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You can always count on the expert travel specialists at Executive Edge to have their hand on the pulse of au courant luxury travel trends. This year’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ edition takes you to a quiet village in Sri Lanka for the best rice paddy candlelight dinner and around the world to Nepal to the newest Taj property for the best wildlife viewing national park in Asia. Planning your festive season? Look no farther than the best Danube Christmas markets cruise with Crystal. Six Senses showcases the best new wellness resort in Fiji and Aman boasts the best Indonesian marine expedition. The best suites on Lake Maggiore are at the Villa & Palazzo Aminta and the best camp on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia is at Wilderness Safaris Hoanib. Finally, you’ll find the best deep soaking Japanese tubs at Andaz Tokyo. Does it get any better than the best?


Hyatt has just launched an invitation-only travel advisor program called Hyatt Privé and Executive Edge Travel is one of the chosen few! Hyatt Privé gives our clients special rates and unprecedented access and benefits to Hyatt's global portfolio including USD 100 property credit, free daily full breakfast for two, early check-in/late check-out (confirmed in advance) and room upgrade (confirmed in advance.) * Not relevant for above offer.


HOANIB SKELETON COAST, NAMIBIA VILLA & PALAZZO AMINTA HOTEL, ITALY

In the vast untamed remote desert of Namibia,  Wilderness Safaris stylish Hoanib Camp straddles the Palmwag region of the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park. Surrounded by spectacular dunes and distinctively adapted wildlife, cocoon in luxury at camp among 7 large tents and one family unit, each with ensuite bedrooms and shaded outdoor decks. 

Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the 'Land God Made in Anger' with its thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks along the Atlantic. Incredibly, an amazing array of wildlife and flora manage to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment including seabird colonies, Cape fur seals, zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, lion and much more. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to the powerful waves of the coast and photographers flock from around the globe to snap a shot of the eerie shipwreck graveyards. Fly over the Skeleton Coast as a complimentary bonus for 3 night stays!

Virtual Itinerary  -  3 nights R 45,045 per person based upon twin share for 3 nights

PLUS BONUS for 3 night bookings - scenic flight over Skeleton Coast

The sole Leading Hotels of the World property on romantic Lake Maggiore in Stresa, Italy, Villa & Palazzo Aminta stands in all its glory directly in front of the three Borromeo Islands. With breathtaking views, superb service and Italian dining to die for, this 5-star family run resort boasts its own  private beach and jetties from which the islands are reachable in 5 minutes by water. For true luxury, try the new luxury Belvedere, Liz Taylor or La Borromea Suites. Unwind Italian style at the elegant and exclusive “Camelia Grotto” at the Spa with private jacuzzi, aromatherapy showers and steam bath. Endless indoor and outdoor activities include cooking lessons, wine tasting, water skiing, diving, zip lining, sport car driving, quad biking, island-hopping, shopping and more. A mere 50 minutes from Milan and Lake Como, the location is ideal to combine with driving holidays to Milan, Lugano, Lake Como, Lake Iseo, Verona, Venezia and Dolomites.

Virtuoso amenities – room upgrade*, daily buffet breakfast for 2, one 30 minute spa treatment per person (up to 2 people), one afternoon tea for 2 at I Principi, early check-in/late check-out* & 3 night stays receive one complimentary dinner at Le Isole for 2 (excluding beverage)

SIX SENSES FIJI AMANIKAN RAJA AMPAT EXPEDITION

On idyllic Malolo Island, with its sandy beach and all-tide swimming in a turquoise lagoon, the new Six Senses Fiji showcases 24 one and two bedroom pool villas plus a range of two to five bedroom residences that reflect a contemporary take on Fijian tradition with thatched roofs, carved features and ever-smiling Fijian hosts.   

For families and larger groups, multi-bedroom residences create the feeling of a private island home. Each residence features a private pool, kitchen, dining room, living and outdoor spaces with a choice of ocean, beachside and marina panoramas. Residences offer a private barbecue with easy access to the resort's deli and restaurants.

