Category: Middle East

3 ways to unleash your inner adventurer in Jordan

3 ways to unleash your inner adventurer in Jordan

Jordan, with its vast desert landscapes and awe inspiring canyons, vibrant cities and quiet Wadi camps, is a destination of incredible contrasts, and one that lures us in with the promise of some truly unique adventures. From discovering a different side to Petra on a hike into the unknown to interacting with remote Northern farmers; […]

6 destinations to watch in 2016

6 destinations to watch in 2016

It’s that time of year where we try to predict the destinations that will hit the heights in the next 12 months. So, after consulting my crystal ball and deciphering those all-enlightening tea leaves (and some scientific stuff too, promise), here are my tips for the Six Best Luxury Travel Destinations in 2016. Tanzania This […]

Top 7 luxury city breaks in Europe for 2016

Top 7 luxury city breaks in Europe for 2016

What’s on the travel horizon for you for 2016? Here are some of the most elegant and luxurious city breaks that Europe has to offer. It might just be time to plan your next getaway… 1. Dubrovnik, Croatia Surrounded by ancient city walls and azure water, the Old Town of this Croatian city holds an […]

What's it like inside one of the world's most famous hotels?

What’s it like inside one of the world’s most famous hotels?

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, one of the world’s most famous hotels, or wondered what goes on behind its doors? An all-suite hotel where every ‘room’ spans two floors. Well, now you can see for yourself – from the comfort of your own home. I recently had the pleasure […]

15 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2015

15 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2015

2015 was another year filled with interesting opportunities and visits to far-flung places around the world, including trips to Japan, Singapore, UAE and the Maldives, as well as many much closer to home, including several trips around the UK. My photography continues to need some fine tuning (I will be going on a course in […]

12 of the dreamiest pool villas on the planet

12 of the dreamiest pool villas on the planet

Discerning travellers are becoming increasingly hard to impress; impeccable service, fancy bathroom toiletries and spacious rooms are all taken for granted when you stay at a 5-star hotel. But there’s one room type that even the most hard-to-please globetrotters still get excited about: the pool villa. There’s something about staying somewhere with your very own […]

Tel Aviv Grand Beach

10 of the best beaches in Israel

Israel really is a romantic place; although rugged and rough around the edges in some respects, it’s also a country filled with natural beauty, rich nuggets of spectacular history, and mysteries of the Holy Land. So if you’re looking for a beach break with a little extra magic, here are 10 of the best beaches […]

Turkey 4 ways

Turkey 4 ways

Turkey combines the best that the Mediterranean has to offer. From ancient mountains to golden beaches; it is in Turkey that the collision of exotic east with cosmopolitan west is most palpable. The by-product of this collision? A country that has something for everyone… Turkey for the historian Once home to some of the world’s […]

Where should you spend this Christmas?

Where should you spend this Christmas?

That time of year is fast approaching! That’s right, Christmas is just around the corner and already shops are gearing up for the festive season. Wherever you look, reindeers and snowmen are looking right back at you. Perhaps you’re thinking about spending this Christmas somewhere other than home. Great! We have some great suggestions for […]

8 reasons why Iran will be the destination for 2016

8 reasons why Iran will be the destination for 2016

When talking about Iran, and in the interests of expectation management, I always like to start with the negatives. The visa situation is still a bore (although soon to improve, inshallah); ladies need to wear a headscarf at all times in public; there’s no booze (anywhere – not even in the 5* city hotels); the […]

Limassol

Luxury in Limassol: how to spend 48 hours

Limassol is perhaps one of the most underrated cities in the Eastern Med. It’s the second most populated area in Cyprus but unlike Paphos, Aiya Napa or the Akamas Peninsula, it rarely takes first place on a bucket list. In fact, this stunning coastal city is one of the Med’s best kept secrets; if you’re […]

5 of the most family friendly destinations to consider for your next trip

5 of the most family friendly destinations to consider for your next trip

The perfect family holiday requires copious amounts of planning, but before any of that can begin you and your loved ones need to decide where to travel! With so many diverse landscapes gracing the planet, it can be difficult figuring out which of them you want to explore. However, whether you’re in search of a […]

Top 5 Winter sun holiday destinations

Top 5 Winter sun holiday destinations

Winter is upon us, and the days are getting shorter and colder. There is no better time to escape to warmer climes and enjoy tropical surroundings and sunny weather abroad. We have picked a selection of winter sun holiday destinations you can choose to relax and unwind in away from the UK. Bali As Autumn […]

16 beauty experiences from around the world

16 beauty experiences from around the world

When traveling, make your days even more beautiful by experiencing beauty treatments based on ingredients and rituals native to the country you’re visiting. From Tahiti to Tulum and from Bali to Morocco, here are the 16 of the best beauty experiences you’re likely to find anywhere in the world! 1. Evian-les-Bains – hydrotherapy You know […]

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 […]

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 […]

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