For some of us, it’s not enough to go somewhere new and merely soak it up. We’re in pursuit of experiences; we want to do something of genuine substance, or to simply be in the presence of the truly remarkable. We don’t believe travelling in style should preclude you from savouring these unique encounters. So connect to your inner sense of adventure, without compromising on the level of refinement.
For when the journey really is the destination. The best seat in the house for a widescreen view of the majestic Canadian Rockies and its ancient glaciers, forests and waterfalls, is aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Complete with a glass-domed coach and open viewing platform, only the fine dining will distract you from trying to glimpse grizzlies, eagles and moose.
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The ultimate South African getaway. Located on its own private quay on Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, Cape Grace offers modern luxury infused with local charm. Next, head to Sir Richard Branson's boutique Mont Rochelle set amongst the vineyards of Franschhoek before driving south to Hermanus for two nights at The Marine, a great spot for whale watching between July and November. Finish at Branson's Rock Lodge at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve for luxury safari experiences amongst panoramic views of the Drakensberg Mountains.Explore itinerary
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru are two boltholes within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. You can spend the day with the resident scientists to learn about the ground breaking research at the Marine Discovery Centre, help to build coral reef and care for baby sea turtles. Top tip: sign up for the Manta-on-Call service and you’ll be rushed by speedboat to where a sighting is made.
Set on a ridge, Mahali Mzuri's amphitheatre-like viewing point is one of the most remarkable places to catch the unforgettable spectacle that is the annual Great Migration. Join the best guides in the area - the majority of the team here are Masai and hail from local communities - and be navigated on twice daily game drives, escorted on bush walks and taken on visits to the nearby markets. The Motorogi Conservancy is home to wildebeest, zebra, cheetah, giraffe and gazelles, as well as the Big Five.Explore
For ski and snow buffs, Whistler has a reputation for unsurpassed heli-skiing and boarding. Travel by helicopter to make fresh tracks on otherwise inaccessible vast powder fields and glaciers. Elsewhere in Canada, ascend frozen waterfalls away from the crowds amidst the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-rated scenery of the Banff National Park. With one-on-one tuition, embark on a private tour and learn the basics of ice climbing.Read More
If you're looking for a fantastic ski break slightly closer to home, look no further than Portetta Hotel and Lofts. Commanding an unsurpassed location at the foot of the slopes in elegant Courchevel Moriond 1650, and offering ski-in ski-out facilities, Portetta is a fabulous choice for luxury in The Three Valleys. Its Fire and Ice Bar is one of the most popular places for lunch and alfresco après ski drinks in Moriond, while its Herb House Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the slops.Read More
The one way to truly appreciate the vastness of the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Okavango Delta from a perspective others don’t get to, is from a hot air balloon.
Choose to arrive at the remote Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman by speedboat, 4x4 or - for real thrill seekers - paraglider, and once there opt to trek into the canyons to climb and swim through the gorges. Back at the hotel, the award-winning Six Senses Spa offers specialised Wellness Programmes.Read more
Situated amongst acres of lush mangroves and tranquil lagoons that are home to nearly 60 species of migratory birds, The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah is a true oasis of calm only 25 minutes from Dubai airport. For special occasions, enjoy an unforgettable starlit barbecue in the privacy of your private villa.Read more
Some experiences are simply a matter of putting yourself in the right place. The Ultimate Travelling Camp combines carefully curated and unexpected locations in India with mobile luxury camps, where you’re able to experience dramatic landscapes, local festivals and cultural events that would otherwise remain undiscoveredRead more
Whilst we know our edit of luxury getaways for 2018 are tempting enough, there are also exceptional savings to be had that add to their appeal. These include everything from bonus nights and up to half price savings on accommodation, to complimentary transfers and half board.
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