HIKING IN STYLE

COMMUNE WITH NATURE WITHOUT SACRIFICING CONVENIENCE

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Credits: Alila Jabal Akhdar

In a digitized world, more global travelers want to take a break from technology while enjoying close contact with nature. Few activities guarantee Zen moments like hiking; fortunately, there’s an ever-growing variety of inviting destinations where expert-led hikes are among the most popular activities.

Better yet, an assortment of upscale resorts and tour providers are offering opportunities to hike in style, with gourmet treats, relaxing spa services, and comfy accommodations taking the sting out of a lung-busting, yet rewarding, hike.

When you’re looking to commune with nature, yet don’t want to sacrifice any conveniences, seek out these opportunities to enjoy some of the best hikes in the world.

NEW YORK STATE

Considered a hiker’s paradise, the Adirondacks cover more than six million acres and have 2,000-plus miles of marked hiking trails, making this America’s largest trail system. Whiteface Lodge, an all-suite luxury resort tucked into the woodlands above Lake Placid, evokes the Gilded Age style of the Adirondacks’ historic Great Camps. The property, which features striking design elements of stone and timber, provides easy access to signature hiking destinations, such as the High Falls Gorge and Whiteface Landing. Families are well-served, thanks to complimentary resort amenities such as a 56-seat movie theater, a game room with a two-lane bowling alley, a fishing pond, and a kids camp.

Mohonk Mountain House, a historic resort in the famed Hudson Valley (some 90 miles north of New York City), is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019, making it one of the oldest family-run hotels in the U.S. Situated in the center of the Shawangunk Mountains, the property sits next to the glacier-formed Lake Mohonk, providing guests of all ages with ample opportunities to engage with nature. Options range from a relaxing mindfulness hike, to an intense survivalist hike during which participants learn valuable tools and techniques, to a “foods of the forest” hike that teaches guests how to sustain themselves with nature’s bounty.

SAINT LUCIA

Health-minded Caribbean travelers flock to BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive wellness resort that offers a pair of exhilarating hiking experiences as part of its luxury services. The Mount Gimie hike encompasses a 3,117-foot climb to the summit of the tallest mountain in the West Indies, with breathtaking views of lush tropical rainforests. Those looking for a less-demanding experience opt for the En Baus Saut hike, in which guests venture into the interior of the island and through the Edmund Rainforest, where they hike into a waterfall to enjoy a refreshing swim.

JAPAN

Japan’s first glamping retreat, Hoshinoya Fuji, offers individual cabins carved into the mountainside, with ample opportunities to detach from the modern world, as epitomized by its “digital detox” program. When not spending time on the Cloud Terrace—a series of connected platforms positioned along the red-pine slope that extends from the cabins—guests can enjoy mountain-trekking tours in which expert guides lead the way towards panoramic views of imposing Mount Fuji and scenic Lake Kawaguchi.

The Alila Experience’s Cave Adventure Via Ferrata in Oman is for the adventurous Credits: Alila Jabal Akhdar

The Alila Experience’s Cave Adventure Via Ferrata in Oman is for the adventurous
Credits: Alila Jabal Akhdar

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Adventure travelers and nature lovers looking to visit Oman in style flock to Alila Jabal Akhdar, a luxury resort nestled 6,000 feet above sea level in the Al Hajar mountains. Guests are encouraged to explore nearby hiking trails, which extend past farmlands filled with walnut trees and pomegranate bushes. Thrill seekers opt for challenging via ferrata treks that lead to jaw-dropping scenery, such as Al Khutaymi, the site of a hidden village within a cave.

INDIA

For such a densely populated country, India offers a surprising number of world-class hiking destinations, perhaps none more notable than the Himalayan city of Shimla. Well-heeled travelers gravitate to Wildflower Hall, an Oberoi Resort, the stately former residence of a British lord, where guests lose themselves in nature via guided walks through the surrounding landscaped hill slopes.

Nearby, The Oberoi Cecil presents guided nature walks in the village of Annadale. After descending through rhododendron and cedar forests, hikers pause for a relaxing picnic lunch beside a bubbling stream.

Exodus Travels takes travelers to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas Credits: Exodus Travels

Exodus Travels takes travelers to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas
Credits: Exodus Travels

MEXICO

Spread across more than 4,000 acres in Tecate, Rancho La Puerta—one of Mexico’s most acclaimed wellness resorts—offers hiking-focused activities for all fitness levels, and employs a concierge with whom guests can take hiking lessons. In addition to challenging hikes, serious trail runners and marathoners can take to the foothills of Mount Kuchumaa to train across numerous trails at different altitudes.

