Friday, 08 July 2016

Uncharted extravagance

Heavenly new hideaways home and away open their doors

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Welsh gem
On the edge of Snowdonia National Park, surrounded by picturesque Welsh valleys, Grade II-listed Victorian country house Palé Hall, in Llandderfel, reopens as a hotel in September. The old manor house dates back to the late 19th century, and in its reincarnation has 18 bedrooms and suites, each with views over the countryside, with window seats or comfortable sofas and armchairs.

travel-590-2Palé Hall in Wales reopens in September

Two Michelin-star chef Michael Caines is overseeing Palé Hall’s cuisine, with three dining areas – grand main dining room, Venetian-themed alternative dining room and library – serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Activities available include walks and hikes – dogs are welcome – and fishing. Rooms cost from £190 per night.


Luxury safari
Wilderness Safaris has rebuilt and revamped Ruckomechi Camp in its private concession in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, home to hippos, elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards. With 10 spacious tented suites – two are family suites – the camp, which opened in May, enjoys views of the Zambezi and has central dining, bar and lounge areas, pool, a star-gazing deck and an outdoor spa bath.

Activities include game drives, boating, canoeing, fishing and walks. Yellow Zebra Safaris will build the package for you and offers four nights all-inclusive from £3,500 per person (flights included); most guests add on a few nights at another camp, such as Linkwasha Camp in Hwange National Park. 

020-3199 7499,

Greek escape
Marpunta Village Club is the latest in the Santikos Collection of resorts, offering guests a tranquil Greek island escape on Alonnisos in the Aegean Sea east of mainland Greece.

travel-590-3Marpunta Village Club in Greece

Surrounded by the country’s first national marine park, the island has a population of under 1,000 and an authentic old town to explore. The chic resort has 110 rooms and 15 family suites, plus three private beaches. Rooms will cost from about £127 per night, but rates have yet to be confirmed. 

+30 210 619 6980, 

Maldives paradise
Due to open in November, boutique resort Milaidhoo Island Maldives, set in 13 acres of a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll region, has 50 villas and three restaurants. Guests can enjoy ‘Milaidhoo Moments’, featuring activities such as cookery lessons, fishing and dhoni boat building.

travel-590-4Milaidhoo Island in the Maldives

All villas have private freshwater pools and there’s a spa and gym, plus meditation and yoga sessions. Milaidhoo is
reached by a 30-minute seaplane flight from the international airport in Male and, until 31 December, ITC Luxury Travel offers seven nights from £3,869 per person half-board, including flights.


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