Category: Europe

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 […]

5 things to do during Oktoberfest 2014

5 things to do during Oktoberfest 2014

Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival held every year in Munich and they say it’s the world’s largest funfair. As over six million people attended last year, they’re probably right. There are certainly many fun attractions and plenty of Bavaria’s finest food available, but Oktoberfest is synonymous with beer – strong beer at that and […]

5 of the best artisan British gins to try right now

5 of the best artisan British gins to try right now

The story of Britain’s love affair with gin has certainly had its ups and downs (see William Hogarth’s infamous Gin Lane) however despite its rocky past, gin has been making a comeback on the British drinking scene – this time in the hands of new independent craft distilleries. Following in the footsteps of the craft […]

Top 6 regions for a canal cruise in France

Top 6 regions for a canal cruise in France

France is at its best away from the main tourist trails, and a canal cruise is perfect for exploring some of France’s finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture. There are over 2700 miles of inland waterways in France and an integral part of this system is a 750-mile network of canals linking up the […]

5 five star country escapes from London

5 five star country escapes from London

Luxury hotels in Britain are regarded as having an excellent understanding of refinement and true elegance by people seeking the best travelling experience. One staying in such a residence should expect the finest dining, service and surroundings; many top hotels in the UK offer these luxuries in abundance. Check out the list below of five […]

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world's oldest hotels

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world’s oldest hotels

One of the joys of travel is the chance to stay somewhere completely different from your home. And unless home happens to be in a medieval fortress, then opting for a hotel which started life as a castle certainly ticks that box. Built in the 13th century, Ashford Castle in Ireland’s County Mayo is absolutely […]

My top 5 wineries in Europe

My top 5 wineries in Europe

It is nearly impossible to choose my favorite wineries. It’s difficult enough for me to choose my favorite bikes, food, hotels… my travels have brought me to countless vineyards across the beautiful stretches of Europe, and all have impressed me. Now, with harvest season upon us, it feels like the proper moment to pick out […]

Special feature: Airstream, The Quiet Site, Ullswater, Lake District, UK

Special feature: Airstream, The Quiet Site, Ullswater, Lake District, UK

Camping or caravanning might not be everyone’s idea of luxury but, if you’re going to do it, one way to do so with a little comfort, significantly more style than those white caravans that you see, and without any of the hassle of pitching a tent, is with an Airstream; and so we stayed in this iconic vehicle on a […]

Top 10 restaurants in London

Top 10 restaurants in London

Besides the world-famous tourist attractions, acclaimed nightlife, renowned hotels and the West End, the exquisite food on offer in London is another reason to visit the capital. With such a vast number of restaurants to choose from, with too many Michelin stars between them to count, it can all get a bit overwhelming deciding where […]

The 10 best beaches in Catalonia

The 10 best beaches in Catalonia

Catalonia is one of the most perfect places to visit for those dreaming of escaping to the coast. From the fine, golden sands of the Costa Dorada to the rocky, pebbled shores of the Costa Brava, plus some picturesque little towns in between, Catalonia is a beach-lovers paradise. Each of the region’s beaches has its own […]

4 money saving tips for post-Summer sun in Andalusia

4 money saving tips for post-Summer sun in Andalusia

While summer in sunny Andalusia lives out its full term and autumn arrives sublimely, we’re all aware of the abrupt, unofficial end of summer that comes with the close of August and the children’s return to school. For those with a bit of flexibility, September and into October is possibly the best time of year […]

Luxury ski chalet Olympics

Luxury ski chalet Olympics

There’s a competitive streak afoot in the luxury ski chalet world – it was ever thus, every year, someone with more money than a lottery winner ups the ante, adds a new “wow” factor feature to an already amazing residence and raises the bar, newly defining what constitutes the ultimate luxury accommodation. There are no […]

Top 10 luxury rooms with a view

Top 10 luxury rooms with a view

There’s nothing better than rolling over and waking up to a stunning view of our beautiful world. So we’ve searched far and wide for the rooms with some of the most incredible views imaginable, ranging from those only accessible by flying in by helicopter to sleeping outside in the African wilderness for 360 degrees of […]

Photograph of the week: Cala Pi beach, Majorca

Photograph of the week: Cala Pi beach, Majorca

This week’s image is of the Cala Pi beach which is a small sandy beach hidden between amazing rocky seacliffs at the extreme southeast of Majorca – the largest island in the Balearics. There are many hidden beaches in Majorca but this one is a must see for all travellers. The only access is a remarkable […]

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