If you haven't got time for the Huayhuash circuit, this is a great trek with spectacular scenery. We went with Huascaran Adventure Travel - great guide and much better food and kit than some rival operators. We booked through the Albergue Churup in Huaraz, which was a good place to stay.
Enjoy locally brewed real ales and good food at one of the most beautiful spots in the Peak District. The pleasant beer garden is lovely in the sun, while the simple stone floored Stables Bar’s real fire makes it cosy in winter. A good range of German beer is available. 7 bedrooms in the hotel make it a great place to stay. Spectacular views from across the road, and lovely walks in the area, especially along the old London-Manchester rail line.
Buses 4 (Mon-Fri) and 173 (daily) stop outside, while the hourly Transpeak Manchester-Derby bus and Sheffield-Stoke bus 218 both drop on the A6 for a short walk along Monsal Dale to the pub. Located on the B6465 off A6 near Bakewell. Phone 01629 640250, Website: www.monsalhead.com
Charming and relaxing guesthouse. An authentic Morrocan riad with its courtyard and sunroof terrace.
Ideally based for pedestrians and market lovers due to its central location in the heart of the Medina, just five minutes from the very popular place Djemaa El Fna.
The whole team makes you feel at home: friendly and helpful with good local cuisine.
I particularly enjoyed sauna and massages at the end of day after exploring the city. I am looking forward to going back on October for another break.
Riad Dollar des Sables
13 Derb Deffa Ourbaa
Tel/ fax 00 212 (0) 24 44 43 14
portable: 00 212 (0) 71 38 95 35
Its a real outdoorsy place, a lot of people up here go out fishing and sailing evry weekend.
There's really no better way to get out and see the islands.
Go fishing and catch yourself a whopper, jump on a sailboat and feel the waves under you, or hit up a jetboat ride (best in waves if you like adrenaline!).
There's a heap of accommodation option as well, everything from campsites to hostels and luxury apartments.
"Real Spain" holidays on the famous Mother’s Garden working farm - you stay in a restored cottage for up to eight people, with private pool, breathtaking mountain scenery, wildlife, wine, food and culture of the Priorat in southern Catalonia.
Half an hour from Reus airport, an hour and a half from Barcelona airport, 40 minutes by train or car from the beaches and the Roman city of Tarragona, and under two hours from Barcelona itself.
Martin & Maggie went the extra mile to make our holiday as memorable and enjoyable as possible. Their local knowledge and contacts yield a fantastic range of things to do, places to go and people to meet.
If you want to get away with the kids and be close to the water parks & beaches but not "amongst it", this could be the place for you.
They are calling this area the next Tuscany and I can see why!
Superb 4/5-star hotel right by the river, revamped Art Deco style.
Rooms gorgeous. Have a pre-dinner G&T in the bar with exquisite crudites.
Perfect place to escape noise and bustle - unwind in the spa with no end of tempting massages.
La Résidence Hôtel & Spa
5 Le Loi Street, Hue City, Vietnam
Tel: (84) 054 837 475
Fax: (84) 054 837 476
A small number of simple, homely rooms surround a beautiful courtyard in which weary travellers escape from the bustle of Cuzco.
The hostel is impeccably run by the most friendly and welcoming staff who are ready to rustle you up delicious pancakes and coffee.
The Dutch owner set up the B&B as a fundraising venture for the vast amount of street children she now helps. Staff are also on hand to offer hints and tips. Tours of the children’s centre are also recommended to offer you the alternative view of a city which is so dominated by tourism.
Shehe bungalows offers very comfortable beach bungalows. They are very close to the white sandy beach.
Me and my wife stayed in one of their sea-facing bungalows for four weeks. We liked it a lot. The bungalows are simple but very clean. It also has very friendly and helpful staff.
They also have a lovely beach-front bar and restaurant.
It is located at the southern side of Jambiani village, on the east coast of Zanzibar.
Tel: +255 777 843 622 or +255 713 675 118
A fantastic hotel - bungalows set around the central buildings in the upper Colca Valley - great for walks. Peaceful and tranquil, the food and ambiance were 5 star. Have a thermal bath in their own pools whilst looking up at the stars and sipping a Pisco Sour!
