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5 of Switzerland's top luxury hotels

5 of Switzerland’s top luxury hotels

Switzerland is well known for its stunning alpine scenery, its extensive rail network, including cog railways that lead to the highest railway station in Europe, skiing, fondue, and Swiss chocolate. The country is also home to several of Europe’s finest luxury hotels, several of them perfect not only for luxury ski holidays, but for a […]

5 of the best modern Russian cuisine restaurants in St. Petersburg

5 of the best modern Russian cuisine restaurants in St. Petersburg

If you’re intrigued by a visit to Russia but assume that restaurant food will be unappealing and revolve around potatoes, cabbages and beets, think again. There’s a new generation of young and talented chefs at work, who make the most of locally sourced produce, seafood and meat. They draw not only from traditional Russian cuisine […]

The 5 best Paris luxury hotels with a pool

The 5 best Paris luxury hotels with a pool

Paris is a favorite destination for couples celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary, as well as families seeking a cultural city break.And from its legendary museums, such as the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Musee Rodin to its lovely gardens, such as the Jardin du Luxembourg to its excellent Michelin star restaurants and farmers markets, there’s so […]

24 hours in Kyoto

24 hours in Kyoto

If Tokyo is Japan’s business center, Kyoto is Japan’s cultural center, and a must for any first time visitor to Japan. It was Japan’s ancient capital for over 1000 years, until 1869, and its 2000 temples and shrines attract Japanese pilgrims as well as international visitors. While 4 days or more are ideal for a […]

Top 5 luxury cruise ships

Top 5 luxury cruise ships

Many cruise lines market themselves as luxury, but which luxury cruise ships truly deserve the moniker? For most luxury travelers, it’s not just about the suite or stateroom, but also the level of service, food, and overall attention to detail. Here are the luxury cruise ships I’d most recommend: 1. Crystal Esprit The 62 passenger […]

24 hours in Tokyo

24 hours in Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating city, with a greater Tokyo population of nearly 40 million, and deserves far more than 24 hours, but if that’s all you have, en route to another destination in Asia, I have some recommendations for making the most of your visit. 1. Arrive refreshed in ANA First Class, JAL First Class […]

Top 5 luxury hotel perks and where to find them

Top 5 luxury hotel perks and where to find them

There are many great reasons to stay in luxury hotels, from round the clock attentive service, lavish bathrooms with separate rain showers and soaking tubs, in-room espresso machines, and superb amenities such as Michelin starred restaurants, swimming pools, and award winning spas. And by now savvy travelers understand how to reserve these hotels with complimentary […]

3 of the world's best luxury treehouse hotels

3 of the world’s best luxury treehouse hotels

Remember the sheer joy of hiding out in a treehouse as a child, surrounded by leafy branches and sky? You can share that wonderful feeling with your significant other or your family, yet with the convenience of creature comforts and even a jacuzzi or pool, at these luxury hotels with treehouses. Since these are unique […]

5 reasons to use your miles and points for first class and business class flights

5 reasons to use your miles and points for first class and business class flights

If you’re sitting on hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles and points, don’t cash them out for gift cards, a toaster, or use the Pay with Points option if you want to maximize their value. Instead, consider planning your trips well in advance (we plan ours about a year in advance) in order to […]

5 foodie experiences not to miss in Paris

5 foodie experiences not to miss in Paris

Paris offers a veritable feast for the senses, from beautiful gardens, museums and historical sights to some of the world’s finest luxury hotels, offering elegant and stylish rooms and suites, pools with underwater music, intuitive service, and stunning flowers and decor that change with the season. But in a very literal sense, Paris is an edible […]

6 top tips for a perfect weekend in Washington, DC

6 top tips for a perfect weekend in Washington, DC

Washington, DC may be best known to international visitors as the capital of the U.S. and home of the White House, which will soon have a new occupant, but its many museums and memorials make it a popular destination for U.S. residents as well. Since the city is often hot and humid during the summer […]

Top 3 must-visit Vietnam luxury resorts and hotels

Top 3 must-visit Vietnam luxury resorts and hotels

Vietnam, long popular with backpackers, now offers luxury experiences for the discerning traveler as well. Pair this with beautiful scenery and fantastic French-inflected Vietnamese cuisine and it’s well worth wrapping up an adventurous Asia trip with a stay at one or all three of these Vietnamese luxury resorts and hotels. 1. Amanoi Amanoi is situated […]

4 great airport lounge perks and where to find them

4 great airport lounge perks and where to find them

Airport lounges are known for offering a more peaceful respite from chaotic boarding gates, complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes a refreshing shower. But some First Class lounges offer other fantastic perks. Here are four of my favorite lounge perks, and where to find them: 1. Sleeping room It often seems to me that the […]

3 must-try restaurants in St. Petersburg, Russia

3 must-try restaurants in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia may not come to mind when you’re thinking of foodie destinations, but this “Venice of the North” has come into its own recently, with gastropubs serving new Russian cuisine popping up, in addition to a number of stalwarts serving excellent classics, not to mention restaurants serving the justly popular dishes of the […]

4 superb London luxury boutique hotels

4 superb London luxury boutique hotels

London is a favorite city to visit, both as the main destination and as part of an extended European trip. And for Europeans, it’s a great long weekend break (or even a staycation, for Londoners). Tastes often diverge when it comes to where to stay, even in the luxury hotel market, but fortunately London offers superb […]

6 reasons to plan your luxury travel a year in advance

6 reasons to plan your luxury travel a year in advance

Should you plan a trip far in advance or last minute, to take advantage of possible deals? If the trip you’re planning is one involving luxury hotel or resort stays, cruises and first class or business class, you should plan as far in advance as possible – generally a year in advance. If the procrastinator […]

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