March 2015

Modern day life is increasingly about how quickly people can travel from point A to point B, with high speed transport infrastructures developing daily. If it’s not about how quickly humans can travel; it’s about how fast information can be fed from one location to another. So it’s not surprising that sometimes there is a need to escape those pressures and do quite the opposite.

Pikaia Lodge (Galapagos) 

Opening at the end of September this year, Pikiaia Lodge is set on Santa Cruz Island in the centre of the Galapagos Islands, 1000KM east of the Ecuadorian coast. The 31 acre, 14 roomed property is 52 kms from Galapagos Baltra Airport.

Guests will find themselves perched on the top of two extinct volcanoes in the middle of the world’s second largest protected marine reserve. The hotel operates daily land and sea tours on their private yacht, has its own giant tortoise reserve as well as a beautiful pool, a gourmet restaurant and relaxing spa.

Pangulasian Island Resort (Philippines) 

Situated on a private island and in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Pangulasian Island is 25-minutes by boat from El Nido (421 kms from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport- flights link the two daily). As soon as guests arrive they can enjoy the resorts 750-metre white powder beach overlooking the bay.

The resort offers 42 individual villas all with a private balcony either on the beach, in the forest, 17 metres from the ground, or with a private pool. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere or take a nature walk, have a go at snorkelling and encounter numerous species of fish and sea life found in this wonderfully protected marine landscape.