Tuscany’s summer cultural festival has become a highlight of the region, especially for the town of Cortona, attracting everyone from the curious to Hollywood celebs.
New Zealand’s Otahuna Lodge, affected by the major earthquakes which devastated nearby Christchurch, is re-opening on July 11 and will host cooking classes with executive chef Jimmy McIntyre using organic produce.
For a taste of ultra luxury, Tower Lodge in NSW’s Hunter Valley fits the bill. Boutique size and grand in scale, it is often a retreat for celebrities – oh crap, I swore I wouldn’t mention that.
New Zealand does autumn and winter so well. The Land of the Long Wine List turns scarlet, russet and gold in autumn and then the snow falls. Three of New Zealand’s luxury lodges have a winter special deal.