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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
It’s hard to narrow down the best places to travel in September, but our travel experts 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.
For those asking how to get involved with Ecuador earthquake relief, Product Manager Elizabeth Frels has compiled a list of fundraising initiatives. On April 16, a massive 7.8 earthquake hit the small cities of Ecuador’s coast. Now, weeks later, hundreds of families are mourning their lost loved ones. Up to 600 lives have been taken to date, with hundreds still missing, thousands displaced, and at least 20,000 homes destroyed. The outpouring of support from across the world was immediate: rescue missions swooped in to offer their services, relief workers and volunteers lost no time in answering the call for help, […]
It’s time to vote in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Survey. Make sure your voice is heard! It’s time to vote! Each year Travel + Leisure conducts its prestigious World’s Best Awards Survey asking their readers to vote for their favorite hotels, cities, and tour operators. Ker & Downey is honored to have been featured on the list for six years. Last year your votes earned us top honors as the World’s Best Safari Operator, a title we’re very proud to hold. “The real heart of Ker & Downey traveling lies in our dedication to signature, hand-crafted journeys,” says […]