Category: United Kingdom

Ooooh… look… we won, we won!

Ooooh… look… we won, we won!

Great news just in! Despite listing more than 45,000 properties in 116 countries, the Holiday Lettings Hall of Fame 2011 listed our very own luxury holiday apartment as its overall winner!  Needless to say, my wife and I are rather pleased that all our hard work appears to be paying off.  For those that don’t [...]

Interview with John Dixon, Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays

Interview with John Dixon, Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays

John Dixon is the co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of independent tour operator Prestige Holidays and has worked in luxury travel for over 40 years. Prestige Holidays is celebrating its 22nd year in the luxury travel market and is  known for its quality holidays, excellent personal service and strong attention to detail. The company features four and [...]

Where to stay in London: the top hotels by guest satisfaction

Where to stay in London: the top hotels by guest satisfaction

With the spotlight on London for the big wedding, this is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the hotels whom guests consider to be the city’s hotel royalty: Egerton House, The Levin, Haymarket Hotel, The SoHo Hotel and The Milestone Hotel. The list come from ReviewPro’s City Rankings Project that is working to identify the most [...]

The world’s most expensive apartments

The world’s most expensive apartments have gone on the market in one of London’s most desirable areas.  There are 86 luxury apartments at One Hyde Park, ranging in price from $10m for a one bedroom apartment to a whopping $223m for a penthouse.

Special offer at London’s 47 Park Street

Between now and the end of May, visitors to London Mayfair’s boutique 47 Park Street hotel and private Members’ club get two nights’ stay at a reduced rate plus a free bottle of Champagne and specially designed cupcakes. The five-star 47 Park Street, Grand Residences by Marriott is offering visitors to London the special opportunity [...]

5 of the best places to play golf in Europe

5 of the best places to play golf in Europe

If you are a true golf aficionado, a golfing holiday at one of Europe’s luxury golf resorts would be a dream come true. There you can golf the same fairways that have challenged some of the world’s golf legends, fine tune your game, sample some of the best cuisine the region has to offer and [...]

Europe’s top 10 hidden gem hotels

I’m not sure what makes a hotel a ‘hidden gem’ as a considerable number in the list that follows are to be found in major European cities. That aside, here’s the top 10 hidden gem hotels according to Tripadvisor. (They don’t actually say ‘Europe’s top 10′ but since all of them are in Europe (in [...]

Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Self-catering is often overlooked as a luxury option, in favour of hotels and resorts, but really it shouldn’t be.  Over the last decade, the bar has risen once again when it comes to the self-catering (aka vacation rental) sector, and we are just back from a very relaxing break in the Peak District, staying at [...]

Is Wales the place for a challenging luxury holiday?

Is Wales the place for a challenging luxury holiday?

That depends on your definition of challenge and luxury. Luxury travel can and should be challenging at times, provided what the destination has to offer is worth it. Overcoming physical or psychological barriers does add a piquant tang to a holiday experience and if nothing else makes you feel like you’ve deserved the luxurious accommodation [...]

Luxury Accommodation of the Year in the Scottish Hotel Awards

Earlier this month, you may recall we reviewed The Chester Residence in Edinburgh’s West End. News just in is that the hotel has been named ‘Luxury Accommodation of the Year’ and ‘Serviced Apartments of the Year’ at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2011, held at the Thistle Glasgow Hotel. Graham Wood, co-owner with his wife Gillian, [...]

The top 10 most utterly unforgettable hotel rooms

The top 10 most utterly unforgettable hotel rooms

Tripadvisor has come up with its top 10 utterly unforgettable hotel rooms. Here we provide you with their somewhat Euro-centric list, links to each hotel where we can, and links to pictures of the rooms as shown on Tripadvisor’s site. 1. Utter Inn, Vasteras, Sweden – see the room 2. Abali Gran Sultanato, Palermo, Italy [...]

Interview with Jack Sarvary, CEO of Itinerie

Interview with Jack Sarvary, CEO of Itinerie

Jack Sarvary is the co-founder and CEO of Itinerie, a flash-sale startup. Itinerie expands on flash-sale sites like Jetsetter and Vacationist by offering full luxury vacation packages, rather than just hotels. All of these luxury one-week packages are fully private and include all accommodations and transportation to 2-4 destinations in a single Latin American country. [...]

Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

We have just returned from a very relaxing stay at The Chester Residence in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we stayed in a 2-bedroomed Mews Apartment (apartment 7/2 on Rothesay Place). The Chester Residence consists of 4 Georgian townhouses in a peaceful location and yet just a short walk from Edinburgh’s many attractions and shops. We arrived [...]

19 of the world’s sexiest hotels

19 of the world’s sexiest hotels

Just two weeks after The Luxury Travel Bible issued a press release with its top 10 sexiest hotels in the world for Valentine’s, I’ve been sent an email by Tripadvisor with their own top 10 sexy hotels.  Perhaps not surprisingly, there aren’t many that are common to both lists.   Here are the two lists: [...]

Paint the town red with Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Shoe shopping, Champagne, an iconic five-star hotel, manicures and pedicures and lunch in one of London’s hottest restaurants. What more can a girl ask for? Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London and Christian Louboutin have joined forces to create the ‘Paint the Town Red’ package – the ultimate treat. Guests will be able to check in to [...]

3 romantic getaways for the perfect UK Valentine’s Day

3 romantic getaways for the perfect UK Valentine’s Day

We’ve been contacted by Interflora who are looking for you to share your Valentine’s Day tips.  Here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite. Romance by the riverside in beautiful Cumbria Kendal Holiday Cottages Ltd. has a luxurious apartment in Kendal, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, that opened less than 12 [...]

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