We’re suckers for lists here at Esquire. You can tell by our 50 best beaches in Southeast Asia, Asia’s 50 best pools… it’s endless. Here we present a new one for 2019: 11 experiences carefully curated by Belmond, one for each month for the rest of the year. Take this list as a guide, an inspiration if you will, for the destinations or sights to see to enrich your year ahead. Go on, make this your best year yet.
Start fancy amidst London’s cultural and social affluence where Belmond has opened its latest English property. There’s celebrity chef Adam Handling expertly innovative British cuisine, original art from the Chelsea scene, and private access to Cadogan Place Gardens.
Surely one of the world’s most famous street parties is a must, at least once this lifetime. Held on 2 March at Belmond Copacabana Palace, this year’s extravagant Rio De Janeiro Carnival pays tribute to Belmond’s motherland of glamour—Italy. Where else would one get wild but in the craziest cities of Brazil?
It’s not just the unspoiled plains surrounding the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge and the dedicated safari experiences you can choose from. Come 20 April, enjoy a private concert by musicians from London Philharmonic Orchestra with melodies from Saint-Saëns’s ‘Carnival of the Animals’.
You know the Venice Art Biennale, but what about making an art of your journey there aboard the classiest train ride there is? Complete your stylish travel with a stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, where its antique treasures, local artefacts and enchanting design will make you feel part of a film.
The best month to bask in the all-night glow of St Petersburg, allow yourself to be lavish with your time in long alfresco brunches on the hotel terrace, slow walks around cultural landmarks, and boat tours at nightfall.
Pisco in Peru on National Pisco Day is not a bad idea. Mark the fourth Sunday of July while on the highest rail routes on earth on the Belmond Andean Explorer, which perfectly concludes its scenic adventure in Arequipa where the drink is famously harvested.
Attend a private concert at dawn against the breathtaking backdrop of the iconic Amalfi Coast on 11 August. While part of the annual Ravello Festival, the special concert is only held for guests of Belmond Hotel Caruso, which also houses the best views for an infinity pool.
Explore historic tiger territories via the ‘Tiger Express’ on 8 September, a joint fundraising expedition by Eastern & Oriental Express and Save Wild Tigers. The itinerary goes from Singapore to Bangkok and yes, there will be carriages embellished with tiger stripes.
If Tuscany is the best place to experience vendemmia, or grape harvest in Italian, Belmond’s castle property is the best accommodation to spend it in. Taste some of best wines from the region’s fabled vineyards, even those from the hotel’s very own family-run vineyards.
Mexico’s famous Day of the Dead is another one for the bucket list. In San Miguel de Allende, a city famous for its grand festivities, celebrate life, death and the arts with the people from Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada.
Hop off the vintage carriages of Belmond British Pullman and into Christmas in Oxfordshire’s cosiest country manor, where a culinary feast is set with French flair and 15th-century heritage. Two Michelin-starred restaurants and open fires during winter, what more could you ask for?