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Some of our favourites

A selection of our favourite suggestions

Menjangan coral, Bali

Bali

The tropical idyll of Bali offers superb watersports, landscapes, hotels and culture for a varied luxury holiday.

Small Flower and Leaf

The Pantanal

In the centre of South America lies the largest inland delta in the world, the Pantanal, or flooded outback, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

View over Kalaharis

The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana's Kalahari is a semi-arid desert and the most species rich in the world.

ostuni white skyline in puglia italy

Puglia

Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, is a destination apart, both culturally and geographically.

A River Winding Alongside the Vineyards of Rioja

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

The Basque Country and Rioja offer world class wine, award-winning gastronomy, outstanding contemporary art and architecture, culture, surfing, beaches and charming cities. Not a bad little combination.

Hot air balloons in Bagan

Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar (Burma) is a country of history, culture, and incredibly beautiful landscapes, and we are delighted to be offering holidays there

Red Fish, Mozambique

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

Sigiria rock

Cultural Triangle

The tropical lowlands to the north of Sri Lanka contain several World Heritage-listed sites and, because they are close together, these can easily be combined in one superb (and triangle shaped) cultural tour.

Sunrise over Halong Bay

Hanoi & Halong Bay

A holiday to Hanoi, exploring the culture of Vietnam's capital, combines well with a meandering boat tour around the beautiful Halong Bay.

Male Atolls

Maldives

Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

Ladakh monastery

Ladakh

Ladakh contains one of the most intact Tantric Buddhist societies left on earth.

Blue Grotto Cave

Bahia

The State of Bahia is known as ‘the land of the drum’. It is one of the most historic regions of Brazil, with a number of important cultural attractions, as well as endless miles of beautiful coastline.

The Stockholm Waterfront at Dusk

Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the most appealing cities in Europe.

Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park

A 45-minute flight from Guatemala City to Flores in the steamy Petén region of northern Guatemala, Tikal’s 3,000 temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms, ball courts and plazas lie in the heart of the jungle.

Aegean Sea fishing boats

The Aegean Coast

Turquoise sea, beautiful bays and pretty little villages line Turkey's south western coast - a holiday in its own right or great in combination with Istanbul.

Blue Hole, Gozo

Gozo

Malta's shy little sister, Gozo is a real favourite of ours because of its laid-back atmosphere, great beaches, and relative anonymity.

Lion on log in the Serengeti

The Endless Serengeti Plains

Tanzania's spectacular equivalent of the Masai Mara, packed with wildlife and often with tourists; but we know how to avoid them.

Fjadrargljufur canyon

Iceland

The youngest country on earth, and one of the most fun.

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What's New and Hot in Namibia

Namibia has seen an exciting rush of new camps and lodges open in recent years, making it one of the most exciting destinations to visit in southern Africa. After years of having a very low-key luxury safari industry, it is finally up there competing with its neighbours.

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The Best Places In The World To Channel Your Inner Cowboy

Who hasn't, at some point, imagined themselves galloping across a prairie, Clint Eastwood-style, decked-out in leather and a Stetson? Just us? The popularity of ranching holidays would suggest otherwise, as people swap the nine-to-five for a bit of Western wish fulfilment and the chance to…

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Livin' La Pura Vida in Costa Rica

'Pura Vida' … or, 'pure life' in English, is the phrase heard everywhere in Costa Rica, but it's not just a motto to describe how to live your life. The Ticos and Ticas (male and female Costa Ricans) use the phrase in many situations. Yes, the underlying meaning is to try and live a 'pure'…

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The Nuances and Complexities of Elephant Riding

Majestic, intelligent, powerful, gentle, unassuming… who wouldn't love a close encounter with an elephant on their travels? Elephant riding has long been on the bucket lists of tourists travelling to Asia, but with much being reported about its ethical complexities, the demand for this…

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More Than a 'Fly and Flop' - a Cultural Trip to Tenerife

Forget your preconceptions: Tenerife is much more than just a 'fly and flop' destination. The island, the largest of the Canary Islands, has a rich architectural culture and the fauna found in Teide National Park and north east of the island in the Anaga Mountains makes Tenerife a wonderful…

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On Set in Asia - Film Locations in Cambodia and Japan

How often have you been watching a film and been awestruck by the location? 'Where did they shoot that?', you wonder, and start plotting your own visit. Memorable locations for me included The Grand Canyon in Thelma & Louise (the final scene was actually shot in Utah!), the mountain…

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An Open Letter to Top Gear: The Best Roads In The World

Dear Top Gear producers, we couldn't help but notice you've been to some pretty cool locations over the years, most recently across the mountains and desert plains of Ethiopia (while we're on the subject, kudos to you on the new series, we're big fans). But this got us to thinking of a few…

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Why So Slow, UNESCO?

The last few weeks have been something of an emotional rollercoaster, haven't they? There was the absolute madness of the Cricket World Cup final, the devastation of honorary Brit Roger Federer losing in the Wimbledon final and, of course the annual updates to the UNESCO World Heritage…

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Our Top Tips for Planning a Sabbatical

No two travellers plan in the same way. Some of us favour detailed spreadsheets and minute-by-minute itineraries, while others just have a great long list of love-to-dos that need turning into an actual plan. Whether you're in the early conceptual stages, already have a rough idea or own a…

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What it's Like To Stay in a Japanese Ryokan

On my recent trip to Japan, I had the opportunity to experience five different ryokans - traditional Japanese inns - and I can highly recommend the experience. It is completely different to staying in a hotel and you can get a great feel for the original style of Japanese home life.

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