Category: Europe

The first ever hot tub among the stars

The first ever hot tub among the stars

“All aboard starship hot tub” is a phrase you’re not likely to hear when stepping into any Jacuzzi anywhere in the world. Hot tubs are heavy items and containing upwards of 2,000 litres of water, not to mention eight adults, the weight is somewhere in the region of half an elephant; a fully grown African […]

15 gift ideas for Mother's Day in London

15 gift ideas for Mother’s Day in London

Mother’s Day is a day where mothers as well as those in maternal positions such stepmothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law are honoured for their eternal love and care. Here are some of the best luxury gifts in London to treat those special mother figures in each of our lives and show them how much we appreciate […]

How to make a cruise ship 30 metres longer

How to make a cruise ship 30 metres longer

Ever wondered how you make a cruise ship longer? This time-lapse video shows a cruise ship (the Norwegian Crown) being cut in half and extended by nearly 30 metres. The new ship is known as Balmoral and owned and operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. The work – which took just under two months – […]

An interesting time to visit Cartmel Priory in the English Lake District

An interesting time to visit Cartmel Priory in the English Lake District

Cartmel Priory on the southern fringe of the English Lake District and the northern shore of the notoriously treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay is currently undergoing some of the greatest restoration work since its foundation in 1188, making it a fascinating time to go and visit. In order to preserve this magnificent national treasure for future […]

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

If you thought the likes of London were expensive, then think again. The English capital doesn’t even make the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Worldwide Cost of living survey. It looked at over 130 cities and based its findings on more than 400 different price indicators, only to find that Singapore deserved […]

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 […]

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