Camp Jabulani – Smack Dab in the Heart of Elephant Country

Ever since my first trip to Africa, I’ve had a thing for elephants.

I was smitten after watching them romp around in their family units, greet one another with the shake of their trunks and protect their young by positioning them between their legs. They are all heart – and they had a hold of mine.

When it came time to plan our next trip to Africa, I knew I wanted to learn more about these gentle giants. We got our elephant fix and more at Camp Jabulani.

Stay to Eat at Kinloch Lodge

Kinloch Lodge is the place you stay to eat. Even in a highly scenic locale with wood-burning fireplaces crackling throughout the enchanting property, the main event here is the Michelin-star meals its head chef Marcello Tully creates nightly.

After a long and semi-frightful drive from Edinburgh, we landed safely at Kinloch on the Isle of Skye just before sunset. Let’s just say navigating the narrow Scottish roads isn’t for the faint of heart – or anyone with a serious heart condition.

After our complimentary champagne at check-in, our greeter escorted us to our suite in the adjacent house overlooking the Loch na Dal in Sleat on Isle of Skye.

We decided to stretch our legs with a stroll before dinner. The sky had cleared just enough to reward us with a beautiful sunset. We truly felt we had arrived in Scotland as we sat there on the rocky shore at the edge of Kinloch Hill watching the sky’s vibrant hues intensify with each passing minute.

Sunset backdrop against cottage near Kinloch Lodge

Whales, Foot Massages and Killer Guacamole at One&Only Resort

You had me at guacamole and chips.

Then you piled it on with daily poolside foot massages, conch-shell calls alerting us to whales frolicking in the Sea of Cortez, and hand-over-heart greetings by your super friendly, attentive staff.

Those are just a few touches that have us counting the days until our return trip. Yes, One&Only Palmilla is the resort that has landed so deeply in our hearts that we make an annual pilgrimage to experience this Mexican paradise.