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by Team Gentedimontagna
Conservatorium It's tulip season in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Conservatorium.

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Updated 3/14:

Trips to Book

Amsterdam: It's springtime, and that means the tulips are exploding all over Holland. The Conservatorium hotel (a ) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with , a package that includes a helicopter ride over tulip fields, flower parks, and the coast; a trip to a tulip farm; and a visit to , the flower garden with seven million bulbs and 800 tulips. It costs €1695 per night and is valid from March 29 - April 28, 2018.

Los Angeles:  just completed a full renovation of its guest rooms, suites, and villas and is celebrating with a partnership with BMW.  gives guests a BMW 7 series car for use during their stay. So fun! And so important in LA, where your wheels are the ultimate status symbol. 

Kenya: Visit the world’s last three remaining northern white rhinos on a with Intrepid Travel. Created to build a greater understanding of animal welfare, the trip will also help fund research to support the conservation of the species and other endangered animals. Two departures are scheduled for June and August 2019 and start at $2,850 per person.

Tahiti: Extend your summer with a visit to one of French Polynesia’s most alluring islands. Prices start at $880 per person for between August 15 - October 11, 2018. Must book by March 26, 2018.

Zambia: April marks Emerald Season in Luangwa Valley, when heavy rains turn the barren landscape into a dramatic green expanse teeming with wildlife. Take advantage of the timing with a . The five- or six-day itinerary runs throughout the month, includes game drives, villages tours, and boating excursions (depending on the rainfall), and starts at $2,893 per person.

Around the World: Adventure company Intrepid Travel is offering . Several that look good are themed — Hiking the Inca Trail, cycling Tuscany, traveling down the Nile River. The sale applies to bookings made between March 13-22, 2018, for tours departing April 1 - September 30, 2018.

Where We've Been

My family is still reeling from jet lag after summer vacation in Sydney, Australia (pure joy to experience in the middle of a windy NYC winter). Pretty much everything lived up to the hype. We got a hot tip to stay in North Bondi, which is excellent for families looking for easy access to the amazing kiddie ocean pool and the more locally inhabited cafes and bars. Breakfast blew my mind every morning — favorites included , , and . I’ve been looking forward to Sean’s Panorama since this story appeared on Gentedimontagna seven years ago. And I had a lovely radio chat about all things travel with the on her show, in a tiny studio perched on a hill overlooking the beach at sundown. - Jeralyn, editorial director

I’m fresh off a two-week stint in Southeast Asia and am already thinking about a return visit. I started my trip in Singapore, where I stayed at the new Andre Fu-designed and toured the . Both were fantastic. From there I boarded Silversea’s elegant and made my way to Ho Chi Minh City, where I took $1 Uber rides (really), slurped pho at , and bought an obscene amount of modern Vietnamese ceramics at . My next port of call was Chan May, which I quickly departed for Hoi An, a highly Instagramable and well-preserved ancient town with . My final stop in Vietnam was Ha Long Bay, where I hiked to and kayaked amongst the towering limestone pillars. I ended my trip in Hong Kong at , where I had the best meal of the trip at . - Berit, senior editor

I can't believe it took me so long to get to Montreal. The city is a food-lover's paradise and is brimming with things to do, even in the dead of winter. I went over Presidents' Day weekend and stayed at the stylish in Old Montreal. That hotel gets so many things right, from the espresso they serve in first-floor cafe and the marble pool table in the lobby living room to my incredible corner room, which had huge tub with a view over the Old Port. Other highlights: a sensual dinner at , cheese-stuffed , drinks at , a smoked meat pilgrimage to my namesake . I'll back in the summer to enjoy outdoor drinks during terrasse season, and this time, I'll fly. Taking the overnight bus from NYC was a nightmare. – Daniel, editor

Has anyone been at GentedimontagnaHQ this month? We've all been on the road. I was just in San Francisco, where I checked into super cool , ate at , and drank champagne at , one of many fun joints owned by Anna Weinberg, who is easily the coolest woman on the West Coast. I was in the Bay Area because I was speaking at , where I sipped and swirled with very impressive wine experts. While there, I traveled around Napa and Sonoma extensively to see how the region was recovering from the devastating fires from last fall. In a word, fully. Everybody, go to Napa and Sonoma! Now! I saw so many wonderful things, which you'll be reading about on Gentedimontagna soon or can watch me gush about in . In a very quick nutshell, my highlights included Napa and the charming , the nicest place to stay in town. A too-brief visit to perfect, perfect  in St. Helena, where my room overlooked a beautiful vineyard. The hotel, the first United States outpost of Gentedimontagna Favorite in Mexico City, is home to Chris Cosentino's terrific restaurant Acacia House and a very restorative Atrio Spa. A super informative wine tasting at , where sommelier Scott Tracy gave me a crash course in Napa viticulture. That I got to spend three nights at , the resort for which superlatives aren't enough, means I owe someone a lot of karma points — and not only because I was invited to taste an outrageous 2009 red at , one of the three wineries owned by Meadowood's Bill Harlan and run by his lovely son, Will. That I followed that up with a night at the Auberge Resort means I'll never repay the karmic debt I now owe the universe. That I then went to charming Healdsburg, spent the night at , and had dinner at the temple that is means that I should just give up traveling right now because it might not ever get any better. — Pavia, CEO

