Tropical Escapes

With summer on the horizon and thoughts of getaways to far-flung destinations, we enlisted the help of travel writer Chloe Sachdev to show us the prime locations we should be heading to this year.

There is more to summer than just luxury resorts and white sun loungers, like exploring in-the-know locales, going off the beaten track and tasting new culinary flavours. This can be in unknown far-flung destinations or popular spots closer to home, either way, there is always something new to find.

Ibiza

Ibiza might best be known for its nightlife, but the more clued-up travellers have always known to go off the party track for its wellness retreats, hidden swimming coves, pristine water and under-the-radar fish shacks. Stay up north in Portinatx at hotel ‘Los Enamorados’, a converted rustic boatshed now nine-room hotel, bar and restaurant owned by former basketball player Pierre Traversier and magazine editor Rozemarijn de Witte. Here you’ll find a boho crowd, drawn to the colourful terrace serving fresh Peruvian-slanted dishes, stylish sunbeds for guests and a boutique for all sorts of eclectic knick-knacks, furniture and fashion.

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Or go inland and stay at La Granja, (pictured) an exclusive, farm-to-fork bolthole in the middle of the countryside, where you can expect everything from slow food workshops to mezcal moonlit parties. On the food front, explore the low-key chiringuitos and water-side spots, such as El Bigotes, Ses Boques and Es Xarcu, all offering White Isle classics such as bullit de peix (fish stew) and salt-baked fish. Be sure to have lunch at The Fish Shack, an in-the-know ad hoc ‘restaurant’ on the rocks in Talamanca serving the freshest catch of the day.

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Bali

A tropical island paradise. Bali is where you’ll find everyone from surfers to shamans and artists to slow-living millennials, all drawn to the lush green jungles, consistent glassy waves and everyday spirituality. Leave the bustle of Seminyak behind, and instead head to the ‘it’ neighborhood of Canggu, where you’ll find an area that vibes a motley mix of Byron Bay’s green juice culture and LA’s edginess, flanked by dusty roads and scooter traffic jams. Check into tropical brutalist hotel, The Slow, (pictured) a 12-room hotel (all suites), art gallery and open-air bar and restaurant that has been attracting a crowd of lo-fi surfers and haute-hippies since opening in 2016.

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In Canggu, days will be spent eating healthy-ish fare such as pumpkin spiced pancakes and paleo dishes washed down with nut milk lattes, specialty tea infusions and cold-pressed cocktails. For those who would prefer a villa to a hotel choose Villa Arjuna, a three-bedroom white-washed home, complete with a pool and five minutes from Canggu club or Berawa beach. Or, away from the coast, immerse yourself in the paddy fields of Ubud. If you’re looking for a luxurious place to rest your head, COMO Uma Ubud (pictured) is your best bet. Otherwise, it’s all about eco-friendly bamboo treehouses, from the Hideout Lightroom to an extraordinary five-storey bamboo palace.

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Jamaica

Jamaica is not a hard sell. But there’s more to it than resorts. Let’s start with the unbeatable ramshackle bars, like Floyd’s Pelican Bar. Built on stilts in the middle of the sea, it’s worth a day trip from Black River, Treasure Beach or Parottee Point. As for food, jerk-seasoned seafood and lobster bars abound, but go off the beaten track to Stush in the Bush at Zionites Farm. It’s a charming, 15-acre higgledy-piggledy farm-to-table restaurant in St. Ann’s, near Ocho Rios and close by Montego Bay. Owned by a husband and wife team who grow their ingredients to concoct hearty, organic dishes. Stay at Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa Bay, the jewel in the crown of Jamaica. Both upmarket and ultra-laidback, it’s a favourite of discerning travellers and visiting A-listers. It might once have been the home of author Ian Fleming, but don’t expect any kitsch Bond memorabilia. The cottages and suites across the 52 acres overlooking the crystal lagoon speak for themselves.

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Chloe Sachdev is a writer specialising in global lifestyle trends – food, drink, and travel – living between London, Hong Kong, and Sydney. A contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, Gourmet Traveller, The Telegraph, Suitcase Magazine and The Evening Standard, she is most likely to be spotted in a dive bar off the beaten track.

Sunspel Beachwear

No tropical getaway would be complete without a wardrobe perfectly calibrated for long days on sun-drenched shores when the only rule is to stay cool. Sunspel derives its name from the term ‘sunny spell’, the almost magical balance of sunshine and humidity that cultivates our finest cotton. This natural affinity with summer forms the inspiration behind a new collection of cool holiday essentials, perfectly suited for getaways to tropical climes, moments in the shade, and the optimism of travel to new summer destinations.

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