Category: Hotels

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Just a short drive from Portree is the village of Sconser from where you can take the CalMac ferry, MV Coruisk, to the island of Raasay. Raasay is just 14 miles long and 4 miles wide, with a population of around 200 people. Taking her name from the freshwater Loch Coruisk on the Isle of […]

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Arisaig House is very much a family operation (led by Peter and Sarah Winnington-Ingham), perfectly situated for exploring the West Highlands. From here, you can also easily reach the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, explore Knoydart, or venture north towards Skye. The house dates back to 1864 but was transformed in the 1930s. […]

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

In 1973 Robin Buchanan-Smith, a Church of Scotland minister, bought the Isle of Eriska with his wife Sheena and, more than 40 years on, it remains in the family to this day, with elder son Beppo now at the helm and very much involved in the day-to-day running of the hotel. Over those four decades, the property […]

The top 5 hotels in Abu Dhabi

The top 5 hotels in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi may not be a flashy and over-the-top as Dubai, but it has emulated Dubai’s success in building itself into a booming city that has risen from the desert sands. It may not shout about it, but there’s plenty to explore in the Capital of the United Arab Emirates, and these are the top […]

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

Courchevel is known as ‘the millionaire’s playground’ but what can you really get for your money? I have been holidaying in Courchevel since I was a child, and now, selling it as a ‘go to destination’ for my high net worth clients, I have seen it evolve over the past 20 years, today, you can […]

9 intimate, luxurious hideaways fit for Royalty and celebrities

9 intimate, luxurious hideaways fit for Royalty and celebrities

Does the phrase “fit for Royalty” sound good to you? Or maybe these days we judge the beauty and exclusivity of a luxury getaway by the celebrities who have visited it. Here are 9 intimate, luxurious hideaways that are fit for Royalty and celebrities – some of which have already been visited by them. 1. […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared diver scallops with a cauliflower purée, chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared diver scallops with a cauliflower purée, chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Try this wonderful recipe for pan-seared diver scallops at home. Enjoy a culinary adventure featuring compelling blends of international and local culinary traditions as well as a magnifique boost to a healthy lifestyle. Diver scallops make for a great meal because of their very high protein content, essential micronutrients and low fat count. All of […]

48 hours in Barcelona

48 hours in Barcelona

A lot has been said and written about Barcelona. But no amount of reading ever prepares you for this beautiful, cosmopolitan European city. A true melting pot of history, art, culture, gastronomy and all things modern, Barcelona is buzzing with tourists all year round. During my recent trip to Barcelona I realised that if planned […]

Top 3 escapes for gourmands

Top 3 escapes for gourmands

Gourmands and epicureans will go where their taste buds lead; lovers of fine food know no bounds, scouring the world for fresh and innovative culinary experiences, and hotels are increasingly aligning themselves with this rise in gastronomic tourism. Here is our pick of the top three ‘foodie’ events this autumn. Arabian avant-garde in an urban […]

Luxury in the Outback

Luxury in the Outback

Some 20 million years in the making, the Kimberley region of Western Australia is regarded as one of the world’s ‘last true wilderness areas’. Among its many scenic wonders are the Horizontal Waterfalls, the beehive like formations of the Bungle Bungle mountains in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park and 900 sq km […]

5 five star country escapes from London

5 five star country escapes from London

Luxury hotels in Britain are regarded as having an excellent understanding of refinement and true elegance by people seeking the best travelling experience. One staying in such a residence should expect the finest dining, service and surroundings; many top hotels in the UK offer these luxuries in abundance. Check out the list below of five […]

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world's oldest hotels

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world’s oldest hotels

One of the joys of travel is the chance to stay somewhere completely different from your home. And unless home happens to be in a medieval fortress, then opting for a hotel which started life as a castle certainly ticks that box. Built in the 13th century, Ashford Castle in Ireland’s County Mayo is absolutely […]

4 of the best luxury retreats in Australasia and SE Asia

4 of the best luxury retreats in Australasia and SE Asia

From resort spas to holistic retreats there seems to be an ever-growing number of luxury retreats around the world promising impressive results in a short amount of time. Whether you choose to be pampered and relaxed or invigorated and reconnected you can reap the many benefits of a week long stay at one of these […]

The best NYC luxury hotels with a pool

The best NYC luxury hotels with a pool

What are the best New York City luxury hotels with a swimming pool? Many people visiting NYC with kids ask me this question, as do some guests who regularly swim laps for exercise. Space is at a premium in NYC, so there are very few luxury hotels with a swimming pool. It’s a great amenity, […]

A visit to Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot

A visit to Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot

A lunch at Richard Branson’s retreat, a mere 45 minutes drive from Marrrakech can be a good excuse to escape Marrakech and the hustle and bustle of its Medina and crowded souks. Most make it part of a day trip from Marrakech into the surrounding Atlas Mountains. Some also want to get a taste of the […]

Luxury ski chalet Olympics

Luxury ski chalet Olympics

There’s a competitive streak afoot in the luxury ski chalet world – it was ever thus, every year, someone with more money than a lottery winner ups the ante, adds a new “wow” factor feature to an already amazing residence and raises the bar, newly defining what constitutes the ultimate luxury accommodation. There are no […]

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