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When Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe opened the iconic Marbella Club in Spain just over sixty years ago, he defined luxury as ‘a blend of privacy and gardens’. Over the last half century the concept of luxury has been hijacked by the big brands and turned into a prized saleable asset. Many of us are now suspicious of this ubiquitous label, used freely to describe anything from a hotel that provides a flat screen television and a modicum of service to a bottle of champagne or a new watch. Increasingly, with so many publications dedicated to ‘luxury’ brands, we are wondering what the word really means and questioning its value. So how refreshing to discover Cugó Gran, a small, discreet, brand new villa in Menorca, offering privacy in a spectacular garden setting and perfectly encapsulating Prince Alfonso’s enduring definition.
Tendai Moyo is a ranger and guide at Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Great Karoo, a reserve that boasts an extensive wildlife population whilst adhering to outstanding conservation credentials. This month we interviewed Tendai about his work, his aspirations and his inspiration.
Whether you have a perfect family gathering in mind or an escape from seasonal obligations, the Christmas holiday period offers a wealth of opportunity from bucket list adventures to a relaxing dose of winter sunshine. How about New Year with the Maharajah of Jodhpur or waking up in a private Omani desert camp or a beautiful log cabin in the Rockies? Our destination specialists have a myriad suggestions for a Christmas and New Year to remember, not a turkey in sight.
It’s not often that one sheds a tear when saying goodbye to people who were strangers only four days earlier, but when leaving Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat on Vancouver Island I found myself doing just that. The strangers (both staff and fellow guests) had become like family instantly and whilst four days at this incredible resort feels like a lifetime, it flew by all too quickly.
Not many people need a reason to travel to Vietnam, but for those who are still deliberating two big changes have occurred that make it even more accessible:
- Citizens of U.K., France, Germany, Spain and Italy no longer need a visa to visit Vietnam if staying for less than 15 days.
- Vietnam Airlines has introduced direct flights on certain days of the week from London to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). This is the only airline that flies direct from the UK and the prices are extremely competitive.
Messing about on the water – in it, under it, on top of it, riding rapids, catching waves, cutting through it or gently bobbing along under peaceful azure blue skies… No matter what your age, there is something about the call of the sea when it comes to summer holidays. Here are just a few of the best places in the world for family water sports holidays, for water babes and those just wishing to dip a toe…
The great outdoors is central to Australia’s attraction, with splendid vistas ranging from volcanic plateaux, rainforests and glorious coastline to the vast swathes of the Outback. The best way to explore the stunning scenery and its heritage is on foot and a range of options are possible for multi-day walking experiences ranging from leisurely coastal walks such as the Great Coastal Walk in Victoria and the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Tasmania to challenging treks such as the Larapinta Trail in Northern Territory or the Overland Trek across Cradle Mountain and the Lake St Clair National Park.
Years of curating villas in Tuscany and countless trips to the region has led to many encounters with knowledgeable, warm locals eager to promote la dolce vita of their little corner of Italy. The singing butcher of Panzano immediately springs to mind, but so does my introduction last year to Anna Lisa Tempestini. I recall Filippo, our Regional Manager in Italy, extolling the many talents of this lady – a wine-maker-come-yoga teacher-come-cookery teacher. And so our collaboration began…
Our Australia holidays specialist, Rachel Cooper, first visited Australia aged 17 and she’s been hooked ever since. It’s easy to see why she finds the destination so captivating and here she shares her highlights for 2015.
France welcomes more visitors each year than anywhere else in the world. Mediterranean beaches and alpine ski resorts ensure year-round popularity, whilst beautiful scenery and exquisite cuisine repeatedly draw people back. Red Savannah’s French villas expert, Nick Westwood, explores the popularity of the South of France and, in particular, the area of Vence in the Alpes-Maritimes.