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The Chedi El Gouna

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Maldives
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

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Malta
The Phoenicia Malta

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Chileno Bay Resort

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The Resort at Paws Up

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Storfjord Hotel

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Mont Rochelle

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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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Singita Pamushana Lodge

Singita Pamushana Lodge
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Singita Lebombo Lodge

N'wanetsi River, Kruger National Park Mpumalanga
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Singita Sweni

Sweni River, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
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Singita Boulders Lodge

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
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Singita Ebony Lodge

Sabi Sands Game Reserve,
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Singita Safari meets Luxury, Conservation and Sustainability

True to its namesake in Shangaan, Singita truly sings its unforgettable song as a Place of Miracles and a champion of sustainable conservation. Proudly celebrating 30 years of luxury lodges, they promise ‘stillness, connection, wellbeing and a sense of place,’ with ‘the freedom to feel your senses awaken on safaris that enrapt and revive.’ From Zimbabwe to Kruger, we have highlighted a few special lodges with dazzling stories to tell and the perfect base to pamper you and your loved ones. Some are ideal for an intimate buy-out, providing wonderful privacy, the exclusivity of their vast concessions, and all gastronomy and experiences ultra-customised to your liking. Make your landing in Africa an unforgettable one, harnessing the power of slow travel and a much needed call to the Wild.

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe Reserve, Zimbabwe

Spanning 130,000 acres in Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and aptly named ‘A Place in the Sun,’ this exceptional property housing just 32 explorers is one of Africa’s most remote hideaways. The wildlife here is abundant, with a newly added conservation room, 123 ancient tribal rock art sites, and a successful rehabilitation project of white and black rhinos that have increased their population over 500-fold! Expect bush dinners under the Baobab tree, sleeping on deck to the sounds of Nature, and private plunge pools overlooking the dam.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • Upgrade not applicable for this property
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (already included in hotel rates)
  • A $100 USD equivalent Virtuoso gift per adult couple (Children will be gifted an appropriate gift/activity set)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Tucked alongside the N’wanetsi River by euphorbia trees, with light and shadow design largely inspired by eagle nests, you feel as if you’re teetering on the edge of these banks while luxuriating in contemporary comfort. If you’re lucky, you may encounter their resident Lebombo leopard who frequents the lodge boundaries as part of his territory. As part of their dedicated programs incorporating the local community, their cooking school has been running for 17 years and welcomes guests to take part in classes.

Singita Sweni, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Celebrating its’ 2oth year, proudly claiming #15 in the World’s 50 Best Hotels, and accommodating 14 guests in total, this is another perfect buyout for those who love bold pops of colour, contemporary design, and open-plan interiors with the indispensable outdoor shower. Cradled by a canopy of trees and a river that attracts rhinos and birds up-close, this is a veritable nest that you’ll never want to leave.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • Upgrades not applicable for this property
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (already included in hotel rates)
  • A Virtuoso gift to the value of $100 USD equivalent per adult couple (Children will be gifted an appropriate gift/activity set)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Sitting pretty on the banks of the Sand river and boasting African contemporary design and natural materials, this is a grounding and immersive experience in Nature that encourages one to unwind fully. With just 12 light-filled glass-fronted suites complete with heated pools and rounded organic design, take over this space with friends and make it your home. Oenophiles will love the underground wine cellar dug within the foundation of the lodge’s boulders, with over 3000 bottles to choose from.

Singita Ebony Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Once the personal lodge and farmland of the Bailes family with a cattle and maize farm, Ebony Lodge was rehabilitated into wilderness in 1979 and promises endless adventure. The interiors here are one of a kind, with Malawi chairs and Balamaki stools blending in with Victorian Era pieces left behind from the early founders. All of their spacious suites open onto expansive private decks with river views, perfect for leopard sightings. Sign up as one of the first to experience their refurbishment by the end of 2024!

