Valentine Hotel Hotlist: 6 Sexy Places To Spend Time With A Special Someone

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Americas, Asia, British Columbia, California, Canada, Continents, England, Europe, London, Malaysia, Mexico, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, South Africa, UK Staycation, United Kingdom, USA, Vancouver Island, Wishlists, Worldwide Vacation

Rose at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Falling in love with hotels for Valentine’s Day…

A romantic weekend away for Valentine’s Day – sounds like a great idea in principle, right?

But as anyone who has tried to book even a simple night away with their partner already knows, the process of finding the perfect hotel for romance isn’t all hearts and flowers.

You’re searching for seclusion and sophistication in a Valentine hotel, but you also need that unquantifiable quality – sex appeal. And just like dating itself, there’s always the worry that hotels which look good on paper could turn out to be a let down when we meet them in person.

So I thought I’d compile a list of  the 6 sexiest places in the entire world I’ve ever stayed. These are tried and tested hotels that I would not hesitate in recommending for romance, so you can kick the research to the kerb…

My 14 Most Memorable Travel Moments of 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, England, Europe, Ljubljana, London, News, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Slovenia, United Kingdom, USA, Vancouver Island, Worldwide Vacation

Pins on a map

Some years I’ve travelled farther afield, some years I explored a little closer to home, but every year I consider myself a traveller. That’s because wherever I go, I’m always looking for change and adventure.

This year I changed where ‘home’ was – instead of London, England it was Vancouver, Canada – meaning adventure has been built into my day to day life this year like never before, rather than being bolted on via travel – and this turned my lifelong travel style completely on its head for 2014…

I Know What I Did Last Summer – My Top 7 Secret Sunny Spots in British Columbia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Continents, News, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Worldwide Vacation

The sun has set on summer

The sun sets on summer over Vancouver

 

As the sun set on another Beautiful British Columbia summer, I decided to detail my favourite 14 sun-drenched memories from my summer travels.

In the second post I cover the secret sunny spaces I found in Europe and Central America, but here in the first installment I share my 7 secret summertastic spots near my home in British Columbia…

In Photos: Beach Combing & Fine Dining at Tofino’s Long Beach Lodge

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Food, Photo Journeys, Vancouver Island

Long Beach Lodge

Long Beach Lodge Resort

I’m walking along Vancouver Island’s vast Cox Beach in the winter sunshine, spotting surfers and sand dollars, meeting four-legged beach goers and admiring washed up chunks of tree that are as beautiful as any piece of modern sculpture in the best gallery in town…

The New Napa: Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Vancouver Island, Worldwide Vacation

A hard day at the office in the Cowichan Valley

A hard day at the office in the Cowichan Valley

Vancouver Island is the largest Pacific Island west of New Zealand, larger than Sicily and a shade smaller than Taiwan – but while British Naval officer George Vancouver may have given his name to both his city and island discoveries, the name is where the similarity between Vancouver city and Vancouver island, ends.

‘The Island’ as it’s simply known throughout this part of Canada is an entirely distinct destination in its own right, and as I discovered at its heartland is food and farming.

The Cowichan Valley (meaning ‘the warm land’) enjoys the rather telling nickname of ‘Canada’s Provence’ – and this really is a genuine foodie paradise as well as a nature lover’s playground.

A Taste Of Victoria – Where To Eat In British Columbia’s Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, Vancouver Island, Worldwide Vacation

The dining room at Ulla

The dining room at Ulla

Touted as the most British place in all of Canada and named after the Queen who made the country a colony, the city of Victoria reflects the values of the lady herself; rather modest, genteel and pleasantly old fashioned but with a power that belies its appearance – this is the capital of British Columbia, the seat of power and a force to be reckoned with.

And from a food lover’s point of view there’s far too much on offer in this pint-sized city to tackle in the few days the average tourist spends here, so do yourself a favour and allow plenty of time to savour these Victorian highlights…