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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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Peru

Peru
Sol Y Luna

Switzerland

Switzerland
Badrutt’s Palace

Maldives

Maldives
The St. Regis Maldives

Alternative Summer Holiday Inspiration for your Family

Rather than the typical European getaways, immerse yourself in alternative summer holidays that promise uniqueness and adventure. Explore hidden gems and partake in unique experiences as we redefine the essence of a perfect summer retreat, introducing you to unconventional destinations that go beyond the expected.

Peru

Travel with your kids? It’s going to generate memories like nothing else, but you want to know they’re going to have wonderful days packed with energy. Here your family is planted at the heart of Machi Picchu, which means you’ll be exploring in the tracks of the Incas by horse, on bikes, in kayaks or trekking on foot. Maybe, even, taking to the skies in a tandem paraglider. There’s also plenty of culture, local crafts and conservation to get involved in, so something not just for everyone but for every individual temperament.

Hotel pick: Sol Y Luna, located in the stunning Sacred Valley, you’re surrounded by the snow-capped Andes even when you’re in the amazing outdoor pool.

Switzerland

Ditch your preconceptions: Switzerland isn’t just for winter ski breaks. It’s a tremendous summer playground where everything is done properly, dependably and beautifully. From scenic train rides for the little ones to glacier hikes, paddle-boarding, basketball and kite-surfing, and even dedicated sports clubs, where the pristine Alpine air will build up appetites and wear everyone out after a day of thrilling adventures.

Hotel pick: Badrutt’s Palace, where the stunning alpine views provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities and stylish, comfortable suites to retreat back  to.

Kenya

Go wild in Kenya – yes, we mean go completely wild, and sometimes pretty deserted, too, as there are tons of child-friendly holidays to be had here. Of course, these include safaris and exciting wildlife experiences, but also beach holidays and even family cycling tours. Kenya is a lovely country, very accessible and with eye-widening excitement abounding. Accommodation across the country is well developed, and alluring places like the Masai Mara and Amboseli are quite compact, so driving around isn’t too daunting.

Hotel pick: Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, nestled within a 58,000-acre wildlife conservancy, Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy is the epitome of exclusive. Enjoy early morning game drives and late afternoon spa treatments.

Canada

Canadian family holidays are certain to be unforgettable, because it’s probably the most outdoors-y country on earth. Whether you’re taking the family into natural wildernesses, staying in one of the country’s surprisingly quirky cities, or hitting the road in a motorhome, adventure awaits. Animal encounters can include bears, beavers, moose and dinosaur ghosts, and you’ll love to see your children’s eyes sparkling around a night-time campfire. Whether you experience its cool, crisp waters from a canoe or while gazing at the Niagara Falls, you’ll still be drenched in Canada’s natural wonders.

Hotel pick: Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, the 25 canvas tents at this opulent forest outpost, with sustainable local food, take you and your children away from all modern distractions.

Vietnam

You should definitely consider Vietnam for a holiday with your clan, whether young ones or of those often-surly teenagers. The people are super-friendly, the weather good, the food tasty even for faddy young palettes, and there are lots of interesting ways to get around – from boats to bicycles and even overnight trains. Best of all, the sights and experiences are like a school library book coming to life, with temples, pagodas, palaces, zoos, national parks, old towns, speedboat trips through tunnels, paddy fields, museums, floating markets, water puppet shows and even waterparks.

Hotel pick: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, an opulent oasis with family-sized villas on Vietnam’s rich if little known central coast, with a beach one way and three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the other.

Maldives

Time here, maybe, for your older children to fully understand why mum and dad just need to unwind in the most indulgent way possible. The dazzlingly blue water and soft sand force everyone to slow down and chill, with the odd bursts of adrenaline when snorkelling or swimming. There’s a lot to learn and absorb about marine life and also the huge efforts being made to conserve and cherish the islands, lagoons and atolls in the face of global warming thoughtlessly propelled in places far away. For any antsy offspring, they can play tennis all day to really justify that non-alcholic cocktail!

