Scott Goetz

Phinisi Fantasies

Silolona Sojourns’ sailing expeditions through Indonesia uncover a wondrous world of whale hunters, dragons, and volcanoes.  I am standing on the edge of Batu Tara, an isolated volcano that rises straight out of the Flores Sea in Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands, when I feel the first rumble. “Scott!” a voice cries out behind me. “Get […]

Smooth Sailing

With the launch of Silolona in 2004, Silolona Sojourns began offering custom island-hopping adventures throughout Indonesia’s many and varied archipelagos. In addition to Silolona’s second phinisi, Si Datu Bua, three other new yachts have debuted in recent years, each with its own unique window on the wonders of Indonesia.  Amanikan  Amanresorts launched this custom-built 105-foot […]

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Twenty years ago, the Pudong side of Shanghai was a bucolic patchwork of rice paddies. Today the district—located directly across the Huangpu River from the Bund—is a mass of futuristic skyscrapers jutting from the water’s edge. The new Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, which opened in April, embraces the district’s contemporary style while offering the serenity […]

Aman Canal Grande Venice

The Aman Canal Grande Venice opened in June in the city’s San Polo district, in a 16th-century palazzo owned by Italy’s Count Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and his wife, Countess Bianca di Savoia Aosta. The couple resides in the top-floor penthouse of the building, whose classic European ambience marks a striking departure for Amanresorts. Known for […]

Essential Safari Guide: Safari Spotlight

KER & DOWNEY The Texas-based outfitter Ker & Downey has been crafting safaris for more than 40 years, and its specialists have a particularly keen ability to uncover private, unheard-of experiences that reveal the true spirit of a destination. More standard perks for clients include room upgrades and complimentary spa services. Ultimate Africa: Primate Tour […]

Essential Safari Guide

At its core, the African safari is a simple undertaking that requires little more than a good guide, a sturdy vehicle, and the built-in entertainment of a wildlife-filled forest or savanna. Too often, however, the process of planning a safari is unnecessarily complicated by the dizzying array of companies claiming to offer the best and […]

Essential Safari Guide: Altruistic Adventures

Most African safari lodges and outfitters are deeply involved with conservation and community programs, and they often incorporate volunteer opportunities or charitable donations into their guests’ journeys. This not only allows travelers to contribute to local efforts—everything from restoring wildlife habitats to building schools in remote villages—but also affords them inside access to extraordinary experiences. […]

Mashpi Lodge

Electric buggies transport guests from the gates of Ecuador’s Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve to the 3,200-acre park’s first hotel. Opened in April, Mashpi Lodge is designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding Chocó cloud forest. The complex of steel and glass stands on stilts among the trees, offering head-on views of the canopy from […]

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