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Three seasons, two weeks, one wondrous Japan

Japan Luxury Trip

Japan is a country with a bounty so generous that here at Blend Group we have been able to put together a trip that exposes you to three different seasons in just two weeks. Offering unique cultures, an ancient and diverse history and picturesque scenery, Japan is a place like no other and we’ve made sure you can experience it all.

Your first stop are the snowy mountains of Hakuba, one of Japan’s most renowned ski areas. Comprising multiple resorts and boasting the enviable trait of almost guaranteed snow fall, it truly is a world class ski destination. Situated within the stunning mountain scenery of the Japanese Alps, this is where your incredible adventure begins.

The area gained worldwide recognition during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, hosting several of the skiing events, and over the years has developed into a winter paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Whether your preference is gentle pistes or tree-lined powder runs, Hakuba has got you covered. Despite its credentials, however, it remains a relatively quiet ski area, renowned for the magical combination of reliable snowfall and sunny days.

Japan skiing holiday

Whilst here you’ll stay at the Phoenix Hakuba, situated at the heart of the Hakuba skiing experience and offering complete luxury. Your two-bed chalet comprises of; a master bedroom, with a large walk-in en-suite; a secondary bedroom; a spacious lounge area; a drying room and underfloor heating. On top of this, a state-of-the-art smart television and speaker system is installed to keep you entertained during any down time.

Throughout your stay you’ll be able to enjoy the exquisite culinary options available at Mimi’s Restaurant and Bar, where beautifully crafted meals are prepared using local produce. Massage services will ensure you’re able to fully relax as you unwind after a day on the slopes.

After the mountainous beauty of Hakuba it’s on to Japan’s former capital, Kyoto. For eleven centuries the emperors of multitude of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, Samurai Castles, palaces and gardens ensure Kyoto is regarded as the cultural capital of Japan. Also contributing to this reputation is one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Aligned with all of the culture on show, you’ll be able to marvel in the beauty of the early stages of the cherry blossom season, as the city becomes covered in clouds of the stunning national flower, Sakura. It truly is a sight to behold and one of the most breathtaking spectacles this magical country has to offer.

Kyoto is also famed for its cuisine. Not only does food here have a rich and historic tradition, comprising of various culinary styles that are centuries old, it is also the home of many of Japan’s most famous sake breweries. Be sure to lose yourself for an afternoon amongst the numerous authentic wooden teahouses and traditional restaurants.

During your time here you will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, one of the city’s most luxurious accommodations. It is centred around an 800-year-old ikeniwa (pool garden) which provides an immensely tranquil and relaxing setting, giving off the feel of a modern garden sanctuary.

Japan cherry blossoms holiday

Boasting the characteristics of a traditional Japanese house, your Deluxe Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day’s exploring, whether in the comfortable sitting area or the traditional Japanese tub. Expansive windows offer plenty of natural light and stunning views of the ancient Myoho-in Temple and an on-site spa is sure to help you find your zen.

The hotel offers multiple exquisite cuisine options, including; Brasserie, a sleek and modern waterside bar; Sushi Wakon, a Michelin star sushi restaurant; and Fuju, a traditional lounge which serves local sweets and matcha tea by day and sake and champagne by night.

Relax to your heart’s content over the next four days from your base at the Atta Okinawa. Complete opulence is assured here, with ocean views, incredible scenery and fresh Ryuku cuisine. Your Deluxe Suite has its own private pool and you’ll have stunning beaches on your doorstep.

UMITO PLAGE The Atta Okinawa

After enjoying the slopes in Hakuba and seeing the sights of Kyoto, this Pacific paradise is the perfect place to unwind and revel in some you-time.

If you would like to enquire into a bespoke trip to Japan, please get in touch here.

Visit Abu Dhabi – Dubai’s Refined and Stunning Neighbour

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The immense wealth that’s associated with Abu Dhabi wasn’t always prevalent, however, and as recently as the 1950s its struggling economy relied mainly on the pearl industry. With the discovery of oil in 1958, however, its wealth has soared and it’s now the richest emirate in a country that has one of the highest levels of GDP per capita in the world.

Since Abu Dhabi’s huge economic upturn in the last 60 years, there’s been a concentrated effort on increasing tourism. However, while its glitzy neighbour, Dubai, is all about partying and glamour, Abu Dhabi is more focused on culture, and with its palatial architecture sitting on the crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf, the sites are stunning.

Abu Dhabi luxury travel

The preservation of its enlightened history and culture is at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s tourism drive. As such, there’s a whole host of intriguing and unique activities that can be enjoyed. From taking a desert safari or relaxing on the golden sand beaches, to visiting the Saadiyat Cultural District and the beautifully made mosques, there’s so much on offer that takes the breath away.

The emirate is also filled with universities, galleries and museums including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which was constructed in agreement with France. Additionally, there’s a classical music season, running from October to May, in which internationally renowned conductors and musicians perform in a series of eclectic and coveted performances.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Another example of Abu Dhabi’s commitment to tourism is its Grand Prix and accompanying exceptional Formula 1 hospitality experience. The Yas Marina Circuit was constructed with no expenses spared, reportedly costing more than $1 billion, and as such, is arguably the most impressive circuit on the F1 tour. The course is the centrepiece of a modern development on Yas Island, which also includes luxury hotels, shopping centres, golf courses and three theme parks. Ultra-comfortable facilities and high-end Grand Prix hospitality suites take the viewing experience to a new level and the circuit is also one of only three twilight races on the F1 calendar, which provides an absolutely stunning sunset backdrop to the race.

We recently organised the trip of a lifetime for some valued clients who will be enjoying this year’s race from the all-new Deck at Nine luxury hospitality suite, over three days. The open-air VIP terrace gives panoramic vistas over the track presenting incredible views of the action. We’ve booked our guests to stay at the renowned Shangri-La hotel, a five-star, luxury oasis in the heart of the action and we’ve organised three business conferences for the group, as well as all executive transfers throughout the stay.

From its heritage, culture and beautiful scenery, to the luxury hotels, restaurants and experiences on offer, Abu Dhabi really is a destination that we recommend visiting. Easy access to Dubai is another draw and gives the opportunity to enjoy a livelier scene if desired. To book your own bespoke trip to this opulent emirate, or to sort out your 2023 Grand Prix package, please get in touch with us here. We’d love to hear from you and can take care of all elements of your experience, meaning you don’t need to think about a thing.

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A 5-Star Business Break to ‘Magic City’

At Blend Group, we specialise in putting together bespoke, luxury experiences for our exclusive, high-net-worth clientele. We have been making once-in-a-lifetime trips happen all over the globe for five years now, for both personal and business experiences. We recently curated a work trip to Miami for one of our valued clients and his 15 colleagues, who had such a fantastic time that we wanted to share the details of the experience here.

As this was a four-night break, we needed to ensure we fit all the client’s requirements into a short space of time. The group wanted to stay in a 5-star hotel, with world-class facilities and in a beautiful location, so we booked them into 1 South Beach Hotel. Sitting on 600 feet of white-sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean, the location was perfect, and amenities such as four swimming pools, a rooftop bar, conference facilities and a wellness spa meant that the guests had everything they needed on-site.

After arriving from Europe by private jet, the agenda for the first evening was light but included a team catch-up in a hotel meeting room that we booked in advance. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing at leisure.

Day two was all about unwinding and enjoying the hotel’s pristine spa facilities and treatments, before taking to some local shopping malls. For dinner that evening, we booked the group into Komodo – a sleek and chic Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant in the heart of Miami’s vibrant Brickell neighbourhood.

After the previous evening’s entertainment, a relaxed morning was followed by a private Cabana hire at the hotel’s rooftop pool, allowing the group to exclusively enjoy their surroundings. A private dining experience was arranged for the group’s evening meal at Milos Miami, the esteemed seafood restaurant on Miami’s South Beach. We sourced a private photographer to help capture the magical evening and arranged a post-dinner private area at Watr, back at the hotel in one of its rooftop bars.

The best was saved until last, however, as Day 4 saw the group take to the open waters on their very own yacht, complete with a private chef. This exclusive and opulent experience was the perfect way to round off an ideal luxury business break.

