Category: North America

For the best food, festivals and fun, head to Montreal, Canada

For the best food, festivals and fun, head to Montreal, Canada

Just like the United States postal service’s motto, “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail” shall prevent Montrealers from throwing a fabulous festival. Be it musical, comedy, fashion, dance, circus, film or food & wine based, they’ve got it covered, and leave it to those crazy/generous Canadians to throw many a bash for free-particularly […]

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Kat Judge, along with her husband Al, runs the chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays based in Morzine, France. They offer truly exceptional catered Alpine chalet holidays to their guests. Ever since Al and Kat met at a fancy dress party in Stoke Newington in 2006, they talked about moving from London to the Alps to […]

A first-timer's guide to Latin America

A first-timer’s guide to Latin America

With the World Cup in Brazil, all eyes have been on Latin America. Here is our guide for those planning their first tailor-made holiday to this incredible continent for the first time. We’d like to experience as many highlights as possible, but don’t want to spend half the time travelling. Where would you recommend we […]

9 adrenaline thrills for the daredevil in you

9 adrenaline thrills for the daredevil in you

Seeking out danger is not everyone’s idea of a luxury vacation yet for many a week or two of bliss in a lovely hotel is prime time for a thrill or three, if only just to reaffirm just how much you enjoy the feel of a marble floor beneath your feet and a finely made […]

Top 10 places to see the stars

Top 10 places to see the stars

Minimal light pollution, meteors streaking across the sky and the glow of the Milky Way. The dark skies as nature intended are becoming rarer, but as soon as you step out of the luminous cities and into the wilderness, you won’t believe your eyes as you take in over 15,000 shimmering fireballs lighting up the […]

6 of the best hotels for art

6 of the best hotels for art

There is a definitive synergy between art and travel and, increasingly, we are finding that hotels are embracing this superlative relationship to offer guests an enriching and thought-provoking experience. Challenging the norm, art is becoming the new hotel accessory, serving to accentuate the concept that people do not want culture in prescribed pockets. Whether it […]

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii command high premiums, and for good reason: each has a loyal following that returns year after year, in addition to the many couples visiting for the first time on a special honeymoon or anniversary trip, or families splurging on a very special Hawaiian vacation. As a Virtuoso luxury travel […]

Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA

Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA

Located close to the famouse Boldt Castle and only a few boat minutes away from Alexandria Bay, this island has it all. The island offers even enough room for the essential life – as its name implies “Just Room Enough Island”. Hub Island, as it’s also called, offers one of the best terrace views in […]

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Aztec Energy Bars are prepared with a cornucopia of oats, nuts and dried fruits, but what really sets them apart is a traditional Mexican grain – the nutritional, and gluten-free, powerhouse of amaranth that was a staple of the ancient Aztecs. Amaranth was a food of the gods in the Aztec world, used in ritual […]

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

Every year sees a great many new hotels open and 2014 is no different. The major hotel brands are reacting to the market and diversifying as it is no longer enough to offer one brand and one product. Hilton, Marriott and Starwood amongst many others have different brands to suit different market needs. Whether it […]

6 of the most extravagant cocktails in the world

6 of the most extravagant cocktails in the world

How much would you usually pay for a cocktail? If you thought that £40.00 was a bit steep then you’re about to be amazed. The current world record for most expensive cocktail stands at $50,000. It was created in Moscow to commemorate the opening of the Reka Moscow restaurant and was only served once (so […]

Top 10 tips for visiting Newfoundland - the edge of the world

Top 10 tips for visiting Newfoundland – the edge of the world

When people find out I’m a travel writer, they invariably ask me what my favorite place is. I usually reply, “That depends on what I’m in the mood for.  My favorite exotic place would be Papua New Guinea. Favorite country is Turkey. Favorite city is Buenos Aires. But Kauai, which had been holding firm as […]

Interview with Matthew Savage, Sales Director at Smart Aviation

Interview with Matthew Savage, Sales Director at Smart Aviation

I’ve been in the aviation industry for 25 years in charter sales roles, working for two major airlines and another large broker prior to Smart Aviation. I spend my time running the Smart Aviation charter broking team, as well as personally arranging private jet flights for my clients. My clients can be the rich and […]

5 of the world's best bars with a view

5 of the world’s best bars with a view

No matter where you are in the world, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a good ol’ thirst quencher. Whether you fancy knocking back a pint of ice-cold beer or sipping on an expertly mixed martini, you won’t be able to resist our pick of the world’s best bars, all of which boast spectacular views. From […]

8 ridiculously expensive and mouth-watering desserts

8 ridiculously expensive and mouth-watering desserts

Some food is more expensive than others, it depends on where you are having it, who’s making it and what rare ingredient has been added to it. One can understand the main course being expensive with that logic, but explaining how you splurged a few thousand dollars on desserts alone can take some explaining. Let’s […]

10 reasons why Atlanta makes a perfect girlfriend getaway

10 reasons why Atlanta makes a perfect girlfriend getaway

Atlanta has always received high marks as one of the South’s most stylish cities; however this year Atlanta has really hit the sweet spot.  Between all the new museum openings, the expansion of the Atlanta Beltline, exciting retail developments and a fabulous local food scene spearheaded by passionate chefs, all you need is a pair […]

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