Mauritius: Nature’s bounty

Yet another of the Indian Ocean’s jewels, I expected the island’s verdant tropical forests, pretty beaches along crystalline lagoons and laid-back island lifestyle, but Mauritius’s incredible local cuisine – modern takes on Creole fare with a decidedly locavore focus – was a delicious surprise. Not to mention one often soaked in locally produced rum.

Read on here at or view a PDF of the story that ran in the print issue.


Published in the June 2015 edition of Destinations of the World News

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CNT ME inbound supplement: London guide

I was apparently on a travel guide kick last month because in addition to the Mauritius guide, I also wrote an inbound London guide supplement for the May 2015 edition of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East.

More brief than the Mauritius guide, I hope it still offers visitors a few interesting sights that differ from the usual.CNT_LONDON_SUPP


CNT ME supplement: Mauritius guide

I spent much of last month writing a Mauritius travel guide and supplement that was distributed with the May 2015 issue of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East. Check it out if you’re planning a trip to the Indian Ocean isle and want to know more about its culture, sights, activities and luxe lodgings.

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And a snazzy app version (in English and Arabic) can also be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

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A return to Sir Bani Yas: Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort

A number of years ago I surprised the boyfriend with a birthday getaway to Anantara Desert Islands resort on Sir Bani Yas Island. It’s an island reserve about a 90-minute drive past Abu Dhabi (coming from Dubai) that’s been irrigated, landscaped and populated with wildlife to resemble an African savannah. It was fantastic and even though we were there during the soft opening period of the hotel/island – I don’t think the hotel was fully open yet, the “savannah” hadn’t properly established itself and the wildlife hadn’t yet been released from their individual enclosures to live together – I still loved it and couldn’t wait to return and see what it would be like once established. It took longer than I had hoped but I finally made it back there last month.

And it had certainly changed.  Continue reading


Road Trip: UAE’s Eastern Region

Last month I left behind endless vistas of sand dunes for the mountains as I road tripped around the UAE’s dynamic eastern region in a slick Maserati Quattroporte S. From the Dubai enclave of Hatta to Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula and colorful mountain markets to Ras Al Khaimah’s well manicured luxury resorts and golf clubs, it’s my favorite part of the country.

Published in the March 2015 edition of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East. Click the spread below to access the story, or grab the issue on stands around the GCC this month and available to download from the App Store.


And a humorous sign at Khor Fakkan beach: “No grill finally”. Yes, finally, the ban I’ve been waiting for all this time.