Category: Western Europe

Free bikes in Amsterdam!

Free bikes in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam is an absolute gem – the largest city in the Netherlands and well worth visiting at least a few times!

Fine dining in Gran Canaria

Fine dining in Gran Canaria

When going on holiday on Gran Canaria you’re going to expect the best of the best. The super red status of the resort all year around means that you have the most glorious weather and the premier beaches which were imported especially – yes you read that right, sand from the Sahara and Coral from […]

A different Amsterdam - historical heaven at Hotel 717

A different Amsterdam – historical heaven at Hotel 717

Amsterdam. The very mention of the Dutch capital conjures so many different images for many different people, a vast majority will no doubt involve illicit substances or other unsavoury activities. However, this view of Amsterdam is only a small part of what makes it one of the most illustrious cities of Europe. Amsterdam has one […]

Amsterdam's ultimate luxury list

Amsterdam’s ultimate luxury list

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most charming cities. Famed for its amazing 17th Century architecture with UNESCO status, romantic canals, stunning art and easy going lifestyle, it attracts A-list celebs and bon vivants from all over the world, to indulge the hottest places-to-be and a posh lifestyle. So: where to sleep, relax, eat, shop, revive and drink in […]

BUKHARA pop-up comes to London for two weeks in May

An exciting (albeit temporary) addition to London’s restaurant scene this summer, award-winning Indian restaurant BUKHARA will commandeer the Trianon Room in the Sheraton Park Tower – a Luxury Collection Hotel in Knightsbridge and pop-up for two weeks next month, from 17th May to 1st June 2012. Frequently hailed as the world’s best Indian restaurant, BUKHARA […]

Special feature: Aldemar Royal Mare, Hersonissos, Crete

Special feature: Aldemar Royal Mare, Hersonissos, Crete

When we arrived at Heraklion Airport one evening last October, our driver told us that it had rained on Crete for the last four days. We had visited at this time of year on several occasions now, though, and always found it to be a very palatable climate – warm enough to be in shorts […]

The Feast of the Vine and the Wine

The Feast of the Vine and the Wine

This large open cellar event in May covers many regions in the South of France and draws an audience of over 40,000 people from all over the world! Winemakers, villagers & visitors alike flock to nearby vineyards in and around Provence including the Côte D`Azur and Rhone Valley areas, to join in the festivities and […]

3 steps to ultimate Mediterranean luxury in Puglia, Italy

3 steps to ultimate Mediterranean luxury in Puglia, Italy

Among whitewashed seaside villages, glowing golden hill towns and the pink and yellow blossoms of a million never ending orchards, food is life in the Itria valley of Puglia. Miraculously, tourism is just taking hold in this agricultural heartland. The warm Southern Italian people still embrace outsiders like prodigal sons; inviting them to homemade meals […]

Best Italian festival yet – don’t miss a single drip!

Best Italian festival yet – don’t miss a single drip!

Italian ice cream or ‘gelato’ is found glistening in tempting abundance across mouth-watering shop fronts and stalls all over Italy; a holiday to Italy without indulging in a scoop or two would in fact be a crime, don’t you think? Acknowledged by many experts as the best ice cream in the world, traditional gelato is […]

Denmark's first female chef to get a Michelin star

Denmark’s first female chef to get a Michelin star

Congratulations go to Anita Klemensen, aged 34, who is currently talk of the town after becoming Denmark’s first female chef to be lauded with a Michelin star. Her thatched woodland restaurant, just 10 miles north of the capital city of Copenhagen, Den Røde Cottage, serves Danish delicacies with ‘a female touch’.

5 non-mainstream UK city hotel stays, all ranked #1 on TripAdvisor

5 non-mainstream UK city hotel stays, all ranked #1 on TripAdvisor

So many of us will have sampled the delights of New York, Paris, Rome – leaving the UK somewhat overlooked, particularly beyond the bright lights of London or Edinburgh at festival time. Here are five ideas for places to stay that have been ranked #1 on TripAdvisor in their cities, all of which are destinations […]

April in Apulia, Italy - the top 5 reasons to visit

April in Apulia, Italy – the top 5 reasons to visit

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Puglia (or Apulia as it is known in English). Although yet to be discovered by the masses, the main attractions of this charming region of southern Italy can still get extremely busy in the height of the season and are best enjoyed earlier in the year. The evenings […]

5 of the best luxury activities in Scotland

5 of the best luxury activities in Scotland

Being home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world, Scotland is always been prime location for the pleasure seeker looking for the best getaway. Just in case you were looking to inspiration, here are five top activities for those looking for luxury with Scottish flavour. 1. Golf Golf, every bit as Scottish […]

5 decadent reasons to visit Zurich

5 decadent reasons to visit Zurich

Zurich is known for banking, watches and a rather serious population that works hard. Yet, there is more to Zurich than pin-strip suits and trains that run on time. Zurich is a gracious city with many delightful nooks and crannies to explore. Like secret treasures, decadent pleasures can be found throughout Zurich. Next time, stay […]

A surprise for diners eating in darkness

A surprise for diners eating in darkness

There’s uproar at one of Paris’ most exclusive restaurants this morning after it was revealed last night that it’s been serving up nothing but fast food since its inception in the early 1990s. Manger dans L’obscurité was one of the first ever restaurants to latch on to the idea of eating in total darkness. It […]

Suite of the week: Spa Loft Suite, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Tuscany, Italy

Suite of the week: Spa Loft Suite, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Tuscany, Italy

Suite name: Spa Loft Suite Resort: Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Tuscany, Italy Size of accommodation: 70 aq m suite + 60 sq m terrace Cost per night: 917 – 1179 euros (low-high season, double occupancy) What makes it special? Designed with wellness in mind, this suite features its own private spa: an XL hot […]

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