Holidays

The Vintage Magazine is excited to introduce to you four very different experiences , one in the wild, one in the sunshine, one in the mountains and finally, one literally out of this world!

 

ULUSABA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Taste the spoils of a safari in South Africa in the peace and tranquility of the unspoilt African Bushveld.  This is the ultimate destination for spotting the ‘Big Five’!

Ulusaba is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park. At Ulusaba the emphasis is on exceptional personal service.  The attentive staff and superb facilities will ensure that being in the middle of the African Bush does not need to mean foregoing creature comforts.  You’ll have the unique sights, sounds and smells of Africa on your doorstep, while still enjoying the kind of style and luxury you’d expect from a five star boutique hotel.

Because Ulusaba is privately owned, you’ll be able to enjoy over 13,500 hectares (about 33,000 acres) of unspoilt, game-rich Bush in near solitude.  Experienced Trackers and Game Rangers will accompany you on game drives in open Land Rovers, tracking the ‘Big Five’ and sharing with you their vast knowledge of the surrounding wildlife.

Location – Ulusaba is approximately a 1 hour 20 minute flight by twin-engine aircraft to the Ulusaba airstrip from Johannesburg International Airport (also known as O.R. Tambo Airport) and 30 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit.

Guest accommodation – Retreat in style and comfort at two lodges; Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie (rocky hill) and includes Ulusaba’s newest addition Cliff Lodge, whilst 0.5km away Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed.  Many guests choose to split their stay between both lodges and have the advantage of keeping the same Ranger and Tracker.

Rock Lodge – Set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountain range, each room has been designed with the colours of a different African tribe or region.  Rock Lodge can accommodate a total of 20–25 guests in its 10 rooms and welcomes children of all ages to the Ulusaba Cub’s Club.

Cliff Lodge – Cliff Lodge has two luxurious suites which are perfect for smaller groups and families.  Located just a short stroll away from the Main House at Rock Lodge, Cliff Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 5 adults and 4 children when booked exclusively.

Safari Lodge – Guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms, created and inspired by local and natural materials, with elephants, bushbucks, lions and other local wildlife passing by.  Safari Lodge can accommodate 22 guests in its 11 rooms.

Facilities and Activities – Apart from twice daily game drives and a daily walk in the Bush with a Ranger and Tracker, guests really need to plan their days to enjoy the other facilities available at Ulusaba.  Soak up some sun by the pool or relax at the Aroma Boma Beauty Treatment Centres with a wide range of treatments.  For the more active, play tennis on a floodlit tennis court with a fully stocked bar or work out at the fully equipped gyms any time of the day.  Visit the wine cellar at Safari Lodge for a spot of wine tasting with an outdoor dining area for up to six guests or go star gazing at our observatory tucked away in the Bush.  They can also arrange cultural, wildlife or scenic tours including helicopter trips and a tour of the local community at an extra cost – the proceeds from the community tour are donated to the local village.  Don’t forget to pick up some mementos of your stay at the Gift Shop at Safari Lodge.

Dining – Dine by firelight, candlelight or star light – feast on a traditional Braai in the heart of the Bush, or sample the local specialties overlooking the animals wandering by.  Let Ulusaba know what you like and they’ll be happy to make it for you. Breakfasts and lunches are organised ‘restaurant style’, but in the evenings guests dine together at communal tables, comparing notes on the animals they spotted that day!

SPEND 4 NIGHTS ON SAFARI AT ULUSABA FOR THE PRICE OF 3!

Or, stay even longer and

SPEND 5 NIGHTS AT ULUSABA FOR THE PRICE OF 4!

Longer stays are also available

 

When is the offer available?

Valid for any new arrivals before 22nd December 2012

 How much?

This offer is based on our current rates, which are priced in South African Rand.  Stays at Safari Lodge start from ZAR 4,750 per person per night, stays at Rock Lodge start from ZAR 6,900 per person per night and stays at Cliff Lodge start from ZAR 12,600 per person per night.

Our rates include accommodation, all meals and drinks, high quality wines and champagne, as well as a team of fabulous staff.