If this kind of experience sounds like something you’d like to enjoy, we’d love to hear from you, so please GET IN TOUCH. We’ll take on board your requirements and make it happen for you. We can also look after all your travel needs, including all on-the-ground transfers.

 

St Regis Vommuli, The Maldives

If you’re looking for an island getaway and complete paradise there are few destinations which offer more than the Maldives. Located in the Indian Ocean around 400 miles off the coast of mainland Asia, this small archipelago is a tropical paradise filled with white sand beaches, palm trees, crystal clear waters and incredible weather.

On this group of islands there is no better place to stay than St Regis Vommuli, a 5-star resort located in between luscious rainforest and pristine beaches on the private island of Vommuli. Boasting a private lagoon, luxury spa, outdoor infinity pool, six restaurants and bars and stunning beaches on the doorstep, you really will have no reason to want to leave this opulent resort.

During your visit you’ll stay in a St Regis Overwater 1-Bedroom Suite which comes equipped with its own private plunge pool and encompasses the true essence of island living. Unparalleled views of the ocean, along with four overwater hammocks, sun loungers and a wooden gazebo provides a relaxing and totally idyllic setting.

When you’re ready for a break from the sun, the suite’s mahogany floored living room complete with a state-of-the-art technology set-up, including a 55-inch LCD television and sound system, will provide you the perfect setting.

There is no need to worry about getting bored whilst in-resort. Scuba diving and snorkelling excursions will allow you to explore the stunning coral reef, whilst parasailing expeditions are available for those who want unrivalled birds eye views of the island. You’ll also be able to take to the seas, either in kayaks or a chartered private boat and there’s a recreation area with a variety of entertainment options, including table tennis, pool and video games.

The resort’s Spa and Fitness facilities offer ultimate relaxation opportunities. The Iridium Spa provides a transformative journey within an oasis of tropical inspiration and the Yoga and Meditation Studio and Fitness Centre provides a variety of group or individual classes, as well as a personal trainer service.

Additionally, an outdoor tennis court as well as opportunities for biking, volleyball, fly-fishing, water-skiing, jet-skiing and sailing will allow you to be as active as you wish during your stay.

The in-resort dining options are yet another joy that St Regis Vommuli has to offer. A delightfully vast array of fine dining awaits, including; Decanter, the hidden subterranean restaurant and wine experience; Cargo, a pop-up located in a tropical garden; and Craft, which offers a fresh spin on everyday classics like burgers and tacos.

If you are looking for locally inspired dishes then Alba is the place for you and for an especially romantic experience why not take a starlit dinner set along the ocean shoreline. It’s safe to say, no matter what your preferred tastes, St Regis Vommuli will have something that delights.

With its exquisite weather and beautiful waters, the Maldives provides the setting for true restoration and whilst there we strongly believe St Regis Vommuli to be the ideal place to base yourself. This luxurious and remote resort has absolutely everything you need to enjoy a holiday of complete relaxation.

Wherever you are coming from, your package will include business class flights to ensure you travel in style. To find out more about a bespoke package for you, please get in touch with Blend Group so we can put together your perfect itinerary.

The Masters at Augusta National

Exclusive Masters Golf Trip

Experience Inclusions

  • Return business class flights
  • Transfers included
  • 5 nights at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Hotel
  • Tickets to The Masters 2022
  • Hospitality included
  • Round of Golf at the Landing Golf Course
  • Round of Golf at the Great Waters Golf Course

One of the four Major Championships, the Masters is not merely regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of golf, but amongst the most prestigious in the world of sport. This invitational event is the only golf Major that is held annually at the same course – Augusta National. Since 1934 the best golfers in the world have been assembled to compete for huge monetary reward, unrivalled respect within the game and of course the well-renowned Green Jacket.

Augusta National is one of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet and the Georgia spring provides a backdrop of sunny blue skies and lusciously green fairways. The abundance of the course’s trademark towering pine trees and charming azaleas adds to the picture, evoking the senses and contributing to the unique aura of the Masters.

