This week I’m diving into my first Virtuoso Travel Week! I’m a VTW virgin.
I’m eager to jump in — it’s like a combination of fashion week, school, and speed dating with a few cocktails thrown in for extra fun. Though, since I’m on a cleanse, mine will be mocktails!
There’s over 2,200 travel suppliers participating. I’m going to be on the hunt for all the unique, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experiences. In just preparing for the week, I’m already learning a ton.
Building personal relationships and friendships make all the difference for my clientele. It allows me to clear waitlists, get priority upgrades, solve problems, and plan delightful surprises. I’m investing to cement these professional relationships with suppliers from across the globe, so I can deliver the high standard of service my clients crave.
I’ve got 68 calls set up, and today, on Sunday, August 9th, I’ll continue to set up more. Each meeting is 10 minutes, and I’m going to be asking all the questions. (And I’m good at asking questions.)
Normally this event is held in Las Vegas with over 6,000 people. I’ve never been; guess that’s on hold for a bit.
Obviously, it’s all virtual this year. That means I don’t have to dash around in heels and only have to dress up on top, right? I’ve soaked in some advice for looking my best on camera from the fabulous Tom Ford and I can’t wait to put it in action! (Want some tips? Right here, my friend.)
I’m tickled pink to be attending and will be reporting back soon! Follow my Instagram below to catch some of what’s happening behind the scenes.
And if any of the amazing travel opportunities here pique your interest, I’ve got you covered with all the extras. Who doesn’t love extras??
By 600-feet of beach on the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel designed for comfort using reclaimed materials, with living green walls and a lobby farm stand.
Since 2017, Abercrombie & Kent Spain designs and deliver high-end experiences to the most discerning guests to Spain, a year-round destination that caters for all tastes, especially food and wine lovers.
Meaning “peaceful home,” Amangani is a favorite of skiers and all lovers of the outdoors. Fitting seamlessly into its the rugged environs of Jackson Hole, the resort is a vision in sandstone columns and floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of the Teton Mountains.
Aman Venice’s Reception Hall’s soaring ceilings, historic frescos and reliefs provide a sense of bygone luxury. The 24 individually designed rooms and suites are covered in protected frescoes and reliefs, so you feel like you’re in another age, with all the modern comforts.
AmaWaterways is a stand out among river cruises, and not just because its only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations. Ama means love, and love permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the ship design to the itineraries to service. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, I also love their wellness amenities which are top notch.
A stay at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada leaves you with an understanding of this enchanting region. This boutique hotel features a cooking school and rooms individually decorated with antiques, lush fabrics, and vibrant Talavera tiles. Romance abounds.
Set into the cliff edge, around 350m above sea level over tiered groves of lemons and olive vines, Belmond Hotel Caruso your private balcony over the Mediterranean on the coast of Italy. Originally built in the 11th century by a wealthy family, shipwrecked on their journey to Constantinople, this hotel was once called Palazzo d’Afflitto—the Palace of the Afflicted. Situated on a limestone throne at the pinnacle of Ravello over the Tyrrhenian Sea, it’s easy to see why Ravello, and the entire Amalfi Coast, has inspired the likes of Richard Wagner, D.H. Lawrence, and Gore Vidal.
Belmond curated an iconic global portfolio of trains which blend enchanting destinations with vintage carriages, immersive excursions with delectable cuisine, and ultimate comfort. Their collection includes the Belmond Grand Hibernian; Belmond Royal Scotsman; the Belmond British Pullman; the Eastern & Oriental Express in Southeast Asia, and, of course, the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Canyon Ranch all-inclusive wellness resorts broke ground in Arizona, and created the luxury health spa category in 1979 and have been leading the way ever since. Canyon Ranch is integrated health and wholeness, a getaway that goes beyond relaxation. Resorts in Tucson, AZ, Lenox, MA, Woodside, CA and Las Vegas, NV.
