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October 2017 Issue

Dear Friends,
November, Thanksgiving especially, is always a favorite time of year at the Cifelli house. It's a time we pause. Reflect. Halt travel for a day - or two. And gather, with family and friends, to give thanks.

This year, our celebration takes place in Florida, where we are serving the traditional turkey with trimmings. And fresh-baked pies by yours truly - Jaj. We have so much to be thankful for this year - the health of our extended family, new and longtime clients, travel advisors whom we adore. Our JCR team. And the safety and wellbeing of our Eustatia Island and Hotel Le Toiny families following Hurricane Irma. As we raise glasses and tear into the apple pie, our entire collection joins the celebration. Pausing, with us, to reflect. Say thank you. In our now-annual November 'Gratitude' issue.

Warm Regards,
Jaj and Anthony

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GRATITUDE - THE FOUNDATION OF GOLDEN DOOR

Golden Door

Gratitude is the foundation on which this iconic southern California wellness retreat rests. Always, comes the reminder for guests to stop. Feel. See. Hear. And record, on a colorful chalkboard, their gratitude: love for their body and health; the opportunity to rise early in darkness and hike with the rising sun.

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

WHAREKAUHAU THANKFUL FOR MERLOT

Wharekauhau

'Merlot' is getting a lot of attention these days at Wharekauhau. The namesake black lab puppy joined the team in early October as Wharekauhau's official lodge dog. Find him in the office. On the heli. Or chasing sheep along the coast. Lucky pup indeed.

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

RENDEZVOUS THANKFUL FOR LIFE'S PLEASURES

Rendezvous Resort

"We are most thankful for life's pleasures," says Rendezvous' Yhasmine Remy-Hylton. "Love. Romance. Music. Dancing. Champagne. Chocolate." Loads and loads of chocolate.

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

BOUNTY ABOUNDS AT MONTEVERDI TUSCANY

Monteverdi Tuscany

"The bountiful ingredients of our region. Our soon-to-open culinary academy. And keeping Monteverdi open year round (in 2018) top our gratitude list," says Monteverdi's Chris Thalgott. The culinary academy will feature cooking classes with Chef Giancarla. Can't wait.

Monteverdi Tuscany
Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Italy
Reservations: (866) 644-0787
travel@monteverdituscany.com

SAFARI COLLECTION GIVES THANKS TO THE RAIN

The Safari Collection: Giraffe Manor

Rainfall in Kenya was well below average in 2017, but the heavens finally opened. "We are thankful for the rain-soaked plains," says The Safari Collection's Tanya Carr-Hartley. "With the abundance of rainwater, a new lease on life is injected into Kenya's plains; colorful flowers bloom, succulent green grass grows. And Kenya's vibrant canvas is given a fresh lick of paint."

The Safari Collection: Giraffe Manor
Nairobi, Kenya
Reservations: +254 731 914 732
info@thesafaricollection.com

NO BETTER GIFT FOR HOTEL ESPRIT SAINT GERMAIN

Esprit Germain

Travelers returning to Paris. Cafes teeming with couples toasting wine glasses, holding hands. "Our hearts are full," says Hotel Esprit Saint Germain's Francois Souman. "There is a sense of renewal and vibrant fresh energy in the city. We can't wait to see you."

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

ANNANDALE GRATEFUL FOR BIRD SONG

Annandale

Zen is just part of the norm at this stunning four-villa, coastal estate. "We are so incredibly fortunate - and grateful - for the tranquil beauty surrounding us. And to wake, each morning, to bird song," says Annandale's Carly Hislop.

Annandale
Akaroa, New Zealand
Reservations: +64 27 566 8776
reservations@annandale.com

TIERRA HOTELS - GRATEFUL AND PROTECTIVE

Tierra Patagonia

Few destinations are as pristine as Tierra Atacama, Patagonia and Chiloé. And the hotels' beautifully fragile environment is not taken for granted. "We are forever grateful for the natural beauty surrounding us. And mindful of providing the best experience with minimal disruption to the land, wildlife, history and local culture," says Tierra's Jamie Ensey.

Tierra Hotels
Atacama, Chiloé & Patagonia, Chile
Reservations: (800) 829-5325
info@tierrahotels.com

REPEAT GUESTS ARE HOLIDAY TRADITION AT THE GREENWICH

Greenwich Hotel

"Multiple families come to stay with us year after year over Thanksgiving and Christmas," says The Greenwich's Jenna O'Neill. "And we absolutely love having them. For Thanksgiving, we offer full catered meals in our suites (compliments of Locanda Verde). And during the Christmas season, complimentary fresh trees decorated to guests' liking."

