BOOK A FOODIE STAYCATION: Grace & Savour
Grace & Savour is a new foodie retreat in the grounds of Hampton Manor, near Birmingham. Led by head chef David Taylor and his wife Anette, guests can enjoy fine dining in a relaxed setting, surrounded by a walled garden, then stay overnight in one of the adjoining rooms. The garden produces organic herbs and vegetables – diners can see 15-course menus made at the chef’s table, before enjoying each dish with paired drinks. On arrival, guests will be given a guided tour of the garden, before relaxing in bedrooms or exploring the estate with maps and wellies. After a generous breakfast, take part in a culinary workshop to help make your own lunch – think scallops with shaved celeriac and brown butter sauce. Prices start from £350pp.
PLAN A TRIP TO FRANCE: Casalino
If you’re holidaying in France this year, Casalino has a range of rental homes on offer. Whether you’re planning a special group trip or looking for hen do ideas, the site has 130 luxury properties to choose from, be it shepherd huts in southern Corsica or dreamy cabins in the Alps. All the properties are hand-selected the expert team, including some off-the-beaten-track spots you won’t come across elsewhere. Expect to find homes spanning the French Riviera, Paris, Marseille, Brittany, Normandy and more – we love the look of the 12-person house in Guethary for a blow-the-budget girls trip.
FEED YOUR WANDERLUST: Le Sirenuse x Lucy Laucht Film Prints
Le Sirenuse has teamed up with photographer Lucy Laucht to create a collection of holiday prints inspired by the beautiful village of Positano. Taken on Lucy’s recent trip to Italy, there are eight limited-edition prints to choose from, including candid fisherman shots, cliffside snaps and images of locals on the beach. Each photograph is printed on heavyweight, environmentally friendly museum-grade paper, and a portion of each sale will be donated to Choose Love Help Refugees, a charity which provides humanitarian aid to refugees around the world.
PARTY ON THE WHITE ISLE: Defected Ibiza
After a two-year hiatus, Defected Ibiza returns to the White Isle for another house music festival. Taking place at the historic Dalt Villa in Ibiza’s Old Town, tickets include entry to the three-day festival, plus accommodation at your choice of hotel – we recommend Cubanito Ibiza Suites. The festival features parties at nightclubs Eden, Octan and the iconic Amnesia. Confirmed acts include Low Steppa, Honey Dijon, Bob Sinclair, Natasha Diggs, Louie Vega and Chicago legend Derrick Carter. Packages start from £229 – we can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend with the girls.
DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF SWITZERLAND: Geneva: At the Heart of the World
Regular SL readers will know we love Assouline’s aspirational coffee table books. Its latest is a celebration of one of Switzerland’s most stylish cities, with beautiful shots of mountainous regions, cultural hotspots, riverside destinations and historical landmarks. Curated by French journalist Kyra Dupont, Geneva also features images of off-the-beaten areas well worth the trip.
PLAN A BUCKET LIST TRIP: SevenTravel
SevenTravel is a new eco-friendly, luxury travel company specialising in tailor-made trips around the world. Designed to help travellers plan once-in-a-lifetime holidays that are kind to the planet, it can help you put together bespoke itineraries for honeymoons, family holidays, road trips, solo adventures and everything in between. From treks across Costa Rica to wellness retreats in Indonesia and foodie escapes to Japan, there’s an extensive selection to choose from – we’ve got our eye on a South African safari.
GO GLAMPING: The Well Heeled Hippy
Need some inspo for a fun summer trip? The Well Heeled Hippy is a luxury campervan and bell tent hire site for holidays in the UK and Europe. There are two campervans available: Roaming Delilah and Captain’s Rest, both of which have a small kitchenette, a wet room with a power shower, a king-size sofa bed, and a built-in movie theatre with a projector and an Indian-style fold-away seating area. Guests can also make use of a tabletop BBQ and firepit for meals and toasted s’mores. If you’d rather hire a bell tent, Genevieve (from £120 per day) sleeps up to four guests and comes with your choice of furnishings, a portable stove and BBQ, and cooking utensils.
GO ON A BRIDGERTON-THEMED TRIP: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in Bath has created a ‘Promenade Like a Bridgerton’ package to celebrate series two of Netflix’s regency drama, which comes out at the end of the month. The package includes a two-night stay in one of the hotel’s rooms or suites, a champagne afternoon tea in the gardens, a traditional English breakfast each morning, and a walking tour of Bath (where some scenes were filmed). Packages start from £520 per room and are available from Sundays to Thursdays.
ENJOY A NIGHT IN EAST LONDON: Buckle Street Studios by Locke
Apart-hotel brand Locke has opened its sixth location in the capital with Buckle Street Studios in Aldgate. Around the corner from Aldgate East station, and opposite Leman Locke, it’s spread over 13 storeys with 103 modern studio apartments, some of which have spacious living areas, while others have a cosy, compact layout for one-night stays. There’s also a coworking area, a coffee shop, a meeting room and a shop (set to open in the coming months) dedicated to local emerging designers.
PLAN A ROMANTIC STAYCATION: Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Leonardslee House & Gardens – home to Michelin-starred Restaurant Interlude – has just added ten en-suite bedrooms. All individually designed, each one has dreamy interiors with designer wallpaper from the likes of Penny Morrison, scalloped headboards on king-sized beds, vintage furniture, and marble bathrooms with freestanding baths or rainfall showers. Ideal for a romantic weekend away, guests can enjoy afternoon tea and 21-course tasting menus at Interlude, take part in wine tastings on the estate’s three-acre vineyard, and have picnics in the garden.