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A First For Sandals!…A First For the Caribbean!

A First For Sandals!…A First...

  It is rarely exciting when you find building and construction work going on at your holiday resort!...but this is an exception! Here at our...

Take Me To The Church!

So it's Sunday...and if you were at home in the UK you'd be going to your usual church..but you're on holiday and making do with...

Before You Go!..You Should Know!…

For some, the idea of spending 3 hours at an airport prior to departure is thrilling!...the perfect opportunity to shop-till-you-drop, cover yourself in every fragrance...

Jamaica!…When You Go, You Know!

I have borrowed the title of this blog from Jamaica's Tourist Board, who used it as their slogan some years ago... In actually fact the...

River Cruising – Not just...

I have recently booked my valued clients on a River Cruise for December 2016 - they told me they had to book this early to...

Heritage Awali Day 7 Part...

When we came here the plan was to hire a car for a few days so I could show Clive this wonderful island, and I...

Heritage Awali – Day 7...

Today, with the sun shining we are able to explore one of the Awali's 'jewels in the crown'...it's golf course! We know absolutely nothing about...

Heritage Awali – Day 6

Today is Independence Day here in Mauritius... Originally 'owned' by the Dutch, taken over by the French, and 'claimed' by Britain in 1810, this wonderful...

Heritage Awali – Day 5...

This afternoon we went for our complimentary massages at the Seven Colours Spa....a relatively new experience for us...and a real treat. Attended by the lovely...

Heritage Awali – Day 5...

Some sunshine and lots of showers appears to be the order of the day!...so as we while away a few hours on our balcony...this is...

Heritage Awali – Day 4...

This evening we were invited to share an aperitif and hors d'oeuvres with Kathy at Le Telfair...which was a joy. It was great to learn...

Heritage Awali – Day 4...

The big news!...we have sunshine!... Today we have been able to spend a couple of precious hours basking in the wonderful sunshine, lazing by the...

Heritage Awali – Day 3...

So, this afternoon we explored Le Telfair, another of Heritage's wonderful resorts. Colonial in design and style, it is truly a magnificent resort. It is...

Heritage Awali Day 3 Part...

Well, there was no need to bag a sun bed...it is back to torrential rain again! Schools are closed, due to flooding, some roads are...

Heritage Awali – Day 2...

...And so after the epic lunch at the C Beach Club, and with the sun now fully out and hot, we came back to the...

The Heritage Awali – Day...

And so it continues to rain!....but not as heavily as before, thank goodness....we may be able to venture down to the beach for a stroll...

Heritage Awali Day 1 Part...

I have written some bizarre blogs in my time, but this one, in praise of our rain shower has to 'take the biscuit'! In our...

Heritage Awali – Day 1...

First impressions: What a wow of a welcome!...the Jambe (drum) in honour of each arrival, a warm greeting from Patrice, with his glorious smile, a...

Marrakech!

The third largest city in Morocco, Marrakech is a fascinating city situated at the foothills of the mighty Atlas Mountains. It is increasing in popularity...

Tantalising Taormina!

Whilst on a recent holiday to Sicily, we took the cable car ride up to the delightful town of Taormina. Perched over 200 metres above...

Daios Cove Resort – A...

Whilst in Crete on a Conference, we took the opportunity to visit Daios Cove, for a quick look around. I expected it to be a...

Gibraltar

I must confess that I have never holidayed in Gibraltar, it has just been a port of call on various cruises over the years -...

The Trevi Fountain

I first saw the Trevi Fountain many years ago, have seen it many times since, and every time I find something new to appreciate in...

Al Bustan Palace, Muscat

This lovely Ritz-Carlton Hotel is situated right by the sea, on its own private 1 kilometre beach, surrounded by the beautiful Al Bustan Gardens. It...

The Hilton Salalah

The Hilton Salalah is only about 15 minutes from the airport, and enjoys a good beachfront location. Inspired by traditional Omani styles, the hotel is...

Flam Railway – An Incredible...

In 1923 work began on the construction of the famous Flam Railway in Norway. It was created to connect the mountainous villages with the beautiful...

Chilling at the Chedi!

I had heard so much about the Chedi before I had the privilege of staying there, and if I am honest I feared that it...

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat

Overlooking the Sea of Oman, and 15 minutes from Muscat, is the lovely 'resort of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah. It is actually a complex of...

Eilat – A Desert Resort

In stark contrast to the historic and religious sites which are synonymous with Israel, Eilat, on the northern tip of the Red Sea is a...

Portofino – Is Seeing Really...

Portofino, on the Italian Riviera, is a must-see port of call for many cruise ships...and was indeed how I came to visit it some years...

Pisa – Its Not Just...

Of course Pisa is known throughout the world as the site of the Leaning Tower, and I have to say I wasn't quite prepared for...

Civitavecchia – with a cheeky...