Unplug and unwind in the understated luxury of Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. On Miami’s largest stretch of private beach, this elegant retreat focuses on mindful living with an integrative program of holistic spa therapies, wellness medicine, exercise, and healthy eating. Meet with a nutritionist, test for food allergies, get acupuncture, and restore balance with non-invasive, healing energy; the European thermal experience ranges from a rooftop hydrospa to Miami’s only igloo.
Hidden within the Mayan rain forest, this 750-acre resort repurposed the original 19th-century hacienda walls in its 38 casitas and 2 villas, each designed with a modern decor and surrounded by nature, and featuring a plunge pool. Native healing is found through rituals in the spa, set within a cenote. The pampering treatments of a conventional destination spa are woven into a personal wellness program allowing us to provide a more complete self indulgent experience closely tailored to each guest’s needs – with experts in different modalities, from yoga to Maya healing techniques. They devise an optimum personal program designed to match your goals, be it fitness, detoxification, stress management, weight loss or other areas of concern and then recommend specific treatments in conjunction with the resorts daily activities of morning yoga, guided walks, biking, meditation and nutrition.
Set on Flamands Bay, one of the island’s finest, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is home to 61 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, and villas hidden in lush gardens or with panoramic sea views. All Ocean and Beach Rooms and Suites unveil a new Caribbean flair imagined by French designer Jacques Grange. La Case restaurant serves a locally inspired cuisine for a culinary journey to the carefree rhythm of the Caribbean, while La Cabane is the perfect setting for a relaxed meal a few steps away from the sea. The Cheval Blanc Spa offers Guerlain rituals, exclusive to the Caribbean, for a well-being interlude.
Corinthia London is an elegant retreat where grandeur and heritage meet exquisite, intelligent design. This hotel offers a restaurant with European fare; the new Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, a jazz-influenced bar; an award-winning flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia; and BodySpace gym. Positioned in the heart of London, the hotel is within easy walking distance of Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the West End.
Uptown elegance meets downtown edge at The Dominick. Located where SoHo merges with the West Village and Tribeca, three of downtown’s most exciting neighborhoods, this 46-story hotel provides unparalleled views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The 11,000-square-foot BABOR Signature Spa features NYC’s only full-service luxury Turkish hammam and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Vestry, the hotel’s new signature restaurant, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt, features shareable, seasonal dishes infused with global techniques and ingredients.
The newly launched flagship Equinox Hotel has become a centerpiece to Hudson Yards in New York City. Offering 212 spacious, scientifically curated guest rooms, including 48 suites, this game-changing luxury hotel includes the 60,000-square-foot Equinox fitness club, indoor/outdoor pools, innovative spa, Stephen Starr’s Electric Lemon and indoor/outdoor bars. Equinox Hotel incorporates key elements of movement, nutrition, and regeneration for the high-performance traveler.
They are inspired to travel for the pleasure of the journey and by the richness of the experiences that it brings. They call their philosophy art of travel, and it is based on three pillars: remote areas, in-depth explorations and luxury of the essential. They want their travelers to interact and engage not only with reason, but also with senses, emotions and physical activity. Their passion for in-depth explorations requires appropriate guidance, which is why our guides are fundamental. All their experiences are in South America.
At the fashion epicenter of Europe, Four Seasons Hotel Milano offers an oasis in Milan’s bustling fashion district. This 15th-century convent has been reborn as a sophisticated retreat just steps away from the city’s couture houses. Today, 118 bedrooms surround a peaceful inner garden; each is a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary Italian design. Live an authentic Italian culinary experience at the lobby-level La Veranda, one of the top all-day-dining restaurants in town. Indulge in sweet delights with a brunch buffet and the hotel’s decadent Chocolate Room, entirely hand decorated with no less than one ton of chocolate.
