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Maroma, a Belmond Hotel

Maroma, a Belmond Hotel
Maroma, a Belmond Hotel

Rosewood Mayakoba

Rosewood Mayakoba
Rosewood Mayakoba

Casa Silencio

Casa Silencio
Casa Silencio

Habitas Bacalar

Habitas Bacalar
Habitas Bacalar

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Four Seasons Punta Mita

Four Seasons Punta Mita
Four Seasons Punta Mita

Chablé Maroma

Chablé Maroma
Chablé Maroma

One&Only Mandarina

One&Only Mandarina
One&Only Mandarina

Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia
Hotel Esencia

Mexican Retreats: Unveiling Paradise Beyond Imagination

Welcome to a land of ancient wonders, vibrant cultures, and unparalleled beauty. Mexico, a country rich in history and tradition, offers a tapestry of experiences that captivate the soul and ignite the imagination. As travellers and explorers ourselves, we have had the privilege of discovering some of Mexico’s most enchanting properties, each offering a unique blend of luxury, culture, and authenticity. Join us on a virtual journey as we explore these hidden gems, uncovering the magic and allure of Mexico’s diverse landscapes and rich heritage.

Maroma, a Belmond Hotel

Stepping into Maroma, a Belmond Hotel Riviera Maya, felt like a breath of fresh air amidst the meticulously groomed entrances of other Riviera Maya properties. The rugged charm of the surroundings instantly captivated us, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey through 200 acres of untamed jungle and the glistening Caribbean Sea. As we explored, we couldn’t help but marvel at the architecture rooted in Sacred Geometry, harmonising effortlessly with the light-filled, art-adorned rooms that left us yearning for our own homes to resemble the magic Tara Bernard has woven into Maroma. Each space felt like a sanctuary, honouring Mexican artisanal traditions and offering breathtaking views of the ocean.

The dedicated kid’s club offers a haven of excitement and wonder for young adventurers. Designed to ignite imaginations and create lasting memories, the kid’s club presents a plethora of engaging activities tailored to delight children of all ages.

Amidst the beauty of the outdoor pools, you can find true relaxation at Maroma Spa by Guerlain, where ancient Mayan rituals will leave you rejuvenated in body and spirit.

The best time to visit is November-March, and their villas are perfect for a romantic getaway for two, families, and multi-generational trips (they have a glorious 4-bed villa to cater for bigger groups).

You get these perks when you book through us :

🌴Welcome cocktail upon arrival
🌴in-room wake-up coffee service
🌴VIP Welcome Amenities
🌴Daily à la carte breakfast
🌴Room upgrade, whenever possible
🌴US$100 hotel credit per room per stay for bookings in all room and junior suite categories
🌴US$220 hotel credit per room per stay for bookings in all one-bedroom suites and above categories

Rosewood Mayakoba

Surrounded by verdant emerald jungle and pristine white sand, Rosewood Mayakoba defines a private world of rare luxury and refined beauty. Located in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the resort lies along a pristine stretch of Caribbean beach and features an indulgent Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, El Camaleón championship golf course designed by Greg Norman and an array of active and leisurely recreational pursuits. A journey to this serene retreat captivates the soul with stunning natural beauty and pure refinement. Featuring 129 Suites plus 15 Two-Six Bedroom Villa plus the famed Six Bedroom beachfront Founders Villa

With its barefoot-casual feel, guests can truly relax and unwind in style. Picture yourself starting your holiday with a scenic boat ride through the winding lagoon to your suite—it’s an experience like no other.

