Category: Travel Miscellany

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 […]

Pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg brings new meaning to 'cool dining'

Pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg brings new meaning to ‘cool dining’

For the second year running Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada is offering diners a ‘cool’ new dining experience.  Pop-up restaurant, RAW: Almond has been built on the fork of the frozen Assiniboine & Red Rivers in the centre of Winnipeg for a short Winter season between the 24th January and 13th February 2014. The restaurant is the […]

A record month for A Luxury Travel Blog

A record month for A Luxury Travel Blog

Happy New Year everyone! We would normally expect a slight dip in traffic in December as people concern themselves more with their Christmas arrangements than planning travel. It’s a time when travel sites (unless they have a particular focus such as skiing holidays) don’t usually perform quite as well. Despite this, I’m pleased to report […]

4 ways to make your dream trip to Rio 2014 a reality

4 ways to make your dream trip to Rio 2014 a reality

32 teams, 12 venues, 28 days. If you’re a football fan you’ll know what these numbers mean instantly. At the time of writing, there are currently 184 days to go until the first Rio 2014 kick-off. Where will you be when the first whistle blows? Will you be at home watching the games on your […]

California's top 5 winery tours

California’s top 5 winery tours

California is known for its wine producing regions. Their wines are known worldwide and whether you enjoy an occasional tipple or are a true connoisseur you can enjoy a tour of one or more of the wine growing regions. There are many private vineyards in the region, some small and intimate, others large and involved […]

Top 5 places to go in February

Top 5 places to go in February

We all know that February is the season of amore, with love ballads blaring in shops, red and pink dotting every street corner, and restaurants filling up for that special Valentine’s Day dinner. So escape the commercial madness taking hold of the country, and spoil yourself by taking a trip to the following sunlit destinations: […]

Trends for experiential travelers in Greece in 2014

Trends for experiential travelers in Greece in 2014

In 2014, Greece is back in fashion and repositions itself on the experiential travel map by shaping itineraries beyond the sea and the sun, beyond the beach and the crystal clear waters. In line with a global trend to satisfy the discerning traveler, uses its authentic ingredients and heritage and offers experiences that are set […]

Top places to enjoy afternoon tea in London

Top places to enjoy afternoon tea in London

January is upon us and the days are still short and dull. The magic of Christmas is now well and truly behind us, so what better way to brighten up the gradually lengthening afternoons with a little bit of New Year indulgence? Here are our top four places to enjoy an afternoon tea in England’s […]

5 unusual festivals to tick off your bucket list for 2014

5 unusual festivals to tick off your bucket list for 2014

The Bucket List: a selection of numerous flamboyant must-dos before you, well, “kick the bucket”. Everyone has one, each goal is different, but which is the most unusual? Take a look at 5 of the weirdest fesitvals from around the world and see which one could win the top spot on your wish list for […]

Travel trends for 2014: private vacation rentals on the rise

Travel trends for 2014: private vacation rentals on the rise

As 2013 winds down the travel pundits and industry insiders are making their annual predictions for travel trends that will shape the coming year. Apart from some of the continuing trends, such as the role of social media and technology in informing and shaping travel decisions, a number of this year’s predictions indicate a rise […]

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