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5 of the best ski chalets for a Summer holiday

5 of the best ski chalets for a Summer holiday

When the snow melts, revealing a lush green world and totally transforming the vistas that had skiers giddy with excitement, a whole new world awaits the summer visitor as the mountains metamorphose into a playground for activities of a different kind, which don’t all have to be energetic, the roof of the world is a […]

6 of the best hotels for art

6 of the best hotels for art

There is a definitive synergy between art and travel and, increasingly, we are finding that hotels are embracing this superlative relationship to offer guests an enriching and thought-provoking experience. Challenging the norm, art is becoming the new hotel accessory, serving to accentuate the concept that people do not want culture in prescribed pockets. Whether it […]

The top 5 bike tours in Latin America

The top 5 bike tours in Latin America

When the cold weather sets in and you’re begging to escape to warm, sandy beaches, tropical climates, and a world of adventure, consider planning one of these bike tours in Latin America. Not far from home, Latin America offers a world of innumerable pleasures, natural and man-made alike, waiting to be explored. Now, I have […]

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii command high premiums, and for good reason: each has a loyal following that returns year after year, in addition to the many couples visiting for the first time on a special honeymoon or anniversary trip, or families splurging on a very special Hawaiian vacation. As a Virtuoso luxury travel […]

19 facts about the world's no. 1 foodie region - the Basque Country, Spain

19 facts about the world’s no. 1 foodie region – the Basque Country, Spain

The world is full of lists – I don’t know about you but I love my lists, they just seem to make life so much easier. Decisions are simpler; you know which fashion brands to wear, which hotels to go to before your friends do, which gadgets to choose to be super cool and, of […]

5 of the best Sunday brunches in Marrakech

5 of the best Sunday brunches in Marrakech

For a hectic, bustling city like Marrakech, the serene peace and quiet of a relaxing Sunday brunch can feel like an oasis of calm, in the midst of the chaotic week. And with many of the city’s resorts and restaurants now recognising how popular of a ritual the weekend brunch really is, visitors to the […]

The top 5 luxury experiences in Barcelona

The top 5 luxury experiences in Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage stretching back over 2,000 years. Set on the sea against a backdrop of rolling hills, Barcelona has a wonderful Mediterranean climate and is a perfect location for a luxury visitor. This vibrant city is the heartbeat of Catalan culture. Home to Picasso, Barcelona is […]

The ultimate guide to Paris Fashion Week: the best places to eat, drink and sleep

The ultimate guide to Paris Fashion Week: the best places to eat, drink and sleep

When it comes to fashion, we will always have Paris. The City of lights wears a merit-worthy crown as the queen of the fashion world. Paris is the last but certainly not the least of four major fashion weeks that take place during the fall. Paris is always final and definitive voice of the season […]

Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA

Photograph of the week: Just Room Enough Island, 1000 Islands, New York State, USA

Located close to the famouse Boldt Castle and only a few boat minutes away from Alexandria Bay, this island has it all. The island offers even enough room for the essential life – as its name implies “Just Room Enough Island”. Hub Island, as it’s also called, offers one of the best terrace views in […]

4 enchanting British castles for a magical Summer

4 enchanting British castles for a magical Summer

Whether you’re a history buff or not, there’s something inherently magical about castles. Maybe it’s the romance of fairy tale and folklore, or the lure of dramatic stories of siege and battle – stepping into these slices of the past always seems to captivate both children and adults alike. Fortunately, Britain’s cities and countryside are […]

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

It’s early morning and the sun is just starting to burn off the mist rising from the still, shallow waters of Inle Lake. Huge dragonflies dart about at head height, like toy helicopters, easily matching the boat for speed, and overhead a snow-white egret drifts by, searching for a new, more stable patch of water […]

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Aztec Energy Bars are prepared with a cornucopia of oats, nuts and dried fruits, but what really sets them apart is a traditional Mexican grain – the nutritional, and gluten-free, powerhouse of amaranth that was a staple of the ancient Aztecs. Amaranth was a food of the gods in the Aztec world, used in ritual […]

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

Photograph of the week: Sugarloaf Rock, Australia

This stunning shot of Sugarloaf Rock as seen from the Cape to Cape track shows the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in Australia’s South-West. The Cape to Cape track is an iconic Australian coastal walk in the world-renowned Margaret River region, which winds through beach, bush and the Boranup Karri forest. Thank you to […]

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate is one of the historic seats belonging to the family of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as being home to part of an internationally renowned art collection (Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, as well as landscapes by Paul Sandby […]

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

At the start of our mountain bike / island hop adventure in Scotland, we stayed at the Three Glens – an eco-getaway in unspoiled Dumfriesshire, overlooking the village of Moniaive and with beautiful 360-degree views of rolling green hills. This luxury eco house benefits from ground source and solar thermal heating, with an air heat […]

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

As mentioned in previous posts, I was honoured last month to be invited to ITLM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia 2014, held in Shanghai. This is an exclusive invitation-only event and this year the official party for the event was hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts and held at The Fairmont Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s […]

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