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Rosewood São Paulo

Rosewood São Paulo

Vila Santa Teresa, Copacabana

Vila Santa Teresa, Copacabana

Barracuda Hotels and Villas

Barracuda Hotels and Villas

Ibiti, Minas Gerais

Ibiti, Minas Gerais

Caiman, Pantanal

Caiman, Pantanal

Hotel das Cataratas

Hotel das Cataratas

Awasi Iguazu, Iguassu Falls

Awasi Iguazu, Iguassu Falls

Brazil Unlocked

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

Rosewood São Paulo, São Paulo

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

Vila Santa Teresa, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

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

Barracuda Hotels and Villas, Itacare, Bahia

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

Ibiti, Minas Gerais

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

Caiman, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul

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

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

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

Awasi Iguazu, Iguassu Falls, Misiones Argentina

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

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Herdade da Malhadinha Nova

Herdade da Malhadinha Nova
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova

Conrad Algarve

Conrad Algarve
Conrad Algarve

Vila Vita Parc

Vila Vita Parc
Vila Vita Parc

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley
Six Senses Douro Valley

Quinta da Comporta

Quinta da Comporta
Quinta da Comporta

Grand House Algarve

Grand House Algarve
Grand House Algarve

Pure Portuguese Heaven

With its Atlantic seaboard, strong culture, beautiful terrain and warm hospitality, you’ll want to spend some of your year relaxing and playing in Portugal. Come with us as we crest the Pyrenees in search of the most alluring destinations…

Herdade da Malhadinha Nova

Located within an easy drive from Faro, in the middle of the beautiful Alentejo region and being one of Portugal’s best kept secrets, we think this one is a winner if you crave laid-back luxury – and it’s ideal for couples and families alike. There’s the option to simply relax by the pool, enjoy a treatment in the spa and being a Relais & Chateaux property, you know that the food and wine is going to be exquisite! If you’re looking for something more active, there is so much to do, from simply exploring the estate to horse-riding, archery, paintball, karting, hot air ballooning, quad-biking and tons of absorbing activities, designing and making things.  This charming, rural location pretty much guarantees a break from the noises and duties of everyday life back home.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in Hotel Restaurant
  • A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay

Conrad Algarve

A luxury hotel on a grand scale; you just know everything you want will be taken care of in sumptuous style. Conrad Algarve is situated in Quinta do Lago, a breathtaking resort close to the idyllic Ria Formosa Nature Park and Atlantic coastline. The spa is excellent and so is the choice of sustenance, which includes a Michelin-starred restaurant right here – Gusto by Heinz Beck – among the six eateries and bars. Activities on offer range from the gentle, such as olive oil-tasting and clam picking, to the exhilarating sea-spray of private catamarans.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit utilized during stay

Vila Vita Parc

There’s no shortage of things to do here, all in an environment of five-star decadence. The pools, private beach and gardens are beautiful, and the wellness and beauty facilities exceptional. There’s also plenty to explore nearby in terms of history and culture, but if you just want to idle your holiday days between holding a tennis racquet one moment and a cocktail the next then no worries; you deserve it. And kids of all ages won’t see you for (chalk) dust because they’ll be enjoying themselves in the crèche, kids’ park or sport-filled teens’ club. Two Michelin-starred restaurants make every evening a gastronomic indulgence.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit utilized during stay

Six Senses Douro Valley

With rooms for just 57 guests on an old-established wine estate, this hotel is in a UNESCO World Heritage-listed corner of the country 77 miles’ drive from Oporto. If you know your vino then you won’t be in a hurry to leave, as there’s a glorious wine library of 350 vintages to sample, with deli delights to pick at and dinners based around brilliant food-and-wine pairings. Meanwhile, for a different kind of body temple, the spa with indoor pool and treatment rooms is superb. Cycling, kayaking, hiking, helicopter tours and ceramics decorating are all on offer; but back to the wine… the wine-and-dine Douro River cruises are a unique feature.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit utilized during stay

Quinta da Comporta

An understated boutique retreat, blending into the beautiful surroundings of the unspoilt Atlantic coastline. And, since it picked up a Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Award in 2021, independently verified as well up to expectations. This lovely place has a particular air of authenticity, clear in the three-bedroom pool villas inspired by the architectural lines of Comporta’s traditional bungalows. They’re built for slow-living relaxation. Seasonal dishes with the best natural ingredients are how you’ll eat here, with vegetables from the garden used in inspired, simple cooking. The 40m pool is solar-heated, while two rustic, barn-like buildings house Oryza Spa and Mar D’Arrozal restaurant.

