It's slightly disorienting to be in a Colombian Hotel where all the staff say Bonjour, rather than Buenos Dias, but the Sofitel prides itself on its French heritage and I soon get used to it. This 5-star hotel is designed by the prestigious Colombian architect Miguel Soto and he's achieved a fine blend of elegant and modern French style...
One place that is inescapable in 2014 is Brazil. It will be beamed round the world when the World Cup kicks off on June 12. It's a country that has been growing in popularity with the type of couple looking for an experiential honeymoon that combines adventure and relaxation. South and Central America continue to capture the imagination with emerging destinations such as Nicaragua.
I visualise - for relaxation, sometimes during yoga, to get to sleep or if I'm just feeling a bit 'fed up'. I've got a few places I go to. Sometimes country hills or mountains, more often somewhere near the sea; a white sand beach with crystal clear waters. One of my favourite places is the reception terrace at Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui.
From a beachfront Thai pool that gives the illusion of being full of red water, to the world's longest elevated swimming pool, each of these pools boasts an unusual or unique feature. Guests will have the opportunity to swim above the lights of Shanghai, or float amongst the picturesque valleys of Bali's Ubud.
When I think of Crete I think of warmth. Not the perennial warm climate, nor the clear warm waters of the Aegean Sea, but the warmth of its people. Cretans are known for their genuine kindness, loyalty and hospitality, their Greek filoxenia (love of strangers). Mind you, I guess you would be pretty happy when you reside somewhere of such beauty.
From the Royal Suite where Kate prepared for her Royal wedding to the idyllic island paradise where William and Kate spent their honeymoon, these elegant hotels document favourite destinations among Royalty. Expect private beach villas, penthouse suites, award-winning Spa facilities, personal butlers and a plethora of fine dining options.