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Hiking the Rainbow Range - Mantis Collection

Hiking the Rainbow Range - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
If it’s an outdoor holiday you’re after, you couldn’t do better for a destination than the Bella Coola Valley, an isolated paradise of old growth rain forests, soaring peaks and spectacular wildlife. It’s also home to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, our luxury eco lodge in Canada, where (despite its remote location), the only hardship is in …
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The only hardship is in deciding which of the many activities available to experience first. Ideally you should allow at least four nights for your visit to really get a sense of this beautiful valley, taking in a combination of grizzly bear viewing, fishing, relaxing, and of course, a spot of hiking.

 

One of the best trails, if that last option hoists your backpack, is the glorious Rainbow Range, which stretches across the Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park into the Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park beyond. It was first named Tsitsutl (“rainbow mountains”) in the the Ulkatcho dialect of the Carrier language, after the wild variations in colour of its terrain, and in fact the highest peak of the range still bears this name. The mix of hues is due to heavy mineralisation in the volcanic lavas and sands, complemented by intense spots of colour from foliage and wildflowers, not to mention the piercing blue of the sky. It’s like the whole valley has taken its colour temperature up a few notches. After just a ninety-minute-or-so hike, you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping panoramic views, often without another soul in sight but for the odd eagle wheeling overhead.

There are, of course, a number of more (or less) advanced hiking options in both the range and the Bella Coola area, and Tweedsmuir Park Lodge staff will be happy to advise. The luxury eco lodge in British Columbia also offers guided nature walks (ideal for families) as well as heli-hiking – the fastest way to access the most magnificent views. With emerald lakes and snow-capped mountains stretching out before you, it really is like finding yourself on top of the world.

 

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Ho Chi Minh City: A Visitor’s Guide - Mantis Collection

Ho Chi Minh City: A Visitor’s Guide - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
With the two mega-yachts that make up our Sea Dream yacht club offering incredible luxury cruise charters to top destinations around the world, sometimes we like to check in on where the chic crafts are heading, and daydream about the exotic sights they’ll encounter there. Today, you’ll find Sea Dream II visiting Ho Chi Minh …
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With the two mega-yachts that make up our Sea Dream yacht club offering incredible luxury cruise charters to top destinations around the world, sometimes we like to check in on where the chic crafts are heading, and daydream about the exotic sights they’ll encounter there.

 

Today, you’ll find Sea Dream II visiting Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, as her eight million inhabitants still call the bustling centre of Vietnamese commerce. Just the word ‘Saigon’ conjures up images of silk, spices and French-style boulevards, but the city’s official name is of course a link to more recent history, when it was at the centre of the American war effort, then taken over by the Communist Vietnamese and re-named in the revolutionary leader’s honour. Today it is taking its own great leap forward, hurtling towards a future as one of Asia’s thriving metropolises, and yet retaining many elements of its colourful past.

Why go?

Ho Chi Minh is a city like no other – after the languid pace on board our luxury yacht charters in Asia it’s a true culture shock to be surrounded by such a squall of sights and sounds – motorbikes whizzing past, children hawking postcards and lottery tickets, the crash of construction as new office blocks and shiny hotels join the restaurants, bars and boutiques already lending the city a glamorous air. And yet it all fizzes together into an effervescent symphony, bustling with life and vitality, and seamlessly mixing old and new. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda as well as the War Remnants Museum (once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes), while foodies will rejoice in the sheer variety of street food at Nha Hang Ngon, served in the gardens of an old French villa by the light of dozens of kerosene lamps. When the city becomes too much, there’s the beautiful Mekong Delta a day-trip distance away, as well as Ho Coc beach, where you can take a dip in the South China Sea.

How do I get there?

Of course, arriving in style on board a luxury yacht charter is the ultimate way to travel, but of course you can also fly in directly, or take a train from another part of Vietnam. Getting around the city’s twelve numbered districts is easiest by taxi – be sure to use official cab companies to avoid scams. You can also hire a boat to explore the Saigon river, or (if you’re particularly brave) rent a scooter.

When to go?

As a tropical city, Ho Chi Minh has a wet season from May to October and a dry season from December to April, which is the ideal time to visit.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Humpback Whales - Mantis Collection

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Humpback Whales - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
There’s something visceral about seeing a whale, whether it’s for the first time, or just the latest in a string of whale watching adventures (the activity has a large fan club – don’t be surprised if you become a bit of an enthusiast yourself). Perhaps it’s their sheer size – humbling and wonderful as looking …
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Whether you’re spotting them from a plane as you fly over the gorgeous coastal waters of the Queen Charlotte Strait on your way to Great Bear Lodge, our luxury eco lodge in Canada, or seeing the whales up close from a zodiac as part of a luxury cruise in South America, humpbacks are one of the best whales to encounter. Their musical natures and acrobatic displays, as well as those wide baleen grins, have made them a favourite among nature lovers around the world. Here are a few fun facts about the species.

