The great escape

🍷 Piedmont | 🗻 Fuji Five Lakes | 🇬🇪 Georgia

15 March 2024

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About an hour outside Tokyo, at the foot of Mount Fuji, lies “the Hamptons of Japan”, says The Daily Telegraph. Known as the Fuji Five Lakes, this idyllic stretch is beloved by city dwellers craving quiet and fresh air. Villas and luxury glamping spots scatter the shorelines, many with spectacular views of the iconic snow-capped mountain. Glamping Villa Hanz from (£176) per night for two,



Georgia is a country of “history, humour and hospitality”, says the FT. In Tbilisi’s Old Town, the Narikala – an ancient fortress overlooking the city – and the 13th-century Metekhi Church are worth a visit, as well as the ornate Orbeliani bathhouse. For more adventurous types, Kazbegi is a three-hour drive north, where you can hike to mountain-top churches, canyons and waterfalls. Steppes Travel offers a one-week private tour split between Tbilisi and Kazbegi, from £1,995 pp,



In a country known for la dolce vita, “Piedmont stands out”, says The i Newspaper. The northwestern Italian region is home to Barolo wines, white truffles and a host of specialist meats and cheeses – all of which make it the perfect destination for Hedonistic Hiking’s gastronomic, wine-tasting walking tour. Tuck into gourmet picnics, wines and chocolate; try your hand at cooking courses; and hunt for truffles with a professional trifolao. Seven-night guided Jewels of Piedmont trip from £2,728pp,


The Rabbit

The star attraction at The Rabbit, a 33-room hotel in Northern Ireland, is a Roman spa “designed to surprise”, says The Times. Features include a heated pebble beach, a poolside tiki bar and a giant disco ball hanging above the luxurious baths. The rooms are a mishmash of neon signs, Dyson hairdryers, and “Instagrammable William Morris wallpapers”. It also gets a gold star for convenience, located only a 10-minute drive from Belfast International airport. B&B doubles from £185,