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Vienna Austria | Donauinselfest Festival | June 26-28 2015
Visit an island in Vienna for the largest open-air summer music festival in Europe, featuring thousands of performances set on an island in the Danube River. Vienna can easily be a journey in and of itself, but just beyond the city borders there are soaring mountains, green valleys, and charming towns. From Vienna, head for the Salzburg Festival, dedicated to opera, drama, and classical music. The hills—and cities—are alive with the sound of music in summer. Austria is also known for its wild terrain, inaccessible to cars. Adventurers looking for remote biking, hiking, skiing, and walking are sure to find just what they’re after.
Montreal Canada | International Jazz Festival | June 26-July 5 2015
The festival is one of the seminal dates of the summer calendar and this year Canada celebrates 35 years of the world’s biggest jazz festival in Montreal. Around 2 million global music fans attend 10 days of jazzcentric celebration. Set on a unique site in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic, Bixi the local bikeshare program may be the best way to get around town and enjoy Montreal's superb streetscapes.
Rainforest World Music Festival | August 7-9 2015
Voted one of the 25 best music festivals in the world, the Rainforest World Music Festival is dedicated to preserving traditional forms of world music and rainforest preservation. The Malaysian jungle hosts the event at the Sarawak Cultural Village, which is nestled at the foot of Mount Santubong, near Kuching. There are many wonderful trips to go on in this part of the world. If you love nature eclectic, indigenous, multicultural events in a tropical paradise, this festival is for you.
The Danum Valley in Malaysian Borneo, is a spectacular 130 million year-old rainforest and within it, lies the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, an idyllic place to explore this pristine conservation area. It’s arguably the best place to see highly endangered wild orangutans and pygmy elephants - of which there are less than 1000 left on earth. The lodge offers the most luxurious property in the region, with undisturbed views of primary rainforest, home to these rare special elephants, and endemic bird and animal species found no where else. Private outdoor hot tubs and daybeds overlooking the jungle or river is undoubtedly the most unique and comfortable way to observe wildlife in their natural setting, though for something more active, night safari’s, jungle trekking, hiking and swimming in natural water holes are on your doorstep.
Bali, Indonesia | Galungun Festival | July 15-25 2015
Ancient ancestral rituals prevail for the Galungan Festival, the most important feast for Balinese Hindus, which a celebration to honor the creator of the universe. Celebrate the victory of good over evil while honoring the creator of the universe and the spirits of ancestors. Galungan occurs once in the 210-day cycle of the Balinese calendar, and marks the time of the year when the spirits of the ancestors are believed to visit the earth. Sacrifices are also offered at local temples, which are packed with devotees bringing their offerings. The festivities go on for 10 days ending with Kuningan, which is the day when spirits ascend back to heaven.
Secret Cinema Brings Star Wars To London | June 4-September 27, 2015
London’s best pop-up “Secret Cinema” experience, is showing Star Wars this summer, with what promises to be their biggest bash yet: a series of interactive screenings of Star Wars. The location is of course still under wraps, in light of their secret cinema moniker, but expect a production on an even more epic scale than last year’s ‘Back to the Future’ event, for which they built an entire US town square. Predictions are some sort of Cloud City setup with gleaming white corridors, industrial steam-pipes and, at the very least, a full-size Millennium Falcon. This promises to be the event of a lifetime for Star Wars fans. Secret Cinema never do things by halves, and with the new movie, ‘The Force Awakens’, due out soon, it’s a perfect opportunity to indulge your inner space-nerd.
Scarp Ridge Lodge, Colorado
Scarp Ridge Lodge is heralded as "One of the Coziest Hotels in America” - The Wall Street Journal. A stay at Scarp Ridge Lodge is the ultimate Rocky Mountain adventure. The Eleven Experience lodge, located in historic downtown Crested Butte, is named after the slopes of the 12,000 ft high Scarp Ridge. It’s an intimate home away from home that comes with its own personal chef and team of world class guides to take you on adventures in the surrounding wilderness. Summer is prime time for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, fly fishing and fine cuisine.
Atlantic Way, Ireland
The Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland is where land and sea collide. It’s the world’s longest defined coastal touring route, and rival to California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The setting for HBO series Game of Thrones, and rife with ancient lore and picture perfect scenery, Ireland will seduce you. It’s rugged, romantic, and delightfully unlike any other European destination. If you dream of hand-knit woolen sweaters, a stormy glass of Guinness, unhurried village life, and painfully beautiful landscapes, then a custom tour of Ireland is for you. It’s for the dreamers who yearn for misty strolls through bucolic bogs that end with a brass-fixture pub and a hot water bottle turn-down. For everyone else, there are enough boisterous cities, end-of-the-world cliffs, and mythical cairns to go around.
Rock the Kasbah
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco is coined the “Land of 1000 Kasbah’s, and the finest of them all may be the eco-castle retreat, Kasbah Toubkal, which is perched on a peak offering 360-degree views of the snowcapped High Atlas mountains. This gorgeous alpine region is home to Berber communities who follow a way of life that has changed little over the centuries - and it's perfect for off-piste trekking. The entire region has intoxicating charm and character, with bustling warrens and souks, tranquil expanses, imperial cities, labyrinths and medina’s teeming with artisans and merchants. Morocco is calling.
The ancient Kingdom of Bhutan remains a largely mysterious and undiscovered destination. For authentic Bhutanese style with contemporary flair, your luxury basecamp for exploration of the country should be the Gangtey Goenpa Lodge. It’s the perfect jumping off point for your adventures - including the highest commercial balloon flight over the eastern Himalayas. If that’s way too scary, excursions to villages offer encounters with traditional ways of life, and the incredible natural beauty will be the allure for sophisticated travelers.
Sleep Like A King In Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the most famous temple in all of Cambodia, but there are also hundreds of lesser known temples of Angkor to explore from your hotel, the Aman Resort “Amansara” which lies at the gates of the ancient kingdom. With the ambience of a private home, and set in a garden compound, Amansara is the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk. It’s an ideal base for touring the majestic ruins of outer Angkor and for immersion into Khmer cultural heritage.
Milan, Italy | Prada Foundation’s New Art Complex
The 2015 World Expo is underway in Milan and a highlight of events is the long awaited opening of the Prada Foundation’s Art Museum, an institution and foundation dedicated to contemporary art and culture, and part of the legendary fashion house Prada. The Museum was a decade in the making and the new permanent venue unveiled in May, sees the transformation of a former distillery dating back to the 1910’s, married with contemporary architecture and featuring iconic art and artistry by well-known names, such as american artist Robert Gober. The Haunted House exhibition was conceived by Gober for the inauguration. Stay at the Bulgari Hotel, a refined and elegant stay, with windows overlooking an exclusive Milanese courtyard and gardens.