July 2016

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Active & Experiential Travel

In this Issue:

  • Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime
  • Onboard Review: Holland America’s Koningsdam
  • North America: Explore the Great Outdoors via Rail Travel
  • Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road
The Outdoor Lounge at Karongwe River Lodge.

South Africa From Beach to Bush

At INDABA 2016, one catchphrase that kept ringing throughout Africa’s largest tradeshow was “value for money.” While this notion could easily apply to hotels alone in South Africa (five-star lodges at less than $200 a night are just the start), value in this country goes far beyond the physical.
Guests can enjoy paddleboarding on the St. Lucie River. (Michelle Arean)

Onsite Review: An Athletic Transformation at Club Med Sandpiper Bay

onfession: I don’t have an athletic bone in my body. My idea of a workout is my occasional Bar Method class or biking through the neighborhood. And even that, I can’t commit to with much accountability. But during my stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida, I transformed into a pseudo-athlete. A
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas offers a Desert to Ocean Experience.

Singular Experiences

We’ve put together a selection of singular experiences that can only be made in Mexico.
Rocky Mountaineer has a 10-day journey in Canada that includes five days on the rails.

Explore the Great Outdoors Via Rail Travel

Whether it’s kayaking with Beluga whales or glacier hiking in Alaska, rail journeys in the U.S. and Canada get travelers into the heart of outdoor exploration.
The Marchenzimmer Raum (Fairy Tale Room) at the Boutique Hotel Schieferhof.

At Home in Thuringia, Germany

It was a chilly December night when I settled into my seat at St. George’s Church (Georgenkirche) in Eisenach, Germany for the sold-out Johann Sebastian Bach Weihnachts Oratorium. By this time, my press trip through the central German state of Thuringia had ended, but my affable guide Cornelia insisted I take part in this cherished holiday tradition she and her husband attend annually.
Susan Farewell

Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International Travel Experiences

To survive and thrive as a travel agent today, you have to think out of the box…big time. Many clients are no longer satisfied with just seeing a destination’s highlights and getting their photos taken in front of the iconic landmarks.
Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica.

Onsite Review: Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica

Fine, sustainable lodgings mixed with authentic experiences are in the DNA of Costa Rica, and Rico Tours president Leigh Ann Cloutier is excited about the country’s newest: Chayote Lodge.
Wild Planet Adventures’ Borneo itineraries offer the opportunity to see orangutans in the wild.

Journeys Beyond the Ordinary

Adventure travelers in general, and baby boomers in particular, have both ample appetites and ample budgets for vacations that mix up active adventure and involving cultural experiences, enhanced by expert guides and top-quality comfort, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. And that’s where the growth market seems to be in the wide and wonderful world called Asia, where clients will find a host of different paths to exploring far horizons on journeys beyond the ordinary.
Puzzle Israel is offering a yoga and culinary itinerary in Israel.

Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road

Israel is known for its Holy Land treasures—and rightfully so—but tell your clients that this tiny country is much more than a mecca for religious-focused travels. This country is made for visitors seeking out active exploration and cultural interactions with the locals.
Pathway to the beach at Bougainvillea Beach Resort. (Paloma Villaverde de Rico)

Onsite Review: Barbados

Sea turtles, blooming gardens & a dash of English china... It’s the scent that lures you in, and then it’s the lively ambiance and tasty fish that keep you hanging out for hours. For clients who want to immerse themselves in the local culture and experience a colorful hangout, with authentic Barbadian music and food, Oistins Fish Fry is a top experience in Barbados.
Whale-watching in the Bay of Samana in the Dominican Republic.

Only on These Islands, 5 Unforgettable Experiences

“The average couple staying for one week at a Sandals Resort will take three Island Routes tours.” That insider’s comment at JAPEX is Exhibit A for making the case that Caribbean beach holidays have changed. Sure, even the most active and inquisitive travelers still lounge around the pool, but they also want to do things, see things. Following are five experiential activities that are hot—and are best booked in advance.
Belmond’s high-end rail journeys take travelers through the heart of Europe. (Belmond)

Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe

Today’s modern traveler wants to connect with a destination’s past, and traveling via rail offers a peephole into those bygone times, a great complement to the castles, museums and cafes often visited when traveling through Europe.
For 2017, Ponant is adding to its Antarctica sailings.

Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime

Fifty years ago Lindblad Expeditions founder Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first citizen explorer expedition to Antarctica, marking the invention of the category of “expedition travel.”
At BLEND By Chateau Ste. Michelle, wine enthusiasts can create their own wines.

Onboard Review: MS Koningsdam

Watching fellow passengers gracefully samba and cha-cha to a live band as white-gloved waiters served a formal high tea in the elegant Queen’s Lounge, stopping by the sidewalk bistro-style Grand Dutch Cafe for a sandwich and brew, watching movies under the stars, and savoring our artistically presented gourmet dinner in the new Sel de Mer French restaurant were just a few of the highlights for my husband and me during a recent sailing on the ms Koningsdam.
Opposite page: Dining al fresco at The Vines Resort & Spa in Chile.

Do Like the Locals in Latin America

Never underestimate the power of a hotel to capture for guests the specialty adventures of its immediate neighborhood, and to unlock the essence and authenticity of its locale. By opening new hospitality horizons, Latin America hotels continue to change the landscape of vacation planning for the active and adventurous traveler, while also delivering memorable cultural experiences. Let’s consider some prime-time examples...
Red Rock Canyon exploration awaits guests staying at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary

A wellness-focused getaway wrapped with a bit of local experiences make for an ideal vacation that everyone from adventurous millennials to well-traveled baby boomers can appreciate.