Until recently Sri Lanka was not really on my radar, which now feels like a major oversight. The island is incredible. Pristine beaches, waterfalls, tea plantation highlands, ancient and colonial cities, temples, wildlife, safari… Sri Lanka needs to be explored. And to do that, you need at least two weeks. While it’s not that big, it takes quite a…

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Last month I spent two weeks in India with my fiancé and his two colleagues. Since we were staying in Chennai, about an hour’s flight from Sri Lanka, we figured we absolutely must go that weekend. I drew up three plans for the team: Option A: Wildlife and Temple Adventure Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and see Sri…

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Modern Greek-inspired cuisine The Herodion Hotel sits right at the doorstep of the Acropolis. Visit for incredible rooftop views and excellent food at its two restaurants, Atrium and Point A. Over the last few years the Herodion Hotel in Athens has been stepping up its gourmet game, establishing the very popular summer rooftop bar and restaurant…

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Bougain Villa in Agios Ioannis Miss Portmanteau brings you an exclusive opportunity to book the perfect Mykonos villa for your 2017 summer vacation. Bougain Villa is re-opening for bookings this summer following a major renovation to upgrade the property to today’s luxury standards.  Highlights: 3 bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms, sleeps six Private luxury villa for families or couples…

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Pampering in Las Pampas La Bamba de Areco is a slice of Argentine countryside heaven. It’s empanadas and asado. Malbec on tap, horse riding and gauchos steeped in tradition. Relaxation and luxury, incredible service. People, family and friends. It’s a unique experience, and one of the highlights of our Argentina trip across Buenos Aires and Mendoza.…

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Cobbler’s Cove December is my favourite time of year to escape the winter. My island of choice is Barbados, just under 8 hours from London. The west coast north of Bridgetown is the best place to stay. Upscale hotels have flocked to this side of the island for the most beautiful sunsets and calmer seas. In…

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From Japan to Portugal Sushi is everywhere today. It’s popularity and accessibility has exploded around the world from London to Lagos. Sushi can now be eaten on any budget, anywhere. Sushi restaurants have sprouted up and proliferated worldwide as a result of restauranteurs seeking higher margins and clientele seeking something more exotic. In London there are many affordable…

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Ryokan Stay the Japanese Way A stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, should be on every itinerary of first-time visitors to Japan. It’s no gimmick and very popular with Japanese and Western tourists alike. Ryokan’s are typically found outside city centres in scenic locations and often near the onsen, hot springs, offering a relaxing…

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