Mouth-watering Murcia
May16

Mouth-watering Murcia

Jota Ele restaurant in Murcia is simply the finest tapas we’ve found anywhere! We’re increasingly jaded by restaurants that promise the earth but deliver little more than a large bill at the end of an uninspiring meal. For us, the true test of a good restaurant, in any country, is if it’s largely populated by local people who look as if they’re enjoying themselves. On the lookout for a lunchtime halt, we amble around the stylishly...

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Vines, Virgin and Views
Apr18

Vines, Virgin and Views

Visit Mont Rochelle National Park in the winelands of South Africa and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stay in Sir Richard Branson’s estate of the same name. Unlike many boutique hotels with traditional architecture and aspirations, Mont Rochelle excels by achieving a showcase resort whilst retaining a magical ambiance that embraces the guest – almost enticing them to become part of the family. Sir Richard Branson...

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Vibrant Victoria – Vancouver’s Grand Dame
Apr04

Vibrant Victoria – Vancouver’s Grand Dame

Seven places to visit on a day out in Vancouver Island’s vibrant capital that will give you a flavour of this lively city Unless you’re familiar with Vancouver you might not realise that Vancouver Island and its state capital Victoria is a genteel and eclectic partner to the more frenetic and modern city of Vancouver across the Strait of Georgia. The ferry ride across the Strait, that threads its way between the verdant islands of...

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Your head in the clouds at Mount Kenya Safari Club
Mar21

Your head in the clouds at Mount Kenya Safari Club

When you stay at one of Kenya’s most exclusive hotels, you can’t fail to absorb some of its rarefied and charismatic past. Set upon a high point facing the long-extinct Mount Kenya volcano, this exclusive hotel has as diverse an history as the eclectic owners who have shaped its evolution . Set in 100acres of its own grounds, the property was originally a private residence built by pilot, Gabriel Prud’homme and American, Rhoda...

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A fine Meze to get into
Mar07

A fine Meze to get into

Our stylish, comfortable apartment in Paphos, is marred only by its misleading distance from the town and the noisy building site it sits within, with its empty swimming pool – not  a great introduction to Cyprus but salvaged in part by one of our fortunate choices of restaurant. Luckily we have a hire car and don’t intend spending much time in the apartment – but we’ve fallen foul of misleading marketing....

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Reach out in all directions with an Octopus
Feb21

Reach out in all directions with an Octopus

Travelling around in Hong Kong can be complex for the uninitiated – and is becoming ever more crowded. The Octopus card simplifies your travel immensely – and if you stick to the dedicated routes of the MTR, Tram, Bus, Peak Tram and Star Ferry then you’ll also dodge much of the congestion that otherwise clogs the roads. If you’re familiar with Oyster cards in London then Octopus in Hong Kong will be second nature. If...

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