Hotel pick: The St. Regis Maldives, this private island getaway – remote even for the Maldives – was designed for today’s experiential traveller, from its daring architecture to its dive center, where marine biologists catalog the rich biodiversity

So… time for a ‘family meeting’ to decide which destination to head for! We’d be delighted to help plan your summer family getaway, tailored perfectly to your needs.

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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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The Lodge at Blue Sky

27649 Old Lincoln Hwy
Wanship
UT 84017
United States
SUSTAINABILITY:

Bluegr Hotel & Resorts

107 Pefkon Str.
Neo Iraklio
14122 Athens
Greece
SUSTAINABILITY:

Teardrop Hotels

30/84 Perera Gardens
Pelawatte, Battaramulla
Sri Lanka
SUSTAINABILITY:

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

Kandani Danda
Pokhara 26
Kaski,
Gandaki
Nepal
SUSTAINABILITY:

Crees Manu

Urb. Los Andenes
B-6 – Cusco,
Perú
SUSTAINABILITY:

The Sujan Life

1, Sri Aurobindo Marg,
Hauz Khas,
New Delhi 110 016,
India
SUSTAINABILITY:

The Safari Series

Umende,
Nanyuki,
Laikipia County,
Kenya
SUSTAINABILITY:

The Datai Langkawi

Jalan Teluk Datai
07000 Pulau Langkawi
Kedah Darul Aman
Malaysia
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Blue Apple Beach

Isla Tierra Bomba
Blue Apple Beach House
Bocachica, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar
Colombia
SUSTAINABILITY

Sol Y Luna

Fundo Huincho Lote A5
08661 Urubamba
(Cusco - Perú)
SUSTAINABILITY:

Wild Bush Luxury

Level 5/89 York St,
Sydney NSW 2000,
Australia
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Travel As A Force For Good

We are a proud member of The Conscious Travel Foundation which is a global community, uniting members of the travel industry to reshape the impact of tourism on the world. We believe in the power of education and collaboration to fuel a shift in industry practice, igniting change and safeguarding the planet for future generations.

Whilst it can be seen the devastating effects of the climate change on our world, we are hopeful that going forward travel can still provide a positive impact on communities around the planet.

There are many inspiring stories from properties looking to make the changes necessary in order to preserve what we have. The resilience of communities ad habitats across the world is a sign that we can do better, and we must all learn how we can do things ourselves in order to best protect our future generations.

Below are some of the inspiring stories from some properties from across the world.

The Lodge at Blue Sky

United States

The team at Blue Sky believes in being genuine stewards of the earth, taking every opportunity to be kind to the planet. Explore the ways in which we craft the Blue Sky experience to promote a positive impact on the environment.

No single-use plastics
Blue Sky uses no plastic water bottles and offers guests an insulated, reusable bottle during their stay, which they can take home with them. Blue Sky uses biodegradable plant-based straws. Picnic utensils are made of bamboo.

In-room Bath Products
All of our bath salts are sourced from the Great Salt Lake and are very mineral-rich. Our shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion are specially made with sage essential oil that has been distilled from wild sage harvested from Blue Sky’s property.

Learn more: https://aubergeresorts.com/bluesky/social-purpose/

Bluegr Hotel & Resorts

Greece

At bluegr Hotels and Resorts we are committed to making sustainable holidays the way to experience exclusive hospitality, executive services, creative gastronomy, beautiful surroundings, regional culture and customs.

Our environmental philosophy is based on the adoption of a new eco-culture and the enhancement of the environmental awareness that extends throughout bluegr Hotels & Resorts.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PHILOSOPHY AND COMMITMENTS

Sustainable Luxury

We strive for sustainable development and that is mirrored in our commitment to making sustainable holidays the way to experience exclusive hospitality. Without sacrificing luxury and quality, we work hard towards minimising our impact on the planet. We believe that the highest standards of luxury hospitality can and should be delivered in responsible ways that benefit our guests, staff, and communities. Our goal is to adopt and consolidate a new environmental culture that will permeate every hotel of the bluegr Hotels & Resorts Group.

