Passionate about the protection of Scotland’s wild places, Wilderness Scotland offers a range of inspirational adventures, journeys and experiences in remote regions of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Activities include walking, sea kayaking, canoeing, cycling and sailing for all abilities. Choose from small-group itineraries with the best professional wilderness guides and self-guided walking, bespoke luxury and tailor-made holidays. Also offered is a carbon neutral corporate experience programme in the same regions, entitled Wilderness Events www.wildernessevents.com which features incentive experiences, team building events and creative charity challenges. A member of AITO.www.wildernessscotland.com 01479 420020.
The Gascony Secret offers a tempting selection of self-catering holidays in Gascony, ranging from fairytale chateaux and fabulous farmhouses to beautifully located smaller properties, virtually all of them with private pools. www.gascony-secret.com
Wonderfully Slow holidays that explore the lesser-taken path at your own pace. Inntravel offers an extensive selection of self-guided walking and cycling routes for all abilities, mostly in Europe, but also as far afield as Morocco and Nepal. In addition, the programme includes relaxed and active short breaks, rural hideaways, family holidays, and adventures in the snow on the quiet side of the mountain. A member of AITO. www.inntravel.co.uk
Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen offers hands-on cookery courses in the historic White town of Vejer de la Frontera. Here guests immerse themselves in creating flavour-filled Mediterranean meals using fresh, healthy ingredients, while later eating the fruits of their labour. Visit local markets and tapas bars and learn to appreciate Sherry with Annie, a Sherry Educator and one of the team behind the annual International Sherry Week in June. Guests stay in recommended hotels, all within easy walking distance of Annie’s lovely kitchen,Casa Alegre. www.anniebspain.com +34 620 560 649
A responsible tourism innovation founded on a series of remarkable sustainable projects based in the Himalayan foothills of India (Binsar, Saryu and Pindar), the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, the Kerala Back waters, Karnataka, in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, Nepal’s little-known Sailung Valley and Ehteopia’s Simien Mountains. Village Ways also operates in Ethiopia – and has several more locations in the pipeline. The projects offer salvation to the villages by providing a livelihood for local communities and, in so doing, halting depopulation. www.villageways.com
El Fenn, Vanessa Branson’s unique boutique hotel in the Marrakech medina, combines the indulgence of a hip hotel with the heritage of seven traditional Moroccan courtyard houses. Housing 23 individually-styled rooms and suites, three swimming pools, its own hammam and spa, the finest contemporary art collection in the country and a vast roof terrace, El Fenn is the best place to unwind in North Africa’s most exotic city. The redecoration and renovation of the luxury hotel’s labyrinth of suites, bedrooms and public spaces has recently been completed. www.el-fenn.com 00212 524 44 1210.
A portfolio of outstanding rental properties in the Dordogne including houses, manoirs, chateaux and villas to suit all tastes, budgets and group sizes. Now in its 26th year. www.simply-perigord.com +33 5 53 54 54 31
A portfolio of wonderfully luxurious wow-factor rental properties, available year round, for short breaks or longer. The 100 + prestigious homes and seaside addresses range from impressive castles, fortresses and manor houses in the UK, to jaw-dropping villas and the chic-est of chalets in locations worldwide. www.thewowhousecompany.co.uk
Tailor-made rail experts, Planet Rail offers First-Class Rail journeys to Europe and beyond, as well as rail and river cruising, including short breaks, intrepid adventures to far off lands and honeymoons on luxury trains. Now in its sixth year, Planet Rail was set up by Guy Saunders, formerly general manager of Great Rail Journeys, and provides a truly personal and comprehensive service, with regional departures, private transfers and private sightseeing excursion all part of the offering. www.planetrail.co.uk 01347 811810
Tailor-made wildlife holiday specialist, Wildlife Worldwide offers an unparalleled range of 240 locations, each handpicked for the best wildlife viewing. These experiences are accessed by air, expedition vessel, open 4WD, boat, canoe, or on foot. With wildlife expert Chris Breen as MD, the tour operator is at the forefront of conservation-based wildlife travel. www.wildlifeworldwide.com 0845 130 6982
This specialist tour operator offers more destinations across the globe than any other dive operator. Whatever a diver’s passion – shark diving, wreck diving, muck-diving, underwater photography – and whether a complete beginner or a seasoned expert, there’s something for everyone. Among the adventures are snorkelling with humpback whales in Tahiti, some of the best muck-diving in Indonesia and the opportunity to dive up close and personal in the Azores with blue sharks www.diveworldwide.com 0845 130 6980
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains is the world’s leading operator of exclusive, long-distance, fully escorted rail tours to Russia, Central Asia and China, among many other destinations. Voyages of a lifetime are offered on the flagship Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, as well as on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express, Shangri-La Express, Prestige Continental Express, and Glacier & Bernina Pullman Express. www.goldeneagleluxurytrains.com 0161 928 9410
Pura Aventura is an authentic adventure travel specialist offering highly tailored trips to Latin America and Spain. Established in 1999, the tour operator focuses on places that rarely get a mention in the guidebooks. Their destinations include Antarctica, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Nicaragua, Peru and Spain. www.pura-aventura.com
The Travelling Naturalist offers guided small-group wildlife holidays, many of them in Europe, that follow the best traditions of field natural history. A sister company to Wildlife Worldwide and Dive Worldwide.
A brand new portfolio of over 300 dream houses for holiday rental in over 35 destinations worldwide from Argentina to Zakynthos, all hand-picked by Annabel Brooks, the go-to-girl for the very finest places to stay.
A private island off the west coast of Scotland that was the inspiration for JM Barrie’s _Neverland_with six rental cottages and a wonderful house for 20 people.
A new restaurant-with-rooms (luxurious rooms open June 2016) in a Chilterns village between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow. From July 2016, Henry Harris – the man once described as ‘the best French chef with the decency to be British’ is to take over as Chef-Patron.