Virtuoso Travel Week 2022

We’ve completed another Virtuoso Travel Week!  Last week, we returned from our yearly trek to Las Vegas where we met with over 2000 luxury suppliers from around the world..  To maximize our exposure, our team again split, with half attending the virtual program, and half attending in person. As much as we all would have loved to be with the friends we’ve made over the years at the annual event, dividing our attendance allowed us to visit with a larger number of suppliers and further strengthen our relationships. We’ll be sharing our learnings in the coming weeks. The first few of our takeaways are below – 

Lindblad has free air in ALL sailings of the new ship in Galapagos (Islander II) if booked by Oct. 31s

Windstar is introducing sailings in the Red Sea Dec. ’23, Australia/NZ Jan-Mar ’23 . They have a package we can book with Pleasant Holidays for $3000 pp in Tahiti in Oct. including 2 nights hotel and 7 night cruise and air from SEA.

Oceania has a 4 category upgrade on 60 sailings when reserved between now and September 7th.  

American Queen Steamboat Co has a special promotion running for small groups, offering additional savings when traveling with 6 cabins. 

Aqua Expeditions has a new 16-passenger yacht in the Galapagos, the cabins can be reserved as individual cabins or as a yacht buyout.

Paul Gauguin was just renovated and have added family programs onboard during holidays and summer months. Fully inclusive other than spa and excursions now. You can scuba dive right from the ship now too.

 

Park Hyatt Aviara now has Miraval spa and rooms connect King to rom with two Kings

Turks & Caicos will offer a ferry for day trip to North of Middle Caicos. Feb-May the whales are VERY close to shore in Middle Caicos. 20% discount on travel thru Dec. 19th

Palms & Shore Club packages for a WOW WOW experience. Start at Shore Club.

Conrad Bora Bora offers all butler service and now have a floating heli pad. Their Upa Upa lounge has glass floors. They have two marine biologists on property and are growing coral!

RC Orlando-Fork & Spoon now has a Michelin Star! Kids golf free with adults paying to play. Primo has received a Michelin recommendation..not official. Promo of 2 nts in a suite or 3 nts in a room get $100 credit in addition to Virtuoso credit. They still have one 3 bedroom and one 4 bedroom residence available for festive.

Reef & Cove at Atlantis have a Mermaid Experience and behind the scenes tour of the Marine Hospital. The offer a glamping option (only 4 tents) with pretty amazing inclusions with marine life, etc.

Casa Cipriani 3 generations involved. 28 restaurants worldwide and all are specifically Venetian food. Casa Cipriani Milano  is opening soon. They have one in the financial district of NYC. They leased the building for 99 years and there is still one dock open to the ferries. This way, the transportation brings them inside the building to drop them off…They are the only hotel ON the water and have 47 rooms/suites and in 2023 they will open a rooftop infinity pool. This is meant to be a private, invitational club. Our clients are temporary members while staying at the hotels. There is a dress code and no photography allowed to protect privacy.

Bicester Collecton is a chain of shopping villages around Europe and opening the first one in NYC in 2024. They will provide transportation for our clients from their hotel and back. Only 1% of shoppers have access to their apartment where the personal shoppers bring items to you, etc. and over the top VIP experience. Our clients have access to this

Pikaia Lodge is Relais & Chateaux…so amazing dining…not typical for Galapagos. 31 hectares for private land and wild giant tortoise on property (wild) Private yacht for the day tours and everyone gets their own cabin so you can shower off after snorkeling, etc. Children 8 or older or you must book a private guide. They do reforestation with all guests

Songstam Hotels & Resorts offers an immersive cultural experience with options like Yunnan Tibet Route min. 7 nts with land rover and driver, butler services, etc. and lunch with locals…

A & K will offer Seychelles & Coastal Tanzania as well as Mt Kilimanjaro. They will have Easter Island trip with Astronaut Susan Kilrain!

Some pretty fun jet tour options including one with Jeffrey Kent. There is a SEA-Bos option that travels Asia and they recreate festivals so it is only A & K guests there. They land near base camp for less than 20 minutes for photo op. You can drive a fiat or alfa Romeo (or have a driver)

Finland’s Lapland offers Northern Lights 200 days a year starting in August!

Micato Safaris India can arrange for our clients to dine in the Maharaja’s Palace…sometimes WITH the Maharaja! In Africa, Micato can help you Experience a private villa on your own game reserve with their new access to private villas
 
Remote Lands’ Aman jet trips are 16-18 couples max and when the jet lands, everyone gets their own private car and driver so nobody waiting on other people. There is one Aman jet trip coming that will leave from NYC.
 
Metropolitan Tours, Peru offers glam picnics in the desert, private “Golden dinner” in the Gold Museum in Cusco,

Trails of Indochina now has a sister company, Heritage Line, that offers some amazing boat options including open kitchen dining experiences, and wellness options, etc.

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