Brand Strategists Specializing In Experiential Luxury, Storytelling & Legacy Building
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Blue sky thinking, strategic solutions, alluring design, powerful branding, compelling media, symbiotic partnerships, and innovate impact models
Bespoke luxury, meaningful experiences, innovative products, memorable moments that give you goosebumps, merging luxury and sustainability in ways that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts, anticipating where the market is headed and luring tastemakers
Bespoke luxury, meaningful experiences, innovative products, memorable moments that give you goosebumps, merging luxury and sustainability in ways that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts, anticipating where the market is headed and luring tastemakers.
Mark Lakin is a renowned brand strategist, serial entrepreneur, luxury travel guru, activist, fine art photographer, public speaker, and a seasoned corporate lawyer.
Mark has traveled extensively on all seven continents and is also the Founder of The Legacy Untold Travel, our travel design division (click the TRAVEL tab above). Recognized as one of the best travel designers in the world, Mark serves on the prestigious Travel + Leisure Travel Advisory Board, a noted group of 27 of the USA’s top travel advisors and agency owners collectively managing more than 7,000 travel designers and driving more than $14.5 billion USD in sales, making it the strongest board of any travel brand.
Mark is hired regularly to speak at educational institutions, private members clubs, events, annual meetings, and galas. Mark is a member of the legendary Explorer’s Club and a social media influencer with 110,000+ followers on Instagram (@mark_lakin).
In the vast African wilderness, a rare and elusive species roams—one that commands attention despite its lesser-known status. Meet the extraordinary painted dogs, also known as African wild or hunting dogs. With fewer than 7,000 individuals remaining, these charismatic creatures embody uniqueness.While not as renowned as their iconic neighbors with trunks, horns, or manes, painted dogs possess a distinct charm. The mere mention of a guide spotting these elusive beings elicits a wave of excitement among safari enthusiasts. Get in touch with us @thelegacyuntold and let us curate your next adventure in the heart of Africa.📸 @jacquesm_wildlife_photography#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Embark on an extraordinary journey to the untouched realm of Antarctica, a land unclaimed by any nation. As explorers of remote destinations, we yearn for the captivating allure of the `last continent`—its breathtaking raw beauty, awe-inspiring landscapes, and unparalleled adventures. Despite its lack of currency, time zones, and human inhabitants, this seemingly inhospitable land captivates us yet.The array of remarkable ways to experience Antarctica, coupled with the opportunity for exclusive, private luxury accommodations, is simply astounding. Join us on an unforgettable journey to the icy heart of our planet.Get in touch @thelegacyuntold to start planning your next great escape. 📸 @andrewling#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled beauty and refined elegance at Cheval Blanc Randheli, the epitome of luxury in the Maldives. Step onto the pristine shores of this private island and prepare for the remarkable experiences that await you.Sumptuous villas, meticulously designed to provide the utmost comfort and privacy, boast their own private infinity pool, spacious living areas, and stunning ocean views. Your luxurious stay is enhanced by Michelin-Starred chefs prepared to showcase a blend of international flavors and locally sourced ingredients. From sophisticated fine dining to casual beachfront grills, each meal is a delectable experience.Choose from an array of indulgent treatments and therapies inspired by ancient healing traditions at the Cheval Blanc Spa. Unwind in serene treatment rooms, or find inner balance with yoga sessions conducted in the midst of nature. You can even embark on snorkeling or diving excursions to discover breathtaking coral reefs and encounter an abundance of tropical fish, or take a leisurely cruise on a luxury yacht, exploring hidden islands and secluded coves.Sound like the trip for you? Get in touch @thelegacyuntold to start planning your next great escape. 📸 @chevalblancrandheli #thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Escape to the luxurious and naturally beautiful world of Babylonstoren, a retreat nestled in the idyllic Cape Winelands. This historic hotel combines timeless elegance with modern comforts for an unforgettable stay. The handcrafted furnishings and plush bedding in every thoughtfully decorated guest room offer sweeping views of the winelands bucolic landscape.Explore the vast estate and indulge in farm-to-table cuisine sourced from the estate`s own gardens or taste award-winning wines crafted from the vineyards on property.Complete your evenings with a walk through the enchanting labyrinth of botanical wonders, where fragrant herbs, vibrant flowers, and fruit trees create a whimsical tapestry of colors and scents. Get in touch @thelegacyuntold to start planning your next great escape. 📸 @babylonstoren#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Happy Friday intrepid travelers! Bucket-list adventures await and a visit to the natural hot springs of Pamukkale is among them.Nestled in the enchanting landscape of Turkey, Pamukkale Travertenleri is a natural wonder to behold.Shimmering white terraces cascade down the hillsides like frozen waterfalls, creating a surreal view that makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site a must-visit destination for any avid traveler.The terraces, formed over thousands of years by mineral-rich thermal waters, boast a striking white hue that glistens under the sun. Indulge in the warm bright blue waters of the natural hot springs, believed to have therapeutic properties that rejuvenate both body and soul.Beyond the mineral-rich terraces, Pamukkale is also home to the ancient city of Hierapolis and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking amidst the remnants of this once-great Greco-Roman city, you`ll trace the footsteps of history, discovering well-preserved ruins, including an amphitheater, ancient thermal baths, and a captivating necropolis.Sound like the trip for you? Get in touch with us @thelegacyuntold to plan your next great escape.