We have rounded up some of the best venues to help you usher in the second half of your life…
Have a romantic city break
Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort has launched its 2019 season with an exclusive access offer for the Biennale valid until 27th October. The offer is that those booking three nights or more at the hotel gain free access to the 58th International Art Exhibition, titled ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, curated by Ralph Rugoff and organised by La Biennale. There are also new premium rooms which have undergone an extensive refurb. Along with the beach opening on June 1st, guests will also have the chance to embark on a Venetian culinary journey thanks to the new summer restaurant run by chef Lionello Cera located on the Tropicana Terrace. The ‘Bistrot del Mare by Lionello Cera’ enhances the hotel dining offering which already includes Elimar Beach Bar and Restaurant and the Blue bar, both led by the Executive Chef Damiano Brocchini.
Room rates in May / June start from 420Euros based on two sharing and includes breakfast.
For more information visit www.hotelexcelsiorvenezia.com
Rent a designer stately home
Callander House, Scotland, UK
With twelve bedrooms, six bathrooms and a 100-foot reception room, Callander House in Perthshire should be able to accommodate even the most sprawling of families.
The house, or more appropriately “mini-castle”, boasts a library, “turret cinema room”, a seven-foot pool table and a gin and whiskey honesty bar. For the more outdoorsy-types, there are twelve acres of grounds as well as salmon and trout fishing in the River Teith.
Did we mention there is also a drum kit and a digital baby-grand piano?
The property dates from 1835, and is surrounded by waterfalls, mountains, and lochs, and is also on the popular Rob Roy Way hiking route.
Prices start at £12,000 weekly or £7,000 for 3 nights depending on the time of year. Available through Oliver’s Travels.
Caro Hotel, Valencia, Spain
If you fancy more of a private affair, why not consider Valencia? Spain’s third largest city is progressively gaining more attention as Barcelona, to the north, attempts to shun its own onslaught of tourism.
The city itself is easily walkable with an indoor market that it is foodie’s wonderland, a cathedral claiming to house the Holy Grail and a winding park situated in an old riverbed with stunning modern architecture leading down to a vibrant beach scene
Caro Hotel is perfect for a weekend away. Situated in the heart of the city the Caro has an emphasis on design and food. All the 26 rooms are individually designed and the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant – Sucede – is run by former elBulli chef Miguel Ángel Mayor and has been called by the editors of Taschen “one of the most stunning restaurants in the world”.
Despite “caro” meaning “expensive” in Spanish, rooms for 2 people start at a reasonable £155 a night. Booking is available through the hotel’s website.
Far-away luxury with family or friends
Private Jungle Estate, Bali, Indonesia
It’s a long way to travel, but this complex of a huge villa and three cottages will be truly something to write home about.
Featuring a heated pool and situated on the edge of valley the accommodation also has its own private bar and restaurant, a tropical garden, and a staff of eight.
“Butler buttons” are strategically placed around the premises should you feel your gin and tonic needs refreshing, and your restaurant’s à la carte menu offers local and western food, using ingredients from the villa’s own vegetable garden.
Nestled in between the jungle, rice paddies and mountains, there is even a waterfall at the bottom of the garden where you can have a bracing morning shower should you wish…
The Jungle Estate is available for £450 a night from AirBnB.co.uk
Back to nature
The Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Embrace your wild side in a Swedish treehouse. The Treehotel is a series of individually designed treehouses set in a pine forest in Northern Sweden’s Lapland. The rooms, all in the treetops, have their own distinct looks with names like Cabin, UFO, Birdsnest, Blue Cone and Mirrorcube giving a pretty clear indication of what to expect.
The Hotel’s restaurant is traditionally Scandinavian with an emphasis on game such as reindeer or wild moose, and local berries from the surrounding forest.
The Treehouse’s two night Romantic Weekend package is available from £550 per person. The nearest airport is Luleå and transfers by car or helicopter to the hotel are available.
Booking is through The Treehotel’s website.
Extravagance and wine
Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France
A glass of red doesn’t get any more exclusive than this. For a mere £4,245 per person, you could be whisked away for the weekend to Bordeaux on your own Citation CJ2 private jet.
Staying at Les Sources de Caudalie amongst the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, this tailor-made package from Jet Escapes is the ultimate wine-lover’s mini-break.
Local dining spots include the 2 Michelin-starred ‘La Grand Vigne’, which hosts a wine cellar running to 16,000 bottles.
If you’re feeling up to it the estate grounds also has a three-hole golf course and a Vinotherapy Spa offering grape-themed treatments, if you have any money left.
Booking is available through Jet Escapes’ website.