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Are the icy mornings and grey skies making you want to scratch that travel itch? Maybe a dose of sunshine and culture is just the tonic you need? If so, consider the Indian state of Kerala.
Winter and early summertime here is a warm affair, with very little rainfall and maximum highs hitting around 33°C. Compared with the bustling northern states, often described as an ‘assault on the senses’, Kerala is a far more laid back affair, with its sleepy backwaters, tropical beaches and emerald green hill stations.
I am never quite sure why the Germans take all the credit for efficiency. The unsung heroes in possession of that quality are surely the Swedes who, by the way, win the award for generosity as well. This is a country that works like clockwork, where trains, planes and automobiles pride themselves on early arrival. Add to that the omnipresent smorgasbord of generosity (not just in private houses but even at the airport where free wifi and complimentary newspapers seem to be de rigeur) and it soon becomes clear that travelling in Sweden is a joy.
If perfecting your game is number one on your list of New Year Resolutions, or you simply want to keep up with your practice while you enjoy a holiday with friends and family, a luxury villa with its own private tennis court could be just the ticket. Here is our round up of ten of the best.
Renowned for its sparkling sapphire waters, pure white sand and gentle, warm climate, the Maldives enjoys an enviable pace of life in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, attracting couples and families to its blissful shores. As stunning below the waves as it is from above, the warm Indian Ocean sparkles with thousands of vividly coloured fish that live among the vibrant coral beneath the surface.
Our Maldives expert, Melissa Matthews, takes a look at life beneath the waves and, in particular, at three of the Maldives’ ‘world’s firsts’:
When it comes to holiday planning, it pays to think ahead. Many popular destinations are booking up fast for April and the Easter holidays in particular, so our travel experts have compiled some recommendations to ensure you don’t miss out – whether you are seeking action and adventure, peace and solitude, or a traditional family holiday in the sun. Here are just a few suggestions to inspire your plans this Easter:
This decade has seen Peruvian cuisine rise in popularity on a global scale and it’s now seen as a prominent player in the culinary world, with dedicated restaurants appearing in many cities. The dishes have a reputation as fresh, hearty and healthy fare, underpinned by corn, potatoes and chillies. Over the last five centuries, immigration has seen Peruvian food evolve and intensify in terms of flavour, such as the Chinese/Peruvian fusion of cuisines known as Chifa. Our South American expert Rosemary Hill explores some of the nation’s most popular cuisine:
Red Savannah’s Tuscany villas expert, Charlie Stephenson explores the popularity of Tuscany’s capital, Florence, and the delights of dipping in and out of the city from the relative tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside.
“The very air of Florence seems to be a healthy tonic; its citizens are well dressed, and its women lovely and fashionable, its buildings are very beautiful, and every sort of useful craft is carried on in them, more so than any other Italian city. For this many come from distant lands to see her, not out of necessity, but for the quality of its manufactures and arts, and for the beauty and ornament of the city.”
If 2015 is a landmark year for you, then it’s time to think about how – and where – you’re going to celebrate, whether you’re planning an engagement, milestone anniversary or a ‘big’ birthday bash with family and friends. We present ten top places for celebrating in style, from intimate, romantic hotels to grand villas and private islands.
Our CEO, George Morgan-Grenville, shares his predictions for 2015 travel trends including hot destinations on the rise. Pure adventure is high on the agenda, as is going off-the-beaten-track and the opportunity to let your hair down.
As the dawn of a New Year beckons, we take a look at some of the best places in the world to see in the 1st of January. For those preferring to escape the festivities altogether, head for splendid isolation away from the crowds. For party animals and culture vultures, then take your pick from some buzzing, cosmopolitan cities. The destination specialists at Red Savannah have selected their recommendations for a truly memorable New Year’s Eve.