London, July 2020.
Privacy – the new must have
When you want a holiday that will truly spoil you and your family, look to luxury travel company, A&K. With five-star service, unique touches for that special celebration and access to areas off limits to other companies, our private experiences around the world go above and beyond the ordinary. We have selected below some our very best experiences, both on water and on land. From private jets to private homes, A&K have it covered.
Private Water Experiences
Equatorial Wonderland: Raja Ampat Sailing Trip
Why? During this 10-night voyage, you will embark on a far-reaching exploration on a private sailing charter of what is, without a doubt, one of the least-visited but most remarkable adventure destinations on our planet.
Starting in Sorong, this voyage will take you north to Wayag, then through Waigeo, Batanta and Misool to cover the highlights of the entire Raja Ampat region. Tailored to an active and nature-loving group, the expedition is packed with fun ways to enjoy the bounties of Raja Ampat’s equatorial wonderland. Each day presents opportunities for adventure in stunning natural habitats supported by the amenities of the yacht.
Explore The Galápagos Islands In Style
Step aboard the Stella Maris, a luxury yacht chartered exclusively for this adventure. This fantastic vessel accommodates up to 14 passengers, providing each with unparalleled comfort when cruising these fabled waters. The Al Fresco Area offers authentic Ecuadorian fine-dining experiences. Wines have been carefully selected by the owner from the best vineyards in South America. Daily excursions take you to the different islands of the Galápagos, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide. All excursions can be tailed to suit your interests, however some of the most popular options include a visit to San Cristobal island. This island is full of panoramic hiking trails over the volcanic landscape. This is probably the only site where the Galapagos' three booby species can be seen together which include; Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed. Espanola Island is a great spot for watching sea lion and marine iguana. Meanwhile, at Kicker Rock you can enjoy astonishing snorkelling trips to observe manta ray, sea turtle and shark.
Private Cruise Along The Amalfi Coast
Cruise the caerulean waters along the Amalfi Coast on board your own private motor-yacht. Allow your captain to take the helm as you sail towards the beautiful island of Capri and natural wonder of the Blue Grotto. Enjoy the luxury of this exclusive experience. By chartering your own boat enjoy a bespoke experience where you choose the route. Swim in a private cove, explore a picturesque village or just relax and enjoy the breath-taking view from deck. After shopping for souvenirs return to the yacht and ask your English-speaking captain to find a private bay to enjoy a swim. Drop anchor at Marina Piccolo on Capri and enjoy lunch. Take the time to stroll along this charming cove which is lined with elegant bathing lidos. As you head towards the sea cave of the Blue Grotto you’ll pass high calcareous cliffs. Your captain will navigate the waters to enter the cave which is illuminated creating a natural blue light. A magical way to round off your day at sea.
Sunset Dhow Cruise in Oman
View the rugged coast of Muscat through the eyes of ancient mariners as you embark on a sunset dhow cruise. Your twilight trip will take you out into the Indian Ocean casting anchor at a natural cove. You’ll be transferred from your hotel to the marina where the traditional wooden vessel awaits you. Catch the breeze in its distinctive sails and venture out into warm waters rich with sealife from dolphin to turtle. Your sunset cruise will give you a taste of why Omanis were drawn to the sea as fishermen, traders and shipbuilders. According to Middle Eastern mythology Sinbad the Sailor was born in Oman and it was from Sohar, the ancient capital and maritime port in the north, that he set sail on his seven fantastical voyages. A tale which is sure to enthral the children in your party.
Traditional Gulet Cruise in Turkey
Set sail with family or friends on board a traditional Turkish Gulet. Allow your skipper to take the wheel while you take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, explore hidden coves along the Aegean coast or simply relax on deck with a sundowner. From Bodrum, you can enjoy a choice of seven-day cruises. These vary from heading to the yachting mecca of Gocek or sailing around the beautiful Greek islands. A cruise to Gocek will take you to the hidden treasures along the Datca peninsula before sailing to Serce, an amazing land-locked harbour. Experienced the thrill of entering through a narrow pen and seeing the beautiful fjord-like bay for the first time. As you cruise along the shore you can hop aboard a launch to visit the ancient city of Caunos - a renowned breeding ground for turtle. Before arriving in Gocek, dive from your gulet and languish in the glittering waters of a bay known as Cleopatra’s Bath. For those wishing to sail further afield, why not go island hopping around Greece? As you leave Turkish waters you’ll arrive at the popular island of Kos. It may be hard to leave the golden beaches and taverna’s, but you’ll soon be weighing anchor off secluded beaches on the less-populated islands from Pserimos to Marathi. Back on deck, enjoy dinner served by your private chef and sit back to admire the ever-changing seascape. No two days will ever be the same on a gulet cruise.