When you’re at Ulusaba…

  • Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on the twice daily game drives traversing an area of 13,500 hectares, accompanied by a fully trained and experienced ranger and tracker
  • Nose and swirl around a few South African reds and whites in the wine cellar at Safari Lodge
  • Experience traditional music in the great outdoors while you dine by firelight and starlight
  • Unwind with a soothing Aroma Boma beauty treatment (at an additional cost)

Terms and Conditions

  • Stays can be split between Safari Lodge and Rock Lodge; the last night of your stay will be complimentary
  • Offer is subject to availability and applies to new bookings only made on or after 21st May 2012
  • Blackout dates may apply
  • All our normal booking terms and conditions apply
  • Maximum of one free night per booking
  • This offer can be combined with the Kids go Free Offer although not with any other packages or special offers. Please contact us for further information

To book please contact:

UK Head office                                                       South Africa

Tel:     0800 716 919         (toll free)                              Tel:     0800 056 343 (toll free)

Tel:     +44 (0) 208 600 0430                              Tel:     +27 (0) 11 325 4405

Email: enquiries@virginlimitededition.com               Email: enquiries@ulusaba.virgin.com

A Wild Romance – Just the Two of Us……….

Who says romance is dead?  At Ulusaba it is seen every day, and not just from the human guests.  The elephants who roam the Sabi Sand Reserve are often spotted cuddling each other, and when something the size of an elephant gets amorous, you’re advised to keep your distance!

What to expect on a romantic safari at Ulusaba

A stay at Ulusaba can you give you the space you and your partner need to ignite (or re-ignite!) the magic, and we’ve got some great suggestions and ideas for an intimate and private escape in the African bush.  Whether you’re on honeymoon or just fancy a romantic break, there are only 21 rooms and suites at Ulusaba split over two lodges, so finding some time alone won’t be a problem.

A Taste of life at Ulusaba:-

Ulusaba Lodges

Ulusaba River Room Safari Lodge

Ulusaba Elephant Room Bathroom

Ulusaba Dining Bush Dinner

Ulusaba Bush Breakfast

Ulusaba Pool

Ulusaba Wellness

Ulusaba Game Drive

Lions Fighting

Leopard in Tree

Ulusaba Zebras Safari

 

Now for KASBAH TAMADOT

Where is Kasbah Tamadot?  It is a one hour drive from Marrakech, located near the village of Asni at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and 1,320m above sea level.  This Moroccan retreat is perfect for rest and relaxation, and ideally located for exploration of the mountains by foot, bike or mule.

How many rooms are there?

Each of the 27 bedrooms, suites and Berber Tents at Kasbah Tamadot is totally unique. All are individually decorated with traditional Moroccan furnishings and antiques with contemporary elements. Whether the rooms have a private plunge pool, an exquisitely carved ceiling, or a terrace overlooking the valley, it will feel like a Moroccan home.

The SPECIAL OFFER IS:-

SPEND 4 NIGHTS AT KASBAH TAMADOT FOR THE PRICE OF 3!

Or stay a little longer and

SPEND 5 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 4

Or stay even longer and

SPEND 7 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 6

 

When is the offer available?

This offer is valid for stays from 19th November 2012 until 21st March 2013.  When you book to stay for 4, 5 or 7 nights, your final night is on the house!

How much?

This offer is based on our Bed & Breakfast rates which are priced in Moroccan Dirhams and quoted per room per night based on double occupancy.

What’s included?

These rates include accommodation as detailed, breakfast and taxes.

 

 

Low Season

19th November 2012 – 21st March 2013

Room Type

Double Occupancy

Superior Room

MAD 4,600

Deluxe Room

MAD 6,100

Superior Suite

MAD 7,450

Deluxe Suite

MAD 8,150

Berber Tent

MAD 8,150

Deluxe Pool Suite

MAD 9,800

Berber Tent with plunge pool

MAD 9,800

Master Suite (3 bedroom)

MAD 20,500

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Offer is subject to availability and applies to any new bookings made from 14th September 2012 for stays from 19th November until 21st March 2013
  • Not available during the Christmas, New Year and Easter periods
  • Based on a fixed exchange rate of 11 (subject to change)
  • All normal booking terms and conditions apply
  • This offer can be combined with selected other offers and special packages
  • The Deluxe Suite with Pool can be booked within two months of your arrival
  • Single occupancy rates available on request

To book please contact:

UK Head office

Tel:     0800 716 919         (toll free)

Tel:     +44 (0) 208 600 0430

Email: enquiries@virginlimitededition.com

THE SECOND OFFER AT KASBAH TAMADOT IS:-

ESCAPE TO MOROCCO

2nd January 2013 – 21st December 2013

What’s included?

