Surround yourself with tropical beauty in the big city until April 9, as the New York Botanical Garden celebrates its 15th year with The Orchid Show: Thailand. Displayed within a traditional Thai garden setting, thousands of orchids will frame the façade of a beautiful sala pavilion, a time-honored space used for shade and tranquility, complete with gabled roofline and a border of orchids. The garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will display examples of mai dat, a form of gardening that uses pruning techniques to transform trees and shrubs into whimsical forms.
After the sun goes down, visitors can experiences Orchid Evenings, where leisurely walks through the flowered paths include musical accompaniment. Related events include performances of Magical Thailand – A Journey with the Somapa Thai Dance Company on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Based in Washington, D.C., the dance company brings Thailand alive through classical and folk dances native to the country. On April 1, Orchid Talks: The Secret Lives of Orchids will present a talk by Matthew Pace, Ph.D., assistant curator, Herbarium at The New York Botanical Garden on the theme of Rotting Meat, Jewels, and Venus’ Slippers: The Orchids of Southeast Asia. Make an evening of it: Throughout the show, Thai-inspired dishes will be on offer in the garden complex at the Hudson Garden Grill and the Pine Tree Café.
Glamping is made more inclusive and effortless than ever at AutoCamp Joshua Tree, 38 miles outside of Palm Springs and a three-hour drive from Los Angeles. The design and layout of this multitasking camp — which can accommodate family groups and corporate retreats as readily as couples — puts guests front and center amidst the natural wonders and phenomena of the Coachella desert, even while providing creature comforts found at better hotels and practical features like well-appointed kitchenettes with basic cookware, towels and linens, and a fire pit with a grill.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Sonesta Hotels teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to support the society’s mission to end homelessness for animals. To celebrate the collaboration, Sonesta Select properties will serve a complimentary, pet-inspired mocktail to guests. These hotels also offer opportunities for guests and team members to donate to help save the lives of dogs, cats and other animals.
Costa Rica prepares to welcome its first Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property, slated to open in 2025. Waldorf Astoria Guanacaste will boast 190 guestrooms, as well as 25 Waldorf Astoria-branded residences, all offering sweeping views overlooking the ocean. A presidential suite will also grace the property.
West Coast travelers can now enjoy easier, more efficient access to the Cayman Islands thanks to a new airlift option via Cayman Airways Ltd. As of Nov. 6, Cayman Airways operates nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman at an introductory fare of $399.
I sat in spellbound reverence, fixed to my rickety wooden chair in a Peruvian Amazon rain forest village. A local shaman welcomed our small group from the riverboat Zephyr to teach us about medicinal plants from the jungle. Then, blowing tobacco smoke from his cupped hands, he framed my body with a smoke shield as he blew it around my face and over my shoulders, all the while chanting his blessing from the forest.
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