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The Maldives is a very special place. There are many wonderful, luxurious tropical retreats scattered across the world. Very few, however, can compete with the Maldives for the sense they create of utter seclusion and desert island enchantment. There is nowhere else where you can feel so distant from all the world’s concerns whilst enjoying the very best that world has to offer. The Amilla, an elegant and extremely well-appointed property on Baa Atoll in the North Islands, offers everything necessary to heighten enjoyment of Maldivian magic. The villa sleeps

Christmas, it is clear to see, has captured and dominated the global festive imagination. However, few, if any, places on earth can offer a more idealised traditional Christmas than Switzerland. Sleigh bells ringing, hot chocolate and mulled wine, twinkling lights and a beautiful landscape carpeted in snow offer the best possible place to celebrate. St Moritz has been the go-to destination for winter tourism for over 150 years. One of its Christmas highlights is the Olympia bobsleigh run, an exhilarating and magical experience, and there is every other possible permutation

There are innumerable reasons to visit the vibrant and wonderful South East Asian nation of Cambodia, but choosing just five allows for a showcasing of some of its key attractions. The first reason, Cambodia’s riches of indigenous rainforest and jungle, is perhaps the most vivid image most will have of the Cambodian landscape. It has been made world famous by Angkor Wat, the vast temple complex evocatively set deep in the Cambodian rainforest. Astonishingly, it is the world’s largest religious monument, and the numbers of those wishing to make their

These days, most luxury holiday properties come with the expectation of a swimming pool. There are some rare and aspirational European chalets, however, where the aquatic features couldn’t be further removed from the traditional cold and heavily chlorinated rectangle. San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, for example, is a stunning South Tyrol former aristocrats’ hunting lodge within the imposing Italian Dolomites mountain range. It combines its swimming pool with a world class set of sophisticated wet spa facilities. They include an indoor whirlpool, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and mood shower. The outdoor

Beguiling and rich in wonders to visit at any time of year, Croatia’s Adriatic Coast transforms itself into the party capital of Europe every summer, and for several months pulses with an irresistible energy. Thanks to its networks of lovely islands, historic cities and remote beaches, this enthusiastic activity can always be offset by more exclusive and secluded adventures. Split’s most famous, huge and ancient landmark is Diocletian’s Palace, which forms a stunning backdrop to a festival of flowers in May. May also sees the feast day of Split’s patron

Easter is a very significant time for memorable festivals in Italy, not least the Scoppio del Carro, the Explosion of the Cart which takes place in Florence’s Piazza del Duomo every Easter Sunday. 150 revellers in medieval costume drag the flower-covered cart, before it is set alight and forms the centrepiece of an incredible fireworks display. April kicks off, as it does for many of us elsewhere, with April Fool’s Day, which is called Pesce D’Aprile in Italy but which involves the same blend of fun, tomfoolery and pranks that

Passepartout Homes in partnership with Villa Gella is pleased to offer you a four-day tour discovering Bulgaria and its marvels. The tour will begin on April 20th until May 2nd, 2016, during Orthodox Easter.   Day 1 (Friday): Arrival and introduction to the city of Sofia Arrival in Sofia. Visit to: The Boyana Church (Unesco Heritage Site) – the church, hidden among rare redwood-tree forest in a Sofia suburb, owes its worldwide popularity to its frescoes dating back to 1259. Scholars consider these frescoes to be the precursor of the European Renaissance, as

 The town of Trabia in Sicily is mentioned in historical documents as the birthplace of pasta. In 1154, the Arab geographer Al Idrisi, while travelling around Sicily on behalf of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily to study customs and traditions of the Sicilian population, described in the famous “Tabula Rogeriana” the existence of a town called Trabia and its local production of pasta: “To the west of Termini there is a town called Trabia (‘At Tarbiah, the square), an enchanting place to live, abounding in streams that drive numerous mills. Trabia

There is no bigger party night than New Year’s Eve, and no better place to celebrate than a perfect private villa. Five exceptional villas worldwide have the festive edge, but are also ideally suited for any special gathering in the new year of 2016. Perhaps the most stylish and luxurious way to see in any new year is on a private tropical island, and this is precisely what L’ile Paradis in Mauritius can offer. Rising on volcanic rock from an azure lagoon, a causeway leads from the mainland to a

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