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Just because it’s the end of the year doesn’t mean you have to stop your travel planning. In fact, don’t you want a break from holiday shopping? Instead of thinking about the presents you have to ship, think about sending yourself around the world in 2019.
Palm Beach: Kicking yourself for not having booked a holiday getaway? Your procrastination may pay off: Eau Palm Beach is running a Festive Resort Credit, with $400 or $600 resort credits for stays of 5 or 7 days between December 20 and January 1, 2019.
St. Lucia: Incentive for early birds who can book by December 23, 2018: Ladera Resort has several great specials for 2019, including 20% off one- or two-night stays, 30% off stays of three to five nights, or 4th Night Free (with a $75/day resort credit). Fathom founder Pavia Rosati stayed here last month and absolutely loved it.
Detroit: Be the first to stay at the hotly-awaited Shinola Hotel when they open on January 2, with rates as low as $195. Detroit is on the up and up!
Nicaragua: Yemaya Island Hideaway has just reopened on Little Corn Island and has three tiers of pricing with varying services, from $95 to $200 per night for two.
Jackson Hole: If you’d rather ski than sun, Anvil Hotel in downtown Jackson is offering 25% off pre-paid visits. (Pavia also stayed here and loved it, too.)
New Orleans: NOLA is always a good time, especially if you’re saving money at hotels we love, like The Troubadour, Ace Hotel, The Old No. 77 Hotel, and Ritz-Carlton, and Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Cyber Monday Deals
We’ve heard about so many great deals for Cyber Monday that we’ve compiled them into this special section. Mark your calendars and get ready to save, staring on Black Friday, 11/23.
Amsterdam: Set within 25 interlinked 17th- and 18th-century canal houses, Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering 25% off nightly rates for guests traveling between January 1 and February 28, 2019. Also included: daily breakfast at Jansz and one cocktail per guest at Pulitzer’s Bar. Offer available on bookings of at least two nights made from November 26 – December 1, 2018. Use booking code CYBERMON.
London: Notting Hill gets even more charming during the holidays. The Laslett is taking 20% off stays between December 1 and January 6 that are booked between November 23-26. And they’ll throw in a gift from local antique shop Les Couilles Du Chien and a Rum Punch at The Henderson Bar. If you’d rather a more apartment-like stay, The Living Rooms is taking 15% off all festive packages for its locations in Marylebone 56 Wellbeck St.), Mayfair (No.5 Maddox St.), and Little Venice (Europa House). Book between November 23-26.
USA: From the east to west coasts, the Provenance Hotels portfolio will be offering anywhere from 30-50% off stays through March 31, 2019 on bookings made between November 22-27, 2018. Use booking code CYBER.
Vermont: For quintessential New England charm, plan a winter or spring getaway to the quaint Woodstock Inn & Resort. During a special 24-hour Cyber Monday sale (starting at 12:00am EST on November 26), guests can save up to 50% off stays from November 27, 2018 through June 27, 2019, not including holidays, holiday weeks, and weekends.
New York City: The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, an elegant restored hotel in the Financial District, is offering up to 30% off rooms. Book by calling 1-212-233-2300 between November 23-26. In midtown, Made Hotel is taking 20% off visits between December 1 and March 31, 2019. Book on November 26 and use the code CYBERMONDAY.
Brooklyn: The William Vale is offering up to 40% off best available rates on for stays between November 23 and March 31, 2019. Book between November 18-26 with the promo code CYBER18.
California: It’s always a good idea to go to the Golden State, but after the recent devastating fires, the state can use tourist dollars more than ever. Pacifica Hotels is offering 40% off their hotels statewide, including Half Moon Bay, Pismo Beach, and Santa Barbara. Book between November 23-26 and stay between November 23 and March 14, 2019.
National Parks (and More): Xanterra Travel Collection is offering up to 50% off their many offerings on Cyber Monday, November 26, including hotels in Glacier National Park and Zion National Park, as well as The Broadmoor hotel and Windstar Cruises.
Turks & Caicos: Grace Bay Resorts is taking 35% off their three properties: Grace Bay Club (a Fathom Favorite), West Bay Club, and Point Grace.
St. Lucia: This winter, escape the cold for a stay at the lush and tropical Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort. From November 22-26, save up to 30% on bookings for luxury cottages or higher room categories from January 2 – February 14 and April 20 – October 31, 2019. Rates start at $465 per night and include a $50 resort credit.
Nantucket: Already dreaming of summer? We are, too. Get a head start on your planning and save on stays between July 7-26, 2019, with a fifth night free at Nantucket Island Resorts (White Elephant, White Elephant Village, The Wauwinet, The Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin, or Jared Coffin House). Rates start at $295 per night.
Machu Picchu: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is offering 20% off visits between November 23 and December 31, 2019 for bookings made November 23-26 with the code SUMAQ2019.
Safari: Set yourself up for next year: andBeyond is taking 20% off trips between January 15 and December 15, 2019 to Africa (like andBeyond Phinda Impact Journey), Asia (Endangered Eight Impact Small Group Journey), and South America (Magical Ecuador and the Galapagos) booked on Cyber Monday.
Trips to Book
Brooklyn: Our new favorite hotel home base in Williamsburg, The Hoxton, is offering Fathom readers 20% off rooms booked between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 with the code FATHOM. There’s a fireplace in the lobby, homey touches, and crazy good views of the Manhattan skyline. Get your winter weekend escape right here.
New York City: Those looking for a last-minute holiday extravaganza in the Big Apple should take a look at the Hilton Holidays in NYC promotion, where booking at places like Conrad New York or The Renwick or The London (or dozens others) means access to hundreds of dollars in perks for quintessential seasonal stuff (like VIP tickets for ice skating in Bryant Park, 20% off tickets to the Radio City Rockettes, Macy’s gift cards, discounts at the very hygge Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central, etc.).
Paris: This one is almost too good to be true: La Companie, the all-business-class airline, is having an incredible sale — $1200 for a round-trip between NYC and Paris. Book between November 16-20 (they’re calling it “Blue Friday”) to fly in 2019 after their spring launch.
Paris: For the first time ever, La Réserve Paris is offering a one-of-a-kind Christmas Eve dinner at the Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte outside Paris. Arrival by helicopter, festive decorations, a carriage ride through the gardens designed by Le Nôtre, dinner by Jérôme Banctel, executive cChef of the two Michelin-starred Le Gabriel Restaurant, and a private firework display will be on offer for a lucky party of fifteen. Price available upon request.
Austin, Texas: The Mighty Union (The Suttle Lodge, Ace Portland) is offering a great deal on their newest spot,The Carpenter Hotel, which just opened two weeks ago in the original carpenters’ union building off buzzy South Lamar. It looks and feels like a labor of love — and is a real hidden gem starting at $130 a night (for Queen rooms), with an additional 10% off with the code LADYBIRD, good for the next few months.
