Garuda Indonesia doesn’t usually come to mind when listing the leading airlines for First and Business Class, mostly because they’ve been off the radar for a little while. However, since re-entering European air space in 2009, the Indonesian carrier has rebuilt its image to world-class standards and has amassed a number of awards in the process. With a firm eye on the European market, the airline has made a concerted push to meet the cutthroat demands of the premium classes. One of its notable upgrades is the introduction of its First Class on the Boeing 777-300ER – the only First Class option available in the carrier’s entire fleet. Let’s take a look at why so many have placed Garuda’s First Class private suites among their ten most luxurious.
To the delight of any history-lover, Cornwall has a rich tapestry of heritage and a plethora of sites of historic intrigue, all waiting to be discovered. The county's impressive collection of castles, ruins and legends that date back hundreds of years are nothing short of fascinating. Located on the Atlantic Coast of Cornwall is one of its most notable historic sites; Tintagel Castle, home to the legend of King Arthur and the alleged place of his conception.
Holidaymakers travel from far and wide to Thailand to explore its enchanting golden temples which are emblematic of the rich Buddhist culture that is enshrined within the Thai way of life. I spent a lot of my most recent visit to Bangkok on temple-crawls, going from one to the other, exploring the gilt-grandeur within them. Allow me to show you are two of Bangkok's most notable temples, the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho).
Located on the East Coast, Horsey Beach is one of Norfolk's unmissable excursions; the stretch of golden, sandy beach is home to a large colony of wild grey seals. Britain has large population of these seals and the best time of year to see them is during wintertime, however we were lucky enough to catch them grazing now in springtime, during our visit.
Sometimes, the best thing in the world is to take a little hiatus from all of the usual distractions of modern life and escape to rurality. I always find spending a little time with Mother Nature to be incredibly therapeutic, like it recharges one's batteries. One of my favourite green places to escape to is the Lake District, where I go at least once a year...this one being no exception.
Located in the province of Ratchaburi, about an hour from Bangkok is Chompol Cave, one of the area's main attractions. From a small opening in the rock face there's a flimsy wooden staircase that leads down into the darkness below. As you descend deep within the cave, the first thing that hits you is how hot and humid the air is below ground. You are momentarily blind to your surroundings, until your eyes finally adjust to the darkness, by which time you get a glimpse of the towering limestone stalactites and stalagmites that are illuminated with multicoloured lights. Every so often a cloud of screeching bats comes hurting last; it's a decent that's not for the faint hearted.
With the Brazil 2016 Olympics looming, interest in the games as a whole has been piqued and reinvigorated as it often is around the time of an Olympic season, so what better time than now to show you the Olympic Museum? It is home to one of the most extensive repositories of Olympic memorabilia and is located in the Swiss city of Lausanne, which has gained worldly notoriety for being the Olympic capital of the world. If you are a big fan of the games then it is the place to go.
If you are partial to a spot of retail therapy then you may well be glad to know that you're spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in the Swiss city of Lausanne. From high-end outlets to locally-grown produce and quirky independent stores; there is something to suit all tastes and budgets, not to mention the fact that its diverse retail offerings are fascinating to peruse. So allow me to give you a little insight into Lausanne's shopping scene; let's start of with a little luxury, shall we?