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Extreme mountain biking on the Isle of Skye

Extreme mountain biking on the Isle of Skye

Many of you very kindly followed our family mountain bike adventures in the Scottish Isles this Summer in which we eventually made our way on to the Isle of Skye where we did a little exploring of our own. Well, our efforts will look rather meagre once you watch this! #TheRidge is the brand new […]

Recipe of the week: Parsnip and maple syrup cake, and clotted cream ice cream

Recipe of the week: Parsnip and maple syrup cake, and clotted cream ice cream

Inspired by the humble vegetable, this luxurious dessert is full in flavour yet surprisingly light. Served with clotted cream ice cream, the cake is laced with citrus flavours from the grated apples, orange juice and zest without losing the spicy sweetness of the parsnip. The maple syrup helps blend the eclectic mix of flavours to […]

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Zalipie is located in northern Małopolska, about 68 km (42 miles) east of the regional capital Kraków. The village has a long lasting tradition of painted cottages. The paintings are made on the outer walls of buildings, wells and fences and in the interiors of the houses. Currently in Zalipie, there are about 20 painted […]

3 favourite private island hotspots

3 favourite private island hotspots

Just this month Conde Nast released the winners of their ‘Readers Travel Award’ destinations, as voted for by you. After 3 years the Maldives are back in prime position, which is great news. The Maldives is often an alternative for non-skiers looking for winter sun, hotly followed by the Seychelles, Barbados and Hawaiian Islands. Here […]

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

On a recent trip to South Africa, we had three nights in Cape Town before heading out to the Eastern Cape for a safari experience at the Shamwari Game Reserve.  Cape Town has to rank as one of my favourite cities in the world – it offers so much variety and here is a whirlwind […]

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of […]

5 favorite Summer cycle rides

5 favorite Summer cycle rides

You know what makes me smile? Riding through gorgeous destinations in the warm, Summer sun. For me, nothing beats pushing myself to the limit as I climb a steep incline, biking through the most stunning locations, or cycling for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. In short, it’s all about the […]

5 tips for choosing cold-weather destination luggage

5 tips for choosing cold-weather destination luggage

Luxury travel destinations aren’t limited to sun-soaked, white sand beaches and exotic islands. While tropical warmth and frolicking pool or yacht-side are indicative of the typical, enviable getaways, there are equally dreamy, just as fun, cold-weather options. Late fall and winter travel to havens like Park City, Telluride, and Austria is just as fun and […]

Charleston’s top 3 decadent dining experiences

Charleston’s top 3 decadent dining experiences

It’s southern hospitality at its very finest. Spoken with a soft southern drawl, luring you in with irresistible temptations just sinful enough to delight all the senses. This is Charleston, jewel of the lowlands and capital of culture south of the Mason-Dixon line. Voted top city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler for three […]

The best places in Cyprus for a luxury beach break

The best places in Cyprus for a luxury beach break

Cyprus is at the crossroads of the world. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria, north of Egypt and east of Greece. This location has bestowed a rich culture on this stunning island state, and this is part of the reason it is an excellent holiday destination. Add to a fascinating history incredible […]

Tasting luxury in Burma before the crowds arrive

Tasting luxury in Burma before the crowds arrive

It is difficult to find a country to explore these days. The world has become a smaller place with easily available flights to every corner, but some nations have yet to become regular tourist destinations. Burma is one such place. The country in Southeast Asia is one of few that still offers a bit of […]

Top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel over Airbnb

Top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel over Airbnb

A luxury hotel is a better choice for a true luxury traveler than Airbnb or the myriad of apartment rental services. While budget travelers are often well served by rentals, which are usually cheaper than mid-range hotels, there are a number of advantages that luxury hotels offer compared to rentals. 1. Better value If you’re a […]

Using Uber in London

Using Uber in London

The prospect of hanging around Heathrow for 24 hours when a delayed British Airways flight resulted in a missed connection to Cape Town didn’t fill us with too much joy. Sorting out a new flight and somewhere to stay in the early hours of the morning (the queue was pretty horrendous – hundreds of people […]

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

To be honest, we could probably have slept anywhere when we spent the night at the Sofitel London Heathrow. We should have been well on the way to Cape Town by the time of our stay but unfortunately our plans were scuppered by a delayed British Airways flight from Manchester which resulted in a missed […]

Recipe of the week: Giant jaffa cake

Recipe of the week: Giant jaffa cake

This giant jaffa cake has been designed by two Michelin star chef, Michael Wignall in collaboration with Café Football’s executive chef, Brendan Fyldes. The dessert is perfect for football-themed birthday parties or for those who simply love the delicious combination of sweet orange jelly coupled with the crunch of bitter dark chocolate. Enjoy! Ingredients Orange […]

5 of the best hotels in Moscow

5 of the best hotels in Moscow

Moscow’s rich cultural heritage infuses the city; her historic architecture and monuments, some dating to the 15th century, emanate majestic beauty. Hardly stagnant, this bustling metropolis has welcomed modernity in the form of internationally renowned high-end hotel brands. These five luxury establishments have added five-star polish to the vibrant Russian capital. Lotte Hotel Moscow The […]

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