From skiing in the Antarctic to mastering falconry in Ireland, the Travelcall travel advisors – experts who know how to live the luxe life – reveal five of their one-of-a-kind itineraries for clients.
“Most of our clients are extremely well travelled, which is why they’re often seeking authentic, unusual, memorable or out-of-this-world experiences when they travel,” said Anthony Goldman, Joint Managing Director of Goldman Travel Group.
“Whether they’re seeking an unforgettable way to mark a milestone, celebrate a special occasion or to get away from the everyday in a unique way, we’ve had the pleasure of customising some phenomenal journeys,” Goldman said.
“It’s clear from this list that opulent travel isn’t just the domain of six-star hotels and personal butlers- it’s about immersive experiences where travellers open their minds and take themselves out of their comfort zones entirely, safe in the knowledge we’ve engineered every detail of their epic itinerary.”
Goldman Travel Group Joint Managing Director, Anthony Goldman
Exploring the ‘end of the world’ on Canada’s Fogo Island
Take a charter chopper to the remote Newfoundland escape of Fogo Island, a sleepy fishing village where guests spend their days in the slow lane, hiking craggy coastlines, roaming the bay in traditional skiffs, joining art classes or fishing with the locals. Evenings are for serious stargazing, innovative cuisine and – for the select few – unwinding in the two-storey 335-square-metre Flat Earth Suite at the exclusive Fogo Island Inn, a striking contemporary lodging, where guests can take a soak in the rooftop tub.
Gorilla gazing in Rwanda
Adjacent to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is the secluded six-villa Bisate Lodge, where guests can not only see Rwanda’s iconic gorillas up close but they can also choose to pitch in and contribute to the lodge’s reforestation project to help conserve these majestic creatures. Each thatched villa boasts 91 square metres of internal space, including local textiles, fireplaces, chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and private decks. Deluxe accommodation, divine wildlife and a do-good vibe – what’s not to love?
Discover your inner cowboy in a restored Colorado ghost town
High up in southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains sits the community of Dunton, a former haunt of Butch Cassidy himself and home to thermal hot springs, a luxe spa, an original saloon and a raft of quirky cabins. While away the days immersed in Mother Nature, and enjoy activities ranging from horseback riding in the Rockies, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, photography classes and fly fishing during summer; snowshoeing, heli-skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and ice climbing during winter.
Hit the slopes in Antarctica
Experienced skiers who’ve already conquered the slopes of Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Japan will love the final frontier for powder-hounds: Antarctica. While the skiing itself may not be the main attraction, experiencing the great outdoors in this untouched wilderness, with its pristine slopes, mammoth icebergs, gigantic glaciers and plentiful penguins certainly will be. Just be sure to pack your spirit of adventure … this is skiing, but not as you know it.
Falconry and a castle stay in Ireland
Explore the heart-pounding thrill of having a magnificent bird of prey swoop from the trees to land on your gloved arm, then retire for a traditional afternoon tea with a view at the opulent 800-year-old Ashford Castle, former home of the Guinness family and now one of the UK’s most elite hotels. Activities range from archery and clay pigeon shooting to cruising local lakes, spa treatments, playing billiards or playing king of the castle on the dedicated Cigar Terrace, surveying the grounds below.
Lead image taken from Falconry Ireland’s Facebook page.