The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Have you ever been tempted to spin a table globe, daring to place your finger on a random spot on the world, mesmerised as the colourful landscape rushes before your very eyes? With a sense of excitement you glance at the destination under your fingertip, revealing the next dream location to add to your ever-growing bucket list. The world is a big, beautiful place, but it is impossible for most people to visit all the destination of their dreams. It is important, however to treat ourselves every now and again.
When we consider some of the world’s most spectacular destinations, from the historic Machu Picchu to the sandy beaches of Rio De Janeiro’s Copacabana, it is easy to imagine the natural beauty of these locations, perhaps from things we’ve read or seen, but it is often challenging to plan for the logistics of actually making a visit. Or is it as difficult as you imagine? It is quite extraordinary to know that there is an organisation that provides luxury travel experiences across the world, in the majority of these sensational places, with all of your needs effortlessly taken care of.
Belmond is literally representing our beautiful world with a portfolio encompassing some of the globes most spectacular hotels, cruises and rail experiences. Travel is a personal adventure, always evoking the senses and playing a huge part in shaping our cultural awareness. It is these immersive experiences that really do harmonise our lives, offering us opportunities to really cherish the most glorious places on earth.
Here are our top ten luxury travel destination from Belmond’s collection:
No. 10 BELMOND HOTEL RIO SAGRADO
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains, lies Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. Set on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, this luxury hotel is built in natural materials to resemble an authentic Andean village. Situated at a lower altitude than nearby Cusco, the hotel provides the perfect environment in which to acclimatise, and is an ideal base to explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. So savour fresh produce in the restaurant, enjoy a local Sacred Valley massage or spend a few soothing minutes feeding the hotel’s baby alpacas. Slip into the spirit of Peruvian life.
Since its Art Deco doors swung open in 1923, Belmond Copacabana Palace has been welcoming the rich and famous.
A truly iconic city-centre hotel, Copacabana Beach is only a heartbeat away, this is the best place to stay in Rio. Soak up the sun in the magnificent pool or join Brazil’s style setters at the Piano Bar. And don’t miss the hotel’s top restaurants, whether for great local dishes or fine Italian dining at the Hotel Cipriani Restaurant.
A cluster of historic buildings at the centre of the city, this charming luxury hotel offers the ultimate Mexican experience.
Cool, leafy gardens, stone arches and traditional wooden doors surround pretty courtyards lit by lanterns as night falls.
Peaceful though this is—especially when within the tranquil Laja Spa—just step outside and you are surrounded by San Miguel de Allende’s many colours, scents and sounds.
No. 7 BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI
Venice: a glorious, theatrical experience that touches all the senses. And if Venice is a theatre, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box.
Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, this luxury hotel commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace. Steeped in Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artifacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city.
Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain’s finest gastronomic experiences.
Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, it is also one of the country’s most intimate and original hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites.
The hotel received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of its opening, and, remarkably, has held them ever since.
Surrounded by lawns, flower borders and orchards, the luxury hotel enjoys an idyllic, typically English setting. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen—and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School—with ultra-fresh, organic produce, ensuring the Michelin-star restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence.
No. 5 BELMOND SAFARIS
Discover a land of great journeys, where animals and birds migrate and humans come to watch the spectacle.
Botswana is the old Africa, one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Anticipate breathtaking contrasts and untamed beauty, parched expanses of sand, savannah and teeming wildlife. Get closer to the scenery than ever before, directly from the terraces of our safari lodges.
Nestled on the edge of a forest, Belmond Khwai River Lodge sits by floodplains that attract Africa’s largest variety of big game. The Lodge also has its own spa: guests are offered alfresco treatments here or on their own private decks, using products derived from local plants.
Set on the banks of a river, Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is a magnet for wildlife. The lodge has its own swimming pool, outdoor showers and alfresco dining in a traditional boma, adding to the experience of living in the very heart of the bush.
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge’s location could not be more inspiring, overlooking a lagoon and shaded by palms. Watch game from a viewing platform, take a guided walking tour or head out into the lakelands by mokoro canoe.
Belmond Safaris are true African specialists, operating in northern Botswana for more than 20 years. Their staff and guides offer an unsurpassed wealth of experience to ensure your stay is unforgettable.
Embrace the spirit of Africa and answer Botswana’s call of the wild with a journey including all three safari experiences.
No. 4 BELMOND NAPASAI
Nestled between verdant tropical gardens and the dazzling sea, Belmond Napasai is a true paradise on the north coast of Thailand’s Koh Samui.
This secluded hideaway is the perfect place to escape the world and let your troubles melt away. Gaze out across the golden sands and acclimatise to the indulgent, casual atmosphere.
Belmond Napasai exudes an irresistible, traditional Thai charm. Stand-alone villas sit within 17 acres of tropical gardens, rich with cashew and coconut trees, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Tempting aromas of fresh local cuisine drift through the air.
Life is as quiet or as lively as you desire. Spend all day beside the infinity pool or in the relaxing Napasai Spa. Alternatively plunge into the vibrant island scene with a wide range of action-packed resort activities.
No. 3 BELMOND JIMBARAN PURI
The supremely romantic Belmond Jimbaran Puri sits on one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches.
Talcum-soft sands set the scene for a tropical retreat. As the sky turns crimson, birds sing overhead, and the scent of grilling fish entices you to dinner.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri is one of the finest Bali hotels for those seeking a serene beach escape. Enjoy a massage by the sea, then let the calm, azure waters tempt you in. Stretch out in your garden and inhale the heady aroma of frangipani flowers.
Be enchanted by this green oasis, where the sandy shore meets the shimmering ocean.
No. 2 BELMOND GRAND HIBERNIAN
Step aboard to enter a shimmering world of indulgence—contemporary carriages inspired by Dublin’s architecture, fine cuisine enhanced with local delicacies and an ever-changing backdrop of Ireland’s celebrated landscapes.
Belmond Grand Hibernian boasts accommodation for up to 40 guests in elegant, private en-suite cabins. Design draws inspiration from Dublin’s classic Georgian architecture, blended with elements of ancient folklore and tradition. The result proudly reflects the country’s cultural heritage with an indulgent, contemporary twist.
These vacations by rail include a selection of two, four and six-night journeys. All depart from Dublin and encompass the highlights of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Explore ancient castles, spot rare wildlife, sample famous whiskies and visit vibrant cities.
The only hotel located within Brazil’s Iguassu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls.
Enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent sight in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors.
A Portuguese-colonial residence, this classic luxury hotel is redolent with the atmosphere of lazy days lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms.
This natural paradise also offers thrills and excitement in abundance: helicopter trips over the gorge and jungle treks to view amazing wildlife including colourful toucans and giant butterflies.
In addition to stunning natural environments of these destinations, we can guarantee that the service you’ll receive from the team at Belmond will be exemplary. The effortless facilities, spa destinations and range of dining experiences is of premium quality, ensuring Belmond is continually considered the most exceptional collection of travel destinations across the world.
Whether your needs are relaxation or work related, you can guarantee that choosing any Belmond hotel will leave you wanting to return to visit more destinations, guaranteed to leave you with plenty of stories to write in your own travel book.
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