Colors: Yellow Color
Colors: Yellow Color

A privately-owned Cornish coastal retreat tucked away in a tranquil corner of South East Cornwall, the Talland Bay Hotel, is set to steal the limelight in 2017 having scooped a bumper bundle of awards. Recent accolades include taking Silver in the 'Small Hotel of the Year' category at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2016/17 and Gold in the Taste of the West Awards. This is in addition to being awarded four Stars and two Rosettes from The AA, with head chef Nick Hawke having his sights firmly set on achieving a third.

Mawimbi Villa, an authentic oceanfront retreat on the east coast of Tanzania, launches this month. The exclusive villa overlooks Ushongo, an unspoilt curve of palm-fringed beach rated among the top secret beaches of the world. Offering sweeping vistas across the Indian Ocean, a secluded private pool and the azure ocean mere steps away, Mawimbi is the perfect place to unwind in an unspoilt setting.

The medieval castle in Trujillo has become one of the latest filming locations for the award-winning fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. The castle, which was built between the 9th and 12th centuries, was used recently as a backdrop for the forthcoming seventh season which is due to be released next summer. Trujillo Villas Espana, which have three restored villas next to the castle and one property in the town's main square, are including entrance to the castle in all rental bookings for 2017.

St. Lucia's longest-running dive operation, Scuba St. Lucia, has received the PADI Green Star Award for its dedication to conservation. Founded in 1981, Scuba St. Lucia is located at the water's edge of the 600-acre Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts. Consistently voted among the top hotels in the Caribbean by leading travel authorities, both hotels were designed with a commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation.

Vogue Magazine has named Trinidad and Tobago one of the 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017. The US-based international fashion and lifestyle magazine published the article written by Jen Murphy on its website on December 30th 2016. The article lauded the destination’s “mix of wild nature and distinct culture,” calling it a “refreshing alternative to the typical Caribbean beach vacation.”

On the back of a year which saw Cologne Bonn Airport record more than double the European average in passenger growth traffic, the German airport has kick-started 2017 with the announcement of its first new airline partner of the year. Launching its inaugural route from Cologne Bonn, Stobart Air, operated by Flybe will be commencing a six times weekly service to London Southend from 1 May.

New Year, New YouThe best way to get a New Year Resolution off to a strong start could be with a health break in Pembrokeshire. With fabulous deals on cottages, luxury treatments and a wealth of coast to explore, a refreshing break is waiting for you. Their Coastal Concierge service allows guests to enjoy a range of treatments including private yoga sessions, relaxing massages and even a consultation with a trained nutritionist to develop a plan to make the most of their diet, all in the comfort of their holiday cottage in the stunning surroundings of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Since launching 3G inflight connectivity one year ago, AeroMobile has revealed a 160 percent increase in inflight data usage year on year. Now with over half of its airline partners connected to the 3G network, AeroMobile has revealed a significant uptake of mobile data usage by holidaymakers and business travellers throughout 2016. Whether tweeting, texting, emailing, calling or messaging, passengers are staying connected to the world on the ground while on their travels.

Zoëtry Montego Bay Jamaica officially opened its doors to the first guests of the wellness resort. Located on a private and serene beach in the upscale Ironshore neighborhood, Zoëtry Montego Bay brings the Endless Privileges® experience, where everything is included, to the island of Jamaica. The 49-suite boutique haven is just steps away from the Caribbean Sea and a 5-minute drive from Sangster International Airport.

Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana officially opened its doors to the first guests of the family-friendly resort. Stacey and Matt Lavigne, along with their daughter Debbie were greeted by resort staff and participated in the resort's official ribbon cutting ceremony. Ideally located in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic on El Cortecito beach, Sunscape Bávaro Beach is just 25 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport and only 45 minutes from La Romana.

There's a lot to look forward to in Maine in 2017. Adding to the list of the tried and true that makes Maine such a special place are a plethora of new places to dine, stay, play and explore. Maine's first organic distillery opened in 2016 and that fall, Split Rock Distillery opened a tasting room in Newcastle. Split Rock handcrafts their spirits using organic grains, fruits and sugars and draws waters from the purest and cleanest estuary in the Northeast—the Damariscotta River.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa has celebrated the completion of the first phase of a two-phase renovation. In a perfect start to the new year, guests will be greeted with a fresh new look and feel in the lobby, with wood plank flooring and a bright, natural colour palette. The redesign of the Catboat lobby bar has created the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail with friends whilst enjoying panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and an expanded freshwater pool with swim-up bar offers breathtaking vistas of the stunning Seven Mile Beach.

Club Med is the world’s only chain of all-inclusive resorts dedicated to Green Globe certification of all properties. Almost three quarters of all Club Med Villages have been certified and last year 14 resorts have attained Green Globe Gold Membership. From Mauritius to Malaysia, Tunisia to Turkey, Morocco, The Caribbean and at home in France, these Gold Member Villages have had their sustainable operations certified for five consecutive years.

Wendy Wu Tours has launched its largest ever selection of offers this January – offering customers the incredible opportunity to upgrade to a fully-flat in-flight bed for free when booking a tour to Asia. “It's very exciting to be able to offer customers this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel in Business or First Class on our tours to Asia. We pride ourselves on offering great value, fully inclusive experiences and combined with exceptional service, these are the key reasons customers choose to travel with us” said Wendy Wu, Founder of Wendy Wu Tours.

Award winning ethical luxury family travel specialist Hands Up Holidays has trips for families to travel and give back and help those less fortunate. And with Hands Up Holidays, all trips are 100% tailor-made to enable travelers to create their ideal ethical luxury family trip that changes lives…not just their own.

What better time than the advent of the New Year to get outside and challenge yourself, your friends and even your family to do something different and enjoy the great outdoors? The Team at Coppermines have put together a list of our top challenging  events … there are things to test and things to enjoy… after all it isn't just about the pain… it's about the taking part too.