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Ultimate Luxury

You Can Still Enjoy Brass Taps and Michelin Stars with the World’s Most Exclusive Destinations

In one of their sumptuous exhibitions, the Victoria and Albert Museum asked “What is luxury?” They recognised it has a long history of controversy. For some, it’s about materials. Others focus on craftsmanship, exclusivity, or service. Our definition reflects our cultural values as well as our personal tastes.

Luxury also means different things in each of our “Ultimate Luxury” properties. At Botswana’s Zarafa Dhow Suite, the USP is privacy. There are just two opulent guest suites here, set in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. Mozart plays on the gramophone, the wine glasses are lead crystal, and your attentive staff are always on hand.
 
Elsewhere, luxury can be about the facilities. Oberoi’s Wildflower Hall in Shimla - a castle-like building atop a mountain - might well have been the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Guests here can drink single malt amongst the antique war memorabilia in the Cavalry Bar, take yoga classes with a Himalayan, enjoy rejuvenating treatments in the spa, and swim beneath crystal chandeliers.

Tell us how you define luxury, and we’ll select you a Journeysmiths property to match.
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Accommodation:
Wildflower Hall

Oberoi’s luxury Wildflower Hall is a mountain palace nestled in the hills of Shimla, 8,000 feet above sea level, and a retreat for the powerful and wealthy for centuries. At Wildflower you can savour the fresh air and spectacular views at the top of the world.

Accommodation:
Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge is a superb boutique hotel set in breathtaking rainforest surroundings. Encounter exotic species; explore magical waterfalls; and completely unwind in your private suite. Mashpi Lodge gives its guests an unrivalled Ecuadorian experience.

Accommodation:
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a spectacular safari lodge, located on the rim of the World Heritage Ngorongoro Crater. The striking, architect designed lodge consists of traditional mud huts with an unexpectedly luxurious twist; one hides a library, another has vintage furniture.

Accommodation:
Zarafa Dhow Suite

While Botswana is known for being the home of Africa’s most exclusive safari, Zarafa Camp’s Dhow Suites are the most exclusive accommodation in Botswana. These exclusive-use suites revel in palatial luxury, surrounded by the natural beauty of the private Selinda Reserve.