Category: Western Europe

4 reasons to choose a reverse ski weekend

4 reasons to choose a reverse ski weekend

Taking a ‘reverse ski weekend’ is a great way to enjoy some of the most luxurious hotels, chalets and activities in ski resorts at a more affordable price. A reverse ski weekend is different from a ‘regular’ ski weekend because instead of travelling on the usual days – out on a Thursday and back on […]

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The best places to visit in Greece for an Autumn break

Summer in the UK may well be over, but there are still plenty of places nearby where you can soak up some rays. Greece is an excellent place to visit in Autumn; in fact, many prefer to visit at this time of year. There is plenty to see and do in Greece, from visiting historical […]

Europe’s top 6 luxury chalets

Europe’s top 6 luxury chalets

As the first leaves turn red and yellow and the cooler breezes announce the arrival of the fall, it is time to start thinking about your winter holidays. If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and relaxing in a stunning natural environment, the following chalets are perfect to unwind and have fun this coming winter. The Lodge, […]

The 5 most amazing town-to-town hikes in Italy

The 5 most amazing town-to-town hikes in Italy

Hiking trails of every length and difficulty crisscross Italy, but we didn’t pick the walks below with backpackers in mind. We’re recommending these town-to- town hikes for active travelers who enjoy slow travel. Walk through medieval towns and fields of sunflowers, and enjoy countryside vistas, then arrive at a fantastic hotel and sleep on crisp […]

The chic, the challenge or the change? The top 3 European ski towns for this Winter

The chic, the challenge or the change? The top 3 European ski towns for this Winter

The summer sun may be setting over Europe as winter slowly creeps up on us, but the opulence of the continent is evergreen. The sun loungers of Sicily are being swapped for the ski fields of Veneto as the season of sun, snow and the seductive high life begins. But where can you find the […]

5 of the UK's most unique 5-star properties

5 of the UK’s most unique 5-star properties

Tired of the same old hotels and accommodation? Unbeknown to many, the UK is home to a huge selection of self-catering properties (or vacation rentals to those of you in the US or Down Under), many of which are in a league of their own when it comes down to quality. Cottage agency Sykes Cottages, […]

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn’t know you had

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn’t know you had

As Autumn draws near and the sun sets earlier each day, it’s a great time to think about replacing walks in the park, or al fresco dining, with using the early evenings to discover a talent you didn’t know you had. Edinburgh is home to some of the best and most unusual learning experiences. Cook like […]

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

The elegant Hotel Maria Cristina is a member of the Luxury Collection, has 136 rooms and was designed by Charles Mewès – a French architect who was also behind the Ritz hotels in both Paris and Madrid. Since its opening in 1912 it has been a firm favourite with celebrities and international high society and, […]

A very Andalusian UNESCO tour

A very Andalusian UNESCO tour

With an undeniably rich history and cultural legacy, Spain holds more UNESCO World Heritage designations that all but two countries in the world. Of the total 44 designations within Spain, the southernmost region of Andalusia is home to seven of these, second only to the largest region in Spain, Castile y Leon. While Andalusia is […]

6 great mountain lakes to visit in the Dolomites

6 great mountain lakes to visit in the Dolomites

The Unesco Dolomites are dotted with bodies of water which reflect the majesty of the mountains which surround them. Bubbling streams and rivers lead to cold lakes which adapt their colours according the their depth. Combining water, forests, towering mountain peaks and green meadows, these landscapes cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Each […]

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Road to the table – why is it Michelin-starred?

On the face of it, they are strange bedfellows, tyres and exquisite fine dining. Granted, I’ve had my share of steaks that could have easily doubled as a tyre, such was the toughness and near impossible chew-ability but leaving that aside I reckon there must be quite a few millennials who are unaware of the […]

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Secrets of Spain: magical Miravet in Catalonia

A mystical mist enshrouds the magical Castle of Miravet, wafting over the little Catalan town that clambers its way up the hillside. Miravet overlooks the River Ebro, with narrow streets, that ooze character. Although it only has a population of around 770 inhabitants, it boasts a Renaissance Baroque Church, a Jewish quarter, and an interesting […]

The 5 best places for sweet treats in Barcelona

The 5 best places for sweet treats in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to its fair share of eateries, offering everything from tapas and traditional Catalan cuisine to some of the best paella you’ll ever taste. But if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, there are plenty of amazing spots just for desserts that will make your mouth water way more than a plate […]

4 of the best Ireland food experiences

4 of the best Ireland food experiences

Planning your vacation in Ireland? You’re probably dreaming of the rolling green fields, clean Atlantic air and pristine, rugged coastlines. You’ve most likely been told about the mild, sometimes rainy weather that’s neither too hot nor too cold and to expect up to 16 hours of daylight in the summer months – perfect conditions to […]

7 luxury experiences in Florence

7 luxury experiences in Florence

Florence is perfect for a luxurious city break. Being surrounded by so much beauty is a luxury in itself, as you’ll discover when you take a stroll across the ancient Ponte Vecchio or enjoy a private tour of the Uffizi. Here are some ideas to make your trip even more indulgent. Book a room at […]

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Hop, skip and jump to 3 Mediterranean islands

Travel mate, let’s play! Where to this autumn? Let me recommend one Mediterranean destination, three sunny sister islands under a blue sky and surrounded by azure waters. Interested? Read on, and let me convince you… Grand Maltese masterpiece Positioned at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, lies the seven-island Maltese archipelago. We […]

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