Exclusive Resorts Members have always valued and appreciated travel. But after nearly a year of being cooped up at home, we know Members are looking forward to travel like never before, says Gina Bach, Vice President of the Experience Collection at Exclusive Resorts. “Members are excited to get back to their travel routines and take those big bucket list trips they were unable to enjoy last year,” she says. To that end, Exclusive Resorts has curated eight spectacular Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys for 2022. Member health and safety remains top of mind, to give Members peace of mind. Itineraries were intentionally developed to focus on outdoor experiences that allow small groups to easily social distance—and Exclusive Resorts will handle any special travel requirements, such as arranging COVID-19 tests prior to returning home (if still required). After a year of dreaming about travel, it’s time to start living the dream. Here, Bach shares her highlights from itineraries that will take you around the globe, from Australia to Alaska.

Kenya: Wildlife Safari

Duration: 9 days, 9 nights
Group Size: 16-25 Members
Ideal For: Families
Gina’s Highlights: “Our safaris are second to none and almost always score a five out of five from families,” she says. Kenya is Africa’s undisputed wildlife capital. In addition to visiting two very different game parks—Tsavo West National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve—and staying at luxurious accommodations such as Abercrombie & Kent's Sanctuary Olonana, guests will have the opportunity to participate in philanthropic endeavors throughout their Journey. “Parents love the opportunity to expose their children to nature and wildlife but also to open their eyes to different ways they can protect the environment and help local communities,” says Bach. Members will safari in their own dedicated vehicles in search of the "Big Five"—lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino—and can opt to share an immersive experience with the Maasai people, learning traditional songs and hunting techniques.
Trip Highlight: Feed baby elephants at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi.

Members can learn more on The Source.

Antarctica: Explore and Ring in the New Year

Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Group Size:  125 Members
Ideal For: Wildlife and photography enthusiasts
Gina’s Highlights: December is arguably the best month to visit Antarctica, with fewer crowds, longer daylight hours and abundant wildlife. And what better way to ring in the new year than watching migrating whales and calving icebergs from your private balcony aboard the brand-new National Geographic Resolution ship. “If you’re someone who likes being in a Zodiac more than sitting by the hotel pool, this trip is for you,” says Bach. “Antarctica is a dream destination for photographers and wildlife lovers as well as wanna-be explorers.” National Geographic’s team of experts including undersea specialists, local naturalists and National Geographic photographers who provide Members a truly immersive experience.
Trip Highlight: You’ll feel like a true National Geographic explorer when you kayak alongside whales and hike across glaciers to view penguin colonies.

Members can learn more on The Source.

Australia and New Zealand: Adventure Awaits

Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Group Size: 16-18 Members
Ideal For: Active Members
Gina’s Highlights: “Members love our New Zealand and Australia trips but have always told us they’d love to combine destinations so they only have to take that long flight once,” says Bach. This itinerary makes that happen, combing the best of both countries with stops in iconic cities like Sydney and Queenstown, and incredibly beautiful wild places like the Great Barrier Reef and Fiordland National Park. “This is one of my favorite trips for a couple of reasons,” says Bach. “We’ve sprinkled a few surprises throughout the itinerary that really make the trip over-the-top. It’s the perfect combination of thrills and indulgence,” says Bach, whose personal favorite memories from this itinerary are scaling the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and sipping sauvignon blanc and slurping oysters in New Zealand’s Central Otago wine region.
Trip Highlight: Board a former America’s Cup racing yacht for a hands-on private sailing experience on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

Members can learn more on The Source.

India and Nepal: An Unforgettable Journey

Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Group Size: 16-20 Members
Ideal For: Spiritual and culturally immersive travelers
Gina’s Highlights: “Visiting Nepal and India with Exclusive Resorts is like going to a huge concert and having access to the floor but also a private box to go back to when you want to feel safe,” says Bach. “It’s easier to get out of your comfort zone and embrace the culture when you know the food and accommodations are always five star.” This itinerary reads like a check-list of iconic experiences but executed in Exclusive Resorts VIP style. The trip begins in Nepal with a flight around Mount Everest followed by brunch with a mountaineer who has summitted the world’s highest peak. Then on to India, where Members will feel like royalty staying at hotels including the Taj Rambagh Palace and Oberoi Amarvilas and experiencing exclusive access to attractions like the City Palace in Jaipur. For Bach, the highlight stop is Varanasi. “There is no culture shock greater than India’s holiest city and witnessing the ghats along the Ganges,” she says.
Trip Highlight: A sunrise visit and guided tour of the Taj Mahal, complete with a photographer.

