From exploring London to driving a Formula 1 car and even yoga retreats in Thailand, our picks are guaranteed to get you excited.The process of crafting a bespoke experience starts with an understanding of our customers' wants, but more importantly, an in-depth understanding of their underlying, psychological whys. Anyone can buy a plane ticket to go to some exotic, far-off location. But very few actually get to live out their dreams.
The first travel destination we'll be exploring is London. Skipping the generic tourist hotspots, Calypso Rose from The Indytute takes us on a 24-hour tour in lesser-known London.
A flying visit to London can be daunting, so with London's sprawling hotspots and little time, it's hard to choose where to head. As 'Head of Everything' and founder of The Indytute, my days are spent discovering insider, inspiring experiences that are just a bit different (well someone has to do it).
Breakfast - why have just the one croissant when you can feast with food writer Naomi Knill discovering the hidden bakeries in east London and their delicious, innovative bakes. If you haven't time for Naomi's 3 hour walking tour, head straight to The Dusty Knuckle for a black cherry and custard brioche, which is heaven on a plate.
To be taken around the city by someone really in the know is unforgettable. For your next London experience get picked up in a beautiful Classic Mini Cooper, with drivers trained not only to drive, but to show you London's hidden gems - check out some local gin bars, like the Holborn Dining Room with over 500 gins and 30 tonics. - London's craft gins are becoming legendary which speaks for the fact that we've been blending botanicals since the 1600's.
If you've only got 24 hours you have to eat at the best so head to Ottolenghi's new restaurant ROVI, in Fitzrovia. A zero-waste restaurant and the hay smoked Jersey royals with onglet skewers gets my vote.
Rest your head somewhere totally unexpected, like a boutique canal boat moored on the Regent's Canal. The canals in London are a peaceful oasis and it still surprises me how many Londoners haven't discovered them. Your hairdryer may not work, but who cares when the wake-up call is a knock on the porthole, courtesy of a curious swan. Now that's travel clock chic.
Our next travel expert is Jack Huang, Co-Founder of Truly Experiences. Since 2012, they have been creating bespoke, dreams-come-true experiences for customers in 27 countries around the world. For them, the best experiences are ones where customers can: try something new, learn something new, or co-create something new. They say…
We've helped people turn their true dreams into reality by re-creating an entire episode of Top Gear for a few speed enthusiasts, giving a couple the thrill of living like a real spy for a weekend, fulfilling a gentleman's lifelong dream of conducting a famous philharmonic orchestra in front of a live audience, arranging a tennis match with one of the world's top-ranked players, and helping someone see the real-life Titanic in a submersive submarine.
Everyone has their everyday, normal lives, and occasionally, it can become quite mundane. So, by offering these opportunities, we can make them feel like the most important person in the world - and that, for us, is what makes experiences truly special.
For more a more relaxed, holistic experience, Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, has shared his three best picks for an unforgettable retreat.
Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals with the aim to improve people's wellbeing to lead happier and healthier lives.
Greece: Bespoke Spa at Euphoria Retreat
The bespoke spa programme at Euphoria is a wellbeing experience that combines medicinal and holistic treatments to ensure each individual's needs are directly catered for. After your medical 3GL analysis and assessment, choose from a wide choice of indulgent therapies available, to observe positive changes in your overall wellness. Depending on your well-being goal, immerse yourself with a combination of detoxifying, relaxing or nourishing rituals to experience a rediscovered sense of health and happiness. From pain-relieving reflexology sessions to soothing herbal compress massages and antioxidant facials, the in-house 4-floor spa assures to leave you spoilt for choice.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Euphoria Retreat from £2,095pp. Price is full board, with a bespoke programme and return private transfers.
