Category: Travel Miscellany

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

I don’t make this statement lightly when I say it is difficult to find fault with JA Manafaru. Situated at the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, this luxury island resort is about as close to perfect and as you’re ever likely to find anywhere in the world, and our first glimpse of this idyllic island […]

Three 'brasseries' on the outskirts of Paris

Three ‘brasseries’ on the outskirts of Paris

I already wrote two previous articles advising a few places to have a nice dinner or a nice lunch in Paris. Today I will mention three more. Yet, the difference this time is that they are on the outsirts of Paris. As you may know Paris is encircled by the Boulevard Périphérique. The gates of Paris are the access […]

Autumn in Malaga Province, a harvest bounty of Spanish culinary festivals

Autumn in Malaga Province, a harvest bounty of Spanish culinary festivals

Maybe you’d like to visit southernmost Spain for the reliable, sunny weather this Autumn, or perhaps you’re planning for a tour of one of the iconic cultural and historical sites such as the Alhambra in Granada or the Mezquita in Cordoba after the summer crowds have thinned. There’s always a great reason to visit Andalucia […]

What's it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

What’s it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

On a recent trip to the Maldives, we had a short stay in Dubai which happened to co-incide with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. Of course, there are many things you should and shouldn’t do in Dubai simply out of respect, whether […]

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court forms part of the five star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort complex – the ‘mother’ hotel to the JA Hotels & Resorts brand, and is tucked away in beautifully landscaped gardens. Unlike many Dubai hotels, this one has a relatively low-key feel (by Dubai standards, at least!) with low-rise buildings but […]

11 gorgeous gastronomic experiences in Costa Rica

11 gorgeous gastronomic experiences in Costa Rica

The country with the most diverse flora and fauna also has an amazingly diverse culinary offering. This is in part due to its geography. With two coasts and a lush central valley, there is a huge variety of seafood and tropical produce which adds to the richness of its gastronic offerings. The country’s capital, San […]

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

The term ‘boutique hotel’ dates back to the 1980s and people could be forgiven back then for thinking it was nothing more than a passing fad. More than 30 years on, however, the boutique hotel industry has experienced tremendous growth – it’s become mainstream terminology and, far from just lasting the distance, the popularity of […]

Amankila arrival

Special feature: Amankila, Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a curious destination. An island of nearly 6,000 square kilometres featuring incredible geographical contrasts, and culturally at odds with the larger nation in which it resides, Bali is known the world over as a spiritual getaway. But the island of Bali is disturbed; rampant commercialism, consumerism and development in the Bukit Peninsula, a […]

7 extraordinary experiences in London

7 extraordinary experiences in London

Back in 1777, Samuel Johnson proclaimed that, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Almost 250 years on, the quote still rings true. In terms of cultural attractions, top-rate restaurants and unique things to do, there are few places on the planet to rival it. Discover seven of the most […]

5 favorite dishes in Madrid

5 favorite dishes in Madrid

One of my favorite pleasures of Spain is the food. No matter which corner of the country you may find yourself in you can count on one thing, that there is excellent food near by. Whether it’s a small family-run tavern that features homemade cooking to one of the many starred culinary monuments that are […]

6 of the best exclusive experiences in Japan

6 of the best exclusive experiences in Japan

For many travellers, Japan is the holiday of a lifetime. Shrouded in myth and mystique, it holds its own special allure, drawing visitors back again and again with its distinctive combination of time-honoured tradition and hyper-modernity. Japan is also a fantastic place for luxury travel, as that little extra really can make the difference between […]

5 things to do in Siem Reap once you've explored Angkor Wat

5 things to do in Siem Reap once you’ve explored Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the most visited tourist attraction in Cambodia and the splendour of these ancient temple ruins is hard to deny, or be impressed by, despite the burgeoning crowds. You could spend weeks, if not years, exploring Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples which span out over a huge 400 square kilometres but most […]

Gastronomy in Provence for fine palates

Gastronomy in Provence for fine palates

Provence, a region which has always been rich in distinctive culinary offerings, from bouillabaisse to tapenade, has seen a recent surge in the popularity of gourmet cooking classes and lessons from private chefs, as a novel extra element of a luxury break in this idyllic corner of Southern France. Many of the best courses offer […]

3 of the best places to eat lobster in the Caribbean

3 of the best places to eat lobster in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Islands are packed full of exciting cuisine using fresh local produce and Lobster is one of the many fantastic delicacies on offer when in season. Many of the islands have a fantastic diversity of dining from fine dining restaurants with award winning wine cellars to casual beach barbeques and sandbank beach bars. The […]

Rwanda Coffee Plantation

Rwanda: home to Africa’s second best coffee

We all have our own stories of how we slipped into severe coffee addiction. For many people, it all begins in Africa. After all, Karen Blixen had a coffee farm in Africa, not some Danish potato farm. The continent is one of the biggest exporters of coffee into Europe and Americas, however, African countries do […]

Easter Island

6 of the best regional sporting events

Sport taps into a universal sense of passion and enthusiasm. With the excitement running up to the Olympic games in Rio de Janiero next year, we looked into some of the more local sporting events that are worth a look – and might otherwise be missed. So here are six of the best regional sporting […]

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