Category: Accommodation

4 of the best luxury spas in Phuket to nurture your inner bliss

4 of the best luxury spas in Phuket to nurture your inner bliss

Talking about Phuket, 80% of people you talk to relate the city with beautiful beaches and the endless entertaining nightlife. Not everybody knows about Phuket’s more hidden peaceful side, which offers a genuinely luxurious lifestyle with world-class spa treatments and wellness centres. These are our picks for the very best Phuket spas, along with some […]

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

Here’s a luxury travel secret that owners of luxury second homes need to know. Anyone who has a rental property and has looked into the possibility of swapping their home with other like-minded owners will be aware that there’s a plethora of home exchange sites out there. House swapping has seen increasing popularity over the […]

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court forms part of the five star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort complex – the ‘mother’ hotel to the JA Hotels & Resorts brand, and is tucked away in beautifully landscaped gardens. Unlike many Dubai hotels, this one has a relatively low-key feel (by Dubai standards, at least!) with low-rise buildings but […]

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

The term ‘boutique hotel’ dates back to the 1980s and people could be forgiven back then for thinking it was nothing more than a passing fad. More than 30 years on, however, the boutique hotel industry has experienced tremendous growth – it’s become mainstream terminology and, far from just lasting the distance, the popularity of […]

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5 hotels to watch the sun set

Twilight hour, golden hour, magic hour – call it what you want, the setting of the sun is a photographer’s dream, creating nature’s canvas in the sky and filling it with an array of colours and styles: pink, orange, red, yellow, golden, amber, mauve, purple; soft and calm, fiery and streaky, clear and majestic. We […]

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Special feature: Amankila, Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a curious destination. An island of nearly 6,000 square kilometres featuring incredible geographical contrasts, and culturally at odds with the larger nation in which it resides, Bali is known the world over as a spiritual getaway. But the island of Bali is disturbed; rampant commercialism, consumerism and development in the Bukit Peninsula, a […]

6 of the best exclusive experiences in Japan

6 of the best exclusive experiences in Japan

For many travellers, Japan is the holiday of a lifetime. Shrouded in myth and mystique, it holds its own special allure, drawing visitors back again and again with its distinctive combination of time-honoured tradition and hyper-modernity. Japan is also a fantastic place for luxury travel, as that little extra really can make the difference between […]

6 can't miss experiences in Florence

6 can’t miss experiences in Florence

Florence (or Firenze, its Italian name) is a magical place to spend a romantic getaway, or even a family holiday. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, magnificent architecture and history confront you at every turn, and as the gateway to Tuscany, the cuisine is no less impressive. Whether it’s a first visit or a return […]

1. Dine at Bhairo restaurant; stay at Taj Lake Palace

10 magical North Indian experiences

India is an incredible country packed with diverse things to see and do. To accomplish everything in one trip is nigh on impossible, so you need to pick your battles and aim for the best bits first to ensure you don’t miss out. We all know about the Taj Mahal and beaches of Goa, but […]

A visit to Frankfurt's best new restaurant

A visit to Frankfurt’s best new restaurant

The highlight of our recent stay in Frankfurt – other than the private flight with Jetfly to get there – was dinner at the newly-opened, pan-Asian restaurant, Breeze by lebua at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel – already an esteemed culinary destination and home to the Michelin-starred restaurant Francais. But, before all that, we called at […]

The most magical Selous safari camps

The most magical Selous safari camps

We talk about the Selous all the time, because it really is one of the most memorable areas of Africa one can get to easily, whilst still being completely wild and remote. The Selous has captured the hearts of many a great explorer throughout time and we’re really not surprised – it is truly magical […]

5 things to do for the perfect romantic stay in Paris

5 things to do for the perfect romantic stay in Paris

Paris is known as the ‘City of Love’ and it is not just because many movies and novels portray it as the most romantic city in the world. The city has such a rich cultural heritage that anyone who visits is bound to fall in love with it. With so many amazing attractions and a […]

5 great reasons to choose South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari

5 great reasons to choose South Africa’s Tswalu Kalahari

Today we’d like to draw your attention to one of South Africa’s completely undervalued gems – Tswalu. This vast private reserve in the Kalahari is more magical, more enchanting and more life changing than any other safari you will undertake in South Africa. South Africa has a repuation for being tamer than the other safari […]

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Top 7 destinations to visit in Brazil after the Olympic Games

The 5th August signalled exactly one year to go until the beginning of the 2016 Olympic Games which are to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Following on from the success of the World Cup in 2014, Brazil is all set to host the other biggest sporting event in the world and if the football […]

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Top 5 sexiest Summer pools

It is common in many of the world’s best tropical hotels and resorts to have private pools, but from our extensive travels, we’ve realised that it’s just as rewarding relaxing at a resort’s main pool – in a few cases such as the below, more so! So we’ve created a list of the resorts where […]

5 of the best honeymoon suites in the Caribbean

5 of the best honeymoon suites in the Caribbean

Suites with infinity pools overlooking the famous Pitons of St Lucia, secluded cottages on a private island in the Grenadines, opulent suites which open up straight on to Grenada’s most famous beach and a private island in the British Virgin Island’s with a secluded honeymoon beach… Here are our top picks of honeymoon suites in […]

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