Families can indulge in a myriad of activities:

🌴Eco-tour
🌴Eco-bingo
🌴Yoga classes
🌴Scavenger hunt
🌴Mayan storytelling

🌴Spanish and Mayan lessons

🌴Pizza class and cookie-making class

🌴Themed nights; Mexican Night, Pirate Night, Pyjama Party and Mayan Celebration

PERKS WHEN YOU BOOK THROUGH US:

✨Complimentary one-category upgrade upon arrival whenever possible
✨Daily breakfast for up to two people at the Casa del Lago restaurant
✨USD125 resort credit. For Presidential Suite and Private Residence bookings, credit is per bedroom
✨Early check-in / late check-out, whenever possible

Casa Silencio

Nestled amidst the enchanting landscapes of Oaxaca, Casa Silencio emerges as a sanctuary of serenity and elegance. Here, amidst the vibrant culture and rich traditions of Mexico, guests are invited to embark on a journey of relaxation and discovery. Let’s delve into the captivating allure of Casa Silencio and uncover the treasures that await within its walls.

Discovering Casa Silencio: Located just an hour’s drive from the bustling streets of Oaxaca City, Casa Silencio welcomes guests with open arms, offering respite from the chaos of everyday life. As you arrive at this eco-retreat, you’ll be greeted by the tranquil beauty of Valle del Silencio, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the region.

Designed by the visionary Fausto Zapata, Casa Silencio exudes a rustic charm that seamlessly blends with the natural surroundings. The six-bedroom retreat features guest rooms adorned with reclaimed wood, distressed leather detailing, and luxurious velvet upholstery, creating a warm and inviting ambiance that beckons you to unwind and relax.

Habitas Bacalar

Located four hours south of bustling Cancún, the discreet entrance of Habitas Bacalar, nestled along a remote road, imparts the feeling of stumbling upon an exclusive hideaway. With just 34 intimate rooms, each accommodating a maximum of two guests, the atmosphere exudes a sense of community and connection.

At Habitas Bacalar, the essence of the local community is seamlessly woven into the guest experience. Engage in captivating encounters with indigenous artisans during cacao-and-wine tastings, offering a glimpse into centuries-old traditions. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Bacalar Lagoon with complimentary paddleboard tours, immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the region. Unwind and rejuvenate with holistic yoga lessons, harmonizing mind, body, and spirit amidst serene surroundings.

Moreover, the commitment to sustainability is evident throughout the property. The wellness program prioritizes the use of locally sourced ingredients for its spa products, harnessing the healing powers of nature while supporting the surrounding communities. Meanwhile, at the renowned Siete restaurant, indulge in a culinary journey infused with the rich flavors of the Yucatán Peninsula, as traditional Mayan cooking techniques transform locally sourced ingredients into delectable dishes that tantalize the palate.

At Habitas Bacalar, discover more than just a place to stay – immerse yourself in a holistic retreat that celebrates the essence of the destination while fostering genuine connections with the local community.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Indulge in the beauty of the Mayan jungle and Caribbean Sea at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an AAA 5 Diamond Luxury All-Inclusive resort hailed as the epitome of luxury and family-friendly hospitality. Recognized as the “Best Family Program” by Virtuoso, this lavish retreat offers an unparalleled experience for guests of all ages.

Nestled along the pristine shores of Riviera Maya, Grand Velas Riviera Maya boasts a range of luxurious accommodations to suit every preference. From the three-tiered infinity pool at Ambassador ambiance to the secluded oceanfront haven at Grand Class, each space is designed to exceed your expectations of comfort and indulgence.

At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, families are at the heart of the experience. The resort features an AMAZING kids and teens club, where young guests can enjoy supervised activities and make lifelong memories. Additionally, an in-house team is on hand to organize excursions to nearby archaeological zones and cenotes, providing guests with the opportunity to explore the rich history and natural wonders of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Dining at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a culinary delight, with AAA 4 and 5 Diamond restaurants serving up gourmet cuisine to tantalize your taste buds. Meanwhile, the award-winning SE Spa offers ancient rituals and rejuvenating treatments, ensuring a truly pampering experience during your stay.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (From Zen Grand to Zen Grand Pool / From Ambassador to Ambassador Pool / From Ambassador Pool to Grand Class)
  • Complimentary hydrotherapy water journey per person
  • $50 USD Spa credit per adult, per night

 

 

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

At Four Seasons Punta Mita, you’ll find a harmonious blend of luxury and laid-back charm. The resort’s architecture reflects the region’s rich cultural heritage, with traditional Mexican design elements and modern amenities seamlessly integrated into the natural surroundings.

