Toby Clinton Expert
Favourite holiday destination: I love the USA just because it is so diverse. There’s history, there’s culture, there’s food, there’s wine, there are great night’s out. Of all of the cities, I love New Orleans the most, purely because it has everything; incredible food, charming people, a really distinctive culture. It’s really cosmopolitan. Even its tragic history, as sad as it is, is also incredibly fascinating and adds to the unique character of the city.
Favourite accommodation: Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is incredible. I also really loved my stay at Banyan Tree Phuket because I had a pool villa, which was such a luxurious experience. The resort itself is nice and quiet but it’s also part of a bigger resort complex, so there’s the opportunity to experience other 5 star hotels which all offer incredible spa and dining experiences. Banyan Tree even has an in-house elephant that the staff feed at breakfast, which you can watch while you’re eating your breakfast, so that’s pretty special.
Dream round the world trip: I’d start in New York, then head off to San Francisco for a few days. From there I’d stopover in the Cook Islands to relax for a bit before heading to Wellington, Melbourne and then Perth – I’ve always wanted to visit Western Australia. Then I’d visit Vietnam or China on my way back to the UK.
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