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James Newnham

London Office

I strive to discover the undiscovered, distinctive or off the beaten track when on my travels. Whether it be a destination, accommodation or cultural highlight I treasure the opportunity to unearth the surprises a country or culture has to offer.

Some of my many travel highlights have been trekking up ancient volcanoes in Nicaragua, scuba diving with sharks off the coast of Colombia, dozing on idyllic beaches in Mauritius or exploring the back streets of Paris in search of the perfect cake. Getting under the skin of a country and its culture is what makes travel special. Having spent two years living in both Brazil and Guatemala I have an affinity for all things Latin American. I also recently spent three years living in Paris so the Gallic charms of one of the most romantic cities in the world are well known to me. Immersing myself in the cultures of these fascinating places has created an enduring passion for all things travel related.

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Travel nuggets

  • Want to beat the crowds in Paris? Get up early on a Sunday morning for a more peaceful sightseeing experience. Most of the main attractions are open.

  • For a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline take a walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park over in Brooklyn Heights.

  • Feel like exploring a little in Mauritius? Take in the bustling food market in the capital, Port Louis. Beat the tourist crowds and go early in the morning.

  • Pack your walking shoes and prepare to pound the hilly streets of Istanbul to to soak up the atmosphere of this fabulously evocative city.

  • When in India, if you don’t want to be woken by the call to prayer at 5am, pack some earplugs.

  • Look up when wandering the streets of a new city.

My hot picks

Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Exceptional service, understated luxury and your own historic, private island retreat as your hotel offering spectacular view of the local coastline.

Cap Maison St Lucia, St Lucia

Enjoy a more boutique experience at this intimate hideaway set into a hillside with incredible ocean views. A highlight is drinks served to you by zip wire whilst gazing out to see from the deck at Rock Maison.

Raas, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

A hypnotic blend of traditional Haveli style and contemporary architecture makes this a unique place to stay. Ensure you book a room overlooking Mehrangahr Fort for the best views. An oasis of calm in the centre of the city.

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