideyewear.com
POST CARD Hans XE ($1,295); postcard.it
SMITH I/O Goggle ($220); smithoptics.com
LORO PIANA The Snower Lech ($2,995); loropiana.com
KJUS Hydraulic Halfzip ($199); kjus.com
BROOKS BROTHERS Red Fleece Stripe Hat ($38); brooksbrothers.com
SMITH I/O Vantage Helmet ($180); smithoptics.com
GO Visit exclusiveresorts.com/Whistler-British-Columbia CURATED
All That Glitters… Black, rose gold, and elegant timepieces make for a truly brilliant city escape. BY KAREN LARRAIN
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AREMENTA Old World Crivelli Lariat Necklace ($1,990); armentacollection.com
TEMPLE ST. CLAIR Classic Five-Stone Cross ($1,750); templestclair.com
Prague’s famous cityscape inspires chic interiors (inset) at the club’s Mala Strana apartment.
HARRY WINSTON The Premier Hypnotic Starr (price available upon request); HarryWinston.com
BEA MILLEN Tahitian Pearl and Black Diamond Hook Earrings ($2,150); beamillen.com
DAVID YURMAN Black and White Resin Sculpted Cable Cuff Bracelets ($850); davidyurman.com
PATEK PHILIPPE Mens Choronograph in Rose Gold ($81,080); patek.com
THOMAS SABO Sterling Silver Love Bridge Bracelets ($139 + $179); thomassabo.com
MIKIMOTO Embrace Earrings ($9,500); mikimotoamerica.com
YOKO LONDON Tahitian Pearl Ring ($2,400); yokolondon.com GO Visit exclusiveresorts.com/Prague-Czech-Republic
In our constant pursuit of absolute beauty, every Forevermark diamond undergoes a journey of rigorous selection. This is why less than 1% of the world’s diamonds are worthy of the Forevermark inscription – our promise of beauty, rarity and responsible sourcing. Maria Canale for Forevermark. Exclusively available at select Neiman Marcus locations.
© Forevermark 2016. Forevermark ®,
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It’s a long journey to become the one.
> Family Ties
Family + Fashion=Fun
PHOTO BY: STEFANIE MICHEJDA
ER Member Caitlin Fisher, Director of Sales for Katie Ermilio and Daily Cup of Couture blogger, reveals how family travel has inspired both fashion and multigenerational traditions.
t’s often said that travel not only fuels education, but can help inform careers. Such is the case for longtime Exclusive Resorts Member Caitlin Fisher. Her parents, also ER Members, took the family on vacations to far-flung locales when she was just a little one. As such, Fisher, who today is the Director of Sales for the women’s ready-to-wear brand, Katie Ermilio, in addition to blogging for the Daily Cup of Couture, was exposed to other cultures—including their varying fashions—at an early age. “Growing up, I was privileged to travel with my family, year after year, to amazing Exclusive Resorts destinations,” says Fisher. “Today, I’m fortunate enough to explore these incredible locales with my own children.” And along the way, whether traveling with parents or her children, Fisher has learned some tricks of the fashion trade, including packing
essentials. “Packing for a family trip can be daunting and in some cases, prohibitive,” she says. “But I’ve found the beauty and luxury of traveling with Exclusive Resorts is what you don’t need to pack! From cribs and changing pads, to sand toys and sippy cups, most everything you need for family fun is at your destination before you even fill your suitcase.” With details being hassle-free, Fisher has found that time with family is the most treasured gift of travel. “I can focus not on what I will bring, but the lasting memories created as a family,” she says. “I’ll never forgot taking my son to Kapalua Bay as a baby and getting to dip his tiny toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time. The moment of pure joy absolutely took my breath away. So, pack your bags— sunshine awaits!”
Fisher lists her top go-tos for hassle-free family globetrotting. 1. HONEST SWIM DIAPER ($13.95) Why pack a bag full of swim diapers when you can use one re-usable for the entire trip? These are durable yet adorable. 2. RIKSHAW DESIGN LONG SLEEVE COVER UP ($88). This colorful cover-up is printed to perfection. 3. MINNOW SWIM GIRL’S STRIPE RUFFLE ONE PIECE ($64) + BOYS STRIPE BRIEF ($45). Your little ones will make a splash in these
sun-washed suits. 4. REBECCA DE RAVENEL LES BONBONS EARRINGS ($275). These silk stunners are seriously beach chic. Wear them from the cabana to cocktails. 5. ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT KIDS PAJAMA SET ($65). Bedtime is sweeter in these whimsical kids pajamas. 6. VILEBREQUIN MEN’S SWIM TRUNKS ($190). Can’t go wrong with these iconic classics. Create lasting father-son
memories with the coordinating kids trunks. 7. THINKBABY SAFE SUNSCREEN SPF 50+ ($12.99) A sunscreen free of harmful chemicals. It smells so incredible the whole family will want to use it. 8. RAE FEATHER MONOGRAM BASKET ($215). Schlepping sunscreen and sand-toys will look and feel a lot more sophisticated with this bespoke beach tote. CURATED
> Health + Wellness
Squats are key to ski conditioning; trainer Mike Bahn gives tips for a successful season.
Get Ski Fit Mike Bahn, ﬁtness guru for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, gives the inside track on prepping for the slopes.
hether you plan to bag 150 ski days this season or take an epic, week-long ski vacation, being in tip-top shape (or close) will guarantee a better time on and off the slopes. Need motivation to start pre-season training? “Imagine being able to ski all day with minimal fatigue and not being so achy you can’t walk the next day,” says Mike Bahn, strength and conditioning coordinator for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association in Park City. Bahn, who has trained Olympic freestyle mogul skiers Hannah Kearney and Heather McPhie, says many people make the mistake of hitting the gym a week before their annual ski vacation. “That will just make you sore,” he says. “A solid base of strength and athleticism will help minimize the effects of fatigue and prevent injury.” To develop a base-line ski fitness level, he suggests practicing a few keys moves as part of your regular routine and implementing stretching as part of your après ski session.
and side plank are two poses which will help strengthen the core. To work the obliques, which help with edge movement on the slopes, he suggests performing standing trunk twists. Keep the hips and torso facing forward as you twist the upper body side-to-side to engage the oblique muscles. Hold a weight for more challenge.
1. THE CORE IS YOUR STABILIZER
3. APRÈS SKI STRETCH
“Skiing is a full-body activity, not just lower-body,” he says. “Torso strength and stability is crucial. Very high forces are being transmitted from the legs and the ability of the torso to maintain integrity throughout and endure those forces as you fatigue can mean the difference between a great day or having to finish at lunch because your back hurts.” Plank
“The worst thing you can do after a ski session is to head to your room and call it a day,” he says. Stretch the quadriceps muscles by standing on one foot while holding your other foot to your glutes with your free hand. To stretch your hip flexors, take a kneeling stance on the ground with your head and chest up and reach both arms overhead.
2. POWER UP YOUR LEGS & GLUTES
“The legs act as shock absorbers, and energy transmitters and producers during a ski run,” he says. Squats, lunges and step-ups will develop strength in the hamstrings, quads, and glute muscles. He suggests mixing in single-leg exercises, like one-legged squats, to help develop equal strength in both sides of the body. Once you master stationary lunges, advance to walking lunges. Start with body weight and slowly add on weight, such as dumbbells or kettlebells.
GO Get ski fit with Mark Bahn in Deer Valley, UT at one of our 15 residences. exclusiveresorts.com/Deer-Valley-UT
Girl’s Getaway With this MotherDaughter Hit List, South Beach is serene and sassy. YOGA PADDLEBOARDING. Navigate South Beach’s famous waters while also getting in shape. A morning motherdaughter bonding session to kickstart the day. 1hotels.com/south-beach SEASPICE. The brunch scene on Sundays, located in the up-andcoming River district along the banks of the Miami River. A seafood brasserie and lounge with incredible views. seaspicemiami.com
With the new Bamford Spa slated for debut at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, Miami’s sultry side is balanced with mother-daughter spa offerings, girl getaway treatments, and a seriously stylish design. BY ERIN LENTZ
f there’s any downside to Miami’s seductiveness, after several days spent pool hopping, dining, and cocktailing, some serious R+R may top the itinerary. And though Miami is known for its nightlife, it can also be a serene motherdaughter sojourn. Enter the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. Located on Collins Ave. along the growing north side of South Beach, this chic resort and spa has fast grown from new-kid-onthe-block to one of Miami’s most frequented hot spots. For visiting moms and daughters, the main attraction may be the 8,000-square-foot, full-service Bamford Spa, slated for a December 2016 grand opening. The wellness center is reason enough for a Miami escape, ideal for girlfriend getaways, too (gents, you’ll want to indulge as well). The spa’s design concept, which will echo the property’s overall style by the acclaimed Meyers Davis Studio, will be helmed by Debora Aguiar (residences and spa), and will bring the outdoors in. Customized massage, facials, and salon services will be on tap, in addition to countless group fitness programs to keep guests beach-ready. The enticement of the property is ultimately defined by a
prime locale (with direct beach access), a genuinely enthused staff, and an inherent Miami-chic vibe. Exclusive Resorts recently added 1 Hotel Homes to its portfolio—four threebedroom, three-and-a-half bath residences with ocean views feature Tesla service around South Beach and notable outdoor living areas. Though the posh residences are hard to leave, the amenities are what make this Miami getaway unforgettable. Claiming South Beach’s largest rooftop pool and lounge, aptly named 1 Rooftop, in addition to three other outdoor pools, 1 Hotel has captured the energetic Miami lifestyle. The rooftop is adults-only—a fun setting for older mother-daughter Members—with a revolving cast of DJs and the stellar WATR restaurant, which dishes savory, locally caught sushi and poke. Celebrity Chef and James Beard Award Winner Tom Colicchio anchors the food and wine scene, helming the main restaurant, Beachcraft, the lobby lounge bar, Tom on Collins, as well as the poolside restaurant, The Sandbox. And for younger visitors, the main pool is family friendly, with “seedlings services” for little ones held daily at Basecamp.
C’EST ROUGE AT FAENA HOTEL MIAMI BEACH. Held Fridays and Saturdays at Faena Theater, this cabaret show, set to jazz and Latin American music, is sultry, sophisticated, and fun for ladies night. Don’t miss the murals in the Faena lobby, or Chef Paul Qui’s cuisine. faena.com KAYAK THROUGH MANGROVES. Florida is known for its wetlands. This scenic adventure is sure to be frameworthy and is ideal for young ones, too. 1hotels.com/south-beach 1 ROOFTOP AT 1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH. A favorite among guests and locals, this buzzy rooftop pool scene stages a colorful mix of international visitors, girl getaways, and DJs with private cabanas that overlook the busy South Beach below. 1hotels.com/south-beach GO Want more Miami heat? Visit exclusiveresorts.com/ Miami-Beach-FL
> Haute Service
(FROM LEFT): Happy little ones start with the right boot fit; Ski Butlers visit clients slopeside to gear up for favorite runs.
Skip the Line
Ski Butlers, a VIP Benefit enjoyed by Club Members, offers on-demand rental service for hassle-free vacations.
t’s hard to imagine traveling to a ski resort without skis. Yet, one company makes it possible, and actually stress-free. Ski Butlers features full-service, on-demand, on-site equipment rental without the hassle of battling bricks-and-mortar lines and fitting irregularities. And they offer top-of-the-line gear so renters aren’t just eliminating steps, but enhancing their entire on-mountain experience. “Whoever answers that phone has a lot of autonomy,” says Mike Cremeno, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ski Butlers. “They are the person’s ski concierge throughout the entire process.”
“If someone likes the Rossignol Souls 7s they rented in Aspen, they can get it in any of the other 36 markets when they go there,” he adds. “It’s really seamless.” That system integration across resorts in the U.S. and Canada means it’s almost easier to leave the equipment toting to Ski Butlers, which maintains updated skier profiles for each of their clients. The company is constantly refreshing its inventory for both skiers and snowboarders. “From beginner to expert, everyone should be on good stuff,” says Cremeno.
SKI BUTLERS’ STAFF WILL MEET GUESTS ON THE MOUNTAIN TO SWAP OUT GEAR AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT FIT. Once an order is made over the phone or online, Ski Butlers comes directly to Members in their Exclusive Resorts residence. Technicians outfit the whole family, and then if renters find themselves unhappy with their boots after a few runs, Ski Butlers’ staff will meet guests on the mountain to swap out gear and make sure they have the right fit. With two new additional markets opening this winter in Big Sky, Montana, and Sun Valley, Idaho, their service is more expansive than ever. The company started in Park City, Utah, in 2004 and has since grown into 37 luxury markets, serving clientele who desire a customized rental experience. They’ve also set up shop in some of their locations, like the operation recently added to the Waldorf Astoria in Park City. Ski Butlers had not expanded since 2010, wanting to dial-in their customer service and company culture before more growth, says Cremeno. But the time was right—as were the resorts—to add two more in 2016. 50
The company consistently tops TripAdvisor categories in the regions it serves: British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. The majority of these markets are also home to Exclusive Resorts residences, which means Members can skip the ski-schlepping and focus more on enjoying the trip, which is the way vacation should be.—skibutlers.com
Book It Exclusive Beneﬁts Enjoyed by ER Members 10% discount off all current rates for ski and snowboard rental equipment • No black-out periods • In-residence delivery and ﬁtting, full on-mountain support and pickup on ﬁnal day Exclusive Resorts Members can make reservations for Ski Butlers service via phone at 877.754.7754. exclusiveresorts.com/vip-benefits
Discover unique & rare jewelry inspired by the worldâ€™s most exotic destinations. pameladutton.com
I’LL NEVER FORGET
THE DAY WE SPENT FISHING ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN. WE WATCHED AN UNBELIEVABLE SHOW PUT ON BY THE WHALES AND CAUGHT FRESH MAHI, WHICH WE BROUGHT BACK TO OUR VILLA AND HAD A PRIVATE CHEF COOK FOR US. — michael b. •
Member since 2010
SHAKEN & STIRRED // THE DISH // VINE ART // SKI IN, WINE OUT // TOP TOQUE
Cocktail Culture Americaâ€™s top cities toast artisan inspired, small-batch spirit producers. > A CLASSIC SEEDLIP AND TONIC
> Shaken + Stirred
City Spirit Urban bar hopping has never tasted so good. Spirit-savvy writer and author Mark Ellwood toasts the Club’s metropolitan hubs.
Photo by: Katie Hoss
THE WALKER INN, LOS ANGELES
David Kaplan has been a global pioneer ever since co-founding Manhattan cocktail den Death & Co more than a decade ago. His latest project is another boundary pushing bar, this time in Los Angeles. The 27-seat Walker Inn borrows the idea of omo-kase, familiar from sushi bars. The tongue-in-cheek speakeasy is hidden behind the bar inside Koreatown’s funky Hotel Normandie and located behind a door with a brass plate reading “Secret Door.” “After a brief conversation, our bartenders assemble a selection of drinks tailored to a guest’s likes and dislikes, usually from the current menu, and served in half-sized portions to allow them to try as many different cocktails as possible,” Kaplan explains. “It’s a step beyond the traditional ‘bartender’s choice’.” His own recommendation from the current menu? The sake and cachaça-driven Rice Paddy, served in a ceramic cup with a side of dry ice that transforms into fog tableside, served with a drizzle of hot jasmine tea. exclusiveresorts.com/beverly-hills; thewalkerinnla.com
SAN FRANCISCO’S HANGAR ONE X FOG QUEST
flavored with handpicked sweet peas, herbs and homegrown hay. seedlipdrinks.com; exclusiveresorts.com/ London-England
For its key namesake ingredient, Bay Area-based distiller Hangar One vodka has relied on “fog catchers”—large nets strategically placed across the area by conservation charity Fog Quest. Mist from the Bay condenses into droplets, then pools at these collectors. It’s dispatched to head distiller Caley Shoemaker so she can blend this erstwhile fog with vodka distillate, creating a surprisingly rounded, sipping white spirit. The first batch is limited to just 2,400 worldwide; one day’s worth of bad weather per fog catcher is typically enough for a single bottle of this witty riff on San Francisco’s iffy weather. Take one home for $125 from reservebar.com, or sip a foggy martini at Del Posto in New York or Los Angeles’s Culver Hotel. One hundred percent of proceeds support Fog Quest’s work. hangarone.com; exclusiveresorts.com/San-Francisco-CA
NYC’S BOLLINGER AUCTION
Think of Seedlip, the first ever distilled non-alcoholic spirit, as the English countryside in a bottle. Devised by Ben Branson, the teetotal scion of a farming family in rural Norfolk, it’s prepared using six different botanicals, including cardamom, allspice, and cascarilla bark. The latter is a key component of Italian amaro Campari. Branson’s process involves using a neutral grain spirit as a base, which is copper pot-distilled before the nonalcoholic run-off is collected. Next, it’s hand-blended to create the final product. At £29.99 (around $45) per bottle, Seedlip is comparably priced to small batch liquors; Branson suggests serving it with tonic and a slice of pink grapefruit. After the initial run of 500 bottles instantly sold out, he’s expanded production—a second expression was recently released, again inspired by his rural childhood. Seedlip Garden is
(OPPOSITE): The Walker Inn’s “Rice Paddy” cocktail, inspired by the Japanese climate; Seedlip’s non-alcoholic, botanical spirit; Hangar One headquarters.
