We are honoured to be awarded the 'Inspiring Travel' award at Luxperience in Sydney for our 'Star in your own Wildlife Documentaries' which we launched earlier this year.
The Luxperience Awards recognises inspirational and influential products within the high-end and experiential travel industry. The 'Inspiring Travel' award recognises excellence in the planning and development of innovative products through entrepreneurial vision, market leadership and uniqueness. Nominees are judged on their entrepreneurial vision for creating a product for the luxury traveller which demonstrates innovation and inspires enhanced awareness of the potential within experiential travel.
We are delighted to be recognised for our creativity and innovation in the luxury travel industry. Our 'Star in your own Wildlife Documentaries' are the first in the market to give the budding David Attenborough's the chance to get up close and personal with nature. Travel with a five man wildlife film crew, along with the world's best guides on this truly unique and extraordinary adventure. A true combination of luxury travel, responsible ecotourism, conservation and a true once in a lifetime experience.
1. Your Instagram is full of some our favourite destinations. When did you discover your passion for travel and adventure?
I remember at an early age my Dad putting up what seemed like a huge wall map of the world in my bedroom – every time we went on holiday I would put a coloured pin in the destination. I would dream of travelling further and further afield. In those days we would go on holiday to the Isle of White – so as you can imagine, the world seemed like an awfully exciting place!
2. What has been your most memorable trip and why?
It would have to be the very first time I got on a plane. I was 11 years old and flew to Athens for a holiday in Corfu on British Caledonian. It was the most exciting thing I had ever done, and I still remember it vividly!
3. What is your favourite Hotel or Resort and why?
Suneva Fushi in the Maldives for its Robinson Crusoe ‘no shoes, no news’ feet in the sand castaway feel – underpinned by awesome service and fantastic food.
4. Any travel disaster you’d wish to share?
We spent last summer in the Serengeti – For 3 days we all woke up at 3am and drove 2 hours through the bush to get a hot air balloon up in time for sunrise – on every occasion the wind was too strong and we had to go back to our lodge. We made the flight in the end, and it was the highlight of our holiday!
5. How important is it for you to travel with your children and why?
The best education you can give your kids is travel. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences. Kids should learn that we all laugh, eat, wee, worry, cry and if we try, we can all become friends.
6. Can you tell us any travel highlights from your new series ‘Forbidden History’?
We have a pretty varied travel itinerary – last series we filmed in Rome, Petra, Poland, Egypt, Sardinia, Paris and Romania. We work on a tight turnaround, so there’s not much time for sightseeing. Its looking like we might be filming in India for the next series, so I’m looking forward to that!
7. Is there anywhere left on your wish list?
Id love to visit Belize – dive the worlds second largest barrier reef, explore the jungles and the Mayan ruins with the kids. Spot Jaguars in the remote northern rainforest, and explore the Garifuna culture in Placencia on the south coast. Maybe next year…
"Imagine the kids faces when an elf knocks on the door asking them to help save Christmas"
To create even something more exciting, we have organized one of Santa’s elves coming to wake the children up in London (on request other parts of UK) and asking their help to save the Christmas for all the children as Santa has gone missing! This is the ultimate beginning for an unforgettable Christmas adventure for the whole family! The family needs urgently to fly to Lapland to help out the elves to find Father Christmas!
This itinerary is a proposal for an amazing Christmas Experience for a family travelling with a private jet. We have designed this just with one overnight and still being able to experience all the exciting activities. The chalet is the amazing Villa Laavu in Levi, Lapland. Naturally we can make a longer version of this, too. We can also organize this in other destinations in Lapland, like Saariselkä and Rovaniemi.
Day 1. Arrival to Kittilä airport. Private airport transfer to the chalet Villa Laavu. Welcome package with local delicacies and champagne. Rental of thermal clothing for two days Christmas tree delivered and decorated. Private return transfer to the reindeer farm. Private aurora hunting by reindeer. 3-course dinner at the reindeer farm, wine and beverages included. Overnight in Villa Laavu. Host assistance on tap.
Day 2. Breakfast at the chalet prepared by a private chef. Private car transfer to snowmobiles. (Please note that you need to possess a valid driving’s licence in order to drive a snowmobile). Private Snowmobiling safari to a husky farm. Private 2-3 hour husky safari with lunch included Private transfer to Father Christmas experience. Reindeer sleigh arrival to Father Christmas experience Private Santa Claus Experience. Private transfer to Kittilä airport. Host assistance on tap.
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We are proud to announce our new office in Guangzhou, China.
Curating unique UK inbound packages for the discerning traveller.
