The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Announces Highly Anticipated Lineup of Events for Cayman Cookout 2023

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Chef Eric Ripert are pleased to announce the highly-anticipated event lineup for Cayman Cookout 2023, taking place at the resort from Thursday, January 12th though Monday, January 16th, 2023. Cayman Cookout will make its grand return to the resort after a two-year hiatus and plans to bring together some of the world’s most talented chefs, wine and spirits experts alongside new events, never before seen by attendees.

Hosted by Chef Eric Ripert, the 14th annual celebration will feature an impressive line-up of talent including José Andrés, Adrienne Cheatham, Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Andrew Zimmern, Antonio Bachour, Charles Joly, Daniel Boulud, Dean Max, Dominique Crenn, Emeril Lagasse, Jennifer Carroll, Kristen Kish and Tom Colicchio. 

The events and menus for Cayman Cookout have been carefully curated by Chef Ripert, as well as the participating chefs, who have worked closely with Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Wine Director for Cayman Cookout and Monica Dubar, Beverage Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This year in particular, an emphasis has been placed on expanding the beverage programming, offering events and menus designed through the lens of master mixologists and global spirits experts. The beverage team has curated an extensive list of rare wines provided by some of the most exclusive and world-class producers, including Jason Smith MS, Jean-Marc Rouleau, Landon Patterson, Larry Stone MS, Marc Gagnon, Michael Kennedy, Nathaniel Dorn and Rajat Parr MS.

The festival will also allow guests to take advantage of two new dining concepts on property as well as the recently renovated guestrooms and public areas. The reimagined interiors include the revamped Silver Palm Lounge, which has retained its iconic spirit but offers updated interiors and the Armoire, a custom-built hardwood cabinet, offering guests a collection of indulgent discoveries from rare rums to premium hand-rolled cigars of the Caribbean, alongside chocolates created from the region’s finest cacao. This venue will provide attendees with laid-back space to relax between events. The resort will also debut a new restaurant named Saint June, which provides a setting punctuated with relaxed luxury, where guests can enjoy a sophisticated and stylish food and bar menu inspired by Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. The space will host dinners and events throughout the weekend, including a memorable South American Steakhouse Dinner.

Guests planning to attend will also see the return of signature events like Beach Bash, Barefoot BBQ, and Rum and Robusto alongside new events including, but not limited to:

  • A Cayman Cookout In-Flight Experience with Chef Eric Ripert presented by Cayman Private Aviation
  • Island Culinary Excursions including a Cayman Brac Lunch Experience
  • Wine Tasting and Discussions with World-Class Producers like Marc Gagnon
  • Exclusive dining experiences including a Le Bernardin Reunion
  • A Sommelier Standoff featuring Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Michael Kennedy, Monica Dubar, and Enrico Carmassi
  • Steakhouse Dinners and Latin American/Caribbean inspired experiences at newly opened Saint June
  • Effervescence Soirée by Moët & Chandon

The full event line-up can be found here and ticket sales for all events will be available starting October 1, 2022. The 2023 event promises to be a memorable one, including unique experiences created by Marriott Bonvoy® loyalty program and Chase Marriott Bonvoy® Credit Card. Individual ticket sales for Cayman Cookout 2023 will be available in autumn and will be available for purchase on the festival’s website.

Comr into the beautiful world of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Ludwig Godefroy Sculpts Vaulted Infinity Pool That Runs Throughout the ‘Casa To’ Hotel in Mexico

Architect Ludwig Godefroy takes to the coastal area of La Punta Zicatela, Mexico to build a serene retreat dubbed ‘Casa To’. Sculpted in concrete, the architecture marks an oasis along the Pacific Ocean where visitors are invited to be immersed in a ‘state of total contemplation’.

References are rich throughout the ‘Casa To’ Hotel, located on Mexico’s Pacific coast in an town named Puerto Escondido. The French born Architect Ludwig Godefroy drew upon a number of visual and conceptual cues when crafting the building, while also calling upon local craftspeople to create its furniture.

