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Straddling the equator 600 miles west of their sovereign country, Ecuador, lie the Galapagos Islands. Nestled in the heart of the Galapagos is The Royal Palm Hotel, a unique secluded hideaway in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island on a private 150-hectare estate adjacent to the Galapagos National Park. Just a short 20-minute drive from the bustling town of Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station, the five-star Royal Palm Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is the perfect location for land-based exploration of the Galapagos Islands.

The Royal Palm’s accommodation includes 8 Casitas, 3 luxury Villas and 10 Highland Villas, two that are specifically designed for families. Each residence sits individually in the grounds of the estate, enjoying quiet seclusion.

Amenities on the grounds include an outdoor pool; a gym; Jacuzzi and sauna; two hard-surface tennis courts; and indoor table tennis. For the more adventurous, there is a lava tunnel waiting to be explored along with scenic trails for jogging, horse riding, or off-road cycling using the hotel’s mountain bikes. Just off the coast, you will find some of the world’s most spectacular diving, snorkeling, kayaking and surfing. The Royal Palm is committed to sustainability and the estate boasts a rainwater reservoir, an organic kitchen garden, and tree-planting program.

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Learn more about The Royal Palm Hotel


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Congratulations to The Leela Palace Udaipur!

It is with great pride that we announce the acceptance of The Leela Palace Udaipur into the preferred supplier network of Virtuoso.  Along with The Leela Palace New Delhi, The Leela Palace Udaipur is the second Leela property to be part of Virtuoso and the team is quite excited about the opportunities this presents.

With a majestic location on Lake Pichola and spectacular views of the Aravalli Mountains, The Leela Palace evokes grandeur and opulence of the land of the Mewar. Beautifully designed to reflect the surrounding style and influences, the intricate craftsmanship and world-class amenities designed by Jeffrey A. Wilkes and the attention to detail in the art and embellishment by Mrs. Madhu Nair makes it an ultimate palace experience and regal indulgence.

At The Leela Palace Udaipur, choose from 80 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites with exquisite amenities and picture perfect views of Lake Pichola and its majestic palaces. Graceful and soothing, The Spa by ESPA is superbly situated over-looking the lake. Experience an extensive menu of luxurious ESPA facials, body treatments, and hot stone massages as well as The Leela’s signature ‘Spa & Spiritual Journeys’ packages. Immerse yourself in world class dining – in fabulous settings under the stars or in our elegant Dining Room. A stay at The Leela is truly a feast for all the senses.

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Lake View room at The Leela Palace Udaipur

Click here to visit The Leela Palace Udaipur website.


Scenes from the Bush: Royal Zambezi Lodge

KAI President, Henry Kartagener, spent a few days in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park this month. As a guest of the five-star Royal Zambezi Lodge (RZL), he enjoyed luxurious amenities and diverse activities including world-class fishing and exploring the river by canoe.  RZL is the only lodge in the area that stays open year round and the guides are intimately familiar with the subtle changes throughout the year in the surrounding environment.

In addition to the outstanding accommodation, service, and cuisine, Henry had this to say about the wildlife viewing, “On the way back to the lodge we encountered a pride of 12 lions hunting. We spent over an hour with them and it was quite incredible. We left the lions and drove about 3 minutes at which time we found a leopard. As it was getting late we had to move on and drove about 300 yards where we encountered another leopard hunting. We stayed for a few moments and really had to go. We proceeded about 5 minutes and found a third leopard stalking a herd of impala.  Oh, I forgot to mention the herd of buffalo we passed as well as the many herds of elephant. Just another day in the Lower Zambezi!”

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Classic Suite at Royal Zambezi Lodge

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See Royal Zambezi’s website for more information.


Wonderful Wonderbag!

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A chance meeting on a flight from Johannesburg has inspired KAI to adopt The Wonderbag as our corporate social responsibility project.   This genius little bag is changing the world one meal at a time.  Here’s how

The Wonderbag is a simple, but revolutionary, slow-cooker.  It continues to cook food that has been brought to a boil by conventional methods, without the additional use of fuel.  No plugs.  No fuss.  With a Wonderbag you can cook nearly any slow-cooked recipe from meaty stews and vegetable curries to simple rice and soups. You kick-start the cooking process by heating your pot of food on the stove, then simply place it in the Wonderbag.  You can take your slow-cooked favorites anywhere.  Perfect for potlucks, camping, barbequing and tailgating!

And because the Wonderbag is unplugged, your free time will also be worry-free!

Heat-retention cooking is an age-old technique and Wonderbag’s fun and unique design has brought it back into the 21st century!  The slowed cooking process, combined with sealing the pot in the Wonderbag, ensures the flavors and nutrients are retained inside the pot – not evaporated into thin air.

In Africa, Wonderbag can:

  • Save 30% of annual household income – saving money and easing poverty
  • It reduces CO2 emissions
  • Less deforestation because families need less firewood to cook
  • It reduces toxic fumes which means less respiratory problems and other diseases, particularly in children
  • It reduces time spent cooking, giving more time for child-care and other activities
  • It saves precious water. When the pot is insulated in a Wonderbag at a fairly constant temperature, less evaporation occurs, so less water is needed
  • It saves food. 20% of all staple food in Africa is burned, due to pots being placed on open fires and unregulated stove tops. With Wonderbag, no burning occurs

For every Wonderbag sold in the United States, one will be donated to a family in Africa.  Buy yours now on Amazon.com or donate one to families in need for as little as $15!  Want to know more about promoting Wonderbag? Please contact KAI at 800-524-7979

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