  • Three nights’ accommodation and daily breakfast
  • Three dinners – A three course meal from our à la carte menu including half a bottle of house wine per person
  • Private return road transfers between Marrakech and Kasbah Tamadot
  • Local taxes

Want to extend your stay?  Rates for extra nights are bed & breakfast only, quoted per person per night based on two people sharing one room.

When is this offer available?

All year round! The rates below are valid from 2nd January – 21st December 2013

How much?

These rates are priced in Moroccan Dirhams (MAD) and quoted per person for three nights based on two people sharing one room. Extra nights are bed and breakfast only.

LOW SEASON

2nd January – 31st March 2013

1st June – 31st August 2013

18th November – 21st December 2013

 

Room Type

Low season

3 Nights

per person

 

Extra Night

per person

High season

3 Nights

per person

 

Extra Night

per person

Superior Room

MAD 9,810

MAD 2,300

MAD 11,160

MAD 2,750

Deluxe Room

MAD 12,060

MAD 3,050

MAD 13,335

MAD 3,475

Superior Suite

MAD 14,085

MAD 3,725

MAD 14,910

MAD 4,000

Deluxe Suite

MAD 15,135

MAD 4,075

MAD 16,710

MAD 4,600

Berber Tent

MAD 15,135

MAD 4,075

MAD 16,710

MAD 4,600

Deluxe Suite with Pool*

MAD 17,610

MAD 4,900

MAD 19,710

MAD 5,600

Berber Tent with Plunge Pool

MAD 17,610

MAD 4,900

MAD 19,710

MAD 5,600

Master Suite 3 Bedrooms Exclusive Use

MAD 33,660

Based on 2 ppl

MAD 10,250

MAD 38,385

Based on 2 ppl

MAD 11,825

Terms and conditions apply; * Bookable within two months prior to arrival date

What is there to do during the day?

Kasbah Tamadot offers the perfect setting for you to chill out and relax.  If you’re looking for activities and excursions there are some wonderful treks into the mountains and local Berber villages by foot, bike, mule and vehicle!  Excursions and spa treatments are additional so please ask for our list of activities.

UK Head Office

Tel:     0800 716 919         (toll free) / +44 (0) 208 600 0430

Email: enquiries@virginlimitededition.com

Things to do…and also included!

• Work out at the gym

• Go for a session in the Sauna

• Have a dip in the heated outdoor infinity pool or heated indoor pool

• Try out one of the two floodlit tennis courts

• Relax in the Salon complete with a fireplace, books,CDs & DVDs

• Visit the nearby Asni market and practice your haggling skills

Extras: There are mule rides, local excursions, and treks. Those who wish to seriously relax can book a treatment in the luxurious Asounfou Spa. These are available for an additional charge.

What’s the food like?

Enjoy delicious local and international cuisine accompanied by spectacular mountain views in Kanoun Restaurant, or dine al fresco on the pool bar terrace next to the beautiful infinity pool, on the rooftop terrace underneath the stars, or somewhere private just for two!

Can Kasbah Tamadot be hired exclusively?

Absolutely! Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or just a great opportunity to escape with family and friends, Kasbah Tamadot’s team is on hand to cater for all requests. Kasbah Tamadot can accommodate up to 54 guests.

When are children welcome?

Children of all ages are very welcome at Kasbah Tamadot for selected dates during the year. The dates are: 23rd March – 16th April, 1st July – 31st August, 15th October – 4th November 2012. Our ‘Kasbah Kids’ activities for children include mule rides, treasure hunts, Berber breadmaking classes, pool parties, Moroccan tea parties, nail painting sessions and much more. Babysitting is also available at an extra charge.

