There’s something magically old-world about train journeys. And with wood-panelled sleeper cars and fine-dining options, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains transports passengers to a bygone era. The Sicilian Odyssey tour includes seven stops on the historic island, then carries on to Venice via the Amalfi coast, Rome and Florence.

Villa with a view


Days don’t get much dreamier than overlooking the Andaman sea and Natai beach from a private infinity pool. Iniala Shores in Phuket is a collection of four five-bedroom villas, perfect for families or groups in search of a blissful getaway. With an in-house spa offering beauty, wellness and massage therapies, and beachfront yoga and Pilates available, guests will emerge relaxed, recharged and revived.

Art and soul

A city break is all about being in the art of things – so what better place to base yourself than the new Silo Hotel in Cape Town, located above the future Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and boasting incredible views over the V&A Waterfront. Originally a grain elevator, it has retained an industrial look, with added glamour. Guests can swim in the glass pool, enjoy tea overlooking Table Mountain, or visit a winery.

Game plan

For those who enjoyed Planet Earth II, a safari is likely to be next on the holiday hit list. Enter Saruni Rhino, in the Sera Community Conservancy in northern Kenya – the first East African lodge to offer an on-foot black-rhino-tracking experience. The walking safari is led by expert guides who can help give guests incredible rhino viewings. Other highlights include elephants, zebras and hyenas.

Heaven on wheels

When it comes to getaways, La Coquillade is breaking away from the peloton and heading for a podium position. Whether you fancy making the steep climb up Mont Ventoux or cruising through vineyards, the resort – located on a 100-acre estate overlooking the Lubéron Valley in Provence – offers plenty of trails and terrains. And expert cyclists are on hand to help you select the right bike and find your rhythm.

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