Favourite Places

Its surprising how many times I get asked this question, but after 30+ years in Travel, it’s still a tricky one…..“so where’s your favourite place ?”

It’s a tough question still, and nearly every place I’ve ever visited has its own merits, but of course, we all have favourites…….these are just a few of mine.

Sydney, Australia.

Quite simply, the only place I have ever visited that I could really see myself enjoying living there too, Sydney is stunning.

Aside from the landmarks we all know, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, & Bondibeach, the myriad of bays and beaches is bewildering, and the whole place is a City around water.

I remember catching a ferry across to Manly on a Sunday morning, and during that short crossing, saw people Scuba Diving, kayaking, running, cycling, sailing, water-skiing, Jet skiing, playing Beach volleyball, football, Barbeque’ing by the water’s edge, and many other things that I cant recall so easily, the choice was simply awesome.

And then arriving at Manly, to a Jazz Band playing in the square, and a beach to die for.

Sydney feels like a small City, but its not, and the weather which enables such an outdoor culture to exist makes this a very special place, and somewhere I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say they didn’t care for, its infectious, and I love it.

Could I move there – you bet, and then perhaps the Fish’n Chip lunch at Doyle’s @ Watsons Bay would become my regular hangout for Sunday Lunch !

The Maldives

The Maldives has to be seen to be believed.

Quite simply, I have never seen such luxury so expertly positioned anywhere in the world.

Add in the beautifully friendly services of the Maldivian people and this is true heaven for a holiday.

I saw many Hotels on my all too brief visit, but my Water Villa at the one that stuck out was so incredibly beautiful that its hard to describe.

The totally secluded sundeck, with steps down into the ‘bluer-than-blue’ lagoon below, was quite honestly a waste on my own, but what a place. They even provided you with a freshwater shower hose on the stairs for rinsing that seawater off, before you collapsed back down onto the sunbed, where the music playing on the Bose Sound system inside soothed your ears.

Sure, for the energetic, distractions exist, with Scuba Diving perhaps being main event, but plenty more to keep you occupied if you wish.

And then, under the stars, with your bare feet massaged by sand under the table, the Lobster & Champagne Beach Bar-B-Q might just end the day as perfectly as any day could be ended.

Mind you – I HAVE to go back one day, I haven’t as yet seen the unbelievable One & Only Reethi Rah… allegedly one of the best in the World.

Bring it on !

This is Huvafen Fushi – gives you an idea of the luxury you can expect !

Huvafen Fushi Maldives HD from Sakis Papadopoulos on Vimeo.

 

 

Ski Favourites

I have loved my skiing for over 35 years, and while I’ve covered a fair few resorts & mountains over that time, some standout………..

Selva – Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy.

It may not have the nightlife and pose-ability of Kitzbuhel or Courchevel, but scenically, the Dolomites is spectacular.

This beautifully tyrolean corner of Italy is superbly placed to see the best that the Dolomites has to offer, and the Sella Ronda Ski circuit starts well from here.

If you’re lucky enough to see nothing but blue skies for all 7days, as we did, the Skiing here leaves a lasting impression on you.

Aspen

Everyone has heard of Aspen – the playground of the Hollywood set – right ?

Think again, – as Aspen is just a great town, – a real gem, and in reality, has nothing pretentious about it at all.

Sure, you could find the haunts of the rich & famous if they are in town, but its real small town USA, and its classic block by block layout is great fun to explore.

Oh, did I mention the Skiing ?

Four different Mountains, four different areas, and all under 1 Pass. Snowmass alone could keep you occupied for the week, but add in Ajax Mtn above Aspen Town, Aspen Highlands & Buttermilk, and you have more than most can ever cover in 2 weeks !

Taste it …….

Aspen Snowmass 2011-2012 from Aspen/Snowmass on Vimeo.