Life is in the Detail
The flamingo-filled lagoons of the Atacama desert in Chile are all the more accessible in 2017, thanks to a new direct flight to Santiago with British Airways.
Will - Original Traveller. Chile
Life is in the Detail
British planter James Taylor introduced tea to Sri Lanka back in 1867. Today, tea remains one of the largest industries in the country - and the plantations make for some pretty beautiful landscapes, too.
Rosie - Original Traveller. Sri Lanka
Life is in the Detail
Pack up the cases and the kids and head to Oman for a dose of winter sun and fun on an Original Travel Sharky & George-ified holiday
Charlotte - Original Traveller. Oman
Life is in the Detail
The as-yet-unfinished Kalta Minor Minaret in Khiva, Uzbekistan, was the brainchild of Mohammed Amin Khan who wanted to build a minaret tall enough to see all the way to Bukhara - 280 miles away.
Amelia - Original Traveller. Uzbekistan
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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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My first trip to Central America was so colorful that I have been living in monochrome ever since. I urge anyone with a penchant for pastels, a fetish for fluorescents or a bias for bolds to visit. Here are my most colourful moments from Guatemala and El Salvador.
India has long been a favourite amongst Original Travel staff and clients alike. It's the kind of country that inspires a lifelong affinity and, once people catch the India bug, they tend to go back again and again - there is always more to discover. With that in mind, here are eight reasons…
Imagine this: you're sitting on a sofa 30 feet above the ground with two planks tied to your feet as you casually get hoiked up the side of a snowy mountain. What is this madness? Well, when put like that, skiing does sound a bit… odd. But who can deny the glory of fresh mountain air rushing…
Ah the honeymoon, the perfect break to escape the drama of bringing two families together and to postpone the writing of very vague thank you notes (who did gift that nutri-2000 pasta machine?). Whilst minds automatically race to visions of white sand beaches and swaying palms, we like to…
When most people think of travelling to Italy, they picture the rolling hills of Tuscany, the waterways of Venice and the historic sites of Rome. Few would immediately think of Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, and yet it too has its fair share of lovely boutique hotels, beautiful…
Latin America has it all, whether you're meandering through the bustling, colourful markets of the world's highest capital city, La Paz, reclining with a robust malbec in Mendoza, or soaking up the sun on the picture perfect beaches of Brazil. It's a region that has enthralled Original…
Garlinda Birkbeck, professional photographer, made a trip to Iceland organised by Original Travel, in February 2016 with Peter Wilson and Griff RhysJones. They flew to Akureyri, hired a car and drove to Myvatn, where they stayed for a couple of days. Then they made their way around the…
Luxury, style, exquisite landscapes and, of course, delicious food - Italy is unbeatable. From the romantic undulating Tuscan hills evoking images of woody wine cellars and rows of olive trees, to the sensational Amalfi coast, a source of inspiration for Dolce and Gabanna's fantastical…
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…
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