Grand House Algarve

The stunning Grand House will give you, in its own words, a taste of ‘Authenticity, Simplicity and Soul’ in Vila Real de Santo António, the most easterly town on the Algarve. There are 30 sun-drenched rooms and suites, all of which have decor that pays homage to the natural richness of the surroundings. You’re transported to an opulent yet unpretentious way of life, boasting a prime waterfront position that’s well away from the hoi-polloi. In fact, if the tranquillity of bird-watching is your thing, you’re going to love the location at the mouth of the river Guadiana and the natural wetland reserves around it.

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Argentina

Argentina
House of Jasmines

Caribbean

Caribbean
Eden Rock

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic
Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club

Galapagos

Galapagos

Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Malibu Beach Inn

Oman

Oman
The Chedi Muscat

Philippines

Philippines
Shangri-La Boracay

Portugal

Portugal
Reid's Palace, A Belmond Hotel

Spain

Spain
Marbella Club

Taiwan

Taiwan
Mandarin Oriental

March: Springtime Sojourns in Unique Destinations

From the enchanting streets of Buenos Aires to the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, and the historic charm of Portugal to the festive spirit of Spain, each destination promises a unique experience. Whether you’re seeking wildlife encounters in the Galapagos or the vibrant culture of Taiwan, March presents an opportune time to explore without the peak-season crowds. Join us in this exploration of diverse landscapes, rich traditions, and captivating adventures, designed to inspire the travel enthusiast in you.

Argentina

March in Argentina brings a delightful transition from summer to autumn. With mild temperatures and fewer crowds, it’s an ideal time to explore the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, known for its tango culture and diverse neighbourhoods. Embrace the local charm and consider venturing into the scenic landscapes that characterise this South American gem.

Hotel Pick : House of Jasmines

There is an ethereal, movie-set ethos around House of Jasmines Relais & Châteaux, perhaps because this elegant 100-year-old estancia, set in the foothills of the Andes, is the former home of actor Robert Duvall. Surrounded by fragrant jasmine, wild orchids, and roses, the grand main house as well as its 14 rooms & suites are furnished in shabby-chic decor, cowhide rugs, and exquisite antiques.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two guests per room, once during stay

The Caribbean

The Caribbean shines in March, offering a sweet spot between the peak tourist season and hurricane risks. Whether you’re unwinding on the beaches of Barbados or immersing yourself in the lush rainforests of Dominica, this region provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway with a touch of adventure.

Hotel Pick : Eden Rock 

With its spectacular location in St Jean Bay, Eden Rock – St Barths has been the byword for one-of-a-kind hospitality ever since mercurial French Caribbean aviator adventurer and occasional treasure-seeker Rémy de Haenen first welcomed guests to his Eden Rock home on the ocean, during the 1950s. The place quickly established itself as the preferred private and discreet bolt-hole of many glamourous Hollywood characters who quickly became friends of St Barths.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers
  • Complimentary Eden Rock Beach Set, per room, including a branded Beach Bag and flip flops

Cyprus

As spring unfolds in Cyprus, March invites you to explore its archaeological wonders and partake in various outdoor activities. With pleasant weather and fewer tourists, it’s an opportune time to discover the island’s rich history, beautiful landscapes, and welcoming culture.

Hotel Pick : Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Located on the southern coast of Cypress, the award-winning Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa earns every one of its accolades. Stay in one of the 274 rooms, suites, or villas designed by Harrods Interiors and adorned with art by Atelier 27 Paris.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast buffet (already included in rates)
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit

 

Dominican Republic

March in the Dominican Republic is a celebration of warmth and festivity. The country comes alive with Carnival celebrations, offering a glimpse into its vibrant traditions. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, immerse yourself in local culture, and partake in the lively atmosphere that defines this Caribbean gem.

Hotel Pick : Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club

Tortuga Bay, the only AAA Five Diamond property in the Dominican Republic, features 13 beachfront villas draped in stunning designs by Oscar de la Renta, named in Vogue “the master of timeless American style.” Explore five miles of white-sand beach, 45 holes of championship golf designed by Tom Fazio and P.B. Dye, a Six Senses Spa, a tennis center, and a 1,500-acre ecological reserve with 12 natural springs.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full American Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two guests per room
  • A complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two guests per room, once during stay
  • Noon early check-in, subject to availability
  • 4pm late check-out, subject to availability

Galapagos

For a unique and unforgettable experience, visit the Galapagos Islands in March. This month provides excellent opportunities for wildlife encounters, including sea lions and iconic blue-footed boobies. Explore the diverse ecosystems of this natural wonder, where every moment is a chance to connect with the extraordinary.

Get in touch for various bespoke, sailing options around the islands.

Los Angeles

With its mild climate, Los Angeles beckons in March. Explore iconic landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, and cultural hotspots without the summer crowds. Whether it’s strolling along Hollywood Boulevard or soaking in the atmosphere of Santa Monica, LA offers a diverse and exciting experience.

