Milestone occasions deserve incredible experiences, mind-blowing backdrops and a couple of extra special surprises along the way. But when planning such a noteworthy celebration, it can be hard to know where to start.
That’s where we come in. How about a family reunion at a private house and observatory in a South Africa wildlife reserve? Maybe a massive party in a private Scottish castle with bagpipers, roaring fires and flowing whisky is more your speed? Or perhaps you dream about snorkelling off the Galapagos Islands before a gourmet dinner on your private yacht? Memories are out there for the making.
We have all kinds of unbelievable holidays up our sleeve for every occasion from a big birthday to a rewarding retirement. We’ve been planning celebratory trips for our guests and even our own team for years. Below are just a few of our favourite trips to mark a milestone, but if you have something else in mind, get in touch so we can help you celebrate it in style.
Reaching a milestone birthday calls for a serious celebration. Whether you’re approaching forty, the big four-O or 60, the world is your oyster. Sure, you could throw a party or take everyone to that fancy new restaurant downtown…or you could whisk your nearest and dearest away for the family trip of a lifetime to unplug, relax and reconnect. After all, birthday cake tastes even better on the beach.
With more families living further apart than ever before, any chance to gather kith and kin—to unplug and reconnect—is precious indeed. But why wait for a big birthday or family milestone to roll around? The desire to see the faces you love light up on a dream family holiday is all the excuse you need to plan a get together of epic proportions.
A babymoon, sometimes known by the rather unimaginative name of “pregnancy holiday”, is the last holiday taken by expectant couples before the birth of their first child. They offer parents-to-be the final opportunity for a relaxing escape before the sleepless nights and nappy changes accompanying the arrival of their new little darling.
Our honeymoon specialists recommend some fantastic minimoon itineraries for those who are looking for a shorter luxury tailor-made honeymoon. We can arrange anything from a long weekend in a European city to a few days on safari or even a fly and flop on somewhere exotic but not too far away. If you plan well and take into consideration time zone differences and the length of flight, you can really make the most of a week.
Let’s face it, you’ve worked hard for this and deserve a reward. There will be no more restrictions on time you’re able to take off or seasons that you’re able to travel in (hello, shoulder season deals!), opening up a world of possibilities.
Located in scenic West Scotland the surrounding Highlands are the perfect playground for any adventurous traveller with hiking, biking, kayaking and off-road driving available. If you take the castle on an exclusive basis, they will even put on your very own highland games for you and your group to enjoy! You can then retire to the grand dining room to enjoy local Scottish produce in a grand setting.
Take a slow boat from Saigon to Cambodia or Vietnam on a luxury Mekong River cruise. Watch as emerald-coloured forests, villages and beautiful countryside drift by your balcony and the floor to ceiling windows of your suite. On land, cycle along the river banks, encounter jungle wildlife in the company of a guide and meet local villagers. If that isn't enough, an inspired Asian menu onboard is planned and prepared by one of the continent's top chefs using ingredients freshly selected from local riverside markets.
Overlooking a water hole amid 350,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Singita's Serengeti House is your exclusive home away from home in Tanzania. Designed so the interior flows seamlessly with the outdoors, it's perfect for an extra-special family getaway. Wake up to wide open plains illuminated by breathtaking sunrises, relax in your private pool, and marvel at the diverse wildlife on a game drive. Glamour oozes in every detail from the locally made art to the sumptuous upholstery and gourmet meals. Unwind and reconnect with your loved ones on this memorable, perhaps life-changing, experience.
Stay in a beautiful 4-bedroom villa with panoramic sea views in the small village of Habaraduwa. Perfect for families and friends, this stylish villa comes fully staffed with its very own chef. Set in a coconut grove leading onto the beach, Habaraduwa House is the perfect Galle getaway.
Whisk your family away on this small but super-luxurious yacht to cruise the Galapagos archipelago. Head ashore to explore in the company of world-class naturalists, get closer to marine life in your glass-bottomed kayak, and marvel as dolphins ride the bow wave. The MV Origin has been built using eco-friendly, zero-emission materials and is elegantly furnished to make it perfect for any special occasion.
A whirlwind tour of 'il bel paese' that takes in the cultural hot spots of Lake Como, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, Rome and Sorrento. In the company of your private guide, you'll drive the Chianti wine route (stopping to sample the produce, of course), stay in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse, and visit Pompeii with an archaeologist. Few places can match Italy for its rich history, Renaissance architecture, arts and culture. Its style, food, shopping and friendly people will charm travellers of all ages.
From elephants to whitewater rafting, this Sri Lanka holiday is the perfect mix of energy and relaxation for your hardworking graduate. Explore the Cultural Triangle, the site of the sacred cities of Anuradhapura, Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla where you'll enjoy sunrise visits to temples and view rock formations. Meet tea pickers, cycle around the countryside, visit local spice and botanical gardens, see turtles hatching and enjoy a spot of whale watching in this beautiful, family-friendly country.
Coming face to face with a wild mountain gorilla is unbeatable as graduation gifts go and an experience that only a handful of lucky people ever get to enjoy. Leave early in the morning to track eastern lowland gorilla families in Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains, visit community and conservation projects, enjoy guided walks and mountain bike trips, marvel at the park's diverse bird species, and be sure to visit the nearby genocide memorials to learn about Rwanda's progress in recent years.
