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Swanky Retreats Spring 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

Spring is in the air and we are ready to roll! I hope you guys have been doing well and can see the light at the end of the tunnel, when it comes to getting back to traveling and exploring. That last trip around the sun was very different for those of us who like to enjoy the 365 rotations from various destinations. We are getting back our footing and I feel strongly that traveling will be back with a spring in its step, even if it looks more like summer or fall...you know what I mean. Flip the page and start making plans. We stopped in Charleston and indulged in Belmond Charleston Place and now we are spoiled for choice with all of their other hotels, trains, boats, restaurants, and safaris.…

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,…

5 min
swellegant stays

Belmond Charleston Place Charleston, South Carolina Belmond prides itself on gifting its guests with an intense sense of place while being a secluded sanctuary, at each of their exclusive destination hotels and experiences. They can only be summed up as such because the brand is synonymous with luxury yet not the expected definition of the word. Their portfolio is brimming with hotels, trains, boats, safaris, and restaurants; all with a singular feel of total immersion into opulence and local hospitality at the highest level. A prime example in North America is the Belmond Charleston Place. Visiting South Carolina there are a number of accommodation options where one can lay their head, but choosing Charleston Place shows that you know exactly what you are looking for in the destination. True Southern hospitality and…

3 min
a letter from asia: borneo

Greetings from Malaysia, There’s a new man in my life! I just had to write and tell you about him. He’s irresistibly cute and agile, with a shock of auburn hair, and such a cheeky smile. His name is Archie. And we share so much in common: 97% of our DNA, in fact! Before I lead you on too far, you should know that Archie is not my latest squeeze, but an orangutan. I have adopted him from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo. His mother was unable to care for him, so he had to be hand-reared, but now he is making good progress and learning essential orangutan skills so that one day he might survive in the wild. Coming to Malaysia, I wanted to learn about the rainforest, the…

5 min
swanky sips: north macedonia

If you were an Ancient Roman or an Ancient Greek, what would you have drunk? New World wines were centuries away from their first vintages, and even the French wine industry was relatively new. If you had wanted something special to impress your guests, there is a good chance you would have looked to the Balkans and, in particular, to what is today North Macedonia. The wine makers here have 4,000 years of experience in viticulture. They supplied grapes to Alexander the Great and his soldiers, and traded large quantities of fine wines with the Romans. The reason you are unlikely to have heard of -- let alone tasted -- Macedonian wines is that during the 20th century almost all the production was consumed within Yugoslavia. Few bottles made it further afield,…

1 min
new travel trends

Retreat to a Teton Tiny House: With sustainably built, LEED-certified “tiny house” cabins, Fireside Resort is Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s most innovative take on resort town lodging. The resort embraces modern, yet rustic design and presents a fresh approach to luxury lodging. Nestled in a wooded setting at the foot of the Teton Range, the cabins allow guests to get back to nature while enjoying the intimacy of a boutique hotel and the ambiance of their own cozy residence. www.firesidejacksonhole.com Channel Your Inner Cowboy: “Yellowstone,” the wildly popular cable television series starring Kevin Costner, has sparked newfound interest in luxury dude ranch vacations. Red Reflet Ranch, a 28,000-acre guest ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, has experienced a surge of guests booking five-figure vacations because of their love for the series. Guests stay in…