Secluded Luxury: Isolated Properties with Private Escapes

Sometimes seclusion and privacy can be the ultimate luxury. In a time when we find ourselves always connected to our phones and computers, you may have come to the realization that you are in need of a serious digital detox. An unfortunate side effect of our near-constant digital exposure can lead to feeling disconnected from our loved ones and sometimes disconnecting can be the best way to reconnect. When the idea of seclusion and privacy comes to mind, some may picture a loner’s cabin in the woods,  but being remote doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Knowing how rare true seclusion has become, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite properties that prioritize secluded luxury and some new properties that will definitely fit the bill!

The Green O at The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Montana 

Opening in 2020, this luxury retreat within a retreat will feature 12 ultraluxe, ultra-private Haus accommodations that are designed to bring nature into the space. There are 4 designs with 3 Hauses in each category that offer privacy and seclusion for couples looking to reconnect in the beautiful Montana wilderness without sacrificing comfort. With fireside inspired cuisine, a wide plethora of activities ranging from cooking classes & winetastings to wellness-focused spa services and trail hiking, this secluded, exclusive addition to the Resort at Paws Up is an adults-only haven that is sure to rejuvenate all who experience it.  

As a Virtuoso property, Ourisman Travel is happy to extend the below amenities for your stay at The Green O at The Resort at Paws Up:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast (included in rates)
  • A $300 USD activity credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers
  • Bottle of wine in room on arrival
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Stonewater Cove – Table Rock Lake, Missouri  

Tucked away in the Ozark Mountains in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest, Stonewater Cove an all-inclusive luxury retreat catering to guests looking to disconnect to reconnect in a relatively easy to get to location that still offers seclusion. A family-owned property, Stonewater Cove emphasizes “the wild, comfort and bliss” that guests experience during their stays. With plenty of activities and comprehensive packages designed to fit guests individual preferences, Stonewater Cove is a great option for a secluded and fun-filled getaway. 

Through our partnership with JMak, Ourisman Travel is pleased to offer these great value-added amenities to our clients for their stays at Stonewater Cove: 

  • Hand-crafted coasters
  • Leather bound journal
  • Reserve 5 or more nights to receive a complimentary upgrade

Camp Sarika by Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

The mission statement of Camp Sarika by Amangiri is to be “at one with wilderness” and this unique extension of Amangiri does not fall short in its goal. Taking seclusion to a new level, this ultraluxe camp was created to provide guests with a much-needed place to disconnect from the hustle & bustle and omnipresent pressures of life in the 21st century.  The design is consistent with that of the Aman brand, ensuring that guests do not have to choose between isolation and luxury. With pavilions large enough to accommodate families, Camp Sarika is a great option for families in need of escaping their day to day lives and getting in some good quality family time in the seclusion of the American West. 

Ourisman Travel is proud to  offer the following Virtuoso amenities to our clients for their stays at Amangiri or Camp Sarika: 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • Spa credit of $125 per person, once, for up to 2 guests, applicable to spa treatments scheduled between 9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

One&Only Mandarina – Riviera Nayarit, Mexico 

Opening in November of 2020, One&Only Mandarina is located within 600 acres of lush Mexican rainforest and is one of the properties opening this year that Team Ourisman is most excited about. The design of this property is truly unique with each of the luxury standalone rooms, suites and villas have been constructed to complement the natural beauty of the area. Seclusion is a focal point here and the accommodations truly highlight that, with each space providing maximum privacy and luxury to guests. The treehouse rooms and suites blend in perfectly with the rainforest canopies and the clifftop villas provide incredible views. The One&Only Mandarina is sure to quickly become one of the premier properties in the area and we cannot wait for it to open! 

Ourisman Travel is happy to extend the following exclusive Virtuoso Amenities to our clients for their stays at One&Only Mandarina: 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary A la carte breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort – North Island, Seychelles 

Barefoot luxury at its finest, North Island offers guests a true private island experience. Only 11 villas populate this lush island where sustainable luxury and seclusion are top of mind. The villas are well spread out throughout the island with 10 beachfront options and Villa 11, the only villa not directly on the beach, is tucked away on the granite boulders above the East Beach. The beach villas offer almost 5,000 square feet of space with Villa 11 providing guests with 8,000 square feet. Guests have complete control of their time while staying on North Island with the ability to customize meals, activities, and more to suit their every whim. 

Through our partnership with Virtuoso, Ourisman Travel clients are eligible for the following value-added amenities: 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast daily (already inclusive in rates)
  • Complimentary 60-minute massage for up to two people, per villa, once during stay
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • Bottle of champagne on arrival
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Private Retreats – Worldwide Destinations 

The Four Seasons brand has long been setting the standard for exemplary service in the five-star hotel space and their Private Retreat collection is no exception. This collection offers a wide range of homes, residential suites & villas located at most of the Four Seasons properties worldwide. These high-end accommodation options offer guests a higher level of privacy and seclusion for their stays while still providing access to the amenities and the incredible service that one finds at Four Seasons hotels. These Private Retreats are great for groups and families who want access to each other and convenience during their stays while maintaining their standards of luxury & service. 

