International

Akaroa New Zealand

Akaroa New Zealand: Vive la difference

There is a mysterious vortex just south of Christchurch on the Banks Peninsular. Either that or our driver has taken a wrong route…  by about 18,000 kilometres, because somehow, we appear to have pulled up in France. Not that I’m complaining. I’m a Francophile from way back and am quite happy to find myself strolling […] Read more…

Sunset at Sofitel Nusa Dua

Hotel review: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua

In collaboration with Luxury Escapes Bali is one of those places that does resorts extremely well and, of the six I’ve now stayed in, I can’t fault a single one. But, though we’d been told by several extremely discerning friends that the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua was the absolute best of the best, we planned on […] Read more…

Bali by kids

He said, she said: Bali by kids

I have to confess it took me a while to catch the Bali bug. You see, my first taste of Bali wasn’t exactly a success, partly due to my appalling taste in first husbands and partly due to the fact that I spent the entire week drunk and/or rocking a killer hangover. So awful was […] Read more…

Fairmont Makati with Kids

Manila: Fairmont Makati with kids

Having done the long haul hike from Australia to the UK about ten times too many, we’ve decided to break the trip up this time with a stopover in steamy Manila and a stay at the Fairmont Makati. Turns out that this is one of the most genius travel decisions we’ve ever made. The first […] Read more…

Intha fisherman on Inle Lake

Myanmar with Kids: Fast boats and slow food on Inle Lake

We’re leading a small flotilla of long boats across Inle Lake, the machine gun rat-ta-tat of their engines shattering the silence in this serene water world, almost as much as the squealing “woohoos” coming from Raffles as we rev up and race our way across the freshwater lake. Strewn with marshes and floating gardens, and skirted by teak stilt-houses and pretty […] Read more…

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Oman with kids

Oman with kids: May the forts be with you

Traipsing through a foreign airport with two small people at 4am, after ten hours in transit, is the kind of behaviour that I’d ordinarily suggest parents be given some pretty intensive therapy for. But on this occasion (and with little choice in the timing) the tiny travellers are doing us proud, having pretty much snoozed […] Read more…

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