Swanky Retreats Fall 2021

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

www.SwankyRetreats.com Swanky Retreats (Volume 6, Issue 2; ISSN 2469-6862) Published Quarterly by Caribbean Living Magazine, Inc., Box 30015 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33303. ©2021 by Swanky Retreats Magazine, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Publisher assumes no liability for the representations contained herein. Swanky Retreats is not responsible for the return or care of unsolicited material. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of Swanky Retreats or Caribbean Living Magazine, Inc. Printed in the USA Image Cover Credit: Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest, SC On Instagram @SwankyRetreats On Twitter @SwankyRetreats On Facebook Facebook.com/SwankyRetreats…

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. 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. DYLAN BENOIT CONTRIBUTING EDITOR I’m a chef with Champagne taste and a beer budget, but always seem to find myself surrounded by…

3 min
swellegant stays

Fairmont El San Juan San Juan, Puerto Rico Step back in time to a swanky era where cigar smoke permeated the air and live music filled your soul in San Juan. This resort embodies all the classic touches that evoke a sense of place from the moment you enter the lobby. Closer than the forts and cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the Fairmont El San Juan immediately sets the stage for a Puerto Rican holiday. By day, the dark wood walls and ceiling soften the bright sunlight and invite the luxury traveler to sink into its rich leather furniture and enjoy the opulence of the lobby while being dazzled by the imposing 7,000 crystal chandelier. By night, this same lobby comes alive in a very sophisticated way. Sway your way through…

5 min
swanky sips: whiskey from the queen of the hebrides

Nothing shouts “Scotland” more than single malt whiskeys. And Islay, the southernmost island in the Inner Hebrides, is Scotland’s whiskey making heartland. Nine working distilleries produce world famous brands like Ardbeg and Laphroaig and have earned this wildly beautiful destination the appropriate title of “The Queen of the Hebrides”. By British standards, Islay is remote. But the 45-minute flight from Glasgow (or the ferry ride from Kennacraig to Port Ellen) to get there feels like a real adventure, and anticipation builds as the rugged island comes into view. I first saw Islay through a break in the clouds, rays of sunshine illuminating the moorland. It is a landscape which has inspired generations of creatives, from chart topping folk singer Donovan to the award winning Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The purpose of…

5 min
the original the one, the only, the palm beaches

The toney setting of this destination is renowned the world over... yet the expanse of America’s first resort destination - The Palm Beaches - is not as widely talked about. It comprises 39 towns and cities from Boca Raton and Delray, to Palm Beach and Jupiter! That’s a lot to discover. We charted a course to see more than just the glitz and glamour and came across some very swanky spots along the way. Home base for us was the Braziian Court Hotel, right on the island. Its elegant spanish colonial architecture, lush tropical courtyards and fountains combined with warm ocean breezes frame the exclusive Brazilian Court Hotel. This historic landmark infused throughout with Roaring 1920s glamour and boutique intimacy, is a private enclave and a classic Palm Beach luxury getaway…

6 min
gastronomic gallivants: the pierhouse hotel, scotland

The west coast of Scotland reminds visitors that some parts of the British Isles are still truly wild. The pretty fishing village of Port Appin clings to the rugged coastline, looking out across the mythical sounding Lynn of Lorn. An area of outstanding natural beauty, it is a gateway to the islands and the sea. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises feed beneath the dramatic sea cliffs, whilst eagles, buzzards, and falcons circle overhead, swooping down now and then for a snack. In this place where land and water meet, anglers and seafood lovers find themselves in heaven. Scottish salmon is rightly world famous, and the nearby River Awe boasts large stocks of freshwater trout as well as salmon. Sailing out on strikingly beautiful Loch Etive, even amateur fishermen can reel in the…