Category: Europe

10 top tips for a dream honeymoon in Santorini

10 top tips for a dream honeymoon in Santorini

With the blue of the sky, the aquamarine of the sea, and the white of traditional stone buildings, Santorini really is a picture perfect island of the most sophisticated proportions. This classic Greek island sits in the southern Aegean Sea, and the largest of its archipelago, it bears the same name as the volcano which […]

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

Top 10 highlights in St. Petersburg, the captivating City of the Czars

St. Petersburg is a beautiful city filled with extravagant historical palaces, cathedrals and royal gardens. Long recognized as the intellectual and cultural center of Russia, this former capital has been spiffing things up with a growing number of luxury hotels and a vibrant restaurant scene truly befitting this City of the Czars. Below are my […]

Recipe of the week: Carinthian blueberry 'datschi' with vanilla-thyme foam

Recipe of the week: Carinthian blueberry ‘datschi’ with vanilla-thyme foam

Carinthian blueberry ‘datschi’ is inspired by local and seasonal ingredients of the Carinthian mountain and lake area with its flora and fauna. It uses blueberries, a seasonal fruit. Furthermore it contains thyme, a herb which grows in Carinthia. The dish combines the tradition of Austrian flour based pastries and the Mediterranean influence of Carinthia – […]

Photograph of the week: Stradun, Dubrovnik Old Town

Photograph of the week: Stradun, Dubrovnik Old Town

The wet limestone-paved Stradun, the main thoroughfare in Old Town Dubrovnik glistened under the street lights. First established around the 7th Century, the Old Town became an important sea power in the Mediterranean during the 13th Century. Dubrovnik is increasingly popular with cruise ships and tourists. However this walled city is quiet during the winter […]

5 reasons to visit St Gervais

5 reasons to visit St Gervais

Let me introduce you to one of my favourite ski resorts for 2014/15. Over the past couple of years we have seen luxury chalets flood the French market in resorts outside of the mainstream ‘red carpet’ resorts of Val d’Isere, Courchevel, Megeve and Meribel. The smaller resorts which are often dominated are beginning to make a […]

5 of the best luxury stays, worth each and every one of their 5 stars

5 of the best luxury stays, worth each and every one of their 5 stars

True hotel luxury envelops you from first moment of contact – continuing in the myriad of subtle touches during your stay – all adding to a sum total worth every dollar. Many attempt to emulate. Certainly, bed linen thread count, furnishings and beautiful lobbies can be attained and in many instances equalled. However, getting the […]

10 of the most luxurious London experiences

10 of the most luxurious London experiences

Ah, London. One of the world’s most exciting, cosmopolitan, culture-rich and diverse cities. If you’ve never been, this sprawling mass of fun, fashion, food and high living should definitely be on your bucket list. But what to do when you arrive? Well, luckily for you, there are plenty of luxurious experiences to immerse yourself in. […]

Top 5 draws for art aficionados in Malaga, Spain

Top 5 draws for art aficionados in Malaga, Spain

The Andalusian city of Malaga is finally beginning to gain the respect it deserves after decades of investment in development of infrastructure, culture and the arts. Malaga is not so much of a well kept secret as a place that has seemingly struggled to overcome an underserved, tainted reputation thanks to the negative connotations attached […]

3 guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when visiting the French Alps this Winter

3 guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when visiting the French Alps this Winter

Skiing in the Alps year after year can get, well, a bit ‘samey’: same hotels; same restaurants; same slopes. Sometimes you need to shake things up a bit—remind yourself why you fell in love with the mountains in the first place. Below are three guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when […]

A taste of luxury: 6 tips for chocolate lovers in Barcelona

A taste of luxury: 6 tips for chocolate lovers in Barcelona

Chocolate is perhaps one of the oldest pleasures known to mankind, dating back to 1900BC. The Aztecs believed that cacao was the food of the Gods, and even today many would agree. If you’d like to truly savour some luxury in Barcelona, and not just see it in the windows of Passeig de Gràcia, we […]

The top 5 cycling destinations in Spain

The top 5 cycling destinations in Spain

It’s no secret that I love to cycle all over the world. My love for travel began in France, moved to Italy, and expanded at a rapid rate from there. And my love for cycling… well that’s been there my entire life, but has only grown exponentially as I explore new destinations from the saddle. […]

Top 5 ski chalet swimming pools

Top 5 ski chalet swimming pools

It’s pretty counter intuitive to be packing your thong along with a pair of budgie smugglers for his lordship when you’re off to the Alps, after all you’re going skiing, it’s not a beach holiday but a growing number of luxury ski chalets are including a pool, indoor or outdoor, sometimes both, as this particular […]

Top 5 gardens to discover in Paris

Top 5 gardens to discover in Paris

One of the reasons why I am still so attached to our dear capital, like a limpet to its rock, is the abundance of gardens. Simply climbing up a little is enough to see that Paris is a green and leafy city. These green areas are places to rest, to wander and also to recharge […]

6 reasons December beckons for the true skier

6 reasons December beckons for the true skier

With a pair of planks strapped to my feet at the age of three, little did I know this would be the shape of things to come – a passion that I would never outgrow. As an avid skier, I have experienced most snow conditions that the Alps have to offer and while of course […]

The top 5 places to eat game in Britain

The top 5 places to eat game in Britain

Britain has always boasted a rich hunting heritage – one filled with tales of Kings chasing stags through swathes of ancient forests and across brooding heather moors – and each year the game season is eagerly awaited by British gastronomes who hunger after the sublime earthy flavours of partridge and grouse or rich succulent venison. […]

5 luxurious travel experiences to enjoy with kids (keeping adults happy too)

5 luxurious travel experiences to enjoy with kids (keeping adults happy too)

When it comes to luxury travel with children there are two schools of thought. One camp might suggest leaving them at home while the grown-ups enjoy; another believes firmly that the travel seed planted early will cultivate offspring with curious, contributing outlooks. I have a foot either side – some experiences are best left to […]

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