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Travel Great Escapes: 5 Once-In-A-Lifetime Travel Experiences

Great Escapes: 5 Once-In-A-Lifetime Travel Experiences

Great Escapes: 5 Once-In-A-Lifetime Travel Experiences
By Leanne Mirandilla
June 13, 2019
Whether it’s to visit gorillas in an African cloud forest or bouncing from one five star hotel to another by private jet, these once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences deserve a place on your bucket list

1/5 SeaDream Innovation

SeaDream Innovation (Photo: Courtesy of SeaDream)
SeaDream Innovation (Photo: Courtesy of SeaDream)

Private cruise line SeaDream Yacht Club introduces its newest ship, the SeaDream Innovation, which will soon be providing the most luxurious way to visit the globe’s coldest continent. The 155-metre yacht features an in-ocean pool, a watersports marina and 110 sumptuous suites of between 500 and 1,000sqft.

Its inaugural grand voyage will set out from London in September 2021, taking passengers on a journey to Antarctica over 70 days. Starting in February 2022, a monumental three-month journey will take in both the Arctic and Antarctic, stopping at more than 50 ports in South America, Africa and Western Europe.

Find out more at seadream.com

2/5 Empathy Suite, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Empathy Suite, Palms Casino Resort (Photo: Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort)
Empathy Suite, Palms Casino Resort (Photo: Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort)

Art aficionados with a fondness for Damien Hirst can immerse themselves in the famous British contemporary artist’s oeuvre by booking the new Empathy Suite at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. At 9,000sqft and spanning two floors, the two-bedroom suite is decked out with Hirst’s iconic motifs, from sharks in formaldehyde to graphics of oversized pills and butterflies.

Amenities include an outdoor pool, massage rooms, a salt relaxation room and entertainment areas that can accommodate more than 50 visitors. The suite can be booked for free by guests with over US$1 million in credit at the resort, or for US$200,000 per night for a two-night stay.

Find out more at palms.com

See also: 5 Luxurious Art Hotels Around The World

3/5 Four Seasons Private Jet Itineraries

Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons
Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons

Boasting rave reviews since its launch in 2015, the Four Seasons Private Jet experience will return in 2020 with three impressive itineraries, including the coveted 24-day World of Adventures tour. This journey takes guests around the globe via the mountains of Morocco and Rwanda and the waters of the Galápagos Islands and more, with air travel aboard Four Seasons’ cushy private jet and accommodation at the group’s hotels and resorts.

The other two itineraries, International Intrigue and Timeless Encounters, span beauty spots including the Maldives, the Serengeti and Bora Bora. Prices begin at US$147,000 per person. Four Seasons has also unveiled plans for another jet, due to take flight in 2021.

Find out more at fourseasons.com

See also: Epic Trips: Chasing The Northern Lights By Private Jet In Iceland

4/5 Kwitonda Lodge And Kataza House, Rwanda

In a green mist forest appear a couple of gorillas; an adult female, all black colored and the huge Kwitonda, the dominant male chief of the pack
Photo: Courtesy of Singita

Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House sit on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, where a third of the world’s mountain gorillas live in the park’s high-altitude cloud forests. Guests are perfectly positioned for gorilla trekking trips and exploring the nearby Nyungwe National Park and Lake Kivu.

Book Kataza House—a four-bedroom villa—if you’re looking to experience the stunning natural surrounding in the height of comfort. The properties, set to open in August, are run by luxury safari lodge and wildlife reserve operator Singita.

Find out more at singita.com 

5/5 Scott Dunn Signature Departures: Guntû Japan

Photo: Courtesy of Guntu
Photo: Courtesy of Guntu

Curated by luxury tour operator Scott Dunn, this new Signature Departures programme invites guests to see Japan as they've never before. It includes a visit to Okayama and a trip to Kagawa’s Ritsurin Garden, the most famous garden in Japan with daily excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Site Itsukushima Shrine and the legendary ‘floating’ Tori Gate. This is all before boarding the minimalist masterpiece that is Guntû, perhaps one of the most sought-after live aboard experiences. 

The epitome of uncompromised luxury and serenity, Guntû is designed as something between a state-of-the-art, modern yacht and a traditional Ryokan, which will take guests on a voyage of romance and history through the island-dotted waters of the tranquil Seto Inland Sea in southwestern Japan. 

Find out more at scottdunn.com

See also: Jeremy Jauncey Of Beautiful Destinations Shares His Top Travel Spots

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