The Wilderness Reserve

The wilderness reserve is a collection of exclusive use country houses, luxury farmhouses, and holiday cottages to rent all set on an 8000 acre private estate. below we have listed our top three properties on the estate, however there are many more available!

Wilderness’s Reserve homes are all on an 8000 acre private estate and looked after by a team with the most exacting standards. Exceptionally well-designed interiors set their properties apart, with their individual style and decor. A range of indoor and outdoor activities are available, from complimentary Pashley cycles and row boats and private chefs, making Wilderness Reserve the ideal destination for couples, friends, or families looking for a countryside retreat.

As you wind up the serpentine drive, sheep and cows graze lazily alongside whilst the sound of oars slipping through the lake puncture the blessed silence of the countryside. Early-risers can be treated to the sound of woodpeckers and the chorus of songbirds, our Wilderness Reserve Ranger on hand for those keen to check on our 2000 nest boxes. Birdwatching holidays are cool now.

SIBTON PARK

Wilderness Reserve’s manor is a country house worthy of it’s celebrated history. Experience luxury across 14 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and 6 reception rooms including the gorgeous drawing room with it’s listed hand painted wallpaper of exotic birds and flowers. The formal dining room seats up to 24 though. Escape beneath the stairs to party the night away in the cellar where you will also find the games room, gym, and cinema room.

14 Bedrooms

Sleeps 27

12 bathrooms

WALLED GARDEN

Dubbed ‘Britain’s Coolest Party Pad’ by the Times and the ‘Ultimate Party House’ by The Telegraph, The Walled Garden is the trophy of their collection. With floor to ceiling glass windows opening out onto a private garden, the space comes alive in summer with wildflower and the living area completely bathed in warm natural light. Beyond the flower beds is your the exclusive sauna and hot tub where you can relax after a day of cycling around the estate.

8 Bedrooms

Sleeps 16

8 bathrooms

CHAPEL BARN

For those looking for laid back luxury, the renovated 15th century barn has the ‘wow-factor’. Chapel Barn features floor-to-ceiling Crittall windows leading out onto an enclosed outdoor space, perfect for entertaining and outdoor dining. For those special occasions Chapel Barn features an underground playground featuring cinema, gym, and indoor pool.

18 Bedrooms

Sleeps 38

18 ensuites

For booking request or any information on the above properties, please contact our travel experts

The Greek Islands Worth The Visit

Rich in culture, and with excellent food and turquoise waters – it’s no secret the Greek islands are some of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, or for that matter, the world. Plus, it looks like it might be a safer option for a chance of sunshine this year. Whether you want to give island hopping a go later this summer, or want to plan for some autumn sun, when rules allow, these are some of the best ones to visit…

Best For… Food

Sifnos

A great option for solo travellers, Sifnos is home to some of the best food in Greece. During the summer months, the island comes alive with food markets and outdoor merchants selling local seafood and sweet treats. Culinary delights aside, the island is dotted with whitewashed houses and chapels, where visitors can appreciate the laidback way of life which is more slow-paced and relaxed than at its neighbouring islands. Sifnos also has several good hiking trails and secluded swimming spots to explore – Vathi Beach is a particular highlight.

There are plenty of stylish holiday homes and villas to choose from.

Best For… Low-Key Bliss

Antiparos 

Located in the south of the Aegean, Antiparos is one of the lesser-known Greek islands but it’s one of our top choices this year. An ideal option if you want to escape the crowds and enjoy a laidback holiday, Antiparos has all the beauty of its neighbouring islands, without the fuss. The island is famous for its beaches which have some great swimming spots with crystal clear waters – Psaralyki Beach is a particular highlight. Visitors should also head to the Cave of Antiparos and the charming village of Antiparos Town for a bit of culture. 

Best For… A Long Weekend

Kos

Home to some of the most picturesque beaches in Greece, Kos is great for a long weekend. Ideal in the summer but equally beautiful in the autumn, the island is home to lush valleys and Dikeos – a rugged mountain range well worth exploring. Head to Kos Town for food markets, ancient Greek ruins, a towering medieval castle and plenty of good restaurants – Pote Tin Kyriaki is a lovely traditional place which serves delicious seafood. Mastihari Beach is best for families, while Paradise Beach is 12km of white-sand bliss. The thermal springs at Agios Fokas, where visitors can bathe in the sea-pool, is also not to be missed.

Best For… Total Relaxation

Skiathos

If lounging on the beach with a good book is your idea of bliss, head to Skiathos. Home to some of the Aegean’s most beautiful beaches, the island is a great choice for a relaxed trip. Don’t miss Skiathos’ ancient monasteries and tucked-away churches – the Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria about 5km north of Skiathos Town, is surrounded by lush greenery and is well worth a visit. A day out can also be spent hiking along the forested trails in the Koukounaries, before stopping off at one of the many beautiful beaches on route. 

Best For… Families

Crete

For something the whole family can enjoy, head to Crete in southern Greece. The largest island in the region has a rich history, as well as a buzzy food scene, long white-sand beaches and charming villages tucked away in the hills and mountains. There are several ancient ruins to see, including the Palace of Knossos, Gortyna (a Neolithic archaeological site), Zakros Palace and Lissos – 3km of ruins along the coast. Elafonisi, a pink-white sand beach is a must visit, as is the Melidoni Cave. Another highlight is the food – opt for fresh seafood with plenty of Cretan olive oil. 

