Although I had not cruised before, as soon as I read the itinerary for Princess Cruises seven-day Mediterranean tour, I was excited. Over one luxurious week, the itinerary visited some of the Mediterranean’s cultural and culinary hotspots, providing ample opportunity to experience many of the delights of the region. From sipping wine amongst the vineyards of Provence to looking out over the ocean from the Rock of Gibraltar, it was an incredibly rich and varied itinerary that I couldn’t wait to see. Certainly, I was not disappointed, and the cruise more than lived up to my expectations.
During my travels I have experienced many different styles of trips, however (until very recently) I had never been on a cruise. To be honest, although I had thought about it, I always had a number of concerns about going on a cruise – whether the other guests would be much older than me, if I’d get bored during the days at sea, and whether the restaurants and activities would be good quality.
In all my years of travelling, one style of holiday I had never experienced was a cruise. That is why I was so thrilled to have the chance to journey aboard the Crown Princess ship with Princess Cruises, visiting the highlights of the Mediterranean including Barcelona, Gibraltar, Marseille, Genoa and Florence over seven days. After a busy year, sailing across the sea on a premium cruise ship, stopping off at exciting destinations along the journey, sounded particularly enticing.
Perched atop the hillside within the dense jungle of the Anse Chastanet property in Saint Lucia, Jade Mountain is nothing short of astonishing. Surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty and featuring architecture that takes every opportunity to highlight the mesmerising views and blend with its stunning surroundings, it is truly enchanting.
Radisson Aquatica Resort in Barbados was a bit of a shift in style for me, being slightly different from the ultra-luxury boutique style accommodation I usually go for. However, there was a good reason to step beyond my usual style – the Radisson Acquatica’s enviable views out over the beautiful water and sands of Carlisle Bay and the UNESCO listed Victorian Pier.
The stunning views and the laid-back charm of the hotel definitely won my heart and made it a great place to stay during our Barbados holiday.
Since opening, Sandals Grande St Lucian Resort has made quite the splash, becoming a hot destination for the rich and famous to stay on an exclusive and romantic retreat. It’s no wonder, with glorious rooms, suites and overwater bungalows, each set up to give the ultimate romantic Carribean escape.
You certainly don’t need to be Prince Harry to feel like royalty during your stay here, with its luxurious elegance, delicious dining options and spectacular beach.
Incorporating the natural elements effortlessly into its architectural design, Anse Chastanet is a unique offering in gorgeous Saint Lucia. Everything about the resort exudes charm and personality; from the unique and rustic room décor to the informal friendliness of the staff.
Nestled amongst lush, tropical gardens and with a view out over sleek yachts in the marina, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina offers something slightly different in Saint Lucia.
The resort and beautiful tropical surroundings with warm hospitality captivated my heart during a recent vacation to Saint Lucia.
After weeks of long work days and too-short weekends, I was ready to get away for a couple of days for a luxury spa break. My husband and I drove from London to Rudding Park in Harrogate. I received a generous offer from the hotel to stay one complimentary night in a spa room, with access to a full day’s spa facilities and couldn’t wait to indulge.
Crete has long been a beloved holiday destination, with its understated elegance, warm hospitality and focus on absolute relaxation. This is what is promised by Daios Cove with their new offering, The Beach House, an unpretentious open-air restaurant serving the incredible dishes by Head Chef Sotiris Arabidis and his team.