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Going on safari had been a long time ambition of both Gemma and I, both of us being big nature lovers. So when we were planning a luxurious trip to celebrate our 40th birthdays, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfil the ambition of a lifetime. We had always promised ourselves that when we eventually did go on safari, we would do it in style, no expense spared. A colleague at work recommended Londolozi Lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa when I had been discussing our plans with him. What a recommendation it proved to be… Day one After four great days exploring Cape Town and the surrounding area we took the short internal flight up to Nelspruit, where we were greeted by our private transfer to Londolozi. The two and half hour drive is scenic and interesting, giving passengers an insight into rural life in and…

As part of our joint 40th birthday celebrations, we planned a no expense spared trip to South Africa and the Seychelles. Two places we had always wanted to visit. For the first part of the trip we decided to base ourselves in Cape Town for four nights before heading north to Sabi Sands Game Reserve for three nights safari at Londolozi Lodge. We flew into Cape Town via Dubai with Emirates. You can fly direct with British Airways, but as they hold a monopoly on direct flights from London to Cape Town they charge double the price – poor form BA! So we decided we would rather take the longer route in Emirates business class than the shorter route in BA economy. This was a sound decision. Emirates business class is definitely a notch up on BA and comparable to Singapore Airlines service which is also very good. In general,…

There aren’t many better feelings than floating in the clear, calm waters of an infinity pool in a luxury hotel, taking in the magnificent views as you forget all your worries and feel at peace with the world. This is the luxury lifestyle. Of course, there are infinity pools, and then there are INFINITY POOLS! So, in the cause of luxury travel, I have gone to the painstaking effort (ok it was fun I admit it!) of compiling a list of the 10 best infinity pools in the world. 1. The Infinity Pool at The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore Perched high up on top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool allows hotel guests an unparalleled view of the Singapore skyline and the sovereign state’s financial district. (source Marina Bay Sands) Sip on a glass of Dom Perignon champagne as you take in the…

When you imagine luxury travel, you are usually painting a picture with your mind’s eye of endless white sandy beaches dotted with coconut trees, gently lapped by turquoise waters rich with marine life. Spending long sunny days lazing by the pool with a good book and sipping tropical cocktails long into the balmy night…so when we agreed as a family to spend my dad’s 70th birthday on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean I was more than a little excited. Long Beach Golf Resort & Spa My brother lives with his young family in Perth Australia and was figuratively meeting us in the middle, so we decided to book the family friendly 5* Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort in Belle Mare on the Eastern Coast of Mauritius. We opted for the Superior Beach Front Room and were not disappointed. The room was very spacious with a large…