Visiting Barbados Again After 10 Years

Barbados has changed. Confused and dismayed, these were the words that thrummed through my head as I stood in a dusty carpark. Behind me were the beautiful coloured cottages known as the ‘Chattle village’, a quaint array of houses in traditional Bajan architecture known as the ‘chattle’ house. This was a spot that always filled… Read More

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Birdwatching in the Koofung Forest Park, The Gambia

Our lodge in The Gambia (Footsteps Eco-Lodge) was perched upon the edge of a protected area of forest known as the Koofung Forest Park. As a result, it was a renowned spot for birdwatching. Now, I’m going to be totally honest here. I have never ever seen the appeal of birdwatching. There I said it!… Read More

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Expedition to Brikama Town in The Gambia

We woke up to another day of paradise in The Gambia. The sun filtered down through the canopy of vibrant trees, dappling the footpath ahead of us as we made our way to breakfast. Footsteps Eco-Lodge was proving to be a very friendly place to stay. Last night, dinner was served for us at a… Read More

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Our Journey to The Gambia’s Secluded Beach

“The closest ATM is in Brikama town.” The woman at the Western Union counter explained. It was the only store that closely resembled a bank in the village of Gunjur. Gunjur was our nearest village, situated a few kilometres from the ocean and out of view from the main road. A few quaint, colourful shops… Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020

Gunjur to Serrekunda: A Taste of The Gambia

My first morning in The Gambia had been spent relaxing in the scorching 40 degree Celsius sun and gorging on delicious food at our eco-lodge. It had been a welcome start to our 4 day retreat to Africa’s smiling coast. Although we had arrived last night, we had decided against picking up our rental car… Read More

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

A Gambian Hotel with a Difference: Footsteps Eco-Lodge

The room was silent, the gentle humming of the fan that we put on the night before now resting. The electricity created by the solar panels the following day must have run out. The only sounds to rouse me from my peaceful slumber was the combination of the sweeping of a broom against a hard… Read More

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Finding Paradise in Banana Lama Eco-Villas, Dominica

Through the slatted cedar panels, light filtered into our villa. Birdsong was all around us, muffled slightly by the splashing of fresh spring water against rock as the river raged on in the near-distance. I watched a green scaled head as it bobbed slightly, perched between two wooden slats in the door. With a sharp… Read More

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Delicious Food and Roof-Top Views at Café Luna

Imagine a restaurant that serves high-quality local food. A restaurant with gorgeous views of the cyan ocean with lazy palms swaying in the foreground. A restaurant lit up by dozens of fairy lights turning it into a magical little hideout. Now imagine this restaurant is on top of your hotel. That’s Café Luna! A Bajan… Read More

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Unwinding in Paradise at Little Arches Boutique Hotel, Barbados

Barbados has a special place in my heart. It’s somewhere where I know I can relax, giving in to island bliss. It’s an island bordered by golden-sand beaches which seem to stretch on forever and perched upon those idyllic beaches are an array of restaurants and hotels. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit this paradise… Read More

Thursday, 3 October 2019