Category: Europe

The best places in the world for afternoon tea

The best places in the world for afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is a regal and delectable way to while away the afternoon, where you will be waited on hand and foot and treated to some delicious cuisine. Once reserved for societyís elite, afternoon tea is now a treat to be enjoyed by all. Although synonymous with England, afternoon tea is a concept now adopted [...]

5 of the best Suffolk stays

5 of the best Suffolk stays

Escape to the rolling countryside, vast sands and historic market towns of Suffolk for a bracing, wintry weekend break. If you like the thought of getting cosy in the county’s finest accommodation, then read on. Here are five of the best luxury Suffolk stays: The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich Rising above the shining sails of [...]

5 excellent alternatives to skiing in Val d’Isere this Spring

5 excellent alternatives to skiing in Val d’Isere this Spring

You may be surprised to hear that ski resorts arenít all about skiing. I donít mean in the summer months when there isnít any snow to be had. I mean in the core months, when the snow is at its best and sunnier days prevail.†Val díIsere for example has five alternative events that make the [...]

Photograph of the week: Fisherís Valley, St. Helena

Photograph of the week: Fisherís Valley, St. Helena

The remote island of St Helena is situated 1,200 miles off the nearest landmass, off the west coast of Africa, and is currently only accessible by sea. Tourism on the island is still relatively untapped, receiving less than 1,500 tourists a year. However this is all set to change as the destination prepares to welcome [...]

Amazing Race-style team travel competition

Amazing Race-style team travel competition

There’s a travel company that is seeking to redefine luxury travel by de-emphasizing the well-known creature comforts and instead focus on the intriguing idea of the luxury of the unknown. If you have ever watched the popular travel reality TV show ‘Amazing Race’; and muttered to yourself “I could do that”… well, here’s an intriguing [...]

A leisurely afternoon in Chinatown, Manchester, UK

A leisurely afternoon in Chinatown, Manchester, UK

With the wet weather continuing unabated here in the UK, this afternoon we decided to head for Chinatown in Manchester, have a late lunch and a bit of a look around. This is the second biggest Chinatown in the UK (after London) and one of the biggest in Europe. We’ve been many times before but [...]

Recipe of the week: Rock oysters with a Champagne sauce

Recipe of the week: Rock oysters with a Champagne sauce

Rock oysters from Carlingford in Lough, Ireland are recommended for this dish as they are creamy and rich with a distinct metallic zing, which contrasts well with the sweetness of the Champagne sauce. This recipe combines the indulgence and richness of traditional French cuisine, with light, clean flavours favoured in Asian cooking to cut through [...]

A short stay in Vilnius

A short stay in Vilnius

Lithuania is an up and coming destination for travel within Europe, with more and more luxurious hotels cropping around the country. Mainly focusing around the capital and largest city, Vilnius, a thriving tourism market is developing and you can really pack a lot of great sights and activities into a short break in the city, [...]

Short stay: GLO Hotel Ithaca, Helsinki, Finland

Short stay: GLO Hotel Ithaca, Helsinki, Finland

On a recent visit to Helsinki, I stayed at the GLO Hotel Ithaca†- a moderately-sized hotel with an excellent city centre location, putting you in easy walking distance of many key sites. I arrived late at night (in fact, in the early hours of the morning), so please forgive the night-time shot of the exterior [...]

The ultimate bucket list – part 3

The ultimate bucket list – part 3

Continuing from our previous instalment of the ultimate bucket list (see part 1 here and part 2 here), we are scouring the Earth trying to find the most adventurous and memorable things to do before kicking the proverbial bucketÖ Swim in the Devilís Swimming Pool Live life on the edge Ė quite literally Ė in [...]

11 ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

11 ideas for Valentine’s Day in London

Following the hustle and bustle of the Festive season, Valentine’s Day offers the perfect excuse to unwind and relax in luxury with that special someone in your life. London hosts some of the world’s most romantic hotels and restaurants that can help to create the perfect break for just the two of you. This great [...]

Greek island hopping in style

Greek island hopping in style

My heart tells me that I WANT adventure but my head tells me I NEED clean bedding, comfy pillows and a good nights sleep. Where is that perfect balance between living life a little more fully and enjoying the comforts of life that make the experience enjoyable? Island hopping around the Greek Islands is for [...]

The top 3 Philippe Starck interiors not to miss in Paris

The top 3 Philippe Starck interiors not to miss in Paris

Philippe Starck, the famous French designer and architect captured our hearts with his designs long ago. As someone who designs things from something as small as a shoe to some of the hottest hotels and office buildings in the world it seems there is nothing that Starck canít put his stamp on. His heart and [...]

The top 4 mountain restaurants in Meribel

The top 4 mountain restaurants in Meribel

When you are enjoying a fabulous day on the slopes of Meribel, there is no need to drop back into the resort when you start to get peckish at lunchtime. There are a variety of mountain restaurants for you to enjoy before carrying on with your day’s skiing. Here are our top four: The Nuvoself [...]

The 10 most exotic scuba diving destinations in the world

The 10 most exotic scuba diving destinations in the world

There’s nothing quite like the scuba dive – you glide downward into what just might as well be another world, and in many ways is. You see things that are impossible anywhere else. It’s a passion that has to be lived to be fully understood. Here’s a look at 10 of the top places in [...]

The best luxury river cruises in the world

The best luxury river cruises in the world

If you’re the type of traveller that likes exploring a destination at a relaxed pace, one of the best ways to do this is on a river cruise. Not only does this offer a more peaceful mode of travel, it also allows you to view a country from a completely different perspective, experiencing things not [...]

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