Learn more: https://www.bluegr.com/sustainability/

Teardrop Hotels

Sri Lanka

From the very beginning sustainability and community have been at the very heart of the Teardrop story. We love this island home of ours and passionately believe in making a positive impact wherever possible. Our core beliefs sit behind everything we do and we constantly look for new ways to have a positive social and environmental impact.

Restoration and transformation

This is a great passion of ours; Saving and restoring beautiful, often abandoned, old buildings and reimagining and transforming them into inspiring fusions of old and new.

Each of our properties is totally unique and many have been saved from ruin. Heritage buildings and vintage tea bungalows were carefully chosen for their character and have been lovingly restored. Wherever possible, we preserve their original features and let their architecture inspire our contemporary interiors.

Learn more: https://www.teardrop-hotels.com/sustainability/

Tiger Mountain - Pokhara Lodge

Nepal

Tiger Mountain, since its start has been at the forefront of responsible tourism. This covers all our stakeholders: our guests, employees, local communities, and government. We strive to minimise our impacts be they environmental, social, or corporate and to support our local communities’ own development initiatives. This is through our Community Support Partnership Programme that supports Community Forest User Groups, local schools, health posts, local national and international charities, environmental research and monitoring, advocacy, and media.

As we have evolved through the thought processes of eco-tourism and wider sustainable tourism, we now seek to develop concepts appropriate to the middle hills of Nepal for truly Regenerative Tourism – a leap beyond somewhat passive sustainability to reverse damaging trends to regenerate the environment and communities so that all can thrive – in so doing we provide a deeper level of transformational journey for our guests through a rich sense of place and an immersive experience of life in the middle hills of Nepal. Through authentic experiences, engagement with the local community, integrating with the forest and mountain landscape, understanding the rhythms of life, we create a fuller engagement than just the change from work to holiday. This, in turn, must co-evolve with a more holistic approach to local communities and their aspirations for development. Tiger Mountain aims to be the bridge between the guests’ transformation and the community’s aspirations.

Learn more: https://tigermountainpokhara.com/regenerative-tourism/

Crees Manu

Peru

Join the Crees team at the Manu Learning Centre, a research and education hub in the remote Peruvian Amazon. In this programme you will live and work with a group of like-minded people from across the world, sharing their passion to protect the Manu rainforest.

Discover what it takes to save this rainforest by learning about the social, economic and political challenges Manu is facing, but actively working on it, by supporting our community team as they empower local people through improved livelihoods and living standards.

Become part of the solution, spending every day exploring the rainforest and meeting its wild creatures, while carrying out tropical ecology surveys to collect data that is used in scientific publications.

Learn More: https://www.crees-manu.org/p/manu-experiential-learning-for-conservation/

The Sujan Life

India

Our Vision: To preserve and protect parts of the Indian wilderness as well as our diverse cultural heritage for future generations.

A Family dedicated to Conservation

Our family has a legacy of working with wildlife through filming, monitoring, researching and creating awareness about tigers in Ranthambhore for generations. In 1974, when Tejbir and Malvika followed a narrow, winding road it led them to the base of the ancient fort of Ranthambhore. In 1988, they co-established The Ranthambhore Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), working closely with the development of villages around the park boundaries. As a child, Jaisal learnt the lay of the land by walking through every inch of the park; forbidden under today’s regulations. He was taught animal tracking and bush craft skills as a toddler under the tutelage of his father Tejbir, the late Fateh Singh Rathore and his uncle Valmik Thapar – regarded as India’s leading wildlife experts and conservationists.

Learn more: https://thesujanlife.com/conservation

The Safari Series

Kenya

One of our post-covid promises includes the promise to provide an experience that is “not once in a lifetime, but for your lifetime”

BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

In so much marketing, you see around the promotion of a safari or safari camp you are likely to read the words ‘a trip of a lifetime!’. This is, honestly, because most safari experiences are very expensive and most people who visit Kenya can only afford to come on a trip that happens once in their lives. But this doesn’t need to be the case – many travelers or families go to the same place time and time again, especially if it was a place they felt a real affinity for.