On November 19 in New York City, Bollinger—one of champagne’s most storied houses—will stage a historic auction. Consisting of more than 50 individual lots of rare and exclusive bottles, it’s the culmination of a sixyear-long project combing through its caves and archives in Aÿ. The sale will showcase outstanding vintages, including some from the house’s vieilles vignes vineyard—a tiny walled patch of land that features a scant cluster of vines that survived the phylloxera onslaught. Even more intriguing, perhaps, is the marquee lot. During that six-year archival overhaul, the Bollinger team chanced on a forgotten stash of vintage bottles tucked into one corner of the cellar, including several from 1914. A famous prestige vintage, it was largely overseen by the women and children of the village after most of the house’s male staff were conscripted into the French army of World War I. “Despite everything happening in the world, the women still managed to bottle a very elegant wine,” says Chef de Caves Gilles Descotes. “The year was still clearly marked on the cork, although it had seriously shrunken, and amazingly enough, this centuryold wine still tasted superbly.” The still-fizzy champagne (the pressure is at 0.5kg, compared with a fresh bottle’s 6kg) will be offered as part of the Champagne Bollinger Experience, where the winning bidder and a guest will travel to the house itself to sample that century-old vintage. sothebys.com; bollinger.com; exclusiveresorts.com/New-YorkCity-NY
“DESPITE EVERYTHING HAPPENING IN THE WORLD, THE WOMEN STILL MANAGED TO BOTTLE A VERY ELEGANT WINE.” CURATED
> Top Toque
Telluride’s Alpino Vino takes its epicurean cue from the slopes of Italy. BY JEN MURPHY
nyone who has ever skied in Europe knows that nabbing a good lunch reservation is just as important as scoring first tracks. And we’re not talking about grab-and-go chili and pizza. A European ski lunch often entails several hours of wine-soaked dining, shaken off with an espresso taken on the sun deck. The restaurants aren’t fancy—often nothing more than tiny huts—but the food is exceptional and the meal isn’t just fuel, it’s an experience. Ski resorts in the U.S. have
slowly caught on to the gourmet on-mountain dining trend, swapping cafeteria-style fast food for sit-down, locavore cooking that often requires a bit of physical effort to access. And earning your meal is all part of the fun. Alpino Vino in Telluride has been a pioneer in elevating winter dining in the U.S. At 11,966 feet, it owns bragging rights as North America’s highest elevation fine dining restaurant. Modeled after the huts scattered
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AT 11,966 FEET, IT OWNS
BRAGGING RIGHTS AS
ELEVATION FINE DINING RESTAURANT. across the Alps, there are just 28 seats inside, plus a heated deck that overlooks the Wilson Range. The food also takes inspiration from Europe, specifically northern Italy. Chef Nico Peccedi grew up in the small ski village of Bormeo in the Italian Alps, close to the Swiss border. His ingredient-driven food is rustic, simple, and utterly delicious. “Alpine nature is wild and unpredictable,” he says. “You never know what you’re in for. My cooking is like that.” Peccedi has learned to cope with unpredictability. Each morning, he loads his ingredients on the back of a snowmobile and drives up to the restaurant. “Once, I got stuck driving the snowmobile when I was trying to bring up cheeses, prosciutto, and assorted salami to Alpino Vino,” he recalls. “It’s just part of working at a restaurant with only ski-in/ski-out access.” Cooking at nearly 12,000 feet has other challenges. Pedecci and his team must cook on a portable induction burner because the restaurant does not have gas and a magnum of champagne becomes a live grenade at extreme altitude. Even on a powder day, a line of hungry skiers waiting to order Pedecci’s tomato bisque and grilled cheese and pesto stretches down the See Forever trail. In the evenings, guests journey up the mountain by heated snow cat for a five-course dinner of such dishes as elk ribs and polenta paired with wine from Alpino Vino’s exceptional cellar. With just two seatings per night, dinner at Alpino Vino has become just as boast-worthy as tackling Telluride’s famous bump run, Mak-M-Stairs-Plunge. “For some people, adventure is super steep chutes,” says Pedecci. “For others, it’s a starlit ride up the mountain for a great dinner. In Telluride, you can do both.”
(OPPOSITE): Alpino Vino, celebrated at 11,966 feet. (FROM TOP): toast of the town; Chef Nico Peccedi’s Italian inspiration; Chef Peccedi in action.
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Ski In, Dance Out s Jim Carrey’s character famously states in the cult classic film Dumb and Dumber, “Take me to the place where the beer flows like wine, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.” This facetious quote has been so celebrated in Aspen that the Aspen Skiing Company introduced swag beer coolies that canonized the saying. And though Aspen does take it’s skiing seriously, its après ski and gourmet on-mountain dining is taken just as seriously, albeit with a side of sass and authenticity. And no alpine restaurant in the Colorado Rockies has garnered as much recent buzz and media attention as Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro at Aspen Highlands. On any given afternoon during Aspen’s ski season, this Europeaninspired outpost—perched atop Aspen Highlands at 10,825 feet—is packed with Strafe-clad locals, Bogner-wearing tourists, handsome ski instructors, dressed-to-the-nines ski bunnies, and perhaps a celebrity or two (last season, Seal danced with the crowd while singing along
to his famous tune, “Crazy”). The lunch scene (if wanting to join the rowdier set, book the 2 p.m. seating) most likely begins with a champagne toast. Diners nosh on guilt-free raclette and fondue post Highland Bowl hike, considered an adrenaline-infused Aspen rite of passage. As first rounds are served and conversation level rises, so does the music. On most days, prior to entrées even making it to the tables, one or two anxious revelers lead the pack, dancing on their chair in ski boots to get the party started. Next, the music turns up another notch. More table top dancers. And before too long, copious amounts of Veuve Clicquot are either being guzzled or sprayed on neighboring tables. Dance-offs are welcome. Yes, it’s decadent. In fact, Cloud Nine has become the number-one seller of Veuve Clicquot champagne in North America. Yet ask most any Aspen local how many times they’ve taken visiting friends for the first time and the response is more often than not, “That was one of the best days of my life!”
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Aspen Highland’s Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro stakes its claim as an elevated on-mountain eating experience. Champagne required. BY ERIN LENTZ
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is steeped in history, and if its recently renovated—the restaurant saw a $1.1 Million face lift last season— walls could talk, stories are a plenty. During the 1970s, the famous Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol, including today’s Patrol Director Mac Smith, used to throw massive après ski soirees, during which several patrolmen would ski-jump the length of the outdoor deck. “It’s special because it celebrates the sport of skiing,” says Director of Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol Mac Smith. “Highlands isn’t for mere mortals. It’s for people that are passionate. When someone skis here, and then whether it’s lunch or aprés, they take that passion for what they’re doing to the same level.” Yet perhaps the restaurant’s longevity and magic lies with a common playing field: Whether a Texas oil tycoon, a reserved CEO, a curious 20-something, or an older gent looking to revisit his old stomping grounds, this rare on-mountain experience seems to celebrate the inner reveler within us all. And the underlying euphoria is typically a celebration of an epic powder day, a birthday, or an anniversary. Put simply, Cloud Nine fuses a potent mix of breaking bread with an unlikely cast of characters while glimpsing one of the most scenic views one can find. As a result, the experience is unlike any other. Bridging a storied past with a subtly modernized present, the renovation features expanded indoor seating, a larger deck with Instagram-envy views, and a curated collection of blackand-white vintage photos courtesy of the Aspen Historical Society. And in addition to the infamous lunch scene, “Snowcat Dinners” are held on Wednesday and Thursday nights throughout the season. Reservations often book 30 days in advance, so plan accordingly. No matter when you choose to go, the saying on the server’s shirts may sum it up best: “Ski In, Dance Out.”—aspensnowmass.com
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(OPPOSITE): Dance-offs on the expanded outdoor deck. (FROM TOP): Fondue with a view; the dining room was made larger as part of the recent renovation; Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is located at 10,825 feet on Aspen Highlands.
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Sip + Ski Each winter, top foodies flock to Europe for a ski vacation that features schussing, restaurant-hopping, and sommelier standouts. BY JEN MURPHY
When winter descends upon Europe, the restaurant industry’s top palates hit the slopes to pair incredible skiing with phenomenal food and wine experiences. Herewith, their top alpine dining outposts and après ski scenes. ROBERT GRANT, WINE DIRECTOR AND PARTNER OF NEW YORK CITY’S CHARLIE BIRD | ROSA ALPINA, SAN CASSIANO ALTA BADIA, ITALY
Rosa Alpina is a Relais & Chateau hotel in Italy’s Alta Badia region— part of the largest interlocking ski area in the world. Rosa Alpina has a two-Michelin Star restaurant, Hubertus, which has the best international wines from around the world, according to Grant. “They also have their grill, for more casual fare and an extensive Italian and French wine list,” he adds. You can book their small private room for Fonduta. rosalpina.it
ALDO SOHM, WINE DIRECTOR OF NEW YORK CITY’S ACCLAIMED LE BERNARDIN RESTAURANT AND ALDO SOHM WINE BAR | THE ARLBERG HOSPIZ HOTEL, ST. CHRISTOPH, AUSTRIA
This place used to serve as a hospice for people going over the Arlberg pass and now boasts one of the largest, big-format Bordeaux bottle collections in the world. These are very special bottles, some as large as 18 liters, from the top chateaux in Bordeaux. And, you can ride a slide down to the cellar. arlberghospiz.at
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On a bluebird day, head to the big outdoor deck of Le Rouge. Frauneder said this is his favorite late afternoon spot to watch the
Rosa Alpina in Italy’s Alta Badia region; summit-inspired Rosa Alpina chefs; cellar envy at Austria’s The Arlberg Hospiz Hotel; table service at Austria’s Almhof Schneider.
“I AM MOVED EMOTIONALLY TO SEE EUROPEAN QUASI-ROYALTY DRIPPING IN FURS AND MOON BOOTS DRINKING MULLED WINE AND BEER.” sunset. “Grab a crepe and a glass of Burgundy on the deck, or, if the weather isn’t great, sit in the wine cellar and indulge in fondue,” says Frauneder. lerouge-verbier.com JOHN WINTERMAN, MANAGING PARTNER OF NEW YORK CITY
long day on the mountain, he and his wife indulge in Champagne and truffle fondue. They pair the fondue with one of the smallproduction Champagnes often featured on the wine list, or a bottle of Les Ruinettes Amigne de Vétroz from the local Serge Roh winery. thealpinagstaad.ch
HOTSPOT, BÂTARD | DIE KRONE VON LECH, LECH, AUSTRIA
“The premier après-ski experience,” says Winterman. Located in the heart of Lech at the foot of the ski runs, the bar is outdoors, sheltered from the wind by plexiglass, and overlooks the icy river that snakes through the village. “About once a ski trip I am moved emotionally to see European quasi-royalty dripping in furs and moon boots drinking mulled wine and beer and singing over the vast display of candle-wax tombed champagne bottles,” he says. romantikhotelkrone-lech.at
WINEMAKER AUSTIN HOPE OF HOPE FAMILY WINES IN PASO ROBLES | THE ALPINA LOUNGE & BAR, GSTAAD,
ROBERT BOHR, SOMMELIER AND PARTNER OF NEW YORK CITY’S CHARLIE BIRD | ALMHOF SCHEIDER, LECH, AUSTRIA
“My friends and I absolutely adore Almhof Scheider for the incredible combination of authentic, local charm with the finest and most sophisticated design and aesthetic. The genuine and sincere hospitality of the Schneider family, along with the overall level of quality, makes it more than a five-star hotel,” says Bohr. The hotel has a serious wine program and a very talented sommelier, plus a discreet and wellstocked wine shop in the basement. almhof.at
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On the Rhone Trail … The lesser-known Rhone Valley has quickly become an oenophile’s delight, claiming both high-end collectors and down-to-earth wine aficionados. BY TED LOOS
The beauty of the Rhone valley— both the place itself and its wines— can stop people in their tracks. Rolling, rocky, picturesque, and verdant, with ancient stone churches anchoring hilltop towns, the landscape is as riveting as the wine that has made the area famous. Located in warm and welcoming Southern France, between Burgundy and the Cote d’Azur, the Rhone is one of the country’s storied wine regions, sought-after by high-end collectors and casual Cotes-du-Rhone sippers but perhaps less famous internationally than Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne. However, that’s all quickly changing. “In the last 10 years, the Rhone wines have become more and more interesting,” says Michel Chapoutier, who runs Maison Chapoutier, one of the top producers. Critical raves by the likes of Robert Parker, in addition to auction records for the best wines, have boosted the profile of the area. As Chapoutier says, “All of that attention made us realize, little by little, that wines of the Rhone Valley were becoming increasingly fashionable.” That has, of course, added to the number of people who want to travel there. It’s a big region, stretching for more than 100 miles—long and skinny—so winding drives are par for the course. In the old days, there wasn’t much infrastructure for visitors, yet that too is shifting. “The beauty of the Rhone is that more people have opened a tasting room lately, and you can go and taste for free— they’ve maintained a family-style greeting, and they are happy to see you,” says Christophe Tassan, a Rhone native and wine director of the acclaimed San Francisco restaurant The Battery. The Rhone is predominantly a land of red wines
“YOU’LL SOON DISCOVER THAT THE RHONE IS ABOUT
THENOT HEART , THE HEAD.”
(the tiny appellation of Condrieu is a glorious exception, where all production is devoted to the white grape, Viognier). Syrah and Grenache rule the roost (though in French style, you’ll never see those words on the label), and the hot weather lends big, powerful wines. The region has a strong geographical division between north and south in terms of focus on grapes. “The dominance of Grenache in the south generally provides wines with fruitiness, a sense of warmth and richness, and subtle tannins, whereas the powerful Syrah grape in the north produces wines with more structure, spice, tannin, and distinct personalities,” says acclaimed winemaker Philippe Guigal of the legendary Northern Rhonebased producer E. Guigal, particularly known for their Cote-Rotie wines. His friendly rival Chapoutier has his own funny, distinct spin on the differences between north and south, an oft-debated topic among natives. “The choice is easy,” says Chapoutier, discussing the texture of the wines in both areas (and he produces from both halves). “If I want something more ‘round,’ I’ll go to the South. If I want something
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more structured or ‘square,’ I’ll go to the North. If I want to buy a wine I’ll keep for 50 years, I’ll choose a Northern Rhone. If I want to buy a wine that I’ll drink 10 years from now, I will choose a Southern Rhone wine. The North is monogamy and the South is polygamy.” At this, he laughs, and his sense of humor underscores what makes the Rhone special—an earthy, rich, vibrant sensibility. Many travelers approach the Rhone by arriving in Paris and then journeying to Lyon (often on the super-fast TGV train), a city known as the seat of French gastronomy and packed with Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s a beautiful course to travel, especially if you’re food-focused, yet so is the bottom-up route, ideal for the lifestyle lover who wants to begin on the beaches of the Riviera or the Cote d’Azur and head north. Either way, you’ll soon discover that the Rhone is about the heart, not the head. “You don’t need lots of education to appreciate it,” says Tassan. “It shows its ease right away.” And these days, something effortless and beautiful has a mighty appealing ring to it.
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ON DISPLAY: CAPE TOWN The anticipated Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will spotlight South Africa’s flourishing art scene. BY JIMMY IM
conic South African revolutionary and humanitarian Nelson Mandela famously stated: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Come fall of next year, consider it done. South Africa, a diverse country rooted in history, pride and culture, will be home to its first-ever contemporary art museum, lending to the country’s fast-growing art movement. Slated to open in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town in September 2017, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a project of seismic proportions. The 102,000-square-foot cultural institution will be the largest museum to open on the entire continent since the 1890s. It’s also one of the most expensive—given its $38-million-dollar price tag—the country has seen. Glimmering masterfully at the V&A waterfront in the historic Grain Silo Complex, the site of MOCAA is visually commanding, the building a futuristic glass structure rising
nine floors high with a central, oval atrium carved out of massive concrete cylinders. Designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, responsible for the cauldron design at London Olympics 2012, intentionally gave visitors an opportunity to look at the country with fresh eyes. As such, MOCAA will transcend physicality. “Zeitz MOCAA’s commitment to Africa is something that will be reflected in the museum,” says Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. “That commitment and the extraordinary artistic talent found in Africa is what will make us stand out from other cultural institutions around the world.” The permanent collection will feature famous artists from Africa and its Diaspora, including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Chris Ofili, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Hank Willis Thomas, and Rashid Johnson. What makes the opening most significant is the domino effect the anticipated museum will have on the country’s contemporary art scene, which has gone largely undetected for decades. A song yet to be sung, MOCAA is expected to deliver a sensational performance that is deservedly bringing attention to the country’s underrated—yet progressive—contemporary art world, ultimately inspired by South
A rendering of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, slated to open September 2017 in Cape Town.
