Life is in the detail

Life is in the detail

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Life is in the Detail

Wadi Nakhr is known as the Grand Canyon of Oman, and is every bit as impressive as the American version.

Isabel - Original Traveller. Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands

Life is in the Detail

Seville comes alive this April for feria, a vivacious celebration of all things Andalucian - horses, sherry and flamenco.

Claudia - Original Traveller. Seville

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 to keep your wild things happy.

Tom - Original Traveller. Family Holidays

Life is in the detail

Sakura (cherry blossom) season in March and April is a great time to visit Japan, but it's always sushi season.

Miranda - Original Traveller. Honshu

Life is in the detail

2015 is the 'Year of Mexico' in the UK, so prepare for a wave of exhibitions and festivals coming to these shores. Better still, experience the culture, the beaches and that oh so delicious cuisine in situ at places like Tulum.

Saskia - Original Traveller. Yucatán Peninsula

Life is in the detail

Namibia's extraordinary Skeleton Coast is best seen from the air on a flying safari.

Eleanor - Original Traveller. Skeleton Coast

Life is in the detail

Transylvania is the land that time forgot, home to perfectly preserved medieval villages and the Carpathian mountains, where bears and lynx still roam.

Flora - Original Traveller. Transylvania

Life is in the detail

The Caribbean renaissance continues apace and we know what's hot.

Isabel - Original Traveller. Caribbean

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

There is a world of possibilities out there

Here are just a few trip ideas to get you started

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Fun for all the family.

Family Holidays
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
Ice Hotel

Ice Hotel

Every year, 60 artists are given 30,000 tonnes of snow and ice to play with on the banks of the Torne River and are tasked with building the latest incarnation of the Ice Hotel; unsurprisingly, the result is much more than your average igloo.

Ice Hotel
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 in Botswana 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

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.

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 Oman

Family Oman

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

Family 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
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.

Areias do Seixo
Mexico

Mexico

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

Mexico

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Competition Time: Win a Cooking Holiday in Italy

If you're anything like us here at Original Travel, the way to your heart is most firmly through your stomach. Have you ever been preparing a meal and suddenly caught yourself (and there's no shame in being honest here, folks) talking à la Nigella into an imaginary camera, 'and now I'm going…

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Churchill’s Travels

Don't worry, we're not going to wax lyrical about the travels of the annoying nodding dog off the telly; rather those of Sir Winston Churchill, the man often acknowledged as the Greatest Briton ever. This Saturday (24 January, 2015) is the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston's death and as a…

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Our Top 10 City Break Hotels

If it's time you lack and not travel spontaneity a city break can be a quick fix for all those 'fear of missing out' woes. Here are our top 10 hotels for just such a break.

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Our Top 10 Hotels for a Luxury Safari Holiday

Anyone with an interest in wildlife, habitats and adventure will have a safari on their bucket list. Whether you're in search of the big five in Africa, evoking memories of the jungle book in India or seeking exotic wildlife in Latin America, we know the very best luxury hotels, camps and…

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Our Top 10 Hotels for a Big Short Break

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, with the Big Short Break; pocket adventures designed specifically for those who are short on time but in search of a big experience. From a three day trip of cultural immersion in Istanbul (and baklava eating, obvs) to a seven…

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Our Top Ten Honeymoon Hotels

Everybody loves a list, and anyone planning a honeymoon needs this particular one in their life. After much deliberation the team at Original Travel have come up with their Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels from around the world. Editing the list down to a mere ten proved mighty difficult, and more…

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Honeymooning in Borneo and Malaysia

There is a long list of reasons why Malaysia Borneo is such a brilliant destination for a honeymoon. Not only does it have fantastic weather during our summer months, when the rest of the southern hemisphere is enduring wet or colder weather, but you can mix relaxation with activity very…

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Montenegro: a Destination to Watch for 2015

Quickly becoming the next big location that the super-rich are talking about, Montenegro is right at the top of Original Travel's must visit destinations for 2015 with new hotels cropping up left, right and centre. At long last the beautiful country of Montenegro (which has been rather…

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24 Hours in: Berlin

It's official; the British have a crush on Germany. We have been swooning over Germany's economic success, gushing over its green energies and dare we forget Germany's meteoric goal scoring against Brazil and their World Cup win. Berlin is no exception to this crush. If you only have 24…

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe

As it is Halloween and there are plenty of pumpkins about, don't waste your pumpkin carving leftovers - wow your dinner guests with a pumpkin soup instead.

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The Peloponnese: Luxury, Adventure, Culture and History

I've long had unfinished business with Greece. The last and only time I'd been before my recent trip was a university holiday to the island of Ios that made the first In-Betweeners movie look like a brass-rubbing coach tour of Norfolk churches (hedonistic as they no doubt are). We got not a…

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Trickography Party: Back by Popular Demand

Back by popular demand, this year's trickography competition culminated in a party hosted by ourselves and the Yodas of the party world, Sharky & George. From the live trick photos and frame decorating, to tablet doodling and party food - we had a blast. The Sharky & George team were…

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