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Driving the Cape Winelands

South Africa’s Cape Winelands is located in a stunning corner of the Western Cape province, a short drive away from Cape Town. The historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl dominate the tourism scene but, to me, the splendid wine estates and restaurants located in and around these towns really steal the show. If you […]

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Carlisle Bay - Beach

Antigua: more than just beaches

Holidays don’t come much more heavenly than they do on the island of Antigua. Located in the West Indies, Antigua is a tropical island which, in recent years, has become synonymous with luxury holidays. Indeed, the island is so popular with holidaymakers that much of their economy rests on the tourism industry. This is good […]

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A luxury holiday in Mauritius – The Residence

Mauritius is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean, roughly 900 kilometers east of Madagascar. It’s an island of stunning natural beauty – its coast is lined by glorious white beaches and clear, turquoise water whilst its interior features mountains, volcanoes and lush forests. Mauritius is inhabited by descendants of African, Indian and […]

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What makes a hotel exceptional

There are many great hotels around the world but there are some which are truly exceptional. I’ve had the privilege of staying in some of them (in the days when my investment banking job paid the bills! 🙂 ) and I’ve often pondered about what makes a great hotel exceptional. From my experience, it’s the […]

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Ten things to do in Bali

Bali, one of more than 14,000 isles in the Indonesian archipelago, is inhabited by warm and friendly people with a distinct Hindu culture, and exudes a charm and beauty that is truly unique. From its majestic volcanoes, verdant rice terraces, ancient palaces and temples in the hinterland to the stunning beaches, spas and magnificent hotels […]

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Picture perfect Portofino

Portofino is a colourful seaside village on the Riviera Levante, located about a 2.5 hour drive from Milan. Tucked in between the surrounding hills and a gorgeous little harbour, the village, with its brightly-coloured houses and quaint alleys is absolutely picture perfect. Probably because of its relative seclusion and its incredible beauty, Portofino has been […]

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SHA: A sanctuary like no other

Sanctuary: “a place of refuge or asylum” Looking at the sweeping views afforded by the rooftop pool of the Sha Wellness Clinic, this is the first descriptive noun that came to my mind. Just a short 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm, a Spanish seaside town that welcomes 7 million sunbathers a […]

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A little piece of heaven

A little piece of heaven (a page from my Travel Journal) I remember a quote by the late Pavarotti (bless his soul) when he first visited Pangkor Laut, an upscale resort in Malaysia. He said that when he saw the island, he wept because it was so beautiful – obviously, the resort uses that quote […]

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