6 New, Innovative and Luxury Travel Experiences allowing social distancing.
As travel bans and quarantine restrictions begin to ease, travellers are packing their suitcases and seeking relaxing holidays where they can unwind and perhaps try new luxury travel experiences. The travel industry has been as resilient and creative as ever and curated new and exciting experiences that still comply with all social distancing and hygiene regulations. We’ve listed six innovative luxury travel experiences to try this year.
‘Le Solitaire’ Dining in the Italian Alps
The Auberge de La Maison hotel in Courmayeur Mont Blanc has just launched a unique, socially distanced dining experience at the base of the highest mountain in the Italian Alps. Surrounded by none other than the serenity of the outdoors and fresh mountain air, guests will be seated at a quaint solitary table equipped with a picnic basket on a pulley – to ensure a fulfilling yet safe culinary alpine experience. “Le Solitaire” experience, which means lonely Italian, will offer lunch, aperitif or dinner – designed to be distant from others, served in a basket typical of Aosta Valley crafts and installed by the Alpine Guides of Courmayeur. La Solitaire Experience is situated 60 metres from the beautiful mountain hotel, The Auberge de La Maison, which overlooks the Mont Blanc. Guests can stroll through the hotel’s gardens to find a beautifully laid table with two chairs in the middle of the alpine summer meadow. Le Solitaire is an experience of privacy and beauty where guests will be uninterrupted even by a waiter, only nature and the companionship of the diner. Table service is carried out by a mountain basket connected to the hotel kitchen – like a scene from a dream, this is an alpine Renaissance experience curated for the post-COVID-19 era.
‘La Solitaire’ is available at The Auberge de La Maison at 580EUR per couple and includes a 2 night B&B stay in a room of choice, an alpine herbal and flower couple bath and this exclusive solitary dining experience. For more information, please visit:www.aubergemaison.it/le-solitaire/.
Beach Picnics for All the Family in Corfu, Greece
Luxury travel experiences come in many shapes and forms and in light of Covid-19, MarBella Corfu is delighted to be offering a brand new beach experience. The new ‘Your Day At The Beach’ offer will see each group presented with a carefully designed picnic basket full of culinary delights, courtesy of MarBella Collection, together with an all-day free car hire so guests can take themselves on a beautiful day out at Halikounas, ranked among the top safest beaches in the world, just 14km from the hotel. MarBella Corfu is situated in the idyllic and tranquil south-east corner of Corfu, at Agios Ioannis Peristeron. Nestled in lush gardens and perched on a wooded hillside, the hotel overlooks the Ionian Sea.
Rooms from £117/€130 per double room per night. For more information visit www.marbella.gr
Classical Music on The Sea Concert by the beach in Turkey
Looking for a holiday where you come home with more than just a suntan and sand in your suitcase? Then look no further than Hillside Beach Club, where guests are encouraged to expand their horizons, learn a new skill or dedicate a few hours to their favourite pastime. Hillside’s calendar is packed with special events and themed weeks to help guests make the most of their getaways and this year is no different. On 7th August 2020, the bay at Hillside will be transformed into a spectacular stage for a Classical Music on the Sea Concert- a true bucket-list experience for music enthusiasts and budding novices alike. Families and couples can sit back and relax on the beach with a cocktail or glass of champagne in hand as they listen to the stunning sounds of the orchestra float across the twinkling turquoise sea accompanied by the sky’s beautiful colours as the sunsets. The Classical Music on The Sea Concert is part of a wider week-long series of musical themed activities and events that guests can enjoy at Hillside this summer. Kids can look forward to learning to play the piano or improving their playing in a series of workshops and even create their very own statues of famous musicians like Beethoven at the resort’s Artside centre. Evenings can be spent listening to live jazz sessions with local musicians, the ideal way to end a day at Hillside.
Nightly rates start from £480 based on two people sharing a standard room on full board plus basis. For more information visit www.hillsidebeachclub.com/en
Rooftop Bar Experiences in Cognac
This fashionable five-star hotel in the heart of Cognac is delighted to have reopened its doors to guests looking for a French getaway this year. Alongside the hotel’s already popular offerings, including fine-dining restaurant Les Foudres (opened 25th June), the beautiful indoor-outdoor swimming pool (open) and relaxing spa (opening 9th July), Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa is also excited to unveil new guest experiences at the hotel’s reinvented stylish rooftop bar, Guinguet. Derived from the French word guinguettes (outdoor restaurant-cafe dancehalls which were particularly popular in Paris during the 1920s), Guinguet will bring newfound fun to outdoor living with cocktails crafted by the hotel’s esteemed head bartender and a new sushi menu.
Nightly rates from €230 per room, room only. For more information please visit www.chaismonnethotel.com/en/
Experience the Provencal Countryside at Crillon Le Brave
Crillon le Brave reopened on the 2nd July following a full refurbishment. Nestled within a village eponymous of the Vaucluse region, the hotel offers guests 34 rooms and suites, comprising 16 rooms and 18 suites, which have been refreshed for the season. Guests can enjoy the beautiful Provencal countryside with bicycle rentals, kayaking in the Sorgue River, excursions to the lavender fields in Sault, visits to the vineyards, hot air balloons and guided tours to discover the region’s artists. Head to Provence in November where the region offers an epicurean escape with an abundance of truffles which guests can hunt for themselves and then settle down to a rustic lunch oozing the strong flavours of the freshly picked black Perigord truffles. On of the most perfect luxury travel experiences.
Nightly rates at Hotel Crillon Le Brave start from 350 Euros on a bed & breakfast basis.
Green Space Villa Heaven, Il Borgo Di Petroio
Set on an important 900-acre estate, this beautiful stone farmhouse rises in the hills above Rufina. Il Borgo Di Petroio from Tuscany Now & More makes for a perfect family villa thanks to its large size and recent renovation. A guest house features more rooms and leads to a charming courtyard with a second kitchen, brick oven and a large fireplace. The villa’s large private swimming pool is the perfect place for children to play and for parents to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills while sunbathing under the Tuscan sun. A playful or competitive match of tennis can also be enjoyed on the estate’s astro-turf tennis court.
This 5 bedroom property sleeps up to 14 people and Tuscany Now & More (www.tuscanynowandmore.com, 020 7684 8888) offers Il Borgo Di Petroio from GBP 4,933 per week.