Hot List… Winter 2018-2019
Cox & Kings’ PR Manager Becky Milne picks the best of what’s new this winter 2018-2019.
Kolkata’s secret retreat
The Rajbari Bawali, a beautiful, historic, neo-classical palace on the outskirts of Kolkata (Calcutta), has just been lovingly restored. Dating back 250 years and teeming with old-world charm, it was formerly the resplendent headquarters of a kingdom ruled by the Mondal family. Replete with decorative Italian architectural motifs, breezy balconies and graceful colonnades, the resort offers 30 bedrooms and suites, featuring an eclectic mix of traditional antiques with all things modern. The spa provides a sanctuary for pampering and a welcome bolthole between city sightseeing.
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
Luxurious nomadic tents in Rajasthan
Set over 27 acres of land at the foothills of the breathtaking Aravali range, the new Taj Aravali Resort & Spa in Udaipur takes inspiration from the traditional nomadic tents of Rajasthan. Combining elegance with a distinct Rajasthani character, the resort has 92 rooms (including 15 luxury tents) that sit among stunningly well-manicured lawns. The resort also features a sprawling Jiva Spa, which offers some of the best treatments in the region.
Aravalli Hills, Rajasthan, India
Six Senses Bhutan is now taking reservations for the first three in their collection of five lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan. Thimphu, Punakha and Paro open this winter, with Gangtey and Bumthang following in early 2019. Each location features its own Spa & Wellness Centre with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set.
Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan
Hotel hop through Sri Lanka
Goatfell is the first in a new series of converted former tea planters’ bungalows in Sri Lanka’s hill country. Set in one of the highest points above Nuwara Eliya, Goatfell features four en suite bedrooms in the main house and two stand-alone chalets, plus a swimming pool. Nine Skies bungalow is near the hippy hangout of Ella, with Pekoe House in Kandy to open in early 2019. All feature outstanding cuisine and world-class views.
Tea pickers, Nuwara Eliya
Luxury in Tarangire Park, Tanzania
The brand new Lemala Mpingo Ridge sits on top of an escarpment with sweeping views across Tanzania’s perennial waters of the Tarangire river and valley below. The sixth largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire remains slightly off the main safari circuit but is terrifically scenic, featuring green hills and classic African savannah, as well as large herds of elephants and superb birdlife. Lemala Mpingo Ridge is both a relaxing stand-alone destination and great place to start a safari into the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
Lemala Mpinga Ridge
Go eco in Panama
Located on the Pacific Coast adjacent to the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park, Isla Palenque Island Resort in Panama is a 400- acre island retreat featuring unspoiled sandy beaches, lush tropical jungles, rich marine ecosystems, an intriguing human history and peaceful seclusion from the world outside.
Go Eco in Panama, Isla Palenque Island Resort
New direct flight to Osaka
Osaka, Japan returns to British Airways’ global network from Heathrow next summer. Four flights a week have been scheduled to operate from Heathrow Terminal 5 direct to Osaka’s Kansai international airport from 31 March 2019. The new route takes the number of daily flights between London and Japan, as part of BA’s joint business with Japan Airlines, up to 32 a week.
Tsutenkaku Tower, Osaka