The big trip

2022 luxury travel bucket list: dream destinations, hotels and holidays

Featuring a camp in Antarctica, Agatha Christie’s grand adventure and a private viewing of The Last Supper

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White Desert Antarctica launches new ‘Echo’ camp

White Desert Antarctica launches new ‘Echo’ camp

White Desert, a travel company specialising in luxury travel to Antarctica, will launch its new camp, Echo, in November. Inspired by the seminal age of space exploration, Echo will provide exclusive access to the rarely seen interior of the continent. The modern eco-camp will feature six heated, cutting-edge bedroom “sky pods”, which come complete with expansive floor to ceiling windows offering commanding views of the dramatic landscape.

Guests will have access to all White Desert activities, which include fat biking, skiing, skidooing and 4x4 Arctic truck driving as well as expertly guided hiking, ice-climbing and mountaineering. Antarctic interior highlights such as visiting Atka Bay to see the 28,000-strong emperor penguin colony or a bucket-list journey to the South Pole are also on offer.

Prices for the camps in 2022 and 2023 start from $780,000 for an exclusive group of 12 people, or from $65,000 per person, for a five-day tour and includes return flights and transfers from Cape Town to Antarctica, all accommodation, food and beverages and activities.

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Worldwide 

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

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Black Tomato x Agatha Christie Ltd’s ‘The Grand Adventure’

Follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie and embark on a grand adventure to celebrate 100 years since the author went on her ten-month voyage around the world. Black Tomato has been selected by Agatha Christie Limited to design and launch an exclusive series of itineraries inspired by this monumental journey.

Starting in the UK, the adventure travels onwards through Africa, Australasia, and North America. Each client trip is bespoke, so itineraries can be booked independently or woven together. Two nights in London starts from £1,995 per person; Africa, ten nights, from £5,350; Australia and New Zealand, 15 nights, from £19,255; and North America, 13 nights, £13,570. 

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London to Europe

Aero semi-private jet service

Luxury semi-private jet flights with Aero

If flying in a luxury jet to Europe is on your 2022 travel bucket list then you’re in luck. Semi-private jet service Aero has launched its summer routes from London Farnborough to Ibiza, Spain, and Nice, France. From Ibiza, customers can also fly to another summer hotspot, Mykonos in Greece. Aero’s 16-seat signature black aircraft features all first-class seats made from hand-stitched Italian leather, each with window and aisle access in spacious cabins, as well as a high-fidelity sound system and state-of-the-art mood lighting. One-way flights start from £1,400.

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Milan, Italy

The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci

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Private viewing of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper with Hotel Principe di Savoia

The Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan has created a series of special experiences, available exclusively to guests. One such experience is a private viewing of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The mural painting still resides on the walls of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, where it was painted in the 1490s.

Guests can view and appreciate this work of art out of hours, without the crowds and without any time constraints. This package also includes an English-speaking guide as well as private transfers to the location. Prices start at €3,400 for two guests (excluding accommodation).

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Scotland/Finland

Wildlife Worldwide’s videography workshops

Wildlife Worldwide’s videography workshops

Specialist operator Wildlife Worldwide has introduced two new videography workshops for 2022. The trips – to the Scottish Cairngorms and Finland’s Boreal forests – are based from lodges where guests have the best chance to see a range of wildlife. The daily workshop sessions concentrate on different techniques, including time-lapsing, camera trapping and drone filming, with one-on-one tuition. Both workshops are led by Neil Aldridge, who has filmed for the BBC and NGOs across the world.

The Finland videography workshop departs 15 June 2022 and costs from £2,995pp sharing, including six nights’ accommodation, all meals, guiding, filming sessions, transfers and return flights from the UK. The five-night Cairngorms videography workshop departs 27 June 2022 and costs from £1,695pp sharing, including five nights’ accommodation, all meals, guiding, transfers and videography tuition.

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Europe 

Rail and sail with Scenic: European no-fly luxury river cruises

Rail and sail with Scenic: European no-fly luxury river cruises

Discover Europe’s beauty, without the need to fly, on a luxury river cruise with small ship specialist, Scenic. From the iconic sites and culinary delights of France to the tulip-filled fields of the Netherlands, the all-inclusive cruise line has a range of European no-fly river cruises to pick from.

Relish in the cultural delights of the Low Countries on Scenic’s eight-day “Windmills, Tulips & Belgian Delights” river cruise. Prices start from £2,445 per person based on 18 July 2022 departure on board Scenic Crystal.

