Category: Western Europe

An airport worker’s letter of resignation… on a cake!

An airport worker’s letter of resignation… on a cake!

In what is surely one of the sweetest ways to say goodbye, a Stansted Airport employee has handed in his letter of resignation… on a cake.  (Yes, you read that right!). Immigration officer Chris Holmes took this extraordinary measure, writing “Having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important [...]

Top 5 luxury family escapes for pre-school children

Top 5 luxury family escapes for pre-school children

Family holidays are about quality time spent together – and can therefore be some of the most formative and memorable times of your child’s life. These recommended holidays have created many services designed with parents in mind and are perfect for families with pre-school children. 1. Carlisle Bay, Antigua Carlisle Bay is an extremely popular [...]

A fish festival with the world’s largest frying pan

A fish festival with the world’s largest frying pan

If you ever think you’ve cooked for a big party, think again. Spare a thought for the Camogli Fish Festival where, throughout the day, freshly caught fish are cooked in the largest fish frying pan in the world at five metres wide with a seven metre handle. Fishermen abandon their day jobs for the festival [...]

Ischia’s top 10

Ischia’s top 10

The Italian island of Ischia lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 30 km from the city of Naples, and is a neighbour of the better known island of Capri. It is the largest of the Phlegrean islands and almost entirely mountainous, covered in greenery and fringed with white sand beaches, [...]

A very grown-up restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

A very grown-up restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is famous for its Bohemian vibes and many bars, cafés, music and record shops situated north of the city. TNQ Resturant & Bar is a hidden gem of a modern British/European restaurant situated right in the heart of the area, once a storage warehouse for the old Smithfield fish markets, but now [...]

Luxury accommodation fit for man’s best friend

Luxury accommodation fit for man’s best friend

Pets are a large part of many people’s lives and family, so leaving them while heading off on holiday can leave a guilty feeling with many owners’ concerned about how they’ll be looked after while they’re away. The good news for many pet owners is whilst you indulge in a luxury break, your pets can be [...]

5-star hotel d’Angleterre re-opens in Copenhagen

5-star hotel d’Angleterre re-opens in Copenhagen

For more than 250 years, Copenhagen’s Hotel d’Angleterre has been the most exclusive place to stay when visiting the Danish capital. Now Hotel d’Angleterre has is nearing completion of what is arguably the most ambitious renovation in Danish hotel history and re-opens next month. It will offer 90 rooms including 29 suites (with the Royal [...]

Special feature: Congham Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK

Special feature: Congham Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK

If you are looking for somewhere to totally relax and unwind, then you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere more peaceful than Congham Hall where we have just spent the past week. Recently named as winner of the Best UK Small Hotel at the International Hotel Awards, this Georgian country house is home to a hotel, [...]

A fun commercial from Visit Norway

A fun commercial from Visit Norway

Join the longest Scream in the world and win a trip courtesy of Visit Norway. Watch the ad below or learn more by going to www.visitnorway.com/the-scream. Learn more about Edvard Munch himself, discover where you can see his art or submit your own ‘scream’ to be in with a chance of winning a trip to [...]

Europe’s highest festival

Europe’s highest festival

Frankfurt’s many high-rises combine to form one of Europe’s most impressive skylines. No other place on the continent has so many skyscrapers nestled together in such a small space. And on 25th and 26th May 2013, visitors of the famous Skyscraper Festival will have the chance to get a closer look at these behemoths of [...]

Top 5 places you can enjoy luxury in London

Top 5 places you can enjoy luxury in London

Beautiful London is the perfect getaway for a luxury vacation. A vibrant city packed with gorgeous architecture, award-winning bars and restaurants and world-famous attractions. If it’s glamour you’re looking for, then this is the place to be. Here’s our hit list of the Big Smoke’s most luxurious destinations. 1. Harrods, Knightsbridge The world famous department [...]

Luxury family escapes: 5 of the world’s most unique experiences

Luxury family escapes: 5 of the world’s most unique experiences

With such busy lifestyles, there is no comparable luxury than spending quality time together as a family. Searching for the right family holiday can be an overwhelming task, particularly if you are looking for a range of engaging activities to occupy your children. Here are some inspirational ideas to help you narrow down the right [...]

Northern Lights of Tromso, Norway

Northern Lights of Tromso, Norway

The perfect flakes of snow wandered past the hotel window, descending gracefully, almost reluctantly. They were things of beauty but they did not bode well for the night ahead. It is simply not possible to see the glory of the Northern Lights with snow spilling out of the sky, and we were due to hunt [...]

Savour the sound of silence at Mallorca’s Castell Son Claret

Savour the sound of silence at Mallorca’s Castell Son Claret

Magaluf’s infamous reputation as a party-hard resort should not put you off discovering what the rest of the beautiful island of Mallorca has to offer. The luxury market is a growing (and lucrative) one on Mallorca - which boasts hotels under the Jumeirah, St Regis, and Marriott brands, and will have a Park Hyatt from 2015. But there has [...]

A free night in the Tuscan hills

A free night in the Tuscan hills

During April and May Villa Mangiacane, a 15th Century wine and olive grove estate in the Tuscan hills, is offering a free night for those booking four and five nights. Situated just seven miles and a 20-minute drive from the historic city centre of Florence, the Villa is both a perfect base for cultural exploring [...]

3 of our favourite markets in which to mingle with the locals

3 of our favourite markets in which to mingle with the locals

Who doesn’t like a spot of shopping when on holiday? And what better way to feel the pulse of a city and get under the skin of a destination than to mingle in the markets with the locals. A visit to a Parisian antiques fair or a wander through a colourful handicrafts market in India [...]

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