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Virtuoso introduces four distinct properties in Europe that blend the charm of history with five-star service and modern luxuries. Take a look at these properties and discover what makes them unique – and how you will benefit from stays with them.
Cameron House on Loch Lomond, Alexandria, Scotland, UK (exclusive)
A magnificent baronial mansion surrounded by 100 acres of woodland, Cameron House on Loch Lomond blends traditional Scottish inspirations with contemporary influences in the finest surroundings. Guests will enjoy the 18-hole championship golf course, a luxury spa with rooftop infinity pool, and a range of outdoor pursuits including unique seaplane flights, all served with the heartiest of Scottish hospitality. Virtuoso guests can choose either a formal afternoon tea for two with champagne served by butlers in the drawing room overlooking the lake or a UK65 food & beverage credit. The credit is valid for any of the four restaurants from a loch side seafood restaurant to a Michelin-star establishment.
Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt, Switzerland (exclusive)
At the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn – Switzerland’s symbol – lies the newly renovated Mont Cervin Palace. For 160 years, this legendary great hotel of the Alps has brought together hospitality and Swiss tradition at the highest level. Arrive in the hotel‘s red horse-drawn carriage, enjoy one of the 14 restaurants, or be on Cloud Nine in the spa and wellness area. Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, in the heart of the authentic and carfree village, guests can explore the great outdoors and breathe the pure air. Virtuoso amenities are an upgrade upon availability, US$100 credit, buffet breakfast daily, WiFi and free soft drinks from the minibar.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz, Switzerland (exclusive)
The Kempinski in St. Moritz is a grand building that has created and cultivated a rich tradition. International guests feel welcome in a unique and uncomplicated atmosphere. Attentive service with a genuine smile and comprehensive advice from the concierge is given throughout the stay. Enjoy the Swiss Alps in elegant rooms and suites, in the three award-winning restaurants or in the Alpine Kempinski The Spa. The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located in St. Moritz Bad, with direct access to the cable car station to the ski and mountain region Corviglia. Virtuoso amenities include an upgrade on arrival, subject to availability; a 100 CHF food & beverage/spa services credit; and early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.
Palazzo Seneca, Norcia, Italy
Palazzo Seneca is a charming Umbrian palace from the 16th century, offering a unique fusion of design, tradition, simplicity and quality. It is owned by Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi, the sixth generation of a family that has been offering hospitality since 1850. The skilled restoration by the best Umbrian craftsmen has made Palazzo Seneca a memorable destination. The property is perfect for people who love gastronomy (truffle hunting, cooking classes, olive oil and wine tasting), nature (trekking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding) and shopping (Umbria is well known for its cashmere). Virtuoso amenities are an upgrade upon availability and dinner for two (excluding alcohol).
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If you think Scotland is all bagpipes and pubs, think again. Scotland is a vibrant country with a rich history, active adventures and unique experiences galore. Consider these intriguing experiences for a Scottish vacation:
1. Kayak around the Isle of Skye. Paddle your way through the wildlife, history, geology, and mind-blowing scenery of the waters surrounding the Isle of Skye.
2. Sample the Malt Whisky Trail. Follow the Malt Whisky Trail through its own traditions, lore, and recipes for everything from malting the barley to the height and size of its stills.
3. Explore Cairngorms National Park. Take a dogsled ride through the forest tracks or embark on one of the many hiking tours to discover the wintry beauty and diverse landscapes that make up this amazing park.
4. Test your skills at the famous Old Course at St Andrews. Play the oldest golf course in the world that still challenges the abilities of some of today’s champion golfers.
5. All aboard the Waverly steamer. Enjoy a unique chance to relax aboard the Waverly – the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Set sail from many of the departure points around the Firth of Clyde and soak up the stunning scenery of some of the most picturesque parts of the Scottish coastline.
6. Go shopping in Edinburgh. Splash the cash while shopping in Edinburgh. Princes Street is full of popular shops or, head to Rose Street where you’ll find even more shops!
7. Take a ferry to the Isle of Arran. Board the ferry from the Ayrshire town of Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran’s main town, Brodick and treat yourself to views of picturesque villages, castles and ancient monuments along the way.
8. Explore the Outer Hebrides. Head to one of the most remote locations to take in some of the most stunning views in Scotland, including 130 miles of white sandy beaches.
For more Scottish possibilities, click here for the VIRTUOSO LIFE special supplement on Scotland.
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We recently held Virtuoso’s Chairman’s Event at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. This annual event gives Jesse Upchurch, Virtuoso’s Chairman and my dad, the opportunity to recognize and thank the Virtuoso Network’s top producers.
The Gleneagles Hotel is now in my top 10 family destinations in the world. I had a great time clowning around on their kid-sized Land Rover, but I can’t wait to return with my family so my kids can have a turn at the wheel. Read the rest of this entry »