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The Best Boutique Hotels for 2017

Independently run, few rooms, bespoke interiors, personalised experiences and impeccable service - just a few of the reasons to pick a boutique hotel for your holiday. Yes, the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a destination are the stuff that treasured holiday memories are made of but…

Our 2017 Summer Holiday Picks

The unnervingly mild weather of the last couple of weeks (before we all got blown away by Storm Doris) has brought us out of hibernation and dreaming of sunnier times (and climes). It's true that once we Brits get the merest whiff of warmth, summer is pretty much all we can think about. And…

The Best Destinations for a Last-Minute Holiday in 2017

Whoever said failure to prepare is preparation for failure clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous. While it's all very commendable to plan things months and years in advance, sometimes it's just wonderfully liberating to make a snap decision. Never more so than with…

Wildlife Wonders: Amazing Safari Experiences for 2017

Whether soaring in a light aircraft over the dust-red dunes of the Skeleton Coast, hiking through the Indonesian jungle to spot the Thomas Leaf monkey, or watching bears congregate at Campbell river on Vancouver Island, a safari is one of the most enriching and exciting holidays in the…

Six Reasons Why We Should All Go to China Right Now

China is a fascinating country in which to travel. However, I am not going to lie and say it will ever be my favourite destination; it is a tough country to travel in. There were times that I absolutely loved it and others when I was wondering what on earth I was doing there. However, I do…

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Seven of the Best: Boutique Boltholes

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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Head Over Heels for Cambodia: Part 1

Having been lucky enough to travel the world extensively and develop a strong sense of wanderlust, Asia is where my passion really lies. Which is why, with excitement, I am now able to tell you about a country I have not had the chance to visit... until now - Cambodia.

Rambling around Rajasthan

India: A cacophony of moments all played in fast forward, with overlaying sounds; loud and jarring. Yes, the beauty lies in the impossible grandeur and elegance of the palaces and forts, but turn to the million rooftops they overlook, with a story beneath each one; each detail that gives…

Return to Iran

With all the recent news surrounding the détente between the west and Iran, and the downgrading of Foreign Office Advice, I am chomping at the bit to get back out there…And excited to be offering two small group tours to the country in Spring and Autumn 2016. These will be small groups - so…

Where You've Been in 2015

As your travel guardian angels we often write about and share our experiences of the destinations we've been lucky enough to visit, but enough about us, let's talk about you. Let's talk about the amazing places and experiences we've organised for our lovely clients this year. We're talking…

Eco-Luxury in the Maldives

Think that eco-living and luxury travel are poles apart? Think again! Environmental concerns are hugely important to the residents of the Maldives, and this tiny island is going all out to preserve its beautiful but fragile marine resources. Off to the Maldives on your honeymoon? Why not…

Our Top Five Luxury Safari Lodges in Tanzania

I first visited Tanzania 13 years ago and it's fair to say the country has upped its luxury safari lodge game in the intervening years. While the term 'luxury' can be defined in myriad ways, whether you have a penchant for opulent gold taps and marble bathrooms or go batty for small,…

A Perfect Day in Costa Rica

If geography was not a barrier, this is how I'd spend a day in Costa Rica…

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Botswana by Horseback: The Best Way to Explore the Bush

Channelling your inner cowboy and heading off on a riding safari in Africa is one of the ultimate safari experiences, particularly given the variety of truly stunning landscapes available for exploration. It's also an incredible way of getting up close and personal with the game in a way…

The Seychelles: the Ultimate Destination for a Luxury Beach Holiday

Having recently visited the Seychelles on a research trip, I can definitely agree with all those beach addicts out there who say the sandy stretches in the Seychelles are among the best in the world.

