Sharron Livingston

Israel tourism chief vows to cut hotel costs

By Sharron Livingston, November 15, 2012

There were record numbers of visitors to Israel in 2011 yet Israel’s tourism minister, Stas Misezhnikov, has an audacious plan to increase visitors by another 40 per cent, by making it cheaper to visit.

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On board Marco Polo cruise ship with my mother

By Sharron Livingston, October 30, 2012

If there is one thing that sends me hurtling back to childhood it is travelling with my mother. But she needed a break, and a five-night cruise sailing from Tilbury (no stressful airports) to Amsterdam, Rouen and Antwerp, seemed to fit the bill. And I thought I would take the risk and tag along.

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Hotel of the Week: Park Inn, Heathrow

By Sharron Livingston, September 21, 2012

Try as I might to dodge those yawningly early morning flights, I occasionally have to concede defeat. Just last week I was forced to catch an 8am plane from Heathrow to Zurich.

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Hotel of the Week: Hotel Beauchamps, Paris

By Sharron Livingston, August 28, 2012

Ten Euros - that’s how much the rickshaw fare was from the Arc de Triomphe to our hotel. It was a little expensive for a four-minute ride but we went for it anyway.

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City break in Seoul

By Karen Glaser, July 18, 2012

Somewhere in South Korea is a young woman who was named Leah, after my daughter. When we met on a sunny Friday morning in Seoul she said her “English name” was Eileen, adding that she wanted to change her Western moniker because it sounded like “alien.” Could I suggest an alternative?

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Santa Monica: Shore Hotel

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2012

It was only a short stay in Santa Monica and so for me, the beach beckoned. This resort hotel is located on Ocean Avenue where the beach is just 59 feet away and hit the spot.

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Santa Monica: La Dolce Vita

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2012

It was 7.30am one December morning and I was stretching my limbs in the bright morning sun to the softly spoken instructions of yoga teacher Lauren Eckstrom from ESP Wellness Center. She gently coaxed out more length and deeper breaths until I could almost touch the bright blue skies.

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Who says it’s wrong to play with your food?

By Sharron Livingston, May 10, 2012

La Tomatina

Where: Buñol, Valencia , Spain

When: A week long celebration culminating with a squashed tomato fight on the last Wednesday of August

What: There is no reason for this event other than pure fun.

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Tiara Yaksta Cannes, France

By Sharron Livingston, May 10, 2012

From Nice airport it was a pleasant tootle along the twisty N8 coastal road. I was heading for the tiny town of Théoule-sur-Mer where they say, the water quality around its cliffs is the best in Europe.

I had chosen the Tiara Yaksta boutique hotel for its discreet location and found it was so hidden that I passed it at least three times.

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Spa retreats in splendid scenery

By Sharron Livingston, December 15, 2011

Isle of Eriska Spa & Golf

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On the small, secluded Eriska island on the west coast of Scotland north of Oban. It nestles on a rift valley created by cataclysmic upheavals that took place 600 million years ago. The island is virtually a nature reserve, with nature trails and seals, otters, badgers and roe deer all around.

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Raffles

By Sharron Livingston, December 8, 2011

A new sister cocktail to the Singapore and Paris Sling has been created – it's the Praslin Sling, a heady mix of coconut milk, gin with a hint of vanilla and it is the baby of the team at the newly launched all-villa Raffles resort in Praslin, one of the granite islands of the Seychelles.

Supping the sling at the bar with views over the Indian Ocean was enough to set in motion waves of relax

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The Seychelles: nature's Eden project

By Sharron Livingston, December 8, 2011

Nothing unearths that feeling of being at one with the world more than a beautiful view, especially if that view has Jurassic origins.

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Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street

By Sharron Livingston, November 10, 2011

The lights are low, the floor is of black marble and the walls are covered in a black velvet-like material. Dotted around are appealing paintings and sculptures with an Asian theme. The air is heavily scented with jasmine.

This is the scene of the reception area at the newly refurbished (to the tune of £25 million) 174-bedroom Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street hotel.

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Salzburg: These hills are alive...finally

By Sharron Livingston, November 10, 2011

Throughout my youth and childhood, I must have watched countless repeats of the Sound of Music.

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Denver: Join the mile-high club

By Sharron Livingston, October 11, 2011

The mile-high city of Denver, famed for the Dynasty TV series (remember those padded shoulders and over-the-top fashion the women wore?). It's not just a place to land before heading on to the Interstate 70 Highway to Vail, Aspen or Crested Butte ski resorts.

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Reunion Resort

By Sharron Livingston, October 6, 2011

When going to Orlando en famille you could choose to squeeze into a hotel room close to Disney where space is at a premium. Or you could rent a spacious, high specification condo in a manicured village resort that offers peace and tranquillity after a hectic day at a theme park.

Reunion resort is such a place.

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Taking the Mickey out of Orlando

By Sharron Livingston, October 6, 2011

Orlando is famous for the Disney attractions and a nightlife zone the size of Manchester. Together they attract British holidaymakers in droves. Yet, I couldn't help wondering whether the region of Orlando and Kissimmee is a destination in its own right?

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Wake up on a hill, luncheon on a beach - in the same resort

By Sharron Livingston, July 14, 2011

The telephone rang in my bedroom at the Bon Sol hotel. It was my travel companion. "I've just been to the gym" he informed me. "Now I am having breakfast at the beachside restaurant. Come quickly its gorgeous out here"

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The flight attendant safety dance

By Sharron Livingston, June 30, 2011
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It's not easy to pay attention to those boring safety in-flight videos. But here's one that you won't want to miss.

Fitness guru Richard Simmon gets flight attendants to dance down the aisle in Air New Zealands safety video. Watch as the camp workout enthusiast clad in sequiined vest and teeny shorts combines the safety regulations with an excercise class called Fit to Fly.

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The plane of 2050

By Sharron Livingston, June 23, 2011
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Airbus, has unveiled its ideas of the plane of 2050, complete with a 'bionic' shell which turns partially transparent to provide a panoramic view for passengers.

The front of the plane will have a vitalising (relaxation) area and the rear will be the "smart tech" space for working and virtual conferencing.

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