UK Holidays

10 Real-Life Adventures You Could Have On Your Next Holiday

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We all look forward to a holiday; a chance to refresh our batteries, step away from work and our daily routine and spend quality time with those we're...

Ways To Make Your Holiday More Sustainable

Georgina Wilson-Powell | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Wilson-Powell

2017 has been dubbed the year of sustainable tourism and development by the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). No longer a quirky aside or limited to the odd off-grid eco-lodge, going green when going abroad is where it's at.

Where Is The Happiest Place To Live?

Izzy McRae | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

For as long as I can remember I've been going on holiday to Galloway. It's in the south west corner of Scotland - a part of the country that's often ignored as people power up the motorway to Glasgow or Edinburgh and beyond.

The Banyan Tree Spa Marries Miami Style Glamour In The Heart Of The Algarve

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

The Tivoli Hotel in Vilamoura stands proudly overlooking the 19th hole of the Oceanic Victoria Golf Course (home to the prestigious Portuguese Masters) making it perfectly located for the growing number of golf enthusiasts who are taking up the sport.

The Cottage Garden Spa At Longueville Manor, Jersey

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

"The spa? Oh, that's just a shed in the garden," a friend quipped when I said I was going to Longueville Manor on the island of Jersey. How wrong they...

Ten Reasons To Ditch Long Haul Travel And Stay In London

Caroline Bourne | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Bourne

Heading to London airports is miserable in the winter with foggy roads, train strikes and endless queuing. Here are ten more reasons why escaping to ...

Idyllic Indian Ocean Retreats: One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Rumour has is that when Jean Michel Gathy was commissioned to shape the architecture of One&Only Reethi Rah, he said he wanted each guest to "feel like a king". I'm happy to say that he failed... spectacularly... because from the moment we set foot on the island we felt like a god and goddess.

January Seaside Holidays In England Aren't As Crazy As You Might Think

Robert Lane | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

Official winter brochures for English seaside resorts paint a rosy picture of crisp mornings, low lying sun glistening off the sea and roaring fires in thatched pubs. There's very little mention of England's winter rain or howling wind battering against closed ice cream huts.

Seven Essential Songs To Survive Christmas

Matt Roper | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Matt Roper

Who can resist a Christmas song in which the two lead singers brand each other in the midst of an argument with such epithets as "scumbag", "arse" and "an old slut on junk"? Not me.

Mum Thanks Airline For 'Kindness' Shown To Her When She Flew Alone With Four Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has written an open letter to American Airlines thanking the staff for how they treated her family with “gentleness and warmth” on a Christm...

Cookery Class With The Sanssouci Collection, Marrakech - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

During our stay in Marrakech, my husband Steve and I were invited to take part in a cookery class with The Sanssouci Collection at Les Cigognes Hotel, which has been the leading Moroccan cookery school for the last 15 years.

New Year's Eve: Is This How To Have The Best Night Ever?

Alex Shears | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Shears

Well, that's a realisation a handful of holidaymakers have cottoned on to. Rather than digging out something from the back of our wardrobes to attend the most over-planned and underwhelming night of the year, it seems the smartest among us have found a better way of celebrating New Year's Eve...

St. Regis Dubai, Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

The St. Regis Dubai is situated in a new area of Dubai, Al Habtoor City, where on my visit they were in the process of building a water canal that would flow all the way to central Dubai. We were told it would be finished a few weeks after our visit and I couldn't believe it, as it was more or less a building site when we were there, but true to their word after researching online, it is done and looks very impressive.

Festive Christmas Cookies

Steph Matthews | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Matthews

I always loved the array of goodies I would make with my family growing up and sugar cookies were one of my favourites. The original recipe is my grandmother's and we've been making it for years.

How To Minimise The Stress Of Picking The Perfect Christmas Present

Sara Griffiths | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Griffiths

Sometimes it's difficult to find the right time, the place or the words to express how we feel about someone, but don't wait until it's too late. Maybe Christmas is the perfect opportunity! Heal that rift. Say it while you can and put the 'Happy' back into Christmas.

How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain And Still Enjoy The Feast?

Victoria Vito | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Vito

Unluckily, scientists at the National Institutes of Health report that most individuals never lose that extra pound of weight, thus, it accumulates year after year. Furthermore, later in life, the extra weight might be the main contributor to obesity and the ailments associated with it.

How To Have That Wonderful Time In Lapland

Frank Brehany | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Frank Brehany

Sadly, each year we receive complaints from parents who have been severely disappointed by the failure of the promise provided by the 'real' Father Christmas brochure. We have heard of holidaymakers experiencing a rushed 'day' trip, with little of what was promised or indeed having to deal with children's disappointment at not seeing Father Christmas, to serious injuries as a result of tobogganing or other activities!

Benefits Of A Secular Christmas

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.

Five Reasons To Love Air Travel

Jo Carrigan | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In between leaving and landing, flying is a time for simple pleasures. From sipping on champagne and catching up on the latest must-see movies to turn...

Christmas Expectations VS. Christmas Reality

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

It is the same thing every year; as soon as December 1st rears its head us Christmas lovers go into meltdown. We have this deep need that grows every year to make this Christmas the best Christmas yet and whether it's even more decorations and lights or more pots of twiglets than your family can physically consume, no expense is spared and no detail left out. T

'Tis The Season To Maybe Chill The Hell Out

Katherine Press | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Press

Getting everything organised is tough work. Anyone who talks about getting to go home to do nothing but eat and watch movies makes me jealous, as I know how tired we Christmas Fairies feel after all the gift choosing, and cooking of the meals, and the cleaning and the wrapping and the small talk.

Have You Got The Festive Fear? What You Can Do About It

Malminder Gill | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

I'm using the 'festive fear' as a collective term for negative feelings of stress, anxiety and irrational thoughts during the Christmas period. These could be feelings of financial stress, anxiety about seeing family members who've had rifts with in the past or perhaps obsessive irrational thoughts concerning your hosting skills or the gifts you've bought.

How Can I Plan My Retirement So I Can Emulate My In-Law's?

Jeff Brazier | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Well here I was playing golf with a group of men and women who hit one another with a constant flow of humorous below the belt banter and it started to occur to me that whilst I don't want to be their age just yet, I really liked being in their company.

Finding A Piece Of Paradise

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

We paddled a long way out on one paddle board, just two human beings, the sun, the sea breeze and the open ocean. This is how life is meant to be, I realised, stripped of its complications and unnecessary burdens.

A Year Abroad: Expectations vs Realities

Varsha Patel | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Varsha Patel

Surprise surprise, you're not fluent in French yet. A year abroad is supposedly the best experience you'll ever have. You've heard rumours of fresh croissants for breakfast in Paris, envisaged yourself becoming a pro-surfer in Australia, and you can't wait to update your Facebook status to "moved to Italy".