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The Seychelles are made up of 115 granite or coral islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean and have fascinated and inspired travellers for centuries.  The islands are safe, friendly, and have no poisonous creepy crawlies. I've come to suss out the spa and rejuvenation offerings in two very different hotels on Mahe, the main island, which means no need for any further plane hopping.  Both are located along the island's western coastline, so spectacular sunsets are guar...

One&Only Reethi Rah, The Maldives: Happy As A Sandboy. At last count, the Maldives had 1,900 islands, 200 inhabited by locals and about a hundred colonized for the sole activity of holidaying. We’re all agreed they look like a honeymooner’s paradise but just how suitable is such a tranquil clime for your brood, however well behaved? Well, in truth the majority of islands are best left as an exclusive domain for cooing couples and if children are not explicitly ...

Island Hopping in The Caribbean The Caribbean was traditionally considered a romantic escape destination for couples only. Recent years, however, have seen both the quantity and quality of family friendly options fly off the scale. It’s no longer an adult-only domain. The islands offering the best facilities tend to be those with direct air access, namely Barbados and Antigua, but if you’re happy to take a secondary flight the rewards can be great. What’s interesting...

Avignon is the capital of Vaucluse area, situated at the far western corner of the department, at the crossroads of the Rhone and Durance rivers. A city that housed the seat of papal power in the 14th century – which left a vibrant legacy of classical architecture, grandeur and fine art. At its zenith, it was the spiritual capital of the western world and major political power-house, ranked as UNESCO Heritage for Humanity. Its ancient cobbled streets are lined with design...

AH LAMU
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Ah Lamu: a place I’m always sad to leave and happy to return. Arriving on the tiny airstrip in the blissful heat of the afternoon it is good to see that nothing has changed.  Lamu is an exceptional place, like no other in the archipelago, where life is appreciated at its own relaxed rhythm; it is easy to see why royals and celebrities flock to escape their busy lives. As our suitcases are put into a traditional dhow, we sit up top and are cooled by the gentle breezes o...

If you like to feel far from the madding crowd but close enough to dip in every now and then, Kalkan Mountain Villas just outside Turkey's prettiest port, is just the ticket. Four Bondesque holiday homes have risen from the olive groves with views across the ancient plains of Patara and Xanthos, over the turquoise Mediterranean Sea.  The villas, designed by an award-winning architect, are ultra spacious and ideal for families with no compromise on style and finish. Surel...

Hidden Vaucluse
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Hidden Vaucluse – the ultimate guide to Vaucluse, Provence It is true that the French have an unmatched passion for local expertise, taking particular pride in tasty ingredients that are grown, harvested and devoured at source. To experience these gems and delights, there’s really only one thing to do. Go to France. I recently set off to the fertile plains of Vaucluse in Provence, to discover some of these off the beaten track indulgences. Where to shop The m...

In the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, there lives an eccentric and adventurous man called Jan.  Many thought that the Biking Dutchman, as he is known locally, was missing a cell or two when he pioneered mountain biking along the Avenue of Volcanoes more than twenty years ago. Mainland Ecuador is compact and easy to get around.  Roads are almost invariably scenic, journeys comfortably short, domestic flights affordable and a recently refurbished railway makes movement easily ...

Galápagos Islands
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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador There are some places in the world that I consider myself extremely fortunate to have visited once. I cannot believe I'm back on Genovesa in the Galápagos Islands, swimming eye to eye with a couple of playful fur sea lions. Their big smiley eyes keep pace with me as I snorkel along the inner perimeter of this spectacular caldera in the northern part of the archipelago. This is an island to free the soul. Fregate birds a plenty puff out their Cri...

Alladale Wilderness Reserve - Rewilding Britain It has come as something of a surprise that the real Scottish highlands are not the bleak heather cloaked landscapes we recognise so well; the fact is that our Scottish hillsides have been shrinking for the last 4,000 years and stripped by man for many centuries, the hills have turned sour. Once upon a time (or in the time of Rob Roy), rich flora and fauna filled the area with a magical mix of wild predators, including wolves a...