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Italy in summer may be an obvious choice, but why not try the Dolomites, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, and home to sophisticated hotels, walking, biking and delicious Tyrolean cuisine?
Hattie - Original Traveller. The Dolomites
Life is in the detail
With the rand at a ten year low against the pound, there's never been a better time to enjoy South Africa's foodie (and wine) scene; particularly at Babylonstoren in the Cape Winelands.
Isabel - Original Traveller. The Winelands and Cape
Life is in the detail
California is perfect road trip territory, with the dramatic coastline of Big Sur a particular highlight. Stay at the Post Ranch Inn to enjoy the views and outstanding Californian cuisine.
Will - Original Traveller. Highway One, the California Coast Road Trip
Life is in the detail
Mainland Burma may have gone mainstream, but the islands and reefs of the Mergui Archipelago still feel supremely remote, and are best explored on a private yacht charter.
Miranda - Original Traveller. Burma
Life is in the detail
The Peloponnese? Yes please. This alluring region of Greece is home to fabulous properties, classical ruins, ancient towns (such as Monemvasia) and beautiful beaches.
Flora - Original Traveller. Peloponnese
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Few places on earth do 'fly and flop' better than the Maldives, but you can also fly and dive, or even fly and surf at some of the finest luxury resorts.
Katie - Original Traveller. Maldives
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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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Clever, lively, flexible - no, we're not trying to simply flatter you into booking a holiday (do let us know if that would work, though), these are in fact three central traits attributed to those born in the Chinese calendar's Year of the Monkey. Ironic really, given the cerebral…
The Swahili word safari, meaning long journey, was first introduced into the English language in the nineteenth century. Fast forward to 2016 and the term has come to represent a whole raft of bucket list experiences, from walking safaris to canoeing, horse riding and even flying. It is a…
I have been fortunate enough to travel to many far-flung parts of the globe but I've never been on safari or travelled to East Africa. In December, however, I was lucky enough to visit Kenya where I headed to Nairobi briefly, before heading down to the Masai Mara to stay at Richard's River…
Camping: one of the most divisive words in the travel lexicon. So often associated with cramped tents, dodgy Trangias and the vague whiff of wet dog. The irony is that some of the most luxurious and unique hotels in the world are tented camps; think large canopies, quirky furniture, spacious…
Having travelled extensively through Latin America, I thought I knew what was coming as I landed in Lima: incredibly friendly people, vibrant and colourful markets, weird, but delicious food, jaw-dropping landscapes and great weather. Although I wasn't wrong, I was by no means prepared...
January is a month generally associated with New Year blues, dark days and distinctly British weather. That is to say it's not necessarily a favourite. In fact one of the only things it is good for is planning your getaways for the year ahead, and that's where we come in. Whether it's…
There's a certain sheepishness that accompanied me telling friends that I was off to Amsterdam for a few days this year.
Hawaii is a land of beautiful beaches, looming volcanoes, lush rainforest and chic boutique hotels. So if geography was no barrier, this is how I'd spend a day in the marvellous place that is Hawaii...
Hillary Clinton once said that 'Europe is a miracle'. She may not have meant it in a strictly luxury travel sense but flattery will get her everywhere, and we at Original Travel most certainly agree. Our expert team has selflessly travelled the length and breadth of the continent in search…
The little known annual music festival of Fes in Morocco is a gem, not only because it is still relatively unknown (therefore retains its authenticity) but also because of the fantastically high standard of musicianship. In a sea of world music festivals to choose from, this one really…
This week, India celebrated its Festival of Lights, Diwali. With this on our minds, and the approach of Kipling's 'Jungle Book' nearing our cinemas, it would be rude not to give India our devout attention. What better way to do that, than to fulfil your childhood Mowgli fantasies and dreams…
What do the words 'boutique hotel' mean to you? Perhaps it's the independently owned and run element? Few rooms, bespoke interiors, secluded locations, impeccable and personal service? - They're all on the list. And it has to be said that the place you rest your head at night is a hugely…
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