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Baby Animal Extravaganza
January through April is the Green Season in Botswana and the best time to see the Little Five - Baby rhino, elephants, lion, leopard and buffalo. Many of the animals, including zebra, giraffe and other grazing animals have their young during this season to take advantage of the abundance of grass, and with the lush green growth, the colors of the Okavango Delta are dramatic, making this the perfect time for a family or photographic safari.
Frank Gehry & Louis Vuitton Art Museum Opening
12 years in the making, Frank Gehry’s latest work, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation is a must-visit Paris destination. French President François Hollande at the inauguration, described the new museum as a “miracle of intelligence, creativity, and technology.” Dubbed by the press as “the glass cloud” the structure rises from the Bois de Boulogne park like a living creature covered in great slabs of glass armor, containing galleries of cutting-edge, contemporary art inside. Stay at the Peninsula Paris, the biggest new hotel opening of the year in the City of Light.
Winter Wildlife Luxury Adventure
Jackson Hole, Wyoming USA
Experience another side of the American West on this adventure for wildlife lovers. Embark on a true American safari and discover the raw natural beauty of Yellowstone’s dramatic waterfalls, geysers and towering forests, while keeping an eye open for locals like coyotes, wolves and black bears. Spend your evenings relaxing fire-side at the cozy-luxe Amangani.
Sleep Under the Tallest Trees on Earth
Big Sur, California USA
Perched on a towering ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean’s rocky coastline, Post Ranch Inn is truly a special retreat, and designed to blend in with the mountainside and embrace the area’s romantic landscape. Awaken to sweeping views of sea and sky, then be enchanted as you wander Big Sur’s vast redwood forests, winding your way amongst the tallest trees on earth.
Margaret River, Australia
Visit Western Australia’s gourmet hub along the sparkling Margaret River. Hop between the region’s boutique wineries, sample farm-to-table offerings at the renowned slow-food restaurants and cafes, and explore the burgeoning brewery scene. Have a picnic with the cute wildlife, sitting on powder white sand, by turquoise seas and nap under the ancient karri trees.
Sugar Beach, St. Lucia
Spend sun-soaked days on the sugar-sand beaches of St. Lucia and evenings steeped in island luxury at the Viceroy Sugar Beach. With its recent $100 million renovation, Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort has set a new standard for luxury on St. Lucia. Unwind with uninterrupted views of the Pitons, afternoons at the treehouse spa, and swanky cocktails at the world-class Cane Bar.
Balloon Over Bagan
As you glide into the sky, soaring above the gem encrusted, gilded pagodas of Bagan, be transported to another time, a golden age worlds away, as you watch the mist settle and the sun set amidst the towers - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Posh Beach Escape
Bask in tranquil island bliss at the chic Hôtel Le Toiny in St. Barths. Luxury island getaway done right, Hôtel Le Toiny provides both secluded privacy and 5-star service as all of your needs are catered to from your private villa suite. Relax in your private villa pool or head down to the beach to enjoy the sun and colorful underwater life; top your stay with a passion fruit spa treatment at the Serenity Spa and feel all of your worries dissipate into the fresh, tropical air.
Volcanoes & Islands
Escape to Nicaragua for breathtaking scenery, adventure and relaxation. Explore the captivating city of León, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Spanish colonial city of Granada, test your will hiking the island’s lush volcanoes, and indulge at quintessential Caribbean properties.
World of Waterfalls
Secreted away, deep in the West Maui Mountains near the summit of Pu’u Kukui is the Wall of Tears. With seventeen waterfalls cascading through lush vegetation, the mountainside has the appearance of crying, hence the name. Best viewed from helicopter, adventurous visitors may also choose to make the challenging hike to the base.
Set overlooking turquoise waters and white sand beaches, the Mayan ruins of Tulum are striking. After wandering the ancient paths of a once-flourishing sea port, visitors can swim along the beach beneath the Temples.
Natural Fireworks Luxury Adventure
Watch as the Northern Lights set the night sky awash in glowing greens, purples, blues, and pinks. Enjoy the show from a natural hot spring or the glassed-in balcony of Iceland’s ultra-modern, eco-chic, Ion Hotel. The ideal time to view these natural fireworks is typically September to April.