Category: Europe

The top 5 things to do at Tschuggen Bergoase Spa, Arosa, Switzerland

The top 5 things to do at Tschuggen Bergoase Spa, Arosa, Switzerland

Tschuggen Bergoase Spa is located in a picturesque mountain setting 1,800m above sea level in Arosa, in the German-speaking Graubünden region of Switzerland.  The spa, which cost 35 million Swiss Francs to build in 2006, is linked to the five-star Tschuggen Grand Hotel by a glass walkway.  So, what are the ‘top five’ things to […]

3 lakes not to be missed when visiting the Italian Lakes

3 lakes not to be missed when visiting the Italian Lakes

The Italian Lakes region known as Lombardy is a destination unlike no other in Italy. Steeped in history and culture, this region was named after the northern Lombards who conquered it from the Romans centuries ago. A commercial junction in Europe, Lombardy is famous for being the destination where emperors were crowned, but lately more […]

3 great sporting events not to miss in Europe in 2013

3 great sporting events not to miss in Europe in 2013

2012 saw some great sporting events in Europe – most notably the UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, and – of course – the London 2012 Olympics. And 2013 will also be a great year for catching some unique sporting events across the continent. The Six Nations Championship is looming, and the Rugby League […]

A luxury guide to Frankfurt

A luxury guide to Frankfurt

When people think of Frankfurt, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the city’s skyscraper-crowned skyline – a testament to its status as a European centre for business and finance. But when you live here, you see a different side to Frankfurt, and my first thoughts of my home city are of its […]

Solve the riddle and win a stay with Elounda Solfez Villas

Solve the riddle and win a stay with Elounda Solfez Villas

The lovely people at Elounda Solfez Villas (which you may recall we reviewed back in 2010, honoured to be the first guests to ever stay there) have launched a “Fire’s Laughter” competition, giving you the opportunity to win a 7-night stay for 6 people.  Solve the riddle to be in with a chance of winning […]

Special feature: The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Kelso, Scotland

Special feature: The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Kelso, Scotland

The wonderful welcome from Robyn at reception is typical of the staff at the Roxburghe. Always at hand, always willing, yet never interfering. This wonderful Georgian house, owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, is situated on the banks of the River Teviot. This river, together with the Tweed where the Duke also has beats available […]

Rabbits, chutney and old oak beams: Broadgrove House, Somerset

Rabbits, chutney and old oak beams: Broadgrove House, Somerset

Nestled in sweeping green pastures, on the Somerset and Wiltshire border, Broadgrove House is chocolate-box perfect. Fresh from the grueling waters of nearby Vobster Quay, my quest for quiet, warm, comfort was complete. This is a gorgeous B&B. As we drove up the sweeping manicured drive, this old crofter’s cottage was a sight for sore, […]

Cruising one of the most stunning fjords in Norway

Cruising one of the most stunning fjords in Norway

For the first time in two decades, Hurtigruten has expanded its sailing schedule by adding the Hjørundfjord, one of the most stunning fjords in Norway. Located in the Sunnmorsalp mountains, all ships will sail into the fjord between 1st September and 31st October 2013 as part of their daily journey up and down the coast […]

The top 4 luxury spas in France

The top 4 luxury spas in France

France boasts a huge variety of landscapes along with numerous spas that range from exclusive resorts to the ever appealing tiny spa villages. All the luxurious spas in France have the best facilities, so people from all around the world often come here for a relaxing and refreshing holiday. So for those looking for a […]

Heritage London: a stay at The Rookery Hotel

Heritage London: a stay at The Rookery Hotel

Nestled into an unassuming corner of Clerkenwell, The Rookery is a glorious boutique London hideaway. Occupying the old houses of St Peter’s Lane, and around the corner from Old Smithfield’s Market, the Rookery is slap bang in the centre of London’s historical market heartland. The present Smithfield’s Market was established by an Act of Parliament […]

Five star luxury in Venice

Five star luxury in Venice

Surely there is no better way to approach a hotel than travelling up the Grand Canal in the beautiful city of Venice. Our destination was the Ca’Sagredo Hotel, formally a 15th Century palace now declared a national monument housing a five star establishment. Our water taxi was greeted at the hotel’s private dock by a […]

3 sophisticated European locations to celebrate the New Year in style

3 sophisticated European locations to celebrate the New Year in style

There are many different ways in which you can choose to celebrate your New Year – these ideas will let you customise your own celebrations, enjoy the luxury and savour many of the benefits of a top class hotel in the intimacy of your own accommodation. Three ideas that promise to provide a New Year’s […]

Secret London: the St James's Hotel and Club

Secret London: the St James’s Hotel and Club

Checking into the St James’s Hotel and Club is an understated affair. This is one of London’s most discrete, boutique hotels, proffering a sophisticated brand of urban luxury; utilized by a core group of discerning London regulars, and (increasingly) a dazzling resume of international dignitaries and global business scions. Condoleezza Rice stayed here last month. […]

The biggest Christmas tree in the world

The biggest Christmas tree in the world

Often dubbed as ‘the biggest Christmas tree in the world’, the Mount Ingino Christmas Tree can be found near Gubbio in Umbria, Italy. The ‘tree’ is 650 metres high and 350 m wide at its base, and was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records in 1991. The star alone covers 1,000 square metres and the […]

A luxury family break in Marbella

A luxury family break in Marbella

Marbella has always been synonymous with a jet set lifestyle. Puerto Banus’ Marina is a sight to behold, crammed full of luxury super yachts. Designer shops line the streets nearby and people with medically enhanced physiques can be seen walking along as if on a continuous catwalk. Those who have an exclusive pass to drive […]

5 menus not to miss in Malta

5 menus not to miss in Malta

Just a 90 minute ferry ride from Sicily and just north of Tunisia and Libya, this country is small but is a crossroads of culture and cuisine. Gozoitan, Paceville, Malta Gozo is one of the smaller islands in the archipelago that makes up the country of Malta and the restaurant’s name means ‘person from Gozo,’ The owner hails […]

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