Okay, that's not all I did. A week after California, I went to in Negril, Jamaica, and am happy to report that it's even better than I knew it would be.  many times, and, well, what can I say? There's nothing that can't be cured with a few days spent jumping off cliffs, eating ackee and salt fish, dancing to reggae, snorkeling with those cute little fishies, and watching the big red sun set into tomorrow. — Pavia

Hotel Intelligent

The Rockhouse team is about to unveil , a new hotel on Seven Mile Beach in Negril. They transformed a drab hotel along a somewhat down-heel stretch into a 28-room Miami Art Deco-inspired hotel that is keeping prices low and style high. Miss Lily's, their terrific NYC restaurant, will be providing the beachfront food and fun.

just unveiled with a strict No Adults Allowed policy. Programming includes movies, video games (kids, get off the box and get outside!!), ping pong, beach volleyball, and hikes. Our first thought: Where was this when we were 15? Our next thought: Let's hope this is a sign of things to come.

Next month marks the opening of Six Senses' first city property, , in Singapore's eclectic Chinatown neighborhood. Located in a row of trading houses that have been sustainably restored under designer Anoushka Hempel, the 49-room hotel will have a traditional Chinese doctor offering readings, health recommendations, and a medicinal herbal dispensary.

We have our eye on Majorca's super cute . An explosion of pastel pinks, blues, and greens pretty much guarantee that the new 32-room hotel will be an Instagram hit come summer. 

Mexico is welcoming its first Aman, named , in 2020. The tranquil escape on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula is being described by insiders as a beachy version of Utah's Amangiri.

Freehand New York
The second-floor lobby at Freehand New York. Photo by Adrian Gaut / courtesy of Freehand Hotel.

Updated 2/14:

Trips to Book

The Caribbean: Set sail on your very own yacht charter with . Through the month of February, the bareboat and flotilla yacht company is offering travelers 15% off on BVI, Antigua, St. Martin, and Tahiti journeys.

U.S. West: Snowboarders and skiiers are buzzing about the new , which gives riders the opportunity to access nearly 50,000 acres of unique terrain across nine states and three Canadian provinces (and Maine and Vermont, too). Set to be the new gold standard for season passes, Alterra Mountain Company partnered with 23 destinations (from Deer Valley to Jackson Hole to Sugar Loaf to Tremblant) and is available this spring for the winter 2018/2019 season.

Los Angeles: Live like Hollywood royalty in the redesigned suites at The Beverly Hills Hotel. includes new luxurious suite accommodations, $75 daily breakfast credit, complimentary valet parking, and late checkout. Reserve now through February 28, 2018, for stays through March 31, 2018. Suites from $2,200 per night.

Darby, Montana: Saddle up at the posh Triple Creek Ranch for from April 19-22, 2018. Guests will learn the tradition art of roping and other equestrian 101 essentials from seasoned wranglers before tucking into a hard-earned, celebratory barbeque. Lessons are included in the nightly, all-inclusive rate of $1,050 per cabin, based on double occupancy.

Greenport, Long Island: New York City creatives looking for an inexpensive midweek retreat can book a stay at , the North Fork's coolest seaside resort and cultural hub. The $75/night rate is available Sunday-Thursday using code FNFM through March 31, 2018.

Japan: Through March 31, 2018, Hoshino Resorts’ KAI brand is making it a whole lot cheaper for millennials to visit one of . Twentysomethings can enjoy a one-night, two-meal stay at any of the KAI locations for $170 per night by booking the “Traveling 20’s Package.”

Peru, Cambodia, and the Rest of the World: More deals for millennials from , the small group tour company for 18-29 year-olds from Intrepid. Book one of many global trips before February 28, 2018, to get 20% off. 