Accommodations are designed to provide a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation. Whether you choose a spacious suite or a private villa, you’ll enjoy stunning ocean views, elegant decor, and thoughtful touches that ensure a restful stay.

But it’s not just the accommodations that make Four Seasons Punta Mita special. The resort offers a wide range of activities and experiences to suit every interest and preference. From snorkelling and paddle boarding in the crystal-clear waters to exploring nearby villages and learning about local culture, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.

And when it comes to dining, Four Seasons Punta Mita excels. Whether you’re craving fresh seafood, traditional Mexican cuisine, or international flavours, the resort’s restaurants and bars offer a variety of options to satisfy your culinary cravings.

Golfers have their pick of two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses (the Pacifico course has the world’s only natural island green).

Virtuoso travelers receive:

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

Chablé Maroma

Chablé Maroma is more than just a resort—it’s an immersive experience that celebrates the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of Mexico. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the resort’s stunning architecture, which seamlessly blends modern design with traditional Mexican influences.

Accommodations at Chablé Maroma are nothing short of spectacular. Each of the resort’s suites and villas is meticulously designed to provide the utmost comfort and privacy, with spacious living areas, private plunge pools, and breathtaking ocean views.

But the true magic of Chablé Maroma lies in its commitment to wellness and relaxation. The resort’s world-class spa offers a range of holistic treatments inspired by ancient Mayan rituals, as well as yoga and meditation classes led by expert instructors.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • Bookings in our Serenity Pool Villa or Presidential Villa will also receive a $100 Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
  • Stays of 5+ nights will receive an additional $100 Resort or Hotel credit (for a total of $200 during stay)
  • Stays of 7+ nights will receive an additional $200 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit (for a total of $300 during stay)

One&Only Mandarina

Discover the epitome of luxury living in our spacious, standalone chic treehouses and villas, nestled within the emerald cliffsides. Just a stone’s throw away from palm-fringed sands and swimmable shores, each accommodation offers a sanctuary of comfort and privacy, inviting you to reconnect with nature and yourself.

At One&Only Mandarina, the possibilities for adventure are endless. Embark on unlimited ocean adventures, from snorkelling and paddleboarding to deep-sea fishing and whale watching. Explore miles of nature trails that wind through the lush jungle, offering glimpses of exotic wildlife and stunning vistas at every turn.

For equestrian enthusiasts, the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club awaits. Immerse yourself in this world-class hive of activity, where riders and spectators alike can enjoy thrilling polo matches, horseback riding excursions, and expertly curated equestrian experiences.

Whether you seek relaxation or adrenaline-fuelled thrills, One&Only Mandarina offers an unrivalled experience that celebrates the beauty and diversity of its natural surroundings. Come and discover why this exclusive resort is the ultimate destination for luxury living and adventure on the Riviera Nayarit.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in Alma Restaurant
  • $100USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit utilized during stay

Hotel Esencia

Nestled along the pristine shores of Xpu-ha Beach, Hotel Esencia is a hidden gem steeped in history and luxury. Once the beachside villa of an Italian duchess, this enchanting retreat is set on a secluded 50-acre estate of lush gardens, offering a tranquil haven on the Mayan Riviera.

Discover the essence of barefoot luxury as you step into Hotel Esencia’s elegant surroundings. With just five rooms, three villas, and 45 suites, the resort exudes an intimate charm that invites you to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Indulge in the ultimate relaxation at the resort’s organic spa, where holistic treatments and therapies rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Then, tantalize your taste buds at one of the three simple yet sophisticated restaurants, each drawing inspiration from Mexico’s eclectic regional cuisines.

