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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For more information on the above list, please contact your lifestyle manager.

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…


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. 


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.


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. 


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 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 autumn getaways in the UK if you’re dreaming of an end-of-year luxury escape

First, you have got to decide where to go. Within just a couple of hours from London, you will find miles upon miles of unspoilt coastline, as well as cute and quaint villages. There’s Cornwall, Devon and the beautiful coastline of the Gower Peninsula which are stunning even in the cooler weather. Or how about a trip to the New Forest? Further afield – and more tempting in the autumn – here is our selection of the UK’s most beautiful cities.


With beaches to rival the Mediterranean and a largely unspoilt landscape, Cornwall is the ideal place for a seaside retreat. The wild moorland and the tiny fishing villages feel straight out of a storybook – and despite the remote atmosphere, there is no shortage of things to do.

With beaches to rival the Mediterranean and a largely unspoilt landscape, Cornwall is the ideal place for a seaside retreat. The wild moorland and the tiny fishing villages feel straight out of a storybook – and despite the remote atmosphere, there is no shortage of things to do.


Nestled above the sand dunes of Perranporth beach, Gwendolyn is the epitome of laid-back coastal living. With an understated design edge, this luxury self-catered cottage is a haven for those seeking a family-friendly escape to the Cornish coast. A truly tranquil setting, combining sea views, a hot tub and a calming interior scheme, Gwendolyn is a property for those looking for a beach house less ordinary.

Sleeps Up to 6 guests (+ 2 children)


As one of the larger English counties, Somerset has stunning beaches, green countryside, woodlands, lakes & more, covering a wide range of landscapes & environments.


Between the rolling hills of bucolic Somerset near Glastonbury lies a luxury country house of two wildly different personalities. A Jekyll and Hyde of elegance and chinking chandeliers on one side, and a dark, heart-racing cave where escapism is the name of the game on the other, Viola is a luxury self-catering home to satisfy all. With a heated swimming pool, Formula 1 racing simulators, tennis court and hot tub; this home is hedonism embodied.

Sleeps Up to 12 guests


One of the most picturesque pockets you will find in all of Britain, the Cotswolds are where you will fall in love with chocolate box villages, miles of rolling countryside and grand stately homes. Covering 800 square miles of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, you can only imagine how much there is to explore – from ‘England’s prettiest village’ Castle Combe to the gardens of Prince Charles’ private residence Highgrove House.


Built from Gloucestershire stone but with a beating heart firmly in the Mediterranean, this luxury self-catering holiday home in the Cotswolds is a calming oasis of luxe tranquillity. Enjoy breakfast in bed under Romanesque columns, recline in the shade of 300-year-old olive trees and float beneath the stars amidst waterfalls in the outdoor swimming pool. Evania (meaning ‘serene’) is a true paradise found.

Sleeps Up to 10 guests


We cannot think of a better place for an isolation-inspired break than the Lake District, where you can make the most of the great open spaces and soak up the views of England’s wild beauty.


Like a bird soaring the skies, this luxury self-catering home sits high above the Cumbrian village of Staveley behind a gated entrance, boasting both peaceful seclusion as well as 180-degree views across the valley to the fells. With a traditional Lakeland stone façade, sleek contemporary interiors, and tennis court along with 11 private acres of fields and secret woodland to explore (and its own helipad); this is the ultimate secret escape for lovers of the Lake District.

Sleeps Up to 10 guests

For more information on the properties or to make a booking, please contact your travel manager.

The world’s most incredible and sustainable private islands

If what you want is utter seclusion and perfect peace, in a location off-limits to everyone but the resort staff and a few other guests, then a private island is the only place to go. Here are our favourites selection for you from around the world.


Opened in July 2017, Bawah is one of the world’s most exciting hideaways: remote, beautiful and with bar-raising environmental policies. Days can be spent hiking through butterfly-filled primary rainforest, gliding over pink, purple and electric-blue corals and snorkelling. The 36 villas, 11 of which are stilted above the water, are made from recycled teak and local bamboo and fit effortlessly into the scheme of things.

The best time to visit this island is between May and September.


This is probably the most reclusive island escape out there – and yet also the most indulgent, too. A place where it feels like you are the only people on the planet, but a Daiquiri is only a wave of the hand away. From the roof terrace, the Maya Mountains shimmer in the distance and all around the island is calm blue. This is in a protected marine reserve, with whale sharks and pods of dolphins.

The best time to visit the island is between March and May.


Already known for running one of the loveliest hotels in the Maldives (Landaa Giraavaru), Four Seasons has taken things up a notch with the opening of Voavah. With seven bedrooms set across the five acres, it’s an extraordinary all-singing, all-dancing playground of a place. This is in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, so the best-in-the-world snorkelling is taken as read.

But there are surprises too.

The best time to visit this island is between November and April


Its 20 villas, peppered across rugged beach and through a jungly interior packed with soaring fig and pandan trees, are the brainchild of hotelier Andrew Dixon, who opened eco-trailblazer Nikoi Island in the same archipelago a decade ago. Regulars clamoured for an adults-only escape, and here is his answer. Dixon’s commitment to environmentalism means solar panels and waste-water gardens, zero plastic waste and no air-con. Indonesian bamboo has been used to build the villas, breath taking raised walkways and a restaurant that stretches oceanward in frond-like tendrils.

The best time to visit this island is between January and February and May to October.


Few places in Fiji combine culture with a barefoot vibe like Kokomo. It sits on the edge of the Kadavu archipelago, encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the largest and most immaculate reefs in the world, far away from the mainland crowds. The 21 beachside bures and five hilltop villas are filled with authentic Fijian touched and have walled gardens heady with the scent of frangipani. Kokomo is a feast of a place, putting this speck in the South Pacific on the epicurean map.

The best time to visit this island is between late October to early November.

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