Gold Standard

With impeccable service, all on-suite accommodation, haute cuisine and extraordinary destinations, a journey with Seabourn is the definition of six-star travel.
2016-08-01
Travel

Island-hopping in the Caribbean? Exploring the Antartic? Discovering Asia? There’s one travel company that not only makes the world your oyster, but also ensures that your experience is as sophisticated as is thrilling. Seabourn’s mission – to allow its guests to experience the rejuvenating power of travel – is made possible by its fleet of elegantly designed, small-scale ships, which can reach out-of-the-way destinations and slip into narrow inlets. Think yacht-filled harbours on the French Riviera and small coves in the Tropics.

More than cutting a dash on water, though, these “boutique hotels at sea”, which have a maximum of 300 suites, ooze luxury. World-class spas, renowned chefs’ tasting menus, the fines wines, all-suite accommodation with spacious private verandas and impeccably trained staff are de rigueur. Each suite is a haven, each guest’s every wish catered for.

Itineraries are as wide-ranging as the amenities: route include Athens to Arabia; China, Japan and Taiwan; and the Philippines and Borneo. And, unusually, guests are encouraged to come face to face with nature; for instance, an Australian itinerary includes a visit to tiny Phillip Island, where guests can experience the “penguin parade” at dusk. Meanwhile, as a UNESCO sponsor, Seabourn has insight into the world’s most treasured locations, protecting world-heritage sites and offering tours by expert speakers. The latest addition to the fleet, the Seabourn Encore, has 300 spacious, well-appointed suites, all of which have a private veranda. Service takes an intuitive approach, with almost one staff member to every guest. Each suite is assigned a personal stewardess to serve a cocktail on the veranda, draw a bath or assist with special requests. Evenings on board can be spent wine-tasting, listening to live music or watching a movie under the stars.

And with three restaurants, an alfresco café and a new partnership with American chef Thomas Keller – whose restaurants hold a total of seven Michelin Stars – foodies will be spoilt for choice.

Hotel designer Adam Tihany has given the Encore a private-yacht feel. With a focus on the ever-changing vistas at sea, large windows make for prime sunset viewing; and the new Club Terrace, with a plunge pool and two whirlpool spas, is an inviting outdoor lounge. Adding to the wow factor, Seabourn recognises that the journey should be just as memorable – and comfortable – as the destination, and offers signature experiences on board that complement guests’ time ashore. These “Seabourn moments” include trying out watersports from the ship’s retractable “marina”, a Caviar in the Surf beach party, or a Shopping with the Chef excursion to a local market. More reasons to run away to sea. For more details, call 0843 373 2000.

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“Where did I put it?” is the last thing you want to be asking yourself before a flight – whether “it” is a wallet, passport, or even family member. To help keep track of the essentials, Aspinal of London has teamed up with Tile, placing the brand’s clever, tiny Bluetooth tracker into its Keyring Pouches. Pop the pouch in your bag or attach it to a treasured possession (inanimate or other), download the locator app, and relax.

Travel photography by the book

The Art of Flying

Aviation is about more than just impressive engineering. It also embodies glamour and reinvention. This illustrated book explores the history of flight from the early jet age of the 1940s to the technological advances of modern private charters.

36 Hours World

Based on the popular New York Times column that claims that a trip doesn’t have to be long to be memorable, this three-volume boxed set offers tips and advice on how to make the most of time-limited travels to all four corners of the earth.

Around the World in 125 Years

Commemorating 125 years of National Geographic magazine, these three photographic volumes feature incredible imagery of faraway places and geological wonders, including archive shots that have never been published before.

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