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mediterranean: special interests

happens to boast one of the highest numbers of Michelin stars per square foot in the world. Sell it: For a unique foodie trip, tour operator Peter Sommer Travels (petersommer.com) has introduced a Gastronomic Gullet trip cruise in Croatia for 2018. Clients will visit local producers, participate in cooking classes and eat at konobas (traditional restaurants).

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This spring will also sees the opening of the five-star Canaves Oia Epitome in Santorini, with its 24 luxurious villas, daily yoga sessions and indulgent treatment rooms. New product: Cutting-edge spa treatments can be experienced at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas in Crete which has announced a new spa partnership with Harley Street Skin Clinic 111SKIN. On offer is a variety of surgically inspired spa treatments.

Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing Hiking regions in the world and Tuscany is an ideal With stunning coastal paths, alpine suggestion for clients looking to couple scenery peaks and dramatic coves, the Balearic and award-winning wine. Many of the region’s Islands are a prime hiking destination. varieties are recognised as ‘DOC’ and ‘DOCG,’ and For the experienced walker, the Ruta de Pedra vineyard tours can be arranged locally in Tuscan Sac in the dramatic towns such as San Serra Tramuntana Gimignano and Sienna. “Shore excursions for cruise mountain range is A stay on a Sardinian vineyard is a new passengers are becoming ever- a six-day hike that takes in 162km of option in 2018 from more immersive – from a coastline. The trail will tour operator Sicilian pasta-making class in take clients through Places. La Foreseteria Sorrento to exploring the most spectacular Planeta Estate, located on the Menfi vineyard, Dubrovnik’s old city walls or part of the mountain range, offering a great has an infinity pool picturesque vineyards” variety of landscapes. overlooking the ANDY HARMER, CLIA UK & IRELAND An easier option can sprawling vineyard be found on the east and features daily coast of Menorca which features a myriad of cooking classes and a wine tasting room. stunning hidden footpaths and clifftop tracks. The Cami de Cavalls to the Virgin Beaches Sell it: SeaDream Yacht Club’s (seadream.com) wine voyages from Nice to Civitavecchia or Athens to Stromboli walk starts in Cala Galdana and continues allows clients to enhance their culinary and yachting along an ancient trail that circles the island. experience while exploring flavours from wineries. New product: Nordic Walking is tipped to be one of Spa & wellness the fastest growing fitness trends this year. Miraggio Pampering options already abound in the Thermal Spa Resort in Halkidiki has launched 30 Med but the Greek Islands are welcoming new routes for 2018, offering clients the chance to a number of new openings this year. explore the towering peaks of Mount Olympus. Ikos Resorts is adding a third property Coastal action with the launch of Ikos Sassia Corfu, set The Mediterranean’s spectacular coastline is to open on May 3. Frazzled clients can a primary draw for many clients. Corsica, or get pampered at the Ikos Spa where ‘the island of beauty’, boasts a wild and rugged Anne Semonin therapists offer treatments coastline and a cycling holiday is one using essential oils and trace minerals.

Opposite page: Palma Cathedral, Majorca. This page, clockwise from top left: a sommelier pours wine in Tuscany; an Ikos Resorts spa; hiking in the Balearic Islands; one of Sicily’s many churches; Gozo’s Blue Hole

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