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Travel experiences for the body, mind and soul

Here at This Magnificent Life, we hear about the latest and greatest news from the world of travel daily. Remarkable journeys, wanderlust destinations, indulgent escapes and YOLO experiences. Here are three of the most exclusive travel experiences that we just had to share.

Hunting the Aurora Borealis – in bed

Kilpisjarvi In Northern Finland is home to some of the darkest skies to observe the full glory of the Northern Lights. The latest most exclusive of hotel experiences gives you a front row seat in a mobile glamping cabin with a clear Aurora viewing roof.

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Credit: Kilpissafarit

This opportunity to be fully immersed in the Aurora in the spectacular sub-arctic wilderness of Finnish Lapland is courtesy of Off the Map Travel. Each cosy, mobile room comes with a comfy bed for two and everything you need for a night of gazing at the Aurora dancing up above.

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Credit: Kilpissafarit

Set up in the vast white wilderness, the three cabins combine comfort and adventure and are just six kilometres from Kilpisjarvi. The Aurora Borealis appears on more than 200 nights a year here, lighting up the sky and putting on a show in this vast, white wonderland.

Culinary Foraging in tropical Phuket luxury

In Sanskrit, Trisara means ‘The Garden in the Third Heaven’. There’s no doubt Trisara Phuket is heavenly. Surrounded by tropical gardens the oceanfront pool villas embrace a secluded bay, only 15 minutes from Phuket Airport.

experiences This Magnificent LifeTrisara Phuket latest immersive Thai culinary experience is like no other. Over 4 days, guests can fish, snorkel, forage and shop at the local market and share recipes with the local “Mamas”.

experiences This Magnificent LifeStaying in an opulent Ocean-View Pool Villa guests are transported to Koh Racha south of Trisara in a luxury cruising yacht. After snorkelling and fishing Koh Racha’s clear waters, guests join Executive Chef Chalermchai Prakobkitand for a Thai cooking class to feast on the catch.

On day two guests travel to Old Phuket Town’s market town for fresh herbs is followed by a chance to meet some of the local Mama’s who inspire Trisara’s menus. The day finishes with a poolside private barbecue in the guest’s private villa.

experiences This Magnificent LifeSous Chef Jimmy leads guests to Pru Jumpa, 150-acres of Thai wilderness and farm to pick fresh herbs and vegetables and collect eggs. The day’s bounty is just one part of a 6-course tasting menu with matched wines served at PRU, the resort’s newest restaurant.

Aman comes to Mexico with Amanvari

Aman resorts are known for a level of unsurpassed luxury. Each location offers travel experiences like no other in a spectacular environment. The Amanvari Resort and Residences are built where the river meets the ocean in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Amanvari will be Aman’s first Mexican resort. On the shores of the Sea of Cortes, Amanvari has the majestic Sierra de la Laguna Mountains as a backdrop. In what might be a world first each pavilion will look both to the beach and the desert.

The 20 hotel pavilions are suspended on stilting legs allowing the two very distinct landscapes to connect. Some with cantilevered pools, all the pavilions will feature floor to ceiling windows to capture the breathtaking ocean and mountain views.

experiences This Magnificent LifeThe main pavilion will be home to a 30-metre infinity pool, hot tubs, library, restaurants and a short stroll to the Aman Spa. As part of the Costa Palmas master plan, there will be a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, 18-acres of organic farms and the Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club.

Amanvari (from the Sanskrit for ‘peace’ and ‘water’) is scheduled to open in 2020.


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Liz Bond

Liz Bond comes from a PR background and loves fine wine, great food and rewarding travel - all the magnificent things in life. She prides herself in meeting famous celebrities at baggage carousels.

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