Best For… Luxe Parties

Mykonos

Known for being one of the most stylish and exclusive party islands in the Med, bookmark Mykonos for your next girls’ trip. Full of glitz and glamour, there are plenty of cool restaurants, bars and beach clubs to visit, but Principote Beach Club is a the ultimate way to spend the day relaxing by the pool with a drink (or two) in hand. If you want to avoid the crowds, skip high season and head to the island in September or October where temperatures hover around a comfortable 25°C. The island is fairly small, so you can see the best sites in a week, including Elia Beach, Paraga Beach and the famous Panagia Paraportiani Church.

Best For… Sun, Sea & Sand

Kefalonia

The biggest Greek island in the Ionian, Kefalonia is renowned for its landscape and delicious food. There’s a lot to see on the island, so it’s best to plan your trip carefully. Antisamos, Lourdas, and Skala are some of the best beaches, while Fiscardo, Assos and Argostoli are the must-see villages. Myrtos Beach is also not to be missed – regarded as one of the best beaches in Greece its electric-blue waters and white-pebbles are beautiful. In terms of food, you’re spoilt for choice with plenty of beachside restaurants and local delis to choose from. Kiani Akti serves great seafood, while Tassisa in the north is a lovely spot for a romantic dinner.

Best For… Pure Luxury

Santorini

A firm favourite with honeymooners and those after a luxurious getaway, booking a trip to Santorini is always a good idea. As one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, whitewashed buildings and beautiful ocean views have made the island one of the standout spots in Greece. Aside from walking along the beautiful mile-long beaches and exploring its famous narrow streets, visitors should visit one of the many vineyards, take a caldera cruise, and visit Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni to see hot springs. If you visit one top restaurant during your stay, make it Selene for an authentic Greek meal.

Best For… Outdoor Adventures

Serifos

With steep mountains and a rugged coastline, Serifos was made for lovers of the outdoors. Large parts of the island are uninhabited and have been able to grow wild, so the remote location is ideal for hiking, climbing, mountain biking and diving. There are also several beaches to explore, including Livadi Beach which has crystal clear waters. Kali’s in the south of the island serves great seafood, while Metalleio nearby is renowned for its ice-cream. 

For more information on these islands or for bookings, please contact our travel managers.

Luxury Yacht Charter around Greece

From May 2021 onwards Stratfield Fairlane and partners are able to offer a selection of ten luxury yachts to charter in Greece.

As well as being one of the most tranquil places to charter, Greece now offers the lowest tax on yacht charters within the Mediterranean, at either 9.6% or 12%.

We have selected our top 5 yachts in Greece for summer 2021. You will find more information below.

Please do contact us to receive information on our other vessels and for example itineraries around historical Athens and breath-taking Santorini.

Churches in Oia, Santorini island in Greece

O’PARI

Length:                                95.00 metres/ 311.8 feet

Accommodation:            12 Guests

Year built:                            2020

Builder:                                Golden Yachts

Facilities:                              14 cabins, 12 cruising guests, 12 sleeping guests, total crew 29, air conditioning, WiFi, Gym, lift/elevator, Jacuzzi and extensive range of tenders and toys also included.

O’PTASIA

Length:                                 85 metres / 278.10 feet

Accommodation:             12 Guests

Year built:                            2018

Builder:                                Golden Yachts

Facilities:                              11 cabins, 12 cruising guests, 12 sleeping guests, total crew 26, air conditioning, WiFi, gym, Jacuzzi, lift/elevator and extensive list of tenders and toys included.

SUNDAY

Length:                                 59.80 metres/ 196.2 feet

Accommodation:              12 Guests

Year built:                            2006 / refit 2010

Builder:                                Benetti

Facilities:                              6 cabins, 12 cruising guests, 12 sleeping guests, total crew 15, air conditioning, WiFi, Jacuzzi and various tenders and toys included.

MARIU

Length:                                 49.90 metres/ 163.9 feet

Accommodation:             12 Guests

Year built:                            2003

Builder:                                Codecasa

Facilities:                              6 double cabins, 12 cruising guests, 12 sleeping guests, total crew 11, air conditioning, WiFi, Gym, lift/elevator, Jacuzzi and various tenders and toys included.

PATHOS

Length:                                  40.00 metres/ 131.3 feet

Accommodation:              12 Guests

Year built:                            2012 / refit 2017

Builder:                                Sunseeker

Facilities:             6 cabins, 12 cruising guests, 12 sleeping guests, total crew 8, air conditioning, WiFi and tenders and toys also included.

Contact our travel team for more information.

The Ultimate Guide To Easter Deliveries

Easter weekend might be looking a little different again this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spoil yourself. From kits filled with everything you need for a themed afternoon tea to boxes geared towards a traditional Easter Sunday roast, here are some of our favourite ideas out there.

BEST FOR A BIT OF EVERYTHING: Crosstown Doughnuts

Crosstown has launched a limited-edition doughnut flavour ready for Easter. Its ‘Spiced Hot Cross Bun’ doughnut has been made with Easter-spiced dough, filled with creamy cinnamon custard, topped with Seville orange glaze and finished with a spiced cross and candied orange peel – we hear it pairs excellently with a cup of coffee or glass of sparkling wine. Crosstown has created two Easter selection boxes featuring mix-and-match selections of ground coffee, chai, wine and flowers, alongside a six-pack of the all-important doughnuts.

BEST FOR PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS: One Fine Dine

One Fine Dine has everything you need to take Easter festivities to the next level – minus the hard work. Items arrive pre-cooked and chilled, ready to be reheated. The box comes with a bottle of wine, printed menus and free delivery, as well as a one-off children’s menu including a make-your-own chocolate egg kit. Dishes on the five-course menu include a choice of roast loin of Herdwick lamb with potato terrine, baby vegetables, wild garlic and carrot purée; thyme-roasted corn-fed chicken supreme with baby leeks, crispy potato, chard leaf and morel mushroom velouté; tonka bean crème brûlée with poached yorkshire rhubarb and blood orange jelly; and Easter mess with chocolate ganache mousse, apricot gel, milk purée, chocolate soil and cacao nib meringue – hidden inside a chocolate Easter egg.

