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Discover the World Through Abercrombie & Kent

We love working with companies that make travel elegant, seamless, and awe-inspiring.  Abercrombie & Kent delivers incredible experiences, every time, in the world’s greatest destinations. Every review from our clients has been raving! We highly recommend them for family trips. Whatever sparks your sense of adventure, with Abercrombie & Kent you are in good hands. Below are some highlights from trips all around the world.
A&K Australia Collage

Australia

Funlom Falls Water Hole, Kakadu National Park

Funlom Falls waterhole, Kakadu National Park

paddleboarding lizard island

Paddle Boarding Lizard Island, Australia

whale shark ningaloo reef

Swim with Whale Sharks on Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Atacamba Desert, Chile

Atacamba Desert, Chile

Chile houses on water

Houses on the Water, Chile

Thailand

thailand beach

Boat Ride to Beach in Thailand

Thailand Maeklong railway market

Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

Puripunn Chiang Mai, Thailand

Puripunn Chiang Mai, Thailand

To learn more about Abercrombie & Kent, join us at our event on Wednesday, April 27th!

You may also email Erin at ezetter@sbtravel.com or call 805.969.7746 to discuss the possibilities!

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ASIA, AFRICA AND BEYOND

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau presents Abercrombie & Kent and Clare Swan

April 17, 2016  –  Join us for an evening of information and adventure as we explore the world in all its elegance and grace with the foremost luxury tour company, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K).  With expertise in not only luxury but culture, wildlife and history as well, Abercrombie & Kent reveals your destination with an authenticity beyond the reach of any other travel company.  Founded 53 years ago in Africa, A&K creates inspiring journeys to over 100 countries on all 7 continents.  Journeys can range from safari, expedition, private jet, cruises to tailor made travel.  A&K Sales Director Southwest, Debbie Hellman, will share a compelling visual presentation on popular as well as emerging destinations and unique worldwide experiences.  Additionally, Clare Swan, of Montecito’s premier luggage boutique of the same name, will present how to pack light, travel smart and look great, in addition to showcasing some of her Montecito lifestyle collections for Women and Men in the Spirit of Travel.  The event will be held on

Wednesday, April 27

from 6pm – 7pm

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau’s Montecito office

1485 East Valley Road, Upper Village

Due to limited space, RSVP is required.  To RSVP or for more information on this event, contact Santa Barbara Travel: 805-969-7746 orezetter@sbtravel.com

 

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau is the premier travel company in the Santa Barbara & Ventura area, specializing in corporate & leisure travel as well as meeting, group and event coordination.  As a member in the by-invitation-only Virtuoso luxury travel network, clients can enjoy a host of unique travel opportunities and exclusive added-value benefits, in addition to having access to the world’s best tour companies, hotels and cruise lines. In business since 1947, the company is privately owned by Charles and David de L’Arbre. Three office locations are in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Ventura.

Advisor Pick: Finca Cortesin in Spain

Are you looking for a destination that suits both of you? The Finca Cortesin is a beautiful hotel and award-winning golf course in Southern Spain, with luxurious amenities for both the avid golfer, and serious spa-goer. We love the luscious greens, the golden sun of the Mediterranean, and the temperate climate year-round.
finca cortesin golf course

Hotel Finca Cortesin is designed to enchant every one of the senses. The hotel’s fresh but grand design is inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture and gives every area a big, bright and luxuriously spacious feel that is so rare in Europe. Built around two principle courtyards with palatial proportions, the hotel has 67 large, luminous and exquisitely designed suites with lofty ceilings.

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For the couples who love to travel together, but enjoy different activities, the Finca Cortesin has plenty for both of you. Spend the day golfing, or enjoy a day at the Spa or at the luxurious pool enjoying the fresh ocean breeze.

finca cortesin beach club

The open spaces are luxurious and comfortable, influenced by the Andalusian style, which honors Moroccan architecture. Pick your space, and relax with a book or cocktail.
finca cortisan cloister
The golf course is world-class, and so is the spa. The size will surprise– it comprises of 3 specific areas for face and body treatments, massages, thermal baths with indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, plus male, female, and unisex lounges. Be prepared to enjoy an experience of contrasting sensations, with saunas, turkish baths, showers and relaxation lounge; additionally and located within the unisex area, guests can benefit from the use of a Japanese bath with waters maintained at a constant 10ºC and a -12º snow cabin, unique in Spain.

finca cortesin ice cave spa

 

When it comes to dining, El Jardín de Lutz, awarded with a “Sun in the Repsol Guide”, offers a relaxed yet elegant ambiance for guests who prefer a more traditional Spanish cuisine. In its interior, the restaurant showcases tall ceilings, clay tiled floors, antiques and Portuguese painted tiles. In the outdoor space, the restaurant features a spectacular terrace with views to the Mediterranean and picturesque gardens filled with 1000-year old olive trees. This elegant backdrop creates the perfect setting to enjoy the world of flavors that Spanish cuisine has to offer; with a menu that targets traditional simplicity with a dynamic precision on the palate.

finca cortisin el jardin restaurant

At the end of the day, enjoy a drink at this beautiful bar/lounge area and revel in the magic of your day in Spain.

finca cortesin bar

To hear more about the Finca Cortesin in Spain, call Sheree Peterson Huerta in our downtown office at 805.966.3116 ext 102 or email Sheree at  speterson@sbtravel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Fare Rule Change

From Santa Barbara Travel –

Last week United, American and Delta Airlines made fundamental changes to their fare rules that may have a significant impact on travelers and the cost of airline travel.  The rule change affects the combinability of fares when connecting through an intermediate city, open jaw itineraries, or multi-city trips.  The net effect of this rule change is to increase the price of tickets by restricting the  ability to break fares in connecting cities.  The easiest way to explain this change is the following:

 Old system: A passenger is traveling between Los Angeles and New York City and connecting through Chicago.  Under the old system we could combine a LAX-Chicago fare with a Chicago-New York fare on the same ticket, which could result in a lower fare than the published LAX-New York fare.

New system: It is no longer possible to combine a LAX-Chicago fare with a Chicago-New York fare on the same ticket.

The consequences of this policy change are far from clear.  For many years it was a given that taking a connecting flight was frequently less expensive than traveling non-stop.  The reason for that was the combinability of lower fares through connecting cities.  Under these new rules that assumption may no longer apply.

The rule change affects all distribution channels – airline websites, online travel agencies, and travel agencies and travel management companies.  It will take skilled travel advisors to construct solutions to this new challenge.  Online agencies are going to feel the biggest impact of this change.

If you are booking through Concur or GetThere, or another online channel outside of Santa Barbara Travel, we recommend that you check with one of our travel advisors for a price comparison.

Below is United’s explanation of this rule change:Domestic Fare Rule Change1
Domestic Fare Rule Change2

For more information, you can contact Santa Barbara Travel – 805-966-3116.