One&Only, a brand heralded as purveyors of luxury holidays and lavish accommodations, has announced that it is branching out its business—with the introduction of One&Only Nature Resorts, One&Only Urban Resorts and One&Only Private Homes. The new experiences will be offered in tandem with the award-winning resort properties around the world.
“I am thrilled we are able to continue to evolve the One&Only experience, providing the once-in-a-lifetime experiences in which our guests seek,” says Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer of One&Only Resorts. “Building on the legacy and success of One&Only, it is an exciting time for the brand as we continue to combine completely distinctive experiences with ultra-luxury. We look forward to sharing additional locations for our resorts, whether it be in the ultimate address in a prime city or an authentically wild undiscovered location soon.”
Created for the most discerning luxury travellers, One&Only Nature Resorts will offer a bespoke vacation among some of the world’s most serene natural settings. The goal: leave little-to-no footprint, impact the surrounding region as little as possible. Guests will even have the opportunity to “give back” by participating in hands-on experiences with the local communities.
The expansion of One&Only’s nature portfolio follows the success of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, which has received much praise since its debut in Australia a few years ago. The resort was the first hotel in the world to be certified as a carbon-neutral property by CarbonZero. One&Only plans to hit the same mark with each of its Nature Resorts, slated to open around the world in 2017.
Two resorts, both located in Africa, will join Wolgan Valley as part of the One&Only Nature Resorts family: One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest—both in Rwanda. The former is located on a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park, in Gisakura. The latter, near the village of Kingi on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range. Both properties will offer a variety of unique excursions and activities to guests visiting the Rwanda resorts.
“We are proud and excited to continue to innovate at One&Only and introduce new experiences for our guests. One&Only Nature Resorts will provide our guests illuminating and immersive experiences full of adventure that will allow for exploration and discovery,” continued Zuber. “Rwanda is such an incredible destination with truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We look forward to immersing our guests in a country and culture and providing that ultimate connection with nature in the ultimate locations.”
The resorts will showcase modern design with traditional African touches. Think vast terrain, incomparable views and up-close experiences with Rwandan wildlife. Nyungwe House will start welcoming guests in 2017.