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Our favourite things: June 2017

We’ve been here and we’ve been there, and our team have found a few things we thought we’d share

Our favourite things: June 2017
Iguazu Falls. Image: Getty

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Favourite luxury experience…

A helicopter ride over Iguazu Falls, Brazil // Stephanie Cavagnaro
My own private beach on Fregate Island, Seycelles // Pat Riddell
A berth for one on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express // Maria Pieri
A private dawn yoga class in Angkor Wat // Sarah Barrell 
A view of Vesuvius from Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri // Amelia Duggan

This summer… Outdoor escapades

Sleep outside
Pitch up in your garden for RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout — thousands of families are expected to spend a night under the stars. 28-30 July.

Outdoor screens
Brighton’s Big Screen is showing Quadrophenia on Brighton Beach, followed by a Q&A with some of the film’s stars. From 26 August.

Look up
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks’ annual Dark Sky Festival runs from 21-23 July.
Maria Pieri

Out to sea

This year, Japan’s faux Dutch town, Huis Ten Bosch, offers stays in floating capsules. They drift to an island packed with virtual reality — as if reality wasn’t confusing enough. From ¥30,000 (£215) a night.
Stephanie Cavagnaro

Green Park picnics

This is no Yogi Bear pic-a-nic: five-star Dukes London offers summer soirees in London’s Green Park with a private butler. Guests can wine and dine with a gourmet hamper prepared by executive head chef, Nigel Mendham.
Farida Zeynalova

Food air miles

For luxe larder, go on a Michelin Safari in the Channel Islands with adopted Jersey chef, Shaun Rankin. Travel from the UK by private jet, and tour Jersey’s Michelin-starred restaurants, taking a course in each venue (including Rankin’s Ormer), before returning home in time for… well, definitely not dinner.
Sarah Barrell

In numbers

Qantas begins direct flights from London to Perth next March, the world’s third-longest passenger flight

14,498km total distance
17 hours in duration
£1,095 cost of a return ticket
24.03.18 date flights begin
236 passengers on a Boeing 787-9

The 1947 Kangaroo Route had seven stops between Sydney and London (Darwin, Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo, Castel Benito, Rome).
Pat Riddell

Published in the Jul/Aug 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)