Life is in the Detail
Chand Baori, built in the 9th Century AD, is one of India’s most iconic stepwells. Its design is intended to conserve as much water as possible and the structure features 3,500 steps, which descend 20 metres.
Miranda - Original Traveller. India
Life is in the Detail
Cape Town lays claim to perhaps the most physically stunning setting for any city anywhere in world and, from paddle boarding in the harbour to hiking up Table Mountain, there are endless ways to see it.
Kiah - Original Traveller. South Africa
Life is in the Detail
Italy is famous for many things; the eternal city of Rome, the rolling hills of Tuscany, the glamorous Amalfi Coast. But the main event has got to be the food, and we have the inside track on where to get the best eats.
Harriet - Original Traveller. Italy
Life is in the Detail
Soak up some Argentinian soul in Buenos Aires by heading to La Boca, where you’ll find colourful bohemian houses, street stalls, live tango music and dance demonstrations that spill out on to the streets.
Hero - Original Traveller. Argentina
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Safari remains one of the most evocative words in the travel lexicon, and luxury African safari holidays remain some of our most popular trips.
Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country
Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.
Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.
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.
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.
Dubrovnik is quite simply one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the Mediterranean.
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 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.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.
Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.
A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.
Quite possibly the most 'other' destination on Earth, and in our humble opinion a must for everyone's bucket list.
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.
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.
Oman may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of good family-friendly destinations, but it certainly deserves to.
Papua New Guinea is pretty much as close as you can get to frontier travel in this day and age.
The property is situated on Koggala Beach, one of the south coast's most expansive, sandy beaches.
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.
The tropical idyll of Bali offers superb watersports, landscapes, hotels and culture for a varied luxury holiday.
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.
Five hours west of the mainland, the island home of the giant moai statues is more Polynesian than Chilean.
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.
The perfect urban city break destination, with museums, galleries and a cutting edge contemporary art and music scene.
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.
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.
Following a year long renovation, D-Hotel Maris has re-opened its doors and is back with a vengeance.
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 Omani capital is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East.
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.
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We may have shamelessly stolen E.M. Forster's title but fear not, we're not embarking upon a literary critique of 20th Century English society (that's next week). We've instead been pondering the very best views from some simply spectacular hotel rooms across the planet… a guaranteed…
Whether you fall into the "adore it" or the "loathe it" camp - and there are none that fall into the gap in-between - bullfighting has always intrigued. Still practiced in many southern Spanish towns, as well as in France, Portugal and in some South American nations, tauromachy, to give the…
It's that time of year again: the time when you realise that Christmas is just 78 short days away but you haven't actually managed to take all of your annual holiday allowance. Something must be done (hint: that's where we come in). Surveys keep coming out claiming that us Brits remain…
Brazil is the antidote to the cliché fly and flop honeymoon. From sleek hotels and stylish beach lifestyle, to countryside fazendas and barefoot beach bliss, the country is a cocktail that shakes and stirs the senses making a trip here exciting at every turn. That is of course if you know…
Which Travel Tribe do you belong to? Perhaps you're a Gastronomic Globetrotter; you crave the delectable delights of the world's best foodie destinations. Or maybe you're a Lounger Lizard, chasing the sun around the globe one deck chair at a time. Or are you a Culture Vulture, enjoying…
Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part two of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.
Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part one of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.
I don't like skiing. This is partly because I ski with all the elegance and grace of a drunk giraffe but largely because I think that climbing up a mountain is vastly superior to slipping down it. I have yet to find a feeling that matches the sense of achievement and (once I've got my breath…
'If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik.' Even after eighty-seven years, we couldn't agree more with George Bernard Shaw. It is virtually impossible not to be charmed by the old town of Dubrovnik; an extremely good-looking historical gem jutting out from the Dalmatian coast.…
Fears of driving on uncertain roads melted away in the midday Maniot heat, as we climbed through mountains that tumbled into the crystal blue sea. My reward for braving the hairpin bends from Kalamata to the Mani, was the breathtaking vistas glimpsed in between Cyprus and Olive trees on the…
There is no doubt that Africa is a sought after destination for honeymooners. Whilst weddings are a once in a lifetime celebration, the honeymoon could be considered an investment and Africa provides the goods. Epic landscapes, experiential safaris, fascinating culture and some seriously…
News has reached us of an opportunity so exciting that we simply couldn't keep it to ourselves. Two of our favourite hotels; Swedish Lapland's ultimate 'glamping' site, Aurora Safari Camp, and the ingenious (and slightly bonkers, which is why we love it so much) Treehotel, still have some…
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