Category: Speciality Travel

Feeling the heat in Hawaii

Feeling the heat in Hawaii

Close to Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii, you can watch lava from the Pu’u O’o crater as it meets the ocean. It’s a 1-2 hour hike over rugged terrain from the Hawaii County viewing area before you reach these active pahoehoe lava flows. Due to the dangers of the hike, you should not […]

5 of the best luxury hotels in Paris

5 of the best luxury hotels in Paris

With Paris Fashion Week underway, the city is flooded with fashionistas and tourists and a multitude of luxury hotels await them! The following list of five luxury hotels are some of my favorites and stand out because they are rich in character and never short on luxury or five-star service. Le Royal Monceau Easily one […]

One of the most technologically-advanced yachts in the world

One of the most technologically-advanced yachts in the world

This vessel is designed to exemplify all that is possible for the modern yacht owner. Created by Seaking Freedom, PROJECT MAGNITUDE from Opanlinski Designs demonstrates super intelligent push button technology combined with the latest propulsion systems and dressed with unique, progressive styling, making this yacht one of the most technologically advanced private yachts to be built.

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Timelapse footage of the Costa Concordia salvage operation

Last week engineers in Italy succeeded in setting the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright, 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio, killing 32 people. The operation took 18 hours but here you can see the whole process condensed into just one minute. It was achieved using cables and metal water tanks to […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

Wondering where the sun has gone? As we say goodbye to Summer and enter much cooler weather, it’s useful to know where you can travel and yet still enjoy some post-Summer sunshine. So here are 10 European ideas to help you extend your Summer into the Autumn months and enjoy the sun’s rays for that […]

Top 5 places to see leopard

Top 5 places to see leopard

The elusive leopard is often a target for many a game viewer when heading to Africa. Sadly we still can’t guarantee you’ll see one but if you want to give yourself the absolute best chance then these properties certainly offer that, not least because of their amazing guides and trackers who have the eyesight of […]

Pad Thai in paradise: Phuket’s latest über-resort

Pad Thai in paradise: Phuket’s latest über-resort

Sitting, drinking green tea, overlooking a turquoise infinity pool, crashing waves in the middle distance, the chatter of parrots, and plugged in to a bit of Jack Johnson; life feels pretty good indeed. This weekend, I am at the Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Resort, having jettisoned in from Hong Kong on Friday evening.  Thailand is […]

Google Treks: revolutionising travel as we know it?

Google Treks: revolutionising travel as we know it?

Google Treks is the latest extension from Google Maps and Google StreetView; it is a project that stitches together web tours of destinations all over the world, whether it be the Grand Canyon or the Galapagos. Follow highlighted routes and explore areas followed along the same path as the team that filmed them – a […]

Christmas in Val d'Isère

Christmas in Val d’Isère

Choosing where to ski over the Christmas period can be a tricky business. It is notoriously difficult to predict snow conditions at this time of year, and historically there have been good times and bad. Finding the perfect resort is always a challenge. With its high altitude, snow sure reputation, and easy access to La Grande […]

Oman's first booze-free luxury hotel

Oman’s first booze-free luxury hotel

Singapore’s international hotelier, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C) continues to tap into the potential of the Sultanate of Oman with the announcement of its second hotel in the region. M&C has signed an agreement with Shaza Muscat Company (SMC) to manage and operate Oman’s first Sharia-compliant five-star property named the Muscat Grand Millennium Hotel. The […]

The 3 best ways to experience snow and ice in New Zealand

The 3 best ways to experience snow and ice in New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its friendly people and stunning vistas, including magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks. Snow and ice can be found all year round in New Zealand, as many of those snow-capped mountains are glaciers, which provide a constant beauty. So what should you do when you’re there?  Here are the three best ways […]

How to blow €1 million in a day

How to blow €1 million in a day

France’s Courchevel 1850 has a growing reputation as the most expensive and glamorous luxury ski resort in the world. It seems inconceivable but it would be relatively easy to blow €1 MILLION during a 24 hour blitz of unadulterated spending and lavish extravagance in this millionaires mecca. Everyone dreams about winning the lottery, but did you ever […]

The best afternoon teas at sea

The best afternoon teas at sea

The quintessential British ambiance of an afternoon tea at sea epitomises luxury in every sense of the word. Although the grandeur of today’s modern day cruise vessels is undeniably attractive, the heart and soul of this wonderful method of seeing the world still lies in the age old traditions. Imagine white gloved waiters with a smile […]

Special feature: IDW Esperanza Resort, Kozelkiskiu, Trakai, near Vilnius, Lithuania

Special feature: IDW Esperanza Resort, Kozelkiskiu, Trakai, near Vilnius, Lithuania

When we told friends that we’d be going to Lithuania this Summer, they invariably looked at us with surprise. Not only had we never visited the country before, but it soon emerged that we didn’t know anyone who had, either. Lithuania, of course, is a relatively new country, and one where tourism hasn’t yet fully […]

Top 5 luxury safari spas and healing treatments

Top 5 luxury safari spas and healing treatments

The puritans out there would probably turn their nose up at a safari lodge or camp with a spa – but surely a safari is about connecting with the wilderness… really feeling it? The word spa suggests something a little more formal than what most luxury safari camps and lodges have, and as soon as […]

Northern Lights voyage with Hurtigruten

Northern Lights voyage with Hurtigruten

Ever wanted to see the Northern Lights? Sailing with Hurtigruten to Norway’s northern reaches, you can experience a magical winter wonderland and hopefully see them for yourself. This is an excellent chance to experience the magical Northern Lights as the spectacular colour show changes from light green to dark purple, flickering across the Arctic sky. […]

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