Travel Notes: June

From luxury openings to a literary-inspired trip, there’s plenty in the world of travel to get excited about right now. Here’s everything to have on your radar this month…


Interior designer Banjo Beale won BBC2’s Interior Design Masters earlier this year. Now, guests can stay in the Cornish property he designed - easily one of the most impressive holiday home openings of the year. On the same site as Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay, Winnow is part of the Village complex, a design-led group of holiday homes. Ideal for a girls’ trip or family holiday, the property has bespoke furnishings inspired by the local area, plus a range of sustainable features like sedum roofs, air source heat pumps and a special temperature control system. Sleeping up to ten guests across four bedrooms, it has an open-plan kitchen/dining room, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a spacious living area with plush decorative accents, and underfloor heating throughout. Outside, there’s a first-floor veranda, a ground-floor patio and a surf shower. Guests can walk to Watergate Bay beach, dine at the restaurant, and book surfing lessons at Newquay Surf School or The Extreme Academy.

From £2,305 per week.



Regular readers will know we love Strazzanti’s Italian meal kits and online deli, so we were excited to hear the brand has launched three new food experiences in Sicily. Lead by the youngest Strazzanti sister Emilia, they take place in Ragusa in southeast Sicily, one of the island’s most picturesque towns. The ‘Scicli, Food & Wine Tour’ (€75pp) includes a tour of historic Scicli, wine tasting at the local enoteca to discover biodynamic Sicilian wines, and a cooking lesson with Emilia where you’ll make your own fresh pasta for lunch. The ‘COS Wine Tour and Lunch’ (€95pp) includes a tour of COS Winery followed by a three-course meal cooked by Emilia, paired with COS wines. The ‘In Villa Cooking Class & Lunch’ (€125pp) includes a bespoke cooking class followed by a Sicilian meal with paired wines. 



Papier has launched Travel Journals, a series of books to help you plan and document your summer holiday. Each journal has six pages for planning journeys, with space to note budgets, itineraries and packing lists. During your trip, you can write down your favourite memories, scrapbook special moments and play fun travel games. Available in a range of bold colours and designs, we’ve got our eye on the pink and orange. 


HEAD TO NYC: The Ned NoMad

The Ned opens a hotel in New York at the end of the month. Set in the former Johnston Building, the hotel has kept many of the building’s original early 20th-century features, with interiors designed by the Soho House team. There will be a mix of members-only and public spaces, including Manhattan’s first Cecconi’s restaurant, a rooftop bar and terrace restaurant, and a Ned’s Club spa. Guests can stay in one of 167 bedrooms, all of which have 1920s-inspired interiors with plush velvet furniture, retro accessories and opulent fittings – Medium Rooms have everything you need for a long weekend in the Big Apple.

Rooms from $500 per night.


PLAN A TRIP OF A LIFETIME: &Beyond x Beyond Green

Sustainable travel brand Beyond Green has teamed up with luxury booking platform &Beyond to create a series of itineraries across Africa and South America. Guests can stay in eco-friendly hotels and travel by car, train and bus where possible to minimise their carbon footprint. For once-in-a-lifetime trips, choose from trips across South Africa, Namibia and the Onguma Game Reserve, and Chile’s national parks. On the ‘South America Impact Journey’, you can get involved with jaguar and puma conservation efforts.


BOOKMARK THIS HOTEL: 7Pines Resort Sardinia

7Pines Ibiza is one of the island’s smartest hotels. Next month, the group is set to open an outpost in Sardinia. In Baja Sardinia, the hotel overlooks the archipelago of La Maddalena in the glamorous Porto Cervo neighbourhood. Set on its own stretch of private beach, guests can stay in 76 rooms and suites, all with sea views or landscaped Mediterranean gardens. The interiors celebrate the region, with local artisan ceramics, textiles from Samugheo and neutral tones with nautical pops of colour. Guest can eat at the fine dining restaurant Capogiro, which has panoramic ocean views, or enjoy relaxed meals at poolside Spazio. There’s also a beach club and spa.

Rooms start from €550 per night.


ENJOY SOME SPECIAL FOOD: Yoxman At Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk

Wilderness Reserve is an 8,000-acre estate of woodland and lakes in Saxmundham, a small town in Suffolk. From Friday 8th to Monday 11th July, the estate will host Yoxman, a three-day dining experience where guests stay in private cottages, barns and farmhouses and enjoy meals from Michelin-starred chefs. You’ll be treated to a Laurent-Perrier champagne reception on arrival, a formal gala dinner, live music, woodland and lakeside dining, wild swimming in the lakes, plus a live Q&A and a chance to mingle with chefs throughout the weekend – confirmed names include Lisa Goodwin-Allen (Northcote), Santiago Lastra (Kol) and Ivan Tisdall-Downes (Native at Browns). You’ll also receive complimentary wines and champagne during the weekend.

Prices start from £2,600pp, including all food and drink plus accommodation.



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. The travel agency, led by a team of who have travelled extensively, offers bespoke trips based on a one-to-one consultation with a travel expert. Accommodation runs from beach houses in Mozambique to safari lodges in South Africa, and destination options include the Aeolian Islands of Sicily and Salina. For a bucket-list trip, a new Costa Rica itinerary explores the wild coastlines and forests of Monteverde and the island’s capital city. 



A.M.A Selections is a new booking platform with an extensive portfolio of luxury holiday homes across Europe. Showcasing design-led properties, it features over 1,000 homes in more than 100 sought-after locations like Puglia, Mykonos, St Tropez, Paris and Mallorca. Made for special trips and blow-the-budget holidays, choose from palazzos, villas and mansions – most of which have outdoor pools and all the extras you’d expect at a top hotel, like a concierge service. Not sure where to start? Casa Mio in Ibiza sleeps six guests and has a modern outdoor area with a dining table and swimming pool overlooking San Jose, while Ampelia Estate in Santorini has space for ten with a heated saltwater pool. 


BOOK A TABLE HERE: Nobu Bodrum, Turkey

Nobu has opened a restaurant at Bodrum Loft hotel, overlooking the bays of the Bodrum peninsula. The interiors blend in with the scenic surroundings thanks to a tree-shaded terrace, panelled wood throughout and romantic lighting. As with all Nobu outposts, diners can choose from sushi, sashimi and modern Japanese plates – menu highlights include rock shrimp tempura with ponzu sauce, lobster wasabi tacos, salmon tartare with caviar, and Nobu’s signature black cod.


GO ON A LITERARY-INSPIRED TRIP: Seven Travel x Where The Crawdads Sing

Seven Travel is an eco-friendly, luxury travel company specialising in tailor-made trips around the world. Travellers can book a trip to New Orleans and Louisiana to celebrate the release of Where The Crawdads Sing, which hits the big screen in August. Highlights include a Louisianian cooking lesson, a kayak trip on the marshlands and a tour of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Guests will stay at Maison de la Luz hotel in New Orleans, renowned for its Beaux Arts architecture and art deco design.

From £10,995pp for six nights, excluding flights.


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