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Stylish Luxury Family Holidays in Sicily

Having been lucky enough to travel throughout Europe with my job, I do sometimes worry that the "wow" factor will be lost on me. Truth be told, sometimes it does all blur into a haze of delectable food and crazily comfortable pillows. Sicily however, was rather different. It isn't the…

Portugal: Abandon Your Misconceptions

The first time I went to Portugal I was 16 and on my first holiday with friends; giddy at the prospect of having no adults around, we spent the week lying by the pool, getting horrifically sunburnt and drinking strawberry vodka lemonades (we thought we were the height of sophistication).…

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California Dreamin'

'It's just BEAUTIFUL, you guys'...is how Californians describe pretty much everything. Americans are, generally speaking, prolific users of the superlative, and Californians are no exception. And I don't blame them for their permanent state of enthusiasm; they live in one of the best places…

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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

Venue - check. Rings - check. Cake - check… What's missing? The honeymoon! Let's be honest (although we may be slightly biased), it's one of the most important parts of the whole wedding process. If you're seeking inspiration for that perfect post-wedding getaway, why not look a little…

Aman Hotels: All You Need to Know

Once an Original Traveller, Aman's Director of Sales for the UK and Scandinavia, Olga Pavlova knows all about what our clients look for in a luxury hotel. I sat down with Olga to get the inside track on all things Aman...

Our Top Ten Family Hotels

Choosing where to stay is almost as important as choosing where to go, if not more so. A good place to stay can be the difference between securing the holy grail of luxury family travel, and being in the dog house for booking a hotel which calls a square foot of grass a kid's club. Perhaps…

Spetses: A Very Well Kept Greek Secret

After our escapades in mainland Peloponnese my wife and I headed by boat to Spetses, an island Original Travel have trumpeted as the new Capri. I wanted to see for myself, nervous that we might be making a big call, but I think the claim is pretty legitimate. The many Spetsiot residents we…

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New Zealand: The Ultimate Holiday Destination?

Bold statement, I know (and I may be slightly biased, being Original Travel's resident New Zealand expert and all), but New Zealand is the ultimate luxury holiday destination. Firstly, it's home to scenery that truly has to be seen to be believed. Yes, the photos look incredible but even…

Sumatra - A Walk On The Wild Side

Sumatra is one of the largest islands in Indonesia, it's 3 times the size of the UK, and unlike its neighbouring islands of Bali and Java, sees hardly any western visitors. It is also one of the most biodiverse areas on earth, known for its extraordinarily rich flora, fauna and wildlife. I…

Zimbabwe is Back!

"Zimbabwe is back!" says my guide Michael, with a huge grin. And his message was echoed just as brightly by every Zimbabwean I met on my 10 day trip of this beautiful country. And judging by all the visitors I saw, it seems it is indeed back. On the tourist map at least.

A Tiger Safari in India

Asia specialist Miranda is truly passionate about tigers. Here she shares her once in a lifetime tiger safari holiday in India - one of her most memorable travel experiences to date. Originally Published August 2013.

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…

Luxury holidays in Uruguay: challenging its underdog status!

A question our Latin American expert Sas gets asked time and time again: 'Why go on holiday in Uruguay; doesn't Argentina have it all?'

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Things to do in Stockholm in Winter

Most popular during the summer (and quite rightly so), city breaks to the Swedish capital of Stockholm are the perfect mix of culture, restaurants, nightlife, and the beautiful surrounding nature. But the city is just as charming in winter.

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A Little Country called Peru

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...

What's Hot Right Now

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…

Stroopwafel and Poffertjes

There's a certain sheepishness that accompanied me telling friends that I was off to Amsterdam for a few days this year.

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How to do Hawaii

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...

Your European A-Z

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 Perfect Day in India

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…

Seven of the Best: Boutique Boltholes

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…

Part 2: Cambodia and the Lost World

In case you missed my last blog on Cambodia, I basically poured my heart out about this utterly enchanting country. Perhaps the most profound observation I have, though, is that Cambodians remain resolutely cheerful and strong in the face of such a harrowing history. In this article I'm…

Iceland & the Elements

Two days into my trip around Iceland I had a very panicked text from my Mother…. I'd left my enormous thermal duvet jacket at my parents' house and she was having visions of me freezing to death on some barren iceberg. Given that it took two full days for her maternal instincts to kick in,…

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Head Over Heels for Cambodia: Part 1

Having been lucky enough to travel the world extensively and develop a strong sense of wanderlust, Asia is where my passion really lies. Which is why, with excitement, I am now able to tell you about a country I have not had the chance to visit... until now - Cambodia.

