At this amazing paradise resort you can dine at the foot of a waterfall

The Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort is pretty much everything you’d expect a tropical dream resort to be. Delicious food, warm wonderful weather, and a restaurant at the foot of a waterfall where guests dine while water rushes under their tables. In other words, it’s pretty much paradise.

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The Villa Escudero in the Philippines is one part luxury resort, one part adventure experience, all wrapped up inside an amazingly picturesque hotel, where guests can spend the day stretched out on a hammock, or tackling the waves on the Bamboo Rafts tour. 

The biggest attraction however, is the amazing waterfall restaurant where guests can pig out on delicious local Filipino dishes while soaking their feetsies in the warm river water. I’m talking, clear spring water tickling your toes while you soak up some of the local color and delicious culinary treats. Two words: Heck yes.

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If you’d rather head off the resort, you can always take the Rural Village Tour, where you climb aboard an ox pulled jeepney and head into town. Don’t worry history lovers, they haven’t forgotten you! Take the AERA memorial museum tour, housed inside one of the country’s most beautiful replica churches.

“The core of the collection is its trove of colonial religious art. The superbly executed silver altars, gilded carrozas, ivory santos, embroidered vestments and intricately carved inages and bas-reliefs and tableaux, most dating from the Spanish colonial era are a testimony to the artistry and piety of the Filipino.” –  Villaescudero 

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The resort also has loads of bike trails, tennis courts, birdwatching, ping-pong, and they even have a karaoke hall, so once you’ve had one too many Banana Mammas you’ve got somewhere to embarrass yourself. 

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As I said, the Villa Escuedero Resort is pretty much a perfect slice of heaven, and if the waterfall restaurant wasn’t enough to convince you, they’ve got something for anyone looking to have fun. And with winter finally here, it’s the perfect time to visit!

For customized travel planning, please contact your WGY Life Stylist or email us at info@wgylifestyle.com

Via RoadTrippers

Top places to travel in 2015

  • Holiday planning starts with a bit of inspiration, beyond the well-trodden territory of tropical beaches and European cities.

Looking for a different kind of vacation in 2015? It’s the year to hike the Southern Alps of New Zealand, head to the Bahamas, or visit Cuba for the first time. Here are Condé Nast Traveler editors’ top picks for where to go in 2015.

  • 1. Cartagena, Colombia

    Cartagena, a perfectly preserved 17th-century port city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, has had a rough ride over the centuries. From pirates to prostitutes (aren’t they synonymous?) the city has weathered its fair share of drama—thanks to everything from Gabriel García Márquez’s remarkable novels of “magical realism” to the less-than-palatable shenanigans of U.S. Secret Service agents in 2012. Tips: Don’t take a carriage ride through town, and avoid very late night stumbles through San Diego and Centro. Do, however, explore the up-and-coming Getsemaní neighborhood for its raucous Wednesday-night parties and interesting graffiti art. The chic Viceroy hotel group may deliver a new bolt-hole soon in a converted convent.—David Jefferys

  • 2. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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    New direct flights into Liberia, in Guanacaste (like JetBlue’s route from Boston), slash the drive time to this resort town, which has attracted the likes of Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady. In Playa Hermosa, Koji’s serves the best sushi and Japanese food in Costa Rica at wooden tables under strings of fairy lights. The ginger pork and super-fresh sushi rolls are a light alterna- tive to plantains and gallo pinto in the heat (506-2640- 0815; entrées from $20).—Alice Newell-Hanson

  • 3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    The furnaces are long gone, but this city’s on fire. Pittsburgh reinvigorates my love of art every time I visit. The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Warhol, Mattress Factory, and Wood Street Galleries have been on a curatorial tear in recent years. The restaurant scene is also alight, led by Cure and Bar Marco, but hit the old school Primanti Brothers for the best sandwich of your life.—Brent Burket

  • 4. Mexico City, Mexico

    Mexico City has had a hard time divesting itself of a reputation for being crime-ridden, traffic congested, and highly polluted. And though traffic and air quality are ongoing problems, this sprawling metropolis of over 20 million inhabitants has successfully transformed itself into a vibrant and relatively safe place to visit with a great restaurant scene, world-class museums, and a sophistication befitting its position as one of the world’s top cities. —Stephen Orr