UTAH

Located in Park City, the Montage Deer Valley resort presents a variety of easily accessible hikes. And visitors looking to take their brushes with nature to another level can opt for a Montage Expedition. These intimate, personalized adventures see resort guests take a private plane to Yellowstone or Canyonlands National Park, where expert tour guides lead hikes past myriad highlights.

Nature lovers flock to the city of St. George for the outdoors-focused Red Mountain Resort. Positioned in the heart of southwestern Utah’s Red Rock Country, the resort sits in close proximity to neighboring Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. It offers a range of customizable hiking experiences, as well as spa treatments and wellness workshops designed to help recovery after a long day on the trails.

Hiking through Uganda with Intrepid Travel Credits: Damien Raggatt - Intrepid Group

Hiking through Uganda with Intrepid Travel
Credits: Damien Raggatt – Intrepid Group

CALIFORNIA

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the adults-only Ventana Big Sur resort sits on 160 acres of rolling meadows and towering redwoods along California’s scenic Central Coast. Guests revel in daily guided walks, plus dedicated adventure hikes and Big Sur excursions.

Devotees of The Ranch Malibu—one of America’s most lauded and influential wellness retreats—swear by its daily regimen that pairs nutrition-focused, plant-based meals with rigorous fitness classes and guided mountain hikes. The knowledgeable staff and revitalizing atmosphere attract visitors from around the world, and for those who have already had the signature Malibu experience, The Ranch offers similar retreats in the Dolomites of Northern Italy, where guests hike along alpine trails with professional guides.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Accessible only by boat, seaplane, or helicopter, the Sonora Resort attracts nature lovers to its home in B.C.’s Discovery Islands. Guests hike alongside the property’s ecological guide and pass through old-growth cedars—some more than 800 years old—while learning about ancient remedies and local history. Once back at the resort, vacationers keep an eye out for orcas, dolphins, sea lions, and more.

Adrenaline junkies looking to take their hikes to another level are attracted to the famous granite spires of the Bugaboos, found in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern B.C. CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures delivers hikers by helicopter; for takeoffs and landings, participants huddle as a group and hold on tight, due to hurricane-force winds created by the rotor. Hardcore types tackle the Skyladder Via Ferrata, a half-day vertical journey up Mount Trundle (no climbing experience necessary), while others can simply admire shale ridges and alpine meadows.

CHILE

Tierra Hotels—a trio of boutique, all-inclusive lodges, each inspired by nature—provides guided hiking excursions through some of Chile’s most scenic locales. Located on the edge of the famed Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia offers guided hikes both inside and outside the park. From its base in the northern Atacama desert, Tierra Atacama lets guests hike through the striking Valle de la Luna. Situated off the coast of northern Patagonia, Tierra Chiloe—the newest of the three—delivers a quiet environment for peaceful hikes, not to mention penguin and dolphin spotting.

SCOTLAND AND IRELAND

Wilderness Scotland and its sister company, Wilderness Ireland, offer guided walking trips with highlights such as Scotland’s North Highlands Coast, West Highlands Way, and Speyside Way, and Ireland’s Dingle Way and the mountains of Connemara and Mayo. Participants choose between hill walks, coastal walks, and valley hikes, and a grading system ensures the right difficulty level. Wilderness Scotland also offers self-guided walks in which guests go at their own pace with the freedom to explore along the way, while being assisted via baggage transfers and 24-hour support.

A Wilderness Scotland tour through beautiful scenery and ruins on the North Highlands Coast Credits: Wilderness Scotland-Rupert Shanks

A Wilderness Scotland tour through beautiful scenery and ruins on the North Highlands Coast
Credits: Wilderness Scotland-Rupert Shanks

Announcing the 2020 Presidents Club Members

We are very proud to announce our 2020 Select Sotheby’s International Realty President’s Club! Each agent who is inducted into this club will provide you with an unparalleled experience with buying or selling your next home. Congratulations to all of these outstanding professionals.⁠ Presidents Club Social Media 2020

Sotheby’s International Realty 2020 Brand Stats

Sotheby’s International Realty Sees 32% Sales Growth, Achieving $150 Billion In Global Sales Volume In 2020

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Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its affiliated brokers and independent sales professionals achieved a record US$150 billion in 2020 global sales volume, a nearly 32% increase in sales growth year over year, as the definition of home changed for consumers around the world. Due to a longstanding commitment to innovation, Sotheby’s International Realty® agents were able to seamlessly help clients navigate the changing market dynamics brought on by the global pandemic with existing technology offerings which propelled business momentum.

Agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty quickly pivoted to address the impact of the global pandemic,” said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Thanks to innovations we pioneered nearly a decade ago, our affiliated companies and agents made the impossible possible. Their adaptability to serve clients safely further extended our position as a leader in luxury real estate.”

Long-Standing Commitment to Virtual Technology Paved Way for Success

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Sotheby’s International Realty continued to lead the industry and was well-positioned to meet the needs of consumers as the buying and selling process became increasingly virtual. Sotheby’s International Realty agents accelerated the use of the brand’s existing video, virtual reality, and live-streaming technology to produce new forms of content that engaged buyers and set a new standard for marketing luxury properties. Currently, buyers can safely tour more than 6,000 properties via virtual reality or video on sothebysrealty.com. Property videos also proved engaging on social media where the brand’s YouTube channel delivered 43 million views, or the equivalent of more than one million hours watched.

As a leader in the luxury real estate industry, Sotheby’s International Realty is able to anticipate trends,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Bradley Nelson. “Our priority remains to present listings in the best possible manner and to provide a superb end-user experience however buyers prefer to search for their new home. Virtual technology has been at the forefront of our marketing strategy for several years and comes as naturally to us as our commitment to high quality service.”

The brand also unveiled a new website, sothebysrealty.com, available in 14 languages and nearly 60 currency conversions, to continue serving its growing international clientele and fuel referrals worldwide. The website achieved a notable amount of traffic for the brand with 37 million visits in 2020. Property videos on the site produced by Sotheby’s International Realty agents were especially popular and played nearly 13 million times in 2020, totaling more than 90,000 hours watched.

A Year of Strategic Growth and Record Achievements

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Despite travel restrictions, Sotheby’s International Realty remained committed to expanding its global footprint and achieving strategic growth. In 2020, the brand opened more than 50 new offices across the world, bringing the brand’s total presence to nearly 1,000 offices in 75 countries and territories with approximately 24,000 independent sales associates worldwide.

The brand’s existing affiliated companies around the world continued to grow in 2020. Sotheby’s International Realty increased its total domestic presence to 45 states around the country. Sotheby’s International Realty facilitated affiliate expansions through  12 domestic M&A transactions, including California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington.

The brand also continued to expand internationally in key markets and opened offices in seven new territories. In Europe, the brand expanded to Ukraine, Romania, Montenegro, and in Germany. In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand opened its first office in South Korea and expanded in the Caribbean and Latin American region with two new offices in Paraguay and Antigua & Barbuda.

Our international footprint is one of our greatest competitive advantages,” said Tammy Fahmi, vice president, global operations and international servicing. “Our brand’s locations are in the most desirable places around the globe, so our clients know they can rely on our local market expertise wherever they are looking to buy or sell.”

As affluent individuals looked to acquire secondary homes in markets around the world, Sotheby’s International Realty agents acted as true global real estate advisors and referral volume surged by 42% to US$2.9 billion in closed sales volume.

Our 2020 results prove what is possible when you focus on quality above all else. We remain proud to be the real estate brand of choice for so many luxury real estate experts and affluent clients. We will continue to work tirelessly to prove their trust has been well placed,” concluded White.

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Get ready for another thrilling track season!

The city of Saratoga Springs, nestled in Upstate New York and full of Victorian charm, is a destination filled with gourmet dining, luxury real estate, boutiques, relaxing day spas, lavish golf courses, thriving nightlife, beautiful state parks, and, best of all, the home of the Saratoga Race Course. The 2019 Saratoga Racing season begins on July 11 with an Opening Day Celebration starting at 11AM, and concludes on September 2.

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Interested in the schedule of special events at Saratoga Race Course? Saratoga.com has provided it for us and you can check it out here. So buy your tickets, be sure to dress the part and place your bets! There’s no better place than Saratoga Race Course! 

Significant Sales – Volume I, Issue XII

Sotheby’s International Realty has released the new Significant Sales issue.

This issue features top sales from throughout our network of worldwide affiliates, starting with an exquisite ranch property in Clark, Colorado. Also featured are exclusive properties from a diverse range of locations including Czech Republic, Malta, South Africa, and Australia. 

Check it out here: Significant Sales – Volume I, Issue XII.

