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Swanky Retreats Summer 2018

Luxury travel magazine that takes readers around the world.

United States
Caribbean Living Magazine, Inc
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
letter from the editor in chief

Partners@SwankyRetreats.com Happy summer… This issue is flowing with water. When we thought about the summer issue and what felt right to write about, it occurred to us that water was a natural fit. The warmer weather, the exotic locations, everything culminated to be the perfect focus for this summer 2018 issue. Join us as we float around the world finding you the perfect pools with the best views; take you to the island of Madeira where wine will be one of the last things on your mind, and drift with us from Miami Beach to the Maldives, where the blues lure us in for some well needed R&R. Speaking of resting, you’ll want to have a gander at our “Suite Dreams” section, featuring some fabulous suites from the Caribbean to the United…

2 min
the swank team

ALEXANDRA MAE EDITOR-AT-LARGE When you look up "wanderlust" in the dictionary odds are that a picture of me is in the definition. AMY SEDEÑO EDITOR-AT-LARGE As a self-proclaimed @hotelista I do quite a bit of traveling, and from holding a tarantula in an ancient site in Guatemala to drinking high tea in Dubai, and petting grey whales in Baja, you bet I’ve got stories to tell. ANDREW INNERARITY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY I Prefer to let the images do the talking. ANN MARIE SCHEIDLER EDITOR-AT-LARGE "Thailand was the trip of a lifetime for this Chicago girl...a sensory overload in the best of ways. The people, the food, the landscape: all unforgettable." AVA ROSALES FEATURES EDITOR So, what’s the best part of traveling? Meeting new people and immersing myself in the culture! DANIELLE KRAUSE EDITOR-AT-LARGE Exploring the fascinating variety of this exquisitely beautiful blue planet nourishes and fulfills my…

5 min
the   swank list

Getting into your element Hydration is the key to a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle. Elemental understands that by stripping down to the bare necessities, you’re left with pure results that not only maximize functionality, but also withstand the test of time. Elemental asks that you check your vital signs and uncover the qualities that are truly essential to your life – then add a little splash of character. Hydration is elemental to who you are. Each Elemental bottle conveys a sense of confidence, personality and power that transitions easily from office to outdoor to function without looking out of place – or altering your beverage temperature. This vessel has a minimalistic silhouette for the modest professional, it capitalizes on the intersection where design meets practicality. A brand that is born and bred in California,…

10 min
swellegant stays

Beloved Playa Mujeres Quintana Roo, Mexico Lovers, dive into Cancún’s intimate jungle oasis, Beloved Playa Mujeres. It’s hard to believe that this quaint, hidden gem is conveniently located only 30 minutes from Cancun International Airport. This all inclusive, couples boutique hotel brings authentic plant life, Mexican culture, luxurious accommodations, and of course, that pristine Caribbean water directly to you and your lover's feet. Stunting three infinity pools, swim up bars, waterside dining, the Taj Mahal of spas, 24/7 room service, and only 109 suites (all of which have oversized jacuzzi tubs, rainstorm showers, and a pillow menu… um, yes please!), you get all the perks of a large resort minus the crazy crowds. Enjoy an intimate swim, ocean sunset dinner, or simply get lost in the romantic aura that radiates from the…

2 min
a letter from north america: como metropolitan, miami beach

Dear Self, The summer days in Miami are warm and the air is thick. The water here is, as you might expect, warm and blue. We made a good choice to come and stay at the Como. The renovated Art Deco hotel tugs at the child in me. As soon as the bellman showed us to our room, the terrazzo flooring that was such a popular choice in South Florida in years gone by, spoke to me. I had to slip off my shoes and stand with my bare feet to feel that super special cooling feeling that only this floor can give. The hipness of the room itself made all of me feel cool. Pastel green walls, set off by grey trim and drapery, created a sanctuary. The stark white…

3 min
a letter from africa okavango delta, botswana

Dumela rra! or to any ladies reading this, dumela mma. I’m in the southern African country of Botswana, and although there are more than 20 languages spoken here, I’ve settled on greeting you in the national one, Setswana. Thankfully, English is an official language, too. Botswana is the most exclusive safari destination in Africa; consequently, it’s also the most expensive. The country is sparsely populated, and understandably the local people want to keep their pristine ecosystems as wild and beautiful as they can be, allowing the incredibly rich wildlife around them to flourish. Like Bhutan, half a world away, the government is, therefore, deliberately pursuing a strategy of low volume, high value tourism. Visit Botswana and they’ll make sure you have an extraordinary time, but you can’t do it on the cheap. I’m…