  • 5. Rwanda

    I’m very interested in going to Rwanda. The horrific inter-tribal genocide of the 1990s is a thing of the past but still remains the event most identified with this country in the mind of Americans. Instead, it should be more known for its beautiful high-altitude forests, its lakes, and Kigali, its capital city. Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s highly effective if controversially autocratic president, is credited with putting the country’s economy on the rise. And most of all, I want to see the mountain gorillas in their home in the Virunga Mountains.—SO

  • 6. Myanmar

    Myanmar is like Southeast Asia’s last frontier, where almost everything still feels undiscovered and off the beaten path after decades of military rule. But go now—luxury hotels are springing up in Yangon (the capital), and it probably won’t be long before tourist hordes descend on temple-studded Bagan, making it feel (unfortunately) like another Angkor Wat in terms of the insane crowds. —John Wogan

  • 7. Nassau, The Bahamas

    The islands’ busiest airport, Lynden Pindling International, in Nassau, completed a $410 million expansion last year, and the 988-acre Baha Mar resort opens on Nassau’s Cable Beach in 2015, just in time for spring break. Of the four hotels within the complex, we’re most excited about the Rosewood (1 Baha Mar Blvd.; 242-677- 9750; bahamar.com; doubles from $800). Play croquet on is U.S.– regulation lawns, then head to the hotel’s Riva Bar for a Dark ’n’ Stormy made with Bahamian rum. —ANH

For more information or customized packages, please contact a WGY Life Stylist at (888) WGY-0808 or info@wgylifestyle.com

Via Conde Nast Traveler

Featured Destination: Morocco , Riad Fés Resort

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Strategically located just 25 minutes from Fès Airport, the Riad Fès exudes an air of refined serenity amid the bustle of the city. A perfect example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture, the stylish hotel is arranged around four distinct patios. Ornate courtyards ranging from sober baroque to dazzling mosaic patterns and an impressive Fassi lamp flanked by artfully carved stucco arches fuse Andalusian whimsy with age-old Moroccan design. Begin your day on the rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the Medina with its minarets against blue skies and the gentle green curves of the Atlas Mountains beyond. All 30 rooms are individually decked out in sumptuous textiles and warm-hued wooden furnishings. Filigreed bedside lamps next to traditionally carved or tufted precious cloth headboards reflect meticulous attention to detail, enhanced by must-have modern amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen satellite televisions, and elegant Tadelakt or Italian Carrara marble bathrooms with plush bathrobes and slippers. The Riad Fés beckons you to relax in lavish oriental style at its Spa by Cinq Mondes. Unwind by the outdoor pool, in the cleansing steam of the Hammam or take that much-needed time-out and book a pampering massage.

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Cuisine at the Riad Fés equals the sophistication and exclusivity of its surroundings. Secure a seat on the patio near the reflecting pool at L’Ambrerestaurant. Serenaded by the tinkling fountains and soft sounds of traditional music, feast on a modern interpretation of fine Moroccan cuisine such as pastille of pigeon and shrimp tajine. You do not need to leave the hotel in search of a nightcap. Instead, retreat to trendy L’Alcazar Barlocated on the Andalusian Patio, which is reminiscent of the Alhambra. For oenophiles, the Riad Fés houses a Wine Bar featuring a comprehensive selection of exquisite Moroccan vintages. If you are looking to take home more than store-bought souvenirs, partake in a Moroccan cooking class hosted by the hotel’s chef. Before learning how to assemble a delectable three-course meal, follow your instructor to the town’s busy souks to pick the best and freshest ingredients. No matter how you choose to spend your time, each experience is certain to be special at the Riad Fés.

For booking information and customized travel packages, please contact a WGY Life Stylist at (888) WGY-0808 or info@wgylifestyle.com

Information from Luxury Link 

The WGY Corporate Membership Program & All the Benefits!!

THE WGY CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES MARKETING & SALES SUPPORT, AND PROACTIVELY ENGAGES WITH CLIENTS TO DELIVER PERSONALIZED SERVICE, ACCESS, AND CONVENIENCE TO SUIT YOUR FIRM’S INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS.

