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Virtuoso and our worldwide travel partners help us make that possible. We just completed a super fun and productive week in Vegas; meeting with our colleagues at Protravel International/Global Travel Collection and our global Virtuoso friends, face-to-face for the first time in over a year.
Virtuoso is the leading global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel. Virtuoso partner's with over 1,800 of the world’s best companies such as hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more. Virtuoso advisors use their personal connections and firsthand expertise to craft bespoke trips for clients, including unique experiences, special values, complimentary perks, VIP treatment and rare access.
Visit our Virtuoso Private Label web site, or our Tight Loop Travel web site, to see many of our worldwide travel suggestions.
We look forward to hearing from you, and to planning your future travel. You Dream it. We create it.
We just returned from three weeks of enjoying the fabulous Mexican Pacific Coast. First confession...we ate and drank too much, but it was impossible to resist. The variety of market fresh seafood and Mexican cuisine was a feast for all your senses. And you can pick your style - fine dining, casually elegant, a table on the beach or perched on a terrace above crashing waves. Family style streetside places like Mary's in Sayulita were also a highlight, along with homemade tamales and quesadillas for breakfast at the Conrad in Punta Mita, and tequila and mezcal tastings at a beachside bar. We should add that we ran into a lot of talented bartenders, who not only introduced us to some artesian tequilas, but were wizards at making delicious and potent craft cocktails.
Catching rays was on the agenda most days, poolside at the Four Seasons in Punta Mita, at the Conrad, at Las Ventanas on the Sea of Cortez, and the Waldorf on the Pacific. And yes, all these resorts had amazing beaches too, some where you could swim, body surf, boogie board, or take out a long board. Snorkeling and fishing and diving were options as well. Or just doing nothing can become an art form, though that could be interrupted by a massage. Want something more active...no problem, hiking, biking, eco-excursions, four-wheeling and other adventure activities were always available.
We started our trip by flying into Puerto Vallarta, meeting our private driver, and checking in to Villa Amor in Sayulita. This is a laid-back surfing fishing beachside village set on an idyllic bay with a vibe that is both tranquilo and vibrant. If you're looking for action, never a dull moment there on the main beach or around the plaza. Nightlife rocks with live bands and Latin Dancing and too many good restaurants to count so we'll just mention a few of our favorites - Don Pedro's, Emiliano's, Barracuda, La Rustica, El Itacate, and Marcolino. And that will just get you started.
Then on to Punta Mita, where we stayed at the casually elegant Four Seasons, and Hilton's new Conrad Resort. The Four Seasons is hard to beat for the highest level of service and personal attention to detail. World-class dining, dream beaches, water yoga, and nightly Cuban salsa band were some of the highlights. At the Conrad, a beautifully designed resort featured a maze of pools leading to a spectacular beach. Super body-surfing, best beach bar you can imagine, wild natural coastline, superb spa, and ideal for families.
Finally, Land's End beckoned. Our stay at Las Ventanas was perfect, just too short. Idyllic Sea of Cortez beach setting, relaxed pool scene with over the top service, extraordinary fine dining, and room service breakfast on our private terrace each morning. Rounding it our was a stay at the Waldorf Los Cabos Pedregal. Mesmerizing location on the Pacific side beach accompanied by the sounds of incessant rolling waves. Beautiful poolside breakfasts, all suites with plunge pools and ocean views, and Kim's birthday dinner at El Farallon. This restaurant is a must; set into the cliff above the crashing waves, amazing champagne terrace and bar, and serving the best in fresh seafood. It was definitely hard to finally say adios. Email us (Stephen and Kim) to start planning your personalized trip.
Baha Mar, Nassau - Our pick as the best overall resort in the Bahamas for vacation fun and relaxation.
Our month-long trip in May was a blast. We loved fishing with all our friends on Andros. Great time! Then spending a week at the SLS Hotel in the Baha Mar resort was the perfect way finish -- to relax, log pool and beach time, eat at fine dining restaurants, and enjoy the nightlife.