Male humpback whales are known for their songs – complex arrangements of sounds that they learn from one another and that are possibly used as mating calls. Each population has its own unique songs, which can be heard from as far as 20 miles away.The whales only feed during the summer. During the winter, humpback whales rely on their fat reserves, built up over the warmer months, to survive.The whales are world travellers, and can be found in oceans across the globe, from polar to tropical waters, travelling in pods of up to 20,000 whales. During migration, they cover over 1,000 miles per month, as they speed along regular migration routes.Humpbacks have unique markings on the underside of their tail, similar to human fingerprints. Which must make things easier for whale detectives.Despite their weight, humpbacks are acrobatic. They’re able to breech – to lift their 36,000 kg bodyweight completely out of the water with the help of their large flukes. Your best chance of seeing this incredible sight up close is as part of our special whale watching departures on board  Australis luxury charter yacht in South America, which visits the whales in their natural habitat in the Fuegian Channels and Carlos III Island.Other whale activity to look out for is spyhopping, where they poke their heads out of the water to have a look around, and lobtailing, where they raise their tails above the surface and slap them down.“Look mum, no teef!” Instead of teeth, humpback whales have baleen plates, which filter water for fish and krill, the whales’ food source. They can eat up to a ton of food a day!Humpbacks have to remember to breathe (unlike humans, for whom it is an involuntary reflex). Scientists think that the whales shut off half their brain at a time so that they can sleep, but still breathe normally.At the top of their heads and lower jaws, the whales have bumps called tubercles from which grow one or more stiff hairs. The purpose of these is unknown, although it may have something to do with detecting movement nearby.One of the threats to humpbacks presently is noise pollution, since they have extremely sensitive ears.   inShare  
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Oman: A Visitor’s Guide - Mantis Collection

Oman: A Visitor’s Guide - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Oman is undoubtedly one of the world’s undiscovered travel gems. From a traveller’s perspective, it has so many of the advantages of its middle eastern neighbours with none of the crowds, the development without the decline. Like Morocco, it offers a warm welcome and rich cultural and culinary experiences, but without the cheerful chaos that …
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Like Dubai, it has a caravan of sleek new luxury hotels and boutiques, but with none of the overstated glitter. Like Egypt, it has glorious weather and incredible diving, without the package tourists. From magical Muscat to our luxury eco camps on saffron-coloured desert sands; from pristine beaches to dramatic mountain peaks, Oman is a spectacular destination and yet a relatively undiscovered one.

Why go?The sheer variety of Oman is part of its allure, coupled of course with its sweeping, secluded beauty. Many visitors visit the country to experience Muscat, the capital, with its fascinating history, glamorous modern culture and excellent shopping. Then there are the mountains, including Jabal Shams, the highest peak in the Arabian peninsula. There are 2,000 miles of Indian Ocean coastline, a paradise for watersports fans. There are fjords to be sailed upon, caves to be explored, and of course, deserts to tackle in a mighty 4×4. Our luxury eco camps in Oman, Hud Hud Travels, allow guests to tailor their itineraries to suit their tastes, whether its basing yourself in one area and enjoying daytrips and activities, or spending a few nights in each place.How do I get there?Muscat Seeb International is Oman’s main airport, but if you’re visiting the Musandam Peninsula, you may prefer to fly into Dubai International Airport. Once there, either hire a car or a guide-driver.When to go?Oman is ideal when Europe is at its most miserable – from October right through to April it is almost Mediterranean, with a few modest showers and some chilly evenings. Expect cooler temperatures in the mountains year round. Salah is memorable during the annual khareef (June-August/September) – a thick fog that covers the mountains and turns them a lush green. Apart from this, avoid the summer months (April-October) as temperatures are scorching and humidity is high.
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Om on the Range: Yoga in the Montana Wilderness - Mantis Collection

Om on the Range: Yoga in the Montana Wilderness - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
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It’s possible that there are better places on earth to practice yoga than on a wooden deck over a cold, clear lake (part of our luxury ranch in Montana, The Ranch at Rock Creek), the sun warm on your shoulders and the legendary big sky reflecting both above and below you, while green mountains stretch as far as the eye can see.

