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Christmas at the Treasure Houses
of England

Visit the Treasure Houses of England at Christmas

Magical yuletide markets, grottos, light shows and craft workshops are on offer at the Treasure Houses of England, a consortium of historic estates including Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Harewood House, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle, and Woburn Abbey.

Highlights include:

Leeds Castle

Discover the 'Traditions of Christmas' from the origins of Christmas cards and crackers to poinsettias as you make your way through Leeds Castle's State Rooms from now until January 1st.

Browse an array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations and specialist food and drink at the Leeds Castle Christmas Market, with nostalgic fairground attractions and real reindeer, weekends from until December 17th. Closed on the 25th December.

Beaulieu

Beaulieu


Step back in time to 1889 to join the Montagu family, played by costumed actors, as they rehearse a Christmas Day pantomime and visitors are invited to join them on stage. Then join Lady Montagu in the Library for craft activities to make your own Christmas card or sparkling tree decorations.

Meet Lord Montagu's cook as she prepares the Christmas feast, see a Christmas tree in every room and enjoy carols and punch by the fire. At the entrance to Beaulieu, take your photo with the life-size gingerbread house before following the magical path lit by fairy lights down to Palace House. The event runs on December 9th -10th and then from December 16th-January 1st. Please note the attraction will be closed on 25th December.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace


Marvel as Blenheim Palace's Formal gardens are lit up in a rainbow of colour during an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. The lake will be aglow with brightly-lit boats and dancing fountain jets, the arbour will be adorned with fairy lights, and fibre optics will transform the hedgerows – helping to create a magical wonderland. The event is open now and runs until January 1st. Blenheim is closed on 25th December.

Castle Howard

A host of angels will descend on Castle Howard's grand state rooms to spectacular effect in Angels on High. This is set to be particularly special during candlelit twilight visits over the weekend of December 16th and 17th.

Throughout the festive season, from now until 23rd December, visitors will be treated to live music around the house, seasonal menus, lit fires, indoor markets and Christmas goodies in the shop. For younger visitors, there will also be a Magical Christmas Garden, Audience with Father Christmas, Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas, a soaring Christmas tree and the return of Bompas & Parr's Gingerbread Castle Howard.

Chatsworth

See Fagin at the Oh Dickens event at Chatsworth

Fagin and Miss Havisham will be at the centre of a Christmas Carol-themed event called Oh Dickens, It's Christmas, but there will be no lack of festive spirit at Chatsworth as actors don authentic costumes for a special show.

There will also be Christmas markets, twilight evenings and a masquerade ball. The event takes place until January 7th. Chatsworth is closed on 24th, 25th, 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018.

Harewood House

For the first time in five years, Harewood House and grounds will be open for a special Christmas season – offering visitors the chance to step back in time and experience an authentic Victorian Christmas. State rooms and kitchens will be dressed by Michael Howells, award winning Set Designer from ITV's Victoria series, which used Harewood House as a major location.

See how the Victorians shaped Christmas traditions we will know and love today including Christmas dinner, carols, presents, and Boxing Day. The fun takes place from now until Sunday December 31st from 10am – 6pm. Meanwhile, little ones can hear a story from Father Christmas and receive a gift in Fireside Father Christmas at Harewood from now until December 23rd. Harewood is closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December

Holkham Hall

Opulent Christmas decorations and beautiful flickering candlelight set the scene in the state rooms of the magnificent hall for Holkham's Candlelight Tours. A two-day Food Fair, Diva Opera Christmas Show and festive craft workshops will put you truly in the festive spirit.

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey


Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift for your loved one? Treat them to a study day or event at Woburn Abbey.

Woburn Abbey have a range of fantastic experiences to choose from next year, a range of gardening study days, spectacular carriage tours, a behind the scenes tour with Housekeeper's Know How, a selection of themed guided walks and many more.

For more information about thee Treasure Houses of England visit the website at www.treasurehouses.co.uk 
 

Introduction to a Roman Nobildonna

Introduction to a Roman Nobildonna

Introducing a new special luxury guest house located in the very heart of Rome's historical centre, just a few metres from the Spanish Steps and inside a XIXth century palace built by the roman Marquis Giulio Mereghi.