As a member of the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program, we are pleased to offer our clients these exclusive amenities when they book a stay at a Four Seasons Private Retreat. (Please note that amenities may vary by property). 

  • Full Breakfast for two, including room service and buffets
  • $100 credit (towards F&B or Spa, dependent upon property)
  • Complimentary upgrade, based on availability at check in
  • Early check-in/late check-out, based on availability
  • Complimentary internet at all properties

Private Yacht Experiences – Worldwide Destinations 

What’s more secluded than your own private yacht? Ourisman Travel is proud to partner with some of the premier yachting companies in the world, providing our clients with the opportunity to book bespoke yachting experiences designed with their every need and desire in mind. From cruising in Croatia to sailing through the Caribbean to soaking up the sun in Santorini, yacht charters are a great way to ensure you have a top of the line experience with incredible service dedicated to your party alone! Our Tailored Luxury team is poised to assist with any and all private yacht charters and will curate a seamless experience for you so all you have to worry about is how many pieces of luggage to check!

For more information on these incredible properties and how we can elevate your stays, please send us an email at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form on our website!

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Fun Fall Trip Ideas for Every Traveler

Before we know it, it will be that time of year when the leaves change colors, the temperatures begin to drop and Mother Nature starts to show off her wonderful fall colors. Fall is an incredible time of year for travel and we’ve put together some of our favorite options for great fall trips!

New Orleans:

New Orleans, aka the Big Easy, is known for its vibrant round the clock music scene, cuisine, and culture. This is a hot spot to visit in the fall. It’s football season, so be sure to catch a Saints game and also the time for festivals, now that Autumn offers a reprieve from the summer heat. If you are into the Southern Creole Cuisine, September hosts the Lousianna Seafood Festival that you won’t want to miss. October is a busy time in New Orleans too with The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, The New Orleans Film Festival, and The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival all taking place.

There are a variety of events fun for all families alike during the Fall Season, but you will need lodging accommodations so you can stay in luxury. The Four Seasons New Orleans is expected to open this in the fall of 2020 and we could not be more excited! This luxury hotel has transformed a 33-story landmark at the foot of Canal Street on the Mississippi waterfront. From the Four Seasons, you will enjoy enviable views of the river, Garden District, and across to the French Quarter. Bask in the musical tunings of live jazz jam sessions or explore the history of the city through walking tours. After a long day of exciting adventures in the city, recharge at the spa or rooftop pool, then indulge your taste buds with a world-renowned cuisine at one of the four restaurants at the hotel.

As a Preferred Partner property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the Preferred Partner amenities for your stay at the soon to be opened Four Seasons New Orleans.

Virginia:

Fall is a stunning season to visit Virginia. Experience seasonal foods, drinks, and special events that the entire family can enjoy. Whether you plan a romantic getaway to Virginia wine country, take the kids to a classic fall festival, or enjoy the great outdoors with a hike through one of the many parks there are countless options for a memorable autumn getaway.

For a luxury stay in Middleburg, Virginia book a room at Salamander Resort & Spa, a peaceful resort in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Create a personalized wine experience at one of the 50 wineries within drivings distance, experience hands-on cooking classes, go ziplining, or relax at the luxurious spa.

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Salamander Resort & Spa:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Full American Breakfast for two guests per bedroom daily (Breakfast is up to $30 per person per night. Brunch total cost is not inclusive, but $30 per person can be applied.)
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in fulll, excludes cooking studio, valet)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Napa:

Fall in Napa Valley is one of the most exciting times of year to visit. Harvest season in wine country takes place from August to October, bringing with it interesting ways to engage with the winetasting experience. Though it is the busiest time of year to visit, mid-October is a time you won’t want to miss, when you can watch the colorful fall foliage transform the vineyards. For the adults, this the time to celebrate the Harvest at what many call, Harvest Parties; vineyard events where you can wine and dine (pun intended) and celebrate the season!

This fall, the anticipated Four Seasons Napa is set to open its doors! Set among the rolling hills of Napa Valley, with a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard and on-site winery, this resort captures the imagination of even the most seasoned wine aficionado. An aesthetic of farmhouse chic, the 85 villas all include a fireplace and private terrace. With views of the vineyard and mountains, there’s a good view regardless of where you are in the resort.

As a Preferred Partner property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Four Seasons Napa:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • USD 100 Resort credit (not applicable to food and beverage)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)

Another favorite hotel of ours in Wine Country is, Auberge du Soleil. An Auberge Resorts Collection, this resort showcases breathtaking views (the most famous panoramic views in Napa Valley) and is an infusion of Southern France Charm and Californian Soul. “Each of the 50 guestrooms and suites, housed in maisons named for towns in the south of France, evoke the stylish sophistication of Provence and extend a seamless connection between the luxurious residential interiors and the natural beauty outside.” There are unique experiences guests are able to have, from custom wine tours and tastings to cycling through the never-ending beauty of wine country, the options are limitless.

