Chill out at Croatia’s Stiniva Cove on the island of Vis this summer
Meryl Streep, Colin Firth – and Cher?
Her guest appearance is one of several changes in this summer’s movie sequel to Mamma Mia!
Instead of Greece, filming was on the away-from-it-all island of Vis, a two-hour ferry ride from the Croatian mainland.
Set on a wide bay, the village of Komiža provided the setting.
Create your own romantic plotline as you stroll past old stone houses, dine on local fish and wines and laze on quiet beaches lapped by the bluest water.
● Prestige Holidays (01425 480 400/prestigeholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights from £769 (two sharing), B&B.
Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Split and transfers.
Croatia tourism: croatia.hr
ISLE OF WIGHT
Fancy sleeping high in a tree?
Head for the Isle of Wight.
First, you learn how to climb safely, with rope and harness.
Then, it’s off to a local pub for supper.
Before dusk, you settle into your “Tree Boat”, a hammock suspended 50ft up in an ancient beech tree.
Stars shine above; 15 acres of private grounds surround you; breakfast is delivered to your (hanging) bed and a trained guide is on hand the entire time.
● Goodleaf Tree Climbing (0333 800 1188/goodleaf.co.uk/tree-top-camping) offers doubles from £450 (sleeps two), B&B.
Isle of Wight tourism: visitisleofwight.co.uk
Cycle in Donegal at your own pace then head to the pub
Farren’s Bar, Ireland’s most northerly pub, has a new claim to fame: Luke Skywalker himself (or rather actor Mark Hamill) sank a pint here while filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi nearby on Malin Head.
But wild and wonderful Donegal has much more: towering sea cliffs, forbidding castles and brooding mountains.
See them all by bike, spending your evenings in pubs while listening to traditional music.
● Wilderness Ireland (dialling from the UK: 00353 91 457898/wildernessireland.com) offers six nights from £1,675 (two sharing), B&B.
Flybe offers returns flights from London to Dublin from £59.98; return rail transfers to Sligo from £40.
Ireland tourism: ireland.com
Go to see faces carved on a totem pole on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
The Haida are perhaps the most creative of Canada’s indigenous people.
In 2016 they welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Haida Gwaii, the glorious islands off the British Columbia mainland.
Follow in the royal footsteps but stay in the new, luxurious, 12-room Ocean House, reached only by floatplane.
Feast on the world’s finest salmon; spy on bears in the wild.
Even better this tribally-owned floating eco-lodge is a great place to learn about Haida culture: meet chiefs and watch iconic animal and bird faces being carved on totem poles.
● Canada As You Like It (020 8742 8299/canadaasyoulikeit.com) offers seven nights, including five nights in Vancouver, from £4,335 in June (two sharing), full board.
Price includes return flights from Heathrow to Vancouver and transfers. Canada tourism: canada.travel
Spyscape will open on January 26 in New York
There’s always something new in the Big Apple and January 26 sees the opening of Spyscape (spyscape.com).
Part museum, part experience, the seven galleries cover espionage, past, present and future.
Learn about surveillance, special operations and 21st-century cyber warfare.
And it’s very hands-on: try codebreaking and hacking; see if you have the making of a good agent, handler or analyst.
Even blasé teenagers will love it.
And the shop has 1,000 spy novels.
● British Airways (0844 493 0787/ba.com) offers four nights in New York from £499 (two sharing), room only.
Price includes return flights from Heathrow.
Admission £30 per adult/£24 per child.
New York tourism: nycgo.com
Experience a very fancy form of camping in Sri Lanka
When is camping not camping?
When your tent has air-conditioning, a proper bed, a copper bathtub and a wall of glass.
Wedged between the jungle and the Indian Ocean, the new Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Sri Lanka has 28 of these “cocoon suites”.
Visit Yala National Park to view elephants, sloth bears and maybe even leopards.
