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The latest interviews, news and reviews from our most recent travels and those of our extended network of friends and guests. Read our latest press coverage and discover the people, places and stories that inspire us.

14 September 2017

Introducing: Africa 2018/19

With a host of new and unique luxury lodges and hotels, a greater number of internal flights, and offerings that range from safari excursions to secluded beach retreats, it’s safe to say we're excited to launch our Africa 2018/19 portfolio.

13 September 2017

Introducing: Luxury Ski & Snow 2017/18

Showcasing new additions and ski travel trends across Europe and North America.

13 September 2017

Introducing: Indian Ocean & Arabia 2018/19

From adult-only hotspots to all-inclusive island retreats, exciting new openings to fresh renovations, we reveal all you need to know to make the most of the Indian Ocean and Arabia in the coming year.

12 September 2017

Introducing: Caribbean, Bermuda & Mexico 2018/19

Sun-draped, exotic destinations and impossibly luxurious hotels are just a taste of what's new to our Caribbean portfolio this year. As well as the new, we're still sporting our old favourites who have even more to offer.

16 May 2017

Explore the wonders of North and South New Zealand

For a road trip into the great outdoors, New Zealand’s wilderness is vast and varied. From snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and spectacular waterfalls to glistening bays, silent fjords, lush wineries and some seriously great places to stay along ...

24 April 2017

Barbados: Our top 5 properties

For a small island, Barbados is big on luxury. Not short of five stars, we've picked our luxury standout hotels for 2017.

20 April 2017

Barbados: A taste of the island

From fresh, local seafood served at beachside shacks to elegant, chic eateries ideal for romantic meals, Barbados is peppered with an array of charming restaurants.

20 April 2017

Barbados: The Year of Sport

2017 has been tipped as Barbados' 'Year of Sports'. We've rounded up the upcoming sporting events the island has to offer, including polo, water sports and horse-riding.

20 April 2017

Barbados: A melting-pot of memories

Doing nothing comes easily on this relaxed Caribbean island where turtles nest, palms rustle and the sound of steel-pans fill the air. But with endless experiences to be had, activities to get stuck into and places to visit, Barbados calls to ...

09 March 2017

Top 10 All-Inclusive Family Hotels

Going on holiday with your family is the perfect opportunity to relax and spend quality time together. So why not experience a luxury getaway where everything is completely taken care of? Our curated selection of hotels and resorts that offer ...

08 March 2017

Top 10 Family Hotels

Choosing the right hotel is essential when creating the perfect family getaway; whether you’re looking for an action-packed resort offering endless exhilarating adventures or a private, low-key luxury villa where parents have space to relax and ...

28 February 2017

Top 10 rooms for families

From the best interconnecting rooms to entire villas and chalets, we've handpicked the finest luxury rooms, suites and villas for you and your family with space, location and benefits in mind.

24 February 2017

Vive la difference!

Travel writer, Lydia Gard, explains how travelling with children doesn't mean that you should have to sacrifice adventure or style.

19 December 2016

Top 10 all-time favourite health and wellbeing escapes

Going on holiday is the perfect opportunity to escape the stressful nature of our daily lives and take a little ‘me time’. So, when it comes to booking a holiday, why not opt for the chance to fully restore your mind, body and soul? From soothing ...

15 December 2016

Top 10 all-time favourites for beach holidays

When we conjure up images of the perfect beach holiday, we often think of a tranquil hideaway which delivers some much needed rest and relaxation. However, no longer just fly-and-flop, a beach getaway can be so much more; from a romantic oasis to an ...

24 October 2016

Top 10 reasons to hit the slopes this winter

With the ski season just around the corner, it’s definitely time to book your ski trip for 2016/17. We have picked out 10 reasons why we think that this winter is the best time to head to the mountains.

17 October 2016

Condé Nast Traveller's Michelle Jana Chan visits Anguilla

"Tiny Anguilla has the best beaches in the Caribbean, no contest. And when it comes to pumping out sunny reggae beats and being a foodie pioneer, it bolts ahead of its bigger brothers."

