Category: Western Europe

10 of the most expensive villas and chalets for rent

10 of the most expensive villas and chalets for rent

Luxury homes vary all throughout the world. These seemingly one-of-a-kind beauties have steadily increased people´s desire for the finer things in life. From exclusive designs to the latest and greatest high-tech gadgets, these homes seem to have it all and more. So are you one of the many adventurers looking for something more different and [...]

Make My Switzerland

Make My Switzerland

Ever wondered what it would be like to really see a city through a local’s eyes? Well, now you can. At Switzerland Tourism, they’ve come up with the free and easy Make My Switzerland app, which sidesteps the tourist traps to take you straight to the heart of a city and the locals who live [...]

9 cultural revelries not to miss in France this September

9 cultural revelries not to miss in France this September

If you happen to be in France this September, then get yourself ready for a host of cultural revelries. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in French culture or history, or simply want to visit an exhibition or attend a local festival, there is something here for everyone. Here are nine events you won’t want to [...]

5 of the most break-taking “rooms with a view”

5 of the most break-taking “rooms with a view”

Eat, sleep, work: the beckoning call of your daily routine. There’s no better time for a change of scenery. But what if we said washing the dishes could actually be relaxing? Or waking up in the morning doesn’t imply your plain bedroom wall is the first thing you see? Here are 5 of the best [...]

8 fantastic ways to encounter wildlife in the Outer Hebrides

8 fantastic ways to encounter wildlife in the Outer Hebrides

As the BBC natural history series, Hebrides, Islands on the Edge comes to an end, many viewers will have been inspired to put the Outer Hebrides on their must-visit list.  But can the islands really offer the kind of up-close and personal encounters with wildlife that the series promises? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ – the islands live up [...]

Top 5 quirky luxury restaurants in Cambridge, UK

Top 5 quirky luxury restaurants in Cambridge, UK

Just a hop, skip and a jump up the tracks from Kings Cross, the university town of Cambridge is a perfect luxury destination for an overnight escape – or you can just visit for the day for a great cultural getaway. It’s a foodie haven, but don’t just stick to the touristy city centre; here [...]

Top 5 luxury chalets with unique swimming pools

Top 5 luxury chalets with unique swimming pools

All the top luxury chalets now come complete with the type of facilities you expect from the best hotels and a pool is a great addition when looking to book a private chalet for your ski holiday. Perfect for relaxing after a hard days skiing and also for entertaining the children they are a valuable [...]

Discover North Norfolk – 13 ideas

Discover North Norfolk – 13 ideas

Norfolk – my favourite place in the world; I love going abroad for guaranteed sun, warm sea, to enjoy fancy flights and lounges and for amazing hotel service and experience…  BUT Norfolk is my favourite place for time off and time away from just about everything.  As a teenager I was lucky to spend a [...]

Special feature: The Black Swan, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: The Black Swan, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, UK

We had called in at The Black Swan on our last visit to Helmsley – just for a drink – but on a recent visit to this market town had the opportunity to both stay and dine there. There is no mistaking this historic coaching inn at one end of Helmsley’s market place – it [...]

Top 4 bike tour destinations for beginner cyclists

Top 4 bike tour destinations for beginner cyclists

Allow me to debunk a common myth: you do not have to be an avid cyclist to have an amazing and unforgettable time on a cycling vacation. To travel by bike is to take in your surroundings at your own pace, stop to taste the grapes right off the a vine in Tuscany, or navigate [...]

5 things you may not know about Amarone

5 things you may not know about Amarone

Amarone is one of Italy’s most sought after wines. Produced in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, it’s an intense, full-bodied and elegant ‘big’ red, prized by wine enthusiasts across the globe. A visit to an Amarone producer is always a highlight and it’s somewhere you can learn about this amazing wine. Here are a [...]

Top 5 destinations for villas with a view

Top 5 destinations for villas with a view

Though there’s no guarantee of the perfect holiday, choosing somewhere to stay with a stunning outlook is a good way to start. Fortunately you’ll no longer have to spend hours trawling the Internet for just the right place, since the launch of Beach Tomato’s new offering of online bookable villas & holiday home rentals, all [...]

Dine like the Medici: 5 incredible meals to experience in Florence

Dine like the Medici: 5 incredible meals to experience in Florence

Art and food are two of the main draws for Florence visitors, and after a day exploring the former, you’ll need plenty of the latter. Should you wish to dine like the Medici, this list highlights five sumptuous dinners not to be missed while in the Tuscan capital, a slice of La Dolce Vita guaranteed [...]

Recipe of the week: Risotto with gorgonzola, pears and crispy ham

Recipe of the week: Risotto with gorgonzola, pears and crispy ham

Risotto is one of the most delicious dishes that is prepared all over Italy. One of the best things about this dish is that you can prepare it using most kinds of vegetables, seafood, meat, legumes and of course different types of wine according to the main ingredients. This makes risotto a dish that you [...]

Special feature: Domes of Elounda, Crete

Special feature: Domes of Elounda, Crete

This month we had one of our most relaxing breaks in a long time, enjoying an 11-day stay at the Domes of Elounda on the eastern side of the biggest of the Greek islands, Crete. Arriving quite late in the evening, we were welcomed to the resort with a complimentary drink at the Grand Domes Lobby [...]

New boutique hotel concept heading for Madrid

New boutique hotel concept heading for Madrid

Palladium Hotel Group is opening its latest Madrid property – Only YOU Hotel & Lounge Madrid – a boutique property located in Madrid’s Chueca district, forming part of Spanish urban brand Ayre Hoteles. This latest addition follows the group’s success with The Ushuaïa Tower which opened in Ibiza in May this year. Created as a lifestyle [...]

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