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Where can I go on holiday?

We can’t promise that travelling is completely hassle-free, but we can get you away on a much needed break.

Our Holiday Hotlist

Knowing the restrictions and quarantine rules is our job, and we’ve become experts in negotiating our way around the ever-changing regulations.

If you have the inclination, we have the ability to get you on a holiday you deserve. There are hoops to jump through, but we can guide you every step of the way.

Read on for where you can get away now or in the upcoming months as borders begin to open. We’ve selected some of our favourite properties to go alongside our recommended destinations – hotels and resorts we think have come into their own during the pandemic, either through improved measures, great flexibility or simply being above and beyond superstar properties.

 

“Simply put – travel is good for us and holidays create the kind of experiences with loved ones that we will remember forever.”

NAMIBIA

If you’re looking for wide-open spaces, endless isolation and the kind of stark beauty that will stop you in your tracks, Namibia is the place to escape the crowds. Remote and extraordinary, it’s where desolate natural wonders, wildlife and people (although few) exist harmoniously in an untamed, harsh and striking land. Ready to welcome back visitors, intriguing Namibia is waiting to be explored.

Home to the plains of Etosha and the towering orange dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia is contemplative and enigmatic. Often described as Africa’s final frontier, the country’s allure lies in its quietude. From the rugged Skeleton Coast to isolated Kaokoland, landscapes seem ever-unreal and yet it is here that new lodges have been built. The last word in eco-luxury, they are helping local communities, sustaining the environment that protects them.

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Omaanda & Sonop

Omaanda, a 9,000-hectare private camp near the capital, Windhoek, is the perfect spot to combine wilderness, wildlife and pampering. This is the place to stay for some pre-or post-safari spoils, yet is totally unpretentious despite its high design. There are ten traditional-style round huts, inspired by the architecture of the local Owambo people; some with one bedroom and some with two, so ideal for families. Relax and enjoy distant mountain panoramas, head to the spa for a massage or indulge at the cocktail bar located beside the heated swimming pool with views out over the African plains. Choose between rest and adventure, using your time to be still or go wildlife spotting with your guide. Here you can specifically track for elephant and cheetah or seek out playful meerkats, a great way to spend the morning. There is also an opportunity to accompany vets for a private tour of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary (founded in part by Angelina Jolie), and see the work done by anti-poaching units.

Extend your trip in Namibia with a stay at Omaanda’s sister property Sonop, ten camel-coloured tents camouflaged into the smooth boulders of the NamibRand Desert. Despite its remote location you’ll find a camp that harks back to the Roaring Twenties with four-poster beds and antiques, plus a smart infinity pool, spa and top-of-the-range conservation management program.

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CHILE

“Pandemic notwithstanding, few visit Chile without feeling a profound shift. The power of nature can be incredibly rejuvenating and Chile’s wilderness won’t fail to move you”

If you’re looking for a way to blow out the cobwebs, then a trip to Chile, whose borders are now open, could do just that. With wild and windswept Patagonia in the south, the arid Atacama Desert with its lunar-like landscapes in the northeast and historic Santiago in the centre, framed by the snow-dusted Andes, you’re sure to find adventure here.

Chile is often on the once-in-a-lifetime list for its range of startling scenery, and with our travels so heavily restricted recently, perhaps now is the time to seize this bucket-list opportunity. Talk to us about arranging your trip – maybe you’d like to take three weeks to explore the length of Chile from north to south covering nearly 3,000 miles, or perhaps you’ve always wanted to discover Patagonia in-depth with its raw nature, glacial lakes, windswept steppes and jagged peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park. With its staggering breadth of experience, Chile will fill you with the joy of exploration.