Our Chinese company name is "丽仕旅游” (Lì Shì Lǚyóu). The Chinese pronunciation is very close to that of "luxury", while 丽 means beautiful lady or woman in Chinese and 仕 means well-educated gentleman with a certain social status.
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Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, our New York luxury hotel is situated directly across the street from Carnegie Hall and one block from Central Park. Designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, Park Hyatt New York features 210 generously sized guest rooms, including 92 luxury suites, designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Our stunning and state-of-the-art rooms are among the largest in New York City averaging 530 square feet and feature breathtaking views of the New York skyline and partial views of Central Park.
Throughout our hotel, guests experience urbane spaces offering sophistication and elegance. Indulge in our oversized accommodations that combine luxury furnishings with high-tech amenities. Discover intimate experiences tailored to your individual preferences, from delectable cuisine at The Back Room to soothing body treatment at Spa Nalai. We take pleasure and pride in customizing each stay for traveling professionals and vacationing tourists, including being a pet friendly hotel.
With its premier address on West 57th Street, Park Hyatt New York is nestled among the city’s top destinations and faces the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Experience the stunning acoustics of this performing arts and music venue across the street, or in our hotel with exclusive Carnegie Hall-related features. Raising the standards for New York luxury hotels, Park Hyatt New York delivers style and sophistication in every detail with beautifully articulated spaces that are functional and fashionable.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is positioned directly on the coast of the Arabian Gulf on the natural island of Saadiyat, which boasts nine kilometres of white sandy beach.
An important conservation area, the beach is home to an abundance of wildlife including nesting hawksbill turtles and indo-pacific humpback dolphins.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is the only hotel in Abu Dhabi to employ their own resident marine biologist, Arabella Willing. She helps the hotel protect the local biota, but also implements strict environmental standards behind the scenes.
Hawksbill turtles are a critically endangered species whose numbers have been reduced eighty percent in the last one hundred years, our Saadiyat beach makes for the best nesting grounds for this endangered species. Great care is taken to give the turtles the best opportunity possible to continue their nesting activity.
The nesting season extends from April to the end of August. During this time the hotel makes some changes to ensure we don’t interfere with this important process. Outdoor lighting, including landscape and façade lighting at the beachfront is reduced. At night the beach is closed and the furniture pulled back to allow the mothers to find the perfect nesting site.
The use of artificial light during hatching season can confuse emerging turtles and lead them in the wrong direction. In natural areas, the turtles are guided by moonlight on the sea. The nests are marked and hatchling monitored carefully to ensure the baby turtles survive their first long and often treacherous trip to the water.
Saadiyat beach holds Blue Flag Beach certification, an internationally recognised achievement awarded to beaches and marinas that follow strict criteria relating to water quality, environmental management, safety, facilities and educational programmes.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, the contemporary palace of rue de la Paix, offers clients a complete and luxurious range of beauty treatments, courtesy of the four beauty experts presented within the Parisian residence.
Treat yourself with an interlude of softness and voluptuousness in the comforting ambiance of Le Spa, thanks to the exclusive protocols of La Mer. Live a unique sensory experience in this elegant spa venue which spreads over 250 sq m (2,690 sq ft) where the walls are subtly enhanced with Paris stone, onyx, mahogany or even tiled with golden mosaics.
In the heart of the venue, discover Martine de Richeville’s remodelling technique, a slimming body treatment. After studying psychology and Chinese medicine, Martine de Richeville gave her name to this unique remodelling technique, which she put in place by studying slimming processes. This slimming remodelling treatment is carried out through manual techniques, which will sculpt your body and give your figure slimness and vitality.
Two prestigious suites of our Parisian residence were completely redesigned in order to offer you a selection of beauty treatments.
Step into Suite 601 – Nail Suite by Kure Bazaar, the confidential location for a manicure mastered by the French beauty brand, at the heart of our five-star hotel. Guests will be able to benefit from grand rituals for the hands and feet, as well as other exclusive nail treatments, in exceptional surroundings.
Last but not least, let yourself be drawn into Suite 101, in which John Nollet recreated his universe around Louis Vuitton trunks and his travels. In this unique hairdressing salon, hair is washed while lying on a comfortable meridian, surrounded by many travel souvenirs, in a décor inspired by the style of the hotel, and bordered with a private terrace where one’s hair can be styled while smelling jasmine flowers when spring arrives.
The wide range of beauty experts present in the Parisian palace make Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme a genuine peace haven, ideal for relaxation and pampering.
Charming, undiscovered east coast will be home to first Hyatt branded hotel on the Spanish island.
