International

Cape Dutch Architecture in Stellenbosch

Bites and sites on the streets of Stellenbosch

The pilgrimage to Stellensbosch is one all self-respecting foodies visiting South Africa should make. The vibrant university town in South Africa’s Western Cape province is not only home to some of South Africa’s best food and artisanal producers, but is conveniently plonked (if you’ll pardon the pun) amongst hundreds of wineries. Indeed there are so […] Read more…

Robben Island's Maximum Security Prison, Cape Town

A pilgrimage to Robben Island, Cape Town

They say that nobody comes back from a journey the way they began it. Nowhere has this proved, at least for me, more prophetic than Cape Town, a diverse and impossibly beautiful city that is dominated by a legendary mountain and the spectre of Nelson Mandela. It was here, on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela served 18 of […] Read more…

stunning Wat Suwan Khiri Khet, Karon Temple, Phuket

Phuket with kids: Novotel Phuket Karon Beach

What are the key ingredients to a perfect beach holiday? It turns out that for my kids it is curry spices, fresh seafood, slithering serpents and selfies with Spiderman. Wait, what?  No, the kids are not having acid flashbacks. And neither am I. They’ve just fallen more than a little in love with the unique offerings of the […] Read more…

A furo soaking tub at Aman Tokyo

The A-List: Aman Tokyo with kids

Raffles and Sugarpuff love a hotel stay, but not for the cool kids clubs, fun family activities and customised kids menus in their restaurants. In fact, it’s in spite of them. I just can’t seem to sell the idea on them… they’d much rather share the same experiences as us. And that’s ok with me. […] Read more…

Why we said no to riding elephants in Thailand

Why we said no to riding elephants in Thailand

It’s hailed as Phuket’s must-see spectacular and as soon as my kids see the flashy video of Phuket Fantasea’s dazzling Thai dancers, acrobats, and magical illusions, they want a piece of the action. At least they do until they spot the chorus line of tarted up elephants balancing precariously on each other like giant trunky dominos. It’s […] Read more…

Phuket with kids: Koh Khai Nok, or not?

The brochures tell us that Koh Khai Nok is a teensy tiny island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay, surrounded by turquoise water and teeming with a ridiculous quantity of fish. And, hints the glossy flyer, being just fifteen minutes by speedboat from Phuket, Koh Khai Nok with kids is a no-brainer. After a few very busy and long […] Read more…

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