A members’ club on the high seas
From 2019, members of Quintessentially, the private members’ club that provides concierge services from £15,000 a year, will also gain access to Quintessentially One – “a new cruise ship that is set to be one of the most exclusive and luxurious” ever to sail, says John O’Ceallaigh on The Telegraph Luxury website. It will cost £250m to build and the 12-deck vessel will dock at the likes of the Monaco Yacht Show and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to serve as a “waterborne base for big-spending travellers”.
There will be a rooftop beach club, a restaurant run by The Wolseley, a shopping emporium, and 112 “boutique-style” cabins from £2,000 a night. A number of “private residences” will also be for sale on a leasehold basis from between €8m and €12m, which come with membership of Club One – “an elite club within a club” with benefits including a private restaurant, private bar and complimentary beauty treatments.
A spa on rails
The newest luxury spa from Bamford Haybarn, a wellness retreat in the Cotswolds, is to be found on the Belmond Royal Scotsman – a train that will be making its inaugural voyage from Edinburgh through the Highlands to Inverness and Aberdeen in April. The journey will cost £4,428 per person for a twin cabin on the five-day “Classic Journey” round-trip.
It will be the first spa carriage in Europe, says Jordi Lippe-McGraw in Condé Nast Traveller. The usual spa fare will be on offer, but more upmarket treatments will also be on the menu, such as the Bamford Bespoke Facial, which starts with facial reflexology, lymphatic drainage and yogic breathing and ends with a deep tissue hot stone back massage. The spa carriage itself uses sustainable wood sourced from Scotland and the Cotswolds, and features two single-treatment rooms with views of the passing countryside.
An £11m globe-trotting adventure
Luxury travel boutique Dream Maker has put together a globe-trotting holiday costing a “bank-busting” £11m, says Sophie Roberts in The Sun. Departing from Koh Samui in Thailand, the private Boeing 767 will take around 50 people on a tour of 20 destinations in 20 days, calling in on Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, the Balearic island of Ibiza, Las Vegas for a night of gambling, and a “secret island”.
A three Michelin-starred meal in Spain, a private film screening in Cannes, and fashion events in Florence are among the highlights of the trip, which will see guests attended to by a small army of staff, including personal chefs and a hypnotherapist. But the holiday’s “most opulent amenity” is a set of 50 18-carat gold swizzle sticks with blue and white diamonds for each guest at a cost of £800,000. Some of the profits from the trip go to good causes.
Eight “gorgeous” temporary cabins will be popping up this summer in the Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia and Carmarthenshire in Wales, says Karen Price on WalesOnline. Fewer than 200 bookings will be taken for the stays between early June and mid-September as part of the celebrations for Wales’ Year of Legends.
Starting with Carmarthenshire in June, guests will be able to “delve into” the history of Wales, hunt for gold, and “tread in the footsteps of the heroes of Camelot, pursuing the elusive Lady of the Lake and the heroic wizard Merlin”, according to the organisers, Epic Retreats. A week’s stay in the cabins costs £1,995.