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An unforgettable tour of Ecuador

It was a photo of the spectacular Cotopaxi volcano that first captured my imagination. I was ten years old and I promised myself that I would one day visit Ecuador. I had an opportunity in 2008 while I was in South America on my round-the-world trip.
by Velvet Escape on Oct 17, 2014

Ten romantic things to do in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia and love go hand in hand.  As one of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean with its iconic Piton mountains, stunning scenery, gorgeous palm-fringed beaches and warm tropical climate, Saint Lucia is the perfect setting for a roman...
by Velvet Escape on Sep 17, 2014

An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape

“I have a surprise for you”. We stood on a dirt road surrounded by mile upon mile of fynbos, a shrubby vegetation found in the Western Cape of South Africa. In the distance, I could see the Atlantic Ocean and its pounding surf. The air wa...
by Velvet Escape on Aug 26, 2014

Experiencing Réunion

Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare...
by Velvet Escape on Jun 24, 2014

Experiencing Réunion

Réunion is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean (map), 200km southwest of Mauritius. Famed for its stunning beaches, lush forests and rugged volcanic landscapes, Réunion has always been high on my list of places to visit. As a child, I would stare...
by Velvet Escape on Jun 24, 2014

Six Stellenbosch wineries to visit

Stellenbosch (map) is a picturesque university town in the Cape Winelands, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, filled with historic Cape Dutch buildings, ancient oak trees, art galleries and laid-back cafés. A short drive in any direction, along one o...
by Velvet Escape on Jun 18, 2014

Six Stellenbosch wineries to visit

Stellenbosch (map) is a picturesque university town in the Cape Winelands, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, filled with historic Cape Dutch buildings, ancient oak trees, art galleries and laid-back cafés. A short drive in any direction, along one o...
by Velvet Escape on Jun 18, 2014

Rail away in Europe

There’s just something special about travelling by train. The rhythmic sounds and motion, the scenery that whizzes by, the other travellers you meet along the way, and pulling into the heart of a city make train travel anywhere a unique experie...
by Velvet Escape on May 19, 2014

Rail away in Europe

There’s just something special about travelling by train. The rhythmic sounds and motion, the scenery that whizzes by, the other travellers you meet along the way, and pulling into the heart of a city make train travel anywhere a unique experie...
by Velvet Escape on May 19, 2014

Discovering the magic of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is a small university town in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, a short drive from Cape Town. I first visited Stellenbosch (map) more than ten years ago and I’ve been back a few times since then. The Cape Winelands,...
by Velvet Escape on Apr 30, 2014

Discovering the magic of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is a small university town in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, a short drive from Cape Town. I first visited Stellenbosch (map) more than ten years ago and I’ve been back a few times since then. The Cape Winelands,...
by Velvet Escape on Apr 30, 2014

Road tripping in Victoria

Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states but what it lacks in size (relatively-speaking – Australia is after all a massive country!), it makes up for in diversity: from craggy mountains to resplendent vineyards, expansive gumtree fo...
by Velvet Escape on Mar 20, 2014

An oasis in the snow

It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool, with a blanket of steam hovering around me, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. Aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spring water in the pool, there was complete silence.
by Velvet Escape on Mar 14, 2014

25 Hours Bikini Hotel Berlin – cool, funky, quirky

“So where are the bikinis?” That was my first thought when I entered the hotel… and I’m sure I’m not the only one with that thought! As I stepped inside, I was greeted by a concrete-clad, industrial-looking space with a...
by Velvet Escape on Mar 11, 2014

The land of a thousand castles and palaces

Lower Silesia is a region of vasts forests, snowy peaks, picturesque villages and historic towns in southwestern Poland, bordering Germany and the Czech Republic. Power over the region exchanged hands many times through its history; from the medieval...
by Velvet Escape on Feb 19, 2014

Mauritius – an epic travel video

It’s a trip I’ll never forget. A deep blue ocean, blinding white beaches, colourful lagoons, rugged mountains and smiling faces all around. And not to mention some of the most stunning hotels I’ve ever visited! My trip to Mauritius...
by Velvet Escape on Feb 12, 2014

All pepped-up to #LoveWinter

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the winter season. I love the scenery when its snows and when the lakes, rivers and ponds freeze up. I’m not a fan of the cold. I’ve certainly been pretty chirpy about the mild winter we’...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 31, 2014

Inside the most opulent suite I’ve ever seen!

On my recent trip to the Southeast Asian Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, I had the opportunity to stay at the country’s premier resort, the Empire Hotel & Country Club. The hotel is huge and comprises several wings, various restaurants, a s...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 24, 2014

Gran Canaria – the perfect winter getaway

Gran Canaria is one of the largest islands in the Canary Islands archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Spain, in the Atlantic Ocean. Located off the coast of southern Morocco, these volcanic islands are a magnet for visitors from Europe, especially in...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 22, 2014

Collecting Starpoints that deliver getaways like no other

Collecting points for freebies is fun isn’t it? When I was a kid, I had a piggie bank which was filled almost religiously every week, and a little box in which I stashed coupons from the neighbourhood supermarket and fast-food chain. Reaching the r...
by Velvet Escape on Jan 16, 2014


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