Category: Western Europe

The top 3 luxury thermal resorts in Tuscany

The top 3 luxury thermal resorts in Tuscany

Ah the wonders of Tuscany! A never-ending line of marvels that tourists get to enjoy almost everywhere in the region! One of the most prized and luxurious activities to do in Tuscany is enjoying thermal baths. This Italian region has a very long history of hot springs and thermal resorts. Since the Etruscans, passing through […]

Treat yourself to these 9 luxury destinations and resorts

Treat yourself to these 9 luxury destinations and resorts

Awww… the life of luxury. It’s tough to beat a Thai massage, sipping mimosas by the poolside, dining on only the best Parisian cuisine and living the luxurious life. Whether you’re looking for the perfect weekend get-a-way or want to rub sholders with the rich and famous, these nine luxury destinations will point you in […]

Meet the Geres, Portugal’s vibrant National Park

Meet the Geres, Portugal’s vibrant National Park

This article serves a double purpose: to show that luxury holidays needn’t be forbiddingly expensive, and also to introduce a precious destination in Portugal that not many international travelers are aware of. Here, you will learn about the only National Park in Portugal: the Geres. A bit of geographical context, to begin with; even though […]

When luxury travel becomes irresponsible...? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

When luxury travel becomes irresponsible…? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

Last month Kanye West reportedly spent £8,000 to leave Doncaster by private jet, only to fly as far as Birmingham (that’s Birmingham, UK – just 84 miles away – not Birmingham, Alabama).  There he was met by a chauffeur-driven Mercedes and transferred to Birmingham’s five-star Hyatt hotel where he stayed in the Presidential Suite and […]

Luxurious things to do on the French Riviera

The Cote  d’Azur, or the French Riviera, is located on the Mediterranean coast of France, extending from Nice to Cannes. Boasting glamorous appeal, it has served (and continues to serve) as a popular destination and holiday home for celebrities and the who’s who from the world of art, literature, politics, and music, including the likes of […]

Tales of the Vienna Woods… and ballrooms

In a travel world that increasingly defines luxury with unique, “experiential” travel, many look to the newest (a chic or 6 star hotel), most remote (newly reopened Burma or Bhutan) or most challenging (a climb to Everest Base camp or Gorilla watching in Congo) trip to add to their travel portfolio. Finding any of these, combined with the […]

The life of luxury in Marbella

The life of luxury in Marbella

When someone says “Costa del Sol” the mind flashes to crowded beaches, of hundreds and hundreds of tourists flocking from sun-starved countries just to clamour for a few square-inches of beach. Since the massive tourism boom in the area, many a coastal town in Andalusia has swelled in size and great concrete colossi have grown, […]

New luxury in Provence

New luxury in Provence

2012 saw the arrival of a new incoming travel agency in Provence, Kairos Travel with its luxury portal Unique Provence. Drawing on 25 years of experience in the world of travel in France, founder and CEO, Englishman Philip Haslett wanted to get behind the scenes and create travel experiences for a clientèle that he understood. […]

5 steps to the ultimate romantic luxury escape in Venice

5 steps to the ultimate romantic luxury escape in Venice

For me, just saying “Venice” transports me completely. It conjures up the low sun casting warm light on the crumbling pastel walls of the palazzos; their heavy facades rising up from the green waters of quiet canals. If you’re not careful, Venice can be a sweltering study in weaving your way through slow moving ranks […]

Rickshaw rides and bespoke picnics offered by luxury London hotel

Rickshaw rides and bespoke picnics offered by luxury London hotel

Situated in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge, guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will be one step ahead of the crowds and travelling in style in the hotel’s bespoke rickshaw during the London 2012 Games this summer. Dressed in red, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s luxury rickshaw will be available throughout the Games, from 27th July […]

Top 5 party getaways for those seeking serious Summer fun

Top 5 party getaways for those seeking serious Summer fun

While traversing the continent this summer, I find that intercontinental travel in Europe (and especially in the Eurozone) is relatively cheap and easy even at the level of luxury at which you’re accustomed. Between Eurail passes and relatively inexpensive airfare, you can cover the whole of Europe during the course of an extended vacation. When […]

Top tips for luxury east of Malaga: the Andalusian anti-glitz alternative

Top tips for luxury east of Malaga: the Andalusian anti-glitz alternative

With the best climate in Europe and hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline, it’s little wonder that the Costa del Sol became such a popular destination for European sun-seekers. Some will lament the nature-spoiling megalopolis of tourist towns that grew together along the coast, though Marbella and Puerto Banus continue to attract the economic elite. […]

Luxury is still possible in Greece

Luxury is still possible in Greece

The political and economic situation in Greece in recent months has led to a predicted 15 per cent drop in tourism, one of Greece’s most vital industries. Holidaymakers are more reluctant to travel to Greece amid its economic uncertainty, which only makes the problem worse. For the luxury traveller, fear not. You can still visit […]

The top 5 family attractions in London

The top 5 family attractions in London

London is one of the greatest cities in the UK and one place that can cater to every family member’s interest. With so much to do and see in the capital we have created our top five places to visit with the family. Whether you’re interested in history, celebrity culture or are now infatuated with […]

Pennsylvania Castle offers luxury accommodation for the Olympics

Pennsylvania Castle offers luxury accommodation for the Olympics

Steeped in years of history and located on the UK’s beautiful Jurassic coastline, Pennsylvania Castle on the Isle of Portland, near Weymouth, is a truly luxurious location for sailing fans this summer. The Penn, as it is affectionately known, is now available for private rental and provides a venue for a group of friends, families, […]

5 reasons to visit Staithes

5 reasons to visit Staithes

Idyllically situated on the North East coast of England and only a stone’s throw from its big brother Whitby, whose fame lies in fish and chips, Count Dracula, and our love of the British seaside, nestles the village of Staithes. Staithes, a tiny fishing community, at one time boasted 80 full time fishing boats. The tradition […]

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