Discover a country unlike any other. Journey through Japan on this 11-night adventure that mixes Japan's neon bright cutting-edge cities with graceful temples, Shinto shrines and heritage villages. Japan is a country like no other and nothing quite prepares you for its extraordinary world-class cities, refined and discreet culture and truly unique way of life. This itinerary brilliantly combines some of Japan's most famous cities, such as Tokyo and Kyoto, with more unique locations such as Takayama, Shirakawgo and Kanazawa.
From gorgeous family-friendly hotels to elephant encounters and temples, a Thailand graduation getaway will delight ages 7 through 70. Try your hand a rice planting or Thai boxing before flying to the lesser known island of Koh Kood where you and your loved ones can dine in a 'tree pod' and have your waiter arrive by zip wire. Watch outdoor movies, indulge your sweet tooth in the Chocolate Room, flop on the beach, and explore lush jungle and local fishing villages.
From Lima to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, traverse mountains and meadows, meet local people, and marvel at terraced salt lagoons. Explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in the company of your private guide and stay at a beautiful lodge in the cloud forest alive with hummingbirds and exotic flowers. Travel by train to Cuzco to enjoy its colorful markets, museums and architecture before moving on to your hotel in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. There you'll join expert naturalists on hikes and canoe excursions to see wildlife and clay licks that attract hundreds of parrots.
Head to the land Down Under and the Land of the Long White Cloud. This part of the world offers once in a lifetime opportunities, sensational scenery, unforgettable encounters and some of the world's best food and wine. This epic journey sees you travel through New Zealand before heading to Australia to explore the south and east coasts.
Enjoy a bird's eye view of the ethereal Skeleton Coast, and the shipwrecks that line it, on this extra-special flying safari run by the Schoeman family. Soar above towering sand dunes, plains and salt pans, seal colonies, and freshwater oases that nourish desert-adapted animals, including black rhino and elephant. Discover Ugab rock formations; colorful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab environs; ancient Bushman rock engravings; and meet the nomadic Himba people, who still live according to ancient customs and traditions.
History comes to life in the company of the very best guides as you journey in style from Saigon to Danang via Siem Reap and Luang Prabang. From colonial boltholes in historic cities to elegant retreats in rural hideaways, from crumbling tea shops to shimmering golden temples, this is a trip of contrasts. With breakfast beside a waterfall to a thrilling Vespa culinary tour, a paddy field dinner, cocktails in a temple and a luxury river cruise, this is an itinerary to top them all.
If you love hitting the slopes, you should definitely embark on this once in a lifetime epic skiing itinerary. This journey showcases some of the world’s best ski destinations, from pristine glaciers in British Columbia to the legendary powder fields of Niseko. The round the world itinerary will not only allow you to finesse your off-piste ski technique but takes you around the world in 30 days, starting in the Alps and ending in Iceland, sandwiched by city stays, glitzy resorts and spectacular mountain experiences – the ultimate ski tour.
From tigers to the Taj Mahal, this is the ultimate Indian adventure. Track Royal Bengal tigers in Pench National Park and spot leopards, langur monkeys, spotted deer, wild dogs and incredible birdlife in the rural idyll of Bera. The perfect mix of city and jungle, stay in luxury camps and lodges, lose yourself in the beauty of the 'Blue City' of Jodphur, visit the colourful Bishnoi tribes, and be pampered like royalty at Udaipur's enchanting Lake Palace. This is romance and adventure on an epic scale.
From vibrant Buenos Aires, where you'll tango 'til you drop, visit estancias, and watch polo, head to the wild beauty of El Calafate. Stay in a Relais & Châteaux property close to the Perito Moreno Glacier, where vast chunks of ice break away with a roar to join the lake below. At Torres del Paine National Park, marvel at the vivid green lakes, granite peaks and abundant wildlife. Your hotel lies in the heart of the park from where you'll enjoy myriad adventures, including sailing, hiking, horseback riding and kayaking.
Whether you're a salty sea dog or sailing novice, a yacht charter holiday with an expert crew on the cerulean blue waters of the Aegean Sea is a seriously romantic odyssey. Why be beach-bound when you can explore the coastline, drink in hand, hop between islands and stop for impromptu picnics in hidden coves? Onboard, do as much or as little as you like, your crew are on hand to take care of everything. Could there be a better, more exciting way to spend quality time with the love of your life?
Nestled in a tropical forest overlooking the famous limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay, the Six Senses Yao Noi is a stunning luxury retreat with breathtaking views. Designed with relaxation in mind, each villa has its own infinity pool and sun deck. By day, unwind at the spa, enjoy remote picnics, visit the cooking school, and snorkel or dive the island's crystal clear waters. The resort's excellent restaurants include the Dining Room which has a glass floor that reveals a river flowing underneath.
Khmer for 'sweethearts', Song Saa is so named because it spans two tropical islands connected by a footbridge. The finest in eco-friendly luxury, your private villa is set either in a verdant rainforest or directly on the golden beach with ocean views. Perfect for lovers, the pace here is decidedly laid back with an unwavering focus on unsurpassed food and service. Sail and kayak on the sparkling turquoise waters, or if you and your partner are divers, you'll love exploring this watery wonderland which is home to dugongs, seahorses and an array of exotic fish. Bliss!