Category: Leisure Travel

The best ways to experience the white water of the Southern French Alps

The best ways to experience the white water of the Southern French Alps

  The Southern French Alps have the best play spots in the Alps for experienced white water kayakers with big water, technical descents and roller coaster rapids on famous rivers like the Durance and the Ubaye. However, unless you have already spent several years learning and perfecting your white water kayaking skills, this will be […]

Thailand’s famous island offers luxury residences for family travellers

Thailand’s famous island offers luxury residences for family travellers

The island of Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is known as a luxury beach hideaway destination in which to relax and rejuvenate. Only an hour’s flight from its capital city, Bangkok, and with direct international or connecting flights from key gateway cities, it is convenient to visit this tropical island from anywhere […]

6 unmissable experiences on the Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica

6 unmissable experiences on the Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica

The southern most tip of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica is one of the most difficult places to reach in the country but the journey is well worth the effort. It is also becoming one of the most popular spots in the country too as it has a combination of several incredible surf spots, […]

6 of the best beaches for a special Summer in Spain

6 of the best beaches for a special Summer in Spain

Spain has 4,964 kilometers of coastline and between 150 and 300 days of sun, depending on where you are on around the peninsula. Not all beaches were created equal in Spain, many are rammed with people lying about like sea lions in front of miles and miles of unattractive hotels and out dated apartment buildings.  […]

The 4 bears of Canada and how best to see them

The 4 bears of Canada and how best to see them

Luxury comes in many forms; sometimes it is in 1000 thread count bed sheets, sometimes in the magic of seeing a bear in his natural habitat. Three species of bear call Canada home; the polar bear, king of the Arctic, the grizzly with his hump and long claws and the black bear who is the […]

5 fantastic ways to experience the Okanagan Valley

5 fantastic ways to experience the Okanagan Valley

Think of a sunny destination and Canada may not immediately come to mind, but did you know that the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of the westernmost province of British Colombia, boasts more hours of sunshine than Rio de Janeiro or Hawaii? Another astonishing aspect of this increasingly popular tourist destination is the diversity […]

Suite of the week: Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, West Sussex, UK

Suite of the week: Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, West Sussex, UK

Suite name: Great Dixters, Master Suite, Cedar Lodge Suites Location: Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, Turners Hill, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK Size of accommodation: 100 sq m (Master Suite) Cost per night: from £348.00 per person (for the Duplex Master Suite) What makes it special: A memorable stay for all the right reasons! A philosophy soaked up […]

Quebec puts the "great" back in "outdoors"

Quebec puts the “great” back in “outdoors”

Utah’s Arches National Park was closed because of traffic gridlock on Memorial Day. Being awed by Yellowstone’s Old Faithful is challenging with parade-size crowds jostling for the same experience. While I patriotically appreciate the beauty and history of America, I also abhor crowds. I found the natural beauty and fascinating museums I was seeking plus […]

4 seasons under the Matterhorn

4 seasons under the Matterhorn

150 years ago this summer, on 14 July 1865, 37 year old French mountaineer, Michel Croz, attached his blouse to a tent pole. Holding the pole aloft, with his shirt snapping and crackling in the wind, the world below bore witness to a remarkable feat: the Matterhorn had finally been conquered. But triumph soon turned […]

Zermatt Unplugged

Top Summer events in the Alps 2015

With my life being centred around the cycle of the ski season, reciting peak week dates and perfecting the snow dance way before the temperature drops in the Alps, it is a big adjustment for me to see through the whiteouts to the beauty of the Alps in the summer. You can’t beat a blue […]

Putting the luxury into a luxury riding safari

Putting the luxury into a luxury riding safari

What makes Africa’s riding holidays so luxurious? A local riding friend asked me recently about a riding safari I’d suggested for his family “Will it be smart enough for my wife?” His fears abated as I explained how African riding companies make multi-day trips as comfortable as you want – luxurious if necessary – and […]

Inside Montserrat Monastery

A Barcelona day trip: discovering magical Montserrat

Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, and the Catalan capital has it all. Its architecture is varied and stunning, from the Gothic Cathedral to Gaudí’s Modernist constructions such as the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, and the most cutting edge hotels and buildings in its up and coming neighbourhoods. One of the best things about Barcelona, however, […]

Our top 4 adrenaline-inducing experiences in Aspen Snowmass

Our top 4 adrenaline-inducing experiences in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen and Snowmass are a big hit with travellers and holiday-makers in the winter months. The top class ski-resorts and beautiful slopes are an adrenaline seeker’s dream whilst the surrounding scenery and the majestic mountains are utterly inspiring. That being said, few fully understand the nature of the year-round appeal that both Aspen and Snowmass offer. It’s […]

6 reasons to do yoga on your luxury travels

6 reasons to do yoga on your luxury travels

So your luxury travel plans have been made; you’ve booked a stunning resort or found a far flung beach to while away the hours on your luxury getaway. You might choose to drink cocktails next to a pool, ski down mountains in the frosty weather or laze around on a tropical beach, but whatever kind […]

Black Horse Trails

Alternative activities along the Garden Route

The Garden Route is famed for its natural splendour and abundance of sights and sounds, which you can experience as you journey along it. Stretching along the south-eastern coast of South Africa, the Garden Route spans from Mossel Bay to Storms River, with a plethora of the country’s famous landmarks in between. We’ve made a […]

Top tips for a memorable weekend in Lincoln, UK

Top tips for a memorable weekend in Lincoln, UK

800 years ago, pilgrims travelling to Lincoln would have been able to see the distant tower of the cathedral long before they reached their destination. And today that splendid building can still be seen from afar. Visitors arriving by car will quickly find themselves down by the River Witham where there are modern developments and […]

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