There are so many amazing places on my Travel Wishlist 2015. I’m excited about the following travel plans, and there are plenty more that I would love to fit in!
ASHDOWN PARK, SUSSEX
We’re taking a short break to Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, part of the Elite Hotels group in Sussex to enjoy their luxurious spa. It’s also got an 18 hole golf course although we’ll no doubt take advantage of the mountain bike trails to go cycling. I’ve previously stayed in their Tylney Hall property in Hampshire, which was a great place for a weekend away.
JERSEY – LONGUEVILLE MANOR
I’m looking forward to visiting Longueville Manor, a luxurious 5 star Relais & Chateaux property, and sampling chef Andrew Baird’s 3 AA Rosette cuisine, as well as nearby Ormer, Shaun Rankin’s Michelin starred restaurant. By all accounts, there’s so much to see in Jersey!
MOUGINS, SOUTH OF FRANCE – LE MAS CANDILLE
I’m aiming to revisit the spectacular 5 star Relais & Chateaux property, Le Mas Candille in Mougins next year. I experienced their fantastic Shiseido Spa last year, it’s the first one in Europe and I can highly recommend it. The artworks dotted around the hotel are by local artists and absolutely beautiful. Their Michelin starred restaurant has a chef’s table for 2 people, that I’d love to experience.
Hopefully we will make a detour via Bourges in the Centre of France to visit my goddaughter and her family. Her English is getting really good now!
RAVELLO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
I’m off to Ravello, Italy for a wedding in September. My friend and her fiance fell in love with the place and I am sure that I will too. It’s a little village set on a hill overlooking the Amalfi coast and has been popular with celebrities for many years. My dream hotel would be the Belmond Hotel Caruso, a former 11th century palace. The terraced gardens and infinity pool look amazing! The private villa at La Torre looks equally amazing, and finally I’d love to fit in a trip to Herculaneum, an archaeological site to rival Pompeii.
ROME, ITALY – HOTEL EDEN
Before driving to Ravello, we’re going to have a weekend break at the Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Eden Rome. It’s famous for its Michelin-starred restaurant, La Terrazza dell’Eden and is really close to the Spanish steps. Both me and my husband have been separately but this time we’ll be able to see Rome’s many hidden gems, the Vatican and the Colosseum together! We’ve even booked a photo shoot to really make the most out of our trip.
We usually go to Switzerland once a year to visit my husband’s family in Lugano. It’s in Swiss Italy and has the most amazing setting on a huge lake. There’s a micro-climate so it’s much warmer than the rest of Switzerland, being so close to Italy.
WOBURN ABBEY AND HOTEL, BEDFORDSHIRE
We’re planning a trip to visit historic Woburn Abbey and will take a short break at the Woburn Hotel within its grounds so that we also have plenty of time to see Woburn Abbey’s artworks, one of the most important private collections in the world.
I loved Bath so much on my visit last year that I’d like to return in 2015 so my husband can experience the Thermae Spa – it has the most amazing outdoor rooftop pool and also 4 steam rooms, each with a different fragrance. I’d also make sure to visit the Cross Bath, which has a separate entrance and is great for private parties.
I’ve got family on the stunning South Devon coast so would love to make a detour via The Cary Arms, a charming boutique hotel owned by the famous de Savary hoteliers. They really know how to make a place feel like a home from home and we loved their sister property in the Cotswolds, The Old Swan and Minster Mill.
We have a friend who worked on the financing for the Aman Resort Sveti Stefan, and this is one place that I’d love to see. I’ve heard that Montenegro is incredibly unspoilt and Sveti Stefan is unique – a tiny islet with cobbled streets and fantastic sea views.
PUGLIA, ITALY – BORGO EGNAZIA
We’re also hoping to fit in a trip to Borgo Egnazia, a luxury hotel with a unique concept: the Nowhere Else Academies. You can learn photography tips, or how to prepare the best Apulian family recipes and cocktails, or fishing though I’d leave that last one to my husband!
One of my most memorable holidays was my safari to Tanzania, superbly organised by luxury travel specialist Cazenove+Loyd. We had some amazing encounters with the wildlife, some planned, others not – like the time an elephant turned up in camp! It would be amazing to go on safari to another country and see even more animals.
I’ve been meaning to go to Thailand for a while, it would be a perfect wedding anniversary destination. Chiang Mai would definitely be on my to visit list and the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa looks like a perfect haven. I’d also love to visit the Soneva Kiri Resort as I’m intrigued by their Chocolate Room! It’s apparently a never ending supply of chocolate, sounds good to me.