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.

Camp Ndlovu

Welgevonden Game Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa

Adventure Nature & Wildlife Swimming Pool Spa

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100 USD Spa credit
Complimentary breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
Basic Wi-Fi
Camp Ndlovu is part of The Residence Portfolio, and situated in the Big 5, malaria-free area in the 37 000-hectare exceptionally beautiful Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg region of Limpopo. The camp, set amid river ravines and a spectacular mountain backdrop, offers breathtaking views of the undulating countryside and exudes an air of tranquility. Camp Ndlovu's suites are luxurious, elegant and generously proportioned - designed for the ultimate comfort and privacy; and with five suites, including a family suite (children under 12 years by special arrangement only), exclusivity is ensured. Each air-conditioned luxury unit suite comes complete with its own plunge pool, outdoor shower and outdoor bath, air-conditioning and fan, king size extra length bed, a lounge with fireplace, Nespresso coffee machine with coffee pods, a mini bar with soft drinks, outdoor shower and bath and an extensive wooden deck with pool, pool loungers and private dining areas. Dining at Camp Ndlovu becomes an African culinary delight with seasonal menus that will treat your taste buds to an array of flavors. Meals can be taken indoors or outdoors at your pace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining area or on the terrace is served throughout the day and to complete your 'safari adventure', enjoy a boma dining experience under the stars. There is an outdoor pool and fitness center for the more energetic; for those who wish to indulge, there is a Spa - step into an oasis nestled in unique surroundings and enjoy a holistic spa journey.

Elewana Sand River Masai Mara

Masai Mara Nat Reserve, Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Spa

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Sundowners for two (cocktails and snacks in a lovely area of the conservancy)
Complimentary Full
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
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 and care y 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. There is also 24-hour reception, a private garden and a patio that has beautiful river views (and is the perfect spot for a cocktail). The property also 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, Cambodia

Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Pet-friendly Spa Winter Sports

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100 USD Hotel credit
Complimentary Full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
High-Speed/Enhanced 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 ambiance 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 Khmer culture. Amansara combines the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’, aman, with ‘apsara’, meaning heavenly nymphs‚ of ancient Hindu texts. Once known as Villa Apsara, this former royal retreat was built in 1962 by French architect Laurent Mondet. Quintessentially 60s in character, it featured 12 low-slung chalets spaced around a curved swimming pool and a shady lawn. Today Amansara presents 24 suites, all with private courtyards and 12 with private swimming pools. Private plunge pools measure six metres by five metres. Similar in design, each suite enjoys an open-plan layout with terrazzo and timber finishes. A combined sleeping and living area feature a king-size bed, a large writing desk, and a sofa. Adjacent is a dressing area and an informal dining area. Down a few steps is the bathroom, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto the courtyard. The bathroom provides twin vanities, a large soaking tub, and a separate shower and toilet. 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. The Roof Terrace Garden 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 and private steam bath and shower. Other facilities include a 25-metre lap pool situated behind a six-metre wall, a library and a gallery displaying local crafts and artwork available for purchase. A variety of temple excursions and customized activities for guests’ experiences are available. Explorations focusing on the temples surrounding Angkor Wat are conducted in the early mornings or late afternoons, utilizing Amansara’s own fleet of remorks (moped-powered trishaws), its own Amansara driver and guide.

Elewana Tarangire Treetops

Tarangire National Park, Tarangire, Tanzania, United Republic

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Swimming Pool

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Sundowners for two (cocktails and snacks in a lovely area of the conservancy)
Complimentary Full
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
Basic Wi-Fi
Situated in its own private conservancy, guests of Elewana Tarangire Treetops enjoy a secluded and private safari experience. The 20 luxury tree-top rooms, elevated above the ground afford incredible views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees. With a wide private balconies, each are lavishly furnished using natural materials that are 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 a 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, are an incredible experience.