Thailand: Bespoke Yoga Journey at The BARAI Spa
The benefits of practicing yoga are invaluable, and on the Bespoke Yoga Journey at The BARAI Spa, you will discover your perfect yoga retreat. Reconnect your body and soul to improve physical fitness, increase flexibility, calm the mind and boost immunity. With personal guidance from The BARAI Spa's outstanding wellness experts, take private yoga lessons and indulge in a wide range of restorative treatments to aid in the development of your yoga practice. Reach your personal wellness goals in a haven of pure serenity, and leave feeling re-energised, renewed and ready to face life's challenges.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at The BARAI Spa from £2,335pp. Price is full board, with a bespoke programme and return private transfers.
World Travel: A Year Long Wellness Trip
Become the master of your health and fitness on this ultimate luxury around the world wellness trip, with multiple stops in 20 countries from Spain to Brazil. Taking you on a one-year journey, learn a healthier lifestyle through the expert guidance of professional wellness teams during educational health and nutrition consultations, inspiring fitness training and healing spa therapies. Highlights include a private safari in South Africa, yoga on a private island in the Caribbean and holistic Ayurvedic therapies in India.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers a year-long wellness trip from £156,000pp. Price includes business class flights.
Our next piece of expert advice is from Samantha Mullen, Product Director at Quintessentially Travel. Here are her top picks for an amazing trip away:
Cape Town, Coast and Madagascar
Capturing our imaginations immediately, this 16-night itinerary is something like no other. A gem that is just waiting to be discovered, you will be spending the beginning of your trip in South Africa, staying in the breath-taking 12 Apostles Hotel before journeying to Bushman's Kloof, a luxury wellness and wilderness retreat in the Western Cape. Your next leg of the adventure includes flying to Madagascar; located in the Indian Ocean, this unique tropical island remains largely unvisited and undiscovered. Home to the majestic baobabs, beautiful untouched beaches, dramatic rock formations, ever-green rainforests and the only place in the world where you can spot lemurs in the wild; with so much to offer, Madagascar is bound to exceed all expectations. During your 9-night stay in Madagascar, you will be staying in a luxury camp along the Mandrare River, which will be followed by a chartered flight over to the remote and breath-takingly beautiful, Anjajavy le Lodge. Set on a stunning beach, surrounded by glistening turquoise waters and a wonderful forest reserve, Anjajavy perfectly reflects the diverse wildlife and pristine beauty offered in Madagascar.
A popular year-round destination, the Land of Fire and Ice promises for an adrenaline-packed adventure. We particularly love this active itinerary as it showcases all the very best Iceland has to offer. Across this 7-day itinerary, you will have the opportunity to explore some of Iceland's most beautiful and natural landscapes, staying in a countryside hotel in South West Iceland, Vik and the Vatnajokull area and luxury accommodation in Reykjavik. In this land of contrasts, spend time discovering everything from active volcanoes, to the bright green valleys and the majestic mountains. During your stay, you will be able to enjoy a range of exciting activities that include: snorkelling in Silfra, snowmobiling, glacier hikes, ice climbing, caving, and of course no trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the iconic Blue Lagoon.
Explore Morocco 'The Blue Pearl' and Fez
In a world of its own, Morocco's famed blue city, better known as the 'Blue Pearl of Morocco' is definitely a destination that needs to be ticked off your bucket list. Located in the foothills of north-eastern Morocco, this charming mountain village offers a relaxed atmosphere with a medina lined with cafes, fragrant spice markets and colourful textile handicrafts which are not available anywhere else in Morocco. Before you leave, don't forget to try the goat's cheese and olive oil; Chefchaouen's local delicacies which are exceptional! Then onto the next stop on your itinerary, Fez. Otherwise known as the spiritual capital of Morocco, Fez is home to one of the oldest Medinas in the Arab world, as well as an abundance of culture, history, music and food. With access to the colourful streets, ancient palaces, tanneries, souks and hidden workshops where you will be able to witness artisans adapting century old techniques to a modern market, discover the rich culture that exists behind these ancient walls. Bold colours and culture, ancient cities and endless history is waiting for the curious and creative traveller during this 4-night itinerary.
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