Category: Food and Drink

Interview with Alvaro Rey, Area General Manager of InterContinental in London

Interview with Alvaro Rey, Area General Manager of InterContinental in London

Alvaro began his career at InterContinental Medellin in his native country of Colombia in 1984 and has remained with the company ever since. During this time he has held prestigious positions across North and South America, Middle East, Australia and Europe. What is it that you do exactly? I have been General Manager of the [...]

5 of the hottest speakeasies in Paris

5 of the hottest speakeasies in Paris

Perhaps it’s Boardwalk Empire, perhaps it’s the exclusivity, or perhaps it’s simply the eternal attraction of all that is clandestine – either way, hidden bars haven’t been this in vogue since the time when they were actually a necessity. Here are 5 of the hottest speakeasies in Paris – where speaking is not often so [...]

The best culinary destination you’ve never heard of

The best culinary destination you’ve never heard of

The culinary map is, shall we say, peppered with well known and well tread “must see” destinations: cities such as Paris, New York, London, Bangkok and Sydney to name but a few, and more rural or regional destinations such as Provence, Basque Country, Napa Valley and Tuscany. But there’s one rising star on the Spanish [...]

5 Californian gems you may not have considered

5 Californian gems you may not have considered

California is the annual holiday destination for thousands of Brits and many book into their same hotel and enjoy the same experiences. Yes, it’s a fantastic experience but perhaps it’s worth looking further afield and trying something different. You’ll be amazed at some of the different experiences available in the areas surrounding your usual haunts. [...]

A luxurious Valentine’s Day in San Diego

A luxurious Valentine’s Day in San Diego

Feel warm all over this Valentine’s Day – in more ways than one! Get ready to soak up the sun in America’s Finest City and be sure to have your significant other in tow. We’ve put together a luxurious itinerary that’s bound to get the two of you in love with the city and even [...]

5 Moroccan restaurants not to miss in Marrakech

5 Moroccan restaurants not to miss in Marrakech

As a bustling city that blurs the boundaries between modern metropolis and historic culture, Marrakech boasts an exceptional wealth of culinary delights, to out-do even the most discerning of palates. From traditional Morrocan cuisine refined with modern style, to cosmopolitan menus that reflect the multitude of international influences that have come through the country, Marrakech [...]

Trends for luxury travel in 2014 – simple pleasures and gourmet discoveries

Trends for luxury travel in 2014 – simple pleasures and gourmet discoveries

Here we predict the key trends that we envisage for luxury travel in 2014, and have carefully hand-picked a selection of the world’s most luxurious destinations, hotels and resorts that encompass each of the growing trends for this year – namely, those of simple pleasures and gourmet discoveries. Simple pleasures For many luxury travellers, a [...]

Top 10 things to do in Thailand (insider’s secrets!)

Top 10 things to do in Thailand (insider’s secrets!)

Thailand is often referred to as the ‘land of smiles’ because being surrounded by emerald waters, sensational food and jaw-dropping temples makes you want to do just that – smile.  I’ve rounded up a selection of stunning sights and insider secrets to bring you the top 10 things to do in Thailand. 1. Have a [...]

Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Many seasoned travellers and enthusiasts believe that Tokyo is not the best destination in Japan. Located in Honshu Island, in the heart of Japan, is Osaka—a commercial port and city that is perfect for those who want to get away from the stifling throngs of people in the Japanese modern capital. Here are the top [...]

7 reasons to choose Val d’Isere for your luxury ski destination

7 reasons to choose Val d’Isere for your luxury ski destination

Since the first ever Winter Olympics were hosted in Chamonix in 1924, glamourising ski-ing to the higher echelons of British society, the villages of Chamonix and Val d’Isere have become firm favourites. So what makes Val d’Isere such a luxury ski destination? Some will say the price of a Sauvignon Blanc on the mountain! To be [...]

Top 10 perfect mountain spots for lunch in Espace Killy

Top 10 perfect mountain spots for lunch in Espace Killy

You’ve been pounding the pistes since the first lifts and you’re ready for a scrumptious lunch to replenish the reserves in time for the afternoon session. Meanwhile you need a spot that suits every member of your party, some of whom aren’t skiers. Where to choose? Having skied in Val d’Isere all my life and with [...]

Special feature: W Retreat and Spa, Maldives

Special feature: W Retreat and Spa, Maldives

They tell you the Maldives is beautiful; they undersell it! In short, the W Retreat and Spa, Maldives is the ultimate Maldives experience: exactly how you imagined it – days, months, weeks, or even years before finally making your virgin trip over. As we were transferring from a sister Starwood resort, we were dropped off at Malé airport, [...]

6 great wine regions in Australia

6 great wine regions in Australia

Visiting vineyards, tasting the vintages and, on many estates, enjoying a superb meal in an on-site and often al fresco restaurants, is one of the great pleasures of a visit to Australia. Whether you are focussing on a trip to one particular region, or planning a broader itinerary, hopping from place to place, the chances [...]

Top 10 luxury hotel kid-friendly perks

Top 10 luxury hotel kid-friendly perks

A list of the top 10 luxury hotel kid-friendly perks might sound strange at first. Aren’t 5-star hotels for couples, rather than kids and families? Think again–even some of the most luxurious hotels you can imagine now offer kid-friendly services and amenities, helping make it a true vacation for mom and dad, not just a [...]

The beginners’ guide to Meribel

The beginners’ guide to Meribel

Nestled in Les Allues Valley, the resort of Meribel has claimed a central location in the world’s largest ski area Le Trois Vallees. Founded by a group of English businessmen and experienced skiers who wanted to create a resort in France similar to those that existed in Austria and the Swiss Grisons it is known [...]

Adelaide – a hot city for 2014

Adelaide – a hot city for 2014

Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city, has been named a ‘top 10 city’ to visit in 2014 by Lonely Planet – the only Australian city to be included. The city is described as “effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled”. This is a city with a great al fresco vibe, year round festivals and [...]

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