Our Home Away from Home in Khon Kaen in Thailand’s Isaan

2018-11-26T16:25:04+07:00By |

Set among luxuriant gardens on a sprawling property in Khon Kaen, in Thailand's northeastern Isaan region, Lom Laeng Villa, a modern interpretation of a traditional Isaan house, was our ‘home away from home’ at boutique hotel Supanniga, a Secret Retreats member. We only stayed a night in Khon Kaen on our Isaan road trip, however, we …

A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

2014-09-24T03:26:18+07:00By |

“This is the graveyard of a young woman, eight months pregnant, who was killed by an elephant,” 55-year old Jane Mwamburi of Msorongo Village, Kenya, tells us through our guide and interpreter, Oliver. There are actually two graveyards, because the Taita people do not believe in burying a pregnant woman with her baby, Oliver reveals, …

Down at Diani Beach

2018-05-10T15:47:53+07:00By |

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+07:00By |

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 …

Our Home Away from Home in Camps Bay, Cape Town

2015-08-01T17:39:33+07:00By |

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 …

The Pantry at Rusty Irons – a Museum to Local Produce

2015-08-06T15:21:02+07:00By |

Some holiday rental owners leave guests little more than teabags and milk, but when we checked into Rusty Irons’ impressive home in Austin, Texas we opened the fridge to find an array of goodies to get us started and a pantry that is a museum to local produce. Most of the delectables come from Austin, or if …