13 October 2016

Mail on Sunday’s Bel Mooney takes a family holiday to Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

New grandmother Bel Mooney and daughter Kitty Dimbleby team up for a multi-generational break in Greece – and discover it adds to the fun for everyone…

07 October 2016

Bush & beach relaxation in Kenya & the Seychelles

Small touches often make the biggest impact. Miles from the bustle of daily life, travel specialist Lindsey reconnected with nature and was coaxed into relaxation and indulgence at both these retreats. Here, she highlights the exceptional tailored ...

20 September 2016

Paragliding into Six Senses Zighy Bay

Carrier's Product Coordinator Amy tell us all about her exhilarating entrance into the authentic Omani resort.


05 September 2016

Voted 'Favourite Tour Operator'

This month, we are very proud to announce that Carrier was awarded the highly coveted accolade of ‘Favourite Tour Operator’ at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards for the fifth time; more than any other travel company.

02 August 2016

Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief at Harper's BAZAAR and Town & Country visits the Amalfi Coast

“The natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast is legendary – its towering cliffs overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, where the sparkling waves reach out towards the blue horizon and an infinite sky.”

20 June 2016

Mail on Sunday's Tristan Davies visits Bequia Beach Hotel & Coral Reef Club

"A luxurious Caribbean time capsule where they've got the past perfect..."

31 May 2016

Beach Cafe style guide for the Maldives

Regularly appearing in titles such as Vogue, Tatler and Condé Nast Traveller, Beach Cafe are specialists in holiday fashion, scouring the globe for designer swimwear, kaftans and beach dresses from leading brands. Here, they have curated their ...

25 April 2016

How to capture a story

Travel photographer and writer, Steve Davey was a member of the esteemed judging panel for National Geographic Traveller’s annual Photography Competition this year. Here, Carrier finds out a little more about the judging process, Steve’s own journey ...

21 April 2016

Hannah Betts, feature writer for Condé Nast Traveller visits La Réserve Ramatuelle

"I have been fortunate to travel to several life-changing destinations, including Thailand's miraculous Chiva-Som. Nevertheless, nowhere has succeeded in altering my life as seismically as this secret, super-rich haven where the health factor is as ...

21 April 2016

Victoria Mather, Travel Editor at Vanity Fair explores game-changing Angama Mara

"True, Kenya has seen some troubling times. But for many, it inspires a deep and abiding love. For them, nothing could weaken the pull of its transcendent sense of prehistory, its majestic wildlife, and its vast, sheltering sky. Victoria Mather ...

15 April 2016

Destination Wedding

The enduring appeal of the Maldives is instantly recognisable in the vibrant blue lagoons and colourful reefs wrapped around picture-perfect atolls; paradise islands seemingly designed for romance.

15 April 2016

A Royal Visit

The royals have incredible travel opportunities with their worldwide public duties. Last week William and Kate started their tour of the Indian Subcontinent; they have enjoyed lunch with the Indian Prime Minister, taken an open-air safari at ...

15 April 2016

Trending: Portugal

Portugal is known for its pleasant climate, swoon worthy beaches and dramatic coastline. Its spicy peri peri cuisine and the warmth of its people. Portugal is paradise found.

14 April 2016

National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition 2016

This year, Carrier supported National Geographic Traveller’s annual photography competition; from Instagram addicts to visual art fanatics, it attracts some of the best in emerging talent. Here we present the winning shot and some of our favourite ...

14 April 2016

Privileged Access: South Africa

Expect lunch in the home of a celebrity chef, exclusive entry into the best museums and private viewings at renowned art studios.

14 April 2016

Star Wars filming locations

Destinations across the globe have been used to present the spectacular planets that make up the Star Wars universe since 1976 - here we highlight some of our favourites. The third and final instalment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy saw the ...

13 April 2016

The year of Croatia and Montenegro

As firm fixtures on the European travel map, the en-vogue duo of Croatia and Montenegro are packed with beautiful walled cities brimming with culture, history and scenic wonders.

13 April 2016

Mountain top marvelling

Explore Vail’s famous Colorado wilderness with an exclusive two-day adventure arranged by Four Seasons Resort and Residences.

13 April 2016

Yoga under the stars

At the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, a new yoga programme has been introduced that takes inspiration from the revered rituals of the Balinese-Hindus.

12 April 2016

Finnish Lapland

Julie, Carrier's Head of Reservations & Operations, enjoys a snowy adventure with a traditional Finnish Lapland escape and a magical visit to meet Father Christmas.

