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Swanky Retreats Summer 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

Happy summer, Who’s ready to explore the world, uncharted? We hope you all are because this issue is a real page-turner. Explore Napa with Dylan as he skydives into wine country and shows you the destination like never before. Sophie takes us on a trip through beguiling Botswana, while I hop down to Central America and explore Guatemala. These uncharted adventures are full of fun and excitement and, as usual I encourage you (once you’re finished reading) to book your flight and follow our lead. There are a world of possibilities waiting to be explored. Jeff uncovered a gem in Miami that was in plain sight for quite some time, but somehow we just got a chance to experience a stay there. He shares all the details in his piece on page…

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 Wherever the destination may be, it’s the villa life for me. BRIANA LOZANO EDITOR-AT-LARGE My favorite place to travel to is one I have never been to before! New cities, new sights, new…

3 min
swellegant stays

Amano Grand Central Berlin, Germany Few cities deliver urban cool like Berlin. Buzzing, creative, and young, you can party all night, watch art house films, admire the Bauhaus architecture, and take street art themed walking tours, not to mention eat every hip cuisine on the planet. And compared to rival capital London, Berlin is still remarkably affordable. Amano Grand Central encapsulates Berlin’s vibe. Situated beside the city’s main train station, it’s in the heart of the city. If you climb up to the roof terrace bar, you’ll be able to look straight out at many of Berlin’s most iconic buildings, including the Berliner Fernsehturm, which was built as a symbol of Communist power and is still one of the tallest structures in Europe. Guest rooms and suites at Amano Grand Central vary in size…

3 min
a letter from africa: south luangwa, zambia

Good morning, good morning! It’s a very good morning indeed. My day started before the sun was up when a delightful gentleman delivered me tea whilst I was still in bed. I gradually came to as the caffeine roused my system, pulled on some clothes, and wandered out to meet my guide. Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is the birthplace of the walking safari, and today we left Time+Tide’s Chinzombo Camp at first light. I wish I’d kept a list of all the species we saw; the birds alone numbered in the dozens. The vibrant plumage of the southern carmine bee eaters and the lilac breasted rollers is dazzling; it’s as if an artist’s paintbox exploded when they were being created. I adore everything about a walking safari. You move through the…

3 min
a letter from europe: devon, england

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside! I do like to be beside the sea! This old British music hall song comes to mind whenever I hear the crashing of the waves. The English seaside town was a key part of my childhood; whatever the weather, we would head down to the beach with a bucket and spade to build sand castles, swim in the always bracing English Channel, and eat vanilla ice cream in a wafer cone. In my mind, it was completely idyllic, the most precious of memories. Devon, a county in the southwest of England, is a truly wonderful countryside escape. Its southern coastline is nicknamed “The English Riviera”, but it is far less developed and crowded than its French namesake. In fact, if you come here…

2 min
a letter from north america: dublin, ohio

My Dear Friend, Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! Throughout my travel adventures, this was a first. With minutes to spare, I rummaged through my monochromatic wardrobe to find a green item to wear to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. As luck would have it, there at the very bottom of my accessories box was a lonely shamrock-hued scarf. But hold onto your hats….I’m talking DUBLIN as in Dublin, OHIO. Admittedly, when a Chicago writer is called upon to cover a rooftop bar in March, you can bet she plans to trade in the tundra for some surf and turf. I hadn’t envisioned boarding a plane in a parka to Columbus, Ohio. But the moment I entered the sleek lobby of the European-inspired AC Hotel and caught sight of its modern lounge…