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Top 10 luxury travel gifts for Easter

Top 10 luxury travel gifts for Easter

Easter is upon us – quicker than ever it seems this year, given that Easter falls early.  Even if it feels more like Christmas outside still – depending on what part of the world you are in – here are our top 10 luxury gift ideas to whet your appetite (quite literally, in some cases!) […]

Top 10 places in Europe to visit this Easter

Top 10 places in Europe to visit this Easter

Looking for inspiration on what to do or where to go this Easter? Then look no further! We’ve saved you the legwork by compiling 10 great ideas for a luxury European break during the festive season. Perhaps you’d like to experience a traditional Spanish Easter celebration or wish to find somewhere with guaranteed skiing this […]

Infographic: all about cruise holidays

Infographic: all about cruise holidays

Ever wondered how big a cruise ship really is, or how many passengers they can hold? Or how many people go on cruise holidays and what the most popular locations are for cruising? These facts and more have been neatly compiled in the following infographic put together by the leading cruise deal specialist, Cruise1st. The […]

5 hotel openings to look out for in 2013

5 hotel openings to look out for in 2013

Despite the doom and gloom about the global economy, the luxury travel industry still seems to be holding up well and luxury hotels and resorts continue to spring up around the world.  Here we’ve picked out 5 to look out for in 2013, from a gourmet retreat in Fiji through to a high rise hotel […]

Special feature: The West Bay Club & Spa, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK

Special feature: The West Bay Club & Spa, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK

Our recent trip to the Isle of Wight was our first, but one we were very much looking forward to. There are a number of ways to reach the island but we opted for the ferry crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth, since we were heading for the West Bay Club and Spa between Yarmouth and […]

4 top tips for planning your perfect honeymoon

4 top tips for planning your perfect honeymoon

Planning your honeymoon is one of the most enjoyable parts of getting married. Deciding on where to go and what to do once you get there is just as exciting as arranging the wedding itself. Your honeymoon is the first holiday you’ll take together as newly-weds and needs to be full of wonderful experiences you’ll […]

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

One of the Netherlands’ most notorious prisons has been transformed into a luxury hotel. Het Arresthuis was a prison since 1862 until its closure in 2007. It was then purchased by the Van der Valk family who own 28 hotels around the world. They went to work on converting the building’s 105 cells into 40 […]

A beautiful day at home

A beautiful day at home

Sometimes when we travel, we overlook what’s on our doorstep.  Yesterday I took the day off and went for a walk up Loughrigg in the English Lake District. This is at the northern end of Windermere, close to Ambleside and Grasmere, and can be tackled via a number of different routes.  It’s a great walk […]

Afternoon tea redefined in Shanghai

Afternoon tea redefined in Shanghai

Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is redefining afternoon tea in Shanghai by launching the Champagne Afternoon Tea. Upon being seated, guests will be presented with Champagne flutes for an option to enjoy an unlimited flow of Taittinger Champagne. A ritual around creating the perfect brew is next on the agenda for guests, be it a cappuccino […]

6 luxury UK hotels that welcome you, your children and your family dog

6 luxury UK hotels that welcome you, your children and your family dog

Fed up of waving goodbye to indulgent holidays as your family expands? Here are six luxury hotels that will welcome you, your children and even your family pets too. These former castles and manor houses with their mature grounds and resident chefs are perfect to pamper you and all your family… The Milestone Hotel, Kensington, […]

The world's scariest hotel swimming pool?

The world’s scariest hotel swimming pool?

Here’s a contender for the world’s scariest hotel swimming pool, designed by Singaporean firm Chan Sau Yan Associate. The pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao is 30 metres long and can be found on the 24th floor of the hotel, perched high above the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Situated in […]

Top 10 life-changing travel experiences

Top 10 life-changing travel experiences

Sick of the humdrum tourist destinations? Online travel agency ZUJI.com.au has searched the globe to come up with a list of the top 10 life-changing travel experiences, guaranteed to give you a new appreciation for planet Earth (and bragging rights).  So, without further ado, here’s the list: Admire the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala Once […]

Ski with an Olympian at Whistler Blackcomb

Ski with an Olympian at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb has expanded its Snow School offerings this season with the addition of the “Ski with an Olympian” program.The program is Whistler Blackcomb Snow School‘s most elite product and offers guests the opportunity to hear stories, get tips, and spend time on the mountain with an Olympic athlete as their own personal guide. This […]

Kids stay, play and eat for free at Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa

Kids stay, play and eat for free at Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa

Here’s an offer not to miss if you travel as a family. If guests travel with children, then as long as they are staying in the same villa as their parents at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa – they stay, play and eat for free. The Maldives is a stunning tropical destination, a country made up […]

Exploring inside an Icelandic volcano - now you can too!

Exploring inside an Icelandic volcano – now you can too!

Following on from last year’s success, Iceland is once again offering an exciting insight into its volcanic nature as the Inside the Volcano experience re-opens to visitors this summer. From 15th May to 10th September 2013, visitors will be able to step inside the magma chamber of Thrihnukagigur, an extinct volcano just 20 miles from […]

Top 10 places in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to take your loved one this Valentine's

Top 10 places in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to take your loved one this Valentine’s

If you’ve ever fancied a romantic retreat away in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific, then look no further. We’ve scoured the region and identified ten of the best places to stay. Whether you’re looking for somewhere where you can be pampered with spa treatments or a private motu in the middle of nowhere, you’ll […]