Category: France

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Re-live your Summer villa holiday with these enticing cookbooks

Re-live your Summer villa holiday with these enticing cookbooks

One way to continue the memories of summer is to indulge in one of these relatively new cookbooks, all of which, with tempting recipes and lavish photographs, evoke the atmosphere of warm and relaxing Mediterranean days. The Amalfi Coast: A Collection of Italian Recipes by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi Just thinking of the Amalfi Coast conjures up images of […]

Tignes – the new wave of luxury

Tignes – the new wave of luxury

Tignes was once the underdog, too far out of town to be considered luxurious. Now it is leaping ahead with its new wave of excitement. Perfect for the cool kids in town wanting the new experience to deliver home to colleagues or for families, wanting luxurious surroundings, great service and the peace and quiet of […]

5 luxury winery getaways

5 luxury winery getaways

There is nothing better than enjoying a great glass of wine while you relax on holiday somewhere luxurious. So why not plan your next trip to one of the world’s top wineries and wine-making regions? We’ve put together a wishlist of the places every wine-lover needs to visit. Each location is rich in flavour and […]

8 of the world's 'ultra luxe' bathrooms

8 of the world’s ‘ultra luxe’ bathrooms

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. A good bathroom is a necessity, a beautiful bathroom is a luxury, but the following bathrooms, are just out of this world. I like to put them in the ‘Ultra Luxe’ box. A section of the ‘marketing mix’ which has been thoroughly thought about and is […]

5 favorite Summer cycle rides

5 favorite Summer cycle rides

You know what makes me smile? Riding through gorgeous destinations in the warm, Summer sun. For me, nothing beats pushing myself to the limit as I climb a steep incline, biking through the most stunning locations, or cycling for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. In short, it’s all about the […]

A few sacred places in Paris where you can listen to music

A few sacred places in Paris where you can listen to music

There are only a few sacred places in Paris where you can only occasionally listen to some music in a historical surrounding. La Sainte-Chapelle, located under the Conciergerie, where Björk gave once a live performance, usually hosts concerts during the New Year period and it’s a very good occasion to enter this mystical place during […]

Tempt your tastebuds at these October wine and food festivals in Paris and London

Tempt your tastebuds at these October wine and food festivals in Paris and London

With October approaching and the days becoming shorter, food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy both the culinary delights and the festival atmosphere that are offered at two distinctive annual events – the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival in Paris, and the London Restaurant Festival. Read on to learn more… Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival, 8th – 12th October […]

The top 4 historical hotels in Paris

The top 4 historical hotels in Paris

Many hotels are established in buildings originally conceived for different purposes: private mansions, conference centres, apartment blocks, etc. One such example is the Shangri-La, the five-star palace that used to be the private mansion of Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon III’s nephew. Yet Parisian hotels are often rebuked for the small rooms they offer their guests. This […]

The perfect guide to a mother-daughter bonding weekend in Paris

The perfect guide to a mother-daughter bonding weekend in Paris

As Audrey Hepburn said “Paris is always a good idea”, although we think that she should’ve added “especially with your daughter”! Paris is the perfect place for some mother and daughter bonding where you can take a break, experience life as a Parisian, and leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Here you will […]

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

Courchevel is known as ‘the millionaire’s playground’ but what can you really get for your money? I have been holidaying in Courchevel since I was a child, and now, selling it as a ‘go to destination’ for my high net worth clients, I have seen it evolve over the past 20 years, today, you can […]

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Today I ask the question: is it possible to go on holiday and detox, or keep up with your training routine whilst abroad? Personally I find it very difficult, mainly because I often travel for business, which involves meetings over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to that a constant flow of wine and a busy […]

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