Born and bred in Cape Town, Andrea is currently enjoying travelling Europe and sharing her experiences with all who care to listen. Andrea developed a love for camping at a young age, forcing friends to sleep in the garden during sleepovers. Other passions include writing, sushi, Frida Kahlo and the environment.
"India is tiger territory, and what better a place to have a tiger experience than in a top luxury tented resort. Oberoi Vanyavilas is located on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, in Rajasthan province. The camp consists of 25 luxury tents, each…"
For those wanting to get away from it all, while experiencing a hint of Greek culture and amazing scenery, camping on the small island of Antiparos (near Paros) is to be recommended. The campsite is set right next to the sea, and only 100 metres from the…"
Set within an olive grove just south of the picturesque hilltop village of Parga, Enjoy Lichnos Camping is a welcoming site, close to the beach and a perfect base to explore the region from. The spacious pitches are set in the olive grove, close to the b…"
Tartaruga is a campsite with what could easily be regarded as one of the best views in Greece, set on Zante, the third largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea. The expanse of turquoise sea is only interrupted by the small eye-catching Island of Marathonis…"
A restaurant that possibly provides more sense of occasion than any other in London is now in its fifth decade, still firmly maintaining the standards of excellence which have seen it voted one of the world’s finest. The menu focuses on “util…"
At The French Laundry, the familiar dish of ‘Macaroni Cheese’ is a surprisingly intricately crafted creation- “ butter poached Maine lobster served with mascarpone-enriched Orzo Pasta” (theworlds50best.com)- which is just one example of the pure artistry…"
Modern French cuisine at The Waterside Inn is served up by staff with a mission to “use their knowledge and skills to enhance your pleasure and spoil you” (waterside-inn.co.uk), and spoiled is certainly how you will feel, sitting in the establishment of …"
Sourcing food from the Mediterranean- “fruit, vegetables, iodine rich rock fish” (alain-ducasse.com) creates the “symphony of tastes, composed and conducted by Franck Cerutti” (alain-ducasse.com). Eating in the restaurant is like to travel back in time- …"
De Karmeliet’s chef/owner, Geert van Hecke has successfully combined “French quality with Flemish quantity” (travel.nytimes.com) to earn and maintain three Michelin stars along with other top accolades. Refusing to serve up tiny portions like his other M…"
A 19th century farm building houses this three Michelin-starred establishment, called the area’s “bastion of elegance” (foodeu.com). Run since 1992 by Peter and Lieve Goossens, the restaurant has fast become one of the best in Belgium, recently being vo…"
Grant Achatz, the brainchild behind award-winning Alinea, ingeniously uses “technology to tinker endlessly with food” (chicagomag.com). Having been named the “golden child of ‘molecular gastronomy’”(timeout.com), diners can expect nothing less than that …"
The Square, a two Michelin-starred establishment headed by chef/owner Philip Howard, is wittily said to have “four right angles: great food, wines, service, and location” (toptable.co.uk). In London’s posh Mayfair, The Square has received a multitude of…"
The River Café is all about solid Italian cooking, with a heavy emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingedients. Run for two decades by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, many a top chef trained in their kitchens. The location is “fairly unassuming” and dining room “ligh…"
"Café Pushkin opened its doors less than four years ago, fast earning the reputation among locals and on the international scene as the finest restaurant in Moscow. “High ceilings, a resident harpist and row upon row of leather-bound books provide a setti…"
"Since opening in 1999, D.O.M. has become hot news in Brazil, being the first restaurant in South America to be included in the top 50 restaurants of the world. Starring Brazil’s top chef Alex Atala, the cuisine consists of “elegant French-inflected dishe…"
Michelin-starred Nobu, London, the first European venture for renowned Japanese chef, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, has been outshining the rest since 1997. The restaurant fills its tables with VIP’s and all who adore the innovative Japanese cuisine. Situated on …"
Located in the tiny north-west fishing village of Volosko, Plavi Podrum has put Croatia on the good food map by making the list of top 100 restaurants in the world for 2008. One kilometre from the bustling tourist centre of Opatija, Plavi Podrum is “fame…"
