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Post Written by: Andrew Harreiter

Posted: 04/08/20

As travel restrictions relax and we recover some semblance of normality, you may be making plans to cast off the lockdown lethargy with a much-needed getaway.

ACC has collaborated with tailor-made travel specialist, Inspiring Travel Co., to bring you ten post-lockdown luxury resorts guaranteed to get your wanderlust fired up.

This second part of our blog takes you to luxuriously secluded desert oases and lush rainforest retreats. Paired with some exceptional private jet flight options from our luxury jet charter experts, these resorts are certain to help blow away the Covid cobwebs.

THE BRANDO, TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Picture a paradise of silken sand beaches, gin-clear seas and lavish oceanfront villas beneath a sapphire-blue sky – welcome to The Brando.

Favoured by the likes of Pippa Middleton, who honeymooned here, this incredibly private and exclusive island resort is one of the most sought-after holiday sanctuaries in the South Pacific.

Named after Marlon Brando, who bought the island after falling in love with its beauty, The Brando blends first-class luxury with authentic local experiences, emphasising environmental sustainability and respect for the area’s French Polynesian culture and heritage.

The resort offers an abundance of activities to immerse visitors in the island’s captivating natural and cultural history, from wildlife watching and water sports to classes in traditional Polynesian artistry.

When it comes to dining, The Brando’s venues showcase a range of world cuisines, from Polynesian-inspired specialities to classic French fine dining, prepared using fruits and vegetables handpicked from its own organic gardens and orchards.

Also available is a specially commissioned Vegan menu, developed by renowned chef Kelvin Au-Ieong.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

French Polynesia is at its best between June and August, when the weather is at its driest and the temperature sits comfortably between the high 20s and mid 30s.

GETTING THERE

Private jet flights from London to Tahiti for up to eight passengers start from £175,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.

NB: Please note that flights to Tahiti will require a fuel stop en route. Passengers will also require a shuttle flight transfer from Tahiti to Tetiaroa.

NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Sometimes the only thing that will suit is an island escape – sun, sand and endless luxury.

And they don’t come much more luxurious, or exclusive, than Sir Richard Branson’s personal haven, Necker Island, in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

With previous guests including Barack and Michelle Obama, following the former’s presidency, this retreat surpasses even the highest of expectations – accommodation, cuisine, service and, above all, the natural beauty of the island itself, combine to create a true slice of paradise.

Guests can opt to stay in one of the lavish suites in the Great House, known as the heart of the island, or one of the unique, private Balinese Houses, and create their own personalised all-inclusive experience – choose how and when to dine and spend the days relaxing or enjoying a multitude of water sports.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

While temperatures hover around the high 20s year-round, evenings can be significantly cooler between December and April. The driest months are typically between February and May.

GETTING THERE

Direct private jet flights to Tortola for up to eight passengers start from £105,000 each way, based on a Dassault Falcon 7X ultra-long-range jet.

NB: Passengers will also require a boat or helicopter transfer from Tortola to Necker Island.

SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, OMAN

For those who appreciate their privacy, Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort offers a level of intimate luxury rarely found anywhere else.

Nestled in Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, this hidden jewel offers something for everyone. Choose your own adventure – whether paragliding into Zighy Bay or taking a breathtakingly scenic mountain drive.

Or, make the most of the award-winning Six Senses Spa, featuring an extensive menu of wellness programmes and treatments designed to rejuvenate mind and body.

Accommodation ranges from blissfully private villas and opulent spa rooms to the four-bedroom Beachfront Reserve, situated on its very own stretch of private beach, for the ultimate in exclusivity and seclusion.

Whatever options you choose, an escape to this desert oasis assures a truly sensational experience.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Although temperatures are consistently high year-round, the summer months are often fiercely hot. For more moderate weather, Oman is best visited between October and April.

GETTING THERE

Direct private jet flights to Muscat for up to six passengers start from £55,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Challenger 350 super midsize jet.

ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH, MALDIVES

With 12 pristine, white-sand beaches spread over 6km of coastline and a crystal clear lagoon, no resort encapsulates the Maldivian paradise more completely.

Find your very own island hideaway in one of the hotel’s Beach Villas, or float above the Indian Ocean in one of their iconic over-water villas. Or, for the ultimate indulgence, book a stay in the Grand Residence, a secluded beachside haven for up to nine guests, with its own private pool and outdoor cinema.

Regardless of what your idea of holiday perfection may be, with myriad activities available, you are certain to find something to suit, from relaxation in One&Only Reethi Rah’s beachside spa sanctuary, to exploration of the Maldives’ natural wonders.

World-class dining is a One&Only hallmark and Reethi Rah does not disappoint – the hotel offers a range of unforgettable epicurean experiences, including a private teppenyaki pavilion, bespoke candlelit sandbank dining and a sumptuous seven-course menu enjoyed in the hotel’s private treetop retreat.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

The best months to visit the Maldives are between November and April, when temperatures average between the high 20s and low 30s, with January through April being the peak season for resorts.

GETTING THERE

Direct private jet flights to Malé for up to eight passengers start from £120,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.

NB: Please note that guests will need to transfer from Velana International Airport to the hotel via private or shared seaplane or shared boat transfer.

SONEVA KIRI, KOH KOOD, THAILAND

Located just 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, arriving at Soneva Kiri is like stepping into another world – utterly tranquil and serendipitously serene.

Sheltered within the island of Koh Kood’s lush rainforest, the resort’s eco-friendly design provides a luxurious environment in perfect harmony with its unspoilt surroundings.

Whether you choose a villa just steps from the beach, or one of the ultra-luxe retreats, you’ll find your every whim catered for thanks to dedicated butler service.

Explore the island of Koh Kood by sea or land, look to the stars with a visit to the Observatory or try your hand at traditional Thai cooking.

In the mood for something altogether more relaxing? Embark on a sensory journey with a range of locally inspired therapies courtesy at Soneva Kiri’s Six Senses Spa.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

While the weather on Thailand’s east coast is generally good most of the year, rainfall is at its lowest in January and February, peaking in November.

GETTING THERE

Direct private jet flights to Bangkok for up to eight passengers start from £130,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.

NB: Please note that guests will need to transfer from Bangkok Airport to Soneva Kiri via the resort’s scheduled private aircraft, which operates daily from 06:00 to 15:40 (local)

ESCAPE BY PRIVATE JET

As travel restrictions continue to relax, our experts stand ready to assist with your private aircraft charter needs. For more information about chartering a private jet for your next holiday, or for any other overseas trips, get in touch with a member of our team: call +44 (0)1737 232 230 or request a quote online.

*All prices listed are estimates based on one-way flights only, excluding VAT, transfers, accommodation and dining, and are subject to availability and slots at time of enquiry.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, entry and return from certain destinations may be subject to travel restrictions and quarantine periods – please consult the FCO website for up-to-date information.