Remote Lands in the Press - 28 Dec 2018

28 December 2018
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What an incredible year 2018 has been for Remote Lands. Looking back on the year, Remote Lands had a great deal to celebrate, and quite a few publications – from The New York Times to Conde Nast Traveler – thought so too. Below, readers will find some of our favorite press clippings of the year, stories in which Remote Lands proves its talents and expertise in the industry.

  The New York Times: Japan The New York Times: Japan The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2018 mentioned Remote Lands for Western Honshu and our tour of the Noto Peninsula. And, now that 2018 is coming to an end, we hope you had the chance because nothing like it will be happening again any time soon. The big reason for this pick was the onsen town of Kinosaki where an 11-headed Kannon Buddha is opened to the public once every 33 years. The article also pointed out that travelers can get to this area via rail, on the Twilight Express Mizukaze. Bloomberg Bloomberg With photos from co-founder and COO Jay Tindall and advice from co-founder and CEO Catherine Heald, Bloomberg highlighted the landscapes of Banaue over the white sand beaches of the Philippines in their “Travel Agents Reveal Their Favorite Under-the-Radar Vacation Spots” article in April. This piece was republished in Skift and on Yahoo.

In a separate article in October – called “Travelers Spend More Money in Thailand Than Anywhere Else in Asia” – Bloomberg went to Catherine for information on traveling in Thailand, a piece reprinted in The Edge Markets. Earlier this month Bloomberg also ran a story on “The Five Places That Stole My Heart in 2018” by Nikki Ekstein, listing Remote Lands among the industry giants that created her experiences. Conde Nast Traveler Conde Nast Traveler In a November Issue of Conde Nast Traveler, Remote Lands helped Adam H. Graham through Japan on a remote skiing adventure through Honshu. Remote Lands assisted Adam in creating his “slow ski” concept in the “Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North” article. In Boracay, the travel industry had a tough year, and everyone wants to know if it’s back for luxury travelers. According to Remote Lands CEO and co-founder Catherine Heald in “Boracay's Big Tourism Problem” in Conde Nast Traveler, not yet. Online in November, Conde Nast Traveler also reported that Catherine knows where to find the best bún cha in Vietnam, a story that was republished with MSN. 

In December, Sarah Khan’s “How to Fit Southeast Asia's Greatest Hits into a Single Trip” looked into some of the hottest spots on the continent, and Remote Lands was listed as a way to see it all. Also in December, the “How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level” piece in Conde Nast Traveler held up Remote Lands as an inimitable Vietnam expert. “For further guidance, let the experts at Remote Lands – one of our go-to Vietnam specialists – tailor the perfect itinerary,” wrote Peter Jon Lindberg. Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure In “River Dolphins Are Only Part of the Reason Your Next Vacation Should Be to Lao’s Si Phan Don Region” in Travel + Leisure, Remote Lands was lauded as the ideal trip creator for a journey into Laos. The itinerary Charms of Southern Laos was noted. “From there, you can create an itinerary with a well-established operator, like Remote Lands, so you can move quickly and cover the most ground without sacrificing the quality of the experience (or getting lost),” Eric Rosen wrote. In Travel + Leisure’s print magazine in November, a promotion ran for a nine-day, $20,000 journey through the Maldives and Dubai; in the December issue Remote Lands was listed as an upmarket agent emphasizing lesser known spots in Japan such as Tohoku and Hyogo. National Geographic: Indonesia National Geographic: Indonesia Bawah Island is the newest and coolest private island resort in Indonesia, with a mix of forest, beach, and underwater fun in natural, luxurious surroundings. This is what National Geographic had in mind for their piece “The Best Beds in Bali and Beyond” in February. The article pointed out that the best way to see this island is with Remote Lands at the helm. “It’s also an invitation to escape time. Your departure after four nights might leave you dismayed, unless bespoke tour operator and aviation specialists Remote Lands are flying you back privately, stylishly,” the article stated. USA Weekly USA Weekly

Remote Lands’ co-founder and CEO Catherine Heald sat down to speak with USA Weekly on a number of topics, from the biggest challenges in the industry to entrepreneurial advice. “Asia is constantly evolving and very quickly so it is a fascinating challenge just to keep up with all these changes. Conveying my love for Asia to our clients and having them experience the places I love is so rewarding to me,” Catherine Heald told USA Weekly.

