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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 the most outrageous places to spend the night. The Manta Resort Sleep under the sea in the Underwater Room off the coast of Zanzibar. This floating structure at The Manta Resort 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, and an abode […]

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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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Luxury Villas for Your Next Getaway

Luxury Villas for Your Next Getaway

Ker & Downey’s picks for the top luxury villas around the world for your next private getaway. Belmond Rio Sagrado Villas, Peru Built to resemble a rural Peruvian village, the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado is set among lush gardens along the Urubamba River, creating a tranquil hideaway in the Sacred Valley. Its two opulent villas rise out of a riverfront wildflower garden and can each accommodate four to six people. From there, your group can explore the Sacred Valley on horseback, indulge in a massage at the Andean-style Spa Mayu Willka, feed the hotel’s baby alpacas, or take the train to […]

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Take a Harry Potter Tour in London to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Series

Take a Harry Potter Tour in London to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Series

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter book series. To celebrate, why not take an immersive Harry Potter tour to some of the quintessential sites of the films? Here are a few of our Potter fan favorite experiences in U.K. Get ready for your imagination to take flight. Harry’s London Discover Harry’s London on a magic-revealing private tour through the city. See the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron and walk along the alleyways and medieval winding roads that were JK Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley. You will also receive exclusive access to the visitor’s entrance […]

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Helicopter Photography Tips

Helicopter Photography Tips

Whether you are a first-time safari-goer or a seasoned veteran, a helicopter flight should definitely be an excursion on your journey. Recently, Reid took a flight over the Okavango Delta, and today he’s sharing his helicopter photography tips to get the best images from above. Reid’s Cultivated Guidance and Considerations with Regard to the Art of Digital Light Capture whilst Navigating the Near Terrestrial Heavens via Aerial Autogiro 1. Employ a pilot with all the necessary certifications, licensing, appendages, and vision requirements to operate rotorcraft. 2. Consider the doors – are they necessary? Ask them to be removed for maximum […]

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The Best Coffee Shops Around the World

The Best Coffee Shops Around the World

We at Ker & Downey think International Coffee Day is the most important day of the year. To celebrate International Coffee Day, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite coffee houses around the world. Via Civit in Mendoza City, Argentina There’s a large selection of coffee drinks and sweet treats in this famous coffee shop and bakery. For some local flavor, try a Café Via Civit. It comes with Dulce de Leche cream and chocolate liquor. Gran Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires, Argentina A must visit spot in Buenos Aires, Gran Café Tortoni is Argentina’s oldest and most famous […]

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Wellness Travel - Our Ultimate Destination Workouts

Wellness Travel – Our Ultimate Destination Workouts

Wellness travel is gaining in popularity around the world. Writer Mary Bemis shares where to go to find some of the latest trends in Wellness Travel. With a focus on fitness, luxury spas are raising the bar for guests who want to stay in shape. From dedicating more space to smart new fitness facilities with top-of-the-line equipment, to creative classes for achieving specific goals, to taking it into the great outdoors—more resort and hotel spas are offering serious fitness programs for guests who place a priority on health and wellness. Reboot Your Routine In the ancient port town of Veli […]

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Extraordinary Journeys with Ker & Downey

Extraordinary Journeys with Ker & Downey

Travel in November to take advantage of Ker & Downey’s attractive rates on five extraordinary journeys. Paris November is low season in Paris. In our opinion, there’s no better time to go. Besides lower rates, you’ll see less tourists in the streets and smaller crowds at the museums. Although temperatures can range from the 40s to the 60s (Fahrenheit), it’s the perfect weather to grab a cappuccino and people watch from inside a toasty cafe or explore the city’s museums. From mid September to mid January, the Jacquemart André Museum is hosting a special exhibit – “Rembrandt: the Decisive Years.” Designed around […]

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The Most Scenic Drives in the World

The Most Scenic Drives in the World

Explore the open road with Ker & Downey’s most scenic drives in the world. Ready to get your motor running? Add one of these scenic drives to your next Ker & Downey journey! Transfagarasan Highway, Romania Named the “Best Road in the World” in 2009 by Jeremy Clarkson, former host of Top Gear, the winding Transfagarasan Highway is both scenic and exciting to drive with hairpin turns and long S-curves. It was built in the 1970’s by Nicolae Ceaușescu as strategic military route to traverse the Carpathian mountain range should the Soviets invade Romania like they had Czechoslovakia in 1968. […]

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The Best Places to Travel in September

The Best Places to Travel in September

It’s hard to narrow down the best places to travel in September, but our Luxury Travel Consultants are up for the challenge. These are Ker & Downey’s best places to travel in September, narrowed down from some of the best destinations in the word, including one in our own backyard. September is a great month to get out and explore the world. The summer holiday crowds have mostly vanished, returning back to work and school. Many regions across the globe are experiencing some of their best weather of the year. Here we’ve compiled our list of the best places to […]

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