Ultra private travel has taken on a whole new meaning. As the travel industry begins to slowly rebound after months of stagnation, hotels and resorts are developing new ways of attracting guests who still may be apprehensive about traveling. As such, ultra private travel has become the theme for those resorts that want to ensure guests are treated to an experience that offers the ultimate in both privacy and enjoyment. These top luxurious resorts offer ultra private travel options.
The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, Pennsylvania
Knowing that some people prefer to remain in a controlled environment with very limited exposure while balancing the desire to travel and enhance the mind, body and spirit, The Lodge at Woodloch is offering two new ultra private options. “Exclusively Yours” is a complete resort buy-out package for larger groups who know each other well and thus feel comfortable vacationing together. All 58 guest rooms, restaurant, activities and spa offerings will be completely private and can be customized to the group’s preferences based on current governmental guidelines. A second option for guests is to rent a Private Spa Retreat Guest Home at The Woodloch Springs to creat a spa-like retreat with the luxury of total privacy. The experience includes three artfully crafted meals daily, including a gourmet four-course dinner with a private chef, private spa sessions such as fitness, yoga, meditation and art. Call 800-453-8263 for additional information.
The Ocean Club offers a rare opportunity to have part of Caribbean luxury through a private villa booking, buyout of a wing of the hotel or the entire property. A full resort buyout is 107 rooms, a villa buyout includes all three villas and a wing buyout would be the purchase of the Crescent or Hartford Wing of the hotel. Granting guests exclusive access to this oasis, the property is quite literally on Paradise Island and during any three of these buyouts options the guests will have access to all amenities on property. The private villa experiences offer a variety of accommodations including The Plunge Pool Villa which is tucked away on the grounds and is perfect for a group of four to eight people. Embrace the Bahamian beauty in an enclave of seclusion.
Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN
Guests can enjoy one of America’s most iconic national parks to the sounds of nature, and then spend the day on the Appalachian Trail, fly fishing or white water rafting. Under Canvas lets you explore the untouched beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains while allowing you to unwind in style, furnished with plush mattresses, luxe linens, West Elm furniture and a wood burning stove. For a luxury and intimate buyout, the camp offers up to 40 tents that can be made exclusively yours, along with a restaurant on property so there is no need to venture out for meals, and is spread across 180 acres so glampers have plenty of room to explore, connect with nature and embrace privacy while being in unparalleled proximity to the historic park without communal spaces. The sky’s the limit for buyout experiences, from private chefs, to food trucks, added on additional tents, DJs and more.
Helena Bay Lodge, Northland, New Zealand (reopening November 1)
Set on two miles of private coastline and built to host no more than five couples at a time or a private buyout for up to 14 guests, Helena Bay Lodge offers an exclusive retreat, secluded on 800 private acres on New Zealand’s North Island. Boasting luxurious beachfront villa-style suites, world-class cuisine and the highest level of service with 54 staff members available, the lodge offers an idyllic buyout for luxury travelers. In addition to the five main villas, the stunning lodge also houses three spacious suites within the main house, only available for buyouts. Guests who buyout the property can find four private beaches and abundant amenities all to themselves including a library, both formal and informal dining areas, outdoor fire pit, and more.
Twin Farms, Barnard, VT
A buyout of Twin Farms will grant guests exclusive access to the already remote 400 acre estate, overlooking the Green Mountains. Natural by design, the adults-only culinary destination exemplifies the new era of bespoke through its chef-guided culinary experience, 20 uniquely appointed accommodations and museum-grade art collection – paired with escapism in rural Vermont. Buyout guests will enjoy enhanced and expanded hiking and biking trails that have been worked on during the property’s closure to meet the appetite for expansive outdoor pursuits. Guests can also opt into a completely private dining experience throughout the entire stay – from new mapped out picnic locations, to human-free culinary journeys.
Featuring 97 bedrooms with the ability to host 190 guests, the Castle is majestically set on 450 acres with gardens based on the same designs as the Gardens of Versailles. Originally built in the 16th century, the property is steeped in Irish heritage, and showcases that unspoken Irish warmth more today than ever before. Former guests include none other than the Beatles who frolicked on the lawn in the 60s. There’s no shortage of activities at Dromoland Castle, from the 18-hole golf course to falconry.
The Beaumont’s fifth floor presidential suite can be configured as one, two or three bedrooms. It can also be adjoined with neighboring rooms to create a private floor with five bedrooms accommodating up to ten guests. The pantry kitchen is stocked to guests’ wishes and meals can be enjoyed in the dining room or on the large outdoor terrace. Charming casement windows and the bathrooms’ marble mosaic floors and eau-de-nil glass tiling epitomize the hotel’s art deco design. A central private hallway connects the floor, but floor-to-ceiling rosewood doors can close off the bedrooms for privacy. The fifth floor also comes with its own private elevator bank. Guest-only amenities at the Beaumont include: the Cub Room bar; gym; and a chauffeur-driven house car.
Located off the coast of Zanzibar, andBeyond Mnemba Island is a tiny private island less than a mile in circumference. Take your shoes off when you get on the boat in Zanzibar, with no need to put them back on until you leave. With only a dozen thatched roof bandas that take advantage of the outdoors, the trip will be an antidote to too much time spent indoors. The clear turquoise waters offer a host of activities, including snorkeling on the coral reefs and sunset cruises on a Dhow, a local Swahili-style sailboat. For those who prefer to lounge on the sand, traditional Zanzibari ‘beach’ beds offer the perfect place to laze.
Situated in the center of a 200-acre vineyard in Bordeaux, La Chartreuse is the private residence of Michel Reybier, the owner of La Réserve hotels in Paris, Ramatuelle, Geneva and Zurich. The Cos d’Estournel vineyard is one of just 14 Chateaux ranked as Second Growth in 1855. The house is decorated in a mix of European antiques and Asian tapestries with six bedrooms and two suites, a library, dining room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a wine cellar.
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