Canada:

Canada is a great option for travelers wanting to explore the great outdoors and take advantage of a beautiful landscape. In Southern Alberta, autumn hits early and the low hanging, late afternoon sun makes for picture-perfect fall days. Fall is peak hiking season, a time when nature-loving locals and tourists alike flock to the Canadian Rockies and reconnect with nature.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located in the heart of Banff National Park. Here you can enjoy a blend of chic sophistication for the luxury traveler, and rugged outdoor thrills for the adventurous type. Discover why snow worshippers, nature lovers, and world travelers continue to visit this resort for the best outdoor adventure and timeless luxury. There are activities great for all ages!

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom in restaurant
  • Welcome amenity
  • Souvenir personal portrait session with a professional photographer during their stay with picture frame
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Alaska:

Alaska is another great option for outdoorsy travelers. September can bring beautiful, mild days, perfect for long drives or short hikes in the mountains – plus: no mosquitos! Autumn is a time for this State to literally glow, with the autumn leaves and the aurora borealis. Fall is also the time for great for cruises along the Alaskan coast with changes to spot whales! Our Tailored Luxury team is happy to help plan cruises and itineraries to remote Alaskan lodges. Don’t forget to pick up a fishing license –the silver salmon are still running, rainbow and steelhead trout are swimming and the lakes are open for business!

If you want that “in the wild” Alaskan experience, but still get the luxury treatment, stay at Tutka Bay Lodge, a resort that sits at the entrance to a splendidly rugged seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay, near Homer, Alaska. Get the mix of seaside tranquility and high energy adventures at Tutka!

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Tutka Bay Lodge:

  • Complimentary Breakfast daily (included in rate)
  • $100 gift card towards gift shop merchandise

We also recommend Alaskan Cruises if you want to “see it all”. Our favorite high end cruises include: Sliver Sea, Regent, Crystal, and Oceania. Contact us if you are interested in arranging an Alaskan Cruise!

Hawaii:

After the rush of summer vacation has subsided, the islands of Hawaii exude a laid-back vibe but continue to offer a wealth of opportunities to visitors with deals, fun events, and unique festivals. The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (for adults 21 and older) is perfect if you want a taste of the islands’ cultural cuisines. But if you’ve got more of a coffee palate, get a ticket to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival which takes place in November. In 2020, it will be the 50th celebration and is the oldest food festival in the Hawaiian Islands and, in addition to coffee, features cultural exchanges, music, dance, art and more!

Montage Kapalua Bay is situated within the world-renowned Kapalua Resort and is steps from Kapalua Bay, voted one of America’s favorite beaches and we think it should be on your bucket list of hotels! Montage is also a golfer’s heaven, so be sure to contact the concierge to set up tee times during your stay! Pro Tip: We can initiate this conversation with the concierge for you.

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following Virtuoso amenities for your stay at Montage Kapalua Bay:

  • One view category upgrade upon check-in, subject to availability
  • Welcome amenity
  • $60 Daily breakfast credit per bedroom
  • $150 Spa Montage Kapalua Bay Spa Service Credit
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

This property really is a perfect place for family getaways! So miss the crowds and take a vacation to relax after the bustle of school back in session.

To kick off the planning of your next fall trip, reach out to us at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form!

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Hotel Spotlight: Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve

Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Ourisman Travel returned to one of our favorite properties, Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, to check out how the acclaimed property rose from the wreckage. And it is safe to say Dorado Beach did not disappoint. In fact, one might say that the property came back better than ever and is more than ready to welcome guests back to this one of a kind destination.

Dorado Beach has held the distinction as one of the most special destinations in the Caribbean for decades and its history dates back to the 1950s when it first opened as a resort. While the property has changed hands several times in its long life, it has always been geared towards eco-friendly luxury. The property opened under the Ritz Carlton umbrella in 2012 as the first Reserve in the Americas and from the start it was wildly successful. After Hurricane Maria in 2015, Ritz Carlton decided to expedite its 7-year renovation plan and, on top of reconstructing the 1,400 acres of damaged grounds, a complete interior renovation was put underway. It is apparent that no expense was spared in the revitalization project.

The guest rooms, which are more like private villas than a traditional room one finds at other hotels, feature a light and fresh color palette and all of the updated tech that luxury travelers are used to finding. Each room features ocean views seen through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that open to either a private balcony or terrace. As if this isn’t enough to make any guest swoon, private plunge pools that align with the beachfront can be found in most of the 114 rooms. And to top it off, each room comes with its own Embajador who provides butler and concierge services and will go above and beyond to perform sterling service and ensure all guests’ needs are met.

Families that want to visit Dorado Beach can take advantage of 29 Reserve Residences that have direct beach access and are within walking distance to the properties guest facilities, though a golf cart is provided for each residence as well. These residences are spacious and offer full kitchens, living areas, and up to 5 bedrooms. If guests don’t feel like cooking in the kitchens they are able to hire a private chef to take care of their meals. For an ultra special experience, guests can book Su Casa – an 8,000 square foot home that comes with its own full-sized pool and plenty of space to accommodate larger groups.

Clients of Ourisman Travel can take advantage of our great relationship with Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, and our incredible Virtuoso Amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom at COA
  • $150.00 Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

For more information on how to book your stay at Dorado Beach and how Ourisman Travel can elevate your experience please email team@ourismantravel.com or fill out a Travel Request Form! Paradise awaits!

