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For all you athletes out there, this one’s for you! Our ‘Sports Break’ edition hits all of your favorite travel-oriented sporting activities for a healthy, active holiday. Cycle through Chile with Butterfield & Robinson, live the glitterati yachting lifestyle with Windstar’s 2016 Grand Prix Monaco cruise, visit London’s The Kensington during the Rugby World Cup this September, go horseback riding American safari style at Montana’s premier dude ranch Paws Up, trek Bhutan (the happiest country in the world) on a Como outdoor adventure, ski Austria’s finest slopes with Ski Buzz Tours on a small alpine escorted tour next March, tee off at Kaua’i’s St. Regis Princeville, scuba dive in the Maldives staying in an overwater bungalow at One&Only Reethi Rah or fish to your heart’s content on Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef Haggerstone Island. So go the distance and take a time out - it’s time for a sports break.

For another active holiday, check out Edge’s editorial feature “Follow the Amazon” about Director Yvonne’s 21 night itinerary to Peru in the current edition of Luxury Travel magazine! You too can take this exact adventure - book today!



Aqua Mekong, Cambodia, Vietnam & The Mekong St. Regis Princeville, Kaua’i

SCUBA DIVING

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Acclaimed for its rare underwater beauty and technicolour coral reefs, One&Only Reethi Rah is a scuba divers paradise in the Maldives, home to some of the world’s best diving. With visibility up to 50 meters to explore the depths of the crystal blue wonders of the Indian Ocean, there are reefs, giris, channels, drop-offs, one of the Maldives’ best shark sites, the wreck of Hembadu, Rasfari Marine Area and excellent turtle and manta ray viewing all within a short distance which creates the ideal place to dive for beginners or experienced divers. A water lover’s haven, there is even a dedicated beach for water sports activities ranging from kayaking to windsurfing. Take a dolphin expedition, go deep sea fishing, glide over clear waters by catamaran or soar into the sky by parasail.

Set on one of the largest Maldivian islands in North Male Atoll, adorned with 12 endless white sand beaches and turquoise bays, One&Only Reethi Rah offers 128 private resort villas well separated along the shore, either on the beach secluded by lush tropical greenery, or set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon. Designed in an elegant contemporary style, these are among the largest resort villas in the world.

Stay 4, Pay 3 - one FREE night plus complimentary half board in Reethi Restaurant until December 18, 2015

Exclusive - book 4 nights or more in a Water Villa and receive free 60 minute massage for 2

GOLF

St. Regis Princeville, Kaua’i

The renowned coastline fringed Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort on Hawaiian island Kauai plays to a par 72 with four different sets of tees that can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards from the tips. Featuring Seashore Paspalum turf grass on the fairways and greens, the course is ideal for golfers of all skill levels. The signature 7th hole has a challenging tee shot over the scenic cliffs to the green surrounded by white bunkers and surreal views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean.

Located on a 9,000 acre resort community of Princeville on the exclusive North Shore of the ‘Garden Island,’ discover a luxurious haven for a plethora of eco-sporting adventures - ride horseback along the majestic Na Molokama mountain range, kayak the idyllic Hanalei River, surf Hawaii’s big breaks, snorkel inlets, hike the dramatic Napali on 2.500 acres of pristine lands inaccessible to the public.

Makai Golf Club

Pursue Your Passion with USD 1,000 resort credit per room on golf or other luxuries available with every 5 night stay on a Premium Ocean View Room category or above. Use credit to play at Makai Golf Club, relax with spa treatments at Halele'a Spa, enjoy epicurean delights from multiple dining venues or redeem the entire credit for a 5 night room upgrade.

Makai Golf Trail package - unlimited golf for 2 at Makai Golf Course, one sleeve of Callaway Hex Black Tours, one custom St. Regis ball marker, 15% off all soft goods in pro shop (junior golfers not included).  Rates start from USD 350 per person per night based upon double occupancy  (available on all room categories, 3 day advance purchase and minimum 4 night stay required) 

Ski Buzz, Austria Como Paro & Como Punakha, Bhutan

SKIING

Ski Buzz Tours, Austria

Join brother and sister team Daniel Burger and Edge Director Yvonne Verstandig on the second annual Ski Buzz Tour to Austria in March 2016. Ski Buzz Tours is an exciting concept in ski holidays for the "mature ski bum". Join a small group of like-minded skiers to revel in the ultimate alpine experience on an escorted tour of Austria’s finest slopes. Rekindle memories of youth - long days of hard skiing, brilliant blue skies and sunshine, immaculately groomed pistes, fresh powder, tumbles, fast skiing and exhilaration. Follow days on the slopes with après drinks, great stories, banter and fun. Ski with expert local guides on long groomed runs and off-piste adventures whilst immersing yourself in regional Austrian mountain culture and unique local hospitality. The 2016 Ski Buzz adventure will depart Munich for 5 nights in Ellmau followed by 7 nights in the international resort of Lech. Places are very limited so register now via Yvonne Verstandig at Edge.

