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Tots Travel








Tots Travel

For all of those parents out there who face the same travel dilemmas we present to you the Trunkie! A stylish storage solution on wheels so the little ones can hitch a ride or simply pedal and steer it themselves using the power of their own legs and feet and getting some exercise to boot! The case is virtually indestructible and will last many years and is cabin size friendly. Featured here is Trunki Ride-on Suitcase – Tipu the Tiger (Orange), Currently priced at £34.99

Trunki snoozi head

Let them drift off to sleep leaving the adults free to relax.  Trunki SnooziHedz Travel Pillow and Blanket – Bert (Blue), Currently priced at £11.99

Sky baby mattress

The perfect solution for the smallest of them all to snuggle and snooze on board. SkyBaby travel mattress for Air Travel, Currently priced at £29.99

Travel voyager


For all their entertainment leaving adults phones with a full charge too. Voyager 9 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player with Internal Battery, Currently priced at £64.99

Trunki water resistant back pack


The ideal backpack that is water resistant for the inevitable ‘splash’ moments, Trunki PaddlePak Water-Resistant Backpack, Currently priced at £14.92



To protect them from those killer rays whilst you sip your pina colada in peace, Babymoov Anti-UV Tent, Currently priced at £29.99

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Magical Maldives Luxury Stay









Magical Maldives Luxury Stay

Soak up the alluring sights and sounds of a truly enchanting island in the tropics.

The Residence Maldives is an exclusive and secluded retreat of unparalleled beauty in Falhumaafushi, a pristine island located in Huvadhoo Atoll – one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world. Huvadhoo’s natural flora and fauna encourages cool exploration of its lush interiors, whilst the surrounding waters teem with spectacular marine life in vibrant coral reefs. This tranquil retreat, 1 kilometer by 120 meters at its widest point, offers unparalleled beauty. Unspoilt, tranquil and breathtaking, it is a true refuge from the norm. Its elegant interiors blend seamlessly with its traditional Maldivian architecture. The private villas evoke a pleasingly classic yet modern style, their bespoke furnishings rubbing shoulders with local artifacts and wall-art. High ceilings and French windows ensure every villa is airy and light filled. The beachfront or over-water villas offer either a “toes in the sand” experience or the chance to slip straight from your deck into the cool, clear waters to reach your own private dive site. A buggy service is readily available to transport you around the island. The resort is reached via air or sea transfers.

The hotel is part of the Leading Hotels Of The World group, which instantly gratifies your sense of indulgence knowing that it has earned its place in the top listings.  Rest assured in the knowledge that you will be getting the very best.  They are no strangers to the desires and whims of the truly discerning traveller.

All manner of activities will await you there including PADI diving sports and then finish (or by all means languish daily) in the Clarins spa with hair dressing and beauty facilities and amenities.

Consult our packing guide @LeadingHotelsfor any hints and tips.


Get Your SPF On








Get Your SPF On

L’Erbolario launches new Sun Protection range

Italian beauty brand L’Erbolario has announced the launch of its new Sun Protection range. Designed to measure the UVA and UVB filters and block harmful rays, the brand offers efficient products for all different skin conditions, which contain highly effective natural moisturising, nourishing and softening ingredients. The range includes: Sun Cream With Golden Palm Oil SPF50+ (£20.50), a water resistant cream offering total protection for face and body, designed for pale, sensitive skin; Sun Spray Argan Oil And Extract Of Goji SPF30 (£23.50), a spray for sensitive skin formulated with highly nourishing oils and vitamin E; Face Sun Cream With Aloe Vera and Macadamia Nuts SPF25 (£20.50), a cream with specific anti-ageing action which guarantees a medium level of protection due to the rich array of natural filters including aloe, helichrysum and rice bran derivatives; Sun Fluid For The Face And Body SPF20 (£21), containing argan oil and vitamin E; After Sun Bath And Shower Foam (£15), containing carrot and walnut hull; and Before & After Protective Anti-Age Serum (£24.50), which prepares the skin for sun exposure with extract of kalahari watermelon pulp and amaranth oil.