Accommodations at Hotel Esencia are nothing short of exquisite. Suites boast high ceilings and generous views of tropical gardens or the sparkling sea, with some featuring private plunge pools and spacious terraces or balconies. For those seeking extra privacy, the duplex villas offer an exclusive retreat with unparalleled comfort and elegance.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

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The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa
The Wallawwa

Uga Ulagalla

Uga Ulagalla
Uga Ulagalla

The Kandy House

The Kandy House
The Kandy House

Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails
Ceylon Tea Trails

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Amanwella

Amanwella
Amanwella

Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama
Cape Weligama

In Search of Serenity in Sri Lanka

A year-round destination that truly delivers on all fronts, Sri Lanka promises an unbeatable sense of adventure for solo travellers, couples or families. For those who have touched down on its captivating, palm-fringed shores, this remote island has an exotic appeal that always leaves you wanting more. From the winding canals of Colombo to the stilt fishermen and colonial ramparts of Galle, across storied tea plantations of Ceylon’s namesake, or climbing sturdy steps of Sigiriya Lion Rock and touching the multi-cultural heart of Kandy, there are endless stories to tell. The relationship with tea and sea is ingrained into the island’s heritage, and whether traversing the island by Cessna, railway, or car, you will embrace a return to a simpler way of life. Just a stone’s throw from the Maldivian archipelago, complement your visit with idyllic shores of the Indian Ocean.

The Wallawwa, Negombo

The Wallawwa‘s proximity to Colombo airport makes the property the perfect bookend to your stay. The hotel has the spirit of an intimate country house with spacious and contemporary suites, amidst tropical gardens that exude serenity. Tucked away in this rural location, visit Negombo’s lively markets, drift down the canals of the Muthurajawela wetlands, or visit the town’s Catholic churches, cigar factory and Dutch fort.

Uga Ulagalla, Anuradhapura

A return to a land where great Kings once reigned, Uga Ulagalla is the prime position to visit Anuradhapura archaeological sites and Sigiriya’s unique rock fortress. At this haven, immerse yourself in the historical significance of Sri Lanka’s heart, get a glimpse of untouched villages teeming with life, learn about rice cultivation and local traditions, or enjoy nature walks accompanied by vibrant birdsong and an array of wild creatures.

The Kandy House, Gunnepana

Wonderfully cosy and private with just nine chic rooms, The Kandy House has proudly stood the test of time since 1804 as an ancestral manor house now turned boutique hotel. Blending Dutch, Moorish and local styles, their infinity pool is pervaded by a dreamy languor, inviting you in hammocks surrounded by lush jungle and frangipani trees. A prime setting that defines the romance of travel.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Born from the Fernando family’s unique ‘Resplendent Sri Lankan Journey,’ Ceylon Tea Trails sits at an altitude of 1,250 metres on the border of the Central Highlands. Comprising five restored historic tea planter residences overlooking misty valley views and butler service, the ambiance is characteristic of tea itself; rejuvenating, calming, and thought-provoking. Abound with old-world charm, imagine arriving by floatplane on Castlereagh Lake…

Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala

Overlooking the Indian Ocean at the entrance to Yala National Park, Wild Coast’s luxury safari lodge is a must for wildlife lovers and architectural buffs. Their cocoon-like tent design is built seamlessly into the jungle, boasting four-poster beds and freestanding bathtubs, with wild beaches at your doorstep and the lulling sound of the ocean. With the expert eyes of your naturalist guides, spot elegant elephants and the elusive leopard – a sight to behold!

Amanwella, Tangalle

On the southern coast of Sri Lanka, a meandering path amidst vibrant jungle foliage unveils Amanwella, nestled in the picturesque shores of Tangalle. Crafted for ultimate privacy and immersion in nature, this modern beachfront retreat boasts an extensive stretch of golden sand bordered by swaying coconut palms. It’s conveniently situated near revered temples, sprawling tea plantations, and National Parks.

Cape Weligama, Weligama

Dotted on the epic southern cliffs and “enveloping you in a world of culture, community and cuisine,” a stay at Cape Weligama recalls a time of legendary explorers, a slower cadence of life’s simple pleasures, and a short coastal drive away from a cinnamon plantation and 400-year old Dutch colonial Galle Fort. Venture out on their Ocean Safari experience in search of blue and sperm whales or spinner dolphins.

With a dizzying variety of experiences and properties to choose from, your Sri Lankan discovery couldn’t come soon enough!

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Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Malliouhana, Anguilla

Malliouhana, Anguilla
Malliouhana, Anguilla

Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Discover the Beauty and Adventure of Antigua and Anguilla

Sun, sea and lounging luxury; no need to worry about the formalities – just grab a lightweight bag, shorts, swimsuit and your sunglasses, and come with us to two of the Caribbean’s most indulgent islands. Antigua and Anguilla have it all going on, and we just know you’ll love them as much as we do!

Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

On this gorgeous private island the beach arcs round the coast in a pure white ribbon of sand and, if you wanted to, you could spent a fortnight just strolling and cycling around, decluttering your mind and feeling ever more breezy. But the sea is a constant lure, with water-skiing, snorkelling, sailing and kayaking beckoning you in. Guests can choose to stay in the contemporary beach house style suites and villas facing the ocean or opt for one of individually designed private residences. The resort’s All Inclusive offering is something we’ve never experienced before and certainly more of an ‘exclusive’ offering.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

    Complimentary Caribbean Nights (Valid for Travel 01 Jun 2024 – 21 Aug 2024)

    ENJOY EVERY 5TH NIGHT FREE

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Secluded and relaxed, this resort packs a punch, with everything you could want from a full-on wonderful Caribbean holiday. Everything hangs together so perfectly, from the horseshoe bay setting, the turquoise water and the lush rainforest close by, to the specific features like the Cara Organic spa, five tennis courts, two pickleball courts, yoga pavilion, water sports centre and – for anyone who just detests sun and sea – even a library and private cinema! The five-star treatment extends to the suites, the bars and hospitality – nourished by the chef’s own garden – and even the restful yet always opulent décor.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Rain Forest Hike to Signal Hill
  • Authentic Antiguan cooking demonstration with the chef
  • 20% off half day or full day boat charter on Carlisle Bay’s private boat (must be arranged prior to guest arrival)
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay – if credit is used towards spa services, then an ESPA gift will also be included
  • Exclusive welcome amenity delivered to guest room on arrival

Malliouhana, Anguilla

Malliouhana is the grand dame of Anguilla, a beautiful hotel built in the 80’s but with a recent Miami style makeover, and perched on the cliffside above the most gorgeous beach. We know that the ‘two-speed’ family can find trouble in paradise; one half wants to chill, and the other can’t sit still – Malliouhana is the solution. Activities include tennis, paddle boarding and cycling. Meanwhile, there’s the amazing infinity pool, stunning Meads Bay beach, heavenly spa, lovely cooking and generally lazy luxury. Restaurant-hopping around the island in your own Mini Moke beach buggy could be where everyone agrees: being here is fantastic.

Virtuoso travellers receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast credit of $35USD per person, for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla

Belmond Cap Juluca offers a relaxed and lesser-known getaway. Sitting on its own peninsula with all accommodation on the beach it truly is barefoot luxury. For us, the impressive factor – apart from the pristine heat and general loveliness – rests in the focus on food. Uchu is a super-chic eatery specialising in the exotic and unusual tastes of Peru where you can sample pachamanquero and causa. There’s a Pimm’s restaurant with dreamy views of Maundays Bay. For Italian, there’s Cip’s by Cipriani. And there’s our absolute favourite, The Cap Shack, for smoky, flavoursome Caribbean lobster with hearty local cocktails.

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

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Star of the show in terms of accommodation is the resort’s five-bedroom villa, right on the beachfront complete with residential assistant to service your every need. Having said that, there is a room category for everyone from the one-room suite with incredible ocean views; to the split level Townhouses featuring kitchenettes, outdoor grills and private pools – perfect for entertaining. The legendary Four Season’s hospitality is abundant all around you and the concierge, if you want them to, can plan your entire week of eating with mouthwatering meals at amazing restaurants. Sailing along the coast at sunset is just one of the ways in which your memories of Anguilla will stay with you forever.

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

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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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Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas
Islas Secas

Le Miroir

71480 Le Miroir, France
Chalet Pelerin

Scotland, United Kingdom

Scotland, UK
Belmond Royal Scotsman

Mustang, Nepal

Mustang, Nepal
Shinta Mani Mustang

Wild x WanderLuxe Wanderings

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. Imagine heli-skiing adventures and train journeys enhanced with decadent style, finding yourself in the remote and spiritual mountain ranges of Mustang, or an extraordinary voyage hopping along pristine Central American coastline, there is bound to be an adventure here that awaits your discovery…

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

Kontiki Wayra Yacht x Islas Secas

Costa Rica and Panama

Next March (2024), Nature lovers must carve out 10 nights of their year to explore the most remote regions of Costa Rica and Panama. A 40-metre boutique yacht acts as your luxurious base while navigating the Pacific Ocean and lush, biodiverse sanctuaries of Manuel Antonio National Park and the Osa Peninsula. Immerse yourself in the underwater world when scuba diving at Cano Island, roar down rapids with white water rafting, zipline across the canopy, and kayak through bioluminescent mangroves. Onboard, there are a variety of watersports, alfresco dining spots, spa and fitness areas to keep you entertained onboard. This is truly an expedition for seekers venturing off the beaten path, ending with three sacred nights on Islas Secas Private Island in the Gulf of Chiriqui.

Eleven Experience x Chalet Pelerin

Le Miroir, France

Picture your perfect alpine getaway and multiply this tenfold under the spell of Eleven Experience, spending days within the French hamlet of Le Miroir. For big mountain lovers this season, let your adrenaline flow down endless runs starting from three heli-ski bases, or make the most of prime ski resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere. Find refuge in an exquisite Chalet complete with your private chef, an outdoor hot tub, Finnish sauna and steam room, and rustic-sophisticated interiors accommodating up to 12 guests. Other activities include off-piste skiing, ice-climbing and snowshoeing. Look no further – this is a sublime property buy-out that ticks all the boxes for the most discerning winter traveller.

Dior Spa x Belmond Royal Scotsman

Scotland, United Kingdom

Belmond Royal Scotsman is the epitome of luxury rail travel, taking you on a wonderful adventure in a world of elegance and history, with its carriages exude old world charm and tasteful decor that will take you back to the golden era. A touch of glamour now sparkles along these iconic Scottish rails, with a Dior Spa carriage set up for the ultimate beauty therapy. As the train rambles across idyllic countryside and your days are spent soaking up the wild and wonderful outdoors, retreat and unwind in this cocoon to pamper your stay. Treatments range from Kobido facial sculpting, and body massages inspired by elemental benefits or purification of toxins through deep, soothing movements.

Bill Bensley x Shinta Mani Mustang

Mustang, Nepal

On the wild outskirts of Nepal lies the mystical Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, whose ancient trade routes flanked by the majestic Himalayas are a dream for trekkers and culturists seeking higher ground. Prepare yourself for a personalised spa and wellness program rooted in traditional holistic healing wisdom, aimed at reawakening your spirit from the inside out. With Bill Bensley’s creative touch, expect opulent flourishes, interesting textiles and hand-picked artwork throughout the property. Even better, your stay here protects and preserves the local art, history and culture of this region

There’s no time like the present, so seize the day and treat yourself to these exceptional WanderLuxe journeys.

