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The finer things in life

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To add that little bit of extra "oomph" to your holiday, here we compile the most decadently luxurious things to try, the most indulgent activities to take part in, the most exclusive restaurants, the most opulent resorts and the finest hangout spots.

For when you seek nothing but a truly lavishing experience on your getaway, this is the collection of posts to check out and find out about the hippest clubs, the trendiest bars and the best spas.

Make sure you watch this space before heading to your destination if you're interested in adding a bit of pampering and fun to your getaway.

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  • 09 Jan 2016
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  • Linda Walker
Flavours of the world

A taste of Barbados on a trip down memory lane

On my most recent trip to Barbados I chose the beautiful The Club Barbados as my temporary residence and got to sample the outstanding cuisine offered at the resort's various eating venues. To find out more about the culinary highlights of this fantastic all-inclusive resort as well as read up on my very special Barbadian trip down memory lane in the company of an old friend, keep scrolling down and take note of all the climaxes of this very special holiday.
  • 25 Aug 2015
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  • Linda Walker
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Le Patron Mange Ici - and no wonder!

There's nothing quite like a quick trip across the channel for an event - this time it was to Roland Garros and the French Open. A glass of champagne in the world's longest champagne bar at St Pancras set us up for our speedy journey on Eurostar, to Gare du Nord in central Paris.
  • 06 Jul 2015
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  • Linda Walker
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Total gastronomic delight in El Segundo

Perfectly nestled in one of the back streets of Nicaragua's vibrant capital, Managua, El Segundo is definitely an eatery to talk about. This seemingly unassuming restaurant is a brightly shining jewel with modern decor, stylish layout, attractive local paintings adorning the walls and attentive English-speaking staff - the perfect complements to a mouth-watering menu! What more could you ask for? Read my blog post to find out how El Segundo did more than satisfy our appetite for Nicaragua...
  • 14 May 2015
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Sri Lanka: Island of rice, spice, curry and curd

Aeroplane food rarely impresses me but the fish curry I tasted on route to Sri Lanka from Heathrow was so delicious that I couldn't wait to thank the sari-wearing airhostess who'd served me. 'Good, isn't it. Have some more,' she beamed, handing me a second pot. I greedily tucked in - with the in-flight food this tasty, I couldn't wait to touch down and taste the real thing.
  • 05 May 2015
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  • Linda Walker
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How to enjoy a one-off treat in Nicaragua with a view to more gym work!

A quick and interesting diversion to the dusty town of La Paz Centro, en-route from Leon to Managua, Nicaragua's capital gave us a taste of country life and a local speciality, reputed to be the most calorific snack in Nicaragua.
  • 02 Feb 2015
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  • Linda Walker
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Nicaragua is now on the tourist map and has much to offer foodies

The least discovered jewel in Central America has much to offer tourists not only in the way of cultural and natural attractions but also in its excellent cuisine with tasty traditional dishes and good international options to please all palates. This is exactly what I discovered myself on my first journey to Nicaragua - my taste buds were certainly not disappointed! Read on to find all about my culinary experience in Nicaragua.
  • 06 Jan 2015
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

From San Marino to the Emilia Romagna

See what amazing beauties and scenic landscapes these fascinating regions in Italy behold for even the most seasoned of travellers. From the quaintness and uniqueness of tiny San Marino (a small country of its own) to the historically and culturally rich Ravenna with its Roman mosaics and famous basilica, Italy is full of wonderful surprises. Read on to see which ones in the regions I visited made me gasp in awe.
  • 17 Dec 2014
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  • Richard Trenchard
Opening eyes to the world

Le Marche: Italy's well-kept secret

It might not be the most talked-about holiday spot or the most publicised image of typical Italian countryside beauty, yet Le Marche is one beautiful region indeed and one that has conquered the heart of me and my family. On this post I'll take you through our last stay there and the many attractions we found along the way.
  • 19 Nov 2014
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  • Gaby Lucius
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Experiencing gourmet dining in Dubai at Ossiano

