Colourful Columbia


I don’t think I would go all this way to bird watch, apparently Columbia boasts the world’s greatest diversity of birdlife. Colombia is topping the hotlists following a dramatic image overhaul. Out with the leftist guerrillas, in with the comfortable coffee haciendas, tropical colonial cities, Caribbean islands and a progressive art and gastronomy scene, one of the must visit destinations of the moment.

A 13-night trip starts at £3,400 per person, including direct flights to Bogota with Avianca, with options for riding, rafting, trekking, beaching, birding, rum tasting, coffee tours, sailing, diving, hot air ballooning




Award Winning Hotel opens for the season

Greece has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, I don’t suppose their credibility was helped by the Finance Minister appearing in a spread  in the “Hello” magazine, I don’t think this went down well with Angela ( MERKEL) or the Greek voters, anyway, it is still a great place to holiday, and with the euro so weak against the pound your money will go much further, the Greek Islands depend on tourism and you’re sure to get a warm welcome from the locals despite the recent turmoil, a favourite for visitors is Crete, so here are ten reasons to visit Crete this summer.


1- Now. Currently experiencing a modern renaissance, this summer marks the return of Greece as the ultimate luxury destination for 2015: Greece is back, bigger, better and bolder than ever.


2- Great for families and babies. Crete’s award-winning hotel Domes of Elounda is reopening for the season today and offers daily, freshly prepared baby food, a children’s buffet, and an extensive children’s spa treatment menu which includes chocolate facials and mummy and me pedicures. There are also treasure hunts, mini bikes and cars, water sports, paddle boarding, tennis and family boat trips available.   


3- Accessible. New direct flights from British Airways to Crete’s Heraklion airport have just launched this month. It’s just a four-hour journey to Paradise. 


4- It’s affordable. Good news for Brits, as the Euro is at a seven-year low against the British pound. In addition, the abolishment of airline tax for children starting this May will make flights even more affordable. 


5- White sand beaches. The beaches in Crete are what make a holiday to Greece worthwhile. Domes of Elounda offers a unique private beach with olive trees growing right in the sand.


6- The weather. Sunshine is a near constant and during peak months of June to September you can expect average temperatures of 22 to 27 °C. 


7- The air. As the birth place of Zeus, Hippocrates, the famed Greek physician, proclaimed that the air in Crete had healing powers, a belief that is still held today. 


8- The food. Greece’s famous culinary festival, the Annual Festival de la Gastronomie is hosted each year by Domes of Elounda. Starting on June 26th, a variety of award-winning chef’s offer extraordinary dining experiences during special dates. It’s a spectacular combination of haute cuisine and Grecian specialities.


9- Diving. Crete is surrounded by crystal clear waters, making it an ideal place to go snorkelling or diving. There are incredible reefs and marine life below the surface, and even a few shipwrecks for divers to explore.


10- Privacy. There’s a reason why Jackie Kennedy used Elounda in Crete for her secret rendezvous with Aristotle Onassis, and why the Brangelina clan visits every summer. It’s exclusive, surrounded on all sides by glimmering blue ocean, and utterly private. And nowhere in Crete is more desirable than Domes of Elounda, a glamorous destination that offers breath-taking views and a range of suites and villas with their own pools – so your privacy is guaranteed.