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Hidden treasures

We thought we’d share some of our favorite hidden treasures and best kept travel secrets with you. From cottages in a beautiful seaside Californian village, to a private house which has been extended into an exclusive boutique hotel, found off-the-beaten track in Mauritius.

All prices include international flights and transfers unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. T&Cs apply.

Butterfly House Bahia, Brazil

Hidden among the coconut palms that fringe one of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches, Butterfly House is simply balm for the soul. Eight delightfully unpretentious suites and bungalows, a superb restaurant and a wonderful range of activities from whale watching and surfing to nature safaris make this slice of paradise as relaxing or as active as you choose.

From £2,155pp based on 2 adults sharing, 3 nights in Salvador at the Villa Bahia and 7 nights at Butterfly House, both on a B&B basis.

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island

Known around the world and visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef and its many islands are spectacular. But why not escape the crowds and visit Lord Howe, a spectacular UNESCO heritage listed island located on the most southerly coral reef in the world. Dive and snorkel in the pristine waters, climb to the top of Mount Gower for 360° views or simply relax on one of the deserted beaches soaking in the landscape, that reminds us of Never Never Land.

From £4,100pp based on 2 adults staying in a Capella Suite on a Full Board basis, two $50 vouchers for the spa and airport transfers.

Carmel Cottage Inn, California

How about your own private cottage in the heart of California’s beautiful seaside village of Carmel? Just 2 hours south of San Francisco and ideal for surfing, beach combing, whale watching and the fantastic Monterey Aquarium, it is the perfect escape for a romantic week for 2 or a family break with the children.

From £2,925pp and £820 per child based on a family of 4 staying in the Moon Gate or Home Port Cottage and includes car rental.

Chada Katavi, Tanzania

Enjoy a week exploring Western Tanzania, with 4 nights at Chada Katavi, situated in the unspoiled Katavi National Park, reputed to be one of the wildest places on earth with fantastic game viewing. Then fly to Lake Tanganyika for 3 nights and to Greystoke Mahale, beneath the Mahale Mountains. Each day track the chimpanzees and spend an hour with them as they play, groom each other and feed.

From £4,350pp based on two adults sharing for 8 nights in Tanzania with return economy class flights and taxes.

Dwarikas Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal

Dwarika's Resort in Nepal’s Dhulikhel is a charming retreat just an hour's drive from Kathmandu. It just opened in October so has yet to be truly discovered. It has fabulous views of the Himalayan Mountains, wonderful gentle walking opportunities and a marvelous spa offering a range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation.

From £1,775pp for 2 adults sharing and traveling between January and March for 6 nights staying in a Junior suite on a half board basis, including a private tour of the ancient city Bhaktapur.

E’Terra, Ontario

Escape to our little secret bolthole nestled away in Canada’s Bruce Peninsula. It’s such a secret that only guests booked in to stay are given the address. A wonderfully romantic place to while away the days in comfort and relaxation yet only a few hours from Toronto.

From £2,090pp based on 2 adults sharing a Morel Suite for 6 nights and 1 night at the Ritz Carlton Toronto and including a rental car.

Ibo Island Lodge, Mozambique

Head to Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago for a seven night adventure with Ibo Island Lodge. Sail through the azure water on a private island hopping dhow safari, accompanied by your skilled crew and qualified guide. Then sail to the lodge to relax in the laid-back island atmosphere and soak in the culture and history of Ibo.

From £3,200pp, based on 4 adults for 4 nights on a private dhow safari and 3 nights at Ibo Island Lodge on full board basis. Includes flights and transfers to and from Ibo, for travel throughout 2014.

Isla Palenque, Panama

If you've ever fancied losing yourself on a pristine island sanctuary filled with monkeys and colorful jungle birds, while humpback whales cavort offshore, then Isla Palenque is for you. Add gorgeous wild beaches, stylish sustainable hardwood accommodations, crisp linens, spa treatments and delicious cuisine and you’ll have yourself a secret paradise you won’t want to leave.

From £2,655pp based on 2 adults sharing, 3 nights in Panama City at the Bristol with breakfast and 4 nights at Isla Palenque including all meals and activities.

Lakaz Chamarel, Mauritius

Lakaz Chamarel is an exclusive boutique hotel in the South West of Mauritius. Originally a private house, it has now been extended and has just 20 rooms which are chic and romantic in style. Off the beaten track and set in 12 acres of tropical gardens with mountain views, choose a spot to look out for the famous green parrot or pink pigeon.

From £1,560pp based on 2 people sharing a Superior Room on half board for 7 nights for travel in May.

Nihiwatu, Indonesia

For those wanting to get off the beaten track in style, then head to the island of Sumba which is home to Nihiwatu. From the moment you step foot onto the untouched island, you immediately get the sense that it is a very special place; with its utterly unique location, perched on a cliff above a world famous surf break, this is barefoot luxury at its best. From visiting local villages or learning to surf to early morning yoga sessions and divine spa treatments, the whole Nihiwatu experience is out of this world.

From £3,650pp based 2 adults in a Luxury Bungalow on a Full Board basis.

One&Only The Palm, Dubai

At only seven hours from London, Dubai is the ideal destination for winter sun, culture and a unique desert experience. Stray from the beaches and high rise city of Dubai, and take a chauffeur drive into the desert to watch the stunning sunset, and enjoy a Private Moonlight Dinner on the Dunes.

From £2,835pp based on a 2 adults, staying in a Manor House Premier Deluxe Room on a B&B basis.

Petit St. Vincent, Grenadines

Escape to an island paradise where you can truly relax and get away from it all without the interruption of phones, TVs and the internet! Petit St. Vincent offers island luxury in newly renovated cottages scattered among the hillside or beaches. Enjoy island hopping and discovering places nearby or picnic in one of the quiet spots for ultimate seclusion.

From £3,250pp (saving £1,660 total) based on 2 people sharing a one bedroom cottage on full board for 7 nights, for travel between May and August.

Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Greece

Tucked into a little explored corner of the Peloponnese, the island of Spetses provides a glimpse of peaceful bygone days, where horse drawn carriages replace cars and pine-covered hillsides give way to pint-sized sandy beaches and cobbled streets lined with curiosity shops. Stay at the beautiful Poseidonion Grand Hotel overlooking the water in the historic old harbor.

From £1,050pp for 7 nights in a Deluxe Sea View room on a B&B basis.

Rosa Alpina, Dolomites

The Hotel Rosa Alpina is a beautiful family run hotel, in the quaint village of San Cassiano nestled in the Italian Dolomites. The area consists of 12 valleys all accessible under one ski pass. Apart from downhill skiing the area offers some of the most beautiful settings for those who enjoy cross country skiing, excursions with mountain guides, snow shoeing or ice climbing. You will also be able to enjoy stunning Italian cooking all over the mountain.

From £3,640pp for 2 adults sharing a deluxe room on B&B from the 18 January (British Airways flights and transfers from Innsbruck).

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