Bucket List Holidays To Start Planning Now

If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught us, it’s that life is worth living. If like many people you’ve got a burning desire to tick some places off your bucket list, it’s time to start planning now – ready for when this is all over. And with options for families, couples, and solo travellers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy…

Explore The Tanzanian Wilderness 

If you’ve always wanted to explore the beauty of East Africa, Tanzania has it all. Home to world-renowned national parks, beautiful coastlines and fascinating culture, the country is a great choice for a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday. With a vast landscape of protected land, heading on a Tanzanian safari is a no brainer. While the Serengeti is famous for wildebeest, zebras and crocodiles, Rusha National Park is the largest in the country and has some of the highest population of lions and elephants in the world. Located in the south of Tanzania, the park receives fewer tourists than other national parks, so it’s one to bookmark it for a totally remote experience.

Where To Stay: Jabali Private House, Rusha National Park

Set on a rocky peninsula in Rusha National Park, Jabali Private House is an ideal location for families or large groups. The three-bedroom property is surrounded by beautiful baobab trees and feels totally remote – only a handful of lodges share the five-million-acre national park. Guests can head on a day or night-time safari or explore the area on foot. 

Go Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

Rwanda’s rolling hills and vast mountainous landscape are teaming with wildlife. The northwest regions have some of the most beautiful ranges in the country and are home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas and rare golden monkeys. Visitors should make a beeline for Volcanoes National Park for hiking, canoeing and mountain biking, before heading on a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek.

Where To Stay: One & Only Gorilla’s Nest

Located near the village of Kingi, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest lies at the foothill of the Virunga Volcano range. Nestled amongst a forest of eucalyptus trees, the stunning resort has breath-taking views of the Rwandan hills and national park, as well as state-of-the art facilities throughout. During your stay, you’ll be able to discover the natural habitat of mountain gorillas, while spotting other wildlife in the national park – a truly unforgettable experience.  

See The Northern Lights In Iceland

Iceland’s rugged coastline and natural wonders can be appreciated year-round, but if you’re after the ultimate winter holiday, head to the island during the colder months. Visitors can enjoy an extensive selection of outdoor activities from skiing and glacier hiking, to husky sledding and bathing in geothermal pools. Iceland also has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Nordic region – the northern territories in particular are known for their vast mountain ranges and rivers. For an unforgettable experience, head to the north to see the Northern Lights.  

Where To Stay: Deplar Farm

Located in the northern town of Ólafsfjörður, Deplar Farm is a stunning retreat surrounded by mountains and green valleys. Once a working sheep farm, the property now has everything you need for a luxury stay, including a geo-thermal spa and stylish, Nordic-inspired interiors. Guests can stargaze across the clear Icelandic night sky and catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights (from October to March), head into the Icelandic wilderness on a snowmobile safari, and enjoy a range of outdoor activities.  

Island Hop In The Seychelles

For a luxury getaway and slice of island life, head to the idyllic Seychelles. Ideal for a couple’s trip, or special occasion, the islands are famous for their crystal-clear waters, lush palm trees and mile-long beaches. Visitors can snorkel in the coral reefs, explore the nature reserves, and enjoy the many water-based activities on offer. Mahé, the largest island, has some of the best resorts in the country, though Praslin and Silhouette Island are more secluded. 

Where To Stay: Denis Island

Once you’ve made your way around the islands, head to Denis Island for a private stay. The 350-acre coralline island has just one hotel with 25 secluded cottages. Around the bay, the sea is full of marine life where guests can snorkel off the beach and spot turtles in the topaz waters. The hotel also has a fantastic diving centre, as well as an on-site farm – with a selection of activities on offer, a week here is best spent exploring the flora and fauna.   

Drive The Great Ocean Road In Australia

Head to the south eastern coast of Australia for the ultimate road trip. Made up of over 150 miles of coastal scenery, wildlife and unique history, the Great Ocean Road begins in Torquay in Victoria, and ends at Allansford near Warrnambool. The scenic route takes around three days to complete, but there are plenty of things to do along the way, including surfing, hiking and wildlife spotting. 

Where To Stay: Drift House

There are countless places to stay along the Great Ocean Road, but one of the most stylish is Drift House in Port Fairy. The simple yet modern interiors offer the perfect place from which to relax after a day on the road – book Suite Six for a stylish room with an open fireplace and private courtyard.

Camp Under The Norwegian Stars 

While the beauty of Norway can be appreciated year-round, the summer is one of the best times to visit. Norway is a great choice for discovering beautiful scenery off the beaten track and trying a range of outdoor activities in the north west of the country. The Sunnmøre region is well known for its beautiful landscapes and natural features – think fjords, waterfalls and glaciers. From mountain hikes, cycling trips and cross-country skiing, to kayaking adventures along the fjords, there’s something to suit every explorer.

Where To Stay: Storfjord Hotel

During the Norwegian circuit, guests will visit three hotels, including Storfjord Hotel. With views from one of the largest fjords in the region, the breath-taking location was made for outdoor pursuits, while the lodge itself has been designed in traditional Norwegian style, with wooden beams and simple furnishings. Guests can swim in the nearby lake or enjoy a wellness treatment from a list of spa treatments, too. 

Explore Peru By Train

Explore Peru’s historic Inca ruins, colourful culture and dramatic landscapes on a journey around some of the country’s highlights, including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. There’s plenty to explore around the country, but if you want to do it in style, hop aboard the luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train. Beginning in the capital of Lima, the tour passes through Cuzo, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon – a great option for solo travellers or those travelling in a small group. 

Where To Stay: Belmond Andean Explorer

Train travel doesn’t get much better than the Belmond Andean Explorer. South America’s first luxury sleeper has three types of en-suite cabins to choose from, as well as a fine dining restaurant, lounge car, and spa. While there’s plenty to do on board, the best thing about the Andean Explorer is undoubtedly the view. 

Visit The Shorelines Of Mozambique

Southern Mozambique is home to miles of empty beaches, sand dunes, and more recently, a selection of stylish hideaways. For a secluded trip to the beautiful coast, visitors can appreciate the peace and quiet and diverse wildlife. Bazaruto National park is surrounded by crystal clear waters, while the Maputo Special Reserve is where you’ll find Mozambique’s bush – both of which are great options for a safari. Once you’ve made the most of the culture, head to the coast to relax on the white-sand beaches.

Where To Stay: Sussurro

Having just opened this month, Sussurro is a stunning hotel located on the Nhamabue peninsula. Set on the secluded shores of a turquoise lagoon, it’s thoughtfully designed – sustainability and conscious travel are at the heart of the experience. With an idyllic outdoor pool area, yoga deck and selection of spacious bedrooms to choose from, guests can relax in pure style. Personalised itineraries range from four-day safaris to two-week wellness trips.

Head To An Untouched Island In Indonesia

When in Indonesia, island hopping is a must. Kuta and Gili Trawangan in Bali are not to be missed, while Seminyak is one of the best spots for surfing. However, the real heart of the island is Ubud, where visitors can walk through dense jungles on one side and enjoy cultural town offerings on the other. For the best of both worlds, with 13 white-sand beaches and two lagoons, visitors can go snorkelling and diving, then soak up the culture in Ubud.

Where To Stay: Nihi Sumba

There are countless homestays and beachside properties to choose from, but Nihi Sumba, as part of the tour, is a luxury resort that feels totally remote. Guests can go horse-riding in the sea, head on a one-of-a-kind spa safari, and make the most of some of the best surfing waves in all of Indonesia. The bedrooms, with canopy beds and panoramic views of the Indian ocean, feel completely remote – you can fall asleep to the soft sounds of waves and wake up to wildlife on your doorstep.  

Camp Under The Stars in Morocco

Known for its huge mountain ranges, ancient cities, and vast deserts, there are countless things to see and do in Morocco. In the desert, visitors can take tours of the Saharan dunes and visit the ancient medinas, before heading into the cities. The Ouarzazate province, known as the ‘door of the desert’, is rich with culture and is a great starting point from which to explore some of the best sights. 

Where To Stay: Dar Ahlam

This 19th-century Kasbah is tucked away in the Sahara Desert, just a short journey from Ouarzazate. With a number of suites to choose from, the lodgings are spacious and have distinctive Moroccan flair – for a special trip, ask for a room with views of the Atlas Mountains. Guests can spend a night under the stars in the desert, then relax at the hotel in the on-site spa and hammam.

Head On A South African Safari

When in South Africa, booking a safari is a must – June to September is the best time to go for spotting wildlife when animals are more likely to be spotted in the bare bush and watering holes. With over 600 national parks to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but Marakele National Park is a great choice for first timers. The mountainous park is home to the ‘Big Five’ (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos), plus one of the world’s largest colonies of the endangered Cape vulture. 

