Author Archive for Rebecca Taylor

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, […]

Child drinking hot chocolate

3 of the most family friendly luxury ski hotels

If you’re planning to take the kids with you the next time you take a ski vacation, it pays to make sure that you choose accommodation that caters for children. As any parent knows, a bored child is a recipe for disaster if you’re wanting to relax and enjoy yourself. Here are three hotels that […]

Davo karnicar with skis

The world’s longest ski run

Skiing down from the very top of the world’s highest peaks will never catch on in popularity. Why would it? Is it even possible? “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools”, so said Napolean Bonaparte but as far as I’m aware he never tried skiing. When asked by his […]

Firework display in Tignes at New Year

Top 3 ski resorts for bringing in the New Year with a bang

New Year celebrations really took off for me the first time I was in Zermatt and experienced an outdoor celebration in a winter wonderland. It all made sense, this was how you were supposed to do it. It had all the elements, enough drink sloshing about to float the Titanic, happy smiling people, a firework […]

Apres ski at Mooser Wirt St Anton

The Alps’ top 5 apres ski spots

One of the great things about skiing is the après ski. It makes sense to not have to go back to your accommodation, get changed and then come out again for a drink or three. With après ski, you can spill into the bar straight off the piste. Many’s the time I meant to stay […]

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