08 April 2016

Visiting experts...

Artists, authors, athletes and aficionados – increasingly some of the world’s best hotels are teaming up with figureheads outside the realm of travel and inviting them to teach, talk, perform. The aim is to bring one-of-a-kind experiences that defy ...

08 April 2016

Trending: Spain

Spain sizzles. Whether it is because of the year-round sun or fiery flamenco, Spain is a unique, one-of-a-kind place just calling to be explored.

22 March 2016

Traditional Rwandan Dance

Carrier captures a traditional Rwandan dance while on a Gorilla tracking trip in Rwanda.


19 February 2016

Highlights from Oman

Offering an authentic Arabic experience which you may not get from the UAE, Oman retains a traditional look and feel and provides some of the most remarkable backdrops within the Middle East. Our Travel Specialist, Sally has recently returned from ...

18 February 2016

Five reasons to go to Botswana for your next safari

Carrier Sales Consultant, Steph Bates, explains why Botswana is one of her new safari favourites.

29 January 2016

Dipal Archarya , journalist at the Evening Standard's ES Magazine, visits Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia

"We wound our way through the serpentine backwaters of Kilim Forest to catch sight of Langkawi's famous monitor lizards, as kite eagles swooped above our heads."

09 November 2015

Harry Denning, Travel Writer at the Daily Mail, visits Galley Bay & Nonsuch Bay, Antigua

"So relaxing – and romantic – was our week in Antigua that my wife declared it ‘better than our honeymoon’.”

29 September 2015

Find out where...

to get these ringside seats with a view, where every detail has been considered.

28 September 2015

Bodyism in Italy

Nutritionist and personal trainer to film stars and models, James Duigan’s Bodyism concept comes to Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

17 September 2015

Dylan Jones, Editor in chief at GQ visits Miami, Florida

"Once the land of the velvet rope – an art-deco sanctuary for the beautiful, the bronzed and the brash – today Miami is art. Art is everywhere, defining the city, and not just during the massive Art Basel fair."

17 September 2015

Sasha Slater, Deputy Editor of Harper's BAZAAR visits Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Spain

"Often the best hotels aren’t the new ones, but the great old favourites that have built a reputation for beauty, luxury and unparalleled service."

17 September 2015

Emma Kennedy visits COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos and a onefinestay property in New York

“It is quite simply the greatest holiday I have ever had.”

17 September 2015

Claudia Winkleman visits Carlisle Bay, Antigua

“No decisions, no hassle, no stress. Carlisle Bay might be the most relaxing holiday we’ve ever had. The only decision you will have to make is to book it.”

17 September 2015

Vassi Chamberlain, writer for Condé Nast Traveller magazine visits St Barth's

"I’ve spent many days hanging out drinking rum punches on the beach, spying Jay-Z and Beyoncé in the restaurant, Marc Jacobs canoodling with a new boyfriend and Ryan Seacrest turning the music up while the staff weren’t looking…"

15 September 2015

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Happy 10th anniversary to our friends at One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives.


15 September 2015

Justine Picardie, Editor in chief at Harper's BAZAAR visits Positano

Protected by its extraordinary position on the precipitous hillside above the bay, the small town of Positano retains an air of magical and unique exclusivity.

27 August 2015

Heidi Gosman visits One&Only Ocean Club

Heidi Gosman, co-founder of beachwear brand Heidi Klein, recently travelled with Carrier to One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas. The holiday style guru shares highlights from her stay.

21 August 2015

Time For Tea

A meditator, a tradition, a national treasure, a legacy: a cup of tea goes far beyond simple enjoyment.

20 August 2015

Cruise review: Maritime Memoirs

Fiona Greenhalgh, Head of Product & Commercial at Carrier, has just returned from a Mediterranean sojourn aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner®. Here are the highlights from her trip with one of the leaders in luxury cruising.

20 August 2015

A Winter of Content

Winter is on the horizon and, as the nights draw in and temperatures drop, it is easy to drift off on thoughts of travels around the world. Whether it be the comforting simplicity of a holiday to sunnier climes, the thrill and adventure of a safari ...

17 August 2015

Top Tables: Unique Dining Destinations

For times when reserving the best table in the house just isn’t enough, you can rely on our collection of hotels to provide an unforgettable gastronomic journey. From an intimate meal for two set within a 300 year old former sugar mill in Nevis, to ...

