and the Ultimate Romantic Destination is …….

Happy Valentine’s Day, thanks for taking the time out from reading through the mountain of cards you received and the planned romantic dinner to view this post. Especially as there is also a mountain of published articles recommending the ultimate romantic destination, hotels and restaurants to take your special somebody. Where to whisk them to in a gesture of love …

Great Tips for Doing Nothing

“The sightseeing tourist will visit all the attractions but the explorer will discover their own”  At the risk of appearing the laziest traveller on the planet I’m going to confess my fondness for doing nothing. In reality it’s doing nothing in particular, in other words exploring a destination without a particular plan. This suits my philosophy of travelling, preferring to …

Kensington House Hotel, London; A Review

KENSINGTON HOUSE HOTEL 15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, England W8 5PQ UK Telephone: +44 (0) 207 937 2345 Facsimile: +44 (0) 207 368 6700 reservations@kenhouse.com The hospitality industry has undergone a minor revolution in recent years; many hotels now offer improved facilities and standards of service. Especially within the luxury hotel market we now have higher expectations and luxury …

Postcard from Greece, Bring on the dancing Girls of Ammouliani

First impressions are not always accurate ones. Initially there may not seem there is much to do on the small island of Ammouliani, in Greece just off the coast of Halkidiki near Ouranoupolis. It requires a short ferry ride from the mainland and tourists are greeted by a typical small Greek resort. The town has several hotels, restaurants and taverns …

Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece – Sustainable Luxury

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Sani Hotel Resort which is located on the Kassandra Peninsula in Halkidiki, Greece to attend the Sani Festival of Jazz. The multi-award winning resort is a 5 star hotel complex offering its guests everything required for a relaxing holiday within its grounds. It is a hotel village offering 4 separate accommodations including …

New Hotel, Athens – Boutique style, Big Hospitality

The New Hotel is certainly aptly named for now, only opened in July of 2011 near Constitution Square in Athens. When I visited it had been open just four months. First impressions are of a very stylish boutique hotel, with some very cool artistic touches around the lobby area and in the rooms. The reception team were both professional and …

Maldives – Had a ‘Spaful’ of Extremism?

The following post was written in January last year. Since then Mohamed Nasheed the first democratically elected president has been replaced, fundamental forces have continued to rise in influence despite claims otherwise and the culture of floggings continues unabated. A 15 year old girl who was raped for years by her step-father, and then subsequently murdered her resulting child is …

Hostel Life – A survival guide

Hostels are the undisputed first choice of most budget travellers, cheap and usually filled with fellow backpacking aficionados there are few that have not experienced their facilities. I am not a big fan of five star hotels; yes, it is quite possible there is something wrong with me! They are usually quite impersonal as well as the obvious disadvantage that …