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At Home with Sir Richard Branson

Adventure, Inspiration, STAY

Private islands, Moroccan magic and African safaris; discover a world of luxury with Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Limited Edition (VLE). Travel to the world’s most spectacular destinations across the British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Kenya, Mallorca, Swiss Alps and Morocco. Sir Richard Branson has hand-selected each luxury hotel and destination retreat to ensure a truly unique experience.

Discover your next home away from home with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Limited Edition below.

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

How I Overcame my Snake Phobia at Aro-ha NZ

EARTH, STAY, Vegan

I hate snakes. I hate them so much that when I was 38, I learnt to surf, jumped out of a plane (Point Break style) and crossed the Gobi desert with just one can of coke. Ok I might be exaggerating about the can of coke. Despite my feats that year, I couldn’t eat one of those jelly snake lollies. (Although I did eat a squirm – no big jelly head.) So when I land in Queenstown, New Zealand where the scariest thing is a hungry bird called a kea, snakes are nowhere in my thoughts. That is until I meet Adam at Aro-ha.

Image courtesy of Aro-ha

Meditation with Monkeys at Bagus Jati, Bali

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, STAY

High up in the misty forests of central Bali, far from the crowded cities with their bright lights and traffic snarls, is the tiny village of Jati — just a handful of houses amid rice terraces and market gardens on a small road that leads, eventually, to Mount Batur. 

Image courtesy of Bagus Jati Health and Wellbeing Retreat

Where to Stay in the ‘Pink City’: Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra Toulouse

Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is one of the most popular hotels in Toulouse, and it’s easy to see why. This lavishly appointed four-star boutique hotel exudes charm and character. The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is ideally located in the heart of Toulouse on the famous Place du Capitole. And it offers the perfect base for guests to explore the highlights and monuments of Toulouse with ease. There is no better place to stay when exploring the ‘Pink City’.

Image courtesy of Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

Luxury knows no bounds when it comes to the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. The original Hotel Adlon built in 1907, was one of the most famous luxury hotel across Europe. Despite large portions of the hotel being destroyed in 1945, the Hotel Adlon has remained strong through its redevelopment and reopening as the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, in 1997. Situated just two minutes’ walk from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the hotel offers its guests elegance and glamour.

A view from the top: Brandenberg Gate and Hotel Adlon Kempinski.
Image courtesy of Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Tailor-Made Luxury at Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann

Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

After being in Berlin for a few days, I find myself needing to retreat from the city’s bustling and wild centre. Whether it’s the jet lag finally catching up with me or the knowledge I’ll soon be surrounded more by nature than people, I feel a sleepy smile creep across my face as the bus bumps along*. Thanking the driver, who seems surprised by the interaction (I’m sure my German isn’t that bad…), I leave the bus behind. A short walk along the house-lined streets, my suitcase following diligently behind me, and the Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann comes into view. I have found my oasis.

*I have terrible sense of direction so I prefer to take transport and walk to help get my bearings. Guests with a better sense of direction than I, can organise a limousine transfer, luxury van or book an experience with the Rolls-Royce Ghost, all with a chauffeur.

Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel from the leafy street
Image courtesy of Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann

The Hotel Zoo Berlin

Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Blink and you might miss it. I look out the window of my taxi as we slow to a stop. The driver points toward a small entrance nestled between Hugo Boss and an Apple Store. He says, “es ist da”, which I manage to understand despite my limited (or rather non-existent) German. I walk toward the entrance of the Hotel Zoo Berlin, suitcase in tow.

Catwalk at the Hotel Zoo Berlin.
Image courtesy of Hotel Zoo Berlin.

Three Reasons to Visit Palm Beach in Sydney

EARTH, Lifestyle, SEA, STAY

Sydney’s Palm Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia. Only an hour’s drive north of Sydney CBD, and you’ll be in paradise. The stunning crescent-shaped suburb of Palm Beach has two sides. The ocean side is perfect for surfing, beachfront stays and celebrity spotting. While the Pittwater side, offers calm waters and secluded luxury accommodations. No matter where you are in Palm Beach, you can enjoy the incredible sun, surf and sand.

Palm Beach in Sydney
Image courtesy of wavesoftheavoid

Top Five Luxuriously Unusual Places to Sleep

STAY, Travel, TravelManagers

How do you define luxury when it comes to accommodation? For some, it’s about the finest style and comfort, while for others it’s about an incredible setting, wondrous tranquillity and service that goes above and beyond at every step. TravelManagers’ Debbie Bean has compiled her top five unusual but luxurious places to sleep, each with a sense of luxury which is derived from their sense of uniqueness and exclusivity.

Galapagos Safari Camp, luxury camping
Image courtesy of Galapagos Safari Camp

The Grape Escape

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY

Even the checkout chicks greet you with a smile in South Australia. My husband, David and I are heading down to McLaren Vale’s vineyards to get away from the stresses of building a house in Sydney.  After picking up our hire car from the airport with apologies for us having to wait for three minutes and genuine conversation and interest from the person at the Rent-a-car place, the four-wheel-drive arrives and we’re off. Mclaren Vale is forty-five minutes by car from Adelaide airport. Set less than ten minutes’ drive inland from a coastline of jagged red cliffs topped with lush greenery sheltering turquoise waters and salt white sand. This scenery is mind-blowing. Why haven’t I heard more about the Fleurieu peninsula? Perhaps people are too busy drinking the array of wines to head to the beach.

 vineyards McLaren Vale
Image courtesy of The Vineyard Retreat
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