Irish country-house charm
Within the magnificent 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle, overlooking magical Lough Corrib.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The story of Xigera Safari Lodge is one of renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy, and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit that inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari.
This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve.
Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile our guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters.
But Xigera is equally a line in the sand. A raising of the bar. A bold statement in the realm of luxury safaris, and an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other.
The British Museum is adjacent to the hotel, while Sir John Soane’s Museum, home of the famous 19th-century architect, is nearby. His vast and eclectic collection of antiquities, furniture, paintings, sculpture and timepieces makes it one of the quirkiest and most eccentric museums in London. The area is also rich in literary associations – the Bloomsbury group, as the name suggests, frequented the area and The Charles Dickens Museum, his only surviving residence, is just five minutes' walk from The Montague.
The British Library, with 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, three million sound recordings and much more, is just up the road. The Wiener Library, one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era, is also in Bloomsbury.
If you are looking for large green spaces, head north to huge Regent’s Park. Covering 410 acres it includes stunning rose gardens with more than 30,000 roses of 400 varieties. The dramatic views from Primrose Hill have made it a popular place with Londoners for over 150 years. At the bottom of Primrose Hill you’ll find London Zoo, with enough wildlife to keep the whole family occupied for hours. Once here you should visit Camden Lock - it offers live music and comedy venues, cafés and bars.
Hyde Park, just 15 minutes away by tube, is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers' Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fountain. The park also offers various outdoor recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding.
A short walk to the south you’ll find cosmopolitan Covent Garden, with intriguing boutiques and speciality stores at every turn. Visit this historic market for its unique shops, street performers and numerous restaurants and bars, set within an Italian-style piazza.
Equally close, to the west, is the start of famous Oxford Street, leading to Regent Street, Bond Street and the glittering attractions of Mayfair.
The vibrant streets of Soho, the cinemas around Leicester Square, the theatres of the West End, the restaurants of Chinatown – they’re all tantalisingly close to The Montague either on foot or by tube. Shaftesbury Theatre is just a few minutes walk away and is famous for some of the theatre's most magical productions. A little further down the road is the Cambridge Theatre, a beautifully decorated Grade II listed building in the heart of London.
Take a slow stroll into Chinatown, where you can taste some of the most mouth-watering Chinese delicacies or pop into one of the many shops and pick a souvenir. The Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, is home to one of the world's leading opera companies and Britain’s largest ballet company.