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20 Unforgettable Stays | Passport Journal


Because the supersonic Concorde airliner touched down from its closing flight 20 years in the past, Kiwi Assortment launched into the journey sphere. Created for individuals who care the place they keep, our expertly curated suggestions started with a easy web site and a hardcover espresso desk e-book showcasing 493 of probably the most distinctive lodges within the Americas. Different books, continents and internet iterations adopted, to embody the practically 2,000 lodges throughout 130 international locations we function at the moment. Then and now, we search out particular locations that stand out and stick with you lengthy after a keep is thru. Our enduring intention is to information vacationers to actually memorable experiences, whether or not that be a seven-course meal you possibly can’t cease speaking about or a sundown view that leaves you speechless. Sharing 20 of our personal unforgettable stays looks as if the correct approach to kick off our anniversary celebrations. Circling the globe, beginning nearest our headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, Kiwi Assortment workforce members and collaborators journey again in time to recall their best escapes.

Wickaninnish Inn, Canada

20 unforgettable stays - aerial shot of Wickaninnish Inn and the coastline

“Crashing waves, historical rainforests, ocean views, heated toilet flooring and bear encounters—these are the highlights of my dreamy 2010 keep on the Wickaninnish Inn. Located on Canada’s wild Pacific Coast, the beachfront inn is a full immersion into the infinite great thing about Clayoquot Sound. The architectural particulars, similar to cedar wooden, pure stone and huge home windows, emphasize the pure environment. Savoring wonderful delicacies on the Pointe Restaurant whereas waves splashed the home windows was an unforgettable expertise. My husband and I spent our time exploring seashores, mountain climbing within the Pacific Rim Nationwide Park and discovering Tofino’s meals scene and Indigenous artwork. This slice of the West Coast is pure magic.” — Julia Kaplun, Design + Model Lead  

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada

20 unforgettable stays - Fairmont Lake Louise aerial shot with mountains, lake and forest surrounding
20 unforgettable stays - Fairmont Lake Louise hotel room looking out patio doors towards the lake

“Overlooking Lake Louise’s turquoise waters, the Fairmont Chateau affords an solely non-public escape for these trying to soak up the staggering pure magnificence. This previous summer time, I had a tremendous expertise kayaking the glacial waters and exploring the encompassing mountain climbing trails. Waking as much as probably the most beautiful view and having fun with personalised service within the eating places was the spotlight of my journey. To high it off, I closed out my go to with their well-known Excessive Tea, which is certainly value all of the hype it will get.” — Dabira Chhabra, Account Supervisor, Lodge Applications 

Bishop’s Lodge, United States

20 unforgettable stays - Bishop's Lodge viewed from outdoors with a woman standing in front

“There’s one thing about New Mexico that continues to name me again, and my 2021 keep at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe is but another excuse I’ll be returning to this Southwestern metropolis. Sitting on 317 acres within the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Bishop’s Lodge is a sprawling resort steeped in 150 years of historical past. Whereas the lodge’s new possession has expanded and modernized fantastically, the unique lodge was fastidiously restored and the chapel courting again to 1860 is now listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. Between the peaceable amenities, charming adobe structure and actions on provide, together with the artwork class I took, it’s straightforward to seek out the correct mix of pleasure and R&R right here.” — Michelle Halpern, Passport contributor 

Chablé Yucatan, Mexico

20 unforgettable stays - Chablé Yucatan private terrace with plunge pool and hammock
20 unforgettable stays - Chablé Yucatan wooden dining table surrounded by black chairs in an outdoor area

“Immersed within the Mayan jungle a couple of minutes from Mérida, former sisal-producing hacienda Chablé Yucatan affords a window to the previous and current. Throughout my keep in 2018, I used to be reminded of the historical past this place has witnessed all through the years. That includes the works of native artisans and surrounded by nature, my villa with a non-public pool was breathtakingly secluded and trendy. The Mayan cultural heritage and mystical traditions are current all through the expertise, as Chablé options its personal cenote, genuine Yucatan gastronomy and one of many largest collections of tequilas.” — Karina Fuentes, Account Supervisor, Lodge Applications

