| Scarlett Wright

Time to UPgrade your love life

Modern day cupids, Lee McPherson and Gareth Thompson, two single professionals from Central London who met at a private members event in London’s Mayfair, found themselves travelling to the ever glamorous Cannes Film Festival in 2015 to host events on board a luxury yacht. Whilst relaxing in the sun and sipping on cocktails, they watched as private jets skimmed over the horizon every few minutes bringing  swarms of celebrities and the ‘glitterati’ into town for the festival.

Gareth and Lee’s conversation swiftly led to why social elites were often let down by dating experiences and why there was very little beyond merely “bringing a bunch of people into a room with no connection”. According to Lee,  “in established social circles like work, friends and family, there is an expectation, and so people make more of an effort to engage fully.”

This conversation became the catalyst to take the matter into their own hands, and they began creating and exploring romantic experience vacations, based around the idea of dating in groups – where you would not only connect through conventional dating settings but more uniquely, an exhilarating journey – something special that you will share together and never forget.


UPDates was born and has since led the path to a new way of dating in luxury. The members-only exclusive network for successful individuals is for those who are truly serious about meeting that special someone. The most recent success was a finalist nomination for ‘most innovative dating company in the UK’ by the UK Dating Awards. The dating platform is the world’s first introductory dating service connecting high net-worth members through romantic and luxurious group vacations or sojourns curated especially to meet new, like-minded and interesting people with unique experiences.

Start by flying to your destination in style aboard a private jet, stay in luxurious accommodation, and visit unforgettable places. UPDates sojourns take place in exotic locales, and include spots that are inaccessible to the general public. Not only could you meet your soul-mate but you will visit places beyond your imagination.


Each member will have the opportunity to go on multiple mini-date activities and get to know their fellow sojourn members. Their dedicated team will provide you with a white-glove service with exquisite attention to detail.

If you are looking to UP-grade your love life, The Sybarite is ‘coupling’ up with the UPDates team to bring you exclusively curated bespoke experiences.

Contact your personal experience guide on info@thesybarite.org for more information on the next experience.

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