Category: Africa

The changing face of Cape Town

The changing face of Cape Town

I have just returned from Cape Town, some 12 years or so after my first visit there. Like all South African cities, Cape Town is of course a city that has seen phenomenal change in recent decades, ever since the abolition of apartheid and release of the now sadly late Nelson Mandela. In many respects, the city [...]

10 of the absolutely dreamiest beach resorts in the world

10 of the absolutely dreamiest beach resorts in the world

Oh, relaxing on exotic beaches, taking in the sun and surf, with sand between your toes and a drink in hand. All the better, of course, when put together with an incredibly luxurious beach resort, complete with world-class accommodations and  service. We scoured the globe for some of the dreamiest destinations, so before you plan [...]

The top 5 places to go in December

The top 5 places to go in December

From hot chocolate in festive-fuelled New York to sipping sundowners on a beach in tropical Thailand – there’s something to suit every type of traveller who wants to get away in December. With Christmas fast approaching, there are plenty of beautiful locations around the world that make for wonderful December breaks. Whether you want to [...]

6 of the best places to see natural wonders

6 of the best places to see natural wonders

Feel inspired by nature and the sheer magnificence of the amazing planet we live on.  From bleeding icebergs and flaming fire pits to bubbling sulphur springs and surreal landscapes, each of these natural wonders is guaranteed to take you breath away.  Here are our top 6 countries to see nature at its very best… Turkey [...]

10 of the most luxurious spas on the planet

10 of the most luxurious spas on the planet

In an effort to tempt even the world’s most discerning customers, spas these days are introducing cutting-edge technologies, and treatments with influences from far-flung corners of the globe. Gone are the days where just a hot oil massage will do; now we’re expecting unique touches that make a visit to the spa that little bit [...]

Top 5 must-stay hotels for a luxury city break

Top 5 must-stay hotels for a luxury city break

Take a break from your daily routine and soak up some culture, indulge in fine dining or enjoy some last minute Christmas shopping in New York, Boston or Chicago. Rekindle the romance in Paris and Rome or immerse yourself in the colourful souks of Marrakech with our top 5 must-stay hotels for a luxury city [...]

The top 10 spa hotels in the world

The top 10 spa hotels in the world

A stay at a spa hotel can bring a transformation. Everyday stress melts away in the lap of impeccable luxury and service. Add in the excitement of an interesting destination and the combination becomes too hard to resist. Here’s a look at 10 of the world’s top spa hotels that considers exotic location as well. [...]

How to win them over on a luxury Botswana safari

How to win them over on a luxury Botswana safari

Taking your other half on safari is a fantastic way to show someone you really love them – it’s a big undertaking and takes a lot of planning, an expert can really help you suss out which property will suit you both and tour operators usually delight in planning romantic honeymoons or holidays such as [...]

Mauritius – much more than a honeymooner’s paradise

Mauritius – much more than a honeymooner’s paradise

The utterance of the word ‘Mauritius’ is often followed by visions of turquoise waters and powdery beaches. While Mauritius is perfect for a luxury holiday or honeymoon, it offers so much more to visitors. It’s colourful culture and friendly inhabitants ensure a memorable holiday. Here are some of my favourite things about the island: Sugarcane fields Endless [...]

5 of South Africa’s hidden gems

5 of South Africa’s hidden gems

South Africa is a beautiful country, enriched with history, culture and nature. It is a popular destination with travellers looking to experience something unique and unforgettable, like with a sunset safari or a hike up Table Mountain. There are also plenty of lesser known locations and activities in South Africa which the average traveller would be [...]

5 South African sundowner spots

5 South African sundowner spots

South Africa is a country famous for its dramatic landscapes, made only more exquisite during a characteristically beautiful sunset – and what better way to enjoy this than with a refreshing sundowner in hand? The notion of a sundowner, supposedly invented in the 1950s, is to enjoy a drink after completing a day’s work, usually as [...]

Best luxury Tanzania safari sundowner spots

Best luxury Tanzania safari sundowner spots

We all love a sundowner when on safari – a cold gin and tonic or glass of wine as the sunsets in a million colours before you, after a fantastically thrilling day game viewing, is absolute magic. It’s a time to sit, think, recount every detail of everything you saw. The sun sets in Africa [...]

Recipe of the week: Balboula (barley) couscous of 7 vegetables

Recipe of the week: Balboula (barley) couscous of 7 vegetables

Balboula is the original Berber version of couscous. Made from cracked barley, it is a delicious dish which is as good as it is hard to find on a restaurant menu. In a world where we are concerned with eating so many carbohydrates, and regular couscous is just like pasta in this regard, balboula offers [...]

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

Lonely Planet’s “travel experts” have come up with three lists for where to visit in 2014.  The top 10 cities to visit in 2014, the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 and the top 10 regions to visit in 2014. I do feel it lacks credibility when one of the “countries” they list is [...]

5 luxurious spas across Marrakech

5 luxurious spas across Marrakech

Combining traditional Moroccan heritage with contemporary European beauty techniques, Marrakech is home to some of the most advanced and luxurious spa treatments in the world. With a blend of age-old wisdom, innovative ingredients and well honed expertise, all set amongst the breath-taking surrounds of the city’s beautiful architecture, the luxury spas of Marrakech offer guests [...]

Photograph of the week: Meroe Pyramids, Sudan

Photograph of the week: Meroe Pyramids, Sudan

The Royal necropolis Meroe is located about 3 kilometres away from the Nile and 230 kilometres north of Khartoum, on some hills covered with yellow sand dunes. More than 40 pyramids stand out with their sharp shapes against the clear sky. Most of them have been perfectly preserved. Since June 2011 the archaeological site of [...]

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