How (And Where) To Travel In 2020 According To British Vogue

Moroccan coast

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new English stately home-hotel to know comes courtesy of fashion-crowd favourite The Pig, which has a 15th-century mansion on Cornwall’s sweeping north coast as the next location for its ever-winning brand of cosy chic. A short stroll from the beach and a stone’s throw from Padstow, The Pig at Harlyn Bay will be filling Instagram fe when it opens in June.

5 ways to pack like a Vogue editor

Sarah Harris’s travel mantra? Hand luggage only

1 Check the weather before you travel – that way you can pack only the outfits you will wear. Winners will always be the multi-tasking pieces that work from day into evening.

2 Never pack in a hurry. Lay everything out on the bed, then systematically pack heavier items on the bottom and lighter fabrics on top.

Place silk pieces in dry-cleaning bags before folding, to prevent creasing. Pack shoes to the sides, soles facing out.

Scrunch small items to fill any gaps.


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3 Wear your chunkiest items. It’s always cold on planes, and that Gabriela Hearst cashmere will be of no use to you at the bottom of the suitcase.

4 Don’t scrimp on luxury. Take your favourite sleepwear (I’d rather lose something else than not have space for my Emilia Wickstead pyjamas).

An eye mask is equally important – both inflight and on arrival if your room has no blackout blinds.


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5 Use hotel amenities. I never take my own shampoo, which is how I get round the 100ml rule, and my face cream (Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv) is below the limit.

Other necessities: Lanolin lip balm and 111Skin sheet masks to rejuvenate skin after a long-haul flight.

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Awesome Athens

Athens native Mary Katrantzou, who made history in October when she staged a catwalk show at the Temple of Poseidon, s tips for the city’s best…

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Jimmy’s Fish, traditional Greek seafood by a marina.


The best in the world is The Clumsies.


Lake Vouliagmeni is known to have healing properties.

Place to party

Island has the most incredible view, open in summer.

Historical sites

The Temple of Poseidon has a mystical, spiritual energy.

Relaxing spot

Cape Sounio.

We’re all about the Athens Riviera!

Nearby island

Cars aren’t allowed in Spetses. It feels untouched.

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Secret agent

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Maya Poulton’s job is an enviable one.

As co-founder of new hotel-booking website Safara, which launches this month, she road-tests the best rooms around the world. Aimed at the millennial traveller, Safara is switching up an out-of-date industry with a subscription-based model that allows members to keep the commission that regular sites pocket, with every booking earning points that go towards the cost of your next stay.

Booking hotels is a $550 billion industry, but booking online is no different from how it was 10 years ago,” Poulton says. “The way we consume film and music has changed.

Even how we date. It’s crazy travel hasn’t.

” It has now.

Gulf of Chiriqui

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Those seeking off-grid adventure might consider Islas Secas, a privately owned archipelago of 14 islands in the Gulf of Chiriquí on Panama’s Pacific coast. This brand-new remote eco- resort (the nearest town is 33 miles away) is a must for marine safari – go snorkelling and humpback whale-spotting, then return to your luxury casita to soak up the silence.


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If Hydra Town was last year’s picture-perfect harbour getaway, this year’s will once again be Portofino, thanks to the reopening of the Belmond Splendido Mare.

Gloriously positioned on the harbour, with 14 suites and a restaurant, it has been given a midcentury revamp featuring pieces by Paolo Buffa and Gio Ponti. An aperitivo on the waterfront is a must.

Private lives

For the ultimate in exclusive getaways, why not take over an entire island?

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From the craggy romance of the North Sea, to the pellucid waters of Belize, there’s a new wave of private-island holiday destinations, once the preserve of oligarchs and movie stars.

New and refreshed openings abound for the coming year. Of note is the just launched Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Private Island Estate.

In the competitive hotel industry of the Maldives, its 32,000sq m of Robinson Crusoe paradise in the South Malé Atoll is the largest estate in the region, and the only one accessible by yacht rather than seaplane. Rented as a “one-key room”, the island sleeps 18 adults and six children, and has villas dotted among the palm trees.

It is just 30 minutes by yacht from the airport (naturally it comes with its own yacht), but it’s the billionaire specs that make it: a spa with an over-water treatment room, a gym and a yoga pavilion, as well as a bar, a state-of-the-art screening room and no fewer than five pools. Oh, and a small army of staff.

It’s no longer only royalty booking in. The trend, according to Waldorf Astoria, is for three or four generations of a family to take over the island for major landmark celebrations.

Major is definitely the word. Giles Hattersley.

Fantasy islands3 of the best

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A mile from land, in the sailing waters of Casco Bay, the star of Clapboard Island, Maine, is the house, built in 1898.

Best for living out Kennedy fantasies.

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Thirty minutes by helicopter from Rio, Japao offers total privacy for two to eight guests in the stunning archipelagos off Brazil’s Angra dos Reis (the “green coast”).

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The Philippines’ Banwa private island feels like stepping back in time. Ideal for nature lovers, it has six hectares to explore, six villas – and its own organic farm.

Turkish delight

On the tranquil turquoise coast, Mark Russell finds a paradisiacal escape.

Nestled between a peaceful stretch of the picturesque Turquoise Coast and a mountainous national coastal park, sits the architecturally resplendent Maxx Royal Kemer Resort.

You’d be hard pushed to find a better location in which to enjoy equal measures of luxury and serenity – just ask the local mountain goats, whose silhouette provides the resort with its logo, and which will occasionally stroll down from on high, presumably to soak up the atmosphere.

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The coastline has long charmed visitors – Mark Antony recognised its beauty 2,000 years ago, when he is said to have presented the region, now known as the Turkish Riviera, to Cleopatra as a wedding gift. What is relatively new to this part of Turkey, however, is the kind of super-luxe, thought-of-it-so-you-don’t-have-to resort that Maxx Royal has created.

Every detail that could contribute to a luxurious experience, however big or small, appears to have been considered – from a sublime layout, positioning its vast pool so it overlooks an idyllic private bay, and myriad outdoor dining areas in which to enjoy an evening’s entertainment, to a choice of miniature Bottega Veneta toiletries.

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And if you can think of something that hasn’t been provided for, you can always tell your personal holiday assistant – assigned to you on arrival – who, with the aid of WhatsApp and an uncanny ability to appear just when you need them, is on call to arrange restaurant bookings, day trips and anything else you may desire. They can even, as Vogue discovered, explain to you quite how you might have accidentally found your way to the Black Diamond nightclub the previous night, hidden as it is behind a cliff face by the resort’s private coastline.

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It’s testament to the design of the resort that it is popular with families without compromising the grown-up feel.

Children will delight in the hotel’s water park, while you can enjoy your own, more sedate leisure time in the labyrinthine spa area. Aware that nothing really happens in life nowadays until it happens on social media, Maxx Royal has also cleverly dotted “best Instagram points” around the complex, drawing your attention to particularly scenic spots, should you have missed them.

But, to be honest, you could take a selfie anywhere within the grounds and it would still be the envy of your followers scrolling through IG back home.

Vogue recommends

You can fly direct to Antalya Airport – a 45-minute private transfer from Maxx Royal Kemer – but, for the ultimate culture break bolt-on, stopover in Istanbul on the way.

Stay in its coolest corner, Karaköy in Beyoglu, and take in the Istanbul Modern museum, Salt Galata (housed in a former bank) and Arter, a monumental new contemporary gallery.

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This article was originally published in the February 2020 issue of British Vogue.

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