We have created an experience for a group of clients who wish to watch the Masters live, as well as playing a round or two of golf themselves. The group will be flying business class from London to Atlanta, Georgia before checking in at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Located just outside Atlanta and along the waterfront of the lake, the hotel offers 5-star luxury and serene, picturesque surroundings.

The hotel has five on-site championship golf courses and a luxury southern-routes spa as well as offering water sports on the lake. It also boasts numerous exquisite dining options which strongly reflect regional traditions and culture. Locally farmed ingredients provide the basis for southern-inspired dishes to be enjoyed alongside views of the lake and the golf courses. Other tastes are catered for if you want a break from the local cuisine and the Barrel Room provides entertainment with billiards, live music, craft cocktails and a lakeside view.

The Masters 2022 Bespoke Package

During their stay, the group will be playing two of the hotel’s five championship golf courses; The Landing and The Great Waters. The Landing was the first course to be built on the Oconee and presents a winding course through wooded areas and rolling hills, wrapping dramatically along the shores of the stunning lake. The Great Waters provides the same scenic and unspoiled setting alongside a truly challenging course that was designed by eighteen-time major champion, Jack Nicklaus.

The group will be in amongst the action on day two and three of the tournament with badge access to Augusta National and the opportunity to follow whichever golfers they choose. Breakfast will be taken at the VIP hospitality venue which is located just 200 yards from the South Gate Entrance. The hospitality facility will remain open throughout the day and provides unlimited food, a premium open bar, complimentary cigars, live music, on-demand shuttles to-and-from the course and multiple television screens ensuring our guests won’t miss any of the action.

Due to their morning round at the Great Waters, the group will watch the final day of the action in the relaxed setting of the hotel’s Barrel Room as part of one final evening of opulence at the Ritz-Carlton.

Should you wish to experience one of the world’s greatest sporting showcases whilst revelling in the famous Deep South hospitality in complete luxury, please get in touch.

World-class skiing and dining in the French Alps

Courchevel ski holiday

From gentle slopes to challenging cliff runs, Courchevel really has it all. It is largely considered one of the finest ski areas in the world, and as part of a group of seven interconnected resorts, it offers access to 600 kilometres of ski runs. 

The resort is made up of four villages, and the jewel in the crown is Courchevel 1850. Our guests will stay at the Six Senses Residences in the village. Each Residence features four bedrooms, a wine cellar, and private spa treatments rooms, and boasts incredible views over Les Trois Vallées. 

Courchevel’s reputation for fine living is completed with seven Michelin star restaurants, four of which have two stars. Blend Group has put together an odyssey of epicurean experiences for our clients, taking in hot spots such as Le Chabichou, La Saulire, Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc and Le Maison des Bois.

Luxury Skiing & Dining in The French Alps

 

And, of course, there is skiing. The resort is suitable for all levels and has some of the most beautiful skiing in the area. The most famous runs include the Suisse, a black run starting at the top of the Courchevel valley at 2600m, which gives a sweeping challenge to even experienced skiers, and at the other end of the scale, the Plan Fontaine, a tree-lined green run which allows even beginners to enjoy the stunning alpine scenery that defines Les Trois Vallées.

Blend Group have organised ski school lessons for some of the younger members of the group, as well as a private one-on-one tutor for a guest keen to take their technique to the next level. With a private nanny included as part of the trip, adults are free to enjoy all that the resort has to offer, including a private helicopter transfer to restaurant Le Maison des Bois, a 25-minute journey over stunning panoramic views of Mont Blanc.

Courchevel is a unique resort, and we wanted to ensure that our clients got to experience the best that it had to offer, tailored to their time and taste. We spent time working with them directly to understand their priorities for the trip and have curated a bespoke itinerary that blends their top picks with our own expert insight.

If you would like to work with us on your next bespoke ski itinerary, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Two Prestigious Cities and the Ultimate Football Experience

2022 World Cup Packages & Luxury Travel

Experience Inclusions

3 x Match Club Hospitality & Category A Tickets
8 x Airport transfers in Mercedes S Class
12 Nights in Deluxe Room – Four Seasons Abu Dhabi – Al Maryah Island
Welcome Gift

The upcoming football World Cup in Qatar promises to be a footballing celebration like none seen before. The tournament is being held in the Middle East for the first time ever and will consequently showcase the game in a completely new light. From stadium design to hospitality, the tournament will joyously celebrate this stunning part of the world and its unique culture.

