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Art and travel have always had a special relationship, with one influencing the other for centuries. And now luxury travellers can truly 'lose' themselves in their favourite novel, film or play during their time away. Peter Jackson's blockbuster The Hobbit focused the world's eyes on New Zealand as a key destination and consequently lit the touchpaper for the set-jetting trend. Here is our choice of some of the most inspiring literary locations.

A stay at the 15th Century Palazzo Victoria , Verona offers a modern take on the romance of Renaissance living.  Dating back to the era of Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet', it is easy to imagine secret trysts and dawn duels taking place here when you gaze out over the old town from the balcony of the Victoria Suite.

Life imitates art at  COMO Shambhala Estate; a collection of contemporary styled suites and villas encircled by rainforest in the Balinese spiritual centre of Ubud. The wellness programmes at this award-winning spa retreat promise a similar sense of enlightenment to that experienced by Julia Roberts' character in 'Eat, Pray, Love' during her sojourn here in Bali.

2014's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded to Donna Tartt for her latest novel 'The Goldfinch' which centres on Dutch painter Fabritius' masterpiece of the same name. The narrative focuses around a tale of loss and obsession triggered by a tragic event at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. New to the Carrier portfolio this year, a stay at the sophisticated and quirky  The Quin hotel in Midtown Manhattan - once home to artists Georgia O'Keeffe and Marc Chagall - will fully immerse you in New York's rich cultural legacy.

An intimate, family-owned and run boutique villa hotel of ten individual suites and 18 luxurious pool villas that enjoys sweeping sea views, Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is an exclusive retreat on Crete's unspoilt coastline. The hotel is situated in a traditional fishing village - immortalised by the novel,'The Island', by Victoria Hislop. A short ferry ride from the tiny harbour of Plaka takes you to the former leper island of Spinalonga, where much of the drama of the novel takes place.

Eleanor Catton's epic novel 'The Luminaries' about the New Zealand goldrush is set on the South Island's west coast. Winner of the Man Booker prize, the author depicts a wondrous 19th Century New Zealand with its rivers of gold shrouded in mystical mists.  A 'New Zealand at its Best' tour captures the best of this awe-inspiring country 

 


Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites

With magnificent views over the Gulf of Mirabello, this member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers a rare combination of exceptional luxury, state-of-the-art amenities and bespoke service. An award-winning luxury family-owned and run boutique villa-hotel, accommodation features a collection of original furnishings and objets d’art. Sumptuous villas with up to four bedrooms all have private pools and Jacuzzi, fully equipped kitchens and marbled bathrooms; some boast their own spa (private gym, sauna and steam bath). A butler service i...

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the Quin

The Quin brings new levels of sophistication to midtown Manhattan, its urbane service complemented by swish rooms and suites with city views, whilst a three level penthouse with oversized windows and glass doors overlooks Central Park. Comfort and modernity are unparalleled, guest rooms having Dux beds, Nespresso machines, Venetian linens and touchscreen room controls. The two-storey Wayfarer restaurant is a meeting place for Manhattanites in the know, its gentleman’s club ambience complemented by superb international fare followed by custom co...

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COMO Shambhala Estate

Nestled in a lush tropical setting, this private estate offers a lifestyle and wellness concept that affords its guests to the privacy in one’s own personal tropical hideaway. Taking its name from a mythical, spiritual kingdom, every aspect has been carefully considered to ensure you are immersed in a bespoke and holistic journey of wellness throughout your entire stay. Suites with private terrace or gardens are housed in five individually designed residences, the beautifully appointed freestanding villas have private pools, all served by a per...

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New Zealand at its Best

This unparalleled journey reveals New Zealand’s most stunning sights. It is complimented by some of the world’s leading accommodation in the form of stylish boutique hotels, unrivalled lodges and roaming country estates. Your self-drive journey beings in vibrant Auckland and continues on to the beguiling Bay of Islands before taking in Lake Taupo, Palliser Bay and Christchurch. It ends with action-packed Wanaka, Queenstown and Glenorchy on the scenic shores of Lake Wakatipu. Your adventure into this extraordinary wilderness of glistening bays a...

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