Category: Vacation Rentals

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

At the start of our mountain bike / island hop adventure in Scotland, we stayed at the Three Glens – an eco-getaway in unspoiled Dumfriesshire, overlooking the village of Moniaive and with beautiful 360-degree views of rolling green hills. This luxury eco house benefits from ground source and solar thermal heating, with an air heat […]

Top 5 celeb houses for rent

Top 5 celeb houses for rent

Ok, you’ve made your pile through sheer talent, skill, luck, inheritance and you’ve acquired the des res of your dreams, would you want to rent it out to the hoi poloi? One can only guess at the motives of the following celebs who have done just that, do they have an urge to demonstrate to […]

Advantages of the long term luxury let

Advantages of the long term luxury let

Everybody loves a summer holiday and rightly so. But this same fact sometimes makes a quality, immersive stay in an enriching location somewhat elusive in these peak months, when even a supposedly “off the beaten path”ť location can become a bit too well tread. Particularly for the Baby Boomer generation and parents with an “empty […]

Suite of the week: Luxury Bali Beach Retreat, Bulung Daya, Bali, Indonesia

Suite of the week: Luxury Bali Beach Retreat, Bulung Daya, Bali, Indonesia

Suite name: Bali Luxury Villa Collection, Bulung Daya Location: Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia Size of accommodation: 480 square metres with a garden of 3,500 square metres Cost per night: from $550 per night What makes it special: Leave stress behind in this luxury beach retreat set in a pristine wild landscape, far from the crowds, with a 33 metres long […]

Luxury in the wilderness: Canada's best lodges

Luxury in the wilderness: Canada’s best lodges

Canada is a country that evokes a sense of untouched landscapes and pristine wilderness teeming with wildlife, where pure mountain air blows across crystal clear glacial lakes. There is no better way to experience this tranquillity than with a stay in a luxury lodge, and Canada has some indulgent options for those looking to do […]

A luxury lodge nestled in a spectacular New Zealand mountain backdrop

A luxury lodge nestled in a spectacular New Zealand mountain backdrop

Tucked away behind large private grounds and with a breath-taking mountain backdrop is Mountain Range Luxury Lodge. Even though the lodge sits just on the outskirts of the Lake Wanaka, New Zealand township, when at the lodge you feel like you are a million miles away from anywhere. Lake Wanaka and the Wanaka township is […]

Santa Fe, New Mexico: two unparalleled stays in "the land of enchantment"

Santa Fe, New Mexico: two unparalleled stays in “the land of enchantment”

The American Southwest is a place of stark, almost unearthly beauty. And the city of Santa Fe is perhaps the most extraordinary urban locale in a region where everything transcends the ordinary.  Condé Nast Traveler calls it one of the top 25 cities of the world, but locals would differ – they’d designate it city […]

Over Yonder Cay – the world’s most stunning private island for hire

Over Yonder Cay – the world’s most stunning private island for hire

Sitting like a jewel in the crown, Over Yonder Cay is the crowning glory of the necklace of islands known as the Exumas in the Bahamas. Its priceless gem-like qualities are plain for all to see; but it is only when you venture ashore that you really realise what a truly rare and exceptional jewel […]

Special feature: Flying Butler apartments by Deep Blue, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK

Special feature: Flying Butler apartments by Deep Blue, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK

Less than an hour west of London lies Kingston-upon-Thames – a thriving suburb of the capital, with a relaxed but vibrant feel to it. There we enjoyed a leisurely stay in one of the brand new Flying Butler apartments by Deep Blue, close to Kingston Bridge and overlooking the River Thames. Once we located the apartment […]

3 unique luxury retreats in Australia

3 unique luxury retreats in Australia

The Australian countryside is home to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife experiences. Parched, red desert sands stretch through the centre; the top end swelters beneath lush jungle canopies; and of course, the iconic coastline creates endless opportunities to surf and swim. It has all the ingredients to make up a […]

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

Top 10 getaways in Europe to visit this Easter

With the Easter weekend fast approaching you’ll no doubt be weighing up your travel options for this year’s holiday treat. The hours of research needed to find the perfect destination and the right accommodation can be more than a little overwhelming. Hardly seems worth it for yet another tourist trap experience. What if you could […]

Interview with Mariek Anselme, Co-Founder of A.M.A. Selections

Interview with Mariek Anselme, Co-Founder of A.M.A. Selections

Mariek Anselme is the Co-Founder of A.M.A Selections, the new premier luxury vacation rental agency on the French Riviera. Mariek currently resides in the South of France near Cannes. Although half French and half American by birth, Mariek grew up moving quite often and has lived in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. […]

6 of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand

6 of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand

If there’s one style of accommodation that sets New Zealand on the very highest plateau of comfort, it’s its famous lodges, invariably owner-run and often found in stunning hideaway locations. Many have a historic pedigree, others having a more contemporary flair, but all offer ideal roosts for those planning to explore the country. Bridge & […]

The top 5 chalets for breathtaking views in the Alps

The top 5 chalets for breathtaking views in the Alps

You’ve booked the chalet, the flights are organised, likewise the ski hire and lift passes. It’s all very exciting and soon you’ll be on the slopes having the time of your life. One aspect sometimes taken for granted is the actual location, the mountains. One of the great things about a ski holiday in the […]

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

We all know that hotels and chalets have upped their standards to create ‘foodie’ experiences; guests now get the opportunity to take cookery classes, go out with the chef and source their own truffles, pick their own fruit and veg and, in some cases, receive a certificate about it for bragging rights back home. ‘Foodies’ […]

Private ski chalet or luxury hotel? The pros and cons in a nutshell

Private ski chalet or luxury hotel? The pros and cons in a nutshell

On the face of it, let’s acknowledge that both options are rather good. Luxury status should afford you a high standard of accommodation, fine dining and excellent facilities at the very least. The differences start to show when it comes down to the service. The clue is in the title. A private ski chalet offers just […]

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