Back at base, enjoy cocktails by the sea, Sri Lankan dishes in the restaurant and a very private beach.
● Cox & Kings (020 3642 0861/coxand kings.co.uk) offers seven nights, including two at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, from £2,865 (two sharing), B&B.
Price includes return flights from Heathrow to Colombo and transfers.
Sri Lanka tourism: srilanka.travel
Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal, built in the 19th century, is a Unesco World Heritage site
Why drive when you can sit back and look at lovely landscapes?
From Lisbon, this train-based tour includes brightly-painted Sintra, whose palaces and castle justify its Unesco World Heritage status.
Climb the battlements of the fortress in Elvas; admire the rock formations in Lagos; stand by the lighthouse at Sagres, Europe’s most southwesterly point.
● Great Rail Journeys (01904 527 180/greatrail.com) offers 10 nights from £1,395 (two sharing), B&B and most dinners.
Price includes flights from Gatwick to Lisbon, returning from Faro, first-class rail transfers and excursions.
Portugal tourism: visitportugal.com
Hover over the Great Blue Hole, Belize, in a helicopter, and enjoy the stunning view
Cruising the Caribbean becomes extra special this year.
Forget the usual scuba diving trips; in Panama’s San Blas Islands you’ll view the coral reefs from a special submarine.
In Belize, you’ll hover over the Great Blue Hole in a helicopter.
This is all possible aboard the new Scenic Eclipse.
The “discovery” yacht sails the world opening up remote destinations.
Touted as the world’s most luxurious cruise ship it has suites, 10 restaurants and almost one crew member for each of the 228 passengers.
● Scenic (0808 273 6069/scenic.co.uk) offers a 12 day Tastes of Cuba and Caribbean discovery cruises from £6,015 (two sharing), full board.
Departs Miami October 30 and returning from Cartagena, Colombia.
Being Brunel is a new museum dedicated to Isambard Kingdom Brunel opening in Bristol
2018 is the UK’s Year Of Engineering, aiming to excite the next generation with interactive activities in science and discovery centres.
Being Brunel, (0117 926 0680/ ssgreatbritain.org) is a new museum due to open in Bristol at Easter.
Learn how Isambard Kingdom Brunel changed the world with his engineering prowess, such as the SS Great Britain.
Expect a right royal experience aboard Fingal, a new luxury floating hotel which opens later this year.
Moored on Edinburgh’s waterfront in Leith, it will be berthed near and run by, the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Each of the 23 designer staterooms will have access to a spa, ballroom and a champagne bar.
Qantas will offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Perth, Australia, from March
From March 25 Qantas (0800 964 432/qantas.com) will be bringing Australia that little bit closer with the launch of direct flights from London Heathrow to Perth, Western Australia’s capital.
In just 17 hours you’ll hit the West Coast, home to first-rate vineyards, spectacular botanic gardens and extraordinary natural wonders such as the Bungle Bungles (striped boulders) and snorkelling over the iridescent corals of Ningaloo Reef.
● Return fares from £795 for April departures.
Chicago is the home of the Blues
Live music fans have a wider choice now when heading over to America’s hottest music cities.
Norwegian (0330 828 0854/norwegian.com) will be launching direct flights from London Gatwick to Chicago, the home of the Blues, on March 22 from £575 return/Austin £305 from March 27.
And British Airways (0844 493 0787/ba.com) will be launching direct flights from Heathrow to the country music capital Nashville, the Music City, on May 4, from £599.
Don’t miss RCA Studio B where greats such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton recorded.
Follow in Captain Corelli’s footsteps to the beaches of the island of Kefalonia
Closer to home, British Airways is opening up the Greek island of Kefalonia, from May 15, famous for its glorious beaches and the location for the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Return fares from London Heathrow from £118 return (for travel in June and September).
And fly to the sophisticated French island of Corsica, from May 27, with return fares from £98 (for travel in September).
Published at Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:33:00 +0000