Category: Speciality Travel

The 5 most amazing town-to-town hikes in Italy

The 5 most amazing town-to-town hikes in Italy

Hiking trails of every length and difficulty crisscross Italy, but we didn’t pick the walks below with backpackers in mind. We’re recommending these town-to- town hikes for active travelers who enjoy slow travel. Walk through medieval towns and fields of sunflowers, and enjoy countryside vistas, then arrive at a fantastic hotel and sleep on crisp […]

Failed Turkish coup reinforces the notion that airline seats are commodities

Failed Turkish coup reinforces the notion that airline seats are commodities

On a Friday in late July, the world watched tanks rather than planes rolling down the runway at Istanbul’s International airport. Though the coup attempt proved was short-lived, its impact on promoting air travel to and through Turkey was catastrophic. Specifically, Turkish Airlines had spent significant time and money establishing itself as an elite global […]

The chic, the challenge or the change? The top 3 European ski towns for this Winter

The chic, the challenge or the change? The top 3 European ski towns for this Winter

The summer sun may be setting over Europe as winter slowly creeps up on us, but the opulence of the continent is evergreen. The sun loungers of Sicily are being swapped for the ski fields of Veneto as the season of sun, snow and the seductive high life begins. But where can you find the […]

Photograph of the week: An incredible dive site in Tulum, Mexico

Photograph of the week: An incredible dive site in Tulum, Mexico

A cenote is a pit or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of the limestone bedrock to expose the groundwater below. The Mayans believed the cenotes to be sacred entrances to the underworld. They provide access to the underwater caves and caverns that are the main diving attraction in the Yucatan Penisula, Mexico. One of the […]

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn't know you had

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn’t know you had

As Autumn draws near and the sun sets earlier each day, it’s a great time to think about replacing walks in the park, or al fresco dining, with using the early evenings to discover a talent you didn’t know you had. Edinburgh is home to some of the best and most unusual learning experiences. Cook like […]

Why a cruise might not be what you expected

Why a cruise might not be what you expected

If anything is synonymous with luxury and glamour, it is a cruise. Seeing the most beautiful places on Earth while being wined and dined in a floating hotel is heavenly. Unsurprising then that a cruise features on so many of our holiday wish lists. But along with their obvious charms, cruises often come with reservations […]

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

The elegant Hotel Maria Cristina is a member of the Luxury Collection, has 136 rooms and was designed by Charles Mewès – a French architect who was also behind the Ritz hotels in both Paris and Madrid. Since its opening in 1912 it has been a firm favourite with celebrities and international high society and, […]

4 great airport lounge perks and where to find them

4 great airport lounge perks and where to find them

Airport lounges are known for offering a more peaceful respite from chaotic boarding gates, complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes a refreshing shower. But some First Class lounges offer other fantastic perks. Here are four of my favorite lounge perks, and where to find them: 1. Sleeping room It often seems to me that the […]

6 great mountain lakes to visit in the Dolomites

6 great mountain lakes to visit in the Dolomites

The Unesco Dolomites are dotted with bodies of water which reflect the majesty of the mountains which surround them. Bubbling streams and rivers lead to cold lakes which adapt their colours according the their depth. Combining water, forests, towering mountain peaks and green meadows, these landscapes cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Each […]

The smart money is heading to Rio - now

The smart money is heading to Rio – now

The general expectation is that there will be a tourism boom during a large event such as the Olympics. However, the smart money realises that the exceptional demand on services raises costs to unjustified levels whilst simultaneously reducing the quality of services on offer (the best of the best being reserved for so-called VIPs). The […]

Salas Camp Wildebeest Masai Mara Kenya

Wildebeest time: permanent safari camp or mobile safari?

About this time of year the shout goes out that it’s ‘wildebeest migration time’ and the ‘crossings are happening’. Those who love safaris will know what’s meant, but to say it’s ‘migration time’ isn’t quite true as the migration is a year-round phenomenon. Roughly one and a half million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of […]

6 beautiful places to see Autumn leaves in Japan

6 beautiful places to see Autumn leaves in Japan

Japan is world-famous for its cherry blossom, making spring by far the most popular time for tourists. But did you know that autumn has its own natural displays that are just as spectacular – if not more so? Just as hanami (flower-viewing) is integral to the Japanese enjoyment of cherry blossom, koyo, or momiji (leaf-viewing) […]

Africa's top 5 luxury sleep-outs

Africa’s top 5 luxury sleep-outs

There are few more spectacular sights than the African night sky and sleeping outside under its blanket of millions of stars is a truly magical experience. The African bush has little light pollution, which makes star-gazing all the more spectacular – it seems that the African sky has several times more stars than the sky […]

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Undiscovered Burma… return to the Golden Land

The hype for Burma has been irrefutable, overwhelming and international tourism has boomed. The well-trodden tourist trail of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake has attracted discerning travellers from far and wide. But there is so much more to this bewitching and beautiful country, you cannot visit just once. So full of off-the-beaten-track discoveries it […]

5 top tips of travelling with a baby to the Caribbean

5 top tips of travelling with a baby to the Caribbean

Does the birth of your precious new baby mean the downfall to your favourite holiday destination I hear you ask? For so many of us travel and exploring new cultures is a huge passion – we count down the days until our next holiday and we love the process of deciding where our next adventure […]

5 great reasons to visit Umbria right now

5 great reasons to visit Umbria right now

With its rustic elegance, Italy’s central Italian region of Umbria is considered the “green heart of Italy”. One of Italy’s most famous regions for green scenery, olive oil and wine production, and Medieval hamlets, it has been the focus of attention since the August 2016 earthquake which hit a fault line through the regions of […]

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