Category: Western Europe

The best culinary tour agents to satisfy your appetite for Andalusia

The best culinary tour agents to satisfy your appetite for Andalusia

There has been much buzz in the culinary world of late about the emergence of the fine food scene in Andalusia, particularly in Malaga. With eight Michelin stars awarded to restaurants in Malaga province and a total of fifteen across Andalusia, the region is challenging the long standing prominence of the Basque Country and Catalonia. […]

3 hot hotels not to miss in Spain

3 hot hotels not to miss in Spain

For a long time Spain’s hotel industry has offered mid level properties weighted down in tradition, regulation and poor design with many properties offering only the minimum requirements for 5 star hotels. But over the last few years things have been changing for the better. Hotels are incorporating great design with in demand amenities while […]

Ronda Spain

Secrets of Spain: spectacular, romantic Ronda

A spectacular city, in a daringly dramatic location, romantic Ronda is a must for anyone who loves beauty, history, culture, romance, delicious food and a taste of Spain’s Andalucian lifestyle. Perched on a plateau above a deep ravine, this captivating place is named Ronda because it is “surrounded” by the mountains of the Serrania de […]

3 countries, 3 luxury train journeys

3 countries, 3 luxury train journeys

There’s something so romantic about a grand train journey. It harks back to a bygone era before the fast pace of modern life took hold and when travel was just as much about the ‘getting there’ as the destination. But this golden age of gentlemanly luxury is alive and well within the Belmond collection. In […]

Why Edinburgh is the home of Scottish food and drink

Why Edinburgh is the home of Scottish food and drink

Scotland is blessed with a fantastic larder of some of the best natural produce in the world and is synonymous the world over with quality produce.  Soft fruit and vegetables are locally grown in many parts of Scotland and with the country famous for good quality meat and excellent seafood, you do not have to […]

Luberon: lavender with a touch of class

Luberon: lavender with a touch of class

Provence in southern France is famous for its landscapes and climate. The urban areas – Nice, Cannes, Marseilles, Avignon and Saint Tropez – attract visitors from around the world but in this piece we will look more closely at a small rural area, and for a specific season: the Luberon region at the time before […]

The world's greatest rooftop bars

The world’s greatest rooftop bars

Picture the scene: you’re on holiday, enjoying a drink after a hard day’s work of sunbathing and sightseeing. The champagne bottle has just been popped open, the atmosphere is lively, but something is still missing: the perfect view . There’s no better way to enjoy a well-earned drink than by sitting on a terrace overlooking […]

5 exciting things happening in Barcelona in 2016

5 exciting things happening in Barcelona in 2016

Barcelona is a vibrant seaside city rich with culture. Throughout the year festivals and events bring visitors from all around the world. Here are some of the most exciting events to look forward to in 2016! 1. Benicassim Festival Festival Internacional de Benicassim is a four day music festival that takes place between Barcelona and […]

10 stunning rental properties for an unforgettable break this Spring

10 stunning rental properties for an unforgettable break this Spring

Spring is in the air… and it’s now time to think about your next holiday destination. Can’t wait for the summer? Then a tropical vacation is what you need. But if you love winter and want to hold on to the low temperatures a bit more, a mountain holiday might be better. No matter what […]

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5 of the best ski lifts in the world

With so many fantastic destinations for skiing, it may be difficult to choose the best place for your family holiday. With the snow arriving very late in Europe in the current ski season, some resorts were closed, other resorts could only keep some of their slopes open. One of the effects this had on the […]

5 luxury musts in Menorca

5 luxury musts in Menorca

Just northeast of Mallorca and the party isle of Ibiza, is an exotic island that offers the best mix of ancient culture, casual beach life and subtle luxury. Menorca, the least known of the Balearic Islands and not yet over run with DJ junkies or masses of budget tours, is an idyllic escape which more […]

Porto Zante Shipwreck Beach

Paradise in Zakynthos in Europe’s leading villa resort

Home to one of the finest beaches in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveller magazine, the Greek island of Zakynthos was named the “Flower of the East” by the Venetians, who ruled it during the Middle Ages. You’ve probably seen the iconic photo plenty of times before of Shipwreck Beach, where the Greek authorities […]

Top 10 cities for art lovers

Top 10 cities for art lovers

In the art capitals of the world, art is everywhere – not only in the famous galleries and churches, but even in the most unexpected places. Turn the corner in Rome to discover a shrine high in the wall, or a colourful mural under a bridge. If you’re visiting a city for the first time, […]

Top 5 London afternoon teas with children

Top 5 London afternoon teas with children

Traditionally an adults-only indulgence, an imaginatively inspired afternoon tea is the perfect way to introduce children to fine dining. With its royal connections, London is the ideal city in which to find extraordinary and exciting teatime treats that will satisfy the most discerning adult palette as well as indulging the delightfully sweet fantasies of younger […]

Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel Spa Pool

Europe’s best hotel with a spa

Sumptuous, dazzling opulence are the first words that come to mind when you enter the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel in Rome. Its sprawling wellness sanctuary alone spans three entire floors! This beautiful, decadent hotel has deservedly won the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens Award For Excellence 2016, as the Best Hotel with Spa, in Europe […]

5 top tips for a luxury weekend in Amsterdam

5 top tips for a luxury weekend in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the stunning capital city of The Netherlands, is quickly becoming one of Europe’s premier destinations for the “high end” crowd. The Dutch city is able to cater to the most discerning visitors (as well as locals enjoying luxurious lifestyles) with a diverse, appealing and compelling offering of prestigious hotels, fine restaurants and of course, […]

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