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Country: Brazil

Rosewood SĂŁo Paulo

Rosewood SĂŁo Paulo

Vila Santa Teresa, Copacabana

Vila Santa Teresa, Copacabana

Barracuda Hotels and Villas

Barracuda Hotels and Villas

Ibiti, Minas Gerais

Ibiti, Minas Gerais

Caiman, Pantanal

Caiman, Pantanal

Hotel das Cataratas

Hotel das Cataratas

Awasi Iguazu, Iguassu Falls

Awasi Iguazu, Iguassu Falls

Brazil Unlocked

As the 5th largest country in the world and home to 14 UNESCO sites and 27 national parks, Brazil is a champion of biodiversity with over four million plant and animal species thriving in the Amazon rainforest. Renowned for the most energetic celebration during Carnival, incredible music such as Bossa Nova, Samba and Funk Carioca and hearty dishes stemming from their melting pot of culture, stepping into this world is a rejuvenating and fascinating journey that will take a lifetime to uncover. Once you’ve had a taste of what this vast country has to offer, you’ll be clamouring for more of its marvels.

Rosewood SĂŁo Paulo, SĂŁo Paulo

Proudly occupying a historical landmark building with cool interiors by Philippe Starck, Rosewood is the place to see and be seen in SĂŁo Paulo. Don’t miss their unique jazz bar Rabo di Galo for excellent cocktails, and take advantage of their six culinary venues and two outdoor pools. The team can even arrange a three day journey to the oasis of MaranhĂŁo at Casa Lençóis to view magnificent white sand dunes, a lesser known gem on the coast.

Vila Santa Teresa, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Amidst the ateliers and bohemian vibe of this iconic district, the views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the Guanabara Bay are reason enough to stay at this charming boutique hotel. Feel transported to the simplicity and cool of another time, designed with Brazilian roots in mind and rich with personality from four previous generations. The gastronomy is a highlight with menus instilling the family’s favourite recipes, and a bar that will make you feel right at home.

Barracuda Hotels and Villas, Itacare, Bahia

Boasting a community-centric ethos, a sleek infinity pool, a Swedish sentiment and handcrafted furniture by Bahian carpenters, the cultural treasures of ItacarĂ© are on full display here at Barracuda. For the adventurous, go surfing, fishing, kayaking in mangroves or take jeep rides into the forest. Along the ‘Cocoa Coast,’ you’ll find raw beauty and seclusion that stays in harmony with Nature.

Ibiti, Minas Gerais

A self-proclaimed ‘experimental socio-environmental project focused on man and his home, the planet,’ the dedication to sustainability is largely apparent, starting with their rewilding projects and organic greenhouses and gardens. Bask in the open-air cinema, enjoy cycling or walking the immersion circuits in Nature, enjoy swimming in natural pools and under waterfalls, or horse-ride on mangalarga horses for a lay of the land. There is also a Big Family of sculptures which are a sight to behold.

Caiman, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul

Across 53,000 private hectares, come up close and personal with the wonderfully protected wildlife of the Pantanal wetlands, through day and night jeep safaris, canoeing trips, birdwatching, or horse-riding with cowboys. Spot jaguars, giant anteaters, ocelots, blue hyacinth macaws and more – every day promises new discovery. Ecotourism is at its finest at this dreamy setting, with a recent renovation of 18 suites or a private villa.

Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguassu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu

Witnessing the mighty force of Iguassu Falls and the pulse of the jungle will render you speechless, and you’re perfectly positioned at Belmond’s pink colonial hacienda harking back to the 1950s. Take part in their iconic ‘First Light’ walk with Leica binoculars in hand, spend time with the native Tupi-Guarani community as they share local legends, enjoy aerial views by helicopter and a pre-opening access to Parque das Aves for a glimpse of stunning birds of the Atlantic forest.

