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Swanky Retreats Fall 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 my friends, I say it every autumn, and I will say it once again, I love this season and every aspect of it. The light is more subtle and paints everything with a gorgeous brush. Do you see and feel the same? Do you plan your trips, during this season, based more on the emotional tug of a destination because of the autumn breeze or the color of the leaves on the trees? Well, we have you covered from cozy Mendocino, California all the way to a nurturing spa experience in Bali. If relaxation on vacation is your jam, then join us in Dresden for another spa uncommon experience. This time of year, is there really too much of a good thing? We think not. Our Swellegant stays will have…

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…

6 min
swellegant stays

Adare Manor County Limerick, Ireland Ireland is full of lore, green hills, cliffs, castles and manors. We love the idea of being able to spend a few nights in the lap of luxury and absorb the history that surrounds one at this manor. Adare Manor is a neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece, once the family seat of the Earls of Dunraven. Today it is a warm and welcoming 5-star luxury resort located in Adare Co. Limerick, defined by its spectacular setting, authentic historic character, and the impeccable service of its world-class staff. The manor borrows its name from the nearby village of Adare, the charm of which is not to be missed. Antique shops, traditional thatched-roofed cottages, and the river Maigue all make up a charming frame for the grandeur that is Adare Manor and…

2 min
a letter from north america: chicago, illinois

The air is crisper and the playful days of summer have become recent memories. I am more than happy to warm up to autumn and all the fun of the season. Writing you from Chicago, where—in a few months, things will definitely be a bit colder. The coolest thing about this city is how walkable it is and the LondonHouse Chicago has me smack in the middle of everything. My suite has views of Michigan Avenue and the river. As the sun sets and the temps drop, I am in my robe and snuggled up to my floor-to-ceiling window, dreaming up stories about the world outside my window and the imagining tales about the lives beneath my feet. I stayed in on night one, but then, after a day of…

2 min
a letter from north america: montreal, canada

Bonjour… Everything is turning and changing in this city. I’m not saying that because it’s autumn and the weather is no longer warm and the leaves are no longer a vibrant green. I am saying this because Montreal has so many revitalization projects under way that the city is visibly changing before our eyes. These changes are for the better and we are happy that we got to spend a few days exploring Old Montreal. This part of the city dates back to the 17th century and its cobblestone streets are intrinsic reminders of its age. For those who are not prone to looking down while walking, there are buildings that were once pillars of the community, with their imposing architectural facades, now turned hip café and co-working spaces that go by…

2 min
a letter from north america: o’ahu, hawai’i

Touched down, for the first time, in Hawai’i and it was late, very dark, and a little damp. My flight from the mainland to the islands was scheduled for a night arrival and it could not have worked out any better. I wanted to awake to the majesty of O'ahu and in particular, my view from the Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel on Waikiki Beach. My suite was positioned to where my view from bed was the majestic Diamond Head National Monument at the tips of my toes and to my right was the celebrated Waikiki Beach. Opening one eye at a time, making sure the hotel did not disappoint, I was like a kid in a candy shop and (almost) ready to jump on the bed, which was exceptionally comfy, by…