Relax in the redecorated rooms and suites of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, named Virtuoso’s Hotel of the Year in 2019 for its timeless elegance and impeccable white-glove service. Experience the exquisite cuisine of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Cinq by Christian Le Squer, or the one-Michelin-starred restaurants L’Orangerie or Le George, which serves Mediterranean cuisine. The brand-new spa, offering tailor-made treatments, haute couture therapies, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities are not to be missed.
A Park Lane stalwart and Four Seasons’ most established hotel, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane boasts the finest address in the capital. The 196 bright and spacious rooms and suites are thoughtfully conceived, while the public spaces – with striking black marble and red accents – exude a warm, inviting ambience that feels more like that of a private club. A rooftop spa and gym overlooking the London skyline, and a restaurant with a glass conservatory and private terrace, add to the Mayfair charm.
Between Malibu’s sun-splashed beaches and Santa Barbara’s renowned vineyards, this family-friendly, coastal Californian retreat is ideal for wellness enthusiasts. Reinvigorate at the award-winning 40,000-square-foot spa or discover a holistic approach to health at the California Health & Longevity Institute.
Venice’s most celebrated hotel, The Gritti Palace emerged from a carefully designed refurbishment more ravishing than ever. Each painting, objet d’art, and chandelier has been painstakingly restored by Venetian artisans; every inch of velvet, damask, and sumptuous silk wall covering has been replaced with archival patterns. Accommodations have been reconfigured so that the 82 individually decorated rooms and suites are larger and more inviting. Restaurant Club del Doge claims the city’s loveliest dining room view; enjoy drinks at the Riva Lounge. Be sure to check out the Riva boat experience, exclusively for guests of the hotel.
As Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, they provide guests with memorable journeys inspired by exquisite European flair. They feature destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and The Americas. While this growth reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand, the collection will remain a limited one, where exclusivity can be nurtured.x
They offer an array of dynamic growth and development programs; one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments; authentic, flavorful, and healthful cuisine; and an expert staff of renowned well-being specialists, it’s no wonder the resort received Virtuoso’s 2019 Best Wellness Program award.
Savor the sweet life at this rare charming hotel and spa in Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Italy. A hotel where world-class musicians, artists, and chefs collaborate in creating an experience all its own and travelers, weary of the everyday banalities of life, relax and restore in a place of incomparable beauty and scenic splendor. This exquisitely restored and uniquely designed retreat will embrace you with sophisticated comforts, seclusion, and tranquility. We offer five Luxury Rooms, seven Village Suites and six Luxury View Suites in the medieval village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro.
Their six small and luxurious ships cater to just 684 or 1,250 guests and their casually sophisticated atmosphere and dedicated staff make Oceania stand out. And the new Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center offers wellness experiences uniquely curated to encompass our hallmark service.
Quark Expeditions is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, we offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. Quark Expeditions offers the highest passenger to guide ratio of 7:1, providing the highest level of education, photography and overall experience for passengers on board.
The Regent Experience has long been absolute in its inclusiveness, seeking to provide their guests with the most enriching and luxurious journey on the seven seas. From the first words spoken with our seasoned experts when booking your cruise to a bittersweet farewell when returning home at the end of your voyage, fulfilling their travelers’ every want and need is their pleasure.
By the Pacific Ocean in Southern California’s chic Newport Coast, The Resort at Pelican Hill is an Italian-inspired, five-star, AAA Five Diamond destination offering unparalleled service and luxury. The resort is home to a Forbes Five Star spa, two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, the 136-foot Coliseum Pool, an adult pool, and five restaurants.
Designed to combine the luxury lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer voyages on the first of three custom-built yachts in 2021. Calling on unique and distinguished destinations alike, most voyages range from seven to ten nights, offering many overnight calls and uniquely curated experiences ashore. As with The Ritz-Carlton on land, each yacht will feature personalized service, elevated dining and luxury amenities. The yachts are also available for private charter.