Yvonne’s Ski Buzz 2015 Blog

Ski Buzz Austria Tour February 29 - March 12, 2016 - costs and brochure

TREKKING

Como Paro & Como Punakha, Bhutan

For those fit travelers seeking an authentic Bhutan experience, this 7 night adventure brings the enigmatic Kingdom to life through challenging day treks to iconic locations such as Punakha Dzong and Taktsang ’Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery. “Tigers Nest” represents one of the most important architectural feats in Bhutan defying logic, gravity and reason. Legend has it that this mountain's cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Trek remote mountain paths to access rarely seen views of the snow-capped Himalayas, marveling at colorful prayer flagged mountains, gorges, waterfalls and valleys along the way. Overnight at the Bumdra monastery and also enjoy 6 decadent nights in pure Como luxury at two properties, Paro and Punakha.

7 night Himalayan Explorer package - 4 nights Uma by Como, Paro and 2 nights Uma by Como, Punakha and 1 night Bumdra Monastery Camp starting from USD 8,274 for two adults

Virtuoso benefits - COMO Shambhala massage for 2 (stays for 3 nights or more)

The Resort at Paws Up, Montana The Kensington Hotel, London

HORSEBACK RIDING

The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

Saddle UP for an American safari at Montana’s premier equestrian center Paws Up, a 37,000 acre 5 star working dude ranch with activities ranging from trail riding and cattle drives to rappelling off cliffs, whitewater rafting and fly fishing on the legendary Blackfoot River. At Paws Up, once you dismount, you'll step into a world of incomparable creature comforts featuring gourmet cuisine, decadent spa treatments and personalized service.

During the winter, Paws Up even offers the ultimate Ranch and Ski package with winter horseback riding, snowmobiling, dogsledding, ice skating, a private ski butler and guide, and ski-in/ski-out access from your 5,000 square foot mountainside chalet.

Couples Glamping Package - 5 nights in Luxury Tent, private horseback ride for 2, carriage ride for 2, clearwater canoe adventure for 2, couples massage, airport transfers, all daily meals and non-alcoholic beverages starting from USD 942 per person per night including taxes and service fees (based on two adults)

Virtuoso amenities - room upgrade*, early check-in & late check-out*, USD 300 activity credit to be utilized during stay and bottle of wine in room on arrival

 

RUGBY WORLD CUP

The Kensington Hotel, London

With the 2015 Rugby World Cup kicking off this September, there is no better time to visit London. The Kensington Hotel is preparing to welcome guests from all corners of the world for this global sporting event. Perfectly located within the city this Doyle Collection property provides the ideal base for keen rugby supporters heading to Twickenham.The Kensington offers a restful blend of deep heritage and uncluttered modern calm in the city. Its townhouse style defines the quintessentially English feel with drawing rooms which invite guests to relax over afternoon tea or a cocktail. For those guests seeking a little active adventure in the capital, explore the city on the hotel's bespoke Pashley bikes complete with a picnic featuring gastronomic delights from the head chef.

Exclusive Offer - Stay 4 nights and save 20%. Stay 3 nights and save 15% on best available rates. Valid for stays until 28th February 2016. 

PLUS FREE bike hire and welcome amenity  - In celebration of all things sporting, Edge guests will also receive complimentary hire of the hotel's Pashley bikes and a rugby themed welcome amenity during the championship.  

Windstar, Grand Prix of Monaco

GRAND PRIX RACING

Windstar, Grand Prix of Monaco

Live the glitterati yachting lifestyle at its very pinnacle with an insider’s experience at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix event in 2016. Be there in person for all the opulent excitement of the car racing world’s most storied event with exclusive access to special Windstar private Grand Prix events and two days of world-class Formula One time trials and heart-pounding competitive racing. Highlights include behind-the-scenes access with a Formula One racing expert, a Grand Prix themed dinner, Section K Grand Stand seats for Saturday’s qualifying race and Sunday’s final, and a private cocktail reception/dinner in downtown Monte Carlo.

Aboard this Star Breeze’s exceptional voyage, visit the glamourous ports of Cannes, Portofino, Portoferraio, Portovenere. After the drama of the Grand Prix, relax by shopping the boutiques, sampling the charming cafes, indulge in people watching along the famous promenades and chill out on pristine white beaches.

Grand Prix Monaco Star Breeze cruise - 7 days Rome to Nice departing May 23, 2016 starting from AUD 9,154

Butterfield & Robinson, Chile

BIKING

Butterfield & Robinson, Chile

For almost 50 years Butterfield & Robinson has been leading adventures that amble where others stride, bike where others motor and sip where others quaff. The B&R difference is the best biking routes in the world’s most incredible places. It’s the most capable and genuinely friendly guides. It’s the most interesting hotels a region has to offer. It’s amazing culinary experiences. It’s flawless equipment, delectable wines at dinner and a water bottle that’s always filled. And for readers of The Art of Travel, it’s a a complimentary hotel stay for the night prior to their Chilean adventure.

Butterfield & Robinson’s Chile Biking Tour starting and ending in Santiago (our cover photo), showcases this culturally robust country’s mix of European and indigenous influences with a Mediterranean-like climate perfect for cycling.

7 day Santiago to Santiago Chile Biking Tour - USD 7,495 per person based upon twin share

Special offer - a complimentary stay in a Standard Room at the Singular Hotel in Santiago for the night prior to the trip for bookings before October 1, 2015


* subject to availability upon arrival

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