24 hours in the New Forest and a stay at the historic Bell Inn

24 hours in the New Forest and a stay at the historic Bell Inn

As a small herd of donkeys cross the road in front of us we stop the car. I wind down my window and as the group wanders by, one sticks it head in to say hello. We’re nose-to-nose. He’s completely unfazed by our giggling and cooing but soon moves on when...
Mandina Lodges, the perfect start to our West African honeymoon

Mandina Lodges, the perfect start to our West African honeymoon

As a female baboon with baby in tow passed by Neill, he glanced my way, grinning from ear to ear before returning his gaze to the troop of baboons that were casually marching by him, just a couple of feet away. I doubt when I suggested we had a second honeymoon, this...
Samsonite Neopulse Suitcase Review

Samsonite Neopulse Suitcase Review

When Duifhuizen bags & travel asked me if I’d like to select a bag or backpack from their online store to review, I knew immediately which item I was interested in — a Samsonite suitcase. Why Samsonite? Having previously owned a Samsonite...
Park House Hotel and Spa, a well kept Sussex secret

Park House Hotel and Spa, a well kept Sussex secret

With a view of the rolling South Downs, Park House Hotel is a fabulous family-run Edwardian country house hotel from the Best Loved Hotels collection. Despite living just a half hour drive away all my life, I never knew it existed. Even the name of the village it is...
A memorable night glamping by Lake Bled

A memorable night glamping by Lake Bled

Fairytale castles, luxury spa resorts, campsites in the wilds, historic hotels and modern retreats — during my visit to Slovenia I experienced a superb variety of places to stay. My favourite of all, though, was glamping in the woods on the shores of Lake...
Finding my Nirvana in Mallorca

Finding my Nirvana in Mallorca

Earlier this year I spent a wonderful weekend in Mallorca, an island that I love. My visit this time may have only been brief but it was a real treat staying at what I now consider to be the best spa hotel in Mallorca, if not the whole of Spain, Hotel BonSol. A gem of...
Falling for the skyscrapers of Dubai

Falling for the skyscrapers of Dubai

Slipping into the clear water, I swim towards the waterfall and lie back, looking up towards the bluest of skies. The waterfall and the rocks from which it is tumbling may be manmade but it is nevertheless a cooling sound in the heat of the day. I slowly float beneath...

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