Andrew Forbes

Since graduating in Film & Media in 1991, Andrew has worked in Marketing Communications & PR. He is an established writer and blogger, specialising in travel, lifestyle and hotels.

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04/06/2018 14:57


A taste of Menorca

My host for the morning, Antonio of 'Cómete Menorca' sees me take a break, as I plant myself in a bright red director's chair on one of the café terraces outside Ciutadella's 19th-century fish market. It was the ideal place to take a short breather f

04/06/2018 14:56


Menorca: The Insider Guide

STAY: Torralbenc Hotel & Vineyards Forget manic sightseeing and instead immerse yourself in Menorcan island life at this traditional 19th-century farmstead, now reimagined as a characterful rural hotel with gourmet restaurant, spa, and now a bo

07/05/2018 17:58


Hidden Cyprus

They fluttered and swayed in the warm Mediterranean breeze like giant feathers; movement that flowed across the hillside in an almost otherworldly way; as if the trees were dancing. This fairy-tale sight greeted me as I passed through the renowned Ce

07/05/2018 17:55


Southern Cyprus, the insider guide

STAY: Elysium Hotel Striking Byzantine-inspired landmark hotel, adjacent to the Tombs of Kings, and a short walk from the harbour of Paphos. Recently completely remodelled, the Elysium is now an exceptional family resort hotel. Guest rooms all

06/04/2018 16:48


Algarve calling

Who could have thought back in the dark days of the recent financial crisis that Portugal would emerge with such vibrancy and become one of the hottest destinations in Europe? Portugal's renaissance appears to be touching all corners of the country

02/03/2018 19:34


Miami vibe

As I walk out of the private lift, my eyes take a moment to adjust to the bright light. The polished marble floors and immaculate white walls seem to intensify the brilliant Miami sunshine that floods in through the three-and-half-metre-high floor-to

02/03/2018 19:34


Miami, the insider guide

STAY: The Meridian Hotel Close to the buzz of the iconic Ocean Drive, South Beach, yet within the authentic, quieter residential district of 'SoFi', this new budget hotel offers a cool Miami vibe with its brilliant white, mid-century architectura

31/01/2018 12:45


The insider guide to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is set to be one of the hottest European city destinations this year, so cosy up in the Danish capital this winter with our city guide. STAY: Sanders Found just steps away from the Royal Danish Theatre, this period style hotel, wit

26/01/2018 18:08


Cosy Copenhagen

I ran the last few metres towards the restaurant, as gusts of snow flurried around me. My refuge from the winter elements was a simple wooden building on the water's edge, with panoramic windows that afforded views out across Copenhagen's harbour.

12/01/2018 18:46



The room sparkled with refracted light, creating colourful reflections from the elegant crystal perfume bottles that filled the antique cabinets and covered the polished mahogany tables. Beside me the shelves of an alcove were laden with cobalt blue

04/01/2018 13:15


Bermuda, the insider guide

Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory, is an Atlantic archipelago of sub-tropical islands famous for beaches of fine, coral-pink sand and clear azure waters - and plenty of British colonial charm. STAY: Rosedon Hotel This quintessentially Ber

24/11/2017 14:54


Yerevan, the insider guide

Home to the National Opera & Ballet Theatre and world-class museums, the Armenian capital is rich in culture. Yet this, the largest city in the country also has a small town, laid-back ambiance of casual street café restaurants making it a relaxed ci

27/10/2017 16:06


A Joshua Tree road trip

The excitement of fulfilling a long-held dream was beginning to dissipate, with nervousness taking hold. The guide told us, "In addition to the two gallons of water per person, you need to make sure you have salty snacks and energy bars. It wasn't th

27/10/2017 12:13


Greater Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

The nine 'desert cities' of Greater Palm Springs, southwestern United States, offer a remarkably diverse travel experience: from the vintage Rat Pack glamour of Palm Springs and the golf and spa resorts of Palm Desert; to the awe-inspiring nature of

02/10/2017 12:18


48 hours in modish Milan

Milan may not be chockful of Renaissance architecture that one so often associates with Italy; yet what this industrial, commercial city lacks in old-world charm it more than makes up with thanks to urban style. At this time of year, the suffocatin

14/09/2017 20:20


Mellow Marbella

It's no secret that I like to travel, to live a slightly nomadic lifestyle. Yet each time I board an aircraft to return home, it's always with a feeling of excitement to be coming back to Andalucía. Even after countless trips, each time the plane des

14/09/2017 20:20


The Insider Guide to a Marbella 'staycation'

The summer may be drawing to a close for many, yet for residents of southern Spain, the Mediterranean sun continues to shine, making it the perfect time to enjoy all the pleasures of the coast, yet without the high-season crowds. Here's some inspirat

07/08/2017 15:56


The Insider Guide: The American Riviera

Running from Summerland to Goleta, with the historic, postcard-perfect towns of Santa Barbara and Montecito at its heart, this privileged south-facing stretch of the Pacific ocean coast is the place to stay in Central California Stay: Belmond El

