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DISCOVER 20 EXTRAORDINARY
EXPERIENCES FOR 2020


In 2020, our family-owned and run Collection will proudly stand at 20 hotels. In celebration, we have carefully curated a selection of more than 100 unique and exceptional experiences to discover across the world - here are 20 of the very best…


A taste of the West of Ireland

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Learn how to make traditional Irish soda bread in a farmhouse kitchen close to Ashford Castle, enjoy the freshest shellfish on the shores of Killary fjord under the shadow of the highest mountain in the west of Ireland, and be welcomed into a local forager’s home on the breathtaking Aughris Beg peninsula. 

Botswana’s incredible waterways

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Slip stealthily through the waters of the Okavango Delta on a beautiful glass-bottomed mokoro craft (a traditional canoe) or motor boat to experience the labyrinthine wetlands that surround Xigera Safari Lodge. Hippos and crocodiles rest in the cooling lagoons, while elephants wade on the perimeters.

Freedom flight over Cape Town

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Take an exhilarating private helicopter flight with Christo Brand, warder and close friend of Nelson Mandela. Over more than four hours, listen to the inside story of Mandela’s time in prison whilst flying along the breathtaking coastline of the Atlantic Seaboard, close to The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa.

Secrets of the Royal Albert Hall

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Did you know that the Royal Albert Hall once hosted a séance; that the auditorium was flooded with 56,000 litres of water for an opera concert; and that a royal love story almost stopped it from being built? Discover this and more on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hall, a treasured partner of The Milestone Hotel & Residences.

Umhlanga’s spice emporium

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Enjoy a private curry masterclass with our wonderful Executive Chef Kevin Joseph at the iconic Oyster Box, and discover how to make dishes showcased in our magnificent curry buffet, including our famous Tandoori Chicken. Your experience will include a trip to a 100-year-old Spice Emporium and a meal on our glorious Ocean Terrace.

Timeless Swiss watchmaking

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Become a watchmaker for a day and leave with a truly unique timepiece. In the heart of Geneva, enter the Initium Workshop and learn the fundamentals of watchmaking, selecting the bespoke components and style, before returning to the famous Leopard Lounge of Hotel d’Angleterre on the edge of Lake Leman.

Sun salutations over London’s rooftops

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Take your yoga practice to new heights, with this restorative class on the beautiful rooftop of Hotel 41 in spring and summer. The aerial views of the Royal Parks and Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, high above the noise of the city, will only add to this unique experience, leaving you feeling peaceful and rejuvenated.

Rock art in the wilderness

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At Bushmans Kloof, discover a magical retreat in the South African wilderness, with ancient bush art sites dating back 10,000 years. The reserve is dedicated to protecting these extraordinary treasures, which have been awarded the status of a Grade 1 South African National Heritage Site.

Mindfulness amongst the gardens of Dorset

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Embark on an introduction to mindfulness, surrounded by the beautiful landscaped grounds of Summer Lodge and the rolling hills of Dorset. Take a walk amongst our walled gardens and enjoy a healthy, seasonal lunch created with the finest, locally sourced produce and ingredients grown in our kitchen gardens.

Chef Suren’s Omakase

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At The Rubens at the Palace overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, allow Chef Suren to guide you through a private 21-course Japanese tasting menu, with a delicious selection of the very best sushi and sashimi paired with Champagne and live music. Each dish served in the Leopard Bar is perfectly crafted and tailored to personal preferences.

Guernsey’s rich heritage

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Join Annette Henry, a gold-accredited tour guide, as she follows her ancestral roots to uncover the island’s dramatic history, from the witch trials and the English Civil War, to the German Occupation during World War II, with real-life stories as told in the ‘Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’ film and novel. 

Connemara: from mountains to valley

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Experience the real Connemara, far from the tourist trail. Meet people who have been shaped by this exposed landscape and learn about the skills and crafts of one of the last bastions of Gaelic culture, from basket weaving to Irish music. Finish with an afternoon at an Irish family pub, before returning to The Lodge at Ashford Castle.

The world’s greatest art and design

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The Egerton House Hotel is proud to hold a long-standing partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Explore 3000 years of art and design artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures, and take an exclusive tour of the museum’s feature exhibition, led by one of its wonderful curators.

Foraging for botanicals in the fynbos

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Craft your own gin in The Gin Lab of the Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, dramatically located above the Atlantic Ocean, and flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain. Our talented mixologist will guide you through the wonderful world of gin as the sun sets, using a selection of botanicals that have been foraged in the beautiful fynbos surrounding the hotel.

Sark by horse and carriage

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A 50-minute boat ride from The Duke of Richmond Hotel and Guernsey, Sark is the crown jewel of the Channel Islands. Accompanied by one of Sark’s best-known characters, take a horse-drawn carriage ride across the island’s unspoilt landscape and charming roads, and cross over the famous La Coupee to Little Sark.

Tour with the Beadles

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One of the world’s most historic and finest shopping destinations, Burlington Arcade, close to The Chesterfield Mayfair, is guarded by the Beadles, the oldest and smallest police force in the world. Take a tour through the Arcade with a Beadle and discover distinguished purveyors, the quintessentially English fragrance house Penhaligon’s and Ladurée.

Become a writer

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Just moments from The Montague on the Gardens in London, step into the world of Faber & Faber, one of the world’s greatest publishing houses. Walk in the shoes of 13 Nobel Laureates and six Booker Prize-winners with a writing course from a publisher that has told the stories of some of the foremost voices in literature.

Thomas Hardy’s Dorset

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Join our Resident Historian Ray and enjoy an insider’s view of the village of Evershot, the source of the River Frome and featured in author Thomas Hardy’s literature, including Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Home to only 200 residents, Evershot is a stunningly pretty place that The Acorn Inn is proud to be a part of.

The flavours of the terroir

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Framed by mountain and ocean views, our sister vineyard Bouchard Finlayson is just an hour and a half from Cape Town. Take a walk with our resident environmentalist Frank Woodvine through the fynbos, which come alive in full bloom at this time of year, and enjoy a locally-sourced picnic and a bottle of Pinot Noir.

A shopper’s paradise

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Stretching four blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean and steps from The Chesterfield Palm Beach, Florida's Worth Avenue is home to some of the world’s most exclusive brands. Indulge in a personal shopping experience by chauffeur-driven car, and take in the stunning Mediterranean-inspired architecture as you browse the exceptional collection of boutiques.