Surrounded by an idyllic landscape, the nine-suite Casa To is intended to provide a ‘discreet oasis’ for its guests. Simplicity drove the architectural design, and materials and color palettes have been informed by naturally occurring textures and tones. For Ludwig Godefroy and his team, further inspiration came from a wide range of sources – but its striking vaulted ceilings, in particular, took their design cues from two “historical hydraulic works of timeless beauty”: the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, dating back to the 6th century, and the Hornsey Wood Reservoir in Finsbury Park, London, built in the 19th century.

Perhaps the show-stopping moment for the hotel is its covered infinity pool and solarium. Here, large circular openings are cut into the raw concrete walls, creating apertures to swim through. The blue of the water contrasts with the tones of the surrounding materials, which have largely been inspired by the modernist buildings of Le Corbusier. Suites are contained within a volume that sits adjacent to the pool and terraced solarium. Here, six ground-floor rooms open out onto gardens, and three upper-level rooms feature a terrace and luxurious outdoor bath.

The natural surroundings of Casa To defined the interior design, inspired by the natural pattern of a Madagascar Blue Bismarck palm tree (Bismarckia Nobilis) standing on the original site. The chosen color palette combines the natural tones of concrete and stainless steel with turquoise hues, and nuances of yellow, blue, and green.

Hotelier

When it came to crafting the furniture, Godefroy wanted to have custom-design pieces that were made by expert carpenters local to the Puebla, Guadalajara, and Oaxaca areas. A human touch is evident throughout the woodworks, making the hotel feel homely and allowing a sense of warmth to break through the harshness of the concrete structure, such as a series of bamboo pieces designed by Tiago Solís Van Beuren.

Both the architect and the hotelier share a strong view of consciousness and sustainability and believe both should be intrinsic to today’s version of luxury living. In terms of the furniture, guests are also able to purchase the pieces under a Fairtrade model, and with the building, a water treatment plant was added to reuse wastewater for the planted areas; solar panels are used to store energy, and there is a strict zero-plastics policy.

For more informatio, come into the beautiworld of Casa To.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts To Manage The Legendary Hotel Bauer In Venice, Italy

In an ongoing continuation of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts commitment to thoughtful and strategic global growth, the brand is pleased to announce that it has been selected to manage the legendary Hotel Bauer in Venice, Italy. Owned by real estate developer Sigma Prime Selection, the hotel is situated in the city’s historic San Marco district, between the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco, just a short distance from famous sites such as the Rialto Bridge. The addition of this property to Rosewood’s esteemed collection of luxury hotels and resorts will mark a notable extension of the existing European portfolio.

Originally built in 1880, Hotel Bauer is set to undergo a multi-year renovation in November 2022, at which time the hotel will close as it prepares to reopen as Rosewood Hotel Bauer in 2025.  Led by well-known Venice based architect, Alberto Torsello, and renowned interior design group, BAR Studio, the restoration of the existing building will be meticulously cared for, with much of the hotel’s historic framework set to be repaired and integrated into the new design including the original façade, grand winding staircase and many interior elements that are a part of the property’s rich past. Throughout the restoration there will be an emphasis on sustainability, which will play a highly significant role in the plans for the hotel as the property aims to obtain three sustainability certificates: the Green Pass, Casa Klima and Leed Gold.

We are thrilled to be growing Rosewood’s presence in Europe with this pivotal addition in such a magnificent and beloved city like Venice. Across our portfolio we have been honored with opportunities to restore and reimagine many historic spaces across the globe, and we are incredibly thankful that Rosewood has been to be chosen to help breathe new life into Hotel Bauer.

Radha Arora, President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Co-Chief Development Officer

Rosewood Hotel Bauer will be comprised of just over 110 rooms, with over half of the accommodations being suites, including several signature suites and a presidential suite. The property’s world-class food and beverage offerings will include a casual restaurant and wine bar on the ground floor and a refined Venetian restaurant and rooftop bar with a traditional Venetian Altana.

The property will also be home to a spectacular Italian rooftop garden with breathtaking views of the city, a luxurious wellness facility, and an outdoor pool with a bar located on the eighth floor. A luxury retail space spanning around over 32,200 sq. ft. will be integrated in the property experience and located at the rear of the building directly on the lively Campo San Moisé square, close to Piazza San Marco.

