Short stay: Le Jardin des Douars, Essaouira, Morocco

Short stay: Le Jardin des Douars, Essaouira, Morocco By Michael Edwards on Nov 22, 2022 in Accommodation, Africa, Featured, Hotels, Morocco, Regions Le Jardin des Douars is the traditional Moroccan kasbah stylishly reimagined, sitting high above Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Purpose built, less than two decades ago, to provide 21st century indulgent luxury, Le […]

CroisiEurope’s Andalusia: Tradition, gastronomy and flamenco

CroisiEurope’s Andalusia: Tradition, gastronomy and flamenco By Michael Edwards on Nov 02, 2022 in Cruises & Boat Travel, Europe, Regions, Spain, Speciality Travel, Western Europe Once conquistadores sailed from Seville along the Guadalquivir River out into the Atlantic and onto the New World. Latin American silver flowed back, upstream, to bring a wealth of art, […]

Short stay: The Green Cumbria, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, UK

Short stay: The Green Cumbria, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, UK By Michael Edwards on Oct 14, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Regions, United Kingdom, Vacation Rentals, Western Europe Drive through fells, past drystone walls, and over stone bridges to reach The Green Cumbria, a trio of Visit England 5* Gold self-catering cottages. This is a quiet Cumbrian corner […]

Short stay: Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, LLandudno, North Wales, UK

Short stay: Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, LLandudno, North Wales, UK By Michael Edwards on Oct 02, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe If ever there is a Welsh version of Downton Abbey, then spectacular Bodysgallen Hall and Spa would be a perfect venue. It certainly has the heritage. Originally built high […]

Short stay: Hotel Indigo Chester, Chester, UK

Short stay: Hotel Indigo Chester, Chester, UK By Michael Edwards on Sep 30, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe Opened in 2019, the new build Hotel Indigo Chester, celebrates the city’s long history. Artwork displayed on the walls, connects a contemporary hotel to Chester’s long history dating back nearly two millennia […]

Short stay: Mantis No 5, Boutique Art Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Short stay: Mantis No 5, Boutique Art Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa By Michael Edwards on Sep 13, 2022 in Accommodation, Africa, Featured, Hotels, Regions, South Africa Is it an art gallery? A stylish tribute to Art Deco architecture and sophisticated interiors? An elegant paean to the Jazz Age? Or a warmly welcoming seven suite […]

Short stay: Sabi Sabi Selati Lodge, Sabi Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wiltuin, South Africa

Short stay: Sabi Sabi Selati Lodge, Sabi Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Wiltuin, South Africa By Michael Edwards on Sep 08, 2022 in Accommodation, Africa, Featured, Regions, Resorts, South Africa Thatched with savannah grass, lantern-lit Sabi Sabi Selati Camp provides old-school luxury. Decanters of sherry, hot-water bottles and impeccable service pay nostalgic homage to yesteryear’s safaris. […]

Short stay: Mantis Founders Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Mantis Founders Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa By Michael Edwards on Sep 02, 2022 in Accommodation, Africa, Featured, Hotels, Regions, Resorts, South Africa Two rhinos, sculpted from waste oil drums, stand by the entrance to Mantis Founders Lodge. The pair are symbols of both the progress made saving rhino and future ambitions for […]

Short stay: Hotel Indigo Bath, Somerset, UK

Short stay: Hotel Indigo Bath, Somerset, UK By Michael Edwards on Aug 06, 2022 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Featured, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe Hotel Indigo Bath constantly reminds guests that they are staying in a city whose elegant pedigree stretches back into history. Back past Georgian glory through to the days […]

CroisiEurope's Loire river cruise, France

CroisiEurope’s Loire river cruise, France By Michael Edwards on Jul 08, 2022 in Cruises & Boat Travel, Europe, Featured, France, Leisure Travel, Regions, Speciality Travel, Western Europe Beginning in Nantes, the chic capital of the Loire-Atlantic region, CroisiEurope’s Loire Princess is the only river cruiser on France’s longest river. Arguably, France’s most scenic river too. […]

Short stay: Ocean Drive Hotel, Madrid, Spain

Short stay: Ocean Drive Hotel, Madrid, Spain By Michael Edwards on Jun 12, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Regions, Spain, Western Europe Is there a better location for getting to know Madrid? Ocean Drive Madrid is within walking distance of most of Madrid’s top experiences and sights. Set in the Opera district, on the […]

Short stay: De Vere Wokefield Estate, Berkshire, UK

Short stay: De Vere Wokefield Estate, Berkshire, UK By Michael Edwards on May 30, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe The address may suggest urban Reading. But this 250 acre estate marks the point where rural leafy Royal Berkshire slides towards the green pastures of Hampshire. An 18-hole PGA standard […]