Entries by Sally Walters

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Luminous waters in the Maldives

Having grown up in Thailand I thought I’d seen some of the world’s clearest water, until I landed in the Maldives. Like a small child I took pictures of my toes in the sea, just to remind myself how truly luminous the water was and stood, agog each time I arrived at a new island […]

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Angkor In The Rain

What will the weather be like? This is a question rightly asked by clients travelling to far flung destinations wanting to get the best from their well-deserved holiday. Of course, we can never say for sure but do steer them towards the right months. However sometimes a short sharp downpour can be the making of […]

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Getting hairy in Thailand

I’m no TV critic but whether you’re fans of the Hairy Bikers or not, they were brimming with charming enthusiasm during their recent time in Thailand on The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure. Without the smugness of some travelling TV chefs, they really did get stuck in. They visited local schools, cooked for tuk tuk drivers […]

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Whales and Leopards of Sri Lanka

I’ve just spoken to one of our well travelled cilents who are keen wildlife enthusiasts who are both delighted travellers following their holiday in Sri Lanka. The main reason for their trip was to see wildlife so I was thrilled when they told me of the amazing sightings they’d had. While based in Galle we’d […]

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Conquering a fear of flying

“What’s that noise?” “Have the engines stopped?” “Why is that person hanging around the exit?” These are all common phrases I use when flying. Having been bought up in south east Asia I started flying long haul when I was six (via Abu Dhabi in those days) and haven’t stopped since, despite threatening to never […]

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Moscow World Athletics

This weekend, from 10 August, Moscow will host to the world’s most elite athletes as they arrive for the World Athletics Championships. After the Olympic fever of last summer I’m sure lots of us will be tuned in but keep an eye out for Moscow’s iconic skyline in the background. I like watching athletics as […]

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Dolphin Conservation in the Maldives

It is always good to report when a hotel is taking responsibility for the beautiful location in which they are lucky enough to be situated. Great news then that the Six Senses Laamu has become the first resort in the Maldives to establish and implement a Code of Conduct for dolphin watching in order to […]

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Mediterranean Feast in Morocco

What a treat last night to watch the charming Yotam Ottolenghi cooking in and exploring Morocco. What is fascinating about Yotam is not only his obvious love of other cultures and of food but his great rapport with people. Young and old, male and female all seemed to gravitate towards him with laughter, smiles and […]

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Return to Indonesia

After four years I was delighted to be returning to Indonesia. The last time I visited was to focus on the hotels of Bali, however this time was to get a greater feel for the less visited cultural area of Sulawesi and a return visit to the cultural capital Java and in particular Jogjakarta. My […]

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A Long Weekend in exciting Moscow

Sitting at Moscow airport watching the snow start to cover the wings of our British Airways plane I had time to reflect on what an amazing long weekend my husband and I had just had in Moscow. We arrived flying in over traditional villages, snow as far as the eye could see, driving into the […]

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Four days of “wow” in Zambia

My memories of Zambia are a haze of exhilaration and wow moments. As the first African country I visited, Zambia will always have a place in my heart. I’d never quite understood the term “culture shock” that is until I arrived in Zambia and was just the most overwhelmed I’ve ever been by the sheer […]

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Reminiscing about Cambodia

Recently reading an article on Cambodia in January’s National Geographic magazine got me reminiscing about my trip there last year. The article highlights just what a horrifically sad past, and in many ways present, the country has. Nevertheless, my memories of Cambodia are quite the opposite. I found it to be an incredibly uplifting, light […]

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Fastest one-legged rowers on the planet!

Fastest one-legged rowers on the planet! If you’re planning a holiday to Burma this year, then one of the best times to go is October, combining good weather and the chance to experience the annual Buddhist Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival on Inle Lake, one of the biggest festivals in the Shan State region. Phaung […]

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Exhibition | Scott’s Last Expedition

Tying in with this year’s centenary celebrations, from 20th January to 2nd September an exciting new exhibition is gracing London’s Natural History Museum. Entitled Scott’s Last Expedition, it includes a life-size replica of Scott’s Antarctic hut where he and his men lived for months, which will be a fantastic and poignant experience. History and science […]

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First step into India

A first time visit to India and what an amazing place, in fact amazing isn’t enough of a word to truly encompass the wonder of this country. Old Delhi is as hectic as they say and New Delhi still retains a ‘sense of British Raj’ with wide avenues and neatly clipped lawns. An eye opening […]