10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Experiences


Sometimes the best places to go are the roads less traveled. Immersive, off-the-beaten-path experiences push us out of comfort zones to discover different ways of life. The following properties provide access to local and exclusive experiences that will broaden your perspective of the world.

Elewana Sand River Masai Mara

Masai Mara Nat Reserve, Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Nature & Wildlife

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Sundowners for two (Cocktails and canapes on the Masai Mara)
Complimentary Complimentary À-la-carte breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Basic Wi-Fi
Situated on a secluded and picturesque site, Elewana Sand River Masai Mara replicates the heyday of exclusive tented camps of the late 1920’s. With carefully crafted interior designs, exceptional standards of service and a sublime, carefully chosen location providing optimal access to the wildlife, Elewana Sand River Masai Mara will surely become the standard to surpass. Located on the banks of the Sand River in Masai River National Reserve, the camp offers luxury tented accommodation. Accessed by a private entrance, all of the tents have a lounge area, desk, wardrobe and ensuite bathroom with a bath, twin vanity basins and toilet. There is an outside shower on the deck, accessed from the bathroom, ensuring complete privacy. The area is famous for its abundance of lions, the wildebeest migration and the big five safari animals. Additional features include lunches and dinners on the sand banks of the river, a 24-hour reception, a private garden and a patio with beautiful river views (also serving as the perfect spot for a cocktail). The property has a cozy lounge area with tufted chairs and sweeping views of the wildlife grazing right near the river. The Elewana Sand River Masai Mara: Sublime. Glorious. Infinite.

Amansara

Road to Angkor, Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Spa & Wellness

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100 USD Food & Beverage credit
Complimentary Complimentary continental breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Basic Wi-Fi
Situated in Siem Reap, the cultural capital of Cambodia, Amansara lies just 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor Wat. Once the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, today this walled garden estate serves as a tranquil 24-suite retreat with the ambience of a gracious home. Just a 15-minute drive from Siem Reap airport, Amansara provides an ideal base for exploring the Unesco-protected temples of Angkor, and discovering Khmer culture.

Amansara combines the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ with apsara, the ‘heavenly nymphs’ of ancient Hindu texts. Built with 12 suites in 1962 by French architect Laurent Mondet, today Amansara presents 24 suites, 12 with private swimming pools. Similar in design, each suite enjoys an open-plan layout and a private courtyard.

Across a manicured lawn from the suites and adjacent to the main 17-metre swimming pool is the circular Dining Room with its soaring ceiling and shaded terrace. Serving a menu of Khmer and Western cuisines, it includes a walk-in wine and cheese cellar and a casual lounging area. The Roof Terrace offers a seasonal venue for early or late evening drinks and private dinners.

Taking advantage of the resort’s tranquil setting is the Aman Spa, which overlooks an ancient rain tree. There are four treatment rooms, each with an attached relaxation area overlooking a reflection pond set against a 43-metre sandstone relief. Other resort facilities include a 25-metre lap pool, a library and a gallery displaying local crafts and artwork available for purchase.

A variety of temple tours and customised excursions are available as part of the Amansara guest experience. Complimentary house outings focusing on the temples surrounding Angkor Wat are conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons, utilising Amansara’s own fleet of remorks (moped-powered trishaws), each with its own Amansara driver and guide

Elewana Tarangire Treetops

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Tarangire, Tanzania, United Republic

Nature & Wildlife

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Sundowners for two (Cocktails and snacks in the conservancy)
Complimentary Complimentary À-la-carte breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Basic Wi-Fi
Situated in its own private conservancy, guests of Elewana Tarangire Treetops enjoy a secluded and private safari experience. The twenty luxury tree-top rooms elevated above the ground afford incredible views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees. With wide private balconies, each are lavishly furnished using natural materials blended with contemporary Africana décor to provide guests with a unique and memorable safari experience. As you arrive at the Lodge, you are immediately greeted by a blaze of color and a host of smiles, all of which belong to the local Masai tribesmen who have become part of the enchanting story that is Tarangire Treetops. Encasing an impressive thousand-year-old baobab tree, the spacious and tranquil reception, lounge and dining room overlook the swimming pool and a waterhole that sees a steady flow of wild animal visitors. Sundowners (drinks and canapes), atop of Sunset Hill near the lodge, with views over the vast Tarangire plains, is an incredible experience.

