Category Archives: Beach retreats

3 Glorious Days in Menorca

We are feeling really rather pleased with ourselves for our recent trip to Minorca, Menorca. This oft-overlooked island has lost out in the past to its neighbours, glitzy Ibiza and glam Mallorca but those in search of spectacular beaches take note – Menorca has not only more than both the other two islands combined –  but also a ridiculously lovely discreet-chic, laid-back and sleepy vibe. Plus with only 30 miles between the furthest two points, a fairly gentle landscape and no big motorways the island packs in turquoise coves, pristine beaches, coastal paths and cycle routes a-plenty.

We packed a lot into our 3 days, and here are our top tips to a blissful Menorcan trip…..

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Just back from Koh Samui

It’s true that Koh Samui is no longer a sleepy backwater known only to intrepid backpackers but nevertheless, despite commercialization Samui has retained a sense of island-chic style. There are luxury hotels and spas, designer boutiques, ocean shacks with superlative cocktails, street stalls of steaming hot and spicy food and just off the beaten track, a palm tree covered tropical island with picture-perfect white sandy beaches and lush tropical forests to be discovered.

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The best pick of our little boutique hotels (with under 10 rooms)

Funky and friendly, quirky and intimate, luxurious and unpretentious, these are our top pick of little hotels – each with under 10 rooms – which despite a small and bijou size come with a big personality and a very generous dollop of style and lashings of soul. You’re guaranteed an intimate experience at all of them. Continue reading

Just back from… Ibiza

A few days on the island of Ibiza have convinced us that this is truly a laid-back, free-spirited  hotspot, and that there is much more to it than party, party, party. Continue reading

Stay of the week: Delta Dunes, Kenya Coast

In a snapshot: Flip flop luxury, “castaway” style in this remote coastal lodge sitting in the midst of 50kms of untouched white sand dunes with ocean on one side and grunting hippos the other.

The Delta Dunes Lodge sits right in the middle and on top enormous white sand dunes. Shaded by doum palms, baobabs and tamarind trees the lodge looks out on one side upon the Indian Ocean and endless mile upon mile of vast uninterrupted surf-kissed beachfront Continue reading