Stephen Bailey

On a mission to improve quality and sustainability in travel. Deeper. Better. Different. Multi award-winning travel writer, former newspaper travel editor. 300+ print articles from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Plus a few books.

Inside the Pink Palace of the Amalfi Coast

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Meet Mariella and Attilia Avino, two of the three sisters behind the iconic Pink Palace of the Amalfi Coast. Officially known as Palazzo Avino, it’s one of Italy’s most celebrated five-star properties and it’s now also home to the Pink Closet, a fashion museum of travel memories. Here the sisters talk history, location and new creative …

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This divine Vicenza hotel was created by legendary architect Andrea Palladio

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Andrea Palladio is widely considered the finest Western architect of the 16th century. Northern Italy is dotted with his villas and palaces, showcasing a style that went on to influence design both within and outside Italy.  Tours of Northern Italy visit many of his works, including churches in Venice and villas in Veneto. His work …

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For epic marine life, this is the premier Maldives resort

Marine encounters come as standard on most Maldives holidays. This is an Indian Ocean archipelago of private islands, so to swim and snorkel is part of the experience for almost everyone.  But there’s a big difference between snorkeling past a few fish and swimming with manta rays. And guests at Anantara Kihavah don’t even need …

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This remarkable South American rainforest lodge is not in the Amazon

Mashpi effortlessly blends into the Ecuadorian forest, a luxury cocoon that submerges guests in the country’s astonishing biodiversity. Yet it is not located in the Amazon. It’s actually closer to the capital city Quito than the famous rainforest, meaning it’s a very accessible slice of wilderness. Situated on a plateau and fully enveloped by the …

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Ecotourism? Rwanda Has Been Leading the Way for a Decade

In the heart of Africa, there’s a tiny country that is leading the way in terms of sustainability and ecotourism. In the lead up to COP26, many big countries have been touting their ecotourism credentials. Rwanda has been leading the way since before it was fashionable. But you might know it only because of genocide. …

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Canoe New Zealand’s Whanganui River

The Whanganui River twists over a hundred kilometres through New Zealand’s North Island, connecting a volcano with the coast. Along the way, there are no villages, no settlements, not even any roads. Canoeing the Whanganui means embracing the silence, the solitude and feeling everything unwind as you drift down the river. The classic Whanganui canoeing …

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