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Bucket List Holidays to Book for 2021

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Bucket List Holidays to Book for 2021

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The new way to travel is to undertake trips with meaning in mind, so make these once-in-a-lifetime journeys count in more ways than just racking up air miles

Bucket List Holidays to Book for 2021

 

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  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui

    Get marooned on a desert island in Polynesia

    Become Robinson Crusoe and forget the throbbing pressure of city life as you maroon yourself on the Polynesian island of Bora Bora at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. You won’t, however, have to scratch around for survival but can play your own Desert Island Discs in a light-filled villa, set within a lush garden or over water on the lagoon, where your residence boasts transparent floors to see the secretive marine life below. The ultimate switch-off.

    Book it: Turquoise Holidays offers 10 nights from £4,945 per person B&B, including five nights in a deluxe garden pool bungalow at Hilton Moorea and five nights at Conrad Bora Bora Nui in an Overwater villa, international flights and transfers. Call 01494 678400 or visit turquoiseholidays.co.uk

  • Four Seasons Columbia

    Get high without the drugs in Colombia

    Forget Narcos, Colombia – and its capital Bogota – has blossomed as a tourist destination in recent years and there’s no better way to enjoy it than at the Four Seasons, which is offering the most stylish city stay (at one of two hotels) enhanced by an unforgettable day trip into the Sierra Nevada by helicopter. You’ll be flown to ancient cities, irreplaceable nature reserves, remote villages and then onto pristine beaches and tropical forests. Breathtaking.

    Book it: Excursion from £2,639 per person. fourseasons.com

  • Costa Rica Monte Verde Cloud Forest

    Go wild for the wildlife in Costa Rica

    With Costa Rica set to be the world’s first country to ban single-use plastic in 2021, this rugged, rainforested Central American destination is also home to one of the world’s few Blue Zones – areas of the world where people are known to live longer, healthier and happier lives – and is committed to being carbon neutral by 2050, so a huge shout out for its eco credentials. A trip here encompasses everything a wildlife lover will fall for – including coming face-to-face with the three-toed sloth, perhaps seeing turtles nesting – and hatching – depending on the time of year, swimming with the world’s largest dolphin pod and tagging baby hammerheads in the mangroves.

    Book it: Black Tomato offers a 12-night trip from £3,500 per person not including international flights. blacktomato.com

  • Belmond Le Manoir aux Qua'Saisons

    Eat like a king in Oxfordshire

    For foodie fans globally, a stay at Raymond Blanc’s exquisite Oxfordshire manor house never fails to disappoint. The beautifully tended gardens, dotted with sculptures, the orchards, the two-acre kitchen garden, the produce of which will later on land on your plate in seasonally prepared brilliance and the elegance of the house itself are quintessential Anglo-French perfection. Raymond Blanc has held on to his two Michelin stars for over 35 years – and Le Manoir is the best place to see and taste the soul of one of the world’s greatest chefs.

    Book it: Deluxe suite from £695 B&B. belmond.com

  • Great Ocean Road, Australia

    Hit the road in south-eastern Australia

    Take to the Great Ocean Road in Australia’s smallest mainland state, Victoria, which is home to 30 per cent of its native wildlife. Just 151 miles long, it’s packed with nature at its best, along with fantastic design hotels, world-renowned restaurants and stunning vineyards, best known for their Riesling and pinot noir. There are plenty of beauty spots to stop along the way as you meander your way slowly down the coastline in this stunning seven-night trip.

    Book it: Abercrombie & Kent offers Great Ocean Road seven-night itineraries from £1,095pp. abercrombiekent.co.ukvisitmelbourne.com

  • The Nautilus Maldives

    Go blissfully barefoot in the Maldives

    Sometimes, just sometimes, only The Maldives will do. There have been many tens of openings over recent years, but The Nautilus, in the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll, stands out. Not only is it the islands’ only member of Relais & Chateau, but you can also rent out the whole island in its entirety should you want the shindig to end all others. Come here for complete and utter relaxation – where the world is your oyster and nothing is too much or too little.

    Book it: Ocean House from approx. £2,675 B&B, excluding tax and service. thenautilusmaldives.com

  • lake como hotel

    Live la dolce vita on Lake Como

    Twinning one of the world’s best hotel groups with Italy’s most famous and magical lake makes for a match made in minibreak heaven. Recently opened on the eastern shores of Lake Como, the new Mandarin Oriental is really the old 18th-century Villa Roccabruna, a stunning neo-classical villa with legendary musical links – it was once the residence of Giuditta Pasta, the muse of Vincenzo Bellini. The romance remains; whether in the vast bedrooms, the sun-drenched terrace or the pottering about on the water exploring tiny villages, hidden waterfalls and ancient palazzos.

    Book it: Doubles from €545. mandarinoriental.com

  • Slow Cyclist Transylvania

    Cycle through a land time forgot in Transylvania

    Whether you’re a fairweather cyclist or a Tour de France wannabe, the benefits of travelling by two wheels (or two feet) are many and varied, allowing a real penetration and appreciation of your location. That location could not get more beguiling than the Carpathian foothills in Transylvania, Europe’s very own wilderness. You’ll pedal (at your own good pace, thank you very much), walk or even trot in a horse and cart past fortified churches, meadows filled with wild flowers, beech forests and the wildest of wildlife, including bears and wolves, only to bed down in beautiful places at night, your mind full of the day’s discoveries and your own heightened sense of being.

    Book it: The Slow Cyclist offers five nights from £1,750pp, including transfers, a support vehicle, Slow Cyclist host and English-speaking guides, all accommodation, meals, snacks and drinks, all activities, bicycle and helmet hire. International flights are not included. theslowcyclist.co.uk

  • Pelorus Antartic

    Adventure on ice

    It can take up to six months to get a permit for yacht expeditions to Antartica, so now is the perfect time to book ahead for an unforgettable trip to these icy wastelands – home to the majestic Emperor penguin – and one of earth’s most incredible and hard-to-reach locations. Everything is planned with meticulous detail for a luxurious and edifying experience (accommodation on a superyacht, use of helicopters and submersibles, sea kayaking, ski sailing, paddle boarding, camping overnight on the ice, seeing sea lion colonies and meeting scientists on active research), but mindful of the privilege and responsibility of travelling to such a delicate and precious destination.

    Book it: Pelorus can arrange the following experiences in Antarctica either aboard an 18m Antarctic specialist vessel for USD$88,000 per week (8 guests in 4 cabins with two shared bathrooms), or in a much more luxurious motor yacht from USD$ 500,000 per week (26 guests in 13 cabins) or USD$ 635,000 per week (12 guests in 6 cabins). This price does not include international flights. pelorusx.com

  • Kenya Lewa House

    Fly high in Kenya

    If you like your wildlife wild, then consider this: a nine-day flying safari where you get to scope out the most endangered of our species, most evident from your lofty vantage point. Enjoy real experts and world-renowned conservationists guiding you over spectacular scenery as you head out to spot Grevy’s zebra, African wild dog, lion, cheetah, African elephant, crowned cranes and black rhino. Learn about the conservation efforts in place to save these remarkable creatures, while staying at some of the finest camps in the land, including Lewa. When not in the skies, you’ll be enjoying game drives, guided walks, picnics in the bush and evening talks.

    Book it: Aardvark Safaris offers a nine-day trip from approx. £1,628pp per day. Price based on four guests. Cost includes all activities and meals. Call 01980 849160 or visit aardvarksafaris.co.uk

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