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Short stay: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Short stay: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

This week I travelled to Sydney for just four nights to attend the seventh edition of Luxperience, a three and a half day luxury travel trade forum connecting many of the world’s most exclusive travel providers in the southern hemisphere. It was therefore an opportunity to network with a number of people within the industry […]

Why is Dian Fossey a key icon for gorilla tourism and conservation?

Why is Dian Fossey a key icon for gorilla tourism and conservation?

Not long after arriving in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, your guides will likely be telling you plenty of stories about an American woman by the name of Dian Fossey. A researcher, activist, and advocate for the mountain gorilla, her actions played a big role in ensuring this species survival to this point in history. […]

What to order at a Greek taverna

What to order at a Greek taverna

Tourists from all over the world visit Greece every Summer raving about how beautiful the sea is, how the islands and the towns are even more mesmerizing in person than in pictures and how hospitable the Greeks actually are.  Then it’s time to eat. To taste the renowned Greek cuisine that has been praised by […]

Top 5 off-the-beaten-track camps in Tanzania

Top 5 off-the-beaten-track camps in Tanzania

Today, Tanzania is one of the most popular destinations for first-time safari-goers and safari aficionados alike. This is because it always delivers in terms of incredible wildlife viewing and wonderful scenery – and in northern Tanzania, there’s bags of culture too! It really is a magical place to visit. However, travellers can be put off […]

5 reasons why New Zealand could be the next food capital of the world

5 reasons why New Zealand could be the next food capital of the world

I admit when I arrived here in New Zealand more than 20 years ago, food was not something that impressed me or many people travelling from overseas. There was a time when the New Zealand dinner was based on a Sunday Roast with potatoes and wedge, sausages on a BBQ, or some fish and chips […]

Short stay: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, UK

Famed for its appearances in numerous films – Bridget Jones’s Diary, Goldfinger, Tomorrow Never Dies, Layer Cake and more – Stoke Park is clearly a firm favourite with Pinewood Studios (just 5 miles away) and the British film industry. But if appearances in major movies wasn’t enough to convince you, Britain’s first country club’s many […]

Special feature: The Hayloft, Cumrew, Eden Valley, Cumbria, UK

Special feature: The Hayloft, Cumrew, Eden Valley, Cumbria, UK

Our latest trip was to the Eden Valley on the eastern side of Cumbria. Whilst many visitors to the county head for the Lake District, areas that are peripheral to the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site are often overlooked. Those who venture further afield than the confines of the National Park are rewarded with […]

The Greek gods' answer to luxury accommodation in Thessaloniki

The Greek gods’ answer to luxury accommodation in Thessaloniki

Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, is impossible not to fall in love with. Even the ancient Greek gods could watch over it tenderly from their home on Mount Olympus. Thessaloniki is the Balkans’ answer to Istanbul; a beautiful melting pot of different cultures, architectural genres, where ancient wonders blend seamlessly with outstanding modern architecture. Thessaloniki […]

Luxury travel treats: Lumie Zest light, Bugaboo Fox pushchair and more

Luxury travel treats: Lumie Zest light, Bugaboo Fox pushchair and more

The focus for this week’s round-up is on products that make travel a little easier, whether it be a gadget to combat jet lag, a travel pushchair system that makes trips with little ones more bearable, portable skin care products or even iPhone wires that last. We hope you find something here that enables you […]

How to plan for a retirement filled with luxury travel

How to plan for a retirement filled with luxury travel

Ever wondered how some people seemingly manage to enjoy a life of perpetual luxury travel? Do you look at those Facebook posts from your friends that show they’re living the life of Riley and wonder ‘how?’, or get Instagram envy whenever you see yet another beautiful photograph from some far-flung destination? I talked about some […]

Luxury travel treats: COSMIQ+ dive computer, Go Dash Dot infinity bag and more

Luxury travel treats: COSMIQ+ dive computer, Go Dash Dot infinity bag and more

Are you enjoying Summer as much as we are?! Many parts of the world are enjoying record temperatures as we find ourselves in an unusually prolonged and broad heatwave, affecting much of Europe, Africa and North America. Even northern Russia saw exceptionally warm weather whilst hosting the World Cup. To make the hottest La Niña […]

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

At the top of the bucket lists of thousands of travelers around the world is hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is a historical route as it was part of the road system of the Inca Empire; it once linked the city of Cusco (the former capital of the Empire) to the mythical […]

Russian dining at Moscow's Matryoshka restaurant

Russian dining at Moscow’s Matryoshka restaurant

In the shadow of Moscow’s landmark Radisson Royal Hotel, and right in the heart of historic and business district of the city, lies the two-storey Matryoshka restaurant by Maison Dellos. It opened its doors in February 2017 under the supervision of Vlad Piskunov – an author of various cookbooks and presenter of a number of […]

Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials

Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials

Have you been enjoying the sunshine lately, or are you heading for sunnier climes? With Summer in full flow in many parts of the world right now, we’ve decided a round-up of luxury travel treats that has a focus on ‘Summer essentials’ would be rather fitting. With these ideas, you can have fun, stay cool […]

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

Located in the Ostankinsky District of Moscow, to the north of the city centre, VDNH lies less than a kilometre from Ostankino Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in Europe. Originally opened in August of 1939, and with a major impetus to revive the area since 2014, this ‘Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy’ is […]

Moscow's Ukrainian restaurant... complete with resident cow!

Moscow’s Ukrainian restaurant… complete with resident cow!

If you’re looking for a dinner with a difference, head to Shinok Restaurant (Ресторан Шинок) on Moscow’s Year 1905 Street. This Ukrainian restaurant first opened its doors in 1997 and, despite its modest red brick appearance, is one of the most iconic places to dine in the Russian capital. On entering, you make your way […]