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No seriously, what is SUP? Don’t worry, the first time we heard about SUP we didn’t know what this was either! SUP stands for Stand-Up Paddle Board and is something that the water sports team on Necker are really enthusiastic about! At the start of August, a SUP water polo court arrived on Necker.
Meet Brianna Hirsch, one of our water sports instructors on Necker Island.
One of the most unique and important jobs on Necker Island is taking care of the beautiful array of animals that call the island home.
Today, Wednesday 8th June 2016, is World Ocean’s Day.
Necker Island: Who wants the traditional wedding bells anyway?
Necker Island stars
Necker Island animals
Sustainability and Necker Island
Most Prestigious Venue
Kitesurfing off the top of the Great House
The ideal Necker
New skills and thrills
Pack for a Purpose
New lemurs on Necker Island
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You asked for it, so here it is! After a request from Craig Winter on Facebook, here is the recipe for the popular Chocolate Delice, also known as the Giant Rolo Dessert! This recipe was developed by our previous Head Chef, Darren Burke, but has remained a firm favourite amongst our guests ever since.
This week our very own Restaurant Manager Peter Avis set off for Aberdeenshire to show his support for The Diana Award’s mentoring programme.
At the time of writing Southern Africa is in the midst of a severe period of drought, and whilst this does have devastating effects in many aspects, exciting opportunities have been created that wouldn’t otherwise be the case.
Calling all cheese lovers! This week Kasbah Tamadot’s Head Chef, Benoit, has created the perfect accompaniment to go with any breadstick! Find out how to make Kasbah Tamadot’s Blue Cheese dip with walnut crumble and remember to share your creations using #kasbahtamadot #foodiefriday Blue Cheese Dip with Walnut Crumble INGREDIENTS (Serves 4) Blue Cheese .
Alongside the breath-taking views of the Swiss Alps and perfect conditions for either skiing in winter or hiking in summer, one of the most talked about aspects of a stay at The Lodge is the food.
On the menu this #foodiefriday The Lodge have rustled up a hearty tartiflette, perfect for those autumnal evenings! Make sure you share a photo of your creation! #thelodgeverbier #foodiefriday The Lodge’s Tartiflette INGREDIENTS 1kg Ratte potatoes (or any good quality new potatoes) 250g Smoked bacon lardons (pancetta) 2 White onions 2 Cloves of garlic .
Each week we like to showcase the delicious dishes our chefs put together for our guests at each Virgin Limited Edition property.
Each week we’re showcasing the delicious dishes our chefs put together for our guests at each Virgin Limited Edition property.
This year our gardening team have been busy growing a variety of herbs in the gardens for our chefs to use in the Babylon kitchen and our bar team to use in cocktail recipes.
We recently welcomed the founder of the fantastic travel blog From the Upside, Veronica Morrison, to The Lodge.
Introducing Foodie Friday! Each week we’ll showcase the delicious dishes our chefs put together for our guests at each Virgin Limited Edition property.
Virgin Limited Edition has been working with the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) for the past three years in order to help establish us as one of the leading hotel groups in the word in terms of promoting a sustainable way of working.
While the large vineyards and fantastic wine selection are definitely the primary reasons for adult guests to visit Mont Rochelle, we often get asked if there is enough to keep our younger guests entertained.
We love seeing all the pictures you share with us while staying at Mahali Mzuri.
September sees the start of apple season at Kasbah Tamadot.
To coincide with the start of southern hemisphere spring in September, the Pride ’n Purpose and Ulusaba teams are gearing up for the start of Arbor Month, the perfect opportunity to go beyond the usual safari adventure and help change the lives of others.
Did you see our very own ‘queen of cocktails’ Sara’s starring moment on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this weekend? After the hottest week of the year so far, Sara was invited along to chat about her favourite summer cocktails – all of which use ingredients she has found growing in The Gardens! “It’s wonderful that .
After a wonderful stay recently with her mum and dad, adventurous 10 year old Jodie Ramackers wrote us a lovely review of her stay at Ulusaba, highlighting all the exciting and surprising activities she got up to.
Who doesn’t enjoy the taste of and delight in growing their own food? Not only do you have the anticipation of waiting to see if the seeds you planted actually grow, most people would agree that the food tastes better after all the hard work and tears that goes into the growing process.
How we communicate with others in the workplace is at least as important as how we communicate with our customers, and at Virgin Limited Edition in June we went back to basics with a month-long wellness program for the entire office.
The Babylon team were delighted to recently welcome a group of students from Diageo’s Learning for Life programme to the restaurant.