Where To Stay: Marataba Conservation Camps 

Having opened two new camps in September, Marataba is ideal for a week-long safari. Set in a private section of Marakele National Park, guests can stay at the exclusive Founders Camp, which has four suites overlooking the Matlabas River, or the Explorers Camp, which overlooks a busy watering hole. Alongside traditional safari excursions, guests can also take part in the daily conservation efforts and wildlife tracking in the park. Kids will love spotting animals around the camp, while adults will appreciate the luxury campsite accommodation.

See The Himalayas In Bhutan

As one of the world’s most exclusive places to visit, heading to Bhutan is a one-in-a-lifetime experience. With spectacular nature and fascinating cultural sites, visitors can explore the country’s hidden corners and learn about the traditional Buddhist way of life. Six Senses have created a journey across Bhutan’s key valleys that take visitors across lush tropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north. Highlights include the Dochula Pass which offers dramatic views of the Himalayan peaks, Chimi Lhakhang (an ancient fertility temple), and a hike to Taktsang Goemba – the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Where To Stay: Six Senses Lodges

Travelling across Bhutan, guests can stay at five Six Senses lodges which are spread across the country – Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Gangtey and Bumthang. Each location has breath-taking views of the landscape, and the luxury interiors make for a truly special stay. Punakha overlooks the Mo Chu River, while Gangtey has impressive views of the Phobjika Valley. 

For more information on the above list or for booking enquiries, please contact your lifestyle managers.

11 National Trust Day Trips Within An Hour Of London

You don’t have to be a National Trust member to visit their beautiful properties and gardens around the UK – for a small fee, anyone can explore these impressive country estates and surrounding acres. For gardens to explore now, and houses to bookmark for later, here are 11 of the best National Trust day trips to know – all of which are within an hour’s drive of London.

Ham House, Richmond 

Nestled beside the leafy banks of Richmond-upon-Thames, Ham House is a stunning 17th-century property. Originally bought over 400 years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale, this Stuart house has since been transformed into one of the grandest National Trust estates with beautifully restored gardens. For a day trip, head to Ham House to explore the grand interiors, including an extensive collection of antiques and lavish furnishings, and walk around the maze-like gardens. When the weather is good, there are several spots to enjoy a picnic, but the historic Orangery café on site also serves a good selection of light bites and teas, too. 

Box Hill, Surrey

Explore the Surrey Hills on a walking tour of Box Hill. Forming part of the North Downs, the historic area can be reached in just over an hour’s drive from London. Head to the hills in the morning and follow the Hilltop Stroll – an easy walking route than can be completed in 30 minutes. At the top, you’ll see panoramic views of the hills where you can stop for a takeaway drink at the small indoor café and gift shop. The route is extremely popular, so bookmark it for an early morning trip to secure a parking spot. 

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire 

Located near High Wycombe, Hughenden manor is an underrated property on this list, but one that makes a great family day out. The Victorian manor was famously home to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli during the 19th century, before becoming the base of a secret operation during the Second World War. Not only is the manor steeped in history, but it’s also surrounded by a beautiful garden and over 680 acres of parkland and beech woodlands. Inside the property, kids can look around the Victorian playroom, while adults will appreciate the interactive exhibitions on each floor.

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Just over an hour’s drive from London, Polesden Lacey is a dreamy country manor near Dorking in Surrey. The Queen Mother spent her honeymoon at the Georgian property, and today, the country estate is open to visitors year-round. Head there before the end of the year to see the property bedecked in beautiful Christmas decorations, or book a ticket for early next year when the annual lights trail in the grounds will be in full swing. There are four waymarked trails on the estate, each differing in distance, but you’ll need to buy a map from the visitor reception to find your way around. 

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum was created in the 1930s by Dr Wilfred Fox, a local doctor, who wanted to preserve the wooded hillside near his home. Since bequeathing it to the National Trust, the estate has over 1,000 different species of trees and shrubs – many of which are extremely rare. The hillside and vast woodland area look beautiful with the changing seasons but the arboretum looks especially majestic in the autumn. The property has recently reopened its tea room, too, which serves a range of tasty snacks and hot drinks, although there are many ideal spots for an alfresco lunch. Winkworth Arboretum usually hold a number of special events for children during half term, too – something the whole family can look forward to. 

Denbies Hillside, Surrey

Keen wildlife watchers should take a daytrip to Denbies Hillside, just over an hour’s drive from London. With views towards the historic Leith Heill – one of the highest points in the south east – the area is home to an array of animals, including chalkhill blue butterflies, green woodpeckers and grass snakes. Follow the circular trail, which takes around an hour to walk, starting at the carpark on Ranmore Common, and follow the waymarked trail where you’ll spot beautiful flora and fauna. Make a full day of it and visit Denbies Wine Estate nearby to sample their excellent reichensteiner, pinot noir and chardonnay wines.

Osterley Park And House, Isleworth 

Catch the train from central London to Isleworth to visit Osterley. As one of the last surviving estates in the capital, a trip here really feels like an escape to the countryside. The property dates back to the 18th century and much of the house remains exactly the same since today. The gardens – recently restored to their former beauty in a six-year project – are the real star of the show, and a lovely afternoon can be spent rambling through the roses, vegetables beds and ancient meadows. Stop for takeaway refreshments at Osterley’s stable café after exploring the impressive estate. 

Leith Hill Tower & Countryside, Surrey

Located in Dorking, Leith Hill Tower and its surrounding countryside makes a great day trip year-round. The 18th-century Gothic tower has stunning views of the Surrey Hills and those who climb to the very top will reach the highest point in the south of England. If you don’t fancy clambering the 74 steps, bring your dog along and head on the Woodland Trail instead, which takes around two hours to complete. Visitors can take in the landscape – hailed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – stop for a picnic in the hills, or enjoy a hot drink from the Tower’s servery. On a sunny day, look out for the local wildlife, including birds of prey, roe deer and badgers.

Morven Park, Hertfordshire

Those looking for a peaceful country walk should head to Morven Park in Hertfordshire. The area is steeped in history – it was once home to a medieval village said to be the original settlement of the old Great North Road – but today, the park is open year-round to visitors. The woodland areas look particularly beautiful during the autumn and the trail, which is easy to follow, is a great dog walking route, too.

Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

Although Sissinghurst was once a prison in the 1700s, it’s now one of the most beautiful National Trust properties in the south east. For an interesting day out, make the 90-minute drive from London to the Weald of Kent to walk around the 450-acre estate and climb to the top of the castle for panoramic countryside views. There’s a lovely walking trail around the castle, which can be completed in 90 minutes, passing a medieval moat and a beautiful lake. Pick up a coffee or sandwich at the Granary café on the estate, or book an afternoon tea for a special treat. 

Cliveden Estate, Berkshire 

Just over an hour’s drive from London, Cliveden Estate has some of the most beautiful views of the River Thames and Berkshire countryside. The National Trust site, which originally dates back to the 17th century, is open most of the year where visitors can explore the woodlands and stunning landscaped gardens. During the summer, you can hire a boat on the lake – the inspiration behind Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows – while the winter months are best spent exploring the walking trails around the beautiful grounds.

 

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The Best Hotel Openings For 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year for travel, but there’s finally a little light at the end of the tunnel, which makes the idea of a holiday not quite so far-fetched. From suites overlooking the gardens of Versailles to treehouse hideaways in verdant jungles, these are the hotel openings to have on your radar.

Airelles Château de Versailles, France

Tipped to be the hotel opening of this year, this opulent addition to the Airelles portfolio is set within the grounds of Versailles, offering an experience like no other. Four years in the making, the ultra-luxe boutique hotel features 14 rooms and suites, an Alain Ducasse restaurant, Valmont spa and 15-metre indoor pool. The hotel will occupy a trio of buildings all designed in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, with rooms featuring original wood panelling, flooring restored by some of France’s most talented artisans and 18th century chandeliers. To replicate the Versailles vibes, all technology has been carefully tucked away (telephones are hidden and rooms don’t have TVs) although guests won’t be devoid of entertainment, thanks to exclusive access to the Palace itself and its sprawling gardens.

Opening: Early 2021

Bethlen Estates, Transylvania, Romania

Sitting in the heart of Transylvania, nestled amongst alpine meadows and wild woods dotted with medieval citadels and fairytale castles lies Bethlen Estates. For the last several years, the Bethlen family has been transforming ancient ruins into modern marvels while supporting local communities through employment and education. Choose from three immaculately restored houses, available to rent for exclusive use or by the room. Expect stunning rustic interiors – think original wooden beams, Tom Dixon lighting, antique kilim rugs and sculptural staircases – and a five-star culinary experience with breakfasts, picnics and dinners sourced from the family’s orchards, farmlands and forests. For those not of the vampire-hunting disposition, the surrounding area offers horseback riding, vineyard visits, bird watching and historical tours of UNESCO Heritage sites.