On my last trip to Dubai I treated myself and my husband to one of the most unique experiences of my life - dining at one of Dubai's underwater restaurants. Read all about this once-in-a-lifetime gourmet immersion and find out if the food matches the amazing views and ambiance.
  • 11 Oct 2014
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

From Provence to Marseille

The pending French journey I hadn't managed to do for years and was finally able to, you can now follow my trail through quaint small villages to the nation's most multicultural city, stopping along the way to marvel at local customs, exciting, colourful markets and savour exquisite local cuisine and world- famous wine.
  • 02 Oct 2014
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  • Linda Walker
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The Civil Rights Trail - A culinary American adventure

In commemoration of this year's 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in America, I recently went on a family trip along the USA's southern states to get in touch with a piece of living history relating to these important events in the nation's history. Throughout my journey I stopped at various locations to eat and sleep, it is actually the eating part that I document the most for any future travellers and foodies to take good note of and a fair dosage of inspiration if ever heading there and following the same trail I did.
  • 22 Sep 2014
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

7 quirky and unique places to eat in Havana

Havana itself, we know it to be a place of sometimes quirky sometimes frustrating contrasts and this can be reflected in the island's dining tables too, many of which are now recently opening up as adventurous new eateries put in place by innovative local entrepreneurs. As if Cuba weren't quirky and eclectic enough, here we bring you seven of the top quirkiest restaurants in Havana.
  • 28 Aug 2014
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Cape Winelands: Beyond the Bottle

South Africa's famous Winelands are so much more than just about tasting some excellent tipple, although that's a big part of the experience and the main draw for many that visit; there's much else to be discovered within it and its surroundings. Read my blog on how to really discover the Cape Winelands, on foot, by mountain-bike or via the Franschhooek Wine Tram.
  • 23 Jul 2014
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  • Linda Walker
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Spread the word on Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown Vancouver - you'll taste seafood to die for

Discover the delights of dining in Vancouver's Blue Water Cafe, where you'll find Yaletown's freshest and most sustainable seafood dishes, lovingly prepared in an atmospheric converted warehouse that's part of the city's heritage. Whether you come here to stay or for a stopover before reaching Alaska, this cafe is an unmisstable stop in your route. Read on to find out why.
  • 24 Jun 2014
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  • Linda Walker
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Los Angeles' best 'small plates' restaurant and bar

As an avid traveller and frequent visitor to the U.S. I was pleasantly surprised to find a place where the portions are reasonably small (unlike in most other typical American restaurants where I find the portions are insanely huge)and the selection of dishes tantalising in flavour. Read on to find out more about my exciting culinary experience in one of L.A.'s best tapas-style eatery.
  • 31 Mar 2014
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  • Gaby Lucius
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Five extravagantly unique spas for a romantic couple's massage

The perfect excuse for running away with a loved one and treating yourselves to an exclusive romantic setting and a heavenly pampering experience, I've come up with my own list of five stunning hotel spas around the globe in which to book the spa experience of a lifetime. Read on to find out more about these rare gems.
  • 27 Feb 2014
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  • Linda Walker
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Cape Town's food and wine tops the bill

It's great to enjoy local produce wherever you are in the world. A visit to Cape Town means tasting the delights of nearby vineyards, the fruit of the orchards and meat reared on surrounding lush pastures. With an ocean setting to boot, the fruits of the sea are irresistible and include freshly caught line fish, rock lobster and abalone. All these and more are served in a myriad of restaurants that offer food styles that range from classic to exotic.
  • 26 Feb 2014
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  • Gaby Lucius
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Ultimate luxury: the Seychelles and its resorts

Join me on my quest of identifying and detailing the most decadently indulgent resorts in the Seychelles - for the ultimate luxurious experience your body and soul have been in desperate need of. Follow this informative post naming and describing the top spots and resorts to stay at for a luxury Seychelles holiday you'll never forget.
  • 17 Feb 2014
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  • Linda Walker
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A taste to remember in Miami's Wine and Food Festival

