Category: Resorts

7 great places to experience a luxury family safari in Africa

7 great places to experience a luxury family safari in Africa

Africa is a wonderful holiday destination for families and a great way for children to see animals of all kinds in beautiful natural environments.  On a safari you and your family will be taken to the very heart of Africa, staying at the most luxurious camps and lodges.  On your activities you will be accompanied […]

Tanzania's undiscovered gems

Tanzania’s undiscovered gems

You’d be hard pushed to find a traveller who hasn’t heard of the Serengeti, or a luxury-lover who doesn’t know of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. But those in the know, who’ve been visiting Tanzania for years, want the best in luxury safari holidays, not the best known. Ten years ago I lived in Dar es Salaam, […]

Interview with Marty Carr, CEO of Carr Golf Travel

Interview with Marty Carr, CEO of Carr Golf Travel

Marty Carr is CEO of Carr Golf Travel, which includes the brand Online Golf Travel, and offers bespoke golf travel in Europe and the US and runs several world-class golf events in Ireland. The son of Joe Carr, who won 40 golf championships and was one of the world’s best ever amateur golfers, Marty studied […]

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

There was a time when a swimming pool was just a body of water in which to exercise, but in recent years, exclusive and luxury hotel builders seem to have been playing a game of one-upmanship against one another in a race to create the most amazing swimming pool imaginable. Now personally, gimmicks aside, I […]

Jean-Christophe Nager, GM at The Pavilions Phuket

Interview with Jean-Christophe Nager, General Manager, The Pavilions, Phuket

Jean-Christophe Nager is the General Manager of The Pavilions, Phuket, a 5-star luxury resort built on a hill-top on the delightful island of Phuket. A Swiss national with more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Jean-Christophe (JC) graduated from Collège St-Michel, Fribourg, in Switzerland in 1978 and studied photography in Montreal, Canada for a […]

A Thai mixologist shakes a cocktail

Special feature: Passions at The Pavilions, Phuket

Please let me get some adjectives out of the way before I go on to give you a more factual report of staying at The Pavilions in Phuket. Amazing, wonderful, fun, incredible, entertaining, educational, friendly, interesting, luxurious, impeccable, beautiful, spacious, different, comfortable, exciting, relaxing. Are you getting the gist of it yet? The Pavilions is […]

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2011 are in...

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 are in…

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. The awards appear in the November issue (on newsstands from 18th October 2011) and are derived from the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey. This year, a record 28,876 readers […]

North American riding holidays with a touch of extravagance

North American riding holidays with a touch of extravagance

Rough and ready riding holidays that appeal to your rustic side? Yes, there are endless options, and any hard-core movie buff heading to North America could pick up John Wayne’s reins in an instant (or at least try!). As it stands, the working ranch will continue to be a main staple of the west’s allure, […]

Photograph of the week: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

Photograph of the week: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

This week’s image is of the pool at Playa Vik Jose Ignacio. It is a 75-foot cantilevered pool of Uruguayan black absolute nero granite with a fibre optic lit celestial map of the southern hemisphere that sits amidst the Lapacho, stretching out beyond the limit of the terrace and cantilevering 32 feet over the beach […]

Interview with Guy Roger, President of Asiana Pearl Vision

Interview with Guy Roger, President of Asiana Pearl Vision

Guy Louis Roger is President at Asiana Pearl Vision, a boutique travel designer based in Cebu city and operating exclusively in the Philippines, focusing on high end tailor made tours and bespoke travelling experiences. Guy has an hotelier background and he has been working on senior management positions for Accor, Dusit, Pan Pacific, Le Meridien, […]

I wish I was... in the Maldives

I wish I was… in the Maldives

Winter is drawing in, the nights are getting darker, the temperature is starting to plummet, and I’m already starting to think about where I’d rather be, and where I can be planning my next holiday. To be honest, anywhere that has sunshine, blue skies and sand as far as I can see is a winner […]

How to holiday like a billionaire

How to holiday like a billionaire

Montenegro has just had the sort of publicity Max Clifford would give his Granny’s eye teeth for. Billionaire Nat Rothschild eschewed the usual suspects (Skibo Castle, South of France, Marrakesh)  and held his 40th-birthday party (three fun-filled days, 400 of his closest friends and one million of the Queen’s pounds) in this pristine corner of […]

Luxury travel with the kids in tow

Luxury travel with the kids in tow

Well, after ten months away from my desk on maternity leave I have returned to work a changed woman. Well, changed in the way I am now looking at holidays that is. As a new Mum, my focus has moved away from the romantic island getaways I have previously favoured to something firmly focused on […]

Extra touches to make your stay special

Extra touches to make your stay special

We’ve all been to hotels and received little freebies on arrival or departure, but in the luxury hotels it is something of a challenge for them to be original and provide guests with memorable tokens to help enhance their stay. Items like pens, extra towels and welcome chocolates are all lovely, but they aren’t going […]

4 of the most remote retreats in the Indian Ocean

4 of the most remote retreats in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is this planet’s third largest oceanic region stretching from the rugged coasts of Eastern Africa to the shores of Western Australia; it’s warm waters lap the sands of Southern Indo-China and the Indian subcontinent and wash across the beaches of the Arabian peninsula. The Indian Ocean has become synonymous with remote beauty […]

Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island property destroyed by fire

Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island property destroyed by fire

A fire has ravaged Sir Richard Branson’s luxury home, the Great House, in the Caribbean after lightning struck the property during a tropical storm. Sadly, the house has been completely destroyed but thankfully 20 people were able to escape unhurt.  Among them was British actress Kate Winslet, Branson’s 90-year-old mother (who Winslet is believed to […]

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