Treetops Lodge and Estate

351 Kearoa Road, Rotorua, New Zealand

Romantic Adventure Golf Spa

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Gourmet picnic lunch; bottle of New Zealand Wine
Complimentary Full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
Basic Wi-Fi
Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800 year old native forest, this award-winning luxury lodge is a life-long dream realized 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. New are the Treetops Signature Experiences; 'Estate to Plate' Safari, Wild Food Cooking School, and the Indigenous Food and Heritage Trail - all offering unequalled personal interaction with the natural heritage and native wilderness. Our dedicated spa offers unique health-giving Maori rituals and traditional treatments, or for golfers, Treetops extends a personal invitation to their sister lodge, The Kinloch Club which boasts the 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

99 Serengeti Rd, Serengeti, Tanzania, United Republic

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Swimming Pool Spa

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Sundowners for two (cocktails and snacks in a lovely area of the conservancy)
Complimentary
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
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 open-plan lounge, dining room with large balcony, or sunset viewing platform with 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 en suite tents are incredibly spacious and taste y 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 Adventure Nature & Wildlife Culture Spa

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100 USD Food & Beverage credit (excl. mini-bar)
Complimentary Full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
High-Speed/Enhanced Wi-Fi
Ancient pilgrimage routes wind through forests nearby, and Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines are within easy reach. Lying south of Tokyo on 341 acres, two hours by train from Nagoya or 25 minutes by private helicopter, Amanemu embraces a classic Japanese aesthetic to provide an exclusive sanctuary that feels at one with nature. The resort’s proximity to the UNESCO-protected pilgrimage routes of Kumano Kodo and the revered Shinto shrine of Ise Jingu, first erected by Emperor Temmu in the late 600s, have inspired much of its design and peaceful ambience. The benefits of onsen can also be enjoyed in each of Amanemu’s 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas. All feature a private plunge-bath supplied with water 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 with woven textile shutters opening to embrace the outdoors. Expansive decks offer outdoor living areas and beautiful views. The four two-bedroom villas offer similar views and layouts to the suites, with additional living space. The Mori Villa overlooks a verdant private garden with peaceful greenery all around. Living areas and bedroom pavilions open onto expansive verandas offering daybeds and an alfresco dining area. The two Sora Villas overlook their own private gardens with partial sea views. The Nagi Villa, close to the shore, commands panoramic views of Ago Bay’s verdant islets and pearl rafts. Situated in a region renowned for its gourmet heritage, from outstanding seafood to the renowned Matsusaka beef, Amanemu presents two restaurants celebrating this local abundance. The area was once known as Miketsukuni (Land of Imperial provisions) when it served as the breadbasket of the ancient Imperial Court. Aside from exceptional facilities, including a private marina club, bar, library and boutique, Amanemu offers bespoke Aman Journeys, seeking out the cultural nuances and finest experiences of the region, and sharing these with its guests.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Reserve - Mpumalanga, Ulusaba, South Africa

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Swimming Pool Spa

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1300 ZAR Gift Shop or Spa credit
Complimentary full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
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 our 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 meters away is Safari Lodge which has 10 rooms, including our 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 our 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, we promise you won't go hungry!

Aman Tokyo

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

Family Friendly Adventure Pool & Beach Nature & Wildlife Culture Pet-friendly Spa

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100 USD Food & Beverage credit (excl. mini-bar)
Complimentary Full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
High-Speed/Enhanced 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 travelers 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, LAIKIPIA, Kenya

Romantic Family Friendly Adventure Nature & Wildlife Swimming Pool Spa

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A visit to the Loisaba Conservancy headquarters; Cocktails & canapes served at stunning African sunset
Complimentary a la carte breakfast at 24 Degrees Restaurant
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
Basic Wi-Fi
Home to elephants, 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. The intimate camp offers 12 tents, making your stay very intimate and the service incredibly personalized. Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Loisaba Tented Camp is designed to capitalize on unhindered views across Laikipia's mottled landscape all the way to Mt Kenya. All accommodations and main areas enjoy a breathtaking vantage point over an expansive panorama. 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. 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. In short, a stay at the Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp is assured to be nothing short of astounding.