Luxury Escapes for Less – Book Champagne Packages on a Prosecco Budget

2018-12-26T11:12:18+00:00By |

Luxury Escapes for less – who doesn’t love some affordable luxury? Now, thanks to our new partnership with Luxury Escapes you can book jaw-dropping deals on gorgeous resorts, villas, hotels, and small group luxury tours for less – along with exclusive packages created just for Grantourismo readers. I first heard about Luxury Escapes from some …

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

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Some Home-Delivered Pampering with an In-Villa Spa Break

2014-09-25T19:08:15+00:00By |

When you stay at a five-star hotel or luxury resort you expect a certain level of comfort, services and amenities to be available, such as in-room dining or room service and spa facilities or at the very least in-room massages. We never expected a holiday rental property to offer such a level of service so …

A video of Villa Tukad, Bali

2018-12-17T17:42:49+00:00By |

Sometimes words and photos are not enough... a video of Villa Tukad, featuring the sights and sounds from the idyllic surroundings of our latest holiday rental in Bali, Indonesia. A Video of Villa Tukad, Tumbank Bayuh, Bali Scenes from Villa Tukad, Bali. from Gran Tourismo on Vimeo. Video shot with our Olympus PEN E-P2, and edited …

Cooking in Bali with Desak in a Cultural Cooking Exchange

2018-12-17T17:50:34+00:00By |

Cooking in Bali with Desak ended up being one of the highlights of our two-week stay in our Balinese villa, allowing us to tick off a few grand tour goals — learning from locals, learning to cook the local cuisine, and giving back. I taught Desak Western dishes in exchange. Cooking with Desak in Bali in a Cultural Cooking …

A Stroll Around Our Balinese Villa Gardens

2015-08-06T19:45:36+00:00By |

The gardens of our Balinese villa are so gorgeous, we decided to devote a whole photo gallery to them instead of including them in our 'Home Away from Home in...' post as we usually would. The location is so beautiful and our Balinese villa gardens so tranquil that even when we had to work it was a …

Our Home Away From Home in Bali, Indonesia – A Tropical Villa in Tumbak Bayuh

2018-12-21T12:33:41+00:00By |

Bali is to Australians what Mallorca is to the British and Cancun is to Americans, a cheap beach holiday destination. But one person’s popular vacation spot is another’s exotic off-the-beaten-track escape. Our Bali is altogether different again and, somewhat surprisingly, we’re besotted with it. We must have been the only two Australians who didn’t have …