Sri Lanka – Arabella On Boossa

A luxury boutique beachfront hotel evoking the traditional Sri Lankan tropical Bawa style of architecture with a unique yet spacious contemporary and minimalist interior is the perfect family friendly place to stay when visiting Galle.

Arabella on Boossa is a stunning 8-room boutique beachfront property, designed with comfort and understated leisure in mind. We had the pleasure of staying for a week in the largest room in the house located on the third floor, just above the second shared living room. Room 8 is a large bedroom with a white 4-poster bed frame, lounge area and enough space to neatly fit 3 extra beds for the kids. This room also comes with a large balcony with gorgeous views of the hotel pool, garden and the beach.

The true identity of this property is that the Australian owner has taken into consideration their guests every need and maximized the space to reflect that. Some of the family suites offer bunk beds and loft-style makeshift floors with a ladder utilizing the space to its fullest. Young children are specifically catered for with well though out food, (including delicious) ice-cream options and pool and garden entertainment activities, including a daily creative arts table for late afternoon while the parents relax in the garden or pool.

The main eating area is at the side of the hotel – an all-open space where breakfast served with a morning breeze is simply wonderful. The menu offers traditional Sri Lanka cuisine along with the usual western favorites and a kids menu too.

The whole hotel is ordained with white sofas, modern ornaments and groups of glass vases stacked with large green tropical leaves. Most of the day, the common doors are left open so the sea breeze fills the air and you can hear the sounds of the waves crashing. It’s a peaceful and comfortable property, which immediately feels like home.

Arabella on Boossa is located 10 minutes from Galle a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle is a truly multi-cultural town, filled with hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, shops and especially in the evening and nights is teeming with tourists. Tuk Tuk’s or private cars are available to take you anywhere you wish to visit and the colonial Galle train station is nearby. Personally we enjoyed taking tuk tuks everywhere even though 5 people was a bit of a squeeze in the back, but the kids found it highly entertaining and occupied themselves by counting all the multi-colored tuk tuks we passed along the way

Here's our list of family things to do while in Galle:

Surf Lessons – We signed the kids up to a surf school, which was close by to the hotel. It’s literally a shack on the beach with local surfer dudes as the teachers. The staff gave the kids a quick run though the moves before taking them into the sea, staying by their side the entire time. My son didn’t last too long in the water as when the sea is choppy its pretty exhausting not to mention you spend a lot of time under the waves, but my eldest got to grips with it straight away and considering she has no fear and a personality where she is determined to do what she puts her mind too, she stayed in for hours. While the kids had their lesson, we enjoyed freshly squeezed juices on the beach.

Galle Lighthouse is a nice spot for a walk along the city walls and a perfect place to enjoy an ice cream. A must, Insta-worthy photo stop too!

Galle Town – inside the Galle town walls are alleyways of shops, restaurants and bars. The architecture and interior is a mix of British colonial and Dutch influence while remarkably, within a few square meters of each other you can find places of worship from all the main religions.

Take a train to Walligama and hang out the open window and doors… don’t worry its pretty safe and a cool way to ride the train

A day at Unawatuna Beach – white sands, surfing and lunch spots on the sand. A literal beach paradise and a magnet for backpackers

Japanese Peace Pagoda – we hired a tuk tuk driver for the morning and visited the famous round Buddhist temple which sits upon a hill with views of the coast. While the temple was nice, the kids enjoyed exploring the secret beach at the bottom of the hill. A downward hike through bushes and many steps opens up onto a secret beach with tree swings and a café. Its fun to do but its not the beach I would go to as I certainly wouldn’t fancy carrying a family of five with beach paraphernalia up and down that hike!

Stilt fisherman – spot the fisherman sitting on the stilts in the water catching fish. An old, antiquated method of fishing that still holds its charm.

Turtle sanctuary – a top tourist spot but worth it as the money they receive goes towards supporting the local wildlife and helping rehabilitate the turtles.

Fruit Market – I enjoyed visiting the many stalls of fresh fruit, all laid out neatly providing an array of bright colors – the naughty side of me wanted to pull out an apple from the bottom of the pile just to watch the entire stack crumble, but instead I picked the ones on the top of the pile just so I didn’t leave a dent in their proud, product display master piece!


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Ten Things To Do In Cape Town

Its all here - the views, the wine, the lifestyle, the outdoors adventures, the people, and the palpable energy – I just love everything about Cape Town.

I’m not one to humblebrag but I am fortunate enough to have been to Cape Town 5 times – a couple of visits due to the hospitality of my South African friends, twice for friends wedding, and once earlier this year for a crazy friend’s 40th birthday (now that’s another story for another blog!).

