The world is an amazing place. Each continent and country and latitude offer unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes. And modern day travel is SO much easier than in decades past. Now it is possible to jet away to an exotic spot at a moment’s notice. But where to go? What to do? Here are a few ideas to upgrade your travel plans to experience the best that the world has to offer.
Safari in Style
Africa is inspiring. Africa is amazing. Africa is a destination that will create memories for a lifetime. Many options exist for those wishing to see Africa’s “big 5” along with all of the other wildlife this continent has to offer. Once you have been stared down by a lion, watched giraffes gracefully glide across the plain, or spent the night listening to the disgruntled hippo dominating the water hole, life will never be the same. Traditional safari options take place in such intriguing spots as Kruger National Park, Chobe National Park in Botswana, or Etosha National Park in Namibia.
Every one of these parks offer mind blowing wildlife, comfortable accommodations, sundowners, and exotic dining under the stars in a traditional boma. However to upgrade your travel plans to the next level, why not consider staying in one of Africa’s private game reserves? The benefits of the private game parks are many; a more favorable traveler to ranger ratio, private butlers, fine dining, individual cottages complete with soaking tubs and private dipping pools overlooking the watering holes. In addition, unlike in the national parks, the private reserves allow for off road safari drives to fully experience the wildlife in their natural environment.
One great choice is Sabi Sabi’s Earth Lodge, a true marvel in the middle of nature. With only 13 free-standing suites, a boma dining room, bar, gym and Amani Spa the Earth Lodge is truly vacationing in style. After being escorted to your suit by one of the rangers, your personal butler will handle unpacking, allowing you to gaze the wildlife of Africa literally wandering by in front of your suite! Twice daily safari drives are further accented by elephants drinking from your dipping pool, lions lounging above your skylight, and being awoken by the hippos grunting. Multi-course meals are served al fresco around a roaring fire. Truly Africa as it is meant to be experienced.
City Life in Style
To experience city travel in style, a favorite option is to head to Hong Kong. This thriving metropolis bridges east and west, bringing all of the culture, food and history of China to a vibrant skyline and exciting nightlife. One excellent hotel to check out is The Peninsula. Long considered one of the world’s top hotels, the Peninsula offers extraordinary service. Opened in 1928, this “Grande Dame of the Far East” features unmatched elegance and grandeur. Located on Kowloon, The Peninsula is an easy, and scenic, walk from Victoria Harbour, the Space Museum and Cultural Centers, as well as some of Hong Kong’s’ best shopping.
Although this densely populated city lost its British rule in 1997, reverting back to Chinese authority, the huge strides in commerce, architecture, and shopping remain. Visitors can spend days delighting in the sights which include Victoria Peak, Lamma Island, and the Big Buddha. Don’t forget about the food. Hong Kong is famous for its street food, much of which centers around the amazing Dim Sum.
For a touch of Europe thoughts can drift to famous hotels such as the Ritz in Paris. But if you’re looking to upgrade your travel plans, why not try something a bit more atypical and head to the Emerald Isle? The Ballyfin Demesne was recently named the top hotel in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler. The 20 rooms in this restored Georgian house offer up fantastic luxury while being surrounded by the serenity of the lush Irish countryside. Located less than two hours from Dublin, guests can go horseback riding or explore the private gardens before having the butler row them to the middle of the lake for a boat picnic. A perfect way to fulfill your dreams of a way of life of a bygone era.
Cruise in Style
River cruising is big news and recent years have shown a huge upswing in this upscale market. More and more travelers are experiencing the delights of a first class hotel all while slowly cruising the waterways of the world. In Europe, Uniworld Cruises Boutique collection is a fleet of 19 ships offering guests the ultimate in luxury on the water. Cabins feature marble bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows on upper deck levels, world class dining, and impeccable service. Guests enjoy personalized service, all while only having to pack and unpack once. One great benefit of river cruising is just that, cruising. The pace is relaxed and guests can sightsee at the multiple ports of call, or simply enjoy a glass of wine on the sun deck watching the historic villages and beautiful scenery of Europe slowly drift by.
For guests ready to upgrade their travel plans and move beyond Europe, a river cruise along the Nile may be in order. For the ultimate cruise in style along this historic river, check out Sanctuary Retreats exclusive river cruises. Stunning cabins offer all of the comforts of world class lodging while gourmet dining may leave no room for dessert! Each port of call is carefully scheduled to get the most of the history of this magnificent country.
Fly in Style
So many destination options for travel plans exist that once that decision is made, all that is left is to choose a way to get there. To truly travel in style consider a private jet charter. Arrive relaxed and in style, whether the vacation option is a private safari lodge in Africa, a world class high-rise hotel in Hong Kong, or a luxury cruise down the exotic Nile. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of travel on your schedule, without the hassle and lines of traditional commercial flights.
Make the year 2017 one to travel in style by enjoying all of the finer things in life.