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  • Aman at Summer Palace

    Credit: Aman at Summer Palace

    Credit: Aman at Summer Palace

    This was my second visit to this amazing place. I landed from a superb flight with Singapore Airlines on one of their beautifully outfitted A380’s. After a quick trip through the airport, I met up with my transfer and made my way to Aman at Summer Palace. An incredible property that used to be the summer home to Emperors of China. It was a quick and comfortable 30-minute transfer before I arrived at the property.

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    September 17, 2014 • Asia, Destinations, Ian Swain Sr, Travels • Views: 3393

  • Otahuna Lodge: A Food Lover’s Delight

    Jimmy McIntyre, Otahuna Lodge’s star chef, learned early on not to play with his food.

    A native New Zealander, Chef Jimmy grew up in the kitchen. “My step-father was a chef, so from an early age, I was in the kitchen. But my first job, I wasn’t allowed to cook. I washed dishes. But I observed, listened, gleaned knowledge. Charlie Trotter was my idol, a genius. Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver were also huge influences.” Continue Reading

    Most claim that this captivating young adventurer made his first appearance in the travel industry at the tender age of five, working diligently to become the most efficient brochure boxer this side of the Atlantic, all the while running up and down the office halls in-between projects. Always following his father around the office throughout the years, Ian began to learn the ropes and become more engaged with the company and travel industry. As Ian grew older, his knowledge and skill set were outpaced only by his passion for travel and desire to see the world, venturing to destinations across the globe from Australia to Africa,. After four years of study, and a few years working within the hotel industry, Ian began his official career much like it started, with a wide-eyed enthusiasm and tireless work.

    March 7, 2014 • Bloggers, New Zealand • Views: 2450

  • Experience New Zealand at its Finest

    A visit to New Zealand’s South Island is like stepping onto a movie set.  It’s the reason why worldwide blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed here.  While reaching New Zealand requires a long-haul flight, it is worth the journey to discover a sparkling clean and green land where beaches, mountains, outdoor adventure and vineyards converge. Continue Reading

    Most claim that this captivating young adventurer made his first appearance in the travel industry at the tender age of five, working diligently to become the most efficient brochure boxer this side of the Atlantic, all the while running up and down the office halls in-between projects. Always following his father around the office throughout the years, Ian began to learn the ropes and become more engaged with the company and travel industry. As Ian grew older, his knowledge and skill set were outpaced only by his passion for travel and desire to see the world, venturing to destinations across the globe from Australia to Africa,. After four years of study, and a few years working within the hotel industry, Ian began his official career much like it started, with a wide-eyed enthusiasm and tireless work.

    November 27, 2013 • Bloggers, New Zealand • Views: 4220

  • Heaven at Whitehaven

    So there I was, strapped into a seaplane gearing up my camera as the engines began puttering to a start. Only minutes before we were all in the dark about what “surprise” our parents had planned for us.

    Now, It was just my family and I filling the charter as we all buckled up for the adventure. I was seated on the starboard side, right behind the co-pilots seat. Continue Reading

    Most claim that this captivating young adventurer made his first appearance in the travel industry at the tender age of five, working diligently to become the most efficient brochure boxer this side of the Atlantic, all the while running up and down the office halls in-between projects. Always following his father around the office throughout the years, Ian began to learn the ropes and become more engaged with the company and travel industry. As Ian grew older, his knowledge and skill set were outpaced only by his passion for travel and desire to see the world, venturing to destinations across the globe from Australia to Africa,. After four years of study, and a few years working within the hotel industry, Ian began his official career much like it started, with a wide-eyed enthusiasm and tireless work.

    September 12, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain II • Views: 3954

  • Sensory Sophistication at qualia

    The defining moment of awareness for me at qualia, is sitting in the Long Room, as the perfectly temperate languid breezes of the Whitsundays, caress and calm with their soft silkiness. Add to that, a glass of ‘house pour’ Champagne, Charles Heidsick, and the changing light over the water and islands across the way. Hmmm. Mesmeric. Hard to beat. And so say the reader’s of Conde Nast USA, who voted qualia ‘Best Resort in the World’ in recent months, giving them an incredible perfect 100/100 score. Continue Reading

    Most claim that this captivating young adventurer made his first appearance in the travel industry at the tender age of five, working diligently to become the most efficient brochure boxer this side of the Atlantic, all the while running up and down the office halls in-between projects. Always following his father around the office throughout the years, Ian began to learn the ropes and become more engaged with the company and travel industry. As Ian grew older, his knowledge and skill set were outpaced only by his passion for travel and desire to see the world, venturing to destinations across the globe from Australia to Africa,. After four years of study, and a few years working within the hotel industry, Ian began his official career much like it started, with a wide-eyed enthusiasm and tireless work.

    July 31, 2013 • Australia, Bloggers • Views: 4721

  • Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef with Life Changing Experiences

    A visit to Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef on Australia’s west coast last spring with my then seven year old daughter and husband left with me a potent reminder of the value of the guides hosting guests in remote places, and especially at luxe lodges or camps where many of the experiences and guiding is included in the rate (an important item to consider when researching experiential holidays). Continue Reading

    Most claim that this captivating young adventurer made his first appearance in the travel industry at the tender age of five, working diligently to become the most efficient brochure boxer this side of the Atlantic, all the while running up and down the office halls in-between projects. Always following his father around the office throughout the years, Ian began to learn the ropes and become more engaged with the company and travel industry. As Ian grew older, his knowledge and skill set were outpaced only by his passion for travel and desire to see the world, venturing to destinations across the globe from Australia to Africa,. After four years of study, and a few years working within the hotel industry, Ian began his official career much like it started, with a wide-eyed enthusiasm and tireless work.

    June 25, 2013 • Australia, Bloggers • Views: 6647