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At WGY Lifestyle, we pride ourselves on discretion, convenience, access, and exclusivity, including insider and expert information to get you what you want wherever and whenever you want it. Our team anticipates the unexpected to ensure total satisfaction and first-hand assistance wherever you are in the world at a moment’s notice.

Seamlessly becoming a part of your professional lifestyle, WGY’s value added service options will enhance the daily lives of your employees, consequently supporting sales and employee retention. OUR PRIMARY GOAL IS TO KEEP CLIENTS ENGAGED.

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

  •  Sales Representative/Employee Support
  • Marketing Material Development
  • Engagement Program with Prospective Buyers
  • On-Site or Virtual Concierge
  • Extended Concierge Team | WGY’s life-stylists are supported by a team including specialists in travel, dining, nightlife, events, entertainment, collecting, etc.
  • Vendor relationships | WGY Lifestyle leverages a global database of vendors to provide clients an array of options and impeccable service

CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:

WGY Lifestyle will work with clients to create a compelling lifestyle program based on potential buyer demographics with the goal of differentiating the company from competitors.

  • Create a compelling suite of services that will stimulate buyer demand
  • Understand local market and create a database of best providers in all lifestyle categories
  • Explain and promote the concierge program to current clients and potential buyers

SALES AND MARKETING SUPPORT SERVICES:

  •  WGY will execute programs that provide broker support and promote ongoing buyer engagement
  • Assist sales team to attract, acquire and retain clients
  • Work with sales team to produce exciting client/broker events
  • Provide content about WGY’s Lifestyle Services for marketing collateral
  • Assist with company tours, and act as an ambassador for the company
  • Create and distribute a customized welcome letter introducing WGY Lifestyle to buyers and current clients
  • Provide WGY Lifestyle representation at sales and marketing meetings
  • Provide virtual lifestyle management & concierge services to buyers

FOR CLIENTS, EMPLOYEES, AND SALES REPRESENTATIVES:

  •  Perks and Service
  • Personalized restaurant recommendations and reservations catered to each employee’s individual preferences
  • Dining Perks and spa treatment upgrades (Complimentary round of drinks, amuse bouche, Gloss Treatment, Blowout, etc…)
  • Courtesy room upgrade at worldwide hotels
  • Guest List and Table Service at top clubs and hot spots
  • “Out of the box” client entertaining/team building suggestions and coordination such as Trapeze Lessons, Mixology Courses, Truffle Tastings with Mario Batali, Race Car Driving, manicures & mojitos, cooking challenges with a top chef, Sailing Races, Fishing & a bbq with your catch, and Butcher Classes instead of the standard “client steak dinner”
  • Lifestyle contact to assist and execute daily personal requests for the employee such as babysitting, dog walking, grocery & flower delivery, customized travel planning, tickets, dining, spa treatments, home management, and more

FOR EMPLOYER:

  • Improves employee/client retention and increases the depth/frequency of employee interactions and team building
  • WGY membership card and welcome “Goody Box” gift for all employees or clients
  • Partnerships with local and national vendors to benefit employees (at work) such as bi- weekly dry cleaning pickup/drop off coordination at a corporate perks price, lunch partnerships with neighborhood restaurants offering a complimentary lunch for all employees, car service, meal delivery programs, and more
  • Strong relationship with the Human Resources team to develop and assist with monthly programming such as happy hours, breakfasts in the office, “amateur” smart phone photography contests where winners get to have their work displayed in the office lobby, family day, etc…

For More Information on our Corporate Membership Program, Please visit us at:

https://www.wgylifestyle.com/membership/corporate or email us at info@wgylifestyle.com