Paradero Todos Santos, Mexico

20 unforgettable stays - Paradero Todos Santos outdoor infinity pool lined with loungers

“The place the grime highway ends, there rests Paradero Todos Santos, about an hour north of Cabo. My two nights right here in October 2023 mark one of the crucial memorable stays thus far in my yr of exploring Mexico. The sunbaked, architectural-forward lodge blends seamlessly into Baja California’s panorama. My feeling all through the keep was an intriguing sense of place. From chilaquiles drenched in fire-roasted chile verde to grounding moments throughout a sound bathtub, all the pieces that Baja is intertwines. What an unbelievable alternative to expertise this huge terrain within the fingers of Paradero.” — Jessica Wright, Passport contributor 

Rancho Santana, Nicaragua

20 unforgettable stays - Rancho Santana outdoor pool and lounge pods
20 unforgettable stays - Rancho Santana front view

“Like most magical and distant corners of the world, there isn’t any splashy advertising slogan beckoning vacationers to expertise the thrill of Nicaragua. As an alternative, there’s a whisper marketing campaign amongst these within the know, the gradual vacationers who respect the authenticity of such a spot. The place verdant jungle and tropical forests border sparkly emerald coasts lives Rancho Santana. Nestled on the finish of a dust highway and surrounded by dusky-pink hued seashores, the resort, which I visited in 2022, boasts surf breaks galore, horse stables, a vegetable backyard servicing your complete property and a breezy yoga pavilion and spa with views out to sea. Days could be full of actions and exploration however I discovered a nap within the shade is equally unimaginable to withstand.” — Amanda Blakley, Passport contributor  

Casa San Agustin, Colombia

20 unforgettable stays - Casa San Agustin outdoor terrace with tables, plants and loungers

“Passing by means of the historic concrete partitions of Cartagena in 2017, I felt instantly transported to the previous. A way of calm and leisure set in after stepping foot into Casa San Agustin, a dramatic distinction from the frenetic fortified metropolis streets on its doorstep. The courtyard pool, that includes an historical Spanish aqueduct, provided refuge from the new Colombian solar. Lavish cocktails and desserts at Alma, considered one of Cartegena’s most interesting eating places, helped me recount the times’ actions earlier than retreating to my room of handcrafted furnishings and uncovered timber framing. The intimate colonial-style lodge made a improbable homebase for exploring this colourful coastal metropolis.” — Brent Arentsen, Director, Distribution 

explora Patagonia, Chile

20 unforgettable stays - A wooden walkway leading towards explora Patagonia, beside a lake, with mountains behind
20 unforgettable stays - a line of people riding on horseback through a valley, with mountains behind

“In a area of grand glaciers, towering mountains and turquoise lakes, explora Patagonia was the proper platform for experiencing such an unbelievable a part of the world. Perched by Lake Pehoé, the quiet, architectural property is embedded in Chile’s jaw-dropping Torres del Paine Nationwide Park. There in 2015, I’d plot the following day’s adventures—be it a full-day hike as much as the enduring three towers or a day horseback experience throughout the pampa with a gaucho—while sipping on a refreshing Pisco Bitter. They maintain all the particulars so visitors can merely absorb the pure surprise.” — Pleasure Pecknold, Passport Editor 

explora Rapa Nui, Chile

20 unforgettable stays - a row of Easter Island Moai

“Distant and remoted Rapa Nui is without doubt one of the most distinctive, uncommon locations my spouse and I’ve visited. Daily we had been there in 2016, we launched into excursions with explora Rapa Nui guides, together with visiting the famed moai and mountain climbing across the island. We climbed into underground caverns the place households had slept at evening centuries in the past, ate uncooked sea urchin on the seaside and watched the waves crash from a cliffside cave. After our outings, we returned to the lodge to feast on native delicacies with Chilean wine earlier than falling into mattress with ocean views in sight.” — Dana Hangai, Vice President, Merchandise and Partnerships 

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

20 unforgettable stays - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi outdoor view with pool, in the evening
20 unforgettable stays - a row of restaurant tables outside a white building, next to a road