For this post I’m going to mix all my trips together and share with you my favorite top ten highlights.

1. Wine Country – you cannot visit CT and not take a trip to Stellenbosch or Franschoek (Africa’s Napa Valley). An hour’s drive from CT and you will be transported into another world, a world offering stunning views of mountains and wine valleys that go on for miles with tranquility and luxury all coming together in one magical place. And lets not forget the food and wine. Even a small bed and breakfast will blow you away with their quality of fresh food and homegrown wine. Franschoek Valley is arguably the most historic, beautiful and captivating town in the Cape Winelands. Below are a few of our favorite locations - all offering award-winning cuisine, wines and luxury accommodation:






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2. Whale-Watching - Unless you view it live, the experience of humpback whales giving birth on the shores of Hermanus cannot truly be explained by words. This was the most surreal moment I have ever witnessed, seeing so many whales close to the shore – a sight I will never forget.  As we sat with the crowds of people on the bay walls, we literally witnessed the whales giving birth. The noise echoed while the sea changed to red. Hermanus, particularly Walker Bay, are the mating and breeding grounds during the winter and spring months. Every September you get to witness the birth of this wonderful mammal.

Hermanus has been recognized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale-watching destinations in the world.  Adding to the vibe are a lot of funky places to eat and lots of space for kids to run around.

3. Climbing Table Mountain – 9 out of 10 South Africans love their sport and are obsessed with outdoor activities, so while I was staying with my friend she took me to enjoy the views from the top of Table Mountain. However she made my husband and I walk up – yep that’s right, from the bottom to the top – 2 hours plus. For the fit and crazy people, there are a few great trails that you can follow to the top of the mountain but be careful, as some take a lot longer than others. But don’t worry as once you’re at the top, your head will be in the clouds, literally! If you’re going with kids, take the cable car and enjoy a bite to eat at the top while taking in the breathtaking 360-degree views.

4. Paragliding off the top of Signal Hill - something I have always wanted to do. However, if you’re an adrenaline junkie then this maybe too tame for you. My tandem buddy was very sweet, gliding over the wonderful views pointing my Go-Pro in the best directions. The whole thing lasted about 20 minutes and instead of being edgy, it’s actually very peaceful and relaxing and a wonderful way to capture the essence of Cape Town.

Watch my video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YESQgzDYA6I&t=3s 

5. Up close and personal with the penguins at Boulders Beach – there are so many picturesque beaches in Cape Town yet there’s nothing like beautiful Boulders Beach where you can sit on the beach surrounded by a colony of African Penguins. These little penguins are pretty cool and not shy. Watch the little guys waddle around in their own habitat and kids especially will thoroughly enjoy the experience.  There is a cute snack place if you need to get a sandwich, I hear the cheese and tomato is a local favorite!

There’s a conservation fee of around R65 per person

6.  Foodie Scene - the food in CT is not only yummy and healthy but it’s extremely affordable.  My top restaurants would be:

  •  The Test Kitchen – top restaurant in CT – book way in advance as its near impossible to get a booking but luckily we know the owners so drop us a line and we could help you out!
  • The Pot Luck Club – sharing Tapas
  • Black Sheep Restaurant
  • The Bungalow
  • Tashas – V&A Waterfront – same menu as Dubai but a fraction of the price!
  • Kloof Street House
  • Asoka
  • The Silo – located in V&A it’s a modern and exclusive hotel. You must go visit the Silo Rooftop bar for panoramic views of the city and a swanky dinner and drinks, but you need to book a table in advance and the dress code is a must.
  • Tintswalo Atlantic – a dining room which leads out onto an expansive wooden deck, where you can enjoy stunning ocean views

7. Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve - where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. It’s a scenic ride through the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula. Again words would not do this place justice – awe-inspiring! I don’t think this is a trip for little kids.

8. Helicopter Ride– this was my first time in a helicopter and it didn’t disappoint. I had always been fascinated with them so I jumped at the chance. My friend and I chatted in each others head-set as we went from Cape Town to Cape Point, flying over Table Mountain right down the coast with the Atlantic on one side and the Indian ocean on the other.  If you have the time and the budget, then definitely put this on your CT bucket list.