Hotel Pick : Malibu Beach Inn

Malibu Beach Inn’s seaside hideaway beckons you with barefoot luxury. Each of the 47 guest rooms displays brilliant views of the swimmable beach from the private balcony positioned directly above, while a soft palette of blue and gray soothes the tired L.A. soul.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary a La Carte Breakfast for two guests per bedroom daily
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

Oman

March in Oman offers pleasant temperatures, making it an attractive time to discover the country’s treasures. Explore ancient forts, venture into stunning deserts, and lose yourself in bustling souks. Oman’s rich history and natural beauty await those seeking a blend of tradition and modernity.

Hotel Pick : The Chedi Muscat

Omani architecture meets sleek minimalism, thanks to the designs of Jean-Michel Gathy. Equally stunning are the views encompassing the Gulf of Oman and the Hajar Mountains. Stroll the private shoreline; take a dip in the The Chedi Pool, The Serai Pool, and The Long Pool. There is also a spa, a fitness center, complimentary yoga and Pilates classes, and six dining venues.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit utilized during stay
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two guests per bedroom

Philippines

As the dry season concludes in March, the Philippines opens its doors to beach lovers and adventure seekers. Immerse yourself in the pristine shores, vibrant marine life, and lively culture. From the bustling streets of Manila to the serene beaches of Palawan, there’s something for every traveler.

Hotel Pick : Shangri-La Boracay

Shangri-La Boracay, Philippines brings a bespoke new attitude to this world-renowned island in Southeast Asia. Nestled between two pristine beaches on the island’s northwest tip, Boracay’s first luxury resort provides all the impressive features a discerning sunseeker could ever want; tons of water-sport activities, gorgeous pools, an acclaimed spa, and a clifftop bar with spectacular panoramas – and above all, unparalleled privacy.

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 Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay.

Portugal

Portugal welcomes spring in March with blooming landscapes and temperate weather. Discover the historic charm of Lisbon or venture into the picturesque Douro Valley. With a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal invites you to explore its diverse offerings.

Hotel Pick : Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Hotel

Discerning travelers adore Reid’s Palace for its superb service, excellent hospitality, and fine culinary experiences in calm and exclusive surroundings. It was here that Sir Winston Churchill painted and wrote his war memoirs, and also where George Bernard Shaw mastered the tango. Indulge in a Deluxe Sea View Room for the best ocean and garden views from your private balcony or patio.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit

Spain

In March, Spain is a tapestry of local festivals and diverse traditions. From the vibrant Fallas in Valencia to the solemn Semana Santa in Seville, each region comes alive with unique celebrations. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, indulge in local cuisine, and experience the rich cultural heritage of Spain.

Hotel Pick : Marbella Club

Located on the southern coast of Spain between Marbella and Puerto Banús, the Marbella Club Hotel – Golf Resort & Spa enjoys 325 days of sunshine a year. The beachfront retreat offers 32 luxury guest rooms, 81 suites, 16 Andalusian-style villas, and the majestic Villa del Mar throughout 45,208 square feet of subtropical gardens. Enjoy two outdoor heated pools, a beach club, a fitness center, an 18-hole golf course, an innovative kids’ club, a thalassotherapy spa, and a comprehensive wellness concept.

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
  • Complimentary round of golf once during stay, per person, including green fees

Taiwan

Taiwan’s March is adorned with pleasant weather and blooming cherry blossoms. Explore bustling night markets, ancient temples, and scenic landscapes. Whether you’re captivated by the modern skyline of Taipei or the natural beauty of Taroko Gorge, Taiwan offers a diverse and enchanting travel experience. Contact us to turn these travel inspirations into your next unforgettable adventure.

Hotel Pick : Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Taipei is a five-star urban retreat in the heart of the city. The hotel’s contemporary design and exclusivity makes it the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Melding contemporary luxury with classic Asian style, its 303 rooms and suites are among the most spacious in Taipei.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage or Spa credit utilized during stay

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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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Belize

Belize
Turtle Inn

Caribbean

Caribbean
Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Egypt

Egypt
The Chedi El Gouna

Maldives

Maldives
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

Malta

Malta
The Phoenicia Malta

Mexico

Mexico
Chileno Bay Resort

Montana

Montana
The Resort at Paws Up

Norway

Norway
Storfjord Hotel

South Africa

South Africa
Mont Rochelle

Thailand

Thailand
Napasai, a Belmond Hotel

February: Romance and Adventure Around the Globe

In the month of love, set out on a global journey filled with romance and adventure. From the pristine beauty of the Alps to the historical treasures of Egypt and the wild landscapes of South Africa, February offers a tapestry of experiences to ignite your wanderlust.

