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MARCH – INAUGRAL VOYAGE OF THEORY, GALAPAGOS

Gabriel and Tom travelled to Ecuador to board the inaugral voyage of Theory, the new 20-passenger yacht to join the Ecoventura fleet. Among the passengers were members of the press, travel trade and owner and CEO, Santiago Dunn (pictured here). Ecoventura, a sustainably-focussed Ecuadorian company, is the only Relais & Chateaux member in the Galapagos, and the latest partner to join South America Rep – please see the dedicated property page. To read more about the maiden voyage, here is the Ecoventura blog:
‘MV Theory has Successfully Completed Her Maiden Voyage in Galapagos!’

JANUARY – BRITISH DESIGNERS INSPIRED TRIP TO BY CASA PALOPO

Wicklewood, a British-design company, was inspired to produce a line of fabric called Palopo inspired by the founder’s stay at Casa Palopo. They have blankets and lampshades with the Palopo design reflecting the iconic colours and geometric lines typical of Guatemalan textiles.

DECEMBER – B-ART by Hotel B

For a hotel that is home to an art collection of more than 400 works of art (daily by Peruvian artists, and some from other parts of Latin America), it only seemed natural that Hotel B would open a boutique shop. B-ART has a curated collection of Peruvian art and design goods especially selected for hotel guests. The collection includes accessories and jewellery hand-made from local materials such as alpaca wool, silk, ceramic, silver and gold.

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NOVEMBER – AWASI IGUAZU HAS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO IGUAZU FALLS

Awasi guests enjoy a “head start” into the Iguazu Falls. Setting out from Awasi Iguazu (the region’s only Relais & Chateaux lodge) at 7am, guests enjoy breakfast with a view of the Devil’s Throat before entering the park from a location closer to the falls themselves than the standard entrance. This buys close to 30 minutes before the crowds flood in.

OCTOBER – HOTEL B – EXPANSION & SAILING

The new bar and restaurant at Hotel B are opening at the beginning of 2019. This is part of the expansion into the neighbouring Lucia de la Puente Art Gallery, which already has 3 new suites, a new lounge, and boutique shop. Also, following the popularity of the Hotel B Sailing Experience, there are now two boats for guests to choose between: a classic wooden-decked yacht or a modern Beneteau Cyclades 44. Capacity is between 6 and 8 guests. Setting out from Peru’s only luxury marina, the half-day trip involves a wonderful sunset sail along the bay, or a full day excursion visits the Palomino Islands where you can watch and swim with sea lions.

 

Photo by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences

SEPTEMBER – KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT LIGHTFOOT TRAVEL EVENT

Gabriel was the guest speaker at an event organised by Lightfoot Travel in association with the Forum Club.
Forum is a global network of journalists, economists, politicians, public speakers, academics, designers and those working in the arts. Across a range of private events hosted in London, New York, Singapore and Dubai, members come together to exchange ideas. In total, worldwide, there are 40 events a year headed by keynote speakers.

Gabriel’s talk had a focus on sustainable travel covering the Awasi Puma Foundation; the model of tourism at Caballadas (to maintain and sustain the ranch rather than make money); the unusual set up at Sol y Luna where the hotel came secondary to the foundation and was created as a means to pay for the education and upkeep of students; the way in which Delfin Amazon Cruises supports for local communities; and Casa Palopo’s Pintando el Cambio community-focused project which uses art as an agent for social change.

September – Pure Life Experiences

Gabriel attended Pure Life Experiences, the experiential travel conference in Marrakech, with Petit Miribel the owner of Sol y Luna in Peru. Pure consists of 3 days of meetings, plus evening events with the travel industry and journalists. Several members of the travel trade who attended sponsor a child at the Sol y Luna Foundation. See this new video about the differently-abled children and teenagers who study for free or pay symbolic amounts at the Sol y Luna School. Click here to see a video and learn how you can help.

AUGUST – TRIP TO THE AMAZON WITH DELFIN AMAZON CRUISES

South America Rep is delighted to be working with Delfin Amazon Cruises, the first boats to join the Relais & Chateaux collection. Gabriel travelled to the Upper Peruvian Amazon spending time aboard all three Delfin boats including 4 nights abroad Delfin III. Highlights were swimming with pink dolphins, floating up small tributaries listening to the sounds of the jungle and watching the world glide by, visiting local communities, seeing a boa constrictor and an anaconda on a jungle trail…. not to mention the massive tarantula, a hyperactive sloth and monkeys aplenty.

June – Latin America Movie Night at London’s Soho Hotel

South America Rep hosted a Latin America Movie Night at London’s Soho Hotel where 7 short films were shown to 100 members of the travel trade, press, instagram influencers and past guests at the in-house cinema.

The inspiration for the evening came from the production of a new film for the Latin America Relais & Chateaux delegation (which Gabriel co-produced and wrote the script for). When the film was being made, hotels decided to take the chance of producing a new hotel video.

Films were shown from the following hotels: Sol y Luna, Hotel B, Delfin Amazon Cruises, Awasi, Cavas Wine Lodge, Txai and Casa Palopo.

May – Awasi Iguazu short film nominated in 3 categories at the Polish Film Festival

Awasi makes films not about their Relais & Chateaux lodge per se but about the people who make The Awasi Experience unique and unforgettable

“The Blind Birdwatcher”, a testimonial filmed at Awasi Iguazu by Chile-based Danish filmmaker Morten Skov Andersen, was nominated in 3 categories at the Polish Film Festival in Warsaw: Best Tourist Film, Best Pictures and Best Sound.

This is a huge achievement for a hotel video, and comes as a recognition of the micro-documentary style of films made by the Awasi team in place of classic hotel videos.

You can watch The Blind Birdwatcher here: https://vimeo.com/246890574