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latinamerica Keiki hula dancers at Turtle Bay Resort. Southbound, by Design carla hunt Grace Panama in Panama City. Bespoke travel-it's a many-splendored concept with many perspectives. Think truly customized upscale travel in which a journey is solely and meticulously designed to meet client needs and sensibilities, is focused on highly local and authentic experiences, and is fashioned out of luxury products and services to produce a unique trip. Today's demand for bespoke travel creates top demand for destination expertise, creating a marketplace in which professional travel agents shine- and profitability. Dozens of hotels, inns and lodges in Latin America are, in one way or another, jumping on the bespoke bandwagon, and surely the new Grace Panama in Panama City is a poster child to the movement. The luxury boutique property, with 60 rooms including seven ultra-luxe suites, offers a series of Bespoke By Grace Experiences, adopted, according to Allison Kline, director of marketing-Americas, because "we want our guests to feel connected to our richly diverse destination and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture with insider access and insights." Hotel guests may join the executive chef for an early morning visit to the Panama City Fish Market; learn about the history of rum, how it is made and how it tastes; hike through the Metropolitan Natural Park; or take a photography master class. And Bespoke by Grace also applies to in-room options spanning a choice of pillows, room fragrances, or champagne every evening. The 31-guestroom, 3-story mansion hotel Casa Gangotena, from its base in Ecuador's Old Town of Quito- the first city to be declared UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage site-is keeping a sharp eye on new options to enrich its portfolio of added-value guest activities. On offer are exclusive cultural adventures complimentary to guests on specific days every day of the week. For instance, Mondays are sweet, with chocolate tastings and a chance to learn the secrets october 2015 43

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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