Imanta is a suburb of Riga. Far far away from Latvia, Imanta is also the name of a 250-acre estate on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, near Punta Mita. Juan Mario Sahagún de la Mora has built a stunning 15-room resort there, using Bob Shenwell as architect. In charge of operations is CEO Jorgen Jorgensen, known to many of the most discerning travel advisors over the years – he was InterContinental for a grand spell. The Jungle Spa at Imanta offers holistic spa treatments (see above) that are richly based in Aztec and pre-Hispanic healing methods and that incorporate the restorative powers of the many herbs, flowers and plants that are provided on our nature reserve. Imanta is 20 minutes’ drive from Punta Mita.
And now to southern France. Nestled on the tip of Cap d’Antibes, for over 150 years Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has been the backdrop for deeply glamorous tête-à-têtes and soirées, hosting the great and the good of those in the world of art, cinema, literature, politics and, of course, royalty. To celebrate this momentous anniversary year, the hotel’s gastronomic offering has been given a complete overhaul in collaboration with three-Michelin star chef, Eric Frechon, who is based Oetker Collection’s Le Bristol Paris. Frechon has worked alongside Hotel du Cap’s own chef Arnaud Poëtte on new menus for all three restaurants – which have been updated by Patricia Anastassiadis, who also did the entire interiors of Oetker Collection’s stunning Brazilian beauty, Palácio Tangará São Paulo.
Yesterday, Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean-owned Silversea, announced the cruise line’s Healthy Sail Panel. This is formed of specialists with varied backgrounds in medical practice and research, infectious diseases, biosecurity, hospitality, and maritime operations. Co-Chairmen are Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Michael Leavitt, Leavitt Partners (he was variously Governor of Utah and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS).
The panel also includes Patrick Dahlgren, Royal Caribbean Group; Dr Helene Gayle, Chicago Community Trust; Dr Julie Gerberding, Merck; Dr Steven Hinrichs, University of Nebraska; Robin Lindsay, Norwegian Cruise Lines; Dr Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota; Dr Stephen Ostroff, decades of public health and Food & Drug Administration management; Dr William Rutala, etiologist, and Dr Kate Walsh, Dean of Cornell School of Hotel Administration. No cruise lines are currently operating, but regular cruise passengers are already booking for 2021 and beyond.