Conde Nast Traveller UK

Conde Nast Traveller UK

May 2020

The essential guide to inspirational travel. Breathtaking locations, stunning photography and independent travel advice make Condé Nast Traveller the authority in its field and the premier lifestyle magazine for people with a passion for travel, adventure, culture and new ideas.

United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd


editor’s letter

I AM WRITING THIS on day one of my lockdown, pushed into self-isolation as the first confirmed cases appeared at work. There is sunlight streaming through my kitchen window, frogspawn in the park pond, the earliest sprigs of blossom hearty but tentative. This issue goes to press today. When it is printed, arriving through your letterbox or on your newsstand, it will be some weeks from now. Where will we be? Psychologically, geographically, I just don’t know. But I do know that I was about to press send on the following letter to all my travel-industry friends and colleagues and supporters and explorers and hoteliers and tour operators and new nomads and genuinely good all-round wanderers… ‘Lovely people, you are the very best of folk! This is a uniquely strange time that has…


JONATHAN ANDERSON In the Zone (p66) ‘I came across Norfolk by accident and completely fell in love. What I find enchanting is that, in this very British countryside, there is Holkham beach – four miles of white, flat, almost tropical sand.’ Fashion designer Jonathan is the creative director of his eponymous brand JW Anderson and Spanish label Loewe JESSIE WARE Under the Grill (p170) ‘The Old Rectory in Hastings is a B&B run by the most wonderful people. You wake up in the morning and they’re already cooking kedgeree for everyone. Each bedroom is different and so pretty. It’s very charming.’ British singer-songwriter Jessie’s latest album ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’ will be released on 5 June RICK JORDAN Writer, Malta (p126) ‘Llanthony Priory is in Wales’s cloud-scudded Brecon Beacons, cut off from the world by mountains all around. Watching…

conde nast traveller

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MELINDA STEVENS Editor, UK ISSY VON SIMSON Director of Operations PAULA MAYNARD Creative Director PETE WINTERBOTTOM Photographic Director MATTHEW BUCK Features Director FIONA KERR Senior Editor RICK JORDAN Art Director PAULA ELLIS Art Editor NITISH MANDALIA Senior Picture Editor KARIN MUELLER Picture Editor ANNA MORASSUTTI VITALE Video Producer CORINNE BROOKING Chief Sub-Editor GRÁINNE MCBRIDE Deputy Chief Sub-Editor KATHARINA HAHN Senior Sub-Editor LEAH CRAIG Fashion Director MARTHA WARD Fashion Features Editor CHARLOTTE DAVEY Watch & Jewellery Director JESSICA DIAMOND Beauty Director CATHERINE ROBINSON PA to the Editor KATHARINE SOHN Digital Editor BECKY LUCAS Acting Digital Editor SONYA BARBER Deputy Digital Editor TABITHA JOYCE Engagement Manager OLIVIA HOLBOROW Acting Audience Growth Manager LAUREN BURVILL Creative Content Editor ROSALYN WIKELEY Online Associate SARAH JAMES Digital Picture Editor SOPHIE KNIGHT Digital Assistant OLIVIA MORELLI Chief Digital Officer SIMON GRESHAM JONES Digital Commercial Director MALCOLM ATTWELLS Digital Operations Director HELEN PLACITO Senior Editor-at-Large PETER BROWNE Editors-at-Large STEVE KING, ALEX POSTMAN West Coast USA Editor REBECCA MISNER Contributing Photographers JAMES BEDFORD,…

a call to arms

Australia WHILE OUR FAVOURITE CORNERS ARE STILL DRAWING US IN, TWO MORE ALT-UTOPIAS ARE EMERGING NEAR BYRON BAY COUNTRY HINTERLAND A 20-minute drive from the micro-influencers in town, there’s a smart bohemian scene unfolding in the hills of Byron’s hinterland. The allure? Mist-covered forested slopes that hide multimillion-dollar homes and cute small towns such as Newrybar where restaurants including corrugated-iron shack Harvest serve a forward-thinking, hyper-local menu. And now there’s a steady stream of openings: rustic three-room escape Blackbird Byron is a reimagining of a B&B that’s all about the natural elements, with rooms decked out in timber and a mineral-rich magnesium-salt pool. There’s also Ochre, a secluded eco-conscious bell tent with 360-degree views. But it’s the recently opened wellness retreat Soma – co-founded by meditation expert Gary Gorrow and created with his…

plant a seed

NOTHING IS HERE BY ACCIDENT; NOTHING FIGHTS FOR ATTENTION. THE BUILDING HAS TO ANSWER TO THE ENVIRONMENT – SCALE AND PROPORTION ARE THE ESSENCE IT’S DIFFICULT TO CAPTURE the sense of vastness of Namibia. The scale, the details, the feeling. What all that space does to your mind and body. In the midday heat, the desert seems to hold its breath and nothing – nothing – moves. And so you move slower, unconsciously filling your lungs deeper, exhaling languidly; drinking in the air, almost like someone who’s been underwater. There’s nothing like this hostile, silent emptiness of a desert for feeling alive. Much of the country’s appeal is its remoteness. Distances are immense and some of its most rewarding regions are difficult to access. Just over a seven-hour drive from Cape Town…

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