“MOCAA WILL RAISE THE PROFILE OF AFRICAN ARTISTS AND HOPEFULLY CREATE MORE OF AN INTEREST IN THE ROLES OF ART IN SOCIETY.” -
African culture. showcase Cape Town as “It’s a great thing,” the Gateway to Africa. says local painter Thomas Local artists will benefit Cartwright, who has held on a larger scale than ever solo exhibits in top local before, and this will be galleries. “I’m very pleased of economic benefit to THOMAS CARTWRIGHT, ARTIST that contemporary art is those artists and the city getting a bunch of capital, itself.” Art has always been energy, and media attention in South Africa. MOCAA will raise the central to the culture and heritage of the Western Cape, a reflection profile of South African and African artists locally and hopefully create of the history, and now the art is destined to speak volumes with more more of an interest in the roles of art in society, as well as foment an modern sensibilities. interest in the arts in new collectors.” “True museums strive to represent the diverse cultures and value Thomas isn’t the only South African anticipating the brink of systems of its community,” says Coetzee. “For too long finance has a flourishing contemporary art scene due to the opening of the guaranteed that the voices of some get heard, and lack of finance that groundbreaking museum. Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, others are overlooked. Our museum will ensure that all have a voice.” says MOCAA will not only bring together the finest in 80 separate —zeitzfoundation.org galleries, it will also showcase the confidence investors have in tackling such massive projects with the intention of drawing crowds. “MOCAA is bigger than the contemporary art scene,” he says. “It will reflect the GO As part of its Experience Collection, ER, in partnership with Singita, offers ten-day excursions to South Africa. exclusiveresorts.com/South-Africa-Kruger-National-Park expression of the city as a many-cultured environment and, ultimately,
Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1978 Â© 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; (OPPOSITE): Artnet headquarters; CEO Jacob Pabst.
Creative Disruptor Considered the NASDAQ or Bloomberg of the art industry, Artnet is quickly evolving with the digital age. CEO Jacob Pabst divulges online art trends and explains how online auctions are expanding the global art world. BY ERIN LENTZ HOW HAS ARTNET AUCTIONS BEEN ABLE TO DRIVE DOWN THE ASTRONOMICAL TRANSACTION PRICES THAT HAVE BECOME THE INDUSTRY STANDARD FOR BRICK AND MORTAR AUCTIONS?
Our platform compared to other auction houses is almost completely hands off. At a traditional auction house, every artwork needs to be in the possession of the auction house. That means that the seller has to ship the piece to the auction house. There you have the first cost, the shipping cost. Then you have to insure the piece, and the auction houses need to store it. In addition, each piece is incorporated into catalogues, incurring further expense to print and ship. This is all before the pieces are exhibited at premium locations. We do not have most of these additional costs. With Artnet Auctions, the seller keeps the piece the whole time. We do insist on the highest quality condition reports and require professional images of the piece, but the cost FALL+WINTER 2016/17
is negligible. Once the piece is sold through Artnet, the piece goes directly to the buyer. Storage, insurance, catalogues, exhibition real estate, and additional shipping costs are all eliminated. WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF AN ONLINE AUCTION VERSUS THE TRADITIONAL ART AUCTION?
In addition to lowering costs, the other major advantage is speed. Artnet has always been a disruptor leading changes in the industry. With the Price Database we brought transparency to the market. Now we are bringing liquidity. The whole process of selling a work through Artnet Auctions takes roughly four weeks between the condition report and receiving payment. At the brick and mortar houses it takes roughly 4-5 months; even 7-8 months. There is also a distinct advantage in the amount of people the online auctions reach. Artnet is
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“THERE IS A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE IN THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THE ONLINE AUCTIONS REACH. ARTNET IS THE INDUSTRY LEADER, ATTRACTING MILLIONS OF VISITORS TO THE SITE EVERY MONTH.” - ARTNET CEO JACOB PABST
the industry leader, attracting millions of visitors to the site every month. Because of these advantages we also do not have to accept exclusively blue chip pieces. In a way, the auctions market has become very boring. The traditional houses only accept works that they can 100-percent guarantee selling, otherwise they risk a loss. The model is very narrow. You see the same artists selling again and again, when there are so many other interesting, less conventional artists. It is really unfortunate that so many artists who are just as good are not getting the same attention. We still, of course, ensure quality work with top experts and only do secondary market transactions. (Emerging artists are not made for internet transactions yet.) But by streamlining everything, Artnet is able to feature really exciting artists. HOW HAS ARTNET HAS GARNERED ITS REPUTATION AS THE NASDAQ OF THE ART INDUSTRY?
Subscribers to the Price Database check their portfolio of artworks like they check their stocks—collectors, galleries and even the auction houses rely on it. It is the only comprehensive record of auction sales and covers decades. More than just cataloguing auction results, we provide Artnet Analytics. Tell us quickly what you are interested in, and the analytics tool will send you reports on trends and comparisons. You can look at groups of artists, categories, countries and even compare the art to other forms of investment. In this way I would say we are more like the Bloomberg of the art market. HOW IS ARTNET THE ORIGINAL ART MARKET DISRUPTOR—WHY IS
house and request a catalogue for the artist or work you were interested in. The database took this information and compiled a comprehensive, searchable record of all auction transactions. Galleries and auction houses did not like this at the time. At first there was resistance, but the market can really only grow if it is transparent. Making price information available to everyone empowered a lot of people in the art market. Before this, a buyer was dependent on what the dealer or their friends told them. Now people could go into a gallery and make an informed buying decision. One of the reasons the art market has grown so tremendously is because all of the people felt more comfortable buying. It was before my time, but Artnet played a big part in this. It gave buyers a very powerful tool with all of the information at their fingertips at any time. The more informed you are, the more you buy. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SALE VIA ARTNET AUCTIONS?
I think the most significant sale recently was an Andy Warhol, sold from a German collector to a U.S. collector. Artnet does private sales as well as the public online auctions. We have also sold several works by Kusama, Lichtenstein, and Matisse. One of the Kusama works, one of his star paintings, was a very unique piece with subtle colors that does not come up to the market frequently. The sellers had considered selling through traditional brick and mortar auction houses, but found these houses could not give the work the proper attention. I think we really understood how special the piece was.
Artnet’s first product, the Price Database, was developed in 1989 by Hans Neuendorf. He turned the industry upside down by bringing transparency to the global market. Before this, there was no information easily available. After every fair, you would have to go to that specific auction
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URBAN MUSE As Hong Kong stakes it’s global claim among the contemporary art world with such fairs as Art Basel, Mark Ellwood uncovers how a growing local legacy is being uniquely fostered.
fter buying a controlling stake in a local fair, the world’s most prestigious collecting showcase, Art Basel, arrived in Hong Kong in 2013. Just three years later, the Asian outpost of this storied European firm was such a phenomenon that its entire ticket run of 70,000 sold out; the local tourism board has even dubbed March ‘art month’ in Basel’s honor. Veteran local consultant Alison Pickett, who works with the likes of Swire Hotels, says she’s seen “many art fairs come and go,” but the arrival of Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) has further transformed the city into a cultural hub. “Without the handicap of a previously existing or jaded high-profile art culture,” she adds, “Hong Kong has been very open to new experiences and opinions.” Yet it isn’t just curiosity that’s turbocharged the Hong Kong fair—there are smart commercial reasons for its overnight success, too. Hong Kong is 70
a free port where taxes are comparatively low: on purchases (sales tax is zero) and on incomes (up to 15 percent, versus as high as 45 percent in China). As such, Christie’s and Sotheby’s have booming showrooms here, while PRC-based auctioneers such as China Guardian and Poly have recently opened satellite spaces in Hong Kong to snag a share of this lucrative new market. Those same tax breaks, alongside Hong Kong’s curious, wealthy local collecting base has lured a slew of blue chip galleries to invest in sites here, too. Art fans can view the likes of Galerie Perrotin from Paris, London’s White Cube, and New York-based Lehmann Maupin. There are slight differences in the way such galleries operate here compared with other global cities, at least according to Nick Buckley-Wood. Tall and with the perfect diction of a British public schoolboy, the investment banker-turned-gallery director works for Labyrinths gallery. This is one of several spaces owned by Pearl Lam, a Hong
Kong native who was one of the country’s first major collectors; she now owns a string of spaces across the People’s Republic of China. “Hong Kongers love convenience, and everything here in Central is walking distance and you can get between buildings without going outside,” Buckley-Wood says on a sweltering summer afternoon from his whitewashed, air-conditioned hideaway. Labyrinths is located on the sixth floor of the Pedder Building in the Central district, one of several such gallery-clusters here. Others include the nearby 50 Connaught Road (home to both Perrotin and White Cube) and the brand new Soho 189 Art Lane complex in Sai Ying Pun (where Lam operates another gallery). Buckley-Wood points out other local quirks. Rather than seeking out edgy or pioneering locales, which he says is so common elsewhere, Hong Kong galleries sit in smaller spaces grouped together in the city center. These closet-sized showrooms cycle through shows
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faster and more often, usually re-hanging monthly, offering constant freshness. Other differences from New York or London are less tangible. “At the moment, all the art galleries are very collegial. It’s a smaller art world, so everyone knows each other, and we’re all friends, and invite each other to our gallery dinners.” The local government, of course, is keen to transform such small beginnings into a globally ranked art scene, and, as such, is investing heavily to achieve that goal. It oversaw the conversion of the former Central Police Station, for example, into an arts and historic complex, named Tai Kwun and conceived by starchitects Herzog & de Meuron. Likewise, it encouraged New York’s Asia Society, largely funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, to open its new outpost here, in the Admiralty area. There’s no greater sign of Hong Kong’s rising arts profile, though, than the West Kowloon Cultural District, a sprawling, new mixed-use development that will occupy almost 100 acres of prime land on Kowloon’s waterfront.
When this vast urban renewal project opens in 2020, replete with its own, direct train link to China, it will be home to nearly 20 separate institutions, from a Cantonese opera house to Tate Modern-esque art museums. The highest profile tenant, though, is undoubtedly M+, the quirkily named contemporary art museum. Swiss collector Uli Sigg has already deeded his collection of more than 1,500 Chinese contemporary works to the museum’s permanent holdings. Erstwhile, MoMA NY staffer Doryun Chong is chief curator of this enormous museum. “Hong Kong is in the midst of redefining its place vis-à-vis mainland China,” he notes of his adoptive city which he dubs “intimately cosmopolitan.” Chong has high hopes for the city-state’s future. “Hong Kong is a place of commerce and an enterprising spirit, but the city lacked infrastructure and institutions that were international. Now, a vibrant art scene is coming together.” exclusiveresorts.com/hong-kong
art as a central anchor to its new aesthetic, the property is working with Michael Suh, Executive Director of Beijing’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to curating the hotel’s collection, he’s also established an art residency that features a rooftop studio. As such, Quin Feng, a leader among China’s avant-garde movement, will showcase two, five-meter high ink paintings in the property’s lobby.
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The Club’s eight suites at the Montage Laguna Beach feature expansive patios and full access to the resort’s amenities, including the Spa Montage and pool.
Book it! Romance author and Exclusive Resorts Member Kaira Rouda finds inspiration for her sexy novels in the everyday, and from travels both near and far. BY HEIDI MITCHELL
or the 34th Member of Exclusive Resorts, adhering to the typical life equation—student, wife, mother, professional, empty nester—was not an option. Instead, author Kaira Rouda continues to reinvent herself with each chapter of her life. Since she was a little girl, Rouda, now 53, has always followed an untraditional path. As a kid she remembers a peripatetic life—“I must have moved a million times”—and was encouraged to stretch for whatever seemed just out of reach. In the third grade, she fulfilled a school assignment by writing a letter to the person she most wanted to be. She mailed the note to Robert McCloskey, author of the children’s classic, Make Way for Ducklings, and he wrote her back. That was inspiration enough. She kept writing, penning a couple of manuscripts that were “almost picked up by agents,” but not
quite. Still she kept writing, and creating a world for herself that was different from her friends. While watching Bewitched, Rouda recalls, she dreamed not of being Samantha, the female witch, but Darren, the male ad executive. She utilized her English degree from Vanderbilt to work her way up the corporate ladder as an ad executive, ultimately rising to the role of Vice President of Marketing for the house-cleaner giant Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner. Still, she kept writing on the side. When her husband, Harley, “got sucked into his family business,” she quit her job and used her marketing expertise to reinvent his real estate firms. “When I looked at Stanley Steemer and my husband’s companies, I realized it was all men marketing to women,” she recalls of those early days in 2002 (two years after joining ER). “You’d see
Kaira Rouda’s Insider’s Guide to Laguna Beach
men in ads shaking hands in front of the ‘sold’ sign, when actually 91 percent of home-buying decisions are made or influenced by women.” So the Roudas created the first women-focused real estate company “back when the notion of lifestyle marketing was new. It was a paradigm shift.” Real Living grew from Ohio into 22 states and was eventually sold to a company in Canada, who in turn sold it to the Sage of Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway. Despite all that success, Rouda had that gnawing feeling of a dream unfulfilled: She wanted to be a writer. So when the family—including four children—settled into their dream home in Malibu, Rouda turned her focus to writing full time. She had penned a series of non-fiction books centering on entrepreneurial women finding their “real you.”
Rouda’s Laguna Series were such mega-hits on Amazon, the juggernaut publisher asked the author to license the concept for their fan-fiction site, AmazonWorld. She wrote four short stories to get the World up and running, and readers have since posted six of their own stories taking place in that Laguna “world.” Recently, Amazon asked Rouda to create another women’s romance “world,” called Hope Falls. The first, One Night in Tahoe, was inspired by one of Rouda’s ER trips to North Star, when they were snowed in by a 22-inch storm. More are set to come as Rouda finds inspiration in all that surrounds her. “I try to live in the moment and purposefully disconnect, especially when we’re on vacation, but something that happens in life can be a jumping
“ONE NIGHT IN TAHOE WAS INSPIRED BY ONE OF ROUDA’S ER TRIPS TO NORTH STAR, WHEN THEY WERE SNOWED IN BY A 22-INCH STORM.
After unexpected runaway success with those books, “it was just me in that house and it was time to take my own advice,” she says. An incurable romantic, Rouda self-published her first novel, Here, Home, Hope, in May 2011, a story about a woman in crisis thinking about who she wanted to be. “I had always dreamed of living on the beach and finally I could. So it was a fun book to write,” she says. All the Difference, In the Mirror, and The Goodbye Year came swiftly on the heels of her debut novel. When the family relocated to Laguna Beach, she turned to women’s romance.
off place for a story. And details from incredible experiences when we travel do make their way into my stories,” she says. A great meal, a glorious sunset—they can reappear in story form, bringing to life for others what goes on in Rouda’s rich interior world. “There is magic to certain places,” she says. “And that magic may sometimes become a character in my books.”—kairarouda.com
If you ask best-selling author Kaira Rouda for one word to describe her adopted town of Laguna Beach, it’s “romantic.” “Some of the sunsets from the Montage Resort are the best in the world,” she says. But you can also find a small-town charm along with some urbane diversions. Here, the romance writer shares a local’s guide to hometown hotspots. BEACH. Main Beach is your introduction to Laguna Beach and how special it is. You drive through a canyon road and when you hit Laguna, you go through this beautiful town and then there is the ocean, right there. The town developers were so smart to preserve the coastline of this charming beach town. SHOP. This tiny boutique, Red Fox, is across from the Surf and Sand hotel and set in a little cottage. The guy that owns it is so friendly. All the great clothes he has squished into this tiny place—it’s magical. SNACK. Active Culture is a place for healthy foods. They have yogurt bowls I am addicted to. DINE. Zinc Café is a must for lunch. Their salads are great. If there is a line, go to the takeout side and get a plate from the smorgasbord of salads and find a sunny spot to eat. WELLNESS. There is a great meditation studio called Om. I try to go to meditation at least once per week. My Pilates studio is right next to it. COCKTAILS. There are a lot of cute bars in town, but Marine Room is the cool local place— the vibe of Laguna Beach. CURATED
> Gift of Travel
Case Study CEO of the Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, Jean Case reveals the power of philanthropy, travel, and failing forward. BY ERIN LENTZ
hilanthropist. CEO. Investor. Mom. Leader. Disruptor. Jean Case wears many hats. And these are just a few. The CEO of the Case Foundation—established in 1997 with husband Steve Case, AOL.com co-founder and Exclusive Resorts majority owner—Jean has been a pioneer in the world of digital technology. Prior to her tenure at the Case Foundation she was a tech exec in the private sector, helping establish AOL as a household name. Today—let’s call it Jean Case 2.0—philanthropy and travel take top billing among her prescient vision. Jean is Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees and also serves on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), the White House Historical Association, and BrainScope Company, Inc., among several other philanthropic endeavors. Jean and Steve also joined The Giving Pledge, created by Melinda and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. They publicly reaffirmed a commitment to donate the majority of their wealth to support charitable causes. So just what drives this powerful thinker and provider? Being fearless, when faced directly with fear or failure, has been a game changer.