Rosewood is considered one of the world’s most reputable hotel operators and the new Rosewood Hotel Bauer, directly on the Grand Canal, represents an extraordinary project that is to be completed over the coming three years. This modern ultra-luxury hotel – in combination with first-class restaurants and an impressive rooftop garden – is set to become Venice’s new center of attraction.

Heinz Peter Hager, President of Signa Italia

Rosewood Hotel Bauer adds to the impressive collection of Rosewood properties currently in the development pipeline and is the third new addition announced this year alone, joining The Raleigh Miami Beach and Rosewood Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, the hotel joins the brand’s growing Italian portfolio, including Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany and the upcoming Rosewood Rome, set to open in 2024.

It further marks the seventh property within Rosewood’s iconic European collection which includes Rosewood London, Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, the recently opened Rosewood Villa Magna in Madrid, Spain and the upcoming Rosewood Vienna, opening in Summer 2022.

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Rosewood Hotel Bauer.

Win a Trip of a Lifetime in Provence Chateau De Berne and Ultimate Provence Celebrate National Rosé Day

Château de Berne

Provence Rosé Group celebrates the upcoming National Rosé Day with a contest to win a trip of a lifetime in Provence. The winner will enjoy luxurious accommodations for two people for four days and three nights including breakfast, receive a flight credit of $1,000, along with: Dinner at Michelin Star Restaurant – Jardin de Berne at Château de Berne, Dinner at Ultimate Provence, Dinner at Château St Roux, and enjoy VIP wine tours at the three Estates. Guests can enter starting on June 11, 2022 (National Rosé Day) when the contest opens Register to win by following both @chateaudeberne and @ultimate_provence on Instagram and go on the contest form the link and simply fill it out. The winner will be announced by on the Estate Instagram pages on September 5, 2022.

Château de Berne is nestled in the rolling hills of Provence, in the South of France, one hour from Saint-Tropez between the villages of Lorgues and Flayosc. A remote winding road leads to the exquisite estate in its stunning, pristine natural environment. The five-star Relais & Château de Berne estate includes a hotel and private villa accommodations, as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant ‘Le Jardin de Berne’ which features an eco-conscious approach to fine dining and in 2021 received the new Michelin Green Star distinction, awarded for exemplary sustainable restaurant practices. Completed by the spa, cooking school and various leisure activities, Château de Berne offers food and wine lovers, athletes, adventurers, and those simply looking for quiet contemplation, the promise of an unforgettable experience.

We look forward to welcoming the winners to our exquisite estates so they can experience first-hand the wonderful lifestyle that Provence has to offer.

Bob Gaudreau, CEO of Provence Rosé Group. 

World-famous for its rosé wines, the Côtes-de-Provence appellation alone spans six vast territories, running from East to West, each with its own unique soil type, geography, and climate. Located in the Haut-Pays (Highland) area, Château de Berne is characterized by limestone hills and shallow valleys. This little known, secret backcountry of Provence yields structured reds and fruity, delicate whites and rosés. The estate combines the best of two worlds in terms of geology and altitude. The heart of Berne’s vineyard, where 80% of its vines are rooted, is located on a chalky plateau, at an altitude of 980 ft. Cool nights, combined with a broad daytime temperature range, allow the grapes to mature at a slower pace, thus enhancing the wine’s freshness and delicate aromas.

Château de Berne

Ultimate Provence’s sleek modern design features a chic boutique hotel nestled in an oasis of fresh green surroundings, and the estate makes a lasting impression. Tucked away in the hills behind Saint-Tropez, it offers guests an unexpected taste of Provence, in a remarkable atmosphere that awakens the senses and jostles the codes of this terroir’s ancestral traditions. Ultimate Provence wines offer an explosion of delightful aromas and bountiful pleasures for the palate.

Chef Romain Franceschi’s colorfully creative and mouthwatering gourmet cuisine, a true sensorial experience in perfect harmony with the estate’s wines. This is a place of epicurean and aesthetic delights, conveying the feeling of a dream-come-true getaway experience. Be it waking up in a stylish and cozy room with breathtaking views of the Notre-Dame-des-Anges Mountain range, learning about the art of wine-tasting with an expert sommelier, or relaxing by the luxurious pool, UP offers a veritable oasis of charm for those seeking to chill out and enjoy life. UP received a 94-point score from Tasting Panel.

