PIPPA’S TRAVEL CALENDAR – Family Edition

Hot Hotels for Spring and Beyond

As the first blossoms of spring unfurl, it’s time to dust off your travel wish list and get ready for adventures in sun-drenched locales. This blog is your treasure map to the best holiday destinations right now. What’s more, we’ve picked out the perfect hotels for all the major holidays to help you plan your year of travels. Whether you want a family getaway with the kids or a romantic retreat for two, these hotels are tried and tested, and located in destinations with the ideal weather. So, let’s leap into the season where the days get longer and the drinks get colder. Welcome to your 2024 travel inspiration guide…

 

EASTER HOLIDAY destinations we recommend:

Tuscany: Perfect spring climate, fewer tourists and rolling hills bursting with wildflowers. Where to stay: Castelfalfi (pictured above)

Koh Samui: Tropical sunshine, warm waters, soft sands and sensational curries. Where to stay: Four Seasons Koh Samui (very ‘White Lotus’ hot right now)

Tenerife: Consistent sunshine and top-notch family resorts. Where to stay: Ritz Carlton Abama

Turkey: Warm weather and hospitality at Turkey’s cities and coasts. Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental Istanbul

Oman: Pleasant temperatures, clear skies, rich heritage and dramatic landscapes. Where to stay: Jumeirah Muscat Bay

Alentejo: Alentejo shines in spring, with lovely weather for exploring the Portuguese countryside. Where to stay: Herdade Malhadinha Nova

Costa Rica: Verdant landscapes and diverse wildlife in full bloom at Easter. Where to stay: Nayara Tended Camp

Seville: Springtime Seville is a joy, with vibrant street life and festive Easter spirit. Where to stay: Palacio Villapanes

Japan: Japan’s cherry blossoms (expected 22 March 2024) frame the perfect weather at this time of year. Where to stay: Hoshinoya Fuji

Rome: Mild spring weather perfect for sightseeing and gelato tasting. Where to stay: Hotel de Russie

Cape Winelands: Farm-to-table food in Franschhoek, with spot on temperatures and sensational views. Where to stay: 7 Koppies

7 Koppies, Franschhoek, South Africa

CARRY ON PLANNING…

MAY HALF TERM destinations we recommend: 

Morocco, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

Malta, Iniala  Harbour House

Greece, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

Bhutan, Six Senses

Mauritius, LUX Grand Gaube

Puglia, Borgo Egnazia

The Algarve, Octant Vila Monte

Ibiza, Oku Ibiza

Iniala Harbour House, Malta

SUMMER HOLIDAY destinations we recommend:

Vietnam, An Lam

Crete, Daios Cove

Singapore, Shangri-La Sentosa

Uganda, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Bali, St Regis Bali

Sumba, Nihi

Botswana, Zarafa Camp

Mallorca, La Residencia

East coast Sri Lanka, Jungle Beach

Sardinia, 7Pines Resort

Kenya, Singita Grumeti

Scotland, Gleneagles

Croatia, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj

Daios Cove, Crete

OCTOBER HALF TERM destinations we recommend:

France, Les Sources Des Cheverny

Portugal, Vila Vita Parc

Cyprus, Columbia Resort

Sicily, Villa Igiea

Mozambique, Colina Verde

Seychelles, Alphonse Island

Iceland, Deplar Farm

Kenya, Giraffe Manor

Les Sources de Cheverny, France

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY destinations we recommend:  

Sri Lanka, Haritha 

Finnish Lapland, Octola

Australia, Saffire Freycinet

South Africa, Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Abu Dhabi, St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Langkawi, The Datai

Rajasthan, Leela Palace Udaipur 

New Zealand, Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses

Panama, Islas Secas

Cambodia, Song Saa

Leela Palace Udaipur, India

FEBRUARY HALF TERM destinations we recommend:

Switzerland, The Capra

Maldives, Six Senses Lamu

Phuket, Trisara

Mexico, Chable Maroma

Bahamas, Rosewood Baha Mar

Norway, Storfjord Hotel

Chile, Casa Molle

Antigua, Jumby Bay

Chable Maroma, Mexico

NOT TRAVELLING WITH KIDS? 

