Category: Speciality Travel

The top 3 luxury safari and beach combinations

The top 3 luxury safari and beach combinations

Safari and beach holidays and honeymoons are some of the most coveted and wondrous things people do – often after one of these luxury safaris people get bitten by the ‘African bug’ and end up returning over and over again. There are hundreds of amazing luxury safari destinations and hundreds of wonderfully remote and beautiful […]

5 tips for getting an upgrade to first class

5 tips for getting an upgrade to first class

Everyone that’s taken a long haul flight has at some point wished to be given a free upgrade, or maybe you’ve just taken a fair few short haul flights and wished that just one time the air hostess would beckon you to the front into business class. Either way, if you’ve been passed over for an […]

The top 3 Botswana luxury safari combos

The top 3 Botswana luxury safari combos

Botswana has long been known as the home of luxury safaris in Africa – this is not surprising. This country is an absolute haven for wildlife, not least because a few years ago the Botswana government dedicated its entire army to anti-poaching. The wildlife here is thriving and thanks to forward thinking many years ago, […]

The long road home - 5 of the best self-drive routes in Australasia

The long road home – 5 of the best self-drive routes in Australasia

What could be more liberating than to hit the open road and be surrounded by extraordinary landscapes? A self-drive holiday in Australasia, by car or motorhome, is cost-effective, flexible and offers the chance to go at your own pace. Happily, the quality of the roads, the signposts and the style of driving of the locals […]

9 adrenaline thrills for the daredevil in you

9 adrenaline thrills for the daredevil in you

Seeking out danger is not everyone’s idea of a luxury vacation yet for many a week or two of bliss in a lovely hotel is prime time for a thrill or three, if only just to reaffirm just how much you enjoy the feel of a marble floor beneath your feet and a finely made […]

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Who doesn’t love a party? And I’m pretty sure anyone reading A Luxury Travel Blog likes travel as well… A growing segment of the upward trend in private vacation rentals is down to group travel for friends and families looking for that special place to celebrate that special occasion – or simply any excuse for […]

6 reasons to love Mallorca this Summer

6 reasons to love Mallorca this Summer

Mallorca has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently but – outside the raucous party resort of Magaluf – discerning travellers will find plenty to love about the Spanish island this Summer. British chef Jamie Oliver and his family, racing driver Freddie Hunt (son of the late James Hunt), and former ‘Baywatch’ […]

6 of the best hotels for art

6 of the best hotels for art

There is a definitive synergy between art and travel and, increasingly, we are finding that hotels are embracing this superlative relationship to offer guests an enriching and thought-provoking experience. Challenging the norm, art is becoming the new hotel accessory, serving to accentuate the concept that people do not want culture in prescribed pockets. Whether it […]

The top 5 luxury experiences in Barcelona

The top 5 luxury experiences in Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage stretching back over 2,000 years. Set on the sea against a backdrop of rolling hills, Barcelona has a wonderful Mediterranean climate and is a perfect location for a luxury visitor. This vibrant city is the heartbeat of Catalan culture. Home to Picasso, Barcelona is […]

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

It’s early morning and the sun is just starting to burn off the mist rising from the still, shallow waters of Inle Lake. Huge dragonflies dart about at head height, like toy helicopters, easily matching the boat for speed, and overhead a snow-white egret drifts by, searching for a new, more stable patch of water […]

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby […]

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

As part of ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) 2014 in Shanghai – an invitation-only event bringing together la crème de la crème of the luxury travel industry, I was invited to a VIP media welcome party to celebrate the opening of the event. This was an opportunity to experience the height of luxury and indulge […]

5 top tips to take the stress out of flying

5 top tips to take the stress out of flying

Travelling – and, more specifically, flying – can be a stressful experience. (I write this as someone who should really be packing for a trip right now!) That said, there are some simple measures you can take to make the process run much more smoothly, and thus make the experience less stressful than it needs […]

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

Horseback adventures for the discerning on Dartmoor

If you’re looking for a luxury riding holiday in the UK, then look no further than bespoke horseback adventure organiser Liberty Trails. Established by Elaine Prior following three years of negotiation with landowners and National Park authories, the company offers horseback safaris for discerning riders across Dartmoor, combined with gastronomic adventures in close partnership with Relais […]

5 of the best family holiday destinations  for 'reconnecting with family'

5 of the best family holiday destinations for ‘reconnecting with family’

Traveling with my kids allows me the privilege of reliving my childhood – i can see things from a child’s perspective – I get to play like a kid with my kids, doing the things my Dad did with me. Jumping into pools. Diving off his shoulders. Playing tennis, throwing a ball, endless battles of […]

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

Photograph of the week: Stars over the Adriatic

This image was taken around midnight from Star Clippers’ ‘Royal Clipper’, looking straight up at the stars above the Adriatic while sailing from Venice to Rovinj in Croatia. Royal Clipper has five masts and 42 sails and is the largest commercial passenger vessel of its kind. The photographer used a 60 second exposure with the […]

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