Luxury travel bucket list: dream destinations and holidays
Featuring Antarctica camps, regal residences at sea and African adventures
White Desert’s ‘Wolf’s Fang’ Antarctic camp
Antarctica luxury travel company White Desert has announced details of its second camp, “Wolf’s Fang”, which launches in November. Situated amongst pillars of rock rising 1,000m vertically from the icecap, the camp derives its name from an iconic mountain peak that dominates the skyline. Visible from more than 100km away on cloudless days, Wolf’s Fang mountain was first seen by a flying expedition funded by the Nazi Government in the late 1930s. Since that day, the area has largely been closed to tourists with only Norwegian scientists and a handful of elite alpinists braving the summits.
White Desert’s latest camp will feature six state-of-the-art sleeping tents that are individually heated and designed for two guests each. Prices for trips staying at Wolf’s Fang start from $45,000 (£32,586) and the first trip departs on 28 November 2021. The Early Emperors (six-day) package starts from $52,000 (£37,645) or the Emperors & South Pole (eight-day) package from $83,000 (£60,087). White Desert also offers a “greatest day” trip for $14,500 (£10,485).
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, located near the village of Kingi, is positioned on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range in Rwanda. Offering an exclusive front-row seat to Africa’s oldest national park, guests will be able to discover the magical habitat of mountain gorillas. Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live and in addition to the gorilla trek, guests are also able to discover golden monkeys and visit Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Camp.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest features a spa with two forest-facing treatment rooms and a separate Club One surrounded by eucalyptus trees. There’s also Nest, the stunning bar (which creates its own gins and vodkas) and restaurant which changes menus daily utilising fresh produce sourced from the kitchen gardens.
A Forest Lodge (King Room) at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest starts from £2,518 per night in low season, which is inclusive of all meals, drinks, and two resort activities per day.
The Regent Suite on the Seven Seas Splendor
In 2022 experience the most luxurious residence at sea: the Regent Suite which is perched on the 14th deck of the Seven Seas Splendor. With a total 4,443 sq ft of space, it is the largest suite ever constructed on a luxury cruise ship, complete with a spa featuring a personal sauna, steam room and treatment area and unlimited treatments.
Guests in the Regent Suite will also enjoy first-class domestic air flights, a dedicated personal butler, a personal car with driver and guide in every port, and the exquisite comfort of a hand-crafted $200,000 (£144,833) Vividus bed from the renowned Hästens brand. A custom-made Treesse mini pool spa is situated on the front balcony allowing guests to soak and relax as they take in incredible views - from the glow of dawn to the setting sun - all whilst sipping a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
Travel onboard the Seven Seas Splendor and stay in the Regent Suite for the seven-night The Fine Art of Europe voyage which departs on 19 August 2022. Fares from £27,999 per person based on double occupancy of the Regent Suite.
Singita Private Villa Collection
Set in four countries across Africa, the Singita Private Villa Collection offers comfort and seclusion for guests seeking a wilderness adventure. From the vast plains of the Serengeti and South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park to Zimbabwe’s rugged sandstone ridges and Rwanda’s majestic Virunga Mountains, the seven private-use lodges include:
- Singita Kataza House, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
- Singita Lebombo Villa, Kruger National Park, South Africa
- Singita Castleton, Sabi Sand, South Africa
- Singita Ebony Villa, Sabi Sand, South Africa
- Singita Malilangwe House, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe
- Singita Explore, Serengeti, Tanzania
- Singita Serengeti House, Serengeti, Tanzania
The Cotswolds, England
Manor Farm Sapperton
Luxury Cotswold Rentals has added the Manor Farm in Sapperton to its portfolio. The seven-bedroom house, situated in the small hamlet of Sapperton, on the edge of The Golden Valley and adjoining the Bathurst Estate, is beautifully constructed from traditional Cotswold stone. Original parts of the house date back to the 1650s, and a recent refurbishment includes a beautiful new kitchen.
The mature gardens have stunning, sweeping views of the Cotswold farmland and there is a large heated swimming pool and a traditional asphalt tennis court. Able to sleep 14, Manor Farm is available from £14,000 per week. Long weekends are available from October 2021 until June 2022.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi - The Private Island
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has unveiled the largest private island in the archipelagic state. The ultra exclusive destination spans 32,000sqm in the heart of the Indian Ocean and is only a 40-minute journey from Malé on the resort’s Princess yachts or via a 15-minute seaplane flight.
The sprawling estate accommodates 24 guests across two-, three- and four-bedroomed residences, placed across the island’s private beach and overwater. The private island also comes with its own dedicated culinary team.
Live like Marilyn Monroe at The Beverly Hills Hotel
You can live like a Hollywood star at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Located on Sunset Boulevard, the five-star Dorchester Collection property is famed for its glitz, glamour and catwalk of famous guests.
