Author Archive for Celine Renaud

Celine Renaud is Head of Sales for Leo Trippi - a European agency specialising in renting Catered Chalets, Summer Villas and Chartered Yachts. Celine’s areas of expertise include Courchevel, Val d’Isere, Megève, Méribel & Chamonix in France, Revelstoke in Canada, & St. Barth in the Caribbean.

Male lion in Addo National Park, South Africa

7 reasons why you must add Addo Park to your 'to do' list

Currently the third largest national park in South Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park, near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is becoming a firm favourite amongst visitors from all over the globe. In the early centuries, big herds of wild animals inhabited the Addo region, living side by side with indigenous peoples. With the increase
London: old and new

6 old-new sojourns in London

London has often taken the No. 1 position as the most popular tourist city in the whole wide world: so many sights to see, so many things to do, so many adventures to experience. One of the interesting phenomena to observe in this big city, is the highly successful combination of old and new architecture.
The baobab, iconic African tree - Monate Game Lodge

An African bushveld breakaway: Ke Monate!

Feeling like getting away from it all, but doing it in comfort and style? Look no further than the Monate Game Lodge, a luxurious, yet tranquil African bushveld break-away near Nylstroom in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Ke Monate means ‘It is nice!’ in one of the indigenous South African languages. What a fitting
Oman 1

6 questions and answers on extraordinary Oman

The Sultanate of Oman, on the Arabian Peninsula, is traditionally not on top of the list of popular tourist destinations around the world. This interesting country consists of desert terrain, sand dunes inhabited by Bedouins, barren mountain ranges and oases in ancient riverbeds. Oman, the oldest independent state in the Arab world,  has extended coastlines along the
Piran view from city walls

7 recommended stops for luxury travellers in Slovenia

Consider scenic Slovenia for your next summer getaway. Pick a bunchful of “cherries” to top your travel kremsnita (cream cake)! Much positive feedback from visitors convinced us to spend a leisurely fortnight in this small country of breathtaking beauty. As Slovenia does not cover a large region, criss-crossing the beautiful countryside and coastal areas was
Style, adventure and Summer fun in Davos Klosters

Style, adventure and Summer fun in Davos Klosters

Davos and the World Economic Forum have become synonymous – when you mention Davos, the WEF comes to mind, and the other way round – to the benefit of both! But it is also limiting to both. WEF is (hopefully!) much more than skiing-in-Davos, and, Davos (definitely!) offers much more than the annual WEF Conference.

5 of the best ski lifts in the world

With so many fantastic destinations for skiing, it may be difficult to choose the best place for your family holiday. With the snow arriving very late in Europe in the current ski season, some resorts were closed, other resorts could only keep some of their slopes open. One of the effects this had on the
Cape Coastline

50 shades of blue

Between the foothills of the iconic Table Mountain, one of the of the World’s New 7 Wonders of Nature, and the Atlantic Ocean, lies a strip of land that can only be described in superlatives: the most breath-taking beauty, the most valuable real estate, the most luxurious seaside villas, and all the shades of blue
Grindlewald Valley

3 memory making days in Grindelwald

The rural village of Grindelwald rests peacefully in a hollow at the upper end of a 16 km valley. Grindelwald literally means ‘a forested valley closed off from the rest of the world’ – what a fitting name! Over the ages the massive Eiger and Fiescherhörner, Faulhorn and Schwarzhorn, Scheidegg, Tschuggen and Männlichen mountains have
Matterhorn View

6 non-ski joys of Zermatt

Zermatt is pretty much about skiing. Lying at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, in the middle of a vast ski region, the resort offers snow sport activities for all levels as well as fabulous heli-skiing possibilities. However, as a non-skier you are just as welcome in this unique mountain village. You can have unforgettable

10 reasons why I fell in love with Whistler (and you will too)

Whistler was recently rated the number one ski resort in North America in SKI Magazine’s yearly reader poll for 2015. To give such a distinguished vote of appreciation and confidence in a highly competitive industry, the voters must have very good reason to vote for Whistler year after year! Whistler has everything; lots of consistent
Skiing in Courchevel

5 reasons why Courchevel ski resort is in a class of its own

The resort has lovely snow and with most of its beautiful tracks running at altitudes of more than 1800 metres, Courchevel guarantees snow from the beginning of December till late in April. Lying in the most extensive ski area in the world, the vast Trois Vallees, it offers wonderful slopes for all levels of skiing.
Zebras & Antelope

4 wild and wonderful safari destinations in South Africa

Living on a planet filled with so many wonders, you might ask: “Why visit South Africa? What is so unique about this part of the world?” South Africa is a beautiful and diverse country offering something special for every visitor. Once you have visited the country, you will undoubtedly be bitten by the ‘Africa Bug’
Zermatt Unplugged

Top Summer events in the Alps 2015

With my life being centred around the cycle of the ski season, reciting peak week dates and perfecting the snow dance way before the temperature drops in the Alps, it is a big adjustment for me to see through the whiteouts to the beauty of the Alps in the summer. You can’t beat a blue
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 top 5 festivals in Croatia in 2015

The top 5 festivals in Croatia in 2015

Croatia, one of my top summer destinations for 2015! I love the cobbled side streets, people watching on a sunny afternoon, the coffee culture. The wine. Cocktails. Sun. Architecture. The old churches and cathedrals, and counting the sailing boats bob up and down in the distance. But what is new to me are the highly