Joe Marler, the English rugby union player, on the most fascinating person he's met on his travels and why Dubai lacks soul. I’m lucky to be able to explore ....some of the places I visit for work. I travel abroad about eight or nine times a year for my club or representing my country. We frequent Italy, Wales, Scotland, France or Ireland for away games and occasionally Portugal for an England training camp. Port Elizabeth is amazing This summer I travelled with the England team to South Africa for a three-and-a half week tour, staying in Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, which was incredible. I need a sunny climate I am not the sunbathing type but my wife loves sitting with her feet up on a sun lounger. So a perfect family holiday for us will need to include some sun, while a beach and good children’s facilities are also key, as my son is four and my daughter is two, so they need good kids’ clubs. Greece is my favourite holiday destination We … [Read more...] about Joe Marler on Britain’s most underrated city and his favourite Greek island
Researcher Jean-François Nativel believes that the French state is to blame because it had decided to create a huge marine reserve in close proximity to tourist beaches and surf spots. READ MORE: Deep Sea Carnage: Great White Sharks Fight it Out Over Fresh Meat On July 26, Reunion Islanders celebrated the fifth anniversary of the "provisional" ban on access to the ocean or 1,826 days of not being able to go for a swim. The island's residents have denounced the "absurd" situation and pointed to the state's responsibility. A number of inhabitants share the same view. Several groups have denounced the five years of a "temporary" ban on access to the ocean: © Photo: YouTube/POPY VIRALDead Shark Operation: Fisherman Delivers 98 Baby SharksAccording to Jean-François Nativel, President of the Océan Prévention Réunion (OPR), there's a kind of an "ethnic shift": "the … [Read more...] about Shark Breeding on Reunion Island Deemed to be Cause of Spike in Deadly Attacks
Adding the sounds of the Caribbean to the tropical region’s best-loved beverage will make for a sizzling summer’s outing this weekend. The new Rum and Reggae Festival will transform Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Paradise Rooms into an island hotspot.Day and night sessions are running at the festival, which will feature carnival dancers, steel drum performances and traditional Caribbean food as well as the chance to try some top notch drinks.The reggae soundtrack will be provided by Tippa Irie and Reggae Sound System.Event manager Tom Bellman said: “Previously it was just a rum festival, but more a trade show than an event - and there was a Caribbean element, but it was more ‘piratey’.“We’ve evolved the brand now and it’s proven really popular to add the music and blend the two together.“We run gin, prosecco and wine festivals too, and obviously gin is the big thing this year - but it’s being predicted that rum will be the … [Read more...] about Summer sounds at island drink’s fest
The islands of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives - are unequivocally some of the most beautiful in the world and have topped the list of dream honeymoon destinations for decades. There's no doubting the allure of their perfect white sand beaches and swaying palms, but how do you choose between them? Luckily, these paradise escapes have unique charms, so whether you're looking for action, adventure and Michelin stars, the most luxurious hotels on Earth, or just a chance to get back to nature, there's an island to suit. Best for luxury hotels? Maldives With dozens of innovative private-island resorts and more over-water villas than you can shake a flip-flop at, it's little wonder the Maldives attracts honeymooners from all over the world. Cheval Blanc Randheli (where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recharged their batteries after having Prince George), offers villas with butlers and a Guerlain spa, while Niyama's two islands are linked by a … [Read more...] about Which is best for honeymoons – Maldives, Mauritius or Seychelles?
If you've always dreamed of a jungle escape but don't think you're quite cut out for sleeping in the wilderness amidst the exotic wildlife, then we may have found the perfect compromise! In the heart of Mauritius' Bois Cheri jungle, you'll find a quirky 'bubble' lodge where guests can sleep under the stars, in the comfort of an air-conditioned room with see-through walls. No need to brave the hot jungle temperatures, and no need to forfeit the incredible scenic views. Sounds like bliss. The bubble lodge sits on the grounds of the historic Cap Malheureux tea plantation, and has a whole host of luxurious surprises in store for guests. For a start it has all the amenities you'd expect of a luxury room; queen sized beds, an ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower, coffee machines and even a lounge area. The best part is the bubble's 100% renewable, created by French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas who worked to ensure that it would have no environmental impact. It already makes for a pretty … [Read more...] about Quirky bubble lodge in Mauritius has some seriously luxurious surprises