Colors: Blue Color

England's green and pleasant lands aren't always green or pleasant in the summer festival season, especially if you prefer to have some of the rudiments of normal living. You may find yourself paying out hundreds, even thousands of pounds, to get something resembling a civilised place to sleep, shower and do the necessary.

The original Singita lodge has reopened, having been redesigned by Cecil & Boyd. who also worked on Singita's other lodges in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. There are 12 luxury suites, each with their own private plunge pool. The biggest change to the property is that many of the walls have been removed, allowing guests to feel 'at one' with nature and to maximise the light and Sand River views.

The luxurious Paresa Resort Phuket offers guests the chance to combine exclusivity and authentic Thai experiences with its unique choice of 'adventures'.   The imaginative experiences, created by the hotel's General Manager and his team include 'Tales of a Rice Farmer', where guests are taught the secrets of Southern Thai cuisine by Khun Mina, the island chief and rice farmer on the small island of Yao Noi.

An appeal for the rescue of Bulgaria's last two circus lions was launched by the Born Free Foundation in a bid to secure their relocation to the international wildlife charity's sanctuary at Shamwari, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Jora and Black (due to the latter’s distinguishing black mane) are two seven-year-old lions known to be brothers.

Known for its otherworldly landscapes and scenery, it comes as no surprise that Iceland has been used for lunar training by NASA astronauts since 1965. This year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first training exercise, a number of special events have been organized in the region, including a return to the training area for three Apollo astronauts.

The San Antonio Missions have officially been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The decision was announced on July 5th at the annual UNESCO World Heritage committee meeting in Bonn, Germany.  An elite list with just 22 existing U.S. landmarks included, the five Missions (including The Alamo) are taking their place among other great American historic and cultural institutions like the Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall.

With a solid framework for environment and social sustainability in place, 11 Centara properties have achieved Silver Certification from EarthCheck, the world’s leading environment certifier of travel and tourism organizations.  In order to achieve Silver, Centara properties were required to submit operational data that was benchmarked against industry best practice.

La Digue is one of Seychelles’ most enchanted islands and the many small hotels there continue to make the charm of this beautiful island. Tucked in a beautiful garden filled with neatly-cut trees not far from the La Passe jetty on the island, are 10 chalets forming part of the latest tourism establishment run by well-known Hotel L’Archipel belonging to top Seychellois hotelier Louis D’Offay.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, yesterday completed a successful two day official visit to Guyana. “The aim of my visit was to discuss the priorities of Guyana’s leaders and to reiterate the Commonwealth’s enduring commitment to developing Guyana practically at the grassroots through capacity-building programmes. I also briefed the leadership on our advocacy and the range of pioneering global initiatives,” said Mr Sharma.

Barely touched and retaining a purity unlike anywhere else, Antarctica is home to ice-bergs, glacial islands and an abundance of wildlife blissful in their complete isolation. Aurora Expeditions and their voyages to Antarctica opens the door to a frozen wilderness; an ethereal backdrop to a voyage packed with once in a lifetime adventures.

Living up to its reputation as the best kept secret in the Maldives; Kandolhu Island is a 5 star luxury boutique resort located in the middle of the beautiful Ari Atoll. With just 30 contemporary villas, the resort boasts the highest restaurants to villas ratio in the Maldives with four gourmet restaurants on offer and beach front bar.

This summer, the magic of Monet's famous water gardens in Normandy comes to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from Tuesday 30th June to Sunday 5th July with the press day on Monday 29th June. In anticipation of the 2016 Normandy Impressionist Festival, the Normandy Tourist Board will be hosting an Impressionist Garden designed by James Priest, Head Gardener at the Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny.