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Seychelles

Seychelles

Setting Off on a Blue Safari to the Seychelles

Prepare yourself for an immersive experience in this exhilarating frontier on the Outer Islands of the Seychelles, where discovery and adventure reign on Alphonse Island. The vast biodiversity of oceanic lagoons, flats and coral reefs provide the rich backdrop of Blue Safari, whose aim is to awaken your spirit to exploration.

From dolphin watching and manta ray encounters, to snorkelling alongside turtles and vibrant tropical fish, or staying above the surface by kayak and SUP for a secluded sensation, there are countless excursions to get closer to these ocean treasures. With deep rooted conservation initiatives led by a passionate team of biologists and seasoned guides amidst a pristine ecosystem, your time spent here will expand your horizons and highlight the very best of sustainable luxury travel. Always expect the unexpected, and stay for a full week to truly get off the grid and maximise this heavenly paradise.

Your abode ranges from rustic Beach Bungalows and private Pool Suites, to the most secluded four-bedroom Beach Retreats with stunning ocean views and buggy + butler service, where the level of privacy and proximity to the sea will spoil you completely. Stroll through their jungle and lose yourself in the acoustic sounds of the birds and smells within; you may even encounter their resident tortoises, or choose to take part in a Planting Ceremony to leave your mark on the island.

Euphoria and bliss exist here on Alphonse Island! We have close ties with the team on the ground and will ensure that your stay is seamless from the moment you touchdown. No doubt, you’ll leave these shores feeling enriched, enlightened, and transformed by Nature’s bounty.

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Tuscany

Tuscany

Milan

Milan

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Puglia

Puglia

Rome

Rome

Venice

Venice

Portofino

Portofino

Italian Journey: A Tapestry of Culture, Cuisine and Charm

Proudly known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and encompassing the most desirable aspects of travel, Italy will enchant and enlighten by way of its idyllic landscapes, ancient architecture, timeless art and incredible gastronomy that will linger in your memory. The beauty lies in its boundless diversity from North to South from the mainland to its islands, where authenticity is retained and every region is singular in its style and ingredients. This land is a place of passion – a feast for the senses that urges you to delve into La Dolce Vita for every passing moment on its shores. We promise that you’ll come out the other side feeling more fulfilled, more cultured, sun-kissed and enriched.

Florence and Tuscany

Steeped in history and renowned for its exceptional museums, restaurants and wineries, the combination of history and gastronomy here is unparalleled. Home to luxury fashion brands and jewellery-makers dating back to Etruscan times, alongside world-class pecorino producers and cured meat salumificios, the breadth of experience will keep you on your toes.

Imbibe in the very best wines that Italy has to offer on a Chianti Safari, cruising on a 4WD through hidden corners of Tuscany where you’ll learn all about the wine making tradition. Along winding country roads, the scenery of rolling hills dotted with stunning vineyards is a sight for sore eyes.

Stay at Florence’s iconic palace Hotel Savoy‘s near the Duomo, or nestle into the stunning 900-year old estate at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

Milan and the Lakes

Duomo di Milano stands prominently as the epicentre of Italy’s fashion capital, a city which blends fashion, history, and art beautifully together. This magnetic metropolis also boasts the historic Teatro alla Scala, unforgettable traditional dishes and collected masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera. Driving further North, discover the spellbinding magic of the many surrounding lakes where the shimmering light changes every minute –  the closest you’ll come to living in a fairytale.

An expert fashionista escorts you to Via Monte Napoleone and Quadrilatero d’Oro where you can shop to your heart’s content on a Milanese Shopping Extravaganza. For outdoor lovers, feel the breeze in your hair and treat yourself to an elegant Lake Como Cruise framed by snow-peaked Alps and its impeccable shores.

Revel in sophistication at Four Seasons Hotel Milan or take in exceptional views from your Passalacqua perch, a sister property of Grand Hotel Tremezzo  and recently ranked first in The World’s Fifty Best Hotels 2023.

Amalfi Coast

The dramatic seduction of Amalfi Coast is worthy of its esteem, whose cinematic Mediterranean scenery will reinvigorate your mind. Once a mule track since the 8th century, the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) is an unmissable trek with a vertical drop of 200 metres, whose sheer magnificence will take your breath away. An evocative adventure awaits as you stroll through the colourful towns of Positano, Sorrento and Ravello, sail to orange-blossom scented Capri or journey back in time to Pompei’s archaeological site.

Imagine a culinary experience that takes place on the Peak of the Gulf overlooking Naples and Salerno. As if suspended over the turquoise ocean at a privately-owned farmhouse, expand your taste buds while learning how to make fresh hand-rolled pasta or garnish your own pizza in the company of a passionate chef.

Treat yourself to trendy Palazzo Avino in Ravello, perched on the cliffside in a medieval hilltop village.

Puglia

The southeastern region promises mythical scenes and wondrous architecture that takes you back to another place and time. Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Site’s Alberobello’s over 1000 unique cone-shaped ‘trulli’ resembling bee hives, get lost in Lecce’s labyrinthine streets and piazzas, or peer into Matera’s ancient cave-dwellings (sassi) once inhabited 7000 years ago. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the myriad of towns and masserias awaiting discovery, from Itria Valley down the heel of the boot to the fishing port of Gallipoli.

Float up and away over extraordinary views of Matera from a hot-air balloon, offering a newfound appreciation of the hidden cave dwellings within the limestone cliffside. Top off your experience with a champagne toast and indulge in local flavours as a memorable finale.

Within the epicentre of Lecce lies La Fiermontina Palazzo Bozzi Corso, an 18th century palace with stunning rooftop views.

Rome

Find inspiration and love in the Eternal City, whose eclectic and ancient soul requires endless exploration. Whether stepping foot in the Colosseum where gladiators once roamed, standing in the nucleus of the Roman Empire at Palatine Hill or unveiling Pantheon monuments or  Caravaggio masterpieces, there is no shortage of impressive sights to boggle the mind.

Dive into the history of the holy city’s most revered landmarks, with private early access to the Vatican and a dedicated guide to reveal all its stories within. Gaze up at Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes at the Sistine Chapel, an important venue where conclaves of cardinals have gathered for centuries when electing their new pope.

Take in the splendour of Six Senses Rome, a restored Palazzo complete with San Marcello al Corso Church next door.

Venice

Built across 118 islands at the head of the Adriatic Sea, the mystery of this floating city has captivated explorers since the lagoon came into existence in 421 A.D. The aesthetic splendour of Venice must be experienced firsthand, from its marble palaces, gothic architecture of Doge’s Palace and grandiose St. Mark’s Basilica, to the handcrafted masks, marbled paper and renowned glassmakers of Murano.

Wander the Venetian streets and squares as you learn of its vast history, then drift across the canals by gondola, a beautiful representation of how to navigate this maze of stilts and bridges. Looking up from this changing viewpoint, the admiration of how this city came to be and how it has endured over centuries becomes crystal clear.

