30 January, 2015

A chill out castle in Mallorca - Castell Son Claret

If you're looking for somewhere in the sunshine to be seriously pampered, then look no further. If you'd also like a romantic retreat with food from a chef whose restaurant has earned a Michelin star when you're there, then again - this could be just what you're looking for!

Castell Son Claret is a beautifully renovated 14th century castle which is now as a 38 room boutique hotel. It's set in a secluded location near the inland village of Es Capdell√° by the Tramuntana mountains in west Mallorca.

The rooms are beautifully furnished, and have beautiful wood-beamed ceilings and great views of the grounds and surrounding hills. There is also a huge spa with a Turkish bath, while tented treatment rooms can be set up for massages in the gardens - bliss!

Madrid chef Fernando Perez Arellano has set up a new home for his fine dining Mallorcan restaurant Zaranda, and the tasting menu is a real treat. There's also a more informal restaurant which serves light Mediterranean dishes using vegetables from the gardens, and bread from the castle's own bakery.

There are 325 acres of grounds to explore which are beautifully landscaped, and
while you might feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, it's only a 25 minute drive to Palma, and even less to the nearest beach. The Castell Son Claret motto is "The Luxury of Silence", and where better to enjoy that peace and quiet than at this chill out castle which is one of a kind on the island. 

23 January, 2015

Travel Photo Friday: Dubrovnik

Today's photo was taken in the medieval city of Dubrovnik. The amazing architecture is still largely intact, and makes for stunning photos when it's surrounded by the Mediterranean. 
Lovers of the television series 'Game of Thrones' might be interested to know that parts of the city are used as King's Landing!

If you'd like to contribute one of your own travel photos, then please get in touch via the contact page  of my blog. Thanks in advance!

16 January, 2015

Flashback Friday: A different way to stay in Sydney

The image below is probably what springs to mind when the majority of people think of Sydney. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge are iconic sights, and are quite rightly the most photographed places in the city. Those are the sights everyone wants to visit, but what about where to stay when you're in Sydney?

I came up with a very different option, and one that it's worth 'flashing back' to - take a look at my blog post about Sydney under canvas.

Have you stayed somewhere unusual that you'd recommend in Sydney? If so, please get in touch via my contacts page to tell me all about it!

09 January, 2015

Safari under the stars

I wanted to start 2015 with something spectacular, and I definitely believe I've found it. I've heard of a room with a view, but this view is so good it's almost ridiculous!

Loisaba Wilderness is a tented bush camp in Laikipia, Kenya on a 150 square kilometre private game ranch. It has stunning views that sweep across the rolling hills towards Mount Kenya and the Mattthew's Mountain range. It's outstandingly beautiful and the accommodation is unbelievable.

As well as double, twin and family tents with en-suite bathrooms, you can sleep under the unspoilt African night sky on unique Star Beds. Located outdoors, the hand-crafted beds are on raised platforms with incredible views. This is a perfect honeymoon spot, or if you just want to make your trip more romantic, then you couldn't go wrong with spending a night in the Star Beds. 

Accommodation aside, there is plenty to do here from game drives to river rafting, to tracking lions and wild dogs, or going horseback riding. Personally, I think those star beds are worth the trip alone! If you want more information on Loisaba click here.

01 January, 2015

Travel Photo Friday: The sun is rising

Happy New Year everyone! As the sun rises on a new year it's always a time not only to reflect, but also for new beginnings. We'll all face new challenges this year, and new experiences will inspire us all whether in travel, or in life in general. Whatever the year has in store for you, I hope it's a good one for us all.

 If you have any photos you'd like to contribute, or places that you think I should be featuring on the blog that you've visited yourself, then please let me know via my contact page.