Are you looking for some fun-in-the-sun time on a private island that also has a flock of flamingos, lemurs, giant tortoises, turtles, birds and iguanas around? On Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island all the Balinese-inspired houses boast a beautiful view and if you are looking for a well-known tennis and or kitesurfing expert for lessons, this is your spot.
Here is a video of the highlights of my stay and a look at a few of the gorgeous homes on the island. It is a great place for singles, couples and or families to come together for a celebration trip!
If you don’t want the island for exclusive use, you can book a room during one of their Celebration Weeks.
The era of space tourism is upon us. Richard Branson made his much-anticipated journey to an altitude of 50 miles on Virgin Galactic. There may be academic debate about whether it actually counts as space, but it was high enough to earn astronaut wings from the FAA. Go high enough to experience zero gravity and see the curve of that big blue marble we call home and you’ll know a feeling unparalleled by any other experience.
Branson made the voyage just days ahead of Jeff Bezos, who will take a Blue Origin space flight this week. But that feeling of sheer awe and wonder is not limited to billionaire entrepreneurs. That feeling can be yours, and we can help make it happen. As one of the few agencies approved by Virgin Galactic, we can arrange your booking on a space flight.
Imagine strapping in as you get set to climb to the upper bounds of Earth’s atmosphere. Picture floating weightless as you peer down at the planet, taking in a view only a fraction of humanity has ever witnessed. “I have dreamt of this moment since I was a kid, and honestly nothing could prepare you for the view of Earth from space,” Branson said after landing.
It’s a dream many of us have had almost all our lives. With commercial service slated to begin in early 2022, you can make it a reality. There are about 600 future astronauts who have already booked their tickets, so you’ll want to secure your place in line. Just as we make dreams come true by planning the best trips on Earth, we can plan your literally out-of-this-world journey as well.
Irish eyes will be smiling for us once more when the Emerald Isle reopens to tourism from outside the E.U. on July 19. It’s just in time to savor the last couple months of the glorious Irish summer and early autumn. With average high temperatures in the 60s, it’s a beautiful place to escape the heat. The island shimmers with greenery throughout the long summer days, making an indelible impression on travelers’ memories. Dublin is a great place to start to learn about the country’s history and culture before you set out into the countryside. As the Irish will tell you, if you’ve only seen Dublin, you haven’t seen Ireland. A great way to do so is by car, starting in the east with Dublin and ending in Shannon in the west (or vice versa), preclearing U.S. customs on your way out.
Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the capital to see where the country’s patron saint baptized converts to Christianity and admire the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Get some fresh air in the urban oases of Phoenix Park and St. Stephen’s Green or walk in the footsteps of great writers such as Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats, or their characters, such as James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom, who mused that a “good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub.” While a computer programmer has figured out that such a thing can be done, there’s no reason not to stop in for a pint at the Guinness Brewery or Temple Bar area.
Proceeding clockwise around the island from Dublin, you’ll encounter Kilkenny and Waterford. Kilkenny is home to an 800-year-old Norman castle and eye-catching architecture from several periods, including the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. It’s also known for its modern cultural aesthetic, with art galleries, design workshops and theaters making it a popular destination. Waterford retains well-preserved sections of city walls and towers. The Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre allows tour guests to see master craftspeople shape the world-famous crystal into intricate designs. On your way west, stop at the Rock of Cashel, a group of buildings at the ancient seat of the kings of Munster.
The Republic of Ireland’s second-largest city, Cork has a much more intimate feel than the much-larger Dublin and is a great place for a walking tour. One of County Cork’s best walks is the distillery trail at the Jameson Heritage Centre, where you can learn all about the famous whiskey and sample a dram or two. In the southwest corner of the island lie the 110 miles of the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile loop beginning in Killarney that takes you through charming villages, past castles and into ancient wilderness. Less crowded and no less beautiful is the Dingle Peninsula, a natural gem rich in archaeological sites.
Offering striking views and excellent hiking, the Cliffs of Moher rise as high as 700 feet above Galway Bay and the North Atlantic. Farther inland, the Burren is an entrancing moonscape of desolate beauty formed of the rocks that give rise to the cliffs. Dozens of large neolithic tombs are scattered throughout the area, dating back thousands of years. Continuing north, you come to the lively city of Galway, a center of traditional Irish language and music. Thanks to its status as a university town, Galway boasts some of Ireland’s best nightlife and serves a centrally located base for venturing on the 1,550-mile Wild Atlantic Way.
