Category: Western Europe

Six architectural highlights of Rotterdam

Six architectural highlights of Rotterdam

This advertorial is in association with American Express® I recently had the opportunity to sample 24 hours in life of a Platinum® Cardmember when I visited the world-renowned port of Rotterdam with American Express®. Following a relaxing start to my trip using the Priority Pass that I got as a Cardmember for the day to […]

Ice Q, Solden, Austria

Where to see the 5 most glamorous locations in Spectre

Glamorous locations pepper the new James Bond movie, Spectre, like bullets from 007’s Walther PPK. But these breathtaking places aren’t guarded secrets and you don’t have to be licensed to kill to visit them. There’s no need to worry, either, that in travelling like Bond you will be plagued by evil villains – you will […]

Photograph of the week: View over Amsterdam

Photograph of the week: View over Amsterdam

This is the view from the roof of the Old Bank building at Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a notoriously short city: you can see the whole cityscape from the 6th storey roof of the Old Bank. Though short, it’s easy to get a feel for its character with its warm colours and sharp lines under […]

5 famous bridges in Paris

5 famous bridges in Paris

The Seine and its bridges have always been central to life in Paris. For proof, we need look no further than the stirring works that some of our finest artists have created to pay tribute to them; Apollinaire, Barbara, Montand, Piaf, Verlaine and a whole host of others have immortalized those great witnesses of the […]

4 ways to avoid human gridlock in Paris

4 ways to avoid human gridlock in Paris

Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.” From the hordes of tourists taking selfies and family portraits in front of famous works of art, it seems most of the world agrees with Hepburn. Surely, the city’s most famous attractions are worth some elbow-knocking and selfie-stick bruises, but sometimes one wants to enjoy Paris […]

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

A taste of Malaga in five historic dishes

Andalucian cuisine presents a tantalising array of flavours rooted in historical influences introduced by the Phoenicians, Romans, Islamic Moors, Jews and Christians amongst others. All is based on the freshest of local ingredients and here you find the finest fresh seafood, wild game and fowl, and an abundance of exotic spices such as saffron and […]

Arabic Baths in Barcelona

5 unmissable Autumn treats in Barcelona

Each season in Barcelona has its own special pleasures, from wrapping up warm and feeling the crisp sea breeze as you take a walk along Barceloneta in winter, to long lazy summer evenings in the city’s many terrace bars. Autumn has arrived, bringing with it the whisper of several treats that are especially pleasant to […]

Apres ski at Mooser Wirt St Anton

The Alps’ top 5 apres ski spots

One of the great things about skiing is the après ski. It makes sense to not have to go back to your accommodation, get changed and then come out again for a drink or three. With après ski, you can spill into the bar straight off the piste. Many’s the time I meant to stay […]

Salamanca - a city of many pleasures

Salamanca – a city of many pleasures

Whether your interests are architecture, religion, art, history, music, education, food or sport Salamanca has something for you. I went as an independent visitor travelling from Segovia by bus having already visited Irun, Hondarribia and Toledo, all with ease and comfort either by train or bus. All the towns had some interest for me in […]

Supernatural stays: 5 haunted luxury hotels in Britain

Supernatural stays: 5 haunted luxury hotels in Britain

Britain is renowned for its long and rich heritage and there are plenty of striking castles and iconic stays for you to choose from, but even the most luxurious historic hotels can still hold a few skeletons in their closets. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d share with you some of the incredible […]

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3 of the best babymoons for Londoners

It makes sense that pregnant ladies and fathers-to-be want to make the most of their last chance at rest, relaxation and pampering before their new bundle of joy arrives and turns their lives on its head. Perhaps you’ve been working throughout your pregnancy while simultaneously attending medical appointments, purchasing the necessary baby paraphernalia and decorating […]

3 of Malta's best luxury hotels

3 of Malta’s best luxury hotels

Malta is not just a hot destination of sand and sun. You have many options to choose from: history to nature, hiking in the green countryside to diving in crystal clear blue waters, exploring caves and coves. There’s plenty to explore in Maltese islands. We recommend three of the best luxury hotels that we experienced […]

Altafulla beach Spain

Secrets of Spain: Altafulla – an elegant, UNESCO Golden Coast jewel

Located on Spain’s Golden Coast – the Costa Dorada, Altafulla has a lovely golden sandy beach, which is embraced by a gorgeous, authentic promenade. What makes Altafulla different to some of the other seaside towns on the Costa Dorada, is its promenade, known as the Botigues de Mar, its Roman villa, Els Munts, which was […]

Tranquil skiing in Sestrière

Tranquil skiing in Sestrière

It’s an eternal conundrum facing European skiing enthusiasts – how to enjoy the unique blend of food, culture and landscape in peak season Italy or France without the packed pistes. For those dreading those long queues at the ski lifts in the coming months, the Piemonte region of Italy may provide a charming solution. There […]

Top 10 most expensive villas and chalets to rent

Top 10 most expensive villas and chalets to rent

From the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea to the white peaks of the Alps, there’s no such thing as too much luxury when it comes to holiday rentals. The most exclusive properties in the world have one thing in common: their uniqueness, which reveals itself in every detail, in their styles, in the grandness […]

Top 5 things to do in Kos for a luxury romantic stay

Top 5 things to do in Kos for a luxury romantic stay

As one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece, The Island of Kos became notorious for its beautiful natural sights and beaches, as well as for its sense of hospitality, and ability to cater to even the most discerning travelers. One of the world’s havens for sailing enthusiasts, Kos will definitely spoil you with […]

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