This beautiful small Relais is tucked away and quite unassuming. The property has been lovingly restored by the owners, roman architects. They have used every detail to encapsulate and keep its history and beauty, from the spaces to the frescoed ceilings, the mosaic floors to the furnishings and fabrics.

The Roman Relais is charming and artistically decorated

They have also brought together the past and the present artistically and charmingly by naming their suites after prominent Roman noblewomen and then creating one off pieces of artwork in each suite which has been done by the Studiovagante artist collective drawing inspiration from celebrated portraits which can be admired in the most important museums in Rome.

The central space, for its part, plays host to four large black and white shots in which the photographer Francesco Cascavilla uses four models to interpret the characters of the noblewomen in a contemporary key.

The Roman Relais features black and white shots by photographer, Francesco Cascavilla

For further details visit the Italian Connection website at www.italian-connection.co.uk
 

Celebrate poet Rabbie Burns Twice
at the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh

White Lion at Aldeburgh

Burns Night celebrations at the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s seafront are legendary – so good, that this year they will be held twice! The traditional evening, which takes place on the poet’s birthday of 25th January, will be repeated over Sunday lunch on 28th January, for those who couldn’t make the weekday event.

Always a memorable evening, the White Lion takes the great Scottish tradition very seriously with a piper leading in the haggis and a Scottish toastmaster giving a dramatic rendition of Burns’ ‘Address to a Haggis’, followed by toasts involving generous amounts of whisky and Gaelic entertainment.

The White Lion’s Head Chef, James Barber, and his team have put together a delicious three course meal for all to enjoy. The main course of Haggis, neeps and tatties is at the heart of this wonderful Scottish event; there will also be a vegetarian option.

Enjoy a main course of Haggis, neeps and tatties, created by White Lion's Head Chef, James Barber

Tables book well ahead for this special evening, to reserve your place call the White Lion now on 01728 452720.

Or visit www.whitelion.co.uk. The Burns Night dinner and lunch are £32 per person including the three-course meal, entertainment and a tot of whisky. Make a night of it and stay from £102 B&B for two sharing.

January St Clements Afternoon Tea and Sunday Jazz

Changing monthly, the White Lion’s popular series of themed afternoon teas continues in January with a celebration of the lovely citrus fruits, which come into season at the beginning of the year. The St Clements Afternoon Tea will feature an array of sweet and savoury delights with the delicious flavour of oranges, lemons and tangerines.

Served daily from 3pm to 5pm in the hotel’s informal Brasserie Bleue, its priced at £15 per person including your choice of tea or coffee; why not add a little fizz with a glass of sparkling Prosecco for an extra £6. The theme for the romantic month of February will be ‘We Love’ with a tempting mix of sandwiches and sweet treats to share with loved ones.

The White Lion’s jazz lunches also continue on the third Sunday of the month. Indulge your love of fine food and music on 21st January with a traditional roast, while listening to the gentle sounds of smooth jazz from Keith Monk.

His trio will be playing the bossa nova music of Antonio Carlos Jobin along with standards from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and great jazz pianists like Dave Brubeck and Oscar Peterson.

For more details or to book a table for the St Clements Afternoon Tea or jazz Sunday lunch call 01728 452720

Or visit www.whitelion.co.uk
 

Travel & Holidays


Silver Travel Prize Draw

 

Enter the Silver Travel Twelve Days of Christmas prize draw

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   December Prize Draw

Win a selection of Christmas Gifts in the Silver Travel December prize draw


       Win a selection of gifts
 from Silver Travel's partners

It’s time, once again, for the wonderful Silver Travel Advisor Christmas Stocking and prizes for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas! No lords a-dancing or partridges in pear trees, rather a selection of super gifts from our travel partners.

