This cute, remote line-up of our places under the rubric of Wild Thing, conjures Mother Nature into a neat little edit of 6 boltholes, some far afield, other close to home, each a topographical mirror of their terrain and sitting oh so snug to the landscapes, you could easily miss them.
Take a moment to imagine yourself saluting the sun deep in the heart of a Unesco World Heritage listed wildlife reserve, countless hippos watching with interest from afar. Welcome to The Retreat in Northern Selous, Tanzania. Resting on the shores of the mighty Ruaha River in the vast expanses of Selous Game Reserve, The Retreat provides a pristine backdrop for veteran and would-be yogis alike.
History is a funny thing. The status quo for one generation is often something of a puzzlement to one a little further down the timeline, and that’s probably the way it should be. If it weren’t, that would probably mean we hadn’t made any progress. This came to mind while reading about Frederick Courteney Selous, famous big game hunter and conservationist, and the namesake of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Yes, big game hunter and conservationist. While the description seems plain contradictory, particularly if we view the idea from a late-19th century state of mind, the two are not mutually exclusive; over 500 animal specimens in London’s Natural History Museum and over 5000 plant and animal specimens held at the British Museum were shot or collected by Selous. This was a time when conserving meant specimen hoarding, and not protecting it where and how it is, as we understand the term today. Read the rest of this entry »
Feeling burnt out or need a place void of prying eyes, a photo shoot-scape…
… or just go to find your inner self-again.
Head off here for the purist powers of Mother Nature found in the deepest raw African bush, immerse yourself into the sheer wilderness of untouched landscapes far, far away. The place to crash mirrors the dramatic scene, a collage of rich native culture that speaks the African tongue packed with local antiquities + tribal accents – all so intensively crafted that it screams destination + authenticity. This is the house that Uma built Read the rest of this entry »
Something’s going on this June. Oh yeah, that over-talked about World Cup thing.
Not all places are embracing the game because, believe it or not, it’s not everyone’s be all and end all. Life and travel does carry on around World Cup time for those who let it.
Want to escape it? Here’s how.
We’re offering you retreats and hideaways so you don’t have to put up with the bad behaviour, the tantrums, the tears, the injuries or the opinions. Get on the ball and go and do something else, somewhere else.
The Greulich Hotel is setting the tone with their No-Goal dinners, while these other hotel gems have told us their places will be football free:
Aenea, Worthersee, Austria
Krafft Basel, Basel
Lesic Dimitri, Korcula, Croatia
Inis Meain, Arran Islands, Ireland
Hotel des Academies, Paris
Hotel J, Stockholm
Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, London
The Greenwich, New York
New Majestic, Singapore
The Retreat, Tanzania
Go somewhere where football fever isn’t being forced fed to you.