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When To Go: November

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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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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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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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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The Dolli

Mitropoleos 49,
Athina 105 56,
Greece

Athens Capital Center Hotel

4 Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue and 2 Kriezotou,
Syntagma Square street,
Athina 105 64,
Greece

Mandarin Oriental - Costa Navarino

Bay,
Costa,
Pilos 240 01,
Greece

Canaves Oia Suites

Main Street,
Oía 847 02,
Greece

Euphoria Resort

Mystras 231 00,
Greece

Grand Forest Metsovo

Interchange 7A, A2,
Metsovo 442 00,
Greece

Exploring Greece’s Golden Season

As the Summer crowds disperse and the urge to travel must be sated, set your sights on the glorious shores of Greece. Dotted across the Aegean and Mediterranean’s azure waters, there is a magical quality to the mainland and its legendary islands, each with their own stories to tell. Scented bougainvillea drapes over whitewashed buildings, the beaches and ports come alive, history buffs have millenia to uncover, and locals exude a genuine warmth and zest for life that is simply contagious. Whether sipping on beachside ouzo, discovering lively tavernas, tasting dishes bursting with flavour, enjoying evening strolls or getting a taste of true Greek hospitality, unforgettable memories will be created here. With a plethora of choices of where to stay, eat and play, we aim to highlight the very best for your bespoke travel.

The Dolli At Acropolis, Athens

Bathed in light and white-washed modernity, The Dolli has an impeccable address with mesmerising views towards the Acropolis. Don’t miss the rooftop bar, Dolli’s restaurant with decadent dishes true to Athenian tastes, and a unique art-filled lounge tempting you to stay a little longer…

Athens Capital Center Hotel - MGallery Collection, Athens

Sitting pretty in Syntagma square under the MGallery Collection, Athens Capital incorporates artistic expression and sculptures that reflect local traditions. With their ‘Inspired by Her’ program, expect thoughtful gestures and added extras that redefine the accommodation experience for women.

Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, Pelopponnese

Newly opened and just a three hour drive from Athens, revel at Mandarin Oriental’s sunken pool bar and indulge at their Lebanese restaurant Tahir with impeccable service. You’ll be spoiled for choice with four golf courses, a state-of-the art gym, world-class spa and hiking, kayaking or rock climbing at your doorstep.

Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini

Perfectly situated on the dramatic Santorini cliffside, the breathtaking views here will make you want to pinch yourself. Taking romance to the next level, take a private yacht sailing tour, wander the narrow streets of picturesque Oia, then retreat to your private pool suite while soaking up sublime shades of blue.

Euphoria Retreat, Sparta

True to its name and taking inspiration from the five elements to balance and heal your life, Euphoria Retreat is a wellbeing destination spa surrounded by a private forest in the Greek Peloponnese. This is a place for self-discovery and spiritual connection that captures the essence of tranquility and movement.

Grand Forest Metsovo, Epirus

Perched within black pines in the Pindus mountain range, Grand Forest Metsovo offers a green paradise with breathtaking views in north-western Greece. Look for Eurasian brown bears and Balkan chamois, find zen calm by the infinity pool and your private patio, or go hiking along isolated trails.

Iconic Experiences

To complement these stunning properties, sign up for these three iconic experiences which are a call to a soulful and memorable Grecian escape…

Acropolis & the Acropolis Museum
When you stand at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens and gaze at the architectural splendour of the Parthenon, the spirit of Ancient Greece unfolds before your eyes, emitting a vibrancy for over 2,500 years. As the undisputed center of the city for millennia, these great historical monuments atop the hill can be seen from every corner of Athens and takes a skilled guide to reveal the secrets within. Your visit takes place early in the morning before the crowds descend, and using augmented reality on an iPad, travel back in time as you discover the monuments in their original glory and the intricate engineering behind them.

Rare truffle hunting in Motsovo
In this corner of Greece, those who know Katerina Nola call her the female “Indiana Jones,” whose incredibly trained dogs track down precious truffles with vim and vigour. Alongside their skillful senses, you’ll make the most of the stunning countryside views while watching the dogs come and go, hopefully with truffles in their snouts! There is much to be learned, and the strolling continues until they have collected enough truffles for a scrumptious cookout lunch at a wooden riverside shelter.

