A few years ago our kids went to study in the US, leaving us with an empty nest. Since then an annual 4- week visit to the US and elsewhere has become a regular feature. Our travels have been engaging experiences and I thought of sharing a few tips on planning long vacations.
So here goes…
With tropical forests, white sands and turquoise shallows, feel the freedom of nature at Wildfitness Zanzibar. Share a life-changing fun-filled adventure with friends in the tranquil Chwaka Bay. The retreat was developed with the natural beauty of Zanzibar’s environment in mind: snorkel amidst turquoise waters, stretch out on empty beaches and sweat it up with high intensity workouts. Continue reading
The ancient Hindu narrative, the Mahabharata, describes Svarga Loka as the ‘good kingdom’ or a heavenly paradise for the gods. Catering to the discerning needs of wellness travellers, the retreat provides a sacred place to reflect and rejuvenate. With various programs and bespoke monthly themes, it’s an idyllic venue for groups on a pursuit of wellness. Continue reading
Going to Phuket Cleanse is like coming home to family. Whether travelling with a group, a partner or by yourself, you’ll find a friend in each staff and guest you meet. A sense of tribe shines through the group fitness activities, offering a fun and supportive environment. Continue reading
HENRY Williamson’s novel Tarka the Otter, published 90 years ago this August, has inspired a thriving tourism industry in North Devon, helped in part by the creation of the 180-mile Tarka Trail in the 1980s. Tracing Tarka’s journey during the book, the figure-of-eight trail is suitable for walkers and, on some stretches, cyclists. It follows the fictional otter’s footprints along riverbanks and coastlines, and through moors and woodland, all of which Williamson describes vividly, but with minimal sentimentality, from an otter’s-eye view. Continue reading
TUCKED away above the Exe Valley, Stoodleigh is reached by a winding country lane known locally as ‘The Drive’. This harks back to the time when the road was the immensely long private drive to Stoodleigh Manor. The estate was broken up and sold in 1925 and in 1928 the house was bought by Ravenswood School, which relocated here from Paignton. In 1992 the school closed, though it very much lives on in the memory of its pupils! Stoodleigh Court, as it is known today, now serves as a wedding venue. The walk enjoys wonderful, far-reaching views, but to achieve them there are some mighty ascents-so be prepared. Lovely, wildlife-rich woodland will help take your mind off the tough bits.
APPROACH Teignmouth by road and you are reminded that this is the “Gem of South Devon”. Always effervescent, the resort has been tickled by a magic wand and now aspires to the title of Devon’s mosaic capital. Varying from dinner plate size to extensive murals, the large collection has become a year-round attraction for visitors, beguiled by mosaic’s unique qualities. Families enjoy a discovery trail leaflet and search out a series of circular plaques highlighting local fish and birds. Continue reading
LITTLE touches can elevate a stay in a hotel to something special and unique. Even if you don’t use the binoculars and blankets which are tucked in a basket for use on your room’s balcony, it makes you feel cared for, just knowing someone has given thought to every detail of your stay. One of the first things I’m told after being shown my room at Salcombe Harbour Hotel is: “The lemon and ice are doing the rounds.” Continue reading