This month we are very excited to bring you news of a project we worked closely on with Dig Deep Deep through our partnership with Whole World Water that will provide a community of over 1,000 people access to safe drinking water for the first time.
The annual Great Migration, or Great Wildebeest Migration to be more accurate, has been listed as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
We’re so excited to announce the opening of the new Manor House at Mont Rochelle.
The Kasbah Tamadot team have never been one to shy away from a challenge.
Here at Babylon our bar team have created a new cocktail aptly named “God Save The Queen” a champagne celebration to match the jubilation of our Monarch’s 90th Birthday! Pop up to Babylon and enjoy sloe gin shaken with Maraschino, lemon and a fluffy egg white and topped with champagne (delicious!).
Summer is seriously just around the corner, and with a great selection of tempting summer offers, we hope you’re feeling tempted to book a getaway to Switzerland.
We’re excited to announce our new range of wines at Mont Rochelle, and Dustin, our resident winemaker, has been busy harvesting the grapes ready for pressing and bottling.
We are very excited to announce that we have just introduced a new Berber Tent at Kasbah Tamadot! This beautiful new tent has all the luxury and conveniences our guests have come to expect, but what makes this tent even more special is the private outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the idyllic Atlas Mountains.
It’s been an exciting time for The Maa Trust recently, with two new initiatives our guests can discover during their stay – beekeeping and traditional beadwork.
Karl and Llané Langdon are the two general managers at Ulusaba, Richard’s luxury safari gave reserve located in South Africa.
Elaine Jones visited Mont Rochelle during our Harvest Festival in April this year.
We caught up with Babylon’s head chef Ian Howard, to find out how he got into cooking and what new dishes we can expect throughout the summer months… When did you first realise you wanted to be a chef? I always used to enjoy cooking with my grandmother, and can remember making bread with her .
Conservation goes hand-in-hand with ecotourism and community development at Ulusaba.
Yesterday, thousands of runners took to the streets of London to complete the gruelling 26.
For parents, it’s always a challenge to decide where to take the kids on holiday.
Today marks the start of Restaurant Week South Africa.
We were delighted to host the Starlight Children’s Foundation Easter Escape at The Roof Gardens on Tuesday 5th April.
2016 is the fourth year that our amazing Babylon bartender Sara is taking part in Diageo World Class Competition; where the world’s top bartenders come together.
We’re delighted to announce Babylon has been awarded a three star Food Made Good rating for its commitment to sustainability.
Working so closely with our team at Mahali Mzuri, sometimes we forget what a truly special experience a trip to the Maasai Mara is for guests.
Since 2005, The Eve Branson Foundation has been instrumental in developing initiatives in collaboration with Berber communities living close to Kasbah Tamadot.
Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.
Mont Rochelle Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.
Ulusaba Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.
Virgin Limited Edition Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.
The Roof Gardens Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.
Join Mont Rochelle’s fun and exciting festival day on Saturday 12th March 2016.
The snow is looking fantastic in Verbier at the moment and the team has already had quite a busy winter.
HerdTracker and Make it Kenya joined forces to bring the Kenyan Safari to a global audience.
Indulgent Chocolate Pave This Valentine’s day take a little inspiration from the Babylon kitchen and whip up a delicious Chocolate Pave for your loved one… It’s sure to delight! For the chocolate crumble you’ll need: 200g caster sugar 250ml almond 150g Plain flour 80g cocoa powder 5g salt 140g butter (melted) Simply mix all the .
We are so excited to announce that we have won the accolade of ‘Best Night Club’ at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Best Bar None awards!!! Last night our Club Manager Andy and PR Manager Charlotte had the honour of going along to The Mayor’s Chamber to accept the award.
Mahali Mzuri is involved in the #kenyalive campaign, the world’s first live web broadcast of an extraordinary Kenyan bush to beach safari via Twitter’s Periscope App.
One of the most frequent visitors to Kasbah Tamadot is Richard Branson’s mum, Eve, but it’s more work than play for her as she spearheads a successful charitable foundation, the Eve Branson Foundation (EBF).
Before Christmas we told you about the very special Christmas Tree lighting we hosted in Babylon in association with our charity partner, Starlight Children’s Foundation.
With the New Year come new resolutions, so we asked the General Managers at each of the Virgin Limited Edition properties to tell us what they hope to achieve during 2016… Feel free to share any of your own resolutions! The Lodge, Ashley Crook, The Lodge Manager Train for and complete my first London .
If you’re tired of the normal 9-5 and are looking to start 2016 on a high (100ft high to be exact) then why not apply for one of our current opportunities at The Roof Gardens! With the beautiful Gardens and amazing views of London from Babylon (not to mention the mouth-watering cuisine!) you can be .