Category: Hotels

Australia's top 5 luxury lodges

Australia's top 5 luxury lodges

While Australia is no stranger to luxurious accommodation options, some stand out head and shoulders above the rest. Here are five of my personal favourites from around the country, from iconic properties in the Great Barrier Reef, to lesser-visited but equally impressive lodges in Tasmania. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, the Blue Mountains 40 stunning
4 top Michelin star restaurants in London

4 top Michelin star restaurants in London

London is considered by many to be the best place worldwide for cuisine. Just ask Joël Robuchon, a French chef decorated with more Michelin stars than anyone else alive, who considers London to be the gastronomic capital of the world. With over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants currently in the capital alone, there’s no surprise that London is
The 3 best luxury hotels in Madrid, according to Tripadvisor

The 3 best luxury hotels in Madrid, according to Tripadvisor

Love it or hate it, Tripadvisor has become a dominant force in online travel. Whilst its Facebook integration has seemingly made it even stronger, there are one or two older features that remain useful to the luxury traveller. One in particular is the ability to look at traveller ratings from only luxury offerings for a
5 South African sundowner spots

5 South African sundowner spots

South Africa is a country famous for its dramatic landscapes, made only more exquisite during a characteristically beautiful sunset – and what better way to enjoy this than with a refreshing sundowner in hand? The notion of a sundowner, supposedly invented in the 1950s, is to enjoy a drink after completing a day’s work, usually as
The 10 best 5 star hotels in London

The 10 best 5 star hotels in London

The United Kingdom is home to a wide variety of luxury 5 star hotels with most located in its world famous capital, London. These businesses are crucial to tourism as many of the world’s wealthiest demand the highest standards for their visits to this region. Luckily, London boasts a generous selection of luxury hotels for
An award-winning, hidden treasure in Kilkenny, Ireland

An award-winning, hidden treasure in Kilkenny, Ireland

We may not always get the weather, but we do have an abundance of genuinely friendly people, delicious, locally sourced food and luxury accommodation in country estates and castles. Us Irish are waiting to give you a really warm welcome, after all Ireland is the land of “a céad míle fáilte” – a hundred thousand
Service with a smile at GLO Hotel Kluuvi, Helsinki

Service with a smile at GLO Hotel Kluuvi, Helsinki

In my final example of great customer service on my latest trip to Finland with American Express, I’d like to highlight the service I received at GLO Hotel Kluuvi in the heart of Helsinki. I stayed at the hotel for three nights and must surely have tested the patience of the receptionists with my many
Happily ever after at the Four Seasons Prague

Happily ever after at the Four Seasons Prague

Along the picturesque Vltava River, the Old Town of Prague rises out of the morning mist shimmering in fairytale magic.  To visit this city is to be whisked along on a stream of storybook memories that take your breath away.   And, to settle into the Four Seasons hotel is to set the stage for
5 of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Southeast Asia

5 of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Southeast Asia

Travelling to Southeast Asia offers the perfect opportunity to sample some of the best boutique hotels on offer in the region, with everything from spa retreats, luxury beach resorts and eco-friendly private havens offering the perfect escape from the busy streets, hectic traffic and chaotic cities. These resorts, built with relaxation, luxury and pure, unadulterated
Luxury family holidays in Mexico with Club Med

Luxury family holidays in Mexico with Club Med

With a perennially warm climate, sea temperatures that rarely drop below 25°C, a culture that is steeped in historical intrigue and a wide range of activities on offer to suit all tastes, Mexico truly is one of the world’s most intriguing family holiday destinations. A slice of luxury living Finding the perfect accommodation is an
The top 3 Scottish castles perfect for a family Christmas

The top 3 Scottish castles perfect for a family Christmas

Whether you’re after traditional or contemporary, here is an ABC of top, privately owned Scottish castles from which to base a tailor-made family Christmas holiday.  These fine castles boast outstanding luxury and comfort with all the modern facilities that any luxury bespoke holiday can offer and where guests are looked after by kind and experienced
The 3 most romantic hotels in Bali

The 3 most romantic hotels in Bali

Bali is a magical island in Asia. It has the most beautiful people, amazing food, stunning views and luxury hotels – everything one might need for an amazing beachside holiday. First thing to think about is where in Bali you’d like to stay. The most popular area is Seminyak, a very busy central area with a
Suite dreams in Madrid: 6 of the best

Suite dreams in Madrid: 6 of the best

Madrid is well known for being home to several top museums such as the Prado, but did you know it is also home to some excellent hotel accommodation? If you want one of the best rooms in the city, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our pick of the top suites you’re likely
The Waldorf Astoria: a reminder of New York’s glamorous past

The Waldorf Astoria: a reminder of New York’s glamorous past

The current Waldorf Astoria in New York opened in 1931 at the beginning of the Great Depression. The hotel is known for reinventing the hotel industry and for its culinary innovation. Its location in mid-town Manhattan makes it the perfect place to explore the best of what New York City has to offer. When many think
10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

If you’re looking to get away somewhere special with your significant other, then look no further. Here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best places in Europe to while away some time with the one you love.  There’s something here to appeal to all couples – everything from heavenly hotels to some gorgeous glamping, and
Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

We have just returned from Ireland where we spent the week at the five star Sheen Falls Lodge hotel on the outskirts of Kenmare, County Kerry. Rather than staying in the hotel itself, we were in one of the hotel’s ‘villa rental’ properties, known as Little Hay Cottage. This thatched, two-bedroomed property gives you the