WHAT WAS YOUR “A-HA” MOMENT IN CREATING THE POWERFUL BE FEARLESS CAMPAIGN.
When we launched our Be Fearless campaign in 2012, the Case Foundation had just turned 15. We decided to use this important milestone to stop, look around, and look back to ask some big questions. We recognized that despite investments of considerable time and money by many talented and committed individuals over the centuries, many serious issues were still 74
dogging our planet and our communities. And yet, there were some bright spots—areas of transformational breakthroughs. So we decided to “go to school” on these to better understand whether there were underlying principles or a “secret sauce” that these effective efforts shared. We tapped a firm to do the research and what we discovered was quite illuminating: in every case where significant progress had taken place, five principles were at work. These principles, when taken together, could be summarized under the phrase, “Be Fearless” and thus we set out to share these principles with our sector under this title. YOUR TERM “FAIL FORWARD” IS BRILLIANT. CAN YOU EXPAND ON THIS CONCEPT?
When I think of this term, I am reminded of two great quotes from two brilliant innovators. It was Albert Einstein who once said, “Failure is success in progress,” and it was Thomas Edison who said, “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 things that won’t work.” So the fail forward term really calls on innovators and changemakers to recognize that most breakthroughs come from taking risks, and if you are going to take risks, you likely will fail along the way. But rather than give up, walk away, or feel shamed by it, it’s important to learn from the failure and apply it in future efforts, and when possible, let others learn lessons from your failure. If we all embraced Einstein’s definition that failure brings us that much closer to success, we might be more willing to dig deep, pick up, and embrace the lessons of failure as a powerful tool in future efforts. My own moment of truth with failure came years ago at the Case Foundation when it
became clear that a very high profile initiative we were taking forward was not working. It was a clean water initiative in hundreds of communities across sub-Saharan Africa and we had a decision to make - would we own up to the failure, or try to quietly exit and “sweep it under the rug” with the hope that maybe it wouldn’t be discovered, or would we come clean and own up to our failure? I decided to own up to it and wrote a piece entitled “The Painful Acknowledgement of Coming Up Short.” In the piece I highlighted what lessons were taken from this failed initiative, and what followed really surprised us. Colleagues in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector began reaching out and thanking me for the transparency we brought to the issue. It became clear there was truly a thirst within our sector to learn from each other and to own up to the fact that if we are out there on the edge facing really tough challenges, we likely will experience some failures along the way. To encourage others in our sector to acknowledge and share failures that we can all learn from, we began hosting “fail fests”—often cocktail hour gatherings in which people were encouraged to share lessons learned from those things that didn’t work. Fast forward the tape, and today we are heartened to see the sharing of failures as a much more common activity in our sector. HOW DOES INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS, AND IN TURN, CREATE STRONGER COMMUNITIES?
There is a saying that goes something like this: “Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not.” Inclusive entrepreneurship calls more
women and people of color, along with geographically and economically diverse entrepreneurs, to the table. For too long, solutions for underserved communities and broader challenges that dog our society have been drawn up under fluorescent lights and often by those who haven’t lived the problem firsthand. We’ve seen some great examples of impact companies that benefit from the unique perspective of their inclusive founders. Revolution Foods, a company founded by two moms who wanted to see healthy food choices in public schools, created a company to do just that. Today, Revolution Foods has served more than 200 million fresh, healthy “chef crafted, kid-inspired meals.” Or a brand new startup founded by Marco Montes, a first generation Mexican American who is building an app that can help a relative receive support from loved ones in the U.S. by enabling direct payment of electric bills, or mobile phone bills or other monthly bills. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was Marco’s own experience of trying to pay bills for his grandmother in Mexico that made him think, “There must be a better way,” and so he built one. At the Case Foundation we believe in leveling the playing field for all entrepreneurs, in all places, in order to create stronger communities, close the opportunity gap, and scale creative solutions to persistent problems. We have learned a lot through our partnership with Forward Cities, a national learning collaborative aimed at identifying the secret sauce of driving inclusive innovation in cities. And groups like Village Capital, JumpStart, and PowerMoves who are intentionally focused on sourcing, networking and securing funding for diverse entrepreneurs. The challenge and the opportunity are real. Today about five percent of venture capital (VC) backed companies have a woman CEO and less than one percent of VC backed companies have an African American founder. By increasing diversity and inclusion for all forms of entrepreneurship and unlocking more flow of social capital, financial capital, and knowledge, we can cultivate more women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds. As the data makes clear, we are a nation defined by the entrepreneurial spirit. We strongly believe it’s time to invite the 50 percent of our population who haven’t had the opportunities to participate in building new, exciting companies on to the field, and we are excited by the new innovations they will introduce. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST TAKE AWAY IN YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE GIVING PLEDGE?
In 2010, my husband Steve and I joined the Giving Pledge, started by Melinda and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and publicly reaffirmed our commitment to give away the majority of our wealth to fund worthy charitable causes. We had been clear about our intentions before the Giving Pledge, but we saw the opportunity to learn and grow together by joining this remarkable group of generous families and individuals. But to be
clear, we have always said that philanthropy should not be defined as rich people writing big checks. We’ve championed the democratization of philanthropy, recognizing that we can all be philanthropists, whether making a small or large donation or giving your time and talent to a worthy cause. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
For 128 years, the men and women of the National Geographic Society have believed in the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to inspire people to care about our planet. It’s my view that there has never been a more urgent time for us to understand how the world works and our place in it. I am grateful to the National Geographic Explorers who routinely go to the front lines of the unknown to uncover our world, or share its beauty or risk of peril. Equally important are the talented men and women who take the stories, the photographs, the videos and send them out to the world—their work has helped make National Geographic the number-one global brand in social media with content that reaches hundreds of millions of people across the planet. YOU AND STEVE ARE AVID TRAVELERS, HAVING GONE ON A RECENT, “UNPLUGGED” AIRSTREAM TRIP. HOW HAS TRAVEL EXPANDED THE HORIZONS OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
We have truly enjoyed spending precious family time in Exclusive Resorts properties around the world. Traveling with five young children was what first led us to our interest in Exclusive Resorts, and now that those children are all adults, we get to enjoy new kinds of experiences with them in ER properties. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND ER HAVE HAD AN IMPACTFUL PARTNERSHIP. HOW IS TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE IMPORTANT TO SUCCESS, BOTH IN BUSINESS AND IN FAMILY?
Travel and education have ignited my curiosity and made the world come alive for my family and for me. It gives us the opportunity to unwind and recharge from busy lives. The experiences we’ve gathered through our travel with National Geographic and Exclusive Resorts, and across the globe through our work at the Case Foundation, has exposed us to new regions and fascinating cultures. We’ve been able to observe customs, and traditions, similarities and differences. We’ve become more aware of both the challenges and opportunities people and communities around the world face. We are our best selves when we explore, learn from others, and take what we’ve gleaned back home in our professional and personal lives.
Island Hopping A frequent visitor to Hawaii, Jean Case lists her aloha hot spots. STAY We love the serenity of the many ER properties, but we’ve especially enjoyed time with our family in the ER units on Maui and on the Big Island.
EAT MERRRIMANS. Led by Chef Peter Merrriman, his farm-fresh fare embodies the aloha spirit. KUA AINA. Located on the North Shore of Oahu, it’s our family favorite. Burger selections include Maui onions and fresh avocado. LEONARD’S BAKERY. Found on the Big Island, it has world famous “Malasadas”—a mouthwatering Portuguese doughnut synonymous with Hawaii. MATSUMOTO. Another local favorite that has sold shaved ice in Haleiwa for nearly 65 years. MW RESTAURANT. Headed by Alan Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, this Honolulu restaurant serves some of the very best fare you can find in Hawaii.
PLAY We love to get out on the water, whether boating, sailing or familyfriendly surfing lessons. ZIP LINING AND HELICOPTER TOURS offer a bird’s-eye view of the most spectacular land, waterfalls, and ocean shoreline you’ll find almost anywhere. ATV tours at Poipu on Kauai are adventurous and a great way to see the backcountry. WONDERFUL HIKES. The most adventurous being the Nepali Coast on Kauai.
> Eye on Design
Haute + Happening in Hawaii Noa Santos, founder of HomePolish, shares his Oahu blackbook. BY JEN MURPHY Noa Santos is the latest darling of the design world. In 2012, the 28-year-old launched HomePolish, a custom design service making interior design expertise increasingly accessible and affordable. His startup was an instant hit. Today it includes a network of more than 500 top, emerging designers in 15 U.S. cities. Santos calls New York City home, but the Hawaii-native says his North Shore, Oahu, roots are what keep him grounded. When in need of escaping manic Manhattan life, he visits his parents at the beach. Here, Santos shares his go-to spots to eat, drink, shop and get inspired on Oahu. EAT + DRINK MATSUMOTO SHAVE ICE
This no-frills, family-run spot has been serving Hawaii’s version of the snow cone since 1951. Choose from dozens of sugary, day-glo colored syrups in flavors like lilikoi and yuzu. matsumotoshaveice.com
SHARKS COVE GRILL
A favorite of local surfers, this little roadside food truck sells the best ahi sandwiches on the island and has outdoor seating. sharkscovegrill.com
HOUND & QUAIL
A cool vintage shop stocked with antiques, taxidermy, and worldly goods. A basement space hosts art shows as well as wine and art classes. houndandquail.com
HALEIWA JOE’S SEAFOOD GRILL
Haleiwa Joe’s has a laidback vibe, but is still one of the fancier spots to dine out on the North Shore. Happy hour draws a local crowd with drink specials and such apps as coconut shrimp. The dinner menu dishes steak and seafood, and they serve a terrific, gussied-up version of the island staple, poke. haleiwajoes.com TANIOKA’S SEAFOOD & CATERING
An unassuming spot near the airport with super fresh, local seafood. The poke is life-changing and sells out daily. taniokas. com FORTY CARROTS
Santos admits he has a slight bias, as his boyfriend’s brother opened this 40-seat café at Bloomingdales. It’s the only Forty Carrots in the U.S. with a local, ingredientdriven menu that changes seasonally. Don’t miss the raved-about lobster loco moco. This elevated riff on the traditional rice, hamburger, and fried egg dish replaces beef with Keahole lobster and adds luxe touches like foie gras and Hamamkua mushrooms. Ala Moana Center, Honolulu.
Local designer Jennifer Binney opened this artisan-focused shop in 2015. The highlycurated shelves showcase an eclectic mix including handmade surfboards, organic soaps, and woven bags. alohasuperette.com ROBERTA OAKS
Retro-cool aloha shirts for both men and women from local designer Roberta Oaks Power. robertaoaks.com MANAOLA HAWAII
The first stand-alone boutique from visionary Hawaiian fashion designer Carrington Manaola Yap stocks runwayworthy mens and womens pieces. His signature style merges traditional techniques with a contemporary aesthetic. manaolahawaii.com For further information on Noa Santos and HomePolish, visit homepolish.com.
INSPIRATION | ISLAND BOUND With 10 three-bedroom, ocean-facing residences at the Montage Kapalua Bay, island bliss is just a plane ride away. Book a trip from January through March, prime time to glimpse majestic humpback whales. Exclusive Resorts also features properties on Kapalua Bay and the Kohala Coast. exclusiveresorts.com/residence-collection
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): HomePolish Founder Noa Santos; savvy design at the Montage at Kapalua Bay; Hawaiian inspired shirts at Robert Oaks; the chic Aloha Superette boutique.
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CURATING A HIT LIST OF SOURCE-TO-SUMMIT BLISS AT ER SKI DESTINATIONS, JEN MURPHY UNLOCKS THE KEY TO ELEVATED WINTER ESCAPES. POWDER-TACKLING, STARGAZING, SPA-GOING, FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN ALLOWED.
hen the temperature drops and the snow starts to fly, escape to one of North America’s top ski resorts. Downhill skiing may be the adventure du jour, yet the finest resorts offer winter fun for all ages and interests. Extremists take to the sky on a heli-ski adventure or have Olympian Heidi Voekler accompany them on the bumps at Deer Valley. Nature lovers tackle the trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis, or spy winter wildlife by fat bike or horse-drawn sleigh. And when the sun sets, families gather around bonfires roasting s’mores or attend winter carnivals with races, games and fireworks. Herewith, cliff notes to heightened winter wanderlust.
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ASPEN’S TOP YOGA SPOTS Warm up for the slopes with a series of sun salutations or wind down with a mellow flow. This is where locals go to get their stretch on. THE SUNDECK Ride the Silver Queen Gondola to the 11,212-foot summit of Aspen Mountain for classes geared toward skiers and snowboarders at the Sundeck. Tree pose is extra challenging when you’re distracted by mountain views. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.; Ajax Mountain Sundeck; aspensnowmass.com
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SHAKTI SHALA A stylish, singleroom yoga shala in the heart of Aspen. Don’t miss studio owner Jayne Gottlieb’s Radiant Flow class, choreographed to the tunes of a live DJ. aspenshakti.com
OLD-FASHIONED WINTER FUN AT ULLR NIGHTS Winter fun doesn’t have to end when the alpenglow says goodnight. Every Friday night, during the peak of winter season,
there’s a party atop Snowmass Mountain honoring Ullr, the Norse God of Snow. A bonfire roars, live music fills the air, and locals and visitors come together to celebrate the winter season. Take in the stars as you ride the Elk Camp gondola to the family-friendly festivities. The restaurant at Elk Camp serves hand-tossed pizzas and bowls of grass-fed beef chili and al fresco desserts including fire-roasted and hot cocoa. Little ones can climb on the Viking Ghost Ship, sculpted from snow, and zip down its slides. Older daredevils who crave a bit more speed can sled, snow tube, or snow bike. Members of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies lead educational snowshoe tours, and there’s an ice rink for skating with complimentary skate rentals. While the kids play, mom and dad can sip wine at the bar, and then the whole family can regroup for a fire-dancing performance. Friday nights DecemberApril from 5:30–9:30 p.m.; aspensnowmass.com
KING YOGA ASPEN Owner Aaron King has earned a cult following amongst athletes and yogis. His signature flow classes combine challenging sequencing with mindfulness and music. kingyoga.net
(OPPOSITE): Heli-ski heaven at WhistlerBlackomb, Canada. (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Ullr Nights in Snowmass celebrates s’mores; Elk Camp Restaurant, located mid-mountain; The Snowmass Residence Club, A Timbers Resort; ice skating at elevation.
GO With the Club's five residences in Snowmass, you’ll have ski-in/ski-out access at one of the largest ski resorts in North America. exclusiveresorts.com/Snowmass-CO
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Olympic skier and Deer Valley local Heidi Voelker; mountain chic Deer Valley ER residences; Royal Street Cafe at Silver Lake Lodge.
