Tag: Sea

  • The best of Thailand

    The best of Thailand

    Every tourist board loves a major motion picture. Think Braveheart, think Scotland. Think Jean de Florette, think Provence. Similarly, if you go and see The Beach, you will be treated to 90 minutes of the kind of subliminal advertising that makes grown marketing men weep. Forget the plot, forget Leonardo. The real star of the […]

  • The Maldives baring your sole

    The Maldives baring your sole

    They’ve stolen my shoes. After 13 hours on a plane, a smiling man has placed them firmly into a bag labelled “No News, No Shoes” and pulled the drawstring tight. I am now barefoot in the Maldives and I feel distinctly uncomfortable. Some people have a thing about their thighs, stomach or numerous chins. I […]

  • Santorini, iconic of Greek islands

    Santorini, iconic of Greek islands

    Your first order of business in Santorini is to hit the colorful beaches — the black and red sands make for a memorable visit. Next up, indulge in the archaeological delights of the impressively preserved Ancient Akrotiri. or climb the ancient stairs that lead to the historic city of Manolas in Thirassia. From there, catch […]

  • It’s like stepping into a Bounty ad

    It’s like stepping into a Bounty ad

    The Seychellois love to make jibes at Mauritius. Their main competitor for beach-based tourism in the Indian Ocean is ribbed mercilessly, often with faint praise. ‘Mauritius has wonderful beaches, great hotels – and that’s it,’ said one tourism official. ‘People go to the luxury hotels, not to Mauritius itself,’ said another. ‘But they come to […]

  • Explore Croatia, enjoy Istria

    Explore Croatia, enjoy Istria

    We just had to pull over. On an overcast, sultry day the sun had yet to make an appearance, and the landscape around us, although verdant, felt a little dull. But then – a patch of blue sky. Suddenly the light changed, throwing rays of warmth down through the soft grey clouds and hitting, perfectly, […]

  • Bora Bora a paradise in the Pacific

    Bora Bora a paradise in the Pacific

    Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale – a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship. If ever you’re looking for a reason to put the Gilligan’s Island theme on your iPhone, travelling to Bora Bora in French Polynesia is it. Located a short flight […]

  • What’s new in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

    What’s new in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

    If you’re in Menorca this weekend, head to Mahón to watch the inauguralMenorca Maxi (until 25 May), a superyacht regatta featuring top sailors including America’s Cup winners, round-the-world veterans and Olympic medalists. Or try it yourself – Menorca Cruising runs sailing courses from Mahón harbour (from £240 for two days). If you’re more of a […]

  • Three cheers for Skiathos, the Greek island idyll that remains unchanged by time

    Three cheers for Skiathos, the Greek island idyll that remains unchanged by time

    The Greek island of Skiathos is a special sort of place. My childhood holidays there were filled with walks along parched tracks, views of the Aegean, figs bursting with sweetness still warm from the tree and fresh octopus hanging outside tavernas to dry. I came back as a teenager, with friends who owned a villa […]

  • Ten best diving adventures

    Ten best diving adventures

    Pulau Weh, Indonesia by Charlotte Boan Our small wooden vessel rocked gently on the water, revealing little of the wild currents sweeping over the coral reefs below. On the signal of our experienced dive guide Arun, we rolled off the boat and descended into the cobalt ocean. Flying with the fast water flow, we raced […]

  • Fantasy island! Head to Zante for beautiful beaches and delicious food

    Fantasy island! Head to Zante for beautiful beaches and delicious food

    It’s also an island of two names: Zante is its Italian moniker, given to it by the Venetians who occupied it in the 15th Century for more than 300 years. Its Greek name is Zakynthos, and while you can still see some Italian infuences – particularly in the island’s capital, Zakynthos Town – the crystal […]

  • The rise of Montenegro: Chic resorts and fine scenery in Europe’s new holiday haven

    Kotor Bay, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list, is a dramatically beautiful inlet where fishing settlements such as Prcanj cling to steep escarpments, the red roofs of squat houses bright in the sun. Squint, and the whole picture is like a glorious marriage between the fjords of northern Europe and a more rustic […]

  • Classic post type 5

    Classic post type 5

    It’s also an island of two names: Zante is its Italian moniker, given to it by the Venetians who occupied it in the 15th Century for more than 300 years. Its Greek name is Zakynthos, and while you can still see some Italian infuences – particularly in the island’s capital, Zakynthos Town – the crystal […]