For The Weekenders: Weekend of a Spy…Daniel Craig Style.

So lately I’ve been really into my fitness routines and all things adventurous – long story short I’m getting the “itch” – no, not for that, Smacky Brown – for travel. Anyway combined with my undying love and obsession for consistently building that perfect body I’ve also got an undying love and obsession for discovering new, epic things to do in new, epic places.

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All while trying to avoid running over camels…obviously.

To top it all off I’ve once again been watching my favorite Bond films lately and even had time to finally check out Iron Man 3 – but Daniel Craig won me over a bit more than Robert Downey Jr., and now I find myself thinking up all sorts of excuses to take a holiday and go somewhere “exotic,” and bring someone “exotic” with me so we can bask in “exoticism” together….for lack of a better word. *shrugs* you get the idea.

So here’s a list of 3 of many of the BEST spots to check out if you’ve got the dosh for it…and if you don’t – who cares – the whole philosophy of Rego’s Life is to BUILD and IMPROVE your life – not keep you where you are so you end up sitting there like some kind of tit with your thumb stuck up your bum.

…Sorry.

I’m edgy when I’m restless.

So read, read on my modern friend – then DO. Enjoy.

Sometimes, in business and work, we have tense days where we need to, y’know, relax. Escape. Take up yoga. Partake in some volcanic island hopping across the Galapagos.

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With a yacht.

More of the latter than the former.

This can all be done. Here’s how it’s gonna go – you’ll book a flight first to UIO (Mariscal Sucre International Airport), then GPS (Seymour Airport). I know, the terms are confusing – try and keep up. You’ll then be met and greeted by some rather friendly people who will guide you to your ship – and let the fun begin. So when that exotic friend of yours sees someone holding up a sign with your name on it – act like it’s not the first time that’s happened. Just think to yourself, WWCD – “What Would Craig Do?” – that’s right – he’d play it cool.

Board the yacht and prepare for bliss as you’re directed to your private cabin while your guest looks around in excitement – why yes, that is a hot tub they just caught sight of port side.

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…and why yes – that is your cabin in true stylish fashion.

Not only will you get to enjoy the benefits of luxury seafaring, but you’ll also have the joys of a private chef, and a well stocked bar. Never hurts to have a well stocked bar. From there prepare to enjoy 7 nights of nature’s finest enjoyments including volcanic formations, giant turtles and some seriously talented penguins (yes, penguins – the warm climate kind). Spend some time anchored off Genovesa Island‘s bay and chill out with some more turtles while snorkeling with a few sea lions.

Grab your “date” and hop on a panga – as they ask “where are we going?” you’ll shush them only to say the surprise is in the wait – then head out to chill with a full day of horse treks, proper bottle nosed dolphins, and a salt water lake smack in the middle of the island – not to mention checking out some boobies.

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As in, red footed boobies. You know – the bird – what the hell were you thinking?

Being pretty tired you’ll head back to the yacht and enjoy the last few moments in the jacuzzi with enough drinks to forget how you slipped on Prince Philip Steps while trying to impress. It’s okay – it happens to everyone…I guess.

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After all that relaxation you’ll be wanting to go for something with a bit more thrill, and a bit less chill. What’s something you like more than yachts and tucked away little islands? That’s right – associating with former F1 drivers and racing across the desert in oh, I don’t know…Bugatti’s – or Ferrari’s, if you’re into that.

But of course you’re into that – you’re aiming for a top class experience, so nothing but the best will suffice. So here’s the rundown: meet up in Muscat, Oman. Grab the keys and do a donut (just for childish fun and to make up for that last “impressive move” you fudged up on) before you speed onto the desert highway. Be sure to look plenty stylish and bring some snacks for the road as it’s a 5 day trip, and the last thing you need is an empty tank (aka stomach) while your car’s is full. Proceed to tear through the desert as you make your way to Yas.

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Try not to spill your snacks – it’s leather interior – it deserves respect.

Make your way to the empty quarter and go wild, now’s your time to shine and bust out your best moves, it’s not everyday you get to abuse some asphalt and not get pulled over for it. Have a rest with a drink or two, sober up then hit the road again – time to head up to the mountains and take advantage of the sights, you’re no photographer but act like one and snap away my friend.

Cross over to Saudi Arabia and bump fists with Damon Hill ever so non-chalantly before you cruise over to Yas Island and enjoy the thrills of seeing an F1 race – one of which you’re both invited, and encouraged to take a test lap on. All that illegal racing from your teen years finally paid off.

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WOOO.

Enough adrenaline already – you’ve had your feet in the sand and the wind in your hair – now it’s time for a cool down. With a villa. In a jungle. A Costa Rican jungle. Yeah – things are about to get wild – no pun intended.

This isn’t for your mates, that’s for sure. You’re going to want to spend this time with someone closest to you who you’ve known for quite some time – a 24 hour minimum is perfectly acceptable. Make sure they’re not afraid of heights – and if they are that’s alright, it gives an excuse to get closer while you head up the mountain in a 4×4 truck. Feel free to forward your thanks to Kurà Design Villas, the genius behind the scenery.