Overlooking the picturesque Canyamel valley, Park Hyatt Mallorca will feature the style of a traditional Mallorquin hilltop village, complete with a convivial village square, world-class dining and superb wellness, leisure and spa facilities. Part of Grupo Cap Vermell, hotel guests will benefit from access to a nearby Beach Club and Country Club with additional recreational and sporting facilities.
Park Hyatt Mallorca will feature 142 luxurious guest rooms and 16 exquisitely designed suites, seamlessly blending sophistication and elegance with timeless regional accents. The spacious rooms and suites will range in size from 50sqm to 150sqm and will feature private terraces with gorgeous views of the verdant valley or Balearic Sea, along with generously sized bathrooms with a separate bath tub and rain shower.
Drinking and Dining Guests will enjoy a stylish and social dining experience centered around a pretty village square, Plaza de la Torre, where a range of authentic cuisines cater to all tastes.
For local flavours, the Balearic Restaurant will offer Mallorquin, Catalonian and Spanish specialties in a chic and convivial atmosphere.
The Tapas Bar will offer a sociable dining experience with an outdoor terrace where guests will be able to enjoy lively conversation over freshly prepared tapas, artisanal regional wines and cocktails created by skilled mixologists.
The Asian restaurant will be exquisitely designed as a private villa with a beautiful verandah offering views over the Canyamel valley. Housing traditional Asian artefacts and books and offering a menu inspired by the cuisine of China, India, Indonesia and Thailand, the restaurant will exude the genial atmosphere of dining at a well-travelled friend’s house.
Finally, The Bistro will serve as a relaxed all-day dining restaurant with an in-house bakery offering freshly prepared breads and pastries, speciality coffees and fresh juices.
Much of the hotel’s food and beverage produce will be sourced locally – from sustainably caught fish to free range poultry, local farm-grown vegetables, fruit and olives and seasonally procured cheese and olive oil.
Activities & Services With over 230 days of sun and wonderful warm temperatures from April to November, Park Hyatt Mallorca will feature a wide range of recreational facilities encouraging wellness, exhilaration and motivation. A landscaped poolside terrace will feature three swimming pools, two of which are heated, and a separate children’s pool.
Those looking for rest and rejuvenation will be able to retreat to the tranquil space of the stunning Wellness Centre and Spa. Featuring seven treatment rooms, including two couples treatment rooms, each with their own terrace, the Spa will offer a selection of signature treatments using therapies inspired by local minerals, fruits and vegetables and will have a sauna, steam rooms, outdoor plunge pool and vitality pool included. For the more active, a stateof-the-art 24-hour Fitness Centre will offer the latest training equipment.
Those looking to explore the beautiful, rugged countryside in this undiscovered corner of eastern Mallorca will be able to enjoy Alpine walking, horseback riding, as well as on and off road cycling. On the warm waters of the Balearic Sea, guests will have the option of trying their hand at sea fishing and a range of active water sports, such as sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Within 15 minutes of the hotel, guests will have a choice of four superb golf courses, including a full 18-hole course adjacent to the resort.
Park Hyatt Mallorca sits within the exclusive 49-acre Cap Vermell Estate in the bucolic Canyamel valley. Hotel guests will have access to the superb facilities at Cap Vermell, including a Beach Club that is just a 10 minute stroll from the hotel, as well as a Country Club boasting an all-purpose sports field, two tennis courts, an indoor heated swimming pool and outdoor pool. Cap Vermell also houses 12 ultra-luxurious, privately owned villas, eight of which are currently available for purchase.
Catherine Capon is a naturalist and adventurer who is passionate about responsible tourism.Thank you for joining us here at Luxury Travel Advisors for our first Wilderness Week.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you became an eco-adventurer?
My background is in ecology and zoology but I have always been interested in communicating science to non-scientists. This desire has seen me working in wildlife filmmaking, sustainability consultation and conservation journalism. However, it was my time working with Sam Branson at Sundog Pictures that really solidified the importance that tourism plays in the conservation of endangered species. People travelling to see wildlife brings money into the local community and the residents therefore value wildlife more alive than dead (via poaching, bushmeat, illegal fishing or habitat destruction for agriculture). I therefore decided to start a not-for-profit campaign to promote ecotourism and wildlife watching destinations around the world. Rather than seeing ecotourism as something for middle aged couples with sandals and binoculars, I wanted to also excite the younger generation about the adventure activities that wildlife watching entails. So far, I have shared the water with a green anaconda, rock climbed with marmosets, been metres from a Bengal tiger and swum with great white sharks! I've just started a YouTube Channel to follow my adventures too.
You have just returned from India, what were your highlights?