“Situated within the coronary heart of town, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a elegant mix of historic appeal and modern luxurious. Visiting right here again in 2015, I felt privileged to remain at such a famend, historic lodge, the place each nook felt like a journey by means of time. The sheer pleasure of cooling off of their gorgeous pool on the balmiest days made me really feel like a film star. Whereas the meals total was excellent, the breakfast brunch stays a private favourite. I nonetheless discover myself dreaming about their chocolate cake, which one of many cooks insisted I strive. The mixture of private touches, coupled with impeccable service, luxurious lodging and a central location, makes for a unprecedented and unforgettable retreat.” — Nancy Smith, Luxurious Lodge Specialist 

Soneva Kiri, Thailand

20 unforgettable stays - Soneva Kiri and surrounding ocean aerial view

“Nestled in a tranquil bay on considered one of Thailand’s largest however least developed islands, Soneva Kiri is the definition of jaw-dropping. The dramatic arrival by non-public Cessna airplane and heat welcome from my Barefoot Guardian set the scene for an unforgettable 2022 keep. I’ll always remember snorkeling with cuttlefish, swimming under the Khlong Chao Waterfall and bouncing across the expansive property by myself electrical buggy. The culinary ideas—deeply conventional Thai, a Japanese-Peruvian 10-course tasting menu, a charcuterie room in a round glass vault—had been the cherry on high.” — Nicole Havers, Advertising Content material Supervisor  

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

20 unforgettable stays - Mandarin Oriental Singapore hotel room with views overlooking the city
20 unforgettable stays - Mandarin Oriental Singapore outdoor pool with palm trees and loungers

“Again in 2006, Kiwi Assortment was printing our espresso desk e-book, In a single day Sensations, in Singapore for the primary time. Coincidentally, it was additionally my first time in Singapore and I got here to know why it’s referred to as The Backyard Metropolis. I stayed on the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, which is ideally positioned for exploring the downtown core by foot. Every day, we might journey to the north of the island, nearly on the border crossing to Malaysia, to be on the printer for every press test. The Mandarin Oriental offered the proper oasis after a busy day of journey throughout the island.” — Brian Mumby, Co-Founder and President  

Armani Lodge Dubai, United Arab Emirates

20 unforgettable stays - Dubai skyline viewed from a rooftop, in the evening

“A number of lodges speak about service, however Armani Lodge Dubai takes it to the following degree. Strolling into its iconic Dubai constructing in 2016, my luggage had been shortly whisked away. Every morning, by totally different folks, I used to be greeted within the restaurant by identify and, with my order from the day prior to this famous, I’d be requested if I want to have that once more. Espresso is served on silver trays with candies and dinner comes with a present of The Dubai Fountain spouting off. Rooms are unmistakably Armani, as seen within the excessive degree of element and intentionality of each design factor. Fragranced in a scent signature to the lodge and full-size, the lavatory amenity equipment got here house with me.” Cynthia Verboon, Vice President, Lodge Applications 

FORESTIS, Italy

20 unforgettable stays - Wooden seating structure looking out over forest and mountains with sun shining through
20 unforgettable stays - Forestis pool with floor-to-ceiling windows

“The great thing about FORESTIS lies in its simplicity. The rooms and shared areas are minimalist, accented solely with pure wooden components and Dolomite stone, letting the astonishing mountain vary take centerstage. There in Ocotober 2023, my buddy and I spent our days strolling by means of the forest, indulging within the expansive spa, partaking in Wyda yoga classes, sampling the beautiful Forest Delicacies menu and gazing out at uninterrupted views of the majestic peaks. Each facet of the lodge seeks to be in concord with its pure environment, providing the proper setting for whole leisure.” — Olivia Betts, Digital Advertising Coordinator  

Lodge Savoy, Italy

20 unforgettable stays - Hotel Savoy room with couch, coffee table and seats

“The standout options of my 2017 keep at Florence’s Lodge Savoy was undoubtedly the unbeatable location and distinctive service. The employees went above and past in making a welcoming environment, from understanding my identify to following up on my day by day explorations across the metropolis. Slightly than conforming to a set mildew, every workforce member let their distinctive character shine, making interactions extra heat, private and pleasurable. The fashionable design and well-appointed rooms then offered the icing on high.” — Michelle O’Neil, Luxurious Lodge Specialist  

Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris, France

20 unforgettable stays - Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet’s Paris grassy courtyard with tables and chairs
20 unforgettable stays - Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet’s Paris indoor spa pool

“My household journey to Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris in 2022 was a fairytale from begin to end. The personalised touches made for an unforgettable journey. Balloons and a particular lodge bundle for my daughter showcased the property’s consideration to element and made her really feel like a princess. For my coffee-loving mother, the personalized cappuccinos had been a spotlight—she nonetheless raves about them as one of the best she’s ever had. The employees’s dedication to creating us really feel particular at each flip, mixed with the central location, luxurious spa and distinctive eating, created an ideal Parisian retreat that exceeded all expectations.” — Diana Danicico, Luxurious Lodge Specialist 

Finca Cortesin, Spain

20 unforgettable stays - Finca Cortesin outdoor pool with loungers and umbrellas

“Drawn to this nook of Spain’s gorgeous Costa del Sol for a detailed buddy’s marriage ceremony in 2015, Finca Cortesin didn’t disappoint. When my household and I arrived, we had been greeted by the lodge supervisor and upgraded to the Cortesin Suite, a palatial pad with an ensuite bed room at every finish, a butler’s kitchen and opulent lounge within the center. Each morning and night, we reveled within the spectacular views of the pool and verdant resort our luxurious suite afforded us.” — Anna Cort, World Director, Lodge Applications  

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

20 unforgettable stays - Six Senses Douro Valley viewed from afar, surrounded by green fields and vineyards
20 unforgettable stays - Six Senses Douro Valley kitchen filled with produce

“A wide ranging resort in considered one of Portugal’s famous wine areas, Six Senses Douro Valley is about amongst vineyards and alongside the Douro River. Throughout my 2017 keep, a spotlight was the spa, the place they use domestically sourced components in all therapies, in step with their dedication to sustainability. The lodge additionally affords a variety of wellness packages. Given they’re positioned in a famed culinary vacation spot, it’s no shock that their very own choices targeted on regional flavors had been a few of the finest I’d skilled in all of Portugal. The resort’s concierge is extraordinarily educated and organized a few of the most unusual, small winery wine tastings, together with stomping our personal grapes for Port wine. I’d say this resort is the proper retreat for foodies, nature lovers, wine fans or all of the above.” — Carla Drake, Vice President, Concierge  

The Oberoi, Marrakech, Morocco

20 unforgettable stays - Oberoi Marrakech private outdoor terrace with pool, garden and loungers

“For our tenth marriage ceremony anniversary in June 2023, my husband booked us a shock keep at The Oberoi, Marrakech. The lodge’s gorgeous design is an oasis of calm, with our room’s non-public pool providing an particularly tranquil retreat. On arrival, we had been delighted to seek out muffins and Champagne ready for us. What resonated most with me was the distinctive, attentive-yet-unassuming service. We felt past spoiled all through our keep. The meals was unbelievable, notably the breakfast, as was the setting—the magnificent structure seamlessly blends Moroccan heritage with luxurious.” — Federica Lorijn-Antonioli, World Director, Lodge Applications  

Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa

20 unforgettable stays - Singita Lebombo Lodge private wooden deck with bed and canopy, overlooking a river
20 unforgettable stays -leopard face at close range

“Suspended aloft the N’wanetsi River in Kruger Nationwide Park, Singita Lebombo Lodge is impressed by eagles’ nests constructed into the cliff face—floating between river and sky. From the second my husband and I arrived in 2012, it felt like we had been additionally in a state of levitation. It didn’t take lengthy to identify the “Large 5,” but it surely was the moments of connection that actually resonated, similar to an injured but stoic male lion hauntingly calling to his sister (who ultimately emerged) and looking out into the eyes of a leopard whose purr was audible. Again on the lodge, immersive areas and intuitive consideration to element maintained our dream-like expertise. Singita is the Shangaan phrase for “place of miracles,” and this keep was nothing in need of extraordinary.” — Brooke Van Hatten, Vice President, Advertising 

 

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