 

It’s possible, but residents of Montana, who claim their state is the “last best place on earth” probably wouldn’t agree. It’s certain that the 6,600 acres on which the ranch is situated are some of the most beautiful and peaceful you’ll find, from open meadows to craggy ridges to sparkling alpine lakes. The air is fresher here, the sky is bluer, and whether you’re a seasoned yogi or an absolute beginner, it’s the perfect place to bust out a downward dog.

Fortunately, the luxury ranch in Montana has everything you need, from simply being able to lend you a yoga mat for your room, to providing private sessions at the Granite Spa. Here you can enjoy a practice tailored to your level, strengthening the body, deepening the breath and quieting the mind. And while the Spa is a great place to harmonize body and mind, you’re certainly not limited to its soothing oatmeal-coloured walls. Together with an instructor, you can arrange to go on a hike or a trail ride to one of the incredible viewpoints on the property, taking advantage of 360 degree vistas and that fresh mountain air. It makes for a dynamic and memorable session, out in the great wide open.

If you’re looking to get more active, there are a huge range of options from hiking and mountain biking to archery and fly fishing. The ranch also has a fitness centre open to guests, where you’ll find state-of-the-art gym equipment. And since it’s all about balance, there’s a pool and Jacuzzi, as well as a range of treatments on offer at the spa. Perhaps that state slogan is correct after all – a few days here and you’ll certainly feel like you’ve been to the last best place on earth.

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Journey with Rovos Rail to Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve - Mantis Collection

Journey with Rovos Rail to Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Experience the lure of a classic African safari coupled with the old world luxury of the Rovos Rail,the world’s most luxurious train! These two iconic products are the epitome of colonial chic and complement each other’s offering perfectly to create a once in a lifetime experience. The journey begins in Pretoria, making its way up to the …
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Experience the lure of a classic African safari coupled with the old world luxury of the Rovos Rail,the world’s most luxurious train!
These two iconic products are the epitome of colonial chic and complement each other’s offering perfectly to create a once in a lifetime experience. The journey begins in Pretoria, making its way up to the majestic Victoria Falls, followed by a two night stay at the charming Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve.

This five-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail’s gracious station in Pretoria. It then winds its way south through Johannesburg and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand before travelling west alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains.

After border formalities at Mafikeng, the train travels north through Botswana’s capital,
Gaborone, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues to the Zimbabwean border at Plumtree. The next day the train passes through Hwange National Park – a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary – where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.

The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, white-water rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.

Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve (6000 acres) is situated 10 minutes from the Victoria Falls and borders the Zambezi National Park. Guests have a chance to ‘trail the footsteps of the great pioneers’.

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Churchill Wild Offer - Mantis Collection

Churchill Wild Offer - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Cape Tatnam Photo Expedition This new expedition from Churchill Wild, is geared towards the adventurous intrepid photographer willing to spend hours in the field up close and personal with Great Ice Bears. Non-stop serious bear encounters will definitely result in a need for supplementary hard drive storage space! It can’t hurt that wolf sightings and …
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It can’t hurt that wolf sightings and northern lights are a very real possibility as well, perfect for filling out this ultimate polar bear safari.

 

Enjoy endless ground-level photo opportunities within easy walking distance of Nanuk Bear Lodge near Cape Tatnum on Hudson Bay.

So far numbers of bears on site in September are incredible, giving every indication that we could well be into our most successful season to date, and confirming that the Lodge is indeed situated in the heart of the best polar bear viewing on earth.

All inclusive from Winnipeg, Manitoba with five full days of the Arctic’s most exclusive polar bear viewing opportunities, excellent food, and the Hudson Bay’s finest remote accommodations.

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Mantis Proudly Sponsors the Tusk Conservation Awards 2014 - Mantis Collection

Mantis Proudly Sponsors the Tusk Conservation Awards 2014 - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Mantis is proud to announce their sponsorship of the second annual Tusk Conservation Awards, held in London on 25 November 2014. Sharing Mantis’ passion for conservation, Tusk has been working since 1990 to build a sustainable future for the people and the wildlife of the African Continent; and have initiated this high profile award ceremony …
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Presented by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award for dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa; while The Tusk Conservation Award, supported by Land Rover, recognises conservationists whose work demonstrates an exceptional commitment to conservation. The award winners in both categories will be presented with an Investec grant to further their work.

The Draycott Hotel in Chelsea, London, is an award winning five-star luxury boutique hotel and one of Mantis’s flagship properties. As part of Mantis’ sponsorship of the Tusk Awards, the nominees and judges will enjoy a private dinner at the Draycott Hotel on 24 November and will be hosted at the hotel for the duration of their stay in London.

Other sponsors of this exclusive event held in London are Landrover, Investec, Tiffany & Co, Moët Hennessy and British Airways.

