10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Experiences


Sometimes the best places to go are the roads less traveled. Immersive, off-the-beaten-path experiences push us out of comfort zones to discover different ways of life. The following properties provide access to local and exclusive experiences that will broaden your perspective of the world.

Amansara

Krong, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Romantic Family-friendly Adventure Spa & Wellness Outdoor Pool

Global Travel Collection UK SELECT Perks


100 USD food & beverage credit
Complimentary full breakfast for two daily
Early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in - subject to availability
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Situated in Siem Reap, the cultural capital of Cambodia, Amansara lies just 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor Wat. Once the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, today this walled garden estate serves as a tranquil 24-suite retreat with the ambience of a gracious home. Just a 15-minute drive from Siem Reap airport, Amansara provides an ideal base for exploring the Unesco-protected temples of Angkor, and discovering Khmer culture. Amansara combines the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ with apsara, the ‘heavenly nymphs’ of ancient Hindu texts. Built with 12 suites in 1962 by French architect Laurent Mondet, today Amansara presents 24 suites, 12 with private swimming pools. Similar in design, each suite enjoys an open-plan layout and a private courtyard. Across a manicured lawn from the suites and adjacent to the main 17-metre swimming pool is the circular Dining Room with its soaring ceiling and shaded terrace. Serving a menu of Khmer and Western cuisines, it includes a walk-in wine and cheese cellar and a casual lounging area. The Roof Terrace offers a seasonal venue for early or late evening drinks and private dinners. Taking advantage of the resort’s tranquil setting is the Aman Spa, which overlooks an ancient rain tree. There are four treatment rooms, each with an attached relaxation area overlooking a reflection pond set against a 43-metre sandstone relief. Other resort facilities include a 25-metre lap pool, a library and a gallery displaying local crafts and artwork available for purchase. A variety of temple tours and customised excursions are available as part of the Amansara guest experience. Complimentary house outings focusing on the temples surrounding Angkor Wat are conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons, utilising Amansara’s own fleet of remorks (moped-powered trishaws), each with its own Amansara driver and guide.

Amanemu

2165 Hazako Hamajima-cho, Shima, Japan , 517-0403

Family-friendly Golf Spa & Wellness Villa/Residence Outdoor Pool

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100 USD food & beverage credit
Complimentary full breakfast for two daily
Early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in - subject to availability
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Set in Ise Shima National Park, Amanemu ('peaceful joy') is perched on the rolling shores of Ago Bay, known as the Bay of Pearls – an expanse of blue, dotted with islets and home to drifting oyster rafts. Lying south of Tokyo, two hours by train from Nagoya or 25 minutes by private helicopter, the resort borders ancient pilgrimage routes winding through nearby forests, with Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines within easy reach. Amanemu embraces a classic Japanese aesthetic, giving the resort the feel of an exclusive sanctuary at one with nature. The ancient Japanese tradition of onsen (mineral hot springs) is ever-present, and the Aman Spa is an integral part of Amanemu. It offers an enriching guest experience centered on wellness and tradition. It features two exclusive onsen pavilions drawing nutrient-rich water from nearby hot springs, four treatment rooms, and a Watsu pool. A gym, yoga pavilion, and Pilates studio round out the facilities. The benefits of onsen can also be enjoyed in each of Amanemu's 24 suites and its four two-bedroom villas. Each features a private plunge-bath supplied with water drawn from the same natural hot springs as the Aman Spa. Identical in layout and design, Amanemu's 99-square-meter suites present combined bedroom and living areas and expansive decks. Suites are classified into three groups based on their outlooks: Mori Suites are surrounded by indigenous flora and have quiet green views of Ago Bay; Sora Suites are closer to the coast and have peaceful green views of Ago Bay, and Nagi Suites are the closest to the shore and have the best views of Ago Bay. Similar vistas and additional living rooms may be found in the two two-bedroom villas with their own gardens. Amanemu provides two restaurants reflecting the region's culinary tradition, including seafood to Matsusaka meat. A private marina club is also available.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Reserve - Mpumalanga, Ulusaba, South Africa