• An infant is a guest under 6 years old and free of charge.

• A child is a guest between the ages of 6-12 years old. Our Kids go Free offer is available all year, excluding Christmas and New Years Eve when a supplement will apply.

www.kasbahtamadot.virgin.com

This is how stunning it is:-

Kasbah Pool

Kasbah Bedrooms Berber Tents

Kasbah Bedrooms Berber Tents Bath

Kasbah Bedrooms Berber Tents Pool

Kasbah Dining Roof Terrace

Kasbah Dining Reflecting Pool

Roof View

 

To Chillier Climes but no less spectacular:-

The Lodge in Verbier – this is the offer

CELEBRATION WEEKS AT THE LODGE

DECEMBER 2012

Book an individual room for 3, 4 or 7 nights

The Lodge is normally hired exclusively in winter for a 7-night minimum stay, but for selected dates this ski season you can book an individual room during a ‘Celebration Week’, when couples share the chalet ‘house party’ style.

When can I stay?

This offer is valid for stays of 3, 4 or 7 nights* during the week commencing:

  • 9th December 2012

 

What’s included?

  • Accommodation at The Lodge in one of the 7 bedrooms or 2 Master Suites
  • Breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. A light lunch is served in winter for those guests not eating on the mountain.
  • All drinks including premium spirits, wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour driver service within Verbier and all taxes

Week commencing

9 Dec 2012

LENGTH OF STAY

Bedroom Rate

(per room)

Master Suite Rate

(per suite)

3 nights

CHF 4,200

CHF 4,950

4 nights

CHF 5,600

CHF 6,600

7 nights

CHF 9,800

CHF 11,550

* Set arrival dates may apply

Things to do…and also included!

  • Take a dip in the indoor heated pool, or warm yourself up in the Jacuzzis
  • Tuck into some of the exquisite dishes from our kitchen – order what you want, or let us surprise you!
  • Try a few glasses of red or white from our wine cellar
  • Curling on the mini ice-rink! (weather permitting)

 

Available on request

  • Transfers can be organised to and from The Lodge as well as lift passes, lessons and ski equipment for an additional cost.

How to book?

T: 0800 716 919 (UK) or +44 208 600 0430

enquiries@virginlimitededition.com | www.thelodge.virgin.com

What it looks like:-

The Lodge Aerial View Verbier

 Lodge Main Lounge

Master Suite1

Indoor Pool The Lodge Verbier

Afternoon tea at The Lodge Verbier

The Lodge Playroom

ski in at The Lodge Verbier

Heli-Skiing at Verbier

Action Skiing in Verbier

External Jacuzzi at The Lodge Verbier

 

And finally if these destinations are not exciting enough then maybe you should book a seat on LauncherOne.  Unfortunately The Vintage Magazine can offer no deals on this excursion but we consider it our duty to bring to your attention all experiences which may be on your ‘Bucket List’!

To Infinity and Beyond – The ultimate travel experience:-

Sir Richard ‘Buzz Lightyear’ Branson’s Virgin Galactic has come a step closer to the world’s first commercial space flight.  Only Richard Branson has the foresight, determination and the resources not to mention the audacity to make his vision of commercial space travel a reality with the announcement of LauncherOne, a new air launched rocket specifically designed to deliver small satellite into orbit.

He is now another step closer to achieving this ambition and you can log on to the Virgin Galactic website and join over 500 other would be Virgin astronauts who will venture into space.

With substantial funding already raised and with commercial flights of this new orbital launch vehicle expected to begin by 2016 Virgin Galactic aims to offer frequent and dedicated launches at the lowest prices.

Meanwhile at the same time Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic has now accepted deposits for sub-orbital flights from 529 future astronauts at a mere $200,000 per person.  The craft is capable of flying at just over 60 miles above Earth for a planned two and a half hour flight with five minutes of weightlessness. Each of these would-be ‘space’ travellers will have to take part in a week of training prior to the trip.

Sir Richard Branson in Spaceshiptwo Holding Model of Launcherone

Whiteknighttwo and Spaceshiptwo in full flight

 

 
Sunday, October 21st, 2012