My last ecoadventure was in India where I visited Ranthambhore National Park to see the tigers and Kaziranga National Park for the India Rhinos. The two destinations differ vastly and it was great to have the contrast on a 2 week trip. Ranthambhore is hot and dry in March which is perfect for tiger watching as they go to the watering holes to drink. Each safari is hugely exciting as seeing a tiger isn't guaranteed so tracking their footprints is a thrilling process. We were also lucky enough to see three leopards during our stay which is very unusual as they are extremely illusive in the area. Kaziranga is green and lush in comparison with far fewer tourists. The Indian Rhinos' story is a phenomenal conservation success. In 1903, there were only 15 left in the area. Now, the population is comprised of over 2,000 individuals and we saw countless rhinos on our ecoadventure. Kaziranga highlights also included with Western Hoolock Gibbon which is the only ape in India and the incredibly rare Ganges River Dolphins. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you'll see films of both destinations.
How do you choose your destinations?
As I'm looking to engage travellers who are new to ecotourism and wildlife watching, I tend to choose destinations with really charismatic animals. The hope is that someone might be initially enticed by the orangutans in Borneo for example, but will then be moved by all of the other animals that live in the forests too. With regards to accommodation, I look for sustainable businesses that use renewable energy, local products and employ local people.
What makes a great eco-resort?
For me, a great eco-resort is one that encapsulates life in the community that you're visiting. This may mean that tourists have to adapt to new types of food, accommodation and customs but you'll definitely have a story to tell when you get home. The resort should have as little impact on the environment as possible with local people benefitting from the business.
Do you have a favourite wildlife destination/s?
I'm often asked which is my favourite wildlife destination and it's the hardest question to answer. However, Madagascar exceeded all of my expectations and I'd visit again in a heartbeat. Due to its evolutionary history, the flora and fauna on this island are like nowhere else on the planet. With 107 species ofLemur (20% of the world’s primates), Baobab trees straight from a fantastical Disney animation, mysterious Tenrecs that resemble an otter-hedgehog hybrid, and the world’s smallest species of reptile; wildlife watching here is a truly unique experience.
However, 30,000 hectares of forest are being cut down each year in Madagascar and, if this rate continues, there will be no forest left within 25 years. Ecotourism is a viable way to make the forests worth more to the local people than turning them into agricultural land. If the Malagasy people can make a good living from guiding tourists through the forests and showing off the besotting animals it hosts, they are far more likely to protect them for many more generations.
Why is responsible ecotourism important?
People have and will always travel. Travelling itself has consequences for the planet but if you compound that impact with staying at an environmentally unfriendly mass tourism resort then a 2-week holiday has a big impact on the local area and the wider ecosystem. Choosing sustainable accommodation and immersing yourself in nature during your time off work will mean that you'll have a much deeper respect and understanding of the place that you're visiting. At its best, ecotourism provides employment for local people and puts a real value on areas of outstanding natural beauty. Ecotourism has also been scientifically proven to benefit wildlife conservation.
Where can we expect to see you next?
During my campaign so far I've travelling far and wide but I often get asked to explore ecotourism options within the UK. I'm heading to Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands next for a weekend of hiking, biking and wildlife watching. This reserve is reintroducing species that have previously been removed from the area like the Red Squirrel and the European Wildcat. The owner of the reserve, Paul Lister, also hopes to reintroduce wolves back into the United Kingdom after a long absence due to being hunted to extinction.
Catherine Capon - Bio
"Having always been bewitched by wildlife, I studied ecology and zoology at Imperial College London where I was fascinated by the theories but yearned to see these exotic creatures in their environment. My first wildlife expedition was to study bats in Honduras.
I slept in a hammock and waved goodbye to all the ‘necessities’ that I’d become accustomed to living in London. I learnt to live a very simple life in that cloud forest. It was here that I experienced my first moment of pure awe – sitting on a smooth rock in the centre of a clear stream with the midnight forest singing around me. Fireflies and bats were dancing over my head and the sheer happiness that I felt moved me to tears. That moment changed my life forever and I became fiercely protective of that forest. I became an ecoadventurer.
My life since university has seen me working in wildlife filmmaking and sustainability communication. Throughout this journey, I have kept the sense of purpose that overcame me in Central America. At every opportunity, I have travelled to a new corner of this planet to see the wildlife and how the people interact with the environment around them.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit places so beautiful that no photograph can truly capture them, and along the way, I’ve tried to encourage my family and friends to join me.
It was these travels, through work and pleasure, that inspired my mission to write about and photograph the top wildlife hotspots on the planet.