Château de Berne’s acclaimed Inspiration rosé

For those who can’t travel to France, we welcome wine lovers to experience the wines firsthand in the United States. Château de Berne Romance Rosé retails for $15.99, Chateau de Berne Inspiration Rosé $21.99 and Ultimate Provence Rosé $23.99; available where wine is sold and as trio from wine.com. The Romance bottle features a fun special effect inside the bottle, as a bubble motif appears when the wine is poured, Inspiration is an exclusive square bottle that is a tribute to the Roman architecture and a nod to the estate’s long history of winemaking dating back to Roman times. With the new 2021 vintage, all 3 wines have had scores greater than 90 points from Somm Journal. In addition, Inspiration has received a 92-point score from Wine Enthusiast and was named into the exclusive Wine Enthusiast Top 100 wines of the year.

Contest details

No purchase necessary. The trip must be redeemed in 2022 or 2023 and be used during the weekdays. July and August are excluded. The winner responsible for their ground transportation and must live in the United States.

In order to participate, people need to follow Instagram accounts @chateaudeberne and @ultimate_provence and complete the form here.

Come into the beautiful world of Château de Berne.

Jumeirah Group opens all-villa luxury resort in Bali

The Jumeirah Group has further expanded its international portfolio with the debut of its first stunning, contemporary resort in Indonesia – Jumeirah Bali. An elegant haven inspired by a tranquil Javanese-Hindu water palace.

Located in Bali’s breath-taking Uluwatu region, the resort provides an unsurpassed destination for those seeking to reconnect and find inner balance, while soaking in the island’s magnificent natural surroundings. Inspired by Hindu-Javanese culture, the resort is reminiscent of Geoffrey Bawa’s Tropical Modernism style, with indoor-outdoor architecture designed to create a seamless flow between the architecture, interior, and landscape, blending indigenous building materials with contemporary and luxurious comfort.

Bali is well-known for its captivating beauty and rich cultural heritage that sets it apart from the rest of the archipelagos around the world. Jumeirah Bali is a first-of-its-kind concept that embodies the spirit of the province with our unmatched hospitality, providing guests a truly unique and memorable experience to reconnect with nature.

Mr. José Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group

The resort offers 123 villas in one- and two-bedroom configurations, as well as a four-bedroom Royal Water Palace, all featuring views of the Indian Ocean and lush green natural beauty of Bali. Each villa features a private pool and outdoor living area with an open pavilion. The resort also provides guests with exclusive access to a private beach.

Designed to create a seamless flow between the architecture, interior, and landscape, Jumeirah Bali blends indigenous building materials with contemporary and luxurious comfort, to transport guests to an authentic Balinese haven.

Guests can also indulge in three signature restaurants and bars overseen by Master Chef Vincent Leroux. Scheduled to open in June, Akasa Gastro Grill delivers a unique culinary experience, with resident DJ and Mixologist providing the perfect spot to relax. All-day dining spot Segaran offers exquisite Balinese and South-East Asian cuisine, while Maja Sunset Pool Lounge will serve as an ideal evening spot to enjoy cocktails overlooking the vast ocean.

Jumeirah Bali will also welcome Jumeirah’s award-winning Talise Spa. Currently the resort has two private treatment rooms in operation, with the full spa experience, complete with the only traditional Turkish hammam on the island, opening in July. Guests can also enjoy the spa’s additional wellness facilities, which include the sauna, steam bath and Vichy shower treatments.

Guests can also choose to participate in guided meditation and Yoga classes, utilise the modern fitness centre or enjoy hiking experiences in the splendid natural surroundings. The resort also boasts stunning infinity pools and kids’ club for hours of family fun.

For more information and to discover their special opening offers, come into the beautiful world of please visit Jumeirah Bali or contact jbareservations@jumeirah.com

Lotte Hotels & Resorts named Five-Star in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2022 Star Awards

Lotte New York Palace Champagne Suite

On the 26th, Forbes Travel Guide announced the result of its 2022 Star Awards with Lotte New York Palace and Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg as Five-Star hotels. Hereby, Lotte Hotels & Resorts became to have the largest number of Forbes Travel Guide rated hotels among Korean hotel brands.

