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HOTEL POOLS WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS

From mesmerising infinity facilities in Israel to rooftop attractions with unparalleled, 360° views, these are a few must-see pools around the world with stunning views.

Orient Jerusalem, Israel

An amalgamation of old and new and a junction of East and West, Isrotel debuted a new member within its portfolio of hotels in October. An authentic Turkish hammam managed by the Carmel Forest Spa (named by SpaFinder as the Best Spa in the Middle East several years in a row) is available, and an awe-inspiring rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem is surrounded by plush private cabanas.

The Marmara Pera, a…
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HOTEL POOLS WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS

EXPLORING SITES WHERE BOTH ATROCITIES AND SURVIVAL HAVE OCCURRED

Last July, I travelled 8 500km to go back 72 years. What was it about Auschwitz that had captured my imagination from a young age? Why, even as Krakow dripped charm from every sidewalk café and cobbled street, was my upcoming visit to the concentration camp what I looked forward to most? It was probably the same reason why, a few years ago, I’d scrutinised with some degree of macabre fascination, the sash windows and three-arm candelabras at a former slave owner’s plantation house in Barbados.

But I’m not just a period junkie, although I can smell an antique shop…
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EXPLORING SITES WHERE BOTH ATROCITIES AND SURVIVAL HAVE OCCURRED

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW AT THE NAY PALAD BIRD NEST

A safari is about much more than just seeing the Big Five, and birding experiences are big news in the world of bush travel these days. The Nay Palad Bird Nest at Segera Retreat offers an awesome escape in the heart of the Laikipia Plains, one of Kenya’s most beautiful safari locations.

Expect to nest and sleep like a bird, with a grand bird’s-eye view of the striking wilderness below and beyond. How’s that for a unique holiday?

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While the entire nest structure is built with raw materials such…
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BIRD’S-EYE VIEW AT THE NAY PALAD BIRD NEST

GORGEOUS ROOMS WITH A VIEW FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Set in truly magnificent surroundings, these diverse resorts and hotels offer discerning travellers a brand-new outlook on luxury living.

BUSH CREEK RANCH, USA

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the great American West. Bush Creek Ranch is set in the grand landscape of a centuries-old, 12 000ha working ranch in south central Wyoming’s famed Platte River Valley. Nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountain range and the magnificent Medicine Bow National Forest, it promises the refinement of a boutique hotel, with breathtaking vistas, gourmet cuisine and endless adventure. It’s ideal for the…
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GORGEOUS ROOMS WITH A VIEW FROM AROUND THE WORLD

OFF THE BEATEN GARDEN ROUTE

When your heart and mind are attuned to search for the road less travelled, perhaps it’s no surprise that your car is also destined for the same uncharted paths. I say this because I’m convinced that my Land Rover’s built-in GPS is pre-programmed to find and direct me to the nearest gravel road.

On a recent trip along the Garden Route, for example, the annoying voice insistently directed me onto a dirt road running parallel to a perfectly good freeway.

It was a long weekend and my husband and I were headed to the towns of Knysna, Plett and Wilderness, which…
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OFF THE BEATEN GARDEN ROUTE

CYCLING IN THE KAROO

My partner and I like visiting little South African towns, or “dorpies” as all and sundry call them. Steeped in history, they never fail to enchant with their architecture, food and slower pace of life – a welcome respite from hectic city life. They are the soul of the country.

In November, on impulse, we decided to visit the Great Karoo for the first time. We wanted a town that best captured the spirit of the country’s interior, and so we settled on Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape. We salivated at the thought of cycling on the open roads,…
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CYCLING IN THE KAROO