Song Saa Private Island Cambodia – A Luxury Island Escape for Less

2018-12-09T17:24:47+00:00By |

Song Saa private island on Koh Ouen off the southern coast of Cambodia is barefoot luxury at its best. Our friends at Luxury Escapes have an incredible 5-night package for our Australian readers, but you have to hurry as it’s ending very soon. Song Saa private island on Koh Ouen off the southern coast of …

Best Dubai Beach Resorts – from Luxury Seaside Hotels to Romantic Retreats

2017-12-06T23:15:25+00:00By |

The best Dubai beach resorts range from romantic luxury retreats that sprawl along squeaky-soft stretches of sand to big family-friendly hotels with water sports galore and gob-smacking views of Dubai's iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. It's that time of year when I start getting questions about Dubai. The first is always "what are the best …

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Canggu, Bali

2018-12-17T18:01:26+00:00By |

This local guide to eating and drinking in Canggu, Bali, comes from Geoff Lindsay, the Aussie owner-chef of Salumeria Tanah Barak a Spuntini and Campari Bar in Canggu, Dandelion restaurant and the Crab Club Pop Up, Melbourne, and chef at Saigon Street in Seminyak, Bali. We’re big fans of Geoff Lindsay’s Vietnamese restaurant Dandelion in Melbourne (and his …

Down at Diani Beach

2018-05-10T15:47:53+00:00By |

When it comes to wonderful beaches around the world, Diani Beach doesn’t immediately spring to mind, yet we quickly discovered that the place is popular with travellers looking to top or tail their safari trip with some sun, sea and sand. Being Australian, I’m pretty opinionated when it comes to beaches. I love the breathtakingly …

Our Home Away from Home at Diani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya

2018-11-26T11:01:05+00:00By |

It was reassuring to have someone from our holiday rental in Diani Beach, Kenya, greet us at Mombasa airport after dealing with the rude, unsympathetic staff of Kenyan Airways who couldn’t manage to get our bags on the same flight as us on the first leg of our journey from South Africa. Less reassuring was …

Camps Bay, Cape Town: the Beauty of Being By the Beach

2018-05-10T19:10:18+00:00By |

Our lovely home in Camps Bay in Cape Town reminds us of the beauty of being by the beach. Literally one block from the sand, it's a five-minute stroll to dip our toes into the sea. Bliss. We may have had bad luck with the weather on our grand tour so far this year – sometimes it feels as if …

Our Home Away from Home in Camps Bay, Cape Town

2015-08-01T17:39:33+00:00By |

A warm, welcoming and well-appointed family home at Camps Bay is our ‘home away from home’ in Cape Town, South Africa. A five-minute stroll from the white-sand beach, with a swimming pool in the sunny garden, a piano in the living room, and stunning views of Table Mountain, ‘The Bayleaf’ is a wonderful place to …

Rio de Janeiro Take-Homes: Brazilian Bikinis

2018-11-26T10:56:30+00:00By |

If you only take home one souvenir from Rio de Janeiro, make it swimwear – a pair of teensy Brazilian bikinis for her, and low-waist, hip-hugging, wide-brief sunga for him. In Ipanema, where we had our 'home away from home' in Rio for two weeks, there are countless swimwear shops with mannequins posing seductively in the chic …

Ipanema, Where Life’s a Beach

2014-09-24T09:03:45+00:00By |

One of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination is explore our neighbourhood. Despite having done the long haul down to Rio de Janeiro from Costa Rica via Miami, it didn’t take us long to get out the door and down to the famous Ipanema beach. Our Ipanema apartment is …

The Art of Doing Nothing

2018-11-26T11:00:50+00:00By |

There’s no shortage of things to do in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. We’ve been wildlife-spotting on a walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, we’ve hiked in the forest for a spot of bird watching, we’ve strolled around a spice plantation, we’ve cruised through mangrove swamps, and Terence has dug his feet into the wax of …

Learning to Surf in Costa Rica

2018-05-28T09:25:08+00:00By |

It’s been a long day learning to surf in Costa Rica. I can barely lift my arms above my shoulders. My knees are red raw. As are my ribs. My back feels like I’ve been bent over breaking rocks with a chain gang. I can taste salt and I still have sand in my hair. …

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