Category: Hotels

Tanzania's top 5 Great Rift Valley safari camps

Tanzania’s top 5 Great Rift Valley safari camps

The Great Rift Valley, which runs through Africa is a magical thing – populated by huge escarpments, vast lakes and beautiful vistas it is usually a hit list on anyone’s itinerary when planning to visit East Africa. Tanzania has a wonderful portion of the Great Rift Valley which is absolutely breathtaking, including Lake Manyara which […]

5 luxurious travel experiences to enjoy with kids (keeping adults happy too)

5 luxurious travel experiences to enjoy with kids (keeping adults happy too)

When it comes to luxury travel with children there are two schools of thought. One camp might suggest leaving them at home while the grown-ups enjoy; another believes firmly that the travel seed planted early will cultivate offspring with curious, contributing outlooks. I have a foot either side – some experiences are best left to […]

5 activities perfect for a luxury Tunisian break

5 activities perfect for a luxury Tunisian break

The northernmost country in the great continent of Africa is a popular spot for travellers and those who yearn for a luxury break in an exotic place. Tunisia can be done on a shoestring, which is of course good to know, but if you feel like a treat then it can be done much more […]

5 recommendations for a luxury tour of Japan

5 recommendations for a luxury tour of Japan

If you’re a traveller with a sense of adventure then the Far East is a part of the world you absolutely must see. Japan is a particular jewel of East Asia and a remarkable place to visit. Culture shock is the phrase perhaps most often used by visitors to this intriguing island, but this is […]

3 luxury resorts in Vietnam where nothing is a problem (even being a vegan)

3 luxury resorts in Vietnam where nothing is a problem (even being a vegan)

Check in to one of these 3 luxury resorts in Vietnam where nothing is a problem (even being vegan) and your request for something a little different, will be met with with total understanding. Instead of feeling like a ‘problem guest’ you’ll get to eat some of the finest Vietnamese food you’ll ever taste, as […]

Top 10 small boutique hotels in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Top 10 small boutique hotels in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula is a flat land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, a haven for beach lovers. The powdery white sand and the intense turquoise of the sea give this holiday destination an irresistible appeal. This Peninsula has a lot more to offer, apart from its stunning beaches. This was the hub […]

8 of the world's 'ultra luxe' bathrooms

8 of the world’s ‘ultra luxe’ bathrooms

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. A good bathroom is a necessity, a beautiful bathroom is a luxury, but the following bathrooms, are just out of this world. I like to put them in the ‘Ultra Luxe’ box. A section of the ‘marketing mix’ which has been thoroughly thought about and is […]

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having stayed at the wonderful Long Lee Manor on the Shamwari Game Reserve, we moved on to the reserve’s family friendly Riverdene Lodge accommodation. Many game reserves won’t allow any children at all until a certain age, but what makes Riverdene Lodge unique is that kids of all ages are welcome – and extremely well catered for – and […]

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having taken a short flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, we were taken by our driver to the Shamwari Game Reserve where we were to spend the next few nights, leaving the industry of PE with its ’mechanical giraffes’ (cranes that looked very much like giraffes) behind and passing the Maitland sand dunes as we departed this […]

5 wonderful treasures to be found in Pittsburgh (yes, Pittsburgh!)

5 wonderful treasures to be found in Pittsburgh (yes, Pittsburgh!)

The city of Pittsburgh has a long proud history dating back centuries. Thanks to its unique geography and three rivers – Pittsburgh became a center for coal and steel production during the Industrial Age of the 19th century mill workers and miners that labored to make the city great left behind a strong work ethic […]

Top 5 things to do in Taos, New Mexico

Top 5 things to do in Taos, New Mexico

New Mexico is known for gorgeous lighting with epic sunsets of red, orange and purple blazing through the sky.  Vast open spaces dotted with cedar trees, juniper, and sage brush in varying shades of green framed by mountains make you feel as though you’re in a painting.  Adobe architecture against bright blue sky, and the smell […]

Top 10 reasons why now is the perfect time to visit Tallinn, Estonia

Top 10 reasons why now is the perfect time to visit Tallinn, Estonia

The first time I visited Tallinn was approximately 10 years after Estonia regained its independence in 1991. My impressions were that although it had excellent Slavic cheekbones it was still on the verge of becoming a major tourist destination. After last month’s visit, I’m here to report it has finally “verged” with flying colors. Below […]

Celebrating the call of the road: our top 5 road trips

Celebrating the call of the road: our top 5 road trips

The open road has always been synonymous with incredible travel experiences. Mix iconic landscapes, a classic automobile, with a sense of adventure and you’ve got an winning combination for a luxurious and intrepid exploration. This summer I got a taste for the open roads of the USA’s South West and was hooked from the first […]

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of […]

Top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel over Airbnb

Top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel over Airbnb

A luxury hotel is a better choice for a true luxury traveler than Airbnb or the myriad of apartment rental services. While budget travelers are often well served by rentals, which are usually cheaper than mid-range hotels, there are a number of advantages that luxury hotels offer compared to rentals. 1. Better value If you’re a […]

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

To be honest, we could probably have slept anywhere when we spent the night at the Sofitel London Heathrow. We should have been well on the way to Cape Town by the time of our stay but unfortunately our plans were scuppered by a delayed British Airways flight from Manchester which resulted in a missed […]

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