A mix of wilderness and quaint villages, the counties of Mayo, Sligo and Donegal are a great way to conclude your Irish odyssey. Attractions include the mountains of Connemara National Park, Achill Island and the 2,500-foot Croagh Patrick, a pilgrimage site dedicated to the patron saint. Towns of note are the carefully designed Westport, William Butler Yeats’ boyhood home of Sligo and historical Ballina, a key site in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
COVID entry protocols
If a passenger has valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
If passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination, they will need to:
present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
undergo post-arrival testing
Should the U.S. be added to Ireland’s “emergency brake” list, the protocols would apply:
If passenger has valid proof of vaccination, they will need to:
produce a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
undergo post-arrival testing – this will be provided through the HSE
If passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination, they will need to:
produce evidence of a negative result from a PCR test undertaken no more than 72 hours before arrival
undergo mandatory hotel quarantine
undergo post-arrival testing
Where to stay
The Merrion Hotel
The Merrion, Dublin’s most stylish five-star hotel, is set in the city center. Housed in four Georgian townhouses and a contemporary Garden Wing, its bedrooms and suites surround two 18th-century-style gardens. Stunningly restored interiors provide the perfect backdrop for one of Ireland’s most impressive private art collections. Choose from three dining options: Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud (Ireland’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant), The Garden Room restaurant, and The Cellar Bar. Art Afternoon Tea service is available in the gracious Georgian drawing rooms. Indulge in a massage or facial in the new Merrion Spa & Health Club.
Mount Juliet Estate
There is a legacy to the Mount Juliet experience that stretches far beyond the luxury of the bedrooms and the decadence of the dining options. Perhaps you feel the urge to thunder through open pastures and traipse across woodland trails on horseback. Maybe you want to feel the tug on your line and the splash from the River Nore as a salmon takes your bait. And have you ever felt the singular rush of an arrow flying forth from your bow or a falcon swooping down to land at your command? We offer a unique range of activities on the estate, unparalleled in the way they combine deep-seated historical traditions with the best modern equipment.
Sheen Falls Lodge
Sheen Falls Lodge, in verdant southwest Ireland, is a privately owned country house retreat. Guests are treated to a magnificent natural holiday and are encouraged to explore the surrounding woodlands, Sheen River, and cascading waterfalls while enjoying hiking, biking, horseback riding, salmon fishing, falconry, and kayaking. There are numerous championship and parkland golf courses nearby, some with breathtaking views of the sea. If the spa lifestyle is more your cup of tea, head to the Easanna Wellness & Spa for treatments using Elemis and Voya organic products, or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool.
Through the grand stone gates, a royal adventure begins. This remarkable 800-year-old castle, widely recognized as Ireland’s top castle destination and once home to the Guinness family, is exceptional in every sense. Set in 350 acres of woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, the property has received multiple awards and accolades. Enjoy extraordinary dining experiences and fine Irish cuisine, watch hawks soar at Ireland’s first school of falconry, and restore inner peace at the state-of-the-art spa. Warm smiles from the extraordinary characters of the castle will greet you at every turn.Ireland’s only Forbes Five Star Hotel.
What mountain are you trying to summit? Cokie Berenyi achieved one of her goals and dreams by climbing Mt. Everest. She did it for many reasons, but one honorable one was to raise funds for cancer prevention. She dedicated her Everest climb to benefiting MUSC Hollings Cancer Center’s community outreach programs.
She will be hosting A Perfect Day retreat September 23-26 at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona where she will have an Everest discussion and share tips on how you can live your own Perfect Day. Join us for our Zoom with Canyon Ranch and Cokie this Thursday, July 15th at 1PM EST to see what this trip will be about. Cokie will give an exclusive recap on her Everest Summit.
Cokie believes that the tiniest shifts can make a big impact and by one step at a time we can work together to create our own Perfect Day. For any questions on the Canyon Ranch trip, please contact Stefany at: email@example.com and or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking to celebrate a special occasion in an estate on a private island? If so, Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands is an amazing spot for it! I recently returned from an educational trip at Sir Richard Branson’s private islands, Moskito and Necker. Seclusion, turquoise water, magnificent views, delicious food, watersports, wonderful staff, tennis, exclusivity-Moskito Island checks all of these boxes.
Here is a video of the highlights of my stay and a look at a few of the breathtaking estates on the island. Moskito Island is a 10-minute boat ride from Necker Island and close to Virgin Gorda. It is a great place for singles, couples and or families to come together for a celebration trip!
Here in this video, I am with Cokie Berenyi, A Perfect Day Engineer and mountain climber of the world’s 7 summits! She recently returned from climbing Mt. Everest!
We talk about her WHY and what it felt like accomplishing the climb. She will be doing a post Everest discussion at a 3-day A Perfect Day retreat she is hosting at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona September 23rd-26th, 2021. I read her Perfect Day book and love the gratitude jar she mentions in it. I did it last year, writing down everything I was thankful for each day or week, put it in a jar and on New Year’s, read them with my husband. It was a fun and meaningful exercise. The Perfect Day process helped me manifest a life dream this year with my business and has helped me to have more Perfect Days in everyday life, too — grateful for Perfect Day.