Established in 1958, Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. Hotels are rated as Five-Star, Four-Star, and Recommended.

The hotels’ historic facilities from the 19th Century and Korean hospitality services were highly evaluated for this year. First, built in 1882, Lotte New York Palace houses The Palace (The Villard Houses) and The Towers. The 55-story hotel feature total 909 guest rooms and 23 banquet halls, boasting incomparable size even in NYC.

Lotte New York Palace Champagne Suite

Especially the triplex penthouses are iconic to the hotel. Inspired by the finest Champagne, Dom Pérignon, its Champagne Suite welcomes guests with a Nouveau Nero marble floor leading to a double-story Grand Parlour surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. The master and queen suites take design inspiration from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with deep rose toned leather. A shimmering crystal pendant chandelier designed to invoke the effervescent champagne bubble cates the eyes and the Champagne cave, the only one of its kind in NYC, provides a rustic experience.

Another iconic suite is the Jewel Suite, designed in collaboration with acclaimed jewelry designer Martin Katz. The suite opens with a two-story cascading crystal chandelier and five sculptural crystal jewel boxes, personally curated by Martin Katz. The suite gleams from the reflection, as if one is inside the jewel box. The master and double bedrooms reflect the jeweled theme in opulent, upscale furnishings. The hotel is deeply ingrained with artistic features, not to mention the sculptures and paintings of the gold room and the drawing room. Furthermore, its private membership bar ‘Rarities’, America’s first and the only location for the British luxury ‘ILA spa’ and more continue to inherit the heritage.

Lotte New York Palace was even more upgraded since 2015 after the acquisition by Lotte Hotel by successfully transferring the essence of Korean hospitality service. All staff above the director level from the previous New York Palace hotel were invited to Korea and were given service training on a regular basis. Moreover, by hosting significant global events such as the UN General Assembly and national summits, and by being known as the hotel that the U.S. presidents stay, Lotte New York Palace continues to enhance the brand power of Lotte.

Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg Presidential Imperial Suite

Being its 3rd consecutive year as Five-Star hotel, Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg was originally built as a mansion in 1851. With over 170 years history, the hotel presents 12 types of rooms including the deluxe room with story height of 3.5 metre and the heavenly room equipped with mansard roof for sky view. Modern Japanese restaurant, rooftop bar overlooking Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – one of the most beloved tourist spots in the world, and Bali-style relaxation spa are also offered. Moreover, it is considered that Korean hospitality service has contributed in enhancing service quality in the city.

Come into the beautiful world of Lotte Hotels.

First Cruise Ship Set to Return to Canada as Country Reopens Cruising After Two-Year Absence

Holland America Line’s Koningsdam will be the first ship to call in Canada in more than two years. The ship will call in Victoria, British Columbia, on April 9, and Vancouver on April 10.

Holland America Line will be the first cruise line to return to Canadian cruising following a more than two year industrywide pause due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Koningsdam will call at Victoria, British Columbia, Saturday, April 9, restarting the cruise industry in Canada. The following day the ship will end its current seven-day cruise at Port of Vancouver, its homeport for the summer Alaska season.

We are thrilled to be the first cruise line back into Canada after such a long absence, and we look forward to celebrating a great moment for everyone who loves to travel and for those in Canada and Alaska whose livelihoods depend on tourism. Holland America Line has a robust schedule of cruises that explore Canadian ports on both coasts with Alaska, Hawaii, transatlantic and Canada and New England itineraries.

Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line

Koningsdam’s call at Victoria marks 905 days since a cruise ship has visited the port, and it also will be a maiden call for the ship. To mark the milestones, Antorcha and local government officials will be on hand in both Victoria and Vancouver to celebrate the return to Canadian cruising and address the importance Canada and Alaska to Holland America Line.

In 2022, six Holland America Line ships will call at Victoria and Vancouver for the Alaska cruise season. In total, the six ships will make 45 calls at Victoria and bring nearly 75,000 guests to the port, and 76 cruises begin or end at Vancouver, welcoming approximately 140,000 guests.

For Canada and New England cruising on the East Coast, two ships return in May and cruise between Boston, Massachusetts, and Quebec City or Montreal, Quebec. Nieuw Statendam and Zaandam offer itineraries ranging from seven to 24 days to more than 12 Canadian ports.

