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Amangiri

1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, USA
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Son Bunyola

Ctra. C, 710, 83km, 07191 Banyalbufar, Illes Balears, Spain
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NIHI Sumba, Indonesia

Hoba Wawi, Wanokaka, West Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Annandale

Te Waipounamu / South Island, New Zealand
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andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia, Namibia
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Titilaka, Peru

Peru
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Embrace the Slow Life

Ah, getting away from it all – there’s nothing like it. But what if you really need to slow down life’s rollercoaster, step off, and spend a week or two gently unwinding. Welcome to our pick of slow-living ideas that will make you really appreciate the natural world at its most alluring.

Amangiri, Utah, USA

The super-luxury and soul-soothing silence at Amangiri at Canyon Point, Utah is something special. People who know about the 900 acres of vastness go there to be – and to feel – remote, and with the eerie beauty of the Utah/Arizona terrain for miles and miles all around, this wilderness feels nothing short of humbling. Its crisp edges of polished rock are redolent of Native American architecture. The fantastic centrepiece pool curves around a rock formation, and the Aman Spa has all you need to empty your mind – the same for being able to view the desert from most beds or baths. The modernist suites offer an inspiring welcome to this most dramatically secluded setting.

Virtuoso travelers 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 (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, to be applied towards incidentals excluding alcohol & boutique)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Son Bunyola, Mallorca

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 travelers 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
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

NIHI Sumba, Indonesia

There are fewer than 30 uniquely designed villas here but every single one has a captivating Indian Ocean view, and this beautiful place is further lit up by the smiling welcome you’ll receive from the Sumbanese people who look after it on behalf of the owners. Something you can do here that takes you right away from everyday stresses and strains is swimming with Sumba’s horses, and after that exhilaration then it’s time to explore the Nihioka, a truly blissful spa. We can also recommend stand-up paddling through slow-moving local rivers as they wind past sultry Sumba villages and hidden local waterfalls. It’s as surreally relaxing as it sounds. Indeed, the resident team can devise an itinerary for you with all sorts of serene experiences, from bird-watching to immersion in the ancient heritage of the Marapu people along what was once a remote and secret beach.

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

Annandale, New Zealand

On Banks Peninsula, clinging to the edge of New Zealand’s South Island, are the four distinctive villas created by the Annandale farm; it almost defines getting away from it all. Despite the stunning coastline and breathtaking views of the glittering Pacific Ocean, you’re on a working 4000-acre farm where the large grazing herds of Angus cattle and Romney sheep dot the landscape of rocky outcrops and wind-blown tussock grass. We absolutely love the old fashioned veranda of the restored 19th century Homestead, which can sleep up to 12, and has its own heated pool and even a private tennis court. There’s also masses to enjoy outside, including mountain-biking, kayaking, hiking, cooking classes and nature cruises.

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

This is the only private reserve in the Sossusvlei area featuring the dunes of Namibia on the world’s oldest living desert, so when you’re in the lodge you’re at the centre of 31,000 acres of pristine nothingness. The utter tranquility and extraordinary quality of light makes this area magical by day while at night the sky is so clear – it’s near an internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve – that the stargazing through a powerful Celestron telescope in the Observatory will keep you up til dawn. The accommodation is all about sustainable luxury: 10 beautifully appointed stone-and-glass suites offer shaded verandas, private plunge pools, and large retractable skylights above the beds. Other signature features include a sunrise-view gym and sunset-facing wellness centre.

Titilaka, Peru

At an altitude of 3800 metres above sea level, the air on the shores of Lake Titicaca where Titilaka Lodge is tucked away is crisp and wholesome. It will leave you thoroughly refreshed while exploring this dramatic and enormous stretch of water. There’s island-hopping on the lake itself, excursions from the boathouse on the peninsula, unforgettable birdwatching, and Sillustani – the large and important pre-Hispanic funeral ground and archaeological complex where Peru and Bolivia come together in the Andes. The rooms, each with a splendid lake view, are contemporary and sumptuous. Almost all the lovely staff are locals, and the fare is delicious, seasonal and satisfying. You’ll have amazing days and sleep like a log…

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

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Sterrekopje, Franschhoek, South Africa

Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
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Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Okavango, Botswana
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Serra Cafema

Kunene River, Hartmann Valley, Namibia
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andBeyond Bateleur Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Victoria Falls River Lodge, Zambezi, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Kisawa Sanctuary

Kisawa Sanctuary Benguerra Island Inhambane, 1304, Mozambique
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Discover the Riches of Africa

