Luxury Tree Houses Around the World

Luxury Tree Houses Around the World

Who says tree houses are just for kids? Ker & Downey picks the best luxury tree houses around the world awaken the kid in all us. Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa Inspired by an Eagle’s Nest, the award-winning loft-style tree house suites at Singita Lebombo Lodge sit perched high above the N’wanetsi River. Even among the soft textures of Egyptian cotton, wood, and steel interiors, you feel in tune with nature. From there, you have a bird’s eye view of the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains and N’wanetsi River from the glass-enclosed rooms. There’s also an option to sleep out […]

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Ker & Downey's Favorite Private Plunge Pools

Ker & Downey’s Favorite Private Plunge Pools

Summer heat waves have us looking for respite and relaxation in the form of private plunge pools around the world! Here are Ker & Downey’s picks for the world’s most incredible plunge pools. Amangiri, Utah Amangiri is the ultimate luxury desert oasis in the center of America’s Grand Circle, bordered by some of America’s most iconic natural landmarks ripe for exploring. After a day of hiking, horseback riding, and flight-seeing, there’s no better place to soak up the serene landscape than in one of the private desert-facing plunge pools in six of the resort’s 34 suites. The Vines Resort & […]

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Our Favorite Luxury Ryokans of Japan

Our Favorite Luxury Ryokans of Japan

A stay in one of Japan’s luxury ryokans is a great way to experience traditional Japanese culture, warm hospitality, and meticulous attention to detail the country has become known for. Ker & Downey has picked our favorite luxury ryokans to help you plan your journey to Japan. For centuries, travelers along the Tokaido road in Japan have been resting their weary bodies in ryokans. Typically located in rural areas around hot spring towns, the traditional Japanese inns were developed for traveling samurai in the 17th century. Today, they are an excellent way to experience Japanese heritage and hospitality. Within the […]

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Ker & Downey Voted One of 2016 Top 5 Safari Outfitters by Travel + Leisure

Ker & Downey Voted One of 2016 Top 5 Safari Outfitters by Travel + Leisure

Ker & Downey is honored to be voted one of the top 5 Safari Outfitters by Travel + Leisure, marking our seventh year on the list. Whether it’s a traditional safari in the African bush, a tiger safari through Bandhavgarh National Park in India, an outback safari in Australia, or exploring America’s wild frontier, we pride ourselves in offering you the best safari in every corner of the world. As one of the top safari outfitters, we are able to provide you with the best journey each and every time because we work with the best in the travel business. […]

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An Interview With Ralph Bousfield, Botswana's Rock Star Guide

An Interview With Ralph Bousfield, Botswana’s Rock Star Guide

We catch up with Botswana’s rock star guide Ralph Bousfield for a quick chat about life and style in the bush. In safari circles, Ralph Bousfield is the ultimate influencer. The co-owner of Botswana-based Uncharted Africa Safari Co. is a fifth generation guide, known for his deep-rooted commitment to Africa’s wildlife and ecology, as well as the preservation of the native Bushmen culture in Botswana. His father, legendary crocodile hunter, adventurer and conservationist Jack Bousfield, brought wild imagination and creative vision to safari—a sense of the extraordinary that made a way of life into a lifestyle. After the senior Bousfield’s […]

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Ker & Downey’s Top Lodges for a Safari with a Two Year Old

Ker & Downey’s Top Lodges for a Safari with a Two Year Old

A safari with a two year old? It can be done! In fact, a safari with a two year old makes a great family vacation. Many safari lodges are well-suited for family travel and catering to children. Our favorite lodges for families have babysitting services and nannies available to look after children who aren’t old enough for game drives, or if you want to steal away some time for adults. There are also dedicated activities and learning centers for children to keep them engaged and teach them about the African bush. The children will get plenty of face time with […]

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In the Heart of the Lone Star State

In the Heart of the Lone Star State

Sometimes the most exciting and accessible destinations manifest themselves in your own backyard. Such is currently the case with Ker & Downey and our home state of Texas. For years, we have been laying the groundwork for operations in the United States, meticulously handcrafting itineraries and experiences that effectively impart our signature experiential footprint on this place we call home. We have achieved that goal and now offer our clients a mix of both luxury and adventure in Alaska, California, and the breathtaking National Parks of the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest. It was especially important for us to […]

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Visiting Paraty - One of Brazil's Best-Kept Secrets

Visiting Paraty – One of Brazil’s Best-Kept Secrets

Ker & Downey’s Michelle Nicholson recently returned from a trip to Brazil and fills us on in on Paraty – one of Brazil’s best-kept secrets. Here are her recommendations. The UNESCO World Heritage town of Paraty in Brazil is one of Ker & Downey’s best-kept secrets. It’s a quaint, well-preserved fishing village with cobbled streets and original buildings. In its bay, you’ll find multicolored boats, with charming fishing huts and lively people going about their business. There are granite rock islands and hidden beaches for a secluded pocket of paradise. Paraty is a wonderful destination to visit for a few […]

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See the Summer Olympics as a VIP with Ker & Downey

See the Summer Olympics as a VIP with Ker & Downey

The Rio Summer Olympics are just around the corner, and Ker & Downey is ready to take you there in style. From August 5th through August 21st, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro as approximately 10,500 athletes and more than 6 million attendees from around the world descend upon the “Cidade Maravilhosa” for South America’s first-ever Olympic Games. Rio has been preparing for this event since 2009, building new venues and transforming neighborhoods around the city in preparation for this once in a lifetime international exhibition of strength. Visitors can expect beach volleyball contests on Copacabana beach, cycling […]

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All Aboard Ker & Downey's Favorite Luxury Train Journeys

All Aboard Ker & Downey’s Favorite Luxury Train Journeys

Luxury train journeys do more than get you from point A to point B in in comfort and style. They transport travelers to a bygone era of travel, beckoning them to slow down and take in the world. See the world by rail with Ker & Downey’s top luxury train journeys. All aboard! The Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express, Singapore – Bangkok Step back in time on Belmond’s Eastern and Oriental Express on a 2 or 3 night journey between the vibrant cities of Bangkok and Singapore. The route follows the passage inspired by the 1932 classic film, Shanghai Express, […]

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