Olive Oil Tasting and Lunch at a Local Village
Not far from Costa Navarino, you can enjoy an exceptional culinary experience at a traditional Greek village in the Peloponnese. Hidden past stone slab streets, idyllic Greek houses and olive, chestnut and walnut trees resides an olive oil connoisseur ready to share his well-kept secrets as he guides you through the steps of olive oil tasting. By the end of the day, you’ll savour the aromas of fresh olives and appreciate the smooth, bitter taste and spicy sensation of a premium olive oil. To top it off, you’ll make and bake your own bread in a wood-fired oven to complement the traditional lunch.

Follow the siren song of your heart and take to the seas! We know Greece well, and are eager to show you how to travel in pure luxury as you make your way across the isles this Autumn. Don’t hesitate any longer and you’ll be grateful you made the leap…

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Amanoi

Amanoi
Vinh Hy village
Vinh Hai commune
Ninh Hai district
Ninh Thuân,
Vietnam
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The Reverie Saigon

22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard
& 57-69F Dong Khoi Street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam
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Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Block Ha My Dong B, Dien Duong Ward
Dien Ban Town
Quang Nam,
Vietnam
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Regent Phu Quoc

Bai Truong
Duong To
Phu Quoc,
Vietnam
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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Ninh Van Bay
Khanh Hoa
Nha Trang,
Vietnam
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Anantara Quy Nhon Villas

Ghenh Rang, Bai Dai Beach
Bai Bien, Bai Bang
Quy Nhon, 820000
Vietnam
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Welcome to Vietnam

Spectacular nature. Exceptional cuisine. Cultural diversity. Excellent service. Vietnam has fully reopened for international tourism without any Covid-19 restrictions. Now you are free to discover and enjoy various wild nature destinations like limestone mountains, green terraced rice fields, and white sandy beaches. Holiday is coming, let’s get away from it all.

Vietnam’s unique geography creates a range of weather patterns, with both tropical and temperate zones. While March to May offers the best weather countrywide, there is no bad time to visit Vietnam, as there is always some part of the country with holiday skies. Below is a guide to climate of Vietnam’s major regions and destinations, so you know what to expect during your trip.

Amanoi

Nearest Airport: Cam Ranh International (CXR), 19 Miles / 30 Kilometers

Overlooking the spectacular Vinh Hy Bay in Vietnam, Amanoi is a tranquil retreat. Named after the Sanskrit-derived words for “peace” and “place,” this luxury resort features 33 pavilions and villas, two wellness pool villas and 11 residences, all offering privacy, serenity, and beauty. In the serene Aman Spa, guests can indulge in massages and treatments created with traditional Vietnamese ingredients, such as aromatic herbs, rice, and coffee. And in the resort’s beach club, located on a beautiful, private, white-sand beach, you can lounge, dine, swim, and enjoy a complete range of water sports, from snorkeling to kayaking.

A major concern of Amanoi is the environment and local community in the area where the property is situated. Regularly, the property hosts charity events as well as environmental activities, such as beach and local village cleaning for the staff. Engine water motors are prohibited in the protected water of the property.

Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities when booking with us:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Continental Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom,
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Reverie Saigon

Nearest Airport: Tan Son Nhat International (SGN), 5 Miles / 8 Kilometers

The Reverie Saigon is a luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Renowned for its beautiful interior designs, The Reverie Saigon also raises the bar for services and accommodation in Vietnam. Crafted to perfection, indulge in one of the 12 types of magnificently furnished accommodation as offered throughout 62 suites and 224 rooms.

The highest hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, the rooms and suites start from the 27th floor with beautiful panoramic views overlooking the central business district and the winding Saigon River through floor-to-ceiling windows.

With frontage on Saigon’s two most storied avenues, Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Boulevard, The Reverie beats at the heart of the city’s prestigious central urban area – District 1. As Saigon’s most happening neighborhood for both business and leisure, ‘D1’ has become a mecca for high-end shopping and the city’s hippest dining spots.

