Category: Hotels

A more reliable way forward for travel review sites?

A more reliable way forward for travel review sites?

On travel review sites, anyone can write a review of a hotel, regardless of whether or not they’ve stayed there. According to a study by Market Metrix, as many as 40% of user reviews are fake. There are other problems with user reviews of hotels. Certain types of travellers are much more likely than others to […]

Top 10 most romantic luxury honeymoon destinations

Top 10 most romantic luxury honeymoon destinations

Chances are that newly-weds would feel the love even if they spent their honeymoon in a caravan in a parking lot, but most tend to set their sights a little higher. Here are our top ten tips for the most romantic luxury destinations for post-wedded bliss, and without even a car park in sight. Sumba […]

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

‘Seven suburbs in search of a city’, a ‘constellation of plastic’ and ‘less culture than a pot of yoghurt’ are just some of the disparaging descriptions of the City of Angels. It definitely has that ‘Marmite’ reaction but we think the following famous five all fit into the ‘love it’ rather than ‘loathe it’ category. […]

Special feature: Sani Beach Hotel, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece

Special feature: Sani Beach Hotel, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece

On our arrival at the Sani Resort, a family-owned ecological reserve covering some 1,000 acres and with stunning, golden beaches, we were warmly welcomed by the ever-helpful Angelina in Guest Relations, offered a glass of fizz and presented with a useful map of the resort, outlining the various accommodation offerings, the marina, the restaurants and […]

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

St. Petersburg is a beautiful city filled with extravagant historical palaces, cathedrals and royal gardens. Long recognized as the intellectual and cultural center of Russia, this former capital has been spiffing things up with a growing number of luxury hotels and a vibrant restaurant scene truly befitting this City of the Czars. Below are my […]

10 fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

10 fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is a city for art lovers.  They call it the “City Different” because it’s quirky and eclectic. It has a strong personality distinct from any other city. Outdoorsy people and foodies will love it too, but there is a strong emphasis on art with over 250 galleries and a ranking as the third […]

5 of the best luxury stays, worth each and every one of their 5 stars

5 of the best luxury stays, worth each and every one of their 5 stars

True hotel luxury envelops you from first moment of contact – continuing in the myriad of subtle touches during your stay – all adding to a sum total worth every dollar. Many attempt to emulate. Certainly, bed linen thread count, furnishings and beautiful lobbies can be attained and in many instances equalled. However, getting the […]

10 of the most luxurious London experiences

10 of the most luxurious London experiences

Ah, London. One of the world’s most exciting, cosmopolitan, culture-rich and diverse cities. If you’ve never been, this sprawling mass of fun, fashion, food and high living should definitely be on your bucket list. But what to do when you arrive? Well, luckily for you, there are plenty of luxurious experiences to immerse yourself in. […]

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 […]

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