Category: Western Europe

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

Winter is not all about staying inside by a fire, but also getting out in the fresh air and enjoying outdoor winter activities. Ice-skating is the perfect winter activity for all ages and a great way to get some much-needed exercise while enjoying the festive season. I’ve chosen some of the best outdoor skating rinks […]

7 private dining rooms for a decadent New Year’s Eve in London

7 private dining rooms for a decadent New Year’s Eve in London

The biggest party of the year deserves something special and nothing feels more exclusive than wining and dining the night away with your nearest and dearest in one of London’s lavish private dining rooms. With a number of top chefs and hip restaurants under its wing, British cuisine has really come to the forefront and […]

Top 5 luxury chalets to spend a magical Christmas

Top 5 luxury chalets to spend a magical Christmas

In most peoples’s mind’s eye the quintessential christmas would include traditional elements such as deep snow, a roaring log fire, a Heidi chalet somewhere in the mountains and a deep sense of contentment that the right ambience and the right interiors can engender. Throw children into the mix and the full magic of christmas can be seen […]

The 10 best places in the world to run a marathon

The 10 best places in the world to run a marathon

If you have a love of both running and travel, then our guide to 10 of the best marathons in the world will hopefully inspire you to your next marathon challenge. Like travel, marathon running has seen considerable growth in the last decade or two. We’ve included a real mix in compiling this list, from […]

5 top attractions that make London a luxury winter travel destination

London. The bustling metropolis may be less exotic than a warm sandy beach in the Caribbean, but it certainly comes into its own during the bleak winter months. Transformed by rows of glistening lights and decorations, the streets of London are abuzz with excitement in December. Department stores are adorned in extravagant decorations, Christmas markets […]

The five most luxurious hotels in Oxford, UK

The five most luxurious hotels in Oxford, UK

North-west of London and around 90 minutes by car, Oxford is a quintessentially British city that all visitors to the UK should attempt to see. Don’t arrive thinking that Oxford is similar to Brighton; unlike ‘London-by-the-Sea’, as Brighton’s fondly known, Oxford is not a party town – despite the many students that live there. You’ll […]

10 of the best discounted getaways from Small Luxury Hotels of the World

10 of the best discounted getaways from Small Luxury Hotels of the World

With the holidays upon us once more, it’s never been a better time to book with Small Luxury Hotels of the World. That’s because right now, SLH are offering discounts of up to 40% on certain hotels when you book and pay at the same time. What’s more, they’re also offering a special Club Member […]

Photograph of the week: Dusk storm over Paris

Photograph of the week: Dusk storm over Paris

It’s winter in the City of Love. A storm blows in over Paris, making the city stark against a dusky sky. The dome silhouetted in this photo is Les Invalides, the grand golden-domed monument where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried. The light is always changing in Paris, and seeing scenes such as this one, it is […]

The toughest slopes on the Alps

The toughest slopes on the Alps

Ever wondered wha the toughest slopes on the Alps are? This infographic created in association with SkiBoutique highlights ten different routes, showing the ability level required to take on each challenge, along with descriptions of the routes, altitude and maximum gradient… a really useful resource for anyone heading for the slopes this winter!

5 artist houses (and gardens) to visit around Paris

5 artist houses (and gardens) to visit around Paris

When you visit Paris, why not venture a little further outside the crowded downtown’s museums and explore authentic artists’ headquarters? Here’s a selection of five houses that witnessed the lives and art of famous painters, writers, architects and collectors. Intense creative stories still live behind these walls – discover the spirit of these talents and […]

Top 10 tips for first-timers visiting Paris

Top 10 tips for first-timers visiting Paris

I was going on a Viking River Cruise to Southern France with my best friend, Joan, who mentioned that she had never been to Paris. Mon dieu! I immediately set out to rectify this grave error, and rebooked our flights so we could at least spend the weekend in Paris before heading down to Avignon […]

6 ways to taste your way around London as a tourist over the festive season

6 ways to taste your way around London as a tourist over the festive season

If you are a visitor or a local, with a keen interest in food, London is a melting pot of international cuisine just waiting to be savoured. Here are some ways of exploring London, while enjoying some delicious food and wine experiences, during the cold winter months. 1. BB Bakery bus tour The BB Bakery, the […]

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

5 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On our latest family trip, we visited Sani Resort in Greece, just a short drive from Thessaloniki and one of only a handful of resorts in the area that remains open through to the end of October – perfect for those of us seeking a little winter sun in the October half term week! On […]

3 good reasons why you should try snowshoeing in the Alps

3 good reasons why you should try snowshoeing in the Alps

Snowshoeing is the ultimate in winter walking, giving access to the most privileged of experiences off the beaten track. Snowshoes distribute your weight evenly over a greater surface area so you don’t sink in (as much!!). This simple application of science makes the snowy wildernesses of the Alps accessible to walkers and the technique is easy […]

Top 4 unusual ski experiences

Top 4 unusual ski experiences

As soon as one winter season is over, talk quickly turns to the next for eager snow lovers. From world class après ski to skiing across untouched powder in remote fjords, feast your eyes over these incredible destinations, from Norway to Japan. They’re perfect for a more unusual ski experience. Fjord skiing in Lofoten, Norway For those skiers wanting […]

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

Skiers visiting the Alps by and large usually prefer the independence and freedom that a luxury ski chalet provides, however one mans meat is another mans poison, some prefer the hotel experience. For those that do prefer to stay in a hotel there are a wide range of options, from the cosy and intimate small […]

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