Treetops Lodge and Estate

351 Kearoa Road, Rotorua, Rotorua, New Zealand

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Food & Wine Spa & Wellness Winter Sports

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Gourmet picnic hamper for two with a bottle of premium New Zealand wine
Complimentary Complimentary full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Wi-Fi is already included in Resort fee (for properties with a resort fee only)
Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year-old native forest, this award-winning luxury lodge is a lifelong dream realised by owner and passionate naturalist John Sax. This uniquely New Zealand experience is a sanctuary and retreat of breath-taking terrain, offering the ultimate in world-class accommodation and adventure. Located outside Rotorua, the Maori heartland and trout fishing capital of the world, the Lodge’s elegant, ecology-inspired and architectural style was derived from the country’s pioneering past, with timber and stone finished echoing the natural beauty and simplicity of the great outdoors. Treetops offer seven streams, on-site trout fishing, four lakes and over 35 miles of adventure trails. Family adventures include helicopter adventures to live volcanoes, geocaching hunts and for the smaller guests a 5-Star Kids Club.  Of particular note is Treetops Estate to Plate philosophy, which means most of the dishes created by the dedicated team of chefs feature ingredients reared or grown on this vast estate and near 100% pesticide-free. These include world-class game and trout and also highlight estate-grown fruit and vegetables plus unique native herbs from the forest. Also offered is a superb wine cellar of New Zealand and world wines, with expert advice on making the best possible matches.

Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

99 Serengeti Rd, Serengeti Natl Park, Serengeti, Tanzania, United Republic

Nature & Wildlife

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Sundowners for two (Cocktails and snacks in the conservancy)
Complimentary Complimentary À-la-carte breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Basic Wi-Fi
Lining the banks of the famous Grumeti river, Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp perfectly encapsulates the luxury camp experience. Overlooking a kopje and the sweeping plains across the river, the camp’s main areas include an open-plan lounge, a dining room with a large balcony and a sunset-viewing platform with a camp fire each designed for guests to enjoy the expansive view. A large swimming pool invites guests for a refreshing swim during the heat of the day. The luxurious and elevated ensuite tents are incredibly spacious and tastefully decorated in rich dark wood and leather furnishings. The hotel’s expert staff will arrange everything you need for the ultimate game experience – from 4x4 drives in the morning and evening to balloon safaris and walking tours with local Masai villagers. The perfect embodiment of a luxury bush safari experience.

Amanemu

2165 Hazako Hamajima-cho, Shima, Japan

Family Friendly Golf Spa & Wellness

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100 USD Food & Beverage credit per room, per stay
Complimentary Complimentary continental American or Japanese breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
High-Speed/Enhanced Wi-Fi
Set in Ise Shima National Park, Amanemu (‘peaceful joy’) is perched on the rolling shores of Ago Bay, known as the Bay of Pearls – an expanse of blue, dotted with islets and home to drifting oyster rafts. Lying south of Tokyo, two hours by train from Nagoya or 25 minutes by private helicopter, the resort borders ancient pilgrimage routes winding through nearby forests, with Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines within easy reach.

Amanemu embraces a classic Japanese aesthetic, giving the resort the feel of an exclusive sanctuary at one with nature. The ancient Japanese tradition of onsen (mineral hot springs) is ever-present, and the Aman Spa is an integral part of Amanemu. Offering an enriching guest experience centred on wellness and tradition, it features two exclusive onsen pavilions drawing nutrient-rich water from nearby hot springs, four treatment rooms and a Watsu pool. A gym, yoga pavilion and Pilates studio round out the facilities.

The benefits of onsen can also be enjoyed in each of Amanemu’s 24 suites, and in its four two-bedroom villas. Each features a private plunge-bath supplied with water drawn from the same natural hot springs as the Aman Spa.

Identical in layout and design, Amanemu’s 99-square-metre suites present combined bedroom and living areas and expansive decks. Suites are divided into three different categories depending on their outlooks: Mori Suites are surrounded by indigenous vegetation with tranquil green views; Sora Suites are situated closer to the coast with peaceful green views towards Ago Bay; closest to the shore, Nagi Suites offer the best views of Ago Bay. The four two-bedroom villas, two with private gardens, offer similar views with additional living areas.

