National Geographic Traveller (UK) April 2021

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room for one

Suddenly, it pays to be the only guest checking in. Copenhagen’s recent uptick in single-suite hotels over the past decade has never seemed more prescient than it does now, and in line with the country’s reputation for envelope-pushing design, a string of stylish, intimate pads now offer a truly unique stay in the city. Take THE DARLING, which opened its doors in October in the city’s historical centre and serves up a sophisticated townhouse experience, with luxe Nordic furniture and art throughout the apartment — plus, a pre-arrival concierge service to minimise human interaction. From €950 (£832) a night. Other properties have capitalised on the city’s waterfront location. Afloat in a quiet nook of the Christianshavn district is KAJ HOTEL, a hut-cum-houseboat made from upcycled materials with a wood-panelled aesthetic…

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Before moving to Tasmania, chef Analiese Gregory had only ever been a holiday diver. Now she rarely goes anywhere without a wetsuit, hood, gloves and boots. Why? Because the island is beautiful and pristine, and you can dive for luxury ingredients like abalone, wakame or sea urchin. Analiese has become so hooked as a diver she says she’s renowned for “doing stupid things on [her] own”. Like driving down to the southernmost tip of Tasmania, diving off rocks for abalone or scaling cliffs to collect seaweed to make seaweed jam. For many years in Tasmania, people learned to cook at home. Most Tasmanians had a cow or a quince tree in their backyard, snared possum or shot kangaroos in the bush. Isolated from the city, without a local supermarket and with few…

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1 SQUARE 1 At the helm of this slick yet traditional restaurant in Great Dunmow is Alex Webb: 25 years young and full of culinary spark. The winner of 2020’s MasterChef: The Professionals has devised a tasting menu packing creative punches like turbot with a scallop and mushroom mousse, sea herbs and pickled onions; and poached chicken breast with cauliflower textures and English truffle. 2 THE FLITCH OF BACON Just a short drive away, in the village of Little Dunmow, this restaurant with rooms takes its unusual moniker from the medieval Dunmow Flitch Trials. In a stylishly revamped 16th-century, Grade I-listed pub, the menu includes ‘Flitch of Bacon’ (cauliflower cream, maple-glazed bacon and Granny Smith apple), plus crispy hen’s egg, girolle mushroom, pancetta and truffle cappuccino. 3 MALDON With its pretty High Street…

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loire valley

LOIRE VALLEY LODGES Deep within the forest yet still close to many of the region’s chateaux, this newly opened hotel is one of a kind. Made up of 18 upscale treehouses and a renovated farmhouse, the Loire Valley Lodges are scattered across a 750-acre private forest outside Tours. It’s a contrast to the palatial reputation of this patch of central France, but these stilted treehouses come with a certain cachet; each exhibits the design of a contemporary artist. French artist Jacques Bosser created the black-and-white Uzume lodge and several artists came together to pay tribute to the musician Serge Gainsbourg in the Lucien hideaway. Rooms come with king-sized beds and dining areas but — given the fact these spaces are geared towards digital detox — there’s no TV or wi-fi. For that…

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into the wild

You might come for the theme parks, but no family trip to Florida is complete without a visit to the EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK. Take an eco-tour safari with trained naturalists who’ll guide you through the Everglades in search of alligators, wading birds and snakes. Nothing quite compares to a traditional safari experience, however, and conservation-focused eco-tour company Great Plains has three new offerings at Mara Nyika Camp in KENYA: two family suites, a two-bedroom villa located in the trees, and the Mara Jahazi Suite, available from mid-2021. Children aged five and upwards can also join The Young Explorers Program, where they can learn basic survival and conservation skills. Cookson Adventures has seen a rise in demand for ‘educational travel’, particularly trips where specialist adventure guides double as tutors. One such…

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tahu mackenzie’s favourite outdoor spots

KARITANE North of Dunedin, this town is where you’ll find the Huriawa Peninsula, a headline home to a once-thriving Maori hillfort known as the pa. Follow the panels on the walk, which recount some of the stories of the Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki people. DUNEDIN BOTANIC GARDEN Marvel at the beautiful diversity of plant life, from peaceful groves of Californian redwoods to the tropical species in the heated indoor winter garden. End the trip by feeding the ducks. ST CLAIR BEACH This is one of the best surf beaches in New Zealand. It’s also a natural wonderland, with sea lions basking on the sand, cliffs of volcanic rock to climb, bull kelp swirling in rock pools and rare, endangered fairy prions soaring above. IMAGES: GETTY; SHUTTERSTOCK; ISABELLA HARREX…