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2020 Trips for Couples: Romantic Getaways

With travel put on hold, romantic getaways have been put on the backburner for many couples. We have all faced one of the two harsh realities – our partner at home with us all day or our partner away from home all day. Both of these extremes call for a much needed and deserved vacation! As the travel world slowly begins to reopen, your chance to reconnect as a couple with a romantic getaway is now within touch.

Let us help you make sure you do it right after months of sheltering in place. Choose a resort that’s both cozy and expansive a beautiful bedroom, maybe with jacuzzi tub, perhaps even a fireplace, for your time together but also enough activities to enjoy either together or individually. While one of you plays golf or tennis, the other enjoys the spa. While one of you snorkels, the other visits an art gallery or historical museum. Set aside time for yourselves as a couple and for each of you as individuals to pursue your favorite pastimes. In the timeless words of Khalil Gibran “let there be spaces in your togetherness.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is one of our favorite properties for romance and reconnection. This Lowcountry escape in coastal South Carolina, offers eight dining options, three pools, a spa, and loads of activities including golf, tennis, boating, biking, kayaking, fishing, waterskiing, equestrian activities and more.

Ourisman Travel clients can enjoy these exclusive amenities when they book a stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff via our partnership with Virtuoso:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • $60 daily breakfast credit per bedroom, served in restaurant & In-Room Dining
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not valid on products, not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Meadowood Napa Valley, in the heart of Wine Country just north of San Francisco, offers 85 cottages nestled in a forest of Live Oak trees. Including a three-Michelin-star dining and a world-class spa, you can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, croquet, and hiking on the property. Venture out to St. Helena for shopping, or explore some of the world’s best wineries. Nothing says romantic getaway like sharing a bottle of wine wrapped in a fluffy robe & taking in the sights on Napa Valley!

Clients of Ourisman Travel benefit from value-added amenities at Meadowood Napa Valley via our partnership with Virtuoso:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • A $50.00 credit towards daily breakfast in The Grill or via room service for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Welcome amenity of a box of handcrafted Napa Valley Chocolates
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Four Seasons Hualalai, on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, is one of our very favorite resorts in the world. We recommend couples stay in Palm Grove, a secluded crescent facing a palm-tree shaded lawn and the adults-only Tranquility Pool. Five dining outlets, seven swimming areas, an extensive spa, golf, tennis, snorkeling in Kings Pond, Cultural Center, and morning fitness walks can fill your days. Or just relax on the beach.

Our clients receive great amenities at all Four Seasons properties through our close partnership with the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
  • Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites
  • 4 pm late check-out based on availability and guaranteed 4 pm late check-out on all over-water suites and villas for reservations of 7 or more nights
  • Complimentary shared round-trip airport boat transfers for two guests with reservations of five or more nights

Ready to rediscover romance with your partner? Reach out to us at team@ourismantravel or submit a Travel Request Form and our team will get to work finding the perfect property to foster reconnection!

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Four Seasons Hawaii: Spotify & Spirit of Aloha

With Hawaii reopening to travelers across the continental United States, hotel groups are looking for ways to connect with clients as they welcome visitors back to the islands. Of course, Ourisamn Travel is partial to the Four Seasons collection on Hawaii and have found their creative approach in launching Spotify playlists for each of the resorts in the portfolio very refreshing and relaxing. This is such a great way to feel the spirit of Aloha as we anxiously await our return to our favorite Hawaiian properties.

Each Hawaiian island bears uniquely distinct characteristics and subtle features, many of which are highlighted through music. These curated playlists will take you on a musical journey, virtually surrounding you with tropical breezes and the warm spirit of aloha.

The unseen energy of the aloha spirit is dominant throughout Hawaii and emanates through the islands’ local people, cultural practices, and natural landscapes. Through sound, Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii aims to bring this feeling of aloha to people throughout the world. Four Seasons Resort OahuFour Seasons Resort MauiFour Seasons Resort Lanai & Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai have each selected songs that represent their respective islands and resort experiences. Each individual resort playlist features songs about the island, artists with connections to the island, music played throughout the Resorts, and guest favorites.

Oahu is the hub of Hawaiian music production, and its playlist includes classic songs from treasured Hawaiian music artists including Makaha Sons and The Brothers Cazimero. On Maui, songs from native resident and six-time Grammy Award nominee Amy Hanaiali’i are sprinkled throughout the playlist, as well as tracks from Paula Fuga, who has collaborated with such artists as Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley and performed at the Resort’s renowned Wine & Food Classic. Four Seasons Resorts Lanai included artists from the Resort’s Sunset Sessions and Live from Lanai complimentary musical events including Na Po’o Ka La by award-winning slack key guitarist Makana. The playlist from Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features a few songs from Pepper, a three-piece rock band from Kona that has toured around the world, including Tradewinds from their sophomore album suitably titled Kona Town.

Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii will update playlists and add additional playlists to the profile on a regular basis, keeping the spirit of the islands alive and allowing those who are not yet ready to travel the option to connect with their favorite islands and properties.