Relish in Nolinski Venezia‘s redesigned abode, inspired by Art Nouveau, Liberty Style and Modernism blended in one. 

Portofino

Along the Ligurian Coast, more affectionately known as The Italian Riviera, Portofino’s harbour stands out as a fashionable enclave with picturesque alleys and vibrantly coloured houses. Facing out towards an evocative azure backdrop, dotted with pretty cafes and a luxury shopper’s dream, it’s no wonder this small corner of the world continues to attract well-heeled travellers.

The birthplace of pesto and Christopher Colombus, discover Genoa’s ‘caruggi’ (streets) for an authentic glimpse of Italian tradition and lifestyle. Home to the longest defensive city walls in Italy, 120 historical palaces and a vertical climb by funicular for a panoramic view, you’ll be impressed by this hidden gem.

Perch yourself in the hills at Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, a haven seemingly suspended in time where luminaries once called home.

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Across the Seven Continents

Across the Seven Continents

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Baa Atoll, Maldives

Baa Atoll, Maldives

Do Not Disturb : Private Luxury at its Finest

“All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

Far from the madding crowd, little compares to a fully bespoke experience that is tailored to your every whim. At the highest level of privacy and customisation, the attention to detail and focus on your needs is the most prestigious way to travel and an experience only accessible to very few. Whether setting sail on a dreamy liveaboard along exotic shores, committing to seven continents around-the-world by private jet or arising every morning to a strip of perfect sand that is entirely yours, here are three ideas to spark your imagination and upcoming adventure.

Private Jet Experience with White Desert

Across the Seven Continents

With adventure in its DNA, White Desert strives to marry adventure and luxury for the most intrepid and discerning travellers. No stranger to extraordinary experiences with their Antarctica lodgings (with space-age designed Sky Pods), they also uphold themselves to environmentally conscious principles.

Now launching their ‘Around The World’ private jet experience, picture this : kicking off 2025 in style over just 21 days, landing on all seven continents and visiting ten fabled destinations, arriving at each country in style in absolute comfort in a VIP Boeing 757-200. Highlights include mythical Easter Island, spotting the orangutans of Borneo or elusive tigers of Ranthambore in India, sundowners in Namibia, and a flight across the Southern Ocean in the deep interior of Antarctica.

With the luxury of flying private on flatbed seats and five-star fine dining, upon landing you will feel totally refreshed while dodging layovers and immigration lines. Seamless travel awaits, with a choice to add-on five additional days in Antarctica!

Luxury Liveaboard Charter on Rascal Voyages

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Sailing in style through the pristine archipelago of Raja Ampat (Nov – Apr) & Komodo National Park (May – Oct) in Indonesia, stay true to the Rascal ethos where you will “access the inaccessible, discover the untouched and experience the authentic.” See the world The Rascal Way, through ‘authenticity, joy, discovery and connection.’ Movement and freedom are paramount to a transformative journey, alongside quality time with loved ones and with yourself.

Scuba dive and snorkel to your heart’s delight, with mind-blowing marine life that will redefine your love of the ocean and imprint upon you how fragile this ecosystem is. Encounter sharks, turtles, oceanic mantas – the list is endless – or enjoy land-based activities and excursions tailored to your interests. Whatever happens on board and at sea is up to your wild imagination!

With just 5 comfortable en-suite cabins, 10 attentive crew, and ample lounging areas reflective of a beach house to take in the evolving surroundings, Rascal has gained its reputation as one of the top wooden yachts in the region. The quality of food will exceed your expectations, with a healthy selection to nourish and delight with every meal – complete with a few dining surprises along the way! Treated as royalty on a floating resort, the swaying serenity urges you to completely disconnect and rest.

Better yet, we have limited offers worth taking advantage of, from discounted rates and complimentary nights to included domestic flights – get in touch to find out more!

Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah

Baa Atoll, Maldives

Four Seasons is globally renowned for their excellent service, world-class cuisine and streamlined design, and at Voavah, you’ll find all this and more at the apex of their offerings. Surrounded by azure waters and catering to your idyllic island dreams, private chefs and butlers are at your beck and call. Families or best friends will relish reconnecting over starlit dinners, days out on a 19-metre yacht, day drinking at the Beach House, or spotting their resident pod of dolphins as ways to enhance your stay.

Luxuriate at The Ocean of Consciousness Spa and allow Ayurvedic physicians to heal you from the inside out. Take play to the next level with kitesurfing, seabobs, X-jetblades and wreck diving. Your chance to play castaway by your rules in the most magnificent fashion and hidden from sight in the Baa Atoll, this unforgettable escape is as good as it gets.

With an exclusive buy-out for 21 lucky guests at this 5-acre UNESCO haven and an unparalleled sense of privacy, you’ll feel light years away from the noise and will surely want to extend your days in paradise. The possibilities are ripe, where Four Seasons encourages you to “drop your boundaries, expand your horizons, retreat, explore, connect or celebrate.”

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Montenegro

Montenegro

Indonesia

Indonesia

Mauritius

Mauritius

Canada

Canada

Dakhla

Dakhla

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Malaysia

Malaysia

Madeira

Madeira

Sweden

Sweden

Summer Bliss: Defy The Norm!

Welcome to our ultimate guide to summer escapades! As the temperatures rise and the days lengthen, it’s time to embark on a journey to discover the world’s most captivating destinations. In this exploration of global wonders, we invite you to uncover hidden gems and embark on wild adventures in destinations that defy expectations. From the untamed beauty of Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline to the mystical allure of Scotland’s Isle of Skye, each destination offers a unique blend of excitement, tranquility, and discovery. Join us as we dive into crystal-clear waters, hike through ancient forests, and immerse ourselves in vibrant cultures, all under the summer sun. It’s time to pack your bags and venture off the beaten path – the world is waiting to be explored!

Montenegro- Unspoiled Adriatic Charms

While the Mediterranean boasts its fair share of summer hotspots, Montenegro offers a refreshing twist. Picture yourself cruising along the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with medieval towns and rugged cliffs. Here, the Adriatic’s allure is untouched by crowds, inviting you to discover hidden coves and dive into pristine waters without jostling for space.

Indonesia - Untamed Island Adventures

Embrace the dry season in Indonesia, where the sun shines brightly, and adventure awaits at every turn. With guaranteed sunshine, you can explore the hidden gems of this tropical paradise without worrying about rain dampening your plans. Whether you’re diving into crystal-clear waters, trekking through lush rainforests, or immersing yourself in vibrant local culture, Indonesia promises unforgettable summer experiences.

