• Asia & Australasia

    5 must visit wineries in Marlborough, New Zealand

    Marlborough put New Zealand on international wine lists with its Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980s. To this day Marlborough remains the largest wine producing region in the country. The cool, yet sunny climate, low rainfall and fertile soils are ideal conditions to produce this unique wine. There are over 150 wineries in Marlborough now, so make a plan on where to stop ahead. The Marlborough wineries offer a huge range of wines to enjoy including Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Our favourite wineries in this wine dense 20,000ha area are below. Your tasting experience and favourites will depend on which grape varieties you like best and where you’re eager to…

  • Asia & Australasia

    Our Epic New Zealand Road Trip – South Island

    After collecting our hire car in Picton we set off on part 2 of our adventure. You can read about part 1 in the North Island Trip here.  Out of the two islands we’ve been most excited about coming here. It’s got so much to offer with glaciers, tramping (hiking) and heart pumping sports.  We stopped in Nelson for a late lunch before continuing to Takaka in Abel Tasman.  Abel Tasman National Park, 2 Nights Abel Tasman National Park sits on the coast of the northern end of the Kahurangi National Park. There are lots of walking tracks to do here and we came for the beautiful Coast Track. The…

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    Asia & Australasia

    Our Epic New Zealand Road Trip – North Island

    New Zealand is the ultimate road trip. With so much to see and do, New Zealand had been on my bucket list for ages. We knew we had to make the trip to this adventure playground when we had the rare opportunity to take 4 weeks off work over Christmas. We planned our New Zealand adventure to give us a mix of fine wines, beaches, glacial lakes, vistas and adrenaline pumping sports. The best way to save time in this huge country is to fly into one island and out of the other and hire a car to get around the area in- between. On reflection we wished we had…

  • Africa,  Hotels

    The Residence: A ylang-ylang scented gem on the west coast of Mauritius

    Source of Luxury Rating: 8/10 A colonial 5 star hotel influenced by the island’s sugar plantation history. Prepare to be surprised by the buffet dining options and spoilt by the butler service. Make the most of complimentary water sports on the mile-long stretch of sandy beach. Overview Owned by the Cenizaro Group, The Residence is located on the west coast of Mauritius in Belle Mare. I’ll be honest, we didn’t spend a lot of time researching hotels in Mauritius before we booked. We asked ourselves a few questions…will it be too hot for Aurelia?…can we go for long walks on the beach?…does it have a la carte dining?….does the airline…