28 June, 2013

Travel Photo Friday: German giants

I'm a big fan of travel photos with a difference, and today's pic has a sporty theme - thanks to Alex Gage for the photo. It was taken at Bayern Munich's fantastic Allianz Arena before their semi-final game against Barcelona. Quite a historic result for Bayern, who ended up 4-0 winners on the night.
I love how you captured the atmosphere in this shot Alex - it's almost as if you can hear the roar of the crowd cheering their side on before the game! 

Thanks for the photo Alex. If you'd like to make your own travel photo contribution, then please feel free to get in touch via the address on the contact page. I'd love to see your tip top travel pics!

21 June, 2013

Small but perfectly formed in Tobago

As regular readers will notice, I have featured the Caribbean island of Tobago on my blog before. I've told you about rustic places in the past, but today it's all about a small, exclusive hotel. The Bacolet Beach Club is situated at the Southern tip of Tobago, just 15 miles from the airport.

The hotel was developed by former fashion model Gloria Jones-Knapp, and is designed to be both restful, and luxurious. It is located on a hill side, and has just twenty rooms - each with private balconies and spectacular views overlooking the sea.

This little haven is modern in design, but what I liked about it was that it still has that Caribbean feel about it - some resorts can try too hard and lose a bit of their character. That is certainly not the case here!

The hotel's infinity pool overlooks the half moon bay, and is a lovely spot for socialising. You can enjoy drinks and lunch around here, or at the hotel's beach bar.

It has to be said that the hotel is quite remote, and I'd highly recommend hiring a car - not only so you have the option of going elsewhere to eat, but also so you can explore the island. It's stunning, and you'd be missing out if you didn't see what it has to offer. A taxi is another option, of course, if you're a bit nervous of driving on the Tobago roads! If you'd like more information on the hotel, visit the website here.

14 June, 2013

Travel Photo Friday: Argentina falls

Today's travel photo comes courtesy of Heidi Brough, who took it on her travels in Argentina. Tell us more Heidi....

Iguazu falls is one of the most breathtaking places in the world! It can be seen from both Argentina and Brazil, but my photo was taken from the Argentina side. There, you can spend the whole day in the huge park visiting the falls, and experiencing the wildlife. 

Top tips: Definitely worth saving the 'Devil's Throat' until last. We stayed in the small nearby town of Puerto Iguazu.

Thanks fo the stunning photo Heidi - just beautiful. If you have a photo to contribute, then please get in touch - my details are on the contact page of my blog. 

07 June, 2013

Lounging in Langkawi: Bon Ton Resort

Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia's west coast. It's a mixture of picturesque paddy fields; jungle-clad hills all surrounded by turquoise sea. If you're one of those people hoping for somewhere rustic, and looking for something a little bit different - that's exactly what I'm featuring today.

If you like large, corporate hotels, then this is not for you. However, if you're the type who tries to experience a flavour of the country you're in, then the Bon Ton Resort could be just your thing. In fact, it's one of Langkawi's most unique resorts. It has eight individually styled antique Malay houses that are only a five minute drive from the beach.

The villas are decorated in different styles, and will give you a really authentic Malaysian experience - the bathrooms all have woonden bucket-style bathtubs (see photo above!). The houses are wooden, and it has to be said that they are not perfectly finished as a large hotel would be - but this is the real attraction of resorts like this. Don't think shabby chic, but more a living museum - each building has, been around for between 70 and 110 years!! 

The houses make you feel like you're having a really authentic holiday experience, and while you're not on the beach, it's in a beautiful peaceful spot. Having said that, kids are welcome, and there is lots to do - whether it be playing in the pool, or exploring the gardens. A true rustic stay, in a beautiful location.