3 Private And Luxurious Travels For Your Next Romantic Getaway
1/3 Opulence on Tracks
Back in the days of the original Orient Express, individuals could purchase their own carriage, and task designers with transforming them into beautiful and opulent spaces. The Grand Suites of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are a re-imagining of this tradition, creating new levels of luxury accommodation aboard the historic train.
Named after the romantic cities which the train travels to—Paris, Venice and Istanbul—each suite takes up an entire carriage. Its interior décor reflects the spirit of each city, while staying true to the original 1920s art deco design. Expert artisans were sought out to create various cabin details, from the handblown light fixtures to complex marquetry.
Apart from plush double beds and marble en-suite showers, guests will enjoy private transfers to and from the train, and a personal cabin steward to tend to all their on-board services, including free-flowing champagne and private dining.
2/3 Alpine Luxury
Fancy the ultimate luxurious ski honeymoon? Extending over two levels, the 423sqm Residence at Severin’s–The Alpine Retreat, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, offers unrivalled luxury in the exclusive Austrian mountain village and ski resort of Lech am Arlberg.
The elegant four-bedroom accommodation includes a comfy fireplace corner, a lounge with a grand piano, a free-standing bathtub with a grand view of the mountains and fireplace, and your very own private cinema.
Expect designer furniture by Minotti and luxurious extras such as Loewe televisions in each living and sleeping area, and Revox sound systems. Of course, the Residence has a separate entrance accessible by private lift and an exclusive ski room with heated ski lockers.
3/3 Oasis of Calm
Step into a sanctuary of serenity at The Penthouse by Eichardt’s, situated atop the brand-new Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand. Enjoying uninterrupted views across Lake Wakatipu to the snow‑capped mountains beyond, the 240sqm spacious living area includes two bedrooms, indoor and outdoor kitchens, and the pièce de résistance—the largest private terrace in the city. It is the perfect venue to soak in the views with its spa pool, fireplace and fully equipped outdoor kitchen.
The Penthouse experience begins with a chauffeur meeting you at the airport in a Land Rover Discovery. A 24-hour butler will be at your disposal, as is your private chef. Pre-dinner cocktails will be served in-suite, as well as Krug champagne, and an excellent selection of Moët & Hennessy spirits, which will be replenished daily.
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