Opening: Spring 2021

Can Ferrereta, Santanyí, Mallorca

In the quaint rural town of Santanyí in the south east of Mallorca, Can Ferretera is getting ready to open its doors. From the team behind Palma’s popular Sant Francesc, this new opening is reminiscent of a grand summer house, featuring a simple, light design: picture rustic wooden beams and original stone contrasted with sleek furnishings and an eclectic collection of modern art by local and Spanish artists. Many of the 32 rooms will feature private patios, while the hotel’s signature suite will offer a private garden and swimming pool. This Mallorcan hideaway will also be home to a Mediterranean restaurant, two bars, a 25m pool, gym and spa with a hammam and indoor pool. Santanyí is next to the second-largest nature park in the Balearics, a paradise for nature lovers, and offers easy access to some of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches.  

Opening: March 2021

Nirjhara, Bali

Cocooned in a private enclave surrounded by rice paddies, a tropical forest and waterfalls, Nirjhara is the ultimate far-flung adventure. Consisting of 25 villas – including treehouse suites – this eco-luxury destination has been constructed to make as little impact on the environment as possible, with locally sourced timber, rattan and stone. At restaurant Ambu, regional specialities are served in a pavilion overlooking the largest of four waterfalls; and at the spa, there’s the opportunity to enjoy Balinese massages, open-air meditation sessions and reflexology. The hotel is minutes from volcanic beaches and Tanah Lot, a Hindu temple with some of the best sunsets in Bali. There’s also the option to charter Vela, the property’s six-cabin yacht, to take you to some of the most remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago.

Opening: January 2021 

OKU Ibiza, San Antonio, Ibiza

The coolest new launch for the Ibiza summer season, OKU is a laid-back hotel for those who want the best of the White Isle on their doorstep. Rooms include penthouse suites with impressive views; swim-up pool rooms and a private four-bedroom villa for exclusive hire. Don’t be put off by the San Antonio location – this secluded spot oozes Ibizan bliss and is one of the area’s hidden gems, just moments from Cala Gracio bay and beaches. Ideal for those looking for a tranquil escape, the spa is well worth a visit – think full-body massages as well as daily yoga and Pilates classes. 

Opening: May 2021

Hotel Castello di Reschio, Umbria, Italy

Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and ancient forests, the Reschio estate lies on the border between Umbria and Tuscany, coined Italy’s forgotten heartland. At the heart of the estate lies a thousand-year-old castle, which has recently been restored into a seriously stylish 36-room hotel. Rooms boast sumptuous Italian fabrics, bespoke furniture and curiosities hand-picked from local antique markets, and guests can feast in two restaurants, with produce coming from the estate’s garden, vineyards and beehives. Spend your days exploring the nearby meadows and forests on horseback, swimming in the lake, or having an Italian cooking lesson, or book a treatment at the Bathhouse, where you’ll find a hammam and sauna as well as tranquil treatment rooms tucked away in the castle’s vaulted stone cellar.

Opening: April 2021

Six Senses New York, USA

Six Senses’ first urban hotel in the US, this hotly anticipated opening will also be the first five-star hotel in Manhattan’s West Side, spread across ten floors with 137 rooms. Located in buzzy West Chelsea, the hotel rises above the Hudson River and the world-famous High Line, where the roof doubles as an organic vegetable patch. The style is touted as contemporary and calm with natural-hued fabrics and furnishings throughout, and guests will also have access to the Six Senses Spa, which will offer a range of high-tech treatments with a focus on medical wellness. The spa will also offer a meditation dome, yoga centre and magnesium pool – the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing in The Big Apple. 

Opening: Late 2021

The Farmyard at The Newt, Somerset

If you’ve struggled to book a room at The Newt – the staycation destination of 2020 – you’ll be pleased to hear the Somerset-based hotel is expanding its accommodation with the opening of The Farmyard, a renovated former dairy farm offering a further 17 bedrooms. Hidden in a secluded corner of the estate and accessed through cider orchards, The Farmyard has all the charm of the main hotel as well as its own farm-to-table culinary experience, indoor pool and bar and games room. 

Opening: Spring 2021

The Harper, Langham, Norfolk

Set to open in March, North Norfolk will soon be home to one of the UK’s newest boutique hotels, The Harper. Set in an old glass blowing factory in Langham, this unique hotel has embraced its history by adding bespoke glass features throughout and incorporating an artfully mismatched design. No two bedrooms are the same and with categories coming as ‘big’, ‘bigger’ and ‘biggest’ there’s something for all budgets. The perfect spot for a weekend break, the team’s mission is to make guests feel as though they’re staying in a home away from home. The hotel also has its own bikes and for keen ramblers, the hotel has devised its own walking routes, taking in the very best of Norfolk’s tranquil countryside.

Opening: March 2021

Three Mile Beach, Cornwall

For something a little closer to home, look no further than Three Mile Beach, a collection of 15 beach houses on the northern Cornish coast, just four miles from the bustling town of St.Ives. Tucked away on the coastline but easy enough to get to, these three and four-bedroom self-catered beach houses feature open plan lounge spaces, log burners and wrap-around terraces with sunken cedar hot tubs, barrel saunas and barbecues. Well-equipped kitchens make feasting at home a breeze, but if you don’t feel like cooking, the team can offer private chefs or send homemade dishes straight to your door. A stone’s throw from some of the UK’s best beaches (on a sunny day, the turquoise water can look like the Caribbean), the team can also arrange wetsuit and surfboard hire for adrenaline-fuelled adventures.

Opening: Spring 2021

Nobu Marrakech, Morocco, Africa

Nobu’s first outpost in Africa, Nobu Marrakech will bring a slice of luxury to this exotic city. Opening late this year, the hotel will be tucked away in the heritage-steeped Hivernage district, a stone’s throw from the historic heart of the city, various souks and the vibrant Djemaa el-Fina, Marrakech’s main square and the most important part of the Medina. Boasting 71 bedrooms and suites, an array of dining venues and rooftop spaces, a 2,000 sq ft spa and gym, indoor and outdoor pools, we predict this stylish spot will fast become the minibreak name to know. If you’re a fan of the Nobu brand, keep an eye out for openings in Chicago, Warsaw and Riyadh, also set to open later next year.

Opening: Summer/autumn 2021

CAYO Exclusive Resort, Elounda, Crete

For a seriously chic Greek getaway, look no further than CAYO, a new five-star resort situated on Elounda Bay overlooking the islet of Spinalonga – the perfect spot if you want to get away from it all but still have the option of day trips to some of the island’s northern sights. With UNESCO-listed sea views and plush facilities – think four gastronomic restaurants (the menus were designed by the first Greek chef to be awarded with a Michelin star), a mind-body balancing spa and its own private swathe of seafront – CAYO ticks all the boxes when it comes to warm weather luxury. Bedrooms are awash with natural daylight and bedecked in a soothing palette of cool greys, soft blues and greens with brushed marble, glass and stone. The little touches aren’t forgotten here either – with a strong eco-focus, guests are greeted with a seedling on arrival, which they can plant anywhere in the resort.

Opening: Early 2021

Ikos Andalucia, Estepona, Spain

In recent years, the Ikos brand has redefined the all-inclusive experience, with an emphasis on detail and quality as well as plenty of grown-up elegance. The group’s fifth hotel, and its first in Spain, Ikos Andalucia occupies a prime beachside position between Marbella and Estepona. An all-inclusive holiday with a luxury twist – we’re talking Michelin-starred menus, 300-option wine list and five-star accommodation – this new opening is perfect for couples and families alike. In the name of local discovery, guests are also gifted a MINI car for 24-hours to explore the area, tickets to the best museums in Malaga and free green fee passes for keen golfers.

Opening: April 2021

The Cloudveil, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Situated in the alpine climbing and skiing playground of Jackson Hole, The Cloudveil is the ultimate paradise for keen adventurers. Just one hour south of Yellowstone National Park, The Cloudveil is moments from endless green spaces and world-class ski resorts. With 100 bedrooms, a bistro restaurant and bar, expansive rooftop terrace overlooking Jackson’s Town Square and Snow King Mountain, an outdoor pool and gardens, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, this new opening has it all. Leveraging raw, natural materials to create a connection to the local landscape, rooms have a warm, neutral palette, with plenty of wood and leather, and you’ll find crackling fires in every corner, too. 