“We’re massively proud to be associated with the Tusk Conservation Awards, these special individuals deserve this recognition; everyday they put their lives on the line to protect Africa’s abused wildlife – Mantis is behind them all the way” said Paul Gardiner Marketing Director of Mantis Collection

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The Pearl in the Mantis Collection - Mantis Collection

The Pearl in the Mantis Collection - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Mantis has built its collection of more than 70 unique destinations by always finding that one exceptional setting—and that’s why they have chosen Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate as the home for their latest hotel. This was confirmed today by Mantis Founder and Chairman Adrian Gardiner at the launch of Pearl Valley Hotel. “This …
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Situated on the prestigious estate, the five-star hotel will further enhance Pearl Valley’s on-going Master Plan to provide an environment in which you can live, play, and relax.

Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate residents enjoy a variety of amenities within a vibrant, safe community. They have all the benefits of secure country living yet are close to excellent local schools and central Cape Town. Plus, they are at the heart of three of the greatest Cape wineland routes: Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek. And, of course, it is home to the award winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, opened in 2003 by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, and was home to the South African Open from 2007 to 2009.

The Pearl Valley Hotel forms an important component of this offering and will comprise 10 freestanding double-story buildings, each offering expansive views across the Berg River valley and the surrounding Simonsberg Mountains.

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Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve Valentines Weekend Special 2015 - Mantis Collection

Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve Valentines Weekend Special 2015 - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Spoil your loved one with with a romantic Valentine’s weekend at Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve, on South Africa’s famed Garden Route. This exclusive package includes: Welcome drinks and a complimentary gift followed by a trip onto the game reserve to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean A gourmet a’la carte dinner prepared …
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This exclusive package includes:

Welcome drinks and a complimentary gift followed by a trip onto the game reserve to watch the sun set over the Indian OceanA gourmet a’la carte dinner prepared by their chefs utilising only the freshest locally sourced produceA luxurious champagne breakfast on the deck overlooking the reserve on Saturday morningA 2 hour game drive with one of their trained field guidesA picnic lunch on the beach deckPrivate dinner on Saturday evening in your suite with a complimentary bottle of Cap d’ ClassiqueA choice from their menu of romantic candlelit bubble bathsLazy Sunday morning breakfast

Special Offers valid throughout the weekend:

Book a couples massage and receive 25% discountComplimentary use of the Steam Room
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Luxury Yacht The Mediterranean, Whirlwind of St Peter Port

Luxury Yacht The Mediterranean, Whirlwind of St Peter Port | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
the feeling of spaciousness and tranquility is perfect for a relaxing break under Caribbean or Mediterranean skies.
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A look at the Whirlwind of St Peter Port’s charter locations reads like a list of the world’s most glamorous locales: St Tropez, Portofino, St Barts, Martinique, Monaco, Capri, Miami.

And indeed, she’s built to dazzle, her classic lines and newly refurbished interiors alluding to the class and elegance of an older sailing era but with the top-notch performance and amenities of a modern one. If Grace Kelly were a yacht, she’d be this one.

Whirlwind can accommodate up to eight guests in three generously proportioned double cabins; two of which have Pullman berths (6 adults + max 2 kids).
The master cabin is located forward port side, and two identical cabins are positioned aft at either side of upper saloon stairway. Each cabin is equipped with its own en-suite shower room.

In the spacious cockpit there are two settees both port and starboard with coffee tables that extend out to comfortably accommodate 6 or 8 persons. The helm position is aft of this and then there is a good sized aft deck suitable for sun bathing with a hatch leading to a spacious lazarette. From the aft-end of the lower saloon, there are 3 stairways; the central one leading up into the cockpit and one port and one starboard lead down into the respective mirrored aft double bedded cabins. These cabins have en-suite shower compartments and there is good wardrobe storage. There is a small settee beside each double bed.
There are steps up from the aft-end of the galley to the lower saloon as there are on the centreline leading up from the lower saloon. The lower main-deck saloon is over the main engine room with access to the engine room in the aft starboard corner. The saloon has a good panoramic view with bar area and seating in another U shaped settee design with a dining table.
The lower saloon leads into the galley on the starboard side which has full headroom to the top of the lower saloon, making it spacious and very light. The master cabin leads directly out into the lower saloon where on the port side there is a C shaped settee design to port, with coffee table. This saloon is open-plan with the lower deck saloon; on the starboard side is a large desk area with cabinets and storage space.
To port of the crew mess, is the master double bedded cabin with en-suite shower room, toilet and wash basin, well insulated from the crew accommodation by a double lined central bulkhead and the owner’s bathroom.

