Cool Off: Summer Escapes to Beat The Heat

Duncan and Brendan on Safari

As summer heats up, the allure of a cool getaway becomes irresistible. I’ve curated a selection of serene and secluded destinations where sophistication meets tranquillity. Picture lounging on pristine beaches, exploring lush landscapes, or unwinding in luxurious resorts. These summer escapes promise an extraordinary travel experience.

From hidden mountain retreats to exclusive beachfront villas, each destination offers a unique and memorable retreat. I’m here to ensure every detail of your journey is crafted to exceed your expectations and create lasting memories. Let’s transform your summer into an unforgettable adventure. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, I’m dedicated to making your travel dreams come true.

To summer respite,

Duncan Greenfield-Turk, VCTA



Aspen, Colorado The Little Nell

Although Aspen is known as a winter playground, a whole new world opens among the summer wildflowers. A blend of city and mountains, it’s a haven for romantic gondola rides, incredible spa experiences and candlelit dinners. Experience the hotel’s award-winning wine list with a private tasting or dinner, and meet one of many sommeliers on staff. The Little Nell’s Adventure Center offers an array of options, like off-road trips and fly-fishing experiences.

Ólafsfjörður, Iceland Eleven Deplar Farm

This Iceland lodge is in the Fljót Valley on the mountainous Troll Peninsula — a gateway to skiing, sea kayaking and stargazing. Here, you can view the spectacular Aurora Borealis due to the region’s notable lack of artificial light. Deplar Farm imitates its natural landscape with black timber cladding and a living roof. You’ll enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the lodge, allowing travellers to admire the surrounding peaks and colourful skies.

Banff, Alberta, Canada Fairmont Banff Springs

Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, Fairmont Banff Springs is renowned as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies.” Reserve the private 360-degree Dome for an unforgettable meal with panoramic Rocky Mountain views, and join a guided hike to discover secluded vantage points.  Chateau Mountain Sports, one of the carefully selected on-site shops and galleries, provides bike rentals for seamless summer adventures in the crisp mountain air.

Glomset, Norway Storfjord Hotel

A secluded boutique property situated in Glomset, Storfjord Hotel is set on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Breathe the familiar scent of timber, and enjoy the works of art and carefully selected antiques. Relax in designer furniture while sipping coffee or tea, and enjoy the magnificent views of Norway. Whether you’re seeking adventure or contemplation, kayaking on Storfjorden offers a unique opportunity to unwind.

Machu Picchu, Peru Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel

As the only hotel located next to Machu Picchu, a stay at Sanctuary Lodge is a chance to be the first to enter the ancient Inca citadel at dawn. Many travelers prefer to rise early to see the majestic ruins at first light with an expert guide; rays cast a sun-dappled glow onto the peak of Huayna Picchu. Bespoke treks and tours will take you off the beaten track. If you’re feeling adventurous, challenging climbs are rewarded with phenomenal vistas.

Halibut Cove, Alaska Stillpoint Lodge

Stillpoint Lodge offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and modern comforts. Here, travellers experience remote Alaska’s enchanting wilderness, exhilarating adventures and abundant wildlife. Each guest stays in a private, luxurious log cabin, built with attention to comfort and views. You’ll smell the rich aroma of evergreen spruce trees, surrounded by quiet wilderness. Enjoy the seclusion of your private deck and watch nature unfold.



Average summer temperatures of 65°F / 18°C


The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Culloden Estate & Spa
The Merchant Hotel
Regency House

Culloden Estate


Grand Café Belfast (coffee)
The Great Room Restaurant (breakfast)
OX Belfast (lunch, dinner)
Roam (lunch, dinner)
Deanes (lunch, dinner)

Grand Café Belfast (coffee)


Queen’s Arcade
Victoria Square Shopping Centre
St George’s Market

Victoria Square Shopping Centre


Stroll Titanic Belfast Museum
See Giant’s Causeway
Tour Belfast Castle
Sit back at the Grand Opera House

Stroll Titanic Belfast Museum

Embark on an unforgettable journey tailored exclusively for you with Global Travel Moments. Leveraging our wealth of over two decades in crafting bespoke travel experiences, we ensure that every detail of your adventure is meticulously planned. Our expertise lies in designing seamless itineraries that eliminate the complexities of travel, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the joy of discovery and exploration. Dive into each destination with ease and confidence, knowing that Global Travel Moments has curated a journey perfectly aligned with your desires and interests.