Category: Middle East

6 of the world's best bucket-list breaks

6 of the world’s best bucket-list breaks

When choosing a holiday, do you ever struggle to decide whether to embark on an action-packed adventure, or default to a lazy beach-based getaway? Go for a snappy city break, or relaxed romantic retreat? Or how about – both? Combine two, three or even four destinations for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday – there’s nothing quite like […]

Unlock Turkey: your key to luxury travel in Turkey

Unlock Turkey: your key to luxury travel in Turkey

For the first-time visitor, Turkey is full of surprises. This bridge between the East and West is as fascinating as it is mesmerising, but at the same time it can also be a little daunting if you’ve never been before. Hiring a guide is one option but if you’re the sort of person who prefers […]

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Top 6 family travel destinations for October half-term

As the nights begin to draw in and the temperatures start to fall, it’s tempting to get away with your family for a change of scene. October half-term is the last chance in the school holidays calendar to make tracks before Christmas. You don’t always have to choose the most obvious destinations. These six family […]

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5 of our favourite islands in the Mediterranean

Summer is a great time for island hopping. And there are fewer places as beautiful and accessible as the Med when it comes to holiday islands. For beach bums, sun queens and ocean dreamers, here are 5 of our all-time favourite islands in the Mediterranean. 1. Cyprus The island nation of Cyprus is best known […]

Dubai's 3 most unmissable beach hotels

Dubai’s 3 most unmissable beach hotels

With a 50km long beach running the length of the city, Dubai has its fair share of beach hotels but not all are created equal.  In the city of stop-at-nothing luxury, three properties stand out for their amazing rooms, attentive service and classy opulence. Dar al Masyaf, Madinat Jumeirah The beautiful boutique hotel within the […]

Top 3 tantalising Turkish adventures

Top 3 tantalising Turkish adventures

There are many sides to a country, some well-travelled and others left untouched. This is no truer of any country than it is of Turkey, a land steeped in rich history, a vibrant culture, and a bevy of magical destinations to fulfil your each and every desire. From the bustling streets of one of the […]

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 […]

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