Alps: Winter Wonderland and Alpine Retreats

February invites you to the magical world of the Alps, where snow-capped peaks and charming alpine villages create a winter wonderland. Enjoy world-class skiing in Switzerland or experience the cozy ambiance of mountain retreats in France and Austria. Embrace the beauty of winter landscapes and indulge in après-ski delights, making the Alps an ideal destination for snow enthusiasts.

Hotel Pick : Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Dolomites

Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti is set in the splendid scenery of the Dolomites, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage site. Snow-capped peaks, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls adorn the mountainsides, where the charms of nature can be explored at any time of the year. All the materials chosen for the resort – from the wood and stone, to the rigorous simplicity of the finishes – reflect the natural perfection of the Dolomites. Luxuriate at the Lefay SPA Dolomiti, one of the largest spas in the Alps, covering an area of 5,000 square feet, an exclusive temple of well-being where the body and mind can regenerate.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room
  • $100 USD equivalent SPA credit toward Lefay SPA Signature Treatments or Lefay SPA cosmetic line

Belize: Tropical Paradise and Barrier Reef Adventures

Escape to the tropical paradise of Belize in February, where azure waters and pristine beaches beckon. Discover the vibrant marine life of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Snorkel among colorful coral formations, explore ancient Mayan ruins, and unwind on sandy beaches. Belize offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation in the heart of Central America.

Hotel Pick : Turtle Inn, Placencia

Francis Ford Coppola has lovingly overseen every detail of Turtle Inn’s creation, using materials available in Belize’s tropical region. Today, it’s a hideaway praised for its rustic elegance and every imaginable indulgence. The seafront villas are prized features, with their screened porches, spacious living rooms, and private walled gardens. When you’re not “on siesta,” consider becoming a certified diver, swimming in either of the two infinity-edge pools, snorkeling, kayaking, or indulging in your choice of three restaurants. Excursions are available to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s only jaguar preserve.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent credit to be used only towards tours/excursions offered by property

Brazil: Carnival Extravaganza and Natural Wonders

February in Brazil means joining the dazzling Carnival extravaganza. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro or Salvador, where samba rhythms, colorful parades, and elaborate costumes take center stage. After the festivities, explore Brazil’s natural wonders, from the Amazon Rainforest to the iconic Iguazu Falls, creating a unique and unforgettable journey.

Hotel Pick : Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort, Barra de Sao Miguel

At Kenoa, the details make the difference. Details like the authentic, personal service that makes you feel right at home. Or a soak in your suite’s traditional Japanese ofuro tub, its fragrant cedarwood soothing away any cares. Set amid pristine rain forest with panoramic views of the Atlantic, this eco-chic hideaway is intimate and unobtrusive – just 23 contemporary suites and villas, made of sustainable materials, are strategically scattered for the ultimate in privacy. The beaches are also scarcely touched and, luckily for you, some of the best in Brazil.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (Marajo villa to Jaobi villa only)
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, once during stay

Caribbean: Sun-Kissed Escapes and Island Vibes

February is the perfect month to escape to the Caribbean’s sun-kissed islands. Bask in the warmth of turquoise waters, relax on white-sand beaches, and savor the laid-back island vibes. Whether it’s the pristine beaches of the Bahamas, the vibrant culture of Jamaica, or the historic charm of Barbados, the Caribbean promises an idyllic tropical getaway.

Hotel Pick : Rosewood Little Dix Bay, BVI

Rosewood Little Dix Bay is renowned for its tranquil location, offering a slice of tropical life far from the ordinary. Guestrooms, suites, and villas are tucked amid vibrant gardens along a half-mile stretch of sandy beach — each is a stylish blend of island comfort and modern convenience. Take advantage of the watersports and activities, from snorkeling and Sunfish sailing to garden tours and hiking. Sense®, a Rosewood Spa, is a spectacular place to unwind.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

Egypt: Ancient Wonders and Nile Cruises

February unveils the wonders of Egypt, where ancient history meets modern allure. Explore the iconic pyramids of Giza, cruise along the Nile River, and discover the treasures of Luxor and Karnak. With milder temperatures, February offers an ideal time to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Egypt’s cultural and historical heritage.

Property Pick : The Chedi El Gouna, El Gouna

Cradled by the white sand beaches and tranquil turquoise water of the Red Sea, The Chedi El Gouna is an oasis of elegance on Egypt’s ancient coast. With a golden shoreline and privileged views of the eponymous hamlet of El Gouna, the dazzling hideaway echoes the beauty of its natural surroundings with reverence for the region’s architectural traditions.

