Category: Countryside

Noel Vaux le Vicomte (c)Franklin Lecointre

France’s largest privately-owned chateau opens its doors to just 15 guests this Christmas

Be treated like a king this Christmas at the legendary Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France's largest privately-owned chateau, whose sumptuous architecture inspired centuries of elaborate baroque design. Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte Be…

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Domaine des Etangs vegetable garden

Select few vacation like a knight in this 11th-century French chateau

To say that the Domaine des Etangs is located in the middle of nowhere is a stretch - the 11th century French chateau is, in actuality, merely a few hours…

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Reviving 200-year-old English cottage by the beach

Not enough has been said about the beauty of the English countryside, and even less so about its quaint towns and secret beaches. The town of Croyde - situated in…

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Breakfast view from the conservatory at Castello di Monticelli, near Perugia

Umbria, Italy’s gourmet treasure trove

Leave Rome its Colosseum and Paris its Eiffel Tower; let Tuscany have its Chianti wines and hordes of visitors. Where I’m going is Italy’s reclusive child, Umbria – Europe’s bona fide…

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A treetop night in Tulum

In Tulum, Mexico, structures made from bejuco vines, plants local to the area, rise from the jungle. A strip of villas skirting treetops look out at turquoise sea. Frothy waves…

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Fort Bazaar's central courtyard, a sanctuary for sense and soul

A teardrop from Serendib

Does nostalgia end up having far too easy a way with me? I suppose there’s a ring of truth to this. I’ve been compelled by the textures of the past,…

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The mesmerising south of India

Spend your winter in winsome Southern India

Vibrant, colourful, exotic and ethnic, with attractions as diverse as the mind can visualise- this is Southern India. Allow it to lure you this winter. The fine art of forest…

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The high elevations of Sheldon Chalet, combined with the crystal-clear mountain air make for stellar aurora-viewing by chris burkard

Northern Lights and Alaskan nights

Leave the day-trips, shore excursions and leaving-you-wanting-more fly-overs behind, there’s a new way to explore Alaska’s famous Denali National Park. Denaliís call to the wild Leave the day-trips, shore excursions…

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Lavender fields near Village of Roussillon

Provençal Delicacies

It’s been a long time since you considered your tastes and how they may have changed. The inclusion of the “gastronomic meal of the French” on the UNESCO list of…

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Old Teak Wood Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery in Nyaung Shwe

A river through time

A journey up Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to the far northern trading town of Bhamo, near the Chinese border. Cruising down memory lane A journey up Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River…

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