Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay - Talamanca Bay
Ibiza Bay Hotel.
The Nobu lifestyle hotel brand has landed in Ibiza, and with impressive style. The spectacular open plan lobby immediately draws your eyes towards the stunning pool and the aquamarine
The travel trend for seeking out secluded destinations seems to be growing a pace following the pandemic; thanks to a desire to escape the crowds and find the authentic.
Yet if you are anything like me, after so long avoiding crowds and being oblig
Hotel Cueva del Gato.SUR
Hotel Cueva del Gato
Riverside rural hotel with charming restaurant and terrace. Enjoy traditional recipes made from 0km produce, like pumpkin and chestnut soup, local pork cheek slow cooked with Ronda wine and a
I'm surrounded with the abundance of nature; from the sound of songbirds along the riverbanks, the gentle curiosity of Sofía, a white donkey that leans towards me for attention, to colourful, if somewhat nervous, hens and cockerels that clear the pat
Seville's Moorish palaces will transport you to exotic Marrakech, the art galleries of Malaga might even rival those of Paris, the flamingo wetlands of Huelva will inspire like the wilds of Africa, the castles of Cordoba will remind you of Ireland, w
Hotel Madreselva - Los Caños de Meca
Built in a hacienda style, the hotel's rooms open to a central courtyard patio filled with Mediterranean and subtropical plants. Each guest room has a small private terrace and simple ensuite bathroom
As a spiritual minister, Lizzie is an officiant for both religious and civil ceremonies including baptisms, weddings (including same-sex) and renewal of vows. Wedding ceremonies (all blessings) can be spiritual or par
"Before the Covid-19 crisis, around 3.5 billion euros was spent each year on weddings in the south of Spain alone. Destination weddings support significant tourism, created by the guests attending weddings here," explains Laura Charles.
Spain's Paradores de Turismo are integral to the country's culture of hospitality. As travel begins to open up once again, why not explore Malaga province and beyond, including a stay at a Parador?
This national network of hotels was established to
I have to admit that when I was thinking about what I was going to share with you in this month's article I was feeling a little deflated. It seemed 'tone deaf' to talk about an international destination, ignoring the ongoing 'pandemic' of covid case
Seaside Sandy Beach Hotel
The friendly and welcoming four-star all-inclusive Sandy Beach Hotel, popular with couples and families alike, is built around a feature pool and subtropical gardens. In addition to the spa and gym, there's also a
The adventure begins before you even arrive at LPA airport. If you're lucky and sit on the right side of the aircraft, you get to see the cluster of volcanic islands that make up the Canaries, stretch out before you. The typically cloudless skies mak
I was navigating the labyrinthine streets of Vejer's old town in a whole new way. Instead of pausing to have a glass of wine and a tapa, or to capture panoramic vistas on my iPhone, I was instead doing tricep dips against street benches, lunges whils
Last week I was lost in the fragrant orange groves of Valencia. The sweet floral aroma of azahar seemed to surround me. Yet I hadn't broken our regional lockdown. Instead, I had been transported from my dining room table to the heart of Mediterranean
To enjoy a road trip in Portugal, the first thing you have to do is register to use the Portuguese toll motorways, as car number plates are captured by overhead cameras and sensors. Simply register online or pu
Six Senses Spa Marbella
A relaxing sea-view oasis with hydrotherapy pool, cold plunge pool, herbal steam room, sauna, hammam and nurturing, private treatment rooms.
Relax aching muscles and calm your mind with the new CBD oil therapies available
As our elegant boat passed through the narrow canal, the wake lapped at the edges of ancient facades of crumbling plaster and exposed brickwork of walls rising directly out of the water, each with a time-worn patina of terracotta, ochre, pink, with t
Palazzo Cristo Luxury Apartments
If you're looking for a private, chic Venetian hideaway for a romantic escape, then Palazzo Cristo should probably top the list. This collection of four gorgeous serviced apartments are found in a 16th-cen
Bold, energetic, uncompromising: Berlin is one of Europe's most captivating capitals. It is uncontrived, a refreshing destination that delivers an authentic, and often raw urban experience. As many cities embrace generic architecture, ubiquitous inte
It's no mystery that I'm passionate about Andalucía. I sometimes I feel like an unofficial ambassador to be honest, such is my enthusiasm for southern Spain, its nature, cuisine, history, and people. So, when I was invited to contribute to the SUR in
SANA Berlin Hotel
Found in a tranquil, leafy neighbourhood in the centre of the western part of Berlin, close to metro stations, is the 4-star SANA Berlin. It's a contemporary property, about 10 minutes' walk to the iconic Kaiser Wilhelm m
As my breathing slowed, and became deeper, my body sank further into the floor, cushioned by a yoga mat, soft wool blankets and feather-filled bolster cushions. The meditative tones of singing bowls filled the yoga shala, an intimate, light filled sp
Wellbeing travel looks set to become more popular than ever; and you don't need to go far for a relaxing, nurturing, and even enlightening break as Andalucía is home to a wealth of retreat centres, wellness hotels and yoga teachers.