Maldives: Romantic Retreats in Overwater Paradises

Indulge in a romantic retreat to the Maldives in February, where turquoise lagoons and overwater bungalows create a dreamy atmosphere. Snorkel among vibrant coral reefs, enjoy private dinners on the beach, and unwind in luxurious spas. The Maldives offers a perfect setting for a romantic escape surrounded by the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

Hotel Pick : The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

If butler-serviced villas, private infinity pools, and overwater hammocks sound like your kind of getaway, put The Ritz-Carlton Maldives at the top of your Wanderlist. You won’t find typical thatched-roof villas here. What you will find is 100 modern yet minimalist accommodations, plus seven restaurants and bars serving an array of global cuisines (including mimosas, bloody mary, and prossecco served with breakfast). There’s also a tennis court, dive center, kids’ club with napping pods and a children’s pool, as well as a floating spa perched right in the center of the lagoon.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • Complimentary 1-hour professional portrait session, with one free photo selected

Malta: Mediterranean Heritage and Coastal Charm

February invites you to discover the Mediterranean charm of Malta. Explore the historic streets of Valletta, visit ancient temples like Ħaġar Qim, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Blue Lagoon. With milder temperatures and fewer crowds, February is an ideal time to immerse yourself in Malta’s rich cultural heritage and coastal wonders.

Hotel Pick : The Phoenicia Malta, Floriana

The Phoenicia Malta has hosted famous faces from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Queen Elizabeth II, yet they have a way of making all their guests feel like VIPs. Here, you’ll sip on cleverly-named cocktails at the socialite-inspired Club Bar. Get spoiled with Hot Stone massages and Korres Face & Body treatments in the spa. Enjoy the Mediterranean vibes (and views) in your room or suite, wonderfully appointed with balconies or floor-to-ceiling windows, crisp linens, and deep soaking tubs.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • Complimentary bottle of Prossecco

Mexico: Colonial Cities and Riviera Adventures

February in Mexico brings a wealth of experiences, from exploring the colonial cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende to unwinding on the Riviera Maya. Discover the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, snorkel in the vibrant cenotes, and savor the flavors of Mexican cuisine. Mexico offers a diverse and vibrant tapestry of culture and natural beauty.

Hotel Pick : Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Los Cabos

Perched on one of Cabo’s only swimmable beaches, Chileno Bay Resort is luxurious, yet completely laid back. Guestrooms, suites, and villas bring the outside in with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and an effortless Baja aesthetic. The signature restaurant, COMAL, does a modern take on traditional dishes (order the braised short rib with cacao broth). In 2022, the resort added a new restaurant, YAYA, fusing Mediterranean and Latin American flavors. And in the spa, you’ll find holistic treatments from Aztec healing rituals to Cabo Thai Massages. There’s even a beachside bar serving up shots of Sotol and authentic al pastor tacos.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast credit of $35 USD equivalent per person
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

Montana: Winter Wilderness and Rocky Mountain Majesty

Embrace the winter wilderness of Montana in February, where the Rocky Mountains create a majestic backdrop. Explore Glacier National Park covered in snow, go dog sledding in Big Sky, or enjoy the tranquility of hot springs. Whether it’s outdoor adventures or cozy mountain retreats, Montana offers a serene and picturesque winter escape.

Hotel Pick : The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

Known as “The Last Best Place,” The Resort at Paws Up may be just that. A pristine escape in the Rocky Mountains, taking full advantage of the Big Sky countryside, this wilderness outpost offers something for all energy levels. Explore the land on horseback, cast a fly for trout, or simply indulge in spa treatments at Spa Town®. As for accommodations, you can choose from 28 luxurious vacation homes, or you can experience upscale camping in one of 36 luxury tents, with decadent furnishings, your own private bathroom, and even the services of a camping butler. It’s nature served on a silver platter.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast (included in rates)
  • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers
  • Bottle of wine in room on arrival
  • A $300 USD activity credit, to be utilized during stay

Norway: Northern Lights and Fjord Adventures

February is the perfect time to witness the enchanting Northern Lights in Norway. Explore the dramatic fjords, go dog sledding in Tromsø, and embrace the winter wonderland of the Arctic Circle. Norway’s pristine landscapes and unique winter activities make it an ideal destination for those seeking a magical and adventurous escape.

Hotel Pick : Storfjord Hotel

Hiking, fishing, sailing, skiing – however you want to see this part of Norway, Storfjord Hotel is a picture-perfect jumping off point. Forget television and technology and instead go fishing around Ålesund or paddle from the hotel to Glomset Cove in a kayak. You may even have seals and puffins for company. A private boat or helicopter trip to the waterfalls at Geirangerfjord and cloud-capped peaks around Hjorundfjord are musts. Back on dry land, short woodland walking trails weave around Storjord, or enjoy the more advanced hiking in the Sunmøre Alps.