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

ALL ABOUT PEOPLE AT SHEEN FALLS LODGE

Sheen Falls

People. "Those we meet, those we greet, those we look after. We are thankful for our people," says Sheen Falls Lodge's Sheila King. "Our staff, our travel advisor community, our marketing and sales partners, our suppliers and our loyal guests."

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

MAKING MEMORIES AT LAKE KORA

Lake Kora

Oh, the stories that have been shared. Over s'mores. Around the campfire at Lake Kora, one of America's original Great Camps. So many memories created.

Lake Kora
Adirondacks, New York
Reservations: +64 27 566 8776
reservations@lakekora.com

LAYAN GRATEFUL FOR SEA TURTLES

Layan Residences by Anantara

Grateful for the sea - and its creatures - Layan Residences by Anantara is doing much to protect the female leatherback sea turtles. Beach patrols are provided at night to guard the turtles while nesting. And eggs are moved to a hatchery so the baby turtles are protected from the elements of nature and human exploitation.

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

CLAYOQUOT HONORS FOUNDER RICK GENOVESE

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

After saying goodbye to its last guests for the 2017 season, Clayoquot staffers held a quiet tree-planting ceremony in memory of founder and visionary - Rick Genovese. One tree was planted for every employee (and dog) - honoring the investment, passion, hard work and determination Rick put into creating Clayoquot. He is deeply missed.

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

BODYHOLIDAY, NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR

Body Holiday

St. Lucia was spared the fury of hurricanes Maria, Jose and Irma. But many of its neighbors were not. And in true wellness style, BodyHoliday deployed a boat to the Caribbean nation of Dominica, filled with donations by staff and guests. "We were grateful to be able to help," says BodyHoliday's Armin Asceric.

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

LLAO LLAO HOTEL & RESORT BLESSED WITH SNOW

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

For the past decade, Bariloche hasn't seen much snow. But this year, it was blessed with an impressive snowfall, blanketing guests in an unforgettable winter. Complete with sledding and snowmen creations. Guests warmed afterward in front of the fire for afternoon tea. A beautiful winter indeed.

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort
Patagonia, Argentina
Reservations: +54 294 444 8530
reservations@llaollao.com.ar

HOTEL LE TOINY THANKFUL AND REBUILDING

Hotel Le Toiny

In the weeks following Hurricane Irma, Hotel Le Toiny owners Charles and Mandie Vere Nicoll sent this heartfelt thank you: "We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the outpouring of concern we've received. We are thankful to report our entire team is safe and unharmed." While the hotel was thankfully spared a direct impact from Hurricane Irma, significant damage was sustained. Restoration is moving forward.

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

LUNGARNO'S GRATITUDE WITH A VIEW

Lungarno Collection: Gallery Hotel Art

Topping the thank you list in Florence - all involved in the reopening of Hotel Lungarno. "An immense thank you to all who worked day and night, during weekends and bank holidays, to make this [reopening] happen," says Lungarno's Valeriano Antonioli. "Many say this is the best version ever of the Hotel Lungarno."

Lungarno Collection: Hotel Lungarno
Florence, Italy
Reservations: +39 055 2726 4000
reservations@lungarnocollection.com

BEYOND DEDICATED ON LAUCALA ISLAND

Laucala Island

During Laucala Island's annual closure (in October), staff kept working. Performing minor upgrades to villas. Installing two new generators for the island. And cleaning up the beaches and island. Before finally taking much-needed vacation leave - and spending time with their families. Beyond dedicated.

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

ALVEAR'S ICONIC SKY AND RIVER VIEWS

Alvear Palace Hotel

The opening of Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences came with newfound appreciation of Buenos Aires' dramatic skyline and river. Guests are loving the views from Icon's exclusive all-glass Kayla restaurant (31st floor), Crystal Bar (32nd floor). And Glitter, South America's first kosher restaurant.

Alvear Icon Hotel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reservations: +54 11 4804 7777
leisure@alvear.com.ar

BEHIND THE SCENES AT BALLYFIN

Ballyfin

Every Ballyfin team is special. But not all are visible, ie those behind the reservation desk: Martina, Catherine and Leona. "Martina has been Ballyfin's rock over the past six years - so very discreet and quiet, but so efficient," says Ballyfin's Damien Bastiat. "Catherine and Leona work so hard behind the scenes, ensuring our guests' experience starts off in the best possible way and that all details are looked after." We agree.

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

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