Category: Regions

Secret South America: an original take on Patagonia

Secret South America: an original take on Patagonia

Patagonia might not be such a secret after the alleged Falklands War-related rumpus around the last Top Gear special, but this region of Argentina and Chile is still South America at it’s wildest and most unexplored. Hemmed in by the Andes to the west and Tierra del Fuego – the ‘Land of Fire’ – to […]

Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in style

Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in style

With a scale of luxury rarely found outside of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Russia is a country that revels in unabashed indulgence. From sipping champagne on an ultra-modern balcony overlooking the mighty Moscow Kremlin, to nibbling caviar in a palatial St. Petersburg ballroom - Russia has endless opportunities for a quality, luxurious experience. I’ve picked out […]

3 luxury retreats in South Africa's rugged North West

3 luxury retreats in South Africa’s rugged North West

Flanked by the Kalahari Desert and Magaliesberg mountain range, South Africa’s North West province is famous for its rugged hills and vast plains of untamed African bushveld. This malaria-free region is within easy reach of Johannesburg and makes a convenient escape from the city. And with its sophisticated collection of luxury accommodation, there is no […]

5 experiences not to miss in Jamaica's Ocho Rios

5 experiences not to miss in Jamaica’s Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is located on the north coast of Jamaica, in the parish of St Ann, known as the garden parish due to its lush landscape. It’s a beautiful part of the island but, as with all things of beauty, it’s become a popular resort destination. So how about escaping the comfy resort, the pool […]

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 […]

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Food and travel are the two loves of our lives, and there’s nothing quite like the appetite to ignite that spark of wanderlust, from the incredible street food in Mexico’s bustling capital to uncovering the hidden local hotspots in Vietnam. So we’ve scoured the globe searching for our favourite culinary experiences, from truffle hunting in […]

5 of the best family friendly activities in Wellington, New Zealand

5 of the best family friendly activities in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is a vibrant and culturally rich city with much to discover. From divine dining to quirky art and decor, there’s so much to look forward to when you visit Wellington. While adults may be mesmerised by the lively aura of this metropolis, children, the tougher critics may need a little more convincing. To help […]

Special feature: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Just before Christmas we decided to have a short getaway in North Yorkshire, staying at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a small country hotel just a few miles out of Scarborough. Not only was this my first time in this part of the country – despite it being only about 3 hours’ drive from home […]

Photograph of the week: Bandos Island in the Maldives

Photograph of the week: Bandos Island in the Maldives

This image is from Bandos Island in the Maldives. The idea was to create an image that showed a simple yet traditional element of the Maldives, but which also captured the beauty and diversity of the marine life beneath the surface. It also shows a very different view of the Maldives, not the obvious white […]

Chicago’s top three hotels for luxurious fun on the Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s top three hotels for luxurious fun on the Magnificent Mile

Three of Chicago’s luxury hotels are situated on the Magnificent Mile’s prime location of Water Tower Place. They have world class spas and attractive swimming pools plus excellent restaurants. They are located above or across the street from some Chicago’s finest shopping venues and two acclaimed theaters: the LookingGlass Theater and the Broadway Playhouse.  The […]

Sicily:  a tantalising combination of food, wine, history and culture

Sicily: a tantalising combination of food, wine, history and culture

It is hard to think of anywhere that food, wine, ancient history and culture can be found in such abundance as in Sicily, from its cities right down to the smallest villages. Every season offers chances to participate in ‘sagre’ local festivals, to taste local delicacies, enjoy cultural events in ancient Greek amphitheatres, admire colourful […]

Family adventures in Indonesia

Family adventures in Indonesia

As a mother of three curious children myself, I know that keeping them happy and engaged is the best recipe for a successful holiday. If you are planning to escape en famille this year, a holiday to Indonesia provides the most wonderful experience for everyone; and with the best weather between April and October, it […]

10 great reasons to take a luxury Kenya safari in 2015

10 great reasons to take a luxury Kenya safari in 2015

Kenya has taken an absolute battering recently and we feel so sorry for the guys out there, just trying to make ends meet. Terrorists are very active everywhere in the world and the terrorist threat in Kenya has recently dropped to almost nil. Kenya has so much to offer the luxury safari enthusiast and it […]

Suite of the week: Villa Hibiscus at the BodyHoliday Resort, St. Lucia

Suite of the week: Villa Hibiscus at the BodyHoliday Resort, St. Lucia

Suite name: Villa Hibiscus Location: BodyHoliday Resort, St. Lucia Cost per night: from $3,200 per night What makes it special: Sentence): Villa Hibiscus is a beautiful, secluded, colonial style house with infinity edge pool and a unique view on the Caribbean Sea that can accommodate up to 10 people; just a 2 minute walk from the award winning BodyHoliday Resort […]

5 trends in luxury vacations for 2015

5 trends in luxury vacations for 2015

Luxury travel has long been the epitome of finely curated and cultured experiences around the globe. Affluent journeying is the hallmark of exceptional encounters swathed in sophistication, excellent cuisine, and out of the ordinary adventures in far away lands. No longer is luxury vacationing simply about all-inclusive cocktails sweltering beside the pool, it’s being replaced […]

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 […]

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