For updates on Hawaii’s reopening, testing requirements, and which Four Seasons property in Hawaii will be the best fit for you, reach out to us via our Travel Request Form or via email at team@ourismantravel.com. Ourisman Travel is a proud partner with the Four Seasons and we are able to offer our clients value-added amenities like daily breakfast, resort credits, upgrades and so much more!

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Exploring Ireland in Luxury

Ireland is more than just a destination – it’s a feeling. It’s the thrill of standing on top of towering sea cliffs and daring yourself to look down. It’s the warmth of a traditional pub session, where the locals pull you up out of your seat to dance. It’s the cool touch of ancient stones and the intoxicating flavors of artisan food exploding in your mouth. There are many ways to tackle exploring Ireland, and we are here to help guide you in your quest for an Irish spin on luxury travel.

Here at Ourisman Travel, we are seeing more and more of our clients looking to take multigenerational trips to Ireland to discover their family roots through genealogy. Even those with no family ties are still looking to visit Ireland, as it has become a can’t-miss destination in Europe. Take a trip with us as we outline our dream itinerary to the Emerald Isle.

Getting There

Ireland offers three major airports spread across the country, helping you get in and out with ease. Ireland’s largest airport where most roundtrip tickets take you is the at the airport hub in Dublin. Airports in Shannon (Galway) and Belfast also provide international travelers a way to get in/out of the country while avoiding Dublin. When you do arrive in Ireland, we highly recommend renting a car to get around the country with ease.

We recommend starting out your trip in Northern Ireland (which is part of the UK), which has seen a huge spike in tourism in recent years. From Game of Thrones filming locations, to music festivals, to murals and wall art, there’s plenty going on for such a compact city. Without further ado, here are just a few of our favorite things about Northern Ireland’s capital. 

Belfast was the birth place of the infamous Titanic, and you will want to check out the new Titanic Museum. Take a step back in time and learn all about how the Titanic was built, the laborers who created the famous ‘unsinkable’ ship, and how its sinking affected the entire city and the ship building industry across the world. 

The biggest must-do in Northern Ireland is to hop in a rental car and head up to the Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway is a place where myth and science meet. Here, spectacular basalt columns were formed through the rapid cooling of lava from an underwater volcano, or, as some may say, were created by the legendary mythical Irish giant, Finn McCool. After you visit the Causeway, head over to old Bushmills Whiskey, which is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, for lunch and a tasting.  If you want the full Northern Ireland experience, be sure to check out Dunluce Castle. This castle is just a few minutes from the Giant’s Causeway and provides some of the most iconic scenery in all of Ireland. 

Our top recommend hotel in the Belfast area is the Culloden Estate. This is the most prestigious hotel in Northern Ireland. The house was originally built as the official palace for the Bishops of County Down; today, it boasts a regal atmosphere, brimming with antiques, original artwork and sumptuous accommodations, and the property is just 15 minutes outside of downtown.

Accommodations in downtown Belfast can be a little tricky to navigate, but if you want to be in the heart of Belfast we would recommend the Grand Central Belfast. This hotel property is right next to city hall and has Belfast’s best pub, the Crown Liquor Saloon, right in its back yard. 

Dublin is a lively capital city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as your local Irish pub. With its seamless blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains framing it on all sides, this laidback city is an adventure in itself.

Dublin is a major European city with countless activities and tours. Dublin is world renewed for it pubs and live music. There is no better place in the city to experience this besides the Temple Bar area. This neighborhood is filled with multiple bars on each block, all with some sort of live music on any given night. Of course, a trip to Dublin would not be complete without a trip to the Guinness brewery and storehouse. For any whiskey enthusiast, the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street is only a few blocks away from Guinness. 

In terms of accommodations, in the city we have two favorites. The first being the Merrion Hotel.The Merrion, Dublin’s most stylish five-star hotel, is perfectly located in the city center. Housed in four Georgian townhouses and a contemporary Garden Wing, its bedrooms and suites surround two 18th-century-style gardens. Stunningly restored interiors provide the perfect backdrop for one of Ireland’s most impressive private art collections.

We are also quite fond of The Shelbourne. This exceptional luxury property is set in a hundreds-year-old building and is the premier city centre hotel in Dublin. The hotel overlooks St. Stephen’s Green, and is minutes from Dublin’s most famous attractions, including Trinity College, shopping on Grafton Street and the Spire.

To really experience Ireland, you will want to get away from the big cities to explore the quaint small towns and green pastures that have made Ireland famous for its emerald color. The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs, buzzing towns, hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the mood strikes, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Sitting on the coast in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way is Galway. Galway has a reputation for art, creativity and a sense of adventure that’s hard to find anywhere else. From music and horse-racing to literature and oysters, Galway is bursting with festivals and fun. So it’s no wonder Galway has been picked as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit.

As travel advisors, the number one question we receive when we are planning a trip to Ireland is “How do we stay in a castle?” Well, we have you covered, with some of the most luxurious castle stays in Ireland all around the Galway area.  The most famous castle accommodation is Ashford Castle. This 13th-century castle is located 45 minutes from Galway city. Once the Estate of Lord Ardilaun and the Guinness family, Ashford opened as a luxury hotel in 1939. This multi-award-winning property has been voted “Best Hotel in the World” by Virtuoso. Enjoy extraordinary dining experiences and fine Irish cuisine, watch hawks soar at Ireland’s first School of Falconry, and restore inner peace at the state-of-the-art spa. Warm smiles will greet you at every turn from the extraordinary characters of the castle.

