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Executive Edge Art of Travel

Where will your 2015 wanderlust take you? This year’s first edition of The Art of Travel brings the ultimate travel experiences we love for our annual 'Best of the Best.’ We’ve scouted 10 must-visit destinations and remarkable journeys for the travel savvy - adventurers, culture seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, health purists and more - look no further. Return to the Roaring Twenties aboard Venice Simplon-Orient Express, rejuvenate your soul in India, discover the most fashionable stay in Milan, catch the best surf break in Indonesia, glimpse Sweden's Northern Lights from your own ice castle, cherish traditional Mongolian hospitality in the Gobi Desert, golf amongst royals in Scotland, soar through Costa Rica’s rain forest canopy, traverse the migratory route of a million wildebeest in Tanzania or camp atop Iguaçu Falls in Brazil. It doesn’t get any better than this for 2015.

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SINGITA SABORA TENTED CAMP INVERLOCHY CASTLE

SINGITA SABORA TENTED CAMP

Best Tanzania Game Viewing

Savor the wild romance of a bygone era at Singita Sabora Tented Camp deep in the heart of the Serengiti Mara ecosystem, home to the Great Migration. Sabora Tented Camp is situated within an untouched wilderness area of Singita Grumeti Reserve, spanning over 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness in northern Tanzania. This intimate 1920s-style explorer’s camp is permeated by a sense of nostalgic adventure. Steeped in character, Singita Sabora Tented Camp surprises guests with an opulence that is delightfully out-of-place amongst the rugged terrain of the surrounding savannah plains. Be immersed in the palpable pulse of the wild Serengeti, with the added thrill of knowing there isn’t much separating the comfort inside from the elements and wildlife outside. Singita Sabora Tented Camp is ideally positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest. Daily game drives in state-of-the-art Land Cruisers with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals including cheetah, bearded wildebeest, bat eared fox, black rhino, Maasai giraffe, lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, zebra and the rare Colobus monkey. Nightime drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Tanzania.

THE GREEN SEASON - Stay 3 nights, Pay 2! for travel until May 31 and between November 1 - December 2015 (available at all Singita Serengiti properties)

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INVERLOCHY CASTLE

Best Scottish Castle

Built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, the castle was a private residence for a century. Queen Victoria herself visited and commented, “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.” Today Relais & Chateaux Inverlochy Castle has been converted from a royal family home into Scotland’s finest country house hotel to transport guests back in time... Located amidst the scenic foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis overlooking its own loch ideal for fishing, enjoy fine dining in one of the three opulent dining rooms or have high tea in the grand hall. Sporting and country pursuits abound, try your luck at the traditional local games of falconry, archery or clay pigeon shooting. Or tackle the great Scottish outdoors with whitewater rafting, mountain biking the highlands or golfing at Fort William Golf Club surrounded by splendid Lochaber scenery.

Edge Exclusive - Stay 4, Pay 3! Available Sunday to Thursday during 2015 excluding Christmas, New Year and any special events.

Virtuoso amenities - upgrade upon arrival*, daily Scottish breakfast, early check-in/late check-out*, choice of a luxury picnic with half bottle of wine or a full afternoon tea including a glass of champagne per person

NAYARA SPRINGS THREE CAMEL LODGE

NAYARA SPRINGS

Best Costa Rica Luxury Eco-lodge

Nayara Springs is an ultra-exclusive, adults-only boutique hotel located in Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano National Park which is a secluded place with endless eco-adventures within the authenticity of a real rainforest. (For families, adjacent Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens is Nayara Springs’ sister property.) Sitting on an unspoiled mountain, Nayara Springs’s cluster of villas are surrounded by the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s pristine rainforest, bounded by a creek and underground mineral thermal springs. Understated luxury abound - an oversized infinity edge pool merges into the forest where guests spy toucans and hummingbirds or greet the friendly macaws that call Nayara Springs home, a spa with outdoor treatment bungalows, hot springs water in every villa.

But Nayara Springs’ s real draw is the eco-adventures and exploration outdoors in the Arenal area - soar through the rainforest canopy on a zipline, horseback to Tenorio Volcano National Park, cross the jungle via suspended bridges, white water raft, soak in thermal springs, birdwatch by canoe on Cano Negro River, take a floating wildlife safari down the Rio Frio, sport fish on Lake Arenal, hard core hike to Chato Volcano and swim in its crater, repel down through waterfalls, and more.

4 night Volcano Adventure

Virtuoso amenities - room upgrade*, daily full breakfast for 2, USD 100 spa services credit and early check-in/late check-out*

THREE CAMEL LODGE

Best Nomadic Yurt in Mongolia

One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Three Camel Lodge leads the way for Mongolian ecological and conservation efforts in the heart of the Gobi Desert. Experience traditional Mongolia hospitality and the vast beauty of the desert’s diverse ecosystems whilst supporting the local economy, enriching the life of both visitor and nomad. Discover the ultimate off-the-grid expedition camp with the nearest Wifi in Ulaanbaatar, nearly 300 miles away. Stay in an upscale take on the traditional ‘ger’ of the nomadic herder with a healthy dose of luxurious pampering. Wake up to the sun peaking over the edge of the gers skylight. Even in one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth, Mongolia is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet. Your days will be filled with exploring the mysterious and breathtaking Gobi Desert and your nights filled with uninterrupted starlight with this edge of the world adventure.