Opening: Spring 2021

Six Senses Kitzbuehel, Austria

Featuring 80 bedrooms and 15 stand-alone chalets, this village-like resort is the first of its kind in the Austrian Alps. Offering ski-in, ski-out access to some of the best pistes in Europe (Kitzbuehel has been named the best ski resort in the world three times), and just 90 minutes from Innsbruck and Salzburg, this is the perfect spot for a long weekend in the mountains. Offering everything you’d expect from a Six Senses hotel, you’ll find stellar restaurants focusing on local dishes with ingredients supplied from nearby organic farms and a second-to-none spa, the ideal place to rest weary legs after a day on the mountain. The hotel will also organise unique experiences – think destination dining in igloos and tree pods, forest bathing and glacier skiing. 

Opening: Late 2021/2022

*DISCLAIMER: Travel restrictions are changing daily, so please check the latest government advice before you book. Please ensure you are aware of the social distancing guidelines in place.

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How To Do A Winter Staycation In Cornwall

Cornwall might be one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in the UK, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great option during the off-peak winter season too. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend by the sea or an activity-filled minibreak post-lockdown, here’s what to do and where to stay…

Penzance

Just ten miles away from Land’s End, Penzance is one of the largest towns in south Cornwall. A future weekend away or short minibreak will be best spent exploring the interesting coastal architecture, walking along the beautiful beaches (which are practically deserted during the colder months), and eating your way around the restaurantsPenlee House Gallery & Museum and The Acorn Theatre in a converted chapel are all worth a visit, but for some of the best things to do in town, head to the historical Chapel Street. There you’ll find the Egyptian House and other beautiful Georgian buildings, as well as a range of boutique shops. Penzance’s stunning landscape is also worth a visit during a winter staycation – Tanglewood Wild Garden and Madron Holy Well (a natural spring from ancient times) are a must-see, while Minack Theatre, overlooking the rugged Porthcurno Bay, has breath-taking views of the coast. When in Penzance, seafood lovers should make a beeline for The Shore and Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn – two of the best restaurants in town. 

Where To Stay:

Chapel House is a boutique townhouse hotel in the centre of Penzance. Set in a beautiful Georgian building, it has six stylish bedrooms and two new suites that only opened in the summer. All the bedrooms overlook the sea, with elegant touches throughout, such as handmade oak beds, minimalist furniture and modern en-suite bathrooms. For a special stay, book one of the new suites which offer views of Penzance harbour and Mount’s Bay. Chapel House also has a lovely dining area in which to enjoy delish Cornish fare from the on-site kitchen, including a seasonal weekend supper menu and a great Sunday brunch.

St Ives

Known for its beautiful coastline and rich history, St Ives isn’t just a summer holiday destination. During the winter, holidaymakers can take advantage of the great surfing opportunities, head on a picturesque coastal walk, and visit the art galleries and museums in town. Winter is a fantastic time to explore the many beaches in St Ives –Porthminster, Porthgwidden or Porthmeor are three of the best, although if you want to ride the waves, head to Fistral beach in Newquay which is supervised by lifeguards year-round. The town has a number of cultural hotspots, including the Tate St Ives and the Waterside Gallery – a museum of fine art. Once you’ve seen the sights, sample local Cornish cuisine in the award-winning restaurants and cafes. Rum & Crab Shack on Wharf Road serves delicious Caribbean-inspired food with artisan rums – the perfect place to warm up after a chilly day exploring – while Porthminster Kitchen just down the road serves a selection of tasty seafood plates, including mackerel paté, smoked fish chowder and Goan fish scurry. 

Where To Stay:

For a stunning bolthole by the sea, head to Alba Beach House. Located on Porthmeor beach, this pink cob cottage is the ultimate retreat for a group trip. Inside the cottage, which sleeps up to eight, each bedroom has distinctive nautical flair with characterful extras – think reading nooks, plush decorative accents and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms. During the winter, guests can cosy up by the indoor wood burner, watch the sunset over the harbour, and listen to the rolling waves at night. There are plenty of activities and places to eat nearby, most notably Porthmeor Beach Café, which is a lovely brunch spot. 

Bude

If you’re looking for a quiet staycation, skip the larger towns of St Ives and Penzance and head to Bude. This small seaside town is a hidden gem on the north east Cornish coast and is the go-to place for water sports enthusiasts or those looking for a restorative weekend away. The colder months are some of the best to surf in Bude thanks to quiet waters and a mild sea temperature. Book lessons at the Freewave Surf Academy, or if you want to relax, book one of their yoga retreats that take place on several beaches in the area – Summerleaze being one of the top-rated. Outdoor pursuits, such as kayaking and rock climbing can also be enjoyed if you wrap up warm, but for a cosier affair, visit Crackington Orchard & Cidery on Tremayna Farm to try some mulled cider. Life’s a Beach is a lovely bistro diner which serves comforting seafood like grilled skate and salt and pepper squid, while Scrummies Café does a mean fish and chips. 

Where To Stay:

For a luxury seaside retreat, book a room at the plush Beach Hotel. Overlooking Summerleaze Beach, it boasts 16 newly-renovated rooms, all with impressive sea views. After a day spent exploring the beautiful Cornish coast, relax at the bar for evening drinks before heading to the on-site restaurant run by ex-MasterChef contestant, Jamie Cole. For a romantic trip, ask for Room 11, where you can watch the sunset on a stylish terrace with a glass of English sparkling wine.

Padstow

Contrary to popular belief, the best parts of Padstow can be appreciated during the winter when the roads are clear, the beaches are empty, and the restaurants have an abundance of fish. During a winter staycation, visitors should head to Padstow Harbour (a cosmopolitan hotspot) to look around the boutique shops and sample delicious local produce at the many pubs and restaurants in town, before catching a boat to the nearby town of Rock. Families should head to Camel Creek Adventure Park, which has a huge indoor play area, and walk around the beautiful gardens at Prideaux Place. The Camel Trail, a 17-mile route which starts in Padstow and ends in Bodmin, is a stunning coastal walk where you can spot local wildlife and take in some of the best views in Cornwall – walk or hire bikes for the day and stop off at the few villages along the way for refreshments. Back in Padstow, some of the best fish can be found at Prawn on the Lawn – a bar that serves small plates and sharing platters including hake with truffle oil, crispy chilli monkfish and deep fried oysters, while the Cornish Arms owned by chef Rick Stein does a great Sunday roast. The newly-opened Tarquin’s Gin Distillery, where you can book a hands-on distilling masterclass, is also worth a visit.

Where To Stay:

When in Padstow, going to The Pig at Harlyn Bay is a must. Set in one of Cornwall’s oldest houses which dates back to the 15th century, this boutique hotel is just a ten-minute drive from Padstow Bay and a short walk from Harlyn beach. Inside, there are 30 characterful rooms with views of the garden and the bay, plus seven Garden Wagons outside – ideal for a romantic getaway. Book a beauty treatment, such as a bespoke massage or a spiced mud wrap, in one of the Potting Shed Treatment Rooms, before dining at one of the on-site restaurants – The Lobster Shed is your go-to for seafood treats including lobster thermidor, baked scallops and roast mackerel. 

Bodmin 

Located in central Cornwall, Bodmin is a small town steeped in history. The beautiful local architecture, historical buildings and stunning countryside views make it an ideal destination for a winter staycation – there’s no shortage of things to do. Lovers of the outdoors should head to Bodmin Moor, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for a brisk winter walk across the vast moorlands. Stop at the pretty villages of Blisland and Altarnun on the way and climb to the top of moors for the highest point in Cornwall. Make your way down through Tamar Valley before heading back to Bodmin. There, visit the many historical buildings including Bodmin Beacon, Bodmin Jail, Lanhydrock House and Gardens (a National Trust estate), and Pencarrow House – a beautiful Georgian mansion with lavish interiors and stunning gardens. A relaxing afternoon is best spent visiting the multi-award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard to try their excellent English sparkling wines – Annie’s Anniversary Brut is an SL favourite. 

Where To Stay:

Nestled away in the quaint village of St Neot near Bodmin Moor, Damselfly is a luxury wooden cabin overlooking the River Warleggan. A romantic staycation for two can be spent cosying up by the wood burner in the lounge, bird watching at the outdoor deck and exploring the natural beauty of the area. Inside, there’s a stylish master bedroom, bathroom with a luxurious free-standing bathtub, and a well-equipped kitchen. Request a fire-pit on the grounds for a cosy evening outdoors and enjoy the welcome hamper featuring delicious Cornish produce. Damselfly is an ideal hideaway for couples, so bookmark it for your next romantic trip. 

