“Exclusive Use” accommodation does not have to mean self-catered. In fact, it can be opposite! The joy of Exclusive Use is the ability to take all your favourite elements from a hotel stay, including the expert team, then close the doors to everyone else!
Whether you are planning to safari with the whole family, hike the Himalayas with a group of friends, take to the waters of Indonesia or deep dive into Colombia, sometimes you just want to spend time with those you are with, without having to lift a finger, guided by local experts introducing you to their neighbourhood. This is where our little black book of fully staffed Exclusive Use properties may become your new best friend.
Whether you fill the house to the rafters or simply enjoy the privacy and complete flexibility they provide, exclusive-use properties is the only option for some of our clients.
Views from Mahu Whenua
Outdoor adventure for multi-generational families
A home for up to 12 people, surrounded by 136,000 acres of lush green valleys, forests and towering mountains, Mahu Whenua is the ultimate location for people who love the outdoors. Wooden, stone and glass suites offer supreme views of the valley, and the Komako Family Bunkroom is the best place to pop the kids to bed at night, in hopes there are not too many pillow fights!
A priavte playground, each day is tailored to guests interests, in line with the season and weather. Helicopter adventures introduce you to this massive tract of land, with the ability to land at a moment notice for a picnic on the ridgeline, land on the Milford glacier or go wine tasting at a local vineyard. The impressive stables can provide a ride for all levels of experience from a simple pat in the stable through to trails riding through rivers, beech woods and over rolling valleys. Hiking, fly fishing, cycling, paddle boarding, yoga…the list goes on. And, if it isn’t on the list, it can be created. Nothing is too much trouble for this passionate and professional team. You have the space and can use it!
As the stars come out at The Selinda Suite
Great Plains Selinda Suite
Exclusive and intimate African wildlife safari
Almost matching the space of Mahu Whenua, this exciting private 130,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana could be likened to an African Robinson Crusoe safari experience. An island within the Okavango Delta accommodating a maximum of four adults or two adults and three children sharing, guests enjoy the flexibility of having their own private guide to help curate each day depending on wildlife movements and interests.
Home to some of the top guides in Southern Africa and elephants by the thousands, the Selinda Reserve offers a beautiful balance of land and water-based activities, water levels dependant. Privately guided 4×4 morning and evening game drives, guided walks, boating and fishing are all there to enjoy.
And, back at your suite, your sensational Executive Chef (they also happen to be Relais & Chateaux recognised!) is not only there to provide well balanced, delicious meals, but makes the meals a memorable experience in itself. Whether under the stary nights sky or a mid-safari lunch picnic, a personally curated menu is never far away.
Your home in the Colombian Rainforest
Your own rainforest home
Perched at an impressive 1,500 metres-above-sea-level, it is quite literally up in the clouds, commanding unspoiled views to the Caribbean Ocean. With an eco-friendly design, Casa Galavanta has a rustic feel, yet offers the utmost level of contemporary comfort, with four large bedrooms and cosy living spaces.
The house is staffed with a professional private chef, specialising in local, organic ingredients, creating exquisite menus influenced by traditional recipes and embellished by modern techniques. The English-speaking host is also an expert in nature and trekking within the local area, taking guests on beautiful hikes. They can also arrange external excursions, such as scenic helicopter flights to the archaeological site of the Lost City, the National Park of Tayrona or snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.
For coffee lovers, a must do within this one-of-a-kind location, is to land at a traditional coffee hacienda to learn about traditional coffee harvesting processing and enjoy a cup of fresh coffee amongst the Sierra Nevada’s lush nature. Simple, local, pleasures to gain a true “Sense of Place”.
Lounging at Reteti House
A platform for conservation
Reteti House is a beautiful, exclusive use, eco home accommodating up to 10 guests. Completely off grid and sustainably constructed using natural materials from the local area within Northern Kenya. The exceptional local team are here to not only make sure you want for nothing, but they introduce you to their community owned Namunyak Conservancy and the wildlife within it.
Reteti House was built in 2020, following the successful introduction of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in 2016.
Each of the four suites, and main mess area enjoy uninterrupted views over the plains and on to the magnificent Matthews Range. Days out are spent on 4×4 safari, hiking the hills, horse riding, fly camping or accompanying your guide to their home in the village to learn about their traditional lifestyle and aspirations for the future. Returning to Reteti House, the infinity pool is the perfect place to cool down and relax.
Only a 10 minute walk away from Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Reteti House provides guests an insiders perspective into what it is like to live side by side with a recovering wildlife area. The conservation effort of the community is exemplary, and guests here even have exclusive access to exclusive feeding times.
Hiking the Himalayas
Shakti offers a rare opportunity to discover dramatically beautiful and remote regions of the Indian Himalaya. An exceptional collection of exclusive use properties, to be experienced as part of a seven-night, three-region trekking adventure in the majestic Indus Valley, India. A Shakti journey is designed to be flexible, private and fully inclusive, whilst immersing guests, non intrusively, into the heart of the communities in which Shakti operates.
Leave the modern world and step into one of the best-preserved Tibetan Buddhist communities on earth. Surrounded by the sensational team of guides, chefs, porters, drivers and support team really is the essence of Shakti.
Authenticity meets the highest possible spec in these newly renovated, exclusive use spaces. Morning prayer with the monks is something that stays with you forever. One thing, though: book well in advance!
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