Cosmoledo Eco Camp: shipping containersin the Seychelles
Such a feeling of distance is rare these days. Guests stay in "lavish" lodges and villas or "eco pods" ("which are, unmistakably, shipping containers). These are no ordinary shipping containers: each of the eight is "cleverly designed with wood flooring, framed maps, good lighting, excellent bathrooms, aircon and comfortable twin beds".
A retractable glass wall opens onto wooden decking and the beach, "alive with horned ghost crabs". The pods can even be moved without leaving a trace. ($1,900 for two, bluesafari.com.)
Kachi Lodge: out of this world
The interiors are "homely and cool, with wood-burners, designer lighting, proper bathrooms built in Amazonian hardwood with hot (well, warm) solar-powered showers, and heaps of gorgeous Bolivian textiles, all stripes and pompoms, to lend some funky Latin American zest."
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Chefs from Nativa, a new restaurant in Bolivia's capital, Sucre, provided the food. It consisted of sensational reworkings of street-food staples with a touch of European fusion, and was perfectly suited to the harsh conditions outside. (Two nights from $1,980, kachilodge.com.)
Quinta da Pacheca: a barrel of laughs
Wine-loving travellers can now fully indulge in their passion by staying in a converted wine barrel at Quinta da Pacheca, says Almara Abgarian in Metro.
The barrel suites are exact replicas (at least on the outside) of the pine-wood barrels used at the working 280-year-old estate, located in the Douro wine region of Portugal. Owners Paulo Pereira and Maria do Cu Gonalves modified the barrels to include a circular double bed, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, skylight windows and a private terrace. They also have Wi-Fi and air conditioning.
The estate has 140 acres of vineyards to explore, and a restaurant. Then there are, of course, the wines to try red, white, ros and port. The bottles are kept in a nearby 18th-century house. Guests can also sample the locally made olive oil and jam as part of the experience. The barrels don't come cheap. But "then again, you get to realise every wine lover's dream, so it might just be worth it." (From €190, quintadapacheca.com.)
Chris Carter spent three glorious years reading English literature on the beautiful Welsh coast at Aberystwyth University. Graduating in 2005, he left for the University of York to specialise in Renaissance literature for his MA, before returning to his native Twickenham, in southwest London. He joined a Richmond-based recruitment company, where he worked with several clients, including the Queen’s bank, Coutts, as well as the super luxury, Dorchester-owned Coworth Park country house hotel, near Ascot in Berkshire.
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