Category: Hotels

5 top tips for a perfect weekend in Moscow, Russia

5 top tips for a perfect weekend in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia is sometimes skipped by visitors focused on the European charm of St. Petersburg. But that would be a mistake. Even if you only have a couple of days, don’t miss the vibrant blend of the old and new in Russia’s cosmopolitan capital, home to nearly 12 million. Here are my tips for a […]

5 of the most beautiful ryokan in Japan

5 of the most beautiful ryokan in Japan

Ryokan, or Japanese-style inns, epitomise Japan’s traditional minimalist aesthetic. Japanese architecture and interior design is intimately connected with Zen principles, eschewing unnecessary features in favour of exquisite simplicity. Flashy is not a word in the Japanese vocabulary. Given this, it should not be surprising that the set of criteria by which a ryokan’s quality is […]

Song Saa Private Island Resort

10 of the best luxury eco retreats in Asia

Asia is a fantastic place to enjoy luxury and is also home to some of the best eco retreats in the world. If you’re looking for a dream break that lets you rest your weary body in a sustainable way then we’ve put together ten of the very best places to sit back, relax and […]

Backstage Spa in Zermatt

The top 3 spa retreats in the Alps

When you think about it, water, the giver of life, is the skiers best friend, in many ways. When it’s frozen or in snow form it gives joy to millions of them. After a day on the mountain many of those skiers will wallow in water’s heated and vapourised version, in hot tubs, jacuzzi’s, heated […]

5 of the best Ecuadorian eco-lodge experiences

5 of the best Ecuadorian eco-lodge experiences

The very notion of luxury travel is being re-worked. Old-fashioned, ostentatious “luxury” hotels are clearly outmoded, as today’s high-end travelers are searching for experiential adventure. They are looking to “get inside” a destination – connecting with the indigenous culture, sampling the local food, and appreciating local designs. These modern-day explorers pursue not just vacations, but […]

4 amazing luxury travel itineraries to try for yourself

4 amazing luxury travel itineraries to try for yourself

For almost 30 years Elegant Resorts has been crafting luxury travel itineraries, pioneering the way with a focus on personal, private experiences through the expert knowledge of a team of more than 100 travel experts. And the company’s commitment to service has been reflected in a series of top awards, including Best Small Luxury Tour […]

3 classically luxurious hotels in the Caribbean

3 classically luxurious hotels in the Caribbean

Our selection of ultimate luxury hotels in the Caribbean features three of the Caribbeans timeless classics. From an iconic luxury hotel in Jamaica, a premium all inclusive property in Antigua and a family owned boutique in Grenada our ultimate luxury hotels are classically luxurious with fine dining, spacious accommodation and most importantly… outstanding service. These […]

4 of the best luxury spas in Phuket to nurture your inner bliss

4 of the best luxury spas in Phuket to nurture your inner bliss

Talking about Phuket, 80% of people you talk to relate the city with beautiful beaches and the endless entertaining nightlife. Not everybody knows about Phuket’s more hidden peaceful side, which offers a genuinely luxurious lifestyle with world-class spa treatments and wellness centres. These are our picks for the very best Phuket spas, along with some […]

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court forms part of the five star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort complex – the ‘mother’ hotel to the JA Hotels & Resorts brand, and is tucked away in beautifully landscaped gardens. Unlike many Dubai hotels, this one has a relatively low-key feel (by Dubai standards, at least!) with low-rise buildings but […]

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

Finding and booking boutique hotels the easy way

The term ‘boutique hotel’ dates back to the 1980s and people could be forgiven back then for thinking it was nothing more than a passing fad. More than 30 years on, however, the boutique hotel industry has experienced tremendous growth – it’s become mainstream terminology and, far from just lasting the distance, the popularity of […]

Alila Villas Uluwatu

5 hotels to watch the sun set

Twilight hour, golden hour, magic hour – call it what you want, the setting of the sun is a photographer’s dream, creating nature’s canvas in the sky and filling it with an array of colours and styles: pink, orange, red, yellow, golden, amber, mauve, purple; soft and calm, fiery and streaky, clear and majestic. We […]

Amankila arrival

Special feature: Amankila, Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a curious destination. An island of nearly 6,000 square kilometres featuring incredible geographical contrasts, and culturally at odds with the larger nation in which it resides, Bali is known the world over as a spiritual getaway. But the island of Bali is disturbed; rampant commercialism, consumerism and development in the Bukit Peninsula, a […]

6 can't miss experiences in Florence

6 can’t miss experiences in Florence

Florence (or Firenze, its Italian name) is a magical place to spend a romantic getaway, or even a family holiday. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, magnificent architecture and history confront you at every turn, and as the gateway to Tuscany, the cuisine is no less impressive. Whether it’s a first visit or a return […]

1. Dine at Bhairo restaurant; stay at Taj Lake Palace

10 magical North Indian experiences

India is an incredible country packed with diverse things to see and do. To accomplish everything in one trip is nigh on impossible, so you need to pick your battles and aim for the best bits first to ensure you don’t miss out. We all know about the Taj Mahal and beaches of Goa, but […]

A visit to Frankfurt's best new restaurant

A visit to Frankfurt’s best new restaurant

The highlight of our recent stay in Frankfurt – other than the private flight with Jetfly to get there – was dinner at the newly-opened, pan-Asian restaurant, Breeze by lebua at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel – already an esteemed culinary destination and home to the Michelin-starred restaurant Francais. But, before all that, we called at […]

5 things to do for the perfect romantic stay in Paris

5 things to do for the perfect romantic stay in Paris

Paris is known as the ‘City of Love’ and it is not just because many movies and novels portray it as the most romantic city in the world. The city has such a rich cultural heritage that anyone who visits is bound to fall in love with it. With so many amazing attractions and a […]

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