Archive for June, 2013

New wine tours in Margaret River, Australia

New wine tours in Margaret River, Australia

A series of recently launched tours are giving visitors new ways to discover the Margaret River wine region. The area, which is a 3 hour drive south of Perth, is home to more than 220 vineyards. It accounts for about 3% of Australia’s total wine exports but produces over 25% of Australia’s premium wine. The […]

The call of Everest

The call of Everest

Fifty years ago, Americans summited Mount Everest for the first time. To celebrate this anniversary, climbers Conrad Anker and Emily Harrington, writer Mark Jenkins, and naturalist Alton Byers meet to discuss the history and future of the world’s highest peak. This is a great video from the National Geographic Live! series which brings thought-provoking presentations […]

The world's fastest private jet

The world’s fastest private jet

Ever wondered what the world’s fastest private jet is? Or how fast it goes? That title is held by the new Cessna Citation X – a long-range, medium-sized business jet. Thanks to the power of two Rolls Royce turbofan engines, it can travel at Mach 0.935 (717 mph) – that’s approximately one mile every six […]

New luxury base from which to watch the incredible wildebeest migration river crossings

New luxury base from which to watch the incredible wildebeest migration river crossings

Just as the annual wildebeest migration arrives in the North of the Serengeti this month, so Asilia Africa opens their newest camp, Olakira Lamai. A luxurious base from which to view one of nature’s greatest spectacles, Olakira Lamai is close to the Mara River where the iconic river crossings of thousands of wildebeest take place […]

10 of the best places in the world for travel photography

10 of the best places in the world for travel photography

National Geographic’s Jim Richardson – a photojournalist whose work first appeared in the National Geographic almost 30 years ago – was recently asked to compile a bucket list of his 10 most iconic places in the world for photographers. Apparently, it didn’t take long. Here are the 10 places he chose: Antarctica Venice, Italy Machu Picchu, […]

Top 3 luxury beach cities in San Diego

Top 3 luxury beach cities in San Diego

With summer in full force, the cities of Southern California get inundated with visitors from all over.  Perhaps it’s the near-perfect weather (not too hot, not too cold) or the infectious vibe of happy people—but San Diego, at least, can expect many a beach-bound visitor.   And, with 4th of July holiday just around the corner, […]

New to China: Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang

New to China: Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang

Shenyang’s Imperial Palace is the inspiration for one of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ newest mainland China properties. The Hong Kong-based hotel company is preparing to debut a new five-star hotel in the historic city of Shenyang, which is home to the only other existing royal palace in mainland China after the Forbidden City in Beijing. […]

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

Tokyo, traditionally regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world, no longer tops those rankings. The global cost of living survey conducted by ECA International sees them fall from 1st to 6th, whilst cities in Norway (due to the strong krone) and Africa are now regarded as the most expensive places to […]

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

So where would you think are the top places to be in Europe this year? Paris for the end of the 100th Tour de France perhaps? Russia for the World Athletics Championships? Croatia, the latest addition to the European Union? According to an article just published by Lonely Planet, the top 10 European travel destinations […]

Chile: a journey through the senses

Chile: a journey through the senses

This video, courtesy of the official Chile.travel guide, has the power to charm any traveller looking to live an incredible total-sensory experience in nature. The poetry guides you in an emotional journey through your senses that will capture your imagination of Chile and leave you wanting to visit!

The ultimate luxury submarine

The ultimate luxury submarine

The MIGALOO is an ultra-luxury submarine, offering all the upscale amenities you could possibly want, including a pool and large deck. Marketed as an alternative to luxury yachts, it offers the option to travel above or below the water’s surface. Measuring over 375 feet long by 36 feet wide, the submarine is anything but small. […]

Barefoot luxury on a tiny private Indian Ocean island

Barefoot luxury on a tiny private Indian Ocean island

You leave the tiny island of Songo Songo by boat, setting off into the incredibly blue Indian Ocean, and wondering quite where you are headed.  Your destination is an even smaller tropical island called Fanjove off the coast of Tanzania, a long way south of Zanzibar. It is just 1km long by 300m wide.  There is […]

Travel tips for business, family or honeymoon travel to Brazil

Travel tips for business, family or honeymoon travel to Brazil

Brazil is world famous for its inviting beaches, beautiful landscape and instantly recognisable cultural sights. As Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding areas gear up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the region is being rejuvenated, returning to the classically luxe city it is historically known to be. Gone are the times when a beach […]

12 things not to miss in Washington DC

12 things not to miss in Washington DC

Washington DC is a city that many visit with work and as such is probably much overlooked in terms of a holiday destination.  I was lucky enough to be on a work trip that included the weekend and so spent a day with a member of my extended family touring the sights.  We did this […]

10 amazing US hotel rooftops

10 amazing US hotel rooftops

The popularity of rooftop lounging continues to grow, and guests are demanding more unique offerings and more luxurious options.  Whether you grab a cocktail with a few hundred friends or dine in seclusion with the love of your life, these 10 US hotels offer rooftop experiences for every travel personality. The Press Lounge at Ink48 […]

Top 5 beaches in Thailand

Top 5 beaches in Thailand

There are many fun, adventurous activities to do and places to see in Thailand. The shopping is exquisite, Bangkok is bustling and the history is fascinating. However, none of these will top a visit to the luxurious, beautiful, glistening sandy beaches that can be found on the many Thai islands.  Here are our top 5: […]

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