Category: Regions

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

More often than not turkey tends to be desert-dry, but not with this delicious dish. Cooked in duck fat, the fat replaces the water and gives it a succulent and distinct flavour, whilst keeping the meat nice and tender. The tender turkey combined with the pleasantly crumbly and grainy texture of the polenta cake, and [...]

8 of the most extravagant gifts for a quintessentially British Christmas

8 of the most extravagant gifts for a quintessentially British Christmas

We all know that Christmas is about giving, but if you’re really looking to impress this year then you’ll need something that hits that wow factor and where better to find supreme luxury than in royal Britain. With Christmas just around the corner, we look to some of Britain’s top luxury brands and artisans to [...]

A clever Christmas PR stunt from WestJet

A clever Christmas PR stunt from WestJet

Imagine seeing your dream Christmas presents appear before your eyes as you wait to claim your bags at the luggage carousel. WestJet managed to pull off this stunt, surprising their passengers in style, on a flight from Toronto to Calgary. Watch the video and see it for yourself… I just feel sorry for the guy [...]

Photograph of the week: Hula performance at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Photograph of the week: Hula performance at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

The image shown is a regular monthly free hula performance presented at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii in front of the Kilauea Volcano. Most of the hula performances done are a tribute to Pele, the goddess of the Volcano. The monthly performances are open to the public and are a beautiful way to see authentic hula [...]

Top 7 most unusual treks across Africa

Top 7 most unusual treks across Africa

Whether you’ve visited this great continent before, or are thinking of heading there for the first time, the vastness and variety of Africa has something for everyone. Its many mountain ranges, villages and national parks offer enough trekking experiences to last a lifetime. Here is a selection of the most unique. Otter Trail, South Africa [...]

Why luxury Kenya safaris can still compete

Why luxury Kenya safaris can still compete

As we all know Kenya is not a political paradise, things happen there which always receive widespread publicity – sadly they are probably happening in other parts of the world regularly but the press do love to build up the Kenyan incidents until everyone thinks it has to be unsafe to travel. This of course [...]

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Imagine if you fell asleep on your flight and didn’t wake up on landing. Take that a step further and imagine none of the passengers or crew had spotted you as they disembarked. They all leave, leaving you alone on the plane. Now spare a thought for Tom Wagner for whom this precise scenario happened. [...]

Take an Amazon river cruise… in style and luxury!

Take an Amazon river cruise… in style and luxury!

For those travellers who are becoming increasingly bored with the seemingly endless cruising holidays available today, there is a truly unique alternative… a luxury Amazon river cruise. Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the earth’s mightiest river and the world’s last unexplored wilderness – the Amazon. The very first luxury vessel in the [...]

2 ways to win a fabulous luxury San Diego vacation

2 ways to win a fabulous luxury San Diego vacation

Love San Diego? Whether it’s the mild year-round climate or the extensive beaches – or both – that draws you to California’s second largest city, here’s something you won’t want to miss: the opportunity to win an incredible San Diego luxury vacation… for free! And that not all – there’s not just one opportunity to win [...]

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Nick Van Gruisen’s travel career started as a professional guide running camps and leading safaris in Botswana and South Africa. He then joined Lindblad Safaris, pioneers at the time of private plane safaris through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In the 1980s he set up the UK office of the Tiger Mountain Group on the main [...]

The changing face of Cape Town

The changing face of Cape Town

I have just returned from Cape Town, some 12 years or so after my first visit there. Like all South African cities, Cape Town is of course a city that has seen phenomenal change in recent decades, ever since the abolition of apartheid and release of the now sadly late Nelson Mandela. In many respects, the city [...]

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce

A dish to impress guests at any Winter dinner party, wild sea bass in a salt crust with grilled market vegetables and foamed lobster sauce combines the freshest in-season seafood with ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards. Wild sea bass, available from August to March, is preferable to farmed fish due to its superior flavour [...]

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world – part 2

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world – part 2

Everyone wants luxurious comfort and the finest hotels. Cherishing privacy and indulging yourself in luxury travel is almost like a trend these days but nevertheless a treat. Further to my earlier post, here are some additional luxury hotels that are ideal for when you charter a private jet for your holidays. Amanresorts Aman means “peace” in Urdu and [...]

10 of the absolutely dreamiest beach resorts in the world

10 of the absolutely dreamiest beach resorts in the world

Oh, relaxing on exotic beaches, taking in the sun and surf, with sand between your toes and a drink in hand. All the better, of course, when put together with an incredibly luxurious beach resort, complete with world-class accommodations and  service. We scoured the globe for some of the dreamiest destinations, so before you plan [...]

5 of St Petersburg’s most beautiful buildings

5 of St Petersburg’s most beautiful buildings

Russia’s northern capital, St Petersburg, is often called the Venice of the north due to its long interweaving canals and beautiful baroque and neoclassical architecture. The city is home to some incredible buildings, read on for a few which you won’t want to miss when you visit this enchanting city. St Isaac’s Cathedral This was, [...]

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Earlier this year, I shared some of my top tips for the hungry traveller with an exclusive gourmand’s guide to Paris. This time, it’s all about homing in on one of the naughtiest, most luxurious treats in the City of Lights’ culinary repertoire: the world-famous café gourmand. If you want to play the part of [...]

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