Category: Western Europe

150 years of travel and tourism in St Moritz

150 years of travel and tourism in St Moritz

150 years seems to be a significant number for 2015; Zermatt sees the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn and St Moritz celebrates 150 years of travel and tourism. 2015 has never been more of a prominent year to visit Switzerland. In 1864 a Swiss bet a Brit that he would discover […]

6 hot destinations on the trend-o-meter

6 hot destinations on the trend-o-meter

‘Darling, didn’t you know, fuchsia is the new black.’ And so someone in the fashion industry might deliver the ultimate put down – that you are…. wait for it…. off-trend. Well fear not, when talking travel it’s possible to avoid the same fate because here are some oh-so hot destinations that are most definitely the […]

4 gems of stylish Shoreditch, London

4 gems of stylish Shoreditch, London

Located in the East End of London to the north of the City of London, this inner city district draws thousands of people from all parts of the world. Anyone can fall short of words when it comes to describing the spirit of Shoreditch - from artsy people and the party animals to influential people from […]

Planning a short break in Bordeaux?  6 not-to-be-missed experiences

Planning a short break in Bordeaux? 6 not-to-be-missed experiences

Recently nominated as the Best European Destination 2015, this vibrant and elegant city is often neglected by tourists who, if they haven’t been to France before, will opt for the larger and more easily accessible city of Paris. However, since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, Bordeaux is becoming one of the main […]

3 lesser known Greek Islands worthy of a closer look

3 lesser known Greek Islands worthy of a closer look

Greece is a popular and well known destination which needs no further introduction. There are at least 6000 islands and islets and some have gained a worldwide reputation while others are still to be discovered not only by incoming guests but also from the Greeks themselves. We highlight 3 such destinations worthy of a pin in the […]

5 must-sees in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland

5 must-sees in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland

Often tourists, on their trip around Scotland, by-pass Ayrshire, in the south-west of the country, but they are missing a veritable feast of historic places, stunning scenery and enough golf to satisfy the enthusiast. The rich green farmland rolls down to the Firth of Clyde where the coastal towns of Ayr, Troon, Prestwick and Saltcoats […]

Photograph of the week: Polar bear in Svalbard

Photograph of the week: Polar bear in Svalbard

Polar bears, unlike their brown bear cousins, are active year-round, though they will often fast through the Summer months when restricted to land by the melting ice shelf. During the height of their feeding season an adult male bear can weigh up to 700kgs and measure up to 3 metres in length, making them the […]

7 must-see highlights in Brussels

7 must-see highlights in Brussels

You might think of Brussels and think of the following: mussels, the EU, statues of small boys taking a tinkle and long, boozy weekends that start off decorously enough then become somewhat raucous at around the 3pm mark. Well, you’d be right – and as Belgium’s capital is only a few hours away from London […]

5 of the best wine lists in Spain

5 of the best wine lists in Spain

An impeccable wine list is an essential component of any well-respected and reputable restaurant. Some of the best restaurants in Spain hit the nail right on the head. The wisdom and good taste of the sommelier is evident and appreciated by those that know about wine. And for those who truly take their wine seriously, […]

The world’s most luxurious skiing resorts

The world’s most luxurious skiing resorts

There’s a skiing break, and then there are the kinds of skiing breaks that you never forget. The snow is lush, deep and plentiful. Your bed is the best you’ve ever slept in, and the food – well, you’ll never eat like that again. The whole holiday is a sensory delight from start to finish, […]

Suite of the week: Villa Giardini del Principe, Sicily, Italy

Suite of the week: Villa Giardini del Principe, Sicily, Italy

Suite name: Villa Giardini del Principe Location: Between Palermo and Cefalu, Sicily, Italy Size of accommodation: 450 sq m immersed in 10,000 sq m of mature landscaped gardens Cost per night: From €645 per night for the main villa Who’s stayed here: High-profile businessmen, American entrepreneurs, highly distinguished doctors What makes it special: A rare sea-front villa in Sicily, this magnificent […]

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Anyone who has ever played the famous Monopoly boardgame will already be familiar with the whereabouts of one of our latest stays. The Athenaeum is located in Mayfair, among some of London’s prime real estate, so to have the pleasure of an entire apartment there – rather than just a hotel room – was a […]

The best underrated ski resorts in Europe

The best underrated ski resorts in Europe

Skiing in Europe’s top resorts is one of greatest thrills a person can experience, the wind on your face, the fresh snow biting at your skis, it really doesn’t get much better than that. But with so many top resorts in Europe, sometimes the lesser known ones can fly under the radar. Here are some […]

The 8 most beautiful parks and gardens of Paris

The 8 most beautiful parks and gardens of Paris

Taking a leisurely stroll through one of the many parks in Paris is a wonderful affair, with so much attention to detail and history, there’s always something new to discover. After a long day exploring the sights and museums, what could be better than grabbing a baguette, some wine and relaxing in some of the […]

Suite of the week: Deluxe Suite, La Villa de Mazamet, Tarn, France

Suite of the week: Deluxe Suite, La Villa de Mazamet, Tarn, France

Suite name: Deluxe Suite, La Villa de Mazamet Location: Tarn, France Size of accommodation: 52 sq m Cost per night: €190 per night, with a 15% discount from the third night onwards What makes it special: The Deluxe Suite provides the ultimate comfort at La Villa de Mazamet with space to relax and unwind with the most commanding views of […]

4 must-visit stops on an Andalucian road trip

4 must-visit stops on an Andalucian road trip

There is something always more exciting and adventurous about exploring unknown grounds by car rather than trains or buses. Itineraries can be created at your own pace and comfort. Andalucía is definitely one of those areas which are best explored on your own in a car. There is plenty to do and see in the […]

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