Category: Accommodation

Day 5 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar #SilkTrail2013

Day 5 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar #SilkTrail2013

We get a wake up call at 6.30am with the intention of an 8am departure. I pull back the curtains and am presented with a view of a stack of bricks and a mound of sand. This “hotel” has certainly been the most basic so far, but I’m told that it will be surpassed in terms […]

5 of the best sunsets in the world

5 of the best sunsets in the world

One of the most magical moments of any holiday is watching the sun set over stunning scenery. The sunset becomes part of the daily routine, as you sip a cold cocktail or crisp glass of wine while watching the sky become a canvas of crimson, orange and pink. Here are some of my favourite spots […]

Day 2 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 - Kathmandu to Pokhara #SilkTrail2013

Day 2 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Kathmandu to Pokhara #SilkTrail2013

Today has been an eventful one. It began promptly with a 5.30am get up; not ideal since I only got to bed at 1.30am, frustrated by the internet connection, and still needing to catch up on sleep from the flight to Kathmandu, but there was no way I was about to miss what warranted such […]

Day 1 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 - Kathmandu #SilkTrail2013

Day 1 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Kathmandu #SilkTrail2013

Our guide for the duration of our time in Nepal is Rabhindra, but he tells us we can call him Robin for short. He informs us about his country and its 125 ethnic groups as our bus trundles through Kathmandu, a city which has seen a 60% rise in its population in just the last […]

The master bedroom at the Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab

The master bedroom at the Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab

Spanning the entire 25th floor, the two regally appointed Royal Suites at the Burj Al Arab are the absolute must for visiting VIPs. The grand entrance door of the suite leads to the magnificent hall and the fascinating marble and gold staircase invites guests to the upper level. Palatial surroundings surpass home comforts with a […]

Top 5 luxury private Caribbean properties

Top 5 luxury private Caribbean properties

Considering a relaxing holiday in the Caribbean?  Looking for somewhere luxurious and yet secluded, too? The Caribbean offers an excellent year-round destination in which you can truly relax. Take a look at our pick of five of the best luxury private Caribbean properties that you can stay in. Sugar Beach, St Lucia Nestled on the […]

Namaste from Nepal! #SilkTrail2013

Namaste from Nepal! #SilkTrail2013

I landed in Kathmandu this morning to join leg 8 of the Land Rover Silk Trail 2013 expedition. The expedition commenced on 23rd August 2013 from Land Rover’s base in Solihull, Birmingham and will finish – all being well – on 15th October 2013 in Mumbai, home of Tata Motors Ltd. which acquired Land Rover […]

3 walks in SW Cornwall and 3 good lunches

3 walks in SW Cornwall and 3 good lunches

I’ve written about my love of Cornwall before, much of it related to my own mining heritage and exploring the county with my husband rather than just for short family visits to see my grandparents.  This October we stayed at Umber, BoHo Cornwall – a 1 bed self catering apartment on the outskirts of St […]

Top 5 boutique experiences in India

Top 5 boutique experiences in India

The second most populous country in the world, India is a refined blend of remarkable cultures and ancient traditions that date back for several millennia. A nation that is rich in diversity, geography and cuisine, India offers something for everyone. Here is a selection of the top 5 boutique experiences that can be found in […]

Top 3 places to discover classic Kerala

Top 3 places to discover classic Kerala

Surrounded by the vast Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamom Hills, Kerala is a beautiful and flourishing paradise. The state is well known for its serene backwaters, tempting local cuisine and leisurely pace. The backwaters are situated between the hills and the coast, a network of waterways providing a communication route for villagers, along […]

Visit Mexico: Mayans, moonlight and margaritas!

Visit Mexico: Mayans, moonlight and margaritas!

Mexico may be perceived as one of the poorer, less fortunate countries in the world but, let me assure you, it certainly did not disappoint. In fact, Mexico, of all countries I’ve travelled to so far in my life, is one of my favourites. The Mexican people are the most polite people I have ever […]

The inspiration behind the interior design of the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna

The inspiration behind the interior design of the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna

Earlier this year, the newly renovated Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, which occupies a prominent location in the heart of the city, re-opened its doors to the public. This historic building, originally built by Theophil Hansen for the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873, has undergone an impressive transformation. The Kempinksi luxury hotel chain has overseen the delicate […]

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Last year Forbes Magazine added London to the group of cities blessed with its exclusive Travel Guide Star Ratings. Only five hotels among the city’s scores of palatial guest quarters received the lauded Forbes fifth star, while a sixth hotel was brought into the fold in September. This group includes some of the most famous […]

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Harrods. For some, the dark green and gold cascades cement their image of London.  From dawn until dusk, the hoards gather to bask in the glow of this iconic landmark, where harmonious Knightsbridge streets, visions of red brick, mellow mews’ and sleepy, (albeit, impeccably maintained) window-boxes, form her hinterland. And this is where The Capital […]

5 of the best luxury hotels in Paris

5 of the best luxury hotels in Paris

With Paris Fashion Week underway, the city is flooded with fashionistas and tourists and a multitude of luxury hotels await them! The following list of five luxury hotels are some of my favorites and stand out because they are rich in character and never short on luxury or five-star service. Le Royal Monceau Easily one […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

Wondering where the sun has gone? As we say goodbye to Summer and enter much cooler weather, it’s useful to know where you can travel and yet still enjoy some post-Summer sunshine. So here are 10 European ideas to help you extend your Summer into the Autumn months and enjoy the sun’s rays for that […]

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