Churchill Polar Bear Expedition: A Must for Wildlife Lovers

Written by Donna Evans on December 4, 2014

Tundra, cold, ice, snow, and wind – I experienced all of them on my trip to Churchill, Manitoba in November. The polar bear sightings made it all worthwhile.

A street in Churchill

Our expedition began with a flight into Winnipeg and an overnight stay at the very convenient Sheraton Hotel at the airport. The next morning our charter flight left early and whisked us to the windy and freezing Churchill, where we were met and escorted onto an old bus that

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Dubai: The Fastest Growing City

Written by Mike Cameron on December 3, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to attend the Virtuoso Chairman’s Event. The UAE was established as a country in 1971 and is located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf.

Dubai has undergone a rapid transformation—from a desert located, pearl-diving culture, to one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Today, Dubai is a tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services hub and

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Destination Spotlight: Argentina

Written by Mary Catherine Anthony on December 2, 2014

If you do not have Argentina on your bucket list, you may want to rethink your list. I just came back from Argentina and I could not have been more blown away by the food, wine, people, and atmosphere around me. I visited three regions, which included Buenos Aires and the Pampas, Salta to Cafayate, and then (my favorite) Mendoza, the wine region in Argentina.

Argentina countryside

Buenos Aires is the Paris of South America. The people are mainly immigrants from

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Luxury Hotel Review: Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Written by Donna Evans on November 18, 2014

Leopard seen while staying at Leopard Hills

In the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve of South Africa, there are many choices for ultimate experiences. I chose the fantastic camp of Leopard Hills, where we were greeted by the general manager, Duncan. Located in the private game preserve, there is no shortage of wildlife and encounters with the Big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard), including the leopards they boast in their name. Our spacious suite included our own plunge

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Cruise Ship Review: Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Written by Seta Kembikian on November 14, 2014

I was recently invited to come aboard Cunard Line’s cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth, for a ship inspection and lunch when the ship was in port in San Francisco during her 2014 World Cruise.

The Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth is Cunard Line’s newest (entered service in 2010), and second largest (2,068 passengers) ship. She is large, and feels quite spacious, but by present cruise ship standards (5,400 passengers currently being the largest cruise ship afloat), she’s still relatively mid-sized. As a

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Destination Spotlight: Oahu, Hawaii

Written by Brenda McClain on November 13, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to attend Oahu’s Fourth Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival trip, hosted by Virtuoso.  I was invited because of Andavo’s membership in Virtuoso’s luxury travel network. This extraordinary event was held on three different nights and featured over 40 celebrity chefs along with 20 of Napa Valley’s greatest wine estates. The events were: “A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly”, “Corks & Forks” and “It’s a Food World After All”. The closing evening was a clear night

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Luxury Safari Camp Review: Camp Jabulani in South Africa

Written by Donna Evans on November 12, 2014

Recently I was fortunate enough to spend three nights at a beautiful luxury camp in the Hoedspruit region of South Africa, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Camp Jabulani, a Virtuoso member property, has a private concession shared with a few other luxury camps, which provides for a private experience to their amazing game drives. Our host, Kate Nelson, the general manager, could not have done more to make our stay perfect.

My Camp Jabulani suite

The camp itself sits atop

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Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Oh My!

Written by Linda Smith on November 11, 2014

Angkor Wat

I just returned from another great travel adventure… this time I went to Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the first part of October. The rainy season is April to November, but luckily it only rained at night so it didn’t hinder my trip at all. I spent the first two nights at the Raffles d’Angkor Hotel, a beautiful property just 15 minutes from the airport and the famous temples of Angkor

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My Top 5 Destination Wedding Resorts

Written by Sara Koshko on November 7, 2014

While getting all of your friends and family to an exotic destination for your wedding might sound stressful, in many cases, destination weddings are actually easier to plan than traditional weddings — and sometimes more affordable. Typically, destination weddings involve a much smaller guest list, and couples can choose packages that help take the stress out of the planning process.

To make your destination wedding as relaxing and stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled a guide to 5 popular wedding destination resorts

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Destination Spotlight: Normandy, France

Written by Meredith Price on October 28, 2014

I just spent a week in Normandy and experienced some of the loveliest areas in France. It’s quite inspiring to visit the World War II sites, but there is much more to do and see. While many try to see Normandy as a day trip from Paris, or an overnight trip, it’s an area that’s deserving of a more in depth visit.

It’s an easy trip from Paris. A train from Paris to Caen or Bayeux is a little over two

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