Within walking distance are some of the city’s most notable attractions – the French colonial Opera House, the neo-classical Central Post Office, the historic Reunification Palace and Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities when booking with us:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100USD 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

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Nearest Airport: Da Nang (DAD), 11 Miles / 17 Kilometers

Sitting on a one-kilometer stretch of Ha My Beach near historic Hoi An, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai brings luxury beachfront living to Vietnam’s central coast. Drawing on phong thuy (feng shui) principles, architecture and nature harmonize on 35 hectares, shaded by 4,500 palm trees. Villas have indoor and outdoor lounge areas plus shower gardens and, in the case of the pool villas, a private swimming pool. A cooking academy, herb and vegetable farm, two restaurants, and two bars ensure culinary highs, while three tiers of infinity-edge pools, a Zen master-inspired spa, water sports, and Kids’ Club offer options for all ages.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai has sustainability at heart, having introduced several initiatives to care for the environment and the community of Central Vietnam.

To reduce plastic waste, the Resort produces Pure, its own triple-filtrated water with an onsite bottling plant, eliminating more than 420,000 plastic bottles (equivalent to 5.8 tonnes) every year. Already in the works are solar-powered water heaters for the Resort’s 40 Pool Villas, a composting program and a self-refining coconut plant for the 4,500 coconut trees that grow onsite!

Taking pride of place is the Resort’s vast Herb & Vegetable Farm, which grows more than 40 varieties of crops and provides employment to 10 full-time gardeners. The organic produce from the Farm is hand-harvested daily for use in the Resort’s Cooking Academy as well as Restaurants and Bars to flavour dishes and garnish cocktails.

Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities when booking with us:

  • Confirmed at time of booking

Regent Phu Quoc

Nearest Airport: Duong Dong Airport (PQC), 7 Miles / 11 Kilometers

At Regent Phu Quoc, it’s all about first impressions. The secluded beachfront location. The dramatic yet discreet villas and suites boasting earthy hues and private infinity pools. And the incredible panoramic island views from the resort’s chic rooftop bar. Even the dining venues will make your jaw drop with inspired cocktails and cuisine ranging from Franco-Japanese fusion and elevated noodle dishes to drinks crafted with artisanal spirits and fresh local herbs.

We know that sustainability is as important to you as it is to us – and that’s why we’ve made it easy for you to stay at a hotel that shares your values. All our hotels use the IHG Green Engage system, an innovative online environmental sustainability system that gives our hotels the means to measure and manage their impact on the environment.

Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities when booking with us:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for two guests per bedroom, already included in rates
  • $100 USD equivalent in local currency Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary refreshment library, fully stocked with selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, artisanal coffees and teas, as well as local delicacies and gourmet snacks, replenished daily
  • Complimentary daily laundry and pressing of up to 3 items per bedroom
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Nearest Airport: Cam Ranh International (CXR), 25 Miles / 40 Kilometers

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay sits on a dramatic bay surrounded by golden sand and towering mountains. The family-friendly resort has 62 pool villas as well as several bars and restaurants serving local and international specialties, many with local seafood as a key ingredient. It is also an ideal setting for beautiful weddings. Six Senses Spa at Ninh Van Bay is a sanctuary for all the senses, with traditional Vietnamese and Six Senses signature treatments to suit every individual. Guests also enjoy the resort’s many land activities and water excursions, including snorkeling the coral reef and joining cultural and wildlife tours.

The hotel are committed to improving the ecological and carbon footprint from activities associated with the resort and spa operations and to developing a sustainable environment. They continuously monitor their performance and responsible activities against targets and goals, which will be enhanced and exceeded whenever appropriate.

Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities when booking with us:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast for two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay (to ensure delivery and availability, we request that this is arranged prior to arrival)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas

Nearest Airport: Qui Nhon Airport (UIH), 22 Miles / 35 Kilometers

Set to bring a new level of luxury to this historic region of Vietnam, the all-villa Anantara Quy Nhon boasts exceptional one- and two-bedrooms villas, each with an infinity pool, premium wine cellar, and spacious sundecks to maximize the stunning ocean views (many are just steps from the exclusive beach). Villa hosts customize amenities to each guest’s preference – even room scents, ranging from lemongrass to green tea. Visit one of the outdoor rain showers or the lavish spa that offers Anantara’s signature Balance Wellness concept, including private sessions with visiting healers and Thai massage in indoor and outdoor pavilions.