The occasion has generated amazing interest from our client base and so we’ve put together an idea of what we can do to get you out there and into the heart of the action. Please note that itineraries will be tailored specifically to fit your exact bespoke needs and relevant matchday kick-off times.

You’ll be greeted at Abu Dhabi airport by a Mercedes S Class 30-minute luxury private transfer to the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, located on Al Maryah Island. You’ll receive a welcome gift upon arrival and be able to instantly settle into the opulence on offer.

The 34-storey hotel, which will be home for the duration of your stay, is perched on a collection of over 200 islands and boasts all you need for a luxury getaway. One of the reasons we’ve selected this hotel is because of the variety and magnitude of cuisine available. There’s a total of six restaurants and bars, including Butcher and Still – a 1920’s Chicago steakhouse, Café Milano – an Italian seafood and pasta restaurant with accompanying waterfront views and Zsa Zsa – a gourmet cocktail and snack bar.

Whilst at the hotel, you’ll also have the opportunity to indulge yourself in the Pearl Spa with treatments including; all-encompassing relaxing and reviving therapies; head-to-toe treatments designed to bring your body back to life; and a wide range of relaxing and healing massages. With all of this on offer you’ll be sure to return home recharged and revitalised.

2022 World Cup Packages & Luxury Travel

With an outdoor swimming pool terrace, fitness centre, modern shopping centre and barbershop and salon all on-site you may be forgiven for losing sight of the real reason for being there. That reason of course is the World Cup. From your location in Abu Dhabi you’ll have the benefits of being away from the hustle and bustle whilst still being able to access the matches without any hassle.

On matchdays you’ll be privately transported to every location. From the hotel, a short transfer will get you to Abu Dhabi airport for a quick flight over to Doha. In Doha, you’ll be privately transported to and from the stadium and depending on kick off time, will be able to enjoy what Doha has to offer either before or after the match.

At the stadium you’ll enjoy matchday hospitality and the game itself in Category A seating. Our on-the-ground transfer partners will ensure that you are transported to every location in a luxurious and seamless manner. With Doha such a short flight away from Abu Dhabi and all of the stadiums within close proximity of Qatar’s capital, we can assure you that the transportation side of things will run smoothly and swiftly.

In between matches you’ll be able to relax at your leisure in Abu Dhabi. Whether that involves playing a round of golf at the prestigious Yas Links Abu Dhabi, ranked in the top 50 courses in the world; riding the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World; visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; enjoying a desert safari or simply relaxing at the hotel, there is plenty to keep you occupied! Additionally, with Dubai a mere hour and half down the road you’ll have easy access to one of the world’s most visited destinations.

When this trip of a lifetime comes to an end, you will be transported back to Abu Dhabi airport for your outbound flight. If you would like to find out more please get in touch with the Blend Group so we can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

International Rugby, Vineyards and Luxury Safari in South Africa

British and Irish Lion Tour 2021 Experience

The Lions tour is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the sporting calendar. Occurring every four years, there are few sporting events that muster as much impassioned support and on-field commitment. The nations of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland unite to tour one of the three Southern Hemisphere giants of the game and in 2021 it is the turn of South Africa to host.

For a long-standing client of Blend Group, we created a bespoke nine-night experience to ensure they will be at the heart of the action. Arriving in Cape Town they are spending four nights at the 5* Marly hotel in a Superior Suite. Located in Camps Bay, a chic suburb on the Atlantic Seaboard, the hotel is surrounded by trendy cafes and bars. The area’s relaxed daytime atmosphere combined with its energetic nightlife, as well as the fact it is located 7 minutes away from the centre of Cape Town, make it the ideal location for a city break. Additionally, from their Superior Suite, guests can take in views of the dramatic and world-famous Table Mountain.