Where We’ve Been
I spent a long weekend in Austin, Texas, where I had the chance to interview punk hotelier Liz Lambert (Hotel St. Cecilia, Hotel San Jose) at her new restaurant, Joann’s (named after her mom: the logo is her signature red lipstick kiss), which is attached to the Austin Motel and is mucho cute. My daughter loved spending time at the motel’s Bodega, which sells old-school toys along with new-school prints, gifts, and snacks, and has a big couch inviting you to stay a while. I also had a chance to get to know The Carpenter Hotel, which is brand new, sunny, spacious, great-looking, and has a very nice little to-go coffee counter serving cinnamon buns and migas and other things that will destroy any hope of eating well for the day by about, oh, 9 in the morning. If you are heading that way, be sure to eat at Fiore Tedesco’s terrific and tucked-away Italian restaurant L’Oca d’Oro, which has a great soundtrack and outlandish handmade pasta. – Jeralyn
I spent this past weekend in Charleston with the lovely Garden & Gun team, soaking up all the Southern charm and celebrating their annual Made in the South Awards. Along with a series of fireside chats with Southern tastemakers like Hampden’s Stacy Smallwood and local restaurateur Brooks Reitz, my favorite part of the event-filled weekend was an al fresco dinner by Southern chef Asha Gomez celebrating the award winners at the historic Aiken-Rhett House. I had the good fortune of staying at not one but two hotels I’ve been dying to see — The Dewberry and Zero George — and loved both. Also on my agenda: eating the best fried chicken at Husk, touring the Southern Style Now Showhouse, shopping at Wynsum Antiques & Interiors, and taking several leisurely walks around the always photogenic historic district. – Berit, senior editor
While in Los Angeles, I split my stay between east and west, devoting most of my time to finding and eating super-fresh produce and drinking beverages with adaptogens and coconut butter. But I detoured with a croissant at an event at Heather Taylor’s beautiful pop-up home decor shop in Westwood. And ate at the most Venice-y restaurant in Venice, MTN, a Cali-Japanese gastropub from the Gjelina/Gjusta people. While staying in Los Feliz, I had breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drink breaks at Botanica, which is the kind of communal cafe/market/restaurant I wish was in walking distance of my Brooklyn apartment. A healthy, sustainable, nicely packaged meal-to-go from Honey Hi was the best thing about the plane ride home. –Jeralyn
I just got back from Savannah and am happy to report that new things are happening in this charming old Southern town. Savannah Food and Wine Festival, hosted in an old rail yard, was the big draw the weekend I visited, but I was in town to check out The Alida Hotel, a new boutique in the slowly up-and-coming River Street district. Dressed to the nines by NYC design firm Parts and Labor, the hotel far exceeded my expectations. Also new in town: The Grey Market, a new counter service joint with an excellent breakfast menu from Mashama Bailey, of recent Chef’s Table acclaim, who runs The Grey a few blocks away. This being Savannah, the classics do nothing but shine: breakfast at Collins Quarter, drinks at Artillery, dinner at Husk, a ghost tour, a walk through the town’s 24 squares, and ice cream at Leopold’s. – Daniel
Palihotel Seattle is now open for business in the heart of downtown Seattle, just steps from Pike Place Market. This is Palisociety’s first hotel outside Los Angeles.
Come January, the Japanese hospitality company Hoshinoya Resorts will open their second international hotel, Hoshinoya Guguan, in Taichung City, Taiwan.
This July will mark the opening of Natural Selection’s latest hotel, a tree-house styled luxury tented lodge called Tuludi in Botswana’s Okavango Delta (one of the most iconic wildlife destinations on Earth).
Here’s a happy switch: good news about coral reefs! Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles has successfully transplanted coral from its coral nursery into the Indian Ocean. Let’s hope we can report on more and more of these.
Trips to Book
Amazon River, Peru and Mekong River, Vietnam and Cambodia: Fantastic river cruise company Aqua Expeditions is waving the supplement for single travelers on cruises between January and March 2019 on 3-, 4-, and 7-night trips down the Amazon and Mekong Rivers. Given that their 25% average single supplement rates are already much lower than the industry standard of 50-100%, no fee at all is a serious deal.
Providencia, Colombia: Decompress while practicing your downward-facing dog on a tiny tropical island off the coast of Nicaragua. Join Yoga Caravan at Monasterio del Viento this April 7-12, 2018 for five days of expert-led yoga classes, fresh coastal cuisine, and Colombian culture. Rates start at $2,100 per person.
Krabi, Thailand: For sun, sand, and your own private villa, head to Phulay Bay, A Ritz Carlton Reserve and enjoy a fourth night free on stays November 1 through December 20, 2018 and January 6 through April 22, 2019. Also included: welcome amenity, daily breakfast for two, 24-hour butler service, WiFi, and complimentary boat rides to nearby Hong Island.
Where We’ve Been
I just returned from a magical week in Kennebunkport, Maine, where I got married and finally had the perfect occasion to check into Grace White Barn Inn and Spa. I’ve been driving past the historic 26-room inn for over a decade and am happy to report that the service more than lived up to my expectations. I’m looking forward to celebrating many future anniversaries in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. – Berit, senior editor
I went hiking up Storm King Mountain in New York’s Hudson Valley over the weekend with Discover Outdoors, an adventure outfit offering everything from guided day trips to multi-day camping excursions to city dwellers (read: me) across the U.S. The weather was cold and rainy, but our guide was a burst of sunshine. I was on a backwoods navigation hike, and though we stuck to the trail, I did learn how to properly use a map and compass, which, as a travel guy, almost seems like a requirement. (Spoiler alert: It involves math.) – Daniel, editor
How has andBeyond upped the ante on their already incredible safari experience? By doing a total refurbishment of their single-use and ultra-exclusive Phinda Homestead in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. Your totally personalized safari experience includes a dedicated ranger and tracker team, plus charming local details in the decor.
When Angad Arts Hotel opens on November in St. Louis, Missouri, it will be the city’s first boutique hotel. But that’s not the only thing they’re touting. It’s the only hotel in the world that lets guests choose rooms based on color: green for rejuvenation, blue for tranquility, yellow for happiness. The color theme will carry into such details as the rubber duckies in the bathrooms.
Just when we thought New Orleans’ boutique hotel boom was slowing down, we heard about The Cosair, a pool club, hotel, restaurant, and bar opening on Saint Charles Avenue this spring. With restaurateur Robert LeBlanc, hospitality pro Hugh Daschbach, and designer Sara Costello at the helm, we’re expecting very good things. (No website yet.)
While we’re on the topic of new boutique hotels in New Orleans, take a look at this video series from Hotel Peter and Paul, a former church, rectory, schoolhouse, and convent that will open as a boutique hotel in the Marigny neighborhood later this month.
The folks behind Charleston’s uber charming Zero George have a new, yet-to-be-named project in the works. Located in the lush hills of Virginia hunt country, the former Blackthorne Inn is being converting into a boutique hotel with luxurious, rustic accommodations and cabins, fine dining, and wine.
Trips to Book
Anguilla: It’s back! After an extensive post-Hurricane Irma refurbishment, the iconic Malliouhana, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, is poised to reopen in mid-December. By early 2019, they will have added a new two-bedroom beachfront villa, new beachfront and garden suites, and expanded the Auberge Spa. The Restaurant and Sunset Bar have been transformed, but the gorgeous white sand beaches remain the same. Rates from $795.
Portland, Oregon: For boutique digs in the Pacific Northwest’s coolest city, take advantage of the introductory rate (starting at $125) at the newly opened Woodlark Hotel. Available on stays from December 15, 2018-February 28, 2019 when booked by September 20, 2018.
St. Lucia: Get your yoga on at BodyHoliday. This October, the luxury inclusive wellness resort is offering an entire month of all things yoga, including lessons from sunrise to sunset, a dedicated menu of yogic foods and teas, and an array of special massages and therapeutic treatments. Rates start at $402.00 per person, per night.
Baltimore: Check into Maryland’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property, The Ivy Hotel, for a weekend of R&R. The 19th-century mansion’s new A la Carte rate makes the uber exclusive hotel just a tad more affordable, with rooms starting at $395.
South Africa: Safari in style at two of South Africa’s most luxurious camps. In honor of Singita’s 25th year of conservation, the company is offering one free night and one complimentary flight per person between camps when you book five nights between Singita Ebony and Sweni Lodge. A minimum of two nights is required at both lodges. Offer valid through December 19, 2018.
Arosa, Switzerland: Jump start the Swiss ski season with Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s ninth annual Private Mountain event, which gives guests a sneak peek of untouched slopes from November 29-December 2. Rates start at $799 per night.
