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by Team Gentedimontagna
The Meeting the locals in Zambia. Photo courtesy of The Bushcamp Company.

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Updated 1/15/19

Timely Special Offers

Portland: The second and newest U.S. outpost of hip U.K. millennial hotel group, The Hoxton, is offering Gentedimontagna readers a special discount of between now and May 31, 2019. Also included: healthy breakfast bags and free WiFi and international calls. Black-out dates apply. Use booking code Gentedimontagna.

St. Lucia: Already sick of winter? , is incentivizing your upcoming Luxury Villas, The Residences, and Luxury Beachfront Bungalows, free breakfasts for two. This is good for stays through December 25, 2019.

Riviera Maya, Mexico: More deals in the sunshine. , free breakfasts, through May 31, 2019.

Riviera Maya, Mexico: Stunning  is celebrating the launch of Aqui Me Quedo, their new adults-only beach club, with on February 22-24, featuring chefs Rick Bayliss, Edgar Nuñez, Javier Plascencia. (See Where We've Been for more on our recent stay there.)

Aspen: Snow more your speed? , including $60 lift tickets at Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk (to celebrate their 60th birthday); a buy-four-get-the-fifth-free, including 25% off lodging; and a kids-ski-free offer. 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Try Brooklyn on for size with , a futuristic escape in the borough’s coolest neighborhood.

Paris: , one of our favorite hotels in the world, is offering a  that includes guaranteed upgrades, breakfasts, afternoon tea, and museum tickets on stays of at least three nights through March 20, 2019.

Paris: . Shoppers might want to schedule their trip around and right after Valentine's Day, as the city's bi-annual soldes start around Feb. 19.

Manhattan: — uptown NYC at its most elegant best — has a every night you stay after three nights and up to 21, through March 31, 2019.

Belize: Here's one where you're supposed to drink on vacation: program April 24-28 and May 15-19. You'll learn rum-making basics, from harvesting to bottling, with lots of tastes in between.

Miami: package includes special rates on out-there-sounding treatments like Brain Restoration and Age Renewal IV NAD therapy.

Zambia: is offering 30% off 5-night, all-inclusive walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park during Emerald Season, which is summer in Zambia. This includes two nights at and three nights at The Bushcamp Company’s own in-park camps. Hippos, impala, storks, giraffes: The gang's all here, waiting for you. To book, Paul Swart of Natural Migrations at [email protected] and quote the code 007.

Nice, France: The all-business class airline will start a new seasonal route from JFK to Nice, a surprisingly not-so-popular route given how so-very-popular the south of France is in the summertime. The launch promo has .

Where We’ve Been

I finally made it to the Riviera Maya in Mexico last weekend to preview Aqui Me Quedo, 's new adults-only beach club, which officially launches next month, as mentioned above. I had been warned that this was an incredible resort, but I was still impressed with how wonderful everything was, from the moment a boat glided us through the mangroves to our lagoon-facing villa to the thoughtful touches. Like the sunglass cleaner at the beach club. (My Ray-Bans never had it so good!) The fresh herbs from their garden in the cocktails. Waterfront morning yoga under a palapa. The restorative massage I received at Sense spa. (God bless you, Paola, and your strong and caring hands.) Rosewood kindly arranged for me to visit the underground river and cenotes at eco park with – easily one of the most incredible nature experiences of my life. I went down a few days early to explore the riviera and spent a night at , which is cool, charming, warm, and wonderful, and another at , the brand-new sister property to the legendary Chablé Yucatan. I stopped into to see the many terrific updates since we did our report shortly after they opened, and made a mental note to go back to stay longer. As for Tulum, it was a little too Burning Man for my tastes, but I can see the appeal if you're a fringe-and-feather type. It was my first time on the Riviera Maya, but not at all my last. — Pavia, CEO

I drove four hours north of NYC to North Adams, Massachusetts, for a weekend of cozy fun at the newly updated, 48-room roadside design motel called . It has spartan rooms with white oak headboards, oversized pillows, and big picture windows; a cozy living room lodge for all-day hanging; truly delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and its own short-wave FM radio station playing a super nice-winter soundtrack. A bouncy suspension bridge over the Hoosic River on the property leads to a big interactive chime installation from one of my favorite arts collectives, . The motel is just minutes from , , and entry points for the Appalachian Trail. I'd love to see it in summer, when the pool has defrosted and the woods are in full bloom. – Jeralyn, editorial director

Last month, I ditched chilly New York City for two glorious weeks of adventure and summer sunshine in South Africa. I started my trip with a safari at the stylish and secluded , which did not disappoint this first-timer. I saw all of the Big Five (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinoceros) by the end of my first day, ate some of the best meals of my trip, indulged at the spa, and ventured on an adrenaline-pumping bush walk. From there I made my way to , a dreamy farm retreat in the Cape Winelands with . My days were spent exploring the 500-acre farm, reading by the pool, and plucking ripe plums off trees in the garden (the hotel has a pick-and-eat policy). I’m already plotting my return. My last stop was Cape Town, where I checked into , an elegant 12-room hotel with one of the most extensive and impressive private collections of South African art. I spent more time by the pool (it was a vacation after all), , sampled the local food scene (, , , and were favorites), and shopped for souvenirs at and . — Berit, senior editor

My debut trip to Aspen couldn't have been more epic. I was in town for the opening of , chef Daniel Humm and restauranteur Will Guidara's ode to the comfort food of the Swiss Alps. (My mouth still waters at the thought of the soul-satisfying Zurich-style schnitzel I had at dinner.) The restaurant pop-up, which goes until April 6, operates within , where I stayed — the spa here, particularly the oxygen bar, is everything. Besides the incredible meal, I had a great experience dogsledding with the mushers at , scaled Aspen Mountain via snowshoes, and checked out the latest happenings in town, which . – Daniel, editor

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