Archive for January, 2014

See Australia off the beaten track

See Australia off the beaten track

Thousands head to Australia for sun, sea and surf every year, but few get the opportunity to roam outside of the main cities and experience the rugged rural outback at its most authentic. (more…)

Thailand welcomes its first Westin resort

Thailand welcomes its first Westin resort

The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa – the first Westin property in Thailand – opened this week on the east coast of Phuket.

“As the first Westin resort in Thailand we are proud to offer services and facilities that enhance guest wellness and provide a sanctuary so they can renew their mind, body and soul,” says Greg Findlay, General Manager. (more…)

Scenic route to Sydney

Scenic route to Sydney

Some travellers break up the long flight from London to Sydney with an overnight stop in Hong Kong or Singapore or Bangkok. It gives you chance to see a whole different destination – even if you don’t stay long enough to get over the jet lag. (more…)

Bibliophiles abroad

Bibliophiles abroad

Scotland’s Turnberry Resort and St James’ Club, Antigua are the next destinations slated to host what may be the world’s most stylish literary escapes.

The Reading Weekend is the brainchild of author and journalist Damian Barr, who launched The Reading Weekend last year at Tilton House in Sussex, combining a classic English countryside retreat with a weekend dedicated to delight in all things bookish. (more…)

Bespoke travel company offers Epic adventures

Bespoke travel company offers Epic adventures

Luxury travel company Black Tomato has launched a new venture, Epic Tomato. The collection of adventure led trips cross extreme terrain in some of the world’s most isolated locations, with the same level of expertise expected from a Black Tomato holiday. (more…)

Not to be missed: Films in Paris…

Not to be missed: Films in Paris...

Paris is arguably the birth place of European cinema, so where better to watch some of the best directors in recent years than in the capital?

Parisian film festival – Cinema en plein air – is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, which will be showing films in the Prairie de Triangle area of Paris from 17 July till 22 August. (more…)

Luxury in Luang Prabang

Luxury in Luang Prabang

UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang will soon be home to the latest luxury retreat from the design-led Alila Hotels & Resorts.

The idea was to create a small village with the characteristics of the city inside the walls

Surrounded by green hills, Alila Luang Prabang is built on a heritage site in the laid-back ancient town in Laos – known for its political history and cultural draws, including wonderful golden Buddhist temples, art galleries and craft boutiques. (more…)

Park life

Park life

New hotel Domaine de Manville captures all that is most enchanting about Provence, set in the painterly Alpilles National Regional Park.

What is it that keeps us coming back to Provence? (more…)

Scent of the summer

Scent of the summer

Luxury resort Le Touessrok has a reputation as one of the finest places to stay in the whole of Mauritius, with opulent rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean, gourmet cuisine from restaurant Safran and a Givenchy spa. (more…)

Pedal the Peloponnese

Pedal the Peloponnese

Costa Navarino’s bike festival is the perfect opportunity to explore pretty coastal roads and tracks of the south-west Peloponnese, overlooking the Ionian Sea.

The festival, which (fortunately) includes an international fun day for amateurs, takes place in October when the weather is cooler (but not cold – you can still expect temperatures around 22C and 7 hours sunshine a day) and most of the area’s tourist traffic has long returned home. (more…)

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