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VWT Exclusive: A Look at ILTM Cannes 2023

ILTM Cannes is known as one of the most prestigious events in the travel industry. Welcome to VWT’s exclusive look at the best of the best from ILTM Cannes 2023. The event is hosted annually each December in stunning Cannes, France. Industry leaders gather to create relationships with experts and discover the latest trends. VWT Experts have shared exclusive insights regarding their top picks – from the latest in luxury travel.

Recently/Soon to Open Hotels
Corinthia Rome – Rome, Italy

Corinthia Rome is part of Virtuoso’s exclusive Preview Program and is opening in the Spring of 2024. The hotel is housed inside the former 19th– century, Bank of Italy Headquarters. Developed in partnership with the Reuben Brothers, you will find yourself immersed in history and modern luxury. Jamie Reuben, a principal at Reuben Brothers said, “Our objective here is to create the best luxury hotel in Rome.” If the rich history within the walls of the hotel isn’t enough, experience the exclusive rooftop terrace which offers the best views of the Eternal City.

The Fifth Avenue Hotel – New York, New York

Recently opened in the fall of 2023, The Fifth Avenue Hotel is an eclectic yet sophisticated hotel that is a must see. There are 153 guestrooms, each with its own personality, with distinctive artwork and colorful furnishings. The hotel is in a central location and is within walking distance of Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue shopping, and many other must-see attractions.  

Cheval Blanc Seychelles – Seychelles

Formerly a Banyan Tree, Cheval Blanc Seychelles is undergoing a complete remodel and opening in October 2024. The property is in the Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. The Seychelles are known for its countless beaches, coral reefs, and nature reserves. You can spot rare animals, like the giant Aldabra tortoises on the islands. Upon completion, the resort will feature five different food and beverage outlets.

Unique DMCs/Special Experiences
Red Savannah – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Red Savannah is a multi-award-winning luxury travel company, that specializes in tailor-made travel and global luxury villas. They offer private charters for gullets and yachts, safaris, culinary-inspired trips, and wellbeing holidays. The company expertly plans private journeys across the Americans, the Indian sub-continent & Asia, African safaris, Turkish gullets in the Adriatic & Aegean, and hand-picked luxury villas in Europe & the Caribbean.

Golf Traveller – London, England

Golf Traveller is recognized as one of the most globally connected golf experts, and they have recently been approved for Virtuoso after years of sponsorship. The company creates itineraries for both golfers and non-golfing family members. The itineraries are ideal for friend gatherings to board meetings, incentive trips, and exclusive access to prestigious events like The Masters and The Open. A unique experience offered is the “Northern Lights” itinerary in Norway. Guests can experience a golf trip with breathtaking views of the Northern lights while enjoying a round of golf.

Cookoon- Paris, France

Cookoon is a team of event and gastronomy experts that specialize in creating extraordinary events and dining experiences for special occasions. The team collaborates with Michelin-starred chefs and offers exclusive venues and locations, primarily located in France. Give your clients the next unforgettable moment they are looking for.  

Sicily Lifestyle – Sicily, Italy

Sicily Lifestyle specializes in custom-made itineraries and events across the island of Sicily. They offer extraordinary excursions and touring options via helicopter, land, and sea. A Virtuoso on-site is located in Taormina, and Virtuoso amenities are extended when booking a hotel through them. Even better, there is no minimum spending requirement for their services.

Unique Hotels
Yanagawa Ohana – Yanagawa, Japan

Yanagawa Ohana is a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style hotel. Originally the home of the Tachibana family, Yanagawa Ohana has 19 Japanese-style rooms. Yanagawa has many channels throughout the city, built for agricultural reasons, today, it is a main attraction for tourism. Each season, the property has activities that can be enjoyed by boat. In the summer activities include moon gazing, picnics, or watching fireworks.

Fauchon L’Hotel Paris – Paris, France

Fauchon, the brand known for its gourmet food and delicatessen offerings, has entered the hotel space while keeping a focus on culinary aspects. The hotel has recently opened and has a vibrant vibe, offering an occasional space of pink. On site, there are 33 rooms and 21 suites, all with a different view of Paris.

Violino d’Oro – Venice, Italy

Violino d’Oro is Venice’s newest 5-star boutique experience, combining luxury with local craftmanship. Every detail, from fabric to furniture, plate, and glass, is crafted between Venice and Tuscany. The hotel is in proximity to high end shopping, including Dior, Hermes, and more. It is also a 2-minute walk from San Marco, the city’s oldest and most famous quarter, home to landmarks like St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and Dige’s Palace.

Cowdray Estate – West Sussex, United Kingdom

The Cowdray Estate is a private use country estate, with 22 stunning bedrooms. This property is ideal for small weddings, celebrations, multi-generation travel, and corporate events. On site there are many experiences offered, such as polo matches, cooking classes, wine tastings, private yoga, Pilates classes, and more.

The Newt in Somerset – Somerset, England

The Newt in Somerset is a re-imagined country estate located 1 hour and 45 minutes from Heathrow. The accommodations on site include 23 rooms in the Hadspen House, 17 rooms in The Farmyard (ideal for individuals or exclusive use), and two ensuite bedroom cottages with living space and kitchens for families. There are numerous on-property experiences available, including the story of gardening, bee safaris, cider tasting, biking, yoga, woodland tours, and more.

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