South Africa: Safari Marvels and Coastal Beauty

February in South Africa invites you to explore its diverse landscapes. Embark on a safari adventure in Kruger National Park, relax on the picturesque beaches of the Garden Route, and savor the vibrant culture of Cape Town. With pleasant weather and abundant wildlife, South Africa offers a perfect blend of safari marvels and coastal beauty.

Hotel Pick : Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek

Sir Richard Branson’s love for the African continent and for the finer things in life lured him to the Western Cape province and Mont Rochelle. There, in the food and wine capital of South Africa, guests can unwind and make themselves at home while dining on healthy and locally sourced cuisine, tasting superb Shiraz and chardonnay in the 150-year-old cellar, and exploring the rolling vineyards and well-tended grounds in one of the world’s most bucolic settings. The 26 bedrooms are bright and airy, and many have private terraces or balconies. An intimate spa offers a hammam and healing treatments using grapes, herbs, and spices.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency hotel credit, once per stay, per room, applicable towards Gift Shop, Spa or Food & Beverage, to be utilized during stay

Thailand: Island Hopping and Thai Culture

February beckons you to the tropical paradise of Thailand, where island hopping and cultural exploration await. Visit the stunning beaches of Phuket and Krabi, explore the bustling markets of Bangkok, and discover the ancient temples of Ayutthaya. Thailand’s warm hospitality and diverse experiences make it an enticing destination for a February getaway.

Property Pick : Napasai, A Belmond Hotel, Koh Samui

Discover unparalleled luxury at Napasai, a Belmond Hotel, Koh Samui. You’ll find yourself surrounded by swaying palms, shimmering sands, and complete serenity in an elegant beachfront setting. Upon arrival, take a dip in the large infinity-edge pool tucked within the tropical garden. Book a treatment at the Napasai Spa, where expert hands use traditional Thai therapies and Asian botanical elements to create the ultimate holistic indulgence. Or, for a more invigorating outing, choose from snorkeling and scuba tours, jungle adventures, boating trips, and more.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two guests

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Eolo Hotel

Ruta 11 km 23, Z9405 El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
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Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa
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Casa de Uco

Casa de Uco
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The Vines Resort And Spa

Ruta Provincial 94, km 11,Tunuyán, Uco Valley, M5565 Mendoza, Argentina
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Los Cauquenes Resort

Barrio Bahía Cauquén, De la Ermita 3462, V9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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Llao Llao Resort

Llao Llao Resort
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House of Jasmines

Ruta Nacional N 51 km 6 La Merced Chica, Salta, Argentina
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Argentina Unveiled: Exceptional Retreats and Hidden Gems

Embark on a journey of luxury and enchantment as we unveil our top hotel picks in the heart of Argentina. From the foothills of the Andes to the vibrant cityscapes, discover the epitome of elegance and comfort in each handpicked destination. Join us in exploring the finest accommodations that promise to elevate your Argentinean sojourn to unparalleled heights.

Eolo Hotel, Patagonia

Eolo embodies the spirit of Patagonia, its indigenous roots, the personal experiences of the first European and criollo settlers and those of the adventurers from across the world who still head for this legendary land today. This magical lodge is located on an estate that stretches over 4,000 hectares near El Calafate, on the route to the Perito Moreno glacier. Here in the valley of La Anita, nothing can disturb the tranquility. Set off and explore unspoiled nature, relax in the indoor pool and savour delicious cuisine while taking in the incredible views of glaciers, the largest lake in Argentina and the Andes Mountains.

Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Set upon a spectacular outcrop within the Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve, minutes from the city, Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa captures the imagination. The Andes serve as sentinels over this sustainably designed resort, which uses locally sourced materials such as crafted leather and aromatic woods. Enjoy the pool area, which includes an indoor/outdoor infinity pool and two hot tubs. Guided treks around the property lead you to pristine meadows, a beaver dam, and Magellanic forests. Dine on Argentine barbecue, king crab, or Patagonian sea bass at La Cravia restaurant, which dishes up dazzling views over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

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

Casa de Uco

The finest malbec grapes are grown in the Uco Valley, home to the 790-acre Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort. This estate is the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation: Days are filled with biking, trekking, horseback riding through vineyards, and treatments in the Uco Spa. Live and breathe Argentina’s wine culture with sommelier-guided tastings and personal-chef barbecues in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Soak in views from any of 16 rooms and suites or 3 new private villas nestled within the vineyards. The essence of Casa de Uco is inspired by the geography – ideal for unforgettable experiences.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

