Category: Hotels

2 ways to win a fabulous luxury San Diego vacation

2 ways to win a fabulous luxury San Diego vacation

Love San Diego? Whether it’s the mild year-round climate or the extensive beaches – or both – that draws you to California’s second largest city, here’s something you won’t want to miss: the opportunity to win an incredible San Diego luxury vacation… for free! And that not all – there’s not just one opportunity to win […]

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Nick Van Gruisen’s travel career started as a professional guide running camps and leading safaris in Botswana and South Africa. He then joined Lindblad Safaris, pioneers at the time of private plane safaris through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In the 1980s he set up the UK office of the Tiger Mountain Group on the main […]

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world - part 2

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world – part 2

Everyone wants luxurious comfort and the finest hotels. Cherishing privacy and indulging yourself in luxury travel is almost like a trend these days but nevertheless a treat. Further to my earlier post, here are some additional luxury hotels that are ideal for when you charter a private jet for your holidays. Amanresorts Aman means “peace” in Urdu and […]

10 of the absolutely dreamiest beach resorts in the world

10 of the absolutely dreamiest beach resorts in the world

Oh, relaxing on exotic beaches, taking in the sun and surf, with sand between your toes and a drink in hand. All the better, of course, when put together with an incredibly luxurious beach resort, complete with world-class accommodations and  service. We scoured the globe for some of the dreamiest destinations, so before you plan […]

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

The Madrilenos operate at a different pace of life to most of us. It is relaxed, leisurely and calm. It is very, very Spanish. So, reset your watches and your time-clocks and keep those afternoons slow… it’s not until night-time when Madrid bursts into life. Madrid is a city of over three million, situated on the […]

Photograph of the week: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Photograph of the week: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino is the world’s most famous hotel. It is part of a huge complex that not only includes the luxurious 5-star hotel but also a casino, elegant shopping malls and the iconic Art Science Museum featuring temporary exhibitions. The hotel is connected to the walk around the bay via […]

Top 5 must-stay hotels for a luxury city break

Top 5 must-stay hotels for a luxury city break

Take a break from your daily routine and soak up some culture, indulge in fine dining or enjoy some last minute Christmas shopping in New York, Boston or Chicago. Rekindle the romance in Paris and Rome or immerse yourself in the colourful souks of Marrakech with our top 5 must-stay hotels for a luxury city […]

The top 10 spa hotels in the world

The top 10 spa hotels in the world

A stay at a spa hotel can bring a transformation. Everyday stress melts away in the lap of impeccable luxury and service. Add in the excitement of an interesting destination and the combination becomes too hard to resist. Here’s a look at 10 of the world’s top spa hotels that considers exotic location as well. […]

Foodie finds in Dublin

Foodie finds in Dublin

A city of canals, castles and cream tea, Dublin is full of stony charm and literary allure. Yet in recent years it’s an array of rather spectacular foodie haunts that have been drawing crowds to the capital of the Emerald Isle. Here is our pick of Dublin’s best (or should that be most characterful) restaurants. […]

Australia's top 5 luxury lodges

Australia’s top 5 luxury lodges

While Australia is no stranger to luxurious accommodation options, some stand out head and shoulders above the rest. Here are five of my personal favourites from around the country, from iconic properties in the Great Barrier Reef, to lesser-visited but equally impressive lodges in Tasmania. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, the Blue Mountains 40 stunning […]

4 top Michelin star restaurants in London

4 top Michelin star restaurants in London

London is considered by many to be the best place worldwide for cuisine. Just ask Joël Robuchon, a French chef decorated with more Michelin stars than anyone else alive, who considers London to be the gastronomic capital of the world. With over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants currently in the capital alone, there’s no surprise that London is […]

The 3 best luxury hotels in Madrid, according to Tripadvisor

The 3 best luxury hotels in Madrid, according to Tripadvisor

Love it or hate it, Tripadvisor has become a dominant force in online travel. Whilst its Facebook integration has seemingly made it even stronger, there are one or two older features that remain useful to the luxury traveller. One in particular is the ability to look at traveller ratings from only luxury offerings for a […]

5 South African sundowner spots

5 South African sundowner spots

South Africa is a country famous for its dramatic landscapes, made only more exquisite during a characteristically beautiful sunset – and what better way to enjoy this than with a refreshing sundowner in hand? The notion of a sundowner, supposedly invented in the 1950s, is to enjoy a drink after completing a day’s work, usually as […]

The 10 best 5 star hotels in London

The 10 best 5 star hotels in London

The United Kingdom is home to a wide variety of luxury 5 star hotels with most located in its world famous capital, London. These businesses are crucial to tourism as many of the world’s wealthiest demand the highest standards for their visits to this region. Luckily, London boasts a generous selection of luxury hotels for […]

An award-winning, hidden treasure in Kilkenny, Ireland

An award-winning, hidden treasure in Kilkenny, Ireland

We may not always get the weather, but we do have an abundance of genuinely friendly people, delicious, locally sourced food and luxury accommodation in country estates and castles. Us Irish are waiting to give you a really warm welcome, after all Ireland is the land of “a céad míle fáilte” – a hundred thousand […]

Service with a smile at GLO Hotel Kluuvi, Helsinki

Service with a smile at GLO Hotel Kluuvi, Helsinki

In my final example of great customer service on my latest trip to Finland with American Express, I’d like to highlight the service I received at GLO Hotel Kluuvi in the heart of Helsinki. I stayed at the hotel for three nights and must surely have tested the patience of the receptionists with my many […]

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