The Baha Mar resort also includes the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Rosewood Baha Mar. We loved the South Beach vibe of the SLS, which flows through the hotel, starting with the rocking lobby bar and hang space. Definitely go for a deluxe king room or one bedroom suite with ocean view. The pool scene is casual cool, good food and drink service. Or you can also go to the private pool club, Privee, if you want more of a party scene. Or enjoy the SLS beach club. Cleo, a superb Mediterranean restaurant is off the lobby, and Carna, a signature steakhouse is just outside the lobby on the way to the casino. Easy to walk through the entire resort complex from here, and its next door to the new Baha Mar Club that features a fabulous water park, and beachfront restaurant, bar, and infinity pools.
The Grand Hyatt anchors the center of the resort with two large towers. The casino is here, along with many restaurants, the Jazz Bar with live music, a Cuban-style cigar bar, and the James Bond nightclub. Six swimming pools, spa, and some of the casual restaurants that are fun for lunch and dinner are here - try the Swimming Pig or Pizza Lab.
The Rosewood is part of the resort, but it is a sophisticated world of its own, with its own lobby, living room/library and paneled oak bar. Two Rosewood only swimming pools, private access to Nexus club, and a private beach club. That said, Rosewood guests have the complete run of the resort, and can use any and all facilities at the Grand Hyatt and SLS. The guest rooms and suites include spacious elegant design and out of this world bathrooms and amenities. And for more privacy, the villas are exquisite.
Sound good? Get in touch with Stephen or Kim to learn more and to begin booking your ideal vacation. They have the inside scoop on everything Baha Mar and are excited to share it!
New Hotspot - Caerula Mar Club, South Andros. Are you ready for great fishing, lux accommodations and fine dining?
We're spending the month of May in the Bahamas, fishing with our best friends and guides and checking out some new spots.
Always great fun fishing with our long-time friends Andy Smith and Charlie Neymour, but its also great to find a new spot with casually luxurious accommodations where we can fish with our friends from Mangrove Cay - Captain Marvin Miller, Captain Shine Greene, and team.
Caerula Mar Club is that special spot that was needed on South Andros and now we can all enjoy it. Kim and Stephen just stayed 5 fabulous nights at CMC in one of their oceanfront premium suites and they didn't want to leave....especially when you consider they were fishing every day with Marvin and Shine.
One thing was clear at CMC, its perfect for couples, and any non-angling spouses keeping their favorite angler company. Not only are the accommodations cushy (private villas are also available!) but the dining experience is 5 star thanks to Argentine chef Sebastian, and his team who provide the type of service you'd expect in a fine restaurant in Nassau or New York. And yes they have some nice Argentine wines too. For lunch, or apre-fishing, the pool bar serves everything from burgers to conch fritters along with cold Kaliks, mojitos and other craft cocktails
The beach is gorgeous, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and sea kayaking. The Adventure Team, including a certified dive master will take you explore the reef, to visit blue holes or enjoy the bird life.
And the boutique spa offers muscle-relaxing massages on request.
Email Stephen for details and to begin booking your trip: email@example.com
From Provo to South Caicos - Stay in the best resorts and fish with the top guides.
Luxury resorts, boutique hotels, private homes and villas, superb food and drink, championship golf, and you can still find remote flats to fish on your own or with a guide. Hint: The flats around South Caicos are easy to wade and teeming with bonefish. Plus any water sport you can think of - from jet skiing, to sailing, diving, snorkeling, kite boarding, and don't forget cay-hopping picnics, and Thai massages. Easy travel from the U.S. with many flight options, private aircraft FOB, and we offer VIP Airport Meet & Greet services.
Our favorite resorts on Provo include: Grace Bay Club, Wymara Resort and Villas, The Shore Club, and Amanyara. And on South Caicos, Sailrock Resort sets the standard with their amazing beachfront villas.
Contact Us to begin planning your trip.
It's all about gin-clear water and idyllic, powdery sand beaches to go with your casually luxurious resort hotel or private villa accommodations. Take your pick of islands – from the laid-back Turks and Caicos, to the the reggae beats of the Dominican Republic, to the surreal cerulean waters of St. Bart's where the ocean meets the sky. And that's just a start. This sun-drenched paradise is also home to tropical rain forests, hidden waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, spectacular diving and snorkeling, world-class golf courses, plus fabulous flats, reef, and offshore fishing.
