Now that you have your hotel sorted (see A Perfect Vineyard Stay in Argentina) what to do? Number one is no doubt wine tasting! Isn’t that what you came for? But Mendoza also has a number of other exciting attractions and activities to help keep you from falling into a daily drunken stupor. 1. Wine Tour…

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Finca Adalgisa Finca Adalgisa is located in a little town called Chacras de Coria in Lujan de Cuyo, which is exactly where you want to be to discover the best Malbec wines. It’s also walking distance to some shops, cafes and most importantly, freshly baked empanadas! Lujan de Cuyo is considered the heart of Mendoza wine…

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Gone are the days of “second up from the top”, or bottom, depending on your income bracket. While there remains a lot of mysticism about wine – and rightfully so, it takes opening one to truly know what is inside – people everywhere are getting much more savvy about the grape juice. But with so many…

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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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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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  December is the perfect time of year to escape the winter My destination of choice is the Caribbean island of Barbados, just under 8 hours from London. The northwest coast up from 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.…

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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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