August. It’s the height of wedding season, so maybe you’ve been giving an upcoming celebration of your own a little thought. Chances are there’s an anniversary coming up or a big birthday to celebrate. Or perhaps you’re looking for a glorious place to get married and want something extra-luxurious.
There’s no better place to get inspiration for your big day than at Virgin Limited Edition’s properties. They’re extraordinary places to spend time, located in discrete, out-of-the-way beauty spots. These are some of the most luxurious properties in the world, so if you’re after some inspiration for your wedding or birthday, peek inside below.
For your wedding: Ulusaba, Sabi Sand (South Africa)
Could there be anything more beautiful than getting married in a private game reserve in the heart of the African bush? Ulusaba has plenty of nooks and crannies to seal the deal. Say “I do” on the Lower Deck at Rock Lodge, which juts out over the bush below. It’s a magnificent setting, and feels like there’s nothing but you and the sky as you say your vows.
There are plenty of other places to celebrate. The Mabrak Dry Riverbed at the Safari Lodge is an idyllic setting surrounded by African jackalberry trees. This feels like the beating heart of the bush, and there’s every chance of spying wild animals while you exchange rings.
It’s not all about the wildlife. Dance the night away with a local marimba band or ask the local Shangaan tribe to perform a traditional cultural dance. Plus, guests are encouraged to get up and join in. The dancers also have incredible voices, so you can also include a performance of Shangaan songs in the ceremony for a truly magical experience, making it a wedding of a lifetime.
Find out more about Ulusaba here.
For your milestone birthday: Son Bunyola, Mallorca
Life is about more than work. It’s about friendship, family and yourself too. The mark of a good birthday is the brilliant faces who are there to celebrate with you, and there’s no better place to do that than at Son Bunyola.
Set on Mallorca’s secluded north coast, Son Bunyola has three stunning villas which could either be rented as separate units or all together. A friendship or family group of 28 could cluster together in the sun for a few days or weeks, making it a birthday to remember.
Each villa comes with its own pool and terrace to lounge on, with stunning sea and mountain views. This is a place to relax, tell stories and soak up the Mediterranean sun. Pure bliss.
For a romantic break or honeymoon: Mont Rochelle
Honeymoons are about lying around gazing lovingly into your partner’s eyes. But they’re about creating shared memories together, and where better to do this than in Franschhoek, and the winelands of South Africa? Mont Rochelle is a 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard, located less than an hour from Cape Town. It feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, providing you with all the seclusion you need for your romantic time away. Yet, there’s plenty nearby and on site. Mont Rochelle sits in the heart of Western Cape, famous for both its wine and superlative food offerings.
Golf, cycle and horseback ride around the surrounding countryside and ask the kitchen to prepare a picnic to take with you.
Wine is the name of the game here. Even the spa uses crushed grapes in its products, and there’s a hammam to relax in too. Kick back in front of the fire pit on chilly nights.