Dromoland Castle is another wonderful castle option. It is one of the few castle hotels that can trace its ownership back through history to Gaelic Irish families of royal heritage. The castle offers its guests deluxe accommodations and the experience of living like the gentry, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, absolute luxury and exceptional service. The castle is just 8 miles from Shannon Airport, making it an ideal base from which to explore the exceptional beauty of the Shannon region. The castle is also close to the rugged magnificence of the Burren and the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway.

A can’t-miss activity on the Wild Atlantic way is seeing the Cliffs of Moher. When you make your pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher, you’re coming for one of two things: the staggering height of the rock face, and the even more staggering beauty of the views from the top. Soaring to 214m, the striated stone reaches its long fingers southward to counties Cork and Kerry beyond, with a keen eye from O’Brien’s Tower even able to spot the Aran Islands to the north.

Ireland is a relatively small country but you can easily spend two weeks here and still have more major highlights to see. Here are some additional areas that are worth considering:

  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula 
  • Cork
  • Killarney
  • Aran Islands 
  • Skellig Michael

Here at Ourisman Travel, we work tirelessly to partner with the best hotels and tour providers all over the world, and Ireland is no different. Our close relationships with our preferred vendors allow us to deliver the ultimate VIP experience for you. We elevate your trip experience through communicating all of your details and preferences to the vendors, and we work with our partners to create a little extra magic for you throughout your trip. You’ll see the results of our valued partnerships during travel in both the large and small details – from a surprise gift or itinerary addition to exceptional turndown service at the end of a long day of touring.

When you contact us regarding your Ireland trip, we will design a fully curated travel itinerary, especially for your trip, adding elements that will make your trip to the Emerald Isle a trip you will never forget. Many of our clients opt for our Tailored Luxury service when planning a trip to Ireland to ensure all of their logistics are handled seamlessly and to ensure unique & special experiences.  Reach out to team@ourismantravel or fill out a Travel Request Form to get started on your Ireland adventure!

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Babymoon Inspiration

During pregnancy, there’s nothing a woman wants to do more than relax and be pampered. Life is about to get a lot more hectic, so taking the extra time for R&R is very important. This is the concept of a Babymoon exists and has become so popular. Babymoons are what many could call a honeymoon 2.0, a time to get away for expecting moms and their partners to reconnect before welcoming their new baby into the world.  Whether you travel early in your pregnancy to a faraway destination or stay closer to home as your due date approaches, there are a variety of hotels and resorts that will meet your needs. We have highlighted some properties with particularly luxurious spas, special offer packages and amenities specifically for the parents-to-be. Though there is no one perfect destination to take that last getaway, these destinations should be on your babymoon bucket list.

BAHAMAS

Ah, the Bahamas…someplace warm, not too hot, especially if you make this a winter getaway. It’s the perfect temperature to avoid too many layers. Experience blue skies, sunshine and average temps in the high 70s. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar or Rosewood Baha Mar set you right on the crystal blue waters where you can sit back and relax in a beach chair or at your private poolside cabana. You can also try your luck at the casino or simply hit the spa, get a massage or facial and sip on a mocktini. Leaving any stress, care or worries behind.

HAWAII

It’s fairly obvious that Hawaii would make for a perfect babymoon destination; especially if you’re flying from the west coast. With nonstop options from most west coast airports, travel is a breeze. Here, you’ve got comfortable temperatures year-round, and you have a selection of islands. Oh, and there’s plenty of spas, time to soak in the sun, eat fresh, healthy food, and take long coastal walks. 

We cannot picture a more perfect babymoon than one at the Four Seasons Maui or Mauna Lani. The Four Seasons Maui has thought of everything to make soon to be mommas feel extra comfortable. From neonatal massages in the spa to the 15, 30 and 50 SPF available complimentarily at every pool, so you never have to worry about getting too much sun on your bump. Mauna Lani offers serenity and tranquility through nature. But this spot is especially good for the father-to-be, with a beautiful golf course.

FLORIDA

You’re craving to get your toes in the sand but don’t want to travel far or require a passport? Florida is a great destination for you! Amelia Island is the perfect spot in Florida to take your babymoon, located in the northernmost part of East Florida. It provides a Southern flair with pristine beaches, Spanish moss, Victorian-era architecture, and pirate folklore. Amelia Island is a natural paradise with a variety of Natural Parks to keep you entertained and active during your stay; you’ll spot wildlife and comb the beaches. At the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, the spa offers a variety of treatments; the 60-minute “Mellow Mama” provides a complete body massage using specific prenatal techniques to increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles and reduce water retention.

Mothers-to-be should also consider their babymoon in Palm Beach. Especially if golden sand and gorgeous weather sound like the way to relax before the baby arrives, check into the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Here, babymooners will experience sophisticated personalized services.

MEXICO

Take your babymoon to Mexico, where resorts have revolutionized the concept of all-inclusive and specialize in caring for soon to be mothers…and even fathers to be. Thus there is no better place to surrender your schedule than a luxury resort in Mexico, enjoying scenic coastlines, waterfront pools, and luxury spas.

