A Letter from the President

“People today want to accomplish some kind of transformative experience while they’re taking a vacation.”- Dave Howerton

Luxury travelers are looking to be transformed by travel. They are looking for authentic cultural interactions, experiences to improve their health and well-being, and one-of-a-kind adventures that come from years of knowledge and travel expertise. And they are bringing their whole family along for the journey. 

In this edition of Quest Magazine, we’re taking a look at unique and transformative experiences, highlighting the best from each region of our world, and pairing them with our favorite destinations. It’s experiences like a private candlelit dinner in one of Cambodia's sacred temples after the crowds have left, sampling rare vintages of Dom Perignon in Ellerman House’s private Champagne Cellar, and paragliding over the Musandam Peninsula into Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort in Oman.

It's important to protect the world we live in so that future travelers can continue to enjoy it and be transformed as well. To do that, Ker & Downey partners with a number of conservation and philanthropy projects across the world to protect endangered species, end the consumption of wildlife products, and contribute to local communities.   

My wife Gana and I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya in September on our annual medical mission to assist doctors and deliver mosquito nets to rural communities. It's something we look forward to each year. This year, 6,025 mosquito nets were handed out, 4,700 people received medications for various ailments, dentists pulled 328 teeth, ophthalmologists performed 716 eye exams, and over 400 pair of glasses were given to patients. For many, it was their first doctor's visit. It's important, life-saving work that we are privileged to be a part of and it is travel that transforms us. 

There's much to explore. Discover your world with Ker & Downey.


David Marek
President