Category Archives: Reviews

Mashpi Lodge: Luxury in Ecuador’s Cloud Forest

Deep in the Ecuadorian cloud forest, a little over three hours from Quito, lays Masphi Lodge.  Recognised as one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and uncovered by the BBC in Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, this is not your standard lodge – far from it. Set on 3,200 acres of […]

The Best 7 Day Galapagos Cruise – Life in the Lap of Luxury Onboard the Ecoventura Origin

When we first started planning out our South American adventure, we knew the Galapagos Islands were at the very top of our wishlist, along with other key highlights like Patagonia, Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Flats.  What we weren’t expecting though was for the Galapagos to take out not only the top spot amongst […]

EcoCamp Patagonia – Reviewing Torres del Paine’s Bucket-List Glamping

With the Towers piercing the dawning sky and the wild Patagonian winds swirling around, there’s no better place to be curled up in Torres del Paine than at EcoCamp.  Recently we had the pleasure of staying at this incredible property in an equally incredible part of the world.  Having read countless reviews online it was […]

Pucón – The Home of Adventure in Chile (and our new favourite hostel!)

Sitting under the shadow of Volcan Villarrica (one of South America’s most active volcanoes) and on the shore of one of many lakes in the area, Pucón is a relatively small town in Chile that packs a massive punch. This gorgeous spot is known as the adventure capital of Chile and offers the perfect combination […]

Bouncing Around Barcelona – The bike tour with a difference

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second most populous municipality in Spain, has many claims to fame – a world-renowned football team, impressive tourism figures and weather to make most jealous – but there’s something special about this incredible city that most people aren’t aware of. It plays host to one of the best […]

Disneyland Paris & Walt Disney Studios Park – A Must See in France?

The one brand in the world that really needs no introduction. Disney. The happiest place on earth.  Where dreams come true.  Where fantasies come to life and where big kids become small again. As a child it was always a family dream to one day visit Disneyland and when it did eventually happen, I remember […]

The Most Luxurious Desert Hotel in the World: Qasr Al Sarab

Located on the edge of the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert, Rub Al Khali, Qasr Al Sarab delivers absolute luxury in a bucket-list location.  We visited to find out if it really could live up to the high praise it receives and we left every bit amazed.  Read on for our review of this spectacular Anantara […]

Dear Leisure Travellers: Why a business hotel might be your best move yet

Though a beautiful resort might be at the top of the wish-list for most leisure travellers, we urge you not to rule out a stay at a business hotel just yet.  Why?  Read on to find out… Business hotels aren’t typically on the forefront of a leisure travellers mind but if you’re looking to save some […]

Stopping Over in Dubai – A Newbie’s Guide

Dubai truly is the epitome of luxury, the cars, the buildings, the hotels and the attractions.  It has so much to offer! If you haven’t visited or you are planning to visit read more to find out how to spend a weekend in Dubai. Living as an expat in a different country is exciting but […]

Abu Dhabi Eats: Todd English’s Olives – A Taste of the Mediterranean

With our time in Abu Dhabi coming to an end, we’re on a mission to try out all of the amazing restaurants in Abu Dhabi.  Well, maybe not all of them but certainly the ones that have been waiting patiently on our list. First up? Todd English’s Olives – a gorgeous restaurant that absolutely shone, keeping […]

Adventure & Glamping in Sri Lanka – Not Your Average All-Inclusive!

Borderlands - Adventure glamping in Sri Lanka

An easy drive from Colombo you’ll find Borderlands, an all-inclusive Sri Lankan adventure camp in Kitulgala, the adrenalin-sports capital of the country.  We normally recoil at the word ‘all-inclusive’ when it comes to our travels but not this time!   Read on to find out why Borderlands should be a must-see on your visit to […]

Staying on a Working Sri Lankan Plantation – Horathapola Estate

Horathapola Estate Sri Lanka review Red Dot Tours

How many hotels do you know that would check you in at 5.30am, graciously welcoming you with a fresh coconut and showing you to your room (when you don’t officially check in until later that afternoon)? Prior to our visit to Sri Lanka, I would have said not one hotel would generally provide that level […]

Kex: A Funky, Affordable Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland

Kex Hostel review Reykjavik Iceland

Iceland is has a well-deserved reputation for being drop-dead-gorgeous.  It is. It also has a reputation for being fairly expensive.  For the most part, that’s true too. Though we tend to stay in more private, comfortable accommodation options these days, our desired locations and activities always drive our decisions.  If there’s only basic accommodation in […]

A Weekend Itinerary in Doha – Why You Shouldn’t Just Fly Through Qatar!

With a weekend to spare, Nathan and I decided to hop over to Doha, Qatar.  Though I work with a number of teachers that have lived in Doha in the past, I’d heard mixed things about just how worthwhile the city was. Is it work a stopover if you’re flying through?  Should you book a flight […]

Living It Up in Muscat, Oman – Pure Luxury at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, sitting just 20 minutes out of Muscat, represents pure luxury in the Sultanate of Oman.  So much more than just a resort, there is no delaying denying where you are – this hotel offers world-class hospitality, the most incredible Omani backdrop and a range of services to ensure […]

A 2.5 Hour Drive from Abu Dhabi but a World Away: Jebel Dhanna’s Beachfront Paradise

danat jebel dhanna resort Abu Dhabi review

Only two and a half hours from the buzz of Abu Dhabi City, you’ll find Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, a welcome reprise from the rush of everyday life. Located on the shore of the mainland, opposite Sir Bani Yas Island, guests benefit from many of the perks of being near this natural reserve without the often-hefty price […]