What’s New In Travel This Season
THE REMOTE HOTEL: Lost Lindenberg Bali
Fancy Bali soon? Lost Lindenberg is the new hotel to know. Set away from the island’s touristy spots, it is in Pekutatan, a sleepy village that holidaymakers are yet to really find. Surrounded by a black lava sand beach and a deep jungle of palm trees, the hotel has incredible sea views. Guests receive a traditional Balinese welcome ceremony before checking into one of eight minimalist rooms that blend into the surroundings. There’s an impressive pool overlooking the jungle, a restaurant serving food cooked mostly over bonfires on the beach, and a slick bar. A great spot for surfers, one of the main draws is the Medewi break (one of the longest waves in Bali) as well as nearby rivers and waterfalls.
THE JAMES BOND EXPERIENCE: 007 x Black Tomato
Luxury travel operator Black Tomato offers once-in-a-lifetime trips around the world. It’s teamed up with EON Productions and the 007 film production crew to create a series of Bond-inspired trips and experiences. Imagine a speedboat chase down the Thames in the same Superhawk 34 that featured in The World Is Not Enough; a Land Rover tour of the Bollinger estate in Champagne; a private water-ski session on Lake Como; a training session with Lee Morrison – the stunt coordinator who’s worked on the past five Bond films; and a skiing trip in the Austrian mountains. There’s also a tour of Monaco aboard a private yacht inspired by Octopussy and View To A Kill.
THE COMPETITION: Casa Miguel, Ibiza
Spanish lager brand San Miguel is taking over a luxury villa in Ibiza this summer – and 24 UK winners will win trips for two to the White Isle this July. The prize package includes return flights, transfers and a range of activities around the island. Guests will stay in a 500-year-old restored farmhouse turned private villa just outside the village of Santa Gertrudis. The property has six rustic bedrooms and an outdoor pool where you can relax on sun loungers with a San Miguel or two. Winners can also look forward to private boat trips across the coastline, paddleboarding lessons, tapas dinners with live music and more. Enter the competition via the link below.
THE FAMILY STAYCATION: Summer Camp by The Good Life Society
Fancy a camping holiday without the faff? The Good Life Society is hosting its annual Summer Camp experience, bringing American-style camping to the UK. In a walled garden on the Hawarden Estate in north Wales, the camp takes place across four three-day weekends in July. Groups are kept small (with space for only 125 people) so you can secure spots at the workshops, expeditions and craft sessions, as well as author talks, foraging sessions and pottery classes. Other activities include abseiling from the Hawarden castle, wild swimming, paddleboarding and dips in the hot tub. Each night, communal dinners are cooked by top chefs like Romy Gill, Valentine Warner and Damian Clisby. Accommodation ranges from rooms in the main house and shepherd’s huts to bell tents or campervans – you can also pitch your own tent if you’d prefer.
THE SURFING RETREAT: Soul & Surf
Soul & Surf offers courses and retreats around the world. Whether you’re starting out or want to improve your form, there are experiences suitable for all levels in Portugal, Sri Lanka and India. We like the sound of the Algarve retreats for something a little closer to home – you can book surfing trips to make the most of the wide swell window of Cape St Vincent or choose experiences that include yoga courses. Equipment is available to hire on site. Guests can choose to stay in the cool, bohemian-inspired hotel or in bell tents by the beach. An affordable way to get into the water (prices start from €100pppn) trips also include all meals.
THE LOGAN ROY ITINERARY: Succession Experience By 62ºNORD
Travel company 62ºNORD has launched an experience inspired by TV drama Succession. The six-day driving trip takes guests on a journey in the tracks of the infamous Roy family, along the scenic roads and through the breath-taking landscapes of the Sunnmøre Alps in the fjords of Norway. Trip highlights include a helicopter ride through the fjords to the base of the Troll Wall followed by a switchback journey on the Trollstigen; picnics along the dramatic Atlantic Ocean Road; and a lunch at the award-winning Juvet Landscape Hotel. Guests will move around in a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo and stay in luxury accommodation including Storfjord Hotel and the recently refurbished Hotel Union Øye.
THE PARTY: Detour Discotheque
Detour Discotheque is a unique pop-up experience that throws parties in some of the most beautiful and remote locations around the world. Inspired by the ‘cosmos discos’ of the 70s and 80s, from 22nd to 24th September, it will host a three-day party in An Cridhe on the Isle of Coll in Scotland. guests can let loose across several locations, including Coll Hotel for a welcome party with a special guest DJ, and the cool An Cridhe centre headlined by Glasgow-based synth popsters Free Love. Producer and DJ Auntie Flo is also set to perform alongside other acts yet to be announced. Set up camp yourself or stay in bell tents in the surrounding campsites, or book rooms at nearby guesthouses.
THE DIGITAL DETOX: Unplugged
For busy city workers in need of total escape, Unplugged opened its first digital detox cabin in Essex a few years ago. It now has cabins in Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Sussex and the New Forest. Guests can book in for tech-free, three-night detoxes – you’ll have to hand over your devices to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Eco-friendly cabins have everything for a comfortable stay, including hot showers, a kitchenette with a kettle and gas hob, a small living area with an indoor wood burner, and outdoor space with a fire pit and chairs. Perfect for couples who need to switch off, guests are also given a welcome box with an old-school Nokia (in case of emergencies), a compass and a lockbox to store their everyday phones; an Instax camera with film; a cassette player with music; and boardgames for evening entertainment. Inspired by Bill Gates, Unplugged has also launched a ‘Think Week’ programme of week-long stays to increase focus and boost creative thinking.
THE BAG: Matador GlobeRider45 Travel Backpack
The travel equipment pros at Matador know a thing or two about luggage that lasts. The brand’s new GlobeRider45 backpack was made for long-haul adventures. With a 45l capacity, it’s carry-on compliant with most major airlines and has clever pockets and storage solutions for your belongings. It also has comfy cushioned shoulder straps and a back panel, a separate cushioned laptop pocket, security loops and a hidden ‘smuggler’s pocket’ where you can hide valuables like passports and wallets. Extra points for the sleek and timeless design.
THE PRIVATE ISLAND: The Boat House at Pine Cay
Pine Bay, a private island in Turks & Caicos, has opened The Boat House. Set at the top of the island, the villa has been renovated with three bedrooms, an indoor-outdoor living and dining area to make the most of the breath-taking views of nearby Lake Marco, and private lagoon access. Inside, there are natural coral stone floors, whitewashed walls and vaulted ceilings alongside pops of colour that mirror the island’s surroundings. Guests can borrow paddleboard, kayaks and snorkels to explore the waters, before relaxing on the island’s private beach. Ideal for a special group trip, there’s also cycling, tennis, swimming in the freshwater pool, day trips to nearby islands and under-the-stars screenings at the Sand Dollar Cinema.
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