Top of the stocking (Day 12) is the chance to win a 7 day
Variety cruise around the Mediterranean – you’ll be sailing, with your partner, on a wonderful mega – yacht, in true film star style. Whether you decide to voyage to Spain and Portugal, or take a journey around the Greek islands, you’ll be totally delighted with the personal service and excursions on land. To be drawn and announced on December 18th.

Another lucky winner (Day 11) could receive a Fortnum and Mason hamper, packed with Christmas goodies, from our partner,
Noble Caledonia. Day 10’s prize is a super case of wine from Titan, perfect for getting into the festive mood!

And there are wonderful gifts for days 1 to 9 as well – expedition rucksacks filled with Scenic’s finest accessories; cuddly toys and interesting books.

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Enjoy Some Winter Sun with HF Holidays


Take a holiday to Grenada with HF Holidays


Are you dreaming of some sunshine and an exciting adventure? Why not join the leading walking and activity holiday provider, HF Holidays; voted number one Which? Recommended Provider for Holiday Companies, on a journey abroad to escape the cold this winter.

Led by expert guides; discover the hidden gems of Grenada, St Lucia, Madeira and La Gomera as you explore each island on foot. Offering guaranteed sunshine and memories to last a lifetime, book now to avoid disappointment.

Guided Walking holiday to Grenada

This brand new HF Holidays’ walking break provides an excellent opportunity to explore the tranquil volcanic island’s rural and urban areas whilst soaking up the sunshine every step of the way. Off the beaten track, the lush protected rainforest hides gems like the Morne LaBaye Trail, Grand Etang Lake and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

Discover everything this beautiful island has to offer, from the spectacular sun-soaked white sands of Cabier Beach to the architecture of the historical capital, St George. Tucked away in the hillside, the Blue Horizons Garden Resort provides the ideal base, with deluxe ocean view rooms and an outdoor freshwater pool from which to enjoy the Caribbean sun.

Guided Walking & Sightseeing holiday to Madeira, Portugal

Take a guided walking and sightseeing tour to Madeira, Portugal with HF Holidays

Offering year-round sunshine, this delightful garden island is a subtropical paradise, famed for its breathtaking landscapes and botanical beauty. Stay in the 4-star Hotel Galosol, on the southeast coast, boasting views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ilhas Desertas and the rocky Madeiran shore.

This tropical treasure is a 'must-see' destination with much to explore. Sunbathe on the golden sands of Porto Santo or discover the diverse walking landscapes, as you hike through emerald green mountains at the heart of the island. Visit the famous high cliff of Cabo Girao, Europe’s second highest sea cliff and test your nerve on the glass floored viewing platform high above the sea below.

Follow Madeira’s famous levadas to stunning waterfalls and panoramic views of the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’ and head to the bustling Funchal to uncover the city’s fascinating colonial history. Take some time out to relax with a trip to Blandy’s Winery, home of Madeira wine, where you can enjoy a tipple or two. It would be rude not to!

Guided Walking Holiday at La Gomera, Canary Islands


Take a guided walking holiday to La Gomera, Canary Islands with HF Holidays

A lesser known Canary Island, La Gomera isn’t famed for its bustling nightlife and sandy beaches but instead its spectacular scenery and wildlife. Attracting a different kind of holidaymaker, La Gomera offers traditional towns, tangled rainforests and volcanic mountain ridges, perfect for hikers and walkers who want some peace and quiet and guaranteed winter sunshine.

Stay in the stylish Parador de la Gomera, perched over the town of San Sebastián (Christopher Columbus’ last stop on his voyage to the New World) and its harbour, offering incredible coastal views. This mountainous terrain is a walker's paradise, with exhilarating routes spreading out across the dramatic landscape of this island. Ideal for those with a real head for heights, this small island manages to squeeze in breathtaking barancos, the outstanding Laurisilva forest and the wonderful Garajonay National Park.

HF Holiday in St Lucia

See the charm of St Lucia with HF Holidays

Rainforests, waterfalls, beaches and bays of St Lucia
Beyond the charm of St Lucia’s volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages, lies a host of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Journey on foot with an expert guide to Pigeon Island and learn about the Creole culture and the Anglo-French maritime history.

