Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression -The Most Brutal Place on Earth 

The urgent need to pee woke me at 5:30 a.m. I swung my legs over the side of my bamboo cot and gingerly tested my right ankle, which I’d twisted the previous day on a loose rock. It was much better, but I wasn’t taking any chances in the rock-strewn landscape. Carefully, I picked my way to a spot away from any cots, lowered my pants, and squatted, praying that I was far enough away that no one could see my white moon butt or hear my explosive… The post Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression -The Most Brutal…

The 3 most amazing luxury villas in Ibiza

On the beautiful Balearic island of Ibiza, you can expect nature, culture and a lot of leisure time, both during the day and at night. The beaches and bays of the island are in no way inferior to the inland landscapes. To enjoy the time on this beautiful island the most, Paradizo will present you

A hotel to remember: a review of Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain

One of Southern Spain’s most iconic hotels, Puente Romano is located in Marbella and it is, without a doubt, one of its grand dames (alongside its sister Marbella Club). I had not been for years – and must confess it wasn’t a place that immediately came to mind, but A LOT has changed recently and we are very glad we went. Here’s how my stay at Puente Romano Resort Beach Resort & Spa, a member of Luxury Hotels of the World, with Sovereign Luxury went. Getting to Puente Romano Puente Romano is located between Marbella and Puerto…

Morbid Curiosities: Surgeons’ Hall Museums in Edinburgh

I haven’t put the spotlight on a museum for quite a while but my recent trip to Edinburgh’s Surgeons’ Hall Museums, which houses collections of anatomical specimens and artefacts, is a find worth sharing. If you dip into my archive a trend for unique and often macabre museums begins to appear. I didn’t think I would be able to top the Hunterian Museum in …

PHOTO: Traditional Woven Hut in Amora Gedel National Park, Hawassa, Ethiopia

In Amora Gedel National Park, on the shores of Lake Awassa in Hawassa, Ethiopia, I happened upon this this traditional woven hut, constructed in the style of the Sidama people. These descendants of the ancient Kingdom of Kush live around the lakes in Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley. Today the Sidama and their sub-tribes number about eight million, making them the fifth largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. Living on some the most fertile land in Africa, for centuries the Sidama specialized in …

Summer at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Turkey

The Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus in Istanbul is one of our favorite hotels in Turkey—it’s the perfect base for exploring the city and an ideal haven for enjoying the warm weather. The hotel has a prime location on the Bosphorus, the strait that separates the European and Asian sides of the city. The hotel rooms, restaurants and pool all offer beautiful views of the water. In addition to a fascinating…

The 5 top secret places in Spain to visit in summer

Spain points with beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, which is a reason why tourist crowds come to visit it every year in summer. Paradizo thought to introduce you some places that are not so known so you can escape the tourist crowds in summer and enjoy your holiday in a more authentically setting. Here are

Lux StopOver: 12 hours in Manchester, England

I had first visited Manchester in 2008, a year before I moved to the UK. Seeing as I was making quite a big commitment in the name of love (and by that I meant marrying Mr. O in 2009), I felt I had to go on a whirlwind tour of its main cities. But it took me 9 years to return to Manchester – and I will tell you something: I should have gone back way sooner. It really was my loss. The city really had transformed itself in 10 years and whilst quite a few have discovered the delights of the Manchester…

Best Things to do in Trinidad, Cuba – Travel Guide

Trinidad, a colourful town located on the south coast of Cuba in the province of Sancti Spíritus is filled to the brimmed with olde-worlde charm and colonial splendor. Located between the lush greens of the majestic Escambray mountain range and the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since…

The Magnificent Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

Imagine being a slave in Ethiopia during the 12th and 13th century reign of King Lalibela. Now imagine being handed a chisel, hammer, and an axe, and told to carve a three-story high church out of solid rock. Inconceivable, certainly. But when you consider that Lalibela, with the sweat of 40,000 Egyptian slaves, actually completed construction of 11 such churches in a span of just 23 years, the feat is practically incomprehensible. Perhaps he had help beyond the corporeal plane. It is said that Lalibela performed miracles throughout… The post The Magnificent Rock…

Vacation Like Royalty at Cliveden

The highly anticipated royal wedding between Great Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle takes place this weekend at Windsor Castle. The bride and her mother will spend the night before the wedding at Cliveden House, an iconic country house hotel outside London that has long been one of our favorite hotels in the English countryside. Cliveden’s proximity to Heathrow Airport makes it ideal for anyone wanting a luxurious stay or memorable meal before or after an international flight, with time to enjoy the hotel’s heritage architecture, extensive …

5 Reasons why to spend your summer holidays in Ibiza

The third largest of the Balearic island, Ibiza, is mainly known for its famous parties and clubs. But it has much more to offer than that. Its nature is a real beauty too, with secluded beaches and cliffs that invite everyone to explore the outdoors. It is also known as being the hippy island of

5 things that can help you sleep better at home and away

I am the world’s worst sleeper – and I am married to the world’s best. It is true and it is the story of my life. Some can find ironic that I am attempting to give any sort of advice in this area – but I have been trying some things and they have helped. My sleeping nights are not perfect, but I can now fall asleep quicker than I ever have (and that is without taking any sleep aids or medications, which is something I am really …

27 Most Colourful Towns & Cities in Scandinavia & the Nordics

I started putting this list together a very long time ago and always end up adding a new town or city whenever I go back to Scandinavia. We all know it can be cold and often dark in this region but these colourful places really transform and lift the whole landscape. The…