Category: Middle East

Dubai for less: 4 top tips to save on luxury hotels

Dubai for less: 4 top tips to save on luxury hotels

Dubai has a well deserved reputation for luxury and excess but that doesn’t mean you have to have the riches of a sheikh to enjoy the city.  The city has over 700 hotels and probably the biggest concentration of luxury hotels in the world.  With a little planning and insider knowhow, it’s possible to enjoy […]

Extend your Summer - 6 great places to go in September

Extend your Summer – 6 great places to go in September

You could say September is the best time of year to go on holiday. And you’d be right. With a few exceptions, the shoulder season offers the perfect balance between reasonable prices and reasonable weather. The Summer crowds clear as schools return, the weather in the UK starts to turn and nights start to draw […]

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6 questions and answers on extraordinary Oman

The Sultanate of Oman, on the Arabian Peninsula, is traditionally not on top of the list of popular tourist destinations around the world. This interesting country consists of desert terrain, sand dunes inhabited by Bedouins, barren mountain ranges and oases in ancient riverbeds. Oman, the oldest independent state in the Arab world,  has extended coastlines along the […]

Quintessential Qatar: 3 reasons you need to go now

Quintessential Qatar: 3 reasons you need to go now

For too long Qatar has been regarded simply as a stopover destination, but more and more the world is starting realise that this desert destination is well worth leaving the airport for. Not so sure? Then our quick list of reasons to visit might just see you adding a little more time into your multi-destination […]

Experience exotic Jordan in luxe style

Experience exotic Jordan in luxe style

The best things in life often come in small packages… diamonds, chocolate truffles, and a luxury adventure trip to the country of Jordan, which is only about the size of Maine.  Yet this diminutive country packs a wallop with wonderfully diverse offerings ranging from ancient Roman ruins, awe-inspiring crusader castles, superbly preserved mosaics, vibrant cities […]

25 free things to do in Dubai

25 free things to do in Dubai

Dubai is renowned for over-the-top luxury, and as a tourist thinking of things to do in Dubai, it’s usually the high cost experiences that first come to mind. Helicopter tours, waterpark tickets, designer boutiques, private desert safaris and afternoon tea at expensive hotels… all very glitz and glam, but definitely budget-blowing. Well, there’s another side […]

7 new hotels opening in 2016 that you won't want to miss

7 new hotels opening in 2016 that you won’t want to miss

Throughout 2016 they’ll be a diverse array of new and noteworthy hotels opening around the world. From eco-minded mountain hideaways to family-friendly fun next-the-sea, here’s our roundup of seven soon-to-open resorts to keep an eye on… Ozen by Atmosphere Maldives – opening July 2016 Following multi-million dollar development, the Ozen resort at Maadhoo is set to take […]

Photograph of the week: Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon

Photograph of the week: Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon

Did you know that Lebanon has some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the Middle East? The ancient city of Heliopolis, now known as Baalbek, was a place of worship of Venus, Jupiter, and Bacchus. This shot features the six remaining columns of the Temple of Jupiter. Thank you to Nick Kembel of Nick […]

Top 3 romantic destinations for 2016

Top 3 romantic destinations for 2016

So the mayhem of Valentine’s Day is over but why does romance only have to take place one month a year? Surely romance should happen all year round, especially as travelling can be one of the greatest joys to experience together. Eclectic cities like Paris and Rome are synonymous with love and romance and the […]

My latest challenge: running at least 10K every day throughout 2016

My latest challenge: running at least 10K every day throughout 2016

I have never been a particularly good runner but it’s something I enjoy doing and I’ve run a handful of marathons over the years (nothing particularly fast so don’t be too impressed!). This year, though, is a little different. I have set myself a running challenge that will really test me: to run at least […]

6 of the craziest things to do in the UAE

6 of the craziest things to do in the UAE

The UAE is well known for its ‘anything is possible’ attitude. Whether it’s building an indoor ski slope in the middle of the desert or the world’s tallest building, thanks to human ingenuity it’s possible to try almost any adventure sport imaginable in this man-made paradise. We’ve pulled together six of the best adrenaline-pumping activities […]

48 luxurious hours in Tel Aviv

48 luxurious hours in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is surprisingly cosmopolitan. As Israel’s second largest city and one of the most modern, it makes an up and coming destination for luxury seekers. But if you knew anything about this charming city, you wouldn’t expect any less; abundant is classy coffee houses and high end restaurants, Tel Aviv is a great place […]

Top 10 cities for art lovers

Top 10 cities for art lovers

In the art capitals of the world, art is everywhere – not only in the famous galleries and churches, but even in the most unexpected places. Turn the corner in Rome to discover a shrine high in the wall, or a colourful mural under a bridge. If you’re visiting a city for the first time, […]

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 […]

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