Rambling around Rajasthan

India: A cacophony of moments all played in fast forward, with overlaying sounds; loud and jarring. Yes, the beauty lies in the impossible grandeur and elegance of the palaces and forts, but turn to the million rooftops they overlook, with a story beneath each one; each detail that gives…

8 of the Best Places on the Planet to Throw a Rugby Ball Around

Let's be honest - rugby is not for the faint hearted. It's a game of fervent patriotism, fierce rivalry and tough men running around hitting each other (a highly technical assessment, we think you'll agree). And with the Rugby World Cup gathering pace, it's hard not to get swept up in the…

The Many Faces of Copenhagen

Confession alert: I wish I was Danish. Having just returned from the land of blondes, bicycles and salted liquorice (don't ask), it's fair to say I now harbour something akin to evangelist sentiment towards this Scandinavian wonder-country. Oh yes, a long weekend in the capital, Copenhagen,…

9 Reasons to visit Niyama in the Maldives

Niyama is a luxury wonderland that's perfect for guests who want to be washed up on a desert island castaway-style, but with all the trimmings of a modern and chic hotel. No creature comforts have been spared and there's a distinct cosmopolitan vibe. I spent just three days exploring the…

Return to Iran

With all the recent news surrounding the détente between the west and Iran, and the downgrading of Foreign Office Advice, I am chomping at the bit to get back out there…And excited to be offering two small group tours to the country in Spring and Autumn 2016. These will be small groups - so…

The Fairy Tale of Zanzibar

It is hard to describe my experiences of Zanzibar in so many words. I remember returning to England and explaining to everyone that I had caught the 'Zanzibar bug'. Baffled, and alarmed that I had managed to catch some kind of horrendous stomach bug on my travels, my family and friends, as…

Where You've Been in 2015

As your travel guardian angels we often write about and share our experiences of the destinations we've been lucky enough to visit, but enough about us, let's talk about you. Let's talk about the amazing places and experiences we've organised for our lovely clients this year. We're talking…

Vietnam - Top 5 Rooms With a View

I set up my 'Eddie Harrop' travel bag brand whilst living out in Saigon inspired by the diverse tropical prints I saw in daily life out there. They are all hand luggage size which makes it easy to jet set around places and are now stocked by the likes of Net-a-Porter.

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How to do Hawaii

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...

Your European A-Z

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…

Seven of the Best: Boutique Boltholes

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…

8 of the Best Places on the Planet to Throw a Rugby Ball Around

Let's be honest - rugby is not for the faint hearted. It's a game of fervent patriotism, fierce rivalry and tough men running around hitting each other (a highly technical assessment, we think you'll agree). And with the Rugby World Cup gathering pace, it's hard not to get swept up in the…

Where You've Been in 2015

As your travel guardian angels we often write about and share our experiences of the destinations we've been lucky enough to visit, but enough about us, let's talk about you. Let's talk about the amazing places and experiences we've organised for our lovely clients this year. We're talking…

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Our Top 10 New Year Holidays and Getaways

Between Aunt Marg's stuffy New Year's Eve party and getting stuck in hours of traffic, New Year's Eve is normally a painful ordeal. As a result, all those classic 'Bridget Jones' resolutions seem to go out the window in the early hours of the 1st January. We, at Original Travel, think that…

Fill Your Holiday Bucket List

The holiday bucket list. Everyone's got one. And making sure you get every last destination and experience ticked off before kicking said bucket is undoubtedly (understatement alert) a challenge. But that's what your travel guardian angels are here for (hint: that's us) and we're going to…

My Perfect Day In Mexico

What would your perfect day entail? Perhaps spending it in a beautiful location, with a dash of adventure, a splash of culture and a decent dollop of sunshine, washed down with some delectable cuisine? Mexico is the perfect place for just such a day and if geography and time were not an…

