Journey of a Lifetime
Belmond, a leader in exceptional worldwide experiences, calls itself both travel curator and connoisseur for good reason.
The World of Belmond
Established nearly 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Belmond’s unique and distinctive experiences begin in the most vibrant, beautiful and culturally rich locations on the globe. One-of-a-kind adventures include a river cruise to the most remote parts of the Chindwin River in Myanmar; a hotel terrace overlooking Iguassu Falls; a Buddhist ceremony at a secluded monastery; a glamorous, vintage, 1950s-inspired holiday at one of six graceful Italian hotels; or a romantic and spiritual rendezvous in the Mayan tradition at the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera
… to name a short few.
Priding itself on exceptional service, unforgettable memories, surprising adventures and a sense of the unique, Belmond is passionate about helping guests explore each vibrant destination to the fullest. In Africa alone, Belmond’s three luxury safari lodges have been operating in Northern Botswana for more than 20 years. The portfolio includes Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in the newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Okavango Delta, which will reopen later this year as one of the region’s most luxurious.
Locally, Belmond’s diverse global collection includes Santa Barbara’s only Forbes five-star resort, Belmond El Encanto, where guests can enjoy incredible farm-to-fork cuisine including fresh cheese made with milk from the hotel’s own cow, Ellie. Also stateside, Belmond Charleston Place, located at the very heart of downtown Charleston in the historic district, is walking distance to many of this charming southern city’s major attractions.
Belmond is proud to offer some of the world’s greatest luxury trains and cruises, allowing guests to experience destinations from an ever-changing perspective and journey at a slower pace in beautiful surroundings. Perhaps the most famous are Venice Simplon-Orient-Express through Europe and Belmond Royal Scotsman, the U.K.’s only luxury sleeper train, taking guests to the heart of the scenic Scottish Highlands.
The collection also includes Belmond Road to Mandalay and Belmond Orcaella, two luxury river cruisers that explore the Chindwin and Ayeyarwady rivers in Myanmar; and Belmond Afloat in France, a collection of five luxury barges that explore the waterways, canals, rivers and countryside of rural France. This year, Belmond will celebrate 20 years in Myanmar with a guest speaker program featuring award-winning wildlife and travel photographer Sue Flood and a series of talks and workshops aboard both vessels.
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