I love Mallorca. Ever since my first visit to the island I’ve been bewitched – by its molten turquoise waters, its hidden coves and its delicious cuisine.
One of the best things about Mallorca though is that there are so many fantastic hotels. There’s no need to settle for ropey three-stars or disappointing Airbnbs here, this is an island that seems to be constantly working on somewhere new – and fabulous – to stay.
I recently rounded up the 20 best hotels in Mallorca (and Minorca) for the Times. Check out what made the cut here.
On my first trip to Australia I almost didn’t visit Western Australia. I had all of the usual hot spots on my checklist, from the Sydney Opera House to the Great Barrier Reef, but nothing out west appealed. It seemed that it was a part I could skip. And lots of visitors agree.
Fortunately, though, my husband didn’t, so we did head west, and I promptly fell head over sandy heels for the place. Now I rarely visit Australia without some time in WA, as the locals call it, and some of my favourite memories are of its beaches and dirt roads.
To find out where my very favourite spots are, check out my feature in today’s Times.
My favourite country in the world is Scotland. I love it so much that I have made it the subject of my first book, which I am currently writing.
As part of my research I have travelled the length and breadth of the country and along the way have discovered dozens of new favourite weekend break destinations.
So I was delighted to write about one of them, the fabulous East Neuk of Fife for the Times. My article was in the newspaper today and can be read online here: Weekend in the East Neuk of Fife.
I love a train journey. For me, there is nothing better than sitting in a bar car, drink in hand, watching the world slide past the window, and on my most recent trip to Australia I finally got to travel on the Indian Pacific.
This luxury train crosses Australia from Sydney to Perth (and vice versa) once a week, a journey of some 2,700 miles. I saw countless kangaroos, travelled on the world’s longest section of straight railway track and hopped off to check out the Barossa Valley, Broken Hill and the ghost town of Cook. The journey takes three nights but didn’t last a moment too long – especially with those included Aussie wines!
Read my article about the journey in today’s Times.
My favourite country to visit in the whole world is Scotland and am currently writing a book about my 2017 journey around the country.
On my travels I stayed in some truly exceptional places, from cosy inns to full-on luxurious five-stars, and I was delighted to share some of these with Times readers today, in my 20 best places to stay in Scotland feature.
Look out for my book soon!
Ever since family holidays to the Canaries in the 1990s I have loved these islands in the sun. I visit at least once a year and have spent plenty of time on all seven main islands as well as several of the smaller islands.
But there is one resort that keeps pulling me back, Corralejo in the far north of Fuerteventura. I love Corralejo because it is not just a tourist resort, it is a real town where visitors mix with locals. The main street along the seafront turns to sand here, so few walks into town don’t involve getting my toes in the sand, and the local community keeps restaurant standards high.
Find out more about this fantastic Canarian resort in my piece for the Times on a Weekend in Corralejo.
I’ve found the best beach in Spain – and that is saying something.
It is called Praia de Rodas and it is not on the country’s well-known and perpetually sun-soaked southern coast, it is out to the northwest of the mainland on an island off the coast of Galicia.
This is a beautiful coastline, strung with gorgeous white sand beaches. But to find the very best, the one that looks like it could have been lifted from the pages of a Caribbean holiday brochure, you ave to board a boat and head out to sea – or more precisely to the Islas Cies.
Rodas beach is a stunner. White sands, turquoise waters, the works. But there is more to these islands than just a place to switch off and sunbathe. There is also a simple but quietly spectacular restaurant serving fresh fish on a ramshackle terrace, a dramatic walk across the cliffs to a towering lighthouse and hundreds of birds wheeling overhead.
Read my recent article for the Times to find out more.