It’s secret season. Sshhh.

Insiders call it the ‘Secret Season,’ when travel bargains are everywhere: It’s happening now. We’re entering the Secret Season, the answer to a frustrated traveler’s prayers. It offers bargains, uncrowded destinations and mild temperatures. The good news: We’re entering the Secret Season, the answer to a frustrated traveler’s prayers. It offers bargains, uncrowded destinations and mild temperatures. It’s the ideal…

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Yours, Paradores

Before I go into the best national heritage Hotels of Spain, I thought it might be interesting to know a little background on this wonderful initiative. It was in 1910 that the government entrusted Marqués de la Vega Inclán the project of creating a hotel network, practically non-existent in the country at the time, which would provide accommodation for tourists…

Ingmar would be pleased

My gosh, we’d really like to go off-grid right now. Somewhere isolated. Somewhere barren but still beautiful. Somewhere where you almost feel like you’ve reached the very edge of the planet. The island of Hamneskär, off Sweden’s western coast, is just that sort of place. For decades, this rocky island has been home to a lighthouse, a few random outbuildings and…

The Green Fairy

Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium, together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. In Paris, during the 1920’s, it became the favourite beverage of choice for artists, musicians, debutantes and gadabouts. Famously strong, it was…

Do you know Citizen M?

We’re super-happy to have partnered with posh and vibrant hotel group citizenM.  With up-to-date hotels all across the globe, you’ll be mightily impressed with their stylish offering. citizenM hotels are built for today’s modern savvy travellers, who don’t want to pay for what they don’t need. Instead, they want to stay in easily accessible locations in the world’s most buzzing…

Swim long and prosper

Our partner, Sandals Resorts International, the world’s leading all-inclusive company, is proud to unveil the design plans of a multi-million-dollar renovation at their picturesque Jamaican oasis, Sandals South Coast. Set to debut this December 2020, guests can expect a new era for the resort company with the addition of the world’s first-ever Swim-up Rondoval™ Suites, positioned on a 17,040 sq.…

Sshhhh . . .you’ll wake the neighbours

LOVE the beach, but hate crowds? Seeking small-community life, but don’t want to have to pass up on hearing the waves crash outside your window, or wandering down to the sands to catch the rays in summer? Firstly, there’s a peculiarity about some of Spain’s best-loved coasts: Medium-sized and small towns which aren’t on the package resort trail (but would…

First ever boutique hotel

A new hotel owned and furnished entirely by the classic British design house Laura Ashley has opened its doors today. Every room in the luxury 49-bedroom The Manor hotel in Elstree, Hertfordshire has been decorated using the company’s current interiors collection. And all of the decor will be available for guests to buy online during their stay, should they wish…

Luxury in Cartagena

Colombia’s most famous writer, the inimitable Gabriel García Márquez, once said in a press interview that he could never have written his books if he had not been a journalist – because all of his material was extracted from reality. Wandering between the pastel-coloured colonial structures of Cartagena’s labyrinthine cobbled streets, one could be forgiven for thinking that they had…

Never go home

Ever walked into a hotel and thought: “I could live here?” These five intimate, beautiful hotels can that feel like the swanky house of your dreams. But there are other options, some that you may not be aware of. Read more courtesy of FoodAndWine.com Please rotate on mobile devices

The Blonde Hedgehog

You’ll almost certainly be familiar with the Channel Island’s main settlements, Jersey and Guernsey, part of the UK. They’re famous for their handsome cattle and the unctuous, buttercup coloured milk they produce. But there are three others – Sark, Herm, and Alderney. While the first two are trickier for tourists, Alderney is a precious, hidden gem. Three square miles of…

Lake Como? Affordable?

Italy’s most famous lake has appealed to second-home owners for hundreds of years, reports Liz Rowlinson. But where can you bag a bargain? Its deep, mirror-like waters beneath dramatic mountains, the tropical gardens flourishing in the balmy microclimate, have beguiled artists, writers and royals for centuries and, in recent years, Arab princes, wealthy footballers, Hollywood stars and entrepreneurs. You might…

Unencumbered Umbria

The gentler, less gilded neighbour of Tuscany, Umbria enjoys a lower profile and seems less troubled by tourism. The “green heart of Italy” doesn’t have an endless stream of visitors plying between their checklist of big-drawer Tuscan Renaissance cities, just miles of undulating hills carpeted in sunflowers, tobacco or untamed bosco (woodland). Read more courtesy of APlaceInTheSun.com

Gilded cherubs

If you want to know what it was like to live like a French aristocrat in the 1700s, now’s your chance―sort of. A mother-daughter duo has teamed up to turn an abandoned, historic chateau in France into a bustling bed and breakfast, and are inviting guests to come stay during the renovations. Read more courtesy of HouseBeautiful.com

Excellence in the Dominican Republic

There was a moment when I was sitting on the rooftop terrace of my Excellence Club Honeymoon Suite, enjoying breakfast on the morning of my checkout, that I wondered to myself, “How is this real?” It wasn’t just about the amazing view of the ocean, impossibly cool breeze or delightfully refreshing green juice that had just been delivered to my…

Mom’s “ommmm”

Between managing motherly duties, the mental load of being the household CEO and handling pressures of the workforce, mothers work an average of 90 hours per week – roughly the same as working two full-time jobs! That’s why some “me time” in Newport Beach, California is the perfect destination for a true recharge. Located on the breathtaking Californian west coast…

El modo de boda

In the spirit of this being the most popular season to tie the knot (in the northern hemisphere, at least), I wanted to share with you some of the most unique features of weddings in Spain… from a Brit’s point of view, at least. Having lived in Spain for approaching 10 years and having attended my fair share of summer…

CAPITALS of culture

In 1983, Melina Mercouri, the then Greek minister of culture, proposed a scheme to celebrate art, history and heritage across Europe. By putting a different city in the spotlight each year, Mercouri hoped to showcase the continent’s cultural diversity, while highlighting shared values. The European Capital of Culture programme, which was established in 1985, has been a huge success, with…

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