A few gems off the beaten track: Fanjove Island, Tanzania; The Singular Hotel, Patagonia and Isla Palenque, Panama.
February 11, 2020
All of these gems are off the beaten track, but the extra time and effort spent getting there will be richly rewarded.
Fanjove Island: last minute beach plans?
30% reduction for travel up to mid-March, which is the best time for warmth!
- Just off the coast of Tanzania in an archipelago of six islands, accessed by light aircraft flights from Dar es Salaam, a tuk tuk ride and a sail in a dhow.
- “Pied dans l’eau”; only six eco-friendly bandas and palm-fringed surroundings.
- Eleven kilometres of stunning, protected coral reef.
- Dolphins and birds galore.
- Coconut crab and turtle nest monitoring and management programmes.
- PADI dive centre, sandbank excursions, nature trail and kayaks.
- Dine on the beach in numerous different locations and under the shadow of an historic lighthouse.
The Singular Hotel, Patagonia.
A triumph of architectural design blending the old with the new.
- Bruce Chatwin wrote about this former cold storage plant in his seminal travel book In Patagonia. Visiting in 1974, he was on the search for the Mylodon Caves near Puerto Natales where he found turds preserved from the giant ground sloth that roamed here in pre-historic times.
- Most of the meat which was imported to Europe during WW1 came from this processing plant, which was powered by British engineering equipment. It is now an historical monument and forms part of this dramatically conceptualised hotel situated almost at the bottom of the world.
- A myriad of outdoor activities including visits to the Torres del Paine Park, kayaking, riding, condor and puma spotting, fishing, glaciers and walking. But there is a spa for pampering too…..
- Panoramas of desolate, crushing beauty await you here.
- Access by plane from Santiago; combine with a road trip on the famous Carreta Austral.
A wild and green haven.
- Palenque means “sanctuary”; this is a 400-acre island off the southern coast of Panama.
- Just eight casitas, a private villa and seven beaches.
- Jungle tours to delve into the island’s rich archaeological and natural history.
- Sustainably built accommodation with eco-credentials and coveted accreditation by National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
- Cookery classes, rum cocktail mixing demonstrations, yoga, massage.
- Partnership with local fishermen; part of the Dock to Dish international organisation.
- Really friendly staff.
- Access via Costa Rica or from Panama City… and a speedboat.
- PS: don’t forget to make an appointment to see your bankers whilst there.
For further information please contact Miles on 020 7723 5858.
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