Author Archive for Candice Bain

6 diverse and unmissable activities on fascinating Phuket

6 diverse and unmissable activities on fascinating Phuket

Think of Phuket and no doubt you think of beautiful beaches and, perhaps, the lively nightlife of Patong.  But Phuket has so much more to offer than just lazy days with the sand between your toes.  It’s a fascinating island and the perfect place to mix up your holiday with a combination of incredible luxury […]

5 spectacular, secluded and safe Red Sea hotels

5 spectacular, secluded and safe Red Sea hotels

The Red Sea is one of the world’s top diving destinations as well as providing world class opportunities for other waters sports such as kite surfing and sailing. It’s also home to a host of top class hotels offering affordable luxury with fantastic spas and excellent dining. Soma Bay Peninsula is the perfect Red Sea […]

5 of the world's most breathtaking hot air balloon flights

5 of the world’s most breathtaking hot air balloon flights

Driving or hiking through incredible scenery is something most of us love to do on holiday. But imagine, instead, serenely floating above spectacular landscapes for a true birds-eye view of the beauty of nature.  Taking a hot air balloon flight over some of the most memorable locations on earth is something you are likely to […]

Top 10 tips for an amazing Dubai holiday during Ramadan

Top 10 tips for an amazing Dubai holiday during Ramadan

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins towards the end of May this year and it’s a fascinating and very special time to visit Dubai. While the observant will be fasting from dawn till dusk they will be feasting and in celebratory mood when night falls. Visitors are most welcome to join the fun. Dubai […]

Chiang Mai's 5 quirkiest attractions

Chiang Mai’s 5 quirkiest attractions

Chiang Mai, in Thailand’s lush and hilly north, is a popular destination for cultural and outdoor activities. The city has around 300 Buddhist temples and a rich history spanning 700 years as well as an abundance of options for getting out and enjoying the countryside. What this charming city also has is a idiosyncratic side […]

7 great activities to make your Abu Dhabi holiday unforgettable

7 great activities to make your Abu Dhabi holiday unforgettable

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is richer but more understated than it’s more well known neighbour, Dubai.   The city itself is principally built on a number of islands just a couple of hundred metres from the mainland while the emirate of the same name is the largest in the UAE with […]

5 of the most exciting places to run your first marathon in 2017

5 of the most exciting places to run your first marathon in 2017

A commitment to getting fit is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. It often comes along with setting ourselves a challenge, something to accomplish in the coming year that will give a real sense of achievement. Now what if you could combine fitness, a challenge and a travel adventure? Five exciting marathons, all […]

5 of the best Christmas activities in Dubai

5 of the best Christmas activities in Dubai

Enjoying a wonderfully sunny and warm Christmas in Dubai doesn’t mean you have to miss out on any festive fun. The tolerant Muslim emirate embraces the spirit of Christmas with a variety of events to suit all the family. Winter Festival Held annually at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the Winter Festival is the largest event […]

Thailand's most luxurious ethical elephant experience

Thailand’s most luxurious ethical elephant experience

Hiding in the lush, mist-shrouded bamboo jungle of the Golden Triangle is the exclusive Four Seasons Tented Camp. With only 15 exceptional ‘tents’ and one two bedroom lodge, the Camp offers a truly unique luxury experience. Guests have the opportunity to explore the culture and history of the area where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet, […]

Chiang Mai's 3 most outstanding boutique hotels

Chiang Mai’s 3 most outstanding boutique hotels

For a small city, Chiang Mai is blessed with an abundance of accommodation options for visitors. From the grandeur of five star hotels like the Four Seasons or the Dhara Dhevi, to the humblest backpacker guest house, there is something for everyone.   Boutique hotels started to appear in the city about ten years ago and […]

14 great things to do with kids in Dubai

14 great things to do with kids in Dubai

Dubai is a fantastic destination for families with lots of things to keep your little angels engaged and happy – which of course makes for happy parents too! Here are some of the best activities for families and children in this very child-friendly city: Desert safari A typical desert safari is thrilling for adults as […]

Dubai's 3 most unmissable beach hotels

Dubai’s 3 most unmissable beach hotels

With a 50km long beach running the length of the city, Dubai has its fair share of beach hotels but not all are created equal.  In the city of stop-at-nothing luxury, three properties stand out for their amazing rooms, attentive service and classy opulence. Dar al Masyaf, Madinat Jumeirah The beautiful boutique hotel within the […]

4 amazing places in Thailand to change your life

4 amazing places in Thailand to change your life

Millions of tourists from around the world flock to Thailand each year for its gorgeous beaches, dazzling Buddhist temples and delicious spicy food. But an increasing number of visitors are returning home with a lot more than a collection of Instagram-worthy snaps and an enviable tan. For those looking to change their lives for the […]

Dubai for less: 4 top tips to save on luxury hotels

Dubai for less: 4 top tips to save on luxury hotels

Dubai has a well deserved reputation for luxury and excess but that doesn’t mean you have to have the riches of a sheikh to enjoy the city.  The city has over 700 hotels and probably the biggest concentration of luxury hotels in the world.  With a little planning and insider knowhow, it’s possible to enjoy […]

No more noodles: Chiang Mai's best alternatives to Thai cuisine

No more noodles: Chiang Mai’s best alternatives to Thai cuisine

For almost all visitors to Thailand, the delicious and varied food is one of the highlights of their holiday. For many, however, there comes a time when they simply need a change from Thai food. So, if you’ve eaten enough green curry to float a small ship, and the thought of another noodle makes you […]

Chiang Mai's best luxury afternoon teas

Chiang Mai’s best luxury afternoon teas

Afternoon tea is a great way to experience some of Chiang Mai’s luxury hotels without actually staying there. Sit adjacent to rice paddies or dine by the river; four of Chiang Mai’s most beautiful hotels are waiting to enchant your tastebuds. The Four Seasons Scattered amidst 32 acres of rice fields, jungle, pools and lakes, […]

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