In total for 2022, Holland America Line operates 141 cruises on eight ships in Canada with more than 250,000 guests visiting both coasts. 

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or come into the beautiful world of Holland America Line.

Early Reviews Are In: Viking Expeditions Are Setting A New Standard

The new Viking Octantis pictured in Antarctica during its inaugural season.

Viking® is celebrating new milestones in the launch of its expedition voyages, as the new purpose-built Viking Octantis® continues its first Antarctic season. Recently, Viking guests explored at both ends of the earth, when the Viking Octantis crossed the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ S, marking the southernmost journey in the company’s 25-year history; just a few hours later, the Viking Venus® crossed the Arctic Circle at 66°33′ N under the spectacular northern lights.

The Viking Octantis and her sister ship, the Viking Polaris, have been designed for discovery—to enable our guests to explore the world’s most pristine destinations in comfort and in the most responsible way possible. With our first Antarctic season underway, we are very pleased with the enthusiastic initial response from our guests, as well as from esteemed design experts.

Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking

Today, Viking has released new architectural photos that detail the award-winning interior design of Viking Octantis—as well as a new 360-degree Ship Tour that provides a deck-by-deck virtual onboard experience. Additionally, Viking has also published a new video showcasing testimonials from guests who have recently experienced Viking’s Antarctic Explorer expedition and praised it as one of their best-ever travel experiences. 

The new Viking Octantis during her first season in Antarctica pictured with some of the ship’s expedition equipment, which includes a fleet of military pro zodiacs designed for professional use; a fleet of two-seater polar-tested kayaks; and two 12-seater convertible Special Operations Boats.

Viking’s new expedition ships were designed by the same team behind the award-winning Viking Longships® and ocean ships, including Richard Riviere, Founding Principal of internationally acclaimed interior design firm Rottet Studio of Los Angeles. SMC Design of London contributed with their expertise in the maritime sector. Together, the two firms were awarded ‘Design Studio Team of the Year‘ in the 2021 Cruise Ship Interior Awards for their work on Viking’s expedition ships.

We hope our guests will feel at home on board these elegant vessels, with spaces that are familiar from our ocean ships – such as the Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s – as well as innovative new spaces like The Aula and The Hangar that are first of their kind in the travel industry. As always, our Norwegian heritage and thoughtful attention to detail are infused throughout. With sheltered outdoor observation areas from bow to stern, and a state-of-the-art stabilizing system that makes for very smooth sailing, our new expedition ships optimize exploring the remotest parts of the world in comfort, the Viking way.

Karine Hagen, Executive Vice President of Viking

The new Polar Class Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. The vessels are purpose-built for expeditions, at an ideal size for safety and comfort in remote destinations. With more indoor and outdoor viewing areas than other expedition vessels, guests are as close as possible to the most magnificent scenery on earth. The architectural photos released today showcase many of the onboard public spaces, such as:

The Aula

The Aula on board the Viking Octantis

The Aula, a stunning panoramic auditorium inspired by the University of Oslo’s famed ceremonial hall, the former venue for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Used for lectures, daily briefings, documentaries and films, this spectacular venue features a 4k laser-projected screen that retracts to expose floor-to-ceiling windows and 270° views.

Finse Terrace

The Finse Terrace on board the Viking Octantis

The Finse Terrace, an outdoor lounge area just above sea level with recessed, heated seating and lava rock ‘firepits’, the Finse Terrace was designed to allow guests the comforts of the ship al fresco while enjoying the dramatic scenery. Named after the Finse Plateau in Norway, where some of the greatest polar explorers, including Nansen and Amundsen, did their expedition training in preparation for their North and South Pole expeditions.

The Bow & The Shelter

The Shelter on board the Viking Octantis

The Bow, is an important forward-viewing platform. But in the case of inclement weather, The Shelter is a comfortable, partially enclosed space for guests to warm up with a hot drink before going back out into the elements.