BEST FOR EASTER MORNING: Rococo x The Gentlemen Baristas

The Gentlemen Baristas has teamed up with luxury chocolate-maker Rococo to create an Easter box. The hamper includes baked goods from the coffee company (think brownies and caramel slices) plus its Gatsby single-origin coffee. You’ll also find Rococo salted caramel seagull eggs, 65% dark hot chocolate and milk chocolate-covered coffee beans. The box is available to pre-order now for nationwide delivery. 

BEST FOR BAKED GOODS: Bao

Bao’s much-loved buns are getting a tongue-in-cheek Easter makeover this year. The ‘Easter chick’ baos are part of kits that can be ordered from Bao’s Convni store – the group’s 7-Eleven-inspired digital supermarket. The kits feature two yellow chick and two white chick baos, and are available nationwide. Filled with molten chocolate and salted egg, the buns will be delivered ready to be unboxed and steamed at home.

BEST FOR A TRADITIONAL ROAST: Worstead Estate

Over Easter, outdoor gatherings of up to six are back on the table, so Worstead Estate is hoping customers will push the boat out with a wagyu roast from its Norfolk farm. The box contains a wagyu roasting joint, along with six wagyu burgers and wagyu mince. It also includes some extras from some of the county’s top food producers, including herb salt from the Fresh Herb Salt Co, horseradish and truffle oil from Yare Valley Oils, and two hand-painted Easter eggs from Booja-Booja. The Easter box, along with other wagyu boxes, can be delivered nationwide.

BEST FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS: Cocktail Porter

Looking for something fun? Cocktail Porter is taking Easter eggs one step further with its themed creation: a Lindt chocolate bunny espresso martini. Simply bite the head off the bunny then shake and pour Ketel One vodka, Cocktail Porter sugar syrup, Kuka cold brew coffee and Conker liqueur into the rest of the rabbit and drink with a straw. All ingredients and instructions will be provided in the kit. Delivery is available nationwide.

BEST FOR AFTERNOON TEA: Gail’s 

Gail’s has launched its annual Easter range. An assortment of baked treats, from hot cross buns and seasonal shortbreads, are available in store and online. For those wanting to go all out, the Easter Afternoon Tea Hamper  comes with hot cross buns, apricot and lavender jam, Quicke’s whey butter, four honey cakes, butterfly shortbread, four mini salami, two mini salmon and two mini avocado homemade rolls, plus Jing English breakfast tea.

BEST FOR PICNICS: London Shell Co

London Shell Co is bringing back its popular seafood picnic boxes just in time for Easter. The hamper contains all the components for a meal for two, including fresh seafood and a bottle of The Grand Duchess English sparkling wine. Each box is filled with high-quality seafood, brought in daily from day boats in Cornwall – think cold-smoked salmon and crevettes with mayonnaise. With no cooking required, it’s an easy meal to enjoy al fresco. The picnic boxes are available for click and collect from The Grand Duchess every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2nd to 11th April.

BEST FOR PASTA LOVERS: La Tua Pasta

If a full-on roast isn’t your thing, look to La Tua Pasta’s Easter kits. Following classic antipasti, the classic British dish of lamb and mint will be served up Italian style as lamb and mint tortelloni in sage butter sauce. No Italian Easter would be complete without a colomba, a dove-shaped, panettone-style cake that is slow baked. As part of La Tua Pasta’s box, customers will receive one direct from an Italian baker who makes them by hand in the old-fashioned way using ingredients sourced in Sicily.

BEST FOR A LAST-MINUTE ROAST: Blacklock

Top London chophouse Blacklock has created the ultimate lamb roast this Easter. Named ‘Almost As Good As Mum’s’, the roast box for two contains a 28-day aged lamb rump from Cornish butchers, Philip Warren, alongside duck-fat roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, seasonal veggies, giant yorkshire puddings, mint sauce and plenty of rich gravy. To finish, you’ll receive the restaurant’s signature white chocolate cheesecake with forced rhubarb. We’ve tried it, and trust us – it’s worth it for the bottle of Blacklock gravy alone.

BEST FOR GETTING HANDS-ON: Mon Dessert

Mon Dessert has launched a selection of Easter-themed dessert kits. Each set comes with simple instructions, pre-weighed ingredients and an Instagram-perfect aesthetic. Customers can choose from an ‘Easter Bunny Cream Tart’ , hot cross bun kit and the ‘Easter Chick Macaron’ – ideal if you’re looking keep children entertained over the school holidays.

BEST FOR A FULL-ON ROAST: Smokestak

For Easter Sunday, David Carter and the team at Smokestak will be sending DIY kits to doorsteps across the country, putting a BBQ spin on a classic Easter lunch. Arriving on Friday 2nd April, ‘Easter Menu 1’ will serve two, kicking things off with a rhubarb sour. Diners can look forward to grilled flat breads with cod’s roe and wild garlic and chive soured cream, followed by native-breed pulled pork with pickled cucumber, beef brisket with pickled red chilli, new potatoes with garlic, and spring greens. To finish, there’s white chocolate cheesecake with seasonal blood orange. For those looking to go one step further, ‘Easter Menu 2’ features the same menu, with the additions of spring lamb and herb sausage with a mint dressing; new-season asparagus with pecorino; purple sprouting broccoli with salsa verde; and a bottle of rioja.  

