Tags archives: luxury-travel

This could be heaven - Return to Velassaru, Maldives

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It all started with my friend Caroline canceling last minute. We have known each other for 5 years, well enough for me to know that this might happen and when it did I was not all that suprised. Still – now I didn't have a girlfriend to join me on my girlfriend getaway! With just 2 weeks left I called up all my female friends, including those living in dif[...]

Hotels We Love: Kata Rocks, Phuket

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For a while now, I've been fighting Phuket's corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn't offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them: 1. It's easy and relatively af[...]

10 minutes to paradise - a trip to Kurumba, Maldives

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A curious, open-minded, upbeat and outgoing child is a huge blessing. Mind you, it's also a huge challenge, particularly when said sweetheart gets so excited with the world that he finds it hard to part with it, particularly during nap times or at night. When they are as little as my Atlas they still need 2 naps a day, meaning I have to fight the sleep battl[...]

Hotels We Love: Taita Falcon Lodge, Zambia

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Usually when I go on trips, I'm quite spontaneous and flexible when it comes to accommodation. I'll find a cheap flat on AirBnB or even a local host on couch surfing, and as long as there is a soft surface which is roughly my length, a pillow and a blanket, I'm content. When I planned my trip to Zambia with my dad however, I wanted to make sure that every pl[...]

Hotels We Love: The Surin, Phuket

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Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story. Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them... willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and w[...]

Hotels We Love: The Selman, Marrakech

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There are design hotels that amaze with their delightful aesthetics and architectural class and bravery. Then there are luxury hotels that indulge with their elegance, decadence and knock-your-socks-off-then-pick-them-up-and-tidy-them-away excellent service. Then there is the Selman in Marrakech, which has somehow managed to slot itself into both of t[...]

Hotels We Love: Cliff Bay & Porto Mare, Madeira

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  Hands up if you love hotels? The clean white corners of the bed linen, the bouncy fresh towels piled in the bathroom, the soaps you have to unwrap as if they're a gift... oh and what's that? A robe and slippers! Yes! This is me everytime I stay in a hotel that is 4 or 5 stars. I love hotels. I love being shocked at the price of water [...]

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