Hotels

Is this Indonesia's best kept secret?

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I don't have a travel bucket list. The reason for that is quite simple - I can never tick places off for good as I fall in love with countries and want to return over and over again. But if I had one, Raja Ampat would have been in the top ten ever since I started diving. Image by Jackson Groves from Journey Era The archipelago lies off the west coast of P[...]

Waking up with Elephants - my Sri Lankan adventure

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I am staring mesmerized at the little elephant baby. It is tiny, well at least in elephant terms and quite feisty, it seems to know that today is World Elephant Day. Luckily I am spending the day at the Shangri-La Hambantota in the South of Sri Lanka. It seems a fitting location as there are elephants everywhere in the hotel and it is not far from the fam[...]

Hotels we love: Bleiche Spreewald

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Do you know that strange feeling when you look yourself in the eyes and realise that you’ve been completely out of touch with yourself and your body for way too long? The latter might somehow be functioning because it always does and you go about your daily business, or businesses. It may be when you step out of the shower, put sun screen on your legs and it[...]

Hotels we love - Shangri-La Villingili in the Maldives

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From the moment I first set foot on Villingili island I was in heaven. Someone handing me a coconut decorated with a frangipani flower was proof of that, in my book. I was taken directly to my villa, no annoying waiting around the reception, just holiday bliss from the first minute. It had secretly been my dream for a long time to experience the famed bliss [...]

Amilla Fushi - Maldivian Wellness Magic

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The moment I leave the baggage claim area at Male airport the wellness feeling starts. A lovely man with white teeth and linen pants awaits and promptly escorts me to a climatized lounge where snacks, coffee and glorious free wifi await. Only when my sea plane flight with Transmaldivian Airways is ready to board am I accompanied to my seat; and in the follow[...]

15 amazing experiences to have in the Maldives

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Not too long ago I published some of my top tips regarding traveling to the Maldives - and one of them was to do something special every day. There is so much to do in the Maldives, and all of it is fun, wonderful and magical. Perhaps you're currently preparing a trip to the Maldives; but if not, these incredible experiences will almost certainly fire up you[...]

10 Cool Hostels in Europe you should check out this summer

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I have a confession to make: I have never stayed in the dorm room of a hostel. There, I said it. I don't even think that it has anything to do with my wise old age of thirty-something; sharing a room with strangers was just never my approach of getting a good night's sleep. In addition, I like an accommodation with a story, a sense of place and preferably so[...]

An Oasis in the City: Finding Bliss at the Shangri-La, Singapore

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Jet lag can be a bitch. And despite a lovely experience flying Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class, I still feel it strongly. I arrive in Changi Airport dazed at the fact that it's bright and early morning in Singapore, and that the sun is shining and humidity has already hit 100%. It's quite a different scene to the drizzly 15 degree British summer I l[...]

A bit of Hotel romance and Goodbye's in Phuket

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The bellboy who is opening our taxi door doesn't blink an eye as we get out. Even though we look like proper... travelers. My face is makeup free, my hair is still tangled from weeks in the saltwater and our luggage consists of a disorderly array of backpacks, shoulder bags, and something that resembles a bodybag - my dive equipment. To give him credi[...]