Members can learn more on The Source.

Around the World by Private Jet

Duration: 22 days, 21 nights
Group Size: 75 Members
Ideal For: Members who put off their bucket-list trips and want an all-in-one, truly Once-in-a-Lifetime exclusive package
Gina’s Highlights: If you’ve put off your dream trips for too long, this is the Journey for you. Alongside a team of National Geographic experts, embark on a globe-trotting expedition featuring numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites and bucket list locations including Egypt and the Maldives. “We offered this trip in 2020 but had to end it early due to COVID-19,” says Bach. “Our 2022 trip includes all the stops the 2020 Journey had to miss, plus some really unique, awesome additions.” Of all the incredible locations visited, Jordan stands out for Bach, where Members will be able to explore the iconic sites and ruins of Petra, followed by a festive dinner accompanied by a Bedouin folklore performance.
Trip Highlight: Hike to Bhutan’s famed Tiger’s Nest alongside a National Geographic photographer who will capture every picture-perfect moment.

Members can learn more on The Source.

Ski Japan

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Group Size: 16-20 Members
Ideal For: Ski and snowboard enthusiasts
Gina’s Highlights: “Members have asked for this trip for years,” says Bach. “To visit Japan on your own is an endeavor in itself with the culture, etiquette and language. You need a guide just to rent skis.” This itinerary visits three different ski resorts in the Hokkaido region, known for its fluffy powder conditions, and also incorporates a traditional ryokan stay and traditional experiences ranging from tea ceremonies to hot springs.
Trip Highlight: Exclusive Resorts has bought out the Iwani ski resort for a day, meaning Members will have exclusive use of the lifts and cats.

Members can learn more on The Source.

Uruguay, Mendoza and Buenos Aires

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Group Size:16-20 Members
Ideal For: Members who want a town and country escape
Gina’s Highlights: “This itinerary is the ultimate South America trifecta,” says Bach. “It includes three unique but complementary stops in Uruguay, Mendoza and Buenos Aires. This is the first time Exclusive Resorts is visiting Uruguay, which is really exciting.” In José Ignacio, Uruguay, guests will stay at super stylish Bahia Vik, a boutique hotel on the beach with a fantastic art collection and activities such as local wine tastings and horseback rides along the coast. A short flight deposits Members in Buenos Aires where they’ll be treated to private tango lessons in the birthplace of tango. The trip ends in Argentina’s famed wine country, Mendoza, where guests will experience VIP tastings at some of the wineries producing the region’s acclaimed Malbecs.
Trip Highlight: Enjoy dinner at Uruguay's most famous beachfront restaurant, La Huella.

Members can learn more on The Source.

Seabourn Alaska Cruise

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Group Size: 450 Members
Ideal For: Adventurous multi-gen travelers
Gina’s Highlights: “Imagine an African safari that requires a quarter of the travel,” says Bach. “Alaska offers an Africa-worthy wildlife experience close to home. And the Seabourn Odyssey is chartered exclusively for Members so it’s like being with your friends on your own private safari vehicle.” Explore Alaska's glaciers and remote islands by kayak, zodiac or catamaran on exclusive Venture Days. Bach says this trip is great for multi-generational families as they can participate in different activities throughout the day then regroup for lunch and dinner.
Trip Highlight: Experience oyster farming first-hand in Ketchikan.

Members can learn more on The Source.

Enter reservation requests between March 17-30

Members interested in participating in one of the Club’s 2022 Journeys can enter here reservation requests between March 17-30. For more information, visit The Source or contact your Vacation Ambassador.

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