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Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in Spain, makes for a fabulous city break where visitors can marvel at Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces, gorge themselves on fresh tapas or simply chill out on one of the city’s nine sandy beaches. Best Hotels Barcelona W Hotel Barcelona Reminiscent of the iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the five star W Hotel rises out of the sea like a shimmering, silver sail at the end of Barceloneta beach. The hotel’s location is great for those wanting to experience Barcelona’s beach vibe, with the compromise being a slightly longer trek into the centre of town. The atmosphere is chic and sexy, and this hotel is definitely for those wanting to be part of the cool, Ibiza scene. Interior design at the W is sleek and stylish with a bling lobby and minimalist rooms that come with stunning views of the city or Mediterranean. The places…

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,…

I haven’t yet been to Victoria, Niagara or Angel Falls, so I can’t really judge which Waterfall is the most spectacular on earth, but Iguazu Falls must take some beating… Situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina the Iguazu Falls form the largest waterfall system in the world. The falls are divided between two national parks (one Argentinian and the other Brazilian) and set among rainforest, which provides a broad and diverse ecosystem where nature thrives. We decided to add Iguazu to the itinerary of our 3 month sabbatical after reading that the Falls were among the best natural wonders to explore in South America, and indeed the world. We were not to be disappointed. Best Hotels Iguazu We stayed in The Loi Suites, which I would describe as a reasonably good 4 star hotel. Bear in mind there aren’t many luxury choices in Iguazu, and we had…

What is Le Bon Lifestyle? Living Le Bon Lifestyle is living life to the full, grabbing it by the scruff of the neck and not accepting compromise or second best. Demanding the best service, from the best hotels and restaurants around the world. But the best doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg… What the Le Bon Lifestyle isn’t Living Le Bon Lifestyle doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You categorically do not have to be a millionaire, or even close to being one! The best hotels don’t necessarily cost the most money, and the best restaurants don’t have to have a Michelin star to their name. Trust me, I’d rather spend less, and get more! Fly business class for less You have to be rich to fly business class right? Nope, think again. You just need to be smart. Most people in business class are either corporate…

‘If we get married in Croatia, do you think anyone will come?’. That was the question posed to me by one of my oldest, and best friends Andy, after he and wife to be Vicky had painstakingly de liberated a range of options from Ibiza, to Thailand, to a private registrar in sunny (joke) old England. It took me all of 30 seconds to respond after I had stopped laughing… ‘Are you mad, of course they will, count us in!’ I got in touch with my two wing men, Colin and Tom, and we decided early on we were going to do Dalmatia the Le Bon Lifestyle way, with no expense spared. With dates confirmed I set to the task with vigour. We would fly into Dubrovnik on the Tuesday for two nights, before cruising up to Hvar by motor yacht on Thursday, arriving in plenty of time for the…