Verve: Indonesia Verve: Indonesia In “A Walk on the Wild Side: Misadventures in Indonesia” in Verve, Devanshi Mody told the story of traveling through Indonesia. Of particular interest, Devanshi mentioned Remote Lands’ guide, who was chosen from 150 applicants: “My mother mistakenly calls him Sultan and he quips, ‘If my name were Sultan I wouldn’t be here,’ as he fetches us from our 100-year-old heritage hotel, The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta.” New York Magazine: Philippines New York Magazine: Philippine In the New York Magazine’s The Cut section, Remote Lands’ extensive experience in the Philippines assisted with the magazine’s “12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries” piece. From Bohol to Mt. Talinis, Remote Lands’ 11-day itinerary for Central Philippines set the standard for honeymooners in the land of 7,000 islands. Resorts in the itinerary include the Peninsula in Manila, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, and Atmosphere Resorts and Spas.  The itinerary is priced at $4,400 per person, and the snippet from this piece was republished in New York Weddings magazine. SafeHaven SafeHaven

“What Does A Billionaire's Bucket List Look Like?” Safe Haven asked. Well, what else but the exclusive Aman Private Jet Expeditions from Remote Lands. “An around-the-world trip that hits nine countries by private jet, spending your nights in luxury Aman hotels in each destination. The entire trip takes 22 days and costs $120,000 per person and is run by Aman and Remote Lands luxury travel designer,” the piece stated. The trip took off on April 15th earlier this year and visited Tokyo, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Thailand, and China.

Travel Weekly Travel Weekly When considering the family for vacation, Travel Weekly promoted two Remote Lands itineraries in their April print edition. The Taiwan Top to Bottom with Kids journey, a nine-day trip, runs the gamut from pineapple cakes to the Shilin Night Market. For an even more immersive journey, Travel Weekly cited the Family Fun from Singapore to Langkawi expedition, a 12-day itinerary that covers the urban luxury paradise of Singapore and the natural beach heaven of Langkawi in Malaysia. Los Angeles Times: Singapore Los Angeles Times: Singapore

With new flights and the finest in urban luxury in Southeast Asia, Singapore is evolving as a gateway destination; this fact was recognized with a Remote Lands itinerary in the Los Angeles Times. The piece, found online and in print, pointed to the highlights of the trip, including visits to significant religious sites: the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman, Chijmes Hall, the Sultan Mosque, and more.

Luxury Travel Magazine Luxury Travel Magazine In August, Luxury Travel Magazine ran a feature on the newly-created Madhya Pradesh itineraries at Remote Lands, a collection of journeys that span wildlife, festivals, archaeology, and culture. New flights to the region have put this destination on the map, and Remote Lands is at hand with luxury advice.

Months later, Luxury Travel Magazine moved further east, announcing Remote Lands’ new itineraries in the lesser-traveled region of Tohoku. Whether it’s skiing at Mt. Zao, cherry blossoms in Kitakami Tenshochi Park, or fall foliage at Naruko Gorge, for every season, there is a Tohoku journey at Remote Lands. Maxim, Luxury Travel Advisor, Elite Traveler: China Maxim, Luxury Travel Advisor, Elite Traveler: China Luxury travel magazine Elite Traveler and Luxury Travel Advisor ran pieces on Remote Lands’ inventive Aman Private Jet Expedition Across China in September. Staying in one country was a private jet first for Remote Lands, which normally jets across Asia, but the quality of the journey remains world-class. “Jet between the Aman Resorts in Beijing, Hangzhou, Lijiang, and Shanghai, and touch down for days (sic) trips in Xian, Chengdu and Zhangjiajie,” the Elite Traveler article states. Luxury Travel Advisor noted some of the highlights, including champagne on the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, and walking among the over-2,500-foot-tall sandstone towers that inspired the world of James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar. In a Maxim article in November, this novel Aman Private Jet Expedition Across China, priced at $59,888, made their “The Best Private Jet Experiences to Book Right Now” list. Medium Medium In the “The Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide For The Special People In Your Life” from Tony Bowles on Medium, Remote Lands itineraries were lauded as great gift ideas for those who have everything. The Indonesia’s Cultural and Natural Highlights by Private Jet and Yacht expedition was called, “a mix of island relaxation, jungle adventure and cultural exploration.” For the traveler who wants to see even more of Asia, the Jubilee Wanderlist Across Asia – a 13-day adventure across Hong Kong, Macao, Thailand, Singapore, and Bawah Island in Indonesia – also received a mention. AFAR: Japan AFAR: Japan Looking forward to the New Year, the AFAR travel magazine alluded to Remote Lands’ peerless expertise in luxury travel in Japan, citing Honshu in their “Where to Go in 2019” guide; of particular interest in Honshu are the mountainous northwestern regions. Pointing to Remote Lands’ tours in Tohoku – a lesser traveled region on which Remote Lands created and released four new, inventive itineraries in 2018 – the article states that the best times to visit are between December and April.    #TakeMeToRemoteLands AS RECENTLY FEATURED IN • The Wall Street Journal • Town & Country • Departures • Travel + Leisure • Forbes • Condé Nast Traveler • BusinessWeek • National Geographic Traveler • Palm Beach Post • Chicago Tribune • Financial Times • BBC • Fox Business News • The New York Times REMOTE LANDS, INC.
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