17 August 2015

Inside Arabia

Renowned for being big, bold and beautiful, but there’s much more than first meets the eye.

14 August 2015


Many of the hotels and resorts that we work with are actively involved within their communities and are genuinely committed to creating opportunities which nurture and develop the welfare and long-term good of the local people.

14 August 2015

Beyond The Vine

Fully charged or deliciously mellow, the world is full of inspiring locations producing fantastic vintages and offering unique experiences for wine lovers.

13 August 2015

Welcome Home

The best of both worlds, a home-from-home, signature living – however you phrase it, standalone residences with all the benefits of a luxury hotel are fast becoming essential for those seeking privacy and space, without compromising on style and ...

13 August 2015

Exploration and Adventure in Indonesia: Aman Resorts

Aman is an experiential brand, capturing the imagination of the global travel cognoscenti. Their innovative approach to luxury travel, where the experiences of guests take centre stage, complements its philosophy of opening up remote and less ...

13 August 2015

Exploration and Adventure: Tanzania

Travel nourishes the soul, and never more so, we believe, than when the opportunity is taken to really get under the skin of a destination and begin to understand the rich tapestry of culture, traditions and natural wonders that make it so unique.

12 August 2015

Privileged Access: Italy

Imagine standing alone in the heart of the Colosseum, we have the network of contacts to make these imaginings reality.

12 August 2015

The Year of Mauritius

To state that Mauritius is an island of exceptional beauty and holiday destination par excellence goes without saying. Yet to really get under the skin of what the island has to offer you must look beyond the superb beaches, exceptional hotels and ...

11 August 2015

Travel review: Maldives

One perception is that the Maldives is purely about over-water or beach villas. Whilst the accommodation may appear similar, dig a little deeper and they are very different in style. Some resorts are contemporary, others more rustic; you can choose ...

12 June 2015

Travel review: Cambodia, Laos & Thailand

Thailand, Cambodia, Laos. Three destinations that, even to the most seasoned traveller, bring a pang of anticipation. Our Reservations Manager, Vicki Holding experienced each distinctly different destination, here are her top five highlights.

20 May 2015

Travel review: South Africa's Garden Route

To drive along the 200 kilometre Garden Route filled with native temperate forests and thick scented bush and enveloped by the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountains has always been at the top of my ‘travel musts’. I jumped at the chance to spend two ...

20 May 2015

Ski review: Val D'Isere, France, and Andermatt, Switzerland

These European resorts are firm-favourites with snow-bunnies across the world, so prime piste is a given here. Luxury hotels, the allure of après-ski and powder-soft snow all factor, but I share my own personal highlights from the trip.

14 May 2015

Travel Review: Sri Lanka

My last trip to Sri Lanka was my second visit to this island of sacred sites, Buddhist monks and golden beaches. I left the country feeling even more enamoured with its rich history and welcoming people than I had been on my first trip – something I ...

08 May 2015

Travel review: California Coastal Drives

I had always wished to pick up a car and drive care-free along the picturesque Golden Coast. I twisted and turned into the iconic boltholes of Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Diego and Laguna Beach to discover spectacular vistas, glittering beaches ...

29 April 2015

Travel review: France

The French Riviera. Three words that conjure up images of sophisticated glamour, refined elegance and, oh, so much more. Our Senior Marketing Executive, Sarah Lancashire, discovered that life really is beautiful on the Côte d’Azur.

23 April 2015

Hotel review: Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

"An uber cool resort"

22 April 2015

Travel review: Cyprus - top highlights

Neither Greek nor Turkish, this beautiful island has its own distinct and lovable identity - epitomised by the warmth of its people. Reservations Consultant, Claire Howes stayed at Anassa and here are her highlights.

12 January 2015

Travel review: Thailand

Motorbikes darting through traffic in bustling city centres, picture-perfect beaches and sumptuous cuisine are synonymous with Thailand. I had always wanted to experience the true essence of this exotic and historic destination and my recent trip ...

23 April 2013

Travel review: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

I was lucky enough to discover Jackson Hole in the late summer-early autumn, but quickly learned that this is a true year-round destination, equally as enchanting from one season to the next, captivating the visitor with its natural charms and cool ...

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