Following this, guests will enjoy the Aquila Safari experience. Not only does the Aquila pride itself on its luxurious hospitality and facilities, including a 35-meter saltwater pool and the serene Tranquila Spa, but it offers an unforgettable wildlife experience too. It gives its guests the chance to experience the reserve’s natural flora and fauna by vehicle, quad bike, or horseback, allowing you to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Included in our clients’ stay are two safari drives plus breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Bespoke Event Experiences - Cape Town Stadium

Up next is the Delaire Graff Estate, which is widely considered to be one of the jewels of the Cape Winelands. Regarded as one of the finest vineyards in the world, it is also a stunning place to unwind and we believe no trip to South Africa is complete without a stay here. The luxury of a Presidential Suite awaits, which includes a private terrace, living room with fireplace, private heated pool, complimentary bar and breathtaking surrounding views. Why not take a look at our Insight about fine wine in South Africa for more information about the Delaire Graff Estate.

This epic trip ends in Johannesburg with two nights at the Marriott, staying in a Suite with views of the city. It is here that the clients will watch the third and final Test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss how we can create a similar, yet bespoke, South African experience for you.

Food trucks, Meat Cuts and Michelin Stars

Exclusive London Food & Drink Experiences

At Blend Group we appreciate what makes a fine dining experience special and have put together a unique London weekend line-up filled with exquisite culinary delight.

Upon arrival into the capital, you will check-in to the 4* Novotel London Bridge. Ideally located in the London Bridge area, the hotel is within walking distance of numerous iconic landmarks, including Borough Market, the Shard and the Tate Modern.

Your first culinary experience will take place at the Ginger Pig, a multi-faceted butcher-come-restaurant. Here you will partake in one of their hands-on workshops covering meat preparation and traditional butchery techniques, followed by an informal two-course meal. You’ll learn all about the meat you’re working with as well as how to get the very best out of each cut.

Michelin starred restaurants London

The next morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Borough Market, which sits on your doorstep, offers a multitude of culinary options from all over the world and is well worth exploring for a couple of hours. We’d highly recommend Mei Mei, a street food vendor which specialises in dishes from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Mei Mei’s Head Chef is the well renowned, Michelin Star-wielding, former Masterchef contestant Elizabeth Haigh, so you can be assured that your palate will be well catered for. Mei Mei’s offer their well-renowned Hainanese chicken and rice dish as well as numerous other contemporary and traditional dishes from the region. With a vegan menu to boot, everybody’s tastes are catered for.

Be sure not to eat too much, however, as you’ll want save some space for what is still to come. You’ll begin at Hedonism for an unforgettable wine tasting experience. Champagne on arrival precedes a two-hour tasting extravaganza, taking in six different wines accompanied by charcuterie and cheese platters or a selection of canapés from Hedonism’s Michelin restaurant partner Hide.

In the evening a private, secluded dining experience at Angela Hartnett’s much coveted Michelin starred Murano awaits. Your menu will consist of nine courses of Italian and Mediterranean inspired food and your private room will offer a window view directly into the kitchen, giving you a chance to witness the magic happening first-hand. Your eagerly anticipated menu will be crafted on the day of your visit, however, previous guests of Murano’s private dining experience have had their taste buds delighted by innovative dishes featuring monkfish, white asparagus, Cornish mussels and a helping of pork crackling.

The next morning, you will check out of the hotel after a Full English breakfast, bringing an end to a weekend of divine culinary extravagance. To book this experience or something similar, please get in touch with one of the team.

An Olympic odyssey in Japan

Luxury Travel Destinations

World class athletes meet world class culture and dining in a trip that takes in Japan’s twin centres of tourism.

A little over a year before the Summer Olympics 2020 were scheduled, we were approached to create a magnificent Japanese adventure for two families. We worked closely with the guests to understand their interests, and created a bespoke itinerary that allows them to experience the incredible culture that Japan has to offer, while leaving time for the group to fully enjoy the incredible spectacle of the Olympic Games.

