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

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