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Got the blues? And I don't mean the Elton John variety. I mean the blues that make you want to hop on the next plane overseas in search of the truest blue. I'm talking the blue grottos of Capri, blue tropics of Borneo, the beach blues of Turkey, the Blue Hole in Belize, a kaleidoscope of blue ice in Antarctica, blue infinity pools in the Seychelles, the blue rivers of The Mekong, and sailing off into the blue horizon amongst the Aeolian Islands off Sicily. Welcome to the Blue Yonder...

Congrats again to the entire team at Executive Edge for being named Luxury Travel  magazine's 2015 Gold List's #2 'Best Luxury Travel Agency' in all of Australia! The Gold List Awards began in 2005 to recognise the crème de la crème in the international and domestic tourism industry. Executive Edge has consistently made the list year after year with this year claiming the unprecedented #2 spot in the entire country. We are endlessly grateful to our loyal clients who helped us top the list for Australia. Next year #1...



Aqua Mekong, Cambodia, Vietnam & The Mekong Frégate Island, Seychelles

BLUE TROPICS

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Borneo

As sensual and exotic as the hibiscus flower that bears its name, Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa is a romantic and luxurious jewel set on a coral reef island off the coast of Borneo. This secluded island hideaway is framed by a white sand beach on one side and centuries old virgin jungle on the other. Its 48 villas range from humble timbered houses set just steps away from the beach, to tremendous three bedroom affairs that feature extended wrap around balconies and private plunge pools. Private balconies offer jaw dropping vistas of the beach below and the South China Sea beyond. For a complete hideaway, check into one of the Tree House Villas reached by a jungle walkway high up among the tree tops boasting sea views and monkey sightings. The kitchen serves seasonal fish from its own fish farm with a fusion of Malay, Chinese and Western cuisine – try the grilled tiger prawns with miso mayonnaise. Watch the sunset at oceanfront eatery Pantai Grill serving barbecue treats and seafood platters on the beach.

Edge Exclusive 6 night package - 3 nights at Bunga Raya receive 30% off 2nd & 3rd night, free villa room upgrade, 20% off spa treatments and 3 nights at Bunga Raya's sister property Gayana Eco Resort receive 50% off 2nd & 3rd night, free villa room upgrade, 20% off spa treatments (until October 31, 2015)  starting from  AUD 2,488 based on double occupancy. All rates include daily breakfast, speed boat transfers to wharf, all non-motorized watercraft and more.

BLUE INFINITY

Frégate Island - Seychelles

Endless shades of blue and castaway dreams come to life on remote Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles. Deep in the Indian Ocean, this coconut and palm covered outcropping off the east coast of Africa is devoted to 16 villas alone, so you'll share this ultra-exclusive 740-acre private island hideaway with no more than a few other pleasure seekers. Frégate appeals to press-shy celebrities, corporate titans seeking solitude, and anyone harboring Robinson Crusoe fantasies. The gorgeous resort features a protected beach with a calm sea for children to paddle in. Sweeps of white sand frame a lush jungle harboring palatial villas which combine modern decadence with idyllic seclusion. Best of all - it's all-inclusive. Whatever your wish, your personal butler will arrange from sunrise sailing to breakfast in a banyan tree to torchlight dining on your private beach to a nighttime jungle tour. 

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Special seasonal offer  - Private Pool Residences EURO 2,900 per night for 2 people (valid from July 1st until September 30th, 2015) includes all meals, half day deep sea fishing excursion (for 3 nights or more), introduction to scuba diving, 55 minute head & shoulder massage, introduction to yoga session and more

Early Bird offer

Virtuoso amenities - one hour snorkeling excursion, one hour sunset cruise, 85 EURO spa credit, room upgrade* and early check-in/late check-out*

BLUE ICE

Lindblad Expeditions - Antarctica

For the most exhilarating polar adventure on the planet, travel with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Explorer to Antarctica. Experience up-close personal encounters with penguins and marine mammals, kayak amongst towering blue and white icebergs, Zodiac cruise past resting leopard seals and hike the White Continent with the best ice team on Earth. At your service on board is a National Geographic photographer inspiring and instructing passengers how to take the best photos. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering heritage and 40+ years navigating polar geographies assures safe passage in one of the wildest sectors in the world.

VIDEO - Antarctica Expedition

Top 10 reasons to visit Antarctica with Lindblad

11 night Journey to Antarctica

Edge Exclusive - Tim Jarvis ‘Shackleton Story’ book

SPECIAL AIR CREDIT  – Book select departures by June 30, 2015 to receive AUD 1,000 air credit (valid for new bookings only, credit can be deducted from expedition cost, subject to availability and may not be combined with other offers and pre- and post-extensions)

Turtle Inn, Belize Aqua Mekong, Cambodia, Vietnam & The Mekong

BLUE HOLE

Turtle Inn - Belize

Francis Ford Coppola’s beach refuge, or more accurately Belize’s quintessential sandy paradise. Literally step outside your seafront Balinese-style cottage and into the bath water warm Caribbean Sea. Only 25 villas, Turtle Inn is a small and chilled property defining the notion of barefoot chic. Kick your feet up at the beach bar with your neighbor and have a cocktail, preferably one with rum. Need a bit of activity? Spend the afternoon dancing to Bob Marley aboard Miss Ellie, the property’s 46-foot yacht docked conveniently a two minute walk across the road on Turtle Inn’s lagoon side adjacent to its Sunset Spa. Seafood reigns supreme here with lobster season running June through February – so feel free to add a bit of grilled lobster to any dish, including pizza. After all, Turtle Inn is a Francis Ford Coppola property echoing his strong Italian cuisine influence!

