Entries tagged: Italy

Italy: Tailor Made

Writer Nell Casey takes a satisfying solo trip to fashionable Milan and the enchanting, jet-setting paradise, Lake Como. She finds the perfect fit. Read the full article here and in the current issue of QUEST Magazine. Walking into the Armani Hotel Milano feels a bit like walking into the mind of the celebrated fashion designer. This 95-room hotel is as minimal and sleek as one of Giorgio Armani’s iconic suits—and as elegantly determined as I imagine the man himself to be. The whole setting conspires to make you feel as if you’ve been airlifted out of life, that busy and […]

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Exploring Northern Italy

Exploring Northern Italy

Recently David Jones and Nicky Brandon led a familiarization trip to northern Italy to discover just what everyone has been missing out on in Milan and Lake Como. Italy – it’s a country full of romance and grace, deep history, and incredibly influential in the areas of cuisine, art, and architecture. It’s got the heavy hitters like Rome, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast, which each bring in a large number of tourists each year. There is, however, a region that packs just as much style and elegance as the more widely known areas, yet is commonly overlooked by Americans. Northern […]

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Secrets of Northern Italy

Secrets of Northern Italy

Ker & Downey presents the Secrets of Northern Italy, a journey that uncovers some of the best art, fashion, and natural beauty Il Bel Paese has to offer. Explore fashionable and historic Milan before heading into the stunning scenery of Lake Como, a legendary luxury retreat. Cruise on Lake Como, Lake Como Take a private cruise around the inspiring coast of the lake, viewing opulent villas, townships, and fishing villages from a traditional Venetian water limousine. View The Last Supper, Milan Visit the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and enter the refectory for an exclusive viewing of Leonardo da […]

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Away for the Holidays

Away for the Holidays

Whether you are looking to unplug, pioneer a new family tradition or celebrate the season in style, check into a luxe destination far from the beaten path. Read the article here and in the current issue of QUEST magazine. Punta del Este, Uruguay Soak up the sun at one of South America’s most exclusive beach resorts in one of Uruguay’s most extraordinary locations. Punta del Este’s varied coast is home to countless beaches leading into the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean—making its shores perfect for sunning and swimming. From the marina, board a yacht or sailboat to explore […]

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Nicole’s Ker & Downey Journeys and Holiday Memories

The end of the year is just around the corner. How do you want to finish off 2013? Maybe you want to travel to a new destination or start a new family tradition that includes a hand-crafted Ker & Downey journey. Recently we asked some of the sales team at Ker & Downey to share their travel experiences from this year with us and, to get in the holiday spirit, some of their special holiday traditions. Below Nicole talks about her journey to Italy, Turkey, and the Caucasus this year and her family’s holiday traditions. This year I visited Italy […]

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Exclusive-Use Holiday Retreats

Exclusive-Use Holiday Retreats

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, think outside the box this year and whisk your family away to a private getaway with Ker & Downey. Consider creating a journey with one of our favorite exclusive-use properties, each acting as a home away from home and perfectly appointed for celebrating the season. Contact us now before space becomes limited and begin your holiday planning.

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Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome

For a truly unforgettable holiday season this year, consider celebrating Christmas in Rome with Ker & Downey. Our Europe specialist Jennifer Sottile grew up in Rome and has a lot of memories of spending the season in one of Europe’s oldest cities. Below you will find our top five things that shouldn’t be missed during the holiday season. St. Peter’s Square Nothing says, “It’s Christmas” like a large tree adorned with ornaments and sparkling lights. In Rome, you can find a Christmas tree at the end of every main street. However to see Rome’s version of the Rockefeller Plaza tree, […]

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Great Beach Retreats: Private Villas With a Beach View

Great Beach Retreats: Private Villas With a Beach View

In search of the perfect, water-front hideaway for your next relaxing escape? We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite luxury private villas from all over the world with breathtaking views of the water and all the amenities to calm the senses and leave you speechless. Australia, Qualia Beach House Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia’s private beach house is set on 30 acres of garden landscape at the northern-most tip of Australia’s Hamilton Island. Designed to draw the outside in, an open layout with a wall of glass doors that can be completely pushed open effectively blurs the line between indoor […]

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