Hotels

Luxury hotel experiences worth the big bucks

Virtuoso is celebrating its’s 25 year anniversary, and to celebrate, have shared some killer hotel experiences (and snaps).

Going from 20 hotels in 1992 to 1246 today is not easy, but Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts collection has become recognised as one of the most prestigious programs along the way.

Located in 100 countries, nearly 500 of the programs partner hotels work solely with Virtuoso – and it’s easy to see why.

With more five-star properties than anyone else on the block, this leading travel agency network constantly unearths hidden gems.

Don’t believe us? Just take a look at these 20 incredible experiences you can have at the network’s original 19 hotels:

1. Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Did someone say glass-walled rooftop floor with a spa, fitness centre and lounge? Yes please.

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2. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

This resort has it’s very own Hindu priest, who leads ceremonies, blessing rituals, offering-making to thank the gods, and meditations.

3. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Sharpen your beach volleyball skills with two-time Olympian, gold medalist and Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers, then face off with him for a friendly match.

4. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Here, experience whales with two of Maui’s top photographers: snap shots from above, learn to photograph smaller marine life underwater, or just enjoy the show while the experts capture images to bring home.

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5. The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London

If your manners need some fine-tuning, study one of the most timeless British social pursuits and gain insight into the history of afternoon tea with a Debrett’s Social Etiquette Advisor.

6. Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

Observe a master watch-maker assembling a timepiece and work next to them (like a sidekick), learning about the mechanics of a finely crafted watch.

7. Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Stay in a unique two-bedroom suite: inside a historic lighthouse on a world-famous golf course built atop the ruins of a medieval castle.

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8. Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Enjoy an exclusive individual experience at BMW World, the home of the internationally renowned Bavarian auto innovator.

9. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Kids (or adults, we don’t judge) can become celebrity VIPs in an interactive simulation, where they experience a day in the life of Hollywood’s hottest stars.

10. Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin

Charter a yacht used in the America’s Cup Regatta, where expert crew will guide everyone on board in the 12-meter America’s Cup Challenge.

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11. The Peninsula Hong Kong

Become a dumpling master during a dim sum class at Michelin-starred Spring Moon – complete with an expert chef.

12. Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek, Dallas

Consult with one of Dallas’ top fashion experts at the iconic NorthPark Centre: getting started with a two-hour private stylist session and $100 shopping spree.

13. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Experience unspoiled natural beauty on a guided kayak tour through the scenic salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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14. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Design a personal keepsake alongside Conrad Williams, a Dale Chihuly-trained glass artist – you can even choose from a rainbow of colours whilst working with him.

15. The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York

Music lovers have a treat awaiting them at the hotel’s swanky Two E Bar: a live jazz performance three nights a week.

16. Claridge’s, London

Executive chef Martyn Nail will share secrets behind the cooking and presentation of Claridge’s menus while preparing dishes, which are then be served with complementing wines.

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17. Connaught, London

The world-renowned Connaught Bar has introduced a series of mixology masterclasses led by award-winning Director of Mixology Agostina Perrone which you absolutely cannot miss.

18. Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 

The young (and young at heart) can learn to ride the waves at the Flow House Boca, the ultimate surfers’ destination.

19. The St. Regis New York

The hotel’s King Cole Bar is the birthplace of the Red Snapper, the original Bloody Mary. Created in 1934, the hotel recently celebrated the millionth sale of the cocktail.

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