📸 @denizli#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Escape to the heart of the Amazon rainforest and embark on an extraordinary adventure at La Sacha Lodge. Nestled deep within the lush Amazonian jungle, La Sacha offers a gateway from which to explore the wonders of one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. Prepare to be captivated by the songs of exotic birds, the vibrant colors of tropical flora, and the gentle sounds of the rainforest.Embark on thrilling river excursions as you navigate the legendary Amazon River and its winding tributaries. Discover the secrets of this intricate ecosystem, as experienced guides unveil the hidden treasures and introduce you to fascinating wildlife, including playful river dolphins, caimans, and monkeys.At the end of your day filled with adventure, retreat to the comfort of your spacious suite, designed to harmonize with its natural surroundings. Unwind in beautifully appointed accommodations, where modern amenities blend seamlessly with rustic charm. Get in touch with us @thelegacyuntold to start planning your next great escape. 📸 @sachalodge#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Embark on a journey through the wild savannah and witness the intricate social dynamics at play for Zebras in their natural habitat.These impressive animals, known for their social dynamics, engage in fierce competitions to establish dominance within their herds. Male zebras, in particular, showcase their strength through dramatic confrontations, vying for the coveted position of alpha.When two zebras "lock horns", their muscular bodies collide with astonishing force. With each calculated move and strategic maneuver, they demonstrate the sheer strength that lies within. Get in touch with us @thelegacyuntold to start planning your next legendary safari. 📸 @africageo / @sanetrossouw#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale-watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House offers an immersive seaside setting like no other for those looking to retreat and recharge. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the coastline with a variety of tailored activities. Explore pristine beaches or engage in thrilling water adventures like snorkeling, surfing, and paddle boarding.Retreat to thoughtfully designed guest suites, each providing breathtaking ocean views, modern amenities, and touches of elegance for a soothing ambiance.Indulge in the culinary delights that take center stage at Birkenhead House. Enjoy succulent seafood caught nearby and locally sourced produce bursting with freshness. Get in touch @thelegacyuntold to discover coastal paradise where you can unwind, explore, and savor the beauty of the ocean in a serene setting.📸 @birkenheadhouse#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
In the sprawling grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, a vibrant spectacle unfolds as the breeding season of the pin-tailed Whydahs commences. In a quest to capture the attention of potential mates, the male Whydahs unveil a dazzling display of color, form, and sound. But it is their elongated, pointed tail feathers that truly steal the show. These long streamers are meticulously grown and honed over months, as a testament to genetic superiority. Fascinated by this display, females evaluate each male`s prowess, carefully observing his plumage. Only the most impressive individuals will earn their favor and the opportunity to pass on their genes.Once a match is made, a brief courtship ensues, paving the way for the female to take on the sole responsibility of parenthood. Get in touch with us @thelegacyuntold to witness the wonders of nature up close, from the far-flung corners of our world. 📸 @bjhfleming#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Happy Friday intrepid travelers! Bucket-list adventures await and a visit to Japan for the iconic cherry blossom season is among them.Journey to the Land of the Rising Sun and witness the breathtaking beauty of Japan`s spring season. A flutter of pink petals is the perfect addition to your trip, as they blanket the streets, parks, and historical landmarks, creating a picturesque setting like no other. Join locals and visitors alike in jubilant hanami parties, where you can relax under the shade of the cherry blossoms, savoring delicious traditional delicacies and the finest Japanese tea. You can even wander through the grounds of historic temples and castles, their grandeur enhanced by the delicate flower of the season.Get in touch with us @thelegacyuntold to start planning your next great escape. 📸 @ag.lr.88#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Did you know that the Pyramids of Giza contain tiny vents that were strategically placed to align with the constellation of Orion ? The air shafts allowed the souls of the deceased pharaohs to ascend to the heavens and join the stars in the Orion constellation, which was associated with the god Osiris in ancient Egyptian mythology. This alignment also served as a way for the ancient Egyptians to mark the changing seasons and calculate the passing of time.Trace the footsteps of ancient pharaohs and explorers as you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Egypt`s past with The Legacy Untold. Get in touch @thelegacyuntold to plan your next great escape. 📸 @krimamr#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
Set in front of a busy waterhole alongside the Grumeti River in the heart of the Serengeti, Singita Faru Faru Lodge invites continuous connections with its breathtaking surrounds.A relaxed approach to luxury forms a golden thread throughout this contemporary African lodge and allows guests to experience the deeply restorative power of nature. Décor & design includes airy bedroom suites, where every comfort is catered to and oversized windows to welcome the wilderness inside.At Faru Faru Lodge, journey into the heart of Africa’s most untouched and remote wilderness areas. Get in touch @thelegacyuntold to start planning the safari of your dreams. 📸 @singita_#thelegacyuntold #mylegacy #fortheintrepid
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