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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: 18th April, 2017

Beyond the Beach: Five of the Best Things to do in Mauritius

  • Mauritius

Mauritius has long been considered one of the best destinations in the world for beach getaways; tropical climate, undisturbed coastline, calm and clear waters, and some thoroughly spoiling hotels. And while this is all true, there is so much to this Indian Ocean gem beyond the (admittedly…

Cape Town
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By Jess
On: 27th January, 2017

Our Top 5 Valentine's Recommendations

  • France
  • Oman
  • South Africa
  • Morocco
  • Maldives

Valentine's Day: two words that strike fear in the hearts of women and men the world over. The first challenge, obviously, is remembering when it actually is (14th of February, just in case). And once that's out of the way, how to procure the perfect gift? Well, if it had slipped your mind…

Zion National Park
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By Jess
On: 5th January, 2017

Our Top Seven Destinations for 2017

  • Mexico
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Oman
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • USA

Christmas is over, 2017 is here and so far January is (unfortunately) living up to its reputation as less than a favourite: New Year blues and distinctly British weather. 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.…

Aman Villa beach
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By Jess
On: 24th August, 2016

Our Top 5 Aman Resorts

  • Vietnam
  • Montenegro
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Greece
  • Indonesia

Two things have become apparent over the course of this Great British Summer. Number one: the aforementioned "summer" has been deeply underwhelming; one minute we're baking in glorious sunshine and the next we're ducking for cover from torrential rain. Number two: Team GB has had an absolute…

Bolivia Salt Flats
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By Jess
On: 12th August, 2016

Find Your Inner Olympian: Sit-Down Sports Around the World

  • Botswana
  • USA
  • Indonesia
  • Bolivia
  • Slovenia

The Olympics are in full swing and that means just one thing: as a nation we're collectively glued to our telly boxes. We're all suddenly experts on fencing ("excellent use of the appel there") and can't tear ourselves away from the table tennis ("did you see that slow spinny topspin?"). And…

Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech
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By Jess
On: 9th August, 2016

Our Top Six Cities Around the World

  • San Francisco
  • Marrakech
  • Cartagena
  • Seville
  • Honshu
  • Cape Town

When asked to picture their perfect holiday, many people's minds immediately hit the beach; warm white sand between the toes, sparkling azure waters and someone rather good-looking fanning you with a large palm leaf. And who are we to deny such glories? But here at Original Travel we're also…

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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…

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By Jess
On: 19th July, 2016

Delightful Dunks

  • Italy
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • Botswana
  • Turks & Caicos
  • India
  • Oman

You know you're officially on holiday when you dive head first (or climb gracefully, or bomb, you get the picture) in to the cool, refreshing water of the hotel's swimming pool. And we're not talking about any old 25m situation, we're talking infinity pools with beautiful views, romantic…

Diving with Fan Coral
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By Jess
On: 13th May, 2016

Dive in with Original Diving

While we regularly spout our merry manifesto about the wonders of the world as seen from dry land, we're also major fans of the ocean and all it has to offer, from (tongue twisters alert) kaleidoscopically colourful coral to magnificent marine life and ludicrously luxurious liveaboard boats.…