Category: Europe

7 artists' reactions to a luxury island off the west coast of Ireland

7 artists’ reactions to a luxury island off the west coast of Ireland

The private island of Inish Turk Beg, available for hire off the West coast of Ireland, is a place where ‘Life’s Vividly Lived’. Home to award-winning accommodation, fine artisan whiskey and smoked fish, spectacular scenery and free-spirited adventure, the island has been a source of inspiration for those that go there – artists, musicians, and visitors alike. […]

Top 10 charming European towns and cities

Looking for somewhere in Europe with distinctive charm?  Then take a look at this recently-published Tripadvisor list of the top 10 charming European towns and cities. Unlike many previous TA lists that we’ve published, this one isn’t overly-dominated by any one country but instead offers a good mix of options. Let us know what you […]

Cruel hotel ‘ghost’ joke

Forgive me because I don’t know the name of the hotel but I think it’s in Madrid… anyway, even if your Spanish isn’t up to much, you’ll soon get the idea – clearly someone has a rather warped sense of humour!

The top 10 cities to visit in 2011

The top 10 cities to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet earlier this year produced a list of the top 10 cities to visit in 2011. It wasn’t just ‘yet another top 10 list’ – well, it was, but it at least gave some good reasons for why each place was worthy of visiting this year. Here’s their top 10 and, if you want […]

A unique opportunity to see a jewel of the Roman Renaissance

The magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Rome, home to the French Embassy, usually closed to the public is exceptionally open this year, until 27th April 2011 for a great exhibition of about 150 works of art gathered from some of the major Italian and French museums, but also from USA and other European collections. The main […]

Plovdiv – a traveller's hidden gem

Plovdiv – a traveller’s hidden gem

In recent years Bulgaria has started growing as a destination on the European travelling circuit. The reason why Bulgaria is a holiday destination is because it offers wonderful sunshine on golden beaches in the summer and mountainous getaways with ample skiing opportunities in the winter. While Bulgaria’s tourism fortunes have changed in the past few […]

A fine Chianti classic

A fine Chianti classic

As you wind your way up through the canopy of twisted oaks and slopes, filled with olive trees and vines you’ll begin to hear the strains of Puccini in your ears. Arriving at a the tiny Tuscan village of Moncioni, drop your bags in the cool welcoming lobby before scurrying out onto the lavender-filled terrace […]

Enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled escape at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort

Enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled escape at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort

Add a slice of adventure to your life with an adrenaline-filled short break at the luxurious five-star Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork, Ireland. Stay for two nights in a deluxe room, including breakfast both mornings, and experience the beautiful coastline and surrounding countryside of East Cork from a different perspective by taking part in an […]

19 of the world's sexiest hotels

19 of the world’s sexiest hotels

Just two weeks after The Luxury Travel Bible issued a press release with its top 10 sexiest hotels in the world for Valentine’s, I’ve been sent an email by Tripadvisor with their own top 10 sexy hotels.  Perhaps not surprisingly, there aren’t many that are common to both lists.   Here are the two lists: […]

The best après-ski spots in Val d'Isère

The best après-ski spots in Val d’Isère

Proud to be one of the most exciting and lively après-ski resorts in the Alps, Val d’Isère is set to make this season its best yet, with a host of new openings, celebrations and end-of-season parties that will be hard to forget. Whilst infamous for its unforgettable skiing possibilities, Val d’Isère also has an unrivalled […]

Great opportunity for tennis fans in Zurich

Great opportunity for tennis fans in Zurich

This year, tennis legends Tim Henman and Pete Sampras are joining the BNP Paribas Zurich Open for the first time. Their inclusion makes the Open one of the top fields on the ATP Champions Tour as they play alongside the likes of John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic and Henri Leconte, all hitting Zurich next week […]

The world’s scariest footpath and motorbike trail

There’s nothing luxurious here, but I think anyone with a love of travel would find it interesting, so I’m sharing it regardless!  First up, a footpath that’s being billed on YouTube as the world’s scariest.  El camino del ray is a via ferrata that’s now fallen into a state of disrepair, located in the province […]

The wonderful world of Venice, Italy

The wonderful world of Venice, Italy

Venice, a part of Italy that many Venetians consider a separate country, and it that is hard to argue with as it is much different than most other parts of Italy with the many canals and no personal vehicles allowed. Walking Venice is a wonderful and even romantic way to see the sites, as you […]

The most luxurious places in Northern Tuscany: Riviera-Versilia

The most luxurious places in Northern Tuscany: Riviera-Versilia

Versilia Riviera, set on the Northern Tuscany coast, has become a favourite retreat for celebrities and wealthy vacationers. Its reputation dates to the 1960s, when industrialists made wealthy by a booming economy chose Versilia as a place to get away – followed soon thereafter by the Prince and Princess of Piedmont, who eventually chose Viareggio’s […]

Lindt World of Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany

Lindt World of Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is a gorgeous and ancient city, snuggled right next to the Rhine River so, like most of the German river towns and cities, it is extremely accessible by river cruise ships. You can tour the lovely cathedral, stroll the cobblestone streets, have a coffee at one of the cafes or shop for beautiful […]

Some of the most beautiful lakes in the world

Some of the most beautiful lakes in the world

Lakes are one of our more familiar geographical phenomena; punctuating the landscape and offering some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Found in all shapes, sizes, colours and even concentrations (consider the Dead Sea), the beauty and mystery of a lake is something that can inspire creativity, passion or in the case of Loch Ness, […]

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