Category: Air Travel

What’s it like to fly in a First Class Suite on an Emirates A380?

Ever wondered what it must be like to fly on a First Class Suite on an Emirates A380.  YouTube user Volterrific shares with us his journey from Bangkok to Hong Kong on this fabulous super jumbo, complete with shower and cocktail bar (not at the same time) at 40,000 feet.

And the Restaurant of the Year is...

And the Restaurant of the Year is…

Spanish chef José Pizarro, two-Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge and Raymond Blanc protégée Ollie Dabbous were among the big winners at the inaugural Food and Travel Reader Awards held at The Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall on 3 September, 2012. In total 29 awards were handed out during a glittering evening hosted by comedian Simon […]

Fit to be Thaid

In Alex Garland’s seminal novel The Beach a young man search in southern Thailand for a seaside Utopia goes awry. In the Hangover Part Two a group of young men find a different kind of Thai experience. I went to Thailand looking for my own paradise idyll. I didn’t expect what I would discover. The […]

When luxury travel becomes irresponsible...? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

When luxury travel becomes irresponsible…? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

Last month Kanye West reportedly spent £8,000 to leave Doncaster by private jet, only to fly as far as Birmingham (that’s Birmingham, UK – just 84 miles away – not Birmingham, Alabama).  There he was met by a chauffeur-driven Mercedes and transferred to Birmingham’s five-star Hyatt hotel where he stayed in the Presidential Suite and […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The best African vacations from Safari Guide Africa The simplicity of innovation: Panerai Beachy-chic dining from Sean’s Panorama Because speed matters: Piaggio Aero

Arrive refreshed - making the most strenuous journey look effortlessly easy

Arrive refreshed – making the most strenuous journey look effortlessly easy

When the latest rock star lands at Heathrow there’s little talk of jet lag, no signs of a struggle with the bags and no hint of them having to remove almost all of their clothing just to be able to get through the airport scanners. They’re ‘papped’ looking uber-glamorous, sporting the latest Jimmy Choos (no […]

5 reasons to fly business on Qantas' A380

5 reasons to fly business on Qantas’ A380

There’s no denying that for most of the world’s population, getting to and from Australia is a long haul.  Even more reason to do it in luxury.  In 2008, Qantas introduced the A380 plane to its fleet, making long haul luxury even more compelling.  Here are five reasons why the A380’s business class experience (currently […]

Virgin on the ridiculous: is this REALLY what we want from our airlines these days?!

Virgin on the ridiculous: is this REALLY what we want from our airlines these days?!

On selected flights during May, Upper Class fliers with Virgin Atlantic will be ‘treated’ to a new in-flight innovation.  More comfortable seats, free WiFi, a new menu or maybe improved cabin staff, you might wonder?  Think again. No… their great idea – which has reportedly been the culmination of the efforts of four designers working […]

6 tips on getting upgraded to first class... for free

6 tips on getting upgraded to first class… for free

With the increase in airline prices it is unfortunately becoming something of a distant dream for any of us mere mortals to fly first class. But after years of research and real-world testing, we’ve come up with some great tips to help you get the first class upgrade you’re looking for – here are our […]

London's most expensive Valentine's Day package

London’s most expensive Valentine’s Day package

This Valentine’s Day treat your loved one to the most lavish and memorable Valentine’s Day possible by booking the ‘One In A Million’ package at the athenaeum hotel in London. It begins with a flight in a private helicopter over the couples’ choice of famous landmarks in the capital. After the flight a private chauffer-driven limousine […]

An Australian first: hot air balloon flights launching from Uluru

An Australian first: hot air balloon flights launching from Uluru

For the first time ever, visitors to Ayers Rock – aka Uluru – will be able to enjoy one of the best views as dawn falls over Australia’s Red Centre. The service will begin in March 2012, courtesy of Outback Ballooning.  Flights will last around 30 minutes and pass over the Patji region just outside […]

Escaping to Australia's Heron Island just got easier

Escaping to Australia’s Heron Island just got easier

Virgin Australia’s new twice-daily service from Brisbane to Gladstone, Mondays to Fridays, allows visitors to Australia even easier access to the tropical paradise of Heron Island. Renowned for wonderful diving and snorkelling right off the island’s beautiful white sandy beaches, Heron Island is the perfect introduction to the delights of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with […]

5 tips to take luxury to the next step on the French Riviera

5 tips to take luxury to the next step on the French Riviera

From the Monte Carlo casino to the five-star hotels on the Croisette, when it comes to luxury, the French Riviera has a lot to offer. Over 10 million tourists visit the Côte d’Azur for a holiday in the sun every year, but very few are lucky enough to experience the grandiose lifestyle that makes it […]

Book review: Dan Poynter's Air Travel Handbook

Book review: Dan Poynter’s Air Travel Handbook

I recently received a printed copy of Dan Poynter’s Air Travel Handbook – a goldmine of information for the travel enthusiast and, in particular, the frequent flyer. It’s not really the kind of book that needs to be read from cover to cover but instead is easy to dip in and out at any point and […]

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2011 are in...

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 are in…

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. The awards appear in the November issue (on newsstands from 18th October 2011) and are derived from the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey. This year, a record 28,876 readers […]

See inside the Dreamliner

Now that the Dreamliner has officially taken off on its maiden voyage, CNBC is taking you inside this much-anticipated aircraft with the documentary, “Dreamliner: Inside the World’s Most Anticipated Airline”, which airs tonight at 9pm. What does it really look like? Will it change the future of travel? What is so special about the Dreamliner […]

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