All of the above suggestions are super stylish and work nicely with or without kids. But for those seeking total tranquillity, here are a few of our favourite adults-only hotels and resorts:

Mallorca, Can Ferrereta 

Maldives, Anantara Veli

Antigua, Hermitage Bay

Greece, Nomad Mykonos

Bali, Desa Hay

Mauritius, Paradise Cove

Italy, Cape of Senses

Australia, Southern Ocean Lodge

Desa Hay, Bali

And don’t forget, we have hundreds of recommendations up our sleeves to suit your specific needs; this is a mere sprinkling of inspiration for you! We can recommend and book hotels, flights, transfers, activities and restaurant reservations, ensuring you are VIPd during your stay, whether that’s a complimentary upgrade, a food and beverage credit or a massage. 

Get in touch for more ideas:
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Top 10 Winter Escapes

ESCAPE THE COLD. EMBRACE THE COLD. WHICHEVER; HERE’S HOW TO DO IT BEST…

 

Whether you want to turbo-boost your festive season with skidooing under the aurora-lit skies of Lapland, or top up your Vitamin D with sunshine and see-through seas in the Maldives, here are our top 10 destinations for a winter escape…

 

1. SRI LANKA

A treasure trove of cultural, architectural and natural gems, ideal for both romantic getaways and family holidays, Sri Lanka tops our list of winter escapes. From its palm-fringed golden beaches, to the Cultural Triangle’s ancient sites to Hill Country’s lush plantations and Yala National Park’s wildlife-rich safaris, this island boasts extraordinary diversity. Luxuriate in chic villas and arguably the best boutique hotels in the world, and feast on egg hoppers, kottu roti and the ubiquitous ‘rice and curry’. For those with more time, Sri Lanka combines beautifully with the Maldives…

 

 

 

 

2. THE MALDIVES

The Maldives is the ultimate paradise archipelago and the perfect destination for those wanting to switch off and escape the cold. Whether you choose an overwater bungalow or beachfront suite, the Maldives offers luxury and tranquillity in equal measure. With unparalleled privacy and direct access to the warm, see-through sea, you can swim, snorkel and scuba dive in this kaleidoscopic underwater world teeming with marine life, or simply bask in the sun on powdery white beaches. Other “activities” here include eating gourmet cuisine and indulging in world-class spa treatments. The Maldives is ideal for romantic getaways, but it also offers a fantastic family escape; with 150 plus resorts to choose from, we can guide you to the best resort for your needs.

 

 

 

 

3. BOTSWANA

Africa never fails to thrill and amaze and Botswana is the jewel in Africa’s crown, offering a truly pristine safari experience. These luscious, hippo-filled deltas are home to some world-class luxury lodges, blending seamlessly into the natural environment. Explore the unspoiled Okavango Delta, alive with bird-filled floodplains, roaming elephants and the echoes of lions at dusk. Glide through the waterways in a traditional mokoro canoe, witness the Great Migration in the Chobe National Park, and sleep under the stars in the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is a haven for those seeking a true connection with nature and an authentic African adventure.

 

 

 

 

4. NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand beckons thrill-seekers and connoisseurs of luxury with its awe-inspiring terrain. Indulge in opulent lodges and chic hotels while embracing adrenaline-pumping activities like helicopter tours, jet boating, bungee jumping, skiing, surfing and more. Journey through Middle Earth, from the volcanic landscapes of the North Island to the majestic fjords of the South Island. Immerse yourself in Maori culture, hike the awe-inspiring Milford Track and indulge in the vibrant food and wine scene. The genuine warmth of New Zealanders ensures an unforgettable escape.

