Category: Western Europe

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. […]

The top 5 terrifying ski runs in Europe

The top 5 terrifying ski runs in Europe

This is a lighthearted look at five of the most extreme and dangerous ski runs in Europe. Many have tried and many have failed. Brave or brainless, depending on which side of the fence you sit, you canʼt deny the nerve and skill of the skiers who attempt to get to the end of these […]

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Just a two hour flight from London, Hotel Principe di Savoia’s ‘Discover Milan’ package provides guests with a luxurious city break and the opportunity to experience Italian art, culture and cuisine in style. Encouraging guests to explore all that Milan has to offer, the package includes daily buffet breakfast, discounts at Milan’s major museums, a […]

Romance in Provence - follow in Picasso's footsteps

Romance in Provence – follow in Picasso’s footsteps

Share romantic nights under the stars with that special someone, in the quaint, romantic village of Saint Paul de Vence, which has been the inspiration of numerous artists. Follow in the footsteps of Picasso and Matisse, in this French hilltop village, which almost seems to touch the sky. Wander through the charming, cobbled streets, which […]

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

In hip and happening London, most days of the week see a new restaurant or bar opening, and the pace really picks up in the Autumn. There’s a real buzz that comes from a new place or a new menu launch – trendy locals really love to show they’ve got their fingers on the pulse. So […]

Zermatt - top 5 experiences of a lifetime

Zermatt – top 5 experiences of a lifetime

Zermatt is one Europe’s most awe-inpsiring ski destinations. Resting in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn, this is a world class resort steeped in history and tradition. The combination of breathtaking scenery, top class hospitality and one of the highest ski areas in the Alps make this a dream destination for 365 days a year. […]

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