Part of the joy of luxury travel is the chance to live like royalty, even if it is only for a few splendid days. It’s fitting, then, that the gorgeous Bagni di Pisa was once the summer residence of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. In the 18th Century, nobility and aristocracy would flock to the property to enjoy the finer things in life – now, it’s visitors from all over the world who visit to enjoy its splendours.
The first time I went on a cruise, one of my biggest worries was what I would do during days at sea. I was concerned I might get bored and restless on those days spent cruising through the ocean – in reality, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I ended up thoroughly enjoying sea days – and then the Sky Princess came along and made things even better.
Not only was my recent cruise aboard the Sky Princess a chance to discover the amazing features and design of the ultra-modern ship, but also to visit some incredibly enchanting places. I was so thrilled to get an opportunity to experience one of Princess’ famous Mediterranean cruises, departing from Trieste in Italy and visiting both Kotor in Montenegro and Athens in Greece.
Cruises have long been a popular choice for those wishing to see the world in style; however, Princess Cruises has really pushed the boundaries with their newest ship. Using the latest in technology to create an incredible, seamless cruising experience, as well as all the classic Princess Cruises features, cruising onboard the jaw-dropping Sky Princess is a total delight.
If happiness were a place, I suspect it would look something like Aruba. With brightly coloured buildings, warm and inviting local people and astonishingly beautiful beaches, my smile never left my face while I lapped it all up on a recent girl’s trip. From the earliest colours of dazzling sunrises to the joyful beats of the late-night bars, Aruba was pure joy.
There’s no denying that the Maldives is a destination of the moment. You only need to scroll through Instagram or flick through the pages of a celebrity magazine to see plenty of glamorous people frolicking in the surf. The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa recognised its potential many decades ago, being one of the first resorts to open way back in 1937.
Just one look at the beauty of the Maldives is enough to get you wondering what it would be like to live on this island paradise; thankfully, you can find out with The Residence Maldives. Traditional Maldivian architecture and life are woven throughout the property, giving you the sense that you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of city life for the laidback joy of living on a remote island.
If heaven was a place on earth, I strongly suspect it would look an awful lot like the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO-heritage listed region simply teeming with marine life, the resort itself is a magnificent oasis. No detail has been overlooked, and it offers exceptional dining and facilities paired with warm and attentive service. Perhaps heaven is a place on earth, after all.
Although glittering Dubai and Abu Dhabi may get most of the attention, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) actually offers seven other fascinating emirates. I recently had the chance to visit Sharjah, an absolute gem and perhaps the cultural heartland of the UAE. I spent an incredible four days getting to know the city, from the intriguing museums to bustling souq, and came away with a deep appreciation for this hidden jewel.
Beautiful Salamanca is a well-known stop on many travellers’ itineraries of Spain. However, there are many hidden gems in the city. Amongst the cobbled streets and intricately decorated buildings are many stunning attractions that aren’t featured in the pages of many guidebooks.