From your mountain or spa casita at the luxury, boutique-style, take in views of the dramatic rock formations and mountains that make this setting so inspiring. Enjoy their spacious suite while stargazing on the outdoor balcony and cozying up next to the gas fireplace. Renew while indulging in Asian-inspired spa treatments at the newly remodeled Sanctuary Spa. Dine on farm-fresh American cuisine executive chef Beau MacMillan at Elements restaurant.
Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike other forms of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed -elegant, yet casual -sumptuous, yet understated. Their intimate ships visit desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to landmark cities & hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Their ships attract people who seek to share experiences beyond the ordinary. Their acclaimed staff offers a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.
For those who see health and happiness as a journey of discovery, not a destination, Six Senses Bhutan offers uplifting experiences at every turn. The circuit immerses guests into Bhutan’s spirituality, culture, and hospitality as they travel between five individual lodges. Experiences include a sunrise meditation in Thimpu, afternoon cocktails riverside in a rice field in Punakha, watching Tibetan black-necked cranes at Gangtey, indulging in hot-stone baths at Bumthang, and gathering to dine and celebrate life in the stone ruins of Paro. You’ll leave feeling enlightened and reconnected (while not really wishing to leave at all).
Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts and Safaris is recognized the world over for delivering exceptional hospitality, an amalgam of world-class refinement inspired by the heritage and nobility of Indian traditions. With 98 hotels in 61 locations, including India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal, their footprint extends across world-renowned landmark properties, best-in-class business hotels, idyllic island and hillside resorts, authentic grand palaces and ecologically sensitive wildlife safaris.
A yacht-inspired boutique hotel at sea Inspired by the modern luxury of yachting and the romance of the open ocean, we’ve created our very own boutique hotel at sea — with no kids, no ordinary experiences and no reason to stay home. Taking cues from the best international cities, they’ve created a getaway at sea with the perfect balance of uptown meets downtown — where paths diverge and choice is an artistic part of the journey. Combining the warmth and luxury of a yacht with the endless options of a much larger ship, they’ve designed an elevated and intimate environment that inspires personal and experiential connection.
Since 1988, Abercrombie & Kent Thailand offers extensive knowledge and access that unlocks the doors to authentic cultural moments and rare opportunities to meet with local experts from Bangkok to Phuket to villages in the north.
A&K Italy specializes in the creation and delivery of high-end travel services to discerning guests. Their deep passion allows them to provide imaginative, unique experiences that not only meet, but far exceed my clients’ expectations. With long-standing personal relations around the country, A&K Italy is able to deliver these travel experiences from top to toe, including Italy’s islands.
Meticulously designed to frame their natural settings, Aman destinations are renowned for space and privacy. Amid some of the most diverse natural and historical landscapes, their collection includes 34 resorts, hotels, and private residences in 21 countries, Aman offers transformative experiences and awe-inspiring locations around the world.
Meaning “peaceful mountain,” Amangiri is set in Utah’s stunning canyon country. An otherworldly desert retreat, Amangiri is situated on 600 pristine acres in Canyon Point, Utah with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Meaning “peaceful place,” Amanyara is nestled on the tip of a 5,000 acre nature and wildlife reserve in Turks & Caicos. The design is in harmony with its island environs, and activities include scuba diving, beach watersports, snorkelling, fishing and spa treatments provided by Amanyara’s team of skilled therapists.
andBeyond designs personalized high-end tours in 13 countries in Africa, five in Asia and four in South America, offering discerning travelers an exclusive experience. They own and operate 29 lodges and camps in iconic safari, scenic and island destinations, in Africa and South America, and positively impact more than nine million acres of wildlife land and 2 000 kilometres of coastline.
Their place among the international leaders in luxury is evident in their pioneering spirit and passion for authenticity to create and uncover some of the world’s greatest travel adventures. Their collection includes one-of-a-kind hotels, trains, river cruises and safari lodges across the globe. I’m a proud member of the Bellini Club.