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

The Vines Resort And Spa

Deeply rooted in the joy of making, drinking, and sharing wine, The Vines Resort & Spa immerses guests in Argentine culture, rustic natural beauty, and warmhearted hospitality. Feast on inspired regional cuisine created by famed chef Francis Mallmann and his signature open-flame restaurant, Siete Fuegos. Soak up the sweeping views of the Andes Mountains from your well-appointed villa. Relax poolside in your private cabana, or learn the art of harvesting, blending, and bottling alongside expert winemakers. Get to know The Vines’ knowledgeable gauchos, your go-to tour guides, concierges, and sommeliers during your stay.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary 3 course dinner for two at Siete Fuegos Restaurant by chef Francis Mallmann (includes non alcoholic beverages), one per stay
  • Complimentary Tour & Tasting at The Vines to GO, once per stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Los Cauquenes Resort

For the full ‘end of the world’ experience, head to Los Cauquenes Resort. Perched on the Beagle Channel with the snowcapped Andes as a backdrop, you’re never far from your next adventure, be it glacier hiking, observing penguin colonies, or lessons in Fuegian gastronomy. After a day of exploration, treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage in the spa, one of Reinamora restaurant’s to-die-for desserts, or a quiet evening in your comfortable room or suite.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily buffet breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in the restaurant (room service is additional charge)
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for two guests per bedroom, once during stay (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities; minimum $100 value and 3 courses)
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Llao Llao Resort

The view from Llao Llao Resort, Golf & Spa seems heaven-sent; vistas take in sparkling lakes and the stunning mountaintops beyond. The resort blends seamlessly into its natural environment and is ideal for adventure, offering just about any outdoor activity imaginable. Golf lovers head to the lakeside golf course within Nahuel Huapi National Park, while ski enthusiasts find the northern summer skiing to be sublime. Return to the hotel for lavish, individually customized spa treatments. Culinary options include Patagonian lamb and other regional delicacies.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary round of golf for up to two people, per room, including greens fees and cart rental, once during stay (must have minimum value of $100 USD equivalent)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

House of Jasmines

There is an ethereal, movie-set ethos around House of Jasmines Relais & Châteaux, perhaps because this elegant 100-year-old estancia, set in the foothills of the Andes, is the former home of actor Robert Duvall. Surrounded by fragrant jasmine, wild orchids, and roses, the grand main house as well as its 14 rooms & suites are furnished in shabby-chic decor, cowhide rugs, and exquisite antiques. The restaurant serves delicious homemade Argentinean dishes and the Bar manager makes exquisite Malbec Cocktail’ or serve local Torrontes white wine. You’ll also find a pool, a gym, a spa, and nearly 250 acres of parks and gardens to explore.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (included in rates
  • A complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two guests per room, once during stay
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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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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OCTOLA

Lapland, Finland
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Nayara Alto Atacama

Nayara Alto Atacama
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Anantara Kihavah

Anantara Kihavah
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Kwessi Dunes

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sesriem, Namibia
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Soneva Kiri

Soneva Kiri
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Mt. Cook Lakeside Retreat

Mt. Cook Lakeside Retreat
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Seeking Starshine and Aurora Borealis

As night falls and the mysteries of our universe reveal themselves, we turn our heads towards the vast skies and stand in awe of its grandeur. Whether you’re a budding stargazer or an experienced astrophile, opportunities for stargazing and witnessing the Northern Lights phenomenon in all its glory are waiting to be discovered. There is a spiritual quality to spotting planets, nebulas and constellations sparkle above, demanding a sense of wonder and presence that frees your mind from obligations. Take part in this ancient wisdom and storytelling that will capture your attention and spark your imagination, no matter the age.

OCTOLA Private Wilderness - Lapland, Finland

Chasing the Aurora Borealis can be an elusive activity, whose hunt is successful based on solar flares and a little bit of luck. As the particles reach Earth, magical shades dance and hang mystically in the sky; in the remote wilderness of Lapland, Octola’s secluded lodge at the Arctic Circle is the best location to spot this phenomenon from September to early April, where you’ll feel totally one with Nature.

Nayara Alto Atacama - Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama desert is a wild, windswept and dreamy corner of the Earth, where their lunar-like landscapes and dazzling night skies are simply otherworldly and shrouded in silence. Positioned at high altitude and devoid of light pollution, seek shelter in Nayara‘s Ckepi Observatory as you feast upon an ‘endless expanse’ of nebulae, moon craters, and possibly supernovae from December to March.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023 & 2024:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom (already included in hotel rates)
  • A complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two guests, per room, once during stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Anantara Kihavah - Baa Atoll, Maldives

Take advantage of the star-studded tapestry from Anantara’s unique SKY Bar, home to the Maldives’ most powerful telescope in an overwater observatory. Lie back on circular daybeds as a SKY Guru shares more about the Milky Way’s highlights, with crystal clear nights best seen from November to April.

