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Get up close and personal with tigers and go back in time in eastern Europe

Sanctuary is the cat’s whiskers

One end of the new Tiger Lodge in The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Reserve in Kent sits in the Siberian tiger sanctuary, which means prime-time viewing of big cats Tugar and Ingrid through huge reinforced windows. The other end of the four-bed cabin — think Soho House on safari — has a sprawling balcony with verdant views over the English Channel. A stay includes free entry to the reserve and use of their new Babydoll’s Wood-Fired Pizza restaurant, named after the reserve’s oldest gorilla. From £450, aspinallfoundation.org

A Grace-ful line in Italian chic

Vogue magazine is very excited about the new swimwear line from Three Graces London, a collection that usually sticks to nightwear and beach loungewear. Its new line is made from Italian fabric and is a mix of chic bikinis and swimsuits. We like the sun-hued Asterea triangle bikini and brief set in Tuscany. £160, threegraceslondon.com

A window on to the world of well-being

It’s been pitched as the most significant hotel opening in San Sebastian this year and not just because chef Pedro Subijana is at the helm. The new five-star Hotel Akelaŕe, which sits next to Subijana’s three-Michelin-star restaurant of the same name, is the work of Madrid’s leading designers, Estudio Mecanismo, who have created 22 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer lots of light and views of the Bay of Biscay. Rooms start at £353 per night on a B&B basis, akelarre.net

Plonk yourself on a new eastern adventure

MOLDOVA in eastern Europe has tasty vino — you’ll find some of it in 200km of underground cellar tunnels — and few tourists (it’s the least visited country in Europe). See it up close on a new 13-day trip with Intrepid Travel that takes in Ukraine, Romania and Moldova — their first expedition to this tiny landlocked country — where you’ll visit the capital, Chişinau, and breakaway republic Transnistria, filled with old-world Russian cars. From £1,805, intrepidtravel.com