Jamaica: Make your way to the Caribbean for family fun in the sun. Book a minimum of three nights at Round Hill Hotel and Villas and receive a 30% discount on your room rate, complimentary WiFi, and daily afternoon tea. Or spend seven nights in a private villa and get two free nights, one private villa dinner, complimentary WiFi, daily afternoon tea, and free non-motorized water sports. Both offers available for travel through December 16, 2018.
Los Cabos, Mexico: Book your New Year’s holiday in the architecturally stunning Viceroy Los Cabos for cinematic views and a roster of activities that range from surfing lessons with a local pro to tequila-making classes. Offer includes accommodations for five days between December 20, 2018 and January 5, 2019, daily breakfast for two and round-trip airport transfers. Rates start from $1,000 per night. Available on bookings made before October 31, 2018.
Napa Valley, California: Tickets are now on sale for the tenth annual Twelve Days of Christmas at The Restaurant at Meadowood. At the charitable gastronomic extravaganza, global talents like Danish Kamilla Seidle (named Latin America’s Best Female Chef in 2016) and Slovenia’s Ana Kos (named World’s Best Female Chef in 2017) cook alongside chef Christopher Kostow, inspired by the local Napa bounty.
Where We’ve Been
I just returned from a week-long stay in Aarhus, the European Capital of Culture 2017, and can’t say enough good things about the Danish port city. It’s clean and tidy with charming cobblestone streets, modern architecture, a thriving food scene, and easy access to the countryside. Highlights included Olafur Eliasson’s striking Rainbow Panorama at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, The Infinite Bridge, a gourmet feast at Ghrelin in the new Aarhus Ø quarter, and an early morning open-run with the city’s mayor — something he does every other Wednesday. – Berit
UK mini-chain The Hoxton has opened its first U.S. outpost in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The stylish 175-room boutique hotel has three restaurants, including Summerly, an open-air rooftop joint with unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline.
We have our eye on a new-to-us Hudson Valley estate-turned hotel called The Dutchess. Without a social media presence or robust website, we can only know so much, which makes us even more curious to go check it out.
Trips to Book
The Swiss Alps to Lake Como: Talk about a Grand Touring Experience. You land in Zurich and choose a Porsche, Maserati, or Ferrari, then make your way down to Lake Como, stopping to sleep in suites at three gorgeous hotels: The Dolder Grand, The Chedi Andermatt, and Il Sereno. Vroom-vroom. Valid until October 28, 2018.
New York City: Tickets are on sale for the NYC Wine & Food Festival, happening throughout the city October 11-14, 2018. Fathom’s Amalfi Coast dinners are unfortunately sold out, but you can still score tickets to special dinners like A Passport to Spain with Dani Garcia, Eder Montero, and Alex Raij; French Bistro at Its Finest with Georgette Farkas and Laetitia Rouabah; and Pasta Perfection with Mark Ladner and Evan Funke, as well as big events like Rock and Roll Sushi with Masaharu Morimoto and Hair of the Dog Brunch with Anne Burrell.
Ascona, Switzerland: Recharge your batteries with four days of fresh air and sunshine in the south of Switzerland at Giardino Ascona’s pop-up yoga retreat (October 14-17, 2018), where the agenda includes ayurvedic cooking classes, spa treatments, and walks around picturesque Ascona. Rates start at $950 and can be booked by email.
Atacama Desert, Chile: Join Atelier Doré founder Garance Doré and Mr & Mrs Smith for an enlightening retreat from November 26-December 2, 2018 in one of the world’s most surreal destinations. On the docket: meditation workshops with Susan Piver, private readings and guided stargazing with astrology and tarot queen Tashi Dos Santos, and exhilarating excursions. Accommodations start at $6,850 per person for a shared room and include meals, drinks, and activities.
Napa Valley: Applications are now open for the 15th annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, which takes place next February at the beautiful Meadowood Napa Valley. Fathom founder Pavia Rosati was a speaker last year, and we can vouch that this is an incredible experience.
Abruzzo, Italy: Head to the Italian countryside from May 27-31, 2019 with Norwegian writer, photographer, and cookbook author Marte Marie Forsberg for a food and photography retreat that will include baking and cheesemaking sessions, visual storytelling instruction, and evening cocktail classes led by a mixologist. Accommodations start at $2,900 per person.
Where We’ve Been
I just returned from an idyllic stay at Nebo Lodge, a charming nine-room inn and restaurant on North Haven, one of the fifteen remaining year-round islands off the coast of Maine. We biked the island’s perimeter, stopping for homemade corn chowder at Turner Farms, spent an afternoon on the beach at Mullins Head Park, and hitched a ride to neighboring Vinalhaven island to check out the French antique linens at Marston House. — Berit, senior editor
I spent the week on the other side of the continent in Alberta, Canada. And I have to say, cool things are happening up north. Calgary and Edmonton, the province’s two major cities, are seeing something of a cultural revival thanks to an influx of capital from oil magnates looking to diversify their portfolios following the great oil crash of 2014. Restaurants, bars, shops, and residential and commercial developments are popping up like crazy. In Calgary, the more executive of the two towns, the action is in Victoria Park, where you’re just as likely to find a hip and hidden Chinese-inspired speakeasy (The Tea House) as you are one of Canada’s best cocktail bars (Proof). Edmonton is the blue collar town where nature (the river valley that cuts through town is 22 times the size of Central Park), live music, and excellent dining (don’t miss Bündok, Clementine, or Rge Rd) reign supreme. – Daniel, editor
Chicago was never high on my hit list (as a New Yorker, why visit another big American city?), but that’s changed after spending a few days there. My home base was on the Gold Coast, at Thompson Chicago and then The Talbott. But like any good local would instruct, I made my way out to Chicago’s many neighborhoods. West Loop is happening right now, complete with tons of great restaurants, an Ace Hotel, and a Google campus. Wicker Park, specifically Big Star and Violet Hour, is where I would drink every weekend if I lived in Chicago. Logan Square, where I got breakfast one day at Cellar Door Provisions, is a neighborhood I’m dedicating time to when I’m next in the city. – Daniel
This New Jersey girl just came back from a beautiful wedding on old Jersey, the charming Channel Island closer to France than England. Our lovely hotel, St. Brelade’s Bay, overlooked a bay of the same name that sees the second most dramatic tides in the world, after Korea and Japan. Or so I’m told, though what I saw certainly bears witness to it. My best discovery was Jersey oysters, which I ate by the dozens at Oyster Box restaurant down the road. We went on cliff walks, scored at the local antique fair, and generally relaxed in a serene island I’d love to go back to. — Pavia, CEO
From Jersey, we flew to Scotland, which has topped my must-go list for a few decades. Needless to say, I had high expectations. What I wasn’t expecting was that much rain, though I sure did appreciate the daily rainbows. Highlights were the Isle of Mull, where we stayed with a friend who hand-dives for scallops for his Ethical Shellfish Company, the drive along Loch Lomond, Monachyle Mhor hotel and restaurant, and Edinburgh, where the festival was in seriously full swing. The best shows we saw starred The Pin comedy duo and the bendy troupe of Circus Abyssinia. — Pavia
I’m just back from a family-and-friends vacation at The Suttle Lodge, a rustic resort on Suttle Lake in Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest. It was picturesque and laid-back and perfect for our intergenerational group. We hiked among tall pines, dipped into freezing cold waterfalls, jumped in the lake, paddled canoes, roasted marshmallows, and tried to be barefoot as much as possible. — Jeralyn, editorial director
21c Museum Hotels has reimagined Kansas City’s historic Savoy Hotel & Grill with a contemporary, 6,200-square-foot art museum, 120-room boutique hotel, and Americana-style restaurant helmed by chef Joe West.
