Established in 1976, Belmond has been a pioneer in luxury travel for more than 40 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations.

Creation date: 1976
CEO: Dan Ruff
Head office: Belmond Ltd., Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA


Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to push the boundaries of luxury travel taking discerning global travellers on surprising and unforgettable journeys to unrivalled and storied locations.  Today, Belmond’s global portfolio is diverse, spanning land, water, adventure and relaxation, with international acclaim. Every property is remarkable and has its own timeless story to tell. Yet, the hallmarks of the Belmond brand thread through them all: heritage, craftsmanship, and a reputation for genuine, unscripted service create exceptional experiences that stir the soul.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express © Belmond 2019


The iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani is as enchanting as its many famous guests. In 1956, Giuseppe Cipriani dreamt of creating a haven close to St Mark’s Square, yet away from the city bustle. Today, exquisite interior touches pay homage to its heritage, while Michelin-starred gastronomy, charming staff and the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in the city set this celebrated property apart.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy. © Belmond 2019


Dan Ruff, President & CEO © Belmond

“Belmond has been at the forefront of luxury travel for more than four decades. At the very foundation of our brand is an entrepreneurial spirit and sense of adventure and we strive to continue our legacy of pioneering luxury travel experiences. We stand for understated luxury, for genuine service, for conscientious design and local craftsmanship. But the hallmark of a Belmond experience, is a moment that is infused with joy, celebration, and ultimately, lasts.”

Craftmanship & Design

Craftsmanship and design are in the DNA of the Belmond brand. Inspired by a belief that good design defines authentic experiences, all of the individual properties within Belmond’s global portfolio – from Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana to Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla – encapsulate the essence, culture and local materials of their magnificent locations. Our heritage buildings and historic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are museums of ancient decorative craft.

Through its partnership with New Designers, the UK’s most influential source of design talent, Belmond supports emerging creative talent so it can continue inspiring the discerning travellers of tomorrow.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, light fixtures made by a traditional glass blower © Belmond 2019

Key figures

  • 47 Luxury Properties
  • 24 Countries
  • 9,100 employees

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