Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, located in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, is the only hotel located within the Iguassu National Park, with the world famous Iguassu Falls just a two minute stroll away. As the only hotel within the national park, guests are able to enjoy exclusive access to the falls each morning before the park opens. The Iguassu Falls are a breathtaking collection of 275 waterfalls, extending over almost 3km in an enormous canyon on the Iguassu River. We are pleased to be able to offer a range of experiences within this spectacular region including helicopter flights, rafting, nature walks, jeep safaris and a visit to the bird park.
9-12 months to go
Your travel advisor can help with accommodation options and the best dates to travel. For involved trips such as Antarctic expeditions and African safaris, and anywhere in the Caribbean over the holidays, booking early – right around a year in advance – is essential. If you’re interested in expedited customs clearance via the Global Entry program, get the application process started about a year out as well.
5-8 months to go
BOOK THE BASICS
Secure flights, hotels, and required visas, and confirm that your passport is good to go: For many countries, it’s invalid if it expires within six months of your return.
2-4 months to go
NAIL DOWN DETAILS
Work with your advisor to map out an itinerary, make restaurant reservations, and book tours. Pay attention to logistics, like the fact that many museums in Europe are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays.
1 month to go
DON’T FORGET THE ANIMALS
Arrange for a sitter to look after your pets, or make a boarding reservation. (Or find a pet-friendly hotel.)
1-2 weeks to go
Leave time to pick up last-minute items, such as adapters and travel-size products.
1-3 days to go
PREP FOR TRANSIT
Set travel alerts on your credit cards, sign up for airline notifications, and download movies, e-books, and apps for your flight.
–2 hours to go-
ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT
… with time to spare (and shop).
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Mandarin Oriental, Paris, recently awarded “Palace Distinction,” is a fashionable 138-room and -suite hotel set along renowned rue Saint-Honoré, around the corner from Place Vendôme. Accommodations feature sleek decor, Bang & Olufsen flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations. Enjoy the creative cuisine of renowned French Chef Thierry Marx at Camélia, where you can reserve a table in the garden during the summer months, or at the two-Michelin-star Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, where the chef presents both a gourmet and a sensory journey that is not to be missed. The signature Spa and pool offer the perfect setting for holistic healing.
- Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking: Room to Room & Suite to Suite (Royale Suites excluded) Not applicable May 22-Jul 10/Sep 3-Oct 8 (during these periods, upgrades will be upon arrival if available)
- Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi for duration of stay
- For stays of 2 nights or more: Complimentary one-way transfer for Suites with meet and greet service at the air bridge
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Traveline advisors can often coordinate one-of-a-kind experiences for you as an actual traveler; look at some of these as examples. Below, from the September issue of Virtuoso Life, are even more examples of what exactly an advisor and their network of relationships can provide for you.
Watch a private opera performance at the Sistine Chapel. Besides the show, the guided, after-hours tour of Rome’s ornate icon can also include dinner in one of the Vatican’s neighboring frescoed rooms.
Shake hands with the Dalai Lama. The memorable meeting with His Holiness can be arranged for travelers interested in Buddhism and spirituality.
Tour Maui’s organic farms. Spend the morning at goat cheese and lavender farms, as well as an organic vodka distillery, along the slopes of Mount Haleakala.
Surf with a national champion. Hang ten in Sri Lanka with Tharanga Daminda, who will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Hikkaduwa Beach for a one-on-one lesson.
Make your own wine in Bordeaux. Create a custom-blended microvintage under the guidance of a specialist from one of the region’s top wineries.
See art come to life in Italy. Venture behind the counters of the botteghe (small workshops) in Florence’s Oltrarno district to watch artisans handcraft their silver, gold, and leather wares. “Not only does Florence have so much to offer, but from there you can take many easy and beautiful day trips to Cinque Terre, Chianti, and the ancient cities of Lucca and Pisa,” says Virtuoso travel advisor Andrea Malis of Tucson, AZ.
Photograph the northern lights with a professional. This guided photography expedition to some of Iceland’s most picturesque spots is suited to everyone, from amateur Instagrammers to aspiring Ansel Adamses.
Eat dinner on top of a volcano. You’ll work for your meal – it’s a 90-minute drive, then a two-hour hike up Bali’s Mount Batur. The payoff: Taking in sunset from the 5,633-foot summit. “This experience is great for couples and honeymooners,” says Paris-based Virtuoso advisor Myriam Guyon. “You’ll be alone with a spectacular view of the volcano and a private meal. That’s luxury! Wear good shoes and a light jacket; it can be chilly after sunset.”
… or on the Great Wall of China. The private feast is held along the wall’s Juyongguan Pass, outside Beijing.
Immerse yourself in Quechua culture in Cuzco, Peru. During a trip to the Andean village of Ccorca, guests learn from schoolchildren how to dye wool and bake traditional Incan bread.
Spot wildlife on private Tasmanian bushland. Keep an eye out for wallabies, wombats, and, if you’re lucky, Tasmanian devils.
Have a world-famous museum to yourself. A guided, pre-opening tour of New York’s American Museum of Natural History grants crowd-free access to its most popular exhibits. “After the museum, head to Sarabeth’s for lemon ricotta pancakes,” says NYC-based Virtuoso advisor Bobby Huebner.
Originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life
The Hotel Presidente InterContinental Cozumel
Situated on the idyllic island of Cozumel, this luxury hotel and spa offers half a mile of white sandy beach and Caribbean coastline. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive the crystal clear waters of the world’s second-largest coral reef, home to an array of colorful, indigenous fish. If relaxation is your aim, enjoy two outdoor pools, experience Mayan-inspired spa treatments in oceanfront huts or savor the menu and beach views at our open-air restaurant El Caribeño.