In this issue of QUEST:

The winter season calls to mind a sense of nostalgia, of quiet moments with the ones we love and the cozy warmth of holiday celebrations. Many may claim that it is a time to hibernate, but we at Ker & Downey believe otherwise. If anything, winter affords us the perfect opportunity to unplug from the routine, pioneer new family traditions and celebrate the season in style.

This issue of QUEST is dedicated to thawing the winter chill and sparking your imagination with all that is new and exciting this season: the hottest destinations, must-have experiences and openings, the trailblazing journeys through unexplored corners of the globe and the generous warmth of innovators in the field. So come warm up with us as we discover the new, the untouched and the good our world has to offer.

Begin with what’s new. We are thrilled to highlight some of the incredible “firsts” in industry, such as wellness guru Mary Bemis’ review of the freshly minted Hotel Bellevue on Croatia’s Lošinj “Island of Vitality” and our Arrivals features on Liz Biden’s unrivaled One Above Penthouse in Cape Town, the most impressive and expensive piece of real estate ever sold in Africa. We revisit a favorite and most-intriguing city, Istanbul, and see it through the eyes of writer Erin Weinger as if for the first time. And we check into hotspot, The Peninsula Paris.

For this issue’s style section, our Editor in Chief Martine Bury curates the best of the best in luxury products. From Burberry scarves and classic globe-trotter luggage in the gift guide, to her conversation with Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum about his new Mark 2 by Callum car and his favorite road trips, to an assemblage of the best watches for travelers—there is something for everyone.

Next, venture into the untouched with Kelly Phillips Badal as she explores Tanzania’s Namiri Plains Camp in Soit Le Motonyi, a recently re-opened piece of the Serengeti where masses of tourists have yet to arrive and the land feels as if it is wholly yours. You will find yourself falling in love with mysterious Oman through the eyes of former resident Lesley McKenzie and wishing for a week with Eric Rosen uncovering the untold cultural riches of Myanmar.

Finally, get to know the good and meet some of the revolutionary philanthropists making an impact on communities around the globe. Whether it’s Lululemon Athletica’s Chip and Shannon Wilson and their Imagine1Day nonprofit, NFL star Larry Fitzgerald’s commitment to missions with Oxfam and Starkey Hearing Foundation or Blake Mycoskie’s TOMS One for One business model, we are honored to profile those making a game-changing difference for a better world.

There has never been a better time to travel, and no one does it quite like us at Ker & Downey. This winter, we hope you will allow Ker & Downey to handcraft an itinerary full of memories your friends and family will cherish for a lifetime.

from “Letter from the President”
by David Marek

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