Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time

Ten Things You Need to Know about Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor  Anyone planning a visit to a new all-inclusive resort knows the feeling of euphoria giving way to dread. You’ve made a massive investment in a leap into the unknown. Sure, it looks super nice on the website. But you have made the mistake of reading the one-star reviews on TripAdvisor and now you think you’re all paying through the nose to s...
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Five Things to do in Wiltshire

  Wiltshire is a destination county. With parts in both the Cotswolds and the West Country, it has a unique feel: bucolic, elegant and largely unspoilt. It is home to Britain’s most important ancient historic monument, some of England’s prettiest villages and the grandest of stately homes. An obvious number one, Stonehenge simply...
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Five Romantic Villas to Propose to Your Loved One

Making a marriage proposal ranks right up there as one of life’s most exciting yet nerve-wracking experiences. Once you have decided to pop the question, where soon becomes a pressing query. It’s essential to make sure you’ve found the perfect place to hear that one word “yes”. As fuel for the imagination, here are five gorgeous places for lovers. ...
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The Best Ever Travel Pillow Trtl


  Let me be clear. I have tried A LOT of travel pillows. I think we all know what the majority of them are like. That strange bean bag texture. Or alternately sagging and hard in all the wrong places. So I was excited to trial the Trtl pillow and I wasn't disappointed. Soft and fleecy yet reinforced enough for support, it has a range of diff...
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Top 2016 Destinations for Shopping and Adventure in the Middle East and Europe

DSC00638  After a recent first time trip to Kuwait, it's been fun to return to writing about destinations in the Middle East. I've had the pleasure of travelling all over the Persian Gulf, including three years living in Muscat and multiple trips to the UAE, but Dubai remains the stand-out option for family fun and winter sun. Dubai has been firml...
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Chalet Toit du Monde, Val d’Isere, France

chalet toit du mondeThis is the second in my series on stunning winter chalets for Passepartout Homes, the go-to global site for luxury holiday accommodation and corporate retreats. Of all the desirable French skiing locations, perhaps none is more iconic than Val D’Isere. With settlements dating back at least to the seventeenth century, and a key role in European sk...
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The perfect chalet in the Rhodope Mountains for Passepartout Homes

Villa GellaThis is the first of two feature articles for the wonderful Passepartout Homes about their exceptional villa offerings. Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains have justifiably found their place on the global ski map in recent years, thanks to an unusual and appealing combination of reliably fantastic winter conditions, great value and compelling folk histor...
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Tips and Tricks for Visiting Miraflores Lock, Panama Canal

DSC00063There are, of course, plenty of ways to visit the Panama Canal for the first time. We were approaching from the Pacific side, and wanted to get up close after several passes over the Bridge of the Americas. The Panama Canal celebrated its 100th birthday last year. Of the three locks dotting its Pacific to Atlantic span, Miraflores is by far the mo...
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Five Luxury Stocking Fillers for Passepartout Homes

Just as the pre-Christmas season seems to extend annually, so too do the range of tantalising retail options available during November and December. It can be difficult to unpick truly luxurious items of lasting quality, particularly when shopping for appealing stocking fillers rather than sure-fire large items. It is also surprisingly easy to fal...
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Shopping Highlights of Umbria

NorcineriaAlways a pleasure to write about shopping, especially for the wonderful Passepartout Homes When thinking of the shopping possibilities in Umbria, one of Italy’s most picturesque regions, the strongest association for most people are the local food and drink specialities. Umbria has several celebrated wines, including Orvieto and Sangiovese. The re...
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