It must become second nature to us all to apply SPF every morning as part of our morning routine, this includes children, teens and men alike.  Even if it is a nasty looking day out there, the weather often changes and we are still prone to the rays through cloudcover.  The habit of protection is vital and with the advent of even more sun induced damage to our population it is nothing less than shameful to ignore all the evidence.



Sir Richard Branson Personal Safari Mahali Mzuri, Kenya Masai Mara

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Sir Richard Branson Personal Safari Mahali Mzuri, Kenya Masai Mara

For the epitome in luxury this fabulous personal front row seat is your very own safari from the eponymous founder of all things Virgin.

Sir Richard Branson’s first East African camp lies within Kenya’s Masai Mara; perfectly positioned for the annual passing of the Great Migration. Luxury tented suites provide the ideal place from which to explore an ecosystem spanning 33,000 acres.

Mahali Mzuri sits within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy which covers an area of 13,500 hectares! There are endless opportunities for game viewing, so all you need to do is sit back and let the wildlife come to you!

Twelve luxurious tented suites are perched on raised platforms along the side of a lush valley above the plains – ten being configured for two adults, two accommodating additional guests on sofa beds. The lodge tent features a lounge/library with iPads, TV and DVD; recreations focus around the twice daily game drives, guided bush walks, infinity pool and spa. Carrier Travel

The food is a particular highlight at Mahali Mzuri. Snacks to keep you going through the early morning game drive, back for a continental or cooked breakfast. Lunch will normally be served on the main deck and dinner could be in the bush around a communal table. or a private dinner for two.

Guests at Mahali Mzuri can enjoy a range of activities including: game drives and walks with experienced local guides; day trips out of the concession and into the Maasai Mara National Reserve; visit to local markets and cultural day trips to learn more about the Maasai Tribe; and superb spa treatments in the bush.

A notable attraction of Mahali Mzuri is to time your visit to catch the dramatic movement of the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. Scott Dunn




Scott Dunn

Manila: an insider guide







Manila: an insider guide


Manila is fast emerging as one of Asia’s most vibrant cities for art, music and photography. Jose Enrique Soriano, who retired from international photojournalism to found the popular Fred’s Revolucion bar and its adjoining gallery Imprenta in the stylish Cubao Expo quarter, tells us his five favourite spots.


Escolta Art Fair


Escolta is Manila’s former financial district but now its art deco buildings, many of which have been abandoned for decades, have been reclaimed by artists, such as the 98B COLLABoratory, a collective who hold the Saturday Future Market art fair there on the first Saturday of the month. The market is a celebration of culture — records, books, and everything handmade — and helps the city’s artists fund their work.

Saturday x Future Market
First United Building (used to be Berg Department Store)
413 Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila, 1000
One Saturday a month (check facebook page for details)
Tel: +63 939 374 4889


Sabroso Lechon


This is my favourite restaurant. It serves the best lechon (roast pig) in Manila and probably the whole Philippines. Sabroso uses organically-grown, free-range, locally raised pigs. The skin stays crispy even hours after it’s been laid out. A must for any visit to Manila! Their restaurant in Katipunan Extension, in Quezon City, also sells deli items, curated by its owner from small manufacturers and businesses all over the country.

E Rodriguez Sr. Ave, New Manila, Quezon City, Metro Manila
9am to 6pm Mon-Fri, 8am to 6.30pm every Sunday
Tel: +63 922 841 6220 or +63 932 794 1007


Maginhawa Street

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Recently a strip of tiny, trendy start-up kitchens and cafes has spring up along Maginhawa Street, transforming the area. One of them, Jeepney restaurant has decor inspired by Manila’s ubiquitous jeepneys, bus-like vehicles known for their kitsch decorations. The restaurant serves traditional Filipino dishes on banana leaves and are meant to be eaten by hand. Anteasis is a bookshop that doubles as a cafe and is a popular hangout for university students, who keep it bustling until late, playing board games, making it one of the livelier cafes along Maginhawa Street.


Pinto Art Gallery


Pinto is my favourite art gallery, it’s about 20 kilometres outside Manila, sitting on a nice hill. It’s owned by Dr. Joven Cuanang who turned his estate into a gallery and his collection is full of contemporary Filipino art. The gallery showcases paintings and sculpture by established artists and also puts a spotlight on new artists in solo shows.

Pinto Art Gallery
San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines
9am – 6pm Tues – Sun
Tel: +63 2 697 1015

Ticket prices
PHP150 for a regular ticket
PHP120 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
PHP75 for children and students with poper school IDs


Manila Cathedral


The Manila Cathedral at the heart of the ancient walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Nearby, you’ll also find San Agustin, the Philippines’ oldest church, which is a UNESCO heritage site. This area is where pre-dawn masses are held during the Christmas season in the Philippines. The tradition called ‘Misa de Gallo’ —’the rooster’s mass’—starts on the 15th of December and runs to Christmas Eve. After mass, the area surrounding the churches come alive with street food vendors selling rice cakes and sweets to the early morning churchgoers.
Cabildo corner Beaterio, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila 1002
Tel: +63 2 527 3093
General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
Tel: +63 2 527 2746 / +63 2 527 4052


Jose Enrique Soriano

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Delta Air Lines Fashion Makeover Zac Posen








Delta Air Lines Fashion Makeover Zac Posen

Delta Air Lines and New York-based designer Zac Posen have announced that they are partnering as part of Delta’s new uniform programme for nearly all of its uniformed employees. Through the partnership, Zac Posen will design a uniform collection for Delta’s flight attendants and airport customer service agents while advising on the uniform project for Delta’s ramp and ground support agents, Delta Cargo agents and Delta TechOps employees. Known for his fresh and innovative designs, Zac’s brand of modern American design pairs well with Delta’s brand attributes, and he will be personally engaged throughout the multi-year project. Over the next few months, Zac will work with Delta employees to better understand the specialised needs of Delta’s active workforce. The prototypes will then undergo intensive wear testing to ensure functionality and fit before the final collection is produced. The new uniform programme is part of a larger brand transformation and investment as Delta works to ensure its brand attributes imbue all areas of the customer experience, including airport facilities, technology and global products and services. The new collection is expected to launch in early 2018.

Last year, Virgin Atlantic rolled out a new collection with iconic British designer Vivienne Westwood, who was tasked with redesigning the signature red uniforms for all 7,500 staff.

In 2013, Qantas unveiled staff uniforms designed by Martin Grant, who has clothed Cate Blanchett, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson and Juliette Binoche.

And Giorgio Armani has worked with Italy’s national flagship carrier Alitalia, while uniforms at Air France are designed by Christian Lacroix.

Zac Posen


Constable Country…Afternoon Tea Suffolk £99 Escape







Constable Country…Afternoon Tea Suffolk £99 Escape

  • You can check into a converted mill in the market town of Sudbury and save up to 47% on the usual price
  • A stay for two at The Mill Sudbury is now £99, including dinner and cream tea
  • Gainsborough’s House museum, the birthplace of painter Thomas Gainsborough, is a 5-minute walk away and there are plenty of riverside walks locally

Staying British

Quick Escapes…The Chelsea Harbour Hotel

chelsea harbour






Quick Escapes…The Chelsea Harbour Hotel

In need of some R&R but can’t quite get enough time for it all?  Then head over to the Chelsea Harbour Hotel for some much needed escapology!

Nestled in the heart of swanky Chelsea, the hotel is the perfect luxury bolt-hole to promenade the iconic King’s Road and Knightsbridge boutiques and the veritable feast of London attractions, like Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, the London Eye and of course nearby Harrods, to name but a few. Regular Thames Clippers leave nearby Chelsea Harbour Pier for a scenic meander down the Thames to view the city from a new perspective.

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Banyan Tree Phuket…R&R





Banyan Tree Phuket…R&R

It is that time of year and you need some R&R.  To do it in style and on budget it seems! go via Destinology who will cater to your every need.

For peace of mind and body using a reputable travel agent takes away the angst and woes of any issues that may crop up, plus you can rest assured that your money is safe.

Luxury travel is where it is at.  Now all that you need to do is order your cocktail and pack your suncream.  For tips on how to packing follow our lead.


Happy travels!