About the Guide


yn Middlehurst and David Maslin created the Gallivanter’s Guide© in 1991 with the aim of serving the world’s high-end hotel aficionados. Because most travel magazines and newsletters appeared to gloss over any problems encountered, Middlehurst and Maslin determined that they would tell it like it is, and this philosophy has, over the years, earned them the respect of the world’s top travellers, hoteliers and travel advisors.

Today, The Gallivanter’s Guide© is a glossy, privately published travel advisory; consisting of 8-16 pages, according to the number of hotels reviewed.


Yas Viceroy Hotel, Abu Dhabi.


Spa, at Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal.

It takes no advertising and employs no journalists. Middlehurst and Maslin personally review only the best hotels and resorts in the world, ranging from the latest icons to gourmet 10-room inns. The only criteria is quality in all its guises, which means that sometimes, the sacred cows of the hotel world come in for quite a bit of criticism.

gg-issuesAlthough The Gallivanter’s Guide© is a publication, it is also a way of life; an elite club, if you will. Lyn Middlehurst, its Editor, replies to all subscriber e-mails personally, no matter where she is in the world, and given that the couple travel every month, that covers a lot of ground.

The Gallivanter’s Guide© has subscribers in 42 countries worldwide, ranging from North & South America, to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Only those hotels that the couple have personally assessed ‘from the guest’s point of view’ are included in The Gallivanter’s Guide©, and these tend to be very detailed assessments indeed, illustrated with original colour photographs by David Maslin, which invariably portray aspects of the hotel or resort that no web-site has ever shown you.

The Gallivanter’s Guide© has become the benchmark for high-end travellers because they know they can trust its appraisals. It is outspoken and often outrageous, but if you follow its advice, you could avoid a lot of expensive mistakes and enrich your life with some of the most extraordinary hotel experiences in the world.

To give you an idea of what we do, here are 3 typical back issues.


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