Nihi Sumba Island | Indonesia
Located on an unspoiled island paradise, Nihi Sumba Island is a responsible luxury resort surrounded by deciduous forest, pristine white sands and the azure Indian Ocean. Despite being twice the size of Bali, Sumba's population barely reaches a sixth of Bali's. This intimate island retreat includes 28 exquisite villas set in 567 acres of land. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, each villa is perched upon a terrace with a spacious outdoor veranda. Interiors are open-plan, reflecting simple Indonesian architecture and utilising local materials such as Alang Alang, teak and rattan. Rooms are designed to incorporate the beautiful surrounding nature, be it the dazzling ocean, swaying palms or colourful bougainvillea. The Mamole three-bedroom Tree House Villa is the most recent addition to the resort, defining luxurious tropical living and offering the best view of the beach.
The Boathouse offers a range of unique experiences including surfing, free diving, stand-up paddle boarding and deep sea fishing. Exclusive to guests staying at Nihi Sumba Island, the beaches are a great place to learn with only 10 surfers permitted to ride the waves per day. Guests can hire out private charter boats to explore the most remote regions of Sumba and the vibrant marine life which inhabits the island's clear waters. As evening draws, the boathouse is transformed into a tranquil setting where you can enjoy sunset cocktails and spectacular views about an open fire.
Song Saa Private Island | Cambodia
Located in the untouched archipelago of Koh Rong off Cambodia, the two islands which make up Song Saa (Khmer for 'the sweethearts') are the natural setting for this hotel – the first of its kind in Cambodia. Based on the Maldivian footprint, Song Saa features 27 overwater, rainforest and beach villas, and has been built with the environment in mind using sustainable materials. The resort's tasteful design shows real attention to detail, and features beautiful fabrics, artworks and a palette of neutral, earthy colours reflecting its natural surroundings.
As a result of design and its isolated setting, the harmonious atmosphere at Song Saa is delightfully conducive to relaxation. Snorkel over beautiful coral reefs, wander among lush rainforest or lie on the white sand beach. At the resort's heart is a first class restaurant and lounge, positioned just off the island's shoreline, surrounded by sea. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in the sunsets and seascapes. Other facilities include a water sports centre and a beautiful wedding venue.
Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island | Maldives
For an idyllic, private retreat, the Cheval Blanc Randheli private island is beyond comparison. Take a seaplane for 40 minutes once you’ve landed at Malé, and glide over the glistening waters of Noonu Atoll.
Here you’ll find a one hectare of sandy bliss. Even more so because it is exclusively yours. Access this world of wonder from a private berth and jetty and enter luxury barefoot living. With four bedrooms across two buildings, this destination is suited to a family where part of the group would value even more privacy. Enjoy indoor-outdoor living with spacious rooms that border and open onto the 25-metre long private pool. When you’re not in the pool, or diving into the Indian Ocean, you can the private spa treatment room, fitness centre and screening room at your disposal, as well as a dining pergola, private beaches and meditation pavilions. The villa is impeccably furnished and decorated – with everything you could need to hand. If for any reason it isn’t, there’s no need to panic. You also have a dedicated team of Ambassadeurs at your service. This is part of the Cheval Blanc’s Art de Recevoir initiative, designed to ensure the most memorable of experiences for guests. The team is available 24/7 and housed on the premises, ensuring you are pampered with personalised activities and breath-taking experiences.
Thanda Island Private Marina Reserve | Tanzania
Once an unknown deserted island 25 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania, Thanda Island is now home to one of the most luxurious private islands in the world. The owners are Swedish entrepreneurs Christin and Dan Olofsson who created their fantasy island home here: a Cape Cod-esque beach house with Scandi style interiors, plus two traditional Tanzanian bandas on the beach. When the Olofssons are not holidaying, the whole island is yours to rent.
Once you’ve settled into your beachfront suite, there's much to enjoy on the island from massages on the beach, meditation lessons, or yoga . If you’re feeling more energetic, there’s a tennis and volleyball court, or perhaps you’d prefer to hit the water. A boathouse is fully stocked with paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, or try snorkelling or scuba diving in the surrounding marine park. You can swim with whale sharks, dugongs and turtles, all protected by conservation projects supported by Thanda.
As well as making great efforts to protect the natural environment (Thanda Island is powered by solar energy), the private island provides training and employment in hospitality, sustainable fishing and marine conservation to young Tanzanians in the area.
Private Jet Journeys
Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet 2021
Embark on a unique multi-destination adventure in search of the world’s most amazing wildlife. Begin in Japan to observe snow monkey in the enchanting Ginza district, before stopping in the Philippines, Malaysia and India to see shark, honey bear and the elusive Bengal tiger. Then answer Africa’s call of the wild with exciting visits to Kenya, Madagascar and Rwanda to spot gorilla, lemur and all members of the Big Five. During this thrilling expedition, you’ll also enjoy insightful cultural experiences such as a visit to a Maasai school and private performances of traditional music.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with VistaJet
VistaJet Members can explore the natural splendor of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during a 14-day exclusive trip. Guests will discover spectacular scenery, enjoy epic adventures, learn about the country’s rich heritage and culture, while safely and responsibly immersing themselves in the secluded, natural habitat of aquatic and land creatures. With the new Cotopaxi Sanctuary Lodge as an exclusive base, spectacular volcanoes and the abundant wildlife of the National Park can be explored. Guests can enjoy a hike in the Andes with world record breaking mountain athlete, Karl Egloff, sharing his own story, mountain climbing anecdotes and the best tips to handle hiking at altitude. From here, a privately chartered seven-night private yacht cruise in the Galapagos Islands awaits, including a private audience with a leading scientist from the Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island.
Sirai House | Kenya
Set at the foot of the iconic Mount Kenya, Sirai House is an enchanting private house set within over 100 hectares of game-abundant plains which make up the Borona Conservancy. Throughout your stay an excellent team of staff are on hand to ensure you feel fully pampered at all times. As well as top-class services, including a private chef and safari team, you are also presented with unparalleled style and luxury amenities.
Sitting beneath a wonderful high-vaulted ceiling, the living area is furnished to perfection. The high windows bring plenty of light into your space and the decorations and ornate fireplace complete the ambience. Accommodating up to 12 clients, the bedrooms are equally spacious and stylish. You will also find a home cinema and outdoor tennis court on site. Sirai House also provides you with a great range of wildlife-watching experiences. Enjoy game drives, horse rides, nature walks, picnics and informative guidance as you get to grips with the beauty of Kenya.
Lengishu House | Kenya
Lengishu, an exclusive-use family home on the Borana Conservancy in Kenya, is arguably one of the best places for a memorable and isolated getaway. Tucked into a ridge with views across the Laikipia plains and deep into the Northern Frontier, Lengishu is made up of a main house and four separate cottages, creating a retreat for up to 12 people. All rooms face east over the undulating valley below, offering some of the best sunrise views.
A full team of staff are on hand making stays effortless, offering guests the freedom to choose their own itinerary, not bound by the constraints of other safari lodges. Activities are in abundance and again fully flexible, including private game drives both on land and by air, mountain biking and horse riding through the conservancy, as well as the rare opportunity to help with the conservation efforts by helping to track rhino on foot. Should guests want to stay at home, the infinity pool overlooking the valley is hard to beat or a game of petanque on their own private pitch before a gym session and a massage by the in-house masseuse can keep guests fully entertained.
Both Lengishu and the Borana Conservancy have sustainability front of mind - Lengishu is built with locally sourced materials, expertly crafted by local artisans. All the conservation fees paid by Lengishu's guests are invested into the conservation of land and wildlife notably the endangered black rhino and its habitat. This is something every guest of Lengishu can learn about - how the Borana Conservancy supports the conservation of wildlife and the local community and how every stay makes a difference. Images
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a 7 night stay at Lengishu from £6,250pp including international flights based on 12 people sharing
Africa House, at Royal Malewane | South Africa
Africa House, at Royal Malewane enjoys a privileged position within a private reserve in the Greater Kruger Area, renowned for yielding fantastic wildlife sightings. As you explore the sun-scorched plains and seasonal rivers, you stand a good chance of ticking off all of the Big Five. This wonderfully scenic villa can accommodate up to 12 clients. Your stay is also enriched by an exceptional team of staff. As well as a chef and housekeeping team, you are joined by a private ranger, guide and tracker, as well as a safari vehicle. Your experiences are completely catered to your preferences.
These living spaces here have been wonderfully designed, with eclectic antique furniture and carved four-poster beds. With great social spaces and breath-taking views, the atmosphere is always laid back. Africa House also enables access to the main lodge of the Royal Malewane, where you can use the outdoor swimming pool and fully equipped spa.
Mesa Home, Amangiri | USA
There’s a particular beauty to Utah’s desert. With its swathes of tufted scrubland interrupted by huge, peach-coloured boulders, it feels a world away from anywhere. Located in the south of the state lies the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here in turn you will find luxurious resort, Amangiri. Residing in nearly 250 hectares of the Colorado Plateau, and requiring an Act of Congress to be passed so it could be built here, Amangiri blends into countless untouched square miles of red rock country.
Take privacy to the next level in one of the world’s most dramatically secluded settings, with at stay at Amangiri’s four-bedroom Mesa Home property. Offering seclusion mere minutes from the resort, this lavish private residence is contemporary in style with a pared-back aesthetic and muted palette. It offers a stone terrace and 15-metre infinity pool from which to enjoy the spectacular desert views. If you are able to tear yourself away from this exclusive space, you can enjoy all the amenities of Amangiri. Beyond the resort, there is an enormous wilderness of geological wonders including slot canyons, teetering hoodoos and sandstone arches. Head out to explore by foot, 4x4, horseback, hot-air balloon, or helicopter.
All prices are based on double occupancy in low season
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About Abercrombie & Kent
Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck, and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take clients down the road less travelled. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we visit. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K has more people in more places than any other travel company with more than 55 on-site offices in over 30 countries. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. Not much is truly impossible, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
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