Find your Happy Place

Those lovely folks at the United Nations have again presented us all with the World Happiness Index, letting us know where we should live to constantly be feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. The good news for us at Original Travel, is that the top five are all spots that we know inside out,…

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Late Summer Sun

If you've not managed to get away this summer and you're tiring of sun-kissed colleagues and friends, September and October are perfect months to soak up some late summer sun. Whether you want to jet off to somewhere in Europe for a long weekend or fly and flop further afield, we can arrange…

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Best Places to Watch the Sunrise

Seize the day! The early bird catches the worm!.. you get the picture, and if you can drag yourself from peaceful slumber, here's our top 5 places around the world to watch the sunrise.

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…

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Cool Destination Combos

Like a maxi dress and wedges, or jeans and a jacket, some combos just work. Behold, our favourite tailor made, two-pronged trip ideas. After all, the best things do come in pairs...

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Best Places to Propose: Ladies, it's your turn

Men, beware. Have you been leaving that lovely lady hanging? With a flutter of an eyelash the tables could be turned...

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Our Top 5 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations

As the weather gets colder, it's only natural to think about jetting off to somewhere warmer. Here are some of Original Travel's picks for well-earned and completely unique 'winter sun' holiday...

Last Minute Escapes

Don't Panic! If you know where to look, there's still availability in some of the hottest (in all senses of the word) spots in Europe and around the Mediterranean. Here are just a few ideas for luxury last minute holidays…

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Affordable Luxury Holidays

Didn't think it was possible to do a luxury holiday in an affordable price bracket? Think again. These are our favourite exclusive holidays that don't come at eyewateringly exclusive prices...

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As part of #worldwaterday today Telegraph Travel have named some of the world's most beautiful lakes; from Myanmar to Lake Bled to Lake Malawi. How many have you visited?

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Hotel Sol y Luna is the perfect base for exploring the most intriguing part of the Andes and availability for summer is closing in. Plus, all profits from the hotel go towards the Sol y Luna International School which educates over 180 local students who otherwise may not have access to good quality education. These students can also go on to develop their skills by working in the hotel itself.

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We are recruiting! We are looking for a Service Consultant to deliver exceptional client service at all times. The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar position or in the travel industry. The successful candidate will primarily work with our Americas team so experience of travel in America would be beneficial. Please send your CV and cover letter to jobs@originaltravel.co.uk if you are interested.

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The Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort, Oman is the perfect place to explore the Hajar mountains, long seen as somewhere to explore between Muscat and Nizwa. Plus the hotel's newly opened via ferrata is the highest protected climbing path in the Middle East, making it more of a reason to visit than ever before!

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers will host a gathering for food lovers between 2-4 June when UK chef Gill Meller launches his cookbook, alongside a five course tasting menu paired with wines from Hawke's Bay. The lucky group will learn how to grow, source and cook in ways that are more sustainable, ethical and healthier.

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We have teamed up with Shakry & Geroge the much loved children's party organisers to improve your holiday. Every child will receive a tailored fun pack which is guaranteed to give them hours of fun, both on their own and with the whole family!

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These super cool (pun intended) pictures are from Ira Meyer, the photographer that Andy travelled with on his recent #Antarctica trip. He has picked out some of his favourites and they are definitely worth a look, especially if you love #penguins! (via Daily Mail)

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#HappyHoli! Today marks the start of spring in India and they celebrate by throwing powdered paint at each other. This makes India even more colourful that it already is! You can enjoy all this madness and much more on a family trip to India: http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/collections/family-india

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Whilst we agree with the experts who tell you not to expect to see all five beasties, our team have the #safari inside track and can give you the best chance of spotting the elusive Big Five!

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Have you been watching ITV's new Sunday night drama, The Good Karma Hospital? It was filmed in Sri Lanka in and around Galle and the hospital is actually a teacher training college near Unawatuna. We can help you put a Good Karma Hospital trip together and you can stay at our nearest hotels to the key filming sights Why House and Fort Bazaar.

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