Beautiful places and spaces

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Doing Doha

Doing Doha

Many find themselves in Doha by accident. Up until recently, Doha was a city to travel to only for business, and before they discovered the fields of gas, nobody went at all. But Qatar Airways have taken their rapid and giant leap into the top Airlines of the world, and their […]

June 19, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Navigating the green mountain – Jebel Akhdar, Oman

Navigating the green mountain – Jebel Akhdar, Oman

Imagine you’re just a quiet bloke. You live in the hills, just about as far away from civilization as you can manage. Your electricity trickles in on a single wire that hangs from a concrete pole that is currently being used as a butt-scratching device by the neighbourhood goat. Your […]

March 6, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides, travel

Camping, glamping and dune stamping. Desert accommodation in the UAE and beyond

Camping, glamping and dune stamping. Desert accommodation in the UAE and beyond

Weekend breaks just ain’t what they used to be. None of that popping into the hills behind town, buying organic apples at a roadside stall, wine tasting on the way, rolling fields, fragrant gums, roos doing their kamikaze leaps across the highway in front of your speeding car at dusk. […]

February 25, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Where’s your slice of South West Sri Lanka? Part 2

Where’s your slice of South West Sri Lanka? Part 2

Part one showed three areas of the west coast, now we’re going south, deep south. I’m going to show you three distinct areas of coast, all within three hours drive of each other, but each remarkably different. We’re going to start at the bottom this time, and work back up […]

February 5, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Where’s your slice of South West Sri Lanka? Part 1

Where’s your slice of South West Sri Lanka? Part 1

I’ve been to Sri Lanka a few times now. It’s one of the only countries I find I can never get enough of (along with France and New Zealand). There’s always something I didn’t get to see, or didn’t have time to do, a dish I couldn’t find in a […]

January 24, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Eating up Dubai

High Tea lowdown – The Burj al Arab

High Tea lowdown – The Burj al Arab

Everybody who has ever heard of Dubai knows of the Burj al Arab. It’s like kangaroos to Australia, the queen to England and drunken tourists to Bali. They are two things that go together, and let no man put asunder. And, as I am Australian, and therefore used to people […]

January 15, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Eating up Dubai

Not The Farm

Not The Farm

I have a pet hate of misnamed brands. I’ve had a go at Jones the Grocer for this. There are others that spring to mind – The Meadows – a region without meadows, Arabian Ranches with no cowboys, and now, The Farm. Where the livestock have pelts of Massimo Dutti […]

November 28, 2012 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Oman – Birkat Al Mawz

Oman – Birkat Al Mawz

I read recently that Oman is actively trying to embrace tourism, but it’s not yet that evident all over. The country has built all its five star hotels in one city, most of them far enough out of Muscat so nobody ever actually leaves the resort. There is an outrageous […]

November 7, 2012 ×

Beautiful places and spaces

Mountain of the sun – Jebel Shams

Mountain of the sun – Jebel Shams

Few words today. There’s a Champagne dinner tonight, the International Fine Food Festival today, and a magazine’s coming around to photograph all my Christmas recipes tomorrow. Did I mention my house is a mess? Anyway, here’s a few tempters to get you all excited about the Oman posts I’m about […]

November 2, 2012 ×