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Now’s a good time to be planning and plotting a life changing trip for future travels after isolation.

We’re staying hopeful – travel will return, and when it does, we’ll be ready.  In the meantime, our experts are on-hand to provide the help and guidance you may need to design your dream holiday, create your own private spaces and ensure your time is spent on thoughtful experiences, which can be embarked upon just as soon as it is safe to travel again.

From up-close wildlife encounters to far-flung beaches and epic mountain ranges, here's just a handful of ideas that will inspire and provide something and somewhere to look forward to.

Elewana Loisaba Star Beds / Sleep under the stars

Perched on the edge of a dramatic 6,000-foot-high escarpment in the Loisaba Conservancy, Elewana Loisaba Star Beds promises an exhilarating experience far from the four walls of your own home in one of  Kenya’s biggest stretches of wilderness. While wildlife such as big cats, wild dogs and elephants are a key draw to Loisaba, it is also a prime place from which to witness the magnificent night sky. Set on raised wooden platforms fitted with an open-air bathroom, a thatched dining area and firepit, the four poster “Star Beds” are wheeled out each night, allowing you to spend a night under the vast African sky while tucked up under a feather duvet. As the sun sinks, gaze at the canopy of stars above and spot constellations and planets before drifting off to sleep, only to be woken by the sound of hippos bathing in the waterhole the following morning.

During the day, we can arrange activities to explore and learn about the conservation work at the reserve through game drives, mountain biking, horse-riding, camel trekking and bush walks with a traditional Samburu guide. For a unique cultural insight, spend an afternoon at the local Masai Village.

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Amankora lodges / Discover hidden monasteries

Best known for its focus on ‘gross national happiness’, there are few places more beguiling than the monastery-strewn mountains of Bhutan. Explore the heartlands of this pristine and undiscovered Himalayan kingdom while staying at Amankora lodges, some of the most exclusive hotels in the world.

Five distinct lodges are dotted around the country’s central and western regions, with each one set against a spectacular backdrop of plunging valleys, lush rice paddies, or fields of buckwheat. A private driver and guide accompany your journey and itineraries can be completely customised. With our local connections, we can organise mountain-trekking, temple-hopping, spa pampering or a private meeting for a highly revered blessing ceremony.

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Bisate Lodge / Track gorillas and explore the volcanic Musanze caves

If you have a renewed focus on your travel bucket list, venture into a true African wilderness with a stay at Bisate Lodge, located in a natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone close to the National Park in northern Rwanda. With surrounding dramatic views of volcano peaks and dense rainforests, you can hole up in one of the six thatched nest-like villas.  A short drive takes guests to the starting point of the gorilla trek, which promises the chance to spot golden monkeys as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with gorilla troops in their natural habitat. The thrill of being up close to these formidable individuals is beyond most other wildlife encounters. You can also embark on cultural visits to local villages, the lava tunnels of the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey’s grave and the twin lakes of Buhondo and Burera.

The Lodge’s keen enthusiasm for conversation means you will also be have the opportunity to participate in biodiversity conservation efforts; engage with and meet the local community and learn about the iconic critically endangered mountain gorilla.

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Sri Lanka / Tea, Sea and Safari

A verdant teardrop island of tea plantations, thick jungles, golden coasts and UNESCO World Heritage sites, Sri Lanka has it all. We have curated a journey of authentic cultural experiences and time to contribute towards local communities and the environment.  An eight-night Tea, Sea and Safari adventure begins by venturing inland to the lush Hill Country, staying at Ceylon Tea Trails spend time learning about the journey from leaf to cup before exploring the area on foot.

From here, get ready to embrace nature as you head to Wild Coast Tented Lodge where luxurious canvas tent ‘cocoons’ will be your home. Spend days heading out on game drives with expert naturalist guides to spot elusive leopards, discover the incredible diversity of the flora and fauna in the park and watch in awe at the behaviour of native wild elephants - enjoy creature creature comforts whilst fulfilling your desire for adventure. The trip finishes further along the coast at Cape Weligama, a captivating luxury property perched atop an impressive cliff, overlooking the vast Indian Ocean. Authentic yet contemporary, relaxed yet lavish and a true gourmand’s paradise, your last days can be spent on miles of uncrowded beaches or exploring ancient cities. It is a heady mix of the tropical and the mystical.

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COMO Castello del Nero / Embrace Tuscan grandeur in a 12th century castle

Hidden among the rolling hills of Tuscany lies COMO Castello del Nero, a 12th century castle set within a 740-acre historic estate. This majestic yet boutique abode was once the residence of a noble Florentine family, this fairytale hotel is the epitome of old world Tuscan grandeur, with vaulted ceilings, marble and mosaic bathrooms and medieval frescoes evocative of the castle’s magnificent past. Situated in the heart of the Renaissance countryside, it is just a short hop from the urban gems of Florence and Siena, or stay within the sprawling estate for cooking classes, hot air balloon rides, picnics in the vineyards and truffle hunting.

With walking trails, weekly yoga and a signature COMO Shambhala Retreat spa this is a private space to focus on your health and fitness. An organic garden produces food for the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, La Torre and the estate has its own beehives, olive groves and vineyard.

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