Arriving on a cruise ship, at the port of Civitavecchia, most travellers, not on an organised excursion, will head straight for some form of transport,...

An ‘Air Raising Aligator Airboat...

I am generally not one for 'organised excursions' preferring to create my own itinerary (goes with my job I suppose!) but realising we would have...

A Surprising Side to Side!

We were staying in quiet Colakli, on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, and needed to do the inevitable shopping for holiday gifts to take back home....

Marrakech’s Riads Part 5 –...

It was my pleasure last year to visit the fabulous city of Marrakech. It is a vibrant city, overflowing with cultural sights, sounds and smells!...

Disney Magic in Dover!!

The wonderful Disney Magic Cruise Ship will be sailing out of Dover on three cruises in 2015!...and as you can imagine they are selling fast!...

Anthem!…A New Song for Southampton!

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas is coming to the UK in 2015! She will be the largest ship ever to sail from Southampton, and...

Marrakech’s Riads! Part 1 –...

It was my pleasure last year to visit the fabulous city of Marrakech. It is a vibrant city, overflowing with cultural sights, sounds and smells!...

Marrakech’s Riads! Part 2 –...

It was my pleasure last year to visit the fabulous city of Marrakech. It is a vibrant city, overflowing with cultural sights, sounds and smells!...

‘Marrakech’s Riads! Part 3 –...

It was my pleasure last year to visit the fabulous city of Marrakech. It is a vibrant city, overflowing with cultural sights, sounds and smells!...

Marrakech’s Riads! Part 4 –...

It was my pleasure last year to visit the fabulous city of Marrakech. It is a vibrant city, overflowing with cultural sights, sounds and smells!...

Kasbah Tamadot

The brass plate at the entrance states 'Kasbah Tamadot Richard Branson's Moroccan Retreat' and a retreat it certainly is. Situated in Asni, a little village...

The Crane, Barbados

The Crane, built in 1887 was the first resort hotel in the Caribbean, and although it has been fully restored and expanded it has managed...

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown is often dismissed as an arrival or departure port for a Caribbean cruise...but as I discovered on a recent holiday to Barbados, it has...

‘This little piggy went to…..swim?!

You could be forgiven for thinking that this is some kind of April Fool...but it really isnt! On a recent trip to the glorious islands...

Syracuse (Siracusa) Sicily

If you are holidaying in Sicily, the lovely city of Syracuse, situated on the south east coast of Sicily, is well worth a look. Steeped...

Sandy Lane

Consistent winners of a plethora of awards...their 2013 accolades include Barbados' Leading Resort (World Travel Awards,) Seven Star Global Luxury Awards for Best Hotel and...

Christ the Redeemer!

The World Cup will come and go but the phenomenal, iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer will surely stand forever!... Built between 1922 and 1931,...

Sandals Whitehouse

Situated within 500 acres of exceptionally beautiful, meticulously maintained gardens, and on a two mile stretch of lovely beach, Sandals Whitehouse is Jamaica's only all...

St Lucia – its current...

It has been my absolute pleasure to visit this wonderful Caribbean island, and to experience the diversity of its scenery - the majestic Piton mountains,...

The Shandrani Resort and Spa...

Located on a protected and private peninsular in South East Mauritius, the wonderful 5* Shandrani Resort and Spa surrounded by the Blue Baie Marine Park,...

The Dead Sea

Not actually a sea, but a lake, the Dead Sea is a narrow 42 mile long stretch of water and the world's largest natural spa,...

PortAventura!

PortAventura, is situated on the Costa Daurada, the heart of Catalonia. just one hour from Barcelona, ten minutes from Reus airport and virtually on the...

Sandals La Source Resort and...

At last the long awaited and eagerly anticipated new Sandals Resort is here! Sandals La Source Resort and Spa, dubbed 'The Sandals of Tomorrow', has...

Tunisia – ‘The Jewel of...

Just 2 1/2 hours flying time from London, and on the tip of Northern Africa, Tunisia is a surprisingly fascinating destination. With a sub-tropical climate,...

Beaches!…. Beyond Brilliant!…Beyond Belief!

Consistently winning accolades, Beaches, part of the Sandals family, were voted the 2013 World's Leading All Inclusive Family Resorts brand, at the World Travel Awards!...

Sandals…A Destination in Themselves!

Consistently voted the world's leading all inclusive company, 18 years in a row, at the World Travel Awards, Sandals Resorts offer more quality inclusions than...

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and...

The brochure said...'Britain to Bali...in Old World Jamaica' ...and its true! Entering through the grand 'port-cochere' entrance to the lovely Georgian-style Great House, you will...

Malta…some say its like Marmite!!

It has been said that Malta, like Marmite, is a place you will either love or hate!...I love it, and I'd like to tell you...

Barbados

I've recently returned from my first visit to the wonderful Caribbean island of Barbados, and cannot wait to go back to explore more of this...