Category: Food and Drink

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Le café gourmand – a one-stop gourmand’s delight

Earlier this year, I shared some of my top tips for the hungry traveller with an exclusive gourmand’s guide to Paris. This time, it’s all about homing in on one of the naughtiest, most luxurious treats in the City of Lights’ culinary repertoire: the world-famous café gourmand. If you want to play the part of […]

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

5 great ways to enjoy Madrid

The Madrilenos operate at a different pace of life to most of us. It is relaxed, leisurely and calm. It is very, very Spanish. So, reset your watches and your time-clocks and keep those afternoons slow… it’s not until night-time when Madrid bursts into life. Madrid is a city of over three million, situated on the […]

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

5 top tips to finding value in Venice

Venice might not be a place that immediately springs to mind as a value destination but, if you fancy an affordable luxury break in the City of Bridges, then read on. We spoke to our friends at Cosmos Holidays and came up with a few ideas that will help you save money without compromising you […]

A guide to Christmas in Chamonix

A guide to Christmas in Chamonix

Christmas in Chamonix is a magical time of year – officially declared when the lights are turned on at the beginning of December. The opening night is a traditional one, complete with vin chaud, hot chocolate and live music, and marks the beginning of a season filled with festivity and fun. One of Chamonix’s greatest […]

Foodie finds in Dublin

Foodie finds in Dublin

A city of canals, castles and cream tea, Dublin is full of stony charm and literary allure. Yet in recent years it’s an array of rather spectacular foodie haunts that have been drawing crowds to the capital of the Emerald Isle. Here is our pick of Dublin’s best (or should that be most characterful) restaurants. […]

The world's most unique cruise ship features

The world’s most unique cruise ship features

Back in the golden day of cruising, travellers could barely believe their eyes when they stepped aboard a luxury cruise liner and found fully equipped gymnasiums, relaxing Turkish baths, and even well stocked libraries and outdoor, European-style cafes. Of course, all of these features, and indeed much, much more, are pretty standard across the board […]

4 top Michelin star restaurants in London

4 top Michelin star restaurants in London

London is considered by many to be the best place worldwide for cuisine. Just ask Joël Robuchon, a French chef decorated with more Michelin stars than anyone else alive, who considers London to be the gastronomic capital of the world. With over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants currently in the capital alone, there’s no surprise that London is […]

The 5 "musts" of Mustique

The 5 “musts” of Mustique

Visiting Mustique isn’t as popular as it once was. The celeb party crowd has all but moved on but it doesn’t mean the luxury resorts have changed at all. There’s a wide range of fantastic facilities, luxury excursions and wonderful experiences you can enjoy on Mustique. Once you’ve booked into your private villa and are […]

Top 5 restaurants in Saint-Tropez

Top 5 restaurants in Saint-Tropez

There are few European towns which say luxury as clearly and loudly at St. Tropez. The heart of the French Riviera it offers something special and unique for visitors to France. Choosing to holiday in St. Tropez suggests you like the finer things in life and to get the most out of your St. Tropez […]

Mauritius - much more than a honeymooner's paradise

Mauritius – much more than a honeymooner’s paradise

The utterance of the word ‘Mauritius’ is often followed by visions of turquoise waters and powdery beaches. While Mauritius is perfect for a luxury holiday or honeymoon, it offers so much more to visitors. It’s colourful culture and friendly inhabitants ensure a memorable holiday. Here are some of my favourite things about the island: Sugarcane fields Endless […]

5 of South Africa's hidden gems

5 of South Africa’s hidden gems

South Africa is a beautiful country, enriched with history, culture and nature. It is a popular destination with travellers looking to experience something unique and unforgettable, like with a sunset safari or a hike up Table Mountain. There are also plenty of lesser known locations and activities in South Africa which the average traveller would be […]

7 of the best places in the world to drink wine

7 of the best places in the world to drink wine

When travelling, it is always important to never forget to stop and smell the flowers. Or as I prefer – taste the wine! An incredible benefit of my job is that I am able to travel the world, experience different cultures, taste delicious foods, and savor some of the world’s finest wine. If you’re a […]

7 cafés with style in Palma de Mallorca

7 cafés with style in Palma de Mallorca

There are cafés galore in Palma de Mallorca, the cosmopolitan capital of the largest of the Balearic Islands. But which do you choose for your cup of Joe, when it’s time for a break from the city’s excellent shopping or sightseeing? For good barista-made coffee (and perhaps something tasty to go with it) in a-cut-above setting, these […]

Photograph of the week: Vietnamese wine cave

Photograph of the week: Vietnamese wine cave

The cave is an authentic hillside rock cavern at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay; a unique setting for a very intimate dinner, as the ambient lighting and the cosy atmosphere set the tone for any special occasion. Dishes served include Oriental style tuna carpaccio with local mango and lime granite and Harvey Valley lamb fillet, […]

Reflections on my trip to Helsinki, Finland

Reflections on my trip to Helsinki, Finland

Throughout my time in Helsinki, I’ve been on a mission with American Express to track down great customer service experiences and there has been no shortage of examples to call upon. I managed to pack a huge amount into my short time there, taking a ferry trip to (and a guided tour at) the UNESCO […]

Feasting on bear in Finland

Feasting on bear in Finland

In my continued hunt for great customer service on behalf of American Express, I wanted to try some traditional Finnish food during my stay in Helsinki and the Savotta restaurant, just a short walk from my hotel, was recommended to me. Located right on the Senate Square, this restaurant takes you back to the charm […]

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