This summer, take a fresh look at southern Spain, taking the road less travelled, discovering fascinating, uncrowded destinations.
Osuna - Seville province
The Petra of Andalucía
About 90 kilometres south-east of Seville city, just off the mo
Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, wrote in 1789 that "...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes". Well, I think you'll agree, we could all add a few other certainties to that list, a
Well, as you might imagine, in a time of national lockdowns, countrywide state of emergencies, 'indefinite' international travel bans, and social distancing, writing an upbeat holiday and tourism column might seem a challenge!
Yet just as we are in
Your guide to boutique Andalusian accommodation and travel planners.
This family firm, which offers a modern fleet of motorhomes and campervans ideal for couples and families, is run by founder Gonzalo Ros. Flamenco Campers inspi
With many countries in some form of a state of emergency, citizens under 'lockdown' and borders closed, this doesn't seem to be the time to think about travel. The unrelenting news coverage of the tragic impact upon health and livelihoods of Covid-19
Heading north-west up the Cadiz coast, from the wild beauty of Valdevaqueros, on the N-340 highway is a joyful drive. One passes fields of sunflowers, each tracking the brilliant light of the Costa de la Luz; and the ubiquitous wind turbines, their g
No doubt you've seen the mantra 'Please Postpone; Don't Cancel Your Trip - Save Tourism' already posted on social media. This is the heartfelt request from travel professionals and those in the hospitality sector.
It's certainly sound advice in th
Why not while away the time granted by the coronavirus lockdown, planning a future break to one of the most beautiful spots of Andalucía?
El Jardín del Califa
This 'secret garden' style restaurant has stood the test of time, remaining a
It has one of the world's most extraordinary skylines; unsurprisingly, I suppose, since Chicago has been at the nexus of urban architectural innovation since the 1880s with the construction of the world's first skyscraper. However, the Home Insurance
From people-watching in the light-filled second floor glass lobby bar, to enjoying an artisan cocktail accompanied with stunning river and skyline views from the stylish 22rd floor roof terrace, LondonHouse Chicago
The New Year is upon us - a nostalgic time when we are also full of ideas, hopes and wishes for what's ahead. Probably you've decided you want to travel more in 2020; so here's a little inspiration for planning that trip you've always promised yourse
It wasn't a typical venue for a press meeting. I arrived at the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella and made my way to the first floor where I was asked to wait outside room 101. Inside, a nurse and spinal specialist spoke with their patient, and my interv
Southern Spain is blessed with some of the country's best hotels. Chic, boutique and full of character, here are eight not to be missed.
La Joya de Cabo de Gata
Andalucía's eastern most province offers a semi-arid landscape (it's home
When it comes to travel, as with all other aspects of life for British foreign residents in Spain, Brexit will inevitably have an impact. However, the most important fact to remember is that the UK is leaving the EU with a transitional deal.
As the planet becomes ever more crowded, and increasingly affected by a changing climate, the concept of sustainability needs to evolve from being a buzz word into a way of life. Many sectors of the world's economy are changing the way they do busine
Ikos Andalusia - SPAIN
Opening in May 2020 on Playa de Guadalmansa, west of Marbella, Ikos Andalusia is a new, luxury all-inclusive resort, and the first Ikos property outside of Greece.
Built across 21 acres with views of the Med, the hotel has
Travel and tourism is undoubtedly one of the world's important drivers of wealth and job creation. Yet the continual growth in travel means we all need to think about our impact on the environment.
"Take only pictures, leave only footprints," is a
The chorus of voices, a powerful harmony of hope and joy, filled the courtyard of the grand house. The mixed choir, dressed in white robes and colourful woven sashes, sang heartfelt lyrics with an energy that was uplifting.
Gorée island - historica
The sparklingly new ocean liner Sky Princess commenced its inaugural cruise around the Iberian peninsula this week. On Tuesday it docked at the Levante quayside of Malaga's cruise liner port and was welcomed by city and regional tourism officials.
Residencia Santa Clara
Authentic 'casa particular' close to Havana's harbour and within walking distance of the sights of Old Havana. Talented carpenter Alexis and his sister Marisol have created a stylish, family-run guesthouse with grou
Powder blue, bright pink, vivid green; these were just some of the exaggerated, vibrant, 'candy colours' of the vintage cars lined up outside my Havana hotel. They conveyed an optimistic, although somewhat 'theme-park', tone to this crumbling Caribbe
Hotel NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo
This modern hotel retains features of the 16th-century Palacio de Oquendo, including the original façade, historic internal patio courtyard and vaulted ceilings, complemented with sim
Saint Petersburg is repeatedly recognised as one of the world's leading cultural city destinations, yet there remains an obstacle for many leisure and business travels - the need for a visa in order to legally enter the Russian Federation. Although t
Before travelling to Russia's 'northern Venice' I have to admit that I was concerned about my trip. Media reports of aggressive nationalism, racism and anti-LGBT incidents in Saint Petersburg and across the Russian Federation in the recent years had
Nevsky Forum is a good option for those looking for a simple place to stay. Its location, on the Nevsky Prospect, the most central thoroughfare in this huge city, is excellent.