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Villa Monticello, Ghana - Mantis Collection

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Discover Villa Monticello, Ghana
Villa Monticello, Ghana’s premier Boutique Hotel located in Accra’s prestigious airport residential area.
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Villa Monticello, Ghana’s premier Boutique Hotel located in Accra’s prestigious airport residential area.

Delivering an exclusive retreat and world class experience for the discerning client by merging modern luxury and the rich traditional Ghanaian culture.

Villa Monticello offers 14 individually themed suites from the rich vibrant colours of the Marrakesh suite through to the NYC skyline of the Manhattan Suite. Each room is luxurious and delivers all the creature comforts you would expect from a world class luxury accommodation. All rooms feature a separate bath and shower, Air conditioning, Ipod docks, mini bar, complimentary tea and coffee station, espresso machines in superior suites as well as uniquely appointed décor.

Home to Accra’s most distinguished and elegant restaurant 1A located on the ground floor with an equally tasteful cocktail lounge. For the corporate guest A 12 seater boardroom equipped with modern audio visual equipment comes in handy from private meetings to the high stakes Board meetings. Complimented by a well equipped gymnasium and swimming pool. The recently added multi-function Terrace Bar & Café provides guests with the perfect atmosphere for private events and meetings.

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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Canada offers private group Grizzly Bear viewing.

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Canada offers private group Grizzly Bear viewing. | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Home of the Grizzly Bears! Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, set private land within the vast wilderness of British Columbia’s largest protected park, is the ideal setting for your wilderness adventures.
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Welcome to Grizzly country – with 60 acres of private land among the pristine mountains and rivers of Bella Coola, Canada, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is right at the heart of one of the healthiest bear populations in British Columbia.

In fact, with 600m of river frontage on this salmon-heavy stretch of water, it’s not impossible to see bears from the main deck, and a few have even been found napping on the lawn. And it’s not just the bears enjoying the hospitality – after a long day tracking grizzlies or enjoying hikes, fishing, mountain biking, valley tours or heliskiing (depending on the season), Tweedsmuir’s eleven timber chalets are a treat to return to, tucked into the trees surrounding a central lawn, with giant walk-in showers, eco-friendly gas fireplaces and king size beds.

Originally built as a hunting and fishing resort in the 1920s, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is now firmly committed to sustainable environmental principles, providing a relaxing refuge for those seeking out a more eco-friendly adventure.

Due to the lodges’ location in TweedsmuirPark, the largest protected park in British Columbia, guests can partake in a multitude of activities. These are just some of them;

Grizzly Bear Viewing – Located in the Great Bear Rainforest, our award-wining tours enable guests to observe grizzlies from non-motorized, comfortable drift boats on the Atnarko River. In addition to the boats, the lodge has a bear viewing platform for the exclusive use of guestsScenic River Drifts – As the McKenzie Drift Boats do not use a motor, the silence offers the opportunity for viewing wildlife up close and personal (bears, eagles, fish, birds, deer etc)Heli Hiking – Our helicopter adventures are designed to accommodate different levels of fitness and interest. From short leisurely walks to long strenuous hikes, where even ropes may be needed, each of our hikes has one goal in common: to expose our guests to wild and beautiful places that would otherwise be inaccessible.Guided Fly Fishing – Drifting down the Atnarko in our McKenzie river boats, we stop at all the best fishing holes along the way, fishing for salmon and trout
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A Book Lover’s Amalfi - Mantis Collection

A Book Lover’s Amalfi - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
It’s hard to resist the Amalfi Coast, blessed as it is with crayon coloured houses on rugged cliffs reaching down through terraces of citrus groves to the sparkling sea. Fall in love with this stretch of coast along the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy’s Campania region and you would hardly be the first – it has …
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Fall in love with this stretch of coast along the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy’s Campania region and you would hardly be the first – it has housed and inspired artists and writers from Byron, Shelley and Keats to Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, John Steinbeck and Gore Vidal. Simply breathing in the air of lemon and jasmine is a kind of poetry, as visitors to our luxury boutique hotel in Sorrento, Villa dei D’Armiento, would attest.

 

Here are a few volumes to get you in the mood for your next trip.

