FESTIVE FINDS: HOLIDAY TRIPS FOR EVERY TRAVELLER
Looking ahead at holiday retreats? When everyone is talking about heading home, you and your loved ones can go on an ultimate adventure or get whisked away to a relaxing lodge. I’m sharing several incredible once-in-a-lifetime destinations for every type of holiday traveller — and gift ideas from renowned hotels to keep on your radar.
To looking ahead,
Duncan Greenfield-Turk, VCTA
AHEAD OF THE HOLIDAYS: FESTIVE GETAWAYS FOR EVERY TRAVELER
From sunny shores to winter wonderlands and the far-flung adventures between, here are some of my favourite resort destinations for holiday memories in the making. Regardless of your travel style, I can offer exclusive benefits at these five properties when you book a festive getaway.
FOR THE BEACH-GOER: INDONESIA | NIHI SUMBA
Explorers say a visit to Nihi Sumba is not an escape from life, but a return to a life well-lived. Every detail of the rooms — crisp white bed linens on canopy beds, handmade chocolate in the mini bar, sweeping panoramic views of the Indian Ocean — will make you and your loved ones feel at home, yet completely transported for the holidays.
FOR THE ADVENTURER: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS | PIKAIA LODGE
Hidden in a secluded giant tortoise reserve on the edge of an extinct volcanic crater, Pikaia Lodge is a gateway to exploring many of Earth’s treasures sustainably. This lodge is designed for the environmentally conscious adventurist who seeks close contact with the incredible wildlife, vast landscapes and stunning beauty of the Galápagos.
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: COLORADO | TAYLOR RIVER LODGE
The perfect setting for families and friends who have become family, Taylor River Lodge is where blue skies, emerald pines and granite cliffs frame your adventures. Located on the outskirts of Crested Butte in Taylor Canyon, this riverside destination is the ultimate holiday cabin retreat and fishing is at the heart of the experience.
FOR THE ROMANTIC: TURKS AND CAICOS | COMO PARROT CAY
At COMO Parrot Cay, you’ll relish in luxury at a beachfront house or villa with whitewash interiors and chic teak finishing. Each accommodation option has its own private pool and butler service — an ideal setting for holiday relaxation. If you’re seeking even more room to relax and play, private homes are available to rent.
FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST: ICELAND | 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.
HOTEL KEEPSAKES: TAKE YOUR TRAVELS HOME
When an extra day at your dream destination isn’t possible, the next-best option is packing the memory in your suitcase. The latest edition of OLTRE Magazine shares several destinations with some of the world’s most luxurious hotel keepsakes — I’m talking the best chevron beach towels, jackets, crisp-white shoes and more. These items make great mementoes for yourself or the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones back home.