I hope that by doing this, other awe-seekers and ecoadventurers will awaken and unite to live more consciously with our planet.
The hard earned cash that you spend on your wildlife holiday makes those animals worth more alive than dead. At its best, ecotourism provides employment for local people and puts a real value on areas of outstanding natural beauty."
Today we bring you our most popular wilderness destination...ICELAND.
Below is an example of our 5 day Iceland Adventure.
Day 1: Drive directly to Reykjavík (45 min drive). Possibility of stopping in Blue Lagoon before going to Reykjavik. Blue Lagoon is located about 20 min away from the airport.
Day 2: Start your Iceland adventures with a drive up to the magnificent region of Snæfellsnes.
Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological interests such as lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, mineral springs, beautifully formed rocks, yellow and black sand beaches as well as caves and very interesting bird colonies
The Snæfellsjökull glacier is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, rising up 1450 meters from the middle of the Snæfellsnes peninsula this famous volcano is clearly visible more then 100 km away
Day 3: Today we’ll drive to ION hotel via Húsafell.
Head to Iceland's second largest glacier, Langjökull "The Long Glacier".
Board a special 8wheel drive monster truck that will take you to the glacier tunnel opening.
Ice Tunnel (40-50 min tour)
This three in one tour will enable you to explore: 1. around, 2. on and 3. within, the giant, 953sq/km glacier.You’ll journey to one of the world’s great wildernesses, perhaps the closest thing to the Ice Age.
Day 4: Visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint by walking behind the curtain of thundering water. This can be tricky in winter time if it’s icy outside- nevertheless the waterfall is very picturesque and worth the stop.
You’ll also visit the nearby Skógafoss waterfall with its seductive scenery and legend of hidden gold. Continue along Iceland’s South Coast reveals majestic mountains and a masterpiece of volcanic scenery with the highly active Hekla volcano looming in the clouds along with the glistening Eyjafjalljökull, erupted in 2010 and Mýrdalsjökull glacier which conceals the fiery secrets of Katla volcano underneath
Day 5: Of all the spectacular nature that resides in Iceland there are three ‘must-see' highlights that are easily experienced in one day. Thingvellir National Park tremendous geological interest. A short ride across fertile farmlands in the south reveal the breathtaking Gullfoss ‘Golden' Waterfalls where traversing a narrow path (UNESCO) is Iceland's greatest historical site and a place of provides close-up views of the thundering waterfall below. Only a few minutes away is the Geysir geothermal area where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.
There are countless things to see in the world’s last remaining Himalayan kingdom. In Paro, visit Ta Dzong National Museum, filled with art, relics and artifacts; Drukgyel Dzong, an ancient fortress below the snow dome of sacred Jhomolhari; and the Tiger’s Nest, one of the holiest sites in the Buddhist universe. See spectacular mountain views from the top of the Chalela Ridge, and take short hikes to the Dzongdrakha temples and Kila nunnery. From the ridge, descend into the recently opened Haa valley, still almost completely untouched by tourism.
In Thimphu, visit Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress monastery which now houses the National Assembly Hall, the monastery of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot), and the Dragon Throne. The Late King’s Memorial Chorten, topped with a golden spire, contains many beautiful works of art. Visit the School of Fine Arts (thangka painting and other traditional arts); the Royal Dance Academy (Buddhist Cham dances); the Folk and Textile Museums, the National Library, which houses ancient Buddhist manuscripts, Changgangkha and Zantog Pelri monasteries and Drubthrob nunnery, Explore a papermaking studio, the handicraft center, Thimphu’s myriad of colorful shops and on weekends, the outdoor market.
Beyond Thimphu, the National Highway leads east, over the 10,000 ft Dochu La pass into the Punakha valley, Bhutan’s ancient capital, where the majestic Dzong is situated at the confluence of two mighty glacial rivers. Here you can hike to the chorten of Khamsum Yuelley above the valley, and the temple of Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman. Beyond is Wangduephodrang Dzong, overlooking the river and the old trade route. At Gangtey, the rare and hauntingly beautiful black-necked cranes return every winter to the remote and lovely valley.
The Pele La pass crosses the Black Mountains and divides western and central Bhutan. East of the pass the road leads to Trongsa, site of Bhutan’s largest Dzong and ancestral home of the royal family. Beyond lie the breathtakingly beautiful Bumthang valleys, the heart of Bhutan, a treasury of temples and monasteries, a living museum of art and history. From Bumthang it takes about two days to reach the eastern border, along wild rocky roads and over Bhutan’s highest road pass to Mongar, and then the eastern center at Trashigang, where few tourists have yet ventured.
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