Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

On 25 August 2016 the US National Park Service will celebrate its Centenary. From the looming giant redwood trees of Yosemite to the red rock cliffs of Zion, the USA's National Parks play host to some of the world's most spectacular scenery.

Will - Original Traveller. USA

Life is in the Detail

If you look up the word 'quirky' in the dictionary you will probably find Areias do Seixo in there somewhere. This 14 bedroom hotel, located just outside Lisbon, is one of our all-time favourites for a Big Short Break.

Flora - Original Traveller. Areias do Seixo

Life is in the Detail

Food is just one of the many reasons to go to Vietnam but there are few more culturally-immersive experiences than heading to a food market with a chef and picking out that evening's fare.

Rosie - Original Traveller. Vietnam

Life is in the Detail

A safari to Namibia is as much about spectacular landscapes as it is about incredible game, from the blood-orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the giraffe of Etosha.

Kiah - Original Traveller. Namibia

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Luxury tailor-made holidays from Original Travel

At Original Travel we believe that life is in the detail

There is a world of possibilities out there

Here are just a few trip ideas to get you started

Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Post-wedding wonders

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Fun for all the family.

African Safaris

African Safaris

Safari remains one of the most evocative words in the travel lexicon, and luxury African safari holidays remain some of our most popular trips.

A Sally Lightfoot Crab

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country

Hawaii

Hawaii

Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.

Aerial view of Douro Valley

Portugal

Portugal is a little place with a lot to do.

The Great Ruaha River

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.

Do Before You Die

Do Before You Die

Do you have a holiday bucket list? Thought so. We’re not immune to a bit of holiday-dreaming either, so while we wait to hear your ultimate holiday wishlist, the list below is our communal office bucket list of dream destinations.

Big Short Breaks

Big Short Breaks

Original Travel's portfolio of Big Short Breaks, launched in 2003, contains luxury breaks to suit all requirements from city breaks to skiing, adventures and escapes, all chosen with accessibility in mind... minimum time and maximum experience.

Towers and roofs of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is quite simply one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the Mediterranean.

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

Not recommended for anyone with vertigo, the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, consisting of iron wrung ladders, footpaths and rope bridges, are an exhilarating series of routes that allow non-mountaineers to experience the higher peaks and most dramatic scenery of this most beautiful of mountain ranges.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique is the ultimate holiday destination thanks to mile upon mile of palm-fringed coastline, warm turquoise waters and now a national park that allows for the ultimate 'bush and beach' combination.

Aerial of Delta

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.

Fjord seen through the Trees

The Fjords

Pining for the fjords? You should be.

Palm trees in the Caribbean

Anguilla

Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.

Yucatan Peninsula

Yucatan Peninsula

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

Japanese Parasol

Japan

Quite possibly the most 'other' destination on Earth, and in our humble opinion a must for everyone's bucket list.

101 Hotel

101 Hotel

101 Hotel is a totally chic boutique in Reykjavik. As Iceland’s first design hotel it is nothing less than smart, funky and oozing with style.

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

July and August heralds the arrival of more than 3000 Beluga whales into Hudson Bay, heading for the mouth of the Hudson River where they summer in the estuary.

Family Oman

Family Oman

Oman may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of good family-friendly destinations, but it certainly deserves to.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is pretty much as close as you can get to frontier travel in this day and age.

The Fortress

The Fortress

The property is situated on Koggala Beach, one of the south coast's most expansive, sandy beaches.

Dive the Blue Hole

Dive the Blue Hole

Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Blue Hole is 60 miles off the mainland of Belize and is one of the greatest dive sites in the world.

Bali

Bali

The tropical idyll of Bali offers superb watersports, landscapes, hotels and culture for a varied luxury holiday.

Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An Street Food Tour

This street food tasting tour is an entertaining and informative way to see Hoi An through its food. Visit a local market off the tourist map then sit down to sample a 36 local delicacies - from sweet to savoury, noodles, sticky rice, myriad spring rolls, tropical fruits and dishes only found in Hoi An.

Giant Moai at Sunset

Easter Island

Five hours west of the mainland, the island home of the giant moai statues is more Polynesian than Chilean.

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

Starting out from Imlil, the ascent of 13671-feet Jebel Toubkal is a non-technical climb that requires an overnight stay in a basic but comfortable refuge on route.

Berlin

Berlin

The perfect urban city break destination, with museums, galleries and a cutting edge contemporary art and music scene.

Botswana Camping Safaris

Botswana Camping Safaris

Donate your roll mats to the boy scouts, forget deflating air mattresses and expect a hot shower at the end of the day. When it comes to mobile camping, boy do they know how to do it on a Botswana camping safari.

Licancabur Volcano

Atacama Desert

With an extremely unusual ecosystem, this is one of Chile's top attractions, offering a plethora of excursions from the sedate to the most active, and excellent tourist infrastructure.

D-Hotel Maris

D-Hotel Maris

Following a year long renovation, D-Hotel Maris has re-opened its doors and is back with a vengeance.

