Author Archive for Rebecca Taylor

Majestic luxury train ride Alps

A must for your bucket list: The Glacier Express

Never has the old adage, It?s better to travel, than to arrive, been more apt. As beautiful as the resorts of St Moritz and Zermatt are, the journey that links these two Swiss jewels, The Glacier Express, surely proves beyond doubt that it?s the journey, not the destination. The Glacier Express is an eight hour […]

Chamonix in full summer bloom

Tour de France 2017 – the best place to stay in the Alps

Here?s my idea of heaven, two weeks in Chamonix, in the summer, with my bike and with the Tour de France for company. This year’s edition of the Tour de France pays two visits to the Alps, July 8th & 9th, after which the race then departs for the Dordogne, to return on the 19th […]

View across the main tent Zermmat unplugged

Zermatt Unplugged – the best festival in the Alps

There are some awesome places on this beautiful planet that lend themselves perfectly to music events, the Montreux Jazz Festival is a case in point, stretched out on the shore of Lac Leman, the setting greatly enhances the music on offer. Cafe Del Mar, in Ibiza is another venue that springs to mind. Not strictly […]

Spiced apple cider apres ski drink

Top 5 delicious apr?s ski drinks… cheers!

Apr?s ski, those magical hours when a day to remember on the slopes comes to a close and morphs into an?evening of inebriation, suitably complimented by the social activities and entertainment that follows. You have?waited all year for the afternoon to roll into the evening when you can indulge in your favourite apr?s ski drink.?It?s […]

Swimming Pool at Marco Polo chalet

Top 5 European ski chalets with private pools

They say love and marriage goes together like a horse and carriage; by the same token so do the mountains along with luxurious accommodation. A hotel is fine for many but there?s something extra special about being spoiled rotten in your home from home. Luxury chalets have certainly come a long way in terms of […]

Top 5 mountain ski restaurants in the Alps

Top 5 mountain ski restaurants in the Alps

One of the joys of skiing is the pit stop for lunch. You perhaps caught the first lifts, have already put in a few hours and you?ve worked up a raging appetite. Your thoughts are starting to turn towards a good feed ?and a chance to refuel for the afternoon session on the slopes. Mountain […]

Silky snow fields in the Alps

Snow – your luxury ski holiday depends on it

Where would we be without snow, all togged up and nowhere to ski, empty resorts in the winter and without the white stuff we can add another species to the ever growing list?of extinctions, the snowman. Too sad. That scenario isn?t going to happen this year it seems. As the ski resorts around Europe gear […]

The most expensive chalet in the Alps

The most expensive chalet in the Alps

I?ve come across some wonderful interiors in my time, indeed part of my remit is to find luxurious chalets for discerning guests, so I?m always ready to be blown away when I enter a ski chalet. Some are absolute wolves in sheep?s clothing and you could never guess on entering what wonders you are about […]

Funders of the michelin guide

Road to the table – why is it Michelin-starred?

On the face of it, they are strange bedfellows, tyres and exquisite fine dining. Granted, I?ve had my share of steaks that could have easily doubled as a tyre, such was the toughness and near impossible chew-ability but leaving that aside I reckon there must be quite a few millennials who are unaware of the […]

Dancing on tables at Henna Stall

Zermatt’s top 4 apres ski bars

A perfect day?s skiing should include a spot of apres-ski. After an exhilarating day on the mountain many feel the need to celebrate their efforts by letting their hair down and slaking their thirst with a cheeky beer or three, hence the popularity of apres-ski. Zermatt has many fine apres-ski bars where you can do […]

Outdoor pool at chalet dalmore

Top 3 luxe chalets in Chamonix with private pools for Summer

There’s something special about the mountains in the Summer months, it?s a world away from the Winter wonderland of the ski season. The Winter months are dominated by the white of the snow that coats everything it falls on, like icing on a cake. The snow melts and reveals the lush greens of the Alpine […]

Megeve Tour De France

Where to watch the Tour de France in the Alps

The Tour de France, arguably the world?s greatest sporting event, has had a fascination with the mountains for more than 100 years. In the third edition of the fledgling sporting event in 1905, the mountains made their first appearance, leading one competitor to call the race organisers ?murderers? at the top of one brutal climb. […]

Fun for all family - Adrenaline rush in Tignes

Top 5 Summer holiday ideas in the Alps

Once the snow melts and reveals an altogether different world, the mountains become a verdant playground, lush and alluring. The contrast from the magical icy white of winter is startling but the summer months are just as wonderful in a completely different way. It?s true that at the highest altitudes, skiing can continue the year […]

Walk on the wild side - Tour du Mont Blanc

Walk on the wild side – Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a walking trail in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, a 180km (112 miles) circuit of Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,584m (8,478ft). Trekkers typically take eleven days to complete the circuit, give or […]

The world's most popular ski resort

The world’s most popular ski resort

Morzine has been named this year’s most popular ski resort destination by the hotel search website Trivago, which?has also found France to be the most popular destination for a ski holiday overall. Austria is also popular, boasting?six of the top 25 resorts, including St Anton. From a luxury perspective Morzine is on the rise – […]

Mountain dining with views at Le Signal

Top 6 mountain restaurants in the Alps

One of the joys of a day?s skiing is a well deserved lunch at a restaurant on the mountain. Usually you?ve built up a good appetite and are ready for a re-fuelling stop. I?ve very rarely been disappointed but obviously some establishments are better than others. Here are six of my favourites. Le Signal,?Val d?Isere, […]

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