Marvel at fields of pumpkin and watermelon whilst you explore the Dauphin area, spotting tropical birds along the way. Visit Castries and its busy harbour and enjoy walks in Gros Islet, where trails in the rainforests can lead to spectacular 15m-high waterfalls.

A trip here wouldn’t be complete without a boat trip to Soufriere where you can walk the iconic peak of Gros Piton, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Feast on local cuisine and in your spare time; have a treatment or two in your hotel, Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa on Reduit Beach.

For more information visit the website at www.hfholidays.co.uk
 

Fred. Olsen Offers Great Value Solo Cruises on Brabant


Take a solo cruise on the Brabant with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a great value solo offer on board its 156-guest river cruise ship, Brabant, for 2018. Fred. Olsen solo guests can enjoy a twin room all to themselves with a reduced sole-occupancy supplement of just 25%. All guests need to do to take advantage of this fantastic solo deal is to book their twin room on one of Fred. Olsen's six selected European river cruises.

Fred. Olsen will be operating its inaugural river cruise programme on Brabant from 5th April to 3rd November 2018, taking in some of Europe's most beautiful rivers, including the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle – on a total of 31 departures in 2018, on durations ranging from five to 25 nights, complemented by a selection of high-quality shore excursions designed to enhance guests' experience of the destination.

Fred. Olsen river cruise guests can choose towander along the peaceful canals of the Petite France quarter in Strasbourg, take a trip from Koblenz to explore the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, from where they can take a cable car ride over the Rhine, or perhaps cruise past the Hassberge Mountains, decorated with rural castles, noble palaces and charming towns.

Fred. Olsen's tempting new solo offer applies to the following six itineraries:

Five-night R1801 'Springtime Dutch Discovery' river cruise, ex London Heathrow on 5th April 2018. Prices start from £1,187.

Ports of call: Amsterdam, Netherlands – Cruising IJsselmeer – Hoorn, Netherlands – Kampen, Netherlands – Cruising IJssel River – Deventer, Netherlands – Cruising by Zutphen – Arnhem, Netherlands – Cruising Pannerden Canal & by Fort Pannerden – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Düsseldorf, Germany

Seven-night R1804 'Cruising the Rhine, Main & Moselle' river cruise, ex London Heathrow on 20th April 2018. Prices start from £1,674.

Ports of call: Düsseldorf, Germany – Cologne, Germany – Cochem, Germany – Cruising the Lower Moselle Valley – Koblenz, Germany – Cruising the Middle Rhine Valley – Cruising the Main Valley – Miltenberg, Germany – Cruising the Middle Main Quadrangle – Würzburg, Germany – Cruising by the Hassberge Mountains – Bamberg, Germany

Seven-night R1812 'Scenic Gems of the German Landscape' river cruise, ex London Heathrow on 21st June 2018. Prices start from £1,799.

Ports of call: Düsseldorf, Germany – Cologne, Germany – Cruising the passage of Bonn – Königswinter, Germany – Cochem, Germany – Cruising the Lower Moselle Valley – Koblenz, Germany (overnight stay) – Cruising the Middle Rhine Valley – Speyer, Germany – Strasbourg, France – Breisach, Germany – Basel, Switzerland

Seven-night R1814 'Exploring the Scenic Moselle Valley' river cruise, ex London Heathrow on 5th July 2018. Prices start from £1,924.

Ports of call: Düsseldorf, Germany – Cologne, Germany – Cruising the passage of Bonn – Remagen, Germany – Cruising the Middle Moselle Valley – Bernkastel-Kues, Germany – Cochem, Germany – Cruising the Lower Moselle Valley – Koblenz, Germany – Cruising the Middle Rhine Valley – Speyer, Germany – Strasbourg, France – Cruising the Upper Rhine Valley & locks – Basel, Switzerland

Seven-night R1816 'Scenic Gems of the German Landscape' river cruise, ex London Heathrow on 19th July 2018. Prices start from £1,799.