The Legian

The Legian

Designed around landscaped tropical gardens and lotus ponds, many of The Legian's rooms have fine views of the Indian Ocean, and come with private balconies, BOSE hi-fi systems and two iPods loaded with music.

The Gardens of a Muscat Mosque

Muscat

The Omani capital is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East.

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo is a great new addition to Portugal’s portfolio of boutique hotels. It's properly quirky, and less than an hour from Lisbon so works well in combo with the capital.

Tulum Coastline

Mexico

Forget Cancun, Mexico is a truly diverse country, with a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

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Family Holidays in Sri Lanka

Searching for somewhere special to spend the school holidays? Look no further than Sri Lanka - the idyllic gem of the Indian Ocean. Small in size but rich in culture, this little island boasts everything from tea estates and coconut plantations to white sandy beaches and colonial forts. Sri…

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Luxury Honeymoons in North America

Welcome to North America: for couples that lust after long open roads and endless adventures. Dive straight in to our favourite suggestions for a luxury honeymoon to North America.

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The Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos

Boasting immaculate beaches, bath-warm tropical seas, ultra-luxurious hotels, the least rainfall of any Caribbean island nation and a lobster season that lasts from August to April, the Turks and Caicos Islands should definitely be at the top of the Caribbean holiday hit list.

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The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Central America

Your honeymoon is arguably the most important holiday you'll ever take… no pressure, then. Well that's where we come in, as your travel guardian angels it's our mission to make sure you have the most superlative-ridden honeymoon of all time. And the first step to such honeymoon heaven is…

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The Mediterranean: More Than Just a Beach Holiday

Mention of Summer in the Mediterranean generally conjures images of endless stretches of sandy beach, hazy sunny days, olive-scented air and sun-kissed skin. And while this all sounds rather dreamy, there is so much more to this glorious corner of the world than just beaches. The historic…

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24 Hours at Six Senses Douro Valley

24 jam (well port, really) packed hours in the Douro Valley; I touched down in Porto mid-morning and made my way through the stunning stepped hills of the Douro Valley and in just over an hour I had arrived at my home for the evening: the Six Senses Douro Valley.

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A Vote to Float: Brexit Solved

Are you sitting down? Good, because we've got news: we've solved the 'Brexit' issue (cue rapturous applause). No, we're not starting a political party and we haven't temporarily taken leave of our senses; we've decided that Britain should simply uproot and float away. While various…

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Six Senses Laamu – A perfect Day In Paradise

I was lucky enough to spend a week at the fabulous Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives last year, and loved it so much I am going back this year! It really is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The island itself is stunning; the villas are, quite frankly, jaw-dropping, the food…

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Five of the Best: Spring Breaks

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, not with the US phenomenon of a week of wild partying during 'Spring Break' (although I can neither confirm nor deny that kind of behaviour), but with the Big Short Break. Pocket-sized adventures for those who are short on time…

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Suite Treats

George Osborne may have declared war on sweets with the introduction of his sugar tax in this year's budget but luckily we get our kicks from the suite (see what I did there?) treats of an altogether different kind. Our suite tooth (sorry, can't help it) is rather partial to the exceptional…

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New York and Kauai: The perfect Yin and Yang Combo

I have come to the conclusion that I am a tad Yin and Yang. I adore the city but I also thrive on country life. I travel extensively but I also find happiness with my home comforts. I explore the new but always return to my favourites - which is probably why I love visiting contrasting…

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Five of our Favourite Cool Combos

Question: what do the following have in common? Gin & tonic, Rodney & Del Boy, Andy Murray & Wimbledon (and while we're on the subject, strawberries & cream), bacon & eggs and finally, a nice strong wind & Donald Trump's hair. Yes, you got it; they're all cool combos,…

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RT @BonVoyageurs: Sunrise over the Serengeti in Tanzania! #sunrise #safari #Tanzania @TZTouristBoard https://t.co/A2ZA7K6lZj

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Mid-week meditation in the #Maldives. Lie back and relax at @GiliLankanfushi @visitmaldives https://t.co/lZrHVmI1Uj

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Our very own Jacqui Brooks is exploring South Africa as we speak and in all the safari madness, she managed to get this close up footage of an African elephant!

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Over 100 tons of ivory were destroyed in Kenya this weekend - a powerful protest against poaching.

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We're pretty excited today at OT as our new brochure has just landed! Here's a sneak peek of what's inside and a snap of our first little appreciators - Tom Barber's kiddies.

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It's Throwback Thursday, so here are a few photos from Katie Terrington's adventures in New Zealand a couple of years back...through Queenstown, Hobbiton and Wanaka. When's it my turn?!

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These little monkeys sure are nuts about nuts!

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"I hate Penguins" - said no one ever. Happy World Penguin Day!

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Our very own Dave Lorch has just returned from a week's heli-skiing in Iceland, comfortably one of the coolest experiences on the planet. Here are a few of his snaps...

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It may have been an April Fools' but Virgin Australia are definitely on to something here!

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Bathing is just one of the bear necessities of life...

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I think it is safe to say that Kenya got far more than its fair share of beauty! http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/kenya

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