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Barcelona From The Sea

10 top tips for fabulous fun in Barcelona this Summer

Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the most exciting cities to visit during the summer months. Blue skies and long sandy beaches, sipping cocktails overlooking the crystal clear Mediterranean – what could be better? Whether you’re looking for total relaxation or are ready to party like there’s no tomorrow at one of the many Summer festivals, […]

Recipe of the week: Tarta de queso

Recipe of the week: Tarta de queso

Pintxos – the Basque version of tapas – are popular across the region but the bars of San Sebastian are where you’ll find the best. Try a couple in each bar and then move on to the next. But save room for a piece of traditional Basque cheesecake, which has the consistency of a thick […]

4 things to do in Nuremberg's Old Town

4 things to do in Nuremberg’s Old Town

Germany’s medieval Bavarian town of Nuremberg is home to the world famous Christkindlemarkt, Renaissance genius Albrect Dürer, and one of the most important medieval castles in Euorope — all of which can be found in Old Town. Surrounded by its original medieval wall, Old Town is one of the most historic places in Germany. The […]

Bologna Vista from Asinelli Tower

5 foodie stops to try in Italy this Summer

With the heat soaring across Europe, many ‘foodies’ turn to the best ice cream parlours or a beach side haunt for a deliciously refreshing cocktail and the freshest of seafood. Italy is one of my favourite places all-year round, but throughout the summer months, the vineyards of Tuscany offer fantastic tours and picnics under sheltered […]

The most luxurious hotel in the Alps

The most luxurious hotel in the Alps

It’s perhaps no surprise that what I consider to be the most luxurious hotel in the Alps is located in Courchevel 1850. In arguably the world’s most affluent ski resort, a resort crammed with some truly outstanding properties, the bar has been set very high. Any newcomer to the resort has to match the existing […]

Is it high time we had a standard size for hand luggage when flying?

Is it high time we had a standard size for hand luggage when flying?

Let’s face it – flying with hand luggage isn’t as straight forward as it could be. Sure, if you’re familiar with the airline’s hand luggage size restrictions, that goes a long way. But when those restrictions vary slightly from one airline to another – or indeed within one airline, depending on the bag type (think […]

Photograph of the week: Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu

Photograph of the week: Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the most amazing archeological discoveries of all time. This picture, taken at the Temple of the Three Windows, required quick reflexes as the clouds suddenly opened up to full sun in the blink of a eye. The spectacular 4,000 metre (13,000 foot) mountains surrounding Machu Picchu only add […]

Baby mountain gorilla

Bwindi: luxury for less

Mountain gorilla trekking is, for most people, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers an opportunity to spend one thrilling hour with extraordinary primates.  Just three countries house these amazing, and threatened, creatures: DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Rwanda’s and Uganda’s tourism infrastructure is significantly more developed than that of DR Congo and, as a result, they […]

3 ‘only-in-Japan’ experiences not to be missed

3 ‘only-in-Japan’ experiences not to be missed

I don’t know where I was when I first heard there was a new taste: umami. Surely you can’t discover a taste, can you? It’s like saying scientists have just designed a new emotion or announced a thicker type of gravity. To be fair, it is no surprise somebody from Japan discovered this ‘fifth’ savoury taste. […]

4 reasons you need to go to South Tyrol

4 reasons you need to go to South Tyrol

South Tyrol is fast becoming one of Europe’s most interesting and luxurious destinations. Home to incredible cuisine, stunning landscapes, a unique fusion of cultures and an impressive wine scene, we’re wondering why everyone hasn’t been already. Just to ensure it stays at the forefront of your mind this summer, here are four reasons why you […]

4 luxury resorts where your friends and family can come too

4 luxury resorts where your friends and family can come too

Luxury travel isn’t always about heading to a remote island with your soulmate and strolling hand in hand along the beach as the sun goes down, before you dine at your romantic ‘table for two’ under the stars, staring into each other’s eyes, oblivious to the world around you. Oh no, lovely as this might […]

Suite of the week: Two bedroom suite, BASK Gili Meno

Suite of the week: Two bedroom suite, BASK Gili Meno

Suite name: Two bedroom suite, BASK Gili Meno Location: Gili Meno, Indonesia Size of accommodation: 59.8 sq m – 356.9 sq m Who’s stayed here: The resort will not be completed until June 2016 although David Hasselhoff is in the process of acquiring a 3-bed villa. What makes it special: BASK Gili Meno is the new standard for luxury island […]

5 Central and South American waterfalls that'll leave you speechless

5 Central and South American waterfalls that’ll leave you speechless

Waterfalls steal the show when you’re hiking through Central and South America. When you arrive at the waterfalls on this list, you’ll have made your way through some of the most lushly diverse environments in the world. These environments are also some of the most humid, so you’re likely to find a splash in the […]

Recipe of the week: Lamb faggots

Recipe of the week: Lamb faggots

Lamb faggots are a classic Welsh dish that is a favourite across the country. They make for a great family supper dish for all times of the year and offer great value for your money. This is my take on what has got to be one of Wales’ finest contributions to world cuisine. The recipe […]

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas, Elounda, Crete

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas, Elounda, Crete

Regular visitors to Crete are probably aware that the small fishing town of Elounda is one of the island’s most desirable resorts. I’ve had the pleasure of staying in a number of the town’s best luxury hotels over the years, but none as small or intimate as my most recent stay at Elounda Gulf Villas […]

The 5 best boutique hotels in Skiathos

The 5 best boutique hotels in Skiathos

A small but perfectly-formed Greek island with over 50 beaches and lush, clear seas that border on Caribbean blue, Skiathos is a great choice for those seeking a peaceful Greek retreat. It’s especially popular with honeymooners who want to take life easy after the thrills and spills of planning a wedding and older couples who […]

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