Category: Leisure Travel

Scenic walks: Eckabauer Peak to Garmish, Berggasthof

Soothe your soul: 4 scenic walks in Germany and Italy

Hiking is for many people the embodiment of a luxury holiday par excellence. Whatever your definition of ‘walking’ or ‘hiking’, it soothes the soul, relieves the stress and fills your memories with scenic moments. Invigorating autumn walks on both sides of the German-Italian border are fantastic breakaways. Here are a few suggestions: Eckbauer Peak to […]

Short stay: Macdonald Ansty Hall, Ansty, near Coventry, UK

Short stay: Macdonald Ansty Hall, Ansty, near Coventry, UK

Ansty Hall lies in the village of Ansty, which despite being just 300 feet above sea level, is one of the highest points in Warwickshire. It was built in the 17th Century for Richard Taylor, a supporter of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War, and passed to the Adams family in the late 18th […]

Kayaking combined with a little luxury in the Lake District

Kayaking combined with a little luxury in the Lake District

We recently tested two Sevylor kayaks on a luxury stay in the English Lake District, arriving at one of Cumbria’s finest lakeside hotels in style… by kayak! Before we get started, the first thing to mention about Sevylor kayaks is how portable they are.  Despite being quite large and robust vessels, once they’re fully inflated, […]

Lupo Barcelona

The top 3 premium shopping streets in Barcelona

Barcelona may not be as well known as other European cities for its shopping hotspots, but if you’re looking for some retail therapy in a beautiful setting, then the Catalan capital will definitely have something for you. From unique boutiques to big brands, including some of the best designers around, here we give you the […]

Ghost Tours Barcelona

5 alternative tours to try in Barcelona

With our smartphone maps and varying individual tastes, self-guided tours often serve as the way we navigate around a new city. But unfortunately, they don’t always provide the most efficient and interesting tours for new explorers. We want you to make the most of your time in any city, but especially in Barcelona. Here you’ll […]

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3 of the best Greek islands for a peek into the past

The Greek Islands have something for everyone. It’s hard not to fall in love with the views, the food, the beaches, the quaint fishing villages, the people. For culture vultures though, the islands are also steeped in history. The endless monuments and ruins hold the key to a rich, interesting past and beyond the spectacular […]

5 of the best contemporary luxury hotel stays in Ireland

5 of the best contemporary luxury hotel stays in Ireland

Not everyone wants “old world”, history and castles. For lovers of all things modern, slick and exceptional design there are some great contemporary luxury hotels in Ireland. From trendy and hip to architecturally impressive there is something for every style. Cliff House Hotel, Waterford Perched on a cliff looking out to huge sea views, this […]

8 reasons why you really need to visit Cascais in Portugal

8 reasons why you really need to visit Cascais in Portugal

Portugal’s Cascais region is gaining a reputation as one of country’s best areas to visit. It is a place of wild coastlines, natural beauty, history, and Portugal’s famous cuisine and hospitality. And here are eight reasons why Cascais is becoming Portugal’s best region to visit: 1. It’s easy to get to Hugging mainland Europe’s most […]

Sunset over pool. Autumn in Mallorca_sunset over pool

5 highlights of an Autumn week in Mallorca

What an exhilarating week in Mallorca! The isle of Mallorca is of course one of the largest of the Balearic Islands, the others being Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. It has a coastline of more than 550 kilometres, impressive mountains and affordable Mediterranean food. With autumn in full swing I would love to share some of […]

Don't just ski... ski Whistler!

Don’t just ski… ski Whistler!

Whistler Blackcomb ticks all the right boxes. This international ski haunt is one of the largest in the world with over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes. 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers and more than 200 marked trails make it a skier’s dream resort. If you couple that with Canada’s breath-taking mountain landscape, you’ve got yourself […]

Top 4 national parks in Brazil

Top 4 national parks in Brazil

Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, is a melting pot of colourful culture, diverse habitats and unique wildlife. From the vast swamp-like Pantanal, to white sandy beaches and deep, dark rainforest, there are some truly spectacular areas to visit. Luckily, for the rest of the world, Brazil takes great pride in its natural […]

A luxury weekend in Paris with Infiniti

A luxury weekend in Paris with Infiniti

What better way to visit the Paris Motor Show than to drive there. And to drive in the luxury of the Infiniti Q30 is about as comfortable as it gets. This is a car that offers comfort in abundance and is every bit as stylish as it looks. (Some of you may recall that I test […]

Short stay: Best Western Beaumont Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

Short stay: Best Western Beaumont Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

For a recent sailing weekend at Derwent Reservoir, we stayed at the Best Western Beaumont Hotel in the Northumberland market town of Hexham. We’d often passed Hexham travelling from Cumbria to the north-east along the A69, but rarely had much time to spend there. Previously awarded the title of ‘England’s favourite market town’ in Country […]

The top 5 beaches of Buzios

The top 5 beaches of Buzios

Surrounded by 23 gorgeous beaches, this chic fisherman village, Buzios, is a paradise beach destination – mother nature’s true masterpiece. Búzios is a sought-after resort peninsula in Brazil, only a short drive, just 80 miles north, from the city of Rio de Janeiro. A city where Brazilians and foreigners live together in harmony, enjoying the […]

Top 4 spa hotels in the Algarve

Top 4 spa hotels in the Algarve

Renowned for its beaches, family holidays and of course, golf courses, the Algarve is now forging a reputation for being a centre of inclusive spa retreats. What better place to pamper oneself or seek solace from those irksome knots and dull aches than in the lap of luxury in one of the region’s superb five […]

4 reasons to choose a reverse ski weekend

4 reasons to choose a reverse ski weekend

Taking a ‘reverse ski weekend’ is a great way to enjoy some of the most luxurious hotels, chalets and activities in ski resorts at a more affordable price. A reverse ski weekend is different from a ‘regular’ ski weekend because instead of travelling on the usual days – out on a Thursday and back on […]

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