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Dear Friends,

"I must have flowers always and always." - Claude Monet

Those who know me well (Anthony especially) are aware of my deep-rooted love for flowers. At one point, I was so obsessed with taking pictures of flowers and framing them, that I had more photographs of flowers in my house than I did family members. Oops, had to fix that. Ditto on my love for herb and vegetable gardens.

For many years, we grew our own tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, zucchini and eggplant. But like you, we travel a lot. Which is why, during visits to our hotels, I always take a moment to 'stop and smell the roses.' Stroll the gardens. Pull up the radishes, snip the rosemary and breathe in the intoxicating scent of flowers arranged just-so at turndown.

In this May garden issue - we celebrate the beauty and wonder of our hotels' flower and vegetable gardens. And the wonderful staff who tend them. Enjoy.

Warm Regards,
Jaj and Anthony

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BEHIND BALLYFIN'S WALLED GARDENS

Ballyfin

"Hundreds - if not thousands - of different flower varieties grow in our walled gardens, including perennials, bulbs and shrubs," says Jim Reynolds, managing director of Ballyfin. "We also have two wonderful ladies - Stacey and Emily - who look after our 'house flowers' for us. They go up to the gardens every other day and pick the flowers fresh for our bedrooms and house arrangements." Stunning.

Ballyfin
Co. Laois, Ireland
Reservations: +353 57 875 5866
info@ballyfin.com

ORGANIC FARM-TO-TABLE AT BODYHOLIDAY'S I‑TAL

Body Holiday

At BodyHoliday's I-Tal restaurant, guests can pick their own ingredients from the resort's organic garden. Help prepare their lunch with the I-Tal culinary team. And then enjoy it - with view of Cariblue Bay. Tasty. Healthy. Nutritious. And completely locally grown. Perfection.

The BodyHoliday
St. Lucia
Reservations: (800) 544-2883
u.s.reservations@sunsweptresorts.com

LAUCALA ISLAND'S COMMONLY EXOTIC FLORA

Laucala Island

Most of the vegetables and herbs - and even coffee and vanilla - served at Laucala Island are amazingly grown onsite. But it's the 'common in Fiji' flowers that truly tip the exotic scale: 200 orchid species, tended by a dedicated staff and used to beautify guests' villas. Plus tropical blooms including frangipani, bougainvillea, hibiscus, ginger lily and red ginger, arranged daily by Laucala's own floral masters. Sigh.

Laucala Island
Fiji
Reservations: +679 888 0077
reservations@laucala.com

CLAYOQUOT SEASON BEGINS WITH THE WILDFLOWERS

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

Season begins at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort when the wildflowers begin to wave. The Bedwell Valley is home to beautiful wildflowers, which according to Clayoquot's Rosalyn Young, "is coming alive with spring colors. The wild team is busy preparing for opening day (May 16). And also looking to start a beekeeping program." Sweet.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Vancouver Island, Canada
Reservations: (888) 333-5405
info@wildretreat.com

LAYAN RESIDENCES POPULAR FOR WEDDINGS AND FLOWERS

Layan Residences by Anantara

With its sea views, private beach and new chapel, Layan is an increasingly popular wedding venue. Which means flowers are popular too. Layan employs its own resident florist who loves using local flowers. But couples may also outsource their floral arrangements. Either way, the result is stunning.

Layan Residences by Anantara
Phuket, Thailand
Reservations: +66 76 317 250
phuketlayan@anantara.com

SHEEN FALLS LODGE KNOWN FOR CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Sheen Falls

Known for its intense greenery Ireland is, of course, home to amazing gardens. Including the grounds of Sheen Falls Lodge. "Many guests visit in May to see the cherry blossom driveway," says Sheen Falls' Sheila King. "Off site, one of our favorite trips is to Garnish Island, located in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants - rare in this climate."

Sheen Falls Lodge
Co. Kerry, Ireland
Reservations: +353 64 6641600
info@sheenfallslodge.ie

TRULY ORGANIC AT GOLDEN DOOR

Golden Door

Food plays a vital role in the Golden Door mind-body-spirit experience. With most of the organic ingredients used in the spa's nutritious meals cultivated on property. Eggs come from the spa's free-range chickens; honey from its bee hives; oranges and lemons from its own citrus groves. While veggies span acres and acres. A highlight of the weeklong stay is a farm-to-table lunch or dinner, with Chef Frey. In the garden. Divine.

Golden Door
San Marcos, CA
Reservations: (866) 420-6414
reservations@goldendoor.com

WHAREKAUHAU'S ANCIENT FERN FOREST

Wharekauhau

Farm-fresh eggs and honey. Beds of herbs and vegetables. Luscious fruit trees: pear, plum, lemon. All are here. But Wharekauhau's true standout is its 3,000 acres of ancient fern forests, including New Zealand's famous silver fern. Amazing.