“The serious business of fine dining at Le Quartier Francais has been set apart and defined by The Tasting Room” (lequartier.co.za), the multi-award winning restaurant where outstanding food is complimented by an exquisite setting. New dish of the year- …"
“Soaring ceilings, rich draperies, blood-red upholstery, starched table linens, gleaming crystal and silver”(toptable.co.uk) is just a bit of what astounds guests as they get treated to the exceptional contemporary French cuisine which has made restauran…"
“Dorin Schuster’s wizardry in the kitchen yields an array of small dishes featuring local and imported ingredients, but manages to avoid the pitfalls of catch-all “fusion” food” (Economist.com). Located on the third floor of Singapores Regent Hotel, the …"
Michelin-starred Noma, is a restaurant that promotes “Scandinavian cooking as something to celebrate and explore” (independent.co.uk). The food served in Noma incorporates ingredients so passionately sourced, the end result is dishes that are ingeniously…"
Award-winning Jardine proves that food does not have to be pompous to win praise, with Scottish Chef George Jardines cuisine being described as “Straight forward, down to earth, totally impatient with any culinary hyperbole” (showcook.co.za). Sumptuous d…"
“The point of The Fat Duck is to excite your senses as much as your stomach” (telegraph.co.uk). The small village restaurant has been around for a while (since 1985) and has become something of a megastar in the food world, having being named…"
"Some have named La Rosa the ‘campest campsite’ around with the owners being self-confessed ‘kitschers’, staying there is most certainly an endearingly odd and unforgettable bohemian experience. The sheer eccentricity of the site adds entertainment to a …"
Huzur Vadisi translates to “peaceful valley”, which is clearly the aim of this retreat, which focuses on the care of body, mind and soul. Set along the Mediterranean, or ‘turquoise’ coast of Turkey, the location is unspoilt, peaceful and rustic. Tradit…"
Staying in a renovated wooden gypsy caravan makes for a truly memorable and unique camping experience - and there could not be a finer location than nestled in the hills in the heart of the Beaujolais region in which to set up camp. Roulotte literally …"
Built on the grounds of an abandoned forge from the 1930‘s, this site has some awesome scenery and a great setting: a 260 hectare farm in the East Pyrenean mountains. Between July and August, La Fargassa offers campers six fully equipped Dutch-style “d…"
This Riviera campsite has it all - cliff-top Mediterranean views, tranquility, beach access and a great location in the Grande Corniche Park, between the hot spots of Monaco and Nice. There are pitches for 41 tents and motor homes, spaced out between the…"
Situated next to the Reu River, with great views over the grassy plains and of the snowy-peaked Himalayas, Tiger Mountain Tented Camp offers twelve comfortable safari tents amongst overwhelming scenery. The tents are simply furnished, but have all the es…"
Located on one of Mexico’s largest freshwater lakes, Laguna Bacalar, Villas Ecotucan is a family-friendly ecological resort, surrounded by tropical gardens and jungle. The eco-resort consists of five spacious stone cabins with thatched roofs and is nothi…"
Pansea Ksar Ghilane consists of 60 large canvas tents, each decked out with 5 star luxury. Located deep in the Sahara desert on a stretch of date-palmed oasis, the tents are built on the site of an old ksar, or Berber castle. Although Pansea Ksar Ghilane…"
"Pansea Ksar Ghilane consists of 60 large canvas tents, each decked out with 5 star luxury. Located deep in the Sahara desert on a stretch of date-palmed oasis, the tents are built on the site of an old ksar, or Berber castle. Although Pansea Ksar Ghilane…"
Luxurious African safari tents in the Aussie bush is what this camp is all about, just two hours south of Sydney. The canvas steel-framed tents are fairly private, separated by bushes and trees and are African originals which have been used as safari acc…"
Camping Indigo Rieu is a hugely popular, large, family-friendly site set in picturesque French countryside on the edge of a lake. The pristine campsite is in the heart of the Haut Languedoc Regional park which is an area characterised by its diverse and …"
In Scotland it does not get much better than loch-side camping. Badrallach Campsite is set on the north shore of Little Loch Broom and has all the right ingredients which make it a magical little spot. Not only is it peaceful and secluded, the views of t…"
