What we love most about travel is the seemingly endless variety to suit every individual’s tastes. Encompassing adrenaline-fuelled adventure in epic natural settings, culinary feasts for gastronomes, cultural highlights or historical tours to connect us to the past, the transformative aspect of luxury travel is simply undeniable. Surely you already have a few dream destinations that have piqued your interest, and our Ultimate WanderLuxe List aims to add to this growing inventory.
Plan ahead for your lifetime of travel, and dig deeper into these incredible experiences below.
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
You may have done a few safaris, but have you ever slept among the treetops while gazing at the cosmos and hearing the sounds of nocturnal wildlife all around you? The overnight treehouse experience at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve – remote yet safe, and determindly free of connectivity or artificial light – puts you and your party in an architectural wooden wonder, at the heart of a world-famous natural wilderness. Enjoy daily game drives, nature walks, a hippo tour, and a bush dinner with stargazing. Visit the local Huntington village to meet the children and teachers of Henna and Jabez preschools, via Lion Sands’ community outreach program.
Ponant Le Commandant Charcot
Sail to the world’s polar extremes on a luxury liner that’s breaking new ground. Ponant’s latest ship, the Le Commandant Charcot, is the first of its kind anywhere with hybrid-electric power, using liquefied natural gas to make its imposing way across the seas – and keeping its environmental impact minimal on the extraordinary places it visits and the experiences you will have including kayaking, snowshoeing, polar diving, zodiac exploration, dog sledding and exploring the polar world through total immersion. Life on deck can be bracing, naturally, but inside the 123 suites and staterooms are more private yacht than cruise ship. You’ll be travelling to the unknown but the attentive service, concierge, hospitality and crew take home comforts to the max.
Mamula Island, Montenegro
Mamula Island is remote and weirdly stunning. It sits on its own, compact island surrounded by the deeply indigo water of the Adriatic in Montenegro’s Boka Bay, and is nothing less than a mightily impressive 19th century fort, repurposed for getting away from absolutely everything. Europe’s Alcatraz it definitely is not, though, because the food and drink are exceptional and flavoursome; it has its own pool deck; a luxury spa; pretty much a circular beach; and, of course, a unique atmosphere that virtually guarantees you’ll unwind.
WHITE DESERT earns every ounce of its title as the most remote luxury camp on the planet. Join the ranks of previous guests like Prince Harry and Bear Grylls as you settle into your eco-friendly and unexpectedly opulent spherical cabin. Savour gourmet meals prepared by your private chef, enjoy a sauna with view of the glacier, sip cocktails by the fire, and cross off bucket list adventures like visiting the South Pole, ice climbing, hiking over ice waves, and coming face-to-face with 28,000 emperor penguins.
Virtuoso travelers receive:
- Daily breakfast provided for up to two guests per accommodation
- A donation of $100 USD per Virtuoso guest will be made to The Ocean Clean-Up, a non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic.
- Early check-in and late checkout, subject to availability
Les Bateaux Belmond, France
Choose from seven singular Belmond barges to call your private sanctuary, with all-inclusive feasts, an open bar, and the chance to fully customise an itinerary that rings true to your interests in each region. These serene waterways traverse through Burgundy, Champagne, Camargue, Canal du Midi and Provence, each offering enriching experiences such as hot-air ballooning, creating your own scent, exploring rustic villages by WWII jeeps and helicopter tours. Be one of the first to charter Coquelicot (meaning Poppy), an LVMH renovated barge for six lucky travellers, setting its inaugural sail in mid-May from Champagne. Maison Ruinart presents a ‘behind the scenes’ look at their viti-forestry project, as well as 5-course lunch paired with their prestige cuvées.
Nay Palad Hideaway, Philippines
At this paradisiacal location in Siargao far from the madding crowds, fall deeply in love with the poetry and pace that Nay Palad has beautifully devised. From the moment you set foot on the powdery-soft sand, the access to their private bay, mangrove forests, legendary surf spots and serene aesthetic will immediately ease your worries as you sink into a world of barefoot luxury. Everything you desire and feast upon is included in the package, as well as open-top Jeepney adventures to deep-sea fishing and a newly-opened Village featuring a modern kitchen for cooking classes and sublime Spa experiences. Stay at the newest Coral Villa with its own home cinema, private dining pagoda and swimming pool.
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