SKI WITH HEIDI VOEKLER Three-time Olympic skier, Heidi Voelker, has been Deer Valley’s Ambassador of Skiing since 1997. It’s easy to spot her smooth-as-butter style on the slopes, whether she’s flying solo or accompanying guests around the resort. “Deer Valley has the stigma of being small,” she says. “But you can’t get to all of the good stuff in a day.” Each of the six mountains has its own personality. Heidi says family-designated Flagstaff Mountain can even challenge high-level skiers. “Right off the Northside Express lift you have seven wide-open, groomed runs that offer what I call ‘ego snow’,” she says. “It makes anyone feel good.” Ambitious skiers can test their skills on Know You Don’t, site of the 2002 Olympic slalom event. “There’s a myth that Deer Valley doesn’t have any steeps and this run is one of the steepest women’s slalom courses,” she says. Heidi says the length and terrain of Big Stick, a run off the top of Carpenter Express on Bald Eagle Mountain, brings back memories of her giant slalom World Cup races. On a sold out day, take Carpenter Express over to Little Baldy
Peak. “This newer part of the mountain is kind of hidden,” says Heidi, who likes to lap Jordanelle, a mile-and-a-half long run down the mountain’s ridge. On the far east side, Bald Mountain offers longer, steeper groomed runs. “Triangle Trees is my secret stash over there and Mayflower Bowl takes forever to reach but is where I head first on a pow day.” To the west, Empire Mountain, has 10 chutes just under 10,000 feet. “Chute 4 is called Challenger, and with all of my experience, I still need to collect myself and make sure I’m on my game to ski it.” The newest part of the mountain, Lady Morgan is crisscrossed with blacks and double blacks. “What’s nice about Deer Valley is that there is always a green or blue run off the top,” she says. “And there’s always an easy way to get to lunch without much traversing.” Her go-to spot is the mid-mountain Royal Street Café at Silver Lake Loge. “They don’t even ask my order,” she says. “I always get the crab tower, softshell tuna tacos, an ice cream sandwich, and, depending on the day, a glass of white wine.”—deervalley.com
GO Members enjoy direct ski-in, ski-out access to all Deer Valley Resort’s ski-only alpine terrain. The Club's Ironwood and Montage properties are less than four miles from Park City’s charming Main Street. exclusiveresorts.com/Deer-Valley-UT
ALTITUDE THERAPY If you’re coming from sea level, a warm, oxygeninfused, mineralizing bath, followed by a body scrub and massage that stimulate respiration, will help the body adjust to higher altitudes. HYDRA OXY GLOW FACIAL Oxygen technology penetrates antioxidants, peptides, and humectants directly into the skin to leave you with a youthful glow. MOUNTAIN BODY THERAPY An herbal clay wrap, deep pressure hydrotherapy, and massage revitalize stressed muscles and remove lactic acid that accumulates on the slopes. —exclusiveresorts.com/ Montage-Deer-Valley
HEIDI PHOTO: COURTESTY OF DEER VALLEY RESORT; COOKIES: COURTESTY OF ROYAL STREET CAFE
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PAMPER YOURSELF AT THE SPA AT MONTAGE Deer Valley’s premiere wellness retreat, the Spa at Montage Deer Valley can cure everything from sore quads to dry winter skin. Here are essential winter treatments.
VAIL: JEFF ANDREW; BIKE: JACK AFFLECK; ROOT+FLOWER: COURTESY OF ROOT+FLOWER
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Downtown Vail plays host to winter family fun; ski biking is the latest alpine pastime; apres ski nibbles from Root + Flowers; ER residences at Vail call for family gatherings.
Vail, CO MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES BEYOND SKIING Most families split up on the slopes—kids go to ski school, mom goes off with an instructor, and dad heads straight for the double blacks. But even the most die-hard skier needs to give their legs a break after a few back-to-back days in Vail’s legendary Back Bowls. Plan a day where the family can enjoy the slopes together, but leave the skis in the locker room. Adventure Ridge at Eagle’s Nest is a snow park the size of a football field on top of the mountain. Accessible by the Eagle Bahn Gondola, it’s easy to spend an entire day and night snowshoeing, ski biking, and tubing. Little ones can play speed racer, driving mini snowmobiles around the Blizzard Speedway racetrack. Or they can channel their inner gymnast on a bungee trampoline. Satisfy your post-Adventure Ridge appetite at Bistro Fourteen, which has kale Caesar salads and Colorado lamb ruebens for mom and dad, and chicken tenders and pizza for the kids.
THREE TOP APRÈS HOT SPOTS ROOT & FLOWER Opened last season, this tiny wine bar serves an extensive list of hard-tofind bottles like Sandlands Sauvignon Blanc, and nibbles including artisanal cheeses and lobster rolls. rootandflowervail.com VAIL BREWING CO. Located in the Solaris Complex, the tasting room of Vail Brewing Co. opened in June and has 32 taps pouring its cult craft beers, like Stumblin’ Monk Belgian Pale Ale and Mountain Buzz Coffee IPA. Live music is an après staple. vailbrewingco.com 10TH MOUNTAIN WHISKEY & SPIRITS COMPANY This craft distillery that honors the 10th Mountain Army Division has an intimate tasting room in Mid Vail. A sampling of their bourbon, whiskey or moonshine is a quick way to warm up from the cold. 10thwhiskey.com
GO Elegance meets rustic mountain flair at the Club's 12 residences located at the Arrabelle at Vail Square with gourmet kitchens and gorgeous living rooms for entertaining fun. exclusiveresorts.com/Vail-CO CURATED
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Nordic trails are just as scenic as downhill descents; spacious interiors at Sun Valley residences; snowboard star Kaitlyn Farrington.
NORDIC SKI LIKE AN OLYMPIAN Nicknamed Nordic Town USA, Sun Valley is home to some of the country’s best-groomed Nordic ski terrain. It’s so good, in fact, that members of the Norwegian Olympic Nordic Team train here each season. Ever since the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Nordic skiing has been on the rise, particularly skate skiing, a cardio-intense, cross-country technique that involves a lateral movement similar to ice skating and requires the arms to pole in unison with the legs. Sun Valley offers an extensive, 125-mile network of trails, with mellow loops suited for beginners and long, roller-coaster trails for experienced Nordic skiers. Spend a day exploring the popular Harriman Trail. Galena Lodge, located at the northern end of the trail, is the perfect spot to warm up with tomato soup or hot cocoa or arrange an evening adventure to one of the lodge’s full moon dinners. The annual Nordic Festival (February 2-5, 2017), a weeklong event filled with Nordic skiing demonstrations, clinics and races, is the perfect introduction to the fast-growing sport. —nordictownusa.com GO The Club's two residences in Sun Valley are a haven for visitors seeking quiet, privacy, fresh mountain air, sunshine, and endless outdoor adventures. exclusiveresorts.com/Sun-Valley-ID
ASK A LOCAL… Sun Valley is home for former professional snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington. She even had an area on Bald Mountain renamed Kaitlyn's Bowl in her honor. Here's her local black book. BREAKFAST: I love the Mexican hot chocolate at Java. LUNCH: I remember being at the bottom of Warm Springs when I was a kid and I would try and get a Super Kids wrap every day from Wrap City. APRÈS SKI: Round House for Jamie’s margaritas and fondue. DINNER: South Valley Pizza is my go-to after a big day. LIVE MUSIC: Ketchum Alive takes place in the park during the summer and is a ton of fun.
SKI: COURTESY OF NORDIC+SKI
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WINTER ADVENTURES FROM TETON BACKCOUNTRY GUIDES
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Jackson Holes’s real locals; living rooms revolve around roaring fires; Refuge Sleigh Rides are postcard perfect.
ELK: COURTESY OF JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORTE
jackson Hole, WY NATIONAL ELK REFUGE SLEIGH RIDES Jackson Hole has two main winter attractions: the majestic Tetons and the famous Jackson Elk Herd. As the cold weather settles in, the elk migrate down from the high country to the valley floor to make their winter home on the 25,000-acre National Elk Refuge. When the refuge was first established in 1912, homesteaders would feed the elk via horse drawn sleighs. People would ask to tag along to get a better look at the herd; by 1965 the refuge contracted out its first sleigh rides for wildlife viewing. Today, the herd numbers nearly 7,000 elk and the sleigh rides are the area’s most popular winter activity. It’s best to reserve tickets in advance and bundle up, as the hour-long rides can get chilly. The sleighs get up close to the herd so bring your camera to capture a scene straight out of the pages of National Geographic.--jacksonhole.com/things-to-do/sleigh-rides
TETON GRAND TRAVERSE A five-day winter camping expedition from Teton Pass to Grand Teton National Park geared toward intermediate and advanced skiers. “DO IT LIKE A LOCAL” Climb and ski the biggest peaks on the western slope of the Tetons, such as Table Mountain and Treasure Bowl, on this three-day camp and ski expedition. GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK Explore the snowy forests and meadows of Grand Teton National Park by cross-country ski or snowshoe. Naturalist guides point out animal tracks and explain the science of snow along the way. tetonbackcountryguides.com
GO The Club's four-bedroom home in Jackson Hole defines alpine living at its peak with easy access to Yellowstone National Park. exclusiveresorts.com/Jackson-Hole-WY
Whistler, BC THE ULTIMATE ADRENALINE RUSH: HELI-SKIING British Columbia has long reigned as king of heli-skiing. This bucket-list experience grants ski obsessives the chance to claim first tracks in untouched powder in the middle of the wilderness. Operating since 1981, Whistler HeliSkiing accesses 432,000 acres of terrain, including 173 glaciers and 475 runs. A classic package is geared toward intermediate snowboarders and skiers looking for a taste of backcountry action, even if they don’t have powder experience. More skilled skiers and riders can opt for the Elite package, which captures between 6,000 to 10,000 in vertical. Both include a heli-picnic by Bearfoot Bistro, and a photographer and videographer let you feel like a Warren Miller film star. From $989 per person; —whistlerheliskiing.com
GO The Club's four estate-style homes at the Kadenwood Estate in Whistler offer ski-in/ski-out access to some of the most sought-after ski terrain in North America. exclusiveresorts.com/Whistler-British-Columbia
NOT-TO-MISS FONDUE FUN Whistler may be a long way from the Alps, but a traditional fondue meal, whether savory or sweet, rivals anything you’ll find in Switzerland. CRYSTAL HUT Drive a snowmobile across the forested trails of Blackcomb Mountain and up to the 6,000-foot perch of Crystal Hut. Inside, a wood fired-oven keeps things cozy and the chef prepares traditional cheese and meat fondue. $199 per couple; canadianwilderness.com TABLE NINETEEN Guests can enjoy a sleigh ride around the lake before settling into the dining room or fireside lounge for a three- or fourcourse fondue dinner. Classic cheese fondue is made even more decadent with wild mushrooms and truffle oil. tablenineteen.com CRÊPE MONTAGNE This homey, navy wood and white brick space offers four variations of Swiss cheese fondue, including a Provençalestyle with tomato sauce and Kalamata olives. Meat fondue and traditional raclette are also available. crepemontagne.com
HELI: ERIK GRAHAM/ WHISTLER BLACKCOMB; CRYSTAL HUT BY BLAKE JORGENSON
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): A landing pad with a serious view; Whistler residences offer easy access to legendary slopes; the 6,000-foot Crystal Hut, which serves fondue.
BIKE: COURTESY BOOT DOCTORS, TELLURIDE; BUTCHER AND BAKER: COURTESY OF THE BUTCHER AND BAKER CAFE
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Fat biking in Telluride is a new way to navigate its storied terrain; spectacular ER residences have oversized living areas; morning boost at the Butcher and Baker.
telluride, CO WINTER’S NEWEST CRAZE: FAT BIKING Telluride is best known for its steep-and-deep terrain and its historic downtown full of great restaurants like Butcher & Baker and Oak. It’s also an adventure Mecca, and the latest winter craze is fat biking. When the snow starts to fall, locals hit the trails on bikes with five-inch wide tires offering tons of floatation and traction even in the deepest of snow. BootDoctors Adventures rents fat bikes and also leads beginner fat bike and brew tours. After a quick fat bike tutorial in town, the group pedals along the scenic Valley Floor, crossing snow, streams, and single track. The ride ends at Telluride Brewing Company, where you can sample award-winning beers made from Rocky Mountain snowmelt, like Face Down Brown Ale and the Local’s Lager. Some find that liquid courage makes the ride home easier; others opt to take the shuttle back to town. $99; bootdoctors.com GO The Club’s six spacious four-bedroom condos in Telluride are designed for comfort with cozy fireplaces and private hot tubs. exclusiveresorts.com/Telluride-CO
WINTER THRILLS IN TELLURIDE Skiing isn’t the only way to get an adrenaline rush in Telluride. Whether you crave speed, vert, or just want to be out in nature, these winter activities will satisfy any adventure fix. SLEDDING Firecracker Hill, located on the southern side of Telluride Town Park, is the area’s designated sledding hill. Bring your own toboggan or rent a sled at the Nordic Center. ICE CLIMBING Experienced climbers can tackle Bridal Veil Falls, a 300-foot frozen waterfall. Newbies can learn to use an ice axe and harness during a half-day introductory climb with guides from Telluride Adventures. $125, half-day intro climb; tellurideadventures.com HORSEBACK RIDING Local cowboy, Roudy Roudebus, leads all levels of riders on oneto two-hour trail rides that explore the Nelson Warren Homestead in neighboring Norwood. ridewithroudy.com CURATED
lake Tahoe, CA MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE + DINNER The playground of Bay Area tech entrepreneurs boasted a record snowfall last season. Waist-deep powder is a great excuse to leave your high heels at home and strap on snowshoes for a fine dining experience. From January to March, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows offers moonlit snowshoe tours that leave from the Alpine Meadows Base Lodge and traverse a quarter of a mile uphill to the mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows. The snowy trek ensures you’ll work up an appetite for an Alps-inspired meal of raclette, grilled meats, and apple strudel. A shot of schnapps or spiked-cocoa with dessert will help you keep warm on your trek back down the mountain. $69 for adults; $35 for children under nine. squawalpine.com GO The Club's 12 kid-friendly residences in Lake Tahoe feature expansive gathering spaces, private hot tubs and resort access. exclusiveresorts.com/Lake-Tahoe-CA
GOURMET S’MORES Making S’mores around a bonfire is a winter ritual. Dwayne Edwards, executive chef at Manzanita at the RitzCarlton, Lake Tahoe, shares three riffs on the classic marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker treat. ROOT BEER FLOAT: Sandwich root beer marshmallows and dehydrated vanilla bean astronaut ice cream between graham crackers. FOIE GRAS: Combine blackberry marshmallows with Valrhona chocolate and Nutella between graham crackers. THE PRIESTLAND: A sweet and savory graham cracker sammy stuffed with banana marshmallows, crunchy peanut butter, chocolate, and maple-glazed bacon.
DINNER: COURTESY OF SQUAWALPINE; SNOWSHOE: TREVOR CLARK
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Snowshoe dinners at alpine meadows; stylish ski-in, ski-out residences ; s'mores at their peak; fatherdaughter bonding via snowshoeing.
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(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): A downtown winter carnival; main street's alpine action; spacious ER kitchens are ideal for family dinner parties.
Steamboat Springs, CO WINTER CARNIVAL Even residents of Ski Town USA get cabin fever during the height of winter season. In 1914, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club put on a winter carnival to help cure the town’s mid-winter blues. Now in its 103rd year, this annual ski town tradition is one of the country’s most beloved winter events. Hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators gather the second week in February to partake in ski jumping, slalom races, and tubing parties. Main Street turns into a parade with skijoring and the popular “Donkey Jump,” which sends kids soaring off a jump up to 50 feet. The Carnival finale, the Night Extravaganza, takes place on Howelsen Hill, when Winter Sports Club athletes flip through the air off jumps. Glowing like a Christmas tree, the Lighted Man is always the last one down the mountain. As he descends he shoots off roman candles to kick off the fireworks show. February 8-12, 2017. steamboat.com GO The Club's seven, four-bedroom residences at One Steamboat Place are ideal year-round mountain getaways. After a day on the mountain, you'll ski home to the warm welcome of ski valets, who will tune your gear, warm your boots and have them waiting the next morning. exclusiveresorts.com/Steamboat-Springs-CO
OLD TOWN HOT SPRINGS VS. STRAWBERRY HOT SPRINGS The Ute Indians—the original Steamboat settlers—believed the area’s natural hot springs had healing powers. Today, the waters act like Mother Nature’s Jacuzzi, soothing aches hard earned on the slopes. OLD TOWN HOT SPRINGS A local hangout, frequented by families and fitness buffs. Pools: 8 spring-fed pools Temperature: 98-103 degrees Location: Heart of downtown on Lincoln Ave. Hours: 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays Food: MountainBrew serves breakfast and lunch Fitness: 8-lane lap pool, tennis courts, gym and massage Facilities: Locker and towel rentals available; family changing room Vibe: Family-friendly, YMCA. Cost: $18 oldtownhotsprings.org STRAWBERRY HOT SPRINGS Family-friendly by day, clothing-optional at night. Pools: 5 spring-fed pools Temperature: 101-105 degrees Location: Just outside of town on the edge of Routt National Forest; four-wheel drive is necessary. Shuttle services are available. Hours: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday-Saturday Food: Basic snacks and beverages for sale, plus picnic area Fitness: Massage and watsu therapies Facilities: Heated cabin and tipi for changing Vibe: Slightly naughty summer camp Cost: $15, cash only; strawberryhotsprings.com
SOUTHER A multi-generational vacation enjoyed at Georgia’s fabled Sea Island by Members Bob and Pat Henry—and their 12 children and grandchildren—is an annual celebration rich in both tradition and memories-in-the-making. STO RY + P H OTO G R A P H Y BY C L A R A WO O D B R I D G E
t is only 9 a.m. but the cloudless day has already surrendered to welcomed heat as I pad my way along the powdery Atlantic shoreline. The sand—chalky and fine like warm flour—tingles my feet, urging me into a brisk walk toward the water. Splashing into the ocean, I wade deeper and deeper before I turn around to face the magnificent structure behind me. The Sea Island Beach Club, The Cloister’s iconic Mediterranean landmark, seems to shine in the early morning sun, its Spanish tiles glowing a fiery red and its slender archways casting deep dark shadows on the halls behind them. This particular morning, the hotel is abuzz with activity. Exclusive Resorts Members Pat and Bob Henry—and their clan of 14 that spans three generations—is already holding court by the swimming pool, with the children whizzing down the waterslide and the adults soaking up some muchneeded R&R. The Henrys arrived only yesterday from their respective homes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida, but, judging from the ease with which they have fallen into their holiday routine, it is clear that this annual family reunion offers some much-needed refreshment. According to Pat Henry—the family matriarch who, along with her husband Bob, and the couple’s three children and six grandchildren aged 4 to 15, reserve two Exclusive Resorts Sea Island homes for one week every summer—the trip is a treat that the Henrys look forward to year after year. “Sea Island is our favorite family vacation because it’s just perfect for all ages,” she says. “Every year we ask the kids if they want to go someplace else, but they always want to come right back here. It’s just wonderful for our big family.”
