Category: Western Europe

Unforgettable Wales

Parts I and II of an incredible visual insight into Wales.  

The changing face of Rhodes

The changing face of Rhodes

New hotels and additional flights are set to give the Greek island of Rhodes a bumper 2009. It is continuing to shed its party image and building a more luxury focused tourism; the island will have four new five star hotels opening next year.   The new hotels opening in 2009 include the eagerly awaited […]

Celebrate the 12 days of Mal

Get more Mal for your money this Christmas, from the 18th to 29th December 2008. Malmaison is celebrating the festive season by offering 12 hotels of its hotels at significantly reduced rates (from just £49 per night, in fact!). For more information, see their 12 days of Mal page.

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

This exceptional Michelin-starred restaurant recently picked up the gold award for Taste of The South West, at South West Tourism‘s Excellence Awards last month. The Harrow‘s menu is finely crafted with fresh sustainable produce from around the UK. At present The Harrow is running a special 5 course tasting lunch with two glasses of wine […]

Want to go dolphin watching?  Head for the Isle of Man!

Want to go dolphin watching? Head for the Isle of Man!

Following last week’s record of over 150 Bottlenose dolphins frolicking across Douglas Bay on the Isle of Man, the same pod were again spotted yesterday afternoon between Gansey and Port St Mary. This is the biggest single group seen off the Island since records began, and it is incredibly unusual for them to be sighted […]

Cookery demonstration and wine auction at the Horse and Groom, Malmesbury

Cookery demonstration and wine auction at the Horse and Groom, Malmesbury

Join award winning Michelin star chef Rob Clayton at the Horse and Groom Inn, Malmesbury, Wiltshire on 11th December 2008 for a special festive cookery demonstration followed by dinner and a classic wine auction. The evening costs just £19.95 and visitors will learn dishes such as smoked salmon cannelloni with cucumber pickle, marinated and pan […]

Privacy and passion in the Lake District

Privacy and passion in the Lake District

For couples seeking the privacy of a luxury retreat with the facilities of an award-winning hotel, the Miss Potter Suite at Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel has all the right ingredients.   Located in the Lake District – arguably one of the UK’s most romantic destinations, the luxurious Miss Potter Suite at Holbeck Ghyll boasts […]

The only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

The only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

The Regent Berlin’s Fischer’s Fritz Restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars for the second year running.  Led by  Chef de Cuisine Christian Lohse, one of Germany’s most prestigious chefs,  Fischer’s Fritz is a haute seafood restaurant featuring French culinary influences and fresh, locally sourced produce. And Lohse is no strange to  top-rated Michelin restaurants […]

Charming Villas Catalonia

Charming Villas Catalonia

When Susanne Keen takes her annual three week-long summer trip to Catalonia, Spain, she doesn’t check into a local hotel. Instead, the 46-year-old London City-based barrister, her husband and their two daughters stay in a six-bedroom farmhouse that overlooks neighbouring farmlands. Renting a house for my vacation is much more personal and easy than staying […]

Special feature: St. Nicolas Bay Resort, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Special feature: St. Nicolas Bay Resort, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

We had the pleasure of spending 4 nights at  St. Nicolas Bay Resort a few weeks ago.  The focal point of this beautiful resort – approximately 2 kilometres from Agios Nikolaos – is undoubtedly the central pool area.  This consists of the main infinity pool, a children’s pool, an abundance of sunbeds and a breakfast/dining […]

Start 2009 as you mean to go on!

Start 2009 as you mean to go on!

New Year’s hotel offers in London and Leeds – from The Eton Collection – to make the start of 2009 go swimmingly… The Academy, London – walk to Trafalgar square to see in the New Year at the famous London countdown. Price from £232 per room which includes a full English breakfast, a late check […]

Centre Pompidou, Paris… as you’ve never seen it before

A visionary look at the futuristic Centre Pompidou in Paris courtesy of a fieldtrip conducted by the Manchester School of Architecture.

Special feature: Elounda Mare, Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

Special feature: Elounda Mare, Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

I had the privilege of visiting these three very different hotels in the north-east of Crete  last month.     The brainchild of owner-architect Spyros Kokotos,  they are all situated on the same complex and are therefore able to share facilities such as the Six Senses Spa, the 9-hole golf course, the Children’s Ark, private […]

World Travel Market - is it worth it?

World Travel Market – is it worth it?

I didn’t go to the WTM this year. My reason is simply because I feel I can network with the people I need to from the comfort of my own office, rather than trekking the length of the country down to London to do so – such is the beauty of the internet. For me, […]

A grand dram

A grand dram

The Macallan, makers of some of the finest single malts, teamed with the masters of glassmaking, Lalique, to create an elegant new  $12,000  home for its very rare 55-year-old whiskey. The “natural colour” decanter was designed with a stunning amber-hued stopper and a subtle colour gradient to enhance the spirit held within. And what a […]

Special 3 for 2 offer at Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona

Special 3 for 2 offer at Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona

The Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I is a veritable oasis in one of the most exciting cities of Europe.   Surrounded by acres of private gardens, it offers the unusual combination of the sophistication of a city hotel and the comforts of a luxury resort.   The newly decorated entrance showcases the elegance of the […]

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