Category: Western Europe

To the manor reborn: a hotel that makes you feel like royalty

To the manor reborn: a hotel that makes you feel like royalty

The English countryside is where royalty goes to quell the noise of their public lives; itís where stately homes the size of city blocks stand sentinel amidst rolling hills; and itís where you and I can go to feel like queens and kings, even if just for a sliver of time. Here I cover one†of […]

Suite of the week: The Roman Penthouse at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Italy

Suite of the week: The Roman Penthouse at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Italy

Suite name:†The Roman Penthouse, Regina Hotel Baglioni Location:†Rome, Italy Size of accommodation:†6,000 sq ft Cost per night:†$18,000 What makes it special:†Perched atop the 8th floor of the Regina Hotel Baglioni, the undoubted highlight of the Roman Penthouse is the vast outdoor terrace, giving guests unrivalled 360-degree views of the Eternal City. Sprawling across more than […]

Your own private island, just a short hop from Ibiza

Your own private island, just a short hop from Ibiza

Just a short boat or helicopter ride from Ibiza, Tagomago Island is described as “one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean”. On the island, you’ll find a single dwelling that can accommodate up to 10 people, a lighthouse, bird reserve, beach and various “toys”, including two jetskis, two rib boats, a Magusta 108 […]

Top 5 culture events in London this Summer

Top 5 culture events in London this Summer

“Go down to Kew in lilac-time”, wrote the poet Alfred Noyes, “and you shall wander hand in hand with love in a summerís wonderland.” He wasnít kidding. London in the warmer months is intoxicating; it blooms with urban beaches, open-air theatre, outdoor concerts and pop-up beer gardens. Itís a fantastic time to sample what London […]

Top 10 luxury city breaks in Europe

Top 10 luxury city breaks in Europe

Considering a European city getaway? †Here we give you a round up on 10 of the best places to while away a weekend – or longer – in a number of Europe’s top cities. Whether it’s last year’s Olympic host city of London, the traditional romance of Paris or the vibrancy of Barcelona, you’re sure […]

3 very special Michelin-starred, gourmet, cultural tours in Spain

3 very special Michelin-starred, gourmet, cultural tours in Spain

Take a little time to discover some of Spain’s Michelin starred restaurants, whilst truly absorbing the Spanish culture. Get involved in incredible Michelin starred culinary classes, meet the bulls up close and personal, and enjoy wine tasting rarities. Here are a few different ideas to get you started. Authentic Michelin star tours in Andalucia Take […]

UK and Ireland short breaks - 6 very different ideas

UK and Ireland short breaks – 6 very different ideas

Much as my writing seems to indicate a fondness for overseas travel, it wasnít until I was 22 and sailing as part of a crew on a large racing yacht that my desire to leave the UK regularly began – even if it was on an easyJet plane with my 22 crew-mates suggesting that every […]

Top 10 luxury country breaks in Europe

Top 10 luxury country breaks in Europe

If you’re looking to escape the city this Summer, in favour of somewhere more rural, then how about a country getaway in Europe? †Here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best plays to stay across the continent where you can truly get away from it all and forget the pressures and stresses of urban life. […]

Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake

Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake

A variation on the classic lemon drizzle cake, this orange drizzle cake is perfect to have with a cup of tea – itís quite simple, not overly rich and has an amazing orange flavour. The cake itself is beautifully light, airy and yet still moist, and so makes for the most delicious Summer time treat. […]

This year's cutest travel ad?

This year’s cutest travel ad?

Step aside cats, itís time for bunnies to get some internet love. Named by Adweek as the cutest ad of the year, Ibis Hotelís Snuggling Bunnies features over 30 of the fluffiest and snuggliest bunnies you will see.†The video was filmed over two days in the Ibis London Blackfriars hotel, where the bunnies were allowed […]

Cruising the Baltic in style

Cruising the Baltic in style

If you’re considering a European cruise but looking for something different to the usual cruises in the Mediterranean, then how about looking further north and east to the Baltic? †MSC Cruises†are offering two great opportunities to explore the region, departing from Copenhagen, the beautiful city that inspired many a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. Hop aboard […]

Enjoy the best of Scotlandís views from your own castle

Enjoy the best of Scotlandís views from your own castle

Donít mess around when you come to Scotland for your next round of golf. Go straight to the top and rent a castle and the good news is, whilst living the life of 16th†Century†Ďlairdí you can now do it in comfort. Gone are the lumpy beds, drafty corridors and cold bathrooms and now there are […]

The 5 most highly-rated hotels in London

The 5 most highly-rated hotels in London

When it comes to London hotels, it seems good things really do come in small packages.†When I checked TripAdvisor this morning to advise a friend who asked me to suggest ďthe bestĒ London hotel, I discovered that each of the UK capitalís five top hotels on TripAdvisor is a small boutique establishment. Numbers one and […]

5 of the most expensive places to stay in the world

5 of the most expensive places to stay in the world

Have you ever wondered where the world’s most affluent people stay when they go on vacation? It’s no secret that an unlimited budget can take you anywhere in the world, but what are some of the world’s most exclusive accomodations? The following are 5 of the most luxurious places to stay in the world: Villa […]

The winners of the 2013 Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

The winners of the 2013 Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

A Luxury Travel Blog was this year proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Seven Star Global Luxury Awards held at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain. The event was a great success with an excellent turn-out that included both royalty and tourism ministers, not to mention a little flamenco, Spanish music […]

Top 10 luxury hotels in Barcelona

Top 10 luxury hotels in Barcelona

Spectacular architecture, world-class cuisine and dazzling beaches make Barcelona one of Spainís most vibrant and exciting cities. From GaudŪís striking Sagrada FamŪlia to the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter and the exclusive boutiques of Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona is a city bursting with places to explore. Hotel W Barcelona A striking addition to Barcelonaís […]

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