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[Hotel Review]: Banyan Tree Seychelles

So after a really disappointing experience at our first hotel, it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say we rushed back from breakfast first thing to pack up our bags and check out of our rooms in the keen desperation to get to our next stop – what we had been savouring for our last stop and what we were (even more so than before) hoping would be a memorable end to our Seychellois experience (read all about my time on the island here)… And it didn’t disappoint. The Banyan Tree Seychelles is a true oasis of calm and serenity. No sooner had we drawn up to the grand entrance of the property than we were swept into the cool air -con of the spacious high-ceiling lobby, bags taken care of, and offered refreshing fruity drinks and cold face towels – just what we needed! After being told we’d kindly been upgraded to an Ocean View Pool Villa (!) and whilst the check-in process was taken care of by the competent and friendly staff, we were free …

Paradise Does Exist: A Week In The Seychelles

So I’ve just said goodbye to this beautiful island and my last Seychellois sunset as I write this from the tiny airport runway about to set off on our evening flight back home to the UK. It’s been an interesting week – filled with sun, storms, rain, giant tortoises, beautiful nature, botanical gardens, great food, cocktails, markets, sunsets and the most incredible postcard-perfect beaches I think I’ve ever seen. All in all we had a great time on the island and found the hospitality of the Seychellois people to be warm, welcoming and genuine. The only negative experiences we had was the first hotel we stayed at (which I won’t go into any more detail about as this is not what this post is about!) and a bit of unfortunate cloudy and rainy weather for quite a few days which was disappointing…but what can you do about nature! Having said this, however, if it hadn’t have continued to rain one morning, we probably wouldn’t have made the decision to visit the main island town of …

[People Of The World Series]: Steel Pan Band In Cape Town

There is a hidden story behind every face, a smile or an expression telling a thousand stories without any words. Some of my favourite pictures from my travels are of people’s faces around the world, a snapshot of someone’s daily life captured in a split-second action shot. It is true that one of the best ways to get under the skin of a country is through its locals. In my People Of The World Series, I share my photographs of people from all around the world.

Out & About: My Top Travel Experiences In The Great Outdoors

Sometimes there’s no better feeling than getting out and about in a country and doing something active in the fresh air and the great outdoors. Often it’s the best way to get the feel for a place, and leaves you with memories you’re not going to forget any time soon. I’ve been lucky enough to have had many incredible once-in-a-lifetime outdoor travel experiences over the years and thought I’d do a rundown of my 5 most memorable. 1. Boating and wildlife spotting down the Kinabatangan river in Borneo Kind of like your classic safari, except instead of in a 4×4, you are on a wooden boat on the river, and instead of spotting lions and elephants, you’re on the lookout for Proboscis monkeys and alligators. With a local tour guide and two safaris a day (both very early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife is most active), it’s truly incredible to see this wildlife, a few species of which are now endangered, in their natural rainforest environment. Visit full post here 2. Dolphin spotting …

My Top 10 Ultimate Travel Experiences

I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world experiencing different cultures, meeting the local people, sampling the food and trying out new activities. It has been hard to narrow it down to such a short list, but here are my top 10 unforgettable experiences over the years…