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.

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To The Lighthouse: why lighthouse hotel stays are the perfect post-Covid staycations

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Beacons of hope across the UK and Ireland’s most breathtaking coastlines

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Always wanted to stay in a lighthouse?

There’s a certain fortitude in lighthouses. Their stark staying power against the fiercest elements makes them destinations that are at once welcoming and inaccessible. Unlike other structures that rise and fall with a change in the wind, lighthouses hold a quiet dignity, standing fast amid the surrounding chaos. With their remote locations, serene surroundings and promise of glorious views, they make the perfect post-Covid destinations.

Here’s a list of a few of my favourite lighthouse hotel stays…

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The best lighthouse hotel stays across the UK and Ireland

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Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo, Republic of Ireland

Clare Island was the home of Ireland’s legendary pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, a contemporary of Elizabeth I, and according to her biographer, the “most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland”.

Wicklow Head, Co. Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

Wicklow Head (from the Viking word ‘Wykylo’, meaning ‘Viking’s Loch’) was one of two lighthouses built on the headland in 1781 to prevent sailors’ confusion with neighbouring beacons. Before electric light and the automation of lighthouses, its octagonal tower was lit with 20 tallow candles reflected against an enormous, silvered mirror.


Rua Reidh, Gairloch, Scotland

The great Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson hailed from a family of lighthouse engineers. The ‘Lighthouse Stevensons’ (as the dynasty came to be known) spent 15o years changing the shape of the Scottish coastline, leaving behind them a fleet of architectural and engineering magnificence. Robert’s father and uncle designed Muckle Flugga on Unst, whose theatrical remoteness inspired the Treasure Island map. And it was Robert’s cousin, David Alan Stephenson, who built Rua Reidh in 1912.

Eilean Sionnach, Isleornsay, Scotland

The idea of being marooned on some remote island fills most people with dread; but retreating into tranquillity at Eilean Sionnach is an experience worth relishing.


West Usk Lighthouse, Newport, Wales

Rumour has it, it was from this very lighthouse that the first glimpse of WWII action was caught in Britain while West Usk was being used as a look-out post.

Llandudno Lighthouse, Llandudno, Wales

The Llandudno Lighthouse was erected within the grounds of the Great Orme Country Park by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company in 1862. The original wood-panelled hallway that still exists was built to give the keepers’ families some space and privacy from one another; now, it provides the same for its guests, as a charming Victorian-style hotel.


Belle Tout, Sussex

After almost two centuries of petitioning for a lighthouse along this particularly perilous stretch of coastline, Belle Tout was constructed in 1832. By 1902, however, it had been decommissioned, and a new lighthouse was built at the base of the cliffs. Between 1902 and 2008, the lighthouse passed into different ownerships, used as target shelling practice during WWII by Canadian troops, and moved back 17 metres due to the impending threat of erosion.

Whitby Lighthouse, Yorkshire

It was from Whitby’s harbour that Captain Cook embarked upon his voyage of discovery to Australia aboard HMS Endeavour in 1768. Ninety years later, the architect behind the West Usk Lighthouse also designed Whitby’s white octagonal tower.

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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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English Myths and Magic: Five Destinations that Make Your Imagination Run Wild

Hankering after an escape from the everyday humdrum, we’re journeying to crumbling castles, underwater cities and haunted islands guaranteed to whisk every wild imagination beyond the worldly map.

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Hankering after an escape from the everyday humdrum, we’re journeying to crumbling castles, underwater cities and haunted islands guaranteed to whisk every wild imagination beyond the worldly map.

Pilgrimaging to sites steeped in mythological promise is far from your run-of-the-mill journey. As myths and legends become entwined with the identity of the landscape, each evolving with every retelling, the destination in question is elevated above the ordinary. Hankering after an escape from the everyday humdrum, we are journeying to places that take our wild imaginations beyond the worldly map.

You may think this particular genre of discovery has left no stone unturned, but the tapestry of England’s cultural heritage is so intricately embroidered that some threads weave through unnoticed. We’re spotlighting the familiar figures, local legends and little-known folktales that reveal the lost, the famous and the forgotten versions of England.

England’s Best Mythological Sites

1. Robin Hood’s Hideaway

Lud’s Cave, Peak District

2. The Site of King Arthur’s Magical Conception

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

3. The Lambton Worm

Penshaw Hill, County Durham

4. St Herbert’s Haunted Island

Islands of Derwent Water, Cumbria

5. Yorkshire’s Atlantis

Lake Semerwater, Yorkshire Dales

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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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