BEST FOR INSTAGRAM SNAPS: Bun House

From 26th March to 4th April, Londoners will be able to buy Bun House’s Easter chick-themed buns, each filled with coconut Kaya butter – a sweet Malaysian jam made with coconut, eggs and caramel. To complete the look, the dough will be carefully coloured and finished with an orange beak and red comb.

BEST FOR SPRING DINING: Lyle’s

Lyle’s, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Shoreditch founded by James Lowe, is delivering meal kits across the country, each filled with seasonal dishes for a celebratory Easter Sunday lunch. Available to pre-order now and arriving on Friday 2nd April, each parcel will contain a feast for two, beginning with the restaurant’s sourdough bread and cultured butter, and a dish of mussels, cider and leeks. Next, there will be white asparagus, whey butter and bottarga. The main is a nod to traditional Easter lamb: Welsh mountain mutton, Yukon Gold potatoes and wild garlic. For dessert, chocolate tart will be accompanied by rhubarb and there’ll be brown butter cakes to share. 

Contact us to arrange your Easter treats and delivery.

Home away from Home

Stratfield Fairlane and partners have an extensive property portfolio all over the world. We can assist with finding you the perfect long-term rental or holiday home, along with private flight charters and luxury transfers.

French Riviera, Cassis Area

This impressive home sits on an enviable vantage point within the hills, offering stunning views over the blue waters of the Mediterranean. The charming village and port of Cassis are both less than a 15-minute walk away from this house and a private pathway leads to the beach below in less than 5 minutes. The house itself is a renovated former hotel where Virginia Wolf used to stay and is, therefore, an expansive space, perfect for large groups. Outside you will find an impressive driveway that leads up to the house, while outside there is a large terrace where you can enjoy the views. There is also a deck with a private 13-meter swimming pool and sun loungers from which you can soak up the beautiful French weather. Inside, there are four reception rooms that boast sea views, alongside a large, fully equipped kitchen. There is a home cinema for your entertainment during your stay, and a games room with a ping pong table and foosball. There are eleven bedrooms in this house, eight of which feature their own ensuite facilities. In addition, a separate two-bedroom house is found within the grounds, with two queen size ensuite bedrooms with terrace. This home is a perfect mixture of the old and the new, with aspects of French history intertwined with modern comfort and luxury.

St Lucia, Marigot Bay, Caribbean

This wonderful home is set within three acres of tropical foliage, with striking views across the sweeping Marigot Bay below. Set across four different villas, this home looks to combine traditional Caribbean architecture with a European twist. Outside, relax beside the 65-foot pool, with accompanying sun loungers for the ideal sunspot. There is a gazebo within the garden, linked to the pool area by a wooden bridge. Why not dine alfresco in the summer evenings, after cooking in the brick pizza oven. Inside, an effort has been made to bring the tropical outdoors inside, through an open plan living and dining room area with high ceilings and soft furnishings. There is a flat screen TV for your enjoyment in the evenings. There are four cottages which house the different bedrooms of the villa. One has a king-sized room, whilst another is home to a queen-sized bedroom. The last two cottages have a queen-sized room in one, whilst the other hosts two bedrooms, one twin and one king. Each of the bedrooms has its own private bathroom facilities also.

Corfu, Kassiopi Bay, Greece

This stunning house embodies everything you could possibly dream of in a sea access luxury estate. Merged seamlessly with the sea and sky is the saltwater infinity pool, as well as the pool house. Down a short path is a smaller pool designed for children. The sapphire-coloured sea and Albanian mountains provide a breath-taking background as you enter the gorgeous courtyard. The state-of-the-art kitchen opens onto the fabulous outdoor covered entertaining area with a bar, BBQ and dining area. You will also find the cinema room, gym, sauna, and steam room. The master suite and guest room are accessible via the home’s courtyard, and stairs from the living room lead down to the five ensuite bedrooms each with their own private terrace. Your stay is complimented by a local concierge, housekeepers, grounds person and handy man. The house can be rented alongside its sister property to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Colorado – Telluride, Gray Head, US

Tucked on a hillside within a prestigious estate, this sweeping home is an architectural marvel that leaves no stone unturned in its quest for perfection in luxury comfort. Offering light-flooded interiors, a private fly-fishing lake and more style than you have ever seen, the property also boasts a secluded location within easy reach downtown Telluride itself. The views here are simply sublime and can be enjoyed from the numerous al fresco dining and lounging spots including around the fire pit; the gardens wind and wander, offering plentiful hiding places for a moment of quiet or self-reflection.

For formal occasions, venture to the dining room which comfortably seats ten, while the kitchen is fully equipped with state-of-the-art appliances to cater to your every whim and need. The fantastic games room here is a delight to all, offering a home cinema, pool table, bar, and ping pong. Upstairs, the master suite is simply stunning, offering a king size bed, fireplace and deluxe ensuite bathroom with dual vanity sinks, A second master suite is equally comfortable, and home to a king size bed and ensuite, while both are the perfect vantage point for incredible mountain vistas. On the lower level the remaining suites can be found, two of which offer split king beds alongside ensuite bathrooms, in addition to two children’s bunk rooms sleeping four each; the bunk rooms happily share a family bathroom. A separate apartment found above the garage is perfect for staff or those seeking a little more independence: a cozy living space is accompanied by a well-equipped kitchen, dining space seating four and queen size bed with an ensuite.

