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Flying from the UK to Spain (and back) during the pandemic - getting through the red tape

Flying from the UK to Spain (and back) during the pandemic – getting through the red tape

I recently flew from Manchester to Malaga in order to visit the luxury resort of Sotogrande and, given that many people are travelling overseas again for the first time in a long time, I thought it might be helpful to document my experience of all the ‘red tape’ in case it helps others who are […]

Short stay: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain

Short stay: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain

SO/ Sotogrande is the tenth and newest addition to Accor’s SO/ hotel brand, with fifteen more scheduled to open. Set in an exclusive gated community in Sotogrande, this is a luxury brand but with a distinctly rebellious twist – each SO/ hotel has its own unique identity and flair, whilst still acknowledging its roots. In […]

The sophistication of Sotogrande: the very best of Andalusian style

The sophistication of Sotogrande: the very best of Andalusian style

Hidden away in eight square miles of Andalucia is arguably the most exclusive resort in the whole of Spain – Sotogrande. This upscale destination on the Costa del Sol is a haven for the rich and famous and ten times the size of Monaco. Development of the resort began in the 1960s when Filipino-American entrepreneur […]

What to eat in Dubrovnik

What to eat in Dubrovnik

What makes a great Dubrovnik vacation? The UNESCO-listed old town, the cultural legacy, the natural beauty, the moderate Mediterranean temperature, and delightful Dalmatian cuisine. Foodies have long considered Dubrovnik, the Adriatic Sea’s crown jewel, to be an exceptional culinary destination in Croatia. It’s all about the fresh ingredients and simple recipes that have been handed […]

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2021’s best eco-luxury hotels

Sustainable travel will ensure the destinations we cherish will be around for future generations. Sustainable luxury tourism applies to using local guides, using energy-efficient transport, dining at restaurants that source organic and local produce, and of course eco-luxury accommodation. Amid a pandemic and ongoing environmental issues such as global warming, travel is increasingly important, and […]

Short stay: Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire, UK

Short stay: Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire, UK

Whittlebury Park is the refined late twentieth century successor to the great English country house. This time though, the contemporary nirvana, elegantly sat in 700 acres of parkland, comes with spacious rooms, instant hot-water and essential air-conditioning. Not a headless ghost, fraying Elizabethan tapestry or uneven floorboard in sight. Although the decor harks back with […]

The best 8 breakfasts to have in Rome

The best 8 breakfasts to have in Rome

Discovering the capital is like leafing through a history book, there is arguably more to see in Rome than in any other city in the world. Rome is also the perfect spot for indulging in delectable cuisine, enjoying café culture and people-watching. There is something satisfying all tastes in Roma, from avant-garde restaurants to unmissable […]

The best cocktail bars in Barcelona

The best cocktail bars in Barcelona

No one has ever gone thirsty in the city where vermuterías (vermouth bars) and cervecerías (breweries) can be found on every corner. Sometimes, however, the night calls for something a little different. From classy interiors adorned in vintage velvet, to modern, hidden haunts that require some in-the-know to discover, Barcelona has countless cocktail bars to […]

Es Fum Restaurant, Mallorca

Restaurants in luxury Mallorca hotels featured in the Michelin Guide

Sometimes, it’s not just simply about getting away from it all, appreciating guaranteed sunshine, and feeling the sand between our toes.  It’s also about the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful food, and sampling local produce and perhaps some freshly caught seafood. One of the names associated with good food and restaurants is, of course, Michelin. […]

Explore Croatia's 8 national parks

Explore Croatia’s 8 national parks

Croatia is a popular summer holiday destination, with most people visiting for the brilliant blue Adriatic Sea, lush islands, and magnificent beaches. However, when it comes to natural wonders, Croatia has significantly more to offer. Because of the conserved water resources, rich flora and fauna, spectacular lakes and rivers, and several national parks and nature […]

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Short stay: The Black Bull, Sedbergh, Cumbria, UK

It is a journey that has brought a Japanese Thinking Bath, kokedama mossball rooted plants and potent wasabi vodka to small-town Cumbria. Nina Matsunaga, born of Japanese parents in Düsseldorf, and James Ratcliffe, born just down the dry-stone-wall-bordered road, have put Sedbergh on the foodies’ global map. Guests travel from afar for East / West […]

Bawah Resort in Indonesia

The most ultra-luxurious island retreats you need to know about!

What could be better than an island retreat to ease back into the rhythm of traveling? It’s certainly one of the best solutions if you want to avoid the crowds, but equally a reward towards yourself for the tough times we’ve all had to face recently. In case you don’t know where to start looking, […]

Short stay: The Roseate Reading, Berkshire, UK

Short stay: The Roseate Reading, Berkshire, UK

It has been some journey. Shire Hall for the County of Berkshire, completed in 1911, has become Reading’s only five star hotel, recently described as “the UK’s sexiest townhouse”. Boldly built in Queen Anne symmetrical style, facing onto Forbury Gardens and its bandstand, with a central three bay portico framed by Doric order columns, today […]

Planning to travel with kids? These are some of the best places to consider!

Planning to travel with kids? These are some of the best places to consider!

While vaccinations are going forward, an increasing number of travellers are starting to plan new adventures as for most it has been way too long since their last escape into another world. This also goes for the children that have endured months of online classes, missed playing with their friends or just being able to […]

Reasons to visit Western Tanzania

Reasons to visit Western Tanzania

Western Tanzania is often overlooked as a destination. It is an area that receives very few visitors in comparison to the rest of the country which consists of the renowned Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Made up of Mahale and Katavi, the remote location of these two wilderness destinations, coupled with incredible wildlife and beautiful accommodation […]

5 best ways to spend spring in Spain

5 best ways to spend spring in Spain

With its rugged coastlines, soulful towns, mouthwatering cuisine, and vibrant local culture, Spain is every traveller’s paradise. Take a holiday in spring for almost guaranteed sunshine – and far fewer crowds. From Aitona’s breathtaking peach blossom trees in early March to the week-long Horse Fair in Jerez de la Frontera in May, the vibrant personality […]