Insight

Blue Marble Private is a luxury travel company in London organising extraordinary travel experiences around the world.

The Secret Life of Aman Venice

Meet Giberto, Venetian artist and glass-smith, who happens to call the Aman Venice home. The Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga family had been living in Palazzo Papadopoli on Venice's Grand Canal for the past 200 years when five years ago the ultra luxe hotel group, Aman, approached them with the idea to renovate and turn the palazzo into their most exciting European hotel opening. With Giberto and his family remaining residents on the top floor, the palazzo has become one of the finest in Venice and perhaps Italy.

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Chablé Maroma, Mexico

Mexico's colourful Yucatan peninsula is home to ancient ruins, underground cenotes, lush rainforest and an endless supply of natural wonders. The new retreat from Chablé, overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the Riviera Maya, is set to be the perfect place to experience the region as well as the spectacular underwater world just waiting to be explored.

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The creative minds of Morocco | Inspiration, Architecture & Design

Morocco is a land of stark contrasts – from centuries-old traditions, dramatic landscapes, vivid colours and striking design – the country is a melting pot for creative minds. Marrakech in particular has inspired designers for decades. The ‘pink city’ was a huge influence for Yves Saint Laurent who first visited in 1966 and which has since prompted the opening of the new YSL Museum set in the stunning surrounds of Jardin Majorelle.

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Life in Peru's Sacred Valley

Meet Petit, owner of the Sol y Luna Hotel and Association, who left behind successful corporate life for the Sacred Valley of the Incas to improve the lives of the world’s poorest children. In 1999, together with her husband Franz, she started an education project for local children which has evolved into the Sol y Luna Intercultural School. In order to support these education initiatives, Petit and her husband built the wonderful Sol y Luna boutique hotel – a pioneering, sustainable tourism project in the depths of Peru. 

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The world's first nomadic hotel | 700,000 Heures in Cambodia

A wandering hotel – named 700,000 Heures which is on average the amount of time we each have on the planet – will be settling in the Kingdom of Cambodia for six months from November to April. Expect off-the-beaten-track experiences, dining in private temples, sleeping under the stars, visits to floating villages, and incredible sunrises over Angkor Wat. Cambodia is one of the most memorable countries to explore in Asia so join us for the journey of discovery.

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Culture, contrasts & curiosity | A journey through Japan

A journey through Japan – from the modern metropolis of neon-lit Tokyo to the ancient backstreets of Kyoto dotted with teahouses and temples, and onwards to the country's spiritual heartland to be surrounded by misty mountains and the mystical birthplace of the ninja.

Japan is a place of complete contrasts and difficult to put into words, but as travel is considered to be the most progressive expression of human curiosity we hope you will feel intrigued – and it is just waiting to be explored...

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By Land & Sea | The Mediterranean à deux

The stunningly designed 38-metre schooner, Alexa J, has been meticulously restored with romance and adventure in equal measure. Setting sail around the Mediterranean for the first time in July – whether you want to step back in time to explore ancient ruins, discover hidden coves to have all to yourself, or enjoy Sicilian wines with an award-winning viticulturist on the slopes of Mount Etna – we can craft an itinerary to suit.

To complete your journey, arguably the best hotel in Europe awaits: Aman Sveti Stefan. Balancing rustic charm with luxurious flair, Sveti Stefan is located on its own private islet once a 15th-century fishing village. Here you are perfectly positioned to explore Montenegro's coast, home to a series of ancient towns dotted along the Adriatic Sea.

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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon | Iceland

Rising from the midst of the Blue Lagoon, The Retreat will offer exclusive access to Iceland’s iconic geothermal reservoir situated amidst a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The unique resort appears to float on ethereal waters with innovative architecture blending the natural beauty of the 800-year-old setting with a sleek, Nordic aesthetic. Built into the volcanic frontier, suites are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows to feel immersed in the otherworldly backdrop. With lava sanctuaries and geothermal waters to bathe in, the subterranean spa promises to be a world of natural wellness, harnessing the mineral-rich landscape to create an intimate Icelandic escape.

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The Telegraph shines the spotlight on our extraordinary adventures

Featured in The Telegraph as our choice for an adventure like no other in 2018 is the remote Pacific island nation of Palau. Exploring the vast, largely untouched archipelago aboard a superyacht – completed with seaplane and helicopter – an epic adventure awaits. First, discover a kaleidoscopic underwater world before spending a week on your very own private island: Ariara.

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Companion Ticket: Bonita Norris

Meet Bonita Norris who in 2010 became the youngest British woman to climb Mt. Everest aged just 22. Two years later Bonita also became the first British woman to climb Mt. Lhotse, the world's fourth highest peak and in 2016, she attempted to become the first British women to summit – and survive – the world's second highest mountain (and most technically challenging of all) K2. Reflecting on some of the toughest experiences imaginable in her recently published memoir, we have taken the opportunity to catch up with Bonita to hear more about her high-altitude expeditions, travel inspiration and of course her next adventures.

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By Land & Sea | Palau & Ariara Island

The Pacific island nation of Palau is scenically magical: an archipelago comprised of more than 300 islands, blanketed in emerald forests and surrounded by lagoons. For those looking for a far-flung adventure, spend a week aboard an exceptional explorer yacht discovering the otherworldly underwater world and pristine bays with alfresco dinners under the stars.

Onwards to your very own private island – Ariara. This castaway tropical island is a Philippine paradise with the added luxury that it is fully staffed with your own private chef being specially flown in from the capital to serve the most sublime seared tuna sashimi as the sun sets.

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By Land & Sea | Patagonia

A maze of fjords dotted with wild isles, abundant marine life and glaciers tumbling into the South Pacific, the breathtaking landscape of Chilean Patagonia is often best admired from the deck of a yacht. Armed with helicopter and seaplane, you can adventure to seldom explored locations with the most knowledgable of guides. Smaller tenders allow you to venture into the marble caves and get up close to glistening glaciers.

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By Land & Sea | Greenland to Iceland

"When you've seen the world there's always Greenland" – home to mighty glaciers, Inuit hunters, Northern Lights, and polar bears on the prowl – this vast Arctic tundra is one of the least visited places on the planet. 

Exploring the Arctic by superyacht is one heck of an adventure. Begin your intrepid odyssey in Greenland journeying through the fjords to the tip of the south coast to visit hot springs on the uninhabited island of Uunartoq – once the Vikings' favoured medieval spa – beneath the summer's midnight sun.

Pair your journey sailing along the remote, rugged peninsula of Greenland with a weekend on land staying at Iceland’s exclusive Deplar Farm. Formerly a traditional sheep farm it has since been transformed to become one of the most stylish retreats set within Northern Iceland’s mountainous Troll Peninsula.

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