The Most Outrageous Places to Spend the Night

The Most Outrageous Places to Spend the Night

A little strange and definitely unique, these are some of Ker & Downey’s most outrageous places to spend the night which are worth trying once. The Manta Resort Sleep under the sea in the Underwater Room off the coast of Zanzibar. This floating structure gives you an up-close look at the schools of colorful fish that swim by during the day and the curious nocturnal creatures that glide by your windows in the inky depths. Located in the middle of a reef, the room is only accessed via boat. Three levels, include a landing deck, a roof for star gazing, […]

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Top 5 Things to Do in Kyoto

Top 5 Things to Do in Kyoto

Ker & Downey’s guide to the top things to do in Kyoto. Kyoto is the storehouse of Japan’s traditional culture and the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shintō shrines, Kyoto is home to the country’s most treasured remnants of imperial life. Here, geishas still entertain in full makeup and dress within the Ochaya teahouses of Gion, masterpieces of religious architecture still house mesmerizing Zen gardens, and the Nishiki Market—or the “kitchen of Kyoto”—bustles with frenetic fish-selling energy. We asked our Luxury […]

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Cause & Effect: WildAid Conservation Travel in Kenya and Tanzania

Cause & Effect: WildAid Conservation Travel in Kenya and Tanzania

We check in with Corie Knights on the work WildAid and the WildAid conservation travel partners are accomplishing in Kenya and Tanzania. Since 2000 WildAid has made it their mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. To highlight the importance of their work and showcase some of their various conservation projects, Corie Knights leads donors’ trips around the world each year. In June she and her husband Peter, who founded WildAid, traveled to Kenya and Tanzania with Ker & Downey and 11 philanthropists to visit some of their partner conservation projects and check in on the progress their partnership is making. Corie sat down with us to […]

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Jamie Returns to Africa

Jamie Returns to Africa

Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Expert Jamie Bell has been on many safaris throughout her years at Ker & Downey. She shares her latest trip and why she keeps going back with us below. I never get tired of traveling to Africa, no matter how many times I’ve been. Each time I am excited to learn about new places and experience new things. My most recent trip to Africa was in September, and it marked my 16th time to travel there. This time, I returned to South Africa. My journey began in Cape Town, at the exciting new Silo Hotel […]

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Haunted Places Around the World

Haunted Places Around the World

We’ve collected spooky tales and scary spots for the brave daring to explore on a Ker & Downey journey. These are our picks for the most haunted places around the world. Ballyvolane House, Cork, Ireland This beautiful property has a darker side. It is believed that a butler and a maid murdered the owners of the home in 1730 in an attempt to steal their valuables. The pair escaped after their ghastly deed, but were caught at the port of Limerick, found guilty, and executed not far from the scene of the crime. The spot where the maid was burned […]

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Ladakh Travel Guide - A Visit to the Land of High Passes

Ladakh Travel Guide – A Visit to the Land of High Passes

Ker & Downey Product Manager Lisa Sun recently traveled to Ladakh in Northern India. She’s sharing her Ladakh travel guide with us today. Known as the ‘Land of High Passes’ and ‘Little Tibet’ Ladakh is a stunningly gorgeous high altitude desert in northern India with a surreal landscape made up of dramatic mountains, craggy canyons, blue glacial lakes, and green raging rivers. Fortress-like monasteries towering atop hills dot the land, resembling stone sentinels guarding the villages below. The intense sunlight at this high altitude brings on amazing shades of colors, particularly at sunrise and sunset – a photographer’s paradise! Despite […]

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A Wildlife Safari Through the Western United States

A Wildlife Safari Through the Western United States

Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Expert Catherine Brown visits some of the national parks in the Western United States in search of the American West’s best wildlife. For years, I have been dreaming of seeing the Western United States. The real west, full of mountains and wildlife, and cowboy culture. On my bucket list was to see wildlife – especially a buffalo at Yellowstone National Park, and I really wanted to spot a bear. I finally had the chance to go, and boy were those items checked and more. I started out early one morning with my guide, and we […]

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Great American Road Trip

Great American Road Trip

A great American road trip is a classic vacation experience. Ker & Downey shows you some of our favorite stops on a cross-country journey in America that will take you from sea to shining sea. Washington, DC The capital of the country has more to see beyond the White House. The melting pot of cultures here makes Washington, DC a global place with a fusion of activities. But it is its historical charm that really stands out. Wander along the tree-lined avenues of row houses and see the colonial architecture dating back to 1751 in nearby Georgetown. The cobblestone streets and the old homes, each […]

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A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

In the Alta Badia valley in the Dolomites, great skiing is combined with gourmet food for a unique ski safari. South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, is an area known for its apples, ham, wine, and an impressive 23 Michelin stars. Those 23 Michelin stars make it the most decorated province in all of Italy. This gourmet’s destination is also popular among skiers with the world’s largest ski circuit that encompasses over 745 miles of downhill runs, and all skiable with a single ski pass. Among the mountains and valleys, there is a network of mountain huts that can provide basic […]

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New Star Wars Filming Locations to Explore

New Star Wars Filming Locations to Explore

The galaxy far, far away is closer than you think. As Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi gets closer to its debut, we are highlighting new Star Wars filming locations that are out of this world. Read on to see how you can pair them with unique Ker & Downey experiences in Europe. Ireland Skellig Michael In the 7th century on Skellig Michael, monks lived and prayed in stone beehive huts. At the top of the steps of this steep island, amidst these huts and actual stone ruins, Rey and Luke Skywalker first meet at the conclusion of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. […]

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