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Artsy Australia

Canberra, Australia

James Turrell: A Retrospective is the summer blockbuster for 2015 at the The National Gallery of Australia. This extraordinary exhibition includes mesmerizing installations using light, and demonstrates why James Turrell is one of the most important artists working today. James Turrell’s career spans almost five decades, with 140 solo exhibitions worldwide, and permanent installations in museums and private collections internationally—including one of his most beautiful, Within without 2010, the Skyspace at the National Gallery of Australia. The exhibition will be on display until June 8, 2015. Stay at Hotel Hotel in Canberra – the capital city of Australia – where kangaroos just might be outside your window.

World Expo 2015

Milan, Italy

This is the year for Italy with their opening of the World Expo 2015 in Milan in May. 20 million visitors are expected to attend, and as part of the Expo, the largest Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition ever organized in Italy will celebrate his multifaceted genius by hosting a number of masterpieces. Stay at the Bulgari Hotel Resort, a renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo in the cultural and commercial heart of a city. The hotel has a private 4,000-square-meter private garden, a natural extension of the nearby Botanical Garden, a restorative oasis of serenity and relaxation in the midst of Milan’s busy pace.

Celebrate Easter in Italy


Italy is such an overwhelmingly Catholic country, there’s something to be said about the grandiosity of experiencing an Easter Catholic mass at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. But the Easter Sunday tradition in Florence, known as the “Scoppio del Carro,” or the “Explosion of the Cart” may be the most incredible spectacle of all. The tradition dates back more than 500 years, and involves a huge and ornately-decorated wooden cart that’s covered in fireworks and rockets being wheeled into the square in front of the Duomo on Easter morning. After the Easter mass is finished, the fireworks are lit by a rocket that’s shaped like a dove with an olive branch in its beak. For a regional experience, every church throughout the country will be open for services as well, and there’s nothing quite like the charm of a small neighborhood church service (even if you’re not really religious). Stay at Castiglion del Bosco an 800 year old estate in Tuscany’s Val D’Orcia.

Gritti Palace Hotel

Venice, Italy

Iconic Venetian palazzo, the Gritti Palace, is at the heart of historic and illustrious trade routes. Occupying a 15th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, the legendary Gritti Palace hotel has long been the preferred Venetian perch for international cultural royalty. Following an exquisite restoration the Gritti is rejuvenated—and more luxurious than ever. And it boasts some of the chicest shopping in Italy within the hotel, with the House of Waris RARE, which blends destination experience with artisanal excellence and indigenous discoveries.

Last Chance In 2015 For The Ice Hotel

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Built every year since 1990, the extraordinary structure is an art installation, hotel and events venue rolled into one. Carved by hand, the art suites are individually designed and created by handpicked artists from around the world. The first Ice hotel was born of necessity when French artist Jannot Derid built an igloo in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, to host an art show. If you miss the Ice Hotel this winter through to the end of April, it also has unique year-round offerings, including hiking, paddling, the northern lights and the midnight sun to keep you busy.

Chalet Pelerin

Le Miroir, France

Named "Best Lodge" by Outside Magazine Travel Awards. Eleven Experience’s Chalet Pelerin is nestled in the tiny town of Le Miroir, France. It offers the intimacy of an authentic French village, while putting you right in the middle of some of Europe’s most versatile landscapes. Whether you choose to spend your day hiking, skiing or sampling the subtle delights of local cheeses, you’ll end every day in the charm and comfort of Chalet Pelerin. Eleven experiences are a different kind of escape. They are not found in traditional destinations. Their lodges, chalets and beach houses are miles from the main road - in a historic farming village high along the French-Italian border, on a rugged river in Patagonia, off the coast of Eastern Long Island, and in other unique locations away from the crowd. In each destination, world-class food and lodging are combined with rigorous guided outdoor activities on mountains, in the backcountry, and on the water for guests of all ages and all skill levels.

Access For All

Cancun, Mexico

Hotels that offer access for all is important to us at Absolute Travel. The Westin Lagunamar Hotel in Cancun Mexico is committed to making their facilities, amenities and services accessible to guests with disabilities or accessibility issues. This luxury resort, named in the Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015, is set between the lagoon and the sea. The beach, pools, restaurants, bars, spas and all forms of on-site entertainment are fully accessible with amenities and services for guests of all ages and abilities. The property boasts a gorgeous beachfront setting, as well as a shallow, kid-friendly pool for younger guests. And when parents want some alone time, they can drop off youngsters at the Westin Kids Club before indulging in a treatment at the Mayan-inspired Heavenly Spa.

Picasso In Paris

Paris, France

After extensive renovations, the Picasso Museum is now open, hosting over 5000 works by the famous painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). In the heart of the fashionable Marais District in Paris, the Picasso Museum is housed in a 17th-century mansion known as the Hôtel Salé. The permanent collection represents one of the largest holdings of Picasso’s works in the world, presenting a comprehensive survey of the artist’s career. Stay at the new 5-Star Parisian hotel Le Burgundy. The Le Burgundy hotel is a Zen retreat where guests can enjoy an intimate Hammam, a relaxing massage or a few laps in their beautiful swimming pool. This luxurious hotel has a passion for art and just the right touch of warmth about it, for those who wish to live a la Parisienne.

Aman’s New Luxury Sailing Ship

Indonesian Archipelagos

Fancy cruising the remote archipelagos of Indonesia? Well now you can with the April launch of Aman Resort’s luxury sailing ship, Amandira. Indonesia is increasingly drawing intrepid travelers wishing to sail wild and remote routes. Aman’s small luxury cruises will travel along the country’s Raja Ampat archipelago and to Komodo Island, known the world over for its prehistoric giant lizards. The Amandira is absolutely luxurious and was hand-crafted by the Konjo tribe. It will launch with two tours, the “Komodo Expedition”, a journey that will explore the islands and dive sites around Komodo and a guided tour of the Komodo dragon’s habitat. It will also host a “Raja Ampat Expedition” for relaxed journeys amidst the beauty of this vast archipelago, one of the last pristine seas left on earth.

Submarines & Shipwrecks: Journey to the Bottom of the Sea | Explorers Club Trip

Aeolian Islands

Explorers Club Trip | June 27 - July 3, 2015 | Space Limited | We invite you on an undersea adventure never before offered to the public. On this deep-sea expedition you’ll join an archaeological team navigating a submarine to 2000-year old Roman shipwrecks. Lost for centuries, these ships hold clues to what life was like in ancient Rome—one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world. Where were these ships going? What were they carrying? Who may have been on board? To unlock these mysteries, you and the archaeology team will collect and examine artifacts, curate them for museum display, and share secrets from the depths of inner space. This is an adventure unlike any other you have experienced; an otherworldly journey filled with hauntingly beautiful sites, strange creatures, and eye-opening discoveries. Up to $9,700 of the total cost per person may be treated as a charitable contribution to Aurora Trust Foundation.