Category: Europe

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

Visitors to Florence don’t usually see its true architectural legacy as they wander the cobbled streets. That’s because so much of the city’s artistry and opulence remain discreet; tucked-away like long-held secrets behind unadorned walls of stucco and stone. Even a treasure like the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze blends so faultlessly with adjacent structures that […]

The most decadent dining in Italy

The most decadent dining in Italy

Although good meals in Italy aren’t exactly hard to find, there are a few choice places that really kick things up a gear. Whether you’re celebrating something specific or just want to end your holiday in style, take the time to venture away from your Italian villa rental and find these fine dining establishments – […]

5 of the best beaches in Andalucia

5 of the best beaches in Andalucia

With biblical flooding in the UK and lingering winter storms battering the US and much of western Europe, it’s not too soon to look forward to beach weather, right? Given that the southern coast of Andalucia boasts the best climate in Europe with many areas averaging more than 300 days of sunshine per year, you […]

London's hottest new hangout

London’s hottest new hangout

The fashionable new hangout in London’s Marylebone made a timely debut last week that coincided with London Fashion Week. Chiltern Firehouse is renowned hotelier André Balazs’ most recent venture. And if our soft-launch experience of it is anything to go by, this is one hot new spot that will live up to the hype. A […]

Top 6 places to wine and dine in London

Top 6 places to wine and dine in London

Busy London city streets are packed with all kinds of eateries and bars; from the famous market stalls and small pubs in Camden to the top end restaurants and bars in the West End. With all of this choice available, how do you decide what is the best and what really tops the restaurant and […]

18 reasons to drop everything and visit Benicassim, Spain

18 reasons to drop everything and visit Benicassim, Spain

It’s always fun to be the first one out of your group of friends and family to discover somewhere new and interesting. You may have heard of Benicassim because of its famous music festival, but this gorgeous, stylish town on Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast has at least 18 reasons to encourage you to drop everything […]

Family fun in Hawaii, luxury in Nevis, a Disneyland members-only club and skiing in Val d'Isere

Family fun in Hawaii, luxury in Nevis, a Disneyland members-only club and skiing in Val d’Isere

I was recently invited to join the Luxury Travel Blog Network, a group of leading, like-minded, luxury travel bloggers from various corners of the globe. This is just an opportunity for us to share what we’ve each been up to each month. Regular readers of ALTB will already be aware that I enjoyed a lovely […]

Special feature: Polurrian Bay Hotel, Lizard, Cornwall, UK

Special feature: Polurrian Bay Hotel, Lizard, Cornwall, UK

The West Country has had its fair share of publicity lately thanks in no small part to the storms over the last few weeks and the media coverage that’s accompanied them – so much so that Visit Cornwall even produced a video to say they were very much open, accompanied by the #openforbusiness hashtag. Living […]

Real Greece in 7 days following the steps of Centaur

Real Greece in 7 days following the steps of Centaur

Pelion is a very pivotal location and in ancient times played an important role in Greek commerce and culture. The fact that it is cited in the center of Greece, the physiology, and also the desire of residents to explore and evolve very quickly, made it a great center of the ancient world.   Pelion is […]

4 Loire Valley chateaux that are perfect for kids

4 Loire Valley chateaux that are perfect for kids

The Loire valley is world renowned for its magnificent chateaux and fine wine. At first glance, however, the region does not seem particularly appropriate for kids. With all the chateaux nestled along the River Loire, it is important to pick the right ones, because there is no escaping that some are a bit on the […]

The best baguettes in Paris

The best baguettes in Paris

Walking towards the metro with the promise of sunshine teasing me from behind a few grey  clouds, I  noticed  not one, not two but several Parisians enjoying a petite dejeuner,  a fresh baguette right out of the bag!  That vision drove me to find the perfect baguette in the City of Light, and I think […]

Florence the Magnificent

Florence the Magnificent

I was once told by an Italian friend, “the world is divided into two: The Tuscans and the Jealous.” Standing outside the Palazzo Vecchio I was forced to agree. There, beneath the imposing presence of Michelangelo’s David (a copy – the original was moved indoors away from the pigeons about 140 years ago ) I […]

Top 10 islands in the world

Top 10 islands in the world

Popular travel review site TripAdvisor has come out with the results of its annual Travellers’ Choice® awards. Among them are the awards for the best islands in the world. Wonder which ones made the top 10, according to the opionions of TripAdvisor readers? Then read on… 1. Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes For the second year […]

Andorra hosts Cirque du Soleil events

Andorra hosts Cirque du Soleil events

Cirque du Soleil is bringing a new, free, open-air event to the Principality of Andorra in summer 2014 that is created especially for the country. Inspired by Andorra’s colours and contrasts, ‘Scalada’ is an exclusive show combining spectacular acrobatics, costumes, lighting and scenery to tell the story of one of Europe’s smallest countries. The world’s […]

Top 3 vintage flying experiences in Britain

Top 3 vintage flying experiences in Britain

Britain has always had a proud aviation heritage brimming with heroic war stories but when it comes to great British aviation, there are three landmark vintage airplanes that are still the pride of Britain’s skies. We’ve picked out our favourite luxury flying experiences to give you a taste of the thrill and the history behind […]

Top 5 luxury ski chalets for families

Top 5 luxury ski chalets for families

It’s no accident that half term is one of the busiest periods for the ski industry. It’s an opportunity for parents to take their children for a weeks skiing and a lot of parents do just that, creating a mini boom, mid-season. One thing guaranteed to make that week a success is a family friendly […]

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