When it comes to unwinding, the Italians are experts – and the serene Tenuta di Murlo, a private estate in rural Umbria, is the perfect place to restore body and soul. Guests can soak up the ambience in beautifully appointed stone villas, apartments and cottages, head off hiking, fishing or golfing, or enjoy the fine local cuisine at the estate’s restaurant, Il Caldaro.
Fancy going way off the beaten track? The new Navigator service by luxury travel company Natural World Safaris has a fleet of specialised superyachts (sleeping up to 26) that can go anywhere from Arctic ice floes to remote tropical islands, with no itineraries and no constraints. On board, guests will find fishing gear, kayaks, gyms and saunas; some yachts even have a seaplane. And Navigator’s expert advisers are on hand every step of the way.
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, the Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet has 61 rooms and suites designed around the historic and cultural riches of the city. Think handmade Iznik tiles and silk Tabriz carpets, antique lamps, marble floors and beautiful wooden furniture with mother-of-pearl inlay. The hotel features state-of-the-art technology throughout, and also includes a tranquil spa, while the top-floor Zeferan Restaurant is the place for Azerbaijani fine dining – not to mention breathtaking views over the city and the Sea of Marmara.
Ibiza may be the capital of clubbing, but tranquillity is key at the new Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay. Amid the pale sands of Talamanca Bay (2km north of Ibiza Town), the hotel has 152 rooms and suites, four restaurants (including, of course, a Nobu), two seafront pools and a Six Senses spa (the island’s first). Meanwhile, back in the UK, the just-opened Nobu Hotel Shoreditch has 150 minimalist rooms where you can recharge in style after exploring the vibrant London neighbourhood.