Ports of call: Düsseldorf, Germany – Cologne, Germany – Cruising the passage of Bonn – Königswinter, Germany – Cochem, Germany – Cruising the Lower Moselle Valley – Koblenz, Germany (overnight stay) – Cruising the Middle Rhine Valley – Speyer, Germany – Strasbourg, France – Breisach, Germany – Basel, Switzerland

Seven-night R1819 'Scenic Delights of the Moselle Valley' river cruise, ex London Heathrow on 9th August 2018. Prices start from £1,924.

Ports of call: Basel, Switzerland – Strasbourg, France – Speyer, Germany – Mannheim, Germany – Oberwesel, Germany – Cruising the Middle Rhine Valley – Koblenz, Germany – Bernkastel-Kues, Germany – Cruising the Middle Moselle Valley – Cochem, Germany – Cruising the Lower Moselle Valley – Cologne, Germany – Düsseldorf, Germany.

Built in 2006, 110-metre-long Brabant is a stylish and comfortable river cruise ship, and has everything that guests will need to make their holiday a memorable one: from bright and spacious public areas, to well-equipped bedrooms and ample deck space, from which to enjoy the superb views. With just four decks – Haydn Deck 1, Strauss Deck 2, Mozart Deck 3 and Sun Deck 4 – and fewer than 80 rooms and suites, staffed by 40 crew members, Brabant has the intimate and friendly feel that Fred. Olsen's guests know and love.

Brabant's classic design is smaller than many river ships, so guests will enjoy the usual hallmarks of Fred. Olsen's 'closer' approach to cruising. In keeping with Fred. Olsen's ocean-going fleet, this smaller-scaled vessel has the style, atmosphere and elegance of a country house hotel. Cherry wood interiors and contemporary colours combine to make guests feel relaxed from the moment that they step on board. Juliette balconies with panoramic windows are a feature of many of the rooms, so that guests can enjoy expansive views of Europe's most impressive waterways.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' dedicated river cruise holidays in 2018, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com

Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.
 

     Raise a Toast to
 Christmas and New
    Year in Zanzibar


This Christmas, luxury island resort Essque Zalu Zanzibar is filling the island with music and festive joy with an exciting programme of family activities, unforgettable experiences and delectable gourmet treats

Soak up the festive atmosphere with exclusive Christmas inspired celebrations on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

This Christmas, luxury island resort Essque Zalu Zanzibar is filling the island with music and festive joy with an exciting programme of family activities, unforgettable experiences and delectable gourmet treats. Starting from 23rd December and continuing through into 2018, this one-of-a-kind festivity is guaranteed to create precious moments for everyone.

Kicking off the programme, guests are invited to explore the resort's very own Christmas Market. Showcasing local artwork, handmade decorations, bespoke jewellery, local crafts and accessories, there is a unique gift waiting to be found for friends and family. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be the warm and wholesome chorus of Essque Zalu's very own angels, a local carol choir who last year performed on celestial swings under the resort's spectacular and iconic Makuti roof.

This Christmas, luxury island resort Essque Zalu Zanzibar is filling the island with music and festive joy with an exciting programme of family activities, unforgettable experiences and delectable gourmet treats

Despite an absence of chimneys, the much anticipated visit of Santa for the hotel's younger guests on Christmas Eve will not be forgotten, with kids waking-up to find a unique, personalised gift waiting on their doorstep. Throughout the day, a fun-packed programme of festive activities, from spice-infused cookery classes to craft making, ensures families have a Christmas filled with laughter and lasting memories.

As Christmas Eve draws to a close, food lovers will be spoilt for choice as the resort's chefs prepare a culinary programme. Choose between an intimate family meal or a traditional gastronomic feast with a spectacular Gala Dinner featuring speciality dishes by award-winning Executive Chef Ramkalawon Anuraag such as sweet-spiced duck breast with saffron mash; cured Red Snapper with Zanzibari spices and pineapple compote; the catch-of-the-day marinated in Gunpowder spices and roasted pumpkin; and poached mango in cardamom syrup with a refreshing lime sorbet.