7 day Nomadic Adventure - USD 4,595 per person based upon double occupancy

Edge Exclusive - complimentary upgrade to Deluxe Ger for 3 nights

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ICE HOTEL NIHIWATU, SUMBA ISLAND

ICE HOTEL

Best Sub-zero Dreaming

It’s winter up close and personal at ICEHOTEL, the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice in Jukkasjärvi, a small village in Northern Sweden with 1,100 residents and 1,000 dogs. Stay in beautiful suites surrounded by artwork made of snow and ice. Every year each room is carved by hand by artists from around the world representing a wide range of disciplines. Perhaps you’ll stay in a room created by a French architect, or Swedish industrial designer, or a Spanish wood sculptor. ICEHOTEL covers 5,500 square meters and is constructed from 1,000 tonnes of Torne River ice and 30,000 tonnes of "snice", a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure. Visit ICEHOTEL to experience the tranquility, the Northern Lights, dog sledding, snowmobiling, Sami culture and all of the activities defining Europe’s last wilderness 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

The Classic ICEHOTEL Experience itinerary - Northern Lights excursion on snowmobile, an ice sculpting class with a professional instructor, four-course ice menu and sleeping on ice.

NIHIWATU, SUMBA ISLAND

Best Indonesia Surf

Drawing sophisticated clientele the likes of the Rockefeller and Hermès families, Nihiwatu is a luxury hideaway on Indonesia’s Sumba Island which operates in conjunction with the Sumba Foundation, preserving the native population, protecting the environment and contributing to responsible tourism. A 50-minute flight from Bali, Sumba Island reveals vast expanses of nature, undulating green hills, tribal natives practicing local customs and traditions, and some of the best surf waves in the world. Only 10 surfers are allowed in the water at a time to maintain the natural beauty of the island - if you want to surf, you have to book a spot. Nihiwatu is the only resort on the island with its 21 estate villas with panoramic views blending into the lush surroundings. Each private villa is large, luxuriously comfortable with private pools and Sumbanese-style grass roofs made using local products. Nihiwatu is not a typical luxury experience. Where else can you do yoga under a 100-foot waterfall with no-one else around?

Visiting Gurus

Virtuoso amenities - room upgrade*, daily breakfast for 2, complimentary 50 minute massage up to 2 people once per stay, USD 50 donation to the Sumba Foundation on behalf of the resort and early check-in/late check-out*

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MILAN

Best Fashionable Stay in Milan

Mandarin Oriental’s newest hotel will open its doors in Milan come April 2015. The iconic brand with impeccable style debuts the most fashionable stay in the most fashionable Italian city. Only steps away from the famous opera house La Scala, Mandarin Oriental, Milan boasts an enviable location a mere 5 minute walk to Milan’s most exclusive shopping streets, Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. And only a 10-20 minute walk to the city’s attractions of the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Sforza Castle and Santa Maria delle Grazie. Occupying four elegant 19th century buildings and with just 104 rooms and suites, an eclectic choice of restaurants and the most comprehensive spa in the city, Mandarin Oriental, Milan offers a beguiling mix of style and luxury.

Edge’s Mandarin Oriental Fan Club benefits - welcome amenity, room upgrade*, EUR 85 food & beverage credit at Mandarin Bar and Bistro, free WiFi and daily Continental Breakfast for 2

THE LEELA PALACE UDAIPUR

Best India Spiritual Journey

The Leela Palace Udaipur located in Rajasthan is set on the banks of beautiful Lake Pichola. The Leela Palace Udaipur, spread over 7 acres, evokes the grandeur and opulence of the land of Mewars showcasing the most spectacular view of Lake Pichola. Its style blends the traditional architectural heritage of Rajasthan on the outside with contemporary comforts on the inside. The rooms offer a royal experience: furniture embellished with Thekri work, gold leafed floral and paisley motifs and handcrafted white marble with exquisite inlays. Evenings at the palace are fun with music, folk dances and celebrations that transport guests to the magic of a royal past. The Spa at The Leela Palace Udaipur is India’s only tented luxury spa, which provides the perfect setting for indulgent relaxation and rejuvenation amidst serene surroundings.

3 day Soul Connect Journey

Virtuoso amenities - room upgrade*, daily buffet breakfast for 2, USD 100 food & beverage credit during stay and complimentary roundtrip airport transfers

VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS

Best vintage train in Europe

Return to the glamorous golden age of travel with a toast to the Roaring Twenties aboard Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. As the gleaming art deco carriages pull into the station and uniformed stewards welcome guests, an iconic journey of a lifetime begins. Carriages date to the 1920’s and 30’s, meticulously restored to their former glory. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is steeped in history as the setting for a number of books and movies including Agatha Christie's ‘Murder on the Orient-Express.' Passengers savor authentic period decor including Lalique glass and lacquer panels, dine on fine cuisine and connect with like-minded discerning travellers. Be wined and dined in the utmost class and sophistication as you roll through breathtaking European scenery.

Upon arrival in Venice, add to the romance of the journey by staying at the celebrated Belmond Hotel Cipriani.

Paris to Venice - 2 days/1 night from USD 2,700 per person

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Edge’s Bellini Club benefit - for all travel over USD 5000 with Belmond, guests will be eligible for a USD 500 voucher for use towards future Belmond travel


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