Awasi Iguazu, Iguassu Falls, Misiones Argentina

Another divine option located on the Argentinian side of the falls, is a stunning Awasi property with just 14 villas immersed in the jungle, complete with your own private guide and 4WD to personalise your stay. Entirely private to your liking, explore jungle trails filled with endemic birds, visit archeological 18th century Jesuit Ruins and encounter local Guarani tribal communities. Using jungle ingredients to enhance local flavours, the Relais & Châteaux restaurant will surprise you with its farm-to-table menu.

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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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Pálacio Tangará

Pálacio Tangará,
Brasil

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
Chile

Awasi Iguazu

Awasi Iguazu
Argentina

Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna,
Peru

Casa San Agustin

Casa San Agustin,
Colombia

Pikaia Lodge

Pikaia Lodge,
Ecuador

South America Continent of Extremes

For a taste of remoteness, old world charm, and untouched wilderness, look no further than the vast continent of South America. A destination where adventure lurks around every corner, surprising encounters are the norm, and magic awaits for those with eyes wide open. Conservation of wildlife and culture has largely been maintained over huge swathes of land, while Life in many regions has withstood the test of time, offering simplicity and authenticity during your travels. The range of flavourful cuisines are plentiful and distinctive, and by combining all these aspects, one’s innermost explorer is provoked and revealed. Escape the grind, your rituals, and your tried and true; break free from expectation and witness these places and people up close and personal.

Pálacio Tangará, Brazil

Blending European hospitality with SĂŁo Paulo art de vivre as part of the Oetker’s Masterpiece Collection, Palacio Tangará is characteristic of luxury across all aspects. You’ll feel transported through their groovy music nights, renewed in airy rooms overlooking Burle Marx park as its backyard, replenished in their grand pools, and spoiled by their quality of service. An exclusive gourmet meal by Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a must, taking inspiration from Brazil’s bountiful ingredients.

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, Chile

In one of the driest and most uninhabitable places in the world, Alto Atacama is a haven of blissful interiors with a cactus garden, heated swimming pools and a llama corral; “a place of wonder and an oasis under the stars” amidst a surreal landscape befitting outer space! The dramatic abode is looked after by some of the friendliest and well-informed staff who live and breathe the Chilean desert mentality.

Awasi Iguazu, Argentina

With just 14 villas tucked away on the banks of the River IguazĂş with your own 4WD and private guide, the Awasi brand is synonymous with sharpening your senses and crafting wholly personalised excursions. Whether relaxing at hidden creeks, experiencing the mighty power of the falls, spotting exotic birdlife, discovering Jesuit ruins, or connecting with Guarani tribes, their array of activities can easily prolong your visit to the lush Atlantic Rainforest.

Sol y Luna, Peru

One of the Sacred Valley’s unforgettable experiences is a stay at Sol Y Luna’s stylish casitas and abundant gardens, also offering daily Peruvian Paso Horse shows and in-depth gastronomy. Surrounded by majestic mountains and a great base from which to explore the Maras salt mines and unique Moray archaeological complex, you could also spend your time horse-riding, paragliding, and kayaking, or witness traditional Andean weaving based on ancestral techniques.

Casa San Agustin, Colombia

This romantic refuge stays true to the colonial heritage of Cartagena de Indias with characteristic stone walls, wood-beamed ceilings and white-washed houses, Casa San Agustin is quintessentially Colombian while accommodating the needs of the modern day traveller. As a special treat for their guests, expect a boat charter across turquoise waters to their private beach Acasi, pure paradise along the Caribbean Sea.

Pikaia Lodge, Ecuador

Representative of Relais & Chateaux’s extraordinary portfolio, Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz Island honours the environmentally conscious when experiencing the Galapagos, highlighting luxury eco adventure with one of the most dramatic infinity pools in the world! Staying on land provides more privacy, divine gastronomy, small guided tours, and best of all, access to their incredible giant tortoise reserve.

This continent takes a lifetime to discover and is easily blended by cross-country visits, so why not choose 3 destinations to round out your South American sojourn! We will seamlessly connect you from each place, including exceptional experiences to soothe your soul.

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