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You have to admit – it’s a pretty epic view. *nods*

After getting your fill of feeling like Indiana Jones for a few moments prepare to have your jaw drop but try to avoid it from happening in front of your in the moment S.O. – the villa you ordered up is just as breathtaking as the person you brought along with you.

With amenities like an ocean view and 15′ bamboo ceilings, you’ll be taking more photos of the place itself than anything else. After a 4×4 ride up the mountains chances are you’re a little sweaty, so watch as even showering becomes a unique experience with double rain showers and that same ocean view – now would be the time to make sure you’ve been hitting the gym frequently – no frosted glass here, buddy.

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From there order up some food from the a la carte dinner menu and grab a choice bottle of wine from your very own cellar – while you wait for your food, feel free to shuffle over with two wine glasses from the bedroom past the ceiling-to-floor windows and “hang out” in the hammock on your private terrace with some binoculars. Look out at the grand scenery until *knock knock* – room service.

Wait about 45 minutes for the food to settle and kill some more time talking about things you just so happened to learn while finally getting a chance to brush up on National Geographic seeing as you haven’t watched animal planet in about 3 years, then press play on the best playlist your iPod has and head down to the saltwater (no chlorine here) infinity pool you’ve been ever so delightfully graced with – which did I mention has an underwater sound system?

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Yeah.

Bond himself would be jealous.

You can thank me later. For now…

Stay classy. 😉

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Let’s Live Like Bond…

I’ve been really into the new Bond films lately. Craig is probably one of the best Bond’s to-date, not to surpass Sean Connery. So I thought to myself – what would it be like, to live like Bond for 72 hours…? Lo and behold, this is what I came up with:

Spend a night in a One&Only Ocean Club Villa…I mean hey, why not…? If you wanna get serious about experiences and have the cash for said experience – then you’ve gotta check out the all too famous villa as seen in the Casino Royale film.

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Let’s forget about everything and just, relax….shall we…?

The place comes packed with amenities, from a 24-hour, didn’t-even-see-you-there butler, to a personal chef…an endless pool with an aquatic treadmill…and a Jacuzzi you can share with a certain someone while sipping on a glass of Dom Pérignon Champagne – or if you’re like me and think champagne is overrated, a couple of Desires…that’s a drink, by the way – consisting of :

1/4 Absinthe Original
1/2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 lemon juice

Grab your favorite cocktail shaker, shake well and pour into an eagerly awaiting cocktail glass.

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Another round, bartender.

Once you’re done with the Jacuzzi and drinks, you can easily sober up while looking out at your fantastic sunset view, playing chess with your elegant frosted glass chess set, and listening to the sweet sounds of the waves crashing in the background…with a bit of “One For The Shareholder” gently overpowering the sounds of nature.

There’s loads more amenities, all of which can be found here. Go ahead…indulge a little.

Want a little something more low-key, perhaps maybe a night in with the boys/girls? Well, there’s a solution for that too. Being a fan of cards, Texas Hold ‘Em and Baccarat, to be more precise, sometimes the best night is one filled with good drinks, good people, good music…and a little bit of what I like to call mental training.

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Minus the eye-patch.

Well, you can play like Bond, and for around one Ulysses S. Grant ($50) too, just by picking up the same card and chip set used in Casino Royale – the Cartamundi Casino Royale Poker Cards and Chips set…or, you could go for the higher end, 50th anniversary, luxury 200 chip poker set, for around $150.

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Add a few decent bottles of liquor, carefully selected by both you and your guests, turn on your ultra-crisp, clear sound system, get just the right amount of lighting and a proper card table (the professional kind, if you please), and you’ve got yourself a night to remember as, “that one time I schooled all of you with a full house when you thought I only had three-of-a-kind.”

Last, but certainly not least, this one, is for the star gazer in all of us. We’ve all been to a planetarium…but how about heading to a huge telescope located in Chile? Or even better – one that’s located at Cerro Paranal, as seen in 007: Quantum of Solace?

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Kind of takes the simplicity and conventionalism out of it, now doesn’t it?

I’m talking about the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal. Minus the guns and explosions.

The place is open for a guided tour every Saturday, and there are only a few ways to actually get there…but once you’re there – you’ll soon find it was worth the trip.

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I also highly recommend checking out events such as the “Universe” Exhibition at Mirador Interactive Museum (MIM)…containing both 2D/3D luminous interactive elements, it aids a visitor in the accomplishment of simulating the experience of diving into space.

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“Universe” Exhibition at the Mirador Interactive Museum

At the entrance, there is a corridor…one which houses opposed mirrors, reflecting and multiplying luminous elements, enhancing the feeling of “depth,” wrapping you in the experience like a warm blanket on a cold winter day. It’s things like these, that make MIM one of the most visited museums in the country of Chile.

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For when you want to get reality back in check, remembering that you’re not the only one – the only thing, that exists in the universe, nothing does it better than a stroll through a well put together museum that respects science, and nature. Check them out here.

And there you have it, a handful of options to live a little differently and gain new experiences this weekend. From simple to over the top, there’s always something to do…as long as you put some thought into it.

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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