Category: Middle East

Istanbul in the footsteps of John Malkovich

Istanbul in the footsteps of John Malkovich

Palaces line the shores of the Bosphorus Strait. Mosques and minarets mingle with European colonial buildings, which are punctuated from time to time with skyscrapers. In between there are bazaars and an abundance of luxury brands. I’m visiting one of the world’s most vibrant cities – inspirational Istanbul; former Constantinople and originally Byzantium. I’m on […]

Suite of the week: Bentley Suite, St. Regis Istanbul, Turkey

Suite of the week: Bentley Suite, St. Regis Istanbul, Turkey

Suite name: Bentley Suite Location: St. Regis Istanbul, Turkey Size of accommodation: 140 sq metres plus over-sized terrace Cost per night: starts from €5,050.00 What makes it special: The Bentley Suite brings unique luxury motoring indoors, in a prime location, overlooking Istanbul’s answer to Fifth Avenue. You don’t need to be a Bentley owner, or […]

4 of the best experiences in Jordan

4 of the best experiences in Jordan

No matter where your interests lie, or what your reasons are for travelling, Jordan has a habit of ticking all the boxes. Home to an expanse of desert that’s ideal for adventure seekers, cosmopolitan cities whose foodie haunts are temptation enough for any culinary aficionado and a history that culture hunters can happily immerse themselves […]

10+ incredible experiences in newly-cool Jerusalem

10+ incredible experiences in newly-cool Jerusalem

My last trip to Jerusalem was over ten years ago and while it was an eye-opening experience from a religious and historical perspective, it was not a place that I would describe as particularly fun or edgy. But with a slew of recent innovations which can be seen in the city’s dynamic food scene, counter-culture […]

Girlfriend getaway guide to Tel Aviv

Girlfriend getaway guide to Tel Aviv

If you and a gal pal are trying to decide where to go for a fun getaway, Tel Aviv might not immediately spring to mind, but it should! This city is red-hot now, but no worries because you can easily cool off at one of the many gorgeous white-sand beaches. Tel Aviv is often referred […]

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Getting engaged is the most exciting, nerve wracking, and potentially important day of your life. For years to come (hopefully!), your story about the planning, thought process, and personal touches behind how and, perhaps more importantly, where you ‘popped the question’ will be told and retold on countless occasions. The pressure for a memorable and […]

5 countries to visit this Spring

5 countries to visit this Spring

Daffodils are out and blossom is slowly appearing on the trees. It’s finally Spring. Many will flock to the Netherlands to see the tulip fields in full bloom but we have some other suggestions for where is best to visit this season. From the blossoms in Japan to wildflowers in Jordan and whales in Argentina, […]

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

If you sometimes find yourself struggling to justify the extra expenditure of a business class flight, which can often amount to several thousand £s, then you are in luck as right now as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is having a sale on its KLM World Business Class flights, with prices starting from as little £1,249 return and many […]

6 hot destinations on the trend-o-meter

6 hot destinations on the trend-o-meter

‘Darling, didn’t you know, fuchsia is the new black.’ And so someone in the fashion industry might deliver the ultimate put down – that you are…. wait for it…. off-trend. Well fear not, when talking travel it’s possible to avoid the same fate because here are some oh-so hot destinations that are most definitely the […]

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

What do you think of when you think of luxury?  A grand hotel and butler service? Yes, indeed – but such luxury has a time and a place.  At other times getting away from the textbook description and finding a place others haven’t or stumbling across a gem where you least expect is as good if not […]

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Originally from Wisconsin in the USA, Tim has lived full-time in Khon Kaen, Thailand since 2007. After a short stint as a legislative assistant, he gave up the 9-5 to become a travel writer-photographer and has since written or co-written over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet and other publishers covering destinations as diverse as […]

5 of the best high-in-the-sky travel experiences

5 of the best high-in-the-sky travel experiences

Dubai, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Shanghai… A solid top 5 must-visit list, and home to some the highest and sought after attractions. Being on top will always be en vogue! How do you rival an Orlando Disney World experience? What’s it like to stand atop a glass floor from 100 storeys high? How much adrenalin […]

Top 6 places for a digital detox

Top 6 places for a digital detox

When was the last time you felt truly free from the constant buzz of an email, text or call? Prepare to log off and indulge back in a time when conversation and old-fashioned fun remained uninterrupted by the goings-on of others. We’ve put together some of our favourite remote boltholes for a sense of total […]

7 places to eat in Cyprus for an authentic experience

7 places to eat in Cyprus for an authentic experience

Anyone with a discerning palate who travels to Cyprus will probably appreciate restaurants and cafés serving the authentic and delicious cuisine of the island.  The Cypriot cuisine is closely related to both Greek and Turkish food and along with various other influences, makes for an interesting mix indeed. You can normally tell the most authentic […]

Where to watch in 2015

Where to watch in 2015

As the end of the year approaches, travel plans for 2015 are afoot. But with so many countries to choose from, where should you pick? Looking at the major events, trends and political changes around the world, our top five predictions for 2015 are Sri Lanka, Romania, Vietnam, Colombia and Oman. Here’s why you should […]

7 luxury travel experiences worth every penny

7 luxury travel experiences worth every penny

If you had to spend the earth for the ultimate experience, would you? Where do you draw the line on luxury and extravagance? The perfect holiday is a fusion between accommodation, food, relaxation and attractions. From all the things we take away from our holidays only one really lasts: the experience we had. Over time […]

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