From here everything is accessible either by f
OD Port Portals
OD Hotels is renowned for its comprehensive calendar of cultural, culinary and social events for guests and locals alike - and OD Port Portals certainly shares that commitment to help guests connect with their destinat
This archipelago of islands off the east coast of Spain is a perennial favourite for Spaniards and international visitors alike. Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera are diverse islands offering distinct experiences for visitors, yet still remain
Using both hands, our host broke open the large, elongated pod, revealing the white flesh of the fruit inside. From the sticky pulp, he pulled out oval seeds a few centimetres in length and held them in the lined and callused palm of his hand. The hu
Costa Mujeres (Mexico)
TRS Coral Hotel
Costa Mujeres is a few hours south east of the bohemian coastal enclave of Holbox, and about 30 minutes drive north from Cancún on Mexico's Caribbean coast. It's a more tranquil alternative to Cancún's Hotel
At this time of year, the light in the central highlands of Mexico is clear and intense. It's reminiscent of the seductive spectrum of Tarifa or Tangier, yet instead of bouncing off Atlantic blues, here it illuminates a warm palate of earthy tones an
This Unesco World Heritage city, in Mexico's central highlands, is the American Capital of Culture for 2019.
Hotel Matilda is a boutique property that fuses the colonial colour of San Miguel's past with the contemporary c
The classic Pacific Coast Highway road trip is best enjoyed southbound, so it makes sense to fly into San Francisco, and fly home from Los Angeles. This way (since you'll be driving on the right) you'll be hugging the coast most of the way, enjoying
The forest felt enchanted. Looking up, the bright Californian sunlight was penetrating the forest canopy, tens of metres above, creating filtered shards of light that pooled on the ground. The towering coastal redwoods, among the tallest trees in the
Home to wild mountains, enchanting redwoods and a magnificent coastline, Big Sur is the essential stop on California State Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway.
Tickle Pink Inn
This 35-room property, set among Monterey pines on the craggy c
December is already knocking at the door, promising not only festive fun but also the shorter days of winter. One way to beat the winter blues is to plan a travel escapade. To whet your appetite, I've pulled together ten ideas from home and away.
El Lodge - Sierra Nevada, Granada
This time of year means the beginning of the winter sports season. Opening today for the 2018/19 season, El Lodge is the chic place to stay in the Europe's southernmost ski resort. Expect cool design,
Duke of Richmond - Guernsey
Ideal base for 'film tourists' and 'set-jetters' visiting the island to see the places and scenery that inspired The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society novel and film. This award-winning hotel is in charmi
Chefs often endeavour to tell a story through their menus, and dinner at Guernsey's best hotel was no exception. The dishes were inspired by the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; each a creative reminder of a remarkable piece o
With some effort I slide open the heavy floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and I step out onto the terrace which was still damp from the light rain earlier in the day. The sky had cleared and before me was one of the most impressive urban landscapes in Sc
Experience the splendour of Edinburgh's 18th-century New Town, at the elegant four-star Nira Caledonia. This boutique property is found within two adjacent neo-classical Georgian townhouse mansions in Stockbridge. Guest rooms
The former capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, and one of the oldest Muslim imperial cities in the world, Fès (as it is known in French) makes for a compelling destination. Its old town, the UNESCO World Heritage medieval medina, is spellbinding.
Driving down into the valley I was confronted by the rich texture of the city spreading out before me. Surrounded by fields, and framed by the Middle Atlas mountains beyond, the urban cityscape was a mass of clustered buildings of warm sandstone, wit
Ferdinand Bol called this place home. It's on Keizersgracht, the Emperor's Canal, in the centre of Amsterdam's historic district. A pupil and prodigy of Rembrandt, this 17th-century artist had made so much money selling his art to the Dutch ultra-ric
Mr. Jordaan Hotel - Amsterdam
Cosy, friendly and stylish hotel in Amsterdam's Unesco World Heritage canal district. This renovated 17th-century canal house offers on-trend accommodation with some rooms in the loft, others with canal views.
The rough-hewn table, crafted from thick cedar, was laden with food; a generous breakfast meze so colourful and appealing that it could have enticed even the sleepiest of night owls to embrace the morning. Baskets of Bazlama flat bread were set out,
Also known as the Turquoise Coast, this enchanting stretch of shoreline from Antalya in the south, up to Çesme in the northwest is the Mediterranean of blue voyage cruises; unspoilt nature; remarkable ancient ruins; picturesque villages; sparkling re
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Found just steps away from the Royal Danish Theatre, this period style hotel, wit
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.
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
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.
This quintessentially Ber
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The Gritti Palace
The quintessential Ven
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
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.
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.
Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real - Corralejo
To the north east of Fue
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
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
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.
Only You Atocha
Madrid's hotel scene has never been so dynamic, and the
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
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.
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.
This is one of the most magical times to visit Courchevel, as throughout the season the re
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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