Big Island, Kailua Kona, Huwaii

Overlooking a Jack Nicklaus golf course at a Hualālai Resort, find this true wow factor home in Hawaii. Offering full access to the resort’s extensive facilities for an optional daily guest fee, this magnificent home guarantees high end luxury living for your Hawaii stay. The views alone are simply breath taking with the undulating green of the golf course set before you and the blue of the ocean beyond. The heated infinity pool is the perfect place to spend those warm sunny days whilst starry nights can be spent in the outdoor hot tub. Inside the villa, a contemporary style runs throughout, with high ceilings providing an ethereal sense of space. The living room is generously sized and opens out onto the terrace, almost blending into the outdoors beyond. Here, you can relax on the countless seating areas, catch a movie on the TV or simply enjoy soaking up the views. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could wish for and includes a breakfast bar come kitchen island for casual bites. The bedrooms at this home are beautiful, which include two king size master suites, each boasting amazing outdoor tropical garden showers and a third queen size suite with an ensuite and its own private courtyard.

Contact us today for your personalised travel itinerary.

Six Senses Supports Sustainability

“There’s no better design than nature, and we have a duty to respect it. But who says sustainable can’t be sumptuous? Or travel can’t be purposeful? In our world, it can.”

It takes immense dedication to build a respected brand ethos from scratch, whose reputation is simply synonymous with Sustainability’s zero waste philosophy. Since 1995, Six Senses has achieved their purposeful growth with grace, known for barefoot luxury whilst putting personal well-being and a healthy planet at the forefront.

From their architectural and design practices, to digging organic gardens to produce locally, launching Earth Lab dedicated to engagement and innovation and always letting the surrounding ecosystem take centre stage at every destination, Six Senses has perfected their hospitality experience in this arena. By ‘disconnecting to reconnect’ and enhancing your consciousness each step of the way, their harmonious vision is palpable from the moment you step foot into their world.

Social responsibility is needed more than ever, so why not arrive at thoughtful resorts that are ahead of the curve and set a wonderful model from which future generations can learn from. Be inspired by these unique Sustainability Stories at their gorgeous hideaways, and witness them for yourself during your next escape…

At Six Senses Douro Valley, protection around a 10-acre woodland on their property takes precedence, highlighting their sustainability clause and protecting old growth trees. The last Miranda donkeys are being saved from extinction here near the Spanish border, cared for by a group of veterinarians.

Over in the Maldives at Six Senses Laamu, they encourage guests to grow their own microgreens, packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Here, you can also choose to adopt a wild sea turtle, join a Junior Marine Biology program, and learn more about protecting seagrass as a valuable ecosystem to fight climate change.

While at Six Senses Zighy Bay, they involve guests in tree planting, source their fish from local markets, ensure that 80% of their waste is recycled on site and produce their own bottled water by reverse osmosis.

When it comes to coral restoration, Six Senses Fiji and Six Senses Zil Payson in Seychelles (just to name a few!) have all worked hard to rebuild underwater environments through Coral transplantation, resulting in thriving coral gardens.

Wildlife regeneration is a key factor of sustainable tourism, and in Vietnam at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, they have cooperated with GreenViet Conservation Centre to collect information about black-shanked douc langurs who live just beyond the hills of their resort. By protecting and tracking them in their natural habitat, guests naturally fund their important work by simply choosing to stay here.

Finally, having cut out plastic straws since 2016, and eliminating over 5.1 million items in 2018, as part of their Global Tourism Plastics initiative pledge the entire brand will be completely plastic free by 2022. Now that’s something to celebrate!

If you are looking to book a stay at one of the Six Senses’ hotels, please contact our travel managers.

9 Delicious Afternoon Tea Delivery Kits

Afternoon tea always feels like a treat – so it might just be what you need to brighten up your routine. Whether you’re looking for a thoughtful gift idea, an accompaniment for your virtual event, or just a weekend pick-me-up, here are some of our favourite at-home kits to order now…

BEST FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS: Sketch’s MMmm… Afternoon Tea

Bring the iconic, millennial pink tea emporium into your living room with Sketch’s afternoon tea kit. Housed in a sumptuous pink ‘jewellery case’, this divine assortment of goodies comes in original, veggie, vegan, pescatarian and gluten-free editions. Expect delights ranging from classic coronation chicken finger sandwiches on malted grain bread to delicate cherry choux pastries and buttery scones. Tea kits come with a fragrant Tea-JING Vanilla Black Tea, a soft and creamy blend with sweet vanilla tones. Alternatively, level up your high tea with assorted champagne and cocktails for a supplementary cost.

BEST FOR HUNGRY FAMILIES: Gail’s Afternoon Tea For 4

You can always depend on high-street favourite Gail’s for the fluffiest pastries and crisp, golden loaves, and their afternoon tea is no exception. Inside their afternoon tea kit, you’ll find four deliciously crumbly scones ready to slather with Rodda’s clotted cream, along with GAIL’s organic jam and luscious lemon curd. On the savoury front, there are perfectly formed smoked salmon and egg cress sarnies. Finish with chocolatey brownie fingers or moist honey cakes, and wash it all down with a loose-leaf JING tea. 

BEST FOR COUPLES: Cutter & Squidge’s Afternoon Tea at Home

For a flavour-packed afternoon tea handmade in London using all-natural ingredients, choose Cutter & Squidge. One tea package for two includes brownies, lemon drizzle slices and scones ready to layer up with fruity jam and clotted cream. All teas are accompanied by Cutter & Squidge’s Fine Loose Leaf Tea, too. It’s worth noting the teas are best enjoyed on the day of delivery, but if you want to store it, simply pop it in an airtight container and refrigerate. Remove the brownie and cake one-to-two hours before serving and warm up the scones (at 180°C for five-to-seven mins) before serving. 

BEST FOR FRUIT LOVERS: Betty’s Tea & Scones Gift Selection 

If lashings of cream and rich pastries aren’t your thing, a classic hamper from heritage brand Betty’s makes a delicious alternative. The centrepiece of the spread is a golden Yorkshire Tea loaf, beautifully studded with dried fruits and accompanied by four fruit scones, strawberry preserve and a box of Bettys Tea Room Blend 80 Tea Bags – so you can eek out the experience via your morning cuppa for weeks. Order through the site’s standard service and your kit will be delivered within a date range of your choosing.

