WHERE TO NEXT?

Hello Traveler,

A foot of snow fell on Sunday. It is a welcome blanket of fluffy whiteness that surrounds our cozy house. My pup, Tigger and I have taken advantage and gone snowshoeing the last two days. Last night’s mix of warmer temps and sleet have caused a two hour school delay, which I’m sure is welcome by my son who has woken at 4:15a for the last two days of hockey practice.

Embracing the winter with active outdoor adventures is one of my strategies for making it through the season. Another one is no surprise, going warm places. But with my son’s last season of hockey upon us, I will be home for the foreseeable future so I can see his games.

For now I will be comforted by the warm memories of Punta Mita. Below I’ll share a bit more about the rest of our stay in Mexico.


I’ve been doing a lot of “what if” travel planning for our family lately. I know many of you are often in the same boat, so this may sound familiar…

  • I want to book flights and a resort for spring break with my son, but I don’t know his team’s tennis schedule yet.
  • I want to book flights for my March work trip to Spain, but I don’t know his hockey finals schedule yet (and won’t until very close to the date).
  • I want to book our family’s summer vacation, but it needs to be in August and I don’t know where he will be in college and what that schedule is. Same with next December’s family vacation.

Frustrating!

But it’s allowed me to do a lot of dreaming about where we will go…

  • April break I’m contemplating Isla Holbox, a waterpark hotel on the Riviera Maya (that one is a distant second and I would be “taking one for the team” if I do it.) or a fishing spot.
  • Summer vacation to Banff and Lake Louise.
  • Winter break – I’d been thinking of New Zealand, but because it’s such a long trip I think that has to wait until the following year. Maybe Costa Rica. Or a combo of Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido.

As many of you are looking out the windows at a cold, dark winter’s day, I’m sure you are dreaming of distant places to escape to next. Where are you thinking? Enjoy the dreaming!


This week’s inspiring articles include the NYT’s 52 Places to Go in 2024, 24 wellness experiences to book in 2024, how Patagonia’s rugged and remoteness is luring the safari set, the 42 best things to do in Paris right now, destinations for the perfect honeymoon, Michelin Guide Inspectors 9 favorite desserts of 2023, the location of ‘The White Lotus’ season 3 and a heart-thumping gorilla adventure in the forests of Rwanda.

The informational articles include forgetting FOMO and embracing JOMO to discover the joy of missing out and favorite travel gear of the year.

Warmly,

 

Below:

  • Punta Mita!
  • This week’s highlight – Naviva
  • Where to Next? Hammock Cove
  • Articles to Inspire+Inforn

There are A LOT of luxury hotels on deck to be built in Punta Mita. My friend, Cathy, took the photo above that shows how many! Once these are built the variety and number of resorts will rival Cabo. I know the feel of the area will change. But not all of these will be built on the peninsula. The One & Only and Rosewood are about 45 minutes north and I expect many of these others will be spread out along the coast.

At the moment there are no non-stop flights from Boston, but I expect the airlift (industry word for overall flight capacity to a specific destination) will increase as these new hotels add more occupancy to the area.

For now, the non-stops include:

  • Denver
  • Chicago
  • NYC
  • Seattle
  • LA
  • Dallas
  • San Diego
  • Houston
  • Atlanta

For our second stop of the trip, we stayed at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, one of the most favorite Four Seasons in the world! Ideal for families with kids, teenagers, college kids or just adults.

I was there with my two college girls and we met up with friends who had teenagers and college kids. They have been multiple times and keep coming back because they love it so much! The one sad part of the trip is that Jason was not with us, because I was hanging out with his law school and former Kirland and Ellis colleagues. Next time I am bringing him for sure! With three championship golf courses, it won’t be a hard sell.

Upon arrival in our room we were greeted with a make your own margarita and fresh guacamole, salsa and chips. One of my favorite welcome amenities!

The Four Seasons has two beaches, a spectacular infinity pool that blends in with the surrounding ocean, a lazy river (with swim up bar), tennis, pickleball, basketball, golf cart rentals for zipping around, golf, a well outfitted kids club and a teen area made of repurposed shipping containers that requires a code to get in.

The lazy river. Perfect for everyone. With a new swim up bar for adults.

The Container. The area just for teens.

The MezBar. A great spot for a pre-dinner cocktail watching the sunset.
The bar is stocked with the best tequilas, mezcals and Mexican wines (see top photo).

The bar of Bahia, the oceanfront restaurant.
We had the most delicious oysters, calamari, truffle fries and my favorite Mexican fish preparation,
Zaradeado mahi mahi. Oh and many margaritas!

The breakfast buffet – an absolute favorite of the teenagers and college kids.

Allison and I woke up early one morning to go fishing.
The day started out fish:2 Allison:0 but she recovered to even up the score.
Our captain was all positive and great at teaching his techniques.

Last night photo with my friends as the sun set.

NAVIVA

This feels like heaven.

Arriving to the cocoon like structure, with no lobby, no front desk staff and no formalities is a welcome change from the typical hotel check in process.

At Naviva it all feels different.

There is no restaurant. There is no menu. There are no butlers. There is no signing checks. There is no set schedule for anything. The rate is inclusive of meals, top shelf cocktails, activities, 2 massages and all of the on property amenities.

About 2 weeks ahead of your arrival, your guide will reach out to talk with you about what you might want to do while you are here…

  • relax and do nothing – yes!
  • massage in the private spa – yes!
  • temazcal – yes!
  • yoga – yes!

More active pursuits…

  • fishing
  • work out in the open air gym
  • impromptu cooking class in the open kitchen
  • artisanal mezcal tasting
  • hiking
  • SUP
  • grind your own morning coffee in the most unique and largest grinder I’ve ever seen

Additional options are available off site (but you may not want to leave).