To celebrate the relationship with Hollywood’s finest, a number of the hotel’s legendary bungalows have been redesigned to honour past residents such as Howard Hughes, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra.
Bungalow 1’s design incorporates aspects of the life of one of its most iconic guests - Marilyn Monroe. She spent weeks at a time in Bungalow 1, and filmed Let’s Make Love in Bungalows 20 and 21.
The bungalow includes a library of Marilyn Monroe films and books and a Chanel No.5 fragrance bar and bath amenities. Rates start from $9,200 (£6,700) per night.
Sail the Med on the iconic Maltese Falcon superyacht
Boutique brokerage SuperYachtsMonaco has welcomed the legendary Maltese Falcon to its fleet. Renowned as one of the most unique superyachts of all time, the Maltese Falcon had an extensive refit in 2020 and is now available for charter exclusively with SuperYachtsMonaco in the west and east Mediterranean. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated in six luxurious cabins, with 19 crew on hand to tend to guests’ every need. Located on the upper deck, the impressive VIP cabin looks out on its own deck space; perfect for sunbathing by day, the deck transforms into an outdoor cinema by night, with one of the biggest outdoor movie screens seen on any yacht. Other features include an outdoor and indoor Jacuzzi; card and play room; office with video conferencing; a gym and spa with on-board beauty therapist; and a number of areas to entertain. The Maltese Falcon can be chartered for between €460,000 (£400,262) and €520,000 (£452,470) per week.
Merrion Charles’s luxury grand tour of Italy
Curator of luxury holidays for the likes of Jude Law and Stella McCartney, private travel consultant Merrion Charles is launching the ultimate Italian grand tour in late spring. Allowing guests to have four luxury experiences in one trip, the 15-night itinerary includes some of Italy’s most famous landscapes, from the majestic Dolomites and the rolling hills of Tuscany to the magical Pontine Islands and cultural landmarks of Rome. Featuring a stay at the Conti di San Bonifacio wine and wellness retreat in Tuscany (pictured) and island hopping aboard the 74ft Blue Deer San Lorenzo Sea Lodge catamaran, the 15-night tour costs from £114,000 for six people. Travel between destinations will be via helicopters or Mercedes limousines. Private jets from and to the UK can be arranged upon request.
Tennis fun in the Caribbean sun at Curtain Bluff
If you enjoy a spot of tennis in the sun then why not serve up an ace trip to the Caribbean. Curtain Bluff in Antigua has world-class tennis facilities and plays host to many events each year. Two notable events are Antigua Tennis Week (every spring) and Tennis Challenge Week (every November).
At this year’s Tennis Challenge Week guests can join former US Davis Cup player Dick Stockton for a fun-filled week of tennis, relaxation, and celebratory events.
Tucked away on Antigua’s south side, Curtain Bluff offers sandy beaches, 72 spacious suites and guest rooms, and a range of wellness and dining options.
Discover the Okavango Delta at Xigera Safari Lodge
Xigera Safari Lodge has opened in Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. Hidden amid a canopy of indigenous trees, Xigera features 12 spacious suites; each individually designed to offer a unique experience of the Okavango.
The lodge is a unique celebration of African art, culture and creativity: a living gallery of African talent. Experiences include glass-bottom mokoro excursions gliding across the delta’s waterways and a unique sleepout experience in a baobab treehouse.
Rates at Xigera Safari Lodge start from $2,320 (£1,700) per adult per night sharing. This includes accommodation on a fully-inclusive basis, park fees and all activities.
Explore Tuscany in a supercar with Ultimate Driving Tours
If supercars and delicious food are your thing then Ultimate Driving Tours’ self-drive trip around the Tuscany region of Italy should rev your interest.
With a focus on Italian food and unique experiences like truffle hunting and world-class wine, the Tuscany tour takes in places such as Florence and Casole and can be booked from April to November.
The self-guided driving tours come complete with a fully programmed route and a choice of supercar. The biggest decision will be whether to drive a renowned Italian marque such as Ferrari or Lamborghini, or a Mercedes, McLaren or Porsche.
African Wonders on the Four Seasons Private Jet
The new Four Seasons Private Jet prepares to take flight this year and to mark the occasion the luxury hospitality company has revealed its first itineraries. One of the most memorable trips on offer is a 13-day, seven-destination African Wonders experience.
Taking place from 28 December 2021 to 9 January 2022, the tour starts with a day trip from Athens to the ancient pyramids in Egypt. This is followed by a hot air balloon ride and torchlit dinner party in the bush to ring in the new year in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Mauritius, Victoria Falls in Rwanda, Zambia (day trip), and Johannesburg, South Africa also feature.
Prices start from $104,500 (£76,670) per adult (based on double occupancy).