The Henry clan falls into a long line of families that have visited Sea Island since its debut nearly a century ago. Soon after the hotel opened in 1928, a Christmas visit by Calvin Coolidge garnered the property accolades as America’s most elite retreat. Gazing past the Henry family toward The Cloister, I picture the palm trees that welcomed Coolidge and his wife to the refined resort. I envision him zipping away in Howard Coffin’s stately yacht with his beloved chow, Tiny Tim, to explore neighboring St. Simons Island. Of course, Coolidge was only the first of many prominent figures to fall for Sea Island. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who visited after the end of World War II, may have swum along the exact same stretch of ocean I am floating in now. Despite Sea Island’s illustrious past, however, the 88-year-old resort maintains a laidback and utterly unpretentious air. Purchased in 2016 by Denver’s Anschutz family—another clan of regular visitors— the five-mile-long isle, with its massive arched oak trees and perfectly manicured lawns, possesses the sort of ease and authenticity that comes only from decades of distinction. This understated provenance is exactly what brought the Exclusive Resorts executive team to the island nearly a decade ago. Blending heritage and honor, adventure and leisure, exclusivity and elegance, Sea Island embodies the vital spirit of the quintessential Exclusive Resorts family holiday.
A Flagship is Born Though Coolidge and Eisenhower weren’t quite lucky enough to experience the Sea Island of today, it’s clear that the statesmen’s values—family and sportsmanship among them—remain at the property’s core. Nowhere are these values more obvious than at Exclusive Resorts’ development, located just north of The Cloister. Nestled behind majestic oak trees in two secluded cul-de-sacs, the 24 residences form a charming enclave—and one of the only private communities behind Sea Island’s gates— where guests can find peace, quiet, and a true sense of community. It’s no wonder the flagship remains a
“It’s the definition of Southern charm, and it’s all about family. We wanted this to be a place our Members would return to generation after generation.” – CATHY ROSS, EXCLUSIVE RESORTS CEO
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Chef Santoria Axson preps a family feast with the Henry grandchildren; the dock at sunset; outdoor living at one of the ER residences; the Henry family enjoys dinner in their home.
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): The Henrys pose for a family portrait at the Lodge at Sea Island, with Pat, Heather, Jennifer, Mckenna, and Saralyn dressed in Lily Pulitzer; golﬁng at Plantation course; McKenna and Taylor enjoying s’mores at the Lodge at Sea Island; the new adults-only pool at Sea Island.
perennial favorite among Members and their families since joining the Club’s portfolio in 2009. “We really wanted to capture what Sea Island is all about,” says Exclusive Resorts’ CEO Cathy Ross, who spearheaded the two-year, approximately $60 million development of the Club’s private Sea Island community. “It’s the definition of Southern charm, and it’s all about family. We wanted this to be a place our Members would return to generation after generation.” To bring this vision to life—and tap into Sea Island’s historic Southern style—Ross turned to Exclusive Resorts’ then Vice President of Architecture and Design, David Oswold. In turn, Oswold looked to The Cloister for inspiration. The famed hotel, originally designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner in the late 1920s, had been demolished only a few years prior and reinstated with a new building bearing the same SpanishMediterranean style. “Sea Island did an amazingly beautiful job, because they weren’t trying to copy the original,” says Oswold. “They continued the Cloister’s tradition in terms of style but they were honest about it and gave it something new and fresh and relevant for today. That was a benchmark that we wanted to maintain in designing our residences.” At 3,700-square-feet, these homes are indeed a convergence of history and modernity, blending traditional elements such as rough-hewn wood beams, Spanish-Mediterranean roof tiles, and wrought-iron staircases with more contemporary concepts like gas fireplaces, private plunge pools, screened-in porches, oversized windows, and family-friendly floor plans. Interiors are also reminiscent of Sea Island’s values: All materials and furnishings are American made. Perhaps most significant, Oswold’s plan for the homes ensured that families would enjoy a good mix of public and personal areas, with private zones—two master suites and two additional bedrooms—radiating off a grand central space with
20-foot ceilings. For Ross, the open-air kitchen and expansive living areas including the screened-in porch with a summer kitchen are indeed the heart of the homes. “We designed these spaces knowing Sea Island is a resort packed with family activities,” she explains. “The question was, ‘how do you come back after a long day outdoors and get everyone together?’ These larger spaces flow together so there is plenty of room for families to gather for meals and game nights.” Ensuring everything runs smoothly at Exclusive Resorts’ Sea Island community are Macy Barrett and John Tate. Both have been with the property for eight years each, and they are devoted to keeping Members fed, entertained, and blissfully looked after, catering each trip to what will create the most memorable experiences for families. They have even helped arrange special moments such as proposals and weddings. “One couple, the Johnsons, were engaged and subsequently married at Sea Island,” Tate recalls. “They now have two young children, so there is yet another generation of Johnsons that we look forward to seeing every time they come.” Tate and Barrett have been equally integral in orchestrating the Henry family’s annual stays, arranging everything from rounds of golf and visits to the spa to special chef-prepared dinners in their cottage.
Lowcountry, High Spirits “I don’t actually like seafood,” Pat tells me over cocktails in her cottage. The Henry residence is teeming with activity this evening: Granddaughters taking selfies, sons recapping their morning on the golf course, grandsons lacing up their sneakers for a pre-dinner bike ride around the neighborhood. But it’s the aromatic stew in the kitchen, tended by a team of Sea Island’s private chefs and stewards that has prompted Pat’s culinary confession. Still,
“Every year we ask the kids if they want to go someplace else, but they always want to come right back here.” – PAT HENRY, MEMBER SINCE 2006
the lowcountry boil—a Southern delicacy comprised of shrimp, clams, potatoes, and corn all prepared in one big, steaming pot—has brought the entire Henry clan together after a day of activities on the island. And for that, Pat is more than happy to dine on a bit of seafood. Whether for seafood or not, it seems inevitable the Henrys would be famished this evening. The day had started in earnest with the men on the green and the women at the spa. The former was a sweltering affair with temperatures climbing fast by 9 a.m.; the latter was a mellow moment of peace for mothers and daughters alike. By noon it was off to the horse stables for a family ride on the beach, followed by fishing on the dock in the shadows of The Cloister. The catches were small—nothing more than a pound or two—but ice cream sandwiches and plenty of shade proved reason enough to cast line after line. Now, just before sunset, the first signs of sunburn are beginning to show, and it is clear that the parents and grandparents are pleased to gather around the living room with drinks in hand. “They take such great care of us, and they are so good with the kids,” says Jennifer Henry, Pat and Bob’s daughter-in-law, nodding toward the kitchen where Chef Santoria Axson has recruited several of the children to help prepare the family feast. Donning junior chef ’s caps, they mix coleslaw, spear vegetables, and chatter with their newfound culinary hero. It’s a charming end to a long day—one that will surely be repeated tomorrow with skeet shooting, swimming, and a s’mores bonfire at The Lodge. And though I’m tempted to accept Pat’s invitation to join the family for a genuine Southern spread, I have evening plans of my own.
The Finer Things For all of its down-home country allure, Sea Island has a refined side too—and I’m about to explore it for myself. After changing out of my shorts and T-shirt, I head first to The Georgian Room Lounge, a sultry little bar tucked behind a gold satin curtain just off The Cloister lobby. Dark wood paneling and burgundy capitonné benches lend a slightly speakeasy-style vibe. The cocktail list, however, is far more imaginative than any Prohibition pub would offer. I order the Tiki Time—house-made vanilla vodka, punch, and pineapple juice served in a copper pineapple-shaped goblet—and settle onto a bar stool. 96
But it’s quickly bottoms up as my 8:30 dinner reservation calls. Tonight, Macy has booked me the chef ’s table, a special treat (enjoyed frequently by ER Members) beyond the usual extravagances of The Georgian Room, the only Forbes Five-Star restaurant in Georgia. For a second, I feel like a celebrity bypassing the velvet ropes of a Hollywood premiere as the maître d’ walks me past the restaurant’s candlelit tables and through the double swinging doors that lead to the kitchen. Once inside, I score a small table in the middle of it all—a front-row seat to the action of the night. I quickly spot Sea Island’s Chef de Cuisine Julian Schiebel—a young culinary prodigy who hails from Germany—carefully laying delicate gold foil over his signature chocolate dessert. My mouth instantly begins to water. Course after course soon arrives. There’s the seared diver scallop topped with caviar; the Wagyu beef tenderloin soaked in sweet port; and the divine dairy cart from which I suppress the urge to sample each and every cheese. At last, the chocolate dessert comes, and with it, Schiebel, who regales me with tales of his fabled kitchen. It’s a surprise that someone so young would helm a restaurant so established, yet Schiebel says this is all part of the Sea Island ethos. “There is a real progressive approach here,” he explains. “It’s not about doing things the way they’ve always been done at Sea Island. It’s about taking that foundation and building something new with it.” At the end of my six-course meal, I am fully stuffed and utterly satisfied—yet I ponder a nightcap. I have no doubt that Coolidge almost certainly ended their nights in such a manner, but alas, I decide I am not quite stately enough to manage anymore turpitude for tonight. Instead, I slowly make my way back to my cottage, winding past the slender palms and iconic structures that seem to be on every Sea Island postcard from both the past and present. Passing by the Henry family’s home, I hear the party is still going strong, with the sounds of children splashing in the pool and joyful chatter drifting through the night. Indeed, I realize Sea Island, both old and new, is, more than anything, home.
“From its legendary beaches to its championship greens, Georgia’s fabled Sea Island gives Exclusive Resorts Members a true taste of the Old—and new—South.”
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Brett learns to shoot at Sea Island Shooting School; Sea Islandâ€™s twist on the traditional lowcountry boil; a bagpiper at sunset at the Lodge at Sea Island; the luxe great room at an ER residence; Taylor and Sean cool off with ice cream sandwiches.
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): ER residence dining room; the Sea Island stables, where horses are provided by the Stables at Frederica; the spa; Chef Julian Sheibel; stand-up paddle boarding and Hobie Cat sailing on the nearby river.
EXCLUSIVE RESORTS’ SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY • Exclusive Resorts’ community—one of the few private communities behind Sea Island’s gates—features 24 expansive, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom residences. Each measures approximately 3,700 square feet, plus 1,150 square feet of outdoor living space (including a screened-in porch and private plunge pool). • Each home features dual master suites, offering privacy for families and large groups staying together. • Architecture and interiors reﬂect Sea Island’s Southern charm, incorporating historic elements such as traditional exposed beam ceilings and hardwood ﬂoors on the inside and Spanish tiles and stucco walls on the outside.
MUCH ADO Exclusive Resorts Members have access to all of Sea Island’s amenities, including nine restaurants and bars, four pools (including a new adults-only option with 44-foot-long pool, full menu and private wait staff), and a ﬁve-mile private beach. Sea Island’s Cloister Hotel, Beach Club, tennis center, and Cloister Spa—all of which were built in 2006 as part of a $500 million endeavor—are within easy walking distance of the Exclusive Resorts enclave. Complimentary shuttles are available to take Members anywhere within the Sea Island resort.
Three championship golf courses include the Seaside Course and the Rees Jones– designed Plantation Course, both of which host PGA’s annual RSM Classic Tour. Additional activities include skeet shooting, boating, ﬁshing, horseback riding, tennis, squash, and watersports such as Hobie Cat sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. Youth activities include Camp Cloister for children aged 3 to 14, golf and tennis clinics, archery, ﬁshing, and daily workshops on nature, arts and crafts, and other interests.
Something for Everyone No matter the time of year, there’s always something exciting going on at Sea Island. Here, we highlight our favorite reasons to stay from month to month. OCTOBER | Stargazers and space buffs will gather on Sea Island October 7 through 8 to celebrate National Astronomy Weekend. Events will include classes on night photography, a build-your-own-telescope workshop, and after-hours paddleboarding on the salty marshes of Rainbow Island.
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Jennifer, Sean, and McKenna Henry make dinner in their ER residence’s kitchen; a decadent master suite.
NOVEMBER | The PGA Tour returns to Sea Island for its sixth annual RSM Classic November 14 through 20. Hosted by Sea Island resident Davis Love III, the tournament will take place on the Seaside and Plantation courses and will feature some of the biggest names in the sport today. DECEMBER | Christmas at Sea Island lasts a whole week, with seven days of special events ranging from caroling and ornament decorating to the resort’s annual “reindog” parade. Christmas dinner in The Georgian Room is a once-a-year event not to be missed. JANUARY | The annual conference brings together political and economic experts from the U.S. and the U.K. in a two-day program of panel discussions and inspirational talks exploring the geopolitical challenges of 2017. Conﬁrmed speakers include Ambassador Dan Feldman, U.S. Ambassador and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2014-2015; Dr. Jamie Metzl, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; and Dr. Pippa Malmgren, former economic advisor to President George W. Bush. FEBRUARY | Tap into your imagination at Sea Island’s third annual Creativity Conference. The two-day program will include talks, activities, and Q&A sessions with visionaries and innovators in the arts and sciences. APRIL | Celebrate Easter on Sea Island with ﬁve days of egghunting, bunny-hopping fun. Festivities will include barbecues, games (featuring such games as the Easter-egg toss) and eggdying workshops. The weekend culminates with the annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza and egg hunt at the Retreat Clubhouse.
“THE AMALFI COAST TRANSPORTS YOU INTO A 1960S FILM. THE BEAUTIFUL SEA OF BEACH UMBRELLAS ARE CLASSIC GLAMOUR.” -GRAY MALIN
BEAUTY + the BEACH WITH THE OCEAN AS MUSE, “IT” PHOTOGRAPHER GRAY MALIN CELEBRATES A NEW CHAPTER IN A PRESCIENT CAREER FRAMED BY BREATHTAKING BIRDS-EYE VIEWS. A CURATED PHOTO ESSAY PAIRS MALIN’S INSPIRATION WITH EXCLUSIVE RESORTS’ COASTAL DESTINATIONS.
BY ERIN LENTZ
othing screams vacation quite like the beach. If you’re fortunate enough to live near one, the scent of the ocean—a daily mini-reboot— beckons with each new dawn. If packing for a sun-and-sand sojourn, the common essentials stir a youthful familiarity: coconut sunscreen, a floppy hat. Flip-flops. There’s something about the ocean— perhaps its innate ability to stir emotion, whether gentling away heartache or teasing surfers with a look-at-me-now monster swell—that ignites a passionate connection to both nature and to each other. And the sea, in all its sensual demands, is just damn pretty. Especially to “it” photographer Gray Malin. The 30-year-old artist, who 10 years ago was peddling prints in L.A. and now internationally acclaimed for his unique aerial perspective, recently released “Beaches”—an ode, in some ways, to the inner child in all of us. The brilliant collection celebrates seaside play, often with a wondrous wallop of color. A helicopter on a Gray Malin shoot is most likely mandatory, with the artist often harnessed to the chopper, ﬂying at daunting speeds in order to nail the shot. “Every beach has it’s own unique qualities but overall, I believe ‘the beach’ is universal, whether a rocky beach in Italy or the white sands of St. Barths,” says Malin. “The one thing that is constant is that the beach makes everyone feel relaxed and happy.” So go ahead, daydream of sinking those toes in the sand. Of salt on the skin. Turquoise eye candy. In the following pages, Malin reveals a ﬁrsthand account of “Beaches” inspiration. The coast is calling. You’re welcome.