There’s nothing like an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort to keep a mama-to-be happy, and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a top choice for babymoons. The resort is home to a leading spa offering more than 30 treatments, including the Maternal Caress, a prenatal massage that promises to foster a connection between mom and baby by way of natural balms and essential oils. You can also take a swim in the oceanfront infinity pool and sip on virgin fruit daiquiri at the swim-up bar.

BORA BORA

If you’re looking to have the most romantic escape before you become a family of three (or more), French Polynesia is the spot to hit. Experience overwater bungalows, volcanic stone massages and the best rejuvenation you could ask for before your life takes a turn!

At The Four Seasons Bora Bora, you can expect golf carts at the ready to take you from your bungalow wherever you want to go. The resort offers a variety of activities and off-property excursions but if you are further along in your pregnancy and want to maximize your time at your own pace, enjoy snorkeling in the lagoon, & hanging out in your bungalow. 

Another great option among the many fabulous resorts in Bora Bora is the St. Regis. The effortless elegance of this luxury hotel brings you personalized service and memorable experiences. Stay in overwater bungalows with Butler service. Simply press the butler button on the telephone and request what you need. Wake up with a cup of orange juice and full breakfast. Best of all, have it delivered to your personal deck overlooking your private pool and ocean. We don’t know what is better than that!

ENGLAND

If sun and sand aren’t speaking to you, consider hopping across the pond for your babymoon getaway. The Cotswolds, nestled in England’s most beautiful countryside, Ellenborough Park is like stepping into a dreamy English fairytale! The vast manor estate provides babymooners an ideal space for relaxation and reflection. And the spa is something you won’t want to miss!

If you are more of a city person, take your babymoon to London. The Connaught has created a blissful babymoon experience for expecting couples. Enjoy spa amenities, top-rated dining, and comfortable accommodations.

Tips for Babymoon Packing:

  • Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, so be sure to wear a stronger sunscreen than you are used to.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts.
  • If you are traveling out of the country, make sure you create a list of local hospitals from the embassy or tourist board.
  • Consult your doctor before taking part in any “dangerous” sports, such as diving or water sports.
  • Bring a record of your medical notes, including relevant ultrasounds, with you in case you need to go into hospital or deliver early.
  • Relax and enjoy yourself on what could be your last diaper-free break for a while.

Before you know it, it will take an army to plan and pack for a vacation. This is why a babymoon is beneficial to take, so you can relax as well as reconnect with your significant other before adding on to the family. Regardless of your due date, there is a perfect getaway to celebrate the upcoming addition to your family. Where will you go? Reach out to the team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form for our assistance in planning a special babymoon!

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Where to go for Wellness

Have you ever returned home from a trip claiming you “need a vacation to get over your vacation?”. You wouldn’t be the only one! That’s why we’ve decided to share what you need to know about wellness travel. Travel connects us — to our planet, to its people, and to ourselves. Wellness Travel was created to recharge the body and nourish the mind. It offers the perfect balance of awe-inspiring destinations, rejuvenating activities, and healthy food experiences, helping you return home feeling even better than when you left.

Traveling for your physical or mental health isn’t a new concept, but it might have you thinking about enforced exercise, strict diets, or engaging in activities you’re just plain not interested in. Wellness travel is one of the fastest-growing areas in tourism and that means the possibilities are expanding too. Now there are many wellness retreats in breathtaking destinations boasting five-star accommodations and with a wide variety of activities centered around being well. 

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Island Hopping: The Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands are a collection of 112 islands forming the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Of those 112 islands, 82 belong to the United States and 30 belong to Britain. The majority of these islands remain uninhabited, with only four inhabited islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI): St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, and Water Island, and four inhabited islands in the British Virgin Islands (BVI): Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada. 

With such a wide variety of paradise destinations so close to one another, why pass up the opportunity to explore both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands in one sweep!? This is hardly just another Caribbean vacation. We’re giving you the inside scoop on our four favorite properties in the Virgin Islands! Each has its own unique personality and is well worth the visit.

Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or if it’s your first time in the Virgin Islands and you’re not sure where to start; this beginner’s guide to island hopping in the Virgin Islands is for you!

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

An easily accessible destination and a great place to begin, as direct flights to St. Thomas arrive daily from Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York, Washington Dulles, and Boston. In addition, the property is located very close to Red Hook; home to the main ferry port.

Upon arrival, you will immediately feel the luxury and relaxation of the property. Set on 30 acres, the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas reopened in December 2019 after the devastations of Hurricane Maria and Irma in 2017. The property has undergone an extensive renovation, bringing forward top of the line luxury and experiences.

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Great Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is a secluded hideaway set amid stunning white-sand beaches and lush tropical gardens. This hotel’s reputation as one of the best in the USVI is well deserved, and its new makeover puts it on par with some of the best upscale resorts in all of the Caribbean. In true to old-school Ritz form, this property takes your breath away with an elegant yet chic and contemporary flavor. It is evident that not a corner of this property went unnoticed when designing with the guest in mind, always.