9. Stay in Camps Bay – with so many lovely hotels in the city and on the coast you are literally spoilt for choice. However I have to admit, I prefer to rent a private villa in the beautiful area of Camps Bay, which is situated up the hill on one side of Table Mountain while over-looking the sea and the Twelve Apostles mountains. Earlier this year we rented a stunning house for our friends 40th – with 9 bedrooms, a large balcony and a swimming pool we witnessed the most amazing sunsets and sunrises you could ever imagine:


There is one hidden gem in CT, which I will share with you called Tintswalo Atlantic – an award-winning lodge perched on a pebbled beach at the foot of the Table Mountain National Park, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I would however recommend this for couples rather than families.

Tip – If you can't stay here, do go for sunset drinks or dinner – it has the best sunset views you could wish for


10. Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront – a buzzing area with lots of cute restaurants and bars. As a little-added extra you can spot the seals come into the waterfront near the boats. Check out The Silo Hotel and museum. You can be sure to catch some local performers raising the roof.

Well, that’s the list so far, but trust me, it's not set in stone as I certainly plan on going back – a couple of great excursions next on my bucket list:

1. A visit to the famous Robben Island. The island was once a prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

2. Swimming with great whites  – even though I will be more scared of the water being so cold than being in a cage with a great white in front of me!

3. Using CT as a base to either go on game reserves and a safari or go up and down the much vaunted Garden Route – a gorgeous drive to Port Elizabeth that the locals swear by.

So, this place has everything: from drinking too much wine to jumping off mountains and everything in between. I can’t recommend enough, especially for the foodies and the outdoor/adventure traveller.


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Big Sur California

Located at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains, equal parts American legend and natural wonder, Big Sur is one of the most magical places on Earth. As you drive along the highway hugging the edge of the continent, you quickly come to understand the allure of this iconic destination.

Drive the Big Sur LA to Napa Valley. Enjoying a couple of nights in LA staying at Montage Beverly Hills. https://www.montagehotels.com/beverlyhills/

Then start your road trip south along Pacific Coast Highway to Orange County staying at Montage Laguna Beach.

Then head North to San Francisco and Napa Valley.

Vacation Route

Fly into LA airport

LA – Orange Country- Monterey – San Francisco – Napa Valley

Fly out of SF airport.

Day 1 - Fly into Los Angeles and stay at the Montage Beverly Hills. Ideally located in the heart of Los Angeles, Montage Beverly Hills is an elegant retreat set amid the city’s most exciting and sophisticated pleasures.

Day 2 - Take the day to relax and to experience LA at its finest – a shopping and foodie heaven 

Day 3 - Enjoy a day at Universal Studios

Day 4 - Your car will be waiting at the hotel all you have to do is put the roof down and enjoy the drive down the coastal road known as the BIG SUR heading South to Orange County staying at The Montage Laguna Beach https://www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach/

This resort offers great excursions the entire family can enjoy such as whale watching and dolphin safari; you can also enjoy the educational marine life school or if you fancy something a little cooler enroll in the surf school

Day 5 to Day 7 - Spend the day at Disneyland / Sea world / Lego Land which are approx. 20 mins away or a shopping excursion to South Coast Plaza

Day 8 - The Big Sur drive continues but now you head north towards San Francisco along the coast road and end up in Napa Valley for a culinary experience.

Route:  Laguna Beach – LA – Malibu – Santa Monica – San Francisco

Check into the Ventana Big Sur – An Alila Hotel which is an exclusive luxury resort amid 160-forested acres on the Pacific Coast. https://www.ventanabigsur.com/

Day 9 and Day 10 - Experience the great outdoors at Ventana and all its outdoor sporting activities

Day 11 - Drive through to Monterey 

No California coastal itinerary is complete without a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Considered one of the world’s great aquariums and a global leader in ocean research and conservation, this is the place that inspired the setting for Pixar’s Finding Dory and the BBC’s “Big Blue Live” – and was featured in HBO’s “Big Little Lies”. The Aquarium’s 322,000 square feet showcase Pacific Ocean habitats with acclaimed marine exhibits such as the three-story living Kelp Forest, million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, and a two-story home for its cutest inhabitants, charismatic sea otters that are the unofficial mascot of the central coast. Dramatic oceanfront decks offer views of passing whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea otters.

If there is a single most popular image of Big Sur, it is probably of the 80 foot falls seen from this trail as McWay Creek cascades onto the sandy shore. The trail is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park and provides both southern and northern coastal views.

Drive to Napa Valley and stay at one of the below luxury resorts to enjoy the culineray experince and the wonderful outdoor activities on offer:

Auberge du Soleil https://aubergeresorts.com/aubergedusoleil/

This is a little piece of Provence overlooking the sun-drenched vineyards of California’s foremost wine region. An understated French influence shines through in everything from the Mediterranean inspired Michelin starred restaurant to the light flooded rooms and their natural colored interiors.

Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort https://aubergeresorts.com/calistogaranch/

It’s all about outdoor living at Calistoga Ranch, which is set among the trees next to a private lake. The lodges’ fit in perfectly with the surrounding but carry an understated luxurious feel.

Drive to San Francisco for a few days before flying out.

Total 14 days 


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Sailing Croatia

Spend your time in Croatia discovering hidden natural beauties while sailing the stunning Adriatic coast. The below 7 day itinerary is just one version of what we can arrange for you. This itinerary isn't too demanding and allows you to perfectly balance days of lazing on the deck and swimming in crystal clear sea with active days exploring medieval towns, indulging in local specialties in luxury restaurants along the coast, and hiking Dalmatian rugged mountains.



You’ve spent the day before exploring Solit old town and the SUNESCO World Heritage sites. Today you start your sailing adventure. Settle into the boat as we head for the picturesque island of Solta. Here you can enjoy watersports and paddleboard on the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. Enjoy sunset on the boat and then visit the island to sample Croatian cuisine.



After breakfast and a morning swim, we head to the island of Vis. Vis Town is an explorer’s dream and its where they filmed Mama Mia 2. It takes about 20 minutes to walk around the harbour to Kut, the oldest and prettiest part, where most people stay.

Wander historic castles, stroll the mountainous landscape, or simply laze on deck before heading out for cocktails.


We set sail for the picture-perfect town of Komiza on the opposite side of Vis Island. Enjoy lunch at one of their many stunning restaurants then back to the boat to spend the afternoon swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise water or you can also take this chance to see the Blue Grotto and Green Caves.



We arrive at the stunning Pakleni Islands, The Pakleni Islands are located just off the southeast coast of Hvar island, and if you’ve ever stood on Hvar’s famous Riva promenade or climbed to the top of the fortress in Hvar Town, then you’ve undoubtedly made eyes with this chain of isles. Pakleni is home to 17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests. Head to dinner on Palmižana Island.



Spend the afternoon on one of the oldest towns in Europe, meander its cobbled pathways and try mouth-watering Dalmatian cuisine! If you’re in the mood for a party, you’re just a short ride over the island to Hvar Town for a night to remember.– and fantastic nightlife!


Start the day gently with a wake-up swim in the turquoise waters before a full day on the water. Expect lots of sailing, and enjoy watersports –Into Brac for dinner.


Enjoy a lazy morning topping on the boat with a lovely lunch as we return to the marina.

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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Jan 2022


Our luxury Gorilla Trek experiences in Uganda and Rwanda

The ultimate primate experience, trek through local villages and lush rainforests with the breathtaking reward of finding yourself in the company of a family of gorillas. One of Africa's major highlights, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to approximately half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, the world's most endangered ape. A close encounter with these amazing animals is not soon forgotten.

Staying with the USP of Unique Family Travels our gorilla trekking experience will be targeted at the luxury traveller - staying at the most exclsuisve properties across both Uganda and Rwanda.

We are kicking off the new year 22 with a trip to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda.




Watch one of our clients in Uganda with the gorillas:  https://youtu.be/hy6lp3Mm-Kk



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Explore Siem Reap In A Week

Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. 

With a reputation for excellence among Siem Reap hotels, Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor beautifully captures the region’s rich history while offering every modern luxury. Traditional Khmer architecture is complemented by elegant teak and basalt accents, echoing the ancient temples nearby.
Located close to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Tonlé Sap Lake, it’s an ideal base to explore the wonders of the region. Siem Reap’s lively markets, galleries and thriving restaurant and nightlife scene are also just streets away.


Day 1 – Enjoy the stunning grounds of the property after check in and venture to the Angkor Night Market

Day 2 - Take a Temple tour with a private guide
Set out early and explore Angkor Wat at sunrise and Ta Prohm. Then travel to Victory Gate of Angkor Thom, through the parkland behind the terrace of the ElephantsWalk past Phimeanakas and the Baphuon temple before ending at Bayon.

Day 3 – A horse trail offering countryside trail rides from sunrise to sunset. You will go on a journey to places that are otherwise unreachable, through local countryside villages, scenic rice fields and tourist free temple ruins. An authentic taste of the real Khmer lifestyle viewed from horseback.

Day 4 – Monastery Experience in Siem Reap
Tour includes:
· Get a peek into the life of a monk in this monastery
· Visit the temple where the monks pray
· Learn about the daily activities and practices of the monks
· Participate in meditation
· Experience a traditional good luck water blessing

Half-day sunset tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Bike the Angkor temples and country roads of Siem Reap its most beautiful time of day, in the afternoon leading up to sunset. This cycle tour allows you to experience a different side of Siem Reap and Angkor, finishing up with a sunset dragon boat ride, local treats and refreshments.

