There’s a reason we always remember the days of summer. It’s the season when we’re most likely to spend quality time with friends and family. Get inspired by our picks for memorable getaways, both close to home and farther afield.
An Equestrian Estate Experience
The Salamander Resort and Spa, Virginia, USA
Whether you’re looking for an introduction to the equestrian world and lifestyle, or whether your riding boots are already well-worn, the Salamander Resort and Spa provides a rich, authentic experience. Bond with your family and connect with nature at this historic Virginian ranch. Take to the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains on horseback, mountain bike, or foot. It’s the perfect antidote to a busy city life – an experience to cherish.
Planes, Puppets, and parks
The Ritz Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C., USA
Thanks to Washington D.C.’s position as the US capital, the city has become the cradle of American modern civilisation. Museums, galleries, political institutes, and historical centres abound. Stop by the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum to learn how humans first got off the ground. See if you can spot Elmo photo-bombing Bert and Ernie at the National Museum of American History. Pack a picnic and take a stroll through Rock Creek Park. At the end of the day, retreat to the cosy Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, and enjoy s’mores in front of the hearth fire.
At Home in Tuscany
Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy
Nestled in the Val d’Orcia sits a place where moments of enchantment are part of its DNA. This is Castiglion del Bosco, one of Italy’s oldest and most beautiful estates, an amalgamation of castle, church, and village in the heart of the rolling Italian countryside. Families come for quality time: exploring the magical grounds, relaxing in a private villa, enjoying the golf course in the morning and the pool in the afternoon, or embarking on a number of unique activities. It’s a chance to be together, embracing the carefree Tuscan lifestyle.
Savouring Sazón’s Culinary Delights
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, Mexico
Add some extra spice to your summer with a Mexican cooking class. But not just any cooking class – head to Sazón, Casa de Sierra Nevada’s acclaimed culinary academy. Under the guidance of the Chef de Cuisine and his expert team, learn the secrets of Mexican specialties with daily lessons. Grab your closest foodie friends for a week of authentic cooking experiences. Tour San Miguel de Allende’s fresh markets one day, and discover the tricks to producing the most flavourful local dishes the next. Bring home new skills and tons of dinner party inspiration.
An English Escape
The Savoy, London, UK
Shake up your routine options for a long weekend getaway by setting your sights across the ocean. Take a trip to London, just close enough to visit for four luxurious days. Upon arrival, take a refreshing walk through St. James Park or along the River Thames. In the afternoon, return to the Savoy for that most English of traditions, High Tea. Let the hotel be your home away from home as you explore the streets of nearby Covent Garden, Mayfair, and Piccadilly for a holiday weekend you’ll never forget.
Photos Courtesy of: Cover photo – Castiglion del Bosco, Italy, Rosewood Hotels; The Salamander Resort and Spa, USA, Preferred Hotels; Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, USA; Castiglion del Bosco, Italy; Belmond Casa de Sierra Navidade, Mexico; The Savoy, United Kingdom, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts