Category: Europe

Learn to cook like a Michelin-starred chef in France

Learn to cook like a Michelin-starred chef in France

Home to local ‘chef celébre’ Serge Gouloumès, Le Mas Candille is a haven for food lovers. The gastronomic delights on offer from the hotel’s restaurant Candille promise one of the finest dining experiences on the French Riviera. Famous for incorporating exotic flavours into his native Provençal cooking Serge’s signature dishes include special candille tatin of […]

Luxury speedboat from Gucci

Luxury speedboat from Gucci

The Italian yacht builder Riva and the design studio Officina Italiana Design have joined forces with Gucci to introduce an exclusive luxury speedboat that they’ve called Aquariva by Gucci. The boat made its debut at the International Cannes Boat Show earlier this month. It has Gucci’s signature green and red stripes, two 380-horsepower Yanmar engines, […]

Three-bedroom flat in Monaco sells for over $300 million

Three-bedroom flat in Monaco sells for over $300 million

British property developers Christian and Nick Candy have sold La Belle Epoque penthouse apartment in Monaco for a record-breaking £199 million (over $300 million) – all the more remarkable perhaps because it was once the scene of a double murder investigation. The apartment was sold to the Candy brothers for just £10 million (now there’s […]

The world's most expensive cheese sandwich

The world’s most expensive cheese sandwich

The world’s most expensive cheese sandwich has been on display at the Frome Cheese Show in Somerset. Celebrity chef Martin Blunos is the man behind the £110 creation. He worked with local cheese producers Pilgrim’s Choice to come up with the white truffle blend that accounts for much of the sandwich’s hefty price tag.  Here’s the […]

The top 5 strangest hotels in the world

The top 5 strangest hotels in the world

We’ve scoured the Web to bring you some of the most unusual hotels out there. They not all that luxurious but curious nonetheless and so I think worthy of a mention on any travel blog due to their quirky nature. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada Seemingly floating among the treetops, you could be forgiven for thinking […]

Top 10 destinations in Europe

Top 10 destinations in Europe

According to Tripadvisor, the top 10 destinations in Europe are currently: 1. Monte-Carlo, Monaco 2. Heidelberg, Germany 3. Salzburg, Austria 4. Florence, Italy 5. Lucerne, Switzerland 6. Venice, Italy 7. Siena, Italy 8. Rome, Italy 9. Hamburg, Germany 10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Are there any notable omissions in the list, do you think? Where would […]

A luxurious Cornish house by the sea

A luxurious Cornish house by the sea

Luxury is often seen as a grown-up pleasure, something we have to leave behind when we become parents. I have news. It’s not true! You can still enjoy an indulgent break, in relaxing surroundings, without leaving the kids behind. The Rosevine near Portscatho in Cornwall is a stylish country house right by the sea that […]

Cornish port offers the perfect base for a luxury holiday

Cornish port offers the perfect base for a luxury holiday

Situated in mid Cornwall, the Georgian port of Charlestown makes the perfect base for a Cornish holiday. Ideally place for visiting the whole county, whether you are looking for an activity filled break or relaxation and recuperation, everything you need is close at hand. For outdoors enthusiasts, there is access to The South Coast footpath […]

Venice and Sicily on top of the world

Venice and Sicily on top of the world

The 2010 Conde’ Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards were presented at a scintillating evening on Wednesday 1st September 2010 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in Albemarle Street.  It was a good night for Italy with Venice and Sicily in particular picking up “Favourite Overseas City” and runner up prize for “Favourite Island” respectively. Great […]

A world record speeding fine?

A world record speeding fine?

The Swiss are very enterprising when it comes to penalties for speeding.  Not only do they take into account the amount by which you are exceeding the speed limit, but the fine is also determined by your own personal income.  Spare a thought, therefore, for the wealthy Swedish man who was recently clocked doing close […]

Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Greeted with refreshing fruit juice on our arrival at reception at the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, we made our way to the Club Level 5th floor where we had a family room for the duration of our stay.  This is a relatively new hotel having officially opened in April 2005; it has 284 […]

Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Siam Park is Tenerife’s latest attraction.  From the same people behind the highly successful Loro Parque on the north of the island, it is a spectacular waterpark that was opened in September 2008 and that can be found on the south of the island, just outside Costa Adeje.  Siam Park has a large artifical beach […]

Malta – exclusive and affordable luxury

The Maltese archipelago, consisting of Malta, Gozo and Comino, is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.  Whether guests choose to explore the depths of history & heritage or immerse themselves in the natural escape that is Malta, they will discover a luxurious, yet affordable, oasis in the heart of the  Mediterranean.  A place of infinite […]

Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

A stone’s throw from the upmarket shopping precinct of Plaza del Duque, the five star  Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia is well positioned on the south of the island of Tenerife – close to the beach and good quality shops, yet sufficiently far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Playa de las Americas.  This […]

Caithness Smokehouse - a journey to the end of the isle

Caithness Smokehouse – a journey to the end of the isle

I will go to the ends of the earth to uncover gems and gourmet delights for ALTB readers. This time I went to the very north of Scotland to the Caithness Smokehouse in Barrock. Barrock is only about five miles from Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain, and about three hours of […]

London's Courtyard 51 opens new summer veranda

London’s Courtyard 51 opens new summer veranda

Coloured Shakespearean terracotta, patterned mosaic pavement and a gurgling fountain; the setting was already magical at the urban oasis that is Courtyard 51, and now they’ve gone and made paradise even more comfortable – with a new veranda from which to admire the view, as you sip on your champagne or Champagne cocktail. The range […]

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