Explorers’ Lounge

The Explorer’s Lounge on board the Viking Octantis

Familiar to guests who have sailed on Viking’s ocean voyages, The Explorer’s Lounge on board the Viking Octantis, pictured here, is located high on the ship with floor-to-ceiling windows, providing guests an ideal space to take in the magnificent scenery, share discoveries with fellow travelers or to enjoy a drink

The Living Room

The Living Room on board the Viking Octantis

Familiar to guests who have sailed on Viking’s ocean voyages, The Living Room. On the ‘Viking Octantis’ and the ‘Viking Polaris’, The Living Room is located to maximize views of the surroundings through floor-to-ceiling windows and a library that informs even the best-read explorers. 

The Library

The Library on board the Viking Octantis

The Library on board the Viking Octantis, pictured here, is curated by acclaimed London bookshop Heywood Hill, as on all Viking vessels, as well as Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute.

Dining Choices

The Restaurant

Familiar to guests who have sailed on Viking’s ocean voyages, The Restaurant, pictured above, is one of the dining options on board the Viking Octantis and offers fine dining featuring regional cuisine and always-available classics.

Mamsen’s

The casual World Café offers an open kitchen, bakery, grill and premium seafood and sushi choices, as well as a wide range of international flavors; Mamsen’s, named for the Hagen family matriarch, serves Scandinavian-inspired fare;

Manfredi’s

Familiar to guests who have sailed on Viking’s ocean voyages, Manfredi’s, pictured above, is one of the dining options on board the Viking Octantis and offers the best of Italian cuisine.

The Nordic Spa

The Nordic Spa

The Nordic Spa on board Viking’s expedition ships offers guests opportunities to experience the ultimate healthy Nordic traditions, with an indoor heated pool set against expansive windows, pictured here, and a ‘badestamp’ (wood-sided hot tub) that is open to the outside.

The Hangar

The Hangar on board the Viking Octantis.

The Hangar: A state-of-the-art, industry-first in-ship marina providing ease of embarkation and disembarkation of Special Operations Boats and other equipment while sheltered from the elements. 

The Science Lab

The Science Lab on board the Viking Octantis

The Science Lab: Developed in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Akvaplan-Niva, The Science Lab, at 380 sq. ft., is designed to support a broad range of research activities and is equipped with wet and dry laboratory facilities. Guests have supervised access to The Science Lab to learn from and participate with scientists in undertaking meaningful research.

Expedition Central

The Expedition Central on board the Viking Octantis

Expedition Central: The hub for the expedition team to consult with guests on their expedition activities and share knowledge about the destinations on a one-on-one basis, with the aid of 3D printed maps, digital screens, and a state-of-the-art spatial data visualization chart table.

Your Suites

Nordic Balcony

Nordic Balcony

A first for polar expedition vessels, all staterooms on board Viking’s expedition ships feature a Nordic Balcony, a sunroom that converts into an al fresco viewing platform with an observation shelf at elbow level to stabilize binoculars or a camera. Guests can choose from six stateroom categories that range from 222 sq. ft. to 1,223 sq. ft. – all with a Nordic Balcony, as well as a king-size bed and large bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor and anti-fog mirror. Every stateroom is also equipped with a unique floor-to-ceiling drying closet that circulates warm air to dry and store clothing and expedition gear.

Expedition Ship Suites

Nordic Junior Suites on board the Viking Octantis,

Expedition Ship Suites: Nordic Junior Suites (322 sq. ft.) and Explorer Suites (580 sq. ft.) on ‘Viking Octantis’ and ‘Viking Polaris’ are similar to those on Viking’s fleet of ocean ships, with wood detailing and amenities that include additional storage and seating, an expanded bathroom with extended shower and double sinks, welcome champagne, a fully-stocked mini-bar replenished daily, complimentary laundry, priority restaurant reservations and more.

Explorer Suites on board the Viking Octantis

Explorer Suites feature two separate rooms, a Nordic Balcony and a full outdoor veranda. Additionally, each ship features one Owner’s Suite (1,223 sq. ft.) that has three rooms –a living room, a board/dining room and a bedroom – as well as a 792 sq. ft. private deck with a traditional Norwegian ‘badestamp’ open to the invigorating outdoors.

About Viking

Viking was founded in 1997 and provides destination-focused journeys on rivers, oceans and lakes around the world. Designed for experienced travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests The Thinking Person’s Cruise® in contrast to mainstream cruises. With more than 250 awards to its name, Viking has been rated the #1 River Cruise Line and #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. Viking has also been consistently rated the #1 ocean cruise line and one of the best river cruise lines in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best’ Awards.