With a diverse list of interests across the group, Blend Group were tasked with creating an itinerary that will provide an exceptional experience for everyone on the trip. The group will be met at Tokyo airport by their private VIP transfer, who will whisk them across the city to the five-star Mesm Tokyo. This hotel is perfectly placed on the edge of Tokyo Bay, offering easy access to the Olympic Tokyo Bay Zone, and the Olympic Heritage Zone. To give our guests a sense of the city, they will be taken on a three-day private tour that covers some of Tokyo’s most special sights. From the spiritual shrine of Meiji Jingu, to the unique street style of Harajuku and the contemporary architecture of Omotesando; the immersive art of TeamLabs to a meet and greet with Asimo the Robot at the Museum of Science & Engineering technology; a workshop in Nijutsu with a member of an ancient ninja clan, to Japanese home cooking classes Manga drawing lessons, or a tour of the Studio Ghibli Museum, the group will experience a wealth of ancient and modern Japanese culture.

Japan bespoke event experiences

Of course, the main draw of the trip is the opportunity to see world class athletes compete at the Olympics. The group will have tickets to the memorable Opening Ceremony, as well as a number of competitions that match their interests.

After experiencing the unique culture of Tokyo, Japan’s modern heart, the group will travel to Kyoto, the country’s traditional soul. A first-class train ticket on the Shinkansen, more commonly referred to as the Bullet Train, is an experience in itself and will wind its way through the countryside between the two cities, before our guests arrive at the Four Seasons Kyoto, the city’s newest luxury address. Here, guests can relax, and soak up the slower pace of some of Japan’s ancient arts. The tour of Kyoto begins with a tea ceremony at a Zen temple, before taking the group to experience the temples and gardens tucked amid the bamboo groves in the northwest and west of the city. The next day, Blend Group have organised for our guests to see the iconic red gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It’s the perfect place to take a walk and build up a thirst for a traditional green tea, the famous export of nearby Uji. The group will also unlock their inner Zen creativity with an Ikebana flower arranging lesson, which draws traditional Japanese principles of simplicity to create stunning aesthetic arrangements.

Alongside this cultural adventure, the group specified that they would like to experience Japan’s world-famous food scene. Blend Group have organised a gastronomic journey to match the incredible itinerary, taking in early morning trips to find the freshest fish at the iconic Tsukiji fish market, to Robot restaurants, Michelin-starred fine dining at city hotspots, and even exclusive insider access to a private geisha dinner in Kyoto.

If you are interested in combining sport and culture in Japan, please get in touch with a member of the Blend Group team.

 

 

 

Experience the Wonders of Tanzania

Luxury Safari Holiday to Tanzania

Tanzania is a country of astounding natural splendour. It is home to some of the largest national parks in Africa, as well as numerous beautiful islands surrounded by coral reef. Blend Group constructed an incredible trip for a group of eight clients who recently visited.

When you think of Tanzania, one of the first spectacles that comes to mind are the expansive plains of the Serengeti National Park. Simply put, the Serengeti is one of the world’s most impressive natural landscapes and one of the most celebrated wildlife reserves on Earth. It is here, in this untamed wilderness, that the Big Five – the rhino, the elephant, the leopard, the lion and the buffalo – roam free.

The group landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport before a chartered flight transferred them directly to the Seronera Airstrip, located within the National Park.  Here they spent three magical nights of ultimate luxury at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge. Their private villa allowed them to discover the Serengeti on a near-exclusive basis, whilst being able to enjoy a 24-hour personal attendant service, personalised in-villa fine dining and of course front-row seats at the greatest natural show on earth.

From this base our clients were able to explore the vastness of the Serengeti over the following days. Unforgettable guided game drives and helicopter rides ensured they got the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A multitude of safari options are available and however you choose to spend your days in the Serengeti, the hotel’s spa awaits to help you rehydrate, restore and re-energise.

Luxury Safari Holiday to Tanzania

Our clients enjoyed evening meals in the Boma Grill and Kula’s Restaurant. At the Boma Grill guests enjoy an authentic African feast around an open-air firepit, taking in the local flavours and being immersed in an evening of memorable Maasai culture. Kula’s, on the other hand, offers various live cooking stations and hearty dinner dishes paired with wine and exotic delicacies for dessert.

Following their safari adventure was some well-deserved beach time. We organised the group’s travel to the northernmost island of the Zanzibar archipelago, Pemba Island. Pemba is one of the less-visited islands of Zanzibar and therefore presents a truly laid-back atmosphere.

