Category: Accommodation

Delicious drives in Germany: Kurhaus Binz to Stralsund, via Middelhagen

Delicious drives in Germany: Kurhaus Binz to Stralsund, via Middelhagen

Rested and energised, I prepared for my third and final day with Hertz by the Baltic Sea. After breakfast at the hotel I headed off in my Ford Mustang hire car to the Villa mit Sonnenhof. On my way there, I discovered a small wood shop called Holzkunst nach Wunsch, and decided to stop for […]

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The world’s most expensive macaron, along with your own private butler

Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes, doesn’t it? St. Regis Hotels are especially talented at creating quirky, luxurious temptations. In Istanbul, St. Regis has a special Champagne Sabering Ceremony one evening each week, that kicks off with the manager opening Champagne with a saber. It’s flamboyant, fun and of course a top of the […]

Delicious drives in Germany: Heringsdorf to Kurhaus Binz, via Mellenthin

Delicious drives in Germany: Heringsdorf to Kurhaus Binz, via Mellenthin

The second day of my Delicious Drive road trip with Hertz started off with breakfast at the Strandhotel Heringsdorf. On offer was a lavish breakfast buffet with tasty homemade jams – the perfect refreshment to kick-start a new day by the Baltic Sea. I had a full schedule for the day, starting with a visit […]

Delicious drives in Germany: Dortmund to Heringsdorf, via Loddin

Delicious drives in Germany: Dortmund to Heringsdorf, via Loddin

A road trip is a unique kind of adventure I was lucky enough to experience recently in association with Hertz, the world’s largest car hire company for their First with Hertz campaign. The aim of the trip was to drive around Germany’s Baltic Sea, its islands of Usedom and Rügen, and the Hanseatic city of […]

10 reasons why Bali is TripAdvisor's top destination in the world  for 2017

10 reasons why Bali is TripAdvisor’s top destination in the world for 2017

To those well-acquainted with Bali, this award has been a long time coming. In 2016, TripAdvisor named Bali as the 5th Best Island Destination in the World. Then last month Bali was bestowed the title of Top Holiday Destination in the World for 2017. To put this in perspective, London is 2nd, Paris 3rd, Rome […]

10 of the best hotels for vegan luxury in Thailand

10 of the best hotels for vegan luxury in Thailand

We’ve been visiting Thailand for nearly 20 years, it’s the kind of country that’s easy to fall in love with so it’s no surprise that we find ourselves wanting to go back again and again. The ‘Land of Smiles’ has it all; beaches, islands, national parks, beautiful temples, modern cites, bustling markets and some of […]

10 must-visit celebrity chef restaurants in hotels around the world

10 must-visit celebrity chef restaurants in hotels around the world

You’ve watched them on TV, bought their cookery books, and seen gushing articles referencing Michelin stars… and now they’re drawing diners in their droves to hotels around the world.  Read on for our top picks of the best famous-name hotel restaurants. Gary Rhodes’ Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Méridien, Dubai Who: Gary Rhodes OBE is one […]

Top 5 new hotels in Vietnam

Top 5 new hotels in Vietnam

Vietnam is moving from strength to strength as a travel destination. Its fast-growing economy, large youth population and foreign business investment have all provided fantastic opportunities for the hotel industry. Traditionally, Vietnam has never offered the same amount of super high-end luxury that nearby Southeast Asian countries could. There was a limited choice of ‘crème […]

5 of the most amazing luxury resorts in Bali

5 of the most amazing luxury resorts in Bali

Bali is repeatedly voted as the world’s best tourist destination, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. With white sand beaches, emerald green rice terraces, immersive culture and authentic spirituality, to many people this Indonesian island perfectly encapsulates the idea of an exotic, tropical paradise. Home to some of the world’s best spas, […]

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

Dont travel to Salento searching for Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental Hotels, as you wont find them. Salento is all about boutique hotels, family run businesses and authentic experiences far from the madding crowd. It is all about simplicity and slow-living. I have traveled through white-washed villages and extensive olive groves to find 5 of […]

The 6 most relaxing spa retreats in the Alps

The 6 most relaxing spa retreats in the Alps

In today’s fast and ever-changing world, finding some time to relax is key. If you are looking to recharge your batteries and regain inner peace, the next step is figuring out the best place to go. For myself, I can’t imagine something more relaxing than enjoying the features of a high-class spa. In this article, […]

3 of the best luxury wildlife lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon

3 of the best luxury wildlife lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon

The Ecuadorian Amazon can’t be beaten when it comes to exploring the wildlife of the country; rich with 25,000 specifies of plant life and the chance to see hard-to-find pink river dolphins, it’s easy to find yourself lost in the natural wonders you can find here. It’s one great experience to come here and see […]

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10 great reasons to visit Croatia

Croatia is one of the last unspoiled gems of the Northern Mediterranean. With breathtaking coastal vistas, hidden islands and incredible food and wine, it strikes the perfect balance between relaxation, culture and activity. If you’ve yet to visit Croatia, read on for inspiration on why to go! 1. History and culture Although Croatia is one […]

Here's exactly why you need to visit Columbia, Missouri

Here’s exactly why you need to visit Columbia, Missouri

Maybe it’s the fact that the median ago in Columbia, MO, aka COMO, is under 27 years old that accounts for a city that’s burbling with creativity, innovation, and just plain niceness.  You’ll need a long weekend to fully explore Columbia’s vibrant, tree-lined downtown streets packed with art galleries, indie boutiques, music venues and an […]

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Don’t miss this better kept secret in Rome – as seen in The Guardian

Rome is the perfect city to enjoy the incredible romance of Renaissance palazzos, drink in the beautiful Baroque fountains and surround yourself with incredible Roman classical ruins. Wander out in the evening in that special pulsating energy that permeates the air in Rome, discover the perfect places to enjoy the buzzing aperitivo scene and continue […]

The best luxury hotels at Machu Picchu

The best luxury hotels at Machu Picchu

As one of the greatest historical monuments in the world, Machu Picchu has been on many a traveller’s bucket list since its discovery in 1912. Dating back to the 1500’s, the ruins of this ancient citadel are unmistakable, often shrouded in mist rising from the surrounding cloud forest. It is, without doubt, one of the […]