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The Short Version: It’s no secret that travel can help strengthen relationships. Getting away together reinforces bonds between couples as they learn more about the world and each other. And the nine exclusive properties Virgin Limited Edition built around the globe offer one-of-a-kind luxury backdrops where couples can celebrate and intensify their love. The staff at each destination designs personalized experiences to create memories to last a lifetime. From dinner under the stars in Kenya and picnics at a vineyard in South Africa to skiing treks in the Swiss Alps and spa services on the Mediterranean, Virgin Limited Edition’s properties deliver some of the most magical and romance-inspiring settings in the world.
In 1978, businessman and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson purchased Necker Island, a 74-acre private island in the British Virgin Islands. A few years later, he opened The Roof Gardens, one-and-a-half acres of themed gardens on the sixth floor of a building in West London. Over the years, Sir Richard added seven more distinct properties to create Virgin Limited Edition, an award-winning collection of luxury retreats and hotels that spans continents.
“All our properties are unique and offer many different activities — especially for couples,” said Alice Cottingham, Group Press Officer for Virgin Limited Edition. “Our expert staff on-hand at each property creates personal, tailor-made experiences for our guests.”
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing week at the secluded estate of Son Bunyola on Mallorca’s northwest coast or prefer to escape to Kasbah Tamadot in the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, Virgin Limited Edition provides luxury, personal service and fun worldwide.
The brand also specializes in weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and other customized event planning for life’s special moments.
“Couples can get married at any of our nine properties,” Alice said. “From a simple blessing to hosting a large ceremony and reception for hundreds of family and friends, our team works one-on-one to make dreams come true.”
It’s been nearly four decades since Sir Richard Branson began hand-selecting the nine unique properties worldwide to comprise Virgin Limited Edition. For 20 of those years, the company’s Managing Director, Jon Brown, has had the pleasure of visiting each locale a handful of times.
In a recent guest blog post, Jon gave a rundown of his favorite insider tips oozing with romantic, couple-focused activities, including beach dinners around a fire pit in the Caribbean, hiking a mountainside in Switzerland, and pampering spa services at the foot of the escarpment in Kenya. Each property, Alice told us, is brimming with picturesque settings to create once-in-a-lifetime memories.
“For couples interested in wine, we have Mont Rochelle, which is our vineyard in South Africa at the foot of the Klein Dassenberg Mountain Range just outside of Cape Town,” she said. “It has a very personalized approach where we send couples off with a basket of wine and local delicacies.”
Alice said the grounds offer a perfect chance for couples to escape to a hidden corner of the vineyard’s more than 300 acres for a picnic or just to sit and enjoy the countryside.
If you and your significant other prefer on-the-go activities, Virgin Limited Edition has plenty to offer.
“The Lodge in Verbier is our chalet in the Swiss Alps, and it’s a great destination for skiers and snowboarders — perfect for activities in the mountains for couples,” Alice said. “It’s also really lovely in the summer for camping and cycling for active couples.”
Romantic locales exist across the globe, but it’s Virgin Limited Edition’s impeccable concierge-style customer service that ensures couples experience unforgettable holidays. From one of the world’s most exclusive private islands to thrilling safaris via a magical Moroccan kasbah, each location is designed to be your home away from home.
“All of the properties are unique and have different activities and things to do,” Alice said “Our expert staff is on hand to create the ultimate couples getaway.”
Alice told us couples enjoy taking in the diverse flora and fauna during ranger-guided drives through Ulusaba in South Africa and Mahali Mzuri in Kenya. These safari-like treks are included in the rates for Virgin Limited Edition guests and are tailored around what a couple wants to see.
Both safari properties offer private dining that can be driven out into the bush for a romantic evening under the stars. There’s also Necker Belle, a sleek 32-meter catamaran available for tailor-made itineraries around the Caribbean year-round, as well as Mont Rochelle, a hotel and vineyard near Cape Town famous for rest, relaxation, and wine tasting.
If a party’s what you’re looking for, you’re in luck. The team at Virgin Limited Edition is equipped to help plan the specifics for any type of event. The brand’s nine properties offer perfect venues for destination weddings and special occasions and can accommodate up to 200 guests.
At Mahali Mzuri, a luxury tented safari camp in Kenya with ringside views of some of the most awe-inspiring African wildlife, planning a wedding, blessing, bachelor and bachelorette parties, or milestone anniversary is easier than you can imagine. From incorporating Maasai traditions to private dinners on the pool deck, this one-of-a-kind African backdrop can create memories to last a lifetime.
“All of the properties host wedding ceremonies and the teams at each property are experts at personalizing — whether it’s small and intimate or whether they’ve taken over the whole property and invited their family and friends,” Alice said. “We’re able to fulfill whatever it is the couple wants.”
At Virgin Limited Edition’s Kasbah Tamadot property in Morocco, rest and relaxation is the name of the game. This 28-room hotel offers a special romance package complete with complimentary upgrades, champagne upon arrival, complimentary spa services, and three-course meals from their specialty à la carte menu.
“We take pride that our properties are part of people’s special moments,” Alice said. “That’s really important for us, and we’ve had lovely feedback from various couples who have wed at our properties. They want to come back for their anniversaries and keep coming back to see our team and tell them how married life is going.”
Over the years, Virgin Limited Edition has helped thousands of couples celebrate their forever love. One such special occasion was Adam and Tate’s wedding at The Roof Gardens in London, which was recently captured in the couple’s guest blog post, “We Love Love!”
“With the beauty of the Gardens, the professionalism of the team, and the high-quality food and drinks, we knew it would be our venue of choice,” wrote Adam. “Of course, being married is about the couple, but everything else around it makes the day just perfect. And with absolutely nothing to worry about, and any need or whim catered for effortlessly, it meant we could truly enjoy and immerse ourselves in the day and lose ourselves in love.”
Guest testimonials are great, but when the owner’s own children choose Virgin Limited Edition’s properties as the locale for their special day, you know you’ve struck pure gold. Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s 74-acre private island located in the British Virgin Islands, has already hosted two Branson weddings, including the owner’s in which he arrived clinging to the struts of a helicopter with his daughter, Holly Branson, and her husband Freddie.
Alice told us the Virgin Limited Edition team is committed to one mission: delivering tailor-made experiences that guests will be sure to remember forever. The goal is to create unique getaways for couples that help cultivate a love for the world and each other.