Freelance travel & lifestyle journalist with a focus on far flung destinations, luxury escapades, wilderness experiences, tip-top spas and the life aquatic.
Titles include Conde Nast Traveller, The Independent, Vantage Magazine, Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, Quintessentially, Los Angeles Travel Magazine, Candid Magazine, Glass Magazine, Wedding Magazine, EST Living Australia, The Good Spa Guide, AskMen and Rough Guides.
For the first time all day, we set foot on dry land. It's an island; little more than a patch of sand with a few tufty weeds and a single, twisted old tree at its centre, at the top of which sits a white cockatoo.
While we may well fall victim to damp, drizzly days here in the UK, that doesn't mean we can't get active on our precious holidays. With the bitter winter well underway, we're all entitled to a little luxury travel and after all, fly and flop is so 2014.
"Donkeys in pyjamas," announces T-Rex, our guide, pointing to a herd of grazing zebra, "and an African skyscraper," this time, a giraffe. We're under Botswana's relentless sun, jolting around in a particularly stylish jeep, courtesy of Abu Camp, a safari lodge at the heart of the Okavango Delta.
One of the lesser-known but largest in the Maldives, the Huvadhu atoll is home to a bounty of marine life. Away from the resorts and honeymooners, Annie Biziou van Pol enjoys a spectacular display of rays, turtles and reef sharks as she dives in the southern part of this collection of islands.
If the very idea of a white Christmas leaves you bursting with festive glee, but visions of chocolate box chalets bore you to tears, we may have just found something to set your heart into overdrive. Ski bunnies and design divas behold: these boutique boltholes are anything but ordinary.
Last week saw the official launch of Southbank-based agua Bathhouse & Spa at Mondrian London, and with it the innovative 'Spa Playground' concept. We congregated in Rumpus Room, the hotel's art deco-inspired rooftop lounge with views across London's skyline. Trays of cucumber-infused champagne were circulated before sweeping glass walls, from which a glowing St Paul's cathedral watched on.