Category: Western Europe

Private jet versus business class - which would you choose?

Private jet versus business class – which would you choose?

Willem de Kooning, the Dutch American artist once said, “The trouble with being poor is it takes up all your time”. Whilst flying business class hardly constitutes being poor, hiring a private jet can save you a great deal of time. Of course it’s never going to be cheaper, but where time is money and convenience is king, flying by private jet charter has much to […]

The inspiration behind the interior design of the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna

The inspiration behind the interior design of the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna

Earlier this year, the newly renovated Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, which occupies a prominent location in the heart of the city, re-opened its doors to the public. This historic building, originally built by Theophil Hansen for the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873, has undergone an impressive transformation. The Kempinksi luxury hotel chain has overseen the delicate […]

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Last year Forbes Magazine added London to the group of cities blessed with its exclusive Travel Guide Star Ratings. Only five hotels among the city’s scores of palatial guest quarters received the lauded Forbes fifth star, while a sixth hotel was brought into the fold in September. This group includes some of the most famous […]

5 good reasons to spend the half-term break with your kids in Paris

5 good reasons to spend the half-term break with your kids in Paris

Half-term holidays are a perfect time to have a break with your family after that busy and stressful back-to-school period. What better opportunity to go away together, catch up and have fun than taking your family somewhere as fantastic and exciting as Paris! Here are 5 good reasons to choose Paris for your family half-term […]

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Harrods. For some, the dark green and gold cascades cement their image of London.  From dawn until dusk, the hoards gather to bask in the glow of this iconic landmark, where harmonious Knightsbridge streets, visions of red brick, mellow mews’ and sleepy, (albeit, impeccably maintained) window-boxes, form her hinterland. And this is where The Capital […]

5 of the best luxury hotels in Paris

5 of the best luxury hotels in Paris

With Paris Fashion Week underway, the city is flooded with fashionistas and tourists and a multitude of luxury hotels await them! The following list of five luxury hotels are some of my favorites and stand out because they are rich in character and never short on luxury or five-star service. Le Royal Monceau Easily one […]

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Last week engineers in Italy succeeded in setting the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright, 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio, killing 32 people. The operation took 18 hours but here you can see the whole process condensed into just one minute. It was achieved using cables and metal water tanks to […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

Wondering where the sun has gone? As we say goodbye to Summer and enter much cooler weather, it’s useful to know where you can travel and yet still enjoy some post-Summer sunshine. So here are 10 European ideas to help you extend your Summer into the Autumn months and enjoy the sun’s rays for that […]

Christmas in Val d'Isère

Christmas in Val d’Isère

Choosing where to ski over the Christmas period can be a tricky business. It is notoriously difficult to predict snow conditions at this time of year, and historically there have been good times and bad. Finding the perfect resort is always a challenge. With its high altitude, snow sure reputation, and easy access to La Grande […]

Rome's iconic Hotel Eden becomes part of the Dorchester Collection

Rome’s iconic Hotel Eden becomes part of the Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Group Limited has acquired the 121-room Hotel Eden from Starman Hotels.  Effective immediately, Dorchester Collection will manage the hotel and continue to work closely together with the previous management company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to ensure a smooth transition for hotel guests, partners and employees. Originally built in 1834 and converted to a hotel in […]

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world

If you are planning to charter a private for your holiday this year, you will no doubt be looking to stay in a luxury hotel. All of the major cities and tourist destination have a range of luxury hotels to choose from, but here are some of the best luxury hotels in the world that […]

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

The delicate and sweet flavours of crab pairs well with strong, citric ingredients. This recipe uses crab meat marinated with chopped coriander, tomato concassé, lemon and lime juice, highlighting refreshing flavours that are perfect for the warm weather. A thin layer of avocado adds a touch of richness and the dish is finished off with […]

The Young British Foodies and the best vodka in town

The Young British Foodies and the best vodka in town

At this year’s YBFs (Young British Foodies Awards) in London, guests were taken on a tantalizing food journey, tasting the inspired fare from a shortlist of the country’s most talented and passionate gastronomes. The tasting menu included Tozino‘s chorizo and chickpea stew, Dorshi‘s hake and lemon basil dumplings, Bosco and Bees‘ tomato and mozzarella pizza […]

How to blow €1 million in a day

How to blow €1 million in a day

France’s Courchevel 1850 has a growing reputation as the most expensive and glamorous luxury ski resort in the world. It seems inconceivable but it would be relatively easy to blow €1 MILLION during a 24 hour blitz of unadulterated spending and lavish extravagance in this millionaires mecca. Everyone dreams about winning the lottery, but did you ever […]

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

A new handheld 3D mobile mapping system called ‘Zebedee’ has been developed by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). It uses a primary sensor (a 2D Hokuyo lidar scanner) on a simple spring mechanism (hence the name Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout) which measures the distances to surfaces in […]

Northern Lights voyage with Hurtigruten

Northern Lights voyage with Hurtigruten

Ever wanted to see the Northern Lights? Sailing with Hurtigruten to Norway’s northern reaches, you can experience a magical winter wonderland and hopefully see them for yourself. This is an excellent chance to experience the magical Northern Lights as the spectacular colour show changes from light green to dark purple, flickering across the Arctic sky. […]

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