For many, being able to travel again enables us to gather with our friends and family. This could be an annual trip, an anniversary celebration or just an excuse for a spectacular adventure. So we’ve collated some of the best short, mid and long haul stays from the US and UK, to inspire you for you next trip. Activity filled days on horseback, ones gliding on glistening water or just feet-up lying back in the sun, there is an option for everyone.
Ballynahinch Castle – Ireland
London: 1hr Atlanta: 11hrs
Surrounded by craggy mountains and hundreds of acres of estate, this elegant 18th-century castle sits in the heart of County Galway’s forests on the edge of a salmon-rich river. Expect country pursuits in abundance, from clay pigeon shooting to boating on the nearby Atlantic.
5 nights half board in a Riverside Suite, with guiding & experiences, from £1,150 per person.
Ranch at Rock Creek – Montana
Atlanta: 4hrs London: 14hrs
Cowboy enthusiasts of all ages will be in their element at this working ranch deep in the mountains. Embrace the great outdoors and ride, bike, fish in the creek or hop in the horse-drawn sleigh, then feast on hearty ranch fare and hit the bowling alley in the saloon.
3 nights all inclusive of meals, drinks and all on-ranch activities from £2,450 per person.
Nour El Nil Cruise – Egypt
London: 4hrs Atlanta: 15hrs
Glide down the Nile on this beautifully appointed Dahabiya, stepping off to visit sites away from the tourist trail and discover remote villages; this is the Egypt few get to see. Expect fantastic cuisine – the chefs buy daily ingredients fresh from farmers and fishermen along the river.
5 nights full board, with meals & activities, in a Panoramic Cabin from £1,600 per person.
Deplar Farm – Iceland
Atlanta: 9hrs London: 3hrs
This is the most luxurious former sheep farm you’ll ever encounter – set in a snowy wilderness under the green glow of the Northern Lights. Heli-ski spectacular slopes and trek or horse ride through the mountains, before relaxing in the stylish spa and geothermal pool.
3 nights all inclusive of food, drinks and activities from £4,250 per person.
Lolldaiga House – Kenya
London: 9hrs Atlanta: 18hrs
This family home provides endless opportunity for safari adventure by car, foot, quad bike or horse. For the ultimate bush experience, sleep out under the stars. The house itself comes with its own team of chefs, hosts, housekeepers and safari guides to look after you.
4 nights all inclusive safari stay, with exclusive use for 8 people, from £2,300 per person.
The Brando – French Polynesia
Atlanta: 18hrs London: 23hrs
Only reached by helicopter or private plane, this is the ultimate desert island escape. It would be easy to devote your days to relaxing in the spa, but there’s plenty to explore on the atoll with snorkelling, kayaking, biking, hiking and discovering birdlife and turtles.
5 nights all inclusive of food, drinks, activities & domestic flights, from £8,400 per person.
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