The incredible Thanda Private Island lies off the coast of Mafia Island, Tanzania. Thanda is only 8ha in area, and surrounded by coral reefs that protect it from stormy seas. Thanda is a truly exclusive tropical island — a refuge to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. Accommodation consists of a single private villa, and there is the option to accommodate more guests in banda-style beach huts and safari-style tents. The island is situated within Tanzania’s Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, and the surrounding warm Indian Ocean is
home to the whale shark, sea turtles, and dolphins. thandaisland.com
A personally guided safari experience with Richard Anderson of Anderson Expeditions is at the top of my list. Whether it’s through the Linyanti Concession and Okavango Delta in Botswana, or Patagonia at the tip of South America, his knowledge and interpretative lens ensures optimal immersion.
A trip to the Zakouma National Park in southeastern Chad with Anderson is not to be missed: this is Africa as it was meant to be — vast, remote, wild, and without the numbers of tourists seen in other parts of the continent. The 3,000km² park is considered one of the last strongholds of plains game in the Sudano-Sahelian zone. andersonexpeditions.com
It’s got to be the Big Apple, and I can absolutely vouch for a day of museums and an evening jog along the Hudson river, followed by a sunset drink at New York’s now famous High Line. When it’s time for dinner, just go down the stairs, and step into the Standard Hotel Grill for a fine New York flat iron steak, followed by afterdinner drinks at the rooftop bar, the Top of the Standard. If
you’re still feeling frisky, then spend a night on the tiles one floor down at its penthouse disco, Le Bain. standardhotels.com
By all accounts, Tokyo’s famous and sought-after Bar Gen Yamamoto is a must-visit. The eponymous Gen Yamamoto, the proprietor and sole bartender in this
eight-seater room, offers a bespoke cocktail tasting menu, created from hand-picked, seasonal ingredients, mixed with the finest spirits. His cocktail tasting menu is based on the revered Japanese tradition of “shiki”, meaning that the seasons are reflected in the choice and style of your drink. Flavours include peach, plum, mango, golden barrel pine, and edamame. Kanpai!
You may know Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk as the chocolatiers behind Honest Chocolate Café. Thesedays, when the sun sets, it’s time for their other job — running The Gin Bar in the evenings. The bar’s approach to quality and integrity is what we’ve come to expect from the duo, and the menu comprises predominantly gin-based cocktails and drinks, using only the best mixers, herbs and flavours, and a dazzling range of local and international small-batch gins. Gird and de Klerk combine tastes according to your mood, using a unique matrix of “head, heart, soul, and ambition” to create their superb, artisanal cocktails. 64A-66 Wale Street, Cape Town