Category: Western Europe

The 5 most luxurious castle hotels (Paradores) in Spain

The 5 most luxurious castle hotels (Paradores) in Spain

While in English we say ?castle-hotel? meaning one of the most luxurious types of dwelling Spanish-speaking countries have the word ?Parador? to denote this phenomenon. As you already understand, ?paradores? are usually located in historic buildings such as a castle or monastery. ?Paradores? serve to maintain the historical spirit of the country as well as […]

5 of the best luxury cottages in the UK

5 of the best luxury cottages in the UK

The UK has always been famous for holidaymakers travelling abroad. However in recent?years, milder weather and ever rising flight costs has led to a rise in the number of people?staying at home for their holidays. This demand has been met with the emergence of?some fantastic upscale accommodation, set within the British countryside. These cottages?are usually […]

A right Royal stay: Rubens at the Palace, London

A right Royal stay: Rubens at the Palace, London

The Rubens at the Palace is what it says on the tin; four star luxury accommodation, closer to Buckingham Palace than any other London hotel. The Goring might have the Middleton stamp of approval, but what this hotel has is location, location, location. The family and Twitter friendly hotel On the way down to London […]

5 of the best off-season luxury rental destinations

5 of the best off-season luxury rental destinations

Saying farewell to the holiday season always leaves travelers feeling a little blue. The warmth turns to cold and you long for a vacation after your vacation. But keep your chin up; there are plenty of go-to places for off-season stays that will warm the cockles of your heart and save you a few pennies […]

New luxury in the Swiss resort of Verbier

New luxury in the Swiss resort of Verbier

New to the Swiss resort of Verbier is Hotel Cord?e des Alpes – a luxurious hotel with innovative interiors, mixing the best of old-school ski and the latest in Swiss chic. Comprising 34 suites and guest rooms and 14 exclusive residences for ownership, Cord?e des Alpes marks the latest offering from local hotel and restaurant […]

Timelapse footage of total solar eclipse in Queensland, Australia

Timelapse footage of total solar eclipse in Queensland, Australia

On 13th-14th November 2012, the Australian state of Queensland enjoyed a rare solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth. Here’s some great timelapse footage taken from Palm Cove Beach in North Queensland, along with some eye witness accounts of the experience. The next total solar […]

New luxury hotel in London

New luxury hotel in London

Located at one of London?s most prestigious addresses in Knightsbridge, new townhouse hotel The Wellesley offers contemporary luxury, traditional glamour and uncompromising service. The building has been beautifully restored with a combination of its 1920s history and contemporary style with interiors created by award-winning design experts Fox Linton. As well as its 36 rooms and […]

A luxurious five star family getaway to Scotland

A luxurious five star family getaway to Scotland

It was with some trepidation that I booked a four day break at Gleneagles. Gleneagles is a world famous, 5 star luxury hotel. It is without doubt a beautiful and magical place. The hotel website describes it as “a palace in the glens”.? It has Scotland’s only restaurant awarded two Michelin stars. So why might […]

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The ‘least luxurious’ is being a little overly-generous here. This hotel?in Amsterdam is actually being billed as ‘the worst hotel in the world’. ?The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel?has been proudly disappointing travellers for forty years. Boasting levels of comfort comparable to a minimum-security prison, the Hans Brinker also offers some plumbing and an intermittently open […]

4 magical ways to celebrate a French Christmas in style

4 magical ways to celebrate a French Christmas in style

It’s that time of year again and preparations are underway for the season’s biggest festivity, Christmas. As well as being a time of great merriment, in France it’s also a time for festivals, fireworks and Father Christmas. Here we round up 4 places where you can enjoy a piece of the festive action. Vaux-le-Vicomte Ch?teau, […]

Steve Jobs' luxury super-yacht

Steve Jobs’ luxury super-yacht

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs’ luxury super-yacht, ‘Venus’, was unveiled on the anniversary of his death at the Dutch shipyard Koninklijke De Vries (Royal de Vries) in Aalsmeer. This sleek vessel is 80m (260 feet) long and was designed by Jobs himself along with designer Philippe Starck. The yacht has a minimalist design, an ultralight aluminum […]

World famous diamond sells for more than 20 million Swiss francs

World famous diamond sells for more than 20 million Swiss francs

The world famous Archduke Joseph diamond has sold for 21 million Swiss francs (which equates to around $21m or ?13m), having last sold in 1993 for just?$6.5m (?4m) . It?was sold at the Christie’s auction house in Geneva to an anonymous bidder, but had previously been in the ownership of the American jeweller Black, Starr […]

10 of the quirkiest hotel rooms in the world

10 of the quirkiest hotel rooms in the world

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially while on a city break – aiming to take in more sights than?your balcony or window has to offer. Some of these suites offer more than just a stunning view.?From quirky exteriors, underground caverns and tree top orbs, this post will take you through an?alternate look on some of […]

The best ways to sea in the New Year around the world

The best ways to sea in the New Year around the world

The New Year is cause for great celebrations as people ring out the old and ring in the new, with cities across the world celebrating in style with parties and huge fireworks displays. Some of the best displays can be seen in Madeira, Sydney and Rio, with the best view being available from a ship […]

3 spa treatments with the 'wow' factor

3 spa treatments with the ‘wow’ factor

Love spa treatments? ?Looking for something a little different? ?Then maybe one of these wonderful options is just what you’re looking for. Here we give a round-up on three rather different spa treatments, each with their own ‘wow’ factor, and that will each leave you feeling extra special. Bush spa treatments A relaxing holistic treatment […]

Interview with Michael Frye, Founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours

Interview with Michael Frye, Founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours

Michael Frye, founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours, is one of those lucky people who has been able to enjoy two vastly different professions. For twenty years he was one of the principals of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he had the honour of meeting Stravinsky, and performing with musicians as diverse as Herbert Von […]

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