We can’t wait to get up to the newly opened Tourists hotel in North Adams, Massachusetts. The former one-star hotel has been transformed by a motley crew of creatives, including the bassist from Wilco, Brooklyn Magazine’s founder, and the former chef of San Francisco’s Bar Tartine.
The SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills, the first in the SLS portfolio, is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary with a mega renovation to the rooms and public spaces.
Trips to Book
Mexico City: Starting October 18, 2018, Mexico’s low-cost airline Viva Aerobus will have a new daily route between Mexico City and New York City. Prices will start at $99.
Los Cabos: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection, one of our top hotel openings of 2017, is offering an all-in summer package with endless tacos and margaritas through September 30, 2018. Also included: roundtrip airport transportation, access to the kid’s club, unlimited water and wellness activities, and a fully stocked kitchen with villa rentals. Prices start at $1,107 per night, which represents a savings of about 45%.
Thompson Hotels: Get Endless Summer Savings up to 30% off when booking at nine hotels — from Seattle to NYC, Playa del Carmen to Nashville — when you stay two nights or more through September 30,2018.
The High Seas: Crystal Cruises is running a Kids Sail Free promotion — with perks like free babysitting for infants and age-approriate activities like scavenger hunts and dance parties — for trips in 2018 and 2019 booked before August 31, 2018.
The Rivers of Europe: Also from Crystal: Save $1000 on river cruises booked before September 30, 2018.
London: The Beaumont, the art deco gem in Mayfair that’s one of our favorite hotels, is giving you a fourth night free when you book three. Also included and priceless is use of their vintage Daimler for local trips around town.
Japan: Discover the lesser-known cities in Japan through a domestic flights-plus-hotels program by ANA and H.I.S International Tours. There are more than 49 cities, with rates as low as $250 per person.
North and South Poles: Ponant turns 30 this year and is marking the occasion with a big sale on cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic. Travelers who book a 2018/2019 expedition before August 31, 2019 will save $2,000 per couple off the cruise fare. That’s on top of their Bonus Fares, which offer savings up to 30% off.
Where We’ve Been
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Last week I popped over to Governor’s Island to check out Collective Retreat’s newest outpost on my lunch break. The Scandi-style glamping oasis is only an eight-minute ferry ride from a pier in New York City’s Financial District, but it feels worlds away. Along with two different tent types (the nicer of which has en-suite bathrooms and king-sized beds), there’s a fire pit for roasting s’mores, a restaurant serving hearty Italian dishes, and postcard-perfect views of the Statue of Liberty. Rates start at $199 per night. – Berit, senior editor
This week Team Fathom toured Mr. C Seaport, the newest hotel in NYC’s revitalized Seaport District. The elegant 66-room hotel with great views of the East River is Cipriani’s first on the east coast; a second is slated to open this winter in Coconut Grove, Florida. Next door is Bellini, the Italian restaurant named for the Cip’s iconic cocktail.– Berit
I just returned from a week in Madrid, land of siestas and an endless sea of tapas bars. I had been warned that the city empties out in the summer, with Madrileños eschewing the capital for coastal cities and the Balearics, but I found the city buzzing with an ineffable energy at all hours of the day. Where else would you find restaurants swarming with diners at 1 a.m? I stayed at the newly-renovated AC Hotel Cuzco, a sleek, modern business hotel with an eye for design and quite possibly the world’s greatest breakfast buffet spread, which fueled my endless search for the most colorful streets and best jamón ibérico in town. – Rachel, editorial assistant
I spent one of the hottest days of the summer on the shores of Asbury Park, the Jersey Shore town that’s now on many a New Yorker’s radar. The scene has been up-and-coming for a while — some will say it’s already there — and is a swarm of live music, alternative shops, tasty restaurants, and good nightlife. I made a night out of it at Asbury Park Distilling Co., where a short (required) tour preceded well-mixed cocktails; Asbury Lanes, a recently refurbished old-school bowling alley and performance venue; and Lil Buddy, a speakeasy entered through a parking lot that’s known for its tiki drinks. The next morning, I recovered with a pork roll (when in Jersey…) from breakfast institution Frank’s Deli & Restaurant and, after a walk around town, a breakfast burrito with more pork roll and iced coffee from cute-as-hell Cardinal Provisions. When I wasn’t soaking up the A/C and the people watching at The Asbury hotel, I was on beach taking in the sights and sounds of the Jersey Shore. – Daniel, editor
I finally made it to Esalen Institute, a famed hippie compound on a wild stretch of California coastline. The Institute is a non-profit retreat center and intentional community — a place for people to work the land for their lunch, explore the dark corners of themselves and, maybe, howl at the full moon (welcome to California). It’s been a happenin’ spot since the ’60s, when Hunter S. Thompson roamed the wooded grounds, Joan Baez worked in the quinoa-and-kale-loving cafeteria, and Don Draper found everlasting inner peace and a gazillion-dollar ad idea. The sprawling grounds have simple accommodations, yurts for meditation and yoga, sitting areas for self-reflection, and rustic outdoor baths open 24/7 and perched on a cliff over the Pacific Ocean. – Jeralyn, editorial director
Pendry Hotels announced its plans to turn Natirar, the grand, Tudor-style mansion formerly owned by the late King of Morocco, into a stunning New Jersey country estate.
We have our eyes on a newcomer to the already impressive luxury lodge scene in Montana. Sage Lodge just opened along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. Cue the vast horizons, the rugged outdoor activities, the swank rooms and cabins, and the big skies.
Kettner’s Townhouse in London’s Soho is the latest from the Soho House group. Open to everyone, including non-members, the charming 33-room hotel, restaurant, and bar are filled with lovely period details like William Morris wallpapers, a restored 18th-century staircase, and art deco and art nouveau furniture. The biggest bragging rights come from booking the Jacobean Suite, which was once Oscar Wilde’s private dining room.
Atelier Ace is opening another hotel in New Orleans in collaboration with LA-based Studio Shamshiri. Maison de la Luz, an elevated 67-room guest house with a library bar and curated concierge service, will open next spring in the city’s Warehouse District.
Trips to Book
Lummi Island, Washington: Sharpen your photography and styling skills this August. Photography duo Gentl & Hyers of This is the Wanderlust and Aran Goyoaga of Canelle et Vanille are hosting Where the Wild Things Are, an intimate two-day food and travel photography workshop on a bucolic island off the coast of Washington state. (Read more about Lummi Island on Fathom.)
New York City: To support the LGBTQ community, visibility, and acceptance in media, Gramercy Park Hotel is offering a GLADD You’re Here package for Pride month bookings. For each package booked, the hotel will make a donation to GLAAD. Also included are a private tour of Gramercy Park Hotel’s museum-quality art collection, a complimentary bottle of wine, Rose Bar access for two, and a $50 food and beverage credit per day. Rates from $429 per night, available until December 31, 2018.
London: In honor of Royal Ascot, Britain’s most prestigious horse race, Baglioni Hotel London is offering a special package that includes two nights in a Deluxe Junior Suite, a horseback ride through Hyde Park, and a private picnic in the Italian Gardens. Rates start at £1,530.
Scotland: Oliver’s Travels, the villa rental company that prides itself in only listing high-quality homes, is offering 20% off 2018 bookings at Argyll House in Argyll (voted one of the best by Visit Scotland) and £1400 off weekend bookings through July at Linton Lodge in Edinburgh.
Where We’ve Been
NORTH FORK, NEW YORK
Team Fathom kicked off Memorial Day weekend with an overnight at Sound View, the newly renovated former motel in Greenport. We couldn’t get enough of the views, the sunshine, the sofas, and the coffee in the main lobby area — hats off to Studio Tack for a really well crafted space. Other cute places we liked in town included Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market, Barba Bianca, antiques at Beall & Bell, and the always amazing sandwiches at The North Fork Food Truck.
