Category: Accommodation

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 […]

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Run by Rick and Georgie de Boer (son-in-law and daughter to the owners of Peinmore House next door), Canowindra B&B lies on the outskirts of Portree on the Isle of Skye. This luxury bed and breakfast is overlooked by Ben Tianavaig with stunning views of the Cuillin mountain range to the south and the Old […]

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: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned and very ably run by Don and Margaret Greer since 2007, Peinmore House is a beautifully kept B&B that can be found by following a signpost to the Braes on the outskirts of Portree. From this peaceful location, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Cuillins to the south and the distinctive Old Man […]

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 […]

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Today I ask the question: is it possible to go on holiday and detox, or keep up with your training routine whilst abroad? Personally I find it very difficult, mainly because I often travel for business, which involves meetings over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to that a constant flow of wine and a busy […]

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. […]

5 things to look for in a ski chalet this Winter

5 things to look for in a ski chalet this Winter

It’s almost that time of year again for the age old dilemma of where to go on your ski holiday; so many choices; should it be catered, self catered, hotel or chalet, or maybe even an apartment? If you’re choosing to go down the chalet route this winter (a route which is becoming increasingly more […]

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 […]

Africa's top 5 fly camps

Africa’s top 5 fly camps

Fly camping in Africa is a wonderful and wholly unique experience which is a ‘must-have’ addition to any luxury safari. A fly camping excursion will take you out into remote parts of the bush which are not always reachable by vehicle. To spend a night out in the dry African bush is magical, you lie […]

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