 

 

 

 

5. COSTA RICA

Embark on an eco-conscious journey through Costa Rica’s vibrant rainforests and stunning coasts. A paradise for nature enthusiasts and families seeking adventure, this country offers private eco-lodges and bespoke wildlife experiences. Wake to the symphony of wildlife, explore tropical biodiversity, and unwind in secluded, candle-lit lodges. Venture into the wild with jungle treks and volcano tours, or embrace serenity on the beach with sustainable retreats, rejuvenating yoga, and sunset barbecues after a surf.

 

 

 

 

6. SOUTH AFRICA

Not only are they World Cup winners, South Africa has a dazzling array of winning qualities, from the vibrant art scene and bustling city life in Cape Town to the serene Winelands and sensational cuisine of Stellenbosch. The iconic Table Mountain provides a stunning backdrop for urban explorers, while the Garden Route offers breathtaking coastal drives. Embark on a Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park, unwind on the sun-kissed beaches of the Eastern Cape and choose from an exceptional standard of hotels. With its achingly cool boutique hotels, first-class gastronomy, diverse cultures and spectacular wildlife, let South Africa work its magic on you this winter.

 

 

 

 

7. SKIING IN THE DOLOMITES

With tourist-free cities and sublime skiing, winter is a great time to visit Italy. For a ski holiday that combines stunning landscapes with world-class slopes, Italy’s Dolomites are unmatched. Offering some of the best skiing in Europe, the Dolomites are known for their sunny days and excellent snow conditions. After a day on the slopes, indulge in the region’s renowned cuisine and unwind in luxurious alpine resorts. Whether you’re carving down the slopes or simply enjoying the mountain air and scenic tranquillity, a ski holiday in the Dolomites is a must-try.

 

 

 

 

8. OMAN

Dreaming of deep desert adventures? Oman offers authentic Arabian charm and combines an off-the-beaten-track feel with uncompromising luxury. Explore Muscat’s bustling souks, discover ancient forts and tombs in Wadi Ghul – Oman’s answer to the Grand Canyon – and venture into the mesmerising Wahabi Sands Desert, speckled with Bedouin camps. The journey isn’t complete without a relaxing stay on Oman’s sun-drenched coast. Here, you can witness baby green turtles and embark on serene dhow cruises at sunset.

 

 

 

 

9. PERU

Embrace Peru’s rich mosaic in 2024 – a blend of intriguing cultures, communities, living traditions and beliefs, amazing food and pisco, astounding nature, history and archaeology – from the coast to the Andes to the Amazon. Trek the ancient Inca trails to Machu Picchu, delve into Peruvian arts, history and gastronomy, and enjoy relaxing wellness retreats. Whether it’s a multi-generational trip, an activity-packed adventure with friends, or a solo exploration, Peru promises an enriching and spiritual journey.

 

 

 

 

10. SWEDISH LAPLAND

There are few things more festive and romantic than a luminous display of the Northern Lights on a crisp, clear Scandinavian night. For those eager to fully embrace winter, head to Sweden’s far north between September and late March for a pure winter wonderland experience. Known for its Sami culture, reindeer herding and cosy log cabins, Swedish Lapland promises a refreshingly healthy, heart-warming vacation. Enjoy skiing, skidooing and dog sledding through twinkling white snow, followed by crackling fires and hot tubbing under aurora-lit skies.

 

 

Get in touch to start planning your tailor-made winter holiday:

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Top 10 Sizzling Summer Destinations for 2023

Is it summertime already?

Spoiler alert – it is. However it’s never too late to book an escape or two.

We have compiled a list of where’s HOT this year (both metaphorically and wowzer make sure you pack that factor 50)!

From the sun-kissed beaches of the Turkish Riviera to the bucket list adventures of Tanzania, and the cultural wonders of Malta, these ten destinations offer something for every traveler seeking a perfect summer escape.

 

TURKISH RIVIERA
A Coastal Paradise

Take a look at our instagram for hotel ideas: @pipparosetravel

The Turkish Riviera, with its stunning Mediterranean coastline, boasts idyllic beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and a rich historical heritage. Indulge in sun-soaked relaxation, explore ancient ruins like Ephesus, and savour the delectable flavours of Turkish cuisine. The Turkish Riviera is a haven for beach lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

 

PORTUGAL
The beauty and the feast

Get in touch with us for our dossier on where to eat & drink throughout the country!

