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Swanky Retreats Winter 2019

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

Welcome to the winter issue… We have a Swank List that’s all about the good stuff. Amy, our newly minted sommelier, gives you her latest take on the hottest wines. Then, saunter through Bali, the Dominican Republic, South Africa and India in our Letters From and Swellegant Stays.Andrew gives you the very first look at the freshest set of The Bungalows in the Florida Keys. In his words, this place “...offers the flexibility to explore unspoiled natural beauty in sync with The Keys vibe of a relaxed local culture.” Who else wants to be there now? Florida sun > snow. As usual though...we’ve got you covered around the globe. From good times in Ireland to old Montreal with a tasty stop in central California where we learned how to entertain Westcoast style…

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. AVA ROSALES FEATURES EDITOR Wherever the destination may be, it’s the villa life for me. SERGIO OLIVARES CREATIVE DIRECTOR When I am not at a music concert, you might catch me hunting down new and exciting roads to drive on the weekends. "I live my life a quarter mile at a time." - Dom Toretto. 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. BRIANA LOZANO EDITOR-AT-LARGE My favorite place to travel to is one I have never been to before! New cities, new sights, new food,…

3 min
the swank list

Amy is certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and has worked with brands such as Barton & Guestier and Wines of Chile. She’s a contributor to the Vitner Project and a somm at Miami’s Design District bespoke wine shop and tasting bar, Abaco Wines & Wine Bar. Amy’s picks reflect her palate and wines she’s discovered during her travels. When selecting a wine, she values terroir-driven vineyards and winemakers that have a story to tell. Château de Béru 2017 Chablis Montserre The Béru family has owned the historic Château de Béru domain for 400 years, and the 2017 Chablis Mostserre is the perfect example of their terroir-driven legacy. Made from 40-year-old vines, this Burgundian white natural wine is organic and biodynamic and harvested from the highest point in the hill…

3 min
swellegant stays

Bulgari Bali Bali, Indonesia Bulgari Bali is not just for honeymooners. Whether you are young, free, and single, coupled up and in love, or visiting with extended family in tow, this glorious beachside retreat is a stunning place to rewind. The resort is built into a steep cliff side, descending eventually to the beach. Every villa boasts Indian Ocean views, so you can lie back in bed -- our take a dip in your private plunge pool -- and admire the panorama. The villa architecture is inspired by indigenous Balinese styles, but with a strong and effective contemporary twist. The black Terrazzo bathroom is a dramatic nod to Bulgari’s Italian heritage, and you can choose to shower there or step outside beneath the rain shower, bathing in the secluded tropical garden. The high…

3 min
a letter from africa: cape town

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. I’m spending a week exploring “The Mother City”, also known as Cape Town. Though it’s not the country’s capital, this vibrant city boasts everything you could wish for, from culture to commerce. I have checked in at Cape Grace, a grand hotel on a private quay, a fabulous waterfront location. It’s a member of Leading Hotels, and it is often said that “You have to stay here at least once in your lifetime.” Well, I’m doing as I’m told, and thoroughly enjoying the experience. Each morning I wake up and look out the window at the yachts bobbing on the water, and the mountain peaks rising up behind the city. It is peaceful here, in spite of the downtown location, so whilst I’m sipping my coffee, still in…

3 min
a letter from europe: dorset, england

Dear friends, The cliffs of Lyme Regis on the south coast of England are full of secrets. This is the Jurassic Coast -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- where some of the earliest and most significant discoveries of dinosaurs were found. Walking along the beach at Lyme Bay you can still pick up fossils from amongst the pebbles and sea-smoothed glass, and as each winter storm batters the rocks, more and more layers of prehistory are laid bare. Hollywood turned its eyes on Lyme Regis this past year as Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan descended on the sleepy little town. They’ve been filming Ammonite, the story of 19th century fossil hunter and paleontologist Mary Anning. A dissenter and a woman, Anning never became a household name: her male peers in the…