Set on a serene beach, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will welcome guests to a luxurious hideaway comprising 25 private pool villas inspired by the indigenous beauty of southern Vietnam. Guests will be able to spend their days relaxing in elegance, working up a sweat at the onsite gym, refreshing in the resort swimming pool or getting out into the picturesque countryside to discover even more of the real Vietnam.

Quy Nhon is a historic city with a diverse surrounding landscape ideal for exploration. From adventurous hikes to secluded temples, discerning travellers can immerse themselves in the culture of this fascinating country. Phu Cat airport is a 50-minute drive away, offering domestic flights to Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi.

Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities when booking with us:

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

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers,
Hawkes Bay,
New Zealand

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses,
Kaikoura,
New Zealand

Annandale

Annandale,
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge,
Wanaka,
New Zealand

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt
Auckland
New Zealand

New Zealand Experiences

New Zealand

New Zealand Arms Wide Open

The wild of New Zealand beckons once more, a country whose spectacular islands and bays have felt unmoored from the rest of the world for far too long. The essence of traveling far and wide is immediately felt in the journey alone, and we promise it’s worth every second it takes to arrive. There is simply nowhere else that compares, whether you’re an adrenaline seeker, a foodie, reconnecting with family, or just want to admire some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. New Zealand is ready for you, so what are you waiting for?

First things first, these properties alone will tempt you and your loved ones to indulge in luxurious and unique stays.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

This place is a treasure trove for golfers, naturalists and wellness seekers, a working farm whose views over Hawke’s Bay will put the most troubled minds at ease. We love the Owner’s Cottage which houses up to 8 with private in-house dining upon request. Expect private beach picnics, Kiwi discovery walks and night tours of Cape Sanctuary.

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, Kaikoura

Sitting pretty at the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range, these gorgeous tree houses are the most luxurious option along the coastline and offer elevated views atop a native Kanuka grove. An immersive venue for families and couples that will take your breath away after a day spent whale watching. The passion for food here will be clear from their attention to detail with every meal.

Annandale, Christchurch

For standalone private luxury villas that house up to 12 guests at a time, look no further. Each of these retreats bring undeniable character to your stay, with a choice from seascape’s contemporary glasshouse, scrubby bay embraced between two hills, the rural isolation of shepherd’s cottage, the magic of returning to the homestead built in 1880, or the stables lofty 2-bedroom apartment.

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge, Wanaka

As part of a 50,000 acre working farm, this is one of the purest and authentic lodges you’ll find in the high country, accessible only by helicopter as you arrive in style. The vastness of this glacial alpine valley is magnificent, home to remote rivers and mountain streams. Enjoy nights in your private chalet with a hot tub on deck.

Park Hyatt Auckland

You simply can’t miss the energy of New Zealand’s capital, and Park Hyatt delivers with its spacious suites bathed in light with floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel overlooks the Waitematā Harbour with access to an infinity pool and an impeccable restaurant using only local produce.

New Zealand Experiences

Once you’ve landed on a beautiful base, the next step is choosing from one of many exhilarating experiences, taking it at whatever pace suits you best. This country prides itself on meeting the needs of every type of traveller, from wildlife spotting and horse-riding, to wine-tasting, star-gazing, alpine lake rafting and hot-air ballooning. From our point of view, you simply can’t leave New Zealand without an aerial helicopter experience, where you can appreciate the masterful designs of Nature from up high. Traverse world-class golf courses, test your limits with gruelling mountain-biking or 4×4 off-road adventures, enjoy blissful days fly-fishing, and be sure to arrange a Maori cultural experience to learn more about their storied history upon these shores.

After this dormant period, we are thrilled to start planning your dream return to New Zealand! Before the rest of the world catches on, take the leap and be one of the first to witness the splendour of this stunning destination from North to South.

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