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.
Ker & Downey looks back at 2017 and forward to 2018. Every year we strive to bring you the most extraordinary, out-of-the-box travel experiences in the world. We craft our individually-inspired journeys so that they are a unique reflection of each traveler. It’s important to us that these journeys are seamless and worry-free so that you have the freedom to discover, be inspired, and come to know a destination beyond its tourist attractions, and without the usual travel headaches.
The continent is full of majestic wildlife, jaw-dropping landscapes, and fascinating cultures. Ker & Downey helps you narrow in on which countries to visit on your next African adventure as we preview where to go in Africa in 2018. Rwanda The Land of a Thousand Hills is small, but there’s a lot of wildlife packed into its green, seemingly endless mountains. Watch chimpanzees swing through the lush canopy of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, home to a large percentage of primates in Africa. Baboons and monkeys coexist in this jungle and the range of species is astounding. The biodiversity here […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]