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Swanky Retreats Winter 2018/2019

Luxury travel magazine that takes readers around the world.

United States
Caribbean Living Magazine, Inc
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
letter from the editor in chief

Hello everyone, Please sit back and fasten your seatbelts. This issue is about to take off. Although we anticipate a smooth ride, we are taking you from Buenos Aires to Uzbekistan with several stops in between, the level of excitement could cause a desire to wander about (the globe). We absolutely encourage this, once you’ve read the magazine from cover to cover in your favorite seat. In the event that you cannot control the urge to travel, immediately, an oxygen mask will not magically appear and the bag will definitely not inflate. Continue to breathe normally, and visit our website where you will find clickable links to get you to your new favorite spots from within this issue. We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to where…

1 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. AVA ROSALES FEATURES EDITOR So, what’s the best part of traveling? Meeting new people and immersing myself in the culture! DYLAN BENOIT CONTRIBUTING EDITOR I’m a chef with Champagne taste and a beer budget, but always seem to find myself surrounded by the most amazing people in the most amazing places. From eating termites in the Honduran jungle to learning how to make dim…

5 min
the swank list

She loves travel (obviously). Pairing this passion with her penchant for the coupling of casual elegance and you’ll see why her picks for this winter are a perfect fit for her (and you). Her style is eclectic but a common thread runs through all of her pieces. What commonly ties them all together is a classic look and feel that screams casual elegance, without her ever having to say a word. Another connector for Peta is a back story. This is probably obvious since her life is about telling travel stories and surrounding herself with some of the most eloquent voices who love to do the same. When she discovers an interesting product that catches her eye, and has a fabulous and creative story, she’s all in. This winter, she…

2 min
out & about

The Blackstone Hotel Chicago, Illinois Located in the heart of the city's Cultural Mile and adjacent to the world class Millennium Park, The Blackstone Hotel, features 335 stylish downtown Chicago hotel rooms and suites, including the famed Suite of Presidents and Smoke-Filled Suite; The hotel also features an innovative collection of over 1,600 original artworks, primarily by Chicago artists. The 1600 CLUB, The Blackstone's concierge lounge, is just steps down from the first floor lobby featuring artwork and décor which gives a nod to the property's former name, The Hotel of Presidents. Lakeview guest rooms offer guests sweeping, unobstructed views of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier to Soldier Field. While you’re out, and about, step out of the windy city’s blustery winter weather, if even for a spell. Pop into Mercat a…

14 min
swellegant stays

The Bradley Cheltenham, England The Regency streets of Cheltenham make for a quintessentially English town. Georgian ladies came here to take the healing waters, the Victorians promenaded through the parks, and even today a well-heeled set flocks to Cheltenham to shop, watch the races, and attend the annual Cheltenham Literature Festival. The Bradley was built in 1912, and it is a gorgeous townhouse hotel. You step from the street through the golden stone facade, and are ushered into a succession of elegant reception rooms. Fine art hangs on the rich red walls, there are open fireplaces, and the conservatory opens out onto attractive gardens. My four poster bed is in a large room with turquoise green walls and long shafts of natural light flowing in through the original, full length windows. Much of the…

4 min
a letter from asia: uzbekistan

Dear fellow travelers, pilgrims, missionaries, and merchants, I’m going to take you along on my journey through the heart of the Silk Road, a way many of you will have traveled in centuries past. You don’t need your caravan of camels on this occasion: I’m going by plane and high speed train! Uzbekistan has always drawn visitors from the West, and equally beguiled those from the East. The names of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva are almost legendary, their bejeweled monuments decorating the pages of National Geographic and inspiring countless writers, artists, and poets. I’ve flown here direct with Uzbekistan Airways, making most of the new e-visa regime. The capital, Tashkent, is a curious mix of old and new, with ancient monuments fighting for your attention with the glittering Soviet era metro and the…