Category: Health & Safety

How to feel safe in Thailand

How to feel safe in Thailand

Like many South East Asian countries, Thailand has had its fair share of bad press, from political unrest to petty crime and drugs. Like most places in the world, Thailand does have a dark side, however exercising appropriate precautions and with a little common sense, the likelihood of becoming embroiled in disaster is low. To […]

Today is World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day

Did you know that today – 25th April – is World Malaria Day?  According to the World Health Organization, malaria is responsible for around 660,000 human deaths every year, and around 3.3 billion people – that’s about half of the world’s population – are at risk. It’s fitting therefore that we should know more about […]

Apps for the discerning traveller

Apps for the discerning traveller

Travelling is now simpler than ever thanks to the power of smart devices and social media. Nowadays any morsel of information you could possibly require is accessible through the touch of a button (well, buttons are sort of obsolete now, but you get the idea). Not only is this inspiring more people to travel, but […]

10 world maps that will make you think

10 world maps that will make you think

I’ve been fascinated by maps and globes for as long as I remember. Of course, they come in shapes and sizes, from your traditional maps to some that are a little more ‘off the wall’. Here are ten interesting maps that are a little bit different and that I hope might provoke some interesting discussion. […]

Today is World Rabies Day

Today is World Rabies Day

Did you know that today – 28th September – is World Rabies Day?  According to the World Health Organization, rabies is responsible for around 55,000 human deaths every year. It’s fitting therefore that we should know more about the risks that rabies presents and where in the world the risks are greatest (see the WHO […]

Please help raise awareness: today is Melanoma Monday

Please help raise awareness: today is Melanoma Monday

The American Academy of Dermatology designates today, the first Monday in May, as Melanoma Monday® to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer. Melanoma is the most deadly form of cancer and the fastest-growing cancer in the world. If it’s caught early, the chances of recovery are very high. If not, it can […]

Interview with Paul Joseph, Co-Founder of Health and Fitness Travel

Interview with Paul Joseph, Co-Founder of Health and Fitness Travel

Paul Joseph is Co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide. He searches for the rare and hidden gems around the world and puts together exclusive and trend-setting holidays for those who would like to improve or maintain their health and fitness whilst on holiday. As well as a love of […]

Air hostesses showcase their deadly kung fu moves

Air stewardesses at Hong Kong Airlines are being trained in Wing Chun, a deadly martial art that can reputedly knock an aggressor out cold in a matter of seconds.  It’s not clear whether it’s mostly PR hype or designed to be a legitimate safety exercise but it’s a kind of kung fu that apparently works […]

A good news story from an airline - well done, Monarch!

A good news story from an airline – well done, Monarch!

A couple of weeks ago I was meant to be going on a press trip to Tenerife  with my family and reviewing a couple of hotels out there.  Shortly before we were due to depart, I was looking into travel insurance as I was aware that our annual policy had expired.  I contacted the travel […]

New medical health check service from Swiss Diamond Hotel

New medical health check service from Swiss Diamond Hotel

Lugano-based Swiss Diamond Hotel‘s recently opened Diamond Medical Aesthetical Centre is offering a new medical treatment in which doctors are able to predict future health problems through a simple blood sample. From the blood sample, doctors are able to understand how certain organs are ageing and from this, can predict possible future health problems and […]

Beckhams put Turku in Finland on the map

Beckhams put Turku in Finland on the map

David Beckham’s recent visit to the Mehilainen Clinic for an operation on a torn Achilles tendon, and a subsequent visit from his wife, has put the Finnish city of Turku well and truly on the map, visiting prior to the crowds that are sure to visit in 2011 when the city is a European capital […]

Westin Hotels & Resorts launch free sleep hotline

Westin Hotels & Resorts launch free sleep hotline

A good night’s sleep is just a phone call away thanks to Westin Hotels & Resorts. The brand is teaming up with renowned sleep experts at the National Sleep Foundation to help make a perfect night’s sleep a reality for the sleep deprived. The hotline, (888) TIME-4-SLEEP,  debuted this week and, until 15th September 2009, […]

Banyan Tree Phuket introduces Retreat for the Senses

Banyan Tree Phuket introduces Retreat for the Senses

Banyan Tree Phuket introduces Retreat for the Senses, an holistic experience of rejuvenation, wellness and discovery.  The all-inclusive package includes accommodation, signature spa treatments at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, three meals daily, yoga and meditation sessions and a series of enriching activities that are held in the lush natural surroundings of Banyan Tree Phuket. […]

UNICEF support from The Luxury Collection

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has launched a global initiative in support of UNICEF’s immunization and malaria programs for vulnerable children in developing countries.  A brand package called “We Invite You to Linger”  will offer  guests a complimentary night stay for every two, three or four night reservation at a hotel or resort within […]

Posh Hotels Undercover - take 2

Posh Hotels Undercover – take 2

Having (half-)watched ITV’s ‘Posh Hotels Undercover‘ this evening, I thought I’d post my thoughts.   The programme alleged that a number of Radisson Edwardian‘s London hotels – including the flagship five star May Fair Hotel – left a lot to be desired: there was everything from a supervisor cleaning a washbasin with a toilet brush […]

Posh Hotels Undercover

I’m just settling down for an evening with the laptop and thought I’d see what was on TV… those of you in the UK with an interest in the luxury travel industry might be interested that ITV’s ‘Tonight‘ is just about to start and is this evening entitled ‘Posh Hotels Undercover‘. According to the brief […]