Category: Hotels

Top 5 wine farm stays in South Africa

Top 5 wine farm stays in South Africa

Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with accommodation in South Africa’s winelands. From 5-star hotels and luxury guest houses, to Cape Manor houses and boutique style lodging, the following establishments offer the highest standards of service, quality, and comfort. You’ll also find superb attractions such as restaurants and spas, and, of course, some of the […]

3 superb boutique accommodations to enjoy in the UK

3 superb boutique accommodations to enjoy in the UK

Restaurants with rooms are great, offering relative luxury, peace and quiet and top-notch food.  We have learnt recently that this is a superb way of taking a weekend break in the UK without breaking the bank but ensuring really good R&R time in very comfortable surroundings and without too many other people.  To get a good […]

Top 5 South African Winelands boutique hotels

Top 5 South African Winelands boutique hotels

For many who love wine and food it is Italy or France which call them in year after year – the Winelands in South Africa has so many benefits – firstly it will be far more economic even with the long haul flight to book a winelands tour in South Africa because of the current […]

A luxury par 3 in Scotland

A luxury par 3 in Scotland

Whether an independent country or part of the United Kingdom, Scotland has plenty to offer the luxury traveller. It has breathtaking scenery, rugged coastlines, a proud culture, centuries of heritage and this year is the Year of the Homecoming – a year long programme of events and activities that shows off all that Scotland has […]

The Atlas Mountains boutique hotel - Domaine Malika

The Atlas Mountains boutique hotel – Domaine Malika

A charming hotel at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco is a rare sight. And if you are on a private tour of Morocco, you should at least spend a night here. The first thing that strikes you is that the owner has chosen not to use wool sofas, wood beams or stuffed […]

10 of the most intimate boutique hotels in South East Asia

10 of the most intimate boutique hotels in South East Asia

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the exclusivity of being in a hotel that caters to just a select few – hotels that are small and intimate. The advantages are many – the best of them being that you are almost family during your stay. More often than not, you will find that the hotel staff […]

5 Las Vegas experiences you won't want to miss

5 Las Vegas experiences you won’t want to miss

Viva Las Vegas! What a city. I’ve been once in my life. Some would say that’s once too many, but no doubt they’re imagining scenes from The Hangover! Are they right though? Is Vegas really that one dimensional? I decided to consult with one of our insiders, a lady by the name of Amy Firmani. […]

A luxury ski chalet built for Royalty

A luxury ski chalet built for Royalty

Klosters has long been a favoured retreat for the aristocracy, movers and shakers and major movie stars and the uber luxurious Chalet Eugenia is one of the reasons why. When Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist, Rolf Theiler first laid eyes on Chalet Eugenia it was love at first sight, he pursued his interest in the property […]

The top 4 historical hotels in Paris

The top 4 historical hotels in Paris

Many hotels are established in buildings originally conceived for different purposes: private mansions, conference centres, apartment blocks, etc. One such example is the Shangri-La, the five-star palace that used to be the private mansion of Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon III’s nephew. Yet Parisian hotels are often rebuked for the small rooms they offer their guests. This […]

Top 10 luxury beach retreats

Top 10 luxury beach retreats

We all need a trip to the beach every now and then to relax with a good book and get lost in our thoughts. So we’ve compiled our favourite beach retreats from the dazzling waters of the Maldives to the mystical mountains of Oman. The chilly end to this summer may have left you yearning […]

Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!

Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!

When most people travel to Louisiana it usually goes something like this: 1. head straight to New Orleans; 2. eat (at overpriced, touristy spots) and drink (way too many watered-down Hurricane cocktails) alongside swarms of other tourists on Bourbon Street; 3. stay wherever you can get reservations in the French Quarter and never leave the area. However, […]

Blogging, Berlin and the BMW X4

Blogging, Berlin and the BMW X4

I had the honour of being invited to Berlin by BMW recently and they arranged for me to be shown the city by Christine Neder, a famous German travel blogger and author of Lilies Diary, as part of their #BMWstories campaign. Christine, herself a resident of Berlin for 4 years, had been given the task […]

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned by cookery writer Lady Claire MacDonald and home to the first Michelin star on Skye, Kinloch Lodge is easily accessible via both the Mallaig-Armadale ferry and the bridge across to Skye. Impressively voted one of the world’s best small hotels in CondéNast Traveller magazine, the entranceway to Kinloch Lodge is littered with some of […]

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 […]

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