Belmond's Once-in-a-Lifetime Bespoke Cultural European Adventures
Earlier this summer, Belmond, a leader in exclusive destinations for the discerning traveler, unveiled a series of bespoke cultural, culinary, sporting , and natural experiences featuring its collection of trains, hotels, and river cruises. Whether you want to escape to the Amalfi coast, the canals of Venice, the rivers of France, or enjoy the most exclusive train travel on the continent, Belmond promises to deliver a 5-star experience. With the these exclusive Belmond experiences you have even more reason to dust off your passport and explore the world once again.
This June Spanish tennis star Nicolás Almagro joined Belmond to offer an exclusive small-group retreat at La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca tennis clinic with one-on-one lessons from the pro and a tickets to an exhibition match. Guests were then treated to a celebratory dinner with Nicolás on their final evening together. @belmondlaresidencia
Some lucky guests of the recently renovated 14-room Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino took to the seas with former Olympic and America’s Cup sailor and ambassador of One Ocean Foundation, Mauro Pelaschier. The three-hour sailing experience with Mauro explored local marine parks and demonstrated sustainable sailing practices before a cooking class at the new restaurant, DaV Mare. @belmondsplendidomare
You don’t need to be a fan of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express to want to explore Europe on the legendary and luxurious 1920s Art Deco Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train kicked off its 2021 season on June 21 with new one-night journeys to Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Rome, and Florence. The sleeper train also debuted three additional Grand Suites, each featuring private bathrooms with showers, double beds, and a living area with underfloor heating. Additional amenities include a personal steward, free-flowing champagne, in-suite dining, and private transfers to and from the train. @vsoetrain
All aboard for a Michelin-starred dining experience on the British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England. Beginning July 16, this roundtrip train experience from London through the English countryside while serving up a seasonal five-course tasting menu with selected wine pairings. New chefs each month, beginning with one of the U.K.’s most talked about chefs, Ollie Dabbous, the day train will journey roundtrip from London Victoria Station through the English countryside while guests indulge in the seasonal five-course tasting menu with selected pairings from Mayfair wine emporium Hedonism Wines. Other chefs include Simon Rogan, owner of the Michelin-starred UMBEL restaurant group, in August; Michel Roux Jr., a two-Michelin star chef at the helm of Le Gavroche in London, in September; and Raymond Blanc, founder of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, Oxfordshire, in October. @belmondbritishpullman
Plan your own itinerary this summer on one of Belmond’s fleet of seven luxury barges lazily cruising the rivers and canals of France. From bicycle rides through the countryside, exclusive wine tastings, or even a hot air balloon trip, the experts at Belmond will make your dreams come true on the Pivoine. And starting August 28, you can enjoy a new vintage champagne tour for six-night itineraries with visits to renowned champange wineries Maisons Ruinart, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, and Krug. @belmondafloatinfrance
Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira, is hosting the third annual Art of Flavours gastronomy festival September 9-12. As if a series of dining experiences with Luis Pestana and seven fellow Michelin-star chefs was not enough, you will also take a cable car ride to Fajã dos Padres to sample the island’s sweetest fruits and vegetable before enjoying an exclusive alfresco lunch of freshly caught fish. @belmondreidspalace
Guests at the Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina, and its sister property, The Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, can enjoy a Circumetnea steam train to Mount Etna for private tastings of rare vintages at local vineyards, and enjoy traditional time-honored Sicilian recipes prepared by Le Mamme del Borgo members, a group of local women, who share recipes passed down through generations. Looking for something a little more intensive? Then join wine master and consultant Tom Harrow for a vintage three day experience this September 30.
Designer jeans have their roots in Portofino, which can trace its long history with jeans, back to 15th century shipyards of Genoa. The Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino (the Italian Riviera) is offering a three-day retreat, October 28-31, to exploring that history. On a tour of Museu Diocesano guests will view what is considered to be the ancestor of modern jeans, a painting done on linen textile stained in indigo blue. Through a series of workshops back at the hotel, guests can create their own custom collection. @belmondhotelsplendido
Celebrate 1,600 years of Venetian history at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice, this fall (November 11-14) with a three-day course through the city’s past and present. Visit libraries and archives in search of rare books and manuscripts, take a masterclass on the delicate art of Kintsugi, ceramic goldwork, learn about the ancient discipline of silk printing in local shops, and more. Guest will also have access to behind-the-scenes tours of the city’s libraries and archives. During tours of the Fondazione Cini Library and the 13th century Library San Francesco della Vigna, rare books and preserved manuscripts will be on display exclusively for Belmond guests. @belmondhotelcipriani
Learn to apply gold leaf to ceramics at the Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice.
In partnership with Marchesi Antinori, one of Italy’s most renowned wineries dating back to 1385, this October, Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany will host a three-day escape in the rolling hills of the countryside led by wine expert Tom Harrow. Itinerary highlights include special-access tours of Tenuta Tignanello estate and Tenuta Guado al Tasso, tasting some of the most sought-after wines in the midst of Tuscany’s vendemmia season. @belmondcastellodicasole