With so many different lodges to call your own, don’t delay your African adventure any longer. You want to ensure you’re in the right hands when it comes to planning around seasonality and migrations 🙂

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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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Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

2GHJ+3F Kruger National Park, Sabie Park, 1260, South Africa
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Antarctica

Antarctica
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Mamula Island

mamula island, Mirišta, Montenegro
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Antarctica

Antarctica
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France

France
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Nay Palad Hideaway

Malinao Rd, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines
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Adding to your WanderLuxe Bucket list

What we love most about travel is the seemingly endless variety to suit every individual’s tastes. Encompassing adrenaline-fuelled adventure in epic natural settings, culinary feasts for gastronomes, cultural highlights or historical tours to connect us to the past, the transformative aspect of luxury travel is simply undeniable. Surely you already have a few dream destinations that have piqued your interest, and our Ultimate WanderLuxe List aims to add to this growing inventory.

Plan ahead for your lifetime of travel, and dig deeper into these incredible experiences below.

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

You may have done a few safaris, but have you ever slept among the treetops while gazing at the cosmos and hearing the sounds of nocturnal wildlife all around you? The overnight treehouse experience at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve – remote yet safe, and determindly free of connectivity or artificial light – puts you and your party in an architectural wooden wonder, at the heart of a world-famous natural wilderness. Enjoy daily game drives, nature walks, a hippo tour, and a bush dinner with stargazing. Visit the local Huntington village to meet the children and teachers of Henna and Jabez preschools, via Lion Sands’ community outreach program.

Ponant Le Commandant Charcot

Sail to the world’s polar extremes on a luxury liner that’s breaking new ground. Ponant’s latest ship, the Le Commandant Charcot, is the first of its kind anywhere with hybrid-electric power, using liquefied natural gas to make its imposing way across the seas – and keeping its environmental impact minimal on the extraordinary places it visits and the experiences you will have including kayaking, snowshoeing, polar diving, zodiac exploration, dog sledding and exploring the polar world through total immersion. Life on deck can be bracing, naturally, but inside the 123 suites and staterooms are more private yacht than cruise ship. You’ll be travelling to the unknown but the attentive service, concierge, hospitality and crew take home comforts to the max.

Mamula Island, Montenegro

Mamula Island is remote and weirdly stunning. It sits on its own, compact island surrounded by the deeply indigo water of the Adriatic in Montenegro’s Boka Bay, and is nothing less than a mightily impressive 19th century fort, repurposed for getting away from absolutely everything. Europe’s Alcatraz it definitely is not, though, because the food and drink are exceptional and flavoursome; it has its own pool deck; a luxury spa; pretty much a circular beach; and, of course, a unique atmosphere that virtually guarantees you’ll unwind.

White Desert

WHITE DESERT earns every ounce of its title as the most remote luxury camp on the planet. Join the ranks of previous guests like Prince Harry and Bear Grylls as you settle into your eco-friendly and unexpectedly opulent spherical cabin. Savour gourmet meals prepared by your private chef, enjoy a sauna with view of the glacier, sip cocktails by the fire, and cross off bucket list adventures like visiting the South Pole, ice climbing, hiking over ice waves, and coming face-to-face with 28,000 emperor penguins.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023:

  • Daily breakfast provided for up to two guests per accommodation
  • A donation of $100 USD per Virtuoso guest will be made to The Ocean Clean-Up, a non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic.
  • Early check-in and late checkout, subject to availability

Les Bateaux Belmond, France

Choose from seven singular Belmond barges to call your private sanctuary, with all-inclusive feasts, an open bar, and the chance to fully customise an itinerary that rings true to your interests in each region. These serene waterways traverse through Burgundy, Champagne, Camargue, Canal du Midi and Provence, each offering enriching experiences such as hot-air ballooning, creating your own scent, exploring rustic villages by WWII jeeps and helicopter tours. Be one of the first to charter Coquelicot (meaning Poppy), an LVMH renovated barge for six lucky travellers, setting its inaugural sail in mid-May from Champagne. Maison Ruinart presents a ‘behind the scenes’ look at their viti-forestry project, as well as 5-course lunch paired with their prestige cuvées.

Nay Palad Hideaway, Philippines

At this paradisiacal location in Siargao far from the madding crowds, fall deeply in love with the poetry and pace that Nay Palad has beautifully devised. From the moment you set foot on the powdery-soft sand, the access to their private bay, mangrove forests, legendary surf spots and serene aesthetic will immediately ease your worries as you sink into a world of barefoot luxury. Everything you desire and feast upon is included in the package, as well as open-top Jeepney adventures to deep-sea fishing and a newly-opened Village featuring a modern kitchen for cooking classes and sublime Spa experiences. Stay at the newest Coral Villa with its own home cinema, private dining pagoda and swimming pool.