Last weekend I checked into the ultra glamorous Hotel Bel-Air, a picturesque escape spread across twelve acres of serene gardens with a cute flock of swans, pale pink bungalows and a swimming pool kept at the idyllic temperature of 82 degrees. The entire stay felt like a treat, but my favorite part was the heavily scented air, fragrant with fresh gardenia and jasmine. – Berit, senior editor
I booked a quick, last-minute trip to London last weekend and flew the new budget airline Primera. The cons: The tedious check-in process. (I had no luggage; they had no automated ticketing kiosks.) You have to pay for everything on board, including water. There’s no in-flight entertainment, and the seat had USB power only one one leg of the trip. The pros: It was a brand new plane with friendly staff. And the biggie: The fare was $800 when the majors were charging $1800. When I was in London, I toured South Place Hotel, a stylish hotel in the City (look for a full article soon), and Kettner’s Townhouse, the lovely open-to-everyone Soho House hotel around the corner from their flagship club in Soho. I had two fantastic meals: dinner at Odette’s in Primrose Hill and Sunday roast before the flight home at The Quality Chop House in Clerkenwell. Neither restaurant is new, and both were better than ever. – Pavia, CEO
QUOGUE, NEW YORK
I recently had the chance to spend a weekend in the Hamptons the way I imagine it should be spent — in a spectacularly designed, glamorous home with its own pool, hot tub, and daybeds. The house was in Quogue, the sleepy town east of Westhampton, and is managed by ThirdHome, an exclusive homestay program with a collection of insane second homes around the world. Once you qualify as a member, you can either rent your own second home in exchange for keys, which are used to book nights at other properties at a significant discount, or, for those without second homes, rent their accommodations the old-fashioned way. It’s a cool service for those looking for an upgrade from Airbnb, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful second house just lying around. – Daniel, editor
On a recent trip to Maine, I discovered that the quaint port city of Portland — and specifically the quirky West End neighborhood — is home to cozy restaurants, cool bars (with perfectly distilled spirits and locally brewed beer), and one-of-a-kind indie shops. I stayed at The Francis, a family-run B&B-style hotel nearby, and totally felt like a local. – Delfina, editorial assistant
SOUTH WALTON, FLORIDA
I recently returned from a week in South Walton, an area of sixteen planned beach towns on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Each is unique in design, from the all-white stucco homes of Alys Beach to the pan-Caribbean vibes of Rosemary Beach, which makes for an impossibly charming hodgepodge of small communities. First-time visitors to the Panhandle (like myself) will quickly realize that the Gulf Coast of Florida has a distinctly different feel than the more popular tourist destinations to the south. South Walton is closer to Nashville and New Orleans than it is to Miami, and you can tell: I even heard it referred to as the Redneck Hamptons — a place where gorgeous beaches and great shopping meets good ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality, crayfish, and po’ boys. I stayed in Rosemary Beach at one of the area’s few boutique properties, The Pearl, a charming hotel with distinctive turrets and striped awnings in the center of town, steps away from a private beach. It was a perfect home base. – Rachel, editorial assistant
The Line hotel group has joined the boutique renaissance in the capital of Texas, turning their duo into a trio, with The Line Austin joining existing properties in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
Trips to Book
Chile: This summer and fall, kids and teens stay free at Tierra Hotels in Patagonia (mountains and glaciers), Atacama (desert), and Chiloé (island) on 4-night, all-inclusive reservations. You can stay at just one or combine them for the full-on stargazing, horseback-riding, sand dune, flamingoes, and UNESCO World Heritage experience. If you want to keep going in Chile (while you’re down there, and all…), Ski Portillo is offering an Adventure North to South promotion with Tierra Hotels wherein you’ll get 20% off everything.
UK + Europe: This summer and fall, make your way around the UK and mainland Europe by high-speed rail. Eurostar is offering savings up to 20% in Standard Premier and 30% in Business Premier. Travelers can book tickets through June 19, 2018, for travel from July 16-November 1, 2018. And for just $49, travelers under 26 years of age can add an extra city into a European summer break. Available through May 31, 2018, on travel between June 4-August 31, 2018.
The World: You’ll get a complimentary night at several Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, including Rosewood Inn of the Anaszi; Las Ventanas, Al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort; Rosewood Bermuda; Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel; and Rosewood Phnom Penh.
The World: Explore the globe with the help of a trusty guide from Context Travel. Through May 31, 2018, bookings in Salzburg, Porto, Seoul, Singapore, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Munich, and Cape Town will receive 25% off.
Kenya: Let’s start with the fact that we had never even heard of the Maasai Olympics, a biennial event that will take place this December, with sporting events like track, spear-throwing, and traditional Maasai high jump — all of which benefits wildlife and habitat conservation. We’re in! If you are, too, Extraordinary Journeys will arrange everything for a trip from December 13-17, 2018.
Where We’ve Been
I find it funny that on my first trip to Greece, I visited a total of zero islands. But I must say, I was kept pleasantly occupied (and well fed) on the mainland. I started with a few days in Athens, staying nowhere remarkable but spending my time in the city’s hippest neighborhoods. Bel Ray in Koukai, Hotel Chelsea in Pangrati, and The Clumsies and Odori in the city center were all standouts. Heading north to Volos, in the shadow of the mythic Mount Pelion (where the centaurs were believed to live), I learned about the Greek version of meze, which is heavily influenced by culinary traditions of Greeks from Turkey who emigrated to this area in the last century. Here’s how it works: You get one small plate with every round of tsipouro (a grape distillate) you order, ensuring that after eight rounds of the hard stuff, you’re not stumbling home. Capping off our foray into the mainland was Meteora, a series of massive boulder-like rock formations into which monasteries were carved. As the name implies, they truly look like they were dropped from the sky. – Daniel, editor
Heckfield Place, the idyllic 18th-century Georgian country estate in Heckfield, Hampshire, England, has opened its doors. With elegant, understated interiors by up-and-coming designer Ben Thompson (who previously worked with Ilse Crawford) and general manager Olivia Richli (who we first met when she hosted Pavia at Amangalla in Sri Lanka a decade ago) at the helm, we’re predicting good things from this new hotel.
This summer, the upscale vacation rental company One Fine Stay is expanding into Australia and New Zealand, along with Greece, where its first resort, a collection of ten villas overlooking a secluded bay in Mykonos, will open.
The folks behind Habitas Tulum are opening two stylish clubhouses, one in a former New York City firehouse and the other in a former home and sex therapist office on Abbott Kinney in Los Angeles.
Not that anyone needs a reason to go to Marrakech and the impossibly sumptuous Royal Mansour, but here’s one for families: They’ve just debuted Le Jardin de Lila, their kids club offering sports in the gardens, Arabic lessons, and treasure hunts in the hotel’s Medina. (Sorry, you can’t participate if you’re older than ten.)
Trips to Book Through the Fathom Travel Desk
Contact the Fathom Travel Desk to reserve these three deals:
- Carmel-By-The-Sea, California: Get your nature fix by booking a last-minute trip to the lush forests of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Carmel Valley Ranch is offering a third night free on reservations made through April 30, 2018.
- Prague: Check into an opulent 14th-century monastery-turned-five-star-hotel for a fraction of the usual price. The Mandarin Oriental, Prague is offering a third night free on travel from May 30-Sept. 14, 2018.
- Maldives: Set sail on the elegant Four Seasons Explorer for a free three-night cruise when you book a six-night stay split between Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Valid on stays between July 6-Dec. 23, 2018.
These three deals are available through our partner, Skylark, a free members-only booking website.
- Tuscany and Rome: Book your very own Roman holiday with a stop in the Tuscan country side at a decadent estate. Save 26% at L’Andana from May 9-12, 2018 and 25% at St. Regis Rome from May 12-15, 2018.
