Category: Regions

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Hopping on a jet to Barcelona at the spur of the moment during the height of tourist season is not a smart move. I did it anyway, and my first 48 hours in town could inspire a whole book of travel “don’ts”. Yet even dumb choices can have wonderful outcomes. In this case, leaping before [...]

Masai Mara luxury safaris don’t have to be busy

Masai Mara luxury safaris don’t have to be busy

The Mara has this awful reputation as being full of minibuses – we’d really like to tackle this, for years now there have been a dedicated few Masai Mara camps who have been preserving conservancies on the outside of the Mara Reserve – these unfenced pieces of heaven offer exquisite game viewing, varied landscapes, authentic [...]

4 ideas for October half term

4 ideas for October half term

Are you thinking of escaping with the family this October half term but still yet to book somewhere? If so, don’t despair… it’s not too late! What’s more, if you look carefully, there are some bargains to be had. For most UK schools, the October half term is just a one week holiday, so these [...]

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

For many years Berlin was not thought of as a worthwhile luxury destination. Who wanted to visit a city with a big ugly wall through it and an unstable political and military situation? But in the last 23 years Berlin has gone through a radical and remarkable transformation. I constantly hear from people visiting Berlin [...]

Why Selous is the ultimate luxury safari destination

Why Selous is the ultimate luxury safari destination

It had been six long years since I was last in the Selous, Southern Tanzania, when I was very spoilt and spent a glorious weekend at Beho Beho. Returning after so long was incredibly exciting and this wondrous game reserve blew all my expectations out of the water. Each lodge I visited had a unique [...]

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

Good hotels are a dime-a-dozen in Manhattan, so an establishment needs real pizzazz to stand out. For me, The Carlton is one of those hotels that outshines its competitiors, and it does so by virtue of its superb location – bang in the middle of Madison Avenue – and its supremely comfy beds (more on [...]

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

In less than four hours you could be living the idyllic British sporting life. In less than four hours, a sleek train could whisk you from the bustle of central London to the quiet green banks of the crystal clear River Tweed, where the only sounds are the swish of your salmon line and the [...]

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

This dish is an adaption of the traditional Nicoise salad and was originally made in South Africa using the kob fish (kabeljou), a well-known saltwater fish that is readily sourced from local fishing villages. Wild sea bass would also work well as an easily sourced responsible alternative for those living in the northern hemisphere. Soft [...]

Getting married abroad?  Try Greece…

Getting married abroad? Try Greece…

If you are thinking of getting married abroad, then spare a thought for Greece which, since 1982, has recognised both civil and religious marriage ceremonies by Greek law. This is your big day – and an opportunity of a lifetime – so you want to choose a truly special and memorable location. And choosing somewhere [...]

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state continues to be recognised as one of the best regions for fine dining, award-winning wine and creative cooking in the USA. Home to the famous ‘Culinary Institute of America’, which is noted as the world’s premier culinary college, the State offers food fans a chance to experience America’s passion for cooking. With [...]

Something different for football fans heading to Brazil in 2014

Something different for football fans heading to Brazil in 2014

As football fans turn their minds to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the more adventurous can choose Rainforest Cruises‘ new World Cup Manaus Amazon Cruise for a different view of the tournament. Manaus is the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon and one of the 2014 World Cup cities. It plays host to four group games [...]

The 3 best experiences to have from a helicopter in the South Island of New Zealand

The 3 best experiences to have from a helicopter in the South Island of New Zealand

Most people, when they hear of helicopter experiences in the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand, automatically think of heli-skiing. There is no doubt that heli-skiing tops our list of things to do from a helicopter, but there is oh-so-much-more to experience from the air. Here are some ideas. For example, did you know that [...]

The fake city of Paris… in China!

The fake city of Paris… in China!

Do you remember our blog post about the Chinese replica of the Austrian village of Hallstatt? They built a full scale replica of the Apline village in the Guangdong province of China. Well, it doesn’t stop there – the Chinese have also designed replicas of Italian, German, English and French towns. One such place is Tianducheng, [...]

Photograph of the week: The view from Emeril’s Restaurant, Universal CityWalk Orlando

Photograph of the week: The view from Emeril’s Restaurant, Universal CityWalk Orlando

Theme parks are rarely celebrated for their fine dining but as the world’s number one travel destination, Orlando, at times may surprise even the most cynical of travellers. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse placed his faith in Universal and chose this stunning spot to present his signature cuisine to the world. The celebrated TV Chef, owner [...]

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve [...]

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

The Memphis Peabody Duckmaster experience

Larry King’s done it. Emeril Lagasse’s done it. Even Oprah’s done it.  Now it was my son’s turn.  The elevator doors open, and a parade of ducks march out. My five year old walks the red carpet behind them. His chest is puffed; his stride is confident. Being an Honorary Duckmaster for the famous Peabody [...]

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