A Six Senses Spa offers a layered approach to wellness, with treatments that go beyond the ordinary. Choose from a host of water sports off property including sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, sunset cruises, scuba diving or surf the world-famous Cloudbreak a mere 20 minute boat ride away. Perhaps a cooking class is more your style? Learn the art of preparing dishes with the freshest local ingredients including fish, exotic fruits and vegetables as guided by talented chefs.

Bonus Nights! Stay 5, Pay 4 or Stay 7, Pay 5 (valid Nov 1 - Dec 18, 2018 & Jan 8 - March 31, 2019)

Imagine a private cruise with every conceivable luxury sailing the Indonesian Archipelago with your own dive instructor and private chef… Leave it to Aman to make this ultra-dream a reality. The Raja Ampat 5 to 7 night expedition takes up to three couples (or family of six) on a marine adventure aboard Amanikan, a custom built 32-metre cruiser featuring alfresco dining and extensive dive facilities.

This tropical climate nurtures unparalleled coral reefs and otherworldly scuba and snorkeling where 1,300 species of fish, 75% of all known corals and 15 mammal species calling these waters home. Sail, hike, paddle board, kayak or take beach excursions amongst these remote islands cloaked in tropical jungle. 

5 or 7 night Itinerary & Rates  starting from USD 8,850 nightly for three cabins (November 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019)



CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISE


Savour the sweetness of the season with mulled wine, strudels and blintzes. Hear the strains of music echoing from the cathedrals. And lose yourself in the twinkle of lights throughout Europe's magical Christmas markets. As Crystal River Cruises embarks on holiday sailings along the Danube, wrap yourself in the merriment that kisses the shorelines of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia and other enchanting locales during this dazzling time of year. The luxurious river yachts of Crystal beckon with all-inclusive luxuries including all-suite accommodation with butler service, acclaimed dining, premium beverages, Crystal Collection shore excursions and All Exclusive experiences.

Yvonne Verstandig's Crystal River Cruise Blog

Crystal Ravel, 7 days from Vienna to Budapest departs 6th Dec, 2018 - Petite Suite Fares from USD 3,970 per person

Bonus Booking Savings before June 30th


ULAGALLA, SRI LANKA


Nestled amongst paddy fields, sparkling reservoirs and lily ponds is the ancestral estate of Anuradhapura nobility, Ulagalla.  

Located in the quiet village of Tirappane, Sri Lanka, this 150 year old mansion is surrounded by 20 pool villas spread across 58 lush acres of green oasis.  Embark upon nature-based activities such as cycling through villages, kayaking or horse riding. Witness the fifth largest elephant gathering in the world at Minneriya National Park or visit Wilpattu National Park to spot a leopard or illusive sloth bear. The highlight of these adventures will be climbing Sigiriya, the ancient rock kingdom also known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.  

Stay 3, Pay 2 - starting from USD 741 including breakfast (based upon double occupancy, total 2 nights, valid through July 14, 2018 and September 1, 2018 - December 19, 2018)

Edge Exclusive - 2  complimentary excursions (choice between Archery, Village Bicycle Tour or Jungle Kayaking)

Yvonne Verstandig’s Sri Lanka Blog

MEGHAULI SERAI, A TAJ SAFARI LODGE


A brand new Taj property, Meghauli Serai is a Taj Safaris Lodge at Chitwan National Park in Nepal. On the banks of the Rapti River, guests of Meghauli Serai can stay in a combination of 16 villas with private plunge pools or 12 contemporary rooms overlooking the Himalayas. A local artist adorned the walls of each room with floor to ceiling sketches of traditional life of the Tharu region. Located in the Terai lowlands of Nepal, Chitwan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the wonders of this rich habitat through a variety of safari experiences – traverse through the forests perched on the back of an elephant in search of the one-horned rhinoceros, or canoe down the Rapti river and witness ghariyals and countless birds. Or creep like an animal yourself through the tall elephant grass on a guided walking safari.

All meals inclusive offer starting from USD 390 per night per person (based upon double occupancy, not including taxes)


* subject to availability upon arrival

 
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