Category: Western Europe

€2 million refurbishment for Château Eza

€2 million refurbishment for Château Eza

Voted one of the world’s most romantic hotels, Château Eza has undergone a €2 million refurbishment.  With uninterrupted panoramic views over the Côte d’Azur, Château Eza has reopened its doors after five months refurbishment. Only the 400 year old walls have remained untouched at this world famous boutique hotel and Michelin stared restaurant. Set on […]

2 new luxury boltholes added to Sheepskin collection

2 new luxury boltholes added to Sheepskin collection

Stylish self-catering company, Sheepskin – which you may recall from my review of The Music Mill in the Peak District earlier this year – has expanded its collection into the Cotswolds with the luxurious Chescombe Lodge and has also added Nantwen a cosy bolthole for two in Pembrokeshire. Chescombe Lodge, an indulgent space for four […]

Top 5 reasons to ski Bolzano, Italy

Top 5 reasons to ski Bolzano, Italy

Looking for a great ski holiday this year? One that can allow hardcore skiers to indulge in scenic terrain from wide open bowls to gladed trails, while non- or sometime skiers have plenty of other activities to enjoy? Bolzano, in the heart of the Dolomite mountains of Italy, is the perfect spot for you. Located […]

5 tips to take luxury to the next step on the French Riviera

5 tips to take luxury to the next step on the French Riviera

From the Monte Carlo casino to the five-star hotels on the Croisette, when it comes to luxury, the French Riviera has a lot to offer. Over 10 million tourists visit the Côte d’Azur for a holiday in the sun every year, but very few are lucky enough to experience the grandiose lifestyle that makes it […]

New Year's Eve and other events at Badrutt's Palace Hotel

New Year’s Eve and other events at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel will be transformed into a rococo palace this New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2011. Bejewelled and sparkling, and decorated with the theme of “Le Reve du Palace”, the hotel will be thronging with New Year’s guests from around the world – many of whom book a year in advance to celebrate on […]

Win a week's stay in a luxury vacation rental

Win a week’s stay in a luxury vacation rental

If you quite like the idea of winning 7 nights in a luxury vacation rental in Bali, Costa Rica or Italy, plus $3,000 towards airfares, get yourself along to the Flipkey blog where they’re running their own “flippin’ awesome vacation giveaway”.  (FlipKey, in case you’re not already familiar, is a vacation rental website owned by […]

Fast cars & fine dining at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix

The Historic Grand Prix (11th-13th May 2012)  is a magnificent event that commemorates the golden age of motor racing on the glamorous streets of Monaco.  It is a must for any motorsport enthusiast! The race takes place on the very same circuit as it did back in 1929. The Monaco circuit is considered one of […]

Interview with Marty Carr, CEO of Carr Golf Travel

Interview with Marty Carr, CEO of Carr Golf Travel

Marty Carr is CEO of Carr Golf Travel, which includes the brand Online Golf Travel, and offers bespoke golf travel in Europe and the US and runs several world-class golf events in Ireland. The son of Joe Carr, who won 40 golf championships and was one of the world’s best ever amateur golfers, Marty studied […]

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

There was a time when a swimming pool was just a body of water in which to exercise, but in recent years, exclusive and luxury hotel builders seem to have been playing a game of one-upmanship against one another in a race to create the most amazing swimming pool imaginable. Now personally, gimmicks aside, I […]

New opening: Grand Hotel Mencey, Santa Cruz, Tenerife

New opening: Grand Hotel Mencey, Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts’ historic Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) opens its doors today after a €25,000,000 renovation that re-affirms the Spanish chain’s commitment to expanding its portfolio of all-inclusive beach resorts to include urban lodgings in select locations, most recently in Budapest, Hungary. Set in a romantic Spanish colonial-style […]

Star Clippers – where the age of sail meets state of the art modern day luxury cruising

Star Clippers – where the age of sail meets state of the art modern day luxury cruising

‘I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.’ The words of John Masefield’s ‘Sea Fever’ poem rang in my ears as I took in the splendid sight of the 134 metre long five masted […]

Experiential travel: new horizons for the luxury traveler

Experiential travel: new horizons for the luxury traveler

Experiential travel is no new concept, though the term pops up with renewed significance and frequency of late. Backpackers and adventurers have long been exploring unchartered or little known destinations for the personal growth, satisfaction and self-realization that come with the profound impact of extraordinary experiences or overcoming internal and external obstacles. As globalization brought […]

The Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux and Spa joins forces with Repetto to design a ballet-themed Christmas tree

The Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux and Spa joins forces with Repetto to design a ballet-themed Christmas tree

For those with a penchant for style and culture, The Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux and Spa has partnered with the original French ballet shoe brand Repetto, to design a magical Christmas tree with a ballet theme, including pink and black satin ballet shoes, golden medals and Repetto-wrapped presents. Repetto ballet shoes are displayed at the […]

Interview with Simon Pardoe, Director of The Healthy Holiday Company

Interview with Simon Pardoe, Director of The Healthy Holiday Company

Simon Pardoe is a director and co-owner of The Healthy Holiday Company, which owns three luxury healthy holiday brands: fitscape, destination yoga and in:spa. Established in 2003, the company is now the UK’s leading provider of healthy holidays with a selection of large private villas and boutique hotels in Italy, Spain, Morocco, France, Greece and […]

Luxury Travel Fair 2011

Luxury Travel Fair 2011

The Luxury Travel Fair gets underway at Olympia, London from tomorrow and will run until the end of the week. Now in its 6th year, it is the only dedicated consumer focused luxury travel event in the UK. Held in association with Condé Nast Traveller, the fair hosts over 100 hotels, travel companies and destinations […]

Dewsall... for the perfect countryside Christmas

Dewsall… for the perfect countryside Christmas

Escape to the wild winter countryside of unspoilt Herefordshire and book your Christmas at Dewsall Court. This beautifully furnished, unique house has a relaxed feel about it so you can unwind as soon as you walk through the door. Surrounded by 1000 acres of Duchy of Cornwall land, winter walks can be part of the […]

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