Falmouth

Falmouth attracts thousands of visitors each summer thanks to its stunning coastline, quaint shopping streets and excellent seafood restaurants, but it’s a great place to visit during the colder months. Set on the south coast of Cornwall, the town has several good walking trails to explore – Penrose Walk and the Helford Passage pass stunning views of the coastline and woodland areas in Falmouth, while Kenneth Vale, a huge forest just north of the town, is a great day out. For the cultural hotspots, head to the town centre to visit the National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle (built by Henry VIII) and Falmouth Art Gallery. There are also two lovely beaches within walking distance of the town centre – Gyllngvase beach the more popular of the two has a great coastal walk and a stylish cafe, while Swanpool beach is ideal for long dog walks. At the top of the old high street, The Star & Garter is a gourmet gastro pub where you can spend a cosy afternoon in front the fire, and Wheelhouse is a popular shellfish bar that has an extensive selection of delicious freshly caught fish, but you’ll need to book early to secure a reservation.

Where To Stay:

Merchants Manor is a boutique five-star hotel and spa just a short walk from the two main beaches in Falmouth. The ‘seaside country house’ has maritime influences throughout and a selection of stylishly decorated bedrooms. The on-site restaurant Rastella serves a range of delicious seafood treats, while the well-stocked bar is a lovely spot to unwind in the evenings. For a special stay, book the Big Comfy Balcony – a generous sized room with a super king bed, lounge area, and a private balcony with views of Pendennis Castle and the sea.

If you wish any further information or to make a booking, please contact our lifestyle managers.

The Best Festive Food Boxes To Order Now

It would be pointing out the obvious to say restaurants across the UK have had to diversify into offering home deliveries. But while Christmas Day celebrations remain uncertain, some of our favourite chefs have come up with festive feasting boxes designed to take some of the stress out of the big day. From larder fillers to everything you need for Christmas lunch, here are some of the best boxes to order in advance…

The Black Swan at Oldstead

Tommy Banks, Great British Menu champ and the chef behind Michelin-starred ​The Black Swan at Oldstead and ​Roots in York, is offering customers a taste of Oldstead this Christmas and New Year. Having launched delivery service ​Made in Oldstead during lockdown, the Banks’ family business has continued to deliver food boxes to customers across the country since April. Now, the team is preparing a collection of festive menus and products for December. As with all of Tommy’s cooking, the boxes showcase ingredients that have been foraged or grown in and around Oldstead and products from local suppliers. Whether you’re after a ‘Provisions Box’ packed with everything you might need to nibble on over the festive period or your whole Christmas dinner cooked for you, this is the place to look. The ‘Christmas Dinner Box’ begins with bread and Hafod cheddar custard, followed by oak-smoked salmon, whipped buttermilk and farm-grown pickled fennel. For main, you’ll receive stuffed turkey ballotine served with pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings, brassica cheese, braised red cabbage, pommes anna, turkey gravy and sourdough bread sauce. Chocolate fondants with brandy cream, root vegetable mince pies and a bottle of Walker Bay pinot noir complete the set.

Gladwin Brothers

The duo behind Sussex in Soho, The Shed in Notting Hill, Nutbourne in Battersea and Rabbit in Chelsea, are set to follow their forthcoming Thanksgiving meal kits with a selection of festive offerings. Known for bringing the best seasonal and sustainable produce from their family farm in West Sussex, expect to feast on a selection of local produce. The ‘Christmas Essentials Box’ – which feeds four – contains a whole turkey, gammon, 24 chipolatas, smoked bacon, game terrine, heritage carrots, brussels sprouts, roasting potatoes, parsnips, turnips, red cabbage, purple kale, parsley root, Jerusalem artichokes, cranberries and clementines, plus stilton, Christmas pudding and brandy butter sauce and mince pies.

Simon Rogan

Simon Rogan At Home, the home delivery service from the multi-Michelin-starred chef behind L’Enclume in Cartmel and Aulis in London is launching nationwide this Christmas. The five-course feast will begin with Simon’s famous truffle pudding, followed by a roast onion broth with pickled onions and Westcombe cheddar. The choice of either confit trout with cauliflower puree or hen of woods precedes a main of Norfolk Black turkey with all the trimmings. To end your meal, you’ll receive a classic Christmas pudding, while a homemade mulled wine, cider or an optional wine pairing is available to accompany. 

Lyle’s

Lyle’s, the Michelin-starred British restaurant in Shoreditch founded by James Lowe and John Ogier, will be delivering provisions boxes and meal kits filled with seasonal treats to doorsteps across the UK. James will be packing boxes full of his favourite dishes and pantry items to be enjoyed at home, from British game shot in the Highlands to his signature mince pies. The ‘Provisions Box’ comes with this mince pie mix, made from aged minced beef from retired Jersey dairy cows, and homemade pastry, ready to be assembled and baked in the oven. Dedicated mince pie kits can also be ordered separately, with enough mincemeat and pastry for six or 12 pies, as well as a tray to bake them on.

Pasta Remoli

If you’re after something a little different, look to Pasta Remoli. We like the sound of the ‘Truffle Christmas Box’ , which is a feast for four to six guests and includes everything needed to recreate the restaurant’s enduring bestseller; 1kg of handmade truffle ravioli, a silky creamy mushroom sauce, 24-month aged Vacca Rossa parmesan and white truffle extra virgin olive oil, along with chocolate torrone, panettone or pandoro and a bottle of prosecco. The ‘Carbonara Christmas Box’ will come with 1kg of Remoli’s maccheroncini fresh pasta, guanciale artigianale from Amatrice in Northern Lazio, pecorino romano DOP and free-range eggs, plus the prosecco and sweet treats as before.

Manteca

Just in time for Christmas, Chris Leach – chef and co-founder of Manteca, the Soho restaurant focusing on nose-to-tail cooking and hand-rolled pasta – will be packing up boxes of his Christmas favourites for delivery nationwide. The perfect seasonal gift or for those looking to stock their larders with staples for the festive season, Manteca’s Christmas boxes will come in three sizes. The ‘Starter Box’ includes a homemade salumi selection, smoked cod’s roe, chicken liver parfait, date jam, Christmas pudding and amaretti. The next size up includes all of the above, with the addition of goose, cranberry and pistachio sausage; grape mostarda and pear and date chutney. For those wanting to go all out, the luxury hamper features everything, plus tortellini in brodo; porchetta with apple ketchup and four brioche buns ready for Boxing Day.

The Ninth

Jun Tanaka has launched The Ninth Christmas box, a hassle-free, assemble-at-home Christmas dinner, which can be delivered anywhere in the UK in time for the big day. Available to pre-order for two, four or six guests, it can be ready from the box to the table in just 45 minutes. The main event is either a pre-brined and prepared turkey ballotine; beef fillet in a herb salt crust; or celeriac, potato and truffle pithivier. All come with a selection of trimmings and sauces, a panettone bread-and-butter pudding for dessert, and the option to add paired red, white or fizz, or all three.

One Fine Dine

Delivering a wide range of seasonal dishes, One Fine Dine does the hard work for you, giving you the extra time to spend time with family members on Christmas Day, rather than slaving away in the kitchen. Catering to all dietary requirements, the festive menu includes three courses with lots of add-ons available depending on just how all-out you want to go. Starters include Scottish smoked salmon topped with Oscietra caviar, compressed watermelon salad, and duck and chicken liver parfait. The main dishes are traditional, with a choice of Denham beef wellington, turkey paupiette or nut roast, each loaded with seasonal trimmings such as cider-braised red cabbage, sauteed brussels sprouts and goose fat roasties. Desserts will come in the form of individual buche de noel with clementine gel, coconut panna cotta or ‘Christmas Mess’.

The Newt

Guests can also opt to have their Christmas groceries delivered from Somerset. As well as fresh vegetables from the garden and high-welfare meats from the butchery – think estate venison, 35-day aged Devon beef, local turkey and goose and five-bird roasts – this year’s most highly-anticipated hotel launch The Newt is offering a full fresh Christmas Day collection. If you haven’t managed to get there, its festive deliveries are available in BA postcodes and across London and slots open on 1st December. We like the sound of the ‘Christmas Breakfast Hamper’, filled with apple waste sourdough, croissants, granola, yoghurt, eggs, smoked trout, local bacon and fresh orange juice; the ‘Christmas Lunch Hamper’ with turkey with all the trimmings – think estate vegetables, stuffing, bread sauce and cranberry sauce – and the ‘Christmas Supper Hamper’ with cheese, charcuterie, spelt crackers, pickles and preserves.

