Travel Dream - Winter 2017/18

Travel News Raise a glass to wine harvest season at Mont Rochelle in South Africa Inspired by the natural beauty of Grenada, the “Spice Island”, an exciting new luxury development (a member of Leading Hotels of the World) is attracting considerable interest. Silversands Grenada, a low impact, minimalist styled beachside retreat with adjoining stand-alone villas marks the first major resort to be built on the famous Grande Anse Beach in more than 25 years. Five 4-bedroom beach villas and four 3-bedroom hillside villas, each with private pool, together with 44 suites have been designed to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces to take advantage of the stunning weather, gorgeous vista views, and spectacular beachfront. The resort also includes a central, 100-metre infinity pool, a full service spa, Thai cuisine, Beach Club restaurant and a lounge bar with a Rum and Cigar club. Background to Autumn 2017 2017 has seen the most active “Hurricane” season in many years and the impact has been severe for much of the North-eastern Caribbean including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, The Virgin Islands and several Leeward Islands. Let’s get the islands back on their feet again Themagic of the Caribbean is invariably associatedwith the big smiles andwarmwelcome of its islanders. If you love the Caribbean then this will resonate and you will understand the need to rebuild those blown away tropical havens as quicklyaspossible.Therearemanymainstreamcharities like the Red Cross, Oxfam and other disaster relief organisations, who have ongoing global programmes, but possibly the most important long termstrategy is to assist with the restoration of the lifeblood tourist industry, on which so many Caribbeans rely. A focused charity for recovery The Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund is focused on restoring and improving tourism resources and infrastructure to maximise destination appeal and get people back to work. A staggering 2.4 million Caribbeans work and rely on tourism so it is in all our interests to get this powerhouse industry back at full capacity. If you would like to know more about this Caribbean- focused charity please visit www.tourismcares.org/caribbean Winner of the prestigious 2016 “World Ski Awards” for World’s Best Ski Hotel, W Verbier invites you to cross the line into an extraordinary world where winters are white hot and summers always keep things cool. As W Hotels’ first alpine escape and only hotel in Verbier, get set for slopeside style centred around Place Blanche, the new heart of Verbier. Action packed days mirror energy fuelled nights at this stunning Verbier ski resort, one of only five hotels in Verbier with ski in/ski out access. Daring design meets a sophisticated scene. With 123 rooms & suites and 4 W Residences, each with signature W beds and balcony, many with panoramic vistas, W Verbier is a fabulous retreat in the heart of the Swiss Alps. “W” hits the slopes for the first time in the chic mountain resort of Verbier To Infinity & Beyond in 2018 at Silversands Grenada Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyard invites budding vintners to experience the rich winemaking traditions that go into the estate’s produce; from picking the fruits fresh from the vine to the best part, wine tasting! Harvest takes place at the beginning of March, which is one of the warmest months in South Africa, so it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and explore the winelands and Cape Province. Mont Rochelle, part of Virgin Limited Edition, is a stunning 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek, considered to be South Africa’s food and wine capital. Visit between 1st April and 30th September and stay 3 nights for the price of 2. 3 Helping the Northern Caribbean recover The Canny Traveller

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