Father's Day 2012: Expectation VS. Reality

lifestyle & tra…luxury

15 June 2012

Dads are undoubtedly the hardest member of the family to buy for. So it's no wonder that when Father's Day rolls around, frantic sons and daughters everywhere resort to the same unimaginative gifts as always. We think that it is high time therefore, to break the cycle of boring books and tiresome ties, and that 2012 is the year to surprise your dear old Dad and exceed his wildest expectations.

Expectation: Fly fishing in the Maldives Reality: The Ultimate Guide Book to Fishing

All hard-working fathers deserve peace and quiet once in a while, and you would be hard pressed to find a more relaxing and tranquil outdoor pursuit than fly-fishing. On a secluded private island in North Maldives, Island Hideaway resort boasts deepwater channels and expansive shallow flats, ideal for wiling away the hours until that longed-for catch comes along. Prices from £1350 per week during low season, and £2300 during high season.

Expectation: Barefoot running in Andalucia Reality: A pair of socks

If your old man harbours an aversion to the gym, Wildfitness has the perfect alternative which will spur him on to get fit and stay healthy. Having recently launched its latest retreat nestled in the rugged landscape of Andalucia, guests can now exercise freely across the estate's astounding 1,250 acres. Under the expert instruction of the Wildfitness team, both the one week boost or two-week revitalise programmes promote movement, metabolism and nutrition. At the end of a rewarding day of work outs, accommodation comes in the form of a 17th century Cortijo near the pretty village of Arcos de la Frontera. Prices from £1970pp (one week boost based on shared room), or 2 weeks from £3546pp (based on shared room)

Expectation: A wet shave at Dolphin Square Spa Reality: Bic razors

Harking back to simpler times when every man had a trusty barber to see to his beard and whiskers, the Spa at Dolphin Square offers chaps the rare chance to pamper themselves with a range of traditional Moroccan wet shaves. Choose from the age-old Savon Noir shave, which cleanses by combining crushed olives, olive oil and Eucalyptus (£35), or go all out with a Moroccan Cleansing Ritual, incorporating a Hammam and Shea Butter Massage, followed by the relaxing shave (£104).

Expectation: Wine holiday in Oporto Reality: A bottle of Tesco's finest

Built into the hillside of the spectacular Duoro Valley, The Yeatman hotel in Oporto is inspired by the celebrated wines of the region. Guests can seriously indulge themselves during the weekly wine evenings, tasting soirees and cookery courses. The extensive wine cellars hold 25,000 bottles alone and the in-house Michelin starred chef, Ricardo Costsa, is always on-hand to educate guests about food pairing. Even The Yeatman\\\'s vinotherapy spa will be difficult for Dads to resist, as it offers a Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Bath or body scrub. Prices from €150 per night.