We recently returned from Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. For our fly-fishing friends, the fishing was fantastic! We're on our way soon to Anguilla, St. Barts, and a few other islands we still have under consideration.
Click here (or above on the caption) to see insider suggestions from our partners at Virtuoso.
Outstanding Adventure Activities, World-Class fly-fishing for salmon, brown trout and char, custom itineraries to match your dreams.
Update from our in-country outfitting partner: With just a few weeks until the trout season gets underway here in Iceland it's easy to forget yourself daydreaming about warmer days on the water.
Iceland remains relatively safe from the COVID19 pandemic and is ranked "Green" or "Safe" with domestic infections being record low compared to the rest of the world.
Travel to Iceland will be un-restricted this year for those that have received a Covid vaccine per the newest government regulations
We still have availability for a great range of fishing opportunities this summer.
Don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our partner's website fishpartner.com if you're ready to get over the COVID blues and plan your dream fishing adventure.
And here is the link to our web site page for Iceland: https://www.tightlooptravel.com/iceland.html
We are happy to announce that after months of what has seemed like an endless wait, Chile will be opening its borders to all international travellers on Monday, November 23, and the tourism industry will finally have a chance to start running again. Travellers must abide to a strict protocol that includes the following:
We are ecstatic about finally being able to put into action all the work we, and our partners, have been doing during these last few months. We have been researching new off-the-grid destinations, selecting spectacular private retreats and hideaways, designing new journeys and developing unique experiences all the way from the north to the far southern end of this beautiful country. Additionally, we have included a wide range of exclusive private charters and ground transportation operated by our local on-site partners.
Here is a partial list of partner resorts and hotels with estimated opening dates:
Awasi Atacama: December 15, Tierra Atacama: Mid-December , Explora Atacama: December 21, Alto Atacama: December 16, Explora Rapa Nui: February 2021, VIK Chile: Mid-November, Matetic La Casona: OPEN (since September), Lapostolle Residence: December 15, Singular Santiago: OPEN (since November 20), Vira Vira: December 11, Barraco Lodge: December, Futangue Hotel & Spa: Late November, Pata Lodge: January 15, Awasi Patagonia: December 15, Tierra Patagonia: Mid-December, Explora Patagonia: December 12, Singular Patagonia: December 17.
Special Offer are available at most resorts and hotel - Please email Stephen for details.
SEE OUR CHILE PAGE for more details on our favorite hotels, resorts and experiences.
We just returned from a stay at Amanyara and it was fabulous. This is one of the most idyllic resorts in the Caribbean. Occupying a beautiful secluded stretch of Providenciales’ coast, Amanyara is perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling and hanging out on the private beach. The dining atmoshphere fully embraces the dramatic setting, with the finest in fresh seafood and Asian cuisine. Want soothing tranquility, the Spa is Zen heaven.
VIP Promotion: Guests staying three nights or more can enjoy exclusive benefits. Villa guests enjoy a selection of additional experiences.
Stay 3 nights: receive a daily full breakfast, 2 course lunch, 3 course dinner (excluding beverages)
Stay 5 nights: All meals as listed above and one night complimentary.
Stay 7 nights: All meals as listed above, 5th night complimentary and two Amanyara massages per Pavilion or Villa.
If staying in a Villa, these additional amenities are included: A movie night in Amanyara’s private screening room, including beverages, popcorn and canapés; an ice cream social for the family one afternoon; a private guided snorkeling trip.
Protravel Select Travel Amenities: Full breakfast for two - USD100 F&B credit per room per stay - Upgrade to next room category upon check-in subject to availability (excludes Villas) - Early check-in and late check-out upon availability - Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.
Starting on Oct. 26, 2020, all travelers who enter Costa Rica will no longer be required to present a PCR diagnostic test with a negative result, in accordance with health officials’ guidance. A quarantine period is also not required. This is a deviation from the previous protocol that required passengers to produce a negative test result within 72 hours of departure to Costa Rica.
As of Nov 01: All U.S. citizens and residents will be permitted to enter.
More Information (Pan American Health Organization) & Visit Costa Rica (Official Tourism Website)