Category: Leisure Travel

Top 10 European holidays for 2012

Top 10 European holidays for 2012

Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete Elounda’s Blue Palace is part of the Luxury Collection of resorts and boasts a world class Thalasso Spa and over 140 room types with private pools all with sea views. The location is a star too, with a delightful private beach, crystal clear waters and soaring coastal vistas over […]

 Top 10 new luxury hotels for 2012

Top 10 new luxury hotels for 2012

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives Having opened in December 2011 Jumeirah Vittaveli is already gathering outstanding reviews and it’s little wonder with the Beach Villa lead-in room types spanning an interior of a whopping 184 sq m. It’s space, comfort and luxury all the way as each villa comes with its own private L-shaped swimming pool with […]

5 ways to après ski in Park City, Utah

5 ways to après ski in Park City, Utah

Arguably as enjoyable as time on the slopes, après ski is an essential part of a luxury mountain getaway. Park City, Utah features après options of every nature, from sophisticated lounges to lively social hot spots. Here are five unique ways to unwind after a day on the slopes in Park City: High West Distillery The ski-in […]

Great skiing, food and wine in Val Gardena, Italy

Great skiing, food and wine in Val Gardena, Italy

One of the many ski resorts located in the majestic Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Val Gardena, Italy is a must-visit during any ski holiday in the region. Val Gardena is best known in ski racing circles as home to the Saslong Classic, a men’s World Cup downhill race, and long considered […]

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 […]

Close to paradise in the hills of Tuscany

Close to paradise in the hills of Tuscany

A Tuscan retreat has designed an exclusive ‘nest close to paradise’ package especially for groups.  Castello di Vicarello, in the Maremma region of Tuscany, is surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and orchards with stunning views down to the sea, providing a wonderful setting for intimate getaways with your nearest and dearest. This 12th Century ultra-luxury […]

The top 5 luxury ski resorts in France

The top 5 luxury ski resorts in France

Looking for a way to unwind and do it in style? Visiting one of the top luxury ski resorts in France is a good idea. The ski resorts offer the best of world-class skiing options and accommodations. They are surrounded by pristine white mountains where you can experience some of the most thrilling ski slopes. […]

Test cricket comes to the Middle East

Test cricket comes to the Middle East

For the first time ever, the Middle East is to play host to an official ICC ranking Test series – and what’s more, it involves England who lock horns with Pakistan in the first Test beginning on 17th January 2012. So, if you’re planning to enjoy the average 24 degree temperatures of Dubai or Abu Dhabi […]

A host of new experiences this year at The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay

A host of new experiences this year at The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay

The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay has a great line-up of experiences available this year. Here’s just some of what’s on offer: Learn a new skill – Arabic cooking lessons Banish Friday-night takeaways and boring beans on toast with a masterclass in authentic Arabic cuisine now available at the beautiful open-air Al Mar Restaurant. Guests will […]

10 of the most glamourous ski destinations in the world

10 of the most glamourous ski destinations in the world

In an email from Tripadvisor, here’s what they claim to be the 10 most glamourous ski destinations in the world. Do you agree with the choices, think some shouldn’t have made the list, or believe there are any glaring errors? Or have they got it about right? 1. St. Moritz, Switzerland 2. Aspen, US 3. Courchevel, […]

Combining luxury and excitement - the Lexus Experiences

Combining luxury and excitement – the Lexus Experiences

Combining luxury and excitement the Lexus Experiences are the perfect Christmas gift and something you won’t forget in a hurry. To spoil the man in your life, the English Gentleman Experience offers two days of refined entertainment in the most stunning setting. Starting at The Grove Hotel, your personal Lexus chauffeur will pick you up […]

Top 10 cities for theatre lovers

Top 10 cities for theatre lovers

Whether you’re an opera addict or a ballet buff, visiting a theatre district can be the perfect way to enrich your city break or holiday. We take a look at some of the world’s cultural nerve centres to find the best destinations for fans of all things theatrical. Milan Stylish and refined, this chic city […]

More top tips on 6 honeymoon destinations

More top tips on 6 honeymoon destinations

I blogged a few weeks ago offering tips on 5 leading honeymoon destinations, so I thought I’d continue the theme and share my thoughts on 6 further resorts with you. Mauritius A colleague of mine has recently returned from Mauritius, where she hired a car and saw most of the country’s key highlights like Chamarel, […]

Aikwood Tower: the epitome of understated luxury

Aikwood Tower: the epitome of understated luxury

Forty miles south of Edinburgh, set in the idyllic landscapes of the Ettrick Forest lies Aikwood Tower – a newly renovated 16th Century border peel tower set on the ancient hunting grounds of Mary Queen of the Scots. The surrounding area is fast becoming a hot spot for pheasant shooters and fishers in the know, […]

Private Dolomite ski holiday tours for small groups

Private Dolomite ski holiday tours for small groups

This ski season, Italiaoutdoors is introducing unique private ski and snowboard adventures in the Dolomites of Italy. Italiaoutdoors is a two person team that creates vacation adventures for small active groups (6-12 people). This season, they’re inviting winter sport enthusiasts who also share a passion for fine food, wine and the culture of Italy to […]

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 […]

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