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Short stay: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, UK

Famed for its appearances in numerous films – Bridget Jones’s Diary, Goldfinger, Tomorrow Never Dies, Layer Cake and more – Stoke Park is clearly a firm favourite with Pinewood Studios (just 5 miles away) and the British film industry. But if appearances in major movies wasn’t enough to convince you, Britain’s first country club’s many […]

Special feature: The Hayloft, Cumrew, Eden Valley, Cumbria, UK

Special feature: The Hayloft, Cumrew, Eden Valley, Cumbria, UK

Our latest trip was to the Eden Valley on the eastern side of Cumbria. Whilst many visitors to the county head for the Lake District, areas that are peripheral to the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site are often overlooked. Those who venture further afield than the confines of the National Park are rewarded with […]

The Greek gods' answer to luxury accommodation in Thessaloniki

The Greek gods’ answer to luxury accommodation in Thessaloniki

Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, is impossible not to fall in love with. Even the ancient Greek gods could watch over it tenderly from their home on Mount Olympus. Thessaloniki is the Balkans’ answer to Istanbul; a beautiful melting pot of different cultures, architectural genres, where ancient wonders blend seamlessly with outstanding modern architecture. Thessaloniki […]

Luxury travel treats: Lumie Zest light, Bugaboo Fox pushchair and more

Luxury travel treats: Lumie Zest light, Bugaboo Fox pushchair and more

The focus for this week’s round-up is on products that make travel a little easier, whether it be a gadget to combat jet lag, a travel pushchair system that makes trips with little ones more bearable, portable skin care products or even iPhone wires that last. We hope you find something here that enables you […]

How to plan for a retirement filled with luxury travel

How to plan for a retirement filled with luxury travel

Ever wondered how some people seemingly manage to enjoy a life of perpetual luxury travel? Do you look at those Facebook posts from your friends that show they’re living the life of Riley and wonder ‘how?’, or get Instagram envy whenever you see yet another beautiful photograph from some far-flung destination? I talked about some […]

Luxury travel treats: COSMIQ+ dive computer, Go Dash Dot infinity bag and more

Luxury travel treats: COSMIQ+ dive computer, Go Dash Dot infinity bag and more

Are you enjoying Summer as much as we are?! Many parts of the world are enjoying record temperatures as we find ourselves in an unusually prolonged and broad heatwave, affecting much of Europe, Africa and North America. Even northern Russia saw exceptionally warm weather whilst hosting the World Cup. To make the hottest La Niña […]

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

At the top of the bucket lists of thousands of travelers around the world is hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is a historical route as it was part of the road system of the Inca Empire; it once linked the city of Cusco (the former capital of the Empire) to the mythical […]

Russian dining at Moscow's Matryoshka restaurant

Russian dining at Moscow’s Matryoshka restaurant

In the shadow of Moscow’s landmark Radisson Royal Hotel, and right in the heart of historic and business district of the city, lies the two-storey Matryoshka restaurant by Maison Dellos. It opened its doors in February 2017 under the supervision of Vlad Piskunov – an author of various cookbooks and presenter of a number of […]

Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials

Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials

Have you been enjoying the sunshine lately, or are you heading for sunnier climes? With Summer in full flow in many parts of the world right now, we’ve decided a round-up of luxury travel treats that has a focus on ‘Summer essentials’ would be rather fitting. With these ideas, you can have fun, stay cool […]

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

VDNH: a celebration of Soviet Russia

Located in the Ostankinsky District of Moscow, to the north of the city centre, VDNH lies less than a kilometre from Ostankino Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in Europe. Originally opened in August of 1939, and with a major impetus to revive the area since 2014, this ‘Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy’ is […]

Moscow's Ukrainian restaurant... complete with resident cow!

Moscow’s Ukrainian restaurant… complete with resident cow!

If you’re looking for a dinner with a difference, head to Shinok Restaurant (Ресторан Шинок) on Moscow’s Year 1905 Street. This Ukrainian restaurant first opened its doors in 1997 and, despite its modest red brick appearance, is one of the most iconic places to dine in the Russian capital. On entering, you make your way […]

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

When the weather is fine there’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying your surroundings: the only added extra you need is some delicious local food. Here we’ve rounded up our favourite outdoor dining experiences on the planet. Asado de Cordero, Patagonia One of the highlights of visiting Las Torres del Paine National Park is […]

Inside the luxury hotel where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet

Inside the luxury hotel where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet

It has been announced that the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un scheduled for later this month will take place at the five-star Capella Hotel Singaporean island of Sentosa. It will be the first time that a North Korean leader has met with a sitting US president. Sentosa is one of 63 islands […]

TSUM: Moscow's most fashionable department store

TSUM: Moscow’s most fashionable department store

During my recent trip to Moscow with ‘Moscow Seasons‘ (see posts here and here), I called at TSUM (ЦУМ), Moscow’s most fashionable department store. Located in the Tverskoy District just next to The Bolshoi Theatre, TSUM is managed by the Mercury Group – Russia’s largest luxury goods distributor, with more than 20-years’ experience in fashion […]

Moscow's a cappella festival gala concert - part of Moscow Seasons

Moscow’s a cappella festival gala concert – part of Moscow Seasons

As you may have already read, I was in Moscow recently for the second ‘Moscow Spring A Cappella‘ festival, an event put on by the Government of Moscow as ‘Moscow Seasons‘ to celebrate some of the best a cappella singers from around the world. And the grand finale for this 12-day singing extravaganza was a […]

Moscow's open air a cappella festival - part of Moscow Seasons

Moscow’s open air a cappella festival – part of Moscow Seasons

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Moscow for the first time to attend the second ‘Moscow Spring A Cappella‘ festival, one of the largest a cappella events in the world, and part of a series of seasonal street events across the Russian capital known as ‘Moscow Seasons‘. Moscow Seasons is a comparatively new initiative […]

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