Category: Regions

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

This stunning shot of Sugarloaf Rock as seen from the Cape to Cape track shows the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in Australia’s South-West. The Cape to Cape track is an iconic Australian coastal walk in the world-renowned Margaret River region, which winds through beach, bush and the Boranup Karri forest. Thank you to […]

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby […]

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 […]

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

As mentioned in previous posts, I was honoured last month to be invited to ITLM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia 2014, held in Shanghai. This is an exclusive invitation-only event and this year the official party for the event was hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts and held at The Fairmont Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s […]

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

As part of ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) 2014 in Shanghai – an invitation-only event bringing together la crème de la crème of the luxury travel industry, I was invited to a VIP media welcome party to celebrate the opening of the event. This was an opportunity to experience the height of luxury and indulge […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared aubergine and fennel salad

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared aubergine and fennel salad

You are in for a treat with this Moroccan-inspired salad that is both refreshing and smoky, and perfect for a Summer’s day al fresco lunch. Using the freshest ingredients, and with a bit of imagination, you can picture yourself eating it overlooking the bustling Djemaa-el-Fna square in Marrakech. Serves 6. Enjoy! Ingredients 3 aubergines 2 small fennel bulbs 3 […]

Short stay: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

Short stay: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

This year I had the pleasure of attending ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia – an exclusive, invitation-only event held in Shanghai – and stayed in the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai which was very conveniently located opposite the event venue. I only stayed a few nights and spent most of the time attending events, but here’s […]

6 of the best baguettes de tradition in Paris

6 of the best baguettes de tradition in Paris

It’s a triage that should rightly take a lifetime, but given the “French Bread Law” (Décret n° 93-1074 du 13 septembre 1993), our choices are somewhat narrowly defined as to what is legally considered the Baguette de Tradition. So many baguettes (and croissants) sold in boulangeries are pre-made with commercial frozen dough, that specifications were […]

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

If you’re looking for a luxury riding holiday in the UK, then look no further than bespoke horseback adventure organiser Liberty Trails. Established by Elaine Prior following three years of negotiation with landowners and National Park authories, the company offers horseback safaris for discerning riders across Dartmoor, combined with gastronomic adventures in close partnership with Relais […]

5 of the best family holiday destinations  for 'reconnecting with family'

5 of the best family holiday destinations for ‘reconnecting with family’

Traveling with my kids allows me the privilege of reliving my childhood – i can see things from a child’s perspective – I get to play like a kid with my kids, doing the things my Dad did with me. Jumping into pools. Diving off his shoulders. Playing tennis, throwing a ball, endless battles of […]

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

Every year sees a great many new hotels open and 2014 is no different. The major hotel brands are reacting to the market and diversifying as it is no longer enough to offer one brand and one product. Hilton, Marriott and Starwood amongst many others have different brands to suit different market needs. Whether it […]

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

This image was taken around midnight from Star Clippers’ ‘Royal Clipper’, looking straight up at the stars above the Adriatic while sailing from Venice to Rovinj in Croatia. Royal Clipper has five masts and 42 sails and is the largest commercial passenger vessel of its kind. The photographer used a 60 second exposure with the […]

The top 4 brasseries in Paris

The top 4 brasseries in Paris

France in general and Paris more specifically are well-known for their gastronomy. Yet, in the capital of France the choices for finding reasonable and good places to eat is really wide and not always easy. This is why I would like to recommend you today four famous places and affordable brasserie located in historical areas […]

The best terraces to enjoy a drink in Paris

The best terraces to enjoy a drink in Paris

Summer is finally here, and that’s cause for celebration. Whether you’re going to hang out on the Bank of the Seine River or spend your time sipping rosé by the canal St.-Martin, summer is a time to relax and enjoy Paris in all its glory. So what could be more pleasant than to enjoy the […]

5 of the best golf and spa resorts in South Africa

5 of the best golf and spa resorts in South Africa

South Africa is a playground for golfing holidays, with pristine courses appearing almost everywhere from the coastline to the heart of the bush. Here is a selection of the country’s top golf resorts that cater to golfers, but also offer excellent spa facilities to their partners who prefer to spend their holidays off the greens. […]

6 of the best bars in Bali

6 of the best bars in Bali

Synonymous with tropical luxury, Bali is an urban travelers island dream. As a tourist mecca it seems cutting edge bars and restaurants are invading Bali’s heady streets and lining the beaches at an undeniably fast past. Visitors could literally spend weeks in Bali eating out morning, noon and night and still not touch the sides […]

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