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Travel treats for Father's Day

Posted in SPORTS & ACTIVITIES By Maggie O' Sullivan

A number of luxury hotels offer classic car hire, but the ultimate father’s day gift has to be a road trip at the wheel of this 1958 Mercedes 190 SL Cabrio, starting at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano and ending at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. The ‘En route to La Dolce Vita’ package is available at both hotels, as well as the Four Seasons property in Florence, and if a Mercedes doesn’t float Dad’s boat, there are a number of other iconic classic cars available. Just two snags: it does, of course, cost a fortune – from €2,700 plus a night in each hotel – and goodness knows how you’ll top it next year.Hamble School of Yachting, SouthamptonSouthampton’s Hamble School of Yachting is one of the country’s leading RYA sea schools and its courses make great gifts. If Dad is a complete beginner, treat him to a Start Yachting Taster Weekend (£210-£240) or the more comprehensive, five-day RYA Competent Crew course (£510-£630, depending on season and whether days are taken consecutively). He’ll then be well on his way to gaining the necessary qualifications to charter a yacht on your next family trip to the Med, so this really will be the gift that keeps on giving. Target Fitness, Health & Fitness TravelTarget Fitness promises to push out-of-condition Dads to their limits with three action-packed days of fitness training in Herefordshire. The Get Fit Fast retreat takes care of diet, too, serving locally sourced, nutritionally balanced meals to ensure a complete weight loss experience. Nutritional and fitness seminars will help Dad maintain his healthy new lifestyle after he has returned home. Health and Fitness Travel offers four nights from £975 per or £1,175 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation and full board.The Luggage Room, London W1Afternoon Tea is usually more of a ‘Mum’ thing, but this Low Tea at the speakeasy-style Luggage Room, in London’s Grosvenor Square, is pretty macho, serving wild boar sausage rolls, devilled venison and scotch eggs plus a Luggage Room limited edition rum syllabub, salted caramel meringue and a scone trifle. Dad doesn’t even have to drink tea – the menu offers both Champagne and a selection of prohibition-inspired Low Tea Libations. From £48 per person.Grain to Glass School of Gin, Deeside Brewery, AberdeenshireIf gin is more Dad’s tipple, then how about a class at Scotland’s first Grain to Glass School of Gin at the Deeside Brewery in Aberdeenshire? The lesson covers the history of gin and the various styles and botanicals used, after which pupils are invited to create a bottle of gin to their own recipe to take home (if it’s a success, gin can be reordered). Classes take place once a month from July and cost £100. Red Reflet Ranch, WyomingHe’s always wanted to channel his inner John Wayne? Then pack him off to the Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Here he can ride, fish and shoot to heart’s content as well as try a range of more contemporary activities such as dirt bike rides and mountain biking. Gourmet dining includes ingredients from the ranch’s butcher shop, organic greenhouse and gardens. Three nights/four days’ single occupancy $2,544 or double occupancy from $2,163, excluding flights.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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