Pompeii by Robert Harris: A gripping historical thriller by one of the masters of the genre, set in the luxury Roman villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum in the lead-up to Mount Vesuvius’ most famous and deadly eruption.The Volcano Lover: A Romance by Susan Sontag: A steamy, unconventional historical romance set in 18th century Naples, telling the story of the British Ambassador, Sir William Hamilton, his wife Emma, and her infatuation with a young Lord Nelson.I love Capri by Belinda Jones: The perfect beach read – a chick lit romp through magical Capri following Kim, a translator who is transplanted to the island from her stuck-in-a-rut life in Cardiff when her mother inherits a designer boutique there.Sailing to Capri and The House in Amalfi by Elizabeth Adler: Bestselling author Elizabeth Adler’s suspenseful takes on Amalfi life, including romance, intrigue and murder.The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster: The classic Jacobean drama, telling the story of an Italian noblewoman and widow who marries her steward, with tragic results.A Year in the World by Frances Mayes: Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun became a classic of travel memoirs and in this sequel she takes the reader across much of Europe, including the Amalfi Coast.

There’s no better place to curl up and enjoy a good book than in the Villa dei D’Armiento – by the tranquil sunsoaked pool, perhaps, in the beautiful gardens that surround this luxury boutique hotel in Sorrento, or on its panoramic terrace. And beyond the villa gates, the delights of the coast await – better than even the most talented of writers can describe.

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Glamping in British Columbia - Mantis Collection

Glamping in British Columbia - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
Ah, camping. The lure of the great outdoors. Cooking sausages over a crackling fire and telling stories late into the night. Sleeping under the stars, with just a sturdy bit of canvas between you and the wilderness beyond. Leaving the city behind you, and embracing nature at its most pure. Fresh air, exercise, the sun …
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Ah, camping. The lure of the great outdoors. Cooking sausages over a crackling fire and telling stories late into the night. Sleeping under the stars, with just a sturdy bit of canvas between you and the wilderness beyond. Leaving the city behind you, and embracing nature at its most pure. Fresh air, exercise, the sun on your face. There’s nothing quite like it.

 

Of course, that’s only one half of the story. Arguing over where to pitch the tent, walking miles in the dark with a bursting bladder in search of the facilities, fighting off mosquitoes the size of small animals, breaking camp in the rain and mud… These are the experiences many of us associate with a tented holiday. But with the evolution of glamping – glamorous camping – you no longer need to either compromise your comfort or miss out on the benefits of an outdoor break. If you’re ready to give glamping a go, we have the perfect place for you: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a luxury eco lodge in Canada that will both charm and invigorate you with its top notch facilities and pristine British Columbia location.

What makes Clayoquot so special isn’t just its spot in the beautiful Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere, or even its sumptuous prospector-style tents, decorated with antique rugs and furniture, wooden floors, propane woodstoves and heirloom china, and furnished with King or Queen size beds, ensuite or private bathrooms and outdoor showers. It’s the sense of peace and tranquillity you feel away from the crazy rush of the urban jungle, without telephones and televisions, and incessant interruptions via email.

There are natural encounters aplenty, from hiking and horseback riding to whale and bear watching, and a treetop observation platform with stunning views over the rainforest. You can slip on your terry cotton robe and visit the sauna or hot tub, take part in a yoga class or book a massage. Or simply sink back into one of the plush leather chairs in the two lounge tents available at the luxury eco lodge in Canada, enjoying a glass of single malt, a game of billiards or a good book. We’d recommend Call of the Wild, because frankly, once you’ve experienced this kind of camping, that’s exactly what you’ll hear again and again. No tent to pitch, no fire to build, no hard ground to sleep on. Just you, and one of the most fulfilling getaways of your life.

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Ruin Lust: From Exhibition to Reality - Mantis Collection

Ruin Lust: From Exhibition to Reality - Mantis Collection | Locations around the world | Scoop.it
‘Ruin Lust’ is the slightly offbeat title of the latest exhibition at the Tate in London, “a guide to the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art from the seventeenth century to the present day”. It’s a title translated directly from a German term for the aesthetic appreciation of ruins, Ruinelust. But …
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‘Ruin Lust’ was the slightly offbeat title of the latest exhibitiosn at the Tate in London, “a guide to the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art from the seventeenth century to the present day”. It’s a title translated directly from a German term for the aesthetic appreciation of ruins, Ruinelust.

 

But what is it that humans through the centuries have found so fascinating about ruins? As far back as Medieval times, they’ve provided inspiration for writers and artists, as well as places of retreat and contemplation. Is it a preoccupation with our history, a thrill in seeing past merge with present in such a visual way? A meditation our own mortality, a reconciliation with grief? These are some of the questions the exhibition asks through over a hundred works by artists from Constable to the work of more modern painters and photographers.

The exhibition was  inspired the publication of a list by The Telegraph of the World’s Best Ruins, and it’s no surprise that Machu Picchu heads up the list. As visitors to our luxury eco lodges and boutique hotels in Peru already know, Machu Picchu is an experience second to none, a humbling vista of terraces and ruins high above the Urubamba Valley. The 550-year old citadel is remarkably well-preserved, and lay mostly forgotten in its secret location until 1911, when Hiram Bingham stumbled across it on a search for the Inca’s Lost City. It escaped sacking by the Spanish conquistadors, but its greatest downside today is the sheer number of visitors who make their way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site each year.

