Summer at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Turkey

The Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus in Istanbul is one of our favorite hotels in Turkey—it’s the perfect base for exploring the city and an ideal haven for enjoying the warm weather. The hotel has a prime location on the Bosphorus, the strait that separates the European and Asian sides of the city. The hotel rooms, restaurants and pool all offer beautiful views of the water. In addition to a fascinating…

Vacation Like Royalty at Cliveden

The highly anticipated royal wedding between Great Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle takes place this weekend at Windsor Castle. The bride and her mother will spend the night before the wedding at Cliveden House, an iconic country house hotel outside London that has long been one of our favorite hotels in the English countryside. Cliveden’s proximity to Heathrow Airport makes it ideal for anyone wanting a luxurious stay or memorable meal before or after an international flight, with time to enjoy the hotel’s heritage architecture, extensive …

Must Stay: The Burgenstock Resort above Lake Lucerne

Located on a ridge high above Lake Lucerne, the renowned Burgenstock Resort has recently emerged from a 10-year, $550-million renovation and expansion to become one of Switzerland’s most exciting properties. The first hotel opened here in 1873, and the resort has since become a favorite among world leaders, European royalty and movie stars. The heart of the refurbished resort is the newly constructed Burgenstock Hotel. One of our preferred hotels in the Lucerne region, it’s an elegant luxury hotel with spectacular views …

The Chelsea Flower Show and Garden Tours of London

Flower and garden aficionados eagerly anticipate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, held each May in London, England. Beautiful plant and flower displays cover 11 acres of grounds at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for the five days of the prestigious event. The Show Gardens—elaborate installations combining flowers, shrubs, trees, water courses, follies and other features—are a not-to-be-missed highlight. Designers of the Show Gardens may draw inspiration from themes such as sustainability or work with unique plants and landscapes from around the world, such as the salt-tolerant plants of …

Ultimate Luxury Private Portugal Tours

Portugal is a fascinating, beautiful destination, with a rich history, incredible architecture and decorative arts, outstanding food and wine, and top luxury hotels. Our private Portugal tours include insider experiences that capture the best of Portugal’s culture, history, landscapes, and food and wine, such as: A tour of Lisbon’s centuries-old shops specializing in candles, gloves, ceramics, linens, gold jewelry, culinary items, antiques and more Visits to the most picturesque viewpoints …

Must Stay: Meghauli Serai, a Luxurious Taj Safari Lodge in Nepal

A wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal is the perfect complement to the unforgettable cultural touring and breathtaking scenery in other parts of the country. The best way to experience beautiful Chitwan is with a stay at Meghauli Serai, a Taj Safari Lodge in an ideal location on the edge of the Rapti River and the national park. The intimate lodge has 16 villas overlooking the river and the subtropical jungle of Chitwan. Each features a luxurious bedroom, an expansive indoor-outdoor …

A Private Day Tour to Capri

The dramatic island of Capri has been a popular leisure destination since Roman times and makes for a fantastic day trip for travelers visiting the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Artisans of Leisure arranges private tours featuring the best of the island, including seeing beautiful scenery, touring the historic highlights and time to shop and enjoy the outstanding local cuisine. After journeying by boat from Italy’s mainland to Capri, our tours usually begin with an exploration of the hilltop town of …

Iconic Image: Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia

One of our favorite excursions in Patagonia is a visit to the icy expanse of Perito Moreno Glacier, located just outside El Calafate in Los Glaciares National Park in southern Argentina. Perito Moreno is one of the few expanding glaciers left in the world, offering visitors the unique opportunity to experience its movement first-hand. With any luck, you’ll witness the thrill of crackling slabs of ice falling from …

Just Back: Egypt

A few of our travel experts recently returned from Egypt. It’s long been a popular destination for us and our travelers, and we’re glad to see that so many tourists are now returning to explore its incredible history and culture. Artisans of Leisure travel specialist Maria Merrill recently returned from a trip to Egypt, where she spent time in Cairo, Giza and Aswan and enjoyed a luxury Nile River cruise. We asked Maria to share some of the many highlights from her trip. Q: Why were you…

The Beautiful Gardens of Marrakesh

Visitors to Marrakesh, Morocco, are always enchanted by the city’s lively markets, atmospheric medina and outstanding luxury resorts. Not everyone knows that beautiful gardens are another unforgettable highlight of the city. Perhaps most famous is Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Garden), a two-and-a-half-acre landscape garden planted by French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and later restored by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who took over the neglected property in 1980. Unusual plants, several species of…

Luxury, Food & Culture in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Riviera Maya in Mexico is the ultimate destination for combining private cultural, natural and culinary touring with a quintessential luxury beach vacation. Artisans of Leisure’s private Mexico tours include the top luxury resorts in the Riviera Maya, most notably the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa and the Rosewood Mayakoba. A small resort with only 66 rooms and suites, the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is the perfect option for exclusivity and intimacy. Every staff member …

Savoring the Slow Pace of Luang Prabang, Laos

Southeast Asia brims with buzzing metropolitan cities, fascinating historical sights and breathtaking natural scenery. However, few places have the quiet charm of Luang Prabang, the slow-paced cultural heart of Laos. Set along the Mekong River, the town is filled with Buddhist temples, historic French colonial architecture, specialty craft boutiques and great restaurants. Artisans of Leisure arranges immersive private cultural touring in Luang Prabang and the surrounding area that allows travelers to connect with Laotian  and Buddhist culture. Depending on your interests, we can arrange pre-dawn alms offerings to local monks, private hikes through forests …

Dali Theatre-Museum in Northern Spain

Travelers visiting Barcelona or the Costa Brava region of Spain might like to have us arrange a private excursion to the Dali Theatre-Museum, a quirky celebration of renowned artist Salvador Dali. The museum occupies the former municipal theater in Dali’s hometown of Figueres. The artist renovated the building interiors—which …

Private Scenic Seaplane Excursions to Halong Bay

One of the best ways to experience Halong Bay in Vietnam is by private seaplane. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular natural sights in Vietnam and Artisans of Leisure arranges private scenic flights from Hanoi over the bay. Fly over the dramatic karst peaks and admire the scenery from above before landing and boarding a private boat for a cruise through the bay aboard a traditional sailing junk. Pass floating villages, visit iridescent grottos, dine on fresh seafood for lunch and enjoy swimming and kayaking among the bay’s…