On 31st December, guests can embark on a gourmet journey via numerous culinary stations in the resort's World Food Market. With locally sourced, deliciously winter warming food showcasing the best of European dishes, Asian delicacies and local favourites, the Food Market will be the perfect place to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Celebrate Christmas and New Year at luxury island resort Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Bidding farewell to 2017 and welcoming in 2018, the island resort is transformed for a grand New Year's Eve party. Spectacular acrobatic performers, live cooking stations, and music from some of the island's finest musicians and DJs will make this a night to remember.

For details visit www.essquehotels.com

 

 Relax and Unwind at
the Heritage Le Telfair
     Golf & Wellness
  Resort in Mauritius


Relax and unwind at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in Southern Mauritius

Wellness is now at the forefront of the newly reopened Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in Southern Mauritius. The five-star hotel has had an extensive refurbishment and has introduced new facilities, programmes, menus and personnel focussed on holistic health. It is the first 'Wellness' labelled resort in Mauritius.

The resort's approach to wellness is all encompassing, taking care of the mind, the body, the emotions and the spirit. New three and five-day wellness programmes start with a consultation with the Wellness Director, who creates a personal plan for each client to achieve better health, whether that be mental or physical during their stay, and to teach them how to adopt a healthier lifestyle once back home.

Relax and unwind at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in Southern Mauritius

Guests can now choose to upgrade their 7-night stay to a 'Wellness Bliss' Programme for just £45/day that lets them choose a wellness activity each day. This can include a spa treatment, private exercise class or fitness session with a personal trainer and even a health treatment (such as osteopathy).

Wellness activities have been introduced to complement the programme and include Forest Bathing in the adjacent Frederica Nature Reserve – a barefoot walk that lets the forest reinvigorate your body and fine tune your senses, Active Sea Walks – a thalassic therapy of walking against the current to release negative energy, as well as Nature Walks in the nature reserve with breathing and stretching.

The Mauritius Wellness Walk

A new wellness pavilion now hosts daily yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Qigong and meditation sessions, with a series of specialist courses planned in 2018 with leading yoga and Pilates teachers. A list of forthcoming events is available here.

To help guests become the master of their own well-being, classes have been introduced that cover aspects such as breathing, managing stress and tension, postural alignment, cathartic meditation and life coaching.

The hotel's Seven Colours Millesime Collection Spa offers several signature massages that stimulate the chakras and use essential oils that are adapted for mothers to be, kids and golfers. Other new treatments include a Ayurvedic Stimulating Massage by Thémaé, a Digestive Massage, a 3 Tea Detox Wrap and Nepalese Style Tea Exfoliation.

Healthy dishes, designed with a nutritionist and the Chef, are now suggested in each of the hotel's 12 restaurants, to complement the holistic approach to your wellbeing (gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian). Healthy breakfast corners are available daily with fresh, organic and non-processed nutrients.

A beach suite at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in Southern Mauritius

Even in your luxury suite, Seven Colours offers the possibility of a wellness upgrade: a mini-bar loaded with healthy food, a scented in-room perfume of your choice depending on your mood and energies, a Chromotherapy lamp, a yoga mat, a pillow perfume and a personalised bath menu.

The wellness programmes are headed up by French osteopath, Matthieu Gossart, who studied osteopathy for five years at the Collège Ostéopathique Sutherland in Paris, after which he worked in a multidisciplinary medical practice in the north of France for six years. After several years as an osteopath Matthieu decided to adopt a more holistic approach with his patients, studying breathing techniques, meditation and nutrition as well as magnetic therapy and psychology.

A Spa Suite at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in Southern Mauritius

Other changes made to the hotel in the refurbishment include redesigned and redecorated rooms, suites and communal areas. All rooms now include a dedicated butler and new personal beach attendants will serve drinks and food on the beach.

For more information about the new Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness Resort visit www.heritageresorts.mu

 

   New 2018 Openings
   for Aardvark Safaris


  Sabi Sands Lodge

Aardvark Safaris have announced some new openings for 2018 holidays in beautiful settings with excellent facilities.