The group stayed at the Aiyana Resort and Spa and in their sea-facing villa they found complete relaxation and restoration. The serene and stunning white-sand beaches, including the hotel’s 500 metres of private pristine beach, and turquoise waters are the picture of paradise. Private islands await and offer the perfect contrast to the hustle of the Serengeti.

The group enjoyed some of the best scuba diving to be found in the Indian Ocean, diving in unparalleled clear and warm waters in this tropical paradise. Divers can expect to find huge green turtles, Napoleon wrasses, eagle rays, tuna and king fish. Reef sharks can also be spotted, although these are a rarer sighting. On the surface of the water, you’re likely to see schools of dolphins and if the season is right you may even see whale sharks and humpbacks.

There was also the opportunity to take to the seas for some deep-sea fishing, in search of Blue Marlin, as well as enjoying a magical sunset cruise. Additionally, the island’s deep valleys have made it popular with mountain bikers and our clients were keen to give this a go, as well as taking on a spot of kitesurfing.

The guests dined on immaculate sea food in the form of red snappers, yellow fin tuna, dorado fillets and local lobster. Guests also have the option of beach dining – the ideal way to enjoy the stunning food and wine.

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Experience the Masters Like a True Champion

Tiger Woods - Augusta National

Simply put the Masters is a spectacle that all golf fans should try to experience at least once in their life. Held each year at Augusta National Golf Club, this prestigious event showcases the best players in the world on a sincerely stunning stage.

We have booked an experience for a group of clients who want to be a part of this world-famous tournament in an unrivalled way. The group will be staying at Champions Retreat, the epitome of elite golfing exclusivity.

The 1999 Masters Champions Dinner was the setting for the inception of this iconic hospitality and golf venue. It was here that Gary Player approached Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer with his vision of a 27-hole, private golf and members club located at the home of the Masters – Augusta, Georgia. This distinguished and concealed facility presents a place that like-minded golf fans can make their home during Masters week.

These three legends of the game share 13 Green Jackets between them and their collective passion and knowledge of the greatest golf tournament in the world has been drawn upon to create a truly revitalising, remote, and coveted golfing and hospitality experience.

Champions Retreat promises to deliver the world-famous Southern hospitality experience in a manner where everything is taken care of, down to the very last detail. Built on one of the most beautiful and varied tracts of land in the region, the Retreat will offer our guests complete solitude within tranquil and strikingly spectacular surroundings.

From a golfing perspective, Champions Retreat is completely unique. It is the only course in the world that these three icons of the game have collaborated on together. Constructed amongst the Southern pines, hugging the dramatic Savannah River and spanning almost 1,200 acres of sumptuous Georgia landscape, each of the legends designed a course of their own. The result of this collective vision is magical. The three courses are built around dominant natural landmark – a bluff, a creek and an island – and all present a unique and encouraging challenge, allowing golfers of all abilities to thrive.

Tiger Woods - Augusta National

Comfortable and charming cottages will provide homely accommodation for the group during their stay. Blended in among the pines and complete with fireplaces, fire pits and porches the cottages ensure that guests enjoy a rustic and genuine experience and the opportunity to completely unwind and recharge.

Additionally, the Retreat’s onsite cuisine options are truly authentic and provide exquisite culinary experiences dedicated to satisfying every palate in the truly accommodating Southern style. Spa facilities and a fitness centre add to the impressive on-site amenities.

Of course, the pinnacle of the experience will be attending the Masters tournament itself. On Days 2 and 3 of the event our clients will have access to a VIP hospitality venue which sits a mere 200 yards from the South Gate Entrance of the Augusta National. Badge access will ensure they can get up close to the action and follow whichever golfers they wish. The hospitality facility will remain open to them throughout the duration of the day providing unlimited food and a premium open bar. Additionally, multiple television screens within the facility and on-demand shuttles to-and-from the course will ensure the group won’t miss a thing.

The final day of the action will be taken in at Champion Retreat’s very own venue, The Barn. A celebratory atmosphere is guaranteed, and the relaxed setting is the ideal way for the group to conclude this bespoke experience.

If you would like to enquire about a Masters experience that is tailored to suit your specific needs, please get in touch.