Grab the popcorn. Lightfoot's Travel Designer suggests the blockbuster movies that you need to watch before heading across the Pond
Jurassic Park, Hawaii

From the moment the helicopter flies along the Na Pali Coast and lands at the base of Manawaiopuna Falls, you will want to visit Hawaii. Filmed on the islands of Kauai and Oahu, the tropical islands guaranteed a Hollywood-worthy backdrop. If you are not hiding behind a cushion when the dinosaurs break free of Jurassic Park and create havoc on Richard Attenborough’s island, you will be treated to a view of the Olokele Valley and the Kapa’a Stream. DO Channel the film and take a helicopter ride over the archipelago.

A River Runs Through it, Montana

Robert Redford brought this great American novel to the big screen that tells the story of a family who was never late for church, work, and fishing. As you follow the two boys as they grow into men you are shown breathtaking views of Montana. DO Try your hand at fly fishing at Paws Up in Montana. This luxury ranch set within 37,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness is designed to help you get away from it all and experience the quieter life.

La La Land, Los Angeles

This Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling flick is the ultimate love letter to Los Angeles. We are taken on a whirlwind tour of the City of Angels as this young couple attempts to make it big in Hollywood. From Griffith Park to Grand Central Market to Chateau Marmont, you will go la la for this land as well. DO: Have your own movie moment and go paddleboarding in Marina Del Ray before you have lunch at the iconic Shutters on the Beach and then head into the Hollywood Hills and get your own shot of the sign.

Escape from Alcatraz - San Francisco

It was seen as the world’s most secure prison – no man could escape the rock. But that was until Cliff Eastwood set his sights on returning to shore in Escape From Alcatraz. This 70s movie tells the tale of three prisoners who decide to break out of the home of Al Capone. DO: Take a tour of the prison and find out how it went from housing Al Capone to being taken back by Native Americans. If you’re still wondering whether they made the crossing, you can try your own Escape From Alcatraz swim and take on the currents of San Francisco Bay with a Coast Guard Certified Boat Captain and guide shadowing you in a private boat.

Ocean Eleven - Las Vegas

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon joined together for a timeless caper in Las Vegas. The aim was to take down Andy Garcia’s casino. A remake of the Frank Sinatra classic, it sported just as many sharp suits, wise cracks and spinning roulette wheels. DO: Enjoy the dazzling lights of Vegas then take a helicopter ride out to the Grand Canyon and sip a glass of champagne looking over one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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Kenya Wildlife & Beaches

Laikipia and Northern Kenya Nairobi Maasai Mara & Southern Kenya Kenya's Coast

  • Fly in an open cockpit with a pilot in Lewa Downs
  • Enjoy game drives in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • Go on a Hot Air Balloon Safari just before dawn
  • Learn about indigenous lifestyles in Amboseli National Park
  • Relax by the beach in the southern part of Mombasa
  • See the Rhino and Gravy Zebra in Lewa
  • Witness the great migration in Maasai Mara

When to go:

ideal length 11 nights

Luxury Lodge Experience In New Zealand

Bay of Islands & Northland Napier & Hawkes Bay Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes New Zealand Australasia

  • Experience three of New Zealand’s top luxury lodges

  • Play a round of golf on two of the world’s top golf courses

  • Enjoy scenic flights over some of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes

  • Meet the kiwi, New Zealand’s rare and endangered national bird

  • Discover the beauty of Milford and Doubtful Sounds on South Island

When to go:

ideal length 8 nights

Nature Break in Northern Queensland

Australia Australasia

  • Go birdwatching and wildlife spotting in the rugged outback

  • Unwind with a signature treatment in the Healing Waters Spa

  • Explore the rainforest and waterways of Daintree National Park

  • Discover the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Stay in luxurious accommodation in remote locations

When to go:

ideal length 8 nights
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