“I’VE ALWAYS LOVED THIS IMAGE. I WAS SOARING ABOVE BARCELONA DOING A SHOOT OF THE BEACHES AND HAPPENED UPON THIS POOL AND JUST LOVED HOW THE SYMMETRY OF LAND AND WATER CAME TOGETHER IN THIS SHOT.”
“I ABSOLUTELY ADORE SOUTH AFRICA, FROM THE STUNNING BEACHES TO THE WILDLIFE TO THE BEAUTIFUL VINEYARDS THAT ARE JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY —A COMPLETE MUST FOR ANYONE’S BUCKET LIST.”
“THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN I THINK OF MIAMI IS SUN, SUN, SUN. THIS FLORIDA LOCATION HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN AS A HOT VACATION SPOT, DOTTED WITH WHITE SAND BEACHES AND ECLECTIC ART DECO DESIGN.” EXCLUSIVERESORTS.COM/MIAMI-BEACH-FL
“THE BEACH CULTURE IN SAN FRANCISCO IS REALLY FUN BECAUSE THEIR TIME IS MUCH MORE LIMITED THAN OTHER BEACHES, WHICH MAKES THE PEOPLE REALLY GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A DAY OF GOING TO THE BEACH.”
“I GREW UP SPENDING MY SUMMERS OFF THE COAST OF LAKE MICHIGAN. THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO MAY NOT GET A VERY LONG SUMMER BUT WHAT THEY DO HAVE, THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF [DURING] THEIR TIME AT THE BEACH.”
“THE PLAYFULNESS OF THIS IMAGE OF CONEY ISLAND HAS ALWAYS MESMERIZED ME. IT HAS A SURREAL EFFECT KNOWING THAT FROM ABOVE IT LOOKS LIKE A ‘FUN HOUSE’ AND BELOW THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.”
BEACH BLISS EXPERIENCE THESE SEASIDE EXCLUSIVE RESORTS DESTINATIONS, WHERE SUN, SAND, AND FAMILY FUN AWAIT. AMALFI COAST | La Docle Vita! The Amalfi Coast is deemed a UNESCO Heritage World region, chock full of vineyards, tiny fishing villages, and famous beaches. exclusiveresorts. com/Amalfi-Coast-Italy BARCELONA | Tucked into the fashionable El Born district, two chic Spanish estates feature English-speaking local hosts who divulge the keys to the city. exclusiveresorts.com/ Barcelona-Spain ST-TROPEZ | Visit the fabulous French Riviera. Members have access to La Réserve Ramatuelle, which takes its design cue from the nearby beaches of St-Tropez. And with Luggage Forward’s door-to-dosor service, travel is made easy. exclusiveresorts.com/ St-Tropez-France SOUTH AFRICA | Sabi Sand Reserve and Kruger National Park should rapidly climb your travel hit list. The club offers three Adventures to South Africa in partnership with Singita, renown for conservation and sustainable luxury. exclusiveresorts.com/ South-Africa-KrugerNational-Park CONEY ISLAND + NEW YORK | Discover Manhattan’s many green spaces, from iconic Central Park to the cloistered gardens of Fort Tyron Park and the elevated High Line. Pre or post cityscapes, take the kiddos to the famous Coney Island. exclusiveresorts.com/ New-York-City-NY MIAMI | Sun, sand, and spa are the call of the day at Miami Beach. Visit the 1 Hotel + Homes South Beach and explore this city’s hyped and everevolving culinary scene. Don’t miss Seaspice for Sunday brunch. exclusiveresorts.com/ Miami-Beach-FL SAN FRANCISCO | A cultural connoisseur’s favorite. This city’s creativity and outdoor adventure is easily accessed from the Club’s residences at Fairmont Heritage Place. exclusiveresorts.com/ San-Francisco-CA NORTH AVENUE BEACH, CHICAGO | Come summer, Chicago is abuzz with both water play and cosmopolitan culture. The kids will love Shedd Aquarium, which celebrates the wonders of the sea. exclusiveresorts. com/Chicago-IL
“THIS PART OF THE ITALIAN COASTLINE IS STUNNING. YOU COULD EASILY SPEND ALL DAY AT THE BEACH CLUBS, SIPPING DRINKS, INDULGING IN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MEALS AND WATCHING THE BOATS ON THE WATER.”
“ST-TROPEZ, LOCATED ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA, IS SURPRISINGLY ACCESSIBLE, WHICH MAKES FOR A GREAT VACATION DESTINATION. THE TOWN IS JUST A SHORT TRIP FROM NICE OR CANNES, AND IS OVERFLOWING WITH ALL THINGS THAT MAKE AN UNFORGETTABLE VACATION: GOURMET CUISINE, A LIVELY ATMOSPHERE, AND SUNNY BEACHES!” EXCLUSIVERESORTS.COM/ST-TROPEZ-FRANCE
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK...
During a weeklong white-water excursion through the heart of the Grand Canyon, the Rodriguez family— Exclusive Resorts Members and adventurous travelers— discover the Colorado River’s penchant for play also equals family bonding and serious fun.
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(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Alvaro, Lucas, Mateo, and Marcela (Cortina) Rodriguez during a hike to one of the Canyonâ€™s many waterfalls; Mateo enters the famous Phantom Ranch; Lucas and Mateo take a lunch break; tackling the famous Lava Falls.
“TO HAVE A CHANCE TO COMPLETELY DISCONNECT, WITH THESE VIEWS, AND THIS AMAZING, POWERFUL, FULL-OF-ENERGY PLACE, AND
THE FOUR OF US BEING TOGETHER —THAT’S THE BEST PART.” -ALVARO RODRIGUEZ
nywhere you go in the world, if you have the right perspective, you will find something you like,” says author and geologist Wayne Ranney. It’s dawn, and day three of Exclusive Resorts’ Grand Canyon Experience. A hazy orange hue settles over The Rim, which towers nearly 3,500 feet above us. The scent of huevos rancheros, cooked by our Colorado River + Trail Expeditions river guides (and surprisingly skilled chefs), lingers, while nearby sagebrush demands attention, too. Our band of nearly 30 river runners—a group that within just 72 hours has become closely bonded—is huddled around a map, our new morning ritual. We’re leaving our second campsite, Lava Chuar Canyon, at river mile 66, after having slept under the stars the previous eve. We’re about to embark from a locale that most of us will never return to in this lifetime, but one that has forever etched individual memories of nature staging one of her most brilliant shows—shooting stars, the swoosh of flying bats, and a sunrise that seemingly suspends time. In a nutshell, we’re being reminded that Mother Nature is indeed in charge, considering we’re standing on, and about to raft through, rock that is a billion years old. Ranney, who’s run the Grand 85 times, begins each morning, post group “duffle shuffle”—preperation for the two power boats that snake the day’s whitewater run—with such aforementioned words of wisdom, in addition to an expert preview of the day’s anticipated geological wonders. By now, we’ve found our river rhythm. Our group has settled in with each other—a mix of curious Type A travelers, for the most part, including families from LA, Mexico, San Francisco, the East Coast, and several kids, mostly early teens. We’re bankers, lawyers, photographers, film producers, entrepreneurs, architects, housewives, and more. Yet, here, the Grand imposes a level playing field, a commonality defined by the rush of the Colorado River, the respectful demands of group camping, and by the anticipated adrenaline-boost found
with every raging rapid. Here, we’re all just merely passersby. And most all come to acknowledge this, even if stubbornly, throughout the week’s adventure. The ladies have come to terms with “The Groover” (the “outdoor adventure toilet,” coined with a wink by our guides). We’re forced to truly unplug—no constant text or email pings or videos games for the kids can interrupt us from living in the moment. In just two days we’ve run several famous rapids. We’ve bumped, screamed, and marveled through nine layers of rock, some of which, as Ranney explains, is 1.75 billion years old. Given such staggering statistics, this stark, soothing, and, at times, uncomfortable environment is a whopping reminder of our place on the planet. The Grand Canyon does that to you. And if you’re lucky, as we come to find out, a few of its secrets will be experienced along this 187-river-mile journey. On this particular day we’re traveling to river mile 110. We’ll cross a fault that made the canyon 1,000 feet deeper at that particular spot. We’re traversing into the heart of the canyon, so far into this thick, wild artery that The Rim will no longer be visible from our floating headquarters. The day prior we ran Georgie’s Rapid, a big, wallop of a wave that’s just a tease of what’s to come as far as huge whitewater. “Georgie,” we learn, from our guide, Ben, is a Canyon legend, the first woman canyon runner to operate a commercial enterprise, and a rowdy roughand-tumble daredevil with a penchant for young male guides who could be spied gunning the river in a leopard print one-piece. As the week unfolds, our guides—John, Ben, and McKenna—recount other Canyon legends as we navigate a river steeped in discovery and surprise. Exclusive Resorts Members of 11 years, the Mexico City-based Rodriguez family—Alvaro, Marcela Cortina, and twin 14-year-old sons Mateo and Lucas—have, prior to this trip, only experienced the Grand Canyon from above, while traveling on one of the
“I HAD SEEN THE CANYON FROM ABOVE, BUT REALLY WANTED TO EXPERIENCE IT FROM THE RIVER.
TO FEEL THE SCALE OF THE SPACE AND BE SO CLOSE TO NATURE.”
(OPPOSITE): Membersâ€™ floating home, where the front is the wildest ride. (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): the Rodriguez family preps for whitewater action; twins Mateo and Lucas perfect their plunge; Alvaro Rodriguez greets the day; a campsite along the 187-mile Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey.
“FROM THE TOP YOU CAN SEE IT, THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ROCKS. BUT FROM THE RIVER YOU GET TO SEE THE RAPIDS AND THE RIVER.
YOU GET TO BE PART OF SOME OF THE SECRETS OF THE CANYON.”
Club’s Airstream Adventures. Having booked this Grand Canyon river trip a year prior, they’ve been anxiously awaiting discovering the Grand’s “heart,” as Lucas so poignantly explains. “From up top you can only see the heart of the Canyon,” he says. “From down here, you can see basically everything—all the elements, all the layers of rock.” Alvaro, an venture capitalist, and Marcela, an acclaimed architect, have been traveling with the boys since they were little. “Alvaro and I talked about the fact that we wanted to give them education and experiences, and that’s what we’ve tried to do for the past 14 years,” Marcela explains at one of our lunch sites, post group yoga session. The excitement from this family of four is palpable, and though certainly they arrived a close-knit clan, throughout the week their respect for each other, their willingness to always contribute to the group, and the boys’ bonding with other children, is a blessing to behold. Alvaro explains, “Putting a group together is one of the things that ER does really well. Our
first experience like this was in the Galapagos a few years ago. The fact that you’re able to go on these trips with travel companions that you have something in common with, you go with a group of people that are great to be with.” As the week unfolds, and we travel deeper into the heart of the Canyon, the Rodriguez family discovers a trip defined by education, memories-in-the-making, and ultimately, as easily witnessed, a family bond further carved by the mesmerizing slot canyons, nerve-rattling whitewater, and serene starscapes— all gifts of the Grand. “You can think of trips like this as an adventure, as a family experience, as an experience of beauty, of the environment,” adds Alvaro. “But you seldom think of a trip like this as an educational experience. With Wayne, it’s become a learning experience, an education. I know a thousand times more than I knew just a week ago about geology. Same for the kids.” Herewith, the Rodriguez family recounts some of their—and the group’s—most precious memories and adventures.
“SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS HAS BEEN AMAZING.
WE’VE CAMPED MANY TIMES, BUT WE’VE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED TO THE NIGHT SKY IN THIS WAY.” -MARCELA CORTINA
(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): A side hike takes Members to corners of the earth rarely seen; fresh lunch by guides, served riverside; an impromptu yoga session in Red Wall Canyon; geologist and author Wayne Ranney gives a preview of the dayâ€™s delights.
“RUNNING THE RAPIDS
HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE. BUT HOW THE CANYON HAS CHANGED THROUGHOUT OUR TRIP HAS BEEN REALLY INTERESTING.” -MATEO
Rock Star Author and geologist Wayne Ranney lists his Top 5 Grand Canyon stats and facts. “No two miles are the same,” explains Ranney during our trip. And in his book, Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories, and Mystery, Ranney writes, “to explain the canyon is to tell a story that reaches back to times before today’s continents existed, that narrates the ascent and decline of geologic empires, each rising on the eroded ruins of its predecessor.” Here, Ranney lists several wonders of this surreal landscape. 1. Length of Colorado River within Grand Canyon: 277 miles 2. Volume of rock eroded: 1,000 cubic miles 3. Elevation of Grand Canyon: North Rim averages 8,200 feet; South Rim averages 7,000 feet 4. Annual Visitation: 4.5 million 5. Rock Age: Some of the rock formations in the Canon are 1.75 billion years old. Ranney worked as a backcountry ranger at the bottom of the Grand Canyon from 1975-1978. He’s since run the Canyon 85 times.
Local Legends With names like Georgie’s, Bass, and Hermit, each rapid along the Grand spins tall tales. CRATE guides will unveil history in the making while you spill and thrill over these famous falls. GEORGIE’S RAPID. Named after Georgie White—the first woman to run the Grand as a commercial enterprise. She tied army surplus rafts together to navigate the larger rapids. River mile 24 is named in her honor. BASS RAPID. Reportedly the deadliest rapid in the Canyon, at mile 107. Once safely through, spy the cable crossing that William Bass built. HERMIT RAPID. The ER group’s favorite, a rollercoaster of a ride at river mile 95, and the strongest hydraulics in the Canyon.
Experience the desert of the Southwest on an eight-day, seven-night Aistream road trip through Canyon Country. Venture to Antelope Canyon and then Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Spend lazy days on Lake Powell, then behold the majesty of the Grand Canyon. Visit exclusiveresorts.com/experience-collection
LAVA FALLS + BERT LOPER. A pioneer of whitewater, in 1939 Loper ran Lava Falls and is the first to successfully navigate two wooden boats over Lava. In 1949, at 79 years old, he died of a heart attack on the river. Lava Falls is often considered the most difficult rapid in the Canyon.
GIFT IT! Whether shopping for traveling tykes, busy execs, a discerning hostess, or that someone who seemingly has it all, these lifestyle and travel inspired covet-ables celebrate
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DISCOVER THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Follow in DARWIN’S FOOTSTEPS and take
your little ones on a cruise through the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS—an active volcanic archipelago where three ocean currents collide. Transport him/her into ANOTHER WORLD, a rocky landscape stripped of most vegetation but bursting with wildlife, including SEA LIONS, penguins, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises. Ships range in size from a LUXURIOUS NINE-CABIN YACHT to a 50-cabin expedition ship, making each experience unique. exclusiveresorts.com/GalapagosIslands-Ecuador-A-Natural-Selection
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YOUNG VOYAGERS CAMP
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Give your kids the experience of a lifetime at the Exclusive Resorts Young Voyagers’ Camp. In 2017, ER heads to Canada for an epic adventure. Kids aged 12-17 will be able to experience the ﬁnest British Columbia has to offer via a combination of land and sea activities. exclusiveresorts.com/ Young-Voyagers-Camp
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Mom ON THE GO
BAHAMAS BY YACHT
as one of the BEST ISLAND chains to travel by yacht, discover these BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS at your own pace during a week on the Acqua, a private, 116-foot BROWARD YACHT. The onboard staff caters to your every whim, and given the UNPLUGGED nature of this trip, family bonding is paramount. EXCLUSIVE RESORTSâ€™ EIGHT-DAY itinerary showcases the best EXUMAS cays.
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Experience the white continent during a 12-DAY ADVENTURE LINBLAD
EXPEDITIONS and EXCLUSIVE RESORTS. Take a Zodiac ride alongside towering ICEBERGS and hike on the shore amid PENGUINS, or kayak past a cliff-side rookery of blueeyed shags. During your experiential travels a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer gives photo tips, while an undersea specialist shows videos from the dayâ€™s dive. exclusiveresorts.
