andBeyond prides itself on taking existing destinations and looking at them in a new light, or going off the beaten track in a new style. Guests of an intimate reception at Sydney’s revamped Palisades Hotel learned what form this fresh perspective would take in 2018, from the reopening of andBeyond Bateleur Camp in the Maasai Mara to the arrival of andBeyond Tengile River Lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Reserve.
Just 10 or so press representatives mingled with andBeyond’s PR team and three members of the team who came to Sydney to share the latest from the company: Norman Harper, Australia & New Zealand Representative; Anubhav Sawhney, International Sales Manager – Asia; and Mark Wheeler, Regional Managing Director – East Africa, Asia and South America. Guests enjoyed stunning views of the harbour, fresh oysters and scallops, cheese boards to die for and flowing champagne while engaging in in-depth conversations about the destinations.
Culture in India
The Snow Leopard Expedition in the Himalayas announced in 2017 continue will return in 2018, inviting guests to discover the culture of India’s Ladakh region while tracking this elusive big cat.
Eat Pray Love has inspired a collection of iconic destinations across India, including signature dining experiences, a visit to the ‘Golden Temple’ of Amritsar, and romance in Udaipur, all with a private guide.
Off the beaten track in South America
Exclusive small-group journeys invite guests to discover Chile and Argentina’s Wine Country with private lunches, exclusive events and off-roading opportunities with Land Rover Discovery.
Relaunch of andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Kenya
The Maasai Mara camp is currently receiving a complete refurbishment and is planning to reopen on 8 March 2018. The tented suites will maintain their authentic, classic safari atmosphere, while boasting new additions including daybeds, lighter interiors and convenient butler hatches. A massage sala and fitness centre will be new additions along with a coffee and gin bar, Safari Shop and a spacious family suite.
Two refurbishments in andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Following a fire in December 2016, andBeyond Phinda Homestead is being rebuilt with plans to reopen on 1 September 2018. The exclusive-use villa is being reimagined as a contemporary bush home with quirky accents that hark back to the reserve’s past as a pineapple farm, alongside traditional motifs. The private home will also feature furniture that brings in hints of 1980s retro design, with minimalist, elegant bedrooms. The deck outside will boast an island bar to encourage family gatherings, while a decorative herb garden will be situated outside the kitchen. Reservations are now open.
Phinda Vlei Lodge is also undergoing refurbishment, with interiors inspired by the elegant, turn-of- the-century plantation-style homestead of KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane and pineapple barons. A library will be added to the guest areas, and the dining deck will also be extended to allow for covered al fresco dining with views of the adjoining wetland. The lodge will reopen 1 June 2018.
Opening of andBeyond Tengile River Lodge, South Africa
Situated in the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve, this brand-new property will share the same traversing rights as andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp. Elegant interiors by Anatomy Design will call to mind the same authentic feel, translated into a more modern fashion. Boasting a name that means tranquil, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge will feature nine floating suites that will look out over the Sand river, plus a spa and gym area. Environmentally friendly construction materials have been selected with durability in mind. The lodge is expected to open 1 December 2018.
Bhutan: Watch this space
Guests were tantalised with a teaser of a 20-hectare property in the Kingdom of Bhutan, coming soon. We are eagerly awaiting more details.