Private Lunch at Machu Picchu, Peru

6 Reasons the First Stop on a Luxury Vacation is Goway Travel

Goway Travel is opening up the world in style for discerning travellers on a luxury vacation with accommodation at some of the world’s most exclusive and original hotels and resorts. Whether upgrading your whole stay, or just splashing out for a night or two to get a taste of how the other half lives, a night in one of these properties is sure to add some extra highlights to your trip.

Nights in the Kasbah

The culture-filled chaos of Morocco’s big cities and medinas is part of their appeal, but as evening falls, a secluded Kasbah in the mountains is just the retreat many travellers need. Under the ownership of Sir Richard Branson, Kasbah Tamadot delivers an exceptional standard of service in a relaxed atmosphere, high in the beautiful Atlas Mountains just outside of Marrakesh. Named “Best Resort Hotel, North Africa and the Middle East” in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 reader survey, Kasbah Tamadot exceeds guests’ expectations by bringing delicate and enticing details to the most romantic visions of the Moroccan desert. With spa treatments, cooking classes, and a chance to volunteer with the local community, Kasbah Tamadot is an ideal stay for holiday makers who want to enjoy luxury without sacrificing cultural immersion.

Suggested Itinerary:
5-Day Kasbah Tamadot: Stay of Distinction

Kasbah Tamadot Hotel - Exterior, Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh, Morocco
Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

An Island Escape Fit for (Hollywood) Royalty

More than simply name dropping, The Brando brings a new level of luxury and green living to resorts in the Islands of Tahiti. This exquisite resort comes with a fabled Hollywood history. Film star Marlon Brando was so enamoured with the island of Tetiaroa, he purchased it in 1966. Today, Tetiaroa holds superb eco-luxury resort, The Brando, and welcomes visitors to see all that the star saw in this beautiful island. In terms of activities, Tetiaroa offers all you’ll find on more familiar islands and atolls like Bora Bora, Moorea, and Huahine. But it’s exclusivity and seclusion that makes Tetiaroa particularly special. The Brando is the only resort on the island, with a strictly limited number of one, two, and three bedroom villas available.

Suggested Itinerary:
6-Day Tetiaroa: The Brando

Brando one bedroom villa at twilight, Tetiaroa, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
The Brando one bedroom villa at twilight, Tetiaroa, Tahiti

What’s Good Enough for the Chinese Emperor…

Some Globetrotters prefer to live like actual royalty on their luxury vacation, and Beijing’s Aman at Summer Palace is happy to bring you as close to that dream as possible while on your China vacation. This beautiful resort offers a respite from one of the world’s largest and busiest cities while keeping its countless historic attractions and rich history within easy reach. This of course includes the fabled Summer Palace, located right next door. Aman at Summer Palace offers a strong focus on wellness, working with a former imperial medical dispensary to create spa treatments, both traditional and natural. The resort’s Chinese restaurant prepares traditional Beijing favourites such as Peking duck, along with innovative creations to expand your mind and palate, while a Japanese restaurant offers variety with equally high attention to detail.

Suggested Itinerary:
4-Day Aman at Summer Palace: Stay of Distinction

Aman Summer Palace Stay of Distinction in Beijing, China
Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing, China

Slyther-in to Your Own Magical Scotland Story

Those who’d prefer to rest in the shadow of literary legends might book a night at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is where JK Rowling completed her last Harry Potter book, in the room now honoured as the JK Rowling Suite. Of course, there’s much more to The Balmoral than the legacy of Hogwarts. The Balmoral may well be one of the first buildings you notice in Edinburgh, with its grand clock overlooking the city. Warm, Scottish hospitality and top notch service are long standing traditions here, and a perfect complement to the property’s views of Edinburgh Castle. Dining is of the Michelin-starred variety at Number One restaurant, while the Rocco Forte Spa brings utmost seclusion and relaxation to Scotland’s capital city.

Suggested Itinerary:
4-Day Edinburgh: The Balmoral Stay of Distinction

Lobby at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (United Kingdom)
Lobby at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Scotland

Outback Serenity at Longitude 131

A stay at Longitude 131 in the Australian Outback surrounds you with tales of a different kind. With views of Uluru, this land has been home to the Anangu people for thousands of years. Uluru and numerous other sites are either considered sacred, or hold deep significance to local folklore. The traditional owners of the land request that visitors don’t climb the sacred rock, so take a guided tour around the base instead for a far more respectful and enriching experience. By far the most comfortable place to experience it all is a private, air conditioned tent cabin at Longitude 131. When it’s time to explore, you can book either a Luxury 4WD with up to 4 passengers, or a comfortable Prestige Van carrying up to 11. Then return each night to a comfortable, exquisitely appointed tent cabin, with views of Uluru, full spa facilities at your fingertips, and opportunities to dine under the Outback stars.

Suggested Itinerary:
3-Day Longitude 131: Stay of Distinction

Longitude 131, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia
Longitude 131 at Ayers Rock

Poshness in the Peaks

Also offering travellers the chance to “get out there,” surrounded by an ancient legacy is Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge, located next to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru. The original purpose of Peru’s most famous ruined city is still largely a mystery, but the appeal of Sanctuary Lodge is no secret. This modern, luxurious resort is the only accommodation located right on the doorstep of Machu Picchu, and makes the most of its mountain locale with awe-inspiring views, complementing all the facilities you’d expect from a world class resort. Peruvian cuisine is already among the most talked about in the world, and when it’s time to dine, Sanctuary Lodge takes this reputation to a new level. Of course, there’s a wealth of activities at guests’ fingertips, including mountain treks, plus rarer experiences like a traditional Pachamama tribute ceremony, along with coca leaf reading. High luxury and cultural authenticity in the Andes? Don’t mind if we do!

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Stay of Distinction, Machu Picchu, Peru
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, Peru
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Christian Baines
Christian Baines

Globetrotting Contributing Editor -
Christian’s first globetrotting adventure saw him get lost exploring the streets of Saigon. Following his nose to Asia’s best coffee, two lifelong addictions were born. A freelance writer and novelist, Christian’s travels have since taken him around his native Australia, Asia, Europe, and much of North America. His favourite trips have been through Japan, Spain, and Brazil, though with a love of off-beat, artsy cities, he’ll seize any opportunity to return to Paris, New York, or Berlin.

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