Life is in the detail

Life is in the detail

At Original Travel, we need to understand what you like before we can truly say what you’ll love.

Nick, Al & Tom

Family Fun on Film

We've teamed up with much-loved children's party people, Sharky & George, to create family holidays jam-packed with fun, laughter and games.

Tom

Life is in the detail

With 600 acres of gardens and orchards, guests at Babylonstoren can enjoy the finest of the Cape's produce. The good news is that some of South Africa's best wineries are also within easy reach.

Ra - Original Traveller

Life is in the detail

Who said competition was a bad thing? The latest luxury island retreats in the Maldives are upping the ante with ever more amazing details. Anyone for an ambient pressure submarine ride, courtesy of Velaa Private Island?

Miranda - Original Traveller

Life is in the detail

We know the only place in the world where marine biologists have figured out why and exactly when whale sharks turn up.

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Life is in the detail

The best tagliatelli vongole I've ever tasted (and there have been a few) was this year at the Monastero Santa Rosa on the Amalfi Coast. Eccezionale.

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Life is in the detail

Raja Ampat in Indonesia is home to beautiful deserted beaches and incredible dive sites, all best explored by luxury yacht.

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We are a creative luxury travel company who take a thoughtful approach to arranging tailor made holidays.

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Hillside in Capri

Capri & Ischia

Rising dramatically from the waters of the Mediterranean are Capri and Ischia. Both can be reached by hydrofoil from Naples in under an hour and have excellent hotels at which to indulge in la dolce vita.

Capri & Ischia
Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Fun for all the family.

Family Holidays
Fellah Hotel

Fellah Hotel

The Fellah Hotel is a welcome addition to the Marrakech hotel scene, managing to be child-friendly yet not adult unfriendly, and trendy without being unwelcoming. Quite some feat.

Fellah Hotel
Honeymoon Maldives

Honeymoon Maldives

A Maldives honeymoon conjures picture perfect images of archetypal white sand beaches framing jungle interiors, surrounded by atolls of crystal clear waters dropping away into the depths.

Honeymoon Maldives
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.

Hawaii
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.

African Safaris
Rajasthan & Agra

Rajasthan & Agra

Visit evocative cities such as Jodphur and Jaipur and the iconic Taj Mahal, alongside enjoying a slower pace of life in the villages of Rural Rajasthan.

Rajasthan & Agra
The Great Ruaha River

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

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

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks
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.

Big Short Breaks
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.

Do Before You Die
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

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

Dubrovnik
Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

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.

Via Ferrata
Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Post-wedding wonders

Honeymoons
Best Beach Holidays

Best Beach Holidays

Best Beach Holidays
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.

Mozambique
The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

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

The Okavango Delta & Beyond
Peloponnese

Peloponnese

Few, if any, destinations have had as significant an impact on the Western psyche and vocabulary as the Peloponnese peninsula in south-western Greece.

Peloponnese
Anguilla

Anguilla

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

Anguilla
Yucatán Peninsula

Yucatán Peninsula

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

Yucatán Peninsula
Japan

Japan

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

Japan
101 Hotel

101 Hotel

Iceland's first design hotel; smart, funky and much better inside than out.

101 Hotel
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.

Snorkelling with Beluga whales
Family Holiday Oman

Family Holiday Oman

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

Family Holiday Oman
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.

Papua New Guinea
The Fortress

The Fortress

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

The Fortress
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.

Dive the Blue Hole
Bali & Lombok

Bali & Lombok

Neighbouring islands in the Indonesian archipelago; both offer superb watersports, hotels and culture for a luxury holiday.

Bali & Lombok
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.

Hoi An Street Food Tour
Easter Island

Easter Island

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

Easter Island
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.

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal
Berlin

Berlin

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

Berlin
Mobile Tented Safaris

Mobile Tented 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.

Mobile Tented Safaris
Atacama Desert

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.

Atacama Desert
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.

D-Hotel Maris
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 Legian
Muscat

Muscat

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

Muscat

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Travel advice, information and inspiration from the Original Travel team.

