A septuple of wild and beautiful destinations to dream about now, and book later.
Experts are predicting that even when international travel restrictions are lifted, the move towards lower-density, quieter holidays, will prevail. “The remotest and untouched locations away from mass tourism are often what the discerning traveller yearns for at any moment in time. This has been heightened by recent events,” says Lucy Jackson, co-founder of Lightfoot Travel. She has had a number of enquiries for low-density family holidays immersed in nature, in particular to locations which have handled COVID well.
But when isolation looks this good, who needs other people anyway? Our round-up of the most gorgeous spots, far from the madding crowd.
Chenot Palace Weggis, Switzerland
After an anxiety-inducing time of uncertainty spent at home, those looking for a complete detox, restoration of energy, and rejuvenation of mind, body and soul can head to Chenot Palace Weggis: a brand-new, full-service medical spa that brings the science behind wellness to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland; set to open in June 2020. With bespoke programmes created using the latest technology, visitors can expect in-depth medical and nutritional consultations and can undertake one of three signature, seven-day retreats.
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
Set at the most northern point of the Maldives, Velaa Private Island is possibly the most private island in the world. And, as the only resort in the Maldives that has a no-drone rule, in-room dining direct to the ocean and a ratio of 1:8 guests to staff, it is privacy personified. Guests can enjoy the Bond-worthy, state-of-the-art water equipment; from Yacht Rania, one of the fastest yachts in the Maldives, to a semi-submarine or an aquatic jetpack, there’s something to tempt every adventure lover.
The Pavilions Himalayas
Nestled in the natural paradise of a lushly forested valley and set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan mountain range, The Pavilions Himalayas is a truly eco-sensitive luxury resort that gives back to the local community. With an organic farm, eight tented, solar-powered luxury villas, guests can enjoy this harmonious hideaway perched above Lake Phewa and the cascading rice fields.
At One With Nature
Capella Ubud, Bali
A luxury tented camp designed by Bill Bensley, Capella Ubud is nestled amid the unspoiled beauty of Bali’s luscious rainforest. For some real magic, guests can enjoy a day and night of solitude in a uniquely styled tent overlooking the Wos River Temple, waking up to a sunrise purification ritual:a profoundly spiritual process designed to leave a lasting feeling of calm and positivity.
Wa Ale Resort, Myanmar
This luxurious private island resort may not be easy to get to — guests enjoy a fabulous three-hour private yacht ride to reach it — but the journey to Wa Ale Resort in Myanmar is well worth it. Surrounded by staggering natural beauty, guests stay in rooms that are more like luxury safari tents than conventional hotel rooms, located right next to the lapping ocean. Even better, stay at Wa Ale Island Resort and a portion of profits goes directly into supporting local conservation projects and the local community.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat in Indonesia is the richest marine habitat in the world. Extending across the Equator at the meeting point of the Pacific and Indian oceans, the blend of currents has resulted in incredible biodiversity, with 75 percent of the world’s coral species and more than 3,000 fish species to be found here. Named the ‘Four Kings’, its crystal-clear waters are perfect for diving and snorkelling, opening up the riches of these underwater worlds to human eyes. Meridian Adventure SAIL, a private members’ travel club, has a private fleet of sleek 62ft catamarans waiting in Raja Ampat for the ultimate ocean adventure.
Down The Fox Hole
Foxhill Manor is a beautiful Grade II-listed house deep in the Cotswolds with eight en-suite bedrooms and suites. A fully staffed home that once hosted Lady Gaga, it has a butler service, nightly turndown, chauffeur and concierge. There is a cinema room, wine cellar, and freestanding baths in most rooms, with views over the glorious Vale of Evesham. Spend your afternoons riding freely over the hills on horseback, clay-pigeon shooting or simply roaming the countryside in your wellies.
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