Romantic Family-friendly Adventure Safari Camp All-Inclusive Food & Wine Nature & Wildlife Outdoor Pool

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ZAR 1300 gift shop or spa credit, per room (No cash value)
Complimentary buffet breakfast for two daily
Early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in - subject to availability
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in South Africa. The name Ulusaba means ‘place of little fear,’ so named because the koppie, or hill, on which Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan tribal warriors with the perfect lookout point. Ulusaba has 20 rooms and suites spread over two lodges: Rock Lodge, including the beautiful Cliff Lodge, and Safari Lodge. Ulusaba sits entirely within the Sabi Sand Reserve near Kruger National Park, surrounded by 13,500 hectares (about 33,000 acres) of open bush. Rock Lodge is perched on the top of a koppie with panoramic views over the bush below. There are eight rooms at Rock Lodge, including our Master Suite, Makwela Suites, Rock Cliff rooms, and the two-bedroom Rock Suite, some of which have private plunge pools. Cliff Lodge is just a short walk from the main house, a private two-bedroom suite. Safari Lodge is nearly 500 meters away, which has ten rooms, including our Safari Rooms, Elephant Rooms, River Rooms, the private Treehouse Suite, and the Safari Suite. Built along the banks of a dry riverbed, Safari Lodge guests cross swing bridges between the exquisite treehouse-style rooms. For the ultimate experience, guests can share their time between both lodges. Anyone who’s been on safari before knows that no two game drives are ever the same! There are two daily game drives at Ulusaba, one leaving early in the morning and one going late afternoon, each lasting around three hours. Times vary depending on the season, but you should always keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5! You’ll traverse over 13,500 hectares of the private reserve with your dedicated Ranger and Tracker, who will tailor your game drive just for you! At Ulusaba, dining is an essential part of your stay, and our chefs work hard from morning until night to provide the freshest and tastiest meals possible. All meals and drinks are included in your rates, and with at least six opportunities per day to eat, we promise you won’t go hungry!

Aman Tokyo

The Otemachi Tower, 1-5-6 Otemachi, Tokyo, Japan , 100-0004

City Indoor Pool

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100 USD food & beverage credit (Excludes minibar and retail items)
Complimentary full American or Japanese breakfast for two daily
Early check-in and late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade at time of check-in - subject to availability
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Debuting Aman’s new urban concept, high above the atmospheric whirl of tradition and modernity that is Japan’s capital city, Aman Tokyo is located in the prestigious financial district of Otemachi, just steps from Tokyo Station and the world-famous Ginza shopping district. Occupying the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, the hotel offers bird’s eye views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and surrounding Tokyo landmarks, as well as easy access to all points of interest in the city: the five-line Otemachi subway station is connected to the building. An exclusive sanctuary above the city, Aman Tokyo embraces its namesake’s cosmopolitan nature while staying true to classical Japanese aesthetics. The hotel’s inner garden on the reception level is surrounded by a veranda or engawa, which leads to extensive dining and lounge areas, as well as a library and meeting rooms. Aman Tokyo’s guest rooms and suites, serene Aman spa, and 30-meter swimming pool are five floors. Designed with business and leisure travelers in mind, Aman Tokyo offers accommodation in 84 guest rooms and suites, each featuring a unique layout, panoramic views, and contemporary convenience. Aman Tokyo’s wellness facilities cover almost 2,500 square meters across two floors. They include an Aman spa with eight treatment rooms, a gym, a yoga/Pilates studio, and a 30-meter, temperature-controlled swimming pool with expansive city views. Changing rooms feature steam rooms, showers, and a traditional Japanese bath. Aside from the resort’s superb facilities, Aman Tokyo offers guests an insight into and ease of access to the city’s many attractions.