From luxury luggage and signature hotel scents to eco-travel books and sustainably sourced bags, here is our pick of travel-inspired gifts for your loved ones who are always on the move.
With the festive season fast approaching, give the gift of a future luxury experience by purchasing one of our SLH Gift Cards. Available to order and send to your special someone (or yourself!) online, our e-gift cards can be redeemed at over 500 boutique hotels in over 90 countries as part of a stay. Sending an SLH e-gift card is easy and eco-friendly – just select the occasion, pick a card design and enter the monetary value. Then personalise your message for the finishing touch. Enjoy 20% added value on purchases until 22nd December 2021.
For wonderfully digestible, easy-to-follow eco-friendly travel tips, The Green Edit: Travel (£9.99 Ebury Press) by Condé Nast Traveller’s sustainability editor Juliet Kinsman is a must-read. The pocket-size book is available to purchase from your nearest independent bookshop, or downloadable via Amazon to your Kindle (please consider signing up to AmazonSmile where you elect to donate to a charity for every purchase).
Get an authentic taste of Sicily from Susafa, a 200-year-old family-run farmhouse which harvests and presses its own olives and cherries, and where chefs pick herbs and vegetables from the gardens, ready for dinner. This bucolic bolthole recently launched an e-commerce site dedicated to Susafa-grown produce, along with providing access to online cooking classes and a ‘field adoption’ scheme where customers can monitor their harvests. Christmas baskets of organic delicacies are also available to purchase – including selections for pasta, pizza, and cake lovers. Choose your delicious Sicilian ingredients here.
Trees are essential to life on this planet and provide so many wonderful gifts to us all. By donating trees for your loved one, you are planting for the future and increasing green cover as part of a global community of TreeSisters, a women-led charity which takes an ethical, community-based approach to reforestation with native trees. Your ‘tree-cipient’ will receive a sustainably printed certificate of restoration, displaying the number of trees planted on their behalf and the date.
Plus, each SLH room night booked and stayed using an SLH INVITED member rate includes a donation to plant a minimum of three trees with TreeSisters, so considerate travellers can contribute towards 10 major ecosystems around the world. Help reforest the world from 40p per tree here.
The new Fenchurch range of sustainably made backpacks, weekender, messenger, cross-body, and wash bags by Antler is a great green gift idea for the considerate traveller. Crafted from 100% recycled, post-consumer polyester, both the main fabric and the interior lining of the bags started life as plastic packaging which, instead of ending up in landfill, is sorted, cleaned and shredded into flakes, before being turned into a polyester yarn and given new life as a woven fabric. Each piece is functional in design with practically placed pockets and finished with luxurious leather details.
Start building your matching luggage set with Antler here.
Gift a piece of Piedmont to an art-loving friend or family member this festive season from Villa La Madonna’s art collection, where high fashion meets rural Italy in a series of colour-popping prints and black and white shots – all photographed by Annica Eklund, one of the hotel’s owners and an established photographer. The posters are printed on high quality paper and are delivered by mail in protective tubes, so you can rest assured knowing that your little slice of Italy will arrive safely.
Barolo 2017 by Annica Eklund.
The collection beautifully captures this timeless spot in the Bormida Valley where life slows down to the rustle of vineyard leaves, the clinking of wine bottles, and the slurping of freshly made spaghetti fragrant with foraged truffles. Purchase your Piedmont prints here, along with a selection of home-grown wines.
Looking for fine wine from a traditional Menorcan finca, sourced straight from its surrounding farmlands and vineyards? Beautifully bottled Merlot, Syrah, Monastrell, Parellada, Sauvignon blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Malvasía, Manto Negro and Pinot Noir home-grown from Torralbenc’s 16 hectares of vineyards are available to purchase online, made with 10 varieties of grapes after several phases of planting and restoring the abandoned farmland to the productive winery it is today.
Toast to the Balearic Islands around the table this Christmas, with aromas of jasmine, orange blossom, lavender and roses, plus tasting notes of apple, lemon, pineapple, and brioche running through many of the wines. Say ¡salud! with Bodegas Torralbenc here.
Housed in a former perfume factory, Magna Pars L’ Hotel à Parfum has been transformed into a modern architectural gem where suites are individually named and styled after a scented flowering shrub or tree such as jasmine, magnolia, sandalwood and patchouli. A sensory selection of handcrafted, scented artisan candles, home fragrances, bath soaps, and diffusers are available to order from the hotel’s original perfume laboratory LabSolue, with natural essences inspired by flowers, fruits and woods. You can even create your own scent with the hotel’s bespoke laboratory services, for a truly unique gift for yourself or a loved one.
Infuse your dinner parties with some Japanese influence with a kiln-fired shabu-shabu set from Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland, a waterfront beauty with a Teppanyaki restaurant serving locally sourced, seasonal ingredients – including the region’s famous beef. The made-to-order sets include rice bowls, tonsui, condiment bowls, pickle dishes, saucers, and chopstick rests for two. Please allow between 2-3 weeks for your order to arrive from the kiln, with gift wrapping options available at check-out.