French writer Jules Verne published Around The World in 80 Days in 1873. It is a story about a gentleman named Phileas Fogg who is challenged by his peers to travel the globe in a specific amount of time. The adventure novel takes readers to many far flung cities and countries. Ker & Downey shares our favorite destinations pulled straight from the pages of this classic novel.
There’s nothing like diving into a refreshing pool of water when the weather warms up. Summer calls for chilled cocktails, colorful swimsuits, and blazing sunsets enjoyed poolside. We’ve got a list of some of the world’s must-see unique pools that will make any journey go swimmingly.
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.
Each year, the famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli hosts a concert in his hometown of Lajatico, Italy at the Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence). The theater, built in 2006, is an open-air amphitheater surrounded by the Tuscan hills. Once every July, the Teatro del Silenzio hosts a concert by Bocelli, then remains silent the rest of the year.
Escape the winter chill to one of our top ten favorite hidden beaches and their resorts. Everyone has that secret place they like to retreat to – the one that no one else knows about. It’s special because it is yours and yet to be discovered by the outside world. The privacy and seclusion is all you need to recharge your batteries. So when you are traveling, why head to overcrowded destinations? Seek solitude in the hidden gems of the world. We’ve gathered our top ten hidden beaches and retreats to help you get started. Song Saa, Cambodia The beaches […]
Tis the Season! Give the gift of travel! For inspiration, check out our holiday gift guide, complete with some of our favorite itineraries from around the world. Allow Ker & Downey to handcraft the perfect journey for the adrenaline junkie, boundless adventurer, passionate foodie, intimate culture seeker, and deserving significant other in your life. From unheard-of experiences in South Africa and Sweden and remote destinations in French Polynesia and Uruguay to cultural interactions in Egypt and New Zealand and romantic escapes in Italy and Argentina, Ker & Downey is dedicated to creating priceless memories your friends and family will cherish […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]