Genre: LUXURY TRAVEL
Bali: The Island Explorers season starts off in the beautiful and highly popular tourism hotspot; Bali. Our host embarks on a mission to understand how the Balinese blend hospitality with luxury. And this is a journey that takes place on land, underwater and even in the air! A soothing journey that finds ultra luxurious healing centers such as Como Shambhala amidst the lush jungles of Ubud - to a hands on cooking stint at the Balinese fusion restaurant Mozaic, to checking out true African style Safaris in the heart of Bali. Helicopter rides over volcanos and reef-rescuing innovative dive resorts. This is an adventure true to the Island Explorers style
Ireland: An uncommon destination for a series that explores exotic tropical getaways. But this island nation has some of the most evocative landscapes that mother nature has to offer! This episode explores the charms of the emerald state in it’s off-season. Questionable weather is no match for the bounty of eats and drinks that Ireland has on offer; the best oysters this side of the Atlantic, the birthplace of Guinness and of course, the home to Irish whiskey. Our host explores ultra luxurious (and famous) celebrity getaways like Castle Leslie, goes hands on at the Dunbrody house with celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, and explores the Wild Atlantic way at the fishing estate Ballynahinch Castle. The best way to explore Ireland in the off-season, Island Explorers style!
Jamaica: Easy island vibes, lots of amazing local rum, brilliant natural landscapes and those amazing beaches! Of course, Island Explorers is in Jamaica! But in this episode, Island Explorers shows you a different side of the Irie nation; away from the hordes of people unleashed via cruise liners! Our host starts off with a quick glimpse and an impromptu jam session at the birthplace of Bob Marley, Trench town, noshes on the most delicious ice cream this side of the hemisphere, and plunges into Mystic mountain’s waterfalls. Jamaica is known for being the home of the all-inclusive resort and Liesel finds out exactly why that is - with stays at Ian Fleming inspired Golden eye Hotel as well as Sunset at the Palms! Lazy tubing down the river, limestone foot massages, topped up with historic food tours and experiencing local cuisines such as jerk chicken and the amazing seafood; this is Jamaica, Island Explorers style!
Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico is one of the most popular vacation destinations for Americans, and it’s easy to see why; everyone speaks English, it’s easy to get to, and of course, it’s still a part of the US! Our host Liesel starts off her journey with a goal to feel at one with herself and the best way to do that is with a stint of yoga, atop a paddleboard. SUP yoga! Feeling centered, she begins exploring the island by taking a very detailed walking historical tour as well as a food tour. Bouncing around cantinas and trying out slushy drinks made with the local Don Q rum, Liesel gets a unique insight into old San Juan. To step up the action, Liesel also explores all the hands-on activities such as riding horseback on the beach, riding ATV’s through the muddy swamps, and hiking through the super lush El Yunque rainforest. Luxurious resorts are only a stone's throw away - hopping islands, Liesel gets to experience the ultra modern and chic El Blok located in Vieques. Between stays at all the luxury boutique resorts, a common trend starts to appear, and that is the island’s cuisine. Spanish influences, blended with American fine dining, Liesel gets a taste of the eclectic but high end cuisine spanning from top resorts, to gas-station turned diners. This is an island that does food unlike any other and becomes the cornerstone of this Island Explorers adventure.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong is Asia’s world city and this episode is a complete 360 from the melee of tropical island paradises. Hong Kong is famous for it’s skyscraper strewn skyline and in this episode, local girl Lesley Chiang is on a mission to show a different side of Hong Kong. Her journey starts off in Hong Kong bay where she gets a taste of the 5 star life at the Ritz Carlton. Pampering at the 108th floor spa, dining at Michelin 2 star rated Ting Lung Heen, and beyond! Lesley checks out the art scene of Soho, and PMQ, an establishment geared towards Hong Kong’s budding arts and crafts talent. At night time, local nightlife expert Johannes Pong shows Lesley the wild side of town as they bounce around the latest bars and clubs. When it’s time to chow, Jowett Yu, a rising star in the culinary world shows Lesley his favorite hometown hang outs; roast geese to yummy sea food bites. Taking a break from Hong Kong island, Lesley also checks out the nearby Lantau island where she gets a taste of zen; from Hiking on the lantau trail to seeing the Tian tan Buddha - this feeling of zen continues as she checks out the colonial landmark turned boutique resort, Tai O. It’s an episode of fast paced modern life, top rated seafood and how to find respite from it all. This is Island Explorers; Hong Kong
Belize: Island Explorers showcases beautiful Belize; with hundreds of kilometers of coastline with the Caribbean sea, the 2nd largest barrier reef, and one of the best dive sites in the world, how could you not? In this episode, Dani Kristo is on a mission to showcase the best of Belize; she starts off her journey with some adventure at the Bocawina resort; the hub for adventure in Belize. Zip lining through the jungle canopies, Dani is charged up for the rest of her adventure. Checking out the fabled Xunantunich ruins near the Guatemalan border, a stay at the super lavish jungle eco resort, Blancaneaux, these stops define Belize. But it's more than just luxury destinations. To get a taste of culture, Dani gets the lead on Palmento grove, an authentic Garifuna enclave in the sleepy village of Hopkins. The theme of luxury living continues as Dani comes across Turtle Inn, a one of a kind all-inclusive resort at the coast of Placencia. But, for the ultimate in island paradise getaway, a 35 min boat ride from Turtle Inn, leads to Coral Caye. Here, Dani experiences what a private island experience is all about. This is Belize in it's truest form.
Cyprus: Cyprus is the island of love beauty and in this episode of Island Explorers, Host Sophie Ashley traverses the beautiful Mediterranean island to find out all about the must see and must experience spots in the birth place of Aphrodite! From sailing in the picteresque town of Limassol, to horseback riding in Paphos, to a stint of sunset yoga by the sea at Cap St. George, there is no limit to the outdoor live living in this island. The series also showcases the beautiful resorts of Almyra in Paphos and 4 Seasons in Limmasol. To dive into the local cuisine, Sophie also gets hands on, literally, with learning how to brew the local drink, soumada, and also gets the low down on a traditional Cypriot village lunch. Between exploring Ventian walls in the city of Nicosia and getting a traditional hamam massage, this episode showcases the very best of all the island of Cyprus has to offer!
Philippines: This Island Explorers episode explores one of Philippines 7000+ islands, and this particular island is voted by most travel publications to be the most beautiful in the world. We are of course talking about the island of Palawan. In this episode, Host Mizziel Serra starts of her exploration in the bustling city of Manila; she explores the walled city of Intramuros, the Spanish seat during their colonization, as well as Binondo, the world's oldest Chinatown! After meeting the gang at STKD SurfMoto, Mizziel gets hooked up with a customized Ducati Scrambler and she explores the island of Luzon on 2 wheels, where her journey ends up at the iconic Pico de Loro. From there, she ventures up to her final moto destination, the surf town of La Union, where she gets a hands on lesson with the local surfing champ. From here on, she island hops and explores the luxury side of Palawan Island. Mizziel gets to check out what the El Nido property has to offer travelers by exploring all 3 resorts in the protected Palawan Marine reserve. This is Philippines like you've never seen before!
California: Yep, not an island but California's world famous coastline calls for a thorough exploration. Host Sophie Ashley is on the job! With a Aston Martin DB11 Volante as her cruiser, she heads out on a roadtrip discovering the most iconic Cali destinations; from San Francisco to Santa Barbara via Highway 1; this episode is full of wineries, highway 1, iconic foodie stops, and even car shows! This is what California is all about!