Category: Leisure Travel

7 highlights you shouldn't miss on a trip to Antarctica

7 highlights you shouldn’t miss on a trip to Antarctica

If you are well-travelled and think no destination could still provide you a jaw-dropping experience, you certainly haven’t looked south enough on the map! Reaching – arguably – the last pristine destination on the planet is a once-in-a-lifetime quest that can now be twinned with a fair degree of luxury and comfort thanks to the […]

6 luxury activities for a girls’ getaway in Queenstown

6 luxury activities for a girls’ getaway in Queenstown

From the moment I land in Queenstown, I’m hit with an overwhelming sense of excitement. Soaring white-capped mountains greet me as I step out of the plane. There is a majestic ambience blanketing Queenstown, it’s easy to see I’m going to have a good time here. While it’s not my first time in Queenstown, this […]

5 ways to attend the Grand National in style

5 ways to attend the Grand National in style

The Grand National needs little introduction. One of the biggest single betting events in sport, it is also one of the most famous horse races in the world – a handicap steeplechase that’s been running since 1839. Held at Aintree, Liverpool, UK, this year the highlight of the National Hunt calendar has a new sponsor, […]

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

We all know that hotels and chalets have upped their standards to create ‘foodie’ experiences; guests now get the opportunity to take cookery classes, go out with the chef and source their own truffles, pick their own fruit and veg and, in some cases, receive a certificate about it for bragging rights back home. ‘Foodies’ […]

Africa's top 5 golf safari destinations

Africa’s top 5 golf safari destinations

Africa has come a long way from the concept that a safari is for a few wildlife-eager tourists, armed with heavy cameras and wide-angle lenses. Or, even before that, the hot and dusty wildlife drives, with little other leisure activities. Africa has grown a whole lot more sensitive to the needs of modern pleasure seekers […]

Special feature: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

Special feature: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

When Marco Polo visited the ancient Chinese city and former capital of the Song dynasty of Hangzhou in the late 13th century, he christened the city: “beyond dispute the finest and noblest in the world.” Part of an old Chinese saying transliterated reads: “there is paradise in heaven, on earth there is Hangzhou,” marking Hangzhou as […]

Beat the end of season blues - book next Winter's ski trip now

Beat the end of season blues – book next Winter’s ski trip now

As winter draws to a close, some people may already be packing away their ski gear and turning their thoughts to swimming, sailing, cycling and sun. Others however, may already be looking forward to next winter, and taking advantage of some of the early booking offers which seem to be landing in our in boxes […]

Top 5 luxury family beach escapes

Top 5 luxury family beach escapes

With such busy lifestyles, there is no comparable luxury than spending quality time together as a family. Searching for the ideal holiday to suit the collective needs of you and your little ones can be an overwhelming task. One wants relaxation and another cultural discoveries, the children’s preferences are not aligned either with one seeking […]

Top 5 Barbados spots for a lavish night out

Top 5 Barbados spots for a lavish night out

Spending your holiday in Barbados clearly means you like a bit of extravagance. Getting the most out of your break means you should see as much as you can, day and night, and not spend every evening holed up in your accommodation. Even when you opt for a private villa rental you are missing out […]

Alternative Africa: 7 things to do besides a safari

Alternative Africa: 7 things to do besides a safari

Africa is renowned for its safari experiences, and rightly so. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, from the world-famous Great Migration that sees over two million wildebeest journey across the plains of the Serengeti and into the grasslands of the Masai Mara, to gorilla trekking in the smoky mountains of Uganda and the countless endemic species that […]

10 great reasons to book a Spring ski trip

10 great reasons to book a Spring ski trip

As we all know, Easter is a moveable feast which can take place anywhere between 22nd March and 25th April. This year Easter falls late, which means that those worried about snow conditions may well be tempted to take a week in the sun rather than a week on the slopes. But as long as […]

5 stunning French Riviera beaches

5 stunning French Riviera beaches

Relaxing in the unparalleled luxury of the French Riviera has always been popular but sometimes you want to find somewhere that’s a little less popular than your usual favourite beach. Relaxing by the side of the pool of your villa is one thing but nothing beats a day at the beach. Here we’ve handpicked five […]

Top 5 beaches in Barbados

Top 5 beaches in Barbados

From sheltered bays to rugged surf spots, Barbados is home to over 100 world class beaches. Some are internationally famous, attracting tourists and locals alike in their thousands, while others remain unknown to all but the most intrepid of travellers. Whether you’re seeking calm and relaxing bays or amazing reefs of endless beautiful coral, these […]

7 things every luxury traveler to Bali should know

7 things every luxury traveler to Bali should know

Bali; the ultimate tropical island paradise, featuring everything from pristine turquoise waters with powdery white sand beaches, to lush terraced rice fields. Small and intimate, yet vibrant and lively, Bali is an island rife with variety that knows how to pack a punch. This eclectic island serves up sensational dining, celebrated shopping, stunning temples and […]

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest waterslide

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest waterslide

The world’s tallest, fastest, steepest water-slide – taller than the Niagara Falls – is nearing completion in the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, located in Kansas City, KS. Due to launch with the seasonal re-opening of the park in late May 2014, ‘Verruckt‘ (which translates from German to ‘insane’ in English) is approximately 17 storeys high […]

3 great casino resorts close to NYC, not in Atlantic City

3 great casino resorts close to NYC, not in Atlantic City

Gaming in New York State is limited to slot machines but if you’re feeling lucky and want to hit the jackpot or roulette tables, there are plenty of casinos to choose from close to the Big Apple. Atlantic City is probably the first thing that comes to mind but did you know there are some […]

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