Sir Richard Branson has his own unique collection of stunning retreats and hotels known as Virgin Limited Edition. The collection is comprised of hotels and retreats scattered all over the world. The Virgin Limited Edition includes retreats and hotels like the Kasbah Tamadot in North Africa (Morocco), Ulusaba Private Game Reserve located in South Africa, The lodge in Switzerland, Mahali Mzuri (tented safari camp) in Kenya, Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, The roof gardens in London, A luxurious 100 foot catamaran called Necker Belle and lastly Makepeace Island in Australia.
Limited Edition stands for something extraordinary and rare. This is exactly what Richard Branson is offering and more in his own collection of stunning retreats and hotels. Richard Branson’s personal collection of luxury travel spots offers unique exclusive and more desirable vacations than what typical holiday goers would expect. Considering he is worth $4.6 billion as of March 2013, expect his own luxurious travel spots to be among the best (if not the best) in the world.
If you are interested in luxury vacations featuring game reserves, private islands, mountain retreats, catamarans, tented camps, lodges and private members clubs, look no further. Below are top 8 luxury travel spots around the world by Sir Richard Branson himself.
8. The Roof Gardens in London (Rates: From $500)
The Roof Gardens is located high above Kensington High Street (100ft). The hotel can accommodate 500 guests comfortably. The Babylon Restaurant in the hotel is capable of accommodating 120 seating guests. Other notable feature of the hotel is its private members club which is open on Friday and Saturdays only.
All these features are nested in the 1.5 acres of The Roof Garden’s stunning gardens featuring real live flamingos and natural wildlife. Rates start from $500 per night depending on activities, type of meals, number of guests e.t.c. 3 course Christmas lunch rates this festive season start from $65 per person. Bookings can be done between 18th November and 20th December for groups of 6 people or more.
7. Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa (Rates: $504 to $1,330 per night per person)
Richard Branson’s luxurious Ulusaba private game reserve is located in South Africa in the famous Sabi Sand Reserve bordering Kruger National Park. This luxurious game reserve offers you one of the best safari Lodge holiday experiences in South Africa.
The private game Reserve has 21 suites in total split between its Rock and Safari Lodges. You can discover the big 5 during the daily safari walks and game drives that take place in Ulusaba.
This festive season, guests at Ulusaba have the opportunity to enjoy a free night offer between 15th January and 31st march 2014. This offer will apply for guests who stay longer i.e. 6 or more nights. Rates start from $504 to $1,330 per night per person. The rates include all your drinks and meals, game drives and safari walks. Rock lodge rates per person per night start from $720 while Cliff safari lodge rates start from $1,330 per night per person.
6. Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco (Rates: $580 to $2,564 per night)
Kasbah Tamadot hotel is located on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The hotel is located approximately one hour from the popular Marrakech city centre in Morocco. Kasbah Tamadot has 27 stunning bedrooms & Suites. The hotel stands out because of many things the most notable thing being its local staff. 90% of the staff at Kasbah Tamadot are from nearby Berber villages. This adds the unique feeling of staying in an indigenous Moroccan home.
Kasbah Tamadot has a special offer this festive season. Guests who stay in the hotel from 27th November to 21st December 2013 and 27th January to 31st March 2014 stand to benefit from the hotels free night offer. This offer will be enjoyed by guests who stay in the hotel for 4 nights or more.
The final night will be free. Accomodation rates start from $580 per night for two adults are sharing. Rates include drinks, breakfast and taxes. The most expensive suites/bookings include; the Berber tent with a private Jacuzzi and a 3 bedroom master suite. These two suites/bookings will cost you $1,233 and $2,576 per night respectively.
5. Mahali Mzuri in Kenya (Rates: $1,045 to $1,390 per night)
Mahali Mzuri is the latest member of Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition collection of luxury retreats and hotels. The tented safari camp located in the northern part of Kenya’s popular Maasai Mara ecosystem offers one of the best most luxurious Maasai Mara holiday experiences in Kenya. Mahali Mzuri camp has an infinity pool, 12 luxury tents and one of the best views of wildlife in Kenya. You are likely to view the famous wild beast migration from Mahali Mzuri camp between January and March.
Mahali Mzuri is offering a festive season offer in the Kenyan Bush this year between December 2013 and January 2014. Festive season rates start at $1,045 per night (double occupancy rate). Single occupancy rates start from $1,390 per person per night. Rates include all meals and drinks. Some of the most notable activities in Mahali Mzuri camp include; game drives at night in the vast camp (measures 13,500 hectares), guided bush walks and unlimited access to the Motorogi and Olare Orok conservancies.
4. Makepeace Island (Rates: From $3,250 per night)
Makepeace Island is Richard Branson’s special heart-shaped Australian hideaway island. Although it is not officially part of the Virgin Limited Edition Collection, the Island is available for anyone willing to pay the price i.e. from $3,250 (Island hire rate per night) plus $550 for adults and $375 for children (2-12 years) per night.
Makepeace Island features a 2 storey luxurious Balinese-style villa with a stylish bar. Other notable features in the island include; a 4 bedroom guest house, several 2 bedroom villas as well as a boat house.
3. The Lodge in Verbier, Switzerland (Rates: $4,557 to $7,120 per night)
Richard Branson also has a luxurious mountain retreat in Switzerland dubbed The Lodge. The retreat is perched high in the popular Swiss Alps making it the perfect Switzerland mountain retreat spot all year round. Complete with 9 luxurious suites, indoor & outdoor Jacuzzis, an indoor pool and a friendly team of highly experienced staff, the Lodge is undoubtedly the ultimate alpine paradise.
The lodge also has a special free night offer this festive season. The offer is valid from 6th to 18th December 2013 for guests who stay in The Lodge for more than 4 nights. Rates range from $4,557 to $7,120 per night or more depending mainly on the suite one decides to stay in i.e. a Master Suite or bedroom. The lodge can accommodate a maximum of 18 adult guests and 6 children.
2. Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands (Rates: From $27,475)
We all know Necker Island from Richard Branson’s hit reality TV show dubbed; Rebel billionaire. Necker Island is Richard Branson’s own private island measuring a record 74 acres. The island is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious island travel spots in the world considering Richard Branson hires the island out to anyone who can afford the rates. Famous celebrities like Mariah Carey are popular guests on Necker Island. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair have visited the island for meetings.
The Necker Island is popular among rich celebrities because of its privacy, luxury as well as beautiful scenery. The rates are the highest in this list of Richard Branson’s top luxury travel spots in the world considering you pay over $27,000 for 2 people for 7 nights. This rate is however all inclusive. Rates for Bali houses start at $29,750. The Great House Master Suite cost $45,000 for 7 nights all inclusive.
The Island has 2 huge tennis courts, 2 Jacuzzis, fresh water pools, windsurfing & Kite surfing equipment, speed boats, kayaks, water skiing equipment, paddleboards, snorkelling equipment and so much more.
1. Necker Belle ($110,000 for 7 nights)
Necker Belle is Richard Branson’s 32 metre Luxurious catamaran offering tailor made sailing itineraries throughout the year.
The catamaran has very spacious common areas as well as 4 beautifully cabins (en-suite).
Necker Belle is designed specifically to offer a luxurious as well as a fun and relaxing experience. The Necker Belle has 7 crew members offering world class service. Exclusive luxury charter services start at $110,000 for 7 nights all inclusive.