Alternatively, fall in love with France on an eight-day “Bordeaux Affair” river cruise along the Garonne River. Travel from London St. Pancras to Paris by Eurostar and to Bordeaux by first class rail. Prices start from £2,745 per person based on 27 August 2022 departure on board Scenic Diamond.

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Ibiza, Spain

Take over Ibiza’s Sir Joan hotel this summer

Take over Ibiza’s Sir Joan hotel this summer

Sir Joan hotel on the Spanish island of Ibiza is offering a private “hotel escape”. The buyout is available to book for the upcoming summer season and is ideal for those looking to create their own Ibiza experience exclusive to their friends and family only. Parties of up to 76 people can book the entire hotel, with access to 36 beautiful guest rooms and two penthouse suites, a full hotel staff and a private pool entirely for themselves.

To enjoy the entire hotel, prices start at €15,500 for two nights. Additionally, guests can book the hotel’s restaurant IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar and bespoke Sir Explore experiences for an additional cost. The Sir Boat, a premium 65-foot yacht, is also exclusively available upon request. 

If you prefer just a piece of paradise, guests can choose to rent the hotel’s top floor, including the two penthouse suites overlooking Ibiza’s Old Town, for a maximum of 12 people, starting at €8,500.

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Namibia

Stargazing safari at Damaraland camp in Namibia

Stargazing safari at Damaraland camp in Namibia

Wilderness Safaris

Stargazing safari in Namibia

Wilderness Safaris has created a special itinerary which will take guests to three Namibian camps offering spectacular stargazing. Experience the star-studded African night sky at its best with three nights at Little Kulala, two nights at Damaraland camp and three nights at Serra Cafema.

May through September at Little Kulala has a slight edge in terms of stargazing excellence, though it’s magnificent year round. Readily seen in the sky over Little Kulala, changing throughout the year, are a variety of constellations, meteorites, the International Space Station, Venus, Jupiter, and Mars.

Stargazing at Damaraland offers astrophotography using Olympus cameras, with guides’ assistance. Learn how to shoot photos of stars as points of light or as star trails. Nights are generally crystal-clear, with similar sky sightings to those at Little Kulala.

Set on the banks of the Kunene River in Kaokoland sits Serra Cafema in Namibia’s remote far north. When night falls at Serra Cafema, watch the countless stars overhead and also enjoy the astrophotography on offer. 

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UK and Europe 

Slow holidays with Inntravel

Slow holidays with Inntravel

Take it slow in 2022 and explore the great outdoors. Inntravel, the “slow holiday people”, offer a range of self-guided walking, cycling and journeys in the UK and Europe. New trips include the company’s first ever UK cycling holiday, to Norfolk, and a trip following the Portuguese Camino, the world’s only waterborne pilgrimage. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Fife Coastal Path in Scotland. Inntravel has a four-night walking holiday that explores Fife’s Coastal Corner. Prices (excluding travel) start from £345pp.

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Egypt

‘Mystical Egypt’ adventure with Pelorus

‘Mystical Egypt’ adventure

Luxury travel company Pelorus has put together its ultimate bucket list of adventures for 2022. “Wild Madagascar” (from £35,000 per person for 14 nights) will allow guests to see a newly-discovered Lemur species in their natural habitat. While on its “American Road Trip” (from £18,000 per person for ten nights), guests can celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park. 

The “Mystical Egypt” adventure really takes our fancy as 2022 marks 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Travellers will be taken on an Egyptology mission to discover more about this treasure trove of ancient history – they can also watch the sun rise while soaring across vast, arid landscapes in a hot air balloon and free fall from a helicopter over the pyramids. 

Pelorus will arrange an exclusive private viewing of the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo before guests set sail on a Nile river cruise aboard the beautiful Nour el Nil. From £17,000 per person for ten nights, the best time to visit is October and November. 

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Dubai, UAE

Dorchester Collection’s new Dubai hotel is named ‘The Lana’

Dorchester Collection’s new Dubai hotel is named ‘The Lana’

The Dorchester Collection has revealed the name of its new luxury hotel – The Lana – which is set to open in Dubai in the final quarter of 2022. Located beside Dubai Creek and the Marasi Marina, The Lana will have 225 unique rooms, 21 signature suites as well as a Presidential Suite and Royal Suite. On the fourth floor a modern Mediterranean restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining and guests can relax in the spa, wellness centre and the rooftop pool on the 30th floor.

