Author Archive for David Wickers

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

‘Seven suburbs in search of a city’, a ‘constellation of plastic’ and ‘less culture than a pot of yoghurt’ are just some of the disparaging descriptions of the City of Angels. It definitely has that ‘Marmite’ reaction but we think the following famous five all fit into the ‘love it’ rather than ‘loathe it’ category. […]

A first-timer's guide to Southern Australia

A first-timer’s guide to Southern Australia

Even with a month to play with, seeing the many marvels of Oz would be almost impossible. Fear not, our bite-sized southern Australia itinerary is designed to give you a big taste of Down Under in just two weeks. Such is the size of Australia, trying to join up the countless highlights can be exhausting. […]

The coast of California: a magnificent seven

The coast of California: a magnificent seven

The Pacific Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the most scenic drives on the planet, a natural challenger to such famous jaw-droppers as Australia’s Great Ocean Drive between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Here are just seven of its pageant […]

Luxury in the Outback

Luxury in the Outback

Some 20 million years in the making, the Kimberley region of Western Australia is regarded as one of the world’s ‘last true wilderness areas’. Among its many scenic wonders are the Horizontal Waterfalls, the beehive like formations of the Bungle Bungle mountains in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park and 900 sq km […]

Top 4 glamping spots in New Zealand

Top 4 glamping spots in New Zealand

It’s one of the newest words in travel. Glamping, already well established in the UK is a comfortable and far more natural experience than staying in a conventional hotel, and has recently taken up residence in New Zealand. Forget roughing it under, glamping is more akin to the sort of tents you may find on […]

6 of the most luxurious hotels in remote Australia

6 of the most luxurious hotels in remote Australia

One of the most remarkable discoveries when travelling in Australia is not just the presence of luxurious hotels in towns and cities but how, even in the most faraway places, there’s no need to compromise on comfort. Here are just six examples of superb properties to be found in remote locations across Australia. Longitude 131° This […]

Canada: West End luxury

Canada: West End luxury

Not only can you find luxury properties in Canada’s main cities but even in some of its wildest parts; on the coast and in the mountains, you can enjoy the wilderness without any sacrifice in comfort. Whatever your preference – whether it be a remote ranch or a luxury tented resort – here is a selection of […]

6 of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand

6 of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand

If there’s one style of accommodation that sets New Zealand on the very highest plateau of comfort, it’s its famous lodges, invariably owner-run and often found in stunning hideaway locations. Many have a historic pedigree, others having a more contemporary flair, but all offer ideal roosts for those planning to explore the country. Bridge & […]

Fiji - more than just beaches

Fiji – more than just beaches

Fiji has got to be one of the easiest to reach of the South Sea islands, with flights from Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand on Fiji Airways. Perfect for a honeymoon, or even to get married, Fiji is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful destinations on the planet for an utterly relaxing […]

India: the best of the fairs and festivals

India: the best of the fairs and festivals

India is a feast for the senses at any time of the year. However, time your visit to coincide with one of India’s unique fairs and festivals – some traditional, some recent arrivals – and you’ll be rewarded with an intensity of colour, music, rituals, costumes and an overall sense of India at its most […]

6 great wine regions in Australia

6 great wine regions in Australia

Visiting vineyards, tasting the vintages and, on many estates, enjoying a superb meal in an on-site and often al fresco restaurants, is one of the great pleasures of a visit to Australia. Whether you are focussing on a trip to one particular region, or planning a broader itinerary, hopping from place to place, the chances […]