Category: Going Out

Special feature: Congham Hall, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK

Special feature: Congham Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK

If you are looking for somewhere to totally relax and unwind, then you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere more peaceful than Congham Hall where we have just spent the past week. Recently named as winner of the Best UK Small Hotel at the International Hotel Awards, this Georgian country house is home to a hotel, […]

Top 5 places you can enjoy luxury in London

Top 5 places you can enjoy luxury in London

Beautiful London is the perfect getaway for a luxury vacation. A vibrant city packed with gorgeous architecture, award-winning bars and restaurants and world-famous attractions. If it’s glamour you’re looking for, then this is the place to be. Here’s our hit list of the Big Smoke’s most luxurious destinations. 1. Harrods, Knightsbridge The world famous department […]

Northern Lights of Tromso, Norway

Northern Lights of Tromso, Norway

The perfect flakes of snow wandered past the hotel window, descending gracefully, almost reluctantly. They were things of beauty but they did not bode well for the night ahead. It is simply not possible to see the glory of the Northern Lights with snow spilling out of the sky, and we were due to hunt […]

Savour the sound of silence at Mallorca’s Castell Son Claret

Savour the sound of silence at Mallorca’s Castell Son Claret

Magaluf’s infamous reputation as a party-hard resort should not put you off discovering what the rest of the beautiful island of Mallorca has to offer. The luxury market is a growing (and lucrative) one on Mallorca - which boasts hotels under the Jumeirah, St Regis, and Marriott brands, and will have a Park Hyatt from 2015. But there has […]

Extraordinary cruises part 1: cruising the Arabian Gulf

Extraordinary cruises part 1: cruising the Arabian Gulf

The Queen Mary II called on Abu Dhabi for the first time in March. Dubai is moving again at warp speed to entice and enthral travelers with new hotels and experiences. Other ports in the Middle East are a little iffy at this time and pirates are still trolling the Horn of Africa. So am […]

Conrad Algarve hosts Cristina Bergoglio exhibition

Conrad Algarve hosts Cristina Bergoglio exhibition

Whilst the Algarve is renowned for golden sandy beaches and premier golf courses, the area has plenty of culture on offer too.  The ArtCatto Gallery in Loulé is currently presenting the work of the painter and architect Cristina Bergoglio at the Conrad Algarve Hotel in Quinta do Lago, Portugal. Argentine artist Cristina creates mixed media cityscapes, that […]

Japan: culinary capital of the world

Japan: culinary capital of the world

Forget France, Japan is new the culinary centre of the world. And with a capital city that’s home to more Michelin stars than any other, it’s perhaps no wonder. Whether your preference is for sake or sushi, here is my pick of the top 5 eateries to really sink your teeth into on a trip […]

When in Rome... a luxury trip crafted by insiders

When in Rome… a luxury trip crafted by insiders

It may have first been uttered in 387AD, but never could the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” have been so apt as during my recent stay at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, where attentive staff are only too happy to share insider tips on where to go and what to see. The hotel […]

Sliding Rock at Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Sliding Rock at Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

The water is said to be icy cold and the rocks very slippery, but if you happen to be at Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, this is an experience you might not want to miss! Close to Asheville, this natural slide has become something of a tourist attraction and offers a 60-foot long adrenaline rush. […]

Gastronomy in Copenhagen

Gastronomy in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has become something of a global food Mecca over the last few years and the new 2013 Michelin guide, which was published in March, bestowed a total of 15 Michelin stars on 13 restaurants in Copenhagen – more than any other Scandinavian city. Restaurant noma, the pioneer of New Nordic Cuisine, has retained its […]

Australia's top 10 secrets

Australia’s top 10 secrets

The Australian travel magazine, Australian Traveller, has announced the 100 Best Travel Secrets of Australia in a special collectors’ edition of the magazine. The number one secret, Whites Beach in Byron Bay was one of the many stunning beaches to make the list. Several surprises made the top 10 – including Australia’s most expensive secret, Emirates […]

Thankfully, some things never change: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Thankfully, some things never change: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

A lady never tells her age, but I will divulge that although this grande dame is the oldest hotel in Asia (her looks have held up exceedingly well) you can still count on your stay at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok to provide unsurpassed excellence in style, comfort and service. The Oriental (as the locals refer […]

Chocolate frenzy in Kissimmee

Chocolate frenzy in Kissimmee

The sweetest attraction has just opened in Kissimmee, Florida. The Chocolate Kingdom Factory Adventure Tour is a chocolate retailer, museum and factory that demonstrates how chocolate is made from bean to bar.  Your Personal Chocolate Tour Guide joins forces with a handsome Prince and his Dragon sidekick to take guests through a Cacao Tree Greenhouse, […]

Hong Kong - brimming with Michelin stars

Hong Kong – brimming with Michelin stars

Hong Kong, already renowned for showcasing the best of the best of Chinese cooking, is fast becoming a hub for foodies around the world, highlighted by the latest edition of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong. The city has long been dedicated to nurturing the culinary talent of local chefs and the first Michelin-starred Chinese chefs […]

Top 5 family adventures to enjoy in Jordan

Top 5 family adventures to enjoy in Jordan

Families looking for a change of pace on their next holiday should look no further than Jordan, a destination that offers a unique combination of adventure and education. Jordan’s rich culture and heritage brings about a sense of adventure and discovery reminiscent of the great explorers and adventurers like Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones and […]

New hotel opens in Bali

New hotel opens in Bali

Archipelago International‘s newest up market hotel brand, Alana, launches this month with the opening of its flagship property in Bali. The Alana Vasanti – Seminyak sits in the heart of Petitenget in South Bali in the direct vicinity of Bali’s most popular restaurants and club locale whilst enjoying a serene setting enclosed by emerald green […]

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