OFF THE CHART
The Scenic Eclipse (0808 231 2861/scenic.co.uk), the World’s First Discovery Yacht will be launching a 12-day Ultimate Arctic voyage in June 2019.
This slick yacht is not only super six-star luxury, it will offer unique experiences, accessing places never explored before.
You’ll fly to and from Oslo where you’ll board the Scenic and head up to the Svalbard archipelago. You’ll see polar bears, the Arctic fox and the protected walrus. The crew will steer their way around glaciers and through the fjords.
Next comes the Arctic Circle where you’ll head under the sea on a submarine, kayak and explore on zodiacs. You can go snowshoeing and take a helicopter flight. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime tour.
The Scenic holds only 228 guests and the 144 private verandah suites are super-stylish and spacious with floor to ceiling windows, king size beds and butler service. From £8,895, full board, two excursions daily, complimentary expedition kit and return flights from various UK airports to Oslo.
BEST OF BRITISH
The AA has just announced the prestigious winners of the UK’s best hotels and restaurants. The best of British hospitality awards includes Bath’s fabulous Gainsborough Spa Hotel (01225 358 888/ thegainsborough spa.co.uk) with its beautiful Roman spa set under a glass atrium which won England’s Hotel of the Year; doubles from £285, room only.
In Wales, the boutique Twr Y Felin, (01437 725 555/ twryfelinhotel.com) in St Davids won the top gong. It’s modern Blas restaurant is a destination in itself for its extraordinary contemporary culinary offerings and superb staff. Doubles from £160, B&B.
SLINGSHOT TO SINGAPORE
This week low-cost airline Norwegian (norwegian.com) launched yet another route – direct flights from Gatwick to Singapore. From £149 one way.
GET IT COVERED
This handmade passport cover from Aspinal (01428 648 180/aspinalof london.com) will not only keep your passport and boarding card safe, it will make you feel like a VIP.
Made from midnight blue leather, lined in cream suede with a contrast Virgin Atlantic (0344 874 7747/virginatlantic.com) are having a monster sale in Manchester. There are 40,000 flights up for grabs, from £399 return, for flights during 2018 from Manchester to the US, including new direct routes to San Francisco, Boston and New York.
COOL AND CALM: Gainsborough Spa Hotel TAKE FLIGHT: Enjoy a 12-day voyage of adventure on board the Scenic Eclipse
TOP AWARD: Dining at Blas