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Alps

Alps
L'Apogee

Australia

Australia
Longitude 131

Bolivia

Bolivia
Titilaka

Caribbean

Caribbean
Jumby Bay Island

Iceland

Iceland
Deplar Farm

Maldives

Maldives
Soneva Fushi

New Zealand

New Zealand
Annandale

Vietnam

Vietnam
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

January: Mystical Destinations to Kick Off the Year

Begin the year with a diverse expedition, exploring everything from the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the tropical allure of the Maldives. January beckons you to experience the magic of destinations like Iceland, the Caribbean, and New Zealand, ensuring a varied and enchanting start to your year of travel.

Alps: A Winter Wonderland Retreat

January unfolds the Alps as a winter wonderland retreat, offering a pristine escape for snow enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Switzerland, France, and Austria, where snow-capped peaks and charming alpine villages create a magical atmosphere. From world-class skiing in the Swiss Alps to exploring the historic charm of Austrian mountain towns, January in the Alps promises an enchanting experience for winter aficionados.

Hotel Pick : L’Apogee, Courchevel 1850

L’Apogée Courchevel is a ski-in/ski-out hotel located on the very top of a former Olympic ski jump, presenting guests with a clear view all the way down the valley. The 53 spacious suites and rooms are designed with chic individualism and connected for the convenience of groups and families. The fabulous penthouse has four bedrooms, and there are two spectacular five-star ski chalets. Koori is a Japanese restaurant with elite sushi masters, while Le Comptoir L’Apogée serves French specialties in a warm, social atmosphere. The spa features a banya sauna with hydrotherapy, and children adore the most exciting kids’ club in Courchevel.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (already included in hotel rates)
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage 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

Australia: Summer Down Under

While much of the Northern Hemisphere is blanketed in snow, January marks the height of summer in Australia. Escape to the sun-soaked beaches of the Gold Coast or the vibrant cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Enjoy outdoor adventures in the Great Barrier Reef or explore the iconic landscapes of the Outback. January in Australia is a perfect blend of beach relaxation, cultural exploration, and thrilling activities under the southern sun.

Hotel Pick : Longitude 131, Uluru

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 travelers receive:

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Kinara Credit to be utilized during stay, applicable towards spa treatments (excludes retail, not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Bolivia: Unveiling South American Wonders

January brings a unique opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes of Bolivia. From the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, to the ancient wonders of Tiwanaku, Bolivia offers a journey into South American marvels. Dive into the rich indigenous cultures, witness the vibrant traditions, and marvel at the stunning natural beauty that defines Bolivia in this captivating month.

Hotel Pick : Titilaka, Puno

Surrender to your senses in an experience lodge on a private peninsula at 4000 meters above sea level. Vast skies and endless waters are your closest neighbours at this ethereal Relais & Châteaux retreat on Lake Titicaca – an enigmatic sense of peaceful solitude. The Lodge features 18 rooms with privileged views of the lake and offers a fully inclusive service. The cuisine is based on numerous Andean ingredients with a delicate contemporary twist. Go beyond the magic of the lake and venture through ancient trails, acquaint yourself with traditional communities, and explore the Uros Floating Islands as part of the complimentary excursions.

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 people, per room, once per stay (booking to be made prior to arrival, must have minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Caribbean: Tropical Bliss and Tranquility

January is the ideal time to escape to the Caribbean’s tropical paradise. With balmy temperatures and clear skies, immerse yourself in the laid-back vibes of the islands. From the pristine beaches of Barbados to the lush landscapes of Jamaica, the Caribbean beckons with turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs, and a rich cultural tapestry. Indulge in water sports, explore historic sites, and savor the delicious flavours of Caribbean cuisine.

Hotel Pick : Jumby Bay Island, Antigua & Barbuda

Named for the playful spirits believed to roam the West Indies, Jumby Bay Island is sure to enchant. Situated on a 300-acre private island with two white-sand beaches, the resort offers plenty of playful diversions, from snorkeling and sailboarding to biking and sunset cocktail cruises. Choose from 40 beach and oceanfront guest suites or 36 villas and Private Residences. Blending seamlessly into the island’s landscape are four restaurants: The Estate House, serving European classics with West Indian flair; beachfront Veranda restaurant and bar; the oceanside Pool Grille; and the casually authentic Beach Shack with a small bites.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full 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

Colombia: A Tapestry of Culture and Nature

January invites you to discover the colorful tapestry of Colombia, where diverse landscapes and vibrant cultures come together. Explore the historic streets of Cartagena, hike through the lush Cocora Valley with its towering wax palms, and embrace the energetic atmosphere of Bogotá. Colombia’s rich biodiversity, coupled with warm hospitality, makes it an inviting destination for those seeking a perfect blend of nature and culture.

Hotel Pick : Sofitel Baru Calablanca Beach Resort, Cartagena

LEED-certified Sofitel Baru Calablanca Beach Resort blends eco-conscious living with over-the-top luxury. After arriving by private yacht, enjoy an aperitif at the rooftop bar, La Pérgola, savor farm-to-table cuisine at Calablanca Restaurant and Bar (try the Colombian-style pork belly), or unwind in your room or suite designed to reflect the resort’s natural surroundings. You can also take a guided mountain bike tour of the island, swim among glowing plankton in the bioluminescent water, or lounge by one of the four dreamy pools.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for two guests per accommodation, once during stay (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities, must have minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Iceland: Northern Lights and Glacial Wonders

Experience the magical allure of Iceland in January, where the Northern Lights dance across the night sky. Explore the dramatic landscapes of glaciers, waterfalls, and geysers. Take a dip in the rejuvenating Blue Lagoon or embark on a thrilling adventure through the Golden Circle. Iceland’s winter wonders create a mesmerizing backdrop for an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature.

