Champing at All Saints Church, Aldwincle, Northamptonshire

Champing – would you sleep in a church?

Experiencing Champing in rural Northamptonshire I sat bolt upright in bed and forgetting for a moment that I’d gone champing, I wondered where the hell I was. It was freezing and I could see my breath in the pale moonlight shafts that were penetrating the cobweb encrusted stained glass windows. Then I heard it again, the disturbing scurrying sounds that had so rudely awoken me
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Lakaz Chamarel, Mauritius

Lakaz Chamarel, a luxury retreat in Mauritius

Lakaz Chamarel – what is it really like to stay at the premier eco-lodge on the island? As travellers who enjoy exploring beyond the obvious, it was an easy decision to avoid the beach resorts in Mauritius and turn instead to the lush tropical interior in our accommodation search. It was here that we discovered the secret world of Lakaz Chamarel. A bit of an insider’s
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Riambel beach, southern Mauritius

Mauritius – so much more than beaches

Exploring Chamarel and the Black River Gorges National Park We went to Mauritius and didn’t go to the beach! I’m guessing not many people can say that. After all, Mauritius is a tropical island paradise in the Indian Ocean, famous for it’s golden sands and watersports. Ok, so that might be a slight exaggeration. We did stop the car twice for about 5 minutes to
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Plunge pool heaven at Blue Moon Lodge, Timamoon, Sabie

Timamoon – the most seductive lodge in South Africa

A perfect stay at Timamoon luxury retreat A beautiful naked woman stood luxuriating in the cool water of an outdoor rain shower at Timamoon Lodge, surrounded by tropical foliage and enjoying the far-reaching view of the Sabie river valley below. Hubbie was sold. He normally spends a little longer on websites when we’re deciding where to stay but this one was a no-brainer. If I’m honest, I quite
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The iconic view of Essaouira taken from the old fort, Morocco

What to do in Essaouira, the windy city

Wondering what to do in Essaouira? Essaouira has long been a favourite destination for travellers. Some come searching for their inner hippie, others simply want to escape heat and hassle for a few days, and then there are those whose own stories become woven into the very fabric that is Essaouira. From Orson Welles (who made his film ‘Othello’ there) to Jimmy Hendrix (who didn’t write ‘Castles
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Dar Liouba, Essaouira, Morocco

Dar Liouba – sky sleeping in Essaouira

Traditional Moroccan guest house –  a stay at Dar Liouba in Essaouira I’d had my eye on Dar Liouba for years. In fact staying here was the main reason I wanted to visit Essaouira, not particularly unusual given that I often choose a destination based on the accommodation. A slightly odd yet entirely satisfying way of doing things! It was the distinctive architecture of Dar
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Sea arch at Legzira beach, Morocco

Capers on Morocco’s wild Atlantic coast

Morocco doesn’t spring immediately to mind when it comes to beach destinations. Indeed, to a European used to quaint Mediterranean seaside villages and the swaying palm-fringed shores of Asia, the coast of Morocco is quite a shock. The settlements here feel a little forlorn and there is a certain ‘frontier’ edginess comparable to desert towns in the USA, no doubt because they are remote and strung far
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Dar Najmat, Mirleft, Morocco

Dar Najmat – a luxury stay at Mirleft’s House of the Stars

Dar Najmat – where traditional Moroccan decor meets sophisticated European style Luxuriating in ripples of turquoise and admiring a surprisingly superb view from the infinity pool, hubbie and I were in love again. This time it was with Dar Najmat, an elegant guest house proudly overlooking a secluded sandy cove near Mirleft on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. As much as we love the romance and
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