Monthly Archives: May 2013

Just back from 3 gorgeous Tuscan cities

Zipping into Venice on my water taxi I whizzed past little islands and waterside palazzos before reaching the Grand Canal, slipping under the Rialto Bridge Continue reading


Stay of the week: Galatasaray House Hotel, Istanbul

In a nutshell: Elegantly old and gorgeously modern mansion with spacious avant-garde rooms in the old antiquey part of Cukurcuma.

The most accurate way we can think to describe House Hotel Galatasaray (henceforth known as HHG) is “private mansion type of funky boutique hotel”.  Continue reading

Stay of the week: Tierra Atacama, Chile

Snapshot: Adventure and modern architecture in the stark, stunning landscape of the Atacama Desert

In the dramatic, mountainous moonlike landscape of Atacama lies an outstanding boutique hotel that mixes old, with bang up to date modernity.  Built on the site of an old cattle corral Tierra Atacama uses local stone, adobe and rough-hewn wood to blend into this astonishing environment but beyond these traditional materials lies a thoroughly modern concept.  Continue reading

Just back from Amsterdam

Another week, another city.  Amsterdam.  I’d never been, always meant to but somehow never got there.  And now I was.  And what a day to be there, April 30th 2013 Queen’s Day and so my interest was piqued.  In a world where everything is often stereotypical, what better time to dig into the Dutch culture than on this, the most national of days. Continue reading

Stay of the week: Bamurru Plains, Northern Australia

In a snapshot: An amazing luxury wilderness experience on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River delta, on the edge of Kakadu National Park.

In the midst of the savannah bush on the edge of the Mary River floodplains, hidden in a 303 sq km coastal buffalo pastoral property lies Australia’s answer to the Okavango delta, Bamurru Plains is the setting for a wilderness experience like no other.  With just nine safari suites Continue reading

Just back from tapas tasting in Spain

Modern Spanish food is bang on trend with its intense flavours, innovative cuisine built on traditional recipes and top notch locally sourced produce and our roving Pootler, Cécile is just back from a whirlwind tour of our favourite Spanish cities; Barcelona, Madrid & gorgeous Seville.  Her mission was not only to recruit funky new city bolt-holes to our collection, but also to hunt out the best little hidden eateries, to tour the streets of Seville and its more than 4,000 tapas bars (yes, 4,000!), roughly 1 for every 200 locals, sip and sup through the bars of Barcelona and go bananas for bellota jamon in Madrid.  So buckle up, here’s her report… Continue reading