Hotel Pick : Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula

It doesn’t get more off-the-grid than the Fljót Valley on the mountainous Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland. Deplar Farm, named one of 2023’s “Best Hotels in the World” on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, embodies an adventurous spirit fueled by deep connections to extraordinary landscapes. This remote area is a gateway for adventures ranging from skiing to sea kayaking and the perfect location for viewing the Aurora Borealis due to its notable lack of artificial light. Located on a converted sheep farm, Deplar Farm blends into the natural landscape with its black timber cladding and living roof.

Maldives: Tropical Paradise Retreat

January is the perfect month to indulge in a tropical paradise retreat in the Maldives. With crystal-clear turquoise waters and overwater bungalows, this archipelago offers a luxurious escape. Snorkel among vibrant coral reefs, relax on pristine white-sand beaches, and savour exquisite cuisine. The Maldives promises a romantic and rejuvenating getaway for those seeking a slice of tropical paradise.

Hotel Pick : Soneva Fushi, Baa Atol

Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 72 spacious beachfront and over water villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden among dense foliage and located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Watch classic movies at the outdoor Cinema Paradiso. Choose from 9 different dining options, 500 wines, and 11 types of pillows. Unwind at the on-site Soneva Soul. Nature’s resources are transformed into art at the Glass Studio, while The Den gives children the freedom to live their island dreams. Glorious days are spent stargazing at the Observatory, sampling organic delicacies, and exploring the coral reef.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100USD equivalent in local currency Reosrt or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bookings of a 3 Bedroom Villa and above will receive:
    • $500USD equivalent in local currency Food and Beverage credit utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

* With a minimum 5 night stay, guests also receive:

  • Complimentary shoreline beach dinner, once per stay
  • Sunset Dolphin Safari (Communal)
  • Flavorful cuisine (organic vegetables) cooking class for two, once per stay

New Zealand: Summer Adventure Haven

January brings summer to New Zealand, turning it into an adventure haven. Explore the stunning landscapes of Fiordland National Park, hike the iconic Milford Track, or bask in the beauty of the Bay of Islands. New Zealand’s diverse scenery, from mountains to beaches, offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers.

Property Pick : Annandale, Akaroa

The perfect day at Annandale begins with a leisurely chef-made breakfast in your villa and ends with a magical stargazing session from your private deck. Thanks to this resort’s ultra-remote location and just four award-winning villas, you won’t be bothered by crowds (or city lights, for that matter). Instead, you’ll be treated to farm-to-table cuisine sourced and foraged from within a 60-mile footprint, guided kayaking and fishing excursions in the wildlife-filled Pigeon Bay, and tours of Annandale’s 4,000-acre working ranch.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Complimentary Breakfast Provisions in Your Villa
  • $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)

Sri Lanka: Cultural Extravaganza and Tropical Bliss

January unveils the cultural extravaganza and tropical bliss of Sri Lanka. Immerse yourself in the rich history of ancient cities like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Explore the lush tea plantations of the central highlands and relax on the pristine beaches of the southern coast. Sri Lanka’s warm hospitality and diverse landscapes create a perfect blend of cultural exploration and tropical relaxation.

Hotel Pick : Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Tangalle

Hide away at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. Landscaped terraces lead to golden sands at this former coconut plantation, nestled on a private bay along Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The 120 rooms and 32 villas provide sanctuary with touches like rattan furnishings and hand-dyed batik fabrics. Dine on Italian cuisine at the resort’s award-winning restaurant, Il Mare, perched on the cliff’s edge, or teppanyaki at Verala restaurant. Enjoy a Sri Lankan cooking lesson with recipes to take home. Exotic dreams come true with elephant encounters, ayurvedic and wellness treatments, beachside yoga, and cycling among the resort’s lawns.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for two guests per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities (minimum 3-courses & value of $100USD)
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Uganda: Safari Adventures and Pristine Wilderness

January invites you to embark on safari adventures in the pristine wilderness of Uganda. Explore the iconic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to endangered mountain gorillas, and witness the breathtaking landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda’s diverse wildlife, lush rainforests, and welcoming communities make it an exceptional destination for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path safari experience.

Lodge Pick : Volcanoes Bwindi Safari Lodge

Overlooking the beautifully primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge offers a stylish setting from which to enjoy the unforgettable experience of tracking the majestic mountain gorillas of Uganda. This beautiful lodge has just eight stone and timber glass-fronted bandas, which face the lush forest canopy. The ensuite rooms reflect the local building style and provide luxury in an eco-sensitive way. Guests can look forward to flushing toilets, a double vanity, showers with hot and cold running water and a private balcony from which to spot wildlife, including chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and monkeys.

Vietnam: Cultural Riches and Scenic Beauty

Vietnam shines in January, offering a perfect blend of cultural riches and scenic beauty. Explore the ancient streets of Hanoi, cruise through the stunning limestone karsts of Halong Bay, and wander through the historic town of Hoi An. From bustling markets to tranquil landscapes, Vietnam captures the essence of Southeast Asia, making it an inspiring destination for cultural exploration and natural beauty.

Hotel Pick : Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay sits on a dramatic bay surrounded by golden sand and towering mountains. The family-friendly resort has 62 pool villas as well as several bars and restaurants serving local and international specialties, many with local seafood as a key ingredient. It is also an ideal setting for beautiful weddings. Six Senses Spa at Ninh Van Bay is a sanctuary for all the senses, with traditional Vietnamese and Six Senses signature treatments to suit every individual. Guests also enjoy the resort’s many land activities and water excursions, including snorkeling the coral reef and joining cultural and wildlife tours.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay (to ensure delivery and availability, we request that this is arranged prior to arrival, must have minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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