Author Archive for Thomas Ryves

Thomas Ryves is Marketing Manager at Exsus Travel, a leading luxury tour operator, which gives him an opportunity to indulge in his love of travel all over the world - his recent trips range from Brazil to Thailand, and he has plenty more destinations on his wish list. Since 1998, Exsus Travel has specialised in creating the very best luxury tailor-made holidays, all over the world. Pioneering and passionate, our commitment is simple: to deliver first-class client service, every single time, to hunt down the very best hotels in compelling, hypnotic locations, and to plan unique and memorable personalised experiences along the way. The result? Extraordinary, immersive holidays. By combining our specialist knowledge of more than 80 countries on all seven continents with personal holiday wish lists, our team of experts will transform ideas into travel reality, and craft every detail of each trip to perfection. Whether it’s a relaxing beach break, an epic safari, an exhilarating adventure holiday, an idyllic honeymoon or the ultimate family getaway, we can make it happen. The name Exsus comes from the Latin ‘exsuscitare’: to awaken, to excite, to breathe life into.

Idyllic island getaways: our top five Caribbean hotels

Idyllic island getaways: our top five Caribbean hotels

The Caribbean certainly ticks all the boxes for a luxury holiday – beautiful beaches, five-star resorts, irresistible island hideaways, fantastic food and exceptional experiences from snorkelling to gourmet dining – if you can drag yourself away from the pool and the pristine sands on your doorstep. It’s hard to narrow it down, but we have […]

Our top 5 experiences in East Africa

Our top 5 experiences in East Africa

East Africa – specifically Kenya and Tanzania – offers a wealth of immersive and memorable adventures that allow you to get even closer to a more natural Africa, going beyond the usual safaris. From walking amongst the Great Migration herds to camping out under the stars, here are our top five experiences in this exceptional […]

From hot dogs to hoppers: around the world in food

From hot dogs to hoppers: around the world in food

From hot dogs in New York to egg hoppers in Sri Lanka, food plays a big part in any travel experience, and is one of the things that defines a country, its people and its culture – and often forms some of our favourite and most enduring holiday memories. We pick our top ten foodie […]

Saving the planet: our top 5 eco-friendly hotels around the world

Saving the planet: our top 5 eco-friendly hotels around the world

With environmental awareness an increasing concern across the globe, especially when it comes to hot topics such as global warming and plastic waste, luxury hotels are also increasingly doing their bit for the planet, with guests encouraged to play their part during their holiday. Ditching plastic water bottles for reusable non-plastic ones is just the […]

Rooms with a view: our top 6 scenic hotels around the world

Rooms with a view: our top 6 scenic hotels around the world

With more and more luxury hotels opening their doors all around the world, alongside existing hotels continually upping their game and guests becoming ever-more discerning, the bar is set ever higher all the time, from accommodation to cuisine, and from spa facilities to unique activities. But whether all those boxes are ticked or not, often […]

Why you should go to Turkey this Autumn

Why you should go to Turkey this Autumn

Turkey is re-emerging as a fantastic holiday destination and offers a taste of everything from the cultural treasures of Istanbul to the landscapes of Cappadocia, via centuries-old historic ruins such as Ephesus. And then there are its spectacular coastlines and beaches – discover the Bodrum Peninsula and set sail on your very own private gulet […]

5 of the most unusual places to stay around the world

5 of the most unusual places to stay around the world

As the world becomes smaller, travellers are getting ever more adventurous and are not content with merely treading the well-worn holiday paths. They are seeking out unique hotels, in exceptional destinations, which also offer memorable experiences while they are there. Here are some of our favourite places to stay, from a pod on the side […]

7 of the best luxury train journeys in the world

7 of the best luxury train journeys in the world

One of the best ways to travel and see the world’s sights is by train. Here are some of the most spectacular trains and train journeys around the world, from classic journeys such as going from London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to travelling from north to south across Australia and making your way […]

All that glitters is gold: some of the world's most spectacular gold landmarks

All that glitters is gold: some of the world’s most spectacular gold landmarks

Visit some of the world’s most impressive gold-themed attractions, from temples and museums that preside over the skylines of iconic cities to a lavish hotel made of gold which takes luxury to whole new heights, and a famous stretch of golden coastline which is a magnet for the A-list. After you’ve had your gold fix, […]

In celebration of romance: beautiful pink places around the world

In celebration of romance: beautiful pink places around the world

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and the month of romance, we highlight our favourite pink places and natural phenomena around the world, from taking in the sunsets over the iconic romantic city of Venice to witnessing the glorious cherry blossom season in Japan – and we recommend the most luxurious, romantic and special hotels to […]

A new take on the January blues

A new take on the January blues

We’ve got a new take on the January blues… here we highlight some of the most beautiful blue places around the world to visit, from exploring the brightly-coloured alleyways of Chefchaouen in Morocco to sailing around the turquoise waters and tropical islands of Raja Ampat in Indonesia on a traditional phinisi yacht. Chefchaouen, Morocco Chefchaouen […]

Top 5 reasons to visit Costa Rica in 2019

Top 5 reasons to visit Costa Rica in 2019

Costa Rica, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries is a popular destination among lovers of wildlife and nature – but that’s not all there is to it.  It is expected to be one of the top destinations for travellers in 2019, offering adventure, culture and even some useful insight into living a happy life. […]

Top Winter activities in Iceland

Top Winter activities in Iceland

Iceland is a veritable adventure playground in Winter. There’s nothing like experiencing the Northern Lights, finding yourself in the midst of snow-covered lava fields and volcanoes and snowmobiling your way around them. If you cannot resist the combination of nature and adventure, look no further than the Land of Fire and Ice. Go on an […]

Where to see amazing wildlife in Latin America

Where to see amazing wildlife in Latin America

Latin America abounds with all manner of fascinating wildlife species, from tree-dwelling monkeys and birds of paradise in an array of colours to rare marine creatures like the pink dolphin and land-based ones like the elusive jaguar and the famous camelids of Latin America: vicunas. Sloths, Costa Rica Sloths, found in the Monteverde Cloud Forest […]

Extraordinary experiences to try in Zimbabwe

Extraordinary experiences to try in Zimbabwe

Having bounced back onto the map for travellers, Zimbabwe is now one of the hottest safari destinations in Africa. New camps are popping up on a regular basis, new safari areas are being opened up and old, favourite lodges are reopening their doors. Zimbabwe is home to some of the most show-stopping phenomena, including the […]