Day 5 – A boat tour to Kompong Khleang floating village. This tour takes guests to Kompong Khleang, the largest floating village in Siem Reap province. Located about 55km outside of the city, the villages are home to over 10,000 people, many of whom have been living here for generations. The tour staffs comes from the village and are part of a non-profit that works in the community and enjoys a particularly close relationship with community members. Rather than coming as tourists you are able to visit the village as friends.

Day 6 –Simple but flavorsome, Cambodian cuisine makes use of fresh fish from the Mekong and an abundance of Asian spices. Immerse yourself in Siem Reap’s culinary heritage as you enjoy a cooking class with a local chef in a typical Cambodian village, and enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch of traditional Khmer cuisine.

Day 7 – Relax at the hotel before you leave for the airport.


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72 Hours In Montenegro

Montenegro is a petite country in the south-east of Europe, next to Croatia and opposite of Italy. It is sitting on the Adriatic Sea and has a Mediterranean energy.

Porto Montenegro is one of the best tourist investments on the Montenegrin coast in the last 25 years, and  today represents a real example of one of the most beautiful destinations in Montenegro. Luxury packaged in a beautiful Mediterranean style, Porto Montenegro represents one of the most prestigious marinas on the Adriatic Sea.

Day 1 Porto Montenegro


Arrive at Tivat airport in Montenegro and head straight to Boka Bay, the largest natural harbor in the eastern Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its picturesque shoreline of rugged mountains hugged by ancient hamlets and sandy beaches slipping into the Adriatic waters is absolutely breathtaking.

Check into the stunning Regent Porto Montenegro which is positioned perfectly on the marina offering stunning views. Spend your first day enjoying the marina, restaurants and shopping.



Day 2  Tivat – Kotor – Njegusi - Cetinje 


Rent a car and head 10 kilometers towards the old town of Kotor. Walk around the old piazzas and through the narrow streets which is a UNESCO heritage site. Walking around you will spot the famous walls which is a trademark  of the town. You can walk along the walls which will take you approx. 1 hour and provide stunning views.


From Kotor head towards Cetinje taking the road less travelled which is the old road with over 25 serpentine bends, offering a breathe taking view of the Bay of Kotor.

Leaving the seaside vibe you will now arrive in the mountains at the village of Njegusi where the sea and mountain climates collide. This is the birth place of the Ruler and Prince Bishop of Montenegro, Patar II Petrovic Njegos (1813 – 1851)

Your first stop must be lunch at a family restaurant with a century long tradition “Kod Pera na Bukovicu” and also try out the prosciutto and cheese.

If your physically fit this is where you can climb Mount Lovcen at an altitude of 1.660 meters which can be reached by climbing 461 steps!


Continue on your drive to Cetinje, the spiritual capital of Montenegro and home to the Royal castle, museums and monasteries.

35 minutes past Cetinie is Budva famous for its beautiful beaches, great restaurants and fun nightlife.


Day 3  Budva – Bar – Ulcinj – Ostros - Podgorica


Enjoy the morning in Budva where the celebrities like to stay and make time to visit the unique island hotel Sveti Stefan.


Leaving behind Budva you head towards Bar the largest coastal town in Montenegro. Enjoy the area and then make your way to the old town of Bar which preserves the spirit of old Turkish towns, paved with stone.


Continue your journey to the south towards Ulcinj down the coastal road and head towards the old town. Here you will hear tales about the pirates and Cervantes, a prisoner of the dungeon. Walk around Ada Bojana the place where the River Bojana meets the sea and stop for lunch at one of the many wonderful restaurants offering gastronomic experiences.


Take the old road to Ostros the picturesque route to Podgorica the capital of Montenegro. Drive along the shore of Lake Skadar which is the largest lake in the Balkans and visit the scenic town of Virpazar, shortly you will reach Podgorica.


Hotel - Regent Porto Montenegro 



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As an avid traveler, pre and post my three children, and a lover of boutique hotels, I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively, stay at unique properties and take adventures off the beaten track.

I've been lucky to see and enjoy so much that I think now is the perfect time to share my travel experiences, so I have created Unique Family Travel - a company where my team and I can develop bespoke, wonderful and unique travel experiences for you and your family. I can guarantee our experiences aren't available on the likes of large booking websites as we take you on a tailored journey which caters to your specific needs.

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