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Five summer escapes

Five summer escapes

Don’t let the sun go down on your summer plans just yet; from treehouse highs in Somerset to swimming in the Ionian sea, here's our round-up of five fresh-air boutique getaways that make the most of what nature has to offer, at home and abroad. 


Bower Treehouse

Treehouse highs in Somerset

Located just a few minutes away from the quirky charms of Bruton and Frome, Bower Treehouse is as peaceful a spot as you could ever wish for. The adventure starts as soon as you arrive, where you pick up your lanterns and a map and make your way through the woodlands and over the stream to the private patch of wilderness that surrounds the treehouse. With the instant calm that descends as you climb up into the canopy you feel like you’re really getting away from it all – however, the king-sized bed carved from stag oak, underfloor-heated bathroom and fully equipped kitchen mean you’re never far from luxury – a truly restorative retreat!

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Fazenda Nova

Olive grove lounging in Portugal

This farmhouse is just 25 minutes from Faro Airport, tucked away in peaceful countryside. A family-owned boutique hotel with just ten rooms, Fazenda Nova feels like you’re staying with friends. Lounge by the sun-soaked salt-water pool (pictured at the top of this blog post), take a nap in one of the hanging pods hidden away in the surrounding olive groves or, if you can bear to leave, venture out to one of the nearby fishing ports to sample the local fare. You can also book an in-room spa treatment or private yoga session or read the entire back catalogue of The Face – founded by the owner Hallie Robinson’s father, Nick Logan, in 1980 – in the library. Heaven!

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Kipos Beach House

Wild swimming in the Ionian Sea

There’s no shortage of hideaways on the coasts of Paxos but few are as stylish as Kipos Beach House which sleeps up to 12 people and is all stone and smooth whitewash, updated with contemporary furniture and local artwork. Just a few steps up from the crystal-clear water of the Ionian sea it makes a great base for swimming, chartering a yacht or motor boat to lunch on nearby islands and exploring the hidden bays and caves that dot the coastline. There’s also a sunny pool terrace and glorious views down to Kipos, the perfect corner to sit with your feet up and enjoy the view.

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The Blue Lagoon

Wild swimming in the Ionian Sea

There’s no shortage of hideaways on the coasts of Paxos but few are as stylish as Kipos Beach House which sleeps up to 12 people and is all stone and smooth whitewash, updated with contemporary furniture and local artwork. Just a few steps up from the crystal-clear water of the Ionian sea it makes a great base for swimming, chartering a yacht or motor boat to lunch on nearby islands and exploring the hidden bays and caves that dot the coastline. There’s also a sunny pool terrace and glorious views down to Kipos, the perfect corner to sit with your feet up and enjoy the view.

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Jardin Des Douars

Digital detoxing in Marrakesh

Hop on a flight to Marrakesh and onwards to Jardin Des Douars, only 15 minutes’ drive away from the sleepy port city of Essaouira. Situated in the gardens, the luxury rooms with private terraces, sunken baths and king-sized beds, offer total peace and quiet in lush botanical surroundings. The rooms don’t feature televisions, internet or any high-tech additional mod-cons, and so this boutique hotel is the perfect escape for those wanting to switch off from the pressures of work and everyday life. Explore the gardens, relax in the traditional Moroccan hammam, heated with local argan-tree bark renowned for its moisturising and skin-boosting properties, before heading to the pretty lantern-lit terrace to enjoy a cocktail (or two!) at sunset.

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