Melissa Biggs Bradley is quite simply the best-travelled woman we know. The former travel editor of Town and Country for over a decade, she is a firm believer that travel broadens our vision and enlarges our soul. As major fans of the adventuresses in life, we at KOTUR not only value her advice but admire her globetrotting spirit, not to mention her ability to sniff out that fabulous little café, discover that wonderfully charming hotel or stumble across that awe inspiring natural wonder, wherever she may be in the world.
All the better then that she has launched Indagare, a travel website and members service dedicated to sourcing some of the most authentic and special trips around. Together with her team, she scouts out remarkable travel experiences from Berlin to Bangkok, Chile to China, giving Indagare members the inside scoop on some truly wonderful holidays. Here, she rounds up some of her most trusted recommendations.
Best for: A Family Holiday: The American West
Stay: Located on 6,600 acres, the lavish Ranch at Rock Creek offers incredibly stylish rooms, suites, houses and tented accommodations in what is a personal and gorgeous interpretation of a Wild West adventure.
Eat: Chef Josh Drage whips up delicious farm-to-table dishes using produce, herbs and meats all sourced from the local community. Special themed dinners (think a Dutch Oven night), the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and s’mores at night are not to be missed. Tip: reserve fireside seats for chilly evenings.
See & Do: Clay shooting, fishing, paintball, skiing, snowmobiling, bowling and foosball at the Saloon.
Best for: A Romantic Getaway: The Amalfi Coast
Stay: The sixty-two-room Le Sirenuse is built into the steep hillside of Positano and exudes an uncanny mix of serenity and elegance. Romantics, sybarites, art aficionados and those willing to splurge on one of Italy’s most iconic resorts will enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Eat: The most memorable lunch spots are accessed via boat only. Our favorite spots for romantic dinners—filled with truffle pastas and uber-fresh seafood—are the restaurant at Il San Pietro hotel, La Tagliata for a casual hilltop meal and Palazzo Murat, set in a beautiful garden in Positano town.
See & Do: The stunning coastline is equally beautiful from the water, and first-time visitors should not miss a day trip to Capri, arriving just in time for lunch at famed beach club La Fontelina.
Best for: An Adventure Holiday: The Atacama Desert
Stay: Located off of one of San Pedro de Atacama’s main streets, Awasi is the area’s most exclusive property with only eight rooms and offering private excursions, perfect for families and couples.
Eat: The Relais & Chateaux hotel fuses typical Altiplano flavors with international influences. Dishes tend to incorporate purple potatoes, quinoa and chañar (a sweet fruit from the local palo verde tree).
See & Do: Come to the proclaimed “driest place on earth,” 5,000 feet above sea level, to take in the striking topography and biological rarities during days spent horseback riding and mountain biking. This unique ecosystem is also home to several astrological observatories and boasts incredible stargazing.
Best for: A Once in a lifetime trip: A Tanzania Safari
Stay: The ideal Tanzania itinerary combines such highlights as the Great Migration, the Serengeti and a visit to a Maasai village. Our favorite properties include Singita Sasakwa and Mwiba, combined with a few nights at a tented mobile camp.
Eat: Guests of Sasakwa can enjoy breakfast in the bush or a romantic fireside dinner in their room.
See & Do: Game drives and bush walks occupy most days. To change your vantage point, take a hot air balloon ride over the plains to see the migration.
Best for: That Cultural Escape: Berlin
Stay: Occupying a former bank building in Mitte, Berlin’s most luxurious property is the 146-room Hotel de Rome.
Eat: Like the rest of the city vibe, Berlin’s dining scene is casual and laid-back. Our favorite picks for a fun night out include The Grand, a former school house–turned restaurant; Lavenderia Vecchia, an Italian hot spot that occupies an old laundromat; and Neni, a Middle Eastern rooftop restaurant overlooking the Berlin Zoo.
See & Do: Getting a handle on the enormous cultural and historic offerings of Berlin can be overwhelming (there are more than 170 museums). To complement more historic sights like the Berlin Wall, add in visits to Templehof (the old airport is now a park that visitors can explore via scooter) and Sammlung Boros (a contemporary art gallery in a former bunker), and contact Indagare to arrange a city graffiti tour.
For more information on all of the above, visit www.indagare.com
Photo Courtesy of Indagare
1. Melissa in Egypt
2. Melissa in Zimbabwe
3. Josh Drage at the Ranch at Rock Creek
4. Beach Club La Fontelina in Capri
5. La Tagliata at Il San Pietro hotel, Amalfi Coast
6. Awasi at the Atacama Desert
7. the Atacama Desert
8. Tazania Safari
9. Lavenderia Vecchia, Italian hot spot that occupies an old laundromat in Berlin
10. Melissa at the Templehof, Berlin