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Antarctica and South America

African Wonders trip on the Four Seasons Private Jet

Uncharted Discovery on the Four Seasons Private Jet

The Four Seasons Private Jet will take flight on an “Uncharted Discovery” of Antarctica and South America in 2022. Taking place from 28 November to 18 December, the all-new 21-day expedition will include seven destinations: New Orleans, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Antarctica, Bogotá, and the Bahamas. Prices start from $190,000 (£142,649) per person based on double occupancy.

Reconfigured to just 48 seats with two metres of personal space for greater comfort, the custom-outfitted Airbus A321LR neo aircraft’s interior is equipped with a state-of-art, hospital-grade air filtration system that renews the cabin air every two to three minutes and removes 99.9% of particles, viruses and bacteria.

If 2022 is a bit early for your bucket list trip, then the Four Seasons Private Jet will also be going on a “Timeless Encounters” around-the-world journey in 24 days, from 17 April to 10 May 2023.

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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Whale Shark Expedition with Dive Worldwide

Galapagos Whale Shark Expedition

Specialist operator Dive Worldwide is introducing a trio of new bucket list adventures for 2022 which will promise stand-out encounters. The Galapagos Whale Shark Expedition unique cruise will seek out the islands’ population of whale sharks and is led by Sofía Green Iturralde, a marine biologist who has spent time working with the Galapagos Whale Shark Project. 

During the days, the group visit some of the world’s finest dive spots, from the “City of Mantas” to the Wolf and Darwin Islands, with the highlights including eagle and marble ray encounters, hundreds of sharks and playful dolphins, and the mysterious whale sharks. 

Prices for the ten-day trip start from £5,895pp sharing, including seven nights’ accommodation on the Aqua Galapagos liveaboard, one night in Guayaquil hotel, all meals, domestic flights, up to 19 dives, guiding, and return flights from the UK. Departs 26 September 2022.

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England

Norfolk Adventure with WILDNIS

Norfolk Adventure

If you’re seeking some adventure a bit closer to home, then this action-packed short break to Norfolk with tour operator WILDNIS could be a potential bucket list addition. Showcasing the adventurous potential of the North Norfolk coastline, the trip is led by expert, knowledgeable guides. 

After arriving on Thursday, guests are treated to an open-fire feast and will then plan for the next few days. The following morning guests have an early start as they head onto the waters in the company of the Coastal Exploration Company. Sailing in a traditional wooden fishing boat, guests learn about the area’s historic smuggling routes, try their hand at traditional fishing techniques and forage the coastline and mud-flats for wild ingredients for that evening’s supper.  

After a fire-cooked breakfast, the Saturday is spent on the estate, first learning how to packraft before a focus on survival skills, such as setting snares and lighting fires. The evening might include a spot of sea swimming or fishing for mackerel and whitebait, building an appetite for the final feast. 

Prices start from £2,500pp, including three nights’ glamping accommodation, all meals and drinks, transfers from Norwich train station and guided activities.

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Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones studio tour

Game of Thrones studio tour

Explore the Seven Kingdoms at the official Game of Thrones studio tour. Located at the series’ original filming location at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, the tour will transport fans into the very heart of Westeros to see breathtaking imagery, captivating sets, original props and costumes, and behind-the-scenes elements from the hit TV show. 

Visitors can also step inside the iconic Great Hall at Winterfell where Jon Snow was proclaimed the “King in the North” and see Daenerys Targaryen’s imposing Dragonstone throne. Tickets are on sale now. 

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European cruise

The Regent Suite on the Seven Seas Splendor

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. 

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United States

Marilyn Monroe’s legendary Bungalow 1 at The Beverly Hills Hotel

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.

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Rwanda

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

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.

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Africa

Singita Serengeti House Grumeti Tanzania

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

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Maldives

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi - The Private Island

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

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. 

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Italy 

Conti di San Bonifacio wine and wellness retreat in Tuscany, Italy

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 has created the ultimate Italian grand tour. Allowing guests to have four luxury experiences in one trip, the 14-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 14-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.

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Antigua

Tennis at Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Tennis fun in the 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). 

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.  

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Botswana

Xigera Safari Lodge Botswana

Discover the Okavango Delta at Xigera Safari Lodge

Xigera Safari Lodge is located 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.

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Italy

Ultimate Driving Tours, Italy

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 cuisine 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.

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