Mauritius - Exotic Island Escapes

Experience the idyllic temperatures of 23-25°C (73-77°F), with cooler evenings perfect for romantic strolls along the beach. Optimal for a summer escape, Mauritius offers the best of both worlds – sunny days and refreshing breezes. For a tranquil retreat, head to the sheltered west or north coast, where you can bask in the sun without the interruption of strong winds. And the best part? Enjoying all this luxury at a fraction of peak

Canada - Wilderness Wonderland

While Canada’s wilderness may not be the first choice for a Mediterranean summer, its rugged beauty offers an unparalleled escape. Swap crowded beaches for tranquil lakes, bustling cities for expansive forests, and predictable heatwaves for crisp mountain air. Whether you’re camping beneath starlit skies or paddling through pristine waters, Canada’s summer promises adventure without the crowds.

Morocco (Dakhla) - Desert Oasis

Discover the hidden gem of Dakhla in Morocco, where the Sahara Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean. Kitesurfing, windsurfing, and desert excursions await adventurous travellers, while luxury eco-lodges offer a tranquil retreat amidst breathtaking landscapes.

Scotland (Isle of Skye) - Mystical Highlands

While Scotland’s summer temperatures range from 10-20°C, the Isle of Skye’s rugged beauty shines in the long daylight hours. Hike to the Old Man of Storr, a towering rock formation steeped in myth and legend, or explore the fairy-tale landscapes of the Quiraing, where jagged cliffs plunge into the sea below. For a taste of history, visit Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, set against a backdrop of rolling hills and sparkling lochs.

Malaysia - Tropical Paradise

Head to Malaysia’s east coast for the dry season, where sunny days and clear skies await. Swap the hustle and bustle of city life for the laid-back charm of coastal towns and pristine beaches. Whether you’re snorkelling in turquoise waters, indulging in delicious seafood cuisine, or simply soaking up the tropical sun, Malaysia’s east coast promises a summer escape like no other.

Madeira - Atlantic Oasis

Madeira’s summer temperatures range from 20-25°C (68-77°F), creating a mild climate ideal for outdoor exploration. Hike along the levadas, ancient irrigation channels that crisscross the island’s verdant landscapes, offering stunning views of rugged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. For a taste of culture, explore the charming streets of Funchal, where historic churches and colourful markets invite you to discover Madeira’s rich heritage.

Back Country Sweden - Nordic Wilderness

Just an hour’s drive from the bustling streets of Stockholm lies the serene wilderness of Back Country Sweden. Escape the urban hustle and immerse yourself in the tranquility of pristine lakes, towering forests, and endless skies. Whether you’re hiking along scenic trails, kayaking through peaceful waterways, or simply unwinding in a cozy cabin, this hidden gem offers a perfect summer retreat close to the city.

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Tulum

Tulum

Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya

Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido

Mexico Cheat Sheet: Debunking Myths and Discovering Gems

Mexico – a country brimming with vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. Yet, despite its allure, some potential travelers have been hesitant, wary of the specter of rowdy American spring breakers. But fear not, for The Camel Collection embarked on a journey to uncover the true essence of Mexico, dispelling myths and uncovering hidden treasures along the way.

Tulum: Where Bohemian Vibes Meet Turquoise Waters

Our adventure began in Quintana Roo, where the sun-drenched shores of Tulum beckoned with promises of bohemian bliss. Nestled against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum offers a perfect blend of relaxation, wellness, and subtle revelry. For accommodation, we recommend the seductive and chic sanctuaries of Nomade and Be Tulum. While Nomade exudes a family-friendly charm, BE Tulum beckons with its exclusive ambiance for adults. The infamous ‘nests’ at Be might tempt you, but we found them too compact and much preferred the spacious on-land suites and villas. Both properties boast an array of activities, from rejuvenating Temazcal rituals to unforgettable beach parties. And for the adventurous souls, a Cenote tour is an absolute must, offering a glimpse into the region’s mystical underground caves and pools.

Riviera Maya: Serenity Amidst Coastal Splendor

Venturing further along the Riviera Maya, we discovered hidden havens far from the bustling all-inclusive resorts.

Maroma Belmond, with its exquisite interiors by renowned designer Tara Bernard, offers a haven of tranquility. Handcrafted details adorn every corner, inviting guests to immerse themselves in Mexican artistry. And for families seeking an idyllic retreat, the expansive suites and holistic kids’ club provide an unparalleled experience.

Rosewood Mayakoba beckons with its exclusive villas and unparalleled service. Arriving via private boat through the mangroves sets the tone for a truly indulgent stay. From “Local Tuesdays” at Zapote Bar to international culinary collaborations, every moment at Rosewood is infused with sophistication and warmth. Families will delight in spacious suites and a wealth of activities, while larger groups can opt for the expansive six-bedroom villa.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya redefines the all-inclusive experience, with a focus on culinary excellence and family-friendly amenities. Choose from three distinct sections (we would recommend the Grand Class section of the resort), each catering to different preferences, and indulge in world-class spa treatments at their the Forbes five-star spa or lively poolside relaxation. With exceptional kids and teens clubs, this resort truly caters to every member of the family.

Oaxaca City: A Culinary and Cultural Delight

Leaving the coast behind, we ventured inland to Oaxaca City, a vibrant hub of culture and culinary delights. Vibrant markets, infused with the scent of spices and the sound of laughter, offer a sensory journey like no other. And for the ultimate immersion into Oaxacan traditions, Casa Silencio awaits. Venture beyond the city limits to Mezcal land, where Casa Silencio offers a unique blend of architectural splendour and mezcal experiences.  This boutique retreat offers a sanctuary for the discerning traveler, with six meticulously curated suites designed to elevate your experience to unparalleled heights.

But Casa Silencio is more than just a place to rest your head; it’s an immersive experience that celebrates the rich heritage of Oaxacan culture. Embark on a journey of discovery with their Mezcal tour, where you’ll explore the art of mezcal production and indulge in tastings of this revered spirit.

As the sun sets over the rugged terrain, gather around Casa Silencio’s magnificent basalt stone table for a six-course fire feast, where flavours come alive amidst the flickering flames. Here, amidst the silence of the desert, you’ll forge unforgettable memories that will linger long after your journey has ended.

Puerto Escondido: A Rustic Paradise Beckons

For those seeking a more rustic escape, Puerto Escondido awaits with its rugged coastline and bohemian charm. This barefoot paradise, reminiscent of Tulum’s early days, is a haven for surfers and free spirits. Whether basking in breathtaking sunsets or exploring hidden coves, every moment in Puerto Escondido is a testament to nature’s splendour.

Nestled along the shores of Puerto Escondido, Casa To stands as a testament to contemporary design and architectural innovation. Designed by the visionary architect Ludwig Godefroy, this boutique hotel exudes an air of effortless sophistication amidst the rugged beauty of its surroundings. One of the most iconic features of Casa To is its infinity pool, which meanders through a series of concrete circular walls, creating a visual spectacle that has graced countless Instagram feeds.

For those seeking privacy and exclusivity, Casona Sforza offers the ultimate retreat. With only eleven suites, this intimate oasis allows you to disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in the beauty of Puerto Escondido. As you step onto the grounds of Casona Sforza, you’ll be greeted by a sense of serenity and tranquility, where the rhythmic sound of crashing waves lulls you into a state of relaxation. The architecture of the hotel reflects a commitment to preserving the integrity of the environment, with naturally coloured materials and fluid lines that echo the contours of the coastline.