Standing tall above Tuscany on a private 4,200-acre estate – one of Italy’s largest – this 10th-century castle has been imaginatively restored as a refined boutique hotel. the 39 stylish rooms and suites, feature a private gardens or terraces that simply invite relaxation, as do the pool and the world-class spa.
Belmond Reid’s Palace Palace opened its doors in 1891 by a Scots man Mr William Reid. A living piece of history, this unique hotel sprawls over 10 acres of sub-tropical gardens with more than 500 hundred different types of rare plants and flowers. It was here that Sir Winston Churchill painted and wrote his war memoirs, and also where George Bernard Shaw mastered the tango. Don’t miss the oceanfront spa with Aromatherapy Associates and Natura Bissé treatments.
At the foothills of the Black Forest in Baden-Baden, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa has been a favorite getaway of European elite for more than 145 years. Offering restaurants, lounges, a cigar bar and acres of landscaped parkland with excellent trails for biking and hiking, they’re also in the heart of the city, next to the casino, the modern art museum, the opera house, and the thermal springs. Their Villa Stéphanie, a House of Wellbeing, comprises of a 500-square-metre sauna, plunge pool, private gym, hamam and a ladies sauna.
On a private street between Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, La Scala, and the Accademia di Brera, in a tastefully renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo, is the Bulgari Hotel Milano. The property is situated in the cultural and commercial heart of a city that, behind its austere facades, hides delightful and unexpected courtyards and green spaces. One such space is the palazzo’s 43,000-square-foot private garden, a natural extension of the nearby botanical garden, a restorative oasis of serenity and relaxation in the midst of Milan’s busy center. The 58 renovated rooms and suites and the Bulgari Spa complete this timeless gem.
Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort offers personalized getaways that will be whatever you want it to be. You could meet with experts on everything from exercise physiology to food and nutrition. Indulge in sumptuous spa treatments and dine on healthful cuisine. Enjoy outdoor activities from hiking and kayaking to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Renowned internationally for its sense of place, variety of guest experiences onsite or nearby, and exceptional service, Cavallo Point is close to everything, but away from it all. Located at a former U.S. Army post at the Golden Gate Bridge, award-winning Cavallo Point offers Northern Californian cuisine, an intimate cooking school, miles of hiking trails in national parklands, a spa with an array of massages, facials, healing arts services, and more.
Cheval Blanc Randheli’s signature art de recevoir welcomes couples and families with a unique sense of genuine warmth. A private seaplane carries you to this paradise north of Malé, where 46 villas take palm-roofed cabana living to a new level. Villas face the horizon for the utmost privacy; admire the views by your infinity pool while your Majordome fulfills your every wish and an Alchemist customizes your stay. Guerlain-designed treatments are on the Cheval Blanc Spa island, while fine dining at Le 1947 rivals international gastronomic restaurants. For an ultimate interlude, retreat to the Cheval Blanc Randheli private island.
With a long history of creating tailor-made travel in France, Découvertes full-service company provides the most distinctive itineraries, off-the-beaten-track tours and behind-the-scenes visits, exclusive venues and carefully selected suppliers. Top-notch bilingual guides include expert oenologists, art historians, food experts, fashion gurus and more.
Eden Roc Cap Cana is the only Member of Relais & Châteaux in the Dominican Republic. Within an exclusive gated community, it boasts a private beach with a tropical forest, the Punta Espada Golf Club with a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and a brand-new, 20,000-square-foot Wellness & SPA center. The hotel presents 34 lavish Casitas, 26 beachfront suites, four new Ocean Villas featuring private pools and butlers, and two multi-bedroom villas. The Beach Club has an infinity-edge pool, private beach, and beach concierge service.
At Enchantment Resort, the dramatic red rocks of Sedona set the tone for an unforgettable experience. Enriching mind, body, and spirit, the resort provides a deep connection with nature, exhilarating adventures, and moments of total relaxation. There is an endless number of curated experiences, highlighted by golf at Seven Canyons; Mii Amo, a destination spa; and a remarkable dining experience showcasing imaginative cuisine using native ingredients.
