Category: Hotels

History's home in Hanoi: the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

History’s home in Hanoi: the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

A sing-song “Bonjour Madame“caught me somewhat by surprise. This is Hanoi, Vietnam’s hectic capital, and the redolent heart of old French Indo-Chine.  And, I’m at the Metropole. Some 10 minutes later, I am wrapped up in a checked woolen blanket, drinking vin rouge by the swimming pool. Festive Christmas lights twinkle over-head.  The air is […]

Dog-lovers: top tips for your luxury British getaway

Dog-lovers: top tips for your luxury British getaway

There is nothing like enjoying the splendour of the English countryside with your four-legged companion by your side. However, sometimes it can be difficult for dog-lovers to know where to find luxury that both pet and owner can enjoy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top must-have travel accessories and favourite dog-friendly boltholes […]

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas makes for the perfect base in which to explore the exotic Indian city of Jaipur, and is arguably one of the finest resorts in Rajasthan. There are not many hotels in the world where check-in involves an elaborately painted elephant and fragrant shower of rose petals, but the Oberoi Rajvilas does not […]

Joglos in the jungle: Indonesia’s best kept secret

Joglos in the jungle: Indonesia’s best kept secret

I sit, poolside, high above the stupas and spiraling towers of Borobudur, set back on the dense, lush hillside, of this Javanese valley. Framed by volcanoes, distant mist, and undulating paddy fields: calm and spiritual silence descends. We’ve arrived, via Jakarta, to a place rich in history, drop-dead smoldering beauty and untold promise. And this is […]

Lowcountry luxury on Hilton Head Island

Lowcountry luxury on Hilton Head Island

Situated at the southernmost tip of South Carolina, the resort town of Hilton Head Island has long been a popular destination for those seeking a laid-back respite from the daily grind. Almost as intrinsic as the island’s southern hospitality is its atmosphere of luxury. Though subtle, high-end resorts, upscale restaurants and boutique shopping await vacationers […]

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Floating hotel designed for Qatar World Cup

Finnish-based Sigge Architects have come up with a design for a floating hotel, with the aim of accommodating fans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Such a hotel could be moved to another coastal location after the competition, thus catering for other major events around the world. It would be fully location independent, complete with its […]

Suite of the week: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa, Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand

Suite of the week: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa, Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand

Suite name: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa (V.702), Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa Location: Koh Samui, Thailand Size of accommodation: 766 sq m of indoor and outdoor living space over two levels Cost per night: from THB 58,700 to THB 188,200 depending on season (subject to 18.7% taxes and service charge) What makes it special: The Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa […]

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

Visitors to Florence don’t usually see its true architectural legacy as they wander the cobbled streets. That’s because so much of the city’s artistry and opulence remain discreet; tucked-away like long-held secrets behind unadorned walls of stucco and stone. Even a treasure like the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze blends so faultlessly with adjacent structures that […]

Experience the waterfalls of the Kimberley, Western Australia

Experience the waterfalls of the Kimberley, Western Australia

Western Australia’s Kimberley region has seen a spectacular amount of rainfall this wet season. To appreciate the waterfalls at their most majestic, the Berkeley River Lodge has released its ‘waterfall package’ for March and April. The lodge is the region’s newest remote luxury lodge, and the package includes four-nights’ accommodation in a luxury villa, return […]

5 of the most unique and luxurious resorts in the US

5 of the most unique and luxurious resorts in the US

You won’t believe the amazing options offered at the most unique resorts in the US. When it comes to priceless luxury travel, it doesn’t get better than fresh local-grown cuisine, your own private island, or better yet, the sight of the Aurora Borealis! There are many luxurious resorts throughout America, but there are only a […]

Top 7 reasons to use a luxury travel advisor

Top 7 reasons to use a luxury travel advisor

Think you’re getting the best deal booking luxury travel yourself online? Think again. While if you’re a budget traveler, you probably can get many of the best bargains yourself, the same isn’t true for luxury travel. If your taste runs to the very best luxury hotels and airline products the world has to offer, here’s […]

Family fun in Hawaii, luxury in Nevis, a Disneyland members-only club and skiing in Val d'Isere

Family fun in Hawaii, luxury in Nevis, a Disneyland members-only club and skiing in Val d’Isere

I was recently invited to join the Luxury Travel Blog Network, a group of leading, like-minded, luxury travel bloggers from various corners of the globe. This is just an opportunity for us to share what we’ve each been up to each month. Regular readers of ALTB will already be aware that I enjoyed a lovely […]

Special feature: Polurrian Bay Hotel, Lizard, Cornwall, UK

Special feature: Polurrian Bay Hotel, Lizard, Cornwall, UK

The West Country has had its fair share of publicity lately thanks in no small part to the storms over the last few weeks and the media coverage that’s accompanied them – so much so that Visit Cornwall even produced a video to say they were very much open, accompanied by the #openforbusiness hashtag. Living […]

Trends for luxury travel in 2014 – spirit of adventure and creative collaborations

Trends for luxury travel in 2014 – spirit of adventure and creative collaborations

In earlier posts, we predicted ‘simple pleasures and gourmet discoveries‘ and ‘local life and set-jetting‘ as luxury travel trends to look out for in the year ahead. Here we introduce the final two of our six predicted luxury travel trends for 2014, along with the finest destinations, hotels and resorts that encompass these trends. Spirit […]

Florence the Magnificent

Florence the Magnificent

I was once told by an Italian friend, “the world is divided into two: The Tuscans and the Jealous.” Standing outside the Palazzo Vecchio I was forced to agree. There, beneath the imposing presence of Michelangelo’s David (a copy – the original was moved indoors away from the pigeons about 140 years ago ) I […]

Top 5 luxury ski chalets for families

Top 5 luxury ski chalets for families

It’s no accident that half term is one of the busiest periods for the ski industry. It’s an opportunity for parents to take their children for a weeks skiing and a lot of parents do just that, creating a mini boom, mid-season. One thing guaranteed to make that week a success is a family friendly […]

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