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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Grape Escapes: Portugal

Wine lovers rejoice! First in the series of Grape Escapes we will be exploring Portugal, aka the motherland of delightfully tasteful and inexpensive vinho.

Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between a ‘Dao’ and a ‘Douro’? Or perhaps what exactly it is that gives ‘Vinho Verde’ it’s sparkle? There’s always time to find out and we’ll help.  As self-confessed wine experts and having ‘tried and tested’ top Portuguese vineyards, we are here to point you in the ‘wine’ direction of exploring a country that has so much to offer.

With a good year-round climate and the influence of the Atlantic, Portugal is known to produce some of the best wines on the planet, and with the country keeping a lot of its produce to itself (unlike many others), you can be guaranteed its extensive quality and affordability.

You won’t find a ‘screw-top’ in sight; not only is wine one of Portugal’s biggest commodities, but their bottles are stoppered with authentic and locally grown cork, which is one of their biggest exports; the corks naturally let in a small amount of air, which fuller red wines can benefit from. It oxidizes the tannins, which helps create a smoother finish, nutty aroma and an overall more drinkable wine.

Each region of Portugal has its own distinct climate; the cooler temperatures and Atlantic breeze make the far north of Portugal (north of Porto/Braga region) ideal for producing the very popular ‘Vinho Verde’, whereas the daytime heat and cool nighttime temperatures in the middle of the countryside, as you head further south into the Alentejo region, are perfect for ripening the grapes for a beautifully smooth red (otherwise known as ‘Vinho Tinto’).

The landscape and nature changes so much across the country, that to experience it and quite literally get a flavour for the country as a whole, travel from top to bottom or vice versa is a must!

Accommodation throughout the country can range from a renovated monastery or convent to a minimalist and eco-friendly beach house or a traditional farmhouse with a modern finish.  While much of your time is spent enjoying the surroundings and sampling local flavours and delicacies, the opportunities for activities such as golf & horse-riding are endless.

The ideal time of year to visit is in the September/October months, when temperatures are pleasantly warm, evenings are still long, the ‘summer crowds’ have thinned, and most importantly it is the Harvest season across the vineyards.

Of course no wines should be tasted without the accompaniment of a freshly baked sourdough loaf, or a variety of local artisan cheeses and smoked hams from surrounding farms.

 

With the perfect mix of beautiful historic architecture, beams of countryside and stunning coastlines & beaches, Portugal truly ‘has it all’.

Journey down the long and ‘wine’ding roads and discover the very best of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Get in touch with us for more information; [email protected]

Sáude!

*As ever with any our trips we take the stress out of planning, cost the same as going direct and we will give you our insider knowledge as well as making sure you are VIPd where ever you stay.

 

Suggested Route:

Braga – Porto – Douro Valley – Coimbra – Areias do Seixo – Lisbon – Comporta – Evora – Alentejo – Algarve

Suggested wineries by region:

Vinho Verde (north of Braga) – Palácio da Brejoeira + Solar de Merufe

Bairrada (near Coimbra) – Quinta Mata Fidalaga

Dão (near Coimbra) – Parador Casa da Insua

Porto – Taylor’s

Douro Valley – Esporão + Quinta do Vesuvio + Quinta de La Rosa + CARM

Lisbon/Tejo (Lisbon & Comporta) – Quinta do Monte d’Orio + Herdade de Comporta + Casal Sta. Maria

Alentejo (Alentejo) – Herdade de Malhadinha / Herdade dos Grous / Herdade de Freixo

Algarve (north of Portimão) – Morgado do Quintão + Quinta Barranco Longo

 

Suggested places to Stay:

Braga – Torre de Gomariz Wine & Spa Hotel

Porto – The Yeatman + Rosa et al townhouse + Mo House

Douro Region – Six senses Douro Valley + Douro41

Coimbra – Quinta das Lágrimas

Lisbon/Terras Novas – Areias do Seixo

Lisbon city centre – Palácio Príncipe Real

Comporta – Sublime Comporta + Casa Palmela + Casas Na Areia

Évora – Convento Espinheiro + São Lourenço do Barrocal + Da Licença

South Alentejo – Herdade Malhadinha Nova

Algarve – Fazenda Nova Country House + Vilamonte Farmhouse

East Algarve – Grand House (This is a great stop off at if you want to twin your Portugal road trip with a Spanish extension)