September 6th, 2012
Meet Eileen Chiang, our photographer!
Name Eileen Chiang
Date of visit March 3, 2012
Homebase Brooklyn, NY
Eileen Chiang is a photographer and creative director whose penchant for documenting charming, offbeat experiences in faraway places often lands her right in front of the exotic glow of a computer screen. After spending nearly a decade branding and launching successful hospitality brands for a boutique hotel group based in Manhattan, Eileen now runs her own studio providing holistic branding to hotel clients in emerging markets. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her fly fishing obsessed husband and a pigish Boston Terrier. Her work can be seen on www.eileenchiang.com
What was your favorite thing about Ka’ana? I love the people. The owners and staff are simply some of the most kind and caring people I have met in this industry. From the moment you enter Ka’ana, you can tell the place is a labor of love accessorized with excellent food and thoughtful service. My favorite touch is the midnight snack. The staff leaves a treat in your fridge while you are out. It’s such a lovely surprise to find the delicious nibble after a long day exploring the Mayan landscape. Oh and the rooms aren’t too shabby either.
What was your most memorable experience? I think my most memorable experience was when we ran late covering Lamanai and we had to navigate a speedboat in croc infested water in total darkness. Our friend Max graciously volunteered to strap on a headlamp and lay on the bow of the boat to be our guiding light while we held down his legs during the speedy sharp turns so he won’t fly off and become a midnight snack to the crocs.
Also shooting out of a doorless helicopter while our 65 year old pilot was doing serious arial stunts so we can catch a good shot of the speeding airboat was pretty memorable too. Then there was that time we foolishly hiked the ATM caves without food or water and a ton of water sensitive camera equipment…
What do you love most about your job? As a photographer and designer working in the hospitality industry, I get to travel a lot and meet some truly great people. I love listening to their stories and see their hard work pay off in ways that benefits others around them. I also learned to become tougher and more open at the same time on these solo work trips. I find that if you are ready to listen, people will gladly share their stories and in turn teach you things that are priceless.
August 29th, 2012
A New Yorker purchases the right to their rooftop water tower and turns it to an empty chill out space.
Click here to learn more.
August 21st, 2012
We love eating great food, when we can’t- reading about it! New food publication, Gather Journal, is pure eye candy (is it lunch yet?)
August 20th, 2012
We love biking to explore a new city, so we are loving artist Zhao Huasen’s fun collection of images where bicyclists float along city streets on Invisible Bikes.
August 20th, 2012
Marble Caves, Chile are a lake located in Patagonia and shared by Argentina and Chile. Is this real?!
August 14th, 2012
A travel Blogger, Around the World “L”!!, chose Ka’ana for her Honeymoon; see her great Review: Belize Honeymoon – thanks Lillie!
August 13th, 2012
Read the full article: Harold Luxury for Men.
July 9th, 2012
Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay V1 TV is both modern and innovative. We love the minimalist design of the product and suggest you record some awesome videos of your adventurous vacation at Ka’ana to later share with friends and family on this TV. Read on to learn more!
June 26th, 2012
Learn about our favorite travel blogs and some of Ka’ana’s press!
We love Lookbooks for all of their great posts on architecture, fashion and design. This blog is always ahead of the curve!