Cool Weather Summer Destinations

Leave the intense heat and bustling crowds behind and discover our selection of cooler destinations to visit this summer season.

Cool Summer Destinations

Following record-high temperatures in summer last year, “cool-cationing” has become one of the biggest trends for summer travel this year. A cool-cation is all about skipping traditional summer destinations in favour of more temperate climes. Cooler weather destinations often offer fewer crowds.

A cool-cation could take you to Italy’s Dolomites or Scandinavia’s spellbinding natural scenery, where you’ll be free to enjoy outdoor adventures minus the extreme heat of Europe’s summertime. Explore charming Alpine villages, varied hiking trails and cool lakes on warm days. Perhaps you’d like to journey south to Australia and New Zealand where the southern hemisphere winter is perfect for exploring the outdoors and nature while the weather remains mild. Further afield, why not embark on a truly unexpected summer adventure with an expedition cruise to the Arctic? A guaranteed alternate summer to remember.

While these may not be your typical summer itineraries, this is a chance to go beyond the beach and embrace a different style of summer travel. Our Travel Specialists are in the know and are on hand to guide you through a range of holiday options, tailored to you and crafted to capitalise on cooler climes and the benefits of travelling in the low-season.

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Storfjord Hotel

Storfjord Hotel

Norwegian Fjords, Norway

Storfjord Hotel, with its panoramic views to the fjord and warm welcome is one of a kind in Norway. Its beautiful décor with sheepskins, tweeds and rough wood, and antiques and knickknacks dotted about give this boutique hotel a charming ambience.

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Hotel Ciasa Salares

Hotel Ciasa Salares

Dolomites, Italy

With a fabulous setting on the outskirts of San Cassiano in the heart of the Dolomites, the Hotel Ciasa Salares is a family run chalet style hotel, renowned for its superb food, cheese and chocolate rooms, wonderful hospitality, and indulgent spa.

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Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Uniquely positioned on the water's edge and overlooking the Sydney Opera House, the Park Hyatt Sydney is a fantastic luxury base from which to explore this vibrant city and when you can explore no more, the rooftop spa and waterfront restaurant beckon....

Culture Short Break Spa & health
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Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge

Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge is an architecturally pioneering luxury lodge, dramatically perched on a cliff top on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island. It is the perfect luxury base from which to explore the natural wonderland of Kangaroo Island.

Wildlife Adventure Off the beaten track
29/2 Aurland

29/2 Aurland

Aureland, Vestland, Norway

29/2 Aurland is a real find, located perfectly near Flam, the fjord and close to the stunning Snow Road. This beautifully decorated, family-run home away from home offers a warm and authentic Norwegian welcome.

Adventure Couples Off the beaten track Fishing
Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle

Connemara, Galway, Connemara and the West, Ireland

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is nestled in a secluded Connemara forest with the stunning backdrop of the famous Twelve Bens mountain range. Ballynahinch is set within a 450-acre private estate with endless activities to partake in just steps from your door.

Couples Fishing Off the beaten track Riding
Isle of Eriska Hotel

Isle of Eriska Hotel

Oban, West coast Scotland, United Kingdom

The Isle of Eriska Hotel is located on a private island at the mouth of Loch Linnhe in Western Scotland. Evoking an air of exclusivity, the hotel is surrounded by stunning nature and wildlife, with a vast array of outdoor pursuits and activities on offer.

Adventure Couples Culture
Cape Lodge

Cape Lodge

Margaret River, Australia

Located at the heart of the Margaret River wine region, just a 3-hour drive from Perth, Cape Lodge is a hidden gem. A charming boutique property in tranquil surroundings, this is a perfect base to explore this beautiful corner of Australia.

Sailing & surfing Culture Wildlife
Delamore Lodge

Delamore Lodge

Waiheke Island, Auckland and the Coromandel, New Zealand

Delamore Lodge, the last word in style, privacy and sophistication, is located on a cliff edge on the ‘Island of Wine’, Waiheke, in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. Here you will find sensational beaches, fabulous restaurants and world-renowned vineyards.

Villa Adventure Beach Spa & health
Greg Mortimer Arctic

Greg Mortimer Arctic

Arctic

Built to world-class polar standards, the Greg Mortimer is an exciting new addition to our Arctic portfolio, boasting excellent safety features, innovative tech, flexible itineraries including fly-sail options and a range of activities.

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Extraordinary New Zealand

Extraordinary New Zealand

Waiheke Island, Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Nelson & Queenstown

Leap headfirst into this epic trip through stunning New Zealand. Submerge in the breath-taking beauty of both islands from the dreamiest and most fashionable properties. You will encounter mind-blowing landscapes, scrumptious cuisine, seclusion and tranquillity as you take in majestic sights, from wild forests and glassy lakes to azure-blue...

Adventure Fishing Off the beaten track

€30,400 pp

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16 nights
Extraordinary South Australia

Extraordinary South Australia

Flinders Ranges, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Sydney & Lord Howe Island

Dive straight into this epic trip through Southern Australia, your insta-account will never have been so busy as you immerse in wild bush luxury, unique retreats and awesome trips full of vibrancy and adventure. Staying in uber cool hideaways, you will be taken to the best boho bars, tour award-winning vineyards, reconnect on chill-out beaches,...

Off the beaten track Wildlife Beach

€20,200 pp

7 nights
Ultimate Iceland

Ultimate Iceland

Reykjavik & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Adventure on the road less travelled with this ultimate itinerary through the awe-inspiring landscape of Iceland. Leap into the charm of Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon before heading to the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the sublime Snaefellsnes Peninsula, one of the country's hidden gems. Stay at contemporary Icelandic hotels and welcoming...

Couples Adventure Off the beaten track

€9,500 pp

10 nights
Ultimate Norway

Ultimate Norway

Oslo, Ålesund, Bergen & Norwegian Fjords

Revitalising views, captivating culture and crisp mountain air, this ten-day tour of Norway is the perfect concoction for travellers who savour exclusive experiences with a touch of relaxation. We’ve hand-picked the very best hotels and lodges to make sure every stop on the trip promises unique flair complemented by seamless service.

Adventure Couples Culture

€10,800 pp

10 nights
Highlights of Scotland and Ireland

Highlights of Scotland and Ireland

Edinburgh, West coast of Scotland, Dublin & Co. Galway

This multi-country itinerary is a perfect way to explore both Dublin and Edinburgh, as well as the glorious countryside of Scotland and Ireland. With your private guide, experience the local ways of life and admire the breathtaking scenery.

Adventure Culture Couples Off the beaten track

€10,100 pp

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