07/08/2017 15:54


Santa Barbara, the heart of the American Riviera

California has always been synonymous with the notion of the American Dream, and it consistently makes for a compelling holiday destination. The glitz, glamour and urban energy of Los Angeles in the south; together with the renowned openness of San F

03/07/2017 17:04


The insider guide to Venice

Once one of the wealthiest Mediterranean maritime republics, this lagoon city remains a visitor favourite thanks to its romantic gothic architecture, charming canals, and seductive Italian flair. STAY: The Gritti Palace The quintessential Ven

03/07/2017 16:53


Venice, beyond the crowds

Despite the early hour, the morning fish market stalls were almost fully set-up by the time I'd walked down to the 'Mercato del pesce', one of the Rialto city markets beside Venice's Grand Canal. Outside, in the modest Campo Beccarie square, a founta

30/05/2017 18:16


Fuerteventura for all seasons

As the Spanish would say, I'm 'inquieto'. I have a restless spirit that means that I just love to explore; and when it comes to visiting a new place, it's rewarding to discover the hidden aspects of a destination. Fuerteventura The Insider

30/05/2017 15:24


The Insider Guide: Fuerteventura

A holiday-maker's favourite and a surfer's paradise; Fuerteventura boasts some of the archipelago's finest beaches but also an interesting interior landscape and history. STAY: Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real - Corralejo To the north east of Fue

03/05/2017 15:36


Downtown Tokyo

Boarding an underground train is rarely memorable, but if it is, it's almost certainly for all the wrong reasons; a feeling of claustrophobia, chaotic pushing, a sensation of stress. Yet my first time on the Tokyo network felt like an almost poetical

31/03/2017 16:33


Madrid in springtime

There's a Spanish adage that says. 'Madrid, nueve meses de invierno y tres de infierno'. Roughly translated it says that the city's weather is little more than nine months of winter and three months of hellish heat! Yet, contrary to perceived wisd

31/03/2017 14:10



The Spanish capital has embraced 2017 with new hip hotels, cool bars, top restaurants and world-class arts exhibitions. It's time you booked your ticket to Madrid. STAY: Only You Atocha Madrid's hotel scene has never been so dynamic, and the

24/02/2017 18:30


A cultural immersion in Kyushu

Despite my best intentions, I had committed a faux pas. The inn's hostess had become slightly agitated, her warm smile had dissolved into a look of surprise - or was it shock? Japan is said to be a nation of traditions, unspoken social rules and stri

24/02/2017 18:17


Nagasaki, Kyushu

The birthplace of Japan's industrialisation; setting for the opera Madame Butterfly; and inspiration for Martin Scorsese's 2017 movie 'Silence' - Nagasaki, the international gateway to Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's main islands. STAY: Garde

30/01/2017 13:38


Snow, fire and food

Once embraced by the deep, soft fireside sofa I begin to give into to that 'good tired' feeling one experiences after time on the slopes. 70TH ANNIVERSARY This is one of the most magical times to visit Courchevel, as throughout the season the re

27/01/2017 11:16



The 2016/17 season sees Courchevel celebrating its 70th anniversary. From its humble beginnings in the 1940s, Courchevel is now one of the most chic ski resorts within 'Les Trois Vallées', said to be the world's largest lift-connected ski area, with

17/01/2017 10:30


Scottish Capital Gains

A grey sandstone building half-way up Edinburgh's Lothian Road, opposite the city's imposing Usher Hall, has for more than 30 years offered escapism into different worlds, through visual story-telling of intrigue, romance and fantasy. Here at Edinbur

17/01/2017 10:30



STAY: Old Town Chambers For a luxury home-from-home in Scotland's capital, then take a look at the 5-star accommodation at the Old Town Chambers. Found in the city's Old Town, these upscale apartments include historical features from the 15th cen

17/01/2017 10:12


The trail less trekked

As the hours passed whilst walking the mountain trails, the peace and tranquillity became almost tangible. Without aircraft jetting overhead, and with no roads filled with cars or motorbikes, one is truly embraced by nature. Here the sound of silence

17/01/2017 09:22


The Insider Guide: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Carved through the Andes by the Urubamba River, Peru's remarkable Sacred Valley was at the heart of the Inca Empire. This fertile region lies between the city of Cusco, and the country's most iconic attraction, the imperial Inca city of Machu Picchu.

30/12/2016 10:04


Bread with oil - understanding Mallorca

Worn smooth through years of use, the immense table in the centre of the room had a softness to it that belied its obvious weight and size. Hewn from huge pieces of rock, it was once used to crush the local harvested olives before pressing, but now s

28/11/2016 18:49


The Ouirgane valley - the unspoilt base for High Atlas holidaying

Morocco is seductively exotic yet increasingly accessible. The modest airport at Marrakech is finally being expanded and low-cost routes easily connect this bohemian, cultural, and historic city with Europe and beyond. After a few days exploring th