Strictly only for the adventurous. Fly-Camping has very little do with flies or flying and the exact origin of the term is undiscovered. It could however relate to the fact that the camper is becoming a bit like a fly-on-the-wall, observing the night thr…"
The Lake District is my favourite place in Britain and it is arguably one of the most spectacular regions which can best be described as “breathtaking“. Low Wray is a fantastic base campsite to explore the region from. The two best things about Low Wray …"
The name translates to “Place of God” and with the ancient, stark, untouched landscape there is certainly an unusual presence in the area. Situated between the Ugab and Huab Rivers, Mowani Mountain Camp is comprised of luxury tented accommodation and a c…"
Tipis, open campfires and Cornish trout fishing are some of the elements which make Cornish Tipis an exceptional campsite. A five minute drive away from spectacular Cornish coastline, the 40 traditional North American tipis are spread over 16 acres of pi…"
The Concordia Eco-Camp is located on the southern tip of St. John (the least populated of the Virgin Islands) and staying there could surely convert even the most highly-strung traveller into a relaxed islander. The Eco-Camp is the latest development in…"
"This campsite is located in the Grands Causses Regional Park and has become highly rated due its terraced setting, excellent facilities and views of the Dourbie valley. The region itself is famed due to its spectacular landscape, characterised by plungi…"
The rare black rhino that is found in the private Palmwag Reserve is famous for the fact that it is desert-adapted and is a highlight of a visit to this remote land. Up until 1981, Damaraland was unprotected, thus open to poachers, which put the black rh…"
At an altitude of 2700m, surrounded by white peaked mountains, butterflies and a surging river, you will have found yourself at the Banjara Camp. The camp is situated in the Himalayas, close to the Tibetan border and is quite untouched by civilisation. T…"
Hovsgol Lake is a huge glassy mountain lake surrounded by Mongolian countryside that can best be described as magical. Toilogt Ger Camp is situated on the north-west side of the lake and is made up of twenty Gers, also know as Yurts (circular lattice fra…"
Surrounded by paddy fields and nestled between coconut palms and bougainvillea are seven traditional Rajasthani hunting tents which make up the Yogamagic Resort. This is a place that focuses heavily on care of body and environment, with even toilet waste…"
California is begging to be explored, and there is no better base than a good campsite. Nestled between the Pacific and Santa Ynez mountains, the resort is 20 miles north of Santa Barbara and a two-hour drive from Los Angeles. El Capitan Canyon aims to o…"
"There is something incredibly romantic about the idea of an traditional safari- cool canvas tents, sunset over watering holes, the huge night sky. It was indeed the 1920’s when safari’s became popular and created the base of what we call a safari today. …"
It can not really get more private and picturesque than camping in a tent at Otter Creek. There are three tents available, all nestled amongst coconut trees and each with their own bamboo jetty over the creek. The tents each sleep only two people, with …"
The campsite looks a bit like giant golf balls have been planted in the snow, but in actual fact, these golf balls are comfortable “pods” in an Alpine wonderland. Pitched at an altitude of 1400 meters, the camp is only accessible by foot or ski- a sure w…"
Grinding the dirt tracks on a quad bike or abseiling down a mighty cliff is what it is all about at this adventure farm in northern South Africa. When you are completely exhausted from a day of play, a tent pitched on the edge of huge dam and unwinding i…"
Camping at a waterfall is quite a rare opportunity, but luckily the owners of this privately owned farmland are willing to share. An incredibly narrow road will bring you to the farm Cfen Uchaf (a harrowing experience for those with caravan). It is poss…"
This is a camp that lives and breathes the spirit of the ancient inhabitants of the land taking us right back to their nomadic roots. Set in the Torres del Paine National Park, the tents are constructed to blend in to the surroundings and to be entirely …"
"In the heart of the Okavango delta, Mombo camp has fast become a top safari retreat, unique for the fact that it is the only place where all the big five can be seen in one spot. If you want to discover the area, conventional camping is not an option. Th…"