Winter 2018 • 7
10 Travel News
12 Vacations® HOT LIST Best Stopover Cities
14 Los Cabos is Calling All Adventurers
18 Packing List
20 Worldwide Sporting Events
24 Luxuriate at Lake Como
28 50 Shades of Turquoise
31 Parador de Carmona
34 Royal Luxury in Chiang Mai, Thailand
38 The Last Frontier
42 Tasmania: Adventures at the end of the world
44 Jamaican Eco-Adventures
46 Going Off-Road in Nevis
50 Solo Adventures, Just You
ULTIMATE FAMILY VACATIONS
52 Side-tripping from Spain: Morocco
54 Visit Versailles
HEALTH & WELLNESS
56 Finding Zen in St. Lucia
60 TASTE: Authentic Curry in Japan
64 Foraging Fare, Four Ways
74 Baltic Explorer
AERIAL VIEW OF LILY BEACH RESORT & SPA
SNORKELLING WITH WHALE SHARKS
MAIN LOBBY DHARA DHEVI CHIANG MAI
6 • Vacations
Vacations® is proud to be NATJA’s
(North American Travel Journalist Association)
2017 Gold Award Winner in the
Travel Magazine category.
Welcome to the winter edition of Ensemble Vacations magazine.
When we first started working on this edition, we asked Ensemble’s travel
specialists: what’s hot in booking trends right now? What is on their radar
They told us that Canadians continue to explore the tried-and-true
destinations of Europe, such as Italy and France, but that there is an
ever-growing interest in destinations that are more off the beaten track,
such as the Baltic region. They report that Canadians are venturing further,
booking places like Thailand and Japan more frequently throughout various
months of the year. And, of course, Canadians continue to head south,
chasing the sun in the winter months.
We are sharing stories that reflect these booking trends in hopes to inspire
your 2019 plans. Look for articles about: sailing the Baltic Sea with Regent
Seven Seas; taking on France with your family; cruising Alaska’s wilderness;
and exploring Japan’s history through its food.
Our specialists have also noted trends in the type of experiences people are
looking for. For example, there are more wellness seekers incorporating spas
and fitness into their vacations, and there are more sports fans travelling far
and wide to take in world-class tournaments. We’ve compiled a piece that
looks at the best upcoming – and some unusual – sporting events worth
Luxury travel remains a constant when it comes to trends. And why not?
There are not many among us who wouldn’t love the opportunity to wake
up in an historic hotel overlooking Italy’s glamourous Lake Como, or in an
over-water bungalow in the Maldives.
Whatever type of experience suits you, we hope you find inspiration in these
pages. When you are ready, your travel specialist can help you book the
vacation that is right for you.
Editor, Ensemble Vacations® Magazine