However, as the Telegraph writers themselves pointed out, “with a bit of careful planning and the right approach, you will find the site as enchanting and engaging as any on the planet”. For us, that right approach is a stay at Sumaq Machu Picchu, our luxury boutique hotel in Machu Picchu, where you can really get up close to life in the shadow of the ruins, and enjoy a leisurely trip to the ruins by train, instead of having the few short hours there to which so many package tourists are limited. Or why not stop over at the Sol & Luna Lodge, our luxury eco lodge en route to the site, in the midst of the Sacred Valley. However you get there, it’s certain to fascinate and inspire, in the grand tradition of Ruinelust.

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Birds, Bears & Belugas - Mantis Collection

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What could be better than seeing the legendary polar bears up close, in their natural summer habitat? How about swimming with beluga whales? Or spotting over a hundred bird species, many of them so-called ‘lifers’? All while staying in a luxury eco lodge in Canada, with a spectacular backdrop of warm weather tundra.. This (and …
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This (and more) is what you can expect from just one of the Arctic adventures from Churchill Wild, who specialise in polar bear safaris and wildlife experiences here in the far north. Birds, Bears & Belugas is their summer programme, and while adrenaline is high, it’s suitable for families – and conveniently timed for school holidays too. Here’s a little of what you can expect.

Birds…
Whether you’re a seasoned twitcher or a birding amateur, you’ll enjoy seeing countless birds during your seven-day trip, including ptarmigans, Smith’s Longspurs, Ross and Bonaparte gulls, and jaegers. Expert guides can not only help you locate and identify the birds, but can offer help and advice in wildlife photography, to ensure you take home some fantastic shots.Bears…
The Seal River Estuary, where you’ll find one of Churchill’s luxury eco lodges in Canada, is known as the ‘polar bear waiting room’, as it’s where they enjoy a coastal summer before heading back to their icy hunting grounds. You’ll see them on daily excursions, swimming and basking in the shallows, and sometimes even taking an interest in hunting the whales.Belugas…
Thousands of these curious, friendly whales congregate in the Hudson Bay each summer. You’ll see huge pods of them from the air as you arrive in Churchill, and enjoy further sightings from boats, on daily marine tours. You can even opt to swim with the whales, in dry suits specially provided for your use. Churchill staff will kit you out with a full snorkel too, so that you can enjoy the best extreme close-up imaginable of these magnificent creatures.

As well as these three VIP experiences, you can expect to spot plenty of other sub-Arctic wildlife, including moose, caribou and foxes. At the end of the day, be sure to listen for the plaintive howl of a distant wolf as you settle down for a full-course meal at the lodge, or cuddle up by the fire with a hot drink and a good book, knowing the morning will bring another raft of unforgettable adventures.

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Mantis Collection & The Cape Wheel Join Forces to Protect the Rhino - Mantis Collection

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Mantis Collection is proud to announce that the Cape Wheel has joined the elite Mantis portfolio as part of their collection. The Cape Wheel, a giant observation wheel located at the V&A Waterfront, offers a 360˚ panoramic view of Cape Town.  The 40 meter high Cape Wheel has become an iconic landmark for both the …
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The 40 meter high Cape Wheel has become an iconic landmark for both the Waterfront and the city, with the 12 – 15 minute experience including views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Town City skyline, Paarl Mountains, and the Cape Town Stadium.

 

Sharing Mantis’ passion for wildlife conservation, The Cape Wheel will donate a percentage of every adult and family ticket sold to the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Conservation Programme.
By actively making a contribution to this vital cause, The Cape Wheel has entered into this exciting partnership with the Wilderness Foundation, with its primary focus on rhino protection.

“I worked with John Elliott, Managing Director of the Cape Wheel and Brisbane Wheel, when the Cape Wheel was first erected in the Waterfront and because of his passion for wildlife and his respect for Mantis, we have been able to synergize our efforts in supporting this worthy cause”, explains Adrian Gardiner, CEO and founder of Mantis Collection.  Mantis is proud to be associated with this Cape Town landmark and the Wilderness Foundation.

Andrew Muir, CEO of the Wilderness Foundation, is encouraged by the support of the Cape Wheel in this cause related marketing campaign.  “We cannot be successful with our various projects on our own.  We rely on support and collaboration from our strategic partners to ensure that we can protect and sustain all life on earth for current and future generations.”  This partnership will assist in raising much needed funding for conservation, and in particular, endangered species that are indicators of wilderness.  The vehicle and platform also affords the opportunity to educate the public on the species.

