The luxury travel business is all about creating experiences, and few do it better than One&Only. Over the past 15 years, its tropical resorts, which offer next-level service in secluded locations, have become favourites among top-tier travellers.
Now, the company is expanding its horizons, with plans to branch into nature retreats and urban resorts.
Its next nature resorts will take guests for a true walk on the wild side, as it heads to Africa. Rather than opting for a tried-and-tested destination such as Botswana or Kenya, One&Only has chosen to establish itself in the formerly war-torn country of Rwanda.
Before the end of the year it will open two properties: Nyungwe House, a refurbishment of an existing property, is on a working tea plantation, while the eight-room Gorilla's Nest sits in the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range. While the country's endangered gorillas are the big draw,
Philippe Zuber, president and chief operating officer of One&Only Resorts says cultural experiences and beautiful landscapes add to the appeal. "These are breathtaking sites, the best the country has." Photo to courtesy to rightful owner
A glistening diamond said to be the fifth largest ever unearthed has sold for an eye-popping $40 million.
The size of two golf balls, the one-of-a kind diamond was excavated from the treasures of the Letseng Mine in Africa by Gem Diamonds earlier this year.
Dubbed the Lesotho Legend, the stone has a 910-carat caliber and is said to have been purchased in a tender by an anonymous buyer from Antwerp, Belgium.
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Taste the regal life in Morocco can be found today at one of the world’s most exquisite hotels: the Royal Mansour.
Royal Mansour sits within the boundaries of the old town, but in its own secluded alcove. The Royal Mansour is not just a hotel, but its own city within a city.
Water is important in Moroccan culture, and throughout the Royal Mansour it trickles, cascades and tinkles in fountains and channels that run from room to room.
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