Njegos Mausoleum, Montenegro

Where to go in July, August & September 2020

Tracking grizzly bears in British Columbia, island hopping across the Adriatic Sea, or a safari-beach combo in Kenya and the Seychelles; July through to September serves up some wonderful travel opportunities. Scroll down to see our favourite destinations for a luxury holiday in 2020.

Don’t fancy travelling in August or September? Why not see our holidays to Colombia and Greece in April or June instead.

Bears in British Columbia

Track grizzly bears in the wilderness of British Columbia

Of all the provinces of Canada, British Columbia offers the best all-round taste of what this sprawling country has to offer. From vivacious, cosmopolitan Vancouver to the spectacular surrounds of Nimmo Bay, we keep returning to this mecca for wildlife, adrenaline, and culture; as well as its definingly moody mists. Prepare to drive. Prepare to sail. Prepare to eat. Prepare to see grizzlies.

The parks, peaks and lakes of British Columbia are lungfilling; the kind of rarified freshness that strips away the muck and dust of urban living. Pair this with some of the world’s most refined lodges and hotels (think the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort), and the continent’s best drives, and you’ll find yourself chasing the horizon; roaring from the Thompson Okanagan to the dramatic peaks of Whistler and boisterous Blackcomb Valley. And when, eventually—refreshed and alive—you wind up in Vancouver, we’ll stun you with the old-fashioned charm of Gastown, the tranquility of Sun Yat-Sen gardens, and the industrial chicness of L’Abattoir, an unbeatable restaurant.

Our Travel Expert, Rob says:

You should go for: 7 days in British Columbia gives you the chance to hike mighty mountain paths, spy on bears hunting for salmon and indulge in gourmet offerings.
You should stay at: Nimmo Bay on the waters of Great Bear Rainforest is a place to switch off and watch the world go by. Cosy up in front of log fires, fly fish for wild salmon and whale watch to your heart’s content.
You must visit: Head to the food markets at Granville Island in Vancouver and load up on fresh produce, before making a beeline for the peppery salami at Oyama Sausage Co.

Orangutan in Borneo
Danum Valley, Malaysia

Wake up at sunrise and enter the dense jungles of Borneo in the search for orangutans

The mist-draped rainforests of the million-year-old Danum Valley and the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur; this uniquely Black Tomato combination of Malaysia and Borneo combines dense jungle adventures with the visual candy of a trek up Mount Kinabalu. Study the layer-cake intricacies of Sri Mahamariamman Temple and drink up island bliss on Bunga Raya, where joyous jade jungles sprawl against butter-soft beaches.

Amongst thick jungle and spice-scented air, we’ll teach you how to make the most of this otherworldly paradise; where ancient trunks rise between meandering rivers, and stately orangutans clamber from bough to bough. Parachute into ecosystems and immerse yourself in the depth of Malaysian and Bornean culture; whether that’s hiking the suspended bridges of blue Mount Kinabalu or taking high tea among the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands.

Our Travel Expert, Camilla says:

You should go for: 14 days is plenty of time to check out tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands, vibrant corals on Tioman Island and of course, hang out with your orange friends in Borneo’s verdant rainforests.
You should stay at: Villa Samadhi in Kuala Lumpur is a tropical oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre; but still offering spectacular views of the Petronas Towers.
You must try: Bakuteh (or bone tea) is best around Kuala Lumpur’s Pudu Wet Market. It may sound slightly suspect, but it’s delicious.

Curious about Nimmo Bay and Danum Valley?

These aren’t the only places to visit in July, August and September. From Africa to South East Asia, get in touch with our travel experts today to start planning your 2020 holiday; or keep scrolling for Kenya and Montenegro.

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Great Migration from hot air balloon in Kenya
Angama Camp, Kenya

Fly over the greatest show on earth by hot air balloon in Kenya

From the gentle drama of Diani Beach to bustling Nairobi; from tropical Lake Victoria to the breathtaking plains of the Maasai Mara nature reserve, Kenya has as many identities as wild animals. Regardless of what you choose to do in this ancient, pastoral land, we cracked the code many moons ago; by pairing it with the splendid beauty of the Seychelles (a sure-fire honeymoon, in our minds). A wanderlust magnet, these islands of ‘jellyfish trees,’ sprawling beaches, craggy atolls, and world-class diving will fill your paradise quota for a good little while.

The entire journey is built around bringing you closer to nature and history; breakfasting with giraffes at a 1930s manor turned boutique hotel; exploring the ruins of the vine-clad 16th century Fort Jesus; accompanying rhinos at Solio Lodge; and lounging about on the private island of Félicité.

Our Travel Expert, Tessa says:

You should go for: In order to see the best of Kenya and Seychelles, 14 days is the perfect amount of time to do so. Stay in unforgettable hotels, venture out on exhilarating safaris and unwind by the Indian Ocean.
You should stay at: When there’s 11-metre floor to ceiling windows looking out over the Mara-Serengeti, who needs a TV? Angama Mara Lodge is the perfect bolt-hole from which to head out in search of the Big Five and chase the African sunset.
You must experience: To catch the thundering spectacle of wildebeests crossing the Masaai Mara River, watch the Great Migration from above, in a hot air balloon ride at sunrise – it’s the best way.

Cetina River Canyon, Croatia

Discover hidden beaches along the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro

This punchy stretch of post-Yugoslavian coastline, draped across the bucolic Adriatic Sea, is dotted with ancient ruins; Communist-era memorials; dusky courtyards; and rolling wineries. Pair this with the plunging fjords of Kotor Bay—and the mountainous memorials of Njegos Mausoleum— and you’ll discover a world of intrigue and indulgence alike. Winding north to south, across rugged ravines, over bulky mountains, and through ancient towns and cities, we’ll introduce you to a local family to share a traditional soparnik meal over the Cetina River Canyon, before afternoons of leisurely island hopping, and wine tasting in idyllic Istria.

Despite its complex and tragic history neither Croatia nor Montenegro went unscathed during the wars of the 90s and early 00s—this remains a deeply warm and welcoming part of the world; an interface of cultures and a history book waiting to be read.

Our Travel Expert, Alys says:

You should go for: Escape for 10 days along the Adriatic Sea; island hopping in Croatia and feasting on freshly caught seafood in Montenegro.
You should stay at: A restored 15th-century fortress just south of Budva, Aman Sveti Stefan is as elegant as hotels in Montenegro get. So go now, before it gets discovered.
You must experience: Saddle up with the locals during the festival of Sinjska Alka, an event held since 1715 to celebrate Croatia’s victory over the Ottomans.


Of course, there are plenty of other destinations to visit during these months, or equally have a browse of our favourite October, November and December destinations.