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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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Soneva Fushi

Kunfunadhoo Island, Eydhafushi, Maldives
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One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius

Pointe de Flacq, Poste de Flacq 41518, Mauritius
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Eden Rock St Barths, Caribbean

Baie de Saint Jean, 97133, St Barthélemy
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Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo

La Huerta, Jalisco, México Km. 7.5, México 200, 48970 Barra de Navidad, Jal., Mexico
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Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas, Thailand

88, 8, Koh Yao Yai, Amphoe Ko Yao, Chang Wat Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
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Kisawa, Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Benguerra Island, Mozambique
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Your Ultimate Winter Sun Escape Awaits

Calling all sun-worshippers continually chasing the next boost of serotonin, we’ve rounded up the most energising destinations to bring the heat, brighten your mood and spark a newfound fire in your soul. Proximity to the ocean and time spent under the sun heals all, savour an endless summer sensation and pamper yourself in paradise at these glorious properties under the sun.

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

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

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

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

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

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

One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius

An effortless style icon with a vast beachfront dotted by swaying palm trees, dip into the perfect waters of the Indian Ocean at this exclusive island resort. Unwind at their luxurious pool-facing spa that combines eco-therapy and vibrational energy, while nourishing your body with delicious plant-based dishes, inspired by French, Creole and African cuisine.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • 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

Eden Rock St Barths, Caribbean

Once the secret hideaway of iconic Hollywood starlets, this legendary destination has maintained its sense of privilege and untamed nature. Each of their suites has a unique character, popping with colour and luxurious furnishings. Elevate your stay with a private yacht charter or expertly crafted photo-shoot at the top of the rocky promontory.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers (must have minimum value of $100USD equivalent)
  • Complimentary Eden Rock Beach Set, per room, including a branded Beach Bag and flip flops
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Mexico

Enliven your spirit by basing yourself within this architectural wonder and authentic refuge, ensconced in a private reserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Your balance will be restored fully as you commit to sustainable practices and get closer to the biodiversity of this unique jungle and sea setting. Visit their low-impact farm of Rancho Ortega where blue agave, organic corn and salt is harvested.

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)
  • $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

Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas, Thailand

Tucked away on a quiet island within the limestone islets of Phang Nga Bay, the remote beaches and unique sandbank carved by changing tides hold great appeal. The lagoons and mangrove canals invite you to kayak through as you immerse yourself in the ecosystem, and vintage sidecars are a great way to zip around on land.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • Complimentary 60 minute massage for up to two guests, per room, once per stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Kisawa, Benguerra Island, Mozambique

A prime beachfront haven that champions rustic and elegant design, the journey to Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique will be well rewarded. The variety of birding and scuba diving amidst dugongs, pinnacles and cave systems are a must-see in this region.

Hone your inner marigold and surrender to the power of the sun.

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Bruges

Bruges, Belgium
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Berlin

Berlin, Germany
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Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK
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Budapest

Budapest, Hungary
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Exceptional Christmas Markets

With December just around the corner and your end of year plans coming into focus, the transcendent beauty of this season is enhanced by the Christmas spirit that brings warmth and good cheer. What better way to welcome this mood than getting lost at these authentic markets, where sparkling lights and decorations take centre stage, and local handcrafted ornaments and products make the perfect presents. Accompanied by your mug of hot cocoa or glühwein with a plethora of cultural dishes to taste, experience pure magic at these special destinations around Europe.

Bruges

The medieval city of Bruges invites you to linger in its fairytale setting, made more impressive when exteriors are lit up like gingerbread houses. Whether following the light experience trail, or perusing Grote Markt’s cosy market, the streets will be scented with fresh waffles, Belgian fries, chocolate and speculoos as you fall under its romantic spell.

Step into a 15th-century residence at Hotel de Tuilerieën, made special by its discreet location, ornate décor, suites overlooking the canal, infra-red sauna and indoor pool.