For more than 125 years, in-the-know travelers have flocked to Fairmont Banff Springs for a unique blend of chic sophistication and a rugged outdoor environment. Inside, take advantage of the Willow Stream Spa and countless dining opportunities. Outside, take your pick of golf, memorable skiing, gondola rides up the mountain, or shopping and museum-hopping in the town. Later, retreat to your cozy guest room and gaze at the natural splendor outside your window.
While Faena Hotel Miami Beach offers art deco flair, two signature award-winning restaurants by celebrated chefs Paul Qui and Francis Mallmann, a private screening room, and a 150-seat theater offering a diverse lineup of live entertainment and original cabaret productions. The Tierra Santa spa provides ancient South American healing techniques and indigenous ingredients; the double-height hammam is especially impressive.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus infuses a 19th-century Ottoman palace with the contemporary elegance of its waterfront setting. Guests relax in The Spa, combining tradition with modern therapy. Enjoy the traditional Turkish hammam, famous for its purity, or lounge around the outdoor pool. Dine at Aqua or YALI Lounge, and the chic indoor/outdoor bar.
Overlooking the Thames and the Tower of London, The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers soaring Corinthian columns that front the landmark 1920s building. Start your evening with a vintage spirit and live jazz beneath the Rotunda Bar’s domed art deco ceiling, then slip into a booth at La Dame de Pic London, three-Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s first foray across the Channel. One of London’s finest hammams is available in the downstairs spa.
An award-winning destination management company for Italy, IC Bellagio offers the best personalized travel experiences across Italy with services like villa rentals, chauffeur-driven tours and transfers, unique luxury accommodations and bespoke itineraries for the discerning traveler. From Italy’s rich history to its design focused present, with a whole host of offbeat, non-Googleable experiences in the mix, IC Bellagio prides itself on providing the unpredictable, whatever my clients’ whim.
Named for the playful spirits believed to roam the West Indies, Jumby Bay Island is sure to enchant. Situated on a 300-acre private island with two white-sand beaches, the resort offers plenty of playful diversions, from snorkeling and sailboarding to biking and sunset cocktail cruises – all gratis. Choose from 40 oceanfront guest rooms or villas and Private Residences. Blending seamlessly into the island’s landscape are four restaurants: The Estate House, serving European classics with West Indian flair; the new beachfront Veranda; the oceanfront Pool Grille; and the casual Beach Shack.
Kensington Tours specializes in custom tours to over 90 countries worldwide. Their tailor-made journeys are carefully crafted to deliver a personalized adventure like no other. They build in extraordinary, enriching experiences and put the best private guides at your service. They do all this with award-winning attention to detail and unbeatable value for your travel dollar.
Lush Experiences is based in New Jersey and is one of North America’s most respected Affluent Hospitality Sales & Marketing Representation companies whose focus is working with the finest luxury hotels, villas, and destination curators throughout the world. They provide travel agents resources to assure their VIP clients enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.
Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel & ecotourism since 1985. From their world-class polar bear tours in Churchill to our small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, their professional guides reveal the world’s most extraordinary nature sites. As Conservation Travel Partner to World Wildlife Fund and the world’s first 100% carbon neutral travel company, they offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between!
At home in the world’s most inspiring locations, hand-picked for exceptional beauty and unique cultural charm, One&Only Beach Resorts, Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and Private Homes are havens of outstanding style and service that place you in the heart of every fascinating environment. From incredible, authentic cuisine, to unique tailored excursions, and spectacular spaces to simply ‘be’; unforgettable moments begin at One&Only.
Remote Lands creates highly personalized itineraries with extraordinary experiences for discerning travelers, based on their own passions, interests and needs. The world’s most elite travel advisors rely on us for their deep knowledge of Asia and entrust us with their highly discerning clients, from celebrities to CEO’s, Wall Street titans to professional athletes.
