Author Archive for Alan Hazel

4 money saving tips for post-Summer sun in Andalusia

4 money saving tips for post-Summer sun in Andalusia

While summer in sunny Andalusia lives out its full term and autumn arrives sublimely, we’re all aware of the abrupt, unofficial end of summer that comes with the close of August and the children’s return to school. For those with a bit of flexibility, September and into October is possibly the best time of year […]

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Who doesn’t love a party? And I’m pretty sure anyone reading A Luxury Travel Blog likes travel as well… A growing segment of the upward trend in private vacation rentals is down to group travel for friends and families looking for that special place to celebrate that special occasion – or simply any excuse for […]

Advantages of the long term luxury let

Advantages of the long term luxury let

Everybody loves a summer holiday and rightly so. But this same fact sometimes makes a quality, immersive stay in an enriching location somewhat elusive in these peak months, when even a supposedly “off the beaten path”ť location can become a bit too well tread. Particularly for the Baby Boomer generation and parents with an “empty […]

The Al-Andalus tourist train: "a palace on wheels"

The Al-Andalus tourist train: “a palace on wheels”

Anyone who has crossed Europe on sleeper trains will know that they’re not always so comfortable. However, the Spanish Al-Andalus tourist train is possibly the most spacious and luxurious train of its kind in all the world. So much so that it is billed as “a palace on wheels”. The cars containing the sleeper suites […]

4 must-see May festivals in Andalucia

4 must-see May festivals in Andalucia

Famed for its colourful cultural and gastronomic celebrations, Andalucia hosts a seemingly endless stream of festivals for every occasion across the year. In many ways the month of May really kicks off the festive season after the solemnity of the weeklong Semana Santa spectacle leading up to Easter. The temperatures creep up, the days lengthen, […]

Ferrari to invest €100m in Spanish theme park

Ferrari to invest €100m in Spanish theme park

Perhaps it’s not surprising that a brand such as Ferrari would be obsessed with earning titles for being fastest, but you might not expect the superlative to be applied to roller coasters and other theme park rides. Yet the elite car maker already holds the record for world’s fastest roller coaster in its existing theme […]

5 of the best beaches in Andalucia

5 of the best beaches in Andalucia

With biblical flooding in the UK and lingering winter storms battering the US and much of western Europe, it’s not too soon to look forward to beach weather, right? Given that the southern coast of Andalucia boasts the best climate in Europe with many areas averaging more than 300 days of sunshine per year, you […]

The best culinary destination you've never heard of

The best culinary destination you’ve never heard of

The culinary map is, shall we say, peppered with well known and well tread “must see” destinations: cities such as Paris, New York, London, Bangkok and Sydney to name but a few, and more rural or regional destinations such as Provence, Basque Country, Napa Valley and Tuscany. But there’s one rising star on the Spanish […]

Travel trends for 2014: private vacation rentals on the rise

Travel trends for 2014: private vacation rentals on the rise

As 2013 winds down the travel pundits and industry insiders are making their annual predictions for travel trends that will shape the coming year. Apart from some of the continuing trends, such as the role of social media and technology in informing and shaping travel decisions, a number of this year’s predictions indicate a rise […]

5 reasons to ski the Sierra Nevada this Winter

5 reasons to ski the Sierra Nevada this Winter

A ski holiday is not the first thing people usually think of when considering a visit to Andalucia; however, the Sierra Nevada ski resort is for many reasons a terrific alternative to the Alps and other European ski destinations. With world class slopes and facilities, this site overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the culture rich […]

The best Sherry house in Spain?

The best Sherry house in Spain?

Considering that the Jerez D.O. (denominacion de origen) title was the very first designated in Spain, and that even before then Sherry was already internationally popular for centuries, you might expect that by now there would be some very fine bottles of the stuff in production. The process of making this fortified wine has indeed […]

The world's most luxurious spa pools and baths

The world’s most luxurious spa pools and baths

Some of the world’s most opulent hotels seem to be competing for bragging rights on the most over the top Jacuzzis and spas. But what really makes a bath or spa pool luxurious? A key feature of the Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong, for example, at more than $14,000 a night, is […]

Top 5 Autumn experiences in Andalucia

Top 5 Autumn experiences in Andalucia

While most visitors to Andalucia will be sure to include a visit to one of the popular historic sites such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba or the Cathedral of Seville, countless experiences await the traveler who looks just a little further beneath the surface of this beautiful and culturally rich region […]

The top 4 Andalucian Summer festivals

The top 4 Andalucian Summer festivals

Nowhere in Europe do they put on a party quite like the Spanish, and the Andalucian festivals are perhaps the most colourful of all. Every village, town and city holds at least two unique festivals each year, providing a veritable non-stop fiesta season from spring all through summer and autumn. While there are numerous dedicated […]

The top 3˝ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

The top 3˝ wineries of La Axarquia, Andalucia

Though you may not have even heard of the little region of La Axarquia in the eastern most corner of Malaga Province, this mountainous coastal territory was the renowned global centre of sweet wine production only 150 years ago and production began at least 3000 years ago with the Phoenicians. Since the “phylloxera”ť aphid scourge […]

7 of the best restaurants in Malaga Province, Andalusia

7 of the best restaurants in Malaga Province, Andalusia

The recent announcement of this year’s list of the best restaurants in the world has cemented Spain’s place at the top with more Spanish chefs in the top ten than any other country. Not only did the Roca brothers climb to number one with The Cellar de Can Roca in Girona, but Basque restaurants Mugaritz […]

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