 

Portugal, a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural heritage, promises a remarkable vacation. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Lisbon, explore historic sites such as Sintra’s Pena Palace, wine tasting in the Alentejo and enjoy the breathtaking cliffs of Algarve. Portugal’s warm hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes will leave you wanting more.

 

THE MALDIVES

A Tropical Paradise

There’s over 150 resorts to chose from and we can help.

 

The Maldives, a dreamy archipelago in the Indian Ocean, offers pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a world-class underwater paradise has the total WOW factor. Dive into the coral reefs, unwind in luxurious overwater bungalows, and indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments. The Maldives is the epitome of luxury and tranquility, providing the perfect escape from everyday life. Summer isn’t an obvious time to go but we will let you in on a secret – the weather is still good and the prices are cheaper!

TANZANIA
The Land of Wildlife and Adventure

Tanzanians are some of the best you’ll ever meet!

 

For nature enthusiasts and safari seekers, Tanzania is a must-visit destination. Witness the breathtaking Serengeti migration, climb the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, and explore the stunning Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania’s vibrant wildlife and awe-inspiring landscapes create an unforgettable adventure that will ignite your wanderlust. Let’s not forget their stunning coastline as well.

 

 

THAILAND
A Tapestry of Culture and Beauty

Short on time and want to see it all? Let us help.

 

Thailand, known for its vibrant street markets, ornate temples, and stunning islands, offers a diverse range of experiences. Immerse yourself in the bustling streets of Bangkok, visit the ancient temples of Chiang Mai, and unwind on the picturesque beaches of Phuket. Thailand’s warm hospitality, tantalising cuisine, and rich cultural heritage will captivate your senses.

 

 

MAURITIUS
Tropical Bliss in the Indian Ocean

A great value for money option

 

Mauritius, a paradise island nestled in the Indian Ocean, offers pristine beaches, azure waters, and a fusion of cultures. Relax on the palm-fringed beaches, swim with dolphins, and explore the vibrant markets of Port Louis. With its natural beauty and warm hospitality, Mauritius is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

 

MEXICO
Where History and Beauty Converge

Diving? Sightseeing? Sunbathing? Mexico has it all (+ tequila)

 

Mexico, a land of ancient civilizations and vibrant traditions, beckons with its rich history and diverse landscapes. Discover the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, unwind on the stunning beaches of Cancun, and explore the colorful streets of Mexico City. Mexico’s vibrant culture, mouthwatering cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes will leave you spellbound.

 

 

 

INDONESIA
A Tropical Wonderland

The best way to explore is by boat

 

Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, offers a wealth of natural wonders and cultural treasures. Explore the lush jungles of Bali, dive into the underwater paradise of Raja Ampat, and witness the majestic Borobudur Temple in Java. Indonesia’s diverse landscapes, warm hospitality, and vibrant traditions make it a true tropical paradise.

 

 

MALTA
A Mediterranean Gem

Contact us for our dossier on the best places to eat!

 

Malta, a small archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, is a hidden gem with a rich history and stunning landscapes. Wander through the charming streets of Valletta, explore ancient temples like Ħaġar Qim, and relax on the tranquil beaches of Gozo. Malta’s unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty will leave you enchanted.

 

 

 

FRANCE
Le joie de vivre!

Sip rosé in Provence

France, synonymous with art, fashion, and exquisite cuisine, is a destination that needs no introduction. For rugby fans France will definitely be on the horizons for September and October. However this summer why not discover the romance of Paris, explore the charming villages of Provence, and bask in the glamour of the French Riviera. From the iconic landmarks to the picturesque countryside, France offers an unparalleled blend of elegance and charm.

 

 

 

 

These ten destinations, each with its own unique allure, promise an unforgettable summer vacation. Whether you seek coastal paradise, cultural immersion, wildlife adventures, or luxurious relaxation, these destinations have it all.

Get in touch to start planning now:

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