18 March 2019
Everyone likes to tick off the biggest and best attractions when they go away, but sometimes, you can’t help the feeling that it would be more special without the queues and crowds. Putting an exclusive slant on your holiday is easier than you think, so we’re highlighting some of the ways you can do just that.
With more than 5,000 years of art from around the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is America’s largest art museum and New York City's most visited attraction, so who wouldn’t want it all to themselves?
The EmptyMet Tour gets you 90 minutes inside the museum before the doors open to the public, providing the chance to explore the empty galleries and enjoy the Met’s most famous exhibits such as Canova’s ‘Perseus with the Head of Medusa’ and Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Wheat Field with Cypresses,’ accompanied by one of the museum’s own guides.
Tours are limited to just 25 people and the raft of four- and five-star reviews suggest it is totally worthwhile for art lovers.
Travelling to another planet might be out of the question for now, but Cappadocia in Turkey is arguably the next best thing with its otherworldly Mars-like landscapes and cave hotels. Similarly, as long as magic carpets aren’t freely available, a private hot air balloon flight is the next best way to experience the beauty and clear views of Cappadocia’s moonscape.
Floating 1,000 feet above the unique valleys and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia in a balloon as the sun begins to rise is perfect for proposals, birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons and any occasion you can imagine where you want to create memorable moments. To catch the sunrise, these hour-long flights take off very early in the morning, departing as early as 4am in the summer, but many providers will offer a pick-up/drop-off service to your hotel, as well as champagne upon landing.
“Cappadocia has some of the most inspiring sights I have ever seen with natural rock formations created by air and water in the foothills of extinct volcanoes. The majority of hotels here are built into caves or renovated buildings.”
Ian, Travel Counsellor
There are private villas and private island resorts in the Maldives, but none offer the chance to sleep below the waves like The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island – the world’s first underwater hotel villa.
Costing a reported $15 million to build, this one-of-a-kind villa sits more than 16 feet below sea level in the middle of the Indian Ocean and its glass walls make the property a two-level aquarium, allowing guests to literally sleep with the fishes and wake up to swaying arms of coral.
Translating to ‘coral’ in the local Dhivehi language, The Muraka sleeps up to nine guests and boasts its own butler, chef, fitness trainer and spa treatments, as well as two jet skis. Its exclusivity is strengthened by the fact that it only opened in November 2018.
More than 100 years after RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a limited number of explorers will have the chance to explore the most famous shipwreck in history from the safety of a specially designed titanium and carbon fibre submersible.
Reaching depths of 4,000 metres, these 10-day missions will take just nine people at a time from the coast of Newfoundland, Canada to the doomed ship’s resting place. More people have been to space or the peak of Mount Everest than the Titanic wreck, making this is one of the most exclusive experiences around.
Around half of all international tourists that visit Cambodia go to see the Angkor temples at some point. That shouldn’t be surprising as these majestic buildings date back to the 7th century and were built over a period spanning 600 years.
Despite their popularity, it is still possible to gain an exclusive slant on this momentous archaeological feat. For a fee, you can enjoy a private evening of food and entertainment in one of the ancient Angkor Temples, illuminated by candles and spotlights. Everything from Apsara dancing to a completely undisturbed romantic dinner can be arranged – it’s entirely up to you.
“The Temples of Angkor is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world with more than 1,000 temples spread over 400 square kilometres. As it was our first visit, we chose to visit the four most popular ones but it is getting busier and more developed so if it’s on your wish-list I recommend you visit soon.”
Tanuja, Travel Counsellor
What could be more exclusive than having Sir Richard Branson’s private paradise island all to yourself?
Located in the Caribbean’s beautiful and unspoiled British Virgin Islands to the east of Puerto Rico, Necker Island comfortably sleeps 30 guests in 15 rooms and packs in an endless list of activities from kitesurfing and swimming with dolphins in crystal clear waters to yoga, tennis, spa treatment and beach Olympics.
Find out how you can inject more exclusivity into your next getaway by contacting your Travel Counsellor today and taking advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.