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Necker Island: Sustainability in action

Improving sustainable practices at all our properties is something we are constantly championing across Virgin Limited Edition.

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Necker Island: Spicy Tuna Sushi Roll

Whose ready for some Necker Island #foodiefriday fun? Our Head Chef, Chris Kenny, has sent across the tasty recipe for spicy tuna sushi rolls.

Necker Island

Necker Island: What’s SUP?

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.

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Necker Island: Brianna’s Story

Meet Brianna Hirsch, one of our water sports instructors on Necker Island.

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The Archive

  • 2016 November
  • 28th November 2016

    On Friday, the team at Mahali Mzuri helped assist with the capture, treatment and relocation of an orphan 4 year old elephant found alone and injured in the Olare Motorogi Reserve.

    25th November 2016

    It’s been a busy month for the Eve Branson Foundation team with the recent United Nations conference on climate change (COP22) held in Marrakech from 7-18 November 2016.

    25th November 2016

    We’re heading over to Mahali Mzuri for this week’s Foodie Friday delights.

    25th November 2016

    This Tuesday in Babylon was very special indeed as we hosted our annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

    22nd November 2016

    It’s time to pop the champagne and raise your glass as we have not one, not two, not three but four very exciting reasons to celebrate! Mahali Mzuri has just been voted as the ‘Favourite Safari Camp’ at the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ 2016 Choice Awards.

    21st November 2016

    The seasons may be changing, but that doesn’t mean things have quieted down for our gardening team who have been particularly busy over the last few weeks and are delighted to have won not one, but three awards! We were absolutely buzzing to scoop the award for ‘Best London Rooftop Honey’ at the 2016 London .

    21st November 2016

    At any of our Virgin Limited Edition properties, we pride ourselves on the fantastic staff that make each and every guests time with us as special as possible.

    16th November 2016

    One of the highlights of the year in any Virgin company’s calendar is the annual Virgin Stars party, and this year we were over the moon to host the event here at The Roof Gardens! This event welcomes ‘star’ employees from every Virgin company around the globe, with everyone coming together for one big celebration with the .

    15th November 2016

    We are delighted to announce that The Roof Gardens has been awarded a Time Out Love London Award! Following weeks of nominations and voting, our friends at Time Out magazine invited us along to a very special evening of celebrations and dancing, where the 2016 winners were due to be announced.

    11th November 2016

    Don’t Look Down: it’s a good motto to keep in mind when you are flying 30,000 feet up in the air! Today we are marking the release of ‘Don’t Look Down’, a film that tells the complete and uncensored story of Sir Richard Branson’s daring attempts to cross the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by hot .

    4th November 2016

    We love seeing all the pictures you share with us while staying at Mont Rochelle.

    3rd November 2016

    For most people, spending a few days at Ulusaba is the experience of a lifetime.

  • 2016 October
  • 31st October 2016

    Improving sustainable practices at all our properties is something we are constantly championing across Virgin Limited Edition.

    28th October 2016

    Following the news from the Maa Trust earlier this year, we thought it was time for an update about all the new projects that have recently launched.

    25th October 2016

    Having world class spa facilities our properties is something that we take very seriously at Virgin Limited Edition! In order to make sure that our spas remain some of the best in the world, our Group Spa Manager, Helen Cain, is in charge of keeping our standards high.

    20th October 2016

    Our resident ‘Queen of Cocktails’ and Babylon bartender, Sara, was invited along to Stylist Live to present a very special masterclass and share her tips on making cocktails at home.

  • 2016 September
  • 30th September 2016

    Enjoy a slice of the Swiss Alps with The Lodge’s Carrot Cake! Make sure you share a photo of your creation #thelodgeverbier #foodiefriday   Carrot Cake INGREDIENTS 200g              Carrots (peeled and grated) 175g               Brown sugar 150ml            Olive oil 2                     Eggs 190g               Wholemeal flour 10g                 Baking powder 1tbsp              Mixed cake .

    23rd September 2016

    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.

    22nd September 2016

    Whose ready for some Necker Island #foodiefriday fun? Our Head Chef, Chris Kenny, has sent across the tasty recipe for spicy tuna sushi rolls.

