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    How to chat with Robert the Bruce’s descendant Lord Bruce about whisky

    Away from the Ordinary

    Away from the Ordinary can organise, through your Personal TravelManager, money can’t buy experiences, including private cask tastings in distilleries that are literally away from the ordinary. Tastings of rare bottlings or those crafted to your personal needs or perhaps wants can all be found via a video call with Robert the Bruce’s descendant Lord Bruce if you enquire about a booking in 2021.

    And if you’d like to taste a fine whisky before then why not try an individualised digital whisky tasting.

    The tastings are led by Away From The Ordinary founder, and whisky expert, Aeneas O’Hara, who talks through the malts via Zoom.  Participants are sent a link to a website where they can order the five carefully curated malt whiskies, 10 days ahead of the tastings.  The group then chat through the whiskies over a one to two hour digital session.  Participants can either arrange an individual tasting for themselves and their friends and colleagues or choose to join one of the pre-arranged tastings, which usually run on regional themes. The next of which are on the 14th and 28th of May.

    Away from the Ordinary

    Michael Reybier Private Homes a perfect place for social distancing

    If you are dreaming of France, put Michael Reybier on your list for 2021. The private homes offer the most exquisite in terms of luxury abodes whether it be in a Haussmann-style Parisian apartment, a contemporary villa on the shores of Lake Geneva, a Mediterranean house on the French Riviera, or a family property in the middle of the Bordeaux vineyards. Each “Michel Reybier Private Homes” offers far more than a mere standard rental.  A stay with Michael Reybier Private Homes means a dedicated butler, concierge, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” housekeeper, home chef, security service who are all dedicated to ensuring their guests’ well-being in each property.

    An added bonus is their Michelin-starred chefs, all passionate masters of their craft, each developing a unique signature based on experiences, travels, cultural heritage and a vision of the world. They seek to revive forgotten sensations and rediscover new tastes. With “Michel Reybier Private Homes”, our guests are able to enjoy the refined cuisine of our chefs, who become their very own for the duration of their stay.

    Dalmore King Alexander III: Berry and floral notes with citrus flavours combine with sweet almonds, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger

    The homes

    LA RÉSERVE RAMATUELLE Villas Chemin de la Quessine FR-83350 Ramatuelle The 14 rental villas offer an elegant and welcoming home from home, with huge Mediterranean gardens sloping down towards the sea and dotted with pine trees, private swimming pools whose blue shades blend with those of sea and sky, along with contemporary architecture.

    La Reserve Ramatuelle, once was Karl Lagerfeld’s home away from home

    LA RÉSERVE PARIS Apartments 10 Place du Trocadéro FR-75116 Paris 10 apartments comprising one to six bedrooms. Distinguished by spacious volumes and contemporary interior design, each apartment offers the freedom of enjoying a second home in complete confidentiality. Surrounded by your loved ones, you can experience the capital like a true Parisian.

    La Reserve Paris, formerly Pierre Cardin’s private residence

    LA CHARTREUSE DE COS D’ESTOURNEL Château Cos d’Estournel FR -33180 Saint-Estèphe An ultimate haven of refinement and elegance, the Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel is located in the heart of the Cos d’Estournel vineyards. This family home is reserved exclusively for you to experience the estate as if you were its owner. Two suites • Six bedrooms • Living room Dining room • Tasting room • Steam room Indoor and outdoor swimming pools. 14 villas comprising three to six bedrooms.

    LA RÉSERVE GENÈVE Villa 301 Route de Lausanne CH-1293 Bellevue-Genève Adjacent to the grounds of La Réserve Genève, the contemporary glass Villa du Lac benefits from all the facilities of the five-star resort.

    Sumptuous furnishings of La Reserve Paris

    For more inspiration or to start planning your next holiday, talk to your personal travel manager. You can find one near you here.