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A WEEK AT MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA IN TUCSON Your WELLNESS WARRIOR will immediately unwind as soon as he or she touches down in this spiritual MECCA. Headquarters for the week—one of the Club’s two-bedroom, eco-friendly villas with expansive terraces, outdoor ﬁre pits, and views of the SONORAN DESERT and Catalina Mountains. Take sunrise hikes or outdoor yoga sessions, release tension with an AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE, and learn to prep healthy meals during afternoon cooking lessons. exclusiveresorts.com/Miraval-AZ
SRI LANKA BY PRIVATE AIR Experience the island’s diversity on a 10-DAY ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME JOURNEY with EXCLUSIVE RESORTS. All but one of your transfers between destinations are done by single engine, eight-seat
amphibious CESSNA PLANES, allowing busy
business execs to see more of the country in a shorter period of time. Hikes with thrilling views,
cultural interactions with locals and surf lessons await on this bucket-list trip. exclusiveresorts.com/
A HIGH-FLYING GIFT THAT DEMANDS THE ULTIMATE THANK YOU Considered one
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A NEW YORK CITY SHOPPING SPREE Spend FOUR NIGHTS in one of the Club's luxe, two-bedroom residences with panoramic views of MIDTOWN and an enviable PARK AVENUE PLACE address just steps from the world-renowned shopping on FIFTH AVENUE. Ask the concierge to arrange for a private shopping spree at BARNEYS NEW YORK with a personal stylist, including preferred reservations at FRED'S. exclusiveresorts.com/New-York-City-NY
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AN EPICUREAN ESCAPE TO TUSCANY A trip to one of the Club’s four-bedroom villas in TUSCANY and the surrounding HILLTOP VILLAGES should top any foodie hit list. The Club’s seven spacious Tuscan homes at the award-winning CASTELLO DI CASOLE, a Timbers Resort, boast INFINITY-EDGE POOLS, gourmet kitchens, and expansive living spaces. Ask your CONCIERGE to arrange for a LOCAL CHEF to give you a private pizza-making class in your villa’s traditional wood-burning forno, or visit the ONPROPERTY VINEYARD, where winemaker PAOLO CACIORGNA can give you an insider’s take on Tuscany's wine history. exclusiveresorts.com/Tuscany-Italy
CLIMBING UP THE HILL RIGHT IN THE BACK YARD,
THROUGH THREE FEET OF FRESH SNOW, WITH OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS THEN SLEDDING DOWN TO THE BACK DECK, WHERE MARYANN (MY WIFE) HAD STEAMING CUPS OF HOT CHOCOLATE WAITING FOR US. — robert p.
• Member Since 2004
+ DESTINATIONS >> GRAND CAYMAN . THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS . COSTA RICA . SCOTLAND AND MORE
a Family Affair Exclusive Resortsâ€™ Vacation Collection marries play with panache. With these TOP 10 FAMILY ESCAPES, education and adventure are the only orders of the day. >
Family Top 10
The Beach Lovers G R A N D
C AY M A N
STAY A four-bedroom villa with lagoon views, expansive terraces and a spacious dining and entertaining area located in a private gated community on the renowned 144-acre RitzCarlton, Grand Cayman property. EXPLORE The famous Stingray City, where aqua adventure includes dozens of playful rays. PLAY At the resort’s new waterpark. Children also love the acclaimed Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment eco-adventure program. DISCOVER The exotic ﬂowers and fauna of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, also frequented by iguanas and native birds. SAVOR Celebrity Chef Eric Ripert’s Caribbean outpost, Blue by Eric Ripert, is also the headquarters for the annual Cayman Cookout, held every January. FAMILES WILL LOVE Swim with giant turtles at Cayman Turtle Farm, visit Stingray City, and discover the Ritz-Carlton’s Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment, which introduces families to the natural wonders of the Cayman Islands. GO exclusiveresorts.com/Grand-Cayman-Cayman-Islands
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Days revolve around sun, sea, and sand. Relax in a cabana on Seven Mile Beach, try your hand at the 9-hole Greg Norman course, splash in the pool, or watch the kiddos tackle slides. Snorkeling with stingrays or swimming with dolphins call for Facebook-worthy family photos and oceanic education. Dine together on the pool deck of your villa or choose from one of the resort’s four restaurants.
The Road Trippers M O N T A N A
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Your 10-day road trip celebrates the country’s most spectacular natural settings, including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Hike the trails of Yellowstone with your dedicated naturalist, whitewater raft the Snake River and explore ghost towns. At night, recount the days’ adventures while toasting s’mores by the campfire.
STAY A 28-foot Airstream can comfortably sleep two adults and two kids and is outﬁtted with a shower and bathroom, a full kitchen and dinette area, ﬂat screen TV, and portable BBQ grill and camping chairs.
EXPLORE America’s Big Sky Loop is one of the most scenic drives in the country. Discover the famous geysers at Teton National Park.
PLAY Along the banks of the shallow Snake River at Henry’s Fork in Big Sky Montana. Kayak, hike, raft, and ride horseback in the Gallatin National Forest before returning to Bozeman.
DISCOVER Play along the banks of the Snake River at Henry’s Fork in Big Sky, Montana. Kayak, hike, raft, bike, or horseback through the famous Gallatin National Forest.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE You’ll be given a thorough orientation and training on all vehicle systems to ensure you’re conﬁdent behind the wheel. A digital owner’s manual is provided on the custom Airstream 2 Go iPad application, including how-to videos, custom road trip music playlists and all itinerary contact information. GO exclusiveresorts.com/Airstream-2-Go-Explore-the-Western-States TREAM-2-GO
CHOOSE FROM FOUR OTHER AIRSTREAM ROAD-TRIP ITINERARIES: CALIFORNIA CRUISING, CANYON COUNTRY, SOCAL BEACHCOMBER, AND THE TEXAS TWO STEP. CURATED
Family Top 10
The Sea Lovers B R I T I S H
V I R G I N
I S L A N D S
Celebrate in style island-hopping across the BVIs. Visit the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, swim in the Baths of Virgin Gorda, and explore the national parks of St. John. Retreat to your yacht each night for wine-paired, gourmet meals under the stars.
STAY A four-bedroom, 114-foot Hargrave yacht staffed with a captain, ﬁrst mate, steward, and private chef.
SAVOR On Virgin Gorda, visit the main dock for live main lobster that local ﬁsherman catch daily—for a fresh seafood feast back onboard the boat.
PLAY Hit Devil’s Bay for incredible snorkeling, or soak in the soothing sea pools at The Baths, known for gorgeous waters.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE This trip can accommodate up to eight people and includes a fourperson crew, use of onboard activity equipment including snorkeling gear and ﬁshing gear, transportation to and from the airport to the marina, and more.
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DISCOVER The stone ruins of the 19-century copper mines near the southeastern tip of Virgin Gorda. If a scuba diver, don’t miss the underwater world that includes the famous Chimney.
The Golfers S C O T T S D A L E
Scottsdale is a golf Mecca, with more than 200 courses to choose from. It’s also home to some of the country’s top spas. Old town is lined with art galleries and such acclaimed restaurants as the Misson and Bandera. For a great hike with Instagram-worthy views, head to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
STAY The Club’s three-to-four bedroom residences nestled between Pinnacle Peak and Troon Mountain offer seamless indoor/outdoor living and 3,000+ square feet of gathering space. Wood-burning ﬁreplaces and private hot tubs complement the desert’s changing temperatures.
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DISCOVER Take a helicopter tour over the magniﬁcent Grand Canyon, and then dine on the ultimate Scottsdale meal at Cowboy Ciao.
EXPLORE Go whitewater rafting with the whole family on the Lower Salt or Lower Verde Rivers.
UNPLUG Pamper yourself at the Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. A sauna and steam followed by a deep tissue massage will combat golf-weary muscles.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE Each residence comes with a complimentary Troon Golf “Foursome Card” that can be used at Troon-managed courses. You’ll also enjoy access to private country club-style amenities at The Rocks including outdoor plunge pools, a jetted spa and massage treatment rooms. GO exclusiveresorts.com/Scottsdale-AZ
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The Club’s Members-only Lake Kora long weekend is a camper’s paradise. Located at the historic Lake Kora Great Camp in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Members will stay in charming cottages on 1,000 acres of pristine wilderness, with three private lakes. Kids can go boating, hiking and fishing. Come dusk, families gather for fireside dinners.
STAY In private two-bedroom cottages that sleep four, or reserve two renovated rooms located together on the same ﬂoor in the main lodge.
EAT Enjoy gourmet meals made with seasonal ingredients, s’mores, and singing by the campﬁre each night. An Adirondack storyteller will share tales with groups during an al fresco dinner.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE Pack your bathing suits! There is fun to be had in and on the water, including boating, sailing, wind surﬁng, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding. In the afternoon, recreate the Harvard-Yale softball matches of the 1940s on the Ball Field.
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PHOTOS: COURTESY OF LAKEKORA.COM
DISCOVER Anglers can cast a line with a ﬁshing instructor, and a guest speaker from the Adirondack Museum will discuss the Golden Age of the Great Camps during lunch.
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An Exclusive Resorts flagship destination, Peninsula Papagayo offers jungle luxury the whole family can enjoy. The Club’s 17 residences are tucked away on 30 acres and feature private plunge pools, hot tubs, chef-grade kitchens, and large windows for spying monkeys swinging out in the trees. The dedicated concierge team can arrange thrilling zip line adventures and surf lessons or in-villa cooking lessons and spa treatments. A shuttle takes Members to the family-friendly Prieta Beach Club—just a five-minute ride away— where they can lounge by the pool or sip cocktails at the open-air restaurants.
STAY A four-bedroom residence perched high on a hill with a wraparound porch and rainforest and ocean views.
DISCOVER The Guanacaste ﬁshing grounds, where you can practice casting skills and hook more than 25 species of ﬁsh, including the beautiful marlin.
PLAY Explore the area by river, where you can white-water raft past natural swimming holes and lush tropical forests or go zip lining on a thrilling canopy tour.
SAVOR The Poro Poro Beach Club serves seasonal fare that celebrates Costa Rica’s Pura Vida approach to enjoying food and wine with family and friends. It also has an 80-foot inﬁnity pool and private beach access, in addition to the restaurant and bar.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE Members enjoy complimentary in-residence breakfast service prepared daily by your housekeeper. Breakfast can be served between 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. GO exclusiveresorts.com/Peninsula-Papagayo-Costa-Rica
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New York City offers the key to culture, with such acclaimed museums and galleries as the MET and Whitney, in addition to Broadway blockbusters. Need respite from the concrete jungle, or traveling with kiddos? Wander one of the city’s many green spaces, from iconic Central Park to the cloistered gardens of Fort Tyron Park and the elevated High Line.
STAY Your midtown, two-bedroom apartment at Trump International Hotel and TowerTM boasts panoramic views of Central Park—and is just steps from the traditional horse-drawn carriages. At the Club’s two-bedroom Park Avenue Place apartments, also located midtown, you’ll enjoy fully-equipped kitchens (perfect when traveling with kiddos), while 5th Avenue boutique-hopping and the American Girl store is right outside your door.
DISCOVER The art scene in West Chelsea, home to the largest concentration of private art galleries in Manhattan. And for the kiddos, ask your Concierge to coordinate a private tour of the Natural History Museum. EXPERIENCE The South Street Seaport, which consistently stages ﬁlm, music, and family events, and the hit Broadway show, “Cats.” And during the holidays, don’t miss the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. FAMILIES WILL LOVE Ice skating at Central Park’s Wollman Rink in the heart of the city—an iconic Manhattan must (with more space than The Rink at Rockefeller Center). With advanced reservations, families can also once again climb the Statue of Liberty’s crown, and visit Ellis Island’s new immigration Museum. GO exclusiveresorts.com/New-York-City-NY
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SAVOR Don’t miss Serendipity, the classic midtown dessert shop, or the Eloise themed teatime at The Plaza’s famed Palm Court, with custom Eloise teacups and tableware.
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You’ll immediately unwind and reconnect as soon as you touch down in this spiritual Mecca. Take sunrise hikes or outdoor yoga sessions, release all tension with an aromatherapy massage, and learn to prepare healthy meals during afternoon cooking lessons.
STAY A two-bedroom eco-friendly villa with expansive terraces, outdoor ﬁre pits, and sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert and Catalina Mountains.
RELAX Enjoy a hot stone massage in one of the spa’s outdoor treatment rooms and book mother-daughter facials for the ultimate Miraval souvenir.
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MIRAVAL RESORT AND SPA
UNPLUG With cell phones restricted in most areas, leave the worries behind and strike a pose during a yoga hike with like-minded visitors that traverses the majestic Sonoran Desert.
DISCOVER The “Quantam Leap”—one of the resort’s unique, boundary-challenging activities in which participants leap from a 25-foot pole.
SAVOR Learn how to create your own version of Miraval’s healthy cuisine during a private cooking class with the chef.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE Take a taste of Tuscon back home with you and share with the entire family. Miraval’s custom cookbooks allow Members to continue their health kick with inspired recipes. GO exclusiveresorts.com/Miraval-AZ
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Beaver Creek creates a European-style, village-tovillage connection that links to nearby Bachelor Gulch Village and Arrowhead Resort. Skiers are greeted with warm cookies as they make their way to the gondola to ride terrain that varies from easy rollers to the formidable Birds of Prey World Cup racecourse. When the snow melts, head up the mountain with a naturalist or tackle the trails by bike.
EXPLORE The area’s extensive alpine skiing system accesses terrain for every type skier and snowboarder, from never-evers to double-diamond tackling trailblazers.
PLAY During winter, snowshoe or cross-country ski to Beaver Creek’s beautiful McCoy Park. Summer fun includes scenic golf and biking.
SAVOR Work up an appetite, as Beaver Creek is known for its stellar dining. In winter, skiers are greeted with cookies and hot chocolate en route to the gondola. Come summer, foodies ﬂock to the Beaver Creek Food and Wine Festival, held in August.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE Ski Butlers will ﬁt you for your ski rentals in the comfort of your ER residence and pick up the equipment from your home on the ﬁnal day.
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STAY A ﬁve-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom luxury mountain home at Beaver Creek. Alpine living at its peak, with easy access to the main village and bi-level ﬂoor plans that become the quintessential entertainer.
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Riviera Nayarit is not only embraced by a strikingly beautiful jungle, but by a soulful community. A 45-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta, Real del Mar is a gated community adjacent to the tiny, un-tony town of La Cruz Huanacaxtle. Adventure seekers can catch waves in the nearby surf towns of Sayulita and Punta Mita or take an ATV tour with Vista Paraiso.
STAY 14 expansive homes easily sleep large families, and all feature beautiful outdoor living areas that frame ocean views. En-suite, spa-style bedrooms allow for privacy, while daily breakfast delivery and large dining rooms call for festive gatherings.
SAVOR Don’t miss the local ﬁsh tacos found at the farmer’s market in La Cruz Huanacaxtle, or have a private chef cook your family a locally sourced meal in the comfort of your hacienda.
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PLAY The nearby Bohemian town of Sayulita is a surfer’s paradise. Book lessons for the whole family, as the beginner break offers playful waves for all ages and levels.
DISCOVER Marlin, yahoo, and yellowﬁn tuna are abundant in these waters. Book a deep-sea ﬁshing excursion and reap the rewards of the ocean.
FAMILIES WILL LOVE Horseback ride through jungle and tropical beaches with Rancho Mi Chaparitta. All ages and skill level are welcome. GO exclusiveresorts.com/Real-del-Mar-Mexico
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A Natural Selection Just back from a Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey to the Galapagos, ER Members Michael and Sheila Moran check oﬀ snorkeling with sea lions, birdwatching, and an astronomy lesson from their bucket list. TOP MEMORY FROM TRIP: Swimming with sea lions, we never
dreamed they’d be so close. MOST PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENT: The lava ﬁelds, because there were so many varieties of wildlife. The animals aren’t bothered by humans so you can take all day to set up your shot and not have to worry about the hawk ﬂying away. NEVER THOUGHT WE’D EXPERIENCE: We jumped off the
top deck of the ship with the whole group cheering us on! It was so much fun and exhilarating. BEST MEAL: The BBQ dinner we had on the top deck. The grill was going and smell was wafting around the ship, yum! IF YOU GO: Deﬁnitely bring along an underwater camera. You
only need casual clothes, it is an expedition style experience. Do everything that is offered! SURPRISE FACTOR: When we thought about the trip before, we always imagined that the best activities would take place during the day, but we were actually fascinated by the night star gazing. One night, one of the expedition guides brought out a star pointer and showed us more constellations and planets than we knew were in the sky.
GO A perennial Member favorite, the Club now offers four distinct Galapagos cruise experiences with two award-winning partners, Quasar Expeditions and Lindblad Expeditions. Ships range in size from a luxurious nine-cabin yacht to a fifty-cabin expedition ship, making each experience unique. exclusiveresorts.com/Galapagos-Islands-Ecuador-A-Natural-Selection
PHOTO BY: RALPH LEE HOPKINS
WHAT WE REALLY LIKED: We loved having the naturalist around all the time—on the activities and at the meals. We got comfortable enough to ask the questions you really want to ask. We learned so much about what we saw and experienced.
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Published on Oct 20, 2016
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