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Celebrate special occasions with extra-special trips

Retreat to Umbria

Umbria boasts more than its fair share of masterpieces and the Reschio Estate is certainly one of them. The spectacular 1000-year-old castle with just 36 rooms creates a vivid and intimate setting for a family gathering. Whimsical and effortlessly stylish, the estate transports you to a bygone era. Spend days together exploring the rolling hills on foot or by horse and, as the sun sets, dress up for a dinner party that exudes Italian glamour. The Palm Court can become a lively bar for pre-dinner cocktails, whilst the courtyard boasts perfect acoustics for operas, private concerts or recitals.

Precious moments in the Maldives

If you thought you had explored the Maldives, think again. The Fari Islands, a four-island archipelago, are welcoming three new romantic getaways over the next 18 months. Every private pool and sea-view villa has been imagined by some of the best creative minds in the world – Kengo Kuma, the architect behind Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, is the mastermind behind Capella Maldives, whilst Patina Maldives has been designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan. Meanwhile at the Ritz Carlton, you can fall in love with the ocean under the expert eye of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Sustainability Program.

Botswana's natural beauty

Powered by the sun and completely plastic free, the new Xigera Safari Lodge occupies a remarkable location in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This lodge is shaping the future of sustainable safaris and clearly making its mark in luxury travel. For a birthday like no other, explore all the abundant wildlife this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer, safe in the knowledge that this delicate ecosystem in Botswana is being safeguarded for future generations. Local guides can introduce you to Motlalepula the local leopard or help you spot lioness Sisilia and her four cubs.

The Spirit of Hanoi

This eagerly anticipated opening raises the bar for refined luxury and cultural immersion in Vietnam. Leave the present behind and embrace a world of art, opera and rich culture at Capella Hanoi, designed by famed architect Bill Bensley, the man behind some of Asia’s most avant-garde luxury retreats. Nestled on a peaceful boulevard along Hoàn Kiêm Lake, you’ll uncover unexpected moments of delightful artistry. Capella Culturists are on hand to tailor unforgettable moments; learn new skills with a tai chi master or Vietnamese lacquer painting from one of the city’s most famous artists.

Set sail again

The world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship Tradewind Voyages is about to embark on a monumental trip. From the enchanting Nordic fjords to the beauty of remote Australia, it’s the ideal way for any thalassophile to celebrate a milestone or mark an occasion. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel France II, the ship marries the charm of sailing with modern luxury. Clever engineering means the cruise liner is powered by nature whenever possible, using sails, without propulsion, for around 70% of each journey.

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