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WGY 3-Year Anniversary

On December 13, 2014, WGY held our 3-year anniversary and company’s official re-branding reveal at the SLS Hyde Beach on Miami Beach. There was no better way to end 2014 than this evening, which was enjoyed with close friends and clients of WGY from all over the world that helped make the night memorable. Champagne was toasted and music was danced to on this evening as we celebrated 3 years of prosperous work and a bright future that lies ahead! WGY-5460 Pictured above are some clients, close friends and family of WGY along with Partner/Director of Business Developer, Justin Keeperman and Executive Director, Luiz Hoinkis.  The night was animated with people enjoying the vibrant music and the lush atmosphere so special to Hyde Beach. Creating this evening was so important to us as we wanted to give back to our clients and friends and show them how appreciative of them we are, it’s their support and styling of their lives that is the heart of WGY. We are excited about the launch of our new website! We wanted to create a responsive website that truly embodies the seamlessness that is an important aspect to WGY. We believe that time is valuable and every minute should be embraced and cherished. Life should be indulged at all times! We wanted to make it easier for your dreams to come true and created our user friendly and responsive website, wgylifestyle.com. 10848916_10101369090872900_7098179427652899529_o-2 Pictured above is the article that WGY was featured in by the famed Miami Magazine for the Art Basel Issue. Read more about it by clicking the following link: https://www.wgylifestyle.com/site/press As we proceed into 2015 we welcome expansion and prosperity and are eager to continue delivering the upmost seamless service to our clientele. We officially welcome our classified individual membership tiers, essential, indulge and bespoke as well as our corporate membership. We hope you will embark along for the venture as well as helping WGY create the next milestone!

Miami Magazine Features WGY in the Art Basel Issue!

WGY was so excited about our recent feature in Miami Magazine. If you missed the story, here it is!!

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When it comes to A-list access during Art Basel—or any other time of year—Luiz Hoinkis and Justin Keeperman are the in-the-know concierges to call.

The gregarious Luiz Hoinkis has a particular theory. He believes anyone can reach President Obama within four phone calls. It’s this conviction of being able to connect with one of the world’s most powerful men through four degrees that has made his company, WGY Lifestyle (wgylifestyle.com), a runaway success.

A luxury lifestyle management firm aimed at giving its members access to some of the world’s most sought-after events and accommodations, WGY is the brainchild of Hoinkis and his partner, Justin Keeperman. As the two assert, there is no occasion to which they cannot grant their clients entry.

Both come from industries where high-end expectations are the norm—Brazilian-born Hoinkis was CEO of Brazil’s Quintessentially, a luxury concierge firm, and Keeperman was involved with sales and marketing at several affluent magazines and PR firms in New York. Utilizing their industry connections, the two formed WGY in March 2012 in Miami Beach and São Paulo, and expanded it this year with satellite offices in Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles and New York to better serve what’s become a worldwide clientele. More satellite offices are on the way.

Their services run the gamut from a simple airport pickup to A-through-Z vacation planning to Oscar tickets (and are available via memberships from $8,000 to $12,000 per year). For Art Basel, WGY members can be included on the coveted guest lists of events at the SLS South Beach, The Standard, Soho Beach House and countless other venues, whereas more traditional services might include booking a last-minute dinner reservation at an exclusive restaurant. “Saturday night, Zuma, 9pm,” no problem,” says Keeperman, with a laugh. “It’s not easy, but we deliver. Anything that screams luxury, we’re involved in it.”

“We manage lifestyles, especially when our members [which range from Silicon Valley honchos to celebrities]don’t have time to do it themselves,” Keeperman continues. “We like to call ourselves ‘life stylists.’” Said term is even in their literature.

Hoinkis admits it’s the unusual requests that get him excited. Once, as a WGY member was touring Rio de Janeiro by helicopter, he impulsively asked Hoinkis to throw a yacht party that night and ensure Brazil’s A-list was on board. Three hours later, Hoinkis had a mega-yacht sailing around the ocean filled with “300 of the right people” and overflowing with Dom Pérignon. He and Keeperman did it again recently on a much larger scale when they helped launch the digital musical service Spotify in Brazil—a three-month-plus gig that involved multiple events and activation all over the country. All of those Brazil connections are enviably cutting-edge to their business platform as more and more wealthy Brazilians make Miami their playground or second home of choice. And Hoinkis’ and Keeperman’s abilities for delivering last-minute celebration and entree at a moment’s notice have served them well with Miami’s well-heeled crowds.

“I’m not one who gives up,” says Hoinkis with a smile. “Service—let me rephrase—great service is everything, and delivering on that is the most important thing to us.”