Berlin

Berlin has to be seen to be understood, an idiosyncratic city oozing history and a strong sense of identity. As a beloved German tradition, expect an explosion of lights and excitement at over 100 (!) markets dotted around the city, with the exceptional Winterwelt toboggan slide. Fill up on bratwurst, steak, gingerbread and candied fruit.

True to the Kempinski brand and perfectly positioned at Brandenburg Gate, Hotel Adlon Kempinski is the best address in Berlin with a Michelin starred restaurant, exclusive beauty treatments at Spa by Resense, and unique suite offerings.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD Equivalent in local currency Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid towards room rate, no cash value if not redeemed. Credit can be used towards Restaurant Quarre, Sra Bua, Lobby Bar, Minibar, Adlon To Go.)
  • Early Check-In, subject to availability / Guaranteed Late Check-Out till 2pm
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Edinburgh

An enchanting destination no matter the age, Edinburgh entwines the old and new in a timeless manner. At historic St. Andrew’s Square, the city comes alive with a dazzling Castle of Light show, Santa Stories with elves on hand, funfair rides, ice-skating and 70 stalls to complete an illuminated winter wonderland. Children can even post their requests to the North Pole.

The Balmoral is the epitome of Scottish charm, ensconced alongside its landmark clock tower that faces onto Princes Street Gardens and Scott Monument. Airy suites are an embodiment of the landscape with blue and heather hues, and the SCOTCH whisky bar is unmissable with over 500 unique varieties awaiting discovery.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • 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 (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Budapest

You’ll find an array of large and small markets scattered all around Budapest, although Vorosmarty Square and Basilica in St. Stephen’s Square are a must for their Hungarian Delicacies such as Kurtos Kalacs (Chimney cake) and roasted chestnuts. Their handicraft shops preserve their folk art and traditions such as glass blowing, embroidery and lace work.

With stunning views over the Danube River, the iconic Matild Palace invites you into their spa-inspired bathrooms, opulent loft suites. Try Spago by Wolfgang Puck for a Hungarian-Californian twist and enjoy cocktails at The Duchess rooftop bar.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • 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, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary one-way private airport transfers
  • For Suite bookings, guests will also receive:
    • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Amsterdam

Amsterdam offers a unique sense of artistry and design that will no doubt invigorate your creative spirit. Go ice-skating in front of Rijksmuseum, enjoy the sparkling canals and intimate stalls and try poffertjes (mini-pancakes) or krentenbollen (raisin dough balls), complemented with their take on bisschopswijn mulled with oranges and white wine.

By retaining 125 years of rich heritage as a self-proclaimed ‘Cultural Custodian’ of Amsterdam, revel in De L’Europe‘s eclectic Signature Suites boasting impeccable design and vintage furniture.

Virtuoso travelers receive:

For 2023/2024:

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit utilized during stay.
  • For Bookings in Prestige or ‘T Huys Suites:
    • Guests receive complimentary one-way private airport transfer (valued at EUR 145)
  • For Bookings in Royal Penthouse or Presidential Loft Suites:
    • Guests receive complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers (valued at EUR 275)
  • Free access to Le Spa by Skins Institute, where guests can refresh and indulge
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Copenhagen

Effortlessly cool and attracting gastronomes and art-lovers worldwide, Copenhagen is a dreamy capital. During the hygge advent period, there are plenty of quality Julemarkeder you must visit, from Højbro Plads to Hans Christian Andersen and Kongens at Nytorv. Arrive in time for St. Lucia on 13th December, while warming up with Gløgg, Brændte Mandler (caramelised almonds) and a classic hot dog.

Since establishing a restaurant borne out of love in 1755, the legacy continues at Hotel D’Angleterre‘s prime location just minutes from Nyhavn and Strøget. Recently refurbished with contemporary Nordic design, Christmas is celebrated here at full tilt with special menus, shopping and sweets.

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 Food & Beverage 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

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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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