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The UNIQUE RETREATS

by Sarah de Vere-Drummond and Liz Simpson, founders of stylish boutique rental site Kip Hideaways

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MATEMWE LODGE Zanzibar, Tanzania

Liz says: I came here for my honeymoon. It’s the most idyllic place; 12 suites along the shore, with sea views from your bed and double hammocks. We spent our days dipping in and out of the pools, snorkellin­g through shoals of fish and having massages in open-air cabins. At night, we had starlit dinners on the beach, with the warm Indian Ocean lapping at our feet. A little pocket of paradise. Doubles from £544, full board; matemwe.asiliaafri­ca.com/matemwe-lodge

FAZENDA NOVA Algarve, Portugal

Liz says: The Eastern Algarve holds a special place in my heart for its incredible lagoon beaches, wild natural beauty and the slow pace of life. The Portuguese have really nailed the combinatio­n of style and affordabil­ity and Fazenda Nova is a real cut above. Of the 15 suites, my favourites are the huge garden ones – all polished concrete and Balinese wood, with quirky cowskin chairs and pretty terraces screened by bamboo. The food is simple but inventive and delicious. And best of all is the saltwater pool, surrounded by waving grasses and fragrant lavender. Doubles from £162, B&B; fazendanov­a.eu

SHER BAGH Rajasthan,India

Sarah says: Rajasthan has a special kind of magic – especially at Sher Bagh, a luxury tented camp on the edge of Ranthambho­re. This is a park of exquisite natural beauty, with forests wrapped around lakes and ruins frequented by wild tigers. The camp’s 12 tents are home to teak writing desks, hand-stitched linens and a bell to summon your butler for a Bloody Mary. Double tents from £623, full board; sujanluxur­y.com/sher-bagh

SNOWDONIA TREEHOUSES Wales

Sarah says: These six treehouses, blended into an ancient woodland, are utterly peaceful. They’re spaced apart for privacy, perched 4Oft up a spiral staircase in the tree canopy. Interiors are rustic-luxe: wool blankets, wood-burning stoves, lanterns; and the newest treehouse even has a hot tub. Amazing walks lead from your door and night skies are magnificen­t: a blanket of stars. Doubles from £190 per night, selfcateri­ng; kiphideawa­ys.com/snowdonia-treehouses

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