Madeira has a terrible reputation. Cruise ships, coach parties and, well, plenty of visitors of a certain age.
But there is so much more to this tropical island marooned in the Atlantic. There’s excellent walking for a start, along levadas (precipitous aqueducts) and up volcanoes, not to mention delicious fresh seafood, a burgeoning arts scene and some of the tallest cliffs in Europe.
Check out my guide to the island for Sunday Times Travel magazine to find out why you should head to Madeira this year.
Sydney or Melbourne? The debate forever rages but for some of us, there is no contest – Sydney is bolder, bigger, better (sorry Melbourne).
Sydney is the sort of city that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and demands you have a good time: it’s all beaches and brunches, surfing and sunshine. It is also the sort of city you can’t only visit once, you’ll be hooked for the moment you see that iconic harbour.
It does take some knowledge to hit the highlights though, so I was delighted to be asked to write a guide for first timers for Sunday Times Travel magazine. Read my beginners’ guide to Sydney and find out why it trumps Melbourne every time.
If pushed to choose my favourite Canary Island (and I mean really pushed) I might just say Lanzarote. Its brooding dark lavascapes, its eye-poppingly white modernist architecture, its effortless barefoot style and – of course – its flinty, volcanic white wines, so rarely seen outside Macronesia.
Lanzarote is a truly fabulous island, with so much more to offer than its outmoded “Lanzagrotty” moniker might suggest. Discover some of my favourite corners in this month’s Sunday Times Travel magazine, which includes my Instant Escapes Lanzarote.
Everybody loves Dublin. The live music, the Guinness, the craic… Few cities have quite the presence of the Irish capital, quite the good spirits.
I’ve been a regular visitor to Dublin for years and have lost count of the number of lovely days and, erm, lively nights I’ve had in the city. So I was delighted to be able to share to share some of my Dublin favourites with readers of the Sunday Times Travel magazine recently.
Check out my Instant Escapes guide to a weekend in Dublin.
Since my first visit as a teenager I’ve never been able to understand why the Canary Islands get such a bad press. Why are they so often dismissed as just fly and flop when they are home to smouldering volcanoes, dripping rainforests, vast black sand beaches and some of the best seafood I’ve tasted anywhere?
Here’s hoping that the Sunday Times Travel magazine’s very first Total Guide to the Canaries will get more people onto planes and out to these fabulous islands.
Check out the guide, which I contributed to, in the current issue of the magazine or read a small taster online.
The June issue of Sunday Times Travel magazine has the perfect feature for those who like to travel without exerting too much effort! The lazy cities feature tells readers how to visit certain cities as easily as possible. Check out my guide to Lazy Dublin.
I was recently asked to contribute to the Sunday Times Travel magazine’s Best hotels in the world feature.
I stay in more than 100 hotels every year. So I’ve seen more than my fair share of the bad ones. But I’m also lucky enough to have stayed in some truly great ones, where staff practically bend over backwards to make things perfect, where the bed is comfy, the food is good and the light switches and sockets are all in the right places!
I selected some of my favourites* for this feature. See which hotels made the cut in the May issue of the magazine, on newsstands now and online soon. And let me know if you agree, or if we’ve missed some!
*SPOILER ALERT: You’re in here Blythswood Square, The Dean and Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage.