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Top 5 Summer holiday ideas in the Alps

Once the snow melts and reveals an altogether different world, the mountains become a verdant playground, lush and alluring. The contrast from the magical icy white of winter is startling but the summer months are just as wonderful in a completely different way. It’s true that at the highest altitudes, skiing can continue the year […]

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent landmark – instead, it was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition but of course it still stands to this day, more than 120 years later, and is the most visited paid monument on the planet. Standing at 300 metres tall, and the tallest building in the world […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

Why wait until Summer to get away this year? The Spring can be the perfect time to get away – often that little bit quieter outside of the main season, but sometimes more enjoyable for exactly that reason. Go on… treat yourself with a stay at one of our top 10 places to stay in […]

5 amazing luxury villas to visit in 2016

5 amazing luxury villas to visit in 2016

Villa holidays are the ideal choice for family getaways, providing a winning combination of privacy and independence whilst offering the high standards of service and convenience you’d expect from a luxury hotel. Ideal for large multi-generational families, groups of friends or a celebration getaway, the design of luxury villas nowadays caters for everyone in the […]

Walk on the wild side - Tour du Mont Blanc

Walk on the wild side – Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a walking trail in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, a 180km (112 miles) circuit of Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,584m (8,478ft). Trekkers typically take eleven days to complete the circuit, give or […]

Top 4 new luxury hotel openings in 2016

Top 4 new luxury hotel openings in 2016

A number of new luxury hotels are opening in 2016, from Japan to Italy to the Caribbean to Hawaii. Although there are many tempting options, my clients are particularly interested in the following, which I consider the top 4 luxury hotel openings of 2016: 1. Amanemu: now Open A new Aman Resort is cause for […]

The world's most popular ski resort

The world’s most popular ski resort

Morzine has been named this year’s most popular ski resort destination by the hotel search website Trivago, which has also found France to be the most popular destination for a ski holiday overall. Austria is also popular, boasting six of the top 25 resorts, including St Anton. From a luxury perspective Morzine is on the rise – […]

Mountain dining with views at Le Signal

Top 6 mountain restaurants in the Alps

One of the joys of a day’s skiing is a well deserved lunch at a restaurant on the mountain. Usually you’ve built up a good appetite and are ready for a re-fuelling stop. I’ve very rarely been disappointed but obviously some establishments are better than others. Here are six of my favourites. Le Signal, Val d’Isere, […]

3 more museums to get to know in Paris

3 more museums to get to know in Paris

A year ago, I told you about four museums you might not know in Paris, I would love today to talk to you about three other museums I did not mention back then. As you may know, we have 173 museums or so in Paris though unfortunately the Pinacothèque closed two weeks ago. So it gives me plenty of […]

Luberon: lavender with a touch of class

Luberon: lavender with a touch of class

Provence in southern France is famous for its landscapes and climate. The urban areas – Nice, Cannes, Marseilles, Avignon and Saint Tropez – attract visitors from around the world but in this piece we will look more closely at a small rural area, and for a specific season: the Luberon region at the time before […]

10 stunning rental properties for an unforgettable break this Spring

10 stunning rental properties for an unforgettable break this Spring

Spring is in the air… and it’s now time to think about your next holiday destination. Can’t wait for the summer? Then a tropical vacation is what you need. But if you love winter and want to hold on to the low temperatures a bit more, a mountain holiday might be better. No matter what […]

Top 10 cities for art lovers

Top 10 cities for art lovers

In the art capitals of the world, art is everywhere – not only in the famous galleries and churches, but even in the most unexpected places. Turn the corner in Rome to discover a shrine high in the wall, or a colourful mural under a bridge. If you’re visiting a city for the first time, […]

Top 3 "Maison" in Paris

Top 3 “Maison” in Paris

“Maison” is of course the French word for house. A house is a building where you live in. Yet, it also has a historical meaning in our language. It refers to a business. “Je suis de la maison depuis longtemps” means I have been working in this place for a long time. In these circumstances, […]

Child drinking hot chocolate

3 of the most family friendly luxury ski hotels

If you’re planning to take the kids with you the next time you take a ski vacation, it pays to make sure that you choose accommodation that caters for children. As any parent knows, a bored child is a recipe for disaster if you’re wanting to relax and enjoy yourself. Here are three hotels that […]

Top 7 luxury city breaks in Europe for 2016

Top 7 luxury city breaks in Europe for 2016

What’s on the travel horizon for you for 2016? Here are some of the most elegant and luxurious city breaks that Europe has to offer. It might just be time to plan your next getaway… 1. Dubrovnik, Croatia Surrounded by ancient city walls and azure water, the Old Town of this Croatian city holds an […]

Top tips on how to enjoy your ski holiday when there is no snow

Top tips on how to enjoy your ski holiday when there is no snow

The unseasonably high temperatures and lack of snow in European resorts this Christmas holiday created a serious challenge for ski resorts. The snow canons were running on full throttle (when temperatures were cool enough) and every valuable snowflake nurtured and dammed into as many skiable pistes as possible. One resort even helicoptered in tons of […]

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