And once you arrive your guide will pick you up from the airport (complimentary airport transfers) and whisk you to the oasis that is waiting for you.

I had a small world moment while on my site visit. I met the GM, Eduardo, who we quickly realized was previously the GM at one of my favorite exclusive island resorts (my clients were just there last week) and he had worked for the owner of my favorite Alaskan lodge. All three of these places share some common elements – exclusivity, unique concepts and favorite places I love to send clients. He is the perfect GM for this property!

Naviva is on the Condé Nast Travel Hot List 2023. Designed by Luxury Frontiers, the award winning design firm behind Amangiri’s Camp Sarika in Utah, Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica and many of the best safari lodges.

The intimate size, exclusive feel and focus on holistic wellness, unscripted experiences and barefoot luxury makes it the ideal spot to escape to for an adults only getaway (it is an adults only property).

There are just 15 luxury tents, with two categories – Tent and Grand Tent. Both with outdoor showers (love!), private plunge pools, screened in porch for lounging equipped with a safari style cocktail bar, terrace with firepit and telescope for watching whales frolicking up close. See my walkthrough of a Tent here.

The living/dining area is comfy, has spectacular views, an open air kitchen so you can talk with the chef, a foosball table with rock figures and the set up inspires conversations between travelers over pre-dinner cocktails. See my video here.

What more could you want? (if there is something, I know they would happily get or create it for you!)

Book with Truvay Travel for the best chance of an upgrade to the Grand Tent and to leverage our insider knowledge about the property, on and off site activities and other resorts you may want to combine with Naviva.

They love educating curious guests. I am a curious guest and I can not wait to go back here with Jason!

Check out more photos of mine and Naviva’s below.

I think 3-4 nights would be a perfect amount to enjoy, recharge and pamper yourself so you are ready to go back into the real world (although you will be tempted to stay).

This winter the rates start at $4464++/night for 2 people, including all of the above.

Is it on the expensive side? Yes.

Is it worth it? Absolutely!

The area where you are welcomed to Naviva

Aerial view of a Grand Tent

Private dining spot

Hidden relaxation swings

There are 2 spa areas. This is the outside of one of the treatment room tents.

All yours for your spa afternoon!

Waiting to go somewhere? Take a swing and listen to the birds and the small waterfall below.

The open air gym includes weights with stones carved from one of the boulders behind this photo.

The vibe: serene, exclusive, tailored. If you want to leave your private plunge pool you may relax at the main pool – on a lounger or in the cocoon (top photo). My video here.

Imagine hanging out around the fire pit at the end of the day
watching the sun set over the Pacific.
A magical moment.

Activities like temazcal, beach fishing and cooking classes…

📷 Naviva and Mimi

🌟 Our clients recently spent the festive holiday week at Hammock Cove in Antigua.

Why is Hammock Cove so special?

  • The resort is adults only and perfect for couples looking for a romantic and secluded getaway.
  • All-inclusive includes everything at the resort – fitness classes, water sports, the chef’s table and even butler service in some accommodations.
  • Overwater villas have beautiful views of the coastline, large outdoor living spaces with plunge pools and a wet bar, stocked to your liking (and all-inclusive!).

Do as much or as little as you like:

  • Enjoy the spa with seaweed, papaya and pineapple treatments, a cold plunge pool and massages for one or two.
  • Try water sports found right outside your door, including kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding.
  • Use the state of the art pickleball courts as much as you’d like during your stay.

‼️ Don’t miss…… an item on my personal bucket list, that our clients did while there… take a helicopter to nearby Barbuda for lunch at Robert DeNiro’s NOBU restaurant on Princess Diana Beach (Barbuda was one of her favorite places). Looking to impress? This is the experience you want to plan!

📷 Hammock Cove

📷 NOBU Barbuda

Reach out to plan your trip to

INSPIRATION

52 Places to Go in 2024, NYT

Luxury Travel: Where to Go in 2024, Luxury Travel Magazine

24 Wellness Experiences to Book in 2024, Elle

How Patagonia’s Rugged and Remote Northern Region Is Luring in the Safari Set, Robb Report

42 best things to do in Paris right now, Condé Nast

Want to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon? These Are the Destinations and Trip Types Trending in 2024, Brides

MICHELIN Guide Inspectors 9 Favorite Desserts of 2023, Michelin Guide

MICHELIN Guide Inspectors Decode 2023’s Top Food Trends,

Michelin Guide

Where to go in 2024: The best places to visit, CNN

How Charles Darwin Found Inspiration on the Cape Verde Islands, NYT

8 Luxe Ski Resorts That Will Fly You to the Snow in a Private Jet, Robb Report

The top travel trends for 2024, Wanderlust

Another big Four Seasons clue just dropped for ‘The White Lotus’ season 3, The Points Guy

6 eco-conscious alpine resorts around the world, National Geographic

(I’ve skied at #1 and #5. The others are now on my list! How about you?)

SAFARIS

Walking among giants: my heart-thumping gorilla adventure in the forests of Rwanda, Condé Nast

INFORMATION

Forget FOMO. Embrace JOMO to discover the joy of missing out.,

The Washington Post

Come Home With Memories, Not a Shocking Phone Bill, NYT

In 2024, U.S. Passports Will Be Processed Faster Than They Have Been in Years, AFAR

Our Favorite Travel Gear of the Year: In-Flight Essentials, Versatile Bags, & Comfy Slippers, Condé Nast

Safe Travels: Here’s Your Guide To Buying Travel Insurance In 2024, Forbes

What Passengers Need to Know After the Boeing 737 Max 9 Incident, NYT

(If you aren’t able to access an NYT or Washington Post article, send me a note and I’ll send it to you in a PDF.)

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