Forman & Field

Turkey, sprouts, mince pies, smoked salmon and festive crackers – fine food and restaurant supplier Forman & Field’s festive care package has everything needed for two people celebrating Christmas together. The success of its ‘Ultimate Care Package’ during lockdown has inspired the brand to think how it could bring festive cheer to those who are still shielding or unable to join their loved ones over Christmas. An ideal gift for elderly or vulnerable family members or friends who deserve to be treated, this festive edition contains Forman’s London-cured smoked salmon, turkey ballotine, brussels sprouts and pancetta, pommes châteaux, turkey gravy, cranberry and port sauce, individual Christmas puddings, brandy butter, mince pies, potted stilton with port glaze, Godminster digestives, Christmas crackers and half a bottle of Court Garden classic cuvee.

For any information on the above festive food boxes, please contact your lifestyle managers.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Covering your home in glittering lights and beautiful decorations, filling the house with fine food and wines, sourcing that perfect gift for someone special or simply making precious memories with loved ones.


We are here to ensure that Christmas 2020 is exceptional and magical!

Festive Afternoon Tea To-Go

We create and deliver charmingly festive hampers complete with quintessential bone china crockery, elegant cake stands, crisp and fruity Champagne and flutes. All the classics will be included, delectable finger sandwiches, mouth-watering sweet pastries and cakes, a selection of luxury loose leaf teas and of course the classic crumbly scone and freshly made jams.

If you would like to enjoy your afternoon tea in the grounds of your own home, we have a
variety of beautiful outdoor gazebos and domes, complete with cosy furnishings and fur throws for a uniquely Winter Wonderland experience.

Festive Designs

Our dedicated team of design specialists will craft the most inspiring displays.
Considering your concept and colour palette, we will adorn and light your home using the finest quality decorations and lighting.

We at Stratfield Fairlane offer a complete design and installation service, both internally and externally. Once the magic of Christmas has ended, we will return to carefully take it all away for you.

Floral Table Packages

We provide exceptional floral displays created and brought to your door, so you can celebrate the Christmas season with your home filled with colour and style.
Our team carefully curate stunning displays that will fit any Festive theme and delight the senses.

Handmade decorations

Want to design and assist in the making of your own Blown Glass decorations. We can arrange for an intimate artisan course where you can learn the fine art of designing and blowing glass decorations.

Rare Gift Procurement

Our team will source thoughtful gift items on your behalf, such as coveted accessories by the likes of Bottega Veneta, rare vintage items of clothing, commissioned pieces of jewellery or simple yet exquisite hampers from the most discerning artisans.

Exquisite Wrapping

Extravagant wrapping papers and ribbons in every colour with finishing touches such as miniature wooden toys, berry bouquets and handwritten labels.

We will package your precious gifts and deliver them with style and care.

Delectable Bake Boxes

Send loved ones scrumptious, beautifully decorated Christmas bakes straight to their door.

Our talented biscuiteers can literally create any design. Fully constructed gingerbread houses, Nutcracker toy soldiers or Santa and all eight of his reindeer, there is no limit where our creativity is concerned.

Luxurious Christmas Cakes

An essential component of the traditional Christmas dinner is a luxurious dusted Christmas sponge (available in a variety of flavours) or hand iced, rich fruit cake.

Our team of highly skilled bakers will lovingly hand make your Christmas cake using their time-honoured recipe.

Champagnes, Wines & Tours

We at Stratfield Fairlane have partnered with some of the most innovative Award-winning Vineyards in the UK. Let the chalk soils of the English Countryside bring you a range of passionately crafted, high quality champagnes and local wines.


We can arrange private, inspirational vineyard tours where you can discuss your cellar,
pallet preferences or Christmas dishes and delight in tasting some exceptional wines.

If you would like more information relating to the above services, please do
not hesitate to contact our lifestyle managers.

The best luxury wellness retreats in Africa for an awe-inspiring escape

From stunning seascapes to the uninterrupted wilds of the bush, expansive deserts to ice-capped mountains, Africa’s diverse landscapes, wildlife and culture are indescribable. But choosing where to base yourself is no easy task – there are a wealth of luxury healthy holiday destinations and resorts on offer on this vast continent. In need of a little inspiration? These are the best luxury wellness retreats in Africa for incredible fitness, yoga, spa and adventure retreats like no other. Visit luxury eco-lodges in the desert, spot wildlife on the savannahs, and immerse yourself in traditional spa therapies in the city with these unique wellness resorts. 

Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

An oasis in the Indian Ocean on the island nation of Mauritius, this award-winning wellness resort offers programmes with an Ayurvedic focus: yoga, spa, sleep, detox, meditation, and weight management. The water-facing suites and villas at Shanti Maurice have their own private pools and terraces, while the in-house restaurants offer a taste of traditional Mauritian home cooking as well as international dishes, all with a wellness spin. Guests can unwind in the spa, which uses a mix of ancient healing modalities and modern innovation: hydrotherapy, fusion massages and Watsu treatments are all available for the ultimate relaxing escape, making it one of the best luxury wellness retreats in Africa. 

Six Senses Zil Payson, Seychelles

Located on an idyllic, remote beachfront on ​Félicité Island in Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Payson offers next-level luxury. Surrounded by tropical gardens and panoramic ocean views, each villa has its own private infinity pool and butler service to make your stay as relaxed as possible. The signature Six Senses retreats—yoga, detox, fitness and sleep—are all available, though guests can also opt for an a la carte wellness stay rather than a dedicated programme. Hiking, water sports, and trips to the nearby UNESCO Vallée de Mai nature reserve are some of the more unique activities available, while the spa, and yoga and meditation classes offer a more traditional wellness experience.

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa

This wilderness reserve is the embodiment of laidback luxury. Situated in the foothills of the Cederberg mountains on South Africa’s west coast, the resort is surrounded by natural formations and landscapes that date back more than 10,000 years. While the surrounding scenery is guaranteed to kick start the relaxation process, the resort’s award-winning spa will take care of the rest. Drawing on traditional holistic healing philosophies, spa ingredients are derived from local natural ingredients including rooibos and baobab tree oil, while a state of the art fitness centre and crystal steam room is also available to access at your leisure. Outdoor excursions ranging from mountain biking, hiking and kayaking can be arranged upon request.

Paradis Plage, Morocco

Located on the stunning Agadir coast in Morocco, Paradis Plage is a destination resort for yoga and surf. This is an ideal destination for anyone looking to benefit from time spent outdoors: with 340 days of sunshine a year, there’s no bad time to visit. Pro surfers or novices looking to hang ten will find themselves hard-pressed to leave the surf, while the pristine golden sand of the beach offers the perfect place for a little rest and relaxation. The resort offers nutritional organic cuisine and its eco-spa uses ingredients derived from natural local ingredients.

Finch Hatton, Kenya

Boasting one of the largest bush spas in East Africa, this luxury Kenyan spa safari is one of the top luxury wellness retreats in Africa. When guests aren’t spotting wildlife on game drives, the five-star tented camp provides guests with plenty of opportunities to unwind or workout with infinity pools, gyms, air-conditioned spa facilities, and stunning yoga pavilions with panoramic views across the Chyulu Hills of Tsavo West National Park. 

Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

Beyond has a plethora of resorts across the African continent, but perhaps the most unique is the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia, located on nearly 13,000 hectares of the world’s oldest living desert. With just private 10 suites, this exclusive eco-conscious resort provides the opportunity for unique experiences like desert hiking, helicopter or hot air balloon excursions, and stargazing with a state of the art telescope and guided by the in-house astronomer, all designed for guests to enjoy the awe-inspiring landscape. The on-site wellness amenities include a gym and spa, and suites include a retractable skylight over the bed and 180º desert views from the glass rain shower.

Temenos, South Africa

Nestled in the heart of McGregor village in the western cape of South Africa, Temenos is a healing wellness resort and spa and the perfect destination for independent travellers. The original property—an old farmhouse and stables—date back to the 19th century. Its accommodation options include boutique cottages, a hermitage and self-catered residences for those looking for an added element of privacy. On-site activities include daily yoga and meditation, guided walks and a wide range of healing spa therapies. The resort also offers specific retreats throughout the year, ranging from creative and arts-focused weeklong experiences to packages that focus on embracing the art of wellbeing.

Four Seasons Serengeti, Tanzania

Located on the expansive plains of the Serengeti, this luxury wellness retreat offers guests an immersive experience in one of the world’s most famous national parks. Home to the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephants, and rhinos), the Serengeti is renowned for its epic animal migrations, the largest in the world. Perched beside a watering hole, guests at the Four Seasons Serengeti can watch animals in nature from their infinity pool, with a champagne breakfast in a hot air balloon, or up-close on a game drive. Once the sun sets, the spa is there to massage and pamper you back to your best self, so you can while away the hours under a starlit sky. Packages include all meals, accommodation, and access to resort amenities.

