Category: Western Europe

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all […]

Suite of the week: VIP Suite at The Chester Residence, Edinburgh

Suite of the week: VIP Suite at The Chester Residence, Edinburgh

Suite name: VIP Suite Hotel: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh Size of accommodation: 1,600 sq ft Cost per night: n/a – other, large suites within the Chester Residence range from £189 – £600 per night What makes it special? The VIP Suite cannot be booked directly. Built specifically to the owners’ specifications, guests can only be […]

Getting by in Norway

Somewhere on a mountainous road in Norway, a big rig and big bus have to pass each other.  They need to co-operate to succeed. Thank goodness it wasn’t in icy conditions, that’s all I can say…

The 5 most luxurious castle hotels in Tuscany

The 5 most luxurious castle hotels in Tuscany

Although Sardinia (Porto Cervo) and the Amalfi Coast are Italy’s most well-known luxury holiday destinations, the country has much more exclusiveness to offer, such as private snow lodges and cabins in the mountains, luxurious masseria in Apulia, or (one of my personal favorites) castle hotels in Tuscany.  Here I share with you the 5 most […]

The best new restaurants in London

The best new restaurants in London

2012 has been an incredible year for London, not only because of the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, but also by firmly establishing itself as one of the hottest restaurant scenes in the world. Here we share some of the best new restaurants to have opened in London this year. Bubbledogs, Fitzrovia Champagne […]

The top 5 activities on a luxurious stag party in Barcelona

The top 5 activities on a luxurious stag party in Barcelona

Your best mate’s stag party should be a time of extravagance and luxury. Treat him to one last weekend of freedom by planning a getaway to one of Europe’s most majestic cities. Where other than Barcelona can you find so many glamorous clubs and gorgeous women? Your gang will be tempted from all directions with […]

5 of the world's creepiest places to visit

5 of the world’s creepiest places to visit

It would be a platitude to say that tourist courtiers usually try to attract tourists and travelers by loud titles like “The best restaurant”, “The most expensive hotel”, “The best polar lights”, etc. Well, I’ve been to the best restaurant of Berlin and the best restaurant of Madrid, and I can’t tell for sure which one is better. […]

Eating your way through Germany

Germany is known for its many cultural exports and architectural marvels, not to mention the delicious range of wurst available to eat.

5 great reasons to visit Nice in the Autumn

5 great reasons to visit Nice in the Autumn

When one thinks of Nice, the first thing that pops to mind is summer. With its beaches, palm trees and festivals, it is natural to associate the French Riviera’s capital with summer holidays. But if you ask locals, they will tell you that the best season to enjoy the city is in the Autumn. There […]

How to drink whisky… explained!

Not sure how to drink whisky?  For example, do you have it with ice or water? Let Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson guide you through what’s right and wrong, and why you should dip your finger in the water jug, in this rather entertaining video. Just don’t go wrong to his house… he […]

And the Restaurant of the Year is...

And the Restaurant of the Year is…

Spanish chef José Pizarro, two-Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge and Raymond Blanc protégée Ollie Dabbous were among the big winners at the inaugural Food and Travel Reader Awards held at The Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall on 3 September, 2012. In total 29 awards were handed out during a glittering evening hosted by comedian Simon […]

Tailor-made, luxury family trips to Paris with Family Twist

Tailor-made, luxury family trips to Paris with Family Twist

Family Twist is a new travel company that seeks to introduce the wonders of Paris to families looking to enjoy a luxury break with young children. With tailor-made itineraries that are specifically designed to make life easier for parents or grandparents, the City of Lights can be enjoyed as never before by a new generation […]

Chef Tommes

Interview with Chef Tommes, Chef and Owner of That Little Wine Bar

What do you do if you’ve hunted high and low for a decent wine bar but there’s none to be found in your home town? For Chef Tommes and his wife Louise, the answer was simple – they opened their own! That Little Wine Bar in Georgetown, Penang, has attracted rave reviews (including on this […]

Special feature: Badrutt's Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Special feature: Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland

From the moment you arrive at Badrutt’s Palace, you know you have come to somewhere special. After flying into Zurich last March and taking the train into ever more mountainous and snowy terrain, we were personally met at the station in St. Moritz – the birthplace of winter tourism in the Alps – and transferred […]

Love ice cream?  You'll love this ice cream festival...

Love ice cream? You’ll love this ice cream festival…

Get ready ice cream fans! From 6th to 9th September 2012, Cefalù – 75 kilometres east of Palermo - will celebrate its own ice cream festival (Sherberth Festival – Festival Internazionale del Gelato a Cefalù). Along the main street it will be possible to taste ice cream made by 30 different ice cream shops in Sicily, […]

Recipe: Chestnut Soufflé with Chocolate Granita

Recipe: Chestnut Soufflé with Chocolate Granita

Ingredients: Soufflé •1/2 litre milk • 30g flour • 20g corn starch • 6 eggs • cognac • 200g chestnuts • 2 tbsp maple syrup • vanilla • dry raisins Granita • 150g cocoa powder • 50g sugar • 100g water Directions: 1. Soak raisins in Cognac, for at least one hour. 2. Add maple syrup to the chestnuts and caramelise in […]

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