COMMUNITY FEELS: JUNE 2016
This month’s guest-list newbies are taking us on a trip around the globe – from South America to Australasia, via Europe and Asia. Get set, go…
LARES is a Uruguayan DMC specialising in tailor-made journeys focussed on wine, gastronomy, nature and action adventure – so all the best things in life! Since 2000 they’ve been sharing their passion and knowledge of Uruguay, offering itineraries designed to excite and enrich, that offer travellers a unique opportunity to connect with the country and its people. All their guides are specialists or local hosts carefully chosen and trained to reflect the spirit of LARES; and they opt for exclusive boutique hotels and luxury haciendas that offer more than just accommodation, but a special experience that guests are unlikely to forget.
L’AND VINEYARDS, PORTUGAL
Sitting in the heart of Alentejo surrounded by a blanket of vineyards, L’AND Vineyards’ contemporary architecture integrates seamlessly with nature to create an atmosphere of calm, understated luxury. Designed by groundbreaking Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, the contemporary interior brings the outside in by incorporating natural stone, slate and wood, accented by original art and handmade furnishings. The resort’s signature L’AND Wine Club allows guests to experience the art of winemaking through events and courses held by a resident winemaker, while retractable ceilings in some suites give guests a chance to sleep under the stars (with all the benefits of a comfortable bed).
OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT HOTEL & RESTAURANT, SRI LANKA
Sitting tranquilly at the water’s edge, this colourful Sri Lankan hotel is perfectly unpretentious yet carefully considered, every detail having been restored or crafted by hand. Sit on the elegant dining terrace and enjoy homemade local specialities; be courted by the flamboyant pastry chef; or take a dip in the pool overlooking the ocean. Named for Edward Lear’s 1871 poem, the surroundings conjure a sense of fun and romance, triggering a sudden desire to dance in the moonlight as the owl and pussycat once did… And perhaps you might, since the vibrant beach shack hosts live jazz at the weekends.
BELMOND ASIA, ASIA
From Bagan to Bangkok, Myanmar to Malaysia, Belmond takes guests on fantastical journeys through the depths of Asia. Glide along rivers on a luxury cruise; cut through incredible landscapes aboard the Eastern or Oriental Express; or get off the beaten track on foot with the help of an experienced guide – experiencing everything from contemporary urban dynamism and historical UNESCO World Heritage sites, to the culturally-rich tranquillity of traditional village life. No detail is forgotten, with luxury stays at every stop along the way and added touches including candlelit dinners on the beach, private horse-and-cart tours and traditional craft workshops – all designed with the intrepid traveller in mind.
RYOKAN KURASHIKI, JAPAN
Tucked in the heart of the historical Bikan Quarter, Ryokan Kurashiki is the ideal place to get a taste of Japanese culture and hospitality without forgoing modern amenities. Built in traditional style with a small yet perfectly formed private garden overlooked by the suites, guests have the choice of sleeping in a bed or in traditional style on tatami matting; soaking in a jet bathtub or under traditional onsen showers; indulging in a Western breakfast or sampling local morning cuisine. Surrounded by restaurants and stores that wind along the narrow streets and a picturesque canal, there’s plenty to explore beyond its walls.
OTAHUNA LODGE, NEW ZEALAND
Set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano, Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion offering a whole host of unique experiences – from hiking, horse riding and heli-tours, to fly fishing, vineyard tours and indulgent massage. New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation, glorious gardens and sophisticated cuisine. In its patrician sense of calm, the grace and charm of its grounds and its refined yet personable service, Otahuna combines the romance of the past with the cosmopolitan pleasures of the present – the very best of both worlds.
Check out the full PURE 2016 Guest List here.