- Milan and Erbusco, Italy: Is there anything dreamier than a late spring getaway to Italy? When paired together, you can save 33% at Grand Hotel Et De Milan from May 23-26, 2018 and 50% at L’Alberta from May 26-27, 2018.
- Dominican Republic: Head to Casa De Campo for immaculate, white-sand beaches, excellent food, and access to the Caribbean’s top golf course. Save 40% on stays from May 11-13 and May 25-27, 2018.
More Trips to Book
Dominican Republic: Speaking of Casa De Campo, the resort is offering In Your Shoes, a totally over-the-top, six-figure trip designed to let you walk in the footsteps of the celebs who have stayed there over the years, from Sinatra to Jay-Z. Literally: Your villa will come stocked with a closet full of designer shoes (Chanel and Louboutin, to name a few). Of course, you’ll also get daily massages and endless rounds of golf and all the diva requests you can dream up. It’s not all greed though: The hotel will donate $10,000 in your name to the local charity of your choice.
Austin: Mark your calendar for an epic five days of music and barbecue. Our pals at G&T Weekends are organizing a five-day affair exploring the best of Austin, including three days at Austin City Limits Music Festival, tubing down the San Marcos River, and a traditional Texas hoedown. Email email@example.com with the subject line “Friends of Fathom” for $100 off your booking.
Tulum: The beachy hotspot is launching its first arts and culture festival next month. Join painters, visual artists, sculptors, and more to celebrate the town’s artistic innovation from May 10-13, 2018, at Art With Me. Enter FATHOM15 at checkout for 15% off your ticket.
The Berkshires, New York: If it’s good food, a peaceful setting, and time at the spa that you crave, book a stay at the newly reopened Blantyre. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the opulent Relais & Châteaux resort is offering 30% off accommodations, with rates starting at $350 per night through June 27, 2018. Mention 30%OFFPR.
Napa Valley and Big Sur: Live large at two of California’s most luxurious hotels, Meadowood in Napa Valley and Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. They’ve joined forces to offer four nights of unbridled opulence in a package deal for $6,500.
Belize: Dreaming of a private island in Ambergris Cay? Here’s incentive to make the fantasy come true: Cayo Espanto is giving travelers a seventh night free with their One Free Day In Paradise promotion. Trips must be booked online between May 1-20, 2018, and is valid for visits from May 20, 2018, to January 6, 2019. That includes the holidays.
South Africa: Why not take a winter safari this summer, when the climate will be dry and the lions will be roaring. Thanda Safari, a private game reserve on 3,460 acres in Zululand, is offering 25% off 4- or 7-night stays between May and August.
Where We’ve Been
Attending the Original Round Top Antiques Fair has been a dream of mine for a few years now, so I jumped at the chance to go with General Motors when they invited me down to Texas to try out the newest model of the Chevrolet Equinox. From Austin, I made the one-hour drive to Rancho Pillow, a kooky 20-acre compound in the tiny town of Round Top, which is flush with cows and bluebonnets. I spent the following day trolling the goods on display at The Big Red Barn before heading back to Austin for a whirlwind 24-hour visit, where I tried to see and do as much as I could. Having a car to navigate the city was key. I was able to squeeze in a lot, including an overnight at the hip South Congress Hotel, a delicious lunch of Vietnamese pho at Elizabeth Street Cafe, and a stop at Ellsworth Kelly’s highly Instagrammable Temple for Light. – Berit, senior editor
Have you been to Qatar? I hadn’t, and was curious what to expect, given that Qatar Airways is promoting the country as a stopover destinaion en route to its eastern Africa and Asia destinations. I spent four days there in March, before the temperatures get too hot to handle, and, wow, did I pack it in. We went dune bashing in the desert en route to the Inland Sea. Saw the excellent permanent collections at the stunning Museum of Islamic Art, Ai Wei Wei’s Laundromat exhibit at the Fire Station, and well-conceived displays at the four fascinating Msheireb Museums, a new development that will soon have a lovelt Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which I previewed. I got a feel for the Arabian equestrian obsession touring the stables at Al Shaqab and watching the races at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. I was draped in a burqua to visit Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, but otherwise wandered freely around Souq Waqif and the absolutely stunning Rem Koolhaas-designed Qatar National Library. Qatar is opening itself to the world through sports (World Cup 2022) and culture. It’s not as go-go as Dubai, and that’s a very good thing. — Pavia, CEO
I just returned from my first proper visit to San Francisco. (A stop en route to Napa doesn’t count.) I had heard conflicting reports from friends who had been, but I loved it. The weather was perfect, which made walking around the Mission, up Bernal Heights Park, down to the Dogpatch, through Hayes Valley, along Chrissy Fields to the Golden Gate Bridge, and back to my room at the newly renovated Hotel Kabuki a breeze. All that strolling was essential considering how much I ate. Highlights included small bites and sake after a hot soak at Onsen; a feast of rabbit, pig head, and abalone at The Progress; an incredibly fresh brunch at the Ferry Building’s best kept secret, Boulettes Larder; and being one of the first diners to experience the luxurious tasting menu from Atelier Cren alum Rodney Wages at Avery. – Daniel, editor
It’s not easy for Americans to reach Georgia (the country!), one of our picks for the top 10 places to visit in 2018, but that makes it all the more interesting. I was expecting a real Russian vibe on my recent 10-day trip to the republic, but the food, wine, hospitality, people, and landscape reminded me more of the Mediterranean. But that’s glossing over it too much, as the place is wholly unique: Georgians have their own alphabet and language, an incredible polyphonic singing tradition, and an 8,000-year-old natural wine-making practice. With access to Eastern Europe and the Black Sea, the Caucasus Mountains and Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Western Asia, there’s a lot of cultural mixing and matching. And barely an American in sight — yet. (So get in on the ground level.) Your best bet is to begin in Tbilisi, the capital city that’s having a bit of a cultural moment (continental creatives are calling it “the next Berlin”), where you should absolutely stay at one of three places: Fabrika (the super cool Brooklyn-in-Eurasia hostel complex), Rooms (the chic boutique hotel), or the soon-to-open Stamba (for the bold, beautiful, and bourgeois), all run by the incredibly savvy and globally inspired Adjara Group. – Jeralyn, editorial director
While Jeralyn was in Georgia, I was in South Australia attending the Australian Tourism Exchange travel show. While there, I visited Kangaroo Island (it’s a real place! with kangaroos and wallabies and sea lions and koalas!). There are beaches galore, as well as a natural phenomenon called the Remarkable Rocks which really is remarkable. I stayed at Southern Ocean Lodge — also worth a few superlatives for beauty, serenity, drama, and scenery. The travel show itself was in Adelaide, where highlights included the Botanic Gardens, the Adelaide Biennial Divided Worlds, and my hotel, Mayfair. This area is famous for its wines, and I was happy to have dinner with the owners and winemakers and taste the freshest vintages at Bird in Hand winery and to attend a party at the funky, kooky, art-filled d’Arenberg Cube. Every time I’m in Australia I come away with the same thought: Why don’t we all live there? — Pavia
I flew to Washington D.C. for a few days with friends and family. Man, this town is pretty come spring. Daffodils, tulips, magnolias, and the famous cherry blossoms, best seen along the Tidal Basin, were in full bloom. Translation: Hotels were packed. I found a nice room at The Darcy, a cool downtown boutique with a mead bar and a serious seafood restaurant from Hilton’s Curio Collection, but could not pass up the chance to peek into The Line in Adams Morgan. Housed in a former historic church, the hotel is beautiful and full of lively communal spaces. Spend time here if you can: Dinner at the wood-burning restaurant A Rake’s Progress is a must. So is a meal at Fabio Trabbochi’s new Spanish spot Del Mar in the new Wharf waterfront district (save room for the seafood paella). The National Museum of African American History and Culture was a powerful and eye-opening experience, and deserves not one but a few visits. – Daniel, editor
2018 is off to an especially promising start with sixteen new hotel openings we love.