We’re exploring the vastness and the contrasts of the African sub-continent this week, featuring six ways to engage with wonderful places, experiences and cultures we think you’ll adore…

Sterrekopje, Franschhoek, South Africa

So, it’s not a hotel – they’re emphatic about that – but this is certainly a place where you’ll relax and unwind entirely, while reconnecting to nature and food so fresh that it could have been harvested just minutes before you tuck in. Sterrekopje is a remote farm nestling in the foothills of the Franschhoek mountains, where over many years the natural balance of the land has been restored and cherished to make it as fertile and sustainable as possible. The biodiverse abundance means 100 different items of fresh produce are grown on-site, miles away from anywhere. You’ll be staying in an elegantly comfortable farmhouse or one of the cottages enfolded by lush nature, and while you enjoy the sanctuary you’ll be reconnecting with your soul – and looking forward to another leisurely dinner under the stars.

Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana

There are few places to match the Okavango Delta wetlands to experience a magical and satisfying safari. It’s at its very best from May to September – so think about your trip next year, maybe – when you can glide silently through the natural water channels in a traditional-style canoe, with hippos wallowing either side of you and sea eagles soaring above. This Belmond lodge, is, as you might expect, on its own private island, and the dozen beautiful tented rooms have high ceilings, huge beds and their own plunge pools. They have privacy and wonderful outlooks in equal measure. By staying here you’ll be helping projects to harmlessly separate local livestock from endangered local predators, and to save Africa’s wild dogs.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023:

  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Private dining experience for up to two guests once during stay, served on the balcony of your room or at a private location within the lodge (must have minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Serra Cafema, Kaokoland, Namibia

It’s not just animals that are rare, fascinating and in need of traveller support; it’s people too. Namibia’a Himba are some of this stunning country’s last semi-nomads. This is their wide-ranging home, an untouched wilderness of silent deserts and rushing rivers where they have learned to adapt to life alongside everything from oryx and tiny chameleons to crocodiles and zebra. Staying here helps to maintain and protect the delicate balance between all of Serra Cafema’s inhabitants. In exchange, you’ll return each day from all kinds of guided safaris – boat, walking, even quad-biking – to sultry luxury in one of eight suites built from wood, canvas and thatch, with elevated decks to watch the orangeness of the sinking sun intensify… having put away a hearty and local supper.

andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

Reflecting the ambience of 1920s and 1930s classic Kenyan safaris, andBeyond Bateleur Camp boasts luxurious safari tents complete with private butler service, ceiling fans and spacious ensuite bathrooms. In close proximity to where the famous final scene of ‘Out of Africa’ was filmed, this magnificent camp is set on a private concession allowing one to explore by day or night, on foot or in a vehicle in the company of your expert safari guide. In the late afternoon, head out in open safari vehicles, and in the evenings have an exclusive experience, a night safari which offers an opportunity to seek out nocturnal wildlife.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2022:

  • Upgrade not applicable for this property
  • Daily breakfast (included in rates)
  • A uniquely and authentic welcome gift on arrival
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Victoria Falls River Lodge, Zambezi, Zimbabwe

So close to the Victoria Falls that you can see the mist thrown up by that tumbling crescendo of water, you’ll be staying on Khandahar Island with epic views of the Zambesi river… and you can only get there by boat. Nature teems around you both in the water and on land, where wild elephants spend their days semi-oblivious to the admirers close by. Accommodation is in a series of specially-built treehouse suites, connected by wooden walkways to the lounge, dining area and sunset bar, and the levels of luxury are splendid. The ultimate stay is in one of the two Starbed Treehouses, built spectacularly over two levels above the tree-tops. Not one for the under-16s, mind.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary 50-minute massage per person, for up to two guests per room, once during stay (must have minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Kisawa Sanctuary, Vilanculos, Mozambique

Home to some of the richest subtropical ecosystems, Kisawa Sanctuary’s mission is to bring wilderness and well-being together. Feel the healing energies of the island with a complimentary welcome treatment or therapeutic massage ritual. Savor fresh ingredients sourced from farmers and fishermen within the Inhambane province. And stay in one of the 11 secluded residences, each with a private beach, infinity pool, and open-air deck overlooking the resort’s dreamy 300-hectare property.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023:

  • Daily A la carte breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in the Main Terrace restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • One additional 60-minutes spa treatment, for two persons, during the stay (one is already included in the Kisawa guest experience for all guests)
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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