Travel Notes: April

From luxury hotel openings to bookmark for later to a new stylish luggage collection, there’s plenty in the world of travel to look forward to. Here’s everything to have on your radar this month…
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BOOKMARK THIS FOR LATER: The Hoxton, Rome

Set to open at the beginning of May, The Hoxton, Rome is one hotel to bookmark for your next city break. Located in the beautiful Parioli area, it has some of the city’s most beautiful parks and best neighbourhoods on its doorstep. Villa Borghese is in easy walking distance, as is the Coppede district, a lovely area peppered with Art Nouveau buildings. The hotel itself has 192 stylish bedrooms, a large coffee bar and takeaway counter, a restaurant, and an outdoor terrace. Ennismore Design Studio have transformed the 70s building while Fettle Design are behind the interiors – expect brightly coloured rooms with a nod to mid-century Italian design.

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FEED YOUR WANDERLUST: Great Escapes Greece: The Hotel Book By Angelika Taschen 

Featuring some of the best and most luxurious hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and villas in Greece, this guidebook will tell you where to stay during your next Mediterranean getaway, and give you some major wanderlust. Angelika Taschen travels from the mountains of Macedonia in the north to the Peloponnese with its mythical places like Corinth, Sparta, and Olympia, and to the larger and smaller groups of islands in the south. Along her itinerary, she visits hotels on well-known picturesque islands, including the Mystique on Santorini, the Soho Roc House in Mykonos and accommodation in remote places like the Mediterraneo on the island of Kastelorizo. A must-read this summer.

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ADD THIS TO YOUR HOLIDAY PACKING: Maje Ibiza Capsule Collection

Regular readers will know we're big Maje fans over here, but it has to be said, their new Ibiza capsule collection is particularly good. Created in collaboration with Spanish design house, Cobalto Studio, the collection is full of pretty ceramic shells woven into jewellery pieces and bucket bags, as well as Mediterranean-inspired ready-to-wear pieces like reworked crochet and free flowing dresses with delicate embroidery. We love the bohemian shell earrings and colourful woven basket bags – ideal for elevating your holiday wardrobe.

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BOOK A TABLE HERE: Marle

Whether you book this for a staycation, or visit for the day, heading to Heckfield Place is always a good idea. On 14th April, Skye Gyngell and the Heckfield team will launch Marle on the Italian Terrace restaurant, which has views over the grounds, woodlands and upper lake. The pop-up restaurant will run until 9th May and will be suitable for all weathers with a canopy, blankets, fire pits and sheepskins. Skye will be creating a menu of pared-back, elegant dishes with ingredients freshly picked from the gardens and farm. Expect the likes of rhubarb tart with peach blossom ice-cream.

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STAY IN A STUNNING PROPERTY: onefinestay

This spring, onefinestay is the luxury rental company to know about. Since launching over ten years ago, the brand is known for offering short-term stays in some of the world’s most luxurious homes. onefinestay has just expanded its offering with fully flexible services and pricing for ‘longer stay’ guests in London, meaning you can stay in a luxury home for up to six months. A great option for an extended staycation or remote working, guests can choose from a range of properties in Notting Hill, Kensington, Mayfair, Primrose Hill and other sought-after neighbourhoods. If you’d rather opt for something a little further away, browse their luxury villas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, too. 

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ADD THIS TO BASKET: Away Two-Tone Collection 

When it comes to luxury luggage, it doesn’t get much better than an Away suitcase. The brand has just launched a new collection of two-tone luggage in a range of stylish pastel shades. The carry-on suitcases are ideal for city breaks or short-haul flights, while the ‘Everywhere Bag’ was made for long weekends and road trips. The luggage is an investment, but each piece comes with a lifetime warranty, so you needn’t worry about having to replace it after a few years. Whether you’ve already booked your next trip or you’re yet to start planning, these stylish pieces will get you excited for travel again.

Visit AwayTravel.com

BOOK A STAY HERE: The Alice Hawthorn, North Yorkshire

Set to re-open on 19th May, The Alice Hawthorn will welcome guests this spring with 12 stylish new rooms. A lovely option for a staycation, the country pub is located between Harrogate and the historic city of York. All bedrooms feature super king beds with crisp white sheets, freestanding bathtubs or walk-in rainfall showers, and are ideal to relax in after a day exploring the beautiful area. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant, relax in the newly landscaped garden with a wood-fired sourdough pizza, and explore the many walking routes nearby.

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RELAX AND UNWIND: The Sarojin Wellness Package

If you’re looking for the ultimate way to unwind post-lockdown, luxurious boutique residence The Sarojin has launched a new eco-friendly wellness package designed to relax the mind, body and soul. Located near Khao Lak Beach in Phuket, the five-star resort is the relaxing haven with 56 spacious rooms and an on-site spa. Ideal for travellers who want to explore more consciously in 2021, the package includes yoga, meditation and spa experiences alongside volunteering opportunities, a sunrise spiritual blessing and an excursion to a local ethical elephant eco-park to learn about caring for Thailand's national animal. 

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PLAN A TRIP HERE: Rocco Forte Private Villas

This month, SL favourite Rocco Forte will launch a collection of 20 private villas overlooking the sparkling bay of Verdura Resort in Sicily. A great option for total privacy, the new villas are set on the resort’s expansive grounds, perched on a hillside where guests can take in the impressive 230-hectare estate, the championship golf course and stunning Verdura Bay. The villas have three or four bedrooms, each of which has a large private pool with landscaped gardens. Olga Polizzi is behind the design so we’re expecting big things. 

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TAKE A GROUP TRIP HERE: Villa Lario

Set to re-open this spring with a newly renovated palazzo featuring seven new bedrooms, Villa Lario is a great choice for a luxury group trip away. The exclusive boutique hotel, which sits on the secluded shores of Lake Como, is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building with breath-taking views from every suite. The new bedrooms have direct access to the hotel’s private jetty and Riva boats where guests can take a boat trip on the lake and explore the surrounding area. 

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