For diving enthusiasts, the famous Blue Hole is only 2.5 hours away from Turtle Inn via private tours. Directly off Turtle Inn’s shores explore the magnificent variety of marine life along the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the Western Hemisphere.

4 night scuba package

Virtuoso amenities – room upgrade*, daily full breakfast for 2, choice of either Batik Bali Sarong & shirt OR 30 minute Thai massage for 2 people, early check-in/late check-out*

AQUA BLUE

Aqua Mekong - Cambodia, Vietnam & The Mekong

Aqua Expeditions has become a recognized leader in luxury, small ship cruising on the world's greatest rivers. After the success of its Amazon cruises, in October 2014 Aqua Expeditions launched a third luxury vessel, the 20-suite Aqua Mekong on the historic Mekong River between Siem Reap, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The 62.4 metre Aqua Mekong was designed by Saigon-based architects at Noor Design to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated 5-star hotel. Floor to ceiling picture windows aboard Aqua Mekong allow guests to enjoy captivating panoramas of emerald flooded forests, colonial churches and bamboo stilt villages in the privacy of their suite.  Guided shore excursions include enlightening visits to remote Buddhist temples and Cambodia's vast Tonle Sap Lake before continuing onto Angkor Wat. For an added treat, ten bicycles aboard the Aqua Mekong allow guests to explore Mekong's fascinating riverbanks on two-wheels off vessel. To alleviate that Southeast Asia year-round humidity, the Aqua Mekong's Observation Deck houses an indulgent plunge pool, poised to soak up the ship's most panoramic vistas of vibrant river life, fringed by coconut palms under an azure sky. Anyone desire a tropical cocktail with that postcard perfect view? 

VIDEO - owner Francesco Galli Zugaro launches Aqua Mekong

7 night Expedition Cruise
4 night Explorer Cruise
3 night Discovery Cruise

Virtuoso amenities - free 60 minute massage onboard per person

BEACH BLUE

D-Hotel Maris - Turkey

Five beaches with the finest white sand shipped in from Egypt, D-Hotel Maris shines with the Michelin starred Il Riccio Restaurant, tennis school by the world famous Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, an armada of custom-made motor and wooden sailing yachts and so much more. High up on the hillside of the magnificent reservation of the Datça Peninsula, where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet, this exclusive resort exceeds all expectations. With spectacular and breathtaking views, small islands, luscious pine forests, volcanic mountain ranges, crystal clear waters and five stunning natural private beaches, D-Hotel Maris welcomes guests into this peaceful enclave of beauty, serenity and luxury.

September/October 5 nights Deluxe Package

Virtuoso amenities - room upgrade*, daily buffet breakfast for 2, USD 100 food & beverage credit, welcome amenity of wine & chocolate, early check-in & late check-out*

BLUE GROTTO

J.K. Place Capri - Italy

Wildly stylish, cliff hanging J.K. Place on Capri lives up to all the hype. Doors and balconies everywhere, bringing the outside indoors. The color palette reinforces this theme - blues on the walls, curtains, pillows, and accents echo those of the crystal blue sky and the sea. Designed by architect Michele Bonan (who created sister property J.K. Place Florence) the dazzling white villa is perched above the Marina Grande affording each of its 22 guest rooms a spectacular panorama of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Its hotel restaurant creates Italian masterpieces where simple Mediterranean cooking is elevated to an art form.

When the rest of the island beckons, take unforgettable excursions and enchanting mini cruises to discover all the secrets and marvels of Capri - Il Faraglioni, The Piazzetta, Marina Piccola, Anacapri. Experience its cliff-faced vistas, sapphire bays and interesting ruins. Explore on foot to Monte Solaro, Villa Jovis, the Sentiero dei Fortini or by water to the mysterious grottos. No photo can quite convey the otherworldly and intense blue of Capri's Blue Grotto as sunlight reflects through the water to illuminate the entire cave.

Advice?  Book VERY early, as this hotel is in high demand during the high season!

Virtuoso amenities - complimentary transfers to/from Capri’s port, EURO 75 spa credit, room upgrade*, daily buffet breakfast for 2, welcome seasonal fruit & bottle of white wine upon arrival

For more information on Capri - see Executive Edge’s Getway Issue 13: The Amalfi Coast: Searching for the Light


* subject to availability upon arrival

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