As we reflect on our journey through Mexico, one thing is clear: this country defies stereotypes and surpasses expectations at every turn. While Mexico may have garnered a reputation as a playground for American tourists, our journey revealed a country rich in diversity, authenticity, and charm. From the bohemian shores of Tulum to the untamed beauty of Puerto Escondido, Mexico beckons with its warmth, diversity, and unparalleled hospitality. So, why wait? Embark on your own Mexican adventure and let the enchantment of this vibrant country sweep you away.

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Longitude 131

Longitude 131
Longitude 131°

Amangiri

Amangiri
Amangiri

ICEHOTEL

ICEHOTEL
ICEHOTEL

Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge
Bisate Lodge

White Desert

White Desert
White Desert

Blancaneaux Lodge

Blancaneaux Lodge
Blancaneaux Lodge

Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Singita Sasakwa Lodge
Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild
Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn

Conrad Maldives

Conrad Maldives
Conrad Maldives

Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton Hot Springs
Dunton Hot Springs

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

One&Only Gorilla's Nest
One&Only Gorilla's Nest

OCTOLA

OCTOLA
OCTOLA

Sal Salis

Sal Salis
Sal Salis

Rosewood Cape Kidnappers

Rosewood Cape Kidnappers
Rosewood Cape Kidnappers

Bucket List Trips

Step into a realm of unparalleled indulgence and awe-inspiring beauty as we unveil our collection of bucket list hotels and properties from across the globe. From secluded hideaways nestled in nature’s embrace to captivating coastal havens, each destination promises a unique and unforgettable experience. Join us on a journey that transcends the ordinary, where every stay is a celebration of elegance and refinement.

Longitude 131°

Longitude 131° offers an essential experience of Australia’s spiritual heartland. Lounge in the cool sanctuary of the Dune House, relax with an icy drink from the convivial open bar, and dine with ever-changing views of the monolith. After a day’s exploring, relax in a luxury tent and enjoy unparalleled views of Uluru from the end of the bed. Retreat to Spa Kinara for an indigenous-inspired treatment or drink in the sunset on the glamorous Dune Top. Venture beyond the lodge to discover the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and connect with the ancient stories of the land’s traditional owners.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Kinara Credit to be utilized during stay, applicable towards spa treatments
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out

Amangiri

Amangiri (which means “peaceful mountain”) is set in Utah’s stunning canyon country and incorporates the beauty of the Four Corners desert into its design. The central pavilion, built around a dramatic swimming pool, houses the living room, gallery, library, and dining room/cellar. Amangiri’s 34 suites and 1 private four-bedroom home offer modern, airy living, dining, and sleeping areas with white-stone floors that echo the area’s natural stone; some provide private plunge pools and rooftop terraces. Be sure to experience the Aman Spa, with its water pavilion, Pilates studio, candlelit rooms, and outdoor treatment terraces.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily continental breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

ICEHOTEL

Situated 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, ICEHOTEL is crafted afresh by artists each year from ice and snow, no two alike. From mid-Dec to mid-Apr, embrace an icy night at -5 to -8 degrees, then thaw in cozy Kaamos rooms or chalets.

Bisate Lodge

Wilderness Bisate is a sustainably luxurious rainforest-based lodge offering Africa’s most thrilling wild primate experience. Guests have the opportunity to trek through the lush rainforests of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

White Desert

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.

Blancaneaux Lodge

Francis Ford Coppola’s secluded mountain retreat, Blancaneaux Lodge is every bit as dramatic and inspiring as one might hope. Guests choose from an array of luxuriant accommodations, including the owner’s villa, with its open-air living area, and the peaceful riverfront cabanas, with their decks overlooking the waterfalls of Privassion Creek. Active types enjoy riding horseback to hidden falls, hiking, exploring caves, and “discovering” hidden Mayan cities. Of course, there are myriad spa treatments, a swimming pool, a hot tub, and two gourmet restaurants (Montagna and Guatemaltecqua) to boot.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent credit to be used only towards tours/excursions offered by property

Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Sasakwa Lodge, with its infinity views over the Serengeti, with what appears to be shinier, more abundant animals and plains than can be found anywhere else in the ecosystem. This is the best place to view the Wildebeest Migration.

Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

Deep in the heart of the Cambodian rainforest, this daring, boundary-pushing tented camp puts Cambodia’s green wilderness on the map, and is perfect for those who long for adventure. We love the zipline that leads to a a bar beside a waterfall!

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn sits on an island, off an island, at one of the four corners of the earth. Situated along Iceberg Alley, all 29 rooms feature floor-to-ceiling views of the North Atlantic Ocean. This is where locality is expressed when nature and culture come together through food, adventure, and community. The island has seven seasons, and its still-wild world has caribou to track, hills of berries to forage, nature trails to explore, and countless birds and marine species to behold. This award-winning inn is operated as a social business, and 100 percent of the operating surpluses are reinvested in the community.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Locally crafted seasonal amenity, custom chosen for each client
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability

Conrad Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an exotic playground full of possibilities. Seriously, does it get more over the top than the world’s first undersea residence? The other 150 villas and suites are equally surreal with private sun terraces, plunge pools, and stairs leading straight into the Indian Ocean. At the overwater spa, alchemists work their magic using pure Himalayan salts and essential oils. Curated experiences are truly inspired, from a coral adoption program led by a marine biologist to mastering the art of noodle rolling with celebrity chef Jereme Leung.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • 60 minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • For stays 5 nights and above, we offer a visit to Ithaa (underwater restaurant) with champagne & canapes for up to two people, per room, once during stay

Dunton Hot Springs

Located just outside Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs breathes new life into a 19th-century ghost town. The 13 rustic log cabins are all unique and surprisingly luxe, with heated slate floors and handpicked antiques; guests in the Well House enjoy their own hot springs. Others can soak weary bones in the old bathhouse or under the stars at the source. Join a trail ride into the Rockies or fly-fish along a private stretch of the Dolores River; you’ll find every conceivable winter sport, including heli-skiing. Farm-fresh meals and wine from the resort’s vineyard are shared over the Saloon’s long table.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

Feel at one with nature at Gorilla’s Nest, a luxury resort set against the historic mountains of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Stay in one of 21 treehouse-style lodges or suites framed by eucalyptus and rain-forest views, then savour local, seasonal cuisine and bespoke cocktails in the jungle-chic Nest Restaurant or Nest Bar. When it’s time to explore, the resort offers a range of truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from drumming circles to gorilla encounters.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage or Spa credit to be utilized during stay

OCTOLA

Spread over 400 hectares of scrooge-proof wilderness the exact location of this off-the-radar estate is a closely guarded secret. Octola has a roster of 78 equally enchanting activities to keep you busy. And of course, get close and personal with the northern lights during your stay.

