April 21, 2016

Decorative Arts in the City Palace of Udaipur, India

Udaipur, a city in Rajasthan, India, has a long history and tradition of beautiful decorative arts. One of the best places to appreciate the many local styles and techniques in Udaipur is at the City Palace. Over the centuries, local maharanas (princes) brought the most skilled craftsmen to decorate the palace with intricate carvings, detailed […]

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Destinations:  Asia, India

Tags:  art, art tours, decorative arts, gardens, India, India tours, luxury hotels, luxury India tours, palaces, royal, Udaipur

April 20, 2016

Arts and Crafts Touring in Peru

An interesting part of any trip to Peru is exploring the country’s rich history and culture through its fascinating arts and crafts. Beautiful handmade textiles are among the most famous Peruvian crafts. They’re also among the most ancient: The oldest fabrics discovered in Peru have been dated to around 10,000 B.C. Artisans of Leisure Peru […]

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Destinations:  Peru, South America

Tags:  art, art tours, ceramics, crafts, folk art, Inca, markets, museums, Peru, Peruvian, ruins, South America, textiles, weaving

April 19, 2016

Must Stay: Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman

Perched on the edge of a deep gorge high in the Al Hajar Mountains of northern  Oman, the luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar resort offers spectacular views and easy access to soft adventure activities and cultural touring in the surrounding region. Incorporating native rock and timber, the Alila Jabal Akhdar buildings are a contemporary take on ancient […]

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Destinations:  Middle East, Oman

Tags:  adventure, flowers, hiking, luxury hotels, mountains, Oman

March 30, 2016

Don’t Miss: Kou-an Glass Teahouse in Kyoto

If you’re visiting Japan, we recommend venturing high into the foothills of Kyoto to visit Kou-an, a glass teahouse by renowned Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka. The clear glass roof, floor and walls of Kou-an teahouse are held together by a thin metal frame, creating a fragile, transparent structure. The teahouse lacks any of the traditional […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Japan

Tags:  architecture, art, design, glass teahouse, Japan, Kou-an, Kou-an Glass Teahouse, Kyoto, tea

March 28, 2016

Luxury Tented Camps in Remote Northern India

For travelers looking to go off the beaten track in India without sacrificing luxury, Artisans of Leisure can arrange in-depth cultural and nature experiences in Ladakh, a beautiful region in northern India with rugged landscapes, living Buddhist culture and rural villages hemmed in by the high peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram mountains. This Tibetan-inflected […]

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Destinations:  India

Tags:  Asia, exclusive, Himalays, India, off-the-beaten-track, tented camps

March 17, 2016

Off-the-beaten-track Morocco: Beautiful Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is a traditional town nestled in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco. Established in 1471, it became a refuge for Jews and Muslims fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in Europe. Today, Chefchaouen—or Chaouen, as the locals call it—is best-known for its beautiful and unmistakable medina, an accretion of alleys, stairs, houses and doors painted in […]

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Destinations:  Africa, Morocco

Tags:  Africa tours, blue, Chefchaouen, Morocco, Morocco tours, paint

March 8, 2016

Private Tours of Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

All over the world, we love to explore markets to learn more about cities and the people who live in them. In Jerusalem, there’s no better place to do this than Machane Yehuda, a sprawling market in the western part of the city that’s been around since the late 1800s. Known as the shuk (Hebrew […]

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Destinations:  Israel, Middle East

Tags:  cooking classes, culinary tours, food, food tours, Israel, Israel tours, Jerusalem, Machane Yehuda Market, markets, Middle East

February 22, 2016

Stay at a Private Club in London: The Arts Club

Private members clubs have been a tradition in London for centuries. One of the most prestigious is The Arts Club, which was established in 1863. Long a haven for writers, artists, musicians and other creatives, the club is in the heart of stylish Mayfair, one of our favorite London neighborhoods. Recently, The Arts Club created […]

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Destinations:  England

Tags:  art, British, culture, England, exclusive, exclusive access, film, history, insider, London, London hotels, luxury travel, music, private clubs, The Arts Club