The Monastero Santa Rosa in Italy

For this week's Throwback Thursday we've picked an oldie but a goodie in Italy. Jules stayed at The Monastero Santa Rosa in 2013 - read the review.

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Christmas Getaways: Time To Start Planning

Talk of Christmas already?!? Before you think we've gone all Argos on you, the majority of great festive season holiday spots do get booked up well in advance and as travel guardian angels we naturally only want the best for you. So, if the thought of doing one of Nigella's coke soaked hams (now,…

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Challenge Accepted!

Who watched the London marathon at the weekend? I went along to cheer on a friend and as I stood there, chocolate bar and fizzy drink in hand, enthusiastically cheering (and consequently spilling most of said fizzy drink all over the poor man in front of me) as hundreds of super-fit (and frankly…

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Our Little Black Book of Travel

Percy Shelley once wrote "Soul meets soul on lovers' lips." However, at Original Travel we like to think that soul meets soul on a far flung holiday... Spring is in the air and we've cast our favourite romantic holidays as characters in our very own Little Black Book. Don Juan, this one's for you!…

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24 hours in... Brooklyn, New York

The trendification of New York's Brooklyn suburb has been well publicised over the past few years and it's become synonymous with the word 'hipster'. Jay-Z's childhood play ground now has streets laden with artisan coffee shops, quirky boutiques and trendy beards. Not forgetting it's a foodie's…

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Nicaragua: Under-rated but Utterly Enchanting

How much do you know about Nicaragua? This little gem of a destination (well, it's actually the biggest central American country) is oft-overlooked as a holiday destination when placed next to the big boys of Latin America - Brazil, Argentina, Mexico. Nicaragua was my first venture outside Europe…

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Discovering Dubai

After having my reservations about the place - I was pleasantly impressed with what Dubai has to offer.

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Sharky & George-ified Original Travel Family Holidays

Some matches are made in heaven and that's certainly the way we feel about the relationship between Original Travel and children's party people Sharky & George. Both companies opened for business in 2003 and have since gone from strength to strength. Then in 2010 Rosie from Original Travel…

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Texas Pecan Pie Recipe

From the heart of Texas comes the traditional pecan pie, representing Texas's pride as the pecan is the nation's state tree. You will never miss this pie on thanksgiving or at Christmas as it is an essential (and incredibly delicious) part of Texan culture. Convince yourself:

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The World on Sale

So what's up? It's more a question of what's down, and particularly against the Pound, thanks to a resurgent British economy. The rest will inevitably catch up (we're good sports like that) so the exchange rate bonanza won't last, but in the meantime there are bargains to be had. The World's on sale…

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A week in: Cambodia

Once merely a tourist thoroughfare for those keen to tick off the spectacle that is Angkor Wat, Cambodia is now home to a private island resort that's been likened to the Maldives pre-tourist boom and has made the country's coast a luxury holiday go-to. Discover how we'd spend a week* in this hot…

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Which African Safari Are You?

African safaris are not, in our humble opinion, marmite scenarios; rather something absolutely everyone should try and will, undoubtedly, love. Even if you're a seasoned safari-pro, there's still more to try and if you've never done it before, there's no time like the present. So, what type of…

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We're very saddened by the news that Mark Shand has passed away. Not only was he an amazing travel writer, he was also chairman of one of OT's favourite foundations, The Elephant Family. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.

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Simoon Travel's Amelia has been in Uzbekistan - here are some of her amazing photos:

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HAPPY EASTER! We hope you're having an eggs-traordinary (sorry) long weekend.

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Your Friday travel quote...

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Simoon Travel's Amelia has just returned from a tour around Algeria's Grand Erg Occidental in the North West. If you thought London was a bit sandy last week then here's the real deal:

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Some Friday travel inspiration:

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Our latest newsletter is all about Europe and, as you may have guessed, we're big fans! The food, the culture, the beaches, the history - the list goes on and on. Pop quiz - can you guess where in Europe the landmark below is? Answers on a postcard (or, you know, just comment below!)

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