From stunning treks to luxury rail travel: try something new this year with six of the best new travel experiences
Words Joy Montgomery
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
For city-dwellers any travel experiences that get us some fresh air are gold dust. This year get back to nature with Kangaroo Island’s Wilderness Trail trek. The 61 kilometre five-day trail weaves its way through the most botanically unique area in all of South Australia. It ends at the rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of the Southern Ocean. Few places in the world remain that provide such a setting for escapism and quiet.
South American luxury sleeper train
Looking for something with the luxe factor? Introducing the Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train. Soar through the Peruvian Andes as the train cuts through ‘Big Sky’ country along one of the world’s highest rail routes. Belmond Andean Explorer has 16 carriages and accommodates 48 passengers. The carriages includes two dining cars, one spa car, one observation car with open air viewing platform and one piano lounge bar.
The Hoxton curated holidays
Designed to take the stress out of planning holidays, Hoxton Holidays offers some of the most unique curated experiences. Kicking off this summer with the ultimate city to sea adventure to Obonjan, The Hoxton is curating two idyllic trips. With one from London and another from Amsterdam, both will offer city buzz and island escapism. Guests will start off their holiday with an incredible 24 hours in either London or Amsterdam, and be taken on a journey around the city. Highlights include a personalised trip to KERB Camden Market, a Pimm’s picnic on Primrose Hill and sky-high dining at Duck & Waffle.
Moroccan Interiors and Gardens Tour
Join interiors expert Carol Prior on this fantastic Moroccan interior design and gardens tour. The trip will start in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, and end in Marrakech, the exotic and fascinating city set at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. Carol worked in interior design in London and has brought this love of design to the wonderful interiors and architecture or Morocco.
June in Japan
Looking for an early summer break with a difference? Walk Japan’s six day voyage departs in June 2017, taking in Yaeyama, a group of islands at the further southern reaches of the Okinawa chain. Guests can expect to explore the area on foot as well as by snorkelling and kayaking, and even by paddle board in places. A truly fascinating insight into one of the most beautiful parts of Japan.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Yala National Park
October 2017 will see the opening of the latest venture by the Fernando family. Situated in leopard-hotspot Yala National Park, the hotel will boast 28 luxurious tented suites. It will offer lucky guests the excitement of a safari-style wilderness experience in the upmost comfort and luxury. Featuring a design inspired by the surrounding landscape, the tented suites will have outdoor bathrooms and private decks. The secluded beachfront suites will also boast private plunge pools. A variety of learning experiences will be on offer, including lectures on wild elephant behaviour, bird watching workshops and nature walks.
Looking for travel experiences closer to home? Check out our best UK bank holiday getaways here.