The Travel Architect at La Manga Club

I have stayed in self catering town houses over the past 10 years at La Manga Club.However my visit this time is being spent at the 5 star Hotel Principe Felipe at the heart of the La Manga community.
La Manga Club is like a town in itself with the hotel with its 192 rooms to the studios, apartments and townhouses at Las Lomas beside the 2000 sq m Spa, fitness centre and fabulous indoor pool.
There are over 20 bars and restaurants to choose from along with a petrol station, supermarkets, banks and a selection of shops and boutiques.
La Manga Club is probably most famous for its 3 championship golf courses, pitch and putt and the new David Leadbetter Academy which opened last September.

There are also 28 tennis courts and a very busy tennis academy. Andre Begemann is here at the moment preparing for Roland Garros.
There is a professional football centre with 8 pitches and the Hibs team had just left the day before we arrived.








 There are a wide range of sports academies for children and adults alike but if you just want to chill out that’s perfectly acceptable !
So why not try a holiday here ? –  La Manga Club has something for everyone and all ages 



Royal Princess Visit

Princess Cruises beautiful ship “Royal Princess ” was in South Queensferry for the day and I was invited onboard to spent the day and have lunch. It’s very important to keep up to date with what is happening in the cruise world as it’s a fast growing market which offers exceptional value for money.

She really is a beauty and I had a great time exploring her.

There are many last minute offers available as well as bookings on sale for 2016 and schedules in for 2017.


Fantastic honeymoon offer to the Dinarobin Hotel and Spa – Mauritius 

Not sorted out your honeymoon yet ?  The Dinarobin Hotel and Spa situated in a fabulous location in the shadow of the Le Morne mountain offers a fantastic offer for September including upgrades from a junior suite to a club room with many additional benefits.

I personally stayed here 4 years ago and had an amazing holiday. 


The Travel Architect stays at The Asimina Suites in Paphos 

Last week I stayed for 2 nights at the Asimina Suites in Paphos.

This all suite hotel caters for “adults only” ( over the age of 16) and it was certainly a very quiet and relaxing  place to be.

The hotel is situated approximately 3 kms from the harbour at Kato Pafos which is accessible by local bus or a walk or a jog along the seafront promenade is also an option.

There are a variety of room types, all sea facing and the creme de la creme are the beachfront pool suites. Many benefits come with these suites including complimentary use of the gazebos which are dotted about the garden and beach areas.

The staff were exceptionally friendly, the food was fantastic and all round service exceptional.

You can have bubbles at breakfast which is on until 11am if you fancy a lie in!

All in all a fantastic hotel accessible from all UK airports for all durations.

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The Travel Architect visits Constance Ephelia

Constance Ephelia is situated on 2 of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahe, overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay. The setting is within 120 hectares of land and mangroves.

There is a wide variety of accommodation types from junior suites, beach villas, spa villas to hillside villas with amazing views.

There are 5 different restaurants and 6 bars as well as in villa dining and private dinners on the beach or on your terrace.

Plenty of activities are on offer with a fitness centre, squash and tennis courts, zip lining and rock climbing and plenty of watersports.

I was lucky to have a massage at the USpa by Constance which is the largest spa in the Indian Ocean with 18 treatment rooms and was a fantastic experience.







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The Travel Architect at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort

After a swift 30 minute transfer from the international airport with Chris from The Seychelles Tourist Board ( chatting about Liverpool Football Club and amongst other things whoever thought we would be discussing Allo Allo and Hyacinth Bouquet ) we arrived on the exclusive south end of Mahé at The Kempinski Seychelles Resort. The hotel is on the famous Baie Lazare and only 40 minutes from the capital Victoria.

It’s a quick overnight stay before we hop on a plane to explore this amazing part of the world.

The Kempinski caters for all – from honeymooners to families and groups of friends holidaying together.

If you have enough of chilling out by the pool or at the beach there are tennis courts, volleyball and a gym along with a fantastic watersports and a Padi diving centre.

The hotel also has Kempinski The Spa set in the midst of a green sanctuary and beneath granite rock foundations.






The Travel Architect visits Mont Rochelle – Franschhoek

Whilst staying in Franschhoek I visited Mont Rochelle which was re opened in September this year as part of the Virgin Limited Edition programme owned by Sir Richard Branson.

No expense has been spared with the interior design of the 22 bedrooms and suites and communal areas.

The property also has 2 restaurants, a bar,gym and spa along with an outdoor pool. All this on a 37 hectare vineyard.






Shanti Maurice – Mauritius – dining options

There are 2 main restaurants at Shanti – Stars which serves mainly cape cuisine and overlooks the ocean and Pebbles which serves Indian and typical Mauritian cuisine.

The Fish Shack – this restaurant opens once or twice a week and is situated on the beach in an informal rustic setting. The chef cooks fresh seafood on live charcoal grills.

GrandMa’s Kitchen – this is a fantastic way of eating dinner at the home of the GrandMa of one of the staff members. GrandMa teaches the guests how to cook local Mauritian dishes and is a very popular trip for guests to do.

If you wish to dine in your room or terrace there is no additional charge for this.

The Rum Shack is a cool bar area which has music several times a week .