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Executive Edge Art of Travel

Cheers to our first edition of The Art of Travel in 2016! Executive Edge's expert travel advisors have searched the globe to present our annual 'best of' choices - must-see destinations and spectacular properties which can't be missed in your 2016 adventures. Whether it's trekking in Nepal or luxuriating in Phuket at Iniala, these destinations will get you packing. New hotels are the rage and causing a BIG stir this year. The hype in Miami over the brand new Faena is epic, as is the excitement building for the new St. Regis Langkawi opening April 6th. Seeking a private island castaway escape? Look no further than Dolphin Island in Fiji. The best wine tasting in Portugal is found at Six Senses Douro Valley while the best new surprise in Bali is Alila Seminyak. Unwind in Europe's finest destination spa at Brenners Park in Germany or embark upon a National Geographic Journey with G Adventures, a brand new line of affordable trips built on experiential travel and the freedom to roam… So onward to 2016 roaming!



Best Phuket Beach Villa Design

Iniala Beach House is a temple of global design, art and gastronomy on the beautiful golden sands of Natai beach facing the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea in Phuket, Thailand. Iniala is comprised of 3 absolute beachfront villas (each with 3 suites), and one spectacular penthouse suite. The residences are masterpieces fusing traditional Thai architecture with organic, contemporary forms uniquely decorated by world-renowned designers. Each villa comes with its own spa and personal therapist as well as a dedicated team including 24-hour assistance, a fully staffed reception and concierge, a driver, butler, chef and housekeeper. 3-star Michelin Chef Eneko Atxa, famed for his outstanding restaurant Azurmendi in Spain (rated number 26 in the world), has created Iniala's signature restaurant Aziamendi for a culinary experience unmatched in Thailand. At the core of Iniala is a big heart with 10% of all room revenues going to charity.

Edge Exclusive - 10% off best available rate, champagne on arrival, upgrade villa, complimentary airport transfers, USD 100 spa voucher, Phang-Nga National Park trip, market trip & cooking session


Best Destination Spa in Germany

Opened last January, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa is one of Europe’s finest spas and medical care centers, centrally located in its own private park on the banks of the River Oos overlooking the most beautiful tree-lined avenue in the world - the "Lichtentaler Allee." This luxurious 5-star Oetker Collection property sits in the Black Forest Valley between the cities of Karlsruhe and Basel, a mere 90 minutes from Frankfurt airport. Baden-Baden has been a favorite getaway of European high society for more than 140 years. Within ten minutes of the hotel is Baden-Baden's historic town centre, the world-famous Casino, the theatre at Friedrichsplatz Square, the spa quarter, thermal springs and the Congress Centre. The Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden is the second largest opera house in Europe and only a 5 minute taxi ride away. Guests also enjoy a two Michelin star restaurant and acres of landscaped parkland with excellent trails for biking and hiking.

Virtuoso Exclusive - 3 nights EURO 800 per person including guaranteed upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, USD 100 spa credit and more



Best Value in Experiential Tours

Welcome to a new way to cure your wanderlust. National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures is a brand new line of affordable trips built on meaningful encounters, interactions with knowledgeable local guides and the structure and security of traveling in a small group, no more than 16 travelers. These unique itineraries blend fun, hands-on exploration and opportunities to forge true human connections with people met along the way. In Morocco, discover the culture of the Berbers in Northern Africa which dates back over 5,000 years. Delve into their world on this 15-day journey through the most incredible cultural highlights of Morocco. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fes; spend a night in a tented camp; enjoy dinner with a traditional Berber family; and unwind in the coastal beauty of Essaouira.

Morocco: Sahara & Beyond - 15 days Casablanca to Marrakech from USD 2699 pp (twin share)

Shorter itinerary? Try Morocco Journey - 9 days Casablanca to Marrekech from USD 1,699 pp (twin share)



Best New Surprise in Bali

Alila’s fifth hotel in Bali, Alila Seminyak, commands one of the last rare slices of beachfront real estate in Seminyak with its eco-savvy, 240-room resort that has a distinctly natural ambience. Enter a lush secret garden complete with vertical greens, wall-hugging plants, green roofs and landscaped terraces with dress-circle sea views interspersed with swimming pools and broad corridors open to ocean breezes. Sanskrit for ‘surprise’, Alila lives up to its reputation with this new property on Bali’s west coast. Arguably the best beachfont location in the heart of fashionable Seminyak next to Potato Head, take a leisurely stroll to Seminyak’s boutiques, restaurants, bars, art galleries and surf shops or hop on Alila’s free shuttle bus aboard a retro Kombi van. The resort blends seamlessly into its surroundings, an oasis of calm that continues within. Among the facilities are a terrace restaurant, beach bar, gym and Spa Alila that features a menu with Asian-inspired therapies.

Stay 3, Pay 2! Stay three nights and receive one night FREE including taxes and breakfast for 2 (minimum stay 3 nights with maximum up to complimentary 4 nights) - valid for travel 15 February - 31 March 2016



Best Fiji Castaway Private Island

Huka Retreats’ Relais & Chateaux property Dolphin Island is Fiji’s emerald droplet 14-acre retreat for exclusive use by a maximum of eight lucky guests. The ultimate private Pacific island experience is uniquely bespoke. Dolphin Island nestles like a precious jewel, surrounded by crystal clear waters just 20 minutes by boat from shore on the tip of Viti Levu.

Property manager Dawn Simpson is also the head chef. Daily a fisherman stops at Dolphin Island on his way back to port with his catch so guests can select the fish and seafood they’d like to eat. Simpson cooks in an Indo-Fijian fusion style with spices, chillies, coconut, seafood, limes, native vegetables and exotic tropical fruits. As a complimentary Virtuoso amenity, Chef Simpson shares her favorite local dishes and kitchen secrets during a hands on Fijian cooking experience in a relaxed atmosphere reflecting the local culinary culture.

4 for 3 - Stay 3 nights and receive one night complimentary

PLUS Virtuoso amenities - daily full English breakfast & hands-on Fijian cooking experience


Best Vintage Wine Tasting in Portugal

Six Senses unveiled its first resort in Europe last summer located in the beautiful Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, one of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions. Touched with the romance of 19th century architecture wedded to contemporary interiors, Six Senses Douro Valley covers 8 hectares on the river featuring vineyard villas with private pools. Life revolves around tutored wine tastings in the library and Douro guests can participate in every stage of the wine making process from planting and stomping to eventually blending their own wine. An interactive and instructional programme presents leading vintages from the area where guests are guided in the varieties and styles by leading Portuguese winemakers from the surrounding valley. As at all Six Senses resorts, the 2,200 square meter day spa is front and centre with its long list of locally inspired grape and citrus fruit-based treatments. There is also a Visiting Practitioner programme which features over 100 of the world’s best wellness healers.

Edge Exclusive - stays minimum 4 nights (in Quinta Deluxe category) receive complimentary wine tasting for 2 (valid May 1 - October 30, 2016)



Best Malaysia Marine Park

Opening April 6th, The St. Regis Langkawi nestles on the southern tip of Langkawi, the first UNESCO Global Geopark designated in Southeast Asia. This discreet cove overlooks a sparkling white-sand beach, swaying palm trees and the glistening turquoise Andaman Sea. This intimate resort provides the ideal departure point for exploring the Jewel of Kedah. On the archipelago’s largest island, discover picturesque villages, paddy fields, craggy mountain peaks and lush tropical jungles filled with remarkable caves and waterfalls. The translucent waters invite guests to charter a yacht or sailboat to nearby isolated islands or embark upon endless ocean activities including fishing, snorkeling, diving, sunset cruises and more. A breathtaking excursion to the renowned Pulau Payar Marine Park yields sheltered waters teeming with marine life. Admire Langkawi’s revered eagles and other wildlife on a cruise along spiritual Kilim Nature Park’s brackish waters amid protected mangroves and limestone rock formations. At sunrise, take a privately-guided bird-watching tour to observe the area’s 200 native species or later in the day helicopter over the sea, jungle trek or play premier golf.

Starwood Luxury Privileges Offer - 20% off best available rate, return luxury limousine airport transfer, daily breakfast for 2, USD 100 food & beverage credit, room upgrade* & early check-in/late check-out*

Special Opening offer - 30% off best available rate, for St. Regis Suite category and above, return luxury limousine airport transfer, daily breakfast for 2 (stays 15 April - 30 September, 2016)



Best Miami Hotel Art Collection

Home to Art Basel, a leading contemporary annual art show in the Faena Arts District of Miami, explore Miami beyond the sun worshipping scene. Taking the game up a notch with a cutting-edge multi-million dollar art collection, the district has created a truly luxurious masterpiece, Faena Hotel Miami Beach. In fact, the opening of Faena Hotel in December 2015 marked the completion of the first phase of Faena District Miami Beach, a culmination of over three years of creative endeavour by some of the world's greatest minds across a range of disciplines. After decades of directing lavish motion pictures such as The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann turned his attention to a different kind of spectacle and helped assist in the design of Faena Miami Beach. Evoking Miami's golden age of glamour, the landmark hotel's guest rooms and suites boast signature butler service and a blend of late Art Deco flair and contemporary amenities.

Watch The Faena Creations

Exclusive Virtuoso FAENA ESCAPE - each 3rd night complimentary PLUS room upgrade*, daily full breakfast for 2 (in restaurant), USD 100 resort credit & early check-in/4pm late check-out*

* subject to availability upon arrival

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