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, Botswana

From stargazing to elephant spotting, Belmond’s Botswana lodge is a world away. The remote eco-luxury camp is a rare gem in Botswana’s first national park, which also happens to be home to one of the biggest elephant populations on Earth: around 50,000 of them. Guests will stay in glamorous tents or luxurious stilted lodges, kitted out with all the modern amenities you’d expect in a cosmopolitan five-star hotel, and can unwind after a long day of wildlife safaris in the spa.

El Fenn, Morocco

With the heady scent of spices and the vibrancy of the souks, Marrakech is the perfect place for wellness travellers in search of a revitalising healing holiday. And while there are countless luxury resorts throughout the city, none are like El Fenn. Owned by Richard Branson’s sister, the 28-room boutique hotel boasts three pools (two made of marble and one on the rooftop overlooking the Atlas Mountains), as well as a traditional hammam bath. Its spa uses local ingredients including the popular all-healing argan oil, while the hotel also offers active adventurers personalised jogging tours around the medina and hiking trips to the Atlas Mountains.

For more information on the above retreats or for booking, please contact our wellbeing expert team.

The Festive Activities To Book For Christmas Now

We might be in a second lockdown, but that doesn’t mean December is totally off the cards. From socially distanced children’s shows to winter lights trails, here are nine Christmas activities worth booking in the hope they go ahead.

The Gruffalo’s Child at Alexandra Palace

Internationally acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories is planning to bring its celebrated production of The Gruffalo’s Child to the Alexandra Palace Theatre for a limited Christmas season. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist – does he? Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical stage adaptation, of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Suitable for children aged three and over, the performance will last 55 minutes, without an interval.

Miracle at 34 at 34 Mayfair

The uncertainty of 2020 inspired 34 Mayfair to unveil its show-stopping ‘Miracle at 34’ installation in October. In partnership with Nyetimber, the restaurant will still be adorned with approximately 14,000 decorations – including 8,400 glittering and colourful baubles – once it’s able to reopen in December. Designed by Jane Wadham, the installation covers every inch of the ceiling and walls with decorations. A new menu will offer three courses, with dishes including roast pumpkin soup, rotisserie roast chicken and truffle mash. Guests will also be able to elevate their experience with a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine. 

A Winter Walk at The Newt

Encouraging families to get out in the fresh air, The Newt’s gardens, woodland and deer park will be open every day except Christmas Day. Visitors over the festive period can experience a mapped Tree Trail created by the woodland team, celebrating the estate’s ancient trees. And for the first time, the team across the estate – chefs, butchers, bakers and cyder makers – have created a range of fresh and pantry products for festive feasting and gifting. Spiced preserves, fine cyder, infused chocolate, Christmas puddings, fresh groceries and luxury hampers – including your entire Christmas Day – can now be delivered to locals and across the country.

Carols at Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall hopes to open its doors this December with a programme of festive favourites, welcoming a live audience to a much-needed celebration of Christmas in 2020. The season will feature essentials from the hall’s Christmas tradition, including the Royal Choral Society and Handel’s Messiah – both staples since 1871 – alongside Christmas carols, The Nutcracker, Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas and the family show, My Christmas Orchestral Adventure. Presented under Covid-19 secure guidelines, the concerts will create a safe and comfortable environment for audiences to celebrate together again – with measures including socially distanced seating, e-tickets, deep cleaning, staggered entry times, temperature checks, a face=covering policy, and sanitising stations throughout the venue.

Festive Screenings at @TheDriveIn

Following a sell-out summer tour stretching three months and 13 cities, @TheDriveIn is aiming to return this winter for a special run of festive shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester. With new releases and festive classics on offer, Christmas @TheDriveIn will be a socially distant entertainment experience. New walk-up options are also available in the shape of igloo-style pods and cosy alpine chalets. With space for up to six people – from the same household or social bubble – each pod will be decked out with comfy seating and festive décor ideal for those without a car. Festive films include Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life, plus newer releases like Onward and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Festive Lights at Kew Gardens

Returning for its eighth year, Kew’s winter trail is set to return with old favourites and new light installations. Visitors can expect bursts of colour and enchanting optics as they explore Kew Gardens’ Unesco World Heritage landscape after dark. New for this year, visitors can wander through a tunnel covered with a canopy of glowing, colour-changing stars, and further along the trail, a returning favourite – the Cathedral of Light – will twinkle with thousands of fairy lights for that all-important Instagram moment. 

Miracle at Henrietta Hotel

Experimental Group hopes to bring its Miracle pop-up bar phenomenon from the US to London for the third time. The Christmas-themed pop-up bar, renowned across America for its creative cocktails garnished with a side of kitsch, will launch on Henrietta Hotel’s mezzanine from early December until 23rd December, providing the perfect pitstop for a cocktail in Covent Garden. New creations on offer will include the ‘Fruitcake Flip’ (brandy, Jamaican overproof rum, amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters and whole egg) and ‘Jolly Koala’ (gin, vermouth and pine-cardamom-sage cordial), all served in fun and festive glassware.

The Nutcracker at Royal Opera House

Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Combined with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score and designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, this magical production aims to open in December for a reworked, Covid-safe version of the festive favourite. If all else fails, we predict a live screening, similar to those shown on the Royal Opera House’s website during the first lockdown.

Ice-Skating at Beaverbrook

Beaverbrook has prepared a programme of festivities including a new ice-skating rink in its winter wonderland grounds, surrounded by the Surrey Hills. For now, from 4th December-31st January, guests will be able to glide on the ice while listening to yuletide melodies and trying mulled cider, hot chocolate and sugary waffles from the rink-side cabin. ‘Beaverbrook on Ice’ will be available to both hotel and local guests visiting the estate for an overnight stay, spa day or dining experiences at one of the hotel’s restaurants. 

For more information on the above Christmas activities or for bookings, please contact your lifestyle manager.

The Best Vineyards To Visit In The UK

Once upon a time, British wine was an oxymoron. Today, the UK produces award-winning wines that have made the world sit up and take notice. Whether you’re after a day trip with a difference or a weekend away, here are some of the country’s best vineyards to visit.

Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery, Henley-On-Thames

Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery is one of the most charming vineyards in the UK. Just over an hour from London, the vineyard sits on the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by a vast woodland and Hambleden Valley (near Henley-On-Thames), where the local climate is ideal for grapes. Chiltern Valley offers a two-hour behind-the-scenes tour on which you can try wines, ales and liqueurs. For an overnight stay, stay at the Pool House at the on-site B&B. Its Old Luxters farmhouse can be hired as a wedding venue.

Oxney Organic Estate, Sussex

Oxney Estate is home to one of the most famous vineyards in the country. Close to Rye in East Sussex, it takes a natural approach to winemaking and harvests its grapes in small batches. The Pinot Noir Rosé is one of our favourites from the 20-acre estate, which also produces fantastic varieties of pinot noir, pinot meunier, chardonnay and seyval blanc. For a romantic getaway, book a wine tasting tour with a picnic lunch.

Llanerch Vineyard, Glamorgan, Wales

Close to Cardiff, Llanerch is home to a stunning vineyard in the depths of the Welsh countryside. Renowned for its Cariad wine (unique to the area), Llanerch produces different varieties year-round, though autumn is the best time to visit. On site, there’s a stylish farmhouse, where guests can stay overnight in Calon Lodge, which has beautiful vineyard views, as well as a bar and two dining areas for breakfast and afternoon tea. Visitors can book a group tour for up to 20 people, or a private tour led by one of vineyard experts. We recommend the tasty, crisp Cariad Dry White.

Castlewood Vineyard, Devon

On the Devon-Dorset border in the village of Musbury, Castlewood is a small vineyard that’s home to some of the best sparkling wines in the south west. It grows three varieties of grape – pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier – with only the ripest crop turned into sparkling wines at harvest time. All the wine is made without filtration or chemicals. For a lovely day trip, book a guided tour to try the famous Vintage Brut, and take home a bespoke collection of bottles cased in a wooden box made from fallen trees on the estate. 

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Denbies Wine Estate has been making English wine since 1984. The family-run estate is one of the largest wine producers in the UK, boasting an extensive variety of grapes that make some wonderful reichensteiner, pinot noir and chardonnay wines. Denbies offers tasting tours throughout the year and has two restaurants where you can book a ‘wine evening’ lead by a sommelier. The estate is a great wedding location during the summer, with its award-winning Cubitt Blanc de Blancs 2013 an ideal drink for any reception.  

