Archive for March, 2013

Luxury Private Train Trans-Siberian Journeys On Sale

This is a luxury private car on the Trans-Siberian Railway... This is how it's done, fellas

This is a luxury private train on the Trans-Siberian Railway… This is how it’s done, fellas

We’re a little bit wild about the idea of taking the Trans-Siberian Rail, have we told you? It’s on our bucket list, along with 5 star sushi in Tokyo and shaking our booty in Brazil. So hear ye, hear ye! MIR Corporation is offering 2013 pricing for early birds targeting 2014 travel on select Eastbound Trans-Siberian Rail Journeys and Silk Road by Private Train departures aboard the Golden Eagle.  Savings range from $1,000 per couple in Gold Class up to $7,800 per couple in an Imperial Suite, with higher per person savings available for singles.  Take note: the tours must be booked before March 31, 2013 so get on it, guys.

Hungry for an adventure yet?

Hungry for a luxury adventure yet?

Early birds who book the following 2014 tours by March 31, 2013 will enjoy this substantial discount. Private Train tours are in a class of their own, offering the opportunity to experience remote destinations in unparalleled style. These all-inclusive tours feature specialty train cars that were not available to the public until recently. That’s right, you’ve probably heard it here first… ’cause we’re connected like that (and, um, yeah… we’re really modest too).


Choo choo wanna see Mongolia?

Trans-Siberian Classic Route

From Moscow to Vladivostok

Trans-Siberian Mongolian Route

From Moscow to UlaanBaatar with the Naadam Festival

The Silk Road by Private Train

From Moscow to Beijing via Central Asia

The Silk Road by Private Train: Russia and Central Asia

From Moscow to Almaty via Central Asia

Noodle & Boo Essential Care Kit for Traveling Bambinis

baby travel products

We’re all about travel products and, lately, since our friends are popping out little ones faster than bunnies in da wild, we’ve recognized that traveling moms need travel-ready products for their kiddies too.

Enter Noodle & Boo, founded by Christine Burger, a mother of three.  Her dedication to providing science-based, clinically tested formulas made with only safe and natural ingredients ideal for sensitive skin, resulted in a luxe line that we think most moms will appreciate.

So, we’ve decided to feature the Noodle & Boo Essential Care Kit, a perfect baby skin care kit for at home or on the go. The set contains three signature products – Super Soft Lotion, Extra Gentle Shampoo and Soothing Body Wash – that are mild enough for daily use on newborns and babies with sensitive skin. Made with wholesome natural ingredients each hypoallergenic product has been pediatrician, dermatologist and clinically tested for sensitive skin.

The Super Soft Lotion contains:

  • Sweet almond oil and vitamins E and C moisturize leaving skin sweetly supple
  • Natural formula hydrates and protects delicate skin
  • Provides a protective layer of natural antioxidants that help shield skin from environmental elements

Extra Gentle Shampoo contains:

  • Nutrient-rich milk protein nourishes and conditions hair
  • Provitamin B and vitamin E keep hair healthy and shiny
  • Tear-free formula gently cleans and hydrates
  • Extra-gentle surfactant (bubbling agents) enriched with natural moisturizers.

Soothing Body Wash contains:

  • Allantoin and nutrient-rich milk protein
  • Soap-free formula rebalances skin’s pH while provitamin B and vitamin E condition and moisturize
  • Can be poured directly into bath water for moisturizing soak

Retails for just $15

Sold at: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Von Maur, and, of course,



Anantara Opens a New Resort in China: Anantara Xishuangbanna

Anantara Xishuangbanna Garden Walkway

Anantara Xishuangbanna Garden Walkway

Anantara, taken from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘without end’ symbolizes the sharing of water and heartfelt hospitality that is at the core of the Anantara experience. Located throughout Asia and the Middle East, from the seaside town of Hua Hin to Koh Samui, the Golden Triangle, Maldives, Bali, and Abu Dhabi, these properties are some of the finest resorts for complete R&R in the world. And now, they have opened Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa, Anantara’s second Chinese establishment, the first and only five star hotel and pool villa destination experience in the Yunnan Province.

Anantara Xishuangbanna Guest Room

Anantara Xishuangbanna Guest Room

Located an hour’s drive from Jinghong International Airport, the resort is set within lush gardens and water, the resort consists of 80 deluxe rooms, as well as 23 one-, two- and three-bedroom Pool Villas. A luxe blend of contemporary and local culture, authentic influences are drawn from the textures, colors and flavors of the region to deliver a bewitching blend of Chinese, Thai, and Burmese accents. Cultural aspects of the local tribes including the Dai, Jinuo and Hani people will feature not only in the resort’s design, but also in its culinary concepts. The also resort offers plenty of indigenous experiences, such as a tea picking journey with the Jinuo tribe, or tours of the Hani and Dai villages. Xishuangbanna also boasts more than 95% of its territory occupied by mountainous and hilly areas, creating awesome opportunities for mountain hiking, bird and wildlife spotting, and boat trips along the Luosuo River.

Anantara Xishuangbanna Lobby

Anantara Xishuangbanna Lobby

Once you’re done experiencing the natural environs, plunge into an expansive outdoor swimming pool set amidst extensive landscaping, use the 24-hour fitness center, enjoy a treatment in one of eight suites at Anantara Spa, or use complimentary iPads in the guest library. There are plenty of 5 Star modern amenities to choose from, including Anantara Xishuangbanna’s several gastronomic opportunities accompanied by a lobby lounge bar and poolside bar. Think the perfect marriage of local Indo-Chinese cuisine.

Anantara Xishuangbanna Pool View

Anantara Xishuangbanna Pool View

The resort’s Dining by Design and in-villa dining concepts also invite guests to create their perfect menu (since people like me often want to create my own unique twists). The best part is that Dining by Design is able to incorporate the local Dai cooking style, in collaboration with a personal chef.

Anantara, take me awayyyyyyy….

Tribewanted, Adventure Needed? Look No Further, My Fine Friends


Who doesn’t want to be a part of a tribe?

Welcome back, cronies! Yes, we’ve been off the grid for a few weeks jaunting around Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Maui, but we’re heading back to home base and feeling better than ever. We also had a morsel of eco-travel awesomeness to share with our loyal adventurers.

Having already built a successful eco-tourism project on a beautiful and barely inhabited Fijian island and then created another sustainable project alongside a Sierra Leone beach community, say hello to Tribewanted because now they’ll be opening a new project, Monestevole, in the Italian region of Umbria.

Monestevole was originally built in the 15th century as a watch-tower for the nearby Monestevole castle. The 38 hectare hamlet was bought in 1997 by Alessio Giottoli and Valeria Cancian as a ruin, but was then restored over the next three years.

Now, travellers are being invited to join the community either as visiting tourists or as “tribe-members,” as they participate in turning a 15th century hamlet into a sustainable community. The project is open to everyone, and for those who prefer a more relaxing holiday, they can enjoy activities such as horseback riding and walks through the stunning surroundings, as well as the unique Umbrian food and music.

The family-friendly project, which opens in a few short weeks on March 21st, will welcome Tribewanted members and non-members.

So, want to be a Tribe Member?

Check out:, members become part owners of Tribewanted and will have the chance to directly impact the direction the organization takes by taking part in online votes on future locations and will receive 20% discounted accommodation rates.

Ahhh... Umbria

Ahhh… Umbria

From €60 ($77) a night or $457 a week for the bunk room, to between $127 a night and $762 a week for an apartment for non-members, including all meals and house wine.

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