Beauty, spas, baths… oh my! Go in search of the world’s best places for pampering and blissful beauty sourced right from the earth’s natural resources. A journey to these alluring destinations will leave you glowing inside and out. Vichy, France Dating back to the Roman times, picturesque Vichy is un rêve. The waters in this countryside escape are believed to soften skin. It’s a secret that the French have happily shared with the rest of the world, producing creams that promise youthful skin. Paris, France Perfumes flow through a Parisienne’s veins. Famed French femmes Queen Catherine de’ Medici and Marie-Antoinette […]
Warning: you might feel green with envy when you see our list of the world’s most colorful cities. Drab isn’t fab in these perfectly painted places… they’re making us feel blue that we aren’t there right now. Jodhpur and Jaipur, India The state of Rajasthan has a lot of pretty towns and villages, with Jaipur and Jodhpur competing for the most colorful. Jodhpur homes are painted a heavenly blue to keep them cool in the hot desert sun. It’s a cool hue that pops against the sea of sand. Pink is perfectly pretty in Jaipur, which earned the moniker “the […]
Try cave exploration around the world and discover ancient secrets. These underground caves abound with history and natural beauty, and they are all waiting to be explored. Cave of the Thousand Buddhas: Western China Hidden away along the Silk Route is a series of over 400 caves with preserved murals and painted statues spanning back 1,000 years. Monks carved the first caves, stretching one mile into the cliffs in Gansu Province. These magnificent caves, listed collectively as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer a fascinating look at Buddhist art and the history of the area. One mural depicts a cultural […]
Sun, sand, spices, and a deeply fascinating culture splashed with vibrant colors and gorgeous architecture make Morocco a photographer’s dream. It’s truly difficult to narrow in on what’s most picture-worthy, but here are some of Ker & Downey’s favorites. Medina, Fez A warren of narrow lanes, ancient homes, and interesting archways, Fez’s medina offers a blast into the past. There’s something to snap at every turn. Artisans bang on copper pots and shimmering lanterns glimmer in the sunlight that filters down through the labyrinth. Mosque Hassan II, Casablanca Soaring above the sea, this massive mosque’s tilework, arches, and minaret are […]
The fragrance of flower petals, saffron, and cinnamon wafts through the air in these bustling, exotic, and colorful bazaars and souks. Ker & Downey takes you on a trip around the globe to some of our favorite spice markets. Add them to your next journey for total sensory immersion. Bazar-e-Vakil, Shiraz, Iran This 11th-century vaulted market is a maze of lanes selling carpets and crafts, but it is the pungent spices sold in canvas bags and bowls that stand out. Scents and samples will have travelers dreaming of the delicious Persian dishes and drinks that are infused with saffron, cardamon, […]
Join Ker & Downey’s luxury travel expert Lisa Sun as she takes us on a journey to Japan spanning north to south. Lisa shares the highlights from her unique experiences in Hokkaido, Teshima, and Tokyo. There are so many reasons to visit this beautiful country: unique culture, amazing sites, excellent shopping, superb cuisine, and friendly people. Solo travelers, couples, friends, and families will all find something to enjoy in Japan. Hokkaido Located in the north, Hokkaido is a little cooler and more isolated than the rest of the country, but that’s part of its allure. It’s a smaller, unspoiled island that isn’t […]
Drift amidst a dazzling rainbow of fish and above a myriad of vibrant corals in these exotic locales. These are some of our top spots for snorkeling, where mother nature’s beauty shines bright beneath the waves. Isla Holbox, Mexico This island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is the place to snorkel right next to whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. The sliver of an island is part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve where pink flamingos are a brilliant sight against the jade waters, and the beaches are soft coral sands. Coral Triangle The Coral Triangle is […]
Wild, windswept, and wonderful, Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is a place to explore nature’s beauty and dine on scrumptious fresh fruits of the sea and land. Ker & Downey shares some of our favorite ways to discover this remote and remarkable part of southern Australia. It’s just a preview of what you can expect to discover on our own South Australia Explorer journey, perfectly customized to your own wishes.
Before filming Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler traveled to Africa for the first time. Although the Kingdom of Wakanda is fictional, he said it was important to first experience the continent to make sure he authentically represented the film’s African setting. The influence of cultures and places from across Africa is evident on-screen. We’re taking a look at the way Africa was reimagined in Black Panther locations and characters. These sites and experiences should definitely go on your travel list.
Joy, happiness, and a massive cloud of color fills the air every year during India‘s Holi celebration. The entire country busts out in a frenetic fervor, doused in a hearty splash of vibrant pigments. Purple, pink, blue, red, and green powders turn many cities and villages into a riotous rainbow. What is Holi Holi is a joyous festival welcoming spring’s arrival. The date Holi is celebrated changes each year based on the lunar cycle. Ancient poetry and plays dating back to the fourth century make mention of the gloriously vibrant festival. Hindu legend tells a tale of good defeating evil, and huge […]