“The Wilderness Foundation has an established partnership with the Mantis Collection and we are delighted that they are also partnering with the Cape Wheel towards this cause.  We are committed to ensuring that all funds raised are utilized in the most effective manner”, says Muir.

“This is a very important initiative for the Cape Wheel and our customers and we are proud of this very significant partnership and what we will achieve together. Our goal is to make a real impact and difference through this program” Elliot stated.

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The Last Word Long Beach: Six Times a Winner! - Mantis Collection

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When one intimate, six-roomed hotel takes the judges’ votes for six consecutive years; it’s time to sit up and take note! The Last Word Long Beach, in Kommetjie, has impressed the judges of the World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel from 2009 to the latest awards presentation in September 2014. With uninterrupted, …
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With uninterrupted, panoramic views of the ocean, this intimate hotel is as close as you can get to the water’s edge and all six luxury, en-suite bedrooms are sea facing.
Discreet touches such as sun hats and towels in a beach bag are assurance that there’s pride and pleasure in charming guests with exclusive experiences.
Warm smiles, personal attention and the tranquil ambiance attract total relaxation.

There’s a certain magic in this hidden gem on the southern tip of Africa.
It’s an intimate sanctuary; ideal for travelers who enjoy leisurely walks or horse riding along the beach, and nature trails in the mountains.

This is where you’ll find the recipe for many memorable moments.

The hotel is one of three in The Last Word Intimate Hotels portfolio.

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Draycott Hotel Package Offers - Mantis Collection

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Get Lost in London with Paddington Bear In celebration of the highly anticipated Paddington film, the Draycott Hotel have created an exclusive Paddington Bear Experience; creating a fun way for families and explorers alike to follow in his furry footsteps on adventures around the city. Accompanied by their very own Paddington Bear received on arrival, families and …
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In celebration of the highly anticipated Paddington film, the Draycott Hotel have created an exclusive Paddington Bear Experience; creating a fun way for families and explorers alike to follow in his furry footsteps on adventures around the city.

 

Accompanied by their very own Paddington Bear received on arrival, families and guests will enjoy an exclusive bus tour through Paddington’s favourite places in London, with the hotel’s smallest guests being invited to document their own adventure in an official Paddington Bear guide and scrapbook.

Included in the Paddington Bear package is

Accommodation in Family and Draycott SuitesA take-home Paddington Bear, received by guests on arrivalFull English breakfastAfternoon tea, with a miniature afternoon tea option available for younger guestsTickets for an exclusive hop-on-hop-off bus tour of London with an official Paddington Bear guide bookExclusive scrapbook to capture your memories
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Explore the Caribbean with SeaDream - Mantis Collection

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From November through April,  SeaDream will be exploring the natural beauty of the Caribbean, with its miles of beaches, private coves and brilliant turquoise waters! Each of the 79 available voyages is designed to highlight the Caribbean’s colorful  sightseeing, wonderful dining and vibrant nightlife. SeaDream opens the door to a world of grottos amidst giant boulders on the island …
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From November through April,  SeaDream will be exploring the natural beauty of the Caribbean, with its miles of beaches, private coves and brilliant turquoise waters!
Each of the 79 available voyages is designed to highlight the Caribbean’s colorful  sightseeing, wonderful dining and vibrant nightlife.

SeaDream opens the door to a world of grottos amidst giant boulders on the island of Virgin Gorda. Capture the French ambience of St. Barts by day and night, explore the
unspoiled national park of St. John or anchor off the golden sand beaches of the Tobago Cays in the Grenadines.

Your SeaDream yachting voyage culminates with SeaDream’s Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash. At the sound of the yacht’s horn, champagne starts to flow and a surfboard with caviar and all the accoutrements magically appears, all followed by a beach barbecue served on bone china. “It’s yachting, not cruising”, and we recommend the difference.

Voyages vary in length from 5-9 days each, and depart between
6 November 2014 and 14 April 2015.

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"Over the Top" in a Sky Penthouse Suite - Mantis Collection

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For one incredible night, guests will dine exclusively a top Mount Ursus with their own private chef; sleeping under the stars in great white prospector tents with all the luxury that Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is known for. Hike around a private mountain-top lake with a private guide; all accessible only by helicopter. Cost for this …
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The “original” Outpost Deluxe guest tents are roomy, great white canvas prospector-style quarters built on discreetly-situated raised wooden platforms. Connected by cedar boardwalks, the tents are hidden under a canopy of the rainforest, along the water’s edge or amongst