Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts has revealed that, in honor of the brand’s 25th anniversary, it will be going back to its roots. Throughout the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, Virtuoso will provide guests of the original 20 hotels that comprised the brand at its inception in 1992 with an “Exceptional Experience” that captures local culture and sights.
Here are the 20 experiences available to guests at the brand’s original 20 hotels in the coming months:
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane – Relax at the hotels’ glass-walled rooftop spa, fitness center and lounge after exploring the city. Private shower suites and spa treatments with panoramic views of Hyde Park and Westminster are available.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – Join the Cesere Brothers on a customized seasonal whale-watching and photography adventure. The two Maui-based photographers will educate guests on whale watching, wildlife photography and even give a demonstration on how to photograph smaller marine life underwater.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara – Practice and play beach volleyball with two-time Olympian, Gold medalist and Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers. Rogers will share the tips he’s learned in his 19 years as a professional volleyball player before joining the guests for a friendly match.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Explore local religious traditions with the resort’s Hindu priest, who will lead guests through ceremonies, blessing rituals, offering-making and meditation.
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva – Take part in a watch-making workshop in a city known for its luxury timepieces. Guests can observe a master watch-maker assemble a timepiece and work next to them as an active participant.
Mandarin Oriental, Munich – Take an exclusive tour of BMW World, home of the famous Bavarian automobile company. A ride to and from the museum in a private BMW is part of the itinerary, naturally.
Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin – Charter a yacht used in the America’s Cup Regatta; an expert crew will guide everyone on board in the 12-meter America’s Cup Challenge, allowing guests to become active participants in the route.
Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek, Dallas – At the famous NorthPark Center, guests will receive fashion recommendations from one of Dallas’ top fashion experts in a two-hour private session leading up to a $100 shopping spree.
The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York – The property’s historic Two E Bar will have live jazz shows performing three nights a week.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Kayak down the salt marshes of the scenic Intracoastal Waterway on a guided tour, where adventurers can see and learn about various flora and fauna in the robust ecosystem.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples – Alongside Conrad Williams, a Dale Chihuly-trained glass artist, guests can craft a personal keepsake by forming molten glass with their breath and shaping tools. Their creation can be taken home as a souvenir.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills – Kids can become celebrity VIPs in an interactive simulation of what it’s like to be a Hollywood superstar. They will film a live-action movie and walk the red carpet at the film’s premiere—paparazzi included.
The Peninsula Hong Kong – Become a dumpling master during a dim sum class at the Michelin-starred Spring Moon. A hotel chef will guide guests through the history of popular dishes before guests taste their own creations.
Claridge’s, London – Assist executive chef Martyn Nail in preparing, cooking and presenting Claridge’s menu as he shares his culinary tips and secrets. Each dish is served to the audience with a wine tasting selected by the hotel’s sommelier.
The Connaught, London – Learn to stir and shake the perfect cocktail in a series of mixology masterclasses led by the director of mixology, Agostino Perrone of the famous Connaught Bar. Guests will learn to make their own bitters, make their own syrups, carve ice and shake the perfect martini.
The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London – Learn about the history of afternoon tea with a Debrett’s Social Etiquette Advisor; afterwards guests can enjoy a luxurious tea time with their newfound knowledge.
Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Learn to surf at Flow House Boca, where guests have unlimited access to the FlowRider dual-sided wave simulator where they can body surf and stand-up surf during the day or during night sessions.
The St. Regis New York – Patrons are treated to a Red Snapper—the original Bloody Mary created in 1934—at the hotel’s King Cole Bar, which recently celebrated its millionth cocktail sold.
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale – A 30-minute private helicopter flight takes guests through the desert at sunset to witness Arizona’s natural beauty and landscape.
Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland – Stay in a two-bedroom suite like no other, located inside a historic lighthouse on a world-famous golf course, which is built atop the ruins of a medieval castle. Guests in the Lighthouse Suite are invited to a personalized spa treatment and a private dinner complete with harpist.
Since 1992, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts has grown from a 20-property collection to a 1,246-property network, extending across 100 countries. Properties range from four to 4,004 rooms, with nearly half under 100 rooms. In 2017 alone—Virtuoso’s 25th year of service—the brand added 94 properties.