‘I caught nearly 100 fish in ten days’: Hotelier Sir Rocco Forte recalls his travel adventures
Hotelier Sir Rocco Forte pictured above
So which destination is the hotelier’s most memorable?
Here he talks about why he’s so fond of Scotland, a great fishing trip to Iceland – and more…
I love Scotland and spend a month there every August shooting grouse. The Balmoral in Edinburgh is also one of my favourite hotels of all our collection. Also, I like going to Cornwall in the summer — my sister Olga has the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes.
Can’t travel without?
My blackberry — it’s a little old fashioned, now I know, but I’m used it to and I like the way the keyboard works.
Favourite holiday activity?
I like some culture, but not too much as I also want to relax.
Your idea of holiday hell?
Airports — so congested and the airlines treat you like cattle nowadays. Flying is no longer a glamorous way to travel.
Most memorable holiday?
Sir Rocco recalls a great fishing trip to Iceland where he caught nearly 100 fish in 10 days
I had a great fishing trip to Iceland a few years ago — I caught nearly 100 fish in ten days. I loved the place for its rugged volcanic terrain and the complete wilderness of it all.
Where do you want to revisit?
New Zealand. I loved it — it’s like a mix of Scotland, Canada and Iceland. So much space — and the light there is wonderful.
Earliest holiday memory?
When I was young I used to visit my grandparents in Monforte, a little village south of Rome, it was quite primitive and they didn’t even have running water, but it was such a beautiful place.