Situated in a region renowned for its gourmet heritage, from seafood to Matsusaka beef, Amanemu presents two restaurants celebrating this local abundance. Other facilities include a private marina club

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Reserve - Mpumalanga, Kruger Natl Park, Ulusaba, South Africa

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Food & Wine

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1300 ZAR gift shop or spa credit per stay (Exclusions apply)
Complimentary Complimentary full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Basic Wi-Fi
Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in South Africa. The name Ulusaba means ‘place of little fear’, so named because the koppie, or hill, on which Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan tribal warriors with the perfect lookout point. Ulusaba has 20 rooms and suites spread over two lodges: Rock Lodge, including the beautiful Cliff Lodge, and Safari Lodge. Ulusaba sits entirely within the Sabi Sand Reserve near Kruger National Park, surrounded by 13,500 hectares (about 33,000 acres) of open bush.  Rock Lodge is perched on the top of a koppie with panoramic views over the bush below. There are 8 rooms at Rock Lodge, including the Master Suite, Makwela Suites, Rock Cliff rooms and the two-bedroom Rock Suite, some of which have private plunge pools. Just a short walk from the main house is Cliff Lodge, a private two-bedroom suite. Nearly 500 metres away is Safari Lodge which has 10 rooms, including the Safari Rooms, Elephant Rooms, River Rooms the private Treehouse Suite, and the Safari Suite. Built along the banks of a dry riverbed, Safari Lodge guests cross swing bridges between the exquisite tree house style rooms. For the ultimate experience, guests can share their time between both lodges. Anyone who’s been on safari before knows that no two game drives are ever the same! There are two daily game drives at Ulusaba, one leaving early in the morning and one leaving late afternoon, each lasting around three hours. Times will vary depending on the season, but you should always keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5! You’ll traverse over 13,500 hectares of private reserve with your dedicated Ranger and Tracker who will tailor your game drive just for you. At Ulusaba dining is a very important part of your stay, and chefs work hard from morning until night to provide the freshest and tastiest meals possible. All meals and drinks are included in your rates, and with at least six opportunities per day to eat, you won’t go hungry!

Aman Tokyo

The Otemachi Tower, 1-5-6 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Culture

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100 USD Food & Beverage credit (excludes minibar)
Complimentary Complimentary full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Basic Wi-Fi
Debuting Aman’s new urban concept, high above the atmospheric whirl of tradition and modernity that is Japan’s capital city, Aman Tokyo is located in the prestigious financial district of Otemachi, just steps from Tokyo Station and the world-famous Ginza shopping district. Occupying the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, the hotel offers bird’s eye views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and surrounding Tokyo landmarks, as well as easy access to all points of interest in the city: the five-line Otemachi subway station is connected to the building. An exclusive sanctuary above the city, Aman Tokyo embraces its namesake’s cosmopolitan nature while staying true to classical Japanese aesthetics. The hotel’s inner garden on the reception level is surrounded by a veranda or engawa, which leads to extensive dining and lounge areas, as well as a library and meeting rooms. Aman Tokyo’s guestrooms and suites, serene Aman Spa and 30-metre swimming pool are situated on the five floors above. Designed with business and leisure travellers in mind, Aman Tokyo offers accommodation in 84 guestrooms and suites, each featuring a unique layout, panoramic views and every contemporary convenience.  Aman Tokyo’s wellness facilities cover almost 2,500 square metres across two floors, and include an Aman Spa with eight treatment rooms, a gym, a yoga/Pilates studio and a 30-metre, temperature-controlled swimming pool with expansive city views. Changing rooms feature steam rooms, showers and a traditional Japanese bath. Aside from the resort’s superb facilities, Aman Tokyo offers guests insight into, and ease of access to, the city’s many attractions.

Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp

Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya, LAIKIPIA, Kenya

Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife

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Visit Loisaba Conservancy to learn about conservation techniques, meet anti-poaching unit and have breakfast
Complimentary Complimentary À-la-carte breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
Basic Wi-Fi
Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp enjoys a breath-taking vantage point over an expansive panorama. Sophisticated and stylish, the luxury tents offer a relaxing vantage point to appreciate the splendour of the Laikipia Plateau. The intimate camp only offers twelve tents, making your stay intimate and the service incredibly personalized. Spacious and airy tents are custom-built with large floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, high ceilings and polished wood floors. The bathrooms are luxurious with flush toilets, double-basin vanity and solar-heated hot water cascading from a rainfall shower to deliver a revitalizing cleanse after an action-packed day. The spacious main areas include a large dining area, separate open lounge and bar, a large wooden decking area, in addition to one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools. Home to elephant, a healthy population of lion, the rare wild dog and an abundance of other species, Loisaba is a prime example of successful collaboration between conservation, communities, ranching and tourism. Enjoy a range of activities from the camp, which include day and night game drives, horse-riding, camel-trekking, guided bush walks, fishing, mountain biking, cultural visits to Samburu villages and visits to the anti-poaching sniffer dogs. A stay at the Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp is assured to be nothing short of astounding.