Category: Travel Miscellany

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 […]

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 […]

The largest seated Buddha in the world

The largest seated Buddha in the world

Lantau Island is home to Tian Tan Buddha, a giant bronze statue – 34 metres high – of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi. Also known as the Big Buddha, the statue is located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, near the Po Lin Monastery. The statue was completed in 1993 and symbolises the harmonious relationship […]

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 […]

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

The delicate and sweet flavours of crab pairs well with strong, citric ingredients. This recipe uses crab meat marinated with chopped coriander, tomato concassé, lemon and lime juice, highlighting refreshing flavours that are perfect for the warm weather. A thin layer of avocado adds a touch of richness and the dish is finished off with […]

The Young British Foodies and the best vodka in town

The Young British Foodies and the best vodka in town

At this year’s YBFs (Young British Foodies Awards) in London, guests were taken on a tantalizing food journey, tasting the inspired fare from a shortlist of the country’s most talented and passionate gastronomes. The tasting menu included Tozino‘s chorizo and chickpea stew, Dorshi‘s hake and lemon basil dumplings, Bosco and Bees‘ tomato and mozzarella pizza […]

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 […]

3 must-try restaurants in Bali

3 must-try restaurants in Bali

We chose 3 of the top restaurants in Bali for you – each offering something slightly different and very special. You might be surprised, but the little island of Bali offers a great variety of wonderful fine dining restaurants with food and service being on a par with many well known European restaurants. Many restaurants […]

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 […]

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

A new handheld 3D mobile mapping system called ‘Zebedee’ has been developed by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). It uses a primary sensor (a 2D Hokuyo lidar scanner) on a simple spring mechanism (hence the name Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout) which measures the distances to surfaces in […]

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. […]

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Discover Milan with Hotel Principe di Savoia

Just a two hour flight from London, Hotel Principe di Savoia’s ‘Discover Milan’ package provides guests with a luxurious city break and the opportunity to experience Italian art, culture and cuisine in style. Encouraging guests to explore all that Milan has to offer, the package includes daily buffet breakfast, discounts at Milan’s major museums, a […]

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

In hip and happening London, most days of the week see a new restaurant or bar opening, and the pace really picks up in the Autumn. There’s a real buzz that comes from a new place or a new menu launch – trendy locals really love to show they’ve got their fingers on the pulse. So […]

Interview with Andre Ramayadi, Owner of Bali Home Paradise

Interview with Andre Ramayadi, Owner of Bali Home Paradise

Andre Ramayadi was born in Denpasar, Bali, and began his career in a very young age. He is now 35 years old with a son, and is a managing director as well as the owner of Bali Home Paradise, one of the top luxury villa sites for rent providers in Bali. Helping guests to find […]

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