12 hours in: Los Angeles

Sometimes the scheduling gods at work smile kindly… A project in Los Angeles, are you keen… I didn’t have to think twice! California in the spring – yes please!  And yes, the beaches in SoCal are just about as American as it gets! Whilst Los Angeles is not somewhere I would choose to visit on my own account, a business trip seemed a good chance to see it (and a nice 20k boost to the airmile stash). With an 8 hour time…

47 Jobner Bagh Jaipur – Boutique Hotel Review

I adore a place that is unique and luxurious.  But the real charm is when it doesn’t realise how great it is.  47 Jobner Bagh was delightedly all of these, and perfect.  I would love to have stayed longer, but we were splitting our time in Jaipur between here and the Oberoi Rajvillas. Our tour company suggested Jobner Bagh to me, and I knew I had seen it somewhere before.  In Conde Nast in fact, as one of the best hotels…

Oberoi Rajvillas Jaipur – Luxury Hotel Review

From the moment we arrived at The Oberoi Rajvillas to the time we dragged ourselves on to Goa (#firstworldproblems) we were spell-bound. I am well aware one gets what is paid for, but sometimes a place and its staff are so special that it is unforgettable and pleasurable in a way that money can’t buy.  A perfect blend of laid back luxe alongside an exotic destination. Our Oberoi Rajvilla We were upgraded on arrival to luxury tent.  It would be unfair…

Alila Diwa Goa – Luxury Hotel Review

We spent 3 days in Goa and chose to stay at the Alila Diwa hotel near Majorda beach.  It’s located in South Goa – the quiet and sleepy bit of Goa.  There are larger hotels in the area, but this stood out as somewhere a bit more personal and unique. About a 20 minute drive from the airport it was easy to get to along quiet roads.  The location is deep in the paddy fields and is as green as…

Rest and relaxation in Goa and Mumbai

It would have been so easy to have spent all our time in India immersed in the culture of Rajasthan.  We almost did.  But I really wanted beach and pool time and when I asked our agent if we could fit this in the answer was a resounding yes. We were choosy in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to make the most of our time there.  Thus giving us 3 days doing diddly squat in South Goa and a final day and night…

Two days in Jaipur

We loved our time in Jaipur. It was the full package. Clean and ordered (relatively speaking), pretty, blue skies (no fog), we bumped into friends (yes – really), history and views, as well as amazing food and incredible hotels. Jaipur very much got the Parker seal of approval. We had 2 days in Jaipur and I wish it has been a week. Although who am I trying to fool – if we’d had a week’s worth of time we’d have…

One day in Agra

Agra was our second base and was actually somewhere I wasn’t initially planning to visit.  I couldn’t fathom how one building could justify a 3 hour drive.  But the drive was of course worthwhile, and there’s more than one thing to see! Agra wasn’t our favourite place.  Mainly due to us visiting beautiful Jaipur straight afterwards.  Agra in comparison is pretty grubby and chaotic and during winter has smoggy morning skies. Notwithstanding, it has an lot to offer – not just the…

One day in Delhi

Delhi is where our Indian adventure began.  Colleagues of mine are always here and told me it was the right city to quickly immerse ourselves in the sights, smells and sounds of India. We had just over 24 hours in the city.  Our guide Punam (an expert, she’s shown Ralph Fiennes around) and driver BD – both working with Banyan Tours – gave us a great first day in India. As the capital city of India there is a plethora of things to…

My instagram tour of Incredible India

I have so much to tell you about India – one of the most inspiring and enjoyable trips we have ever taken. “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country the the sun visits on his rounds.”  Mark Twain took the words from my mouth. Nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country… Click To Tweet…