Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

The Fabulous Creatures of Herathera Island, Maldives

Maldives bat 2After an unforgettable eleven days spent gambolling around with hermit crabs, lizards and other fascinating fauna, I felt prompted to write an article about the unsung heroes of the Maldives: the animals that you find on land. The sealife, as I have written about elsewhere, is undeniably world-class and utterly beguiling, but it is a shame to let i...
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A Very Warm Herathera Island Resort Welcome

Summer 2012 170I don't just mean the weather, either. After a really thrilling 10 minute speedboat ride from Gan airport, which felt nowhere near long enough even after the best part of a day traveling with two small children, we arrived at our island home for the next eleven days. The staff who efficiently collected us from the airport and escorted us by car do...
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Luxury Adventures: Herathera Island Resort

I'm putting all the finishing touches together in preparation for my trip to Herathera Island Resort in the Maldives. The resort essentially comprises the whole island and there's plenty of things that I will be writing about over the coming weeks, from the local culture to the spa, the restaurants, to, of course, the incredible marine life. ...
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Brunch in Dubai

Atlantis DubaiAny visitor to, or resident of, Dubai will let you know that Friday brunch is both a national institution and a major treat. I wrote a guide to this interesting cultural phenomenon for Travel Culture Magazine, grounded particularly in my experiences with my family at the crazily OTT Ritz-Carlton "Splendido" brunch. We were staying at Atlantis The P...
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Highlights of Pula, Sardinia

Pula 2Sardinia has long been recognised as a gem of the Mediterranean. Southern Sardinia is perhaps lesser-known thanks to the Northern enticements of Alghero and the Costa Smeralda, which is a pity, because the stunning small town of Pula risks being overlooked. I was prompted to write an article detailing its highlights for Got Saga. Pula's main squ...
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Great Hoteliers' Stories: Shibden Mill Inn, one of the Great Inns of Britain

Shibden Mill Inn main imageEver since I had the pleasure of meeting Simon Heaton, who owns the historic Shibden Mill Inn in West Yorkshire with his wife Caitlin, I’ve been keen to tell the story of his involvement with the establishment. The Shibden Mill Inn dates back to the seventeenth century, when it was a corn mill, powered by Red Beck, which still flows past the front ...
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Villa Karalis Two: The Sardinia Villa Collection

Villa Karalis Two 1The Sardinia Villa Collection represents a diverse portfolio, with the common thread of quality, concierge service and bespoke elements. During our recent stay at Villa Karalis Two, we were particularly grateful for all the careful touches for small children, from beach towels to movies. You can even ask in advance for baby food and diapers to be p...
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Villa Dei Pini

Villa dei Pini 1I’ve just returned from an exceptional press trip to Sardinia, where I’ve learned so much about an incredible island’s history, anthropology, cuisine and bespoke travel options. There is plenty that I want to write but first of all I have to rave about one of the most extraordinary holiday homes that I have ever visited, Villa Dei Pini, part of The...
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The Sardinia Villa Collection: Deals

I am looking forward to writing  a few features about Southern Sardinia over the next days and weeks, but was keen initially to draw readers' attention to some time-specific offers that are available now at the gorgeous Sardinia Villa Collection. Villa Verde, Porto Rotondo, offers a 40% discount on dates between late June and early July 2012.With s...
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Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire with the Great Inns of Britain

I used to visit Fountain's Abbey as a young girl in Yorkshire, and it was a privilege to return to this haunting and incredibly well-preserved site with the Great Inns of Britain and Historic Hotels of Europe. Got Saga published my piece about this extraordinary 800 year old Cistercian abbey complex, which is now also Yorkshire's first world herita...
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