 

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AWASI PATAGONIA

Possibly one of the most remote hotels in the world, carbon-neutral Awasi Patagonia is found in a private reserve overlooking the awe-inducing rock-scapes of Torres del Paine National Park. From every viewpoint, visitors are stunned by a range of pristine panoramas from flower-filled pastures, dense forests, jagged mountains and glimmering lakes.  With your own dedicated guide, get up close to these extraordinary landscapes, following a bespoke itinerary based solely around your needs and wishes. Heading out by 4×4, explore the Torres del Paine National Park, watch condors whirl overhead or see a rare puma slink past. Hike to the Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon) to spot aquatic birdlife or take a fossil tour of a 40-million-year-old geological steppe. Come back to Awasi filled with larger-than-life landscapes and ponder the day in your own hot tub or curl up in front of the log burner in your designer cabin.

COSTA RICA

As Costa Rica is now open for business, a dose of tropical living could be just what you need. With Costa Rica’s motto of pura vida or ‘pure life’, the wild jungle, crashing surf of Pacific beaches, misty cloud forest and stunning Caribbean coastline will send your senses into overdrive.

Ideal for nature-loving families or adventurous couples, no one can fail to be impressed with Costa Rica’s natural beauty. But it’s not just to be stared at. Get involved and raft the River Pacuare, surf the Pacific Coast, zip line the Monteverde Cloud Forest and hike around volcanoes. The Caribbean Coast is a trove of intriguing wildlife including tree frogs, sloths and turtles. At the end of an exhilarating day, retreat to one of Costa Rica’s luxe hotels, many of which have a strong eco-commitment.

 

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KASIIYA PAPAGAYO

Set on a jungle-clad peninsula on the west coast of Costa Rica, wilderness resort Kasiiya is camouflaged within 123 acres of tropical forest. Wake up in your wooden-decked tented suite to the scamper of monkeys, the call of birds and the swish of waves. In just a few steps you can be overlooking the surf-crested Pacific Ocean from your terrace. Take an al fresco bath before padding through jungle tracks to a breakfast of fresh tropical fruit and just-picked avocado on toast. Ponder the day’s activities – perhaps a trip to one of the resort’s three beaches, one of which is accessible only by boat. For something more active, you can surf nearby breaks, take a yoga class in the jungle or paddle board around turtles.

 

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SRI LANKA

“If you’re looking for a holiday with variety, then Sri Lanka offers a huge range, all easily doable in a two-week trip. You’ll come home bursting with new experiences, your wanderlust fully topped up”

We’ve always thought that Sri Lanka has all the ingredients needed for the perfect holiday. And for your first getaway since the pandemic, we can wholeheartedly recommend somewhere that will tick all the boxes so thoroughly.  Tropical beaches licked by the Indian Ocean, ancient sights draped in history, tantalising food, wild safaris and some of the friendliest people on earth, Sri Lanka is the feel-good holiday you need.

With borders hoping to open from January onwards, you might want to take a sweep of the lush south-west coast, where white-sand beaches are framed by bendy coconut trees and the small fortified city of Galle makes for an interesting stop with its lighthouse, rampart walks and narrow streets lined with artisan shops. A traditional rice and curry lunch is a must – we can arrange that at a homestead or you can learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine with a chef. Those after intrepid adventure can take the train through brightly hued tea plantations, spot elephants and maybe leopard in national parks or climb Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s lofty rock fortress belonging to royalties past.

 

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Ceylon Tea Trails

Up in the hills of Sri Lanka’s bucolic tea country you’ll find Ceylon Tea Trails, a refined and supremely comfortable place to stay, situated on a tea estate. Historic tea planter residences are scatted around the hilly tea fields creating soothing views and doorstep walks to lakes, waterfalls and mountains. Most who come here though, revel in the peaceful atmosphere and take advantage of Tea Trails excellent service. The colonial-style cottages are steeped in heritage with antique teak furnishings, four-poster beds, roll-top baths and breezy verandas. Each come with its own butler to arrange your stay just how you like it. Expect bed tea, personalised menus, spa treatments booked to the room, and if activity strikes tea plantation tours, croquet games or bikes around the surrounding countryside.

Have questions? Our knowledgeable team of experts are on-hand to take your call or if you prefer by Zoom. Talk to us about your holiday dreams or challenge us with your travel conundrums.

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