Sharron Livingston

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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Grand Hotel

By Sharron Livingston, June 16, 2011

This autumn, the Grand will be revered as the third structure in Brighton and Hove to be recognised by the Walk of Fame committee. A ceremonial plaque will be unveiled in Brighton Marina in its honour.

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The Swan

By Sharron Livingston, March 10, 2011

Some parts of England are still quintessentially English and the medieval town of Lavenham in the Suffolk countryside is just so.

Small streets replete with stunning 15th and 16th century buildings are laced with quaint tapestry boutiques, farm shops with restaurants and cosy tea rooms where nothing is rushed.

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In Cyprus, love is never on the rocks

By Sharron Livingston, February 10, 2011

Love is one thing, and passion quite another. And when both are present, life can seem like a honeymoon. Alas, it's inevitable that the time will come in a couple's relationship when passions wane and the dimming embers need to be fanned into life. I suggest you find somewhere romantic to do this and I believe that I found the perfect place.

Seduced by the ancient cult history of godly love of Cyprus, we flew to Lanarka airport. From there, we taxied to Pissouri about an hour away - a peaceful but burgeoning hill-top village perched half way between Limassol (Lemesos) and Paphos.

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Sankara

By Sharron Livingston, January 21, 2011

Holidaymakers going on a Kenyan safari land at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport then catch a connecting flight from the domestic Wilson airport the next morning.

The city's new five star hotel, Sankara provides an agreeable stopover in the developing Westlands region and offers mod cons in contemporary architecture with clean lines and a touch of minimalism.

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How I tried to get the most out of Africa

By Sharron Livingston, January 20, 2011

'I'm afraid I can't land the plane," announced the pilot. "Because there are animals on the runway."

We had left Nairobi's Wilson airport 45 minutes earlier on a 13-seat Safari Link plane but no one minded the short delay circling the skies before touchdown at Kenya's Masai Mara because we were enjoying the floor show below.

The runway was a strip of mown field and we had a bird's eye view of the loitering zebras and giraffes who were being shooed away.

Landing was smooth and we were met by the drivers of the waiting trucks from our hosts from a tour company called &Beyond.

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Israeli tourism minister upbeat

By Sharron Livingston, November 11, 2010

Stas Misezhnikov, the Israeli Minister of Tourism, has announced a £2.1 million investment into the UK market to encourage visitors to Israel.

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Cocktails and casinos? Try a trip to Ostend

By Sharron Livingston, October 28, 2010

Ostend enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s, '60s and early 70s but - like the clothes, furniture and hairstyles of the period - it is making something of a comeback. And with LD Lines offering a new direct ferry service from the UK, autumn - or spring - is a great time to acquaint yourself with the Flemish seaside city that was a favourite of Belgium's kings, Leopold I and II.

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Bubbles at the double

By Sharron Livingston, October 14, 2010

It was a warm, sunlit day in the cathedral city of Reims, France's Coronation City, in the Marne region of Champagne Ardenne. But inside it was a cool 10 degrees with 85 per cent humidity, the lights were dim, Je t'aime - the song Radio 1 banned for being too sexy, remember? - was playing. Above me were a bas relief of frolicking naked cherubs, and at the bottom of the stairs was Silus, a Frenchman, waiting to take me into a room full of guitar-playing finches.

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