Travel Notes: February

From luxury hotel openings to bookmark for later to a cool Ibiza playlist to stream at home – despite the 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: The NoMad Hotel London

Set to open in April, The NoMad London is tipped to be one of the capital’s most exciting openings this year. Located inside the historic Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station, the 19th-century building has been transformed into a sophisticated space with all the luxury offerings you’d expect from a top hotel. New York-based design studio Roman and Williams are behind the interiors, while Ashley Abodeely will lead the kitchen as executive chef. Bookmark this for something special to look forward to after lockdown.  

Visit TheNomadHotel.com/London

THE NOMAD

PLAN A FUTURE TRIP WITH: Nemo Travel

Whether you want to plan a bucket-list trip around the world, or find some hidden gems in your favourite city, Nemo Travel will create your itinerary for you, using their expert knowledge. The travel agency, led by a team of who have travelled extensively, offers bespoke trips where you can have a one-to-one consultation with a travel expert. Choose from digital detoxes, hotspots near London, or luxury holidays in the Maldives. Nemo favour sustainable and ethical practises during the planning process and they’ll even plant a tree for every trip booked – even more of a reason to get on board. 

Visit Nemo-Travel.com

NEMO TRAVEL

LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL: Go Lightly: How To Travel Without Hurting The Planet By Nina Karnikowski

This new book by Nina Karnikowski is a 101 guide to travelling sustainably and protecting the planet one step at a time. It’s full of top tips and resourceful ideas to make whether on a staycation or travelling further afield. From downsizing our luggage and eating responsibly, to choosing eco hotels and volunteering with local communities, the book clearly outlines simple practices that are easily achievable. Don’t miss the ‘Dream Lightly’ chapter, which is full of useful rules to follow while planning a holiday. 

Visit Waterstones.com

DIVE INTO NEW SWIMWEAR: Jade Swim

SL swimwear favourite Jade London has launched its new Spring 21 collection. Featuring a range of figure-flattering one-pieces and bikinis, the edit has everything you need to elevate your future beach or poolside looks. From svelte one-shoulder swimsuits to mix and match monotone two-pieces, the simple, sleek collection has something for everyone. 

Visit JadeSwim.com

JADE SWIM

LEARN CHESS FROM THE PROS: Forte Village, Sardinia

If you were hooked on The Queen’s Gambit like the rest of us, book a holiday to Forte Village in Sardinia, who have just launched a new chess academy at their resort. Suitable for both adults and children, the 2021 academy will run from 1st July to 30th August and will be led by Russian chess professional, Anatoly Karpov. As well taking part in the chess academy lessons, guests can also relax at the luxury resort, make the most of the white sandy beaches and explore the local area. 

Visit ForteVillageResort.com

FORTE VILLAGE

BOOK A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP: FLOCK

Curating luxury group travel experiences, FLOCK is a new private travel company offering exclusive trips around the world. Headed up by travel expert Graham Alderman, the company curate bespoke trips with travel itineraries for families, travel bubbles and groups. Highlights include Kenyan safaris and gorilla trekking expeditions in Rwanda. If that sounds like your idea of a great trip, you can start planning your next adventure now…

Visit Flock-Together.co.uk

FLOCK

MAKE WEEKEND PLANS: Consciously Connected Travel Digital Series

For something a little different on a Saturday night, Consciously Connected Travel, a community of conscious travellers, are putting on a series of digital events during lockdown 3.0 to transport you to different countries around the world. Tune into their virtual wellness classes every Saturday this month where an expert will lead a session via Zoom. On Saturday 13th February at 6pm, learn to read tarot cards with expert astrologer Ellen Bowles, or learn how to master breathwork through sound healing the following week. On 27th February at 6pm, nutrition consultant and ‘energy healer’ Katherine Haysbert will host a culinary tea and herb blending session. 

Visit ConsciouslyConnectedTravel.com

DISCOVER NEW TRAVEL PRINTS: One Of A Kind Wall Art

Refresh your interiors with some new travel prints from Etsy shop, One Of A Kind Wall Art. The signature monochrome prints – featuring some of the most beautiful and iconic places in the world, from San Francisco and New York City, to Marbella and Madrid – are a great choice for any gallery wall. If you’re dreaming of going on holiday, this could be just the thing you need to feed your wanderlust.  

Visit Etsy.com

PLAN A LUXURY GETAWAY HERE: Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

Opening its doors in the spring, the Ritz-Carlton in the Fari Islands is the latest luxury destination to open in the Maldives. Located on the beautiful beaches of the North Malé Atoll, the resort has 100 villas with beautiful ocean and lagoon views of the crystal-clear waters. Guests can dine at seven restaurants in the resort and relax with a Bamford treatment at the on-site spa. Sustainability is at the heart of the new offering – the hotel will host a range of eco experiences to protest local wildlife – a great excuse to explore the idyllic coastline and shores. 

Visit RitzCarlton.com

RITZ CARLTON

 

RECREATE HOLIDAY VIBES AT HOME: OKU Ibiza Soundcloud

With two luxury hotels launching in the Mediterranean this summer, OKU is the new brand to know. Once you’ve scouted out the stunning locations in Ibiza and Kos, head to the group’s SoundCloud page to listen to their cool Poolside Playlist, mixed by resident Ibiza DJ, Vivé. The chill house vibes from the hour-long set will instantly transport you to the cool shores of Ibiza – turn up the bass to feel like you’re really there. 

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