BEST FOR THOSE WITH A SWEET TOOTH: Afternoon Cream Tea Hamper – Banoffee Editions 

For a sugary twist on the classic afternoon tea, this banoffee themed offering for two from The English Cream Tea Company is gloriously decadent. The special edition scones are made with banana and coffee and delivered with – wait for it – a soft toffee mixture, fresh banana and fresh clotted cream to assemble at home. Other sweet treats include award-winning double choccie brownies, lemon drizzle cake and crisp meringue swirls. The savoury elements are no less mouth-watering, comprised of traditional cocktail finger sandwiches filled with cucumber and cream cheese, or lemon-laced smoked salmon. A signature Luxury English Tea completes the kit. The brand advise that if ordering for a Zoom meet-up, do consider booking for delivery the day beforehand and storing the food in the fridge overnight. 

BEST FOR VEGETARIANS: Kettle & Crumb’s Afternoon Tea For 2 

For a superb veggie rendition of high tea for two, choose Hammersmith-based Kettle & Crumb’s tea delivery service. Think chickpea hummus and chargrilled veg sandwiches on pillowy white bread, and cream cheese with cucumber on rye. Up next, a dinky box of traditional British savouries including luxury vegan sausage roles and blue cheese and broccoli quiche slices. The sweeter elements are just as good, from the sultana scones to the squidgy cake slices (lemon, carrot and brownie). A mix of fine English Breakfast, Darjeeling and Earl Grey accompany the kit – and all the packaging is sustainable, too. 

BEST FOR BISCUIT FANS: Harvey Nichols’ Afternoon Tea Gift Box 

Harvey Nichols comes up trumps with this luxurious afternoon tea box – which, as it happens, is biscuit-based. Nestled in a plush gift box are buttery shortbreads made following an old family recipe and crunchy Cherry-On-the-Top biscuits, inspired by the almond-laden classic, Bakewell Tart. A duo of jams, freshly baked bread and six perfect cubes of creamy fudge infused with zingy lemon sherbet complete the box. All that’s left for you to do is put the kettle on for a steaming cup of the classic Earl Grey or English Breakfast Tea provided.

BEST FOR BIG GESTURES: Fortnum & Mason The Mid Afternoon Tea Hamper 

A stalwart of all things luxury, Fortnums are your go-to when you want to bring out the big guns. Here, scones are substituted for a wealth of exquisite chocolates, preserves and biscuits. Single-handled huntsman basket? Check. Three luxe mini tea caddies? Check. Four kinds of biscuit to dunk into your 3pm cuppa? Check. Dig into Piccadilly Macadamia Nut Biscuits, buttery Shortbread Fingers and chocolate bars handpicked from Fortum’s Chocolate Bar Library. Spoiler: the beautifully wrapped slap of white chocolate with strawberry and black pepper is a delight. Standard delivery takes between 3-5 working days; next day deliveries are available.

BEST FOR ARTISANS: Forman & Field Afternoon Tea for 2 (or 3)

When your tea comes encased in a beautiful hat box, you know you’re in foodie wonderland. Here, artisan British food suppliers Forman & Field offer classic staples (freshly-made scones with strawberry ripple cream) alongside indulgent additions like painterly macaroons, chocolate salted caramels and a trio of mini cakes: brownie loaf, blueberry sponge, and lemon and pistachio. We love the thoughtful touches, like the tea strainer courtesy of The Tea Palace, to strain your piping hot Earl Grey. 

For more information on the above afternoon tea kits or if you wish to organise a virtual event and want an afternoon tea kits as a accompaniment to send, please contact our lifestyle managers.

The best at-home workouts for body and mind

Gyms, yoga studios and personal trainers across the world are fuelling our desire to stay fit during social isolation by offering online classes and at-home workouts, which strengthen both mind and muscle.

Home workouts. You know the drill by now – and as we have entered a third, long lockdown they are going to be even more important for keeping both mind and body in top condition. But, before you head straight to YouTube for another round of Joe Wicks’ PE, allow us to introduce you to London’s top gyms, personal trainers and fitness coaches offering virtual classes that promise powerful results. Whether you’re looking to feel the burn with Barry’s Bootcamp or sculpt with celebrity favourite Bodyism, these are the online fitness classes to try during lockdown 3.0.

Core Collective

Core Collective’s studios in Knightsbridge, Kensington and St. John’s Wood may be closed, but you can still enjoy Core Collective’s ab-crunching classes online even if you’re not a member. Live workouts are being hosted on Zoom and customers can also enjoy access to the studio’s On Demand library of workouts, including pilates, power yoga and strength classes.  

APPI Pilates

While APPI’s (the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) twin focus on pilates training and physiotherapy means its studios in Hampstead and Wimbledon have been allowed to stay open, for those who feel safer working out at home, its master instructors are offering a series of online classes. Running the gamut from reformer and cardio pilates to special classes for pregnancy and conditioning, each workout is informed by APPI’s core mission of helping clients achieve recovery, fitness and strength through safe exercises that work with the body. 

The Louisa Drake Method

Louisa Drake’s workouts strengthen your stomach muscles through a core-crunching combination of pilates, yoga and barre. Her low-impact, sequencing exercises can also be broken down into bite-sized workouts, for head-to-toe body conditioning and a calm state of mind.

