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Taking the Open Road in the USA

Is there a place on earth that can beat the vast expanse and wild beauty of the USA for a totally unforgettable road trip?  We’re not sure there is.  Road trips are becoming increasingly more popular with couples and families and there is no better way to switch off from the stress of work and mundanity of everyday life, than to drive through this mammoth country, with the windows down (and preferably roof off), the wind blowing through your hair as you sing along with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.  In the USA, you are spoilt for choice with awe-inspiring rock formations, immense national parks and rugged coastal roads.  Everything here happens on a huge scale; not only the vast open road and seemingly endless horizons, but the cars themselves and the portions served in the restaurants along the way.

Dave Doudle is a charming, passionate ambassador for the Port Lincoln area of southern Australia. This autumn I had the pleasure of spending a sunny afternoon pulling up lobster pots with him in Coffin Bay as he recounted his 11 year journey as a guide in this beautiful wilderness, a region he refers to as the ‘real Australia’. Afternoon quickly became evening our lobster became dinner at the exquisite 1802, with a chilled bottle of Boston Bay.

9 of the Most Unusual African Safari Experiences

An African safari is on most people’s bucket list – who doesn’t want to see the great migration of wildebeest in Tanzania or Kenya, come face-to-face with a gigantic mountain gorilla, or traverse the inland wetlands of the Okavango Delta? These are tantalisingly evocative experiences that live with you forever. However, for the safari lodges and camps competition is healthily competitive and keeping guests engaged outside of the typical daily 4×4 game drives and game walks is currently the focus for many safaris operators; appealing to the niche traveller in ever-more detail is the name of the game. Here are some of the more unusual activities you can enjoy alongside traditional safari activities.

7 of the Best Luxury Maldives Resorts

Each and every breath-taking Maldivian island has a distinct character; the sparkling cobalt ocean, sandy white beaches and laid-back lifestyle make these islands near enough to paradise on earth.

The Maldivian islands are home to some of the best resorts in the world. So whether you want a thrilling week enjoying water sports or a relaxing and revitalising spa session, the Maldives can provide the very best, it’s just a case of knowing where to look.

Red Savannah’s Indian Ocean expert, Melissa Matthews, takes a look at the best Maldives resorts for each and every holiday.

Oman for Families

The beaches of the Mediterranean are a sure fire hit for families with young children. However, where to go for a little more adventure, where fine weather is guaranteed? Ed Granville takes his family on an Oman holiday.

Match-making your Seychelles Holiday

Despite their diminutive size there’s a surprisingly large array of activities on the islands of the Seychelles. Red Savannah’s regional expert Chris Evans explains that the key to a successful Seychelles holiday is matching the island and resort to your personal preferences, whether you’re simply after a beautiful beach to relax on or a culturally enriching experience. The Seychelles consist of the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ islands; broadly speaking the inner islands are verdant, hilly and more populated, whereas the outer islands are flatter, untouched hideaways. However, with 115 islands the choice can soon become overwhelming. Chris is also eagerly awaiting the opening of Six Senses Zil Pasyon, this coming October.

The Best African Safari Camps for Exclusive Use

Watching an elephant family cross a river a few yards from the seclusion of your private terrace is unforgettable, but imagine doing so exclusively in the company of family and friends? Hiring a camp or lodge exclusively to mark a special occasion is an epiphanous experience, with dining and activities all designed around your party’s interests. Below is a pick of the best lodges and camps for exclusive rental by Red Savannah’s African safaris expert, Chris Evans.

France in May has lots to offer

May is a great month to get yourself some spring sunshine in France. Many properties still have availability for May, and low season prices make this a very tempting and affordable escape.

May I go on holiday? Yes!

Domaine de la Hille is a treasure chest of possibilities in the south of France. The property has a tennis court, swimming pool and mountain bikes as well as being close to a number of little villages and the celebrated walled city of Carcassonne. Here I have created an imaginary itinerary for how your ideal holiday could play out over the course of a week.

Outstanding Value Villa Holidays in France

Christmas is behind us, the cold weather has set in and we’re all turning our minds to the summer and dreaming of a bit of sunshine. Here I take a look at some villas in France which offer the chance to have a holiday with a big group of friends or the whole family without breaking the bank. Relax by your private pool after a morning spent sauntering around the local market, all for less than the cost of staying in a hotel. Get yourself a bargain with one of these houses which are remarkably good value.