Sustainability is a real ‘buzzword’, but what does really mean? Can travel, which can be incredibly bad for the environment if done without thought, really help sustain a landscape for the future? At The Safari Series, we think so. In fact, it is built into the core of what we do.

Learn more: https://safari-series.com/for-your-lifetime

The Datai Langkawi

Malaysia

Nature sits at the very core of The Datai Langkawi’s DNA – it is an integral part of who we are and what makes us unique. The wonderful natural setting and the environmental features – the sea, mangroves and ancient virgin rainforest – provide the very foundations for our offering of nature-related experiences combined with holistic and well-being programmes.

Just as nature has gifted us our environment and its fascinating inhabitants, we have a responsibility to conserve and strengthen nature’s increasingly fragile resources and to reduce the negative impact of our footprint on the environment. This responsibility – which has evolved into The Datai Pledge – has culminated into a robust programme of initiatives with the single-minded objective of creating a sustainable environment for the future. The Datai Pledge programme not only benefits the living creatures who share this spectacular island with us but also enriches the lives of our guests, team members and the local community through meaningful participation.

The Datai Pledge programme comprises a series of initiatives relating to our business operations, the land, sea, and youth. These four elements correspond to the four pillars of our programme: Pure for the Future; Wildlife for the Future; Fish for the Future; and Youth for the Future, respectively.

Learn more: https://www.thedatai.com/sustainability/

Blue Apple Beach

Colombia

Bocachica is an under-served village on an undeveloped island. The roads are not paved and there is still no running water. Access to education is limited, unemployment is high, and those lucky enough to find work must often support entire families on the Colombian minimum wage of less than $10 a day.

But like all people, all over, Bocachiqueros are proud, charming, hard working and ambitious for themselves, their families and their community.

As one of the only sources of formal employment in the area, Blue Apple’s goal as a business is to offer guests the best experience possible, while also creating opportunities for our neighbours and being a respectful and contributive member of the community.

We employ local people where we can, from Bocachica and from other villages on Tierra Bomba and the islands around Cartagena.

Most of the tours and activities we offer are owned and run by local people. We are also proud to support the Green Apple Foundation, which provides jobs through recycling.

Learn more: https://www.blueapplebeach.com/homepage/about-the-island

Sol y Luna

Peru

Sol y Luna authentically reflects the rich Andean culture and allows us to share the beauty of the Sacred Valley with our guests while generating the income to support the Sol y Luna Intercultural School.

My name is Marie Hélene Miribel, but everybody calls me simply Petit. Following my heart, I left a successful corporate life for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to live my dream of improving the future for some of the world’s poorest children. In my husband Franz, I met the perfect match. I have tons of ideas for how to educate these children, and Franz possesses the gifts to build and realize these audacious dreams.

In 1999, we started an education project for the local children, many of whom walked for hours each day to get to a school in poor condition or did not go at all. Working within the existing social fabric proved invaluable to understanding the realities of schools and families around the Sacred Valley. To support our education initiatives in the most economically sustainable way given Sacred Valley’s potential for tourism, in 2000 we decided to build a hotel.

Learn more: https://www.hotelsolyluna.com/about/

Wild Bush Luxury

Australia

Australia’s landscapes are some of the oldest on Earth and having been isolated for 45 million years, we are one of the most biologically unique and diverse countries on Earth, with more than 80% of flora and fauna species endemic to our environments.

Two hundred years of European settlement has emphasised the fragility of our unique country with land clearance, the introduction of feral animals and invasive weeds substantially impacting on the country’s biodiversity. Twenty two Australian mammal species have become extinct in the last 200 years (the highest rate of any country) and 20% of our remaining mammal species are also threatened with extinction. Climate change will only exacerbate this conservation challenge.

The Wild Bush Luxury portfolio offers guests a chance to see some of Australia’s most incredible and pristine environments, almost completely untouched by human settlement – the Top End and Flinders Ranges.

Learn more: https://www.wildbushluxury.com/conservation

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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 São 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 Iguazú 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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