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Dubai Holiday

Thinking About Taking a Dubai Holiday? If you like to see new places when you take your yearly holiday, then you should consider taking Dubai holidays. Why? Well, why not? You can travel anywhere you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...
by Travel on Mar 28, 2016

A Shangri-La in downtown Vancouver

The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is something of an anomaly in this vibrant Canadian city, at least, that’s what I soon discovered. Located in an impressive 62-storey tower of glass and steel, British Columbia’s tallest building, the Shangr...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 12, 2016

The diversity of the Indian Ocean islands

The Indian Ocean is home to some of the most spectacular islands in the world. From the Maldives archipelago just off the Indian sub-continent to the large island of Madagascar off the coast of Eastern Africa and the islands of Mauritius, Seychelles...
by Velvet Escape on Nov 13, 2015

My favourite travel memories

I was bitten by the travel bug at a very young age. My first overseas trip was at age 7 (to Hong Kong) and the tally now stands at 85 countries across six continents. That equals quite a few terabytes of memory I guess! The breadth and depth of the t...
by Velvet Escape on Oct 16, 2015

Ten things to do in Riga

Riga (map) is the capital city of Latvia, one of the three Baltic nations in northern Europe. Situated on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River, Riga can trace its roots back to the 2nd century A.D. when it was settled by the Livs, an a...
by Velvet Escape on Sep 30, 2015

Velvet moments: Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palafrugell is a lovely coastal town in Costa Brava about a two-hour drive north of Barcelona. Calella is a perennial favourite amongst both locals and foreign visitors as a summer destination due to its beautiful beaches and picturesque s...
by Velvet Escape on Sep 9, 2015

A weekend in Malacca

Malacca (or ‘Melaka’ in Malay) is a state with a capital city of the same name situated about a two-hour drive south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Often called the ‘historic state’ of Malaysia, Malacca can trace its history back...
by Velvet Escape on Sep 3, 2015

The diversity of Canada in photos

Canada, the second largest country in the world, is a land of great diversity; from the icy emptiness of the Arctic north to the vibrant metropolises of Toronto and Montréal, and from the vast expanse of the Prairies to the impressive peaks of the R...
by Velvet Escape on Aug 28, 2015

A Family Holiday to Alicante with James Villas

Tomorrow, 3 generations of the family - myself, my husband Peter, our 2 sons: Oliver and Alexander and my parents - will be heading Alicante staying in a villa kindly c/o of James Villas. Read more...
by Honest Mum on Aug 10, 2015

Sabah – where I was born

Sabah is a Malaysian state that occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. Blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands, and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests, Sabah is a nature lovers paradise. Sabah is also the hom...
by Velvet Escape on May 7, 2015

Exploring Curacao

I stepped out of the airport and immediately felt the warm breeze. It was one of the first things I discovered about Curacao (map) when I visited the island many years ago: it’s always breezy. It took a while to finally return to this beautiful...
by Velvet Escape on Feb 18, 2015

Five dreamy luxury hotels in Mauritius

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located east of Madagascar (map). Everyone has visions of what paradise is like, most of which involve tropical islands with white sandy beaches, palms swaying in the soft breeze and crystal-clear wa...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 28, 2015

The magic of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are famous the world over for their huge number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. To be honest, despite my dream to visit this ecological paradise in the Pacific Ocean off the...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 23, 2015

Ten things to do in Seville

Sevilla, or Seville, is the fourth largest city in Spain and the largest city of the region of Andalusia in the south of the country. The city was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis in the 8th century A.D. on the banks of the Guadalquivir river an...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 13, 2015

2014: my year of travel

Gosh! Another year comes to a close and another begins! 2014 was a wonderful travel year for me. I chalked up tens of thousands of miles, visiting twelve countries on five continents. In my New Year’s post at the start of 2014, I wrote: I pref...
by Velvet Escape on Dec 30, 2014

The historic architecture of Sevilla

One destination that truly surprised me during my recent travels is undoubtedly the Andalucian city of Sevilla. With its charming squares, picturesque neighbourhoods and impressive historic monuments, Sevilla, or Seville, is one of those cities that...
by Velvet Escape on Dec 16, 2014

A hotel fit for a king

In my previous post, I talked about what makes an accommodation ‘epic’ and my assignment from Booking.com to find an accommodation that reflects my definition of ‘epic’. I thought hard about what I look for in a hotel and the...
by Velvet Escape on Nov 21, 2014

What makes an accommodation epic?

“What are you doing?”, my partner asked. “I’m working on a project with Booking.com and I’m looking for an ‘epic’ accommodation”, I replied without looking up from my laptop screen. A few moments passed...
by Velvet Escape on Nov 14, 2014

Experiencing the Mashpi Cloud Forest

The Mashpi Cloud Forest Reserve is located about a four-hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador. The drive from Quito is gorgeous, with stunning vistas of the snow-capped Andes mountains and lush forests and past sleepy villages. You even cross the Equato...
by Velvet Escape on Nov 11, 2014

Finding paradise in Grootbos

Grootbos is a private nature reserve near the southernmost tip of the African continent. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Grootbos is a two-hour drive southeast of Cape Town and a short 30-minute drive from Hermanus, the premier destinati...
by Velvet Escape on Oct 21, 2014


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