For additional information, contact Viking at 1-800-2-VIKING (1-800-284-5464) or visit the beautiful world of Viking.

Bespoke Holidays Bigin Again: Luxurious Bubble Quarantine Package at The St. Regis Bali Resort

The Strand Villa – direct access to the beach

After 2 years, direct international flights to Bali have finally resumed and tourist visa is now permitted. Start a vacation at The St. Regis Bali Resort with the mandatory self-quarantine in the exquisite setting of Suites, Villas and Residences. Each accommodation serves as the perfect sanctuary to refresh and rejuvenate. This luxurious ‘bubble quarantine’ allows guests to explore the resort’s 2.5-hectare designated quarantine area, including the beach and tropical gardens. Indulge in Bali’s natural beauty at the island’s best address while experiencing bespoke service, including the signature 24-hour St. Regis Butler Service where the needs of every guest are understood and addressed.

For guests choosing to dine in a restaurant setting, the elegant King Cole Bar offers a relaxed ambiance with richly handcrafted Balinese teak wood and intricate Indonesian artifacts. Engaging wellness activities are available, such as mat pilates and circuit training exercise, as well as indigenous activities such as making canang sari, the iconic daily Balinese offering.

Available accommodations:

St. Regis Suite: 92 sqm 1-bedroom Suite – spacious indoor living with private terrace.
St. Regis Pool Suite: 189 sqm 1-bedroom Suite – spacious indoor living with an extensive outdoor space and a lush private garden featuring a plunge pool with jacuzzi and gazebo.
Strand Villa: 604 sqm 1-bedroom Villa – extensive indoor & outdoor living space, as well as kitchenette, private gazebo and direct access to the pristine beach.
Strand Residence: 915 sqm 2 storey, 3 bedroom Residence – The perfect tropical escape overlooking splendid views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the beach. Throughout this spacious hideaway, are stunning details and prominently displayed Balinese art pieces, which graciously welcome guests to a world of exquisite living.

Package* is inclusive of:

  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch & dinner are exchangeable with IDR 1,000,000 food and beverages credit per person per day (non-cumulative)
  • 5 pieces of laundry per person per day (non-cumulative)
  • Airport transfer to resort
  • 2 PCR swab tests
  • 30 days local Covid-19 travel insurance per person

*Subject to change at any time depending on regulations.

The St. Regis Bali Resort provides guests with a seamless journey with worry-free travel arrangements to welcome them back to Bali’s Finest Address. For more information and reservation, please email Bali.Reservation@stregis.com. Come into the beautiful world of St. Regis Bali Resort

Virgin Galactic Opens Spaceflight Ticket Sales to the Public

Virgin Galactic has announced Tuesday that it will begin selling tickets this week for joyrides to the edge of space. The cost: a whopping $450,000. per individual, with an initial deposit of $150,000 USD.

Following several days of activities to prepare future astronauts, the space flights take off from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The entire journey is 90-minutes, including a signature air launch and Mach-3 boost to space. Astronauts will have the opportunity to experience several minutes of out-of-seat weightlessness as the spaceship flips, all the while enjoying once-in-a-lifetime views of planet Earth.

At Virgin Galactic, we believe that space is transformational. We plan to have our first 1,000 customers on board at the start of commercial service later this year, providing an incredibly strong foundation as we begin regular operations and scale our fleet.

Michael Colglazier, CEO Virgin Galactic

Space tourists will fly aboard the company’s rocket-powered vehicle, known as SpaceShipTwo Unity. The craft is designed to take off on a conventional runway while attached to the underbelly of a carrier ship. The vehicles fly to 50,000 feet, where Unity is released and its engine ignites to power it to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic’s joyrides take off from Spaceport America in New Mexico. Reservations include several days of training and spaceflight preparedness programs, according to the company.

Spaceflight reservations additionally provide access to Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronaut membership community, which hosts events, trips and space-readiness programs for travelers awaiting their flights.

For those who are interested in a mini vacation to outer space, you can start the application process on Virgin Galactic’s website.