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I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal. Set on a huge property, it only has 40 rooms. There are plenty of activities for families and couples and plenty of…

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal. Set on a huge property, it only has 40 rooms. There are plenty of activities for families and couples and plenty of…

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal. Set on a huge property, it only has 40 rooms. There are plenty of activities for families and couples and plenty of…

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal. Set on a huge property, it only has 40 rooms. There are plenty of activities for families and couples and plenty of…

The Belmond El Encanto offers a complimentary driver which will take you to anywhere you'd like within 3 miles - including downtown Santa Barbara and the beach! While we waited for our table at the Boathouse, we went for a walk around the beach. What I thought was absolutely brilliant was that the beach catered well to dogs, with its own doggie park and doggie wash.

The Belmond El Encanto offers a complimentary driver which will take you to anywhere you'd like within 3 miles - including downtown Santa Barbara and the beach! While we waited for our table at the Boathouse, we went for a walk around the beach. What I thought was absolutely brilliant was that the beach catered well to dogs, with its own doggie park and doggie wash.

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal. Set on a huge property, it only has 40 rooms. We had dinner at the hotel on both nights and thought it was excellent. There…

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal. Set on a huge property, it only has 40 rooms. We had dinner at the hotel on both nights and thought it was excellent. There…

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal.

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual summer trip to the south of Portugal, and there were few openings, so I asked those who know best: my readers. With 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook post, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço do Barrocal, located near the beautiful historic village of Monsaraz in Alentejo, Portugal.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it. Although, the infinity pool is without a doubt, the most photographed hotel spot, even though it's tiny. Not sure how it could be change, but it opened up an opportunity for us to explore the nearby beaches.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it. Although, the infinity pool is without a doubt, the most photographed hotel spot, even though it's tiny. Not sure how it could be change, but it opened up an opportunity for us to explore the nearby beaches.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara, California. Like most Belmond hotels, El Encanto is no standard hotel - it has something very unique about it.

I'm no stranger to Heathrow Airport. I'm a "Heathrower" and, more specifically, a "T-Fiver", and I may even be a little bit in love with this airport. So when Heathrow's team invited yours truly for a day behind the scenes, I couldn't resist!

I'm no stranger to Heathrow Airport. I'm a "Heathrower" and, more specifically, a "T-Fiver", and I may even be a little bit in love with this airport. So when Heathrow's team invited yours truly for a day behind the scenes, I couldn't resist!

I think it would be fair to say that Genova isn't on Italy's Top 10 cities to visit, mostly because people know very little about it. Did you know that focaccia and pesto were originally from this part of Italy? It's lovely to find little focaccerias on every corner and very hard to resist trying them all.

I think it would be fair to say that Genova isn't on Italy's Top 10 cities to visit, mostly because people know very little about it. Did you know that focaccia and pesto were originally from this part of Italy? It's lovely to find little focaccerias on every corner and very hard to resist trying them all.

Nizuc Resort & Spa, Mexico, is located very close to Cancun, but a world away from its crowds. It's about 15 minutes from the edge of Cancun and is wonderful. The hotel is beautifully designed, with various activities organised for guests, a very busy spa (book in advance!), and some beautiful hotel scenery.

Nizuc Resort & Spa, Mexico, is located very close to Cancun, but a world away from its crowds. It's about 15 minutes from the edge of Cancun and is wonderful. The hotel is beautifully designed, with various activities organised for guests, a very busy spa (book in advance!), and some beautiful hotel scenery.

I had my first safari experience organised by Hands Up Holidays - and I have to say I loved it. During out stay, we went on 4 game drives and we were incredibly lucky to spot the 'Big 5'.

I had my first safari experience organised by Hands Up Holidays - and I have to say I loved it. During out stay, we went on 4 game drives and we were incredibly lucky to spot the 'Big 5'.

Some beaches at Nizuc Resort & Spa, Mexico are adults only or suitable for families, and it works very well! Also at the resort, there are 3 pool areas in addition to the 2 beach areas. This is the kids' pool.

Some beaches at Nizuc Resort & Spa, Mexico are adults only or suitable for families, and it works very well! Also at the resort, there are 3 pool areas in addition to the 2 beach areas. This is the kids' pool.

Tankah, Mexico is a private reserve which you can visit if you pre-book. This part of Mexico is known for its cenotes - natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock. Unfortunately, these have become over-commercialized, but at Tankah, private groups can pre-book.

Tankah, Mexico is a private reserve which you can visit if you pre-book. This part of Mexico is known for its cenotes - natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock. Unfortunately, these have become over-commercialized, but at Tankah, private groups can pre-book.

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