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tourtalk defining luxury A stay in Ashford Castle is included in Insight Vacations itineraries. michelle marie arean "We define true luxury as a collection of carefully curated experiences. It's that moment when you realize every part of your journey is thoughtfully designed to maximize your time, comfort, culinary desires and wellbeing. It's not about excess, it's about the depth of each moment." -Rob Fielding, Director of Guest Experience, Travcoa "True luxury in today's marketplace can be described as the intersection of phenomenal properties and incredibly special, once-in-alifetime experiences. Today's explorers want to immerse themselves in the destination, in the food, and to engage with the locals-and that's something only the very best tour operators can provide. In addition to world-class hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, travelers today want private access to each destination's most unique and exceptional offerings. " -Phil Cappelli, President, Insight Vacations USA "As we have seen travel evolve over the decades, it's important to note that 'luxury' does not necessarily mean five-star properties high-end and/or luxury often refers to experiencing each destination authentically, enjoying VIP access to amazing attractions, staying in unique accommodations that are focused on a specific attribute or situated in an off-the-beaten-path location. It's about elevating the concept of tailormade vacations." -Gianni Miradoli, CEO, Central Holidays Travel Group 12 october 2015 tr av c oa Travcoa's Islands Around the World by Private Jet itinerary (operated by TCS Expeditions) is an ultra-luxurious 24-day journey that has participants traveling to 10 of the world's most beautiful islands, including remote ones such as the archipelago of Vanuatu where guests snorkel with tropical fish, paddle down a jungle river, or explore Port Vila. It's an itinerary that includes everything from active excursions such as a jungle hike to cultural experiences such as exploring the best-preserved Greek ruins outside of Greece. The journey starts in Kona, Hawaii and travels to Port Vila and Pentecost Island, Vanuatu; Palau; Magelang, Indonesia; Galle or Dambulla, Sri Lanka; the Maldives; Zanzibar, Tanzania; Agrigento, Italy; Madeira, Portugal; and Bermuda. Rates for travel June 7-30, 2016 start at $79,950 pp dbl. or i nsi g h t v ac ati ons Insight Vacations' Premium 9-day Irish Elegance itinerary includes a 1-night stay in Ashford Castle, which dates back to 1228 and sits on a 350-acre estate on the shores of Lough Corrib. A few other immersive experiences on this tour include a visit to Trinity College Library, as well as visits to towering cliffs, lakelands, remote villages, and tea with an Irish family. Rates start at $2,039 pp dbl for April-October 2016 dates. Debuting last month is the 13day Ultimate Italy tour, part of the brand's Insight Luxury Gold offerings, which includes a 3-night stay at Villa le Maschere, a luxury resort set in the Tuscan hills of Mugello near Florence. This journey features a private VIP tour of the Sistine Chapel, an open-top taxi ride to the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa in the Isle of Capri, a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, a 1-night stay in Perugia, and a hands-on Tuscan culinary class. Rates start at $5,650 pp dbl for travel AprilOctober 2016. or j our ney s b y c entr al h oli d ay s Journeys by Central Holidays offers tailor-made vacations with accommodations that include e travagant five-star hotels with butler service, historic homes, specialty themed boutique hotels, and even unique accommodations such as castles, villas or farmhouses. A 9-day sample itinerary through France for a family of four can include a visit to a perfumery in Eze, as well as a guided visit of the Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse; a visit to the Old Town in Monaco; a half-day in Cannes and Antibes; a visit to the Pope's Palace in Avignon; a visit to the picturesque village of Les Baux de Provence; lunch at the Eiffel Tower; a cruise on the Seine River; a private tour of the Louvre; and a private, guided half-day tour of Versailles. All throughout the trip, guests are met by a private guide/car that whisks guests to each stop on their itinerary.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend October 2015

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Starwood’s The Luxury Collection
Tour Talk: Defining Luxury
The Butler Did It
The BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia
Spa Wars
Raising the Bar in Mexico
Spa Treats
Chic Stays
Official Florida Travel Industry Education Program—Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Course
Stay Well at MGM Grand
Southbound, by Design
Speaking “Bespoke” in Europe
Indulgent Experiences
New Asian Beauties

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