Necker Island

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

When traveling by ferry from St. John to Virgin Gorda, it is about an hour and a half, including one-stop on St. John to pick up passengers. Because you will be leaving the United States you will have to clear Customs and Immigration when you arrive. This typically only takes 15-20 minutes. Please note, these ferry rides do not run every day and we at Ourisman Travel are happy to help you coordinate scheduling in this journey through the Virgin Islands to be as seamless as possible!

Necker, Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise, is a stunning and extremely private area of the Caribbean. At 74 acres, Necker sits in turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs and decorated with beautiful white sandy beaches. The island can be rented exclusively or you can enjoy the Necker experience by taking a room as a couple, individual or family for a 7-night stay during selected weeks throughout the year, known as ‘Celebration Weeks’.

Accommodation on Necker Island includes 11 bedrooms in the Great House, the Bali Lo complex composed of Bali Lo, Bali Buah, and Bali Kukila and a new Bali House, named, Leha Lo. There are a total of 17 bedrooms plus the bunk room on the island with space for additional guests available upon request. Beginning in December 2019, two additional rooms in the Temple House have been added, bringing the total number of rooms to 17.

The island is particularly known for The Baths, a beach area with scenic caves and “baths” – small pools of pristine water hidden between the caves. Although the caves do require a bit of climbing up and down, young kids successfully are able to experience, deeming it an appropriate excursion for most ages. Necker Island is just about as exclusive as it gets! Be sure not to miss out on Necker’s famous floating sushi bar in the beach pool!

As a Virtuoso property, booking this property with Ourisman Travel will grant you the following additional amenities for your stay at Necker Island:

  • Daily full breakfast
  • Two complimentary one-hour massages (applies to lead couple only). Valid for adults 16 years or older
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Now that you’ve made your way to Virgin Gorda, we highly recommend spending time at one of our favorites, Rosewood Little Dix Bay! This is the final stop on our Virgin Islands island-hopping adventure. An eco-friendly resort, Rosewood Little Dix Bay was one of the first Caribbean resorts to promote sustainable luxury. This beachside retreat is situated on one of the Caribbean’s finest shorelines. The luxury resort is in harmony with its surrounding nature of Virgin Gorda, an island of volcanic origin featuring rugged hills, quiet coves, and unspoiled beaches.

A haven of tranquility, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is home to only 80 rooms, offering an escape from the ordinary. To this day, the island remains largely undeveloped and it is for this reason why we love it so much! This legendary property recently reopened after undergoing a multi-million-dollar, four-year renovation. Local cultural motifs and indigenous materials have been incorporated into the resort’s architecture. A unique offering of this resort is their complimentary Beach Drops; water taxis to seven local beaches with a prepared gourmet picnic lunch for you to enjoy in luxurious seclusion!

As a Rosewood Elite property and partner of Ourisman Travel, you have the opportunity to take advantage of these additional amenities during your stay:

  • Complimentary one-category upgrade upon arrival, based on availability
  • Daily Full American breakfast for up to two people per bedroom
  • $125 USD food and beverage credit
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

As for your return home, the easiest route is to take a ferry back to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, flying home from there. You can get from Virgin Gorda to St. Thomas by ferry in about an hour and a half. The ferry dock in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas is only a 10-minute drive from the St. Thomas airport.

We are happy to assist you in coordinating all the aspects of your island-hopping adventure! Send us an email at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form and we’ll take care of the rest!

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Honeymoon Planning With a Travel Advisor

Wedding planning is an extremely stressful time for engaged couples and that stress often causes honeymoon planning to take a backseat. Just like there are benefits to using a wedding planner, using a travel advisor to plan and book your honeymoon can alleviate some of the stress leading up to the big day.

It is often said that the wedding itself is not truly for the bride and groom, but rather for the people in their lives that want to celebrate them. The honeymoon on the other hand is only for the bride and groom, providing relaxation and reprieve from the stress building up to the big day. This is where the benefit of using a travel advisor comes into play. Knowing how special this trip is for newlyweds, we always encourage our honeymooners to off load the stress of planning their honeymoon and allow us to take on the planning process.

At Ourisman Travel we typically approach honeymoon planning through our Tailored Luxury program and always kick things off with a phone call to get a sense of the both the individual personalities and the couple’s personality. From there we work to design an itinerary that captures the things that are important to them with special touches throughout to reflect their identity as a newly married couple. From touchdown to takeoff we ensure a seamless experience for our honeymooners knowing that after the whirlwind of wedding planning it is a relief to have everything set up for you.

With more couples leaning away from vacations built around sitting on a beach for a week and focusing on more unique, personalized trips using a travel advisor has never been more crucial for couples planning their honeymoons. Travel advisors facilitate both sides of the honeymoon planning process; getting to know the couple and personalizing an itinerary to their personalities and working to make sure everything runs smoothly once the honeymoon finally happens. From narrowing down dream destinations, navigating budgets and finding experiences personal to both the bride and groom, a travel advisor is your best resource for planning the honeymoon of your dreams.

To learn more about how Team Ourisman tackles honeymoon planning, or to start planning your honeymoon email the team at team@ourismantravel.com or fill out our Travel Request Form!

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