Meaningful trips inspired by the Rugby World Cup

By Christopher Hill on Oct 09, 2019 in Africa, Argentina, Australia, Europe, Fiji, Italy, New Zealand, Oceania, Regions, South Africa, South America, Western Europe We are well into the Rugby World Cup, hosted for the first time in an Asian nation – Japan. This year’s event is set to be the most openly contested ever – […]

Photograph of the week: Cappadoccia, Turkey

Floating over the fairy chimneys, honeycombed hills, and underground villages of Cappadocia, Turkey, it’s easy to believe you’re about to spot a hobbit, pixie or other fanciful creature scurrying between rock and cave. This landscape straight out of Grimms’ Fairy Tales really lends itself to flights of fancy (and hot air balloon flights), but, as […]

Top Amazon experiences for the adventure traveller

By Matt Gannan on Oct 08, 2019 in Adventure Travel, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Leisure Travel, Peru, Regions, South America, Speciality Travel, Venezuela The mighty Amazon. The largest river in the world by volume of water and the second largest in length. The dense and impenetrable tropical rainforest it runs through is one of the […]

5 reasons why it’s time to visit the Azores

Just a few years ago, the Azores started appearing in a handful of publications and articles with titles like, “remote islands that no one knows about” and “Europe’s Best Kept Secret.” Many people, especially North Americans could not point out this archipelago on a map. But for those in the know, the thought of a […]

Short stay: Palais Amani, Fez, Morocco

Amani means desire or wish in Arabic. The Palais Amani gives guests the chance to fulfil their dreams of living at the heart of Fez’s ancient and authentic Medina. For guests the Palais Amani, with is opulent Arab-Andalusian style, is their home for a few precious days, as they savour an imperial city of colours […]

Photograph of the week: Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Bo-Kaap (an Afrikaans term meaning “above the Cape”) may be a riot of vibrant colour and one of South Africa’s (and the world’s) ‘Most Instagrammable Places’, but there is much more to this friendly inner-city Cape Town community than just gorgeous good looks. These coloured houses, painted in hues best described as pastels on steroids, […]

An ‘Oh La La’ weekend escape to Paris

By Carmen Caballero on Oct 01, 2019 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Food and Drink, France, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, Restaurants, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe There are never enough trips to Paris, the city of love, light, fashion, croissants and Champagne toasts. New luxury hotels, events, trends and, of course, classics, like an Oh la la ‘petit […]

10 romantic retreats near Melbourne, Australia

Dynamic, artsy, urban, coffee-crazy with inner neighbourhoods that are quirky and full of character – Melbourne is one of Australia’s most popular destinations. It’s easy to see why, with so many culturally enriching places, awesome food, and great weather (well, in summer at least!). But for those looking to experience more than the city, travel […]

Top 5 festivals in Barbados

Ask anyone who’s been to Barbados what they loved the most and they will say; ‘the people’. Barbadians are known for their warm and welcoming disposition, love for life and sense of fun. There’s no better way to get a feel for Barbados’ vibrant Caribbean Culture than to see how they celebrate during the many […]

Mountain biking in the Lake District: Gamblesmire loop

By Paul Johnson on Sep 30, 2019 in Attractions, Europe, Family Travel, Featured, Going Out, Leisure Travel, Regions, Road Travel, Speciality Travel, United Kingdom, Western Europe Starting just outside the Lake District National Park in the centre of the market town of Kendal, this mountain bike ride enjoys a mixture of mostly quiet roads and […]

7 reasons to visit Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

By Michael Edwards on Sep 30, 2019 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, Restaurants, Spas & Pampering, Speciality Travel, Travel Miscellany, United Kingdom, Western Europe Often called “The Jewel of the North”, Harrogate attracts visitors for its urban charms, stunning gardens and its position as a Gateway to the Dales. […]

8 fun things for families to do when visiting Gstaad

By Paul Johnson on Sep 30, 2019 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Family Travel, Featured, Going Out, Hotels, Leisure Travel, Regions, Speciality Travel, Switzerland, Western Europe We all know that Alpine resorts can be a huge draw for visitors during the winter months, attracting skiers and snowboarders, but did you know that in Switzerland – unlike […]

Luxury travel news of the week

By Paul Johnson on Sep 29, 2019 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Events, France, Going Out, Hotels, Italy, Monaco, Regions, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red […]

Top 5 best First Class lounges in the world

People often ask me if there is more to it than just a fancy meal and a bed when flying first class. Well, there surely is. Aside from all the extras you get on the plane, there are tons of perks before and after your flight too. One of them is having access to the […]

Short stay: The Alpina Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland

By Paul Johnson on Sep 27, 2019 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, Restaurants, Spas & Pampering, Speciality Travel, Travel Miscellany, United Kingdom, Western Europe On completion of its construction in 2012, The Alpina Gstaad was the first five star hotel to be opened in Gstaad for over a century. […]