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Audley Travel launches a collection of private stays

Published: 21/12/2020   /   Updated: 21/12/2020

Tailor-made tour operator Audley Travel has expanded its portfolio of private experiences with a brand-new collection of private stays, allowing clients to take a long-awaited break in total seclusion.

Private stays can be booked in the majority of Audley’s destinations worldwide and Audley’s specialists have hand-picked a range of properties for clients’ exclusive use, giving them the peace of mind they need, together with the travel experience they crave. Each trip will be arranged with seclusion in mind, from experiences arranged solely for the client to the private drivers who exclusively escort them and their travel companions.

The perfect property will be available for every client’s wish list, whether that is one with a garden for children to play in, incredible views, sunlit courtyards for alfresco dining, a private infinity pool or a sauna. The properties also span the price points, with opulent villas as well as smaller options available.

Audley’s specialists will use their first-hand knowledge of the destination to suggest ways to enrich the clients’ stay, from outdoor activities in remote settings to privately guided experiences. All tours will be booked by Audley and a full day-by-day itinerary provided.

Examples include:

Blue Belle Harbour Beachfront Villa, Antigua

Three-bedroom Blue Belle Harbour Beachfront Villa is situated on Jumby Bay, a 300-acre private island surrounded by lush tropical landscape. Accessible only by boat, and with no cars in sight, this beautiful, undisturbed private island of white-powdered beaches is a one-of-a-kind hideaway. The villa is part of the Jumby Bay premium resort, which provides guests with world-class facilities including exquisite restaurants and a spa.

Bordered by palm trees, luxuriously white-sand beaches and azure waters the villa offers incredible views. The villa’s magnificent outdoor space boasts a stunning infinity pool and spa as well as a covered outdoor bar area — the perfect spot for beachside drinks.

Audley can arrange experiences on a private basis including fishing trips, sunset cruises, sailing and snorkelling trips to the offshore reefs, along with hikes through the dramatic scenery. Clients can also enjoy the resort’s facilities during their stay with tennis, snorkelling, use of sun floats and sunfish sailboats, croquet and a putting green all available. Golf buggies are provided to transport clients across the island, so they can explore at their own pace.

An eight-day tailor-made trip ‘Private stay at Harbour Beachfront Villa - Blue Belle’ costs from £10,150 per person (based on six travelling) and includes international flights and seven nights at Blue Belle Harbour Beachfront Villa. For more information please visit www.audleytravel.com/Antigua or call 01993 838275.

Riad Ilayka, Marrakesh, Morocco

Conveniently located near the main sights of Marrakesh in the heart of the old medina, Riad Ilayka is a small property which can be exclusively hired for a group of up to 14. It is traditional in style and full of Moroccan charm and character.

After a busy day exploring, clients can relax in its bright courtyard, charming first-floor terrace or in the hot tub on the roof terrace.

A launch offer is available, with a saving of up to £1,500 per week (on total property cost, therefore the saving is £107 per person based on 14 sharing) at Riad Ilayka for selected dates in 2021.

An eight-day tailor-made trip ‘Private riad stay in Marrakesh’ costs from £1,415 per person (based on 14 sharing). The price includes international business class flights, private transfers, a private guided day exploring Marrakesh and its vineyards, a private hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, a private cooking course and seven nights exclusive use of Riad Ilayka. For more information visit www.audleytravel.com/Morocco or call 01993 838420.

Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Situated on the Nicoya Peninsula high above a secluded beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline, Punta Islita is a remote, luxury hillside hideaway with casitas offering enough space for a family. The larger two and three-bedroom private villas are ideal for a real escape, allowing guests to use the hotel facilities including a driving range and spa, but also be in complete seclusion. Each villa has a spacious dining terrace and private garden with a plunge pool.

Activities at the resort include zip-lining, horse riding, hiking adventures, kayaking, surfing lessons, birdwatching, fishing and cooking lessons.

A nine-day tailor-made trip ‘Private Stay at Punta Islita and Arenal’ costs from £3,410 per person (based on six sharing). The price includes international flights, four nights in Arenal and four nights at Punta Islita. For more information visit www.audleytravel.com/costa-rica or call 01993 838665.

Audley’s definition of a private stay doesn’t stop at villas and houses. The operator also has a choice of water-based options with examples including gulets in Croatia and Turkey and motor yachts in Miami.

Alex Bentley, Head of Product for Audley Travel, said: “Audley has always specialised in private experiences and we are delighted to be able to offer clients this new range of accommodation so they can arrange an entirely private trip. Our wonderful collection of private stays offers space for friends and families to be together and hope it helps support our clients to start travelling again.

Audley’s concierge team is offering phone or video appointments to help clients find the ideal destination and accommodation.

For more information on travelling with Audley, please visit www.audleytravel.com/travel-with-confidence/planning-with-confidence/where-you-can-travel and for further details on Audley’s private stays please visit www.audleytravel.com/inspiration/private-stays.