Category: Africa

Interview with John Dixon, Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays

Interview with John Dixon, Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays

John Dixon is the co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of independent tour operator Prestige Holidays and has worked in luxury travel for over 40 years. Prestige Holidays is celebrating its 22nd year in the luxury travel market and is  known for its quality holidays, excellent personal service and strong attention to detail. The company features four and [...]

Google Street View coming to a hotel interior near you?

Google Street View coming to a hotel interior near you?

Over the last four years, we’ve gradually become accustomed to the wonders of Google Street View and the insights it has given us.  You might already be familiar with the fact that Street View isn’t just limited to… well… streets. The same technology has also been used inside the football grounds that were used for [...]

Gorillas out of the mist

Gorillas out of the mist

Of all the sights one might uncover on an African safari, for me, perhaps the most haunting and memorable is an encounter with a Ugandan Mountain Gorilla. Few experiences can compare to the sheer wonder and humbling awe of witnessing these creatures in the wild. It was the famous American naturalist George Schaller who said [...]

Interview with Will Bolsover, Managing Director of World Safaris

Interview with Will Bolsover, Managing Director of World Safaris

Will Bolsover has worked in travel and Africa for the past 15 years. Starting out as a teacher in the remotewestern region of Kenya, he went on to study French and African and Asian Studies at Sussex University then worked as a safari guide in numerous African destinations. Six years ago, he set up the [...]

2011 Summer holiday hotspots according to Great Hotels of the World

2011 Summer holiday hotspots according to Great Hotels of the World

In a bid no doubt to build awareness for its members, Great Hotels of the World has revealed its holiday hotspot predictions for Summer 2011 based on searches made on their site. 1. Tenerife, Spain The Canary Island of Tenerife is a firm favourite with holiday makers and continues to be one of the most [...]

Try Marrakech for a cultural stag weekend

Try Marrakech for a cultural stag weekend

Stag parties are supposed to be something special, a statement of freedom and fun to be remembered forever. So cast away those thoughts of a tacky club and instead try something adventurous: try Marrakech. The Moroccan capital is the perfect marriage of mystique and indulgence. It’s a proud centrepiece of North African culture, bubbling with [...]

Honeymoon top picks

Honeymoon top picks

With the wedding season just around the corner travel agencies are choc-a-bloc with pre-hitched couples looking to make last minute adjustments and tweaks to finalise their wedding fantasies. Once the vows have been exchanged, the bouquets been thrown and some evanescent substance cheered and sipped, it’s time for the newlyweds real journey to take course; [...]

6 of the world’s most luxurious diving destinations

6 of the world’s most luxurious diving destinations

For the discerning traveller, diver or not, who has money to spend and wants the very best, these six destinations offer an incomparable level of service, style, and of course diving. So dream awhile, and casting all financial concerns aside, enjoy that lottery moment and consider which are the most spoiling and amazing destinations where [...]

Top artist to guide luxury Kenyan artists’ safari

Top artist to guide luxury Kenyan artists’ safari

Celebrated wildlife portrait pro Martin Aveling has joined forces with luxury travel consultancy Africa House Safaris for a one-off artists’ safari in Kenya this summer. The 12-day holiday will be a welcome return to Africa for Martin, who lived on the continent during many of his childhood years. It was there that his love of [...]

New opening: Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, Morocco

New opening: Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, Morocco

There’s a new opening from Sofitel this month – the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa. Located in the heart of Mogador and adjoining the historical port of Essaouira, the hotel is Sofitel’s seventh establishment in Morocco. Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa consists of 147 bedrooms and suites as well as 28 villas with [...]

Luxury travel with a twist: conquering Kili

Luxury travel with a twist: conquering Kili

The term ‘luxury travel’ connotes various images and stereotypes, perhaps of lazy days spent lounging by the pool or sipping cocktails on a sun terrace overlooking a pristine beach. In reality though, luxury can be an entirely subjective standard and if we consider it as a value inherent of high quality service and conducive towards [...]

Interview with Anupam Dasgupta, General Manager of Ananda in the Himalayas

Interview with Anupam Dasgupta, General Manager of Ananda in the Himalayas

Anupam Dasgupta has been with the IHHR group for over 6 years in several roles and is now the General Manager at Ananda. Ananda, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, is a world-leading spa where a holistic approach is taken towards rejuvenation using the three ancient Indian philosphies of Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta. The award-winning retreat combines [...]

5 great luxury Cape Town ideas

5 great luxury Cape Town ideas

The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, put the city firmly on the map for many travellers wanting to explore the Mother City, opening the gateway for luxury travel in particular. As one of the world’s premier travel destinations, it is no surprise that Cape Town is hailed as one of [...]

4 of the world’s most exclusive eco-resorts

4 of the world’s most exclusive eco-resorts

Increasingly today more and more emphasis is being weighed upon environmentally friendly travel. The tourist industry occupies a unique and decisive role within the global community, not only to enthral and excite but to educate and communicate. It is our task to express the need to embrace greener living habits as part of our every [...]

The top 10 cities to visit in 2011

The top 10 cities to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet earlier this year produced a list of the top 10 cities to visit in 2011. It wasn’t just ‘yet another top 10 list’ – well, it was, but it at least gave some good reasons for why each place was worthy of visiting this year. Here’s their top 10 and, if you want [...]

Giraffe Manor: the Kenyan hotel overrun by giraffes

Giraffe Manor: the Kenyan hotel overrun by giraffes

Situated in the heart of the Kenyan bush you’ll discover the unique hotel of Giraffe Manor. Surrounded by 140 square acres of indigenous bush, Giraffe Manor may seem a little out of the way but in reality it’s only a 20 kilometres drive from Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. The Manor – which was built in [...]

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