For a team that talks travel on a daily basis, months spent in lockdown has given us all an extra dose of wanderlust. From dream destinations to old favourites, travel has very much been on our minds. In need of some inspiration? When it’s safe for us to see the world again, here is where we’ll be heading…
What better way to while away summer days than with rosé in hand on the French Riviera? I am dreaming of lavender season in Provence with a splash in the pool at Hôtel Crillon le Brave, riding horses on the beach in Camargue, and living out my Brigitte Bardot fantasies by eating Tarte tropézienne for breakfast at Hôtel Lou Pinet in Saint Tropez. I would also love to read a good book under the lemon trees at Casa Angelina on the Amalfi Coast, or try an alfresco pizza-making class on the rustic estate of Castello di Reschio in Tuscany.
Closer to home, my firm favourite for a staycation is the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds – I’m a country girl at heart. Looking further ahead to September, I have a trip planned to Sardinia – and would love to go into Hygge hibernation at Storfjord in Norway this winter for some Scandi skiing.
Surrounded by the vineyards and beautiful countryside in Piedmont and Villa La Madonna…
A road trip up to Scotland in a camper-van, mixed with a couple of nights of luxury at Greywalls Hotel…
A beach retreat in Greece – can’t decide where yet but somewhere to switch off and relax for a week in the sunshine…
I am going to … Provence, I’m looking forward to enjoying the space and freedom of a dispersed hotel at Hôtel Crillon le Brave.
I miss Wimbledon this year – but am playing tennis three times a week at the moment to make up for it, and indulging in strawberries and cream (with Pimms!) – so a tennis getaway at Cromlix Hotel in Scotland, (owned by Andy Murray) would be the ultimate tennis fix right now.
Le Grand Bellevue in Gstaad for hiking in summer and fondue.
Loire/Valleys, Oslo, Mexico or Bali.
Galleria VIK Milano to get ready for the Autumn/Winter shopping season…
Susafa for a taste of the best organic products of my land – Sicily…
Viceroy Bali – paradise on earth and an oasis of relaxation…
Staycation – The Nare – for Cornish beaches that rival any in the world, amazing fresh fish and delicious cream teas.
A bit of culture and relaxation – my beloved Sri Lanka – amazing history, beautiful beaches, delightful people, tasty hoppers (Sri Lanka’s answer to the pancake) and the best relish in the world, Pol Sambol made with coconut.
Short hop – Hotel Ranga in Iceland for stunning waterfalls and the incredible Northern Lights, which I have yet to experience.
For a weekend/short haul I’d love to go to one of our castles in Scotland (whisky tasting included) or in Normandy (a region that I know quite well but can’t help falling more in love each time).
For a longer trip (min 5 days, I’d say) I would love to visit:
Portugal, rent a car and go around cities and places.
Baltic cities and Norwegian Fjords (including a cruise).
As major dream trips in my bucket list:
Japan (both sides of it, the ultra-technological country and the Kabuki/cherry blossoms/tea rituals experience).
Coast to coast USA trip in a convertible car (ending in Napa Valley, for wine tours).
Argentina and Uruguay food and wine tour.
I am all for the off-the-beaten-track destinations, so I’m currently dreaming of:
Lakeside cocktails and relax at Esperanza Resort & SPA
City break and fine dining at Saint Ten Hotel
Exploring ancient culture and great food at Grand Hotel Yerevan
Reconnecting with nature and social distancing from the world at Terelj Hotel
Practicing my Norwegian at Storfjord Hotel
Villa Eyrie Resort, Canada (breathing in mountain air and spectacular views – reconnecting with nature)
La Sultana Marrakech (the colors, spices, architecture, people, culture – not in that order!)
Japan – I want to stay in every one of the SLH hotels in Japan – it has been on my bucket list destination for years – if not after the lockdown lifts, when then?
I’m looking forward to going back to The Oval to watch the England Cricket team win the next test series, I would love to see Springsteen play the US, either Chicago or New Jersey, and in the winter go on the England Cricket tour, preferably in the West Indies, all without the social distancing.
Autumn colors in Vermont at The Reluctant Panther Inn
A nostalgic visit back to my father’s family city Gothenburg, Sweden staying with the Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant
Small city break exploring Hotel Amparo in San Miguel.
Relaxing poolside at Canaves Oia Epitome.
Staycation in the mountains upstate New York.
My dream destinations are: Tahiti, South Africa, and Santorini.
The Maldives (resort chilling and snorkelling)
Mongolia for some adventures
Montenegro for relaxation, enjoy the beautiful mountain and coastline views, and go scuba diving if possible.
My type of holiday always involves full-on activities, so I often feel more exhausted after vacations…!