Travel agenda: From new rustic chic cottages in France to the new Brazil Pop Up Diner and casual luggage
Where to go and what to know
Saturday 22 February 2014
1. C'est chic!
The Chic Collection is a new online portal for booking boutique hotels. Browsers can choose from a range of catagories – "spachic" for sybriates, "hide&chic" for those who want to get away from it all – to find their perfect holiday retreat, be it a game reserve in South Africa or a design-led villa in Bali. chiccollection.travel
2. Hold on
The Eros Collection is a new casual range of luggage by British brand Antler, which features six canvas and leather travel companions, ranging from the overnight bag (£179) to the toiletry case (£49) and folio wallet (£69) for storing all your passports and documents. antler.co.uk
3. Latin flavour
After 25 years, The Explorations Company is expanding with a new tailormade travel arm, dedicated to Latin America. South American Explorations will cover holidays to Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and more. Choose from jaguar spotting in the Amazon to a helicopter ride over Belize's Blue Hole. southamericanexplorations.com
4. Thai life
Nikki Beach has opened a new beach club and restaurant in Phuket, adding to its 10 existing locations that span from Miami Beach to Marbella. Much like the other properties it will offer a mix of poolside entertainment, dining, music and drinks, but this time beside the Andaman Sea. A hotel will follow next year. nikkibeach.com
5. Team spirit
The Brazil Pop Up Diner visits 12 Fifa World Cup host cities between March and June. Diners will be treated to a three-course lunch or dinner on Sundays at The Bedford and Strand in London, starting with Recife on 9 March. Expect cachaça-based cocktails, regional music and goody bags; £35. brazilpopupdiner.com
6. Going Yoko
Plan ahead for a spring break in Bilbao, where Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum will open a retrospective dedicated to Yoko Ono from 14 March. With 200 installations, films and photographs, it will delve into the life of the avant-garde musician, artist and muse. guggenheim-bilbao.es
7. French fancy
If you're hankering for a holiday in France, consider Le Mas des Oules. The new collection of eight rustic-chic self-catering cottages is located in the Languedoc, close to Uzès. The owners, Emma and Michael Crane, are Londoners and interiors feature 1950's botanical charts and vintage school posters. Nightly from €100. lemasdesoules.fr
8. Air apparent
BBC2 starts showing The Travel Show from Friday morning at 10.10am. The programme is a development of the long-running Fast:Track show from BBC World News. Destinations for 2014 include the Maldives, New Zealand, Mexico and Burma. Presenters will include Paralympic host, Ade Adepitan. bit.ly/BBCTravelShow
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