Antarctica: Elevate your photographic prowess aboard Silversea Cruises’ . The spacious and comfortable luxury expedition cruise ship has a new photo program and studio, ideal for capturing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Where We've Been

Earlier this month, I toured the Roman and Williams-designed , a 395-room boutique hotel housed in New York City’s former George Washington Hotel. The abundant plant situation on the second floor lobby is not to be missed, nor are the two restaurants by restaurateur Gabriel Stulman of Joseph Leonard and Bar Sardine. Rooms start as low as $129 per night through spring, which feels like a steal for New York City. – Berit, senior editor

Hotel Intelligent

We compiled a list of the , the knockouts, gorgeous retreats, and hideaways that will make you stop in your tracks.

Sugar Beach, the Viceroy luxury resort in Saint Lucia (and a ), has debuted , two stunning new four-bedroom villas to its offerings. If you really love them, you can even buy them.

Inspired by the philosophy of “less, but better,” the studio behind Ace Hotels is launching a new brand called . The first outpost, a 200-room hotel, will open this fall in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Just 90 minutes north of Melbourne, in the Victorian countryside near Nagambie, the Mitchelton Winery Estate has added an elegant 58-room boutique hotel called .

Come May, travelers to New York City will be able to sleep under the stars with a stunning view of both the Statue of Liberty and the iconic New York Skyline at the newest outpost of on Governors Island.

Skiing in the Rockies
This could be you. Photo courtesy Madeline Hotel and Residences, an Auberge Resort.

Updated 1/16/18:

Trips to Book

London: Feeling impromptu? Go to London this weekend to see it become the other city of lights for . In honor of the show right outside its doors, , one of , is offering a £382 per night rate.

Colorado: Wishing you had booked a ski getaway? There's still time. is offering a fourth night free at in Aspen, a fourth or fifth night free at their newest resort, in Telluride, and a complimentary upgrade on three, four, or five-bedroom residences at  in Telluride.

Dolomites, Italy: The Ranch Malibu's famous wellness and fitness program is taking their show on the road this summer with from August 19 - September 29.

South Africa: Experience the best of Africa with The Royal Portfolio's , a ten-night affair showcasing the country's varied terrain and four of its most prestigious hotels, including luxury safari lodge Royal Malewane and design hotel The Silo. From $9,245 per person sharing.

Hudson Valley, NY: Mohonk Mountain House, a grand Victorian hotel, has all kinds of fun winter getaway weekend promotions (ballroom dancing, jazz on the mountain), but we have our eye on the March 22-25 . Making a cozy sweater by an even cozier fire? We're in.

Where We've Been

Over the holidays, I finally got a chance to visit a few of the charming upstate New York towns we’re always covering on Gentedimontagna. Thanks to a killer deal on , I spent two days at , a cozy 18th-century Dutch Colonial mansion-turned-B&B with a farm-to-table restaurant. Highlights of my trip included all-day-breakfast spot , a snowy walk to the uber photogenic Saugerties Lighthouse, and drinks at natural wine bar . - Berit, senior editor

I also went upstate over New Year’s to , the newly revamped resort that we covered last month. I loved it — the roaring fires in the common areas, our cozy suite (#6) with the bathtub on a sunlit patio, the terrific restaurant (have the lobster soup!), and the rich cultural history the attentive team is rightfully proud to share (in our room: a framed letter from Martin Luther King, Jr.). I can’t wait to see how they grow and continue the humanist tradition. - Pavia, CEO

I spent the last few weeks of 2017 in paradise. First leg: Sydney, where we split six beach days between Tamarama and Avalon north of the city. (Swimming, sunbathing, smoothies, and dinners in Surrey Hills were the norm.) Then we went to Singapore, where I ate chicken rice more than thrice and stayed in the hip Tiong Bahru neighborhood. To cap it all off, we spent three days in buzzy Hanoi. The highlight: A and drinking past the 12:30 a.m. curfew in a bar that had shut its front gate to avoid getting in hot water with patrolling cops. - Daniel, editor

Spending New Year's weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was cool and chill — even with our gang of little kids in tow. The high-altitude town is colorful, crafty, and festive; there are outdoor markets, horse-riding charros, and just enough New World touches (i.e.: cortados, bone broth) to keep one from going on chips-and-guac overload. I found wonderful Mexican home goods at , cosmic cow skulls at , and wildly delicious handmade honey chocolate at . My toddler came back with fiesta garland for her bedroom and a newfound love of mariachi music. - Jeralyn, editorial director

Hotel Intelligent

Did you see our (extensive!) roundup of the ? If you're a hotel obsessive like some of us, it will be the cheat sheet you return to again and again.

On our radar for 2019: The new will open on 188 acres at the edge of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, a prime area for gorilla trekking.

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