Sal Salis

Sleep under canvas, dine under the stars and spend long, wonder-filled days underwater mingling with the manta rays, whale sharks and sparkling shoals of fish that also call this remarkable place home.

Rosewood Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers, named by Captain James Cook in 1769, features some of the most dramatic coastline in New Zealand. Worldly travellers know it as the home of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm on land that ends at cliffs plunging 800 feet straight into the sea. Cottage suite accommodations open to stunning Pacific views and feature every creature comfort one could wish for. When you’re not traipsing the grounds on foot, by bicycle, or by four-wheel drive, tee off on the award-winning golf course, where each hole offers ocean views – promising to thrill golfers of all levels.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit utilized during stay

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Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Kennebunk, Maine

Kennebunk, Maine

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

USA Uncovered

We bring you all of the inspiration for the potentially lesser-travelled, more authentic and equally desirable parts of the US. Highlighting fantastic locations and hotels that will make the perfect additions to your itinerary…

Kauai, Hawaii

1 Hotel Hanalei Bay

The top spot on this island state features a pristine sandy beach with an uplifting mountain backdrop – there’s no sunset quite like the one seen from Mount Makana, while Hanalei Pier makes a great stepping-off point for paddle-boarding. It’s a hideaway garlanded by lush greenery on Kauai’s tranquil north shore.

The hotel is relaxed with hushed décor and a strong focus on sustainability, but the cuisine has some real bite with tropical cocktails and great local food dished up all day – and night, when there’s live entertainment on the ocean-facing Welina Terrace. Rooms and suites are spacious and feature rain showers in bathrooms, to cool off after your morning gym visit.

Austin, Texas

Hotel Saint Cecilia

The state capital of Texas is full of surprises and is known as the Live Music Capital of the World,  home to hundreds of live music venues and some of the premier music festivals in the country. There’s a great down-town vibe with a hidden hipster culture, and the Hotel Saint Cecilia is in an area packed with excellent entertainment, shopping and sightseeing.

This is a boutique hotel in the proper sense of the word, with just 14 rooms, and oasis-like grounds that are almost a miniature park. It’s something quite new and different for this city, as evidenced by its own vinyl library for the record-players in each room! The cool lounge and patio are for guests only and the stylish pool is long and narrow.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Rosewood Inn Of the Anasazi

For a location in this famous south-west city, you can’t get better: you’re just a quarter-block away from the Santa Fe Plaza and Palace Of The Governors, with ample great galleries, stores and museums close by – including the wonderful Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. A day-trip to Taos is also a must.

Reopened in 2021, this century-old sandstone beauty is intimate yet full of atmosphere, with most of its fixtures handcrafted. Your suite can have a balcony and even its own dining room, while the Anasazi Restaurant features a dedicated tasting table offering grilled elk. You can have a massage in your room and feed your mind in the superb library.

Seattle, Washington

Kimpton Palladian Hotel

You are at the heart of this lovely city in one of its very finest hotels, at the axis of Belltown and the shopping district. Pike Place Market is a short walk away, and the nearby waterfront area hums with super restaurants, live music venues, and endless great shops and eclectic cafés – the antithesis of bland, corporate America.

There are 97 rooms in this local landmark, built in 1910 and dripping with heavyweight chic leavened with playful references to everyone from David Bowie to Kelsey Grammer. In-house is the acclaimed Shaker+Spear seafood eatery, the Pennyroyal Lounge, and a whimsical lobby lined with books and leather armchairs.

Kennebunk, Maine

White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection

A 90-minute drive north of Boston, this is a historic gem of local hospitality in the delightful coastal town of Kennebunk. There are miles of deserted beaches and trails to walk or cycle along, while in winter dog sleds will pull you through a magical backwoods wonderland. Get stuck into a maple syrup farm tour, or a chocolate-making class…

The hotel’s design was overseen by New York’s Jenny Wolf Interiors, and the infinity pool has a seaward vista. The White Barn restaurant is a favourite for New England fare – five stars from Forbes – and has a rustic elegance that makes you want to linger; the Little Barn stablemate, meanwhile, is more casual. The 27 rooms, suites and cottages are truly delightful with their spindle beds, antique furniture and cosy fabrics.

Nashville, Tennessee

Four Seasons Hotel Nashville

The hometown of country music, Nashville is the vibrant capital city of Tennessee with its unique blend of history, culture, food, and fun. Your itinerary here can include visiting legendary music venues, indulging in amazing food and take a stroll in the beautiful state parks. 

The Four Seasons Nashville is our top pick for accommodation, centrally located in Downtown Nashville’s So Bro neighbourhood. Guests will enjoy the classically designed rooms, unparalleled Four Seasons service and warm Southern hospitality. The hotel features several restaurants and no trip is complete without visiting the spa and rooftop pool. 

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Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands
Son Bunyola

Bolivia

Bolivia
Explora Uyuni

Botswana

Botswana
Jack's Camp

France

France
Lily of the Valley

Morocco

Morocco
Royal Mansour Marrakech

Monaco

Monaco
Hotel Royal Riviera

Norway

Norway
Britannia Hotel

May: Blooming Wonders and Cultural Treasures

As April showers bid adieu and May blossoms into its full glory, the world beckons to explorers seeking vibrant landscapes and cultural delights. From the azure waters of the Balearic Islands to the cultural richness of Bolivia, and the wildlife wonders of Botswana, join us on a journey to discover why May is the perfect month to set your wanderlust free.

Balearic Islands

May invites you to the Balearic Islands, where the Mediterranean sun warms the crystal-clear waters. Avoiding the summer rush, you’ll find blooming landscapes and warm temperatures, ideal for exploring Ibiza’s opening parties, hiking Menorca’s Cami de Cavalls, and enjoying Formentera’s pristine beaches.

Hotel Pick : Son Bunyola

Richard Branson’s latest dreamscape, Son Bunyola, is worth the splurge. Three spacious, traditional Balearic villas (one has five bedrooms, the others four) lie sprawled across 680 acres on Mallorca’s northwest coast. Each has its own heated pool, sleek kitchen, and courtyard with dining area, although Son Balagueret – housing a bedroom in the original 13th-century turret – has its own magic. The lush estate includes vineyards, olive groves, and citrus orchards; you can walk to the beach, hike and bike on miles of mountain trails, or play some of the island’s almost two dozen golf courses.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Daily Continental Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served on the Terrace of each Villa
  • For all-inclusive bookings only: A complimentary cooking class with a private chef for the entire party
    • Includes recipe card and a basket of local gifts
  • For self-catering bookings only: A 100 USD equivalent transfer credit

Bolivia

In May, Bolivia unfolds its cultural richness with unique festivals. Dive into the vibrant Gran Poder Festival in La Paz, explore Sucre’s colonial architecture in mild temperatures, and venture into the Amazon rainforest as it comes to life.

