Category: Italy

Italy’s best hotel for history?

Located in the town of Taormina, the Hotel San Domenico Palace in Sicily is an impressive reconverted Dominican monastery dating back to 1430 and is one of the world’s most historic hotels. It’s set in the terraced gardens with poolside views of the sea and Mount Etna.  The original structures of the monastery are still […]

3 great places to learn to cook like a true Italian

3 great places to learn to cook like a true Italian

Want to cook like a true Italian? Take a course at one of these luxury hotels and soon you’ll be throwing the most popular dinner parties in town. L’Andana, Tuscany: Chef Christophe Martin teaches culinary secrets from the Maremma region; there’s also a Michelin-starred restaurant. Villa Pitiana, Tuscany: The cookery school takes place in a […]

6 must-visit hotels for foodies in Italy

6 must-visit hotels for foodies in Italy

Going to Italy?  Take in one of these hotels if you enjoy your food: 1. Rome Cavalieri, Rome The hotel’s La Pergola restaurant has three Michelin stars. Try suckling pig’s cheek with curly endive, burrata and chilli-flavoured popped rice, from the Gourmet menu. 2. Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como Award-winning Chef Ettore Bocchia and […]

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Formerly an actor with the RSC, Grant Thatcher began the series of LUXE City Guides back in 2002. There are now more than 30 guides, including the best of the best from 20 in-the-know residents in each location. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m Editor in Chief which encompasses everything from designing the […]

Essential Italy's guide to food festivals in Tuscany

Essential Italy’s guide to food festivals in Tuscany

From Spring to Autumn Tuscany is full to the brim with villages which hold special events to celebrate typical foods and unusual dishes with frogs, ostriches and steaks all being showcased! Invariably the villagers come out in force and dinners are followed by dancing and evening markets.  Essential Italy‘s favourites include: 28th, 29th, 30th May […]

Interview with Drew Patterson of Jetsetter

Interview with Drew Patterson of Jetsetter

A true travel connoisseur, CEO and Founder Drew Patterson brings more than a decade of experience to Jetsetter, the private sales site that helps leisure travellers discover and purchase some of the world’s best vacations. An industry pioneer, Patterson was part of the founding team at where, during his five-year tenure as Vice President […]

Europe's best hotel swimming pools

Europe’s best hotel swimming pools

There is something decadent about a hotel swimming pool that lends itself well to luxury. Whilst the sea allows you to connect with nature, the salty water and sticky sand can mitigate the enjoyment for many. With man-made aquatic pleasure zones, there are no such discomforts. And it is little wonder that so many hotels […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Craving for Travel: Celebrating Life’s Moments Check out the luxury spas portfolio from Johansens Rollable travel shoes (!) from Spare Pear Boutique chic from Villa Elena, Sicily

An 8 star hotel experience?

I’ve stated on this blog previously that some hotel star ratings are a bit of a nonsense, as new 6 and 7 star hotels continued to spring up.  Now one hotel is claiming to offer an “8 Star Gourmet Emotional Experience”.  The following is an extract from a press release from  Relais Santa Croce, the […]

New Black Sea voyages for Crystal Cruises

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has expanded its 2010 European cruise collection to include two Black Sea voyages this summer. The two new itineraries feature a maiden visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as calls in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. Steeped in artistic, military and architectural history, the 12-day cruises sail from Venice to Istanbul […]

The unspoilt nature of Isola Maddalena

A few miles north of the Italian island Sardinia is Isola Maddalena, the largest island of La Maddalena Archipelago National Park. The beaches (especially Cala Corsara) and sea in this protected region are considered to be the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean, and the nature is still perfectly unspoilt. Isola Maddalena can only be […]

Sail with chocolatier Fran Bigelow of Fran's Chocolates

Sail with chocolatier Fran Bigelow of Fran’s Chocolates

Windstar Cruises is offering guests the opportunity to learn the secrets behind creating extraordinary chocolates from master chocolatier Fran Bigelow aboard Wind Surf‘s Rome to Rome sailing on 2nd May 2010.  Bigelow is considered one of the best chocolatiers in the country and has been credited for sparking the artisan chocolate renaissance in America. Fran’s […]

New Leading Hotels of the World

New Leading Hotels of the World

The Leading Hotels of the World annual directory for 2010 was released worldwide this week.  There are 13 new Leading Hotels in the handsome hardcover volume which showcases more than 450 members in over 80 countries across the globe.  They are as follows: Royal Spa Kitzbühel, Jochberg, Austria The Augustine, Prague, Czech Republic Kameha Grand […]

Silver Spirit's inaugural world cruise 2011

Silver Spirit’s inaugural world cruise 2011

In 2011, for the very first time, Silversea‘s new Silver Spirit will embark on a full World Cruise traversing both hemispheres.  This grandest of voyages, appropriately themed “Spirit of Discovery”, begins in Los Angeles on 19th January 2011, when Silver Spirit is set to welcome no more than 540 privileged guests for a 119-day odyssey […]

Going skiing? Try Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites...

Going skiing? Try Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites…

Alta Badia, a stunning ski region at the heart of the Italian Dolomites (recently declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site), opens for the winter season today. It is made up of six picturesque alpine villages: Corvara (1550m), Colfosco (1650m),  La Villa (1430m),  San Cassiano (1540m),  Badia (1320m) and La Val (1350m). The season launches […]

Europe's biggest sailing event

Europe’s biggest sailing event

Brace yourself for Europe’s biggest sailing event! Tomorrow, more than two thousand sails meet in the Gulf of Trieste for the Barcolana sail race. The 16 mile nautical route is an annual event and the only regatta in the world to set a single start line for so many yachts.

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