Effervescence personified
Jan03

Effervescence personified

Jean-Michel, with his wife and business partner Agnès are filled with an effervescence for their Paul-Etienne Saint Germain creation – only eclipsed by their very own elegant Grand Cru champagnes. Walk the length of the world famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay and you’ll be among some of the greatest known champagne brands –  from Mercier at one end to Dom Perignon and Perrier-Jouet at the other. If you’re...

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Langkawi – The Datai Bay Duo
Nov01

Langkawi – The Datai Bay Duo

Unless you sail, the only way you’ll get into Datai Bay and onto the beautiful white sand beach is to stay at one of the two exclusive resorts who ‘own’ it. Not only are these two exclusive resorts close to one another on the idyllic island of Langkawi but they share exclusive use of their very own cove and idyllic crescent beach, protected by its own coral reef. Langkawi, also known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’ is...

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Ngorongoro Crater Part 2 – Where to rest your head
Aug09

Ngorongoro Crater Part 2 – Where to rest your head

Time in the Ngorongoro Crater is unforgettable in itself but staying in one of our selection of luxury lodges can turn your visit into a wonderfully rounded experience that will stay with you forever. Our last review dealt with the magnificent crater itself and the sights you can expect to see. This article deals with your accommodation options. Once you’ve decided that you’re going to visit the Ngorongoro Crater it pays...

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The true Zest of Zanzibar
Jul05

The true Zest of Zanzibar

This ancient spice route island now holds a much more fragrant appeal to travellers with its exceptional accommodation for sun seekers. We take a look at the Zanzibar Collection. Getting to Zanzibar had been fraught. Precision Air, our airline, had failed at every turn – we’d seen more precision in a game of ‘Pin the tail on the donkey’. Shambolic check-in, numerous unannounced hours of delays, offloaded in Dar es Salaam, routed...

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Designs on Travel
Jun28

Designs on Travel

A snapshot of the evolution of emotive design that has tempted and encouraged our travel aspirations. Beyond the inherent desire for many of us to travel – and keep travelling – there comes a time when we wonder where next? Since travel opened up beyond the Grand Tour of the highly privileged, tour operators, countries and cities have vied for our custom by the use of emotive images, smart catch phrases and colourful advertising. In...

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Colombo – Food Detective – but no Mac
Jun21

Colombo – Food Detective – but no Mac

With the old Hollywood detective, ‘Colombo’, you’d always see him with a Mac – and whilst Colombo in Sri Lanka isn’t short of the creeping malaise of fast-food, you can still get an excellent meal without resorting to a Mac. The last thing we’d expect to suggest in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, is that you should go to an hotel restaurant, to enjoy some of the best Sri Lankan food you’ll find anywhere. What city restaurants do exist...

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