Wharekauhau Country Estate
Wellington, New Zealand
Reservations: +64 6 307 7581
reservations@wharekauhau.co.nz

LOVE BLOOMS AT HOTEL ESPRIT SAINT GERMAIN

Esprit Germain

Paris is synonymous with fresh-cut flowers and secret gardens. And the vibe spills into the Hotel Esprit Saint Germain where a florist comes twice weekly to arrange flowers for the lounges and lobby area. Guests also will find a single rose next to their beds at night. Love.

Hotel Esprit Saint Germain
Paris, France
Reservations: +33 1 5310 5555
contact@espritsaintgermain.com

KATIKIES DEBUTS NEW GARDEN HOTEL

Katikies Santorini

Katikies Garden opens doors in June. And according to Nikos Georgiadis, the new property is definitely 'garden centric.' "The hotel channels the mystique of the Garden of Epicurus and invites guests to immerse in the local culture," says Nikos. "It is built in the old Venetian neighborhood of Fira, on the grounds of a former monastery, and is surrounded by fountains and blooming gardens. The rooms and suites are outfitted with a sophisticated, yet intimate and modern, design complete with private pools, verandahs. And you guessed it, gardens." Can't wait to experience.

Katikies Resorts: Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Reservations: +30 21089 94822
reservations@katikies.com

SASAAB'S KITCHEN GARDEN

The Safari Collection: Sasaab

Each of The Safari Collection properties has its very own kitchen garden - featuring neat rows of lush, leafy greens and a plethora of exotic plants, herbs and spices. But Sasaab's 'shamba' (Swahili word for small farm) comes with a special challenge. "The gardeners have large creatures to keep out - elephants," says The Safari Collection's Henrietta Vyvyan Robinson. "Head gardener Cyrus works miracles in Samburu's hard and arid landscape, using manure from local goats and cattle to help grow an array of vegetables. And watching over a small brood of chickens who lay fresh eggs for guests."

The Safari Collection: Sasaab
Samburu, Kenya
Reservations: +254 731 914 732
info@thesafaricollection.com

VELAA ISLAND GUESTS GREETED WITH FLOWERS

Velaa Private Island

Guests arriving at Velaa Private Island are personally greeted with island flowers and coconut palms meticulously arranged by Velaa's inhouse florist. But the attention to flora and fauna doesn't stop there. Bathrooms are decorated in tropical plants, suitable to the island's habitat. The coral tree plant, in the Residence, is a species that grows only in coastal areas and has a connection to Velaa. Beautiful.

Velaa Private Island
Maldives
Reservations: +960 6565 000
reservations@velaaisland.com

PHUM BAITANG HOME TO WORKING RICE PADDIES

Zannier Hotels: Phum Baitang

In its local language (Khmer), Phum Baitang means "green village." And the resort is true to its name with the same 'on the wild side' gardens - a few local flowers, lots of green trees and bushes - found in normal Cambodian villages. Rice paddies too are abundant. Phum Baitang harvests around 800kg of rice per year through the manual working of its gardeners, an ancient plough and two resident water buffalos. Treasured.

Phum Baitang
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Reservations: +855 (0) 63 961 111
contact@zannier.com

TIERRA ATACAMA'S GARDEN WOWS

Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa

Tierra Atacama, located in the driest desert on earth, relies heavily on its gardens. As many of the fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on the property are tasted daily in the dishes served by the hotel restaurant. "We grow 31 species of plants, including cereals, fruit and vegetables. Plus eight native species including algarrobo, chañar, cachiyuyo and quinoa," says Tierra's Sarah Ranfone. "We also cultivate sunflowers, lettuces, corn, wheat, asparagus and alfalfa amongst other crops and have conserved more than 100 chañar plants." Wow.

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Reservations: (800) 829-5325
info@tierraatacama.com

COMPOSTING PART OF EUSTATIA ISLAND'S DNA

Eustatia Island

Composting is a way of life on Eustatia Island. "By composting food and landscape waste, Eustatia Island greatly reduces its impact on Caribbean-area landfills," says Eustatia's Jonathan Oakes. "The naturally chemical-free fertilizer goes right back into the soil to nourish plants and trees as well as the island's growing gardens of fruits and vegetables. Easy-to-use composting bins are available in each kitchen and throughout the island." Love.

Eustatia Island
British Virgin Islands
Reservations: (646) 760-4340
stay@eustatia.com

HOTEL LE TOINY ORANGE INFUSION

Hotel Le Toiny

Hotel Le Toiny's sweet orange trees are growing up fast. And the culinary team is excitedly incorporating the local fruit into the menu. This season features a fresh-from-the-tree orange-flavored cocktail, with wedges used as garnish. Hotel Le Toiny is also growing its own fresh herbs: parsley, mint, rosemary and thyme.

Hotel Le Toiny
St. Barthelemy
Reservations: (800) 680-0832
reservations@letoiny.com

WISTERIA SIGNALS SPRING AT THE GREENWICH

Greenwich Hotel

Tourists look to Central Park. But true New Yorkers know the first sign of spring comes downtown. On The Greenwich Hotel's Penthouse terrace. Here, romantic low-hanging purple wisteria blooms. Typically for the entire month of May. So pretty.

The Greenwich Hotel
New York City, NY
Reservations: (212) 941-8900
reservations@thegreenwichhotel.com

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