Peter Gaffney Personal Training

Designed for high flyers without time to waste on personal training sessions that don’t get results, Peter Gaffney’s fleet of mobile trainers have turned their focus to virtual sessions to keep clients motivated during lockdown. PGPT’s 12-week online course is split into four phases: body appraisal and audit, metabolism stimulation, strength physique training and optimal energy positioning. Taking in nutrition and recovery, as well as exercise, this is the ideal option for those looking to step out of lockdown with their lives transformed.

Bodyism

Notting Hill’s chic Bodyism gym, popular with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Emilia Wickstead, has launched an online membership offering. While you no longer have access to the sleek Bodyism studios and café, you can join daily live classes or sample more than 200 pre-recorded sessions including pilates, yoga and meditation, led by the studio’s esteemed team of ‘bodies’. These sculpting routines are ideal for tight quarters, requiring little more than a mat.

BLOK

East London’s coolest boutique gym BLOK launched an on-demand streaming service during the first lockdown, offering everything from HIIT and boxing to barre and pilates. You can also join live classes, led by BLOK’s teams in both London and Manchester. Its playlists, available on Spotify, transcend home workouts and offer the perfect background beat while working from home.

Hotpod Yoga

The inflatable purple cocoon may be gone, but you can still enjoy Hotpod Yoga’s guided classes online. Instructors encourage you to boil a kettle to create heat, as you work through a series of vinyasa flow sequences that are designed to stretch and strengthen the body while resting your mind.

1Rebel

1Rebel is screening a multitude of calorie-torching workouts online, which you can sample at any hour of the day via its 1Rebel TV membership. Squat, lunge and strengthen your plank from the comfort of your living room, with online videos that also focus on weight training and improving your outdoor running technique. The diversity will have you hooked.

Barry’s Bootcamp

It’s hard to imagine the renowned Barry’s Bootcamp burn without red lighting and a pumping soundtrack, but London’s toughest gym has taken its high-intensity regime online. Workouts are live-streaming on Instagram from instructors across the world, combining energetic floor exercises with outdoor running. 

Premier Global NASM training courses

Been bitten by the fitness bug during lockdown and ready to take your hobby to the next level? Premier Global NASM personal training courses offers online courses in gym instruction, personal training and nutrition so you can step out of lockdown 3.0 with a new career waiting for you.

If you wish further information on the above personal trainers and fitness coaches/classes, please contact our wellbeing managers.

Discover endless new cruise horizons in 2022/23

It’s no secret that the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet includes some of the most luxurious ships in the world. And they’re ready to make waves for the 2022/23 cruise season.

Docking in Kotka, you would be forgiven for thinking you had arrived in Russia. The town is, after all, only around 100 kilometres across the water from St. Petersburg, and its dramatic Lutheran cathedral is not dissimilar to colourful St Basil’s, holding court in Moscow’s Red Square.

You alight the ship to be greeted by your guide, ready to escort you around for a day of sightseeing. Perhaps to take in the Merikeskus Vellamo, a museum detailing the region’s seafaring history, housed in a dramatic steel-and-glass building. Or to glimpse the stunning fjords that envelop the town with natural drama. Welcome to Finland, and to one of Regent Seven Seas’ newest ports.

This culture-driven town in the country’s south, overlooking the Gulf of Finland, is one of 17 destinations set to debut on Regent Seven Seas’ cruise voyages for 2022/23. And it’s in good company, alongside the likes of Killybegs in Ireland, Monterey in California, Beppu in Japan and Gili Mas (Lombok) in Indonesia. The hardest decision you have to make is which itinerary to choose – there are 148 available across the season, in addition to five Grand Voyages of 61 days or more. Perhaps an easier place to start is with the ship.

A splendid way to travel

It’s hard to look past the newest ship in the Regent fleet: the lavish Seven Seas Splendor. With space for just 750 guests, Splendor made her maiden voyage earlier this year, setting the bar high for future cruise-line launches. The extent of the on-board luxuries is mindboggling: all-balcony suites, guaranteeing unbroken views over the ocean and colourful villages you pass; walk-in wardrobes and marbled bathrooms; indulgent L’Occitane amenities. Venture into public spaces to ogle a collection of more than 300 commissioned artworks, decorating spaces that unite sweeping staircases, Czech marble and chandeliers.

The other standout luxury is the all-inclusive nature of your voyage, from meals and drinks in the seven specialty restaurants and bars to pre-paid gratuities, Wi-Fi, valet laundry and even unlimited shore excursions. Which means you can sashay off the ship in Kotka, or any number of ports, and be met that chauffer to explore some of the world’s most beguiling destinations.

Book Splendor’s ‘Charming Windmills to Fine Chocolates’ itinerary (departing 26 July 2022), and your cruise will be bookended by stays in St. Petersburg, with northern Europe’s fairytale countryside, Norway’s stunning coastline and historic Baltic cities in between. When winter descends, the ship – dubbed ‘luxury perfected’ – cruises south toward the Caribbean, taking in the region’s palm-laced islands and powdery beaches at a leisurely pace, perhaps before journeying along the Panama Canal.

© Stephen Beaudet

An incentive to explore

Seven Seas Explorer will also begin her season in the Mediterranean, taking in blissful Greek islands, colourful Turkish ports, the Baltic Sea and the Holy Land. From here, she heads south toward Dubai and the Gulf Coast, preparing to journey toward Asia for the ‘Ancient Temples & Sacred Sites’ itinerary (departing 14 March 2022). Seeing Japan during sakura (cherry blossom season) is a rare treat, with the ship making a maiden call in Beppu and also stopping in Kyoto with some itineraries with overnight stays allowing for more immersive exploration.

