Travel Notes: May

From luxury hotel openings to bookmark for later to campervan trips to start planning now, 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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BOOK A STAYCATION HERE: The Bradley Hare, Wiltshire

Set to open next month, The Bradley Hare is the new stylish country inn to have on your radar. Created by the ex-European design director of Soho House, guests can expect beautiful interiors and delicious food. Located in the beautiful village of Maiden Bradley in southwest Wiltshire, the property has 12 bedrooms spread across two houses, with all the luxury extras you’d expect, including Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down duvets and organic bath products. The pub itself will serve dishes made with local and seasonal produce, while guests can choose to dine inside or out in The Bradley Hare’s beautiful private gardens.. On the grounds of Bradley Park, just a short walk away, guests can also indulge in an organic beauty treatment at the Potting Shed – the ideal place to unwind.



TRY SOMETHING NEW: Dun Aluinn Experience Weekends

Dun Aluinn, a unique collection of buildings in the Scottish Highlands, has just launched a series of experience weekends where guests can reconnect with friends or family during a three-night break. From 11th-14th June or 3rd-6th September 2021, guests will be encouraged to switch off for an immersive Highlands experience to take part in mountain safari expeditions, kayaking on the River Tay, whisky tasting evenings and electric mountain biking. Ideal for lovers of the outdoors, guests can also expect al fresco meals prepared by a top chef. In terms of accommodation, there are 13 luxury en-suite bedrooms to choose from, each of which has chic interiors and plenty of cosy home comforts. Weekends start from £2,500 per room.


EXPLORE SOLO TRAVEL: A Trip Of One’s Own By Kate Wills

If you’re thinking about heading on a solo trip, Kate Wills’ new book is a must-read for every budding adventurer, whether you’re planning a week-long holiday or the trip of a lifetime. Part memoir, part travel guide, this book is full of stories from women throughout the ages who have done it alone, as well as practical advice for planning your own trip. Featuring stories about Kate’s own love of solo travel, this book will inspire you to be more adventurous, whether that’s going on a day trip to Whitstable or booking a one-way ticket to Paris.



Due to open in July, Six Senses Ibiza is the hot property to know about on the White Isle. The first sustainable-certified resort in Ibiza, the village-like resort is located on the quiet northern tip of the island, among 20 acres of land. With beautiful sea views and direct access to Cala Xarraca bay, the hotel has a stunning range of suites, bedrooms and villas to choose from. The property itself has been made from locally sourced materials, while a nearby organic farm will supply the resort’s restaurants, café and bars. Ibiza regulars will love the Live Cave music venue, while those looking to relax can do so at the spa or rooftop yoga deck.



Set to open on 1st June, OMMA is a luxury five-star hotel on the beautiful island of Santorini. The hotel has 25 rooms, five villas, an on-site Mediterranean restaurant, a spa with cave-like treatments rooms, and an impressive infinity pool. Guests can request bespoke itineraries for special excursions, from sailing trips across the Aegean Sea, to wine tasting afternoons at a local vineyard. Located in a peaceful village north of the island, and with no surrounding properties in sight, we can’t think of anywhere better to relax post-lockdown, when restrictions allow.



Flytinary is the new travel app that allows users to find affordable flights and accommodation. With the aim of making your planning process that bit easier, the app uses information from, Hostelworld, Airbnb and TripAdvisor, to name a few, to show you the best holidays available at your chosen destination. Acting like a clever concierge, the app even alerts you to error prices so you can compare the most competitive holidays. Opt for the ‘Prime Membership’ and you’ll even be able to book things like travel insurance and see handy offline maps in over 2,000 cities. 



Following last year’s Camp Hox pop-up in Oxfordshire, The Hoxton is launching a new series of three-night campervan trips this summer. With four itineraries and campsites to choose from, the packages are available from 27th May to 27th September 2021. Choose a road trip around California’s wine country, a holiday exploring Holland, a tour of Normandy or a trip around the UK’s scenic south-east coast. Each van includes all the Hoxton touches, including Roberts radios, Blank toiletries, Hoxton linen, and Origin coffee. Guests will also have a portable BBQ for al fresco dinners, bikes for off-road adventures, camping chairs for picnic stops, snacks for the road, and a well-stocked fridge with free beers, wines and soft drinks. Vans start from £795 per trip.


FEED YOUR WANDERLUST: Design Hotels Art Prints

Design Hotels, the brand behind some of the most stylish, design-led properties in the world, have just released a set of cool prints showcasing some of their best architecture. Ideal for creating a gallery wall or adding interest to your home, there are three designs to choose from, each of which has been taken by the Design Hotels photography team. We love the image of Setouchi Aonagi – an ultra-modern hotel in the Matsuyama province of Japan.


BOOK A ROOM HERE: Montcalm East, Shoreditch

Montcalm East is opening its doors on Monday 17th May. Situated on City Road in Shoreditch, the new hotel has 288 rooms featuring stylish interiors, modern artwork, and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views. In terms of food, the Moor + Mead restaurant and bar will serve British classics and stylish cocktails for both guests and locals. The hotel also has an on-site spa and a special photo lab which will host a range of photography talks and workshops in the future.


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