Highlights of my experience on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island

Hi,

Hope you are having a good week.

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.

I wrote a blog post of my experience on Necker and Moskito Islands; you can read it here: https://dmctraveltailor.com/my-experience-at-sir-richard-bransons-necker-and-moskito-private-islands/

For any questions on Necker Island, please contact Stefany at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

With passion and adventure,

Stefany

Destination Spotlight: Ireland

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

  • self-quarantine

  • 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 self-quarantine

  • 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.

Ashford Castle

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.

Join us on Zoom this Thursday at 1PM EST with Canyon Ranch and Cokie Berenyi, Mountain Climber of the World’s 7 Summits and A Perfect Day Engineer

Hi,

Hope you are well.

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.

Here is the link to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpce-oqDwuH9Z9_65XH7hpbkZTIhuCMMXe

If you can’t make it, register and we will send you a recording.

Click here to see the itinerary:

https://dmctraveltailor.com/live-your-own-perfect-day/

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: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

With passion and adventure,

Stefany

Moskito Island is the perfect spot for your special occasion

Hi,

Hope you are well.

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!

For any questions on Moskito Island, please contact Stefany at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

With passion and adventure,

Stefany

Lake Garda fun facts- our second stop on our hosted Italy trip

Hi,

Hope you are well.

Lake Garda will be our second stop on our Lakes to Lagoon and Wine Italy trip we are hosting June 15th-23rd, 2022.

In this video we go over fun facts on Lake Garda including the history of the Scaligero castle in Sirmione and the Valpolicella wine region. Enjoy!

Click here to see a day-by-day itinerary of our trip:

dmctraveltailor.com/lakes-to-lagoon-and-wine/

There’s nothing better than visiting Italy with a native Italian! Please contact Stefany with any questions at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com.

With passion and adventure,

Daniele and Stefany

Boutique Island Getaway: GoldenEye in Jamaica

Hi,

Hope you are well.

Looking for privacy in a natural setting?

How about a villa stay on a 52-acre seafront estate with your own pool, beach, and staff in Jamaica where over 14 James Bond films were written by former owner and world-renowned author Ian Fleming? This 49-room Virtuoso exclusive property, GoldenEye is a great escape from the cold, noise and distractions in a unique and spectacular setting. Your choice of villas on Low Cay Beach and or Lagoon Cottages with direct lagoon access, relaxing in the spa, or sipping a cocktail on the rooftop bar, weekly BBQ’s and cocktail party fun await you.

Your Virtuoso amenities when booking with me here are:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (Only applicable in the Beach Hut category)
  • Full breakfast daily
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort/ Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Book 5-nights or more and also receive $100 per day, welcome cocktail and Blackwell rum (combinable with Virtuoso amenities) with their License to Chill promotion if booked by December 14th, 2021 for stays from now until December 19th, 2021 (black-out dates apply).

Here is a link to their safety measures:

https://www.goldeneye.com/covid-19-protocols/

Any questions contact Stefany at: stefany@largaytravel.com and or info@dmctraveltailor.com. Photo credits go to GoldenEye and Island Outpost.

With passion and adventure,

Stefany