If time is on your side, the 73-night ‘Grand Spice Route Quest’ (departing 31 October 2022) offers an intoxicating taste of Europe, Asia and Oceania, visiting Jerusalem and Luxor, lingering in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, then journeying south to explore the waters between Australia and New Zealand – she arrives in Sydney just in time for New Year’s Eve, which means you can end your journey with a bang.

This grande dame will begin the 2022/23 season in Miami, before exploring the Caribbean then sailing north around the Canadian coast into Greenland, the British Isles and Western Europe. Moving back to the US, she journeys south to take guests on a 25-night Amazon cruise.

Voyager of a lifetime

Seven Seas Voyager will similarly spend some of the 2022/23 season in Europe, cruising the Mediterranean before journeying toward Splendor in Northern Europe. In addition to unexpected stops around the British Isles – think five calls to Ireland, plus Portland, Liverpool, England and Wales – the ship’s star itinerary is the ‘Historic Sites & Crossroads’ (departing 12 October 2022), taking you on a voyage through Europe’s historic civilisations, visiting significant sights and attractions in Greece, Italy and Turkey.

For the remainder of the 2022 season, Voyager will take guests to unexplored ports around Africa, including along the west coast, before journeying to Rio de Janeiro to begin her South American itineraries.

For more information or booking requests, please contact our travel experts.

Every New Michelin-Starred Restaurant In The UK & Ireland

Every year, the brightest stars in the restaurant industry descend on the capital for the culinary ceremony of the year: the unveiling of the Michelin Guide. This year, the awards took place virtually, and threw up some bold new choices. Read on for the ultimate roundup of where to book for special occasion dining later in 2021…

Last night, Michelin announced the UK & Ireland establishments that have made it into the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland. Usually revealed at a huge ceremony in the capital, in true 2021 style, this year’s winners were unveiled digitally – by Davina McCall and a host of big-name chefs, including Gordon Ramsay.

Each year, Michelin’s team of anonymous restaurant inspectors award venues with one star (“high-quality cooking, worth a stop”), two stars (“excellent cooking, worth a detour”) or three stars (“exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”). This year, the capital gained two of the latter, for Core by Clare Smyth and Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. These top London restaurants join The Lecture Room & Library at Sketch, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester,  Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire. Accepting the award, Darroze said: “I’m thinking of all the women in the kitchen and want to let them know that everything is possible – just believe in what you are… because anything can happen.”

Clare Smyth
Core by Clare Smyth

In other London news, three one-star establishments were upgraded to two stars: A Wong in Pimlico, Da Terra in Bethnal Green and Restaurant Story in Southwark, while seven restaurants picked up their first star. Eateries earning their first accolade include Sola in Soho, Muse by Tom Aikens and Casa Fofo in Clapton. 

A Wong
Sola in Soho

The evening also brought great news for restaurants across the rest of the UK & Ireland, with ten spots picking up their first star. One notable entry was Roots York, which has been awarded the city’s first Michelin star. Tommy Banks and his family launched the restaurant in 2018 alongside friend and restaurateur, Matthew Lockwood. Sister restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead, which has retained its Michelin star since 2013, also won one of Michelin’s 23 new sustainability emblems – a green four-leaf clover – which recognises sustainable gastronomy and distinguishes restaurants taking responsibility in the conversation of resources and the protection of biodiversity. Of the 23 announced this year, four are in London: Petersham Nurseries, Silo, the Oxo Tower Brasserie and Tredwells.

Roots York
The Black Swan at Oldstead

The event also saw the Michelin Bib Gourmands unveiled. Named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man – the Bib Gourmand distinction “highlights restaurants offering good food at competitive prices”. This year, 16 new restaurants have made it into the 2021 Great Britain & Ireland selection, including Mo Diner in Mayfair – a newcomer from three-Michelin-starred Sketch – Sri Lankan spot Paradise in Soho and SL favourite Noto in Edinburgh.

The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland Winners in Full…

New Three-Michelin-Star Winners – London
– Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair
– Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill

New Two-Michelin-Star Winners – London
– A Wong, Victoria
– Da Terra, Bethnal Green
– Restaurant Story, Southwark

New One-Michelin-Star Winners – London
– Muse by Tom Aikens, Belgravia
– Behind, London Fields
– Cornerstone, Hackney Wick
– Davies & Brook, Mayfair
– Benares, Mayfair
– Casa Fofo, Clapton
– Sola, Soho

New One-Michelin-Star Winners – UK
– Cail Bruich, Glasgow
– Dede, Baltimore, Cork
– Hide & Fox, Saltwood, Kent
– Latymer, Bagshot, Surrey
– Osip, Bruton, Somerset
– Outlaw’s New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall
– Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
– Restaurant Hjem, Hexham, Northumberland
– Roots, York
– Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire

The Michelin Bib Gourmands – London
– Fallow, Mayfair
– Flor, Borough
– Legare, Bermondsey
– Mo Diner, Mayfair 
– Paradise, Soho
– Peckham Cellars, Peckham 
– Volta do Mar, Covent Garden

The Michelin Bib Gourmands – UK & Ireland
Goldie, Cork, Ireland 
Kentish Hare, Bidborough
Stag & Hounds, Burrough on the Hill
The Square, Porthleven
The Royal, St Leonards on Sea
Noto, Edinburgh
Spitalfields, Dublin, Ireland 
Table Forty One, Gorey, Ireland  
Volpe Nera, Blackrock, Ireland

Welcome & Service Award 2021
– Saul McConnell of Noble in Holywood, County Down

Sommelier Award 2021
– Karine Canevet of Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Young Chef Award 2021
– Kray Treadwell of 670 Grams in Birmingham

Mentor Chef Award 2021
– Ross Lewis of Chapter One in Dublin

Cornestone
Peckham Cellars
Osip

For any bookings, please contact our lifestyle managers.