    22nd September 2016

    This week our very own Restaurant Manager Peter Avis set off for Aberdeenshire to show his support for The Diana Award’s mentoring programme.

    21st September 2016

    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.

    16th September 2016

    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 .

    15th September 2016

    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.

    12th September 2016

    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.

    9th September 2016

    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 .

    9th September 2016

    Each week we like to showcase the delicious dishes our chefs put together for our guests at each Virgin Limited Edition property.

    2nd September 2016

    Each week we’re showcasing the delicious dishes our chefs put together for our guests at each Virgin Limited Edition property.

    1st September 2016

    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.

  • 2016 August
  • 30th August 2016

    We recently welcomed the founder of the fantastic travel blog From the Upside, Veronica Morrison, to The Lodge.

    26th August 2016

    Introducing Foodie Friday! Each week we’ll showcase the delicious dishes our chefs put together for our guests at each Virgin Limited Edition property.

    25th August 2016

    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.

    16th August 2016

    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.

    15th August 2016

    We love seeing all the pictures you share with us while staying at Mahali Mzuri.

    8th August 2016

    September sees the start of apple season at Kasbah Tamadot.

    5th August 2016

    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.

    2nd August 2016

    Meet Brianna Hirsch, one of our water sports instructors on Necker Island.

  • 2016 July
  • 25th July 2016

    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 .

    19th July 2016

    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.

    18th July 2016

    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.

    8th July 2016

    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.

    7th July 2016

    The Babylon team were delighted to recently welcome a group of students from Diageo’s Learning for Life programme to the restaurant.

    5th July 2016

    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.

  • 2016 June
  • 21st June 2016

    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.

    16th June 2016

    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.

    10th June 2016

    We’re so excited to announce the opening of the new Manor House at Mont Rochelle.

    9th June 2016

    The Kasbah Tamadot team have never been one to shy away from a challenge.

    8th June 2016

    Today, Wednesday 8th June 2016, is World Ocean’s Day.

    7th June 2016

    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!).

    6th June 2016

    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.

    3rd June 2016

    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.

  • 2016 May
  • 27th May 2016

    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.

    24th May 2016

    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.

    20th May 2016

    Karl and Llané Langdon are the two general managers at Ulusaba, Richard’s luxury safari gave reserve located in South Africa.

    6th May 2016

    Elaine Jones visited Mont Rochelle during our Harvest Festival in April this year.

    5th May 2016

    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 .

  • 2016 April
  • 28th April 2016

    Conservation goes hand-in-hand with ecotourism and community development at Ulusaba.

    25th April 2016

    Yesterday, thousands of runners took to the streets of London to complete the gruelling 26.

    21st April 2016

    For parents, it’s always a challenge to decide where to take the kids on holiday.

    20th April 2016

    Today marks the start of Restaurant Week South Africa.

    15th April 2016

    We were delighted to host the Starlight Children’s Foundation Easter Escape at The Roof Gardens on Tuesday 5th April.

    13th April 2016

    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.

    12th April 2016

    We’re delighted to announce Babylon has been awarded a three star Food Made Good rating for its commitment to sustainability.

    4th April 2016

    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.

    1st April 2016

    Since 2005, The Eve Branson Foundation has been instrumental in developing initiatives in collaboration with Berber communities living close to Kasbah Tamadot.

  • 2016 March
  • 8th March 2016

    Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.

    8th March 2016

    Mont Rochelle Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.

    8th March 2016

    Ulusaba Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.

    8th March 2016

    Virgin Limited Edition Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.

    8th March 2016

    Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.

    8th March 2016

    The Roof Gardens Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.

    8th March 2016

    Today (Tuesday 8th March 2016) is International Women’s Day.

    3rd March 2016

    Join Mont Rochelle’s fun and exciting festival day on Saturday 12th March 2016.

  • 2016 February
  • 16th February 2016

    The snow is looking fantastic in Verbier at the moment and the team has already had quite a busy winter.

    15th February 2016

    HerdTracker and Make it Kenya joined forces to bring the Kenyan Safari to a global audience.

    5th February 2016

    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 .

  • 2016 January
  • 22nd January 2016

    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.

    13th January 2016

    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.

    13th January 2016

    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).

    8th January 2016

    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.

    6th January 2016

    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 .

    4th January 2016

    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 .