Category: Regions

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

I don’t make this statement lightly when I say it is difficult to find fault with JA Manafaru. Situated at the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, this luxury island resort is about as close to perfect and as you’re ever likely to find anywhere in the world, and our first glimpse of this idyllic island […]

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

A young man uses the exercise rings on Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach at sunset. Located just south of Santa Monica Pier and dating from the 1930s, this is the original Muscle Beach; its more famous sibling, two miles south in Venice, was not established until the 1950s. In the past, Hollywood stars such as Kirk […]

Three 'brasseries' on the outskirts of Paris

Three ‘brasseries’ on the outskirts of Paris

I already wrote two previous articles advising a few places to have a nice dinner or a nice lunch in Paris. Today I will mention three more. Yet, the difference this time is that they are on the outsirts of Paris. As you may know Paris is encircled by the Boulevard Périphérique. The gates of Paris are the access […]

Autumn in Malaga Province, a harvest bounty of Spanish culinary festivals

Autumn in Malaga Province, a harvest bounty of Spanish culinary festivals

Maybe you’d like to visit southernmost Spain for the reliable, sunny weather this Autumn, or perhaps you’re planning for a tour of one of the iconic cultural and historical sites such as the Alhambra in Granada or the Mezquita in Cordoba after the summer crowds have thinned. There’s always a great reason to visit Andalucia […]

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 […]

What's it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

What’s it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

On a recent trip to the Maldives, we had a short stay in Dubai which happened to co-incide with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. Of course, there are many things you should and shouldn’t do in Dubai simply out of respect, whether […]

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 […]

10 amazing experiences in Bali

10 amazing experiences in Bali

Bali is known for its amazing hotels, all blending in with this island’s lush vegetation and dreamy nature. So, if you’re lucky enough to stay in one of them, make the best out of your stay, by experiencing the best the island of the Gods has to offer. See the top 10 best things to […]

11 gorgeous gastronomic experiences in Costa Rica

11 gorgeous gastronomic experiences in Costa Rica

The country with the most diverse flora and fauna also has an amazingly diverse culinary offering. This is in part due to its geography. With two coasts and a lush central valley, there is a huge variety of seafood and tropical produce which adds to the richness of its gastronic offerings. The country’s capital, San […]

The top 5 souks to see in Dubai

The top 5 souks to see in Dubai

Dubai – the land of luxury, fast cars, skyscrapers and world-record breaking achievements. Spend a few days in this bustling metropolis and it’s all too easy to forget the Emirate’s rich Arabian history. Carved out of the desert sands, Dubai has undergone more transformation in its short 43-year lifespan than most countries have over the […]

Germany’s top 5 scenic drives in a supercar

Germany’s top 5 scenic drives in a supercar

There is something about driving on the open road across Germany’s great outdoors in a ferocious Supercar that has developed a legendary, if not mythical status. Driving a supercar is nothing short of exhilarating, as it puts you in the control seat of enormous energy and power. Intuitively, the supercar knows how to capture attention, […]

Alila Villas Uluwatu

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 […]

Amankila arrival

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 […]

7 extraordinary experiences in London

7 extraordinary experiences in London

Back in 1777, Samuel Johnson proclaimed that, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Almost 250 years on, the quote still rings true. In terms of cultural attractions, top-rate restaurants and unique things to do, there are few places on the planet to rival it. Discover seven of the most […]

The top 5 must-see places in Peru

The top 5 must-see places in Peru

To determine the must-see places in Peru, we spoke to leading Peruvian tour operators, Machu Travel Peru. The company is committed to the highest levels of service as borne out by their reviews on Tripadvisor (an impressive 369 reviews stating ‘excellent’ out of 384 reviews). Machu Travel Peru also takes pride in giving back to […]

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