GREEN SCHEME: The Lost Gardens of Heligan estate on Cornwall’s south coast has swept aside the likes of Legoland and other manufactured tourism drawcards to be named Britain’s Best Leisure Attraction at the British Travel Awards. Described as “Europe’s largest garden restoration”, the 80ha site, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, was overgrown and unproductive until its restoration in the 1990s and has evolved to welcome tens of thousands of visitors a year. More: heligan.com.
BALI IN STYLE: the second consecutive year Qantas has summer holiday season fullservice flights to Denpasar, Bali; its Boeing 737s will fly five times a week between Sydney and Denpasar from December 4 to February 5, with business-class cabins featuring Neil Perry menus and Kate Spade and Jack Spade in-flight amenity kits filled with Aurora Spa toiletries. More: qantas.com.au.
SWISS EFFICIENCY: Next April, Switzerland will launch the world’s first road tour for electric vehicles; the E-Grand Tour of Switzerland is an ecofriendly network of about 200 charging stations along a 1600km route that crosses five Alpine passes, runs beside 22 lakes and takes in 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Charging stations, a maximum of 100km apart, are all “smart” and travellers can check online which ones are free or cost from about 5 Swiss francs ($6.50). More: myswitzerland.com.
CHINA BOOM: Shanghai-headquartered China Eastern Airlines will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2017, plus two decades of non-stop flights to Australia. Over the next two months the airline will increase its network to fly between Sydney and Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Kunming, Nanjing and Wuhan, operating 58 flights weekly with new Boeing 777-300ERs added to the Australian routes. More: oa.ceair.com.
FISHY BUSINESS: The new 600-passenger cruise ship Seabourn Encore will be fitted with a Japanese restaurant named, perhaps unimaginatively, Sushi. There’ll be a la carte seafood by night and three types of bento boxes for lunch; Seabourn Encore will make nine maiden calls to Australian ports between January 22 and March 17. More: 132 402; seabourn.com.