Category: Travel Miscellany

An inside look at the Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

An inside look at the Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

The Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro is without doubt the most famous and iconic hotel in South America. Directly opposite Copacabana beach, the tall white building is a pretty spot, oozing glamour and style. Over the decades the hotel has welcomed film stars, musicians, politicians and royalty and the staff are expertly trained to […]

Thank you for the invitation to your event but...

Thank you for the invitation to your event but…

Every day I get invited to some travel-related event or other. Just today, for example, I’ve been asked to afternoon tea to hear about a resort in Antigua, had the pleasure of my company requested for a VIP event for a members-only luxury airline, received an invitation for a drinks evening for a luxury apartment […]

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn't happen

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn’t happen

It started with a bang. A very loud bang. And it didn’t take us long to realise what had happened. The boat trailer that we were towing had become detached from our car and one of the boats on it had come straight through our rear windscreen. Panic set in. We were due to catch […]

Beijing

A gastronomic tour of China

China is awash with tantalising, taste-bud-tickling cuisine, each region, and often each city, owning its own unique sumptuous flavour. For serious wow factor, prepare your taste buds for a fresh adventure on this gastronomic tour of China… Beijing Racing towards the future, yet inextricably linked to it’s past, China’s capital is a unique combination of […]

Luxury travel and why there's no guilt in pleasure

Luxury travel and why there’s no guilt in pleasure

Is there any reason that any of us should feel guilty about enjoying life? Isn’t that the whole point of taking a holiday; to do something different, something special and memorable, to give us a break from the stress of routine life and to make us feel truly alive once again. Taking a holiday is […]

Mykonos Greece celebrity holiday destination

12 classy European destinations that celebrities love

Dramatic shorelines, Mediterranean elegance, iconic walled cities and a quaint Irish town with a friendly dolphin are some of the many attractions that draw celebrities to these classy European holiday destinations. Follow in your favourite celebrity’s footsteps to one of these wonderful European locations, in search of beauty and chic, and live it up like […]

Amorino Ice Cream

The 9 most exquisite ice cream parlors in Paris

Spending your summer holidays in Paris with your children is a great idea. There are so many beautiful places to see and child-friendly things to do that everyone is sure to have a good time. But during summer, the weather can get hot… really hot! And after visiting an iconic monument such as the Eiffel […]

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

This scrumptious fruit pudding is very simple to make and can be a refreshing dessert after lunch or dinner, or a healthy breakfast just by itself. The secret is in the blended cashew cream, which provides a perfect custardy backdrop to the caviar-like pop of the chia seeds. Use any combination of seasonal fruit you […]

Tranquility Bay Resort, Ambergris Caye

10 things to learn while you travel

Experiential travel is the best kind – and what better way to get under a destination’s skin than by learning a new skill under the guidance of local experts? From cooking and dancing to surfing and diving, via a multitude of handicrafts, here are some suggestions for educational, practical activities to try out on your […]

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

When you think about Icelandic cuisine you may struggle a little at first to think of what a classic regional dish might comprise of. However, modern Icelandic menus are, in fact, breaking boundaries and many talented chefs are taking traditional ingredients and reinterpreting these into more refined contemporary dishes. This Wild Mushroom Soup recipe demonstrates […]

6 luxe Summer experiences in Vail, Colorado

6 luxe Summer experiences in Vail, Colorado

Vail is known for skiing and snow sports, but it is just as fun in the Summertime when you can enjoy activities that are not available in winter. It also has a totally different ambiance in the Summer and you can enjoy the warmth of the sun while cycling along the river, head to the […]

6 great reasons to visit Oregon

6 great reasons to visit Oregon

Variety is one word that sums up Oregon. Sights that vary from the Pacific Ocean to Mount Hood, an extinct volcano rising 3426 metres above the Columbia Gorge. Gentle rolling countryside changes into jagged outcrops of rock. Follow one of the Scenic Byways (Oregon has more of these than any other state in the Union) […]

5 unique things to do around the Amalfi Coast

5 unique things to do around the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast needs no introduction. The cliffs, the lemon trees, the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the blue grotto, and the islands of Capri and Ischia have been subjects of countless books and melodies. It is an area of southern Italy that has been luring visitors for thousands of years in search of history, […]

5 of the most indulgent luxury high teas of India and Sri Lanka

5 of the most indulgent luxury high teas of India and Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka are home to some of the most remarkable hotels; from grand palaces that are now luxury properties to heritage icons immaculately restored. Yet often travel itineraries are tightly packed with activities and sightseeing with too little time to stop and enjoy the places we are visiting, the fabulous hotels we are […]

5 of the best visual festivals to see in India

5 of the best visual festivals to see in India

India is a visually stimulating destination with colourful scenes at every corner. It is also a land rich in culture and religion and some of the best sights are to be had at one of the many festivals held throughout the year. The list below focuses on the public displays that are best for visitors […]

Top 4 foodie destinations for the luxury traveller

Top 4 foodie destinations for the luxury traveller

For the luxury traveller, VIP travel is about luxury and comfort but its also about quality. The quality of the experience, the quality of the products and for some in particular, the quality of the food and drink which can be enjoyed and savoured during the holiday. As well as being food enthusiasts ourselves (read […]

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