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By Jess
On: 9th March, 2018

Family Summer Holidays: Europe

  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • Sweden

The summer holidays may feel like a world away now but come June they'll be a veritable beacon of hope amidst the (organised) chaos of early morning wake-ups, school runs and vain attempts to prevent toothpaste from finding its way onto every single item of school uniform. Frankly, it's…

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By Jess
On: 1st February, 2018

Summer Lovin': Where To Go This Sunny Season

  • USA
  • Italy
  • Argentina
  • India
  • Botswana
  • Malta
  • Uganda
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Namibia
  • Portugal

January is finally over and, boy, was it a long one. But winter ain't over yet, people. We still have to survive February. Lucky for you the Original Travel Department for Life Enhancement (sounds dangerous) has come up with a few key tactics for seeing out a seemingly endless winter.…

porto houses

By Victoria
On: 27th October, 2017

Three of the Best: Boutique Hotels in Portugal

  • Portugal

On my eight day self-drive around Portugal I discovered how welcoming and generous the Portuguese are all across this diverse country...

Amanzoe hotel terrace, Greece
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By Jess
On: 28th April, 2017

Top Five: Hotels with Villas

  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Portugal

Hiring a villa is a quintessential holiday experience, affording guests much more privacy and flexibility than staying at a hotel. That being said, there are lots of lovely perks to staying in a hotel - fabulous food, that little choccy on your pillow at night, a great kids club to keep the…

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By Jess
On: 6th March, 2017

The Best Boutique Hotels for 2017

  • Bhutan
  • South Africa
  • Portugal
  • Oman
  • Cambodia
  • Mexico

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…

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By Dave
On: 13th October, 2016

The death of “Death in the Afternoon”?

  • Spain
  • France
  • Portugal

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…

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By Jess
On: 2nd August, 2016

Do You Suffer From FOMO?

  • India
  • Portugal
  • Chile
  • Gothenburg and the West Coast
  • Kenya

FOMO. Otherwise known as fear of missing out - a modern-day interpretation of keeping up with the Joneses, if you will. Yep, this is is how trends start, be that donning the latest fashion item, brunching at the newest hotspot or exploring the destination of the moment. And when it comes to…

Aerial View over Six Senses Douro Valley
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By Harriet
On: 7th April, 2016

24 Hours at Six Senses Douro Valley

  • Portugal
  • Porto & the Douro Valley

24 jam (well port, really) packed hours in the Douro Valley; I touched down in Porto mid-morning and made my way through the stunning stepped hills of the Douro Valley and in just over an hour I had arrived at my home for the evening: the Six Senses Douro Valley.

Aerial view of Lisbon
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By Jess
On: 4th March, 2016

Early Summer Escapes 2016

  • Portugal
  • Botswana
  • Peru
  • Mauritius
  • Italy
  • Borneo

The summer holiday: that most glorious and precious of holidays. All the more so for us Brits given that summer in dear old Blighty can be, how to put this, a bit of a damp squib (cue flashbacks of windy beach escapades, sandy sandwiches and rain, lots and lots of rain). And this year we…

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By Jess
On: 24th November, 2015

Seven of the Best: Boutique Boltholes

  • Botswana
  • Portugal
  • New Zealand
  • Morocco
  • Ethiopia
  • Costa Rica
  • Indonesia

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…