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The Hot List: Rafa’s resort and cycling sights

Go wild and then relax by the river

CONSERVATION-led luxury safari specialist andBeyond has just opened a new lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. Tengile River Lodge sits on a bend of the Sand River and has nine guest suites, all overlooking the river and all sustainably constructed using repurposed materials. If you can tear yourself away from trying to spot the Big Five, you can enjoy the stylish, locally made decor and furnishings. There’s also a wellness centre, a gym and a pool, perfect for relaxing in after an intense morning spent in the wild. Suites from £1,175pp, andbeyond.com

Hotel serves up a new-season ace

If you love swinging a tennis racket about while you’re on holiday, book yourself into Greece’s stylish Sani Resort in Halkidiki pronto. The resort has just partnered with Rafael Nadal (below), winner of 17 Grand Slams, to launch the country’s first Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, which will open at the start of the season in April.

There will be eight new clay courts, expert coaches on hand and the option of tailor-made training programmes. We can’t guarantee Spain’s ‘Raging Bull’ will be there in person but his spirit will (surely) spur you on. Double rooms at Sani Beach start at £100 per night, half board, sani-resort.com

On foot? Then give walking the boot

One of the best ways to see a country is on two wheels and now you can explore Italy’s heel — the beautiful Apulian region — on an eight-day, guided road-cycling holiday with Saddle Skedaddle. You’ll trundle through medieval towns such as Locorotondo and Alberobello (seeing the latter’s cute trulli houses along the way), and take high coastal clifftop routes that offer striking views over the Adriatic. The tour ends in the charming and unusual cave town of Matera, one of this year’s capitals of culture. Departures in April and October, from £1,490pp, skedaddle.com

BREXIT WATCH

Travellers to Europe after March 29 can breathe a little bit more of a sigh of relief as on Friday afternoon, the EU confirmed that British citizens will be able to travel to member states visa-free — even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The European Council said visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period would be allowed. Well, that’s one more bit of admin we don’t need to worry about… for now!