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Around the World with Belmond

Belmond Hotel Cipriani. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Exploring the Burmese countryside en route to Mandalay aboard a luxury cruise ship. While each of these evoke the height of luxury travel, they’re often perceived as unrelated entities, only connected in travelers’ minds as destinations on an epic wishlist. In fact, all three make up chapters of a much larger story that begins with Belmond, the brand behind these and numerous other iconic travel experiences.

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge | Okavango Delta Safari Lodge Botswana
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge | Okavango Delta Safari Lodge Botswana

In Brazil, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas guests can take part in a full moon walking tour led by the resident biologist to witness a sight rarely seen by most, the lunar rainbow, over majestic Iguassu Falls. Or explore mesmerizing underground grottos in Venice with the glamorous Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a celebrity favorite. Meanwhile, for those looking to learn a time-honored craft, the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond in Maryland partners with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to offer boat building workshops.

Belmond continually adapts to guests’ seeking upscale experiences in new places. At Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana, guests stay in spacious, luxury tented lodges with views of the Okavango Delta. As part of the experience, a private helicopter tour becomes a once-in-a-lifetime aerial safari. Then, a guided horse ride through this UNESCO World Heritage Site brings you up close to a breathtaking variety of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Beyond its famed hotel properties, Belmond is also a pioneer of luxury travel by rail and cruises – experiences that have inspired imitators across the industry.

Belmond's Venice Simplon Orient-Express Train
Belmond’s Venice Simplon Orient-Express Train
Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Grand Hibernian, Luxury Train in Ireland
Belmond Grand Hibernian, Luxury Train in Ireland

Belmond’s classic trains traverse Europe, South America and Asia, including the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express which, with its vintage carriages restored from the 1920s and 30s, gourmet cuisine and lively onboard entertainment, conjures romantic notions of travel from a bygone era.

Beyond its famed hotel properties, Belmond is also a pioneer of luxury travel by rail and cruises – experiences that have inspired imitators across the industry.

To this day, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express remains one of the world’s most famous luxury trains, inviting a new generation to unlock its storied history. To sate the curiosity of those who only know the train by name, look no further than the eminently popular BBC series Top Gear, which this summer crowned the VSOE the winner in a face-off between train and car travel for the journey from London to Venice.

Further abroad in Asia, Belmond has long paved the way for intrepid explorers who, beyond wanting to experience the region’s natural wonders, travel to connect with local people and customs.

Belmond Governor's Residence, Yangon, Myanmar

On Belmond Road to Mandalay, this trip of a lifetime begins in the buzzing city of Yangon where guests stay for two nights before boarding the luxury ship in Bagan to sail along the Ayeyarwady River to Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma. Throughout the journey, travelers have unprecedented access to local experiences, from guided excursions to temples and rural villages, to cultural lessons in cooking, dance, and traditional dress.

True to its commitment to social responsibility, Belmond also invites passengers to accompany the ship’s on-board physician, Dr Hla Tun, on a visit to the free health clinic in Bagan. Established in 2011 with the support of the Belmond Myanmar Foundation, the clinic has treated over 40,000 patients, many of whom travel from up to 125 miles away to receive care.

Throughout the world, Belmond continues to set the standard for conscientious, luxury travel. At SmartFlyer, our team is proud to partner with Belmond, whose curated travel programs continue to prove that it’s the journey, not the destination, that matters.

Belmond Bellini Club

The invitation-only Bellini Club includes fewer than 250 agencies worldwide. Membership to the Club gives SmartFlyer clients access to generous benefits as well as dedicated communication channels to the Belmond sales teams and key contacts at their properties across the globe.

Belmond Bellini Club Benefits

  1. Complimentary upgrade upon arrival at time of check-in, based on availability
  2. Complimentary internet access
  3. Buffet or full breakfast for 2, daily
  4. Fully flexible hotel or resort credit up to $200 per stay
  5. $500 Gift Voucher for future travel when purchasing an experience of $5,000
  6. VIP Recognition by property management and staff
  7. Special in-room welcome amenity
  8. First priority on waitlists
  9. Dedicated Bellini Concierge who works exclusively with Bellini Club members for customer service needs and questions

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