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COMO Castello Del Nero

Str. Spicciano, 7, 50028 Barberino Tavarnelle FI, Italy
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Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Aman Tokyo

The Otemachi Tower, 1-chōme-5-6 Ōtemachi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan
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Four Seasons Mexico City

Av. P.º de la Reforma 500, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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Akelarre

Padre Orkolaga Ibilbidea, 56, 20008 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
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Jackalope Hotel

166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North VIC 3926, Australia
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Food and Wine Lover’s Paradise

Driven by the appeal and anticipation of a fantastic feast, sophisticated travellers can base their entire itinerary around a destination renowned for its exceptional food and wine. Whether opting for Michelin-starred restaurants, trying experiential fare or taking a deep dive into the underground street food scene, the joy of delectable meals will become the highlight of your visit. Chefs around the world are acclaimed for the innovation and creativity expressed through their dishes, often using the finest local ingredients as their palette. Featuring our selection of tantalising regions matched with excellent properties to complement your stay, make plans to indulge this Summer and beyond…

COMO Castello Del Nero

Titillate your taste buds across Tuscany’s vast regions, amidst rolling hillsides dotted with cypress trees and vineyards, traditional pici in Siena, the cradle of ‘buona tavola’ at Florence’s traditional restaurants spanning generations or tasting incredible wines from Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino to name but a few. In the serene countryside, luxuriate in COMO’s Heritage Suites with original frescoed walls and fireplaces, or for larger gastronome groups, book Villa San Luigi for the ultimate retreat.

Virtuoso Amenities :

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (already included in hotel rates)
  • $100USD equivalent Resort Credit to be utilized during stay (Not applicable towards Mini Bar, Spa Products, or Hairstyling. Not applicable to room rate, not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Delaire Graff Estate

With a dizzying array of vineyards, food markets, fine-dining restaurants and farm-to-table kitchens to tickle your palate, Stellenbosch Winelands elevates its storied Dutch heritage and attracts gastronomes as the gourmet capital of the country. Delaire Graff Estate has the best panoramic views atop the Helshoogte Pass and promises Afro-Asian cuisine and bistro-chic dishes during your epicurean adventure.

Aman Tokyo

The food scene is one-of-a-kind and hard to beat in Tokyo, with a dizzying variety of Japanese cuisine; from refined omakase and kaiseki courses based on seasonal produce, to ramen, tempura, yakitori or yakiniku carefully crafted to perfection – the list is endless. Taking pride in their version of their Italian fare, the quality of Itameshi will surprise you. Aman Tokyo is a minimalist haven with floor-t0-ceiling windows floating high above in the Otemachi Tower.

Virtuoso Amenities :

  • 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

Four Seasons Mexico City

For those who haven’t yet graced the culinary scene in Mexico, you’ll be spoiled for choice with an essential range of dishes. Dissect the complex flavour profile of mole, enjoy guacamole made from scratch at your table, and go on a mezcal tasting spree accompanied by tacos al pastor to your heart’s delight. Savour the cocktails at Fifty Mils and the amazing location of Four Seasons with its lush garden courtyard, just steps away from Condesa, Polanco, and Paseo de la Reforma.

Virtuoso Amenities :

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $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

Akelarre

In Northern Spain, Donostia in the Basque region is renowned for sprawling pintxo bars, a devotion to gourmet dishes, and more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita which makes this worthy for any foodie’s bucket list. Boasting 3 Michelin Stars for over 15 years and curated tasting menus, Akelarre is helmed by Pedro Subijana as a continuation of your meal into ‘unforgettable days.’ This allows you to dream sweetly after the feast as you retreat to your ocean suite, complete with a generous heated plunge pool.

Jackalope Hotel

Highlighting some of Australia’s freshest bounty, most artisanal food products and a multi-cultural melting pot of cuisine, Melbourne wows with its farmers’ markets, coffee connoisseurs and open-air food & wine festivals that celebrate winemakers, brewers, bakers and patissiers. Calling all hares, Jackalope is the epitome of cool, a brooding masterpiece situated along the Mornington Peninsula with captivating restaurants and bars.

