Category: Travel Miscellany

6 luxury activities for a girls’ getaway in Queenstown

6 luxury activities for a girls’ getaway in Queenstown

From the moment I land in Queenstown, I’m hit with an overwhelming sense of excitement. Soaring white-capped mountains greet me as I step out of the plane. There is a majestic ambience blanketing Queenstown, it’s easy to see I’m going to have a good time here. While it’s not my first time in Queenstown, this […]

5 ways to attend the Grand National in style

5 ways to attend the Grand National in style

The Grand National needs little introduction. One of the biggest single betting events in sport, it is also one of the most famous horse races in the world – a handicap steeplechase that’s been running since 1839. Held at Aintree, Liverpool, UK, this year the highlight of the National Hunt calendar has a new sponsor, […]

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

3 of the best European chalets for gourmet food

We all know that hotels and chalets have upped their standards to create ‘foodie’ experiences; guests now get the opportunity to take cookery classes, go out with the chef and source their own truffles, pick their own fruit and veg and, in some cases, receive a certificate about it for bragging rights back home. ‘Foodies’ […]

Special feature: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

Special feature: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

When Marco Polo visited the ancient Chinese city and former capital of the Song dynasty of Hangzhou in the late 13th century, he christened the city: “beyond dispute the finest and noblest in the world.” Part of an old Chinese saying transliterated reads: “there is paradise in heaven, on earth there is Hangzhou,” marking Hangzhou as […]

A hotel fit for a Wimbledon champion

A hotel fit for a Wimbledon champion

Andy Murray, the reigning Wimbledon champion and the first British winner of the men’s singles Wimbledon Championship for an incredible 77 years, has opened a luxury hotel in Scotland. Cromlix, which is close to the tennis player’s home town of Dunblane, is a 15-room five star luxury hotel with a restaurant overseen by French chef […]

5 weird and wonderful world festivals

5 weird and wonderful world festivals

Looking for a weird and wonderful event? There are hundreds of exciting, odd and – well, plain silly – festivals around the world providing any excuse for a celebration.  Here are five weird and wonderful festivals that you definitely won’t be disappointed with.  If you have more to add, then please leave a comment! Fallas […]

Recipe of the week: Chic mini arancini

Recipe of the week: Chic mini arancini

Bring the flavours of Sicily to your next cocktail party by preparing its signature dish of cheese wrapped in fried panko breadcrumb risotto. Named after Arancina, the Italian word for the golden little oranges they resemble, these mini arancine can be assembled quickly and can be prepared ahead of time. These little cheese pops will […]

The stylish and spirited beauty of Barcelona, Prague and  New York

The stylish and spirited beauty of Barcelona, Prague and New York

Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each is beautiful in its own right, and all seem to be a time when a longing for traveling abroad emerges, wanderlust is rekindled, and a yearning grows to awaken in those places that have been but a dream. To sate your desire to roam, StyleHotels recommends three of the world’s most stylish and […]

Fashion lovers: a Dries Van Noten exhibit unlike any other

Fashion lovers: a Dries Van Noten exhibit unlike any other

Unlike any fashion exhibit you are likely to see in Paris, and unlike any I have seen anywhere else, I was blown away by the Dries Van Noten Inspirations exhibit.  With more than 400 items on display, the exhibit walked you through that private genius of his, taking you through the inspiration behind each piece […]

Short stay: The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

Short stay: The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

On my latest visit to South Africa, we stayed at the beautiful Cellars-Hohenort in the Constantia region on the outskirts of Cape Town. This is the oldest wine growing region in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1685, and a great location for anyone visiting Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, widely regarded as one of the finest […]

10 foodie getaways in South Africa

10 foodie getaways in South Africa

There is an endless list of things to do in South Africa, but sometimes, when you’re after a laid back holiday, sightseeing is just something to do between meals. South Africa is fast becoming one of the world’s most sought after foodie destinations, offering fantastic quality, innovation, and diversity to travellers. Here are 10 of […]

7 items to eat and drink on a luxury trip to Marrakech, Morocco

7 items to eat and drink on a luxury trip to Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco is not only a wonderful romantic getaway – it’s a fascinating foodie destination as well. Don’t miss trying both exotic Moroccan delicacies as well as some healthy, locally grown foods. Read on for our seven ideas to satisfy your appetite on your next visit to Morocco’s fourth largest city. Traditional tagine Tagines and […]

Top 10 hot dogs in New York

Top 10 hot dogs in New York

The hot dog has become an icon of New York, perhaps even more so than the pizza or hamburger. Not only does it symbolise the city’s multi-national culture, but its diverse toppings and composition makes it the meal to please any palette. We’ve mapped out a list of the top 10 hot dogs in New […]

11 of the world's best places to eat oysters

11 of the world’s best places to eat oysters

Here’s an idea for a trip – why not focus on travelling to places that can serve you delicious food, but food that is also an aphrodisiac? Oysters are a favourite aphrodisiac around the world, and in the words of Catalan man, Agustí Bertomeu, who has been farming oysters for most of his life: “Six […]

7 of the best Instagrammers to travel the world with

7 of the best Instagrammers to travel the world with

We all know that a picture speaks a thousand words. So it’s no surprise that Instagram has quickly become the go-to for travel inspiration, traveler tips and documenting and sharing travel experiences. With around 150 million users across the globe actively using the mobile photo-sharing app to post pics of the mundane to the marvelous […]

Top 5 things to eat in Taiwan

Top 5 things to eat in Taiwan

Taiwan is a foodie’s paradise. For such a small island, it offers a host of weird and wonderful gastronomic delights, many of which are totally unique and cannot be found anywhere else. Tainan is traditionally the place associated with gastronomy but on my travels I have had my taste buds tantalised al across the country […]

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