Being There: In Bella Buenos Aires

“I suppose the closest equivalent would be ‘slow travel’, but I took it one step further, opting for the more drastic term, ‘migration travel’ for the long stay I planned”

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November/December 2020

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The Great Outdoors: An Artist’s Impression

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Tour Scotland in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, JMW Turner.

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Explore the unbridled beauty of the Scottish landscape through the masterpieces of JMW Turner, as we retrace the sites from his many tours across the spectacular country.

JMW Turner is one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and an icon of nineteenth-century Romanticism. Taking inspiration from the natural world to capture the sublime, the picturesque, and the pastoral, Turner sought out sites of untamed wilderness where natural drama converged with awe-inspiring topography. For such an undertaking, Scotland was his perfect muse, and he Scotland’s most-suited illustrator: Turner’s characteristic loose, swirling brushwork and his atmospheric use of light and colour captured perfectly Nature’s ungovernable hold over the Scottish landscape.

Turner visited Scotland six times between 1797 and 1834. And you are invited to ramble down these very same paths of discovery, along which you’ll pass ruined abbeys, possessed waters, beguiling caves, and man-made wonders. Some sites you can venture into; others you must appreciate from Turner’s distanced viewpoint. Wherever you go, you’ll be drawn into a new imagining of Scotland: an artist’s impression.

Want to know more about Turner’s tours of Scotland?

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A journey across Scotland’s mythological landscape

To visit Scotland is to travel back into a world of myths and legends; to explore ruined castles, beguiling caves and unearthly creatures; to discover folklores that define a place and a people. Here are just a few of the fascinating sites worth visiting for a taste of adventure…

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To visit Scotland is to travel back into a world of myths and legends; to explore ruined castles, beguiling caves and unearthly creatures; to discover folklores that define a place and a people. Here are just a few of the

Scotland’s Mythological Sites

  • The ‘Fortress of Shadows’: Dunscaith Castle, Isle of Skye
  • The Kelpie’s Passage: Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Outer Hebrides
  • The Loch Ness Monster’s Lair
  • The Shetland Selkie, Shetland Islands
  • Fingal’s Cave: Isle of Staffa, Inner Hebrides

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Sleep Retreats and Circadian Travel: The Reset Buttons You Should Press After Lockdown

As travel restrictions ease, we’re waving goodbye to lockdown insomnia and embracing sleep retreats for a well-earned dose of circadian recalibration.

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After months of lockdown, we’re finding that camomile tea, lavender oil and curling up with a good book just aren’t cutting it when it comes to winding down.

According to a study by King’s College London, half the population has struggled with getting to sleep during the COVID crisis. What’s more, two in five of the 2,300 participants reported that they’re sleeping for fewer hours a night on average. It’s small wonder that the hashtag #cantsleep has been trending on Twitter since the start of lockdown.

If you’re reading this and wondering what you can do to snatch back those precious hours of slumber, a circadian reboot may be in order.

What does circadian travel involve?

Circadian travel involves attending sleep-focused retreats, where sleep specialists have devised a tailored programme around resetting your circadian rhythms.

The approach each centre takes varies in both style and intensity with some adopting holistic methods; some take science-based approaches while others incorporate tailored medical plans and advice. These techniques may include analysing your sleeping habits, oxygen therapy, full-body MOTs, homoeopathic remedies, timed meals and exercise, Ayurvedic massages, mood-boosting music and sounds, as well as light-exposure therapy. You don’t have to be a chronic insomniac to go to one, but if you are, this might just be the thing for you.

Below, you’ll find a selection of hotels that offer specialised sleep retreats, each offering a different approach. You may be after new lifestyle changes, a few days’ escapism, or a detailed plan to help you work through your disturbed lockdown sleep. Wherever you go, rest and relaxation are guaranteed.

Sleep Retreats Recommended

Hotel Café Royal

Soho, London

West Usk Lighthouse

Newport, Wales

Lisnavagh House

Carlow, Ireland

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Bath, United Kingdom

The Sleep Mastery Programme by The Sleep Guru


Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Lanserhof Tegernsee

Bavaria, Germany

Equinox Hotel

New York, US

Six Senses Thimphu

Thimphu, Bhutan

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On the literary trail: exploring Brontë country

Discover wildly enchanting moors, charming tearooms and cultural landmarks in Yorkshire

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Going on holiday may be off the cards right now. But when travel restrictions do begin to lift, we’ll probably start looking closer to home for our next adventures. And with lockdown giving us more time to immerse ourselves in a good book (and to revisit favourites), why not plan a visit to the home of the Brontë sisters?

Since 1850, Brontë enthusiasts (or ‘curiosity-hunters’, as Charlotte called them) have flocked to Yorkshire in anticipation of discovering Rochester’s hall, Heathcliff’s farmhouse and Mrs Graham’s lodgings. However, to assume that every location in the Brontës’ novels has a real-life equivalent is to strip the sisters of their immense creative powers. Charlotte, Emily and Anne would scour their surroundings for glimmers of inspiration, selecting only the very best treasures for their gripping works of fiction. And we, too, should experience Brontë country as they did by retracing their footsteps and hoping that the same sparks of creativity reveal themselves to us, as they once did to the authors.

Locations Featured:

  • The Brontë Birthplace, Thornton
  • Haworth Village
  • The Old Registry Victorian Guesthouse
  • The Black Bull Pub
  • The Hawthorn Pub
  • Mrs Beighton’s Traditional Sweet Shop
  • The Brontë Parsonage Museum
  • The Yorkshire Moors
  • Ponden Hall
  • Wycoller Hall
  • Ponden Kirk (referred to as Penistone Crags in Wuthering Heights)
  • Haworth Moor and Top Withens
  • Norton Conyers
  • North Lees Hall
  • Brontë Chair, Brontë Bridge, and Brontë Waterfall

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