Morukuru Beach Lodge, South Africa, Opening in July 2018

Morukuru Beach Lodge is located in the breathtaking UNESCO De Hoop Nature Reserve, on the pristine Koppie Alleen coastline, just south of Swellendam on the Garden Route. The lodge will comprise five beautiful en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and bar area, pool and hot tub, and roof terrace with views over the Indian Ocean. This new lodge building will be a replica of its sister property, Morukuru Ocean House, and follow the same sustainable principles; solar powered and off the grid.

The De Hoop Nature Reserve offers towering white sand dunes lapped by the Indian Ocean, limestone cliffs, rock pools and coastal fynbos. It is a wonderful place to see southern right whales. Other wildlife in the reserve includes dolphins, sharks and seals, as well as the bontebok and Cape mountain zebra. The reserve is also particularly known for its bird population.

Activities available at this stunning beach-front lodge include guided marine walks, fynbos walks, mountain biking, 4x4 nature drives, whale watching, sand boarding, volleyball, cricket, croquet, snorkelling and boat trips.

The Pangolin Khwai Camp, Botswana, Opening in March 2018

Pangolin Photo Safaris has teamed up with Natural Selection to open the Pangolin Khwai Camp in the Khwai Private Reserve – a 200,000-hectare private concession bordering the Khwai River.

The camp will host a maximum of 12 guests in seven Meru style en-suite tents. Communal areas, planned with photographers in mind, feature a dedicated editing and post production area as well as large screens for presentations and workshops.

The camp will be hosted by a resident photographic guide with cameras available to clients travelling without their own photographic gear. Off-road special sightings, night drives and mokoro excursions will also be available. The 4x4s will be adapted for photographers with bean bag mounts and a maximum of four clients in each will allow good freedom of movement at a sighting.

Sossus Under Canvas, Neuhof Nature Reserve, Nambia, Opening April 2018

Located on the private 24,000 hectare Neuhof Nature Reserve in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib landscape, the camp will be semi-permanent, seasonal and experiential. The reserve is home to some of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the area, including oryx, springbok, Harmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Plans to reintroduce the critically endangered black rhino are also underway.

Sossus Under Canvas will comprise eight tents, and will be booked on an exclusive use basis, open seasonally between April and November, offering a fantastic alternative to any traditional lodge in the Sossusvlei area. It is exclusivity is beyond compare.

Activities available include visits to the Sossusvlei dunes with a private guide, and general exploration of the private Neuhof Nature Reserve, including nature walks and drives, swimming in desert pools, star gazing, a Stella Escape (sleep out), plateau visits, hot air ballooning and scenic helicopter flights.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £229 per person per night based on four guests staying three nights. Price includes all meals, local drinks exclusive use of the camp.

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles, Opening in March 2018

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles

After undergoing extensive renovations, the existing property will re-open in March 2018 as Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island.

On the outer edge of the Seychelles archipelago, Desroches Island is located among the Amirantes Islands, around a 35-minute flight from Mahé. Boasting 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) of pristine white-sand beaches, lush coconut groves, crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, the island is a remote and tranquil oasis, just five degrees south of the equator.

Featuring 40 exclusive beach suites and 11 private residence villas, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island will be one of the company's most intimate properties. With direct access to unspoiled beaches and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the resort's suites will also feature private plunge pools, tropical gardens and luxurious outdoor living spaces.

The two restaurants and a lounge bar provide an array of exciting food and beverage offerings in a casual, beachfront setting. For guests looking to relax and rejuvenate, the six suite spa offers locally inspired treatments and wellness classes. The glass like waters of the Indian Ocean and surrounding reefs also make for world-class diving, fishing, snorkelling and water sports, while the inland forests and coconut trees provide picturesque paths for cycling and hiking. For guests looking to explore the many natural wonders of the Indian Ocean, the island will also include a Marine Conservation Discovery Centre and Giant Tortoise Sanctuary.

For further information visit Aardvark Safaris website at www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk