For almost 30 years Elegant Resorts has been crafting luxury travel itineraries, pioneering the way with a focus on personal, private experiences through the expert knowledge of a team of more than 100 travel experts. And the companys commitment to service has been reflected in a series of top awards, including Best Small Luxury Tour Operator at the Ultra Travel 100 Awards on more than one occasion.
Now the company has launched a leading-edge multi-media channel entitled Elegant Stories – a compendium of bite-size video-led content, insiders tips and imaginative tales. This has been borne through a collaboration with London-based creative studio, One Menagerie, whose award-winning brand, publishing and digital expertise immediately saw the opportunity to engage the next generation of travellers through original and informative content. We caught up with Elegant Resorts to see what the new site had to offer and here are four amazing itineraries they were eager to share with us:
1. Cruise the Med on a superyacht
Who doesnt like the sound of cruising the Mediterranean perhaps stopping off at the occasional island along the way on a superyacht? Titan, a former Royal Navy vessel, offers a great opportunity to spend 10 nights of quality time with friends and family, selected by yachting partner OCEAN Independence. Depart from the Bay of Naples on one of Elegant Resorts Sail & Stay holidays and head for the volcanic island of Ischia, famed for its thermal spas and treatments.
From there, head south-east to Capri, a well-known playground for the rich and famous where you can enjoy the signature limoncello at the famous bars of the Piazzetta or enjoy a little retail therapy at a number of high-end stores. Your final destination (after some chill-out time on the beaches of the island of Maratea) is Sicily where youll stay at Belmond Villa Sant Andrea.
2. Enjoy a luxury train journey from Cape Town to Dar Es Salam
What could be more romantic than an elegant train ride through Africa? The opulent Pride of Africa train run by Rovos Rail offers some of the most exclusive suites youll find on any train anywhere in the world, some complete with deep-soaking Victorian baths. This is no ordinary train journey! Complete with 24-hour butler service and a resident historian on board, your 15-day trip will take you through the perfectly preserved Victorian village of Matjiesfontein as well Kimberley, famous for its diamond industry. Keep your eyes peeled for flamingos, ostriches and more as you journey on to Pretoria. A two-night stop at the Madikwe Game Reserve will offer amazing safari experiences before you continue your journey to the Victoria Falls and on to Kenyas Rift Valley, before passing through the Selous Game Reserve and reaching Tanzanias capital.
3. Spend a luxurious 48 hours in New York
Stay in a luxurious Madison Suite at The Mark hotel and be treated to a stunning view of the Big Apple, overlooking Madison Avenue. Beautifully furnished and with sumptuous, fine Italian linens and bedding by Quagliotti, this will be your base for a memorable two days in New York. Explore the city one of the hotels unique bikes, complete with picnic baskets filled with delicious treats for a picnic in the park, or opt to be chauffeured around Manhattan in one of the hotels pedicabs, perhaps calling at Bergdorf Goodman where guests have exclusive access to the services of personal shoppers 24 hours a day. In the evening, dine at The Market Restaurant by Jean-Georges for a culinary experience not to be missed to complete a truly memorable day.
4. Learn how to be a cowboy or cowgirl at Rock Creek Montana
Ever dreamed of becoming a cowboy or cowgirl as a child? Well, at The Ranch at Rock Creek Montana, you can make your childhood dreams come true! Regardless of your experience, theyll kit you out with everything you need to ride through stunning Big Sky country with endless miles of wildflower meadows, rolling hills, high-country lakes and grassy ridge lines to explore. Head for the private rodeo, watch cowboys ride a bucking bronc or rope a galloping steer, followed by drinks at the Silver Dollar Saloon the perfect getaway for horse lover.