Before the Mayflower: America’s First Town

“Is it real or is it fake?” is a frequent query of travelers exploring historic sites around the world. Of course, “real” is far more intriguing than a reproduction–being able to stare at ruins and picture the vitality they once played host to. I felt this way at Angkor Wat, in Jordan, at Machu Picchu, and, surprisingly, at Historic Jamestowne, walking the same ground as Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. Part of the reason the site is so astounding is that the grounds of the fort, where the first English settlers …

Experience: Eco-minded pampering and play at El Mangroove

In Costa Rica, writer Rebecca Tay gets a taste of the country’s infamous “pura vida” at El Mangrove, a new eco-friendly resort that takes its spa-ing and adventuring seriously.

Photograph of the week: Reflections at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel

The Taj Lake Palace Hotel shimmers in the centre of the lake at Udaipur, Rajasthan. The magical setting is appropriate for one of the most romantic, exclusive and beautifully located hotels in India, in one of its most atmospheric cities. The hotel was used as a location for scenes in the James Bond movie Octopussy. […] Photograph of the week: Reflections at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: Reflections at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.

Farol Design Hotel, Cascais: hotel of the week

Is that the heartstrings-tugging sound of Fado melodies in the air? As summer approaches, make like a Lisbonite and head to Cascais’ buzzy beaches, emerald waters and picturesque cliffsides: boutique bolthole Farol Design Hotel awaits… Style Slick and fashionable Setting Local to Lisbon Why this week? Lately, we’ve been hankering for a …

PHOTO: House of the Relief of Telephus in Herculaneum, Italy

Discs hanging between pillars at House of the Relief of Telephus in Herculaneum are plaster casts of marble carvings designed to ward off evil. The estate was a veritable palace in Roman days, and was believed to be home to Marcus Nonius Balbus, the governor of Crete and part of modern-day Libya. Like all other structures in the Discovers the City’s Best Places & Hidden Gems Through the Eyes of its Locals

When it comes to where we live or even the places we visit, we all have a story to tell. Whether you’ve traveled many miles to see the world, or you’ve chosen to remain in the same place your whole life, there is always a unique nar…via

France off the Beaten Track

“In France, we have a saying’ Joie de vivre,’ which actually doesn’t exist in the English language. It means looking at your life as something that is be taken with great pleasure and enjoyed.” ~ Mireille Guiliano There are some who would say that the pinnacle of human expression can be found in France, and it would be hard to argue the point. In almost any creative endeavor, from art to fashion to gastronomy to architecture to wine, France is always at the forefront. France is also perhaps the country with the most positive cultural influence upon…

Understanding British Airways miles (avios), tier points and the magic American Express voucher

If you read this blog often, or know me personally, there is no hiding that I am a huge fan of British Airways and its Executive Club programme. Before I moved to the UK, I used to be with Star Alliance, but even before I moved, I realised that the One World programme worked much better for me. So over the past few years, I have ‘converted’ many friends. And more and more, I get questions from readers asking how it works. It is…

Museum of the Month: Shrunken Heads at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford

Museum of the Month is a series where I share my experiences of visiting unique and often strange museums from around the world. My aim is to rebuff the notion that museums are boring. Join me on my quest! Before we head into June, I need to feature a museum on my blog this month […]

Travel gallery: Selman hotel in Marrakech

Photographer Olivia Grabowski-West recently visited the spectacularly stylish Selman hotel in Marrakech, and captured it in all its elegantly guilded glory… All photos by Olivia Grabowski-West Tweet

Trip Tips: 8 Great Resorts in the Maldives

No one needs an excuse to go to the Maldives. But if you ‘d like one, how about a trip in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8th. Surrounded by blue sea on all sides, these tiny isles in the Indian Ocean are pretty much the perfect place to ponder the wonder of the salt water.

My hOtel: The Magdalen Chapter in Exeter, Devon, UK

Exeter, the capital of Devon, in the South West of England, is a bit of a hidden gem. A city I got to know well as Senior Mrs. O lives in nearby Topsham, aka the port of Exeter – a postcard pretty town. The more I visit Exeter, the more I like it – and great changes in its retail offering and hotel scene make it a destination on its own. I have recently spent a long weekend in town, and adored The Magdalen Chapter. The Magdalen Chapter hotel in Exeter, Devon …

The A-Lister’s Guide to the Canadian Rockies

After all these years of waiting, you have finally pried yourself away from your work long enough to stop procrastinating on making one of the most significant tick marks on your bucket list a reality. You have booked a flight to Vancouver, Canada, thus laying the foundation for your long awaited trip to the Canadian Rockies, but all the other details have yet to be worked out. Having worked long hours for decades to ascend and top the corporate ladder, you have created a lifestyle where only the best will do for …

Can a Hotel be too Pretty?

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a blog post is choosing the photos. Take Hacienda Na Xamena Hotel in Ibiza for example. When you have a moment take a look at their photos and then imagine you can only pick two. Hacienda Na Xamena Hotel in Ibiza, Spain It’s impossible. As hard as picking a wedding dress or wedding cake or wedding flowers or… Sorry, I am determined to not just…