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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.

abu dhabi

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.

 

Art and Jewellery Collection

From the finest Rolex watches and Cartier diamond necklaces to one-of-a-kind original art pieces, we have the networks in place to source you the best that the art and jewellery worlds have to offer. So, if you’re looking to add to your collection or buy a special someone the perfect gift, at Blend Group we’ll use our specially selected affiliate partners to find and purchase exactly what you require.

 

 

Vintage Cars and Supercars

If buying classic cars and sportscars is your thing, then Blend Group’s Members’ Collective is the place for you to be. Choosing the car you want can be a difficult enough decision, however, the real barriers to acquisition often present themselves due to the rare nature of the beast in question – i.e., it’s usually a challenge to find access to the luxury car you’re looking to buy.

At Blend Group, we have dedicated affiliate partners in the luxury motorcar industry, meaning we can do the hard work for you and source your dream vehicle. Simply tell us your criteria and preferences and we’ll set out to find the perfect match for you, allowing you to continue building your exclusive fleet of lavish classic and supercars.

 

Private Members’ Clubs

As part of our Members’ Collective we offer the opportunity to gain one-off, annual or lifetime memberships to some of the worlds most desired members’ clubs. We open our network of contacts to you to enable you the access to these incredibly exclusive hotspots for business and pleasure.

To find out how Blend Group can assist you in accessing these clubs, please get in touch.

Restaurant Reservations

We have partnered with some of the most exclusive, well-renowned fine dining establishments in the world. From the more traditional establishments whose reputation has been built over years, to the modern, chic restaurants that are setting the new rules of fine dining, we’ll have the perfect culinary partner to suit your specific requirements. We don’t just use the well-known spots, however, as we make it our goal to find a city’s hidden culinary delights as well. Therefore, if it’s a quieter, hidden gem that you’re looking for, we’ll be sure to find you the perfect option.
From romantic tables for two to large celebratory groups, you can forget waiting lists and gain access to the most prestigious, coveted and celebrated upscale dining experiences on the planet through Blend Group’s carefully selected partners.

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.

Wimbledon 2022

Wimbledon returned in the summer of 2021 with a thrilling instalment of the world-famous tournament. Novak Djokovic was successful in his defence of the men’s title, as Ashleigh Barty took home the ladies prize.

Perhaps, however, the greatest highlight was the performance of 18-year-old British wildcard Emma Raducanu, who mesmerised audiences on her way to the last-16 at her debut Grand Slam. She heartbreakingly had to withdraw from her final match but came back with a bang at the US Open, recording one of the most famous, and unlikely, tournament victories of all time

It’s time to book your place for Wimbledon 2022. Once again, Blend Group is offering a luxury package with access to the most premium debenture seats available on both Centre and Number One Court. From here you’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the action, complemented with the option of fine dining at one of the debenture restaurants or lounge bars, enabling you to sample the gourmet food and fine wines on offer during breaks in play.

As always, the best players in the world will be competing on the historic Wimbledon turf and it may be the last ever occasion that we see 8-time champion Roger Federer competing. The most successful player in the history of the tournament continues to suffer with potentially career-ending  knee difficulties but is determined to try and win Wimbledon one final time.

So, will Emma be able to go all the way this time? Is this the last chance to see Roger in action at Wimbledon? To book your Wimbledon experience, please get in touch with us here. If you are planning on coming from afar, let us know so we can accommodate for transfers, hotels and any evening fine dining you require.

Dates

Monday 27th June             (Men’s and Ladies’ singles first Round)

Tuesday 28th June             (Men’s and Ladies’ singles first Round)

Wednesday 29th June       (Men’s and Ladies’ singles second Round)

Thursday 30th June          (Men’s and Ladies’ singles second Round)

Friday 1st July                     (Men’s and Ladies’ singles third Round)

Saturday 2nd July              (Men’s and Ladies’ singles third Round)

Sunday 3rd July                 (Men’s and Ladies’ singles fourth Round)

Monday 4th July                (Men’s and Ladies’ singles fourth Round)

Tuesday 5th July                (Men’s and Ladies’ Quarterfinals)

Wednesday 6th July          (Men’s and Ladies’ Quarterfinals)

Thursday 7th July              (Ladies’ Semi-Finals)

Friday 8th July                   (Men’s Semi-Finals)

Saturday 9th July               (Ladies’ Final)

Sunday 10th July                (Men’s Final)

Experience the First-Ever Miami Grand Prix with Panoramic Views of the Action

When you think of Miami you picture white-sand beaches, a high-end night scene and a beautiful climate. It aptly boasts the name “Magic City” and now there’s another reason to visit – this May, Miami is hosting its debut Formula One Grand Prix and it promises to be magical. If you’d like to learn more about the forthcoming Miami GP, you can see our recent Experience piece here.

At Blend Group we strive to ensure our clients experience luxury, once-in-a-lifetime trips that are completely tailored to individual requirements. We have access to the world’s best events and the most exclusive accommodation, whilst being able to source the finest surrounding services available.

We recently curated a bespoke experience for a valued client who is taking some business associates to Miami for the Grand Prix. The client’s brief was to be close to the action within the best hospitality available. We were also asked to find a suitable 5* luxury hotel, as well as to organise some evening entertainment.

Upon arriving at Miami International Airport, our group will be met by an executive private transfer and driven straight to their hotel, the 5* Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Encapsulating the glamour of Miami, this ocean-front resort offers luxury amenities, including an elevated outdoor pool, a serene spa and its very own locally-inspired cocktail bar.

The guests will reside in the hotel’s Lanai Suite, boasting a clear view of the Atlantic which can be enjoyed from a private balcony. A spacious living area complete with WiFi, Smart TV and mini-bar will provide all the entertainment necessary if some down-time is on the cards during the trip.

As for fine dining, there are of course high-end culinary options available at the hotel, however, we’ve also booked the group into the acclaimed steak and seafood restaurant Bourbon Steak for the evening before the big race.

The race itself will be enjoyed from a Premium Lounge on the Start/Finish line. As the name suggests, guests are afforded unrivalled viewing of the action, with premium panoramic views of the paddock, starting grid and the longest straight on the track.

An open-air, shaded lounge awaits with gourmet food prepared by Michelin Star chefs and a complimentary bar. From the lounge the guests will be able to keep a close eye on the pit garage and pre-race activity, as well as having unspoiled views of the podium ceremony, giving the feel of being a part of the ensuing celebrations.

Business-class return flights and all on-the-ground transfers are also included for the group, meaning they can simply sit back, relax and enjoy all that this one-of-a-kind city and adrenaline-fuelled event have to offer.

If you love the sound of this experience, please get in touch with us here and we would be delighted to create a bespoke trip for you.

 

 

 

 

Elegance and adrenalin on ice

Corporate Sport Hospitality Packages

The crash of hooves on the ice, snow flying as the mallet hits; the pop of champagne, cool from the Alpine air. Polo is always an elegant affair, but paired with the snowy scenes of one of Switzerland’s most exclusive resorts, it takes on new heights.

Every year, four teams, sponsored by Cartier, Maserati, Badrutt’s Palace and Azerbaijan, fly in to battle it out on the frozen lake of St Moritz in the world’s only high goal tournament played on the ice. Our guests were a group of French polo enthusiasts, keen to see this unique spectacle, and enjoy the legendary scene of St Moritz.

The resort is located in Switzerland’s upper Engadin valley, a hidden winter wonderland accessed via a scenic and winding alpine pass, but just two and a half hours from Zürich airport. Guests arrived into Zürich in the evening, and spent the night at the Baur au Lac hotel, a beautiful historic setting on the edge of the lake. Dinner was served at Maison Manesse, a contemporary restaurant focussed on local produce from farmers in the region.

The next morning, the guests took a leisurely transfer to St Moritz, enjoying the stunning Swiss scenery as they drove the two and a half hours south towards to Engadin. On arrival, they were welcomed into a private chalet five minutes from the lake, complete with private swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, and elevator. The well-equipped kitchen was the domain of the private chef, hired to delight the group with local and seasonal specialties before and after their equine adventures.

VIP passes included an invitation to the exclusive lounge in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the most prestigious address in St Moritz. Lunch was accompanied by spectacular views of the matches on the lake, as well as fine wine and cigars. If the group preferred to be closer to the action, seats in the grandstand were provided, with a glass of champagne and a blanket.

After the Badrutt’s Palace team collected their trophy, the group took the short walk back to the chalet, for an exclusive private dinner, via several of the town’s high-end VIP après ski bars. They were back in time for an aperitif, before enjoying the chef’s fine culinary creations. 

If you are interested in attending next years’ St. Moritz Polo, get in touch with Blend Group’s team.

Snow Polo St Moritz Trip

 

Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show

Salon Privé Luxury Car Event

When conceiving their own event, it was the exclusivity, elegance, and ambience of Concours events in Amelia Island, Monterey and Lake Como that inspired brothers Andrew & David Bagley. Today, Salon Privé sits alongside these events on the world stage, providing the UK with a Concours event to be proud of.

For the first week in September each year, Salon Privé occupies the South Lawn at Blenheim Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancestral home of Winston Churchill. Hosted by Event Patron His Grace, the Duke of Marlborough, it is the ultimate end-of-Summer party,where the car world goes to have fun. Whether looking to get up-close to the rarest and most desirable cars and motorcycles in the world or to be surrounded by glamour, diamonds and Champagne, Salon Privé has something for all.

On the lawn, you’ll find Automotive Manufacturers from around the world including Aston Martin, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Rolls-Royce. Displays will showcase everything from reborn rally legends to next generation hypercars, with a vast array of supercars, classic cars and even flying cars in-between.

The Luxury Retail Village, a specially curated collection of luxury boutiques, will reflect all elements of the luxury lifestyle. Brands on display are yours to meet and explore, ranging from Helicopters and Boats through to Milliners and Tailors.

For guests, Salon Privé are delighted to offer more hospitality options than ever before, with options to suit all groups and preferences with Al Fresco Dining, Churchill Pavilion and The Glass House.

Al Fresco Dining guests will enjoy full-hospitality on the Salon Privé Lawns, including a Buffet Luncheon, English Afternoon Tea, Complimentary Bar and Pommery Champagne. A step up, the Churchill Pavilion offers an enhanced experience with reserved seating, hostess service, an upgraded three-course luncheon menu, exclusive entertainment and a private terrace overlooking the Concepts & Prototypes Lawn. Small groups are accommodated on shared tables, with groups of 8-10 seated together in one group.

Finally, at the epitome of gastronomic excellence, is The Glass House. Launched in 2020, this truly exceptional dining experience will return to Salon Privé after a triumphant inaugural year. Hosted in a stunning wrought-iron structure overlooking the Duke of Marlborough’s private Italian Gardens, guests will enjoy a bespoke five-course tasting menu with exquisite wine pairings, followed by an English Afternoon Tea.

If you would like to experience your end-of-summer party at Salon Privé, please get in touch with the Blend Group team.