The BBC has gripped audiences with its thrilling six-part adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager. The series had a generous filming budget resulting in some rather eye-catching locations, although as is often the case, sometimes the action supposedly set in one country was filmed in a different country altogether!
The television adaptation altered some of the characters, storylines, and locations of The Night Manager but the result has certainly been a popular one with episodes registering over six million viewers. Some of the filming took place in UK studios but the series also does a fair amount of globetrotting as villain Richard Roper and his entourage stay in lavishly exclusive and private resorts.
The iconically Swiss scenes were filmed in the impressive high-altitude ski resort of Zermatt with the unmistakable ‘Matterhorn’ (Switzerland’s famous pyramid-shaped mountain) making a striking appearance. The resort is renowned for its sustainability and eco-friendly efforts with all vehicles in the resort being electric.
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A little closer to home, we see our hero of the tale, Jonathan Pine, in the remote but breathtaking English location of Hartland in Devon with rugged coastal scenes and a country cottage which is available to tourists to hire.
The locations that have sparked the most interest are the Balearic jewel of Mallorca and the Moroccan locations used to depict Egypt and the Syrian/Turkish border area that Richard Roper refers to as ‘The Haven’. If the scenes of glistening turquoise waters, indulgence and luxury have tempted you, then the best way to explore both the Balearics and Morocco is to find a cruise that will visit both locations — and there are certainly more than a few to choose from!
Cruise holidays have moved with the times and the calibre of facilities, cuisine and entertainment on board these days can be quite staggering. If you can afford the level of luxury we were tempted by in The Night Manager then look to the luxury lines such as Azamara, Silversea, Regent or Seabourn who tend to offer smaller ships with more exclusive services such as butlers, personal trainers, and private dining.
If The Night Manager has wet your whistle for the Balearics then Crystal Cruises, amongst others, have a range of cruise holidays in the Mediterranean that would tick the box. The Mediterranean cruise destinations will vary depending on how much time and money you’re looking to spend and don’t forget if you’re willing to take a chance and book last minute, then you might find some great deals. Crystal Cruises has a seven-night cruise starting in glamorous Cannes on the French Riviera and includes stops at Palma de Mallorca, Naples, and Genoa for a culture-packed holiday of luxury.
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean and home to the World Heritage Site Serra de Tramuntana, a stunning mountain range now popular with professional cyclists. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and tranquil coves with stunningly turquoise waters you won’t be disappointed. Whether you prefer reading on the beach, snorkelling in clear waters or sampling local cuisine, Mallorca will deliver.
You can take your Night Manager inspired holiday one step further by choosing a cruise that also docks at Tangiers, Agadir or Casablanca and take day excursions to explore Morocco. Renowned for its luxury, Morocco has much to offer from ancient royal riads to modern five-star resorts and spas. It’s a country packed with medieval history, mouth-watering food and world-renowned souks (markets).
Filming for took place in the Es Saadi resort in Marrakech to depict scenes of Jonathan Pine’s Egyptian hotel. The opulent Es Saadi resort is jaw-droppingly beautiful and although it is in the heart of bustling Marrakech it exudes tranquility thanks to its stunning gardens. For cruises that travel to both Mallorca and Morocco take a look at the Crystal Cruises Lisbon to Barcelona itinerary which takes in Casablanca giving you a flavour of Morocco as well as the Balearic jewel of Mallorca.
If you have particular destinations in mind or perhaps you’re going to push the boat out and book a luxury cruise for your whole entourage with a private butler and exclusive excursions then speak to a cruise agent before booking anything to find out which cruise line will be best for you.
Author Bio: Paul Edge is the Director of Cruise Club UK and will soon be launching Prestige Cruise Club. With years of cruise industry experience, Paul is also a passionate travel writer who loves discovering locations whilst enjoying the luxuries of a cruise.