Hotel Pick : Explora Uyuni

On the northern edge of Bolivia’s vast salt flats, you’ll find Explora Uyuni, an ultra-exclusive 8-cabin retreat. As you might expect, nature takes center stage with outdoor adventures ranging from biking and wildlife sightings to hot spring soaks – you can even hike the dormant Tunupa Volcano up to 17,000 feet. Designed to generate minimum impact on its surroundings, the property is comprised of modular rooms, which makes it easy to be dismantled and reused in other breathtaking locations.

 

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Botswana

May beckons wildlife enthusiasts to Botswana’s dry season. Embark on a safari in Moremi Game Reserve for optimal wildlife viewing, witness the flourishing ecosystem of the Okavango Delta, and marvel at the majestic Victoria Falls at its most spectacular.

Hotel Pick : Jack’s Camp

In the heart of Botswana’s rugged Kalahar, you’ll find Jack’s Camp – a luxury safari camp featuring ten Bedouin-style canvas tents with ensuite bathrooms, indoor and alfresco showers, private verandas and plunge pools, and unmatched views looking out over the Makgadikgadi salt pan. Your stay comes with elegant candlelit dinners paired with local wines, walking safaris with San Bushmen, and, as you might expect, endless opportunities to observe zebra, wildebeest, and meerkats in their natural habitat.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • A complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability

France

Experience ideal weather for outdoor adventures in France. Cycle through Provence’s lavender fields, visit Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel with mild temperatures, and explore the charming villages of Alsace before the summer crowds.

Hotel Pick : Lily of the Valley

The Côte d’Azur shows its wild side at the Philippe Starck-designed Lily of the Valley. Perched atop Gigaro Hill in a protected coastal area, this intimate, 53-room, suite & villa retreat embraces nature while helping guests reboot with an expert-led Shape Club offering everything from aerial yoga and Biologique Recherche therapies to tailored weight-loss or skin programs. Go hiking amidst pine-forested hills, swim in two spectacular pools, or grab a chilled rosé on the parasol-dotted beach below.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit utilized during stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability

Greece

Warm days, blooming landscapes, and fewer crowds define May in Greece. Explore Crete’s Samaria Gorge, visit Santorini’s Oia Village before the tourist influx, and discover the ancient ruins of Delphi in perfect weather.

Hotel Pick : Sani Asterias at Sani Resort

Put Sani Asterias high atop Greece’s “it” list. This 57-suite boutique beauty, adjacent to the Sani Marina, oozes exclusivity. The resort’s 1,000-acre nature reserve is your playground; a comprehensive menu of activities features birdwatching, beekeeping tours, paddleboard yoga, and cycling on KTM bikes loaded with GoPros. Beach Buddies serve grilled haloumi and fresh-squeezed juice along a private stretch of sand, and don’t miss the Chelsea FCF Soccer Academy or the Rafael Nadal Tennis Centre. Dine on the terrace of your lavish, individually appointed suite, or choose from a host of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full Breakfast for all guests
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability

Italy

Italy welcomes spring in full swing in May, perfect for cultural exploration. Wander through Rome’s Trastevere, bike through Tuscan vineyards surrounded by lush greenery, and sail along the rugged Amalfi Coast before the summer heat.

Hotel Pick : Fonteverde Lifestyle & Thermal Retreat

Step back in time to the 17th century at Fonteverde, a Tuscan resort and spa in the Siena hills. The villa was built by the Medici family on precious hot springs that are known for their therapeutic properties. In timeless Tuscany, take time to explore the surroundings and experience the exclusive Tuscan Route offers: winetasting in prestigious wineries; sampling olive oil, pecorino cheese, and truffles in farmhouses; and sightseeing in Perugia, Siena, or Montepulciano by vintage car. Spa lovers can enjoy the healing hot springs, which are the foundation of the resort’s innovative Equilibrium wellness philosophy and programs.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • For stays 3 nights or more, guests will also recieve:
    • Complementary lunch for up to two guests, once during stay (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
    • One complimentary back and neck massage (20 minutes)
  • Early Check-in / Late Check-Out, subject to availability

Malaysia

May brings dry weather to Malaysia’s East Coast, making it perfect for exploration. Dive in Sipadan’s waters, visit Perhentian Islands for snorkeling, and experience Terengganu’s traditional culture.

Hotel Pick : Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas

Give in to wanderlust at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, located on miles of pristine beaches. Choose from among 108 airy rooms with wraparound balconies, stand-alone villas with private plunge pools, or expansive residences offering every conceivable amenity. Join a foodie tour in Johor Bahru’s Old Town or naturalist-led cruise through the mangroves of Belungkor Forest, then cool off in the infinity-edge pool before a traditional Malay spa treatment and romantic beachfront dinner by torchlight.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in the restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

Morocco

Morocco offers mild temperatures for city and desert adventures in May. Wander through Marrakech’s Jardin Majorelle, trek the Atlas Mountains with blooming flora, and explore the ancient city of Fes with comfortable temperatures.

Hotel Pick : Royal Mansour Marrakech

The Royal Mansour Marrakech welcomes guests in exquisite fashion. The resort has 53 elegant riads (Moroccan-style homes) with interior gardens, ranging from 1,600 to 22,000 square feet in size and featuring countless bolts of silk and brocade, antique furnishings, handmade mosaic tiles, and intricate woodwork. Twisting alleyways lead to tranquil Andalusian courtyards and a serene 27,000-square-foot spa.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (from Superior 1bdr to Premier 1bdr)
  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served via Room Service
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

Monaco

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Experience the serene post-spring ambiance of Monaco in May. Visit the Prince’s Palace in tranquil surroundings, try your luck at the Casino de Monte-Carlo with fewer visitors, and enjoy a leisurely walk in Princess Antoinette Park as nature flourishes.

Hotel Pick : Hotel Royal Riviera

Just 15 minutes by car from Monaco and Nice, Hotel Royal Riviera occupies a plum spot on the Cap-Ferrat peninsula, overlooking Provençal gardens terraced down to the sparkling Mediterranean. Exuding the privacy of an exclusive villa, the hotel features contemporary guest rooms on the main building’s first two floors. Experience Villa Orangerie, with its 14 guest rooms and two suites, each with a terrace or balcony. La Table du Royal restaurant is as inspiring as its name suggests, offering tantalizing Provençal flavors and stunning views. Active types will enjoy waterskiing, the outdoor heated swimming pool, and the private sandy beach.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in the restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

Norway

May brings spring blooms and extended daylight to Norway. Hike Trolltunga with clear paths, cruise through Geirangerfjord surrounded by lush greenery, and explore Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum with extended daylight hours.

Hotel Picks : Britannia Hotel

With a rich history, recent renovation, and guest list that ranges from Arctic explorers to British royalty, the Britannia Hotel is the place to stay in Trondheim. Enjoy modern gastronomy at the Michelin-starred Speilsalen, invigorating scrubs and soothing treatments in the spa, and rooms and suites (there is 233 total) featuring luxurious beds by Hästens, stylish marble bathrooms, and fully stocked minibars. Some even come with a private wine cellar and vintage grand piano.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

Peru

May marks the dry season in Peru, offering diverse adventures. Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with clear skies, explore the Amazon rainforest as wildlife is active, and visit the ancient Nazca Lines in optimal conditions.

