Travel Notes: December

From boutique hotel openings and beach clubs to bookmark for later, to virtual tours and a world atlas – despite the current pandemic, there’s still plenty happening in the world of travel. Here’s everything to have on your radar this month…

BOOKMARK THIS FOR LATER: Gyp Sea Beach Club At Villa Marie, St Barths

This month, St Barts hotspot Villa Marie will launch the stylish new GypSea Beach Club. Located on the Bay of St Jean, on an undisturbed stretch of pristine shore at the far end of Pelican beach, guests can soak up the sun while enjoying cocktails at The Rum Bar. Inside, the bohemian interiors are everything you’d expect from a luxury Caribbean beach club – think ultramarine coral-patterned fabrics and tie-dye accents. Don’t miss the club’s delicious, rustic seafood, which is all cooked on a wood-fired grill, Caribbean-style. 

Visit Gypsea-Beach.com

PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP USING: Currensea Card

When travel corridors opening up again, get in charge of your holiday finances with Currensea, the UK’s first travel money card that links directly to your bank account. Once you’ve registered and linked the card to your existing online banking app, you can use your Currensea card abroad to save on international charges and avoid hidden fees.

Visit Currensea.com

ELEVATE YOUR HOLIDAY PACKING WITH: NET-A-PORTER'S NET SUSTAIN Winter Sun Edit 

NET-A-PORTER has launched a new Winter Sun Edit with three exclusive capsule collections from Mara Hoffman, Bondi Born and Le Kesha. As part of a sustainable clothing campaign, the edit features a range of chic resort wear and swimwear that will elevate any holiday packing list. We love the sleek Bondi Born swimsuits and Mara Hoffman’s linen maxi dresses – ideal for poolside glamour.

Visit NET-A-PORTER.com

TAKE A VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR THROUGH: The Louvre Museum, Paris 

We might not be able to travel to Paris right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t soak up some of its culture at home. The Louvre Museum is currently offering virtual guided tours where you can explore the museum and its exhibitions through behind-the-scenes photos and videos, led by an expert guide. The one-hour tour ends with a live Q&A session, too. Tickets start from £9.

Visit Viator.com

BRUSH UP ON YOUR GEOGRAPHY WITH: Collins World Atlas: Complete Edition 

Collins’ has just released its new world atlas for 2020. If you want to brush up on your world knowledge, or learn a thing or two about different cultures, the book is a comprehensive guide of the globe, with extra facts along the way. If you’re planning your next trip abroad, this is a must.

Available at Waterstones.com

ENJOY A REAL TREAT AT: Nobu Hotel London Portman Square

Last week, London’s Portman Square welcomed the latest opening in Nobu’s portfolio. The new hotel features a signature Nobu Restaurant and Nobu Bar with a year-round terrace, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and 249 guest rooms and suites. Book a dinner reservation or check into of the simple yet stylish Japanese-inspired rooms for a special occasion.

Visit London-Portman.NobuHotels.com

TRAVEL TO: Cuba 

At the end of November, Cuba reopened its borders for international travel. Whether you’re looking for a bit of last-minute winter sun, or want to plan your next long-haul trip, this country has something for everyone. Head to Havana for the bustling night life, then make a beeline for the central town of Trinidad to explore its Instagram-worthy cobblestone streets. 

GET A TRAVEL ENTHUSIAST A GIFT FROM: Canopy & Stars 

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift with that extra edge, look to Canopy & Stars’ Christmas gift cards. Card can be redeemed against all 850 properties on site, from luxury tree houses deep in the woods to riverside log cabins in the countryside. You can even choose to hide it in a ‘build your own’ treehouse box, complete with a Canopy & Stars travel set. 

Visit CanopyAndStars.co.uk

DISCOVER: The Mayfair Townhouse

From the team behind Cliveden House and Chewton Glen, The Mayfair Townhouse is one of London’s most exciting openings this year. Having just opened its doors last week, guests can now dine at the excellent on-site restaurant, The Dandy Bar, where the dimly lit interiors create a wonderfully cosy atmosphere for breakfast, coffee, lunch or evening drinks. Look out for playful interior touches throughout the hotel – including the house’s mischievous motif, the fox.

Visit TheMayfairTownhouse.com

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