Camel Valley, Cornwall

Some of the best English wines comes from Devon and Cornwall. Camel Valley is a multi-award-winning vineyard in the small town of Bodmin. This family-run business supplies wines to a range of high-street supermarkets, as well as Rick Stein’s restaurants so, if you’re in the area, make a beeline for the vineyard. Book a guided group tour, stay in a cottage on the estate, or simply head to terrace and enjoy some sparkling wine – one of the best being Annie’s Anniversary Brut. 

Greyfriars Vineyard, Guildford

Greyfriars Vineyard makes a great day out and is open all year for tasting tours and experiences. On a south-facing chalk slope just outside Guildford in Surrey, the original vineyards were planted in 1989 and now produce some delicious English sparklers. Greyfriars also has an impressive wine cellar where you can try some of itsseasonal produce for free during growing season. We can’t get enough of the 2015 Sparkling Rosé Reserve – the ultimate Friday afternoon rosé. 

Rathfinny Wine Estate 

Since 2010, Rathfinny Wine Estate has been producing excellent wine from its vineyard near Alfriston in the South Downs of Sussex. Thanks to a south-facing slope, proximity to the sea and fertile chalk soils, Rathfinny is able to make some of the finest English sparkling wine. October and November are two of the best months to visit – you can sample their complete portfolio. Book a guided tasting tour, have dinner at the courtyard restaurant, and you can even stay on the estate. 

Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard, Penzance

Visit Penzance to sample some seriously good Cornish wine and cider at Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard. As one of the few English vineyards on the coast, Polgoon uses sustainable techniques to harvest crops that produce some seriously good wine. Its range spans still and sparkling – one of the best is a light red wine that blends pinot noir and rondo. Polgoon has a large outdoor seating area, where visitors can enjoy freshly harvested wines, as well as an award-winning restaurant – The Vine House – which serves delicious local seafood and produce grown on the orchard.   

Nutbourne Vineyards, West Sussex

In the quaint West Sussex village of Pulborough, Nutbourne is home to a small family-run vineyard. The boutique winery has a selection of award-winning wines, including a riesling-style 2018 Sussex Reserve. Nutbourne’s unique ‘terroir’ (a warm climate and fertile soil) makes summer a great time to visit if you want to see grapes on the vine. Book a guided tour and relax at the pop-up restaurant on site. 

Hambledon Vineyard, South Downs

Home to one of the most renowned English sparkling wines in the country, Hambledon Vineyard sits on a gently sloping hill in the South Downs. One of the oldest of the UK’s estates, Hambledon grows its grapes on a 200-acre vineyard using a gravity-fed machine that uses some pretty impressive technology. For a relaxed afternoon, head to the South Downs and book the ‘Classic Cuvée Rosé’ guided tour – you’ll be shown around the vineyard, before enjoying afternoon tea and a glass of rosé. 

Fairmile Vineyard, Henley-On-Thames

During the summer months, Henley-on-Thames has a similar climate to northern France, meaning Fairmile can turn out some fantastic wines. Over the last few years, it has produced some exceptional grapes and the best have been turned into the signature Henley Sparkling Rosé. To visit Fairmile, you’ll need to book a private tour, or visit an open day which usually takes place in October.   

For more information on the above vineyards or to make a booking, please contact your lifestyle manager.

The Most Stylish Log Cabins In The UK

If toasting marshmallows on an open fire, sleeping under the stars, and relaxing in an outdoor bath sound like your idea of bliss, then a luxury log cabin could be your ideal staycation. From wooden Scandinavian-inspired lodges, to plush coastal hideaways, here are some of the best the UK has to offer.

Hinterland Cabin, Conwy

Those after a luxury staycation should book Hinterland Cabin. Tucked away on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, this unique hideaway overlooks Conwy Valley – one of Wales’ most beautiful areas. Featuring a walk-in shower, underfloor heating, a sauna, hot tub, and hidden extras in every cupboard, you’ll feel right at home. Hinterland is made from old slate and railway sleepers from the Conwy valley line, while inside, the cabin has been beautifully furnished with original oak beams, gold accent furniture and a stylish double bedroom that sleeps two. The property is dog-friendly too, so your four-legged friend will be able to make the most of the great walking opportunities in the area. 

The Nap, Devon

This stylish cabin in the Devonshire countryside is ideal for a quiet, secluded staycation. Set on a working farm on a gently sloping hill, The Nap has stunning vistas across Taw Valley and Exmoor. Inside, there’s a fully fitted kitchenette, downstairs double bedroom, and a mezzanine bed where you can fall asleep under the stars. The property also comes with a Swedish wood burner, and a wood fired hot tub that backs out onto the farm (there are even spare wellies if you want to go exploring). The Nap is also close to an array of country pubs, though if you want to try some of the local produce, you can request rare breed sausages, pork belly or prime cuts of beef from the farm’s butcher. 

Saddlers Cabin, Northumberland

Located on the outskirts of the Northumberland coastline, Saddlers Cabin is a great choice for budding explorers and families. The rustic space has been decorated with stylish wooden accents and cosy furnishings where you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet. In the cabin, there’s a cosy living area with an indoor wood burner, a modern bathroom, and a stylish master bedroom with a beautiful floral canopy. There’s also has a well-equipped kitchen for self-catering, so you can make the most of the delicious local produce. For a family day trip, head to Bamburgh Castle or Kielder Observatory, both of which are only a short drive away. 

Knoydart Hide, Loch Nevis

For a romantic getaway on the west coast of Scotland, head to Knoydart Hide in Loch Nevis. Although the cabin sleeps up to four, we love its rustic charm and remote location which is best suited to couples. Overlooking the picturesque Loch Nevis, you’ll be able to see a vast woodland in the distance, as well as the Isle of Skye, while inside the cabin, there’s plenty of space in the generously sized rooms. The bathroom has a rustic free-standing bath, while the large living area includes a stylish wood burner. Guests can relax in the hot tub – the ideal stargazing spot – and head on woodland walks to see wild otters and porpoises. The local country pub is a great place for Sunday lunch, though guests can request meals from the resident chef on site. 

Willow The Wisp Cabin, East Sussex

This Scandinavian-style log cabin is only an hour’s drive from London, making it ideal for a last-minute getaway. Burrowed away in the peaceful East Sussex countryside, you’ll feel right at home in the cosy hideaway which sleeps two. The cabin is simple yet stylish, featuring a double bedroom and bright living area, while a luxe outdoor tub awaits on the patio. Willow the Wisp is great for outdoor explorers – it’s surrounded by vast woodland with two hidden treehouses, while Bewl Water reservoir, a lovely walking route, is nearby, too. Head into Hastings or Tunbridge Wells for a day trip or make the most of the beautiful coastline at Rye. 

Samphire, Essex

For a coastal retreat, book a weekend at Samphire log cabin in Essex. Located on Sampsons Farm in Colchester, this weather-boarded cabin-on-stilts overlooks the Ray Channel with harbourside and farmland views. It sleeps up to four people within a large open plan area, a simple yet chic bedroom, modern bathroom, and private decking for outdoor lounging. Beautifully styled with nautical-inspired interiors and oak features throughout – the cabin looks particularly bright and airy during the summer months. Adventurous types can explore the Channel on the property’s kayaks, or head into one of the charming villages nearby. 

Little Bear, West Sussex

Set in acres of bluebell-swathed woodland, Little Bear log cabin is a unique hideaway in the West Sussex Weald Downlands – the ideal location for nature lovers. It sleeps two people in a king-size bed and also has a separate shower room, and a mezzanine where you can relax on a daybed. The cabin oozes luxury throughout, with original wooden beams inside, plush furnishings, and an eco-wood-fired hot tub. With a few charming country pubs just a short walk away, you can explore the local area, before having a cosy evening at Little Bear. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a welcome hamper that includes outdoor blankets, toasting marshmallows, red wine and kindling logs.

Ewe View, Powys 

Perched high on a hill in the Welsh countryside, Ewe View is a charming log cabin that sleeps up to four guests. Set on Penlam Farm, just an hour’s drive from Aberystwyth in Powys, it overlooks lush grassland and comes with beautiful views of the valleys. While the setting is strictly pastoral, inside you’ll find cosy, modern interiors that have been stylishly decorated. Complete with a shower, well-equipped kitchen, and wood-burning stock, the cabin has everything you need for a quaint weekend away. A blissful evening can be spent relaxing in the hot tub or stargazing by the fire.

For any bookings or more information above the above log cabins, please contact your lifestyle manager.