Banish winter with a Cayman Vacation!

Written in INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

With winter rearing it’s chilly head, maybe it’s time to consider a vacation in the sunshine and warm seas of the Cayman Islands? And what better way to explore the Caribbean than a visit to the most glorious islands in the area. We have great hotels on the site, so start planning your trip now.

If you’re staying in the Seven Mile Beach area you have plenty to do – so long as it involves beaches and diving! This gorgeous place stretches from George Town towards the north and is the mainstay of the islands’ tourist industry. This is where you’ll find the swanky hotels and the finest restaurants. It’s a truly wonderful beach – and it’s just like it appears in the tourist brochures so enjoy!

If you’ve brought the children indulge them with a visit to Boatswain’s Beach which is home to the turtle farm. This hatchery is where green sea turtles are raised from hatchlings and eventually become those magnificent giants of the sea – weighing some 300lbs.

If you really want to see the island – head up on high to the Lighthouse Footpath. It runs along the cliff’s edge, giving incredible views and allowing you to see the varied birdlife such as brown boobies and frigate birds gliding in the updrafts. A local taxi will get you there and it’s a fun day trip out, giving you a glimpse of local culture and wildlife.

 

Make no mistake, Washington’s best!

Written in US DESTINATIONS

In town for a week or two and craving a good steak? We hear you! A good steak, cooked to perfection is a relatively simple thing to do, but so hard to find. Luckily Washington has its fair share of good steak restaurants which really know what they’re doing.

BLT Steak is at 1625 I St and is a serious-about-your-steak kind of place. The cuts take pride of place and the new chef takes pride in what he does. They also do a good selection of seafood dishes so all tastes are catered for. It’s a fancy place with outdoor seating for the warmer months.

Charlie Palmer Steak is a very sleek, very modern take on how to do a great steak. It’s at 101 Constitution Ave in the Capitol Hill district and is every bit the mover and shaker kind of place it sounds. The steaks range from the thick rib-eye to the aged wagyu. They do a nice line in fancy seafood too (thinks oysters with a beer sorbet) and cater for all tastes.

Prime Rib is Downtown at 2020 K St and this is a place where men are still required to wear a jacket and tie, there’s live music in the form of piano and bass most nights, all of which gives it a real supper-club feel. Red meat and copious amounts of wine is the order of the day and if that’s what you hanker after, this will not fail to impress.

We’ll help you find a great place to stay in Washington D.C. so you can venture out to the restaurants of your choice.

 

Let’s go shopping – Atlanta!

Written in US DESTINATIONS

Yes, yes, yes, we’re here for the culture and the art galleries, the new restaurants and the oh so amazing new public spaces…as well as a little shopping! Atlanta has all the above – including excellent shopping.

Almost brand new, the Atlantic Station development is a mixed use affair which attracts shoppers of all demographics. The sheer size of the place will astound you – it includes 1 million square feet of open-air retail and entertainment venues, including a two-story movie theater. Are you a browse all day style of shopper? Then your selections include American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor LOFT, City Sports, Dillard’s, DSW Shoes, Express, Gap, Nine West, Old Navy, West Elm, and Z Gallerie. There’s even an IKEA. Atlantic Station is located on 17th Street, just west of I-75. To get here, take MARTA to the Arts Center station, then hop a free shuttle to Atlantic Station.

Buckhead is where the smart set in the city shop. There are two major malls and lots of little boutiques, antiques shops, and galleries spread over a multi-street area. If you love high end brands then here’s where to head. That said, you’ll still find plenty to browse if your wallet is a little less heavy. Many of the up and coming designers have stores here and the prices can be reasonable.

The two major malls are on the corner of Peachtree and Lennox. Phipps Plaza and Lennox Square have excellent shopping and are full of the brand names you’ll know as well as many other Atlanta-specific boutiques. Local creative types are generating a lot of airtime because of the quality they offer so don’t be afraid to experiment.

If you are more of an art, antiques, or decorative accessories shopper, then your best bet is Bennett Street. There’s a great selection of quality shopping in a very concentrated 2-block strip. There are also many options in Buckhead West Village, near the intersection of Peachtree and West Paces Ferry roads. Shops also line the rest of Peachtree Road as well as smaller side streets. If you love your interiors, head for Miami Circle.