Category: Western Europe

Interview with Magali Déchelette, Founder and CEO of Family Twist

Interview with Magali Déchelette, Founder and CEO of Family Twist

Magali started her career as a management consultant, which gave her the opportunity to work abroad, especially in London and China. In both countries, she became aware through talking to various people about how difficult it is for families to travel to Paris, her home city. This gave her the idea to found Family Twist, [...]

Top 10 tips for your first trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Top 10 tips for your first trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

If you have ever seen an episode of Geordie Shore, or a documentary about hen and stag weekends, you may well have been left with completely the wrong impression of Newcastle. There is a seriously sophisticated side to this city. Whether you are here on business trip, to see a sporting event, concert, or just [...]

Dog-lovers: top tips for your luxury British getaway

Dog-lovers: top tips for your luxury British getaway

There is nothing like enjoying the splendour of the English countryside with your four-legged companion by your side. However, sometimes it can be difficult for dog-lovers to know where to find luxury that both pet and owner can enjoy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top must-have travel accessories and favourite dog-friendly boltholes [...]

The top 5 places for football fans to visit in Europe

The top 5 places for football fans to visit in Europe

There are those who see luxury as those little moments that make us feel unique. So for those who live and breathe football, to enjoy the exclusivity offered by the great temples of the sport can certainly be one of those special moments. If some matches are genuine spectacles best viewed from the stand, then [...]

5 must-see places in the Balearics

5 must-see places in the Balearics

For many, the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza are sources of quick and easy holidays in the sun. Many visiting these locations are happy to do nothing more than soak up the sun on the beach, but there is more to the Balearics than may first meet the eye… Palma Cathedral Though this might not [...]

The first ever hot tub among the stars

The first ever hot tub among the stars

“All aboard starship hot tub” is a phrase you’re not likely to hear when stepping into any Jacuzzi anywhere in the world. Hot tubs are heavy items and containing upwards of 2,000 litres of water, not to mention eight adults, the weight is somewhere in the region of half an elephant; a fully grown African [...]

15 gift ideas for Mother’s Day in London

15 gift ideas for Mother’s Day in London

Mother’s Day is a day where mothers as well as those in maternal positions such stepmothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law are honoured for their eternal love and care. Here are some of the best luxury gifts in London to treat those special mother figures in each of our lives and show them how much we appreciate [...]

How to make a cruise ship 30 metres longer

How to make a cruise ship 30 metres longer

Ever wondered how you make a cruise ship longer? This time-lapse video shows a cruise ship (the Norwegian Crown) being cut in half and extended by nearly 30 metres. The new ship is known as Balmoral and owned and operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. The work – which took just under two months – [...]

An interesting time to visit Cartmel Priory in the English Lake District

An interesting time to visit Cartmel Priory in the English Lake District

Cartmel Priory on the southern fringe of the English Lake District and the northern shore of the notoriously treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay is currently undergoing some of the greatest restoration work since its foundation in 1188, making it a fascinating time to go and visit. In order to preserve this magnificent national treasure for future [...]

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

If you thought the likes of London were expensive, then think again. The English capital doesn’t even make the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Worldwide Cost of living survey. It looked at over 130 cities and based its findings on more than 400 different price indicators, only to find that Singapore deserved [...]

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

The most astoundingly beautiful luxury hotel in Florence, Italy

Visitors to Florence don’t usually see its true architectural legacy as they wander the cobbled streets. That’s because so much of the city’s artistry and opulence remain discreet; tucked-away like long-held secrets behind unadorned walls of stucco and stone. Even a treasure like the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze blends so faultlessly with adjacent structures that [...]

The most decadent dining in Italy

The most decadent dining in Italy

Although good meals in Italy aren’t exactly hard to find, there are a few choice places that really kick things up a gear. Whether you’re celebrating something specific or just want to end your holiday in style, take the time to venture away from your Italian villa rental and find these fine dining establishments – [...]

5 of the best beaches in Andalucia

5 of the best beaches in Andalucia

With biblical flooding in the UK and lingering winter storms battering the US and much of western Europe, it’s not too soon to look forward to beach weather, right? Given that the southern coast of Andalucia boasts the best climate in Europe with many areas averaging more than 300 days of sunshine per year, you [...]

London’s hottest new hangout

London’s hottest new hangout

The fashionable new hangout in London’s Marylebone made a timely debut last week that coincided with London Fashion Week. Chiltern Firehouse is renowned hotelier André Balazs’ most recent venture. And if our soft-launch experience of it is anything to go by, this is one hot new spot that will live up to the hype. A [...]

Top 6 places to wine and dine in London

Top 6 places to wine and dine in London

Busy London city streets are packed with all kinds of eateries and bars; from the famous market stalls and small pubs in Camden to the top end restaurants and bars in the West End. With all of this choice available, how do you decide what is the best and what really tops the restaurant and [...]

18 reasons to drop everything and visit Benicassim, Spain

18 reasons to drop everything and visit Benicassim, Spain

It’s always fun to be the first one out of your group of friends and family to discover somewhere new and interesting. You may have heard of Benicassim because of its famous music festival, but this gorgeous, stylish town on Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast has at least 18 reasons to encourage you to drop everything [...]

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