Google 'safaris in Kenya' and you will be faced with incredibly beautiful and tasteful offerings from this vast and diverse country. I decided to go with a family-run company that had conservation at its heart - a decision that was to be one of the best I could have made for our family's first foray into Africa. By Susan Harte
If you're planning to explore the towering forts and bustling bazaars of Jaipur, the rugged pink city seeded with old-world charm, this converted hotel in the Samode Palace is a most wonderful respite, 40km from all urban chaos. By Natasha Gammell.
A guide to some of the top palaces to stay in India .
Make like a maharaja or maharani by staying at one of the royal abodes, summer palaces or grand forts of past and present Indian royalty. Whether you spend your long days gazing through a marble arch at the exotic outside world, lying upon a four-poster bed, relaxing on a chaise longue atop a leopard-skin rug, indulging in ayurveda or sipping high-tea; consider your fairytale dreams a reality. These are the most opulent stays on the planet. You’re welcome. By Natasha Gammell.