The core of the new Victoria Dockside arts and culture district, Rosewood Hong Kong won Virtuoso’s 2019 Best Achievement in Design award. The first urban setting of Asaya, Rosewood Hong Kong offers innovative holistic wellness concepts in addition to eight enticing drinking and dining options, a fitness center, and a swimming pool.
Centrally located along Singapore’s Marina Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is home to a 4,200-piece contemporary art collection valued at approximately SGD 5 million. The hotel is renowned for its spacious guest rooms and suites; soak in the panoramic views from the iconic octagonal windows in the bathrooms and wind down the evenings with a butler-drawn bath. While you are here, indulge in exclusive La Mer facials and signature massage treatments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, or savor authentic Cantonese cuisine at the one-Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion.
While Salamander Hotels and Resorts can be likened to a diverse collection of fine art – with each piece possessed of its own singular mystique and allure – it is also true that they’ve all been painted with the same delicate brush, wielded by a management team whose flair for creativity is equaled only by its ability to delight, surprise and resonate with guests on a deeply emotional and memorable level. They offer resorts in Middleburg, VA; Charleston, NC; Destin, FL; Palm Harbor, FL; and Montego Bay, Jamaica,
Unlock a legendary lifestyle. Located only a five-minute drive away from cosmopolitan Mykonos Town and set on a secluded peninsula, Santa Marina is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and features the island’s only private beach. Pamper yourself in Ginkgo Spa, delight in a poolside lunch, or experience Buddha-Bar Beach Mykonos restaurant and bar. They offer selection of exclusive two- to seven-bedroom villas with private pools and butler service.
Wellness gets a slick makeover at the award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, where people can improve their health and well-being through ancient Asian disciplines and revolutionary Western techniques. Holistic, personalized programs run the health gamut, from weight loss, detox, and sleep recovery to genetic testing and anti-aging treatments. Guests can join healthy-cooking classes, get acupuncture or reflexology sessions in the wellness area, or meditate on the Sunrise Terrace before retiring to one of 93 minimalist-design, sea- or mountain-view suites or to the 11 brand-new spacious residences.
Utterly and unabashedly romantic, Six Senses Samui in Thailand is the most delightful daydream come true. Be it yoga at sunrise, deeply relaxing spa treatments (often designed for two), soaking in the sun, the azure view from your pool villa, or day trips discovering the many delights of the island, it’s all magical. And as for the nights, enjoy sunset cocktails, dinner under a velvet sky studded with twinkling stars, world-class food and wine … it’s moments like these that you will treasure forever.
Since 1987, Swain Destinations has been crafting fully customized travel experiences to Africa, Asia and Oceania. Their expert team of consultants provides my clients with an invaluable combination of on-the-ground experience and local insight in itinerary planning. They accommodate a wide spectrum of personal tastes and travel needs, specializing in the ultimate in luxury and private touring. Through our expertise, Swain Destinations has been nominated for ten consecutive years as one of the top five FIT companies within the Virtuoso network.
Some 203 breezy, sea-themed rooms, suites, and villas are scattered about Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa to provide guests with the ultimate privacy. After a signature treatment at the Spa by Sisley Paris, a cruise on the yacht, or a six-course tasting at the two-Michelin starred Ocean, if you feel like a bit more pampering, simply let a butler chauffeur you back to your suite in a golf buggy. No request is too large or small at this unapologetically plush cliffside resort in Algarve, which offers direct access to the beach and something for everyone, including golf, water sports, 10 dining venues, and a phenomenal kids’ playground.
Located at the base of Pedregal Mountain, in the town of Cabo San Lucas, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal can only be accessed via a private tunnel carved through the center of the mountain. Travel + Leisure readers have voted this the best hotel in Mexico; each of its guest rooms features its own private plunge pool, a fireplace, an outdoor terrace, and a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a relaxing day in the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Spa and an amazing meal at one of four restaurants: Don Manuel’s, El Farallon, The Beach Club, or Crudo.