February 21, 2023
At the Devigarh Palace in Northern India
- An awe-inspiring small hotel with a deeply romantic approach
- 18th century origins with hidden courtyards and mirrored ante-chambers opening into views of the Aravali hills
- Just 39 rooms with exemplary service and private dining options in a series of heavenly locations about the palace
- Beautifully tended organic vegetable garden. Soil to plate in moments
- Udaipur excursions, walks to temples, endless history and culture, yoga, cycling, spa
“Rose petals falling from the ramparts on our arrival charmed us from the start.” Theobald Barber guest
Best time to visit: September to April.
More Attenborough Atoll than Love Island
Makunudu: a hidden Maldives gem with soul
- Gentle, authentic; the Maldives as they used to be, with a low-key, Africa charm
- Privately-owned single estate; only 36 rooms
- Known only to a lucky few since the 1980s
- Magnificent private reef, no light pollution, and just 50 minutes by boat from the airport (with Virgin flying direct from October)
- Affordable price fighter: from approx. £360- £690 FB per villa per night
“There’s nothing quite like Makunudu.” said someone who has stayed on 65 islands in the Maldives…
Best time to visit: Manta Ray season: December-April
Garden route glories:
Fairview House in South Africa
- Owner-managed by the legendary Rattray family of Fugitive’s Drift fame
- Knowledgeable host brings the history to life and the hostess cooks extremely well
- A view to die for: “a wildly jagged line of peaks in the distance, tearing up the skies as if cut by a pair of wonky scissors” so a guest said.
- Cape Dutch heritage with sumptuous interiors and wonderful fine art
- 8 rooms enveloped with lawns and lushness overlooking Keurbooms Nature Reserve
- Robberg peninsula and its rugged hiking nearby with whales, sharks and seals to see
- Nature’s valley and Knysna Heads too, with deep sea fishing, golf, polo and wineries all close by.
“The simple beauty and order of the space made me feel calmly content.” Theobald Barber guest
Best time to visit: September to April
NB prices shown were current at the time of writing the newsletter and are not necessarily current now.
Please ask for an updated quote.
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- Lamu: crab complaining
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- Africans: always smiling
- French sketch
- Kenya: the best hosts
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- Australia: Arkaba, Tasmania and Lord Howe Island
- Australia: in the outback and off the beaten track
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