While we’re still working on earning a key to our hometown of London (anyone care to let us know who we must sweet talk?), OutThere travellers checking into Preferred Hotels & Resorts will soon be handed one upon checking in – though it’s not just the British capital you get to unlock. As a friend at Preferred has revealed to us, a new partnership with Travel Curious is set to give holidaymakers priority access to bespoke experiences across a whopping 62 cities around the globe. Urbophiliacs, rejoice!

The initiative heralds a new era in Preferred’s efforts to extend its industry-defining standards beyond the brand’s 750 properties-strong luxury portfolio. Bookable directly through their website, exclusive tours and experiences are geared towards elevating travellers’ stays to a whole new level – and we mean it: the partnership with Travel Curious, who have made themselves a name for recruiting the very best talent in any one destination, is hardly coincidental. In essence, think of their 900+ handpicked guides as storytellers, putting travel magic before mere stats (because who needs a walking history book if you can experience culture first-hand?).

With your own private guide matched to you in accordance with your personal preferences – the tall one with the French accent will do just fine for us – you’re in for all sorts of experiential activities. Jetting off to Singapore? Check into the Fullerton or the Fullerton Bay (an OutThere favourite), both proud Preferred members, and have your storyteller guide you through the Lion City after dusk. Or ditch the neon signs of Bugis Street and a night-time visit to the futuristic Gardens by the Bay for a gastronomic tour of the metropolis’ culinary heritage – really, it’s whatever you prefer.

www.preferredhotels.com / www.travelcurious.com

Photography courtesy of Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a Preferred Hotels & Resorts partner