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Exciting News!

Our Top Producer last year Keir Weimer was recently featured on the cover of Top Agent magazine, on their international and national editions. It is a huge honor to be selected from hundreds of top producers from all over the world. Congratulations Keir! The full article can be read here: http://bit.ly/2enrYqa

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But the enthusiasm doesn’t stop here…Keir also recently brokered the successful sale of the Northeast’s premier cross country ski resort, Garnet Hill Lodge, in the Adirondacks. The full story on this complicated and significant sale for the region’s economy can be read in the Albany Business Review which covered this important deal by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2dDxFO2

Country Life

We are proud to announce that the reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand continues to grow, promoting our properties through the most prestigious real estate channels worldwide. And now we’re expanding that presence in the United Kingdom, which represents the 4th largest source of traffic to sothebysrealty.com. To meet that demand among UK consumers, now qualified property listings on sothebysrealty.com will be promoted through countrylife.co.uk.

The website has recently launched a new stylish, user-friendly search engine which showcases properties from the Sotheby’s International Realty brand among other homes from around the world. Countrylife.co.uk reaches a highly affluent, motivated group of consumers mainly from the UK (65% of all visits), as well as the U.S., Australia, Germany and Canada.

For more information, please visit their website at www.countrylife.co.uk.

Introducing juwai.com

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The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand continues to expand globally, adding new distribution opportunities to showcase properties to affluent consumers in key growth markets. Now we are expanding our presence in China!

Demand for luxury properties from Chinese consumers continues to grow. China is the second driver of visits to sothebysrealty.com, just after the United States. At this moment, one out of every 10 visitors on sothebysrealty.com is located in China.

In an effort to expand the brand’s reach in China, we are now launching a syndication partnership with Juwai.com. One of China’s premier real estate portals, Juwai.com has over 2 million monthly visitors and more indexed pages than all other portals combined on Baidu – China’s largest search engine. This ensures greater visibility to Chinese consumers searching for homes worldwide.

Juwai.com is hosted on both sides of China’s Internet Firewall, ensuring its property listings are visible online both in China and outside of China. The website listings are monitored by a support team that translates and directs consumer enquiries to agents.

As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty now has the most global representation on Juwai.com, displaying luxury listings from 65 countries and territories.

Our partnership with Juwai.com includes the following components:

Listing Display: Qualified listings will appear on Juwai.com’s search results. Each property overview page has a contact request form for Juwai.com shoppers to request more information. Requests are sent directly to Juwai.com’s team of first responders, a Chinese-language team located in mainland China, so they can respond to consumer inquiries in real time. The team will transcribe the conversations into English language lead forms and forward them to the agent.
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Banner Ad on the Juwai.com homepage, promoting the new brand page and listings among the Juwai.com audience.


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As a recap, here’s The Brief on Juwai.com:

Every qualified listing that is uploaded onto the Sotheby’s International Realty brand distribution platform is now also promoted on Juwai.com, one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over 2 million monthly visitors. Adding Juwai.com as a syndication partner further solidifies the Sotheby’s International Realty brand reach in China: At this moment, one out of every 10 visitors on sothebysrealty.com is located in China.


 

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Sotheby’s International Realty NYTimes.com Homepage Takeover

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is proud to announce their exclusive ownership of The New York Times Homepage Billboard! This incredible, 24-hour takeover has been running since midnight today, May 18th, and will continue until the end-of-day for all desktop visitors to the nytimes.com homepage.

This homepage takeover is an essential element of our overall brand strategy of creating and maintaining global brand recognition to drive consumers to sothebysrealty.com and to the homes our extraordinary network represents.

“Embrace the Moment” and visit the nytimes.com homepage
from your desktop computer today!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands into Nicaragua!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s expansion into Nicaragua with the opening of Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty.

Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty is owned by Emerald Coast Realty. Led by Managing Partner Trevor Barran, Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury real estate market throughout the country.

“With its uniquely beautiful landscape, Nicaragua is emerging as a robust destination for luxury real estate,” said Philip White, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty team has successfully developed and sold luxury properties in New York, Miami and around Latin America and are passionate and knowledgeable about the Nicaraguan real estate market.  We are proud to welcome them to our global network.”

“We are excited to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in Nicaragua and are committed to providing an unrivaled level of service to our clients,” said Barran.  “This affiliation strategically positions us for continued growth in this emerging market.  We believe in the long-term potential of Nicaragua and are invested in its success.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.