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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.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Conde Nast Publications Ltd
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10 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
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…

6 min.
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…

1 min.
seventies spin

PHOTOGRAPHS: TIM CHARLES; DAVID CLEVELAND; DESIGN HOTELS; BEN FITCHETT; NIKOLAS KOENIG; KIM LIGHTBODY; VICENTE MUNOZ; PIA RIVEROLA; MIKKO RYHANEN…

3 min.
the road trip

California’s national parks give good iconography. Many a screensaving computer will default to crisp renderings of the imperious slab of El Capitan in Yosemite, the magically eroded striations of Death Valley’s Zabriskie Point or the Joshua Trees in the park of the same name, so called by Mormon settlers who thought the spiky yucca brevifolia looked like the biblical figure, arms upturned in prayer. Culture has been layered onto these spaces like sedimentary rock: Ansel Adams’ first photograph at Yosemite, aged 12; Gram Parsons’ strung-out death at Joshua Tree, his coffin burned at Cap Rock as approaching police lights lit up the desert sky. Like California as a whole, they feel hardwired into us; a series of dreams written by film directors, artists, evangelists and nerds. My ultimate destination is…

11 min.
where to stay

THE ROUND-UP: BEST BRITISH HOUSES WE PICK THE SHARPEST NEW COTTAGES, MANORS AND BARNS TO RENT IN THE UK WOLTERTON HALL, NORFOLK BEST FOR HOLDING COURT WOLTERTON HALL, NORFOLK A long, looping driveway through a Charles Bridgeman-designed landscape leads to this Palladian-inspired stately. When the Walpole family handed it over in 2016, after almost three centuries in residence, it was time for a facelift. It’s impossible not to be drawn in by the stories of the charismatic new owners, Peter Sheppard and Keith Day. ‘This 18th-century Chinese goldfish bowl was probably used to christen Nelson,’ says Sheppard as he wanders past a chair used in Prince Charles’s investiture, which sits beneath a Chris Levine holographic portrait of the Queen. These pieces are in the crimson royal room, the damask wallpaper of which was so lusted…

8 min.
the health report

ONE QUESTION I GET ASKED A LOT IS ‘Where can I head in the UK for a proper health retreat?’ England has lots of smart country house hotels with umbilically attached spas, but what if you’re looking for somewhere integrated and dedicated, somewhere that might actually be life-changing? In the past, getting on a plane has been unavoidable for an effective detox and medically based health assessment, whether for Germany’s foremost fasting clinic, Buchinger Wilhelmi, Spain’s SHA, one of Italy’s formidably brilliant Henri Chenot cleanses, or one of the many outposts in Germany and Austria that offer the FX Mayr Cure. But the breaking news for 2020 is that the grande dame of Britain’s spa hotels, Grayshott in Surrey, is now offering an eight-night Mayr programme. When I discovered this,…