How To Do Peru - An Amazon Travel Guide

How To Do Peru – An Amazon Travel Guide

Martine Bury embarks on a voyage through South America’s most exquisite destination and shares her Amazon travel guide with us in this three-part series on Peru. The Amazon Expedition Getting to Iquitos is a bit of an inconvenience. It’s more like a mission. Only accessible by plane or river travel, Peru’s bustling jungle hub is full of contradictions. Fancy hotels and elegant bars interspersed with tin shacks are huddled together—flanked by the mighty Amazon River and thick canopy. Mopeds speed by as locals go about their business and visitors look for the next adventure—ziplining or shopping strange, amazing open-air markets. […]

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How To Do Peru - A Sacred Valley Travel Guide

How To Do Peru – A Sacred Valley Travel Guide

Martine Bury embarks on a voyage through South America’s most exquisite destination and shares her Sacred Valley Travel Guide with usin this three-part series on Peru. The Inca Heritage A short flight and winding drive land us in the Sacred Valley to acclimate before ascending to Cusco. Peru’s secrets are kept in this maze of rural life and ancient Inca ruins, sheltered by the Rio Urubamba Foothills. We tuck into the contemporary Tambo Del Inka Resort & Spa, which boasts its own private train station for the journey to Machu Picchu. The hotel’s minimalist design captures the region’s peaceful vibe, […]

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How to Do Peru - Lima Travel Guide

How to Do Peru – Lima Travel Guide

Martine Bury embarks on a voyage through South America’s most exquisite destination and shares her Lima travel guide with us in this three-part series on Peru. The Coolest Capital From above, Lima is a dense, random jumble of modern high-rises, colorful Spanish colonial architecture and crumbling pre-Columbian temples flanked by imposing cliffs that hold back the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. We begin our journey in the bohemian Barranco district with a stay at Arts Boutique Hotel B.  Built in 1914 for a wealthy family, the historic manor house shines in crisp white from its corner position—a stone’s throw […]

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Celebrating Jane Austen

Celebrating Jane Austen

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. What better time is there to see the beautiful British Isles and places connected with her captivating life and work! One of the world’s most famous authors who brought us the likes of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen spent most her life in the historic and picturesque southern county of Hampshire. Inspired by the area’s beautiful houses and scenery, many of these spots are mentioned in her novels and have been brought to life in movie adaptations. Join Ker & Downey as we celebrate Jane Austen’s life […]

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Why You Should Spend A Day at the Museum of Islamic Art

Why You Should Spend A Day at the Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha is a cultural icon in the Middle East. Spend the day there with Ker & Downey, then dine at Chef Alain Ducasse’s IDAM restaurant for an unforgettable day of art and culture. On a lone island 185 feet off the Doha Corniche, an imposing white geometric building rises from the sea. The impressive building is the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by the iconic Chinese Architect I.M. Pei. Famous for his glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris, I.M. Pei was lured out of retirement at 90 years old to design the […]

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Bush Walk - A Must Do on an African Safari

Bush Walk – A Must Do on an African Safari

Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant Trista Gage shares why a bush walk is one of her favorite things to do on an African safari A bush walk is one of my favorite things about a safari. I feel more immersed in my surroundings, stepping into the bush and breathing in the sounds and smells of Africa. It’s not like they are shoving you off into the wilderness with a compass and a pocket knife. You have a skilled ranger with a rifle and an experienced tracker to lead the way. Talking is kept to a minimum so the ranger […]

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Three Classic Tented Camps in Tanzania

Three Classic Tented Camps in Tanzania

Each country in Africa is unique. Kenya has the Masai Mara. Botswana has the Okavango Delta. But Tanzania has the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater – both teeming with wildlife and bucket-list destinations for African wildlife lovers. Cherie recently returned from a trip to Tanzania and shares her thoughts about three luxury classic tented camps she recommends. Entamanu Ngorongoro Entamanu Ngorongoro lies in a prime location on the less-traveled Eastern side of the Crater, just under thirty minutes from the nearest descent point. There’s just six luxury tented suites at Entamanu, each with decks that overlook the rim to the […]

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Tracking Wildlife on Mainland Australia’s East Coast

Tracking Wildlife on Mainland Australia’s East Coast

Last year we profiled Michelle Sole, a former female guide for Marataba Safari Lodge. Since we last spoke, she has left Marataba to spend a year traveling the world. While she’s out on the road, she’s sharing some of her experiences with us, starting with tracking the abundant Australian wildlife. Australia is well known for it’s weird and wonderful wildlife. As a wildlife fanatic I found myself paging through travel guides and internet sites searching for the best possible places to see some of Australia’s iconic wildlife. I get a thrill from finding and photographing animals in their natural environment. […]

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Amy's Luxury Bogota City Tour with Ker & Downey

Amy’s Luxury Bogota City Tour with Ker & Downey

Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. In Colombia, we sent her on a luxury Bogota city tour. On January 1st, I started a journey with Remote Year where, along with 79 other people, we will spend one month living in a different city starting in Mexico City and ending the year in Cambodia. We will live, work, and travel together for 365 days. Needless to say, there are not too many times when you’re alone. When I got the opportunity to go on a private Bogota city tour with a top-notch Ker & Downey […]

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World's Best Bathtubs With a View

World’s Best Bathtubs With a View

For me, the most important part of any hotel room is the bathtub. Not just the tub itself, but the view from it. Show me a freestanding tub with an incredible view and I’ll show you just how long I can soak. Our team of luxury travel consultants has scouted the globe for the best hotel bathtubs with a view – and they are incredible. Pour in the bubble bath – it’s time for a soak! The Silo, Cape Town Cape Town’s newest hotel offers some of the most stunning bathrooms in the world, with equally stunning views from its […]

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