Kwessi Dunes - NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Deep in NamibRand Nature Reserve, stretching over 200,000 hectares, the iconic red dunes and dramatic mountains are the perfect backdrop for one of the least light-polluted areas in the world with skies that come alive at night. Each of their 12 chalets comes with a separate ‘stargazer’ room in open air for ‘maximum galaxy-gazing’ that will lull you into a sweet slumber from May to November.

Soneva Kiri - Koh Kood Island, Thailand

Koh Kood is a hidden gem of Thailand far from the mainland, and best seen from November to January, you can peer into ‘star-strewn heavens’ at the state-of-the-art Observatory with Soneva’s resident Astronomer. Whether counting Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s Moons, or the Super Black Moon, you’ll be hypnotised by the patterns close to the equator.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

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

* With a minimum 4 night stay, guests will also receive:

  • Complimentary beach dinner for two, once during stay
  • Koh Kood discovery trip
  • Thai cuisine cooking class for two with Khun Benz, once during stay

Mt. Cook Lakeside Retreat - Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand

Renowned as a Dark Sky Reserve, take part in Mt. Cook’s Billion Star Dining, a stellar event in the intimate, underground Pukaki Wine Cellar and Observatory. Expect a seasonal 4-course tasting menu at Moraine Lodge followed by an informative stargazing experience through a 6-inch refractor telescope that will take your breath away. A great spot for astrophotography with a chance to see Aurora Australis from March to September.

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ÀNI Anguilla

2640 Little Bay, 2640, Anguilla
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ÀNI Dominican Republic

Autopista Rio San Juan Cabrera Km # 3. Sector La Caribe, Rio San Juan 56000, Dominican Republic
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ÀNI Sri Lanka

Kalukatiya Watta, Dickwella, Maaliyadda 81200, Sri Lanka
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ÀNI Thailand

KOH Yao Noi
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ÀNI PRIVATE RESORTS

We love ÀNI private resorts and the way they make it easy to arrange a luxury, all-inclusive* group stay.  Established in 2010 ÀNI – the word is Swahili for “the journey ahead” – pours its close attention into truly beautiful and secluded estates that can be booked exclusively for you and your family and/or friends. The whole place, with no-one else there except the special people you choose, and amazing staff to indulge you…

ÀNI Anguilla

This wonderful island, the most northern of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean, is a short hop from Miami, and you’ll search long and hard for anywhere with better sandy white beaches – they stretch for miles and miles. The ÀNI resort here sits on an amazing clifftop above Little Bay, and there’s room for parties of between six and 20 in what could be accurately termed “commanding privacy”. Half-board dining and an amazing number of activities are included; there’s a host of energetic or cultural things to do, from water sports including amazing diving, to day-long exploration adventures, plus a lovely on-site spa.

ÀNI Dominican Republic

Claiming its own private peninsula on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, this private resort nestles in manicured gardens with breathtaking, 270-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and direct access to a sandy bay known as La Piscina Natural. It’s the birthplace of kite-surfing, so a natural magnet for watersport fanatics. There’s room for a party of a maximum 28 people, so you’ll never be jostled for an ocean view – whether it’s to watch the sun rise or see it set. As ever with ÀNI, the plentiful staff are anxious to please your whole party, whether that’s working with you on special dinners, organising cultural events, or coming up with inventive ways to keep children happy.

ÀNI Sri Lanka

A sweeping beachfront estate on five verdant acres of Sri Lanka’s south coast, this private resort set above a palm-fringed beach near Dickwella can accommodate up to 30 guests across 15 exceptional suites. They all overlook their own, vast infinity pools and the sea on either side of a lush lawn. The impeccable service is delivered by a 30-strong team, so close personal attention is guaranteed. The region is known for its teeming wildlife; you can marvel at the local reserves and national parks or enjoy the nature surrounding the resort in the local villages, rice paddies and cinnamon plantation. It’s pure bliss in the Indian Ocean.

ÀNI Thailand

You’ll find this paradise on Koh Yao Noi, with empty beaches, protected mangroves, fishing villages and picturesque rice paddies spread over 19 square miles. It’s a sanctuary for wildlife, including rare hornbills, sea otters and green turtles. With astounding ocean-front views from the spacious villas, there’s room for 20 guests; from personal fitness training and kids’ activities to Thai dance shows and guided cycling tours, there’s loads for everyone to do, even though you’re 30 minutes from the mainland. All food and drinks are included, and there’s all-day butler service on the beach. And if you seek pure reinvigoration then you can lose yourself in a daily spa routine of up to 10 treatments.

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