Hotel Pick : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

One of the hotels of the First Climate Positive HotelBrand in the world, this intimate Andean village with 83 casitas is tucked away in the Machu Picchu cloud forest, with stunning views of exquisite natural beauty. In-house à la carte excursions lead guests to explore the mega-biodiversity within hotel grounds, which includes 214 bird species, the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species), a bear rescue center, and a tea plantation under the shade. The Unu Spa has a mystical Andean approach, and the first-class restaurants, which face the rumbling Vilcanota River, share the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Spain

Spain comes alive in May with festivals and pleasant temperatures. Attend Feria de Abril in Seville with vibrant celebrations, hike the Camino de Santiago with comfortable temperatures, and unwind on the beaches of Costa Brava before the summer crowds.

Hotel Pick : Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine

Located less than a 2-hour drive from Madrid, this restored abbey is majestically set on 500 acres of vineyards. The heart of the estate is its award-winning winery; its soul, the ancient 12th century Romanesque abbey, a Spanish cultural heritage site. The intimate resort with just 30 guestrooms offers full butler service. Refectorio, the abbey’s original dining hall, is now a Michelin-starred restaurant. Guests enjoy well-being at the Santuario Wellness & Spa, Spain’s first spa sommelier. An array of curated experiences around wine, gastronomy, nature, art and wellness immerse guests inmmerse in the spirit and style of LeDomaine.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily A La Carte Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in Hotel restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit per room to be utilized during stay.
  • Complimentary Spa Sommelier experience included when booking any Massage Ritual treatment, for up to two guests per room

 

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Belize

Belize
Turtle Inn

Caribbean

Caribbean
Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Egypt

Egypt
The Chedi El Gouna

Maldives

Maldives
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

Malta

Malta
The Phoenicia Malta

Mexico

Mexico
Chileno Bay Resort

Montana

Montana
The Resort at Paws Up

Norway

Norway
Storfjord Hotel

South Africa

South Africa
Mont Rochelle

Thailand

Thailand
Napasai, a Belmond Hotel

February: Romance and Adventure Around the Globe

In the month of love, set out on a global journey filled with romance and adventure. From the pristine beauty of the Alps to the historical treasures of Egypt and the wild landscapes of South Africa, February offers a tapestry of experiences to ignite your wanderlust.

Alps: Winter Wonderland and Alpine Retreats

February invites you to the magical world of the Alps, where snow-capped peaks and charming alpine villages create a winter wonderland. Enjoy world-class skiing in Switzerland or experience the cozy ambiance of mountain retreats in France and Austria. Embrace the beauty of winter landscapes and indulge in après-ski delights, making the Alps an ideal destination for snow enthusiasts.

Hotel Pick : Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Dolomites

Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti is set in the splendid scenery of the Dolomites, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage site. Snow-capped peaks, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls adorn the mountainsides, where the charms of nature can be explored at any time of the year. All the materials chosen for the resort – from the wood and stone, to the rigorous simplicity of the finishes – reflect the natural perfection of the Dolomites. Luxuriate at the Lefay SPA Dolomiti, one of the largest spas in the Alps, covering an area of 5,000 square feet, an exclusive temple of well-being where the body and mind can regenerate.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room
  • $100 USD equivalent SPA credit toward Lefay SPA Signature Treatments or Lefay SPA cosmetic line

Belize: Tropical Paradise and Barrier Reef Adventures

Escape to the tropical paradise of Belize in February, where azure waters and pristine beaches beckon. Discover the vibrant marine life of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Snorkel among colorful coral formations, explore ancient Mayan ruins, and unwind on sandy beaches. Belize offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation in the heart of Central America.

Hotel Pick : Turtle Inn, Placencia

Francis Ford Coppola has lovingly overseen every detail of Turtle Inn’s creation, using materials available in Belize’s tropical region. Today, it’s a hideaway praised for its rustic elegance and every imaginable indulgence. The seafront villas are prized features, with their screened porches, spacious living rooms, and private walled gardens. When you’re not “on siesta,” consider becoming a certified diver, swimming in either of the two infinity-edge pools, snorkeling, kayaking, or indulging in your choice of three restaurants. Excursions are available to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s only jaguar preserve.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent credit to be used only towards tours/excursions offered by property

Brazil: Carnival Extravaganza and Natural Wonders

February in Brazil means joining the dazzling Carnival extravaganza. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro or Salvador, where samba rhythms, colorful parades, and elaborate costumes take center stage. After the festivities, explore Brazil’s natural wonders, from the Amazon Rainforest to the iconic Iguazu Falls, creating a unique and unforgettable journey.

Hotel Pick : Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort, Barra de Sao Miguel

At Kenoa, the details make the difference. Details like the authentic, personal service that makes you feel right at home. Or a soak in your suite’s traditional Japanese ofuro tub, its fragrant cedarwood soothing away any cares. Set amid pristine rain forest with panoramic views of the Atlantic, this eco-chic hideaway is intimate and unobtrusive – just 23 contemporary suites and villas, made of sustainable materials, are strategically scattered for the ultimate in privacy. The beaches are also scarcely touched and, luckily for you, some of the best in Brazil.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (Marajo villa to Jaobi villa only)
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, once during stay

Caribbean: Sun-Kissed Escapes and Island Vibes

February is the perfect month to escape to the Caribbean’s sun-kissed islands. Bask in the warmth of turquoise waters, relax on white-sand beaches, and savor the laid-back island vibes. Whether it’s the pristine beaches of the Bahamas, the vibrant culture of Jamaica, or the historic charm of Barbados, the Caribbean promises an idyllic tropical getaway.

Hotel Pick : Rosewood Little Dix Bay, BVI

Rosewood Little Dix Bay is renowned for its tranquil location, offering a slice of tropical life far from the ordinary. Guestrooms, suites, and villas are tucked amid vibrant gardens along a half-mile stretch of sandy beach — each is a stylish blend of island comfort and modern convenience. Take advantage of the watersports and activities, from snorkeling and Sunfish sailing to garden tours and hiking. Sense®, a Rosewood Spa, is a spectacular place to unwind.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

Egypt: Ancient Wonders and Nile Cruises

February unveils the wonders of Egypt, where ancient history meets modern allure. Explore the iconic pyramids of Giza, cruise along the Nile River, and discover the treasures of Luxor and Karnak. With milder temperatures, February offers an ideal time to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Egypt’s cultural and historical heritage.

Property Pick : The Chedi El Gouna, El Gouna

Cradled by the white sand beaches and tranquil turquoise water of the Red Sea, The Chedi El Gouna is an oasis of elegance on Egypt’s ancient coast. With a golden shoreline and privileged views of the eponymous hamlet of El Gouna, the dazzling hideaway echoes the beauty of its natural surroundings with reverence for the region’s architectural traditions.

