Before I travelled to Cuba, the notion of Casas Particulares to me was just a general term for a homestay, a nice and more local alternative to the usual hotels/hostels that the majority of tourists, travellers and holiday makers alike use as a form of accommodation. Little did I realise just how significant a concept the Casas Particulares in Cuba has become. These government-run ‘homestays’ have all but taken over in Cuba as not just the most economical, but most popular and rewarding way of travelling for the majority of tourists visiting the island. It has especially taken off in the last few years since 2011 when bureaucratic regulations relaxed, allowing some Casas to turn into a kind of private business employing staff and even advertising online where possible. It’s definitely a hugely positive step in the ever evolving economy of the country. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you see the familiar Casa Particular logo hanging off almost every other house on every street, even in the smallest of rural villages. I think …
If you’re heading to the beautiful Byron Bay on your travels around Australia and looking for a chilled out, secluded hostel with an easy-going hippy vibe, then the Arts Factory Lodge couldn’t be a more perfect choice.
Located in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island is the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. Its exclusive hotel, The One & Only Hayman Island, is one of the world’s most beautiful and set in one of the most secluded locations possible.
The Gilis, a group of 3 small islands just off Bali, are a tiny piece of paradise. Whether you’re heading there for a few days relaxation after partying in Kuta or Seminyak on mainland Bali, or just after a peaceful getaway, you are guaranteed to forget about whatever it is you came to forget, as the hustle and bustle of real life escapes you.
While I was working for one of the UK’s leading travel companies last year, I was lucky enough to win an incentive scheme and be sent on an amazing (probably once in a lifetime) holiday on board a Disney Cruiseline for a 4 night cruise around the Mediterranean!
Although most of my recent travel has been independent travelling –backpacking style, I have been lucky enough in the past to have stayed at some truly beautiful places, my all time favourite being the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai.