Category: Restaurants

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

We have just returned from Ireland where we spent the week at the five star Sheen Falls Lodge hotel on the outskirts of Kenmare, County Kerry. Rather than staying in the hotel itself, we were in one of the hotel’s ‘villa rental’ properties, known as Little Hay Cottage. This thatched, two-bedroomed property gives you the […]

The ultimate island guide

The ultimate island guide

Think island-living and do you imagine being shipwrecked on a deserted island, Robinson Crusoe style, but perhaps a little less rustic and a little more luxurious living? This can either be your idea of complete paradise or confined torture. But lucky for some there can be more to island living than lying on a perfect […]

5 tips to using TripAdvisor to find a restaurant in Italy

5 tips to using TripAdvisor to find a restaurant in Italy

You are on vacation in Italy, and want to find a great restaurant in which to enjoy a great meal. You turn to TripAdvisor to help you locate a place, but are faced with wading through dozens of options. How do you find the perfect place without spending hours on line doing research? I use TripAdvisor, […]

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

lebua at State Tower is known for its golden dome with its fantastic view, fine dine cuisine and luxury accommodation. It became especially famous after the launch of the well known film “The Hangover Part II”  and now is a ‘must see, must stop’ destination when visiting Bangkok, Thailand. The image below was taken during Jon Raho’s first […]

The world's best Pinot Noir

The world’s best Pinot Noir

The Mission Hill Family Estate in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley region has beaten 14,000 wines from 62 regions around the world to win a coveted International Trophy, the competition’s top award, for its Mission Hill 2011 Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir (Decanter World Wine Awards under £15 category, London, October 2013). It is the first time […]

Top 10 luxury hotels in the Maldives

Top 10 luxury hotels in the Maldives

The Maldives is one of those picture-perfect destinations that are completely true to the pictures on the front of the postcards. The extremely high standard of its luxury hotels and the spectacular diving aside, it’s hard to find a destination to rival its display of sharp and intense colour – the iridescent turquoise waters, the […]

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Hopping on a jet to Barcelona at the spur of the moment during the height of tourist season is not a smart move. I did it anyway, and my first 48 hours in town could inspire a whole book of travel “don’ts”. Yet even dumb choices can have wonderful outcomes. In this case, leaping before […]

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

For many years Berlin was not thought of as a worthwhile luxury destination. Who wanted to visit a city with a big ugly wall through it and an unstable political and military situation? But in the last 23 years Berlin has gone through a radical and remarkable transformation. I constantly hear from people visiting Berlin […]

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

A stay at the Carlton Hotel, New York

Good hotels are a dime-a-dozen in Manhattan, so an establishment needs real pizzazz to stand out. For me, The Carlton is one of those hotels that outshines its competitiors, and it does so by virtue of its superb location – bang in the middle of Madison Avenue – and its supremely comfy beds (more on […]

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state continues to be recognised as one of the best regions for fine dining, award-winning wine and creative cooking in the USA. Home to the famous ‘Culinary Institute of America’, which is noted as the world’s premier culinary college, the State offers food fans a chance to experience America’s passion for cooking. With […]

Photograph of the week: The view from Emeril's Restaurant, Universal CityWalk Orlando

Photograph of the week: The view from Emeril’s Restaurant, Universal CityWalk Orlando

Theme parks are rarely celebrated for their fine dining but as the world’s number one travel destination, Orlando, at times may surprise even the most cynical of travellers. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse placed his faith in Universal and chose this stunning spot to present his signature cuisine to the world. The celebrated TV Chef, owner […]

Day 7 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Day 7 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Today was a well-earned rest day and an opportunity to do some sightseeing in Delhi. Unfortunately, it was one of those days that just didn’t go as smoothly as it might. The traffic didn’t help matters and, take note, a number of Delhi attractions are closed on Mondays, but unfortunately our guide didn’t appear to […]

Day 6 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Mahendranagar to New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Day 6 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Mahendranagar to New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Once again we’re up early and away. There’s more than 300 kilometres to cover today in order for us to reach Delhi but, with a border crossing, some rough roads and the onslaught of Delhi to contend with, we need time to be on our side. Our trip leader Hans has already done a lot […]

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

October is a great month for visiting Mallorca – particularly if you’re a foodie. There’s lots of room on the beaches, the sea is warm, the island is lush and green, and there are two upcoming events that could tempt you to book a last minute short break on the Spanish island, which remains mainly […]

Day 5 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar #SilkTrail2013

Day 5 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar #SilkTrail2013

We get a wake up call at 6.30am with the intention of an 8am departure. I pull back the curtains and am presented with a view of a stack of bricks and a mound of sand. This “hotel” has certainly been the most basic so far, but I’m told that it will be surpassed in terms […]

Top 10 European restaurants in Hong Kong

Top 10 European restaurants in Hong Kong

Mention Hong Kong and food, and tiny morsels of delicately packed dim sum in light bamboo baskets spring to mind. That should come as no surprise – situated at the Southeastern tip of Canton, Hong Kong has some of the world’s best Cantonese cuisine. But many visitors (and locals alike) miss out on the high […]

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