Maldives: Romantic Retreats in Overwater Paradises

Indulge in a romantic retreat to the Maldives in February, where turquoise lagoons and overwater bungalows create a dreamy atmosphere. Snorkel among vibrant coral reefs, enjoy private dinners on the beach, and unwind in luxurious spas. The Maldives offers a perfect setting for a romantic escape surrounded by the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

Hotel Pick : The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

If butler-serviced villas, private infinity pools, and overwater hammocks sound like your kind of getaway, put The Ritz-Carlton Maldives at the top of your Wanderlist. You won’t find typical thatched-roof villas here. What you will find is 100 modern yet minimalist accommodations, plus seven restaurants and bars serving an array of global cuisines (including mimosas, bloody mary, and prossecco served with breakfast). There’s also a tennis court, dive center, kids’ club with napping pods and a children’s pool, as well as a floating spa perched right in the center of the lagoon.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • Complimentary 1-hour professional portrait session, with one free photo selected

Malta: Mediterranean Heritage and Coastal Charm

February invites you to discover the Mediterranean charm of Malta. Explore the historic streets of Valletta, visit ancient temples like Ħaġar Qim, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Blue Lagoon. With milder temperatures and fewer crowds, February is an ideal time to immerse yourself in Malta’s rich cultural heritage and coastal wonders.

Hotel Pick : The Phoenicia Malta, Floriana

The Phoenicia Malta has hosted famous faces from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Queen Elizabeth II, yet they have a way of making all their guests feel like VIPs. Here, you’ll sip on cleverly-named cocktails at the socialite-inspired Club Bar. Get spoiled with Hot Stone massages and Korres Face & Body treatments in the spa. Enjoy the Mediterranean vibes (and views) in your room or suite, wonderfully appointed with balconies or floor-to-ceiling windows, crisp linens, and deep soaking tubs.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • Complimentary bottle of Prossecco

Mexico: Colonial Cities and Riviera Adventures

February in Mexico brings a wealth of experiences, from exploring the colonial cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende to unwinding on the Riviera Maya. Discover the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, snorkel in the vibrant cenotes, and savor the flavors of Mexican cuisine. Mexico offers a diverse and vibrant tapestry of culture and natural beauty.

Hotel Pick : Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Los Cabos

Perched on one of Cabo’s only swimmable beaches, Chileno Bay Resort is luxurious, yet completely laid back. Guestrooms, suites, and villas bring the outside in with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and an effortless Baja aesthetic. The signature restaurant, COMAL, does a modern take on traditional dishes (order the braised short rib with cacao broth). In 2022, the resort added a new restaurant, YAYA, fusing Mediterranean and Latin American flavors. And in the spa, you’ll find holistic treatments from Aztec healing rituals to Cabo Thai Massages. There’s even a beachside bar serving up shots of Sotol and authentic al pastor tacos.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast credit of $35 USD equivalent per person
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

Montana: Winter Wilderness and Rocky Mountain Majesty

Embrace the winter wilderness of Montana in February, where the Rocky Mountains create a majestic backdrop. Explore Glacier National Park covered in snow, go dog sledding in Big Sky, or enjoy the tranquility of hot springs. Whether it’s outdoor adventures or cozy mountain retreats, Montana offers a serene and picturesque winter escape.

Hotel Pick : The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

Known as “The Last Best Place,” The Resort at Paws Up may be just that. A pristine escape in the Rocky Mountains, taking full advantage of the Big Sky countryside, this wilderness outpost offers something for all energy levels. Explore the land on horseback, cast a fly for trout, or simply indulge in spa treatments at Spa Town®. As for accommodations, you can choose from 28 luxurious vacation homes, or you can experience upscale camping in one of 36 luxury tents, with decadent furnishings, your own private bathroom, and even the services of a camping butler. It’s nature served on a silver platter.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast (included in rates)
  • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers
  • Bottle of wine in room on arrival
  • A $300 USD activity credit, to be utilized during stay

Norway: Northern Lights and Fjord Adventures

February is the perfect time to witness the enchanting Northern Lights in Norway. Explore the dramatic fjords, go dog sledding in Tromsø, and embrace the winter wonderland of the Arctic Circle. Norway’s pristine landscapes and unique winter activities make it an ideal destination for those seeking a magical and adventurous escape.

Hotel Pick : Storfjord Hotel

Hiking, fishing, sailing, skiing – however you want to see this part of Norway, Storfjord Hotel is a picture-perfect jumping off point. Forget television and technology and instead go fishing around Ålesund or paddle from the hotel to Glomset Cove in a kayak. You may even have seals and puffins for company. A private boat or helicopter trip to the waterfalls at Geirangerfjord and cloud-capped peaks around Hjorundfjord are musts. Back on dry land, short woodland walking trails weave around Storjord, or enjoy the more advanced hiking in the Sunmøre Alps.

South Africa: Safari Marvels and Coastal Beauty

February in South Africa invites you to explore its diverse landscapes. Embark on a safari adventure in Kruger National Park, relax on the picturesque beaches of the Garden Route, and savor the vibrant culture of Cape Town. With pleasant weather and abundant wildlife, South Africa offers a perfect blend of safari marvels and coastal beauty.

Hotel Pick : Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek

Sir Richard Branson’s love for the African continent and for the finer things in life lured him to the Western Cape province and Mont Rochelle. There, in the food and wine capital of South Africa, guests can unwind and make themselves at home while dining on healthy and locally sourced cuisine, tasting superb Shiraz and chardonnay in the 150-year-old cellar, and exploring the rolling vineyards and well-tended grounds in one of the world’s most bucolic settings. The 26 bedrooms are bright and airy, and many have private terraces or balconies. An intimate spa offers a hammam and healing treatments using grapes, herbs, and spices.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency hotel credit, once per stay, per room, applicable towards Gift Shop, Spa or Food & Beverage, to be utilized during stay

Thailand: Island Hopping and Thai Culture

February beckons you to the tropical paradise of Thailand, where island hopping and cultural exploration await. Visit the stunning beaches of Phuket and Krabi, explore the bustling markets of Bangkok, and discover the ancient temples of Ayutthaya. Thailand’s warm hospitality and diverse experiences make it an enticing destination for a February getaway.

Property Pick : Napasai, A Belmond Hotel, Koh Samui

Discover unparalleled luxury at Napasai, a Belmond Hotel, Koh Samui. You’ll find yourself surrounded by swaying palms, shimmering sands, and complete serenity in an elegant beachfront setting. Upon arrival, take a dip in the large infinity-edge pool tucked within the tropical garden. Book a treatment at the Napasai Spa, where expert hands use traditional Thai therapies and Asian botanical elements to create the ultimate holistic indulgence. Or, for a more invigorating outing, choose from snorkeling and scuba tours, jungle adventures, boating trips, and more.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two guests

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