After decades spent admiring Japanese culture and craftsmanship from afar, Ace Hotels will open its first Asia outpost in Kyoto winter 2019.
Also coming to Japan: a dreamy Scandi-Japanese glamping hotel from hotelier Fujita Kanko and Danish outdoor company Nordisk. Nordisk Village Goto Islands is scheduled to open this August.
Trips to Book
Amsterdam: It’s springtime, and that means the tulips are exploding all over Holland. The Conservatorium hotel (a Fathom Favorite for its location and style) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with Tulips in Bloom, a package that includes a helicopter ride over tulip fields, flower parks, and the coast; a trip to a tulip farm; and a visit to Keukenhof, the flower garden with seven million bulbs and 800 tulips. It costs €1695 per night and is valid from March 29 – April 28, 2018.
Los Angeles: The Peninsula Beverly Hills just completed a full renovation of its guest rooms, suites, and villas and is celebrating with a partnership with BMW. Suite Ride gives guests a BMW 7 series car for use during their stay. So fun! And so important in LA, where your wheels are the ultimate status symbol.
Kenya: Visit the world’s last three remaining northern white rhinos on a special expedition to Ol Pejeta Conservancy with Intrepid Travel. Created to build a greater understanding of animal welfare, the trip will also help fund research to support the conservation of the species and other endangered animals. Two departures are scheduled for June and August 2019 and start at $2,850 per person.
Tahiti: Extend your summer with a visit to one of French Polynesia’s most alluring islands. Prices start at $880 per person for round-trip economy airfare on Air Tahiti Nui between August 15 – October 11, 2018. Must book by March 26, 2018.
Zambia: April marks Emerald Season in Luangwa Valley, when heavy rains turn the barren landscape into a dramatic green expanse teeming with wildlife. Take advantage of the timing with a bush camping safari adventure from Robin Pope Safaris. The five- or six-day itinerary runs throughout the month, includes game drives, villages tours, and boating excursions (depending on the rainfall), and starts at $2,893 per person.
Around the World: Adventure company Intrepid Travel is offering 20% off a thousand trips in 100 countries. Several that look good are themed — Hiking the Inca Trail, cycling Tuscany, traveling down the Nile River. The sale applies to bookings made between March 13-22, 2018, for tours departing April 1 – September 30, 2018.
Where We’ve Been
My family is still reeling from jet lag after summer vacation in Sydney, Australia (pure joy to experience in the middle of a windy NYC winter). Pretty much everything lived up to the hype. We got a hot tip to stay in North Bondi, which is excellent for families looking for easy access to the amazing kiddie ocean pool and the more locally inhabited cafes and bars. Breakfast blew my mind every morning — favorites included The Nine, Shuk, and Harry’s. I’ve been looking forward to Sean’s Panorama since this story appeared on Fathom seven years ago. And I had a lovely radio chat about all things travel with the @katiemayors on her Bondi Beach Radio show, in a tiny studio perched on a hill overlooking the beach at sundown. – Jeralyn, editorial director
I’m fresh off a two-week stint in Southeast Asia and am already thinking about a return visit. I started my trip in Singapore, where I stayed at the new Andre Fu-designed Andaz Singapore and toured the The Warehouse Hotel. Both were fantastic. From there I boarded Silversea’s elegant Silver Shadow and made my way to Ho Chi Minh City, where I took $1 Uber rides (really), slurped pho at Propaganda, and bought an obscene amount of modern Vietnamese ceramics at Sadec District. My next port of call was Chan May, which I quickly departed for Hoi An, a highly Instagramable and well-preserved ancient town with the most charming tea parlor. My final stop in Vietnam was Ha Long Bay, where I hiked to the top of Bai Tho Mountain and kayaked amongst the towering limestone pillars. I ended my trip in Hong Kong at The Upper House, where I had the best meal of the trip at Cafe Grey Deluxe. – Berit, senior editor
I can’t believe it took me so long to get to Montreal. The city is a food-lover’s paradise and is brimming with things to do, even in the dead of winter. I went over Presidents’ Day weekend and stayed at the stylish Hotel William Grey in Old Montreal. That hotel gets so many things right, from the espresso they serve in first-floor cafe and the marble pool table in the lobby living room to my incredible corner room, which had huge tub with a view over the Old Port. Other highlights: a sensual dinner at Foxy, cheese-stuffed Russian pancakes at Arthurs Nosh Bar, drinks at Atwater Cocktail Club, a smoked meat pilgrimage to my namesake Schwartz’s. I’ll back in the summer to enjoy outdoor drinks during terrasse season, and this time, I’ll fly. Taking the overnight bus from NYC was a nightmare. – Daniel, editor
Has anyone been at FathomHQ this month? We’ve all been on the road. I was just in San Francisco, where I checked into super cool Proper Hotel, ate at Rich Table, and drank champagne at Leo’s Oyster Bar, one of many fun joints owned by Anna Weinberg, who is easily the coolest woman on the West Coast. I was in the Bay Area because I was speaking at the Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley, where I sipped and swirled with very impressive wine experts. While there, I traveled around Napa and Sonoma extensively to see how the region was recovering from the devastating fires from last fall. In a word, fully. Everybody, go to Napa and Sonoma! Now! I saw so many wonderful things, which you’ll be reading about on Fathom soon or can watch me gush about in this Facebook video. In a very quick nutshell, my highlights included Napa and the charming Archer Hotel, the nicest place to stay in town. A too-brief visit to perfect, perfect Las Alcobas Napa Valley in St. Helena, where my room overlooked a beautiful vineyard. The hotel, the first United States outpost of Fathom Favorite Las Alcobas in Mexico City, is home to Chris Cosentino’s terrific restaurant Acacia House and a very restorative Atrio Spa. A super informative wine tasting at Round Pond Estate, where sommelier Scott Tracy gave me a crash course in Napa viticulture. That I got to spend three nights at Meadowood, the resort for which superlatives aren’t enough, means I owe someone a lot of karma points — and not only because I was invited to taste an outrageous 2009 red at Promontory Wines, one of the three wineries owned by Meadowood’s Bill Harlan and run by his lovely son, Will. That I followed that up with a night at the Auberge Resort Calistoga Ranch means I’ll never repay the karmic debt I now owe the universe. That I then went to charming Healdsburg, spent the night at Hotel Les Mars, and had dinner at the temple that is Single Thread means that I should just give up traveling right now because it might not ever get any better. — Pavia, CEO
Okay, that’s not all I did. A week after California, I went to Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica, and am happy to report that it’s even better than I knew it would be. We’ve covered it on Fathom many times, and, well, what can I say? There’s nothing that can’t be cured with a few days spent jumping off cliffs, eating ackee and salt fish, dancing to reggae, snorkeling with those cute little fishies, and watching the big red sun set into tomorrow. — Pavia
The Rockhouse team is about to unveil Skylark, a new hotel on Seven Mile Beach in Negril. They transformed a drab hotel along a somewhat down-heel stretch into a 28-room Miami Art Deco-inspired hotel that is keeping prices low and style high. Miss Lily’s, their terrific NYC restaurant, will be providing the beachfront food and fun.
Four Seasons Punta Mita just unveiled The Container, a club for 13-19 year-olds with a strict No Adults Allowed policy. Programming includes movies, video games (kids, get off the box and get outside!!), ping pong, beach volleyball, and hikes. Our first thought: Where was this when we were 15? Our next thought: Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come.
