When I was younger, I either wanted to be an actor or an archaeologist (Indiana Jones was regularly watched in my house). But over time that dream changed. Before I had realised I wanted to be a writer, I was fortunate enough to already be doing it professionally. One thing which has stuck with me from those childhood dreams, is a love for the back story, for learning about the history of a place, a person or in this case a building, specifically the B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa in Zurich.
Every year, cities all over the world are decorated with lights, tinsel and trees bigger than houses. It’s a time of year that brings out smiles, a little silliness and of course, the Christmas markets. With Christmas music filling the air, the aroma of cinnamon and mulled wine and stalls bursting with unique gifts, it is impossible not to be filled with excitement at a Christmas market. No one does a Christmas market quite like the Europeans and with the start of market season upon us, here are the top Christmas markets to visit in Europe paired with a luxury hotel stay. After all, what is Christmas without a little indulgence?
There is nothing quite like getting lost in a film, especially one that inspires exciting destinations. It could be said that a good travel film is the only cure (other than actually travelling of course) for the pesky travel bug. On the other hand, the argument could be made that a good travel film doesn’t cure but feeds the travel bug. No matter which of the two it is those of us with adventurous hearts can resist a good travel movie about as much as we can resist booking a plane ticket. So, with that in mind here are five adventures to be had and the films that inspired them.
I stopped mid conversation with my Uber driver as the Dolder Grand came into sight. Unable to look away, my eyes widened. I had seen the photographs and even a walk-through video on the website, but nothing quite compared to seeing the Dolder Grand in real life. Their motto is ‘be our guest’. And from the moment I walked in I felt like the only guest in the hotel. The warmth and genuine desire to make you feel welcome is truly refreshing. Living up to its name The Dolder Grand is grand in every sense of the word.
Made up of over three hundred islands, Fiji is a haven for conservation, sustainability and refined luxury. Found in the South Pacific, these tropical islands sure know how to draw a crowd. With their azure waters, lush rainforests and warm-hearted communities it makes for a perfect family getaway.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been on a whirlwind adventure visiting Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji during their first international tour as a married couple. For those wanting to embark on their own romantic royal tour, look no further than the stunning hotels in Fraser Island and Fiji enjoyed by everyone’s favourite royal couple.
From leopards to the black egret, the Selinda Reserve is home to a plethora of creatures great and small. Located on a private 130,000 acre reserve by the banks of the Zibadianja Lagoon in Botswana is the ultra luxe Zarafa camp. Boasting luxury and eco awareness, this safari experience will not disappoint.
Surfing is an art form. It’s finding freedom, spirituality and a connection with something far greater than yourself. Every surfer is different, as is every wave. But for a surfer, having the right board can make or break your time out on the water. Australian brand Nusa Indah Surfboards creates art for the oceans; bespoke surfboards designed to look as good as they make you feel.
To balloon is to feel freedom. The first successful balloon ride took place on November 21, 1783 in Paris. Since that success, ballooning has become a thrilling and spectacular way to see the world from another perspective. Whether you’re a thrill seeker, a hopeless romantic or an Eco warrior, there is a balloon ride and luxe destination out there for every occasion.
In an unexpected turn of events, a new travel trend is taking over – swim trekking. Swim trekking is not simply a splash in the ocean then a return to dry land. Instead, the idea is to swim in and around some of the worlds most sublime oceans, lakes and fjords. After all, why only restrict yourself to trekking on land when the siren song of the ocean is calling?