With this issue of Bespoke Magazine, we are introducing a few new sections: in the A-List, we hand pick the must-have experiences of the season; our Arrivals section brings you all that’s new in the travel world; while our friends and readers share a magical, photographic moment from a recent trip with The Shot.
In our expanded features section, dig deep into Rubondo Island, the largest island national park in Africa and home to many plants and animals including elephants, giraffes and chimpanzees. Its “new beginning” started when Asilia, our partner in East Africa, began developing a camp there in 2012. Rubondo Island has always allowed the hard-core safari traveler to breathe the fresh air of this isolated gem, but now luxury travelers can also partake in this beauty. Our own Marketing Manager and Contributing Writer Katy Heerssen traveled there recently and writes about her adventures in this issue.
“The Caucasus” . . . what comes to mind when you read those words? Did you have to pull up a map or has this destination been simmering in your traveling mind for some time? Travel to this region has been something luxury travelers would not have considered until recently. Its colorful history has been marked by conquest after conquest. The Caucasus “new beginning” started with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ker & Downey has been sending select clients to the region for some time. Our own Vice President David Jones’ recent visit to the region reignited our hot button to continue to push this timeless destination. Check out a perfect itinerary in this issue and on our website.
This month we also continue our efforts to create “new beginnings,” setting a goal to send 18,000 mosquito nets to the children of Uganda. Once again, Ker & Downey will match your donation. Just $7 will provide protection from mosquito bites for four children. Help us create a fresh, safe start for the children of Uganda. Donate securely on our website.
What are you waiting for? It’s GO time! – from “Letter from the President”
by David Marek
Wild World - Katy Heerssen previews the paradise on Rubondo Island
Portugal Uncorked - The Food & Wine Lover’s Guide: Find hidden culinary treasure with this must-have guide
Shopping Istanbul - High and low, haute and hip, the ancient city is a shopper’s paradise
A Perfect Pairing - Martine Bury tours South Africa’s modern art and wine scenes
Great Beach Retreats - In search of the perfect, waterfront hideaway for your next relaxing escape? We’ve found the best 20 for youOrder this issue of Bespoke