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ILTM World Tour – Taj Mahal and Four Seasons – Lord Howe Island – Cornwall

Trust needs consistency, said Rachel Botsman, keynote speaker for ILTM’s World Tour. She was a tremendously impressive speaker, but then she should be – a one-time director of Kids & Marketing for the Clinton Foundation, where she led an initiative to help tackle childhood obesity, she is now Trust Fellow at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. She teaches a global first, an MBA on Trust in the Digital Age. ILTM Portfolio Director Alison Gilmore introduced the day. There were, by the way, an impressive number of delegates at the World Tour: on the first day alone, there were over 15,000 pre-arranged meetings.

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Princess Diana had the entire Taj Mahal to herself on her lonely visit, in 1992. Girlahead also felt she had it pretty much alone when she posed for the photo above..  Taj Mahal, as a day trip, is one of the highlights on Timeless Encounters, a Four Seasons Private Encounters nearly-circumnavigational tour 14th March to 6th April 2022. The itinerary goes from Kona to London, also via Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, Chiang Mai, and Dubai. It will onboard the brand-new A321neo-LR Four Seasons Private Jet, configured merely for 48 (its hospital-grade air filtration system renews cabin air every two to three minutes and removes 99.9 percent of particles, viruses and bacteria).

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Girlahead is often asked where, with over 150 countries under her travel belt, she has NOT yet been?  Here is one. Lord Howe Island, in the Tasman Sea 600km east of the Australian mainland and 700km northeast of Sydney. Roughly crescent-shaped, about 11 km long and 2 km wide. It is an eroded remnant of a seven million-year-old shield volcano. The crescent of the island protects a coral reef and lagoon. Mount Lidgbird (777 m) and Mount Gower (875 m) dominate the south end of the island. Until the construction of the Lord Howe Island Airport in 1974, the only way to reach the island was by sea or by flying boat from Rose Bay in Sydney, landing on the lagoon. Today, the island is serviced by daily flights, but there are only 400 visitors on Lord Howe at any time, which has a resident population of around 350. When Girlahead does manage to plan a trip to Lord Howe Island, she will want to stay at the nine-room Capella Lodge, part of the admirable Luxury Lodges of Australia consortium

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One of the myriad of places Girlahead HAS been to, and only a couple of months ago, is THE PIG at Harlyn Bay, in Cornwall, southwest England. The 26-room hotel has 16th century origins, with such features as plasterwork from Mediaeval, Jacobean and Georgian times – and there are also four ensuite wagons-on-wheels if you want an even more unique experience overnight. .As with every PIG hotel, the enormous and brick-walled kitchen garden is the beating heart of the hotel’s ’25-mile radius’ farm-to-table seasonal menu (this particular garden also has two Potting Sheds for massages and facials).  As well as the three-meal main restaurant, by the way, an outdoor Lobster Shed offers wood-oven and local-charcoal grills when the weather allows. Year-round, dress for watersports, particularly surfing, as the beach and waves are less than five minutes’ walk away. The PIGs are masterminded by company CEO Robin Hutson, who yesterday was awarded the UK’s top industry honour, the Catey’s Lifetime Achievement award: catch Robin Hutson on MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST, BELOW.