It’s time to pack your bags
1. Be one of the first to stay in London’s finest luxury residences
Looking out to London landmarks, it’s fitting that the recently opened (June) Four Seasons Residences London at Ten Trinity Square lay down a marker as the city’s best. Spectacularly sized, designed to impeccable standards by Martin Kemp and housing up to four bedrooms and fully-equipped kitchens, the jaw-dropping Residences also grant guests exclusive membership (for the duration of their stay) of Ten Trinity Square Private Club, a benefit of which is a complimentary chauffeur service around town.
2. Stay a step ahead of the tourist hordes by taking the inside track to these trending places
If the heat has taken its toll, head down to Cape Town for cooler climes and abundant opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Let the One&Only Cape Town – situated within the vibrant V&A Waterfront, from where it looks out to the majestic Table Mountain – be your base for a city adventure, before driving the Garden Route all the way to Plettenberg Bay.
Everyone knows Beirut is a great place to be in the summer, but just an hour up the coast is the wonderful rustic seaside city of Batroun. With many restored buildings, winding, narrow streets, Phoenician ruins, (and the best frozen Lemonade in the whole region), there is much to love, not least the charming guest-house Villa Paradiso.
The UK comes alive in summer, a fact no better illustrated than in the multi-coloured landscapes of North Yorkshire. One of the region’s most picture-perfect areas is Helmsley, home to the fantastic Feversham Arms & Spa. From here, on foot, you can hike to Rievaulx Abbey or stand at Sutton Bank and see all of Yorkshire sprawled out before you.
Often overlooked for other capitals in its region, Jakarta is enjoying a bit of a renaissance, thanks in part to an emerging shopping and art scene. Recently opened here is the Four Seasons Jakarta, an all-suite hotel with fantastic facilities and one the best Italian restaurants in the region. A great location to explore over a weekend.
3. Be on the Fringe of things
Until August 27 you have the chance to enjoy the uniquely brilliant Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest celebration of arts and culture at which over 3,000 performances span comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and music.
4. Soak up some pop culture at this summer’s hottest exhibitions
Warhol: Mechanical Art
A supercharged new Andy Warhol retrospective at Museo Picasso Málaga charts the creative evolution of The Popfather.
Disney: The Art of Storytelling
Original drawings, watercolours, storyboards and production notes showcase the ground-breaking artistry behind Disney animation at Madrid’s La Caixa Foundation.
Michael Jackson: On The Wall
London’s National Portrait Gallery sees many a contemporary artist, Grayson Perry among them, explore the impact superstar Jackson had on them and the wider world.
5. Enjoy the best of both worlds at a resort perfect for every family member
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
This beautiful island resort indulges all the family. Two age split kids’ clubs and an all-day ice cream parlour will keep kids in smiles while you bask in your stunning surrounds.
Gand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
A stalwart of the Swiss spa scene, ‘me time’ here is no longer parents only, thanks to a brand-new kids’ spa where mermaid swimming classes and pool parties are de rigueur
Club Med, Da Balaia, Portugal
With clubs on hand to cater to tots through to tweens and teens, you can relax in the adult-only Zen Zone, before rejoining as a family to take one of Club Med’s signature trapeze lessons.
Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland
Spanning 850 acres of Scottish countryside, this historic hotel excels in family activities, while kids who have begged parents for a pony can actually own one for
6. Want somewhere you can sparkle?
Last month saw the reopening of the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, the Champagne region’s only luxury hotel which deals two big drawcards to guests: a state-of-the-art destination spa with pools indoor and out, and the considerable talent of two-star Michelin chef Jean-Denis Rieubland, who heads up the hotel’s two restaurants.
7. Desperate to bury your phone in the sand? You need a digital detox
Jack’s Camp, Botswana
A stunning tented camp in a ‘tech-dead zone’, activities at Jack’s are based on archaeology.
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
With rooms free of TVs and Wi-Fi, you’ll get to fully appreciate the emerald lakes and abundant wildlife that surrounds you.
Turtle Island, Fiji
Disconnect from your gadgets and reconnect with your partner – this idyllic resort allows for only 14 couples (and no Wi-Fi).
8. There’s snow worries in the mountains
Fabulous food, activities aplenty and air so fresh you can almost taste it – there’s magic in the Alps come summertime
At the heart of Alta Badia in northern Italy, Corvara puts on a daily light show in summer. Surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites, it is these former coral atols that seem to spring into life when cast in colours of pink and orange by the dying embers of the setting sun. A spectacular sight you won’t tire of, particularly when it ends a day of endless activity; cycling, hiking or singing your way through the meadows.
For two-wheel fanatics, Morzine in France grants you swift access to two bike parks which wind through gorgeous thickets of forest. But it’s not all activity in the Alps. however, Seefeld in Austria ticks (and tickles) every box for those keen to forgo any sense of urgency, thanks to its myriad spas and wellness centres – and even wellness hotels. Hotel Klosterbräu & Spa is one such place, a former monestery turned five-star abode which also accommodates day trippers to its brilliant spa. It has an outdoor pool, but the best al fresco dip in Seefeld can be had in a forest-fringed lake. called the Möserer See. Bliss.
9. Food to fly for
You don’t often need a reason to skip the inflight meal, but we’ve got three, just in case
Out of the Blue, Soneva Fushi, Maldives
There’s a six-month waiting list at Kenji Gyoten’s Sushi Gyoten in Fukuoka, reason enough to sample the skills of this three Michelin-starred chef when he takes over the 5-seater sushi counter at Soneva Fushi’s Out of the Blue from August 18-29.
Of course, it’s not difficult to enjoy a memorable meal in the home of haute cuisine, but doing so without having to fret about the bill is tricky. Fear not. This sublime eight-table bistro is owned by multi Michelin-starred Jean-François Piège and offers set menus at a price you’ll adore.
Chef, restaurateur and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi opened this Fitzrovia restaurant last month to immediate acclaim. As is Ottolenghi’s calling card, vegetables are at the heart of the menu, with tropea onions and whipped feta a fine pick.
10. A legend reborn
Perched atop Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Tower hotel has been intrinsically linked to Tinseltown’s glamour since it opened in 1931 (Gable, Garbo and Monroe were all guests). In true Hollywood style, this month sees it show off a multi-million dollar facelift.