Category: Family Travel

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 […]

20 great reasons to visit Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape, South Africa

20 great reasons to visit Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Whether you’re going on safari for the first time or you’re a seasoned traveller who has been on safari many times before, look no further than Shamwari Game Reserve. We stayed there recently and had a truly amazing time. Here are 20 reasons why this reserve serves as an excellent luxury option. 1. Accessibility In […]

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having stayed at the wonderful Long Lee Manor on the Shamwari Game Reserve, we moved on to the reserve’s family friendly Riverdene Lodge accommodation. Many game reserves won’t allow any children at all until a certain age, but what makes Riverdene Lodge unique is that kids of all ages are welcome – and extremely well catered for – and […]

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having taken a short flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, we were taken by our driver to the Shamwari Game Reserve where we were to spend the next few nights, leaving the industry of PE with its ’mechanical giraffes’ (cranes that looked very much like giraffes) behind and passing the Maitland sand dunes as we departed this […]

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

On a recent trip to South Africa, we had three nights in Cape Town before heading out to the Eastern Cape for a safari experience at the Shamwari Game Reserve.  Cape Town has to rank as one of my favourite cities in the world – it offers so much variety and here is a whirlwind […]

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of […]

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned by cookery writer Lady Claire MacDonald and home to the first Michelin star on Skye, Kinloch Lodge is easily accessible via both the Mallaig-Armadale ferry and the bridge across to Skye. Impressively voted one of the world’s best small hotels in CondéNast Traveller magazine, the entranceway to Kinloch Lodge is littered with some of […]

A day out with Skye Ghillie on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

A day out with Skye Ghillie on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

We met Mitch Partridge, aka Syke Ghillie, in the car park outside Portree Tourist Information Centre, before heading out in his vehicle for an afternoon of foraging and fun. Mitch offers a respected ghillie service for the experienced angler, offering tuition for individuals and groups, but also turns his hand to other outdoor activities such […]

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Just a short drive from Portree is the village of Sconser from where you can take the CalMac ferry, MV Coruisk, to the island of Raasay. Raasay is just 14 miles long and 4 miles wide, with a population of around 200 people. Taking her name from the freshwater Loch Coruisk on the Isle of […]

Visiting the Isle of Eigg, Scotland, UK

Visiting the Isle of Eigg, Scotland, UK

We had looked into visiting the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna but, on studying the Calmac timetable more closely, realised that this wasn’t possible as a day visit from the mainland. Although the ferry operator does run a service to the islands from Mallaig, there is only 10 minutes or so between […]

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Arisaig House is very much a family operation (led by Peter and Sarah Winnington-Ingham), perfectly situated for exploring the West Highlands. From here, you can also easily reach the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, explore Knoydart, or venture north towards Skye. The house dates back to 1864 but was transformed in the 1930s. […]

A day out in North Argyll, Scotland, UK

A day out in North Argyll, Scotland, UK

Whilst staying at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, we took the short journey to the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary which occupies a stunning location on the banks of Loch Creran. There’s far more than just seals here – in addition to the seal rescue facility, there’s an aquarium, interactive touch pool, a wooded adventure play […]

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

In 1973 Robin Buchanan-Smith, a Church of Scotland minister, bought the Isle of Eriska with his wife Sheena and, more than 40 years on, it remains in the family to this day, with elder son Beppo now at the helm and very much involved in the day-to-day running of the hotel. Over those four decades, the property […]

Why stay in a hotel when you can rent an apartment?

Why stay in a hotel when you can rent an apartment?

It is no secret that vacation rentals have become increasingly attractive to travelers compared to traditional hotels. Today, more travelers than ever have stayed in a vacation rental as an alternative to a traditional hotel during the past two years. But what about you? Ask yourselves why a hotel when you can rent an apartment? […]

Special feature: Airstream, The Quiet Site, Ullswater, Lake District, UK

Special feature: Airstream, The Quiet Site, Ullswater, Lake District, UK

Camping or caravanning might not be everyone’s idea of luxury but, if you’re going to do it, one way to do so with a little comfort, significantly more style than those white caravans that you see, and without any of the hassle of pitching a tent, is with an Airstream; and so we stayed in this iconic vehicle on a […]

5 of the best family holiday destinations  for 'reconnecting with family'

5 of the best family holiday destinations for ‘reconnecting with family’

Traveling with my kids allows me the privilege of reliving my childhood – i can see things from a child’s perspective – I get to play like a kid with my kids, doing the things my Dad did with me. Jumping into pools. Diving off his shoulders. Playing tennis, throwing a ball, endless battles of […]

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