February is the month of food extravaganza in Florida's hottest beach city. It's the time to celebrate food and wine while basking in the ever-present Miami sunshine, and on this post I've taken the opportunity to tell you all about it. As a past participant of this fabulous festival, I'll let you in all the details and tips on what not to miss and where to go if you happen to be around Miami during this flavourful and tastefully joyful time.
  • 07 Feb 2014
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  • Gaby Lucius
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Top infinity pools in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean

You know you've booked a great hotel when on the brochure photos you see a breathtaking infinity pool blending into the skyline in the horizon. Often merging with the sea, others with the sky, infinity pools add another dimension to dramatic views and give a sense of serenity and ultimate luxury. This is why on this post I've made a short list of my top infinity pools around the globe. Read on to find out which ones have made my top three.
  • 30 Jan 2014
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  • Linda Walker
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The Chef's Table at 'Indian Accent' in Delhi, is the ultimate culinary experience in India

If you've always wanted to learn more about fine Indian dining in a genuinely Indian atmosphere, then there's no better place to experience it than at Dheli's Indian Accent, where you can sample the delicious menu at Chef's Table. Read all about my very own experience dining there during my latest holiday in India.
  • 20 Nov 2013
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  • Linda Walker
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Winter is time for 'The Walk' - the only place in Dubai for pavement cafe life

The Walk has emerged as the place to watch the world go by, or even count the Ferraris that drive along this waterside promenade. There's no doubt The Walk is Dubai's new hot spot; over 13 million visitors walked The Walk last year alone. It's perfect for relaxing with a snack, your choice of coffee, or a cool non alcoholic cocktail. For those who want something stronger, the hotels that stretch along the front and the marina are more than happy to oblige.
  • 12 Nov 2013
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  • Linda Walker
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Haute cuisine comes to Havana's tables

Following Raul Castro's 2010 reform programme, new Paladares are cropping up all over Havana. These privately owned restaurants are bringing enticing food and style to Havana's lack lustre tables and redeeming Cuba's poor food reputation. Visitors to Cuba can now savour cuisine to match the best in the world.
  • 28 Oct 2013
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

La Guarida, the best "Paladar" in Havana

A legendary restaurant unlike any other in Havana, La Guarida is that iconic, Bohemian corner where many of the rich and famous have come to mingle and enjoy the delicious Cuban cuisine with unique menu items and a refreshing, typically Cuban decor.
  • 07 Oct 2013
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  • Laura Rawlings
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What can I do in the Maldives other than scuba dive?

It's no secret to anyone that the Maldives are most famous for its crystalline cobalt blue waters teeming with colourful, exotic marine life. And, likewise, everyone knows that for this very reason, the country is considered an idyllic paradise for scuba divers. But there's more to Maldives than diving down its rich waters, and here we help you discover other on- and off-the-water attractions that this paradisiacal Indian Ocean destination also offers.
  • 06 Oct 2013
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Introducing all-inclusive holidays in Cuba

Learn about Cuba's best all inclusive resorts, where you can make the most of the everlasting sunshine, the warm crystalline waters and, of course, the long list of all-included facilities. From top of the range, five-star resorts to smaller, cheap and cheerful hotels, Cuba has a varied array of all inclusives to suit every budget and every travelling party.
  • 04 Oct 2013
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  • Laura Rawlings
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What are the must-visit vineyards in South Africa's Winelands?

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or you simply love a tipple, if you want to get to know South Africa's prestigious wine estates during your holiday, here we give you a list of the top three, best vineyard not to miss during a tour of the country's famous Winelands.
  • 26 Sep 2013
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

Top all inclusive resorts in Cuba, a quick holiday guide

If you're wondering which all inclusive resort in Cuba is the right one for your particular needs and wants, this quick guide will show you the best of the best in different regions of the island. From the top three all inclusive resorts in famous Varadero beach to the two most outstanding all inclusive retreats hidden away in Guardalavaca and the best all inclusive in Cuba's virginal keys, this guide showcases the best of the best.