A little B&B for two in south Normandy (Le Perche). It's in a really cute little stone building next to the main house.
What makes it special is the lovely ambiance, and the care the owners took restoring it. We also had our first go on a compost toilet! The owners are very laid-back and friendly and the views over the garden are nice.
You can wander down and visit the chickens while drinking your coffee in the morning! Breakfast was all home-made and delicious!
02 33 83 34 57
Pub just off the seafront. Excellent beer, usually busy but with a landlord that has time for anyone coming in, regardless of whether they are regulars or, like me, twice a year visitors on the way to or from the Scilly Isles.
Also worth a try, especially if arriving off the Scilly Isles ferry, is the Dolphin pub opposite the quay. A twice-a-year ritual for me and my friends that go with me to Scilly is the walk from the B&B in Alexandra Road to the Dolphin for a meal along the seafront and then to return to the Alexandra afterwards before returning to the B&B.
Can be beautiful, but can be bracing and hairy if the wind's blowing from the south and the tide's up. Watch the local kids dodging (not always successfully) the waves breaking over the seawall.
Alexandra Road, Penzance TR18 4LY. 01736365165
This luxury resort for couples is situated on a peninsula of Koh Samet, so making sunset and sunrise just a stroll apart. The photos on the official website have difficulty capturing the openness and simultaneous seclusion.
Beach Front Pool Villas, Numbers 101 & 102 have the best aspect and the resort has been designed around them. Book these in advance. Opening your eyes first-thing in the morning when staying at 101 gives the most amazing view of the bay. It gives the impression that you possess everything as far as your eyes can see.
Depending on budget this can be viewed as an expensive destination (search for online deals) .... but a shorter stay here will last in your memories and make for better photos than a long stay somewhere less special.
On your departure the owner and staff stop what they are doing, line-up on the jetty and give you a friendly send-off on the Paradee liveried speedboat back to the mainland. A very stylish final touch.
Bude is a beautiful part of Cornwall and the Falcon Hotel is one of the friendliest places to stay. It's right next to the canal (which offers great opportunites for those interested in fishing) and has great views. The rates are really reasonable so it's good for families. Enjoy a cold beer from the lively bar and let the kids explore the beautiful walled gardens.
Perched on the ramparts of historic Pendennis Castle, this charming little cottage offers amazing sea views.
Staying within the grounds offers an amazing opportunity to explore after hours - we loved playing 'King and Queen of the Castle'! This is a really special retreat, lovely and cosy - it is great in lovely weather, but would also be perfect for a romantic winter break looking out over the roaring sea.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/holidaycottages. Booking number is 0870 333 1187
We visit the Lizard regularly to stay with family and trips would not be complete without visiting Roskilly's Farm once or twice. Lovely walks around extensive ponds, woodland and the coastal paths and a working organic dairy farm. Children love seeing the cows being milked - followed by the Roskilly family's homemade ice cream made from the aforementioned Jersey cows.
The Croust House is their lovely cafe with wholesome food (meringue glace with homemade clotted cream, you can't beat it). We even stayed in one of their holiday cottages for a week one year, homely, comfy and very friendly. Also enjoy the Roskilly (grown-up) children's creative work in the furniture and stained glass that abound. Oh, and you can buy a little book on how to make clotted cream.
The Landmark Trust holiday cottage in Frenchman's Creek is a real gem. It sleeps four and is a two-bedroomed 19th century stone cottage nestled in a deep glade.
The outside world really does disappear, surrounded as you are by deep woods where the only sounds are birds, creatures and running water. It's my very own Lothlorien!
Landmark Trust properties are not that cheap but not overpriced either - for what you get, it's well worth the money. The surrounding views of the Helford River are very uplifting (there's even a shipwreck!).
Just had a week down in Cornwall and enjoyed it as always (slowly uploading photos to flickr if interested).
I will recommend The Lugger Hotel, a lovely little hotel in the secluded fishing village of Portloe. I had the most fantastic crab sandwich and glass of white wine sitting in the sun on their terrace overlooking the slipway. Beautiful
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