Category: Hotels

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

Skiers visiting the Alps by and large usually prefer the independence and freedom that a luxury ski chalet provides, however one mans meat is another mans poison, some prefer the hotel experience. For those that do prefer to stay in a hotel there are a wide range of options, from the cosy and intimate small […]

5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala

5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala

Between Mayan chocolate and volcanic hot springs, ancient ruins and textile markets, Guatemala has a little something for everyone. But no matter what your itinerary is like on your trip to this friendly Central American country, you’re going to need a place to lay your head. Guatemala may not be well known as a vacation […]

Patagonia – ‘the big three’

Patagonia – ‘the big three’

Patagonia: an unforgiving, sometimes grim, yet achingly handsome corner of the globe. So why visit this chunky blade of mountains and bleak desolation that slices into the ‘Roaring Forties’, the endless stream of westerly winds that chase around the southern hemisphere? After all, it is hardly close to the great cities of the world. Well, […]

5 unique luxury hotels in Singapore

5 unique luxury hotels in Singapore

Singapore is a vibrant ultra-modern city that is continuously re-defining itself. With one of the world’s best Urban Planning Organizations (URA) determined to develop Singapore into a ‘great city to work, live and play’, the city-state is flush with creative architects, interior designers, building renovators and entrepreneurs, all eager to make their mark. It’s estimated […]

Recipe of the week: Back of sea bass, green asparagus, crispy vegetable marinade with virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar

Recipe of the week: Back of sea bass, green asparagus, crispy vegetable marinade with virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar

When in Morocco earlier this month, attending PURE Experiences, I had the honour of also participating in a cooking workshop with 2 Michelin star chef Philippe Jourdin who oversees the four restaurants at the beautiful Royal Palm Marrakech. Philippe is a winner of the much-coveted ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ and in the workshop he demonstrated […]

Top 3 luxury hotels in Hong Kong

Top 3 luxury hotels in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city, resulting in an iconic skyline that forms the backdrop for a nightly laser show showcasing some of its most dramatic skyscrapers. But it’s more than a top financial center and trade hub; it’s practically a must on any trip to Asia, especially for foodies and nightlife aficionados. […]

Top 10 luxury ryokans in Japan

Top 10 luxury ryokans in Japan

Ryokans are the last word in luxury rest and relaxation in Japan. They are traditional style inns devoted to fine ‘kaiseki’ traditional food, hot spring baths and the simple pleasures of life as it was lived before Japan hurtled into the slick, metallic 21st Century. Cedarwood baths, the poignant smell of tatami mat rooms, ornamental […]

Top 5 luxury lodges on New Zealand's North Island

Top 5 luxury lodges on New Zealand’s North Island

A country famed for its rugged and varying landscapes, extreme sports and Maori heritage, New Zealand is also home to a vast array of welcoming accommodation options, where you can enjoy a touch of luxury coupled with wonderful Kiwi hospitality. Here are my top five luxury lodges on New Zealand’s North Island: Kauri Cliffs, Matauri […]

Top 3 beachfront destinations in Cape Town

Top 3 beachfront destinations in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world. The expansive coastline is a visual feast of craggy mountains, secluded coves, long stretches of white sandy beaches, and barrelling waves. There are many splendid seaside suburbs worth visiting, so we’ve rounded up our top 3 beachfront haunts to make your decision […]

The Ritz-Carlton Residences blend old world tradition with modern city living in Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton Residences blend old world tradition with modern city living in Montreal

On 31st December 1911, at exactly 11.15 pm, right before New Year’s Eve, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal first opened its doors. Heralded into the world with an old-fashioned ball attended by the city’s elite, the hotel had an illustrious start that made it a headliner from the get go. Since then, it has hosted everyone from […]

A more reliable way forward for travel review sites?

A more reliable way forward for travel review sites?

On travel review sites, anyone can write a review of a hotel, regardless of whether or not they’ve stayed there. According to a study by Market Metrix, as many as 40% of user reviews are fake. There are other problems with user reviews of hotels. Certain types of travellers are much more likely than others to […]

Top 10 most romantic luxury honeymoon destinations

Top 10 most romantic luxury honeymoon destinations

Chances are that newly-weds would feel the love even if they spent their honeymoon in a caravan in a parking lot, but most tend to set their sights a little higher. Here are our top ten tips for the most romantic luxury destinations for post-wedded bliss, and without even a car park in sight. Sumba […]

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

‘Seven suburbs in search of a city’, a ‘constellation of plastic’ and ‘less culture than a pot of yoghurt’ are just some of the disparaging descriptions of the City of Angels. It definitely has that ‘Marmite’ reaction but we think the following famous five all fit into the ‘love it’ rather than ‘loathe it’ category. […]

Special feature: Sani Beach Hotel, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece

Special feature: Sani Beach Hotel, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece

On our arrival at the Sani Resort, a family-owned ecological reserve covering some 1,000 acres and with stunning, golden beaches, we were warmly welcomed by the ever-helpful Angelina in Guest Relations, offered a glass of fizz and presented with a useful map of the resort, outlining the various accommodation offerings, the marina, the restaurants and […]

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

St. Petersburg is a beautiful city filled with extravagant historical palaces, cathedrals and royal gardens. Long recognized as the intellectual and cultural center of Russia, this former capital has been spiffing things up with a growing number of luxury hotels and a vibrant restaurant scene truly befitting this City of the Czars. Below are my […]

10 fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

10 fun things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is a city for art lovers.  They call it the “City Different” because it’s quirky and eclectic. It has a strong personality distinct from any other city. Outdoorsy people and foodies will love it too, but there is a strong emphasis on art with over 250 galleries and a ranking as the third […]

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