Oceania or the Caribbean, a train, or a private island? Perfect luxury winter escapes for modern explorers that combine luxury, haute cuisine, and authentic nature, as chosen by the travel agency VIP Travel
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman: Where Luxury Meets Arabian Splendor
Nestled on the rugged and breathtaking cliffs of the Al Hajar Mountains in Oman, Alila Jabal Akhdar stands as a beacon of luxury and serenity amid the raw and awe-inspiring natural beauty of the region.
This hidden gem in the Middle East offers a luxurious escape that seamlessly blends modern comfort with the timeless charm of Arabia, making it a must-visit destination for discerning travelers seeking an authentic and upscale experience.
Upon arrival at Alila Jabal Akhdar, guests are transported into a world of Arabian elegance and tranquility. The resort’s architecture pays homage to Omani culture and heritage, with its intricate detailing and use of local materials like stone and wood. Perched on the edge of a dramatic canyon, it offers panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see, making it feel like a palace in the clouds.
Andean Explorer, Peru: A Journey Through Andean Majestic Landscapes
Fresh, bold and wild, Andean Explorer arrives on the horizon in striking style as the first luxury sleeper train in South America. The silky midnight-blue livery of the train’s 16 carriages shimmers against the backdrop of Peru’s lofty landscapes as it soars across the Andean plains.
Breathe in crisp evening air from the train’s open deck with the majestic La Raya mountain range rising into view. The menu is as colorful as the scenery, with seasonal dishes prepared using fresh local ingredients. Connect with fellow guests in the lounge car and sip a pisco sour to the tune of sweet piano melodies.
Retreat to the spa car for a reviving Andean ritual and soothing massage. Then retire to your en-suite cabin for a restful night’s sleep – tomorrow brings new adventures. Unveil the spirit of Peru with an awe-inspiring escape on Andean Explorer.
Cheval Blanc, St-Barth: Caribbean Opulence on Flamands Bay
St. Barts has long been a well-guarded secret among celebrities and discerning travelers who appreciate the finer things in life. Experience the epitome of Caribbean opulence at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, a hidden gem nestled on the captivating Flamands Bay, renowned as the island’s most breathtaking white-sand beach.
The moment you step onto the property, you’ll be enveloped in an atmosphere of grace and sophistication. The spacious villas, suites, and rooms are meticulously designed, with clean lines, classic furnishings, and bespoke linens that exude an aura of timeless charm. Every detail is thoughtfully curated, and even the air carries a signature tropical scent courtesy of Guerlain, expertly crafted by perfumer Thierry Wasser, that drifts lazily through the resort.
Le K2 Palace, France: A Dazzling Mountain Retreat in Courchevel
In the skiing hall of fame, the Les 3 Vallées resort is king. A bijou resort nestled in an extensive white paradise, Courchevel is home to another gem: Le K2 Palace. At 1850 m facing the majestic Alps, a dream has become reality – made of wood and stone.
A jewel of Le K2 Collections signature range, inspired by the Himalayas, Le K2 Palace brings together discreet luxury and authentic sophistication to provide accommodation, gourmet food and hospitality at altitude. Stay, taste, relax, discover: behind the words, a joy for the senses.
Large open spaces, a breathtaking view and the warmth of the wood are just some the examples of a dazzling experience where comfort touches the stars. Dining at Le K2 Palace is a gastronomic journey of the senses with 2-Michelin-starred Le Sarkara pastry gastronomic restaurant.
Photos Alila Jabal Akhdar / Angel Al Araimi, Belmond Andean Explorer / Richard James Taylor, Cheval Blanc St. Barth, Le K2 Palace / Marc Berenguer