Virtuoso Amenities :

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary set of limited-edition Jackalope pajamas, for up to two guests (must have minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve,
close to the Kruger National Park,
South Africa

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

Mpumalanga,
South Africa

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Shamwari Private Game Reserve,
Paterson, 6130,
South Africa

Singita Sabi Sand

Sabi Sand Game Reserve,
South Africa

Tswalu Kalahari

Farm Korranaberg 296,
Van Zylsrus, 8467,
South Africa

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

1350, South Africa

Favourite Game Reserves in South Africa

South Africa is Africa’s most popular and best-developed travel destination is famed for its sun-soaked beaches and vast game reserves, but it also provides exceptional opportunities to indulge in pursuits as varied as wine-tasting, hiking and museum-hopping.

South Africa is a land of extraordinary natural wealth and variety. Indeed, one recent ecological survey ranked it as the third-most important country in the world in terms of biodiversity. The Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino – roam freely through South Africa’s premier safari destination, the vast Kruger National Park, along with a host of other iconic large mammals.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

As do all of Sir Richard Branson’s retreats, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, with 20 rooms and suites, prides itself on offering a completely personal and exclusive experience. Here on the edge of the vast Kruger National Park, you’ll track the “big five” in open vehicles while knowledgeable guides educate you about the animals and their habitats. And although you’re deep in the African bush, you’ll experience the five-star luxury you would expect at a fine boutique hotel – from world-class spa treatments in the Aroma Boma Spa to remarkable cuisine and fine wines shared with other fortunate guests.

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

You’re treated like family at Lion Sands Game Reserve, owned by the More family for four generations. Set along the banks of the Sabie River and attracting abundant “big five” wildlife from Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, Lion Sands has four luxurious lodges: River Lodge, Ivory Lodge, Tinga Lodge, and Narina Lodge. To get above the bush, reserve one of the three Treehouse experiences. Enjoy daily game drives, nature walks, a hippo tour, and a bush dinner with stargazing. Visit the local Huntington village to meet the children and teachers of Henna and Jabez preschools, via Lion Sands’ community outreach program.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Don’t be surprised to see African wildlife wandering right by one of the lodges at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. These tucked-away accommodations put nature at the reserve’s doorstep, with amenities like secluded plunge pools, indoor and outdoor dining areas, fireplaces, and expansive decks overlooking the Bushman’s River. Plus, every aspect of a stay is customized to each groups’ needs from gourmet meals and relaxing spa treatments to immersive game drives and guided photography safaris.

Singita Sabi Sand

Set along the banks of the Sand River in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Singita Sabi Sand offers guests exclusive access to this protected part of South Africa, known for high concentrations of big game. Guests may choose between Singita Ebony Lodge, a contemporary safari lodge; Singita Boulders Lodge, inspired by nature; or Singita Castleton, a private-use, villa-style home. Singita Sabi Sand offers a safari with fine dining, wines, and world-class service, along with daily activities. Singita’s long-term commitment to the preservation of Africa’s wilderness for future generations shines through in conservation and community work.

Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari strives to “restore the Kalahari to itself.” To achieve this enlightened mission, Tswalu allows just 30 guests the privilege of experiencing the vast savannas and diverse wildlife of South Africa’s largest private game reserve; each booking receives a private vehicle, guide, and tracker. Accommodations include the five-suite Tarkuni, which comes with a chef, swimming pool, and a private vehicle. In Motse, nine individual legae dwellings – including three for families – offer a fireplace, outdoor shower, and private deck.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is a luxury five-star lodge nestled in the heart of South Africa’s untouched African wilderness. Each opulent suite offers the finest facilities and private plunge pools that overlook the rugged bushveld. Enjoy an authentic safari while indulging in the luxuries of a world-class five-star lodge. Be astounded by the abundance of wildlife from the comfort of the lodge decks and enjoy “big five” excursions on daily game drives. Bush breakfasts and spontaneous sundowners in the wilds are a sure delight, creating unforgettable memories of Africa.

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