We have been taking our family now to Antigua for just on 25 years and so much do we like it that we have actually got a small home there on the northwest coast of the Island. Up until the last few years the one (and pretty much only) thing we did not like about the Island was the fact that there was not really a great range of good restaurants in which to eat. There were one or two that were quite superb and still are amongst the best in the Caribbean. However, after that, not a lot. Now it has all changed and there are three that deserve highlighting, each one providing a good reason to visit this Island Paradise.
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Trancoso is about an hour’s drive south of Porto Seguro in Brazil’s Bahia. It is an absolutely delightful old fishing village that has been developed for tourism in recent years, but what has been done has been done tastefully, and has not in any way spoiled the charm of the place.
Le Burgundy is a terrific newcomer to the upscale Paris hotel scene. When I stayed at the end of July it has been open for just two weeks. You would have expected teething troubles, but not at all, it was faultless and as perfect as a smoothly run 59 room boutique five star hotel can be.
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Ponta dos Ganchos is a simply fabulous tiny all inclusive member of the Relais and Chateau group located in Santa Caterina province in Southern Brazil, just across on the mainland from the Island of Florianopolis.
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I tried the British Airways subsidiary ‘Open Skies’ on its new Washington (Dulles) Paris (Orly) route recently. It provides a very good solution to business class travel at sensible prices.
Open Skies flies a fleet of Boeing 757’s on its two routes from Paris to the USA – twice a day to Newark and four times a week to Washington. The 757’s are divided into 4 cabins with the forward two equipped with the Biz Bed and the rear two with the Biz Seat. The Biz bed is the original BA mainline Club World bed recovered and smartened up but still essentially the award winning product that BA introduced a good few years ago.
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