It’s never truly a holiday unless everyone gets an oversize dollop of the things they really want. We don’t doubt that when you go to Soneva Fushi you’ll click with its ‘No news, no shoes’ ethos. Exquisite tranquillity, white sand, mouth-watering yet delicate cuisine and numerous ways to unwind around, on, in and under the crystal-clear water. There is plenty to keep even the most boisterous, inquisitive children entertained…
Plant safari: can you imagine that? You’re probably aware of the traditional draw to wide open spaces of southern Africa. But for this odyssey into the wilderness you’ll have the privilege of seeing 100 examples of flora that are endangered among almost 800 local plant species… and that includes incredible examples discovered here and found nowhere else. If you want to see things almost no-one else has – with amazing accommodation on hand, courtesy of Grootbos – you’ll love it.
You know, adventurous as you may feel in general, sometimes you just crave peace, tranquillity, and an enchanting vista of subtly shifting light… without the rigours of long-haul. So, here is Myconian Utopia, a laid back yet luxurious oasis perched on a rocky outcrop in balmy Mykonos. Close to civilisation – the birthplace of civilisation, indeed – but with the sort of seclusion that’ll make you relive your honeymoon.
It’s hard to say which is the more surreal and beautiful: the majestic elephants ambling by a few yards away, always scoping for their next snack or shepherding their frisky youngsters; or the fact you’re cocooned in your very own sumptuous, transparent pod clinging to the edge of the verdant, teeming forest. The two combine to make the Jungle Bubbles at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp something sensational for anyone who thinks safaris are been-there, done-that.
A night in the museum? You probably know the movie of that name. What you may not know is that there’s a magical spot in Turkey where such a fantasy comes to life in vivid splendour. The Museum Hotel in the dramatically rugged Cappadocia region reflects the collecting passion of its founder, whose eclectic taste in antiques means it’s stuffed with artefacts from the Ottoman, Seljuk, Roman and Hittite periods.
We know full well that if our clients are heading for Bali then chilling-out is high on the must-have list. But here’s a beautiful new Seminyak hotel – jangling under the weight of all its recent awards – which has plenty to offer once you start to get restless. Katamama has 57 phenomenal suites within its restful brick-and-wood complex, furnished in cool, handcrafted, traditional and sparing style, and all with amazing king-size beds and views. Downstairs, though, they have super-knowledgeable ‘cultural concierges’ on hand to find you stimulating things to do.