Travel agenda: From Cotswold farm stays to wilderness safaris in Namibia

Where to go and what to know

1. Air time

On Friday, Atlasjet launches new flights from Luton to Istanbul's Ataturk airport. They will join existing links to the city's principal airport offered by British Airways from Heathrow and Turkish Airlines from Heathrow and Gatwick. Typical fares in May start at £148 return.

atlasjet.com

2. Exotic isles

The Solomon Islands are the latest exotic location to be added to Ultimate Diving's portfolio. A week-long live-aboard trip to the remote archipelago, east of Papua New Guinea, starts at £1,950pp, aboard the MV Bilikiki with meals, daily dives and transfers. Flights extra.

ultimatediving.co.uk

3. Look east

The Alma Courtyard resort opens in June in the atmospheric Vietnamese port town of Hoi An. Sister hotel to the Fusion Maia, a short drive up the coast in Danang, it features 144 rooms set in tropical gardens and the Four Plate Restaurant, where chefs will cook up local dishes.

serenity-holding.com

4. Get festive

Somersault is a new five-day festival of music, adventure and outdoor living taking place at the Castle Hill estate near Barnstaple in Devon from 17-21 July. Musicians including Jack Johnson and local boy Ben Howard will headline alongside campfire feasts by Pitt Cue Co, yoga classes, barefoot runs and a fancy-dress tea party by Pearl Lowe. Weekend £140.

somersaultfestival.com

5. Bush baby

Wilderness Safaris launches the Hoanib Camp, close to Namibia's Skeleton Coast Park, on 1 August. Accessible only by light aircraft, the safari lodge is located in the private Palmwag Concession with seven en-suite tents and one family unit, hugged by communal decks.

wilderness-safaris.com

6. Forest fun

Forest Holidays opens the Thorpe Forest woodland lodge on 9 May. Situated on the banks of the River Thet in Norfolk, it has a series of contemporary cabins, fitted with kitchenettes and flat-screen televisions. Some even have log-burning stoves and outdoor hot tubs. From £636.

forestholidays.co.uk

7. Heaven scent

Spa brand, Ushvani, has launched two travel-sized cosmetics bags, one for the face and one for the body. Each comes in a handmade leather case with six miniatures and is priced £95. Highlights include a kaffir lime shower gel and a hibiscus-scented face mask.

ushvani.com

8. Farm stay

A set of redundant tractor sheds on the Notgrove Estate, outside the Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water, have been converted into some stylish self-catering cottages sleeping between six and 10. The site features a games room and resident alpacas, pigs and peacocks on the surrounding farm. Weekly stays for six from £550.

notgroveholidays.com

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'