Next month marks the opening of Six Senses’ first city property, Six Senses Duxton, in Singapore’s eclectic Chinatown neighborhood. Located in a row of trading houses that have been sustainably restored under designer Anoushka Hempel, the 49-room hotel will have a traditional Chinese doctor offering readings, health recommendations, and a medicinal herbal dispensary.
We have our eye on Majorca’s super cute Hotel Mama. An explosion of pastel pinks, blues, and greens pretty much guarantee that the new 32-room hotel will be an Instagram hit come summer.
Mexico is welcoming its first Aman, named Amanvari, in 2020. The tranquil escape on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula is being described by insiders as a beachy version of Utah’s Amangiri.
Trips to Book
The Caribbean: Set sail on your very own yacht charter with Sunsail. Through the month of February, the bareboat and flotilla yacht company is offering travelers 15% off on BVI, Antigua, St. Martin, and Tahiti journeys.
U.S. West: Snowboarders and skiiers are buzzing about the new IKON Pass, which gives riders the opportunity to access nearly 50,000 acres of unique terrain across nine states and three Canadian provinces (and Maine and Vermont, too). Set to be the new gold standard for season passes, Alterra Mountain Company partnered with 23 destinations (from Deer Valley to Jackson Hole to Sugar Loaf to Tremblant) and is available this spring for the winter 2018/2019 season.
Los Angeles: Live like Hollywood royalty in the redesigned suites at The Beverly Hills Hotel. The Garden Suite Escape includes new luxurious suite accommodations, $75 daily breakfast credit, complimentary valet parking, and late checkout. Reserve now through February 28, 2018, for stays through March 31, 2018. Suites from $2,200 per night.
Darby, Montana: Saddle up at the posh Triple Creek Ranch for Spring Branding and Cowboy School from April 19-22, 2018. Guests will learn the tradition art of roping and other equestrian 101 essentials from seasoned wranglers before tucking into a hard-earned, celebratory barbeque. Lessons are included in the nightly, all-inclusive rate of $1,050 per cabin, based on double occupancy.
Greenport, Long Island: New York City creatives looking for an inexpensive midweek retreat can book a stay at Sound View, the North Fork’s coolest seaside resort and cultural hub. The $75/night rate is available Sunday-Thursday using code FNFM through March 31, 2018.
Japan: Through March 31, 2018, Hoshino Resorts’ KAI brand is making it a whole lot cheaper for millennials to visit one of Japan’s boutique ryokans. Twentysomethings can enjoy a one-night, two-meal stay at any of the KAI locations for $170 per night by booking the “Traveling 20’s Package.”
Peru, Cambodia, and the Rest of the World: More deals for millennials from Geckos Adventures, the small group tour company for 18-29 year-olds from Intrepid. Book one of many global trips before February 28, 2018, to get 20% off.
Antarctica: Elevate your photographic prowess aboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud. The spacious and comfortable luxury expedition cruise ship has a new photo program and studio, ideal for capturing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
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Where We’ve Been
Earlier this month, I toured the Roman and Williams-designed Freehand New York, a 395-room boutique hotel housed in New York City’s former George Washington Hotel. The abundant plant situation on the second floor lobby is not to be missed, nor are the two restaurants by restaurateur Gabriel Stulman of Joseph Leonard and Bar Sardine. Rooms start as low as $129 per night through spring, which feels like a steal for New York City. – Berit, senior editor
We compiled a list of the Most Romantic Hotels of 2018, the knockouts, gorgeous retreats, and hideaways that will make you stop in your tracks.
Sugar Beach, the Viceroy luxury resort in Saint Lucia (and a Fathom Favorite), has debuted Beachfront Collection, two stunning new four-bedroom villas to its offerings. If you really love them, you can even buy them.
Inspired by the philosophy of “less, but better,” the studio behind Ace Hotels is launching a new brand called Sister City. The first outpost, a 200-room hotel, will open this fall in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Just 90 minutes north of Melbourne, in the Victorian countryside near Nagambie, the Mitchelton Winery Estate has added an elegant 58-room boutique hotel called The Mitchelton Hotel and Spa.
Come May, travelers to New York City will be able to sleep under the stars with a stunning view of both the Statue of Liberty and the iconic New York Skyline at the newest outpost of Collective Retreats on Governors Island.
Trips to Book
London: Feeling impromptu? Go to London this weekend to see it become the other city of lights for Lumiere, the UK’s Largest Light Festival. In honor of the show right outside its doors, The Beaumont, one of Fathom founder Pavia’s favorites, is offering a £382 per night rate.
Colorado: Wishing you had booked a ski getaway? There’s still time. Auberge Resorts is offering a fourth night free at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, a fourth or fifth night free at their newest resort, Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride, and a complimentary upgrade on three, four, or five-bedroom residences at Element 52 in Telluride.
Dolomites, Italy: The Ranch Malibu’s famous wellness and fitness program is taking their show on the road this summer with six weekly sessions at the famed Hotel Rosa Alpina from August 19 – September 29.
South Africa: Experience the best of Africa with The Royal Portfolio’s The Royal Itinerary package, a ten-night affair showcasing the country’s varied terrain and four of its most prestigious hotels, including luxury safari lodge Royal Malewane and design hotel The Silo. From $9,245 per person sharing.
Hudson Valley, NY: Mohonk Mountain House, a grand Victorian hotel, has all kinds of fun winter getaway weekend promotions (ballroom dancing, jazz on the mountain), but we have our eye on the March 22-25 knitting weekend. Making a cozy sweater by an even cozier fire? We’re in.
Where We’ve Been
Over the holidays, I finally got a chance to visit a few of the charming upstate New York towns we’re always covering on Fathom. Thanks to a killer deal on Hotel Tonight, I spent two days at Hasbrouck House, a cozy 18th-century Dutch Colonial mansion-turned-B&B with a farm-to-table restaurant. Highlights of my trip included all-day-breakfast spot Hash, a snowy walk to the uber photogenic Saugerties Lighthouse, and drinks at natural wine bar Brunette. – Berit, senior editor
I also went upstate over New Year’s to Troutbeck, the newly revamped resort that we covered last month. I loved it — the roaring fires in the common areas, our cozy suite (#6) with the bathtub on a sunlit patio, the terrific restaurant (have the lobster soup!), and the rich cultural history the attentive team is rightfully proud to share (in our room: a framed letter from Martin Luther King, Jr.). I can’t wait to see how they grow and continue the humanist tradition. – Pavia, CEO
I spent the last few weeks of 2017 in paradise. First leg: Sydney, where we split six beach days between Tamarama and Avalon north of the city. (Swimming, sunbathing, smoothies, and dinners in Surrey Hills were the norm.) Then we went to Singapore, where I ate chicken rice more than thrice and stayed in the hip Tiong Bahru neighborhood. To cap it all off, we spent three days in buzzy Hanoi. The highlight: A street food tour and drinking past the 12:30 a.m. curfew in a bar that had shut its front gate to avoid getting in hot water with patrolling cops. – Daniel, editor
Spending New Year’s weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was cool and chill — even with our gang of little kids in tow. The high-altitude town is colorful, crafty, and festive; there are outdoor markets, horse-riding charros, and just enough New World touches (i.e.: cortados, bone broth) to keep one from going on chips-and-guac overload. I found wonderful Mexican home goods at Mixta, cosmic cow skulls at Evoke the Spirit, and wildly delicious handmade honey chocolate at Mente Cacao. My toddler came back with fiesta garland for her bedroom and a newfound love of mariachi music. – Jeralyn, editorial director
Did you see our (extensive!) roundup of the Best Hotel Openings of 2018? If you’re a hotel obsessive like some of us, it will be the cheat sheet you return to again and again.
On our radar for 2019: The new Singita Kwitonda Lodge will open on 188 acres at the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, a prime area for gorilla trekking.
Are you looking for more deals? You can find the 2017 Now Do This here.