The answer to this question is never easy, especially when the one flight is from Manchester. But here’s a secret. Tucked away on a secluded beach cut off from the world by the craggy Hajar Mountains you’ll find a very special place, Zighy Bay. On Oman’s wild and wonderful Musandam Peninsula, you feel a million miles away from its ritzy, glitzy neighbour, Dubai, and yet it’s only a two hour drive. Arrive early in the morning on the A380 from Manchester, snooze in your 4 x 4 and then have lunch in paradise.Read More
Forgive me for making a sweeping statement, but for guaranteed winter sun with a less than 8 hour direct flight from Manchester, don’t most people just press the Dubai default button? Of course, Dubai is great if you want a city that shouts at you 24 hours a day and has a sort of “look at me” feel about it. And of course it does have rather a lot of good hotel options. But that’s the thing about Dubai, there’s just a lot of everything – hotels, skyscrapers, people, bling. For something a lot calmer and with less crowds my preference is Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s less brash neighbour.
Here are some of the reasons why I think it’s time to consider ditching Dubai as the default for winter sun and maybe give Abu Dhabi a whirl instead:Read More
Given the dreadful summer we’ve had, I was asked recently by a client where’s good to go for October half term that’s likely to be warm and sunny….plus, has some culture, a little bit of exotic and isn’t too difficult to get to from the UK? Knowing the family concerned well and knowing that they like to do things as opposed to spend a full week on a beach, but equally they don’t like to be on the move the whole time, my suggestions were Marrakesh and Oman – but why?Read More