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Your 10 greatest pet hates about flying

Your 10 greatest pet hates about flying

Lastminute.com has done a survey to identify air passengers’ most irritating in-flight habits. Rather predictably, screaming children is up there, but it’s not the highest one on the list. So what are the things that annoy us most of all? Below is a list of your 10 biggest frustrations. My greatest irritations – people getting […]

Boot camp without the boot

Boot camp without the boot

“When we first moved to France and our American friends came to visit, they’d often comment that they would lose weight despite eating three full meals a day as the French do,” says Libby Pratt, 53, founder of luxury fitness boot camp based in the mediaeval bastide of Lauzerte, Tarn and Garonne. “And that’s how […]

Spa treatments for kids, in case the Maldives wasn't already relaxing enough

Spa treatments for kids, in case the Maldives wasn’t already relaxing enough

Are your kids stressed?  No, I didn’t think so.  And I don’t think they’d be likely to be whilst holidaying in the Maldives.  But, if they should be, the Devarana Spa at the Dusit Thani Maldives has launched a special spa programme called “Happiness for the little one” and it’s all for kids between 6 and […]

Photograph of the week: Whale watching in Walker Bay, South Africa

Photograph of the week: Whale watching in Walker Bay, South Africa

Every year the Walker Bay in South Africa welcomes the annual migration of Southern Right Whales to its shores. These gentle giants are attracted to the natural sanctuary the bay provides so that they may mate and calf with one another. The internationally awarded Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers its guests the opportunity to see the whales from land, […]

Suite of the week: Esmeralda EA 101, Esmerelda, Rocky Point, Mexico

Suite of the week: Esmeralda EA 101, Esmerelda, Rocky Point, Mexico

Suite name: Esmeralda EA 101 Resort: Esmerelda, Rocky Point, Mexico Size of accommodation: 5,000 sq ft Cost per night: 345 USD on week nights, 403 USD on weekends What makes it special? A subtle influence of low-key hacienda bursting with modern amenities. You’ll forget to visit the beach once you step inside this luxurious, million […]

Luxury travel tips for US citizens heading for London

Luxury travel tips for US citizens heading for London

London is one of Europe’s biggest hotspots, and a convenient destination for travelers crossing the pond from the United States. If you’re lucky enough to find the time and money to make a trip to one of Europe’s most historic cities, there’s no point in pinching pennies and missing out on experiences as a result. […]

The best business hotel in the Middle East

The best business hotel in the Middle East

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, the luxury city hotel and a Dubai landmark, has been awarded the Best Business Hotel in the Middle East in the Business Traveller Magazine Awards. The awards are judged independently by the magazine’s readers and are widely recognised as the leading accolades in the business travel industry. An iconic landmark where business meets pleasure, […]

Sailing with the WAOW factor in Indonesia

Sailing with the WAOW factor in Indonesia

Have you ever dreamed of setting sail around the islands of Indonesia? Well… now you can. And in style, too. Welcome to WAOW (Water Adventure Ocean Wide) – the largest wooden sailing vessel in the whole of Indonesia – and the dream of designer Michel Deville. This 60-metre long, three-mast vessel has sails that cover […]

Suite of the week: The F Suite at Hotel Faena + Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Suite of the week: The F Suite at Hotel Faena + Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Suite name: The F Suite Hotel: Hotel Faena + Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina Size of accommodation: 120 sq m Cost per night: from 9,500 USD + taxes Who’s stayed there? Beyoncé What makes it special? It is the most expensive suite in Latin America. The F Suite is an impeccably appointed 120 sqm residence located […]

Special feature: Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, UK

We have just returned from a lovely stay at the four star Wentbridge House Hotel in the village of Wentbridge (close to Pontefract) in West Yorkshire. We’d arrived quite late but were greeted with a beautiful Junior Suite offering ample space for a family, and with all manner of in-room extras including a half bottle […]

Photograph of the week: the world's first underwater nightclub

Photograph of the week: the world’s first underwater nightclub

This week’s picture is hot off the press and is of Subsix – the world’s first underwater music club. Its opening marks the completion of all guest facilities at the NIYAMA by Per AQUUM resort in the Maldives. Located 500 metres out to sea, access to the club is via a staircase from the resort’s overwater restaurant, […]

Special feature: Adam the Suitcase from Millican

Special feature: Adam the Suitcase from Millican

Meet ‘Adam the Suitcase’.  He’s the latest addition to my luxury luggage collection and a very fine specimen he is, too.  This beautiful case is a product of a company called Millican (named after the self-sufficient mountain guide of the early 1900s, Millican Dalton) which happens to be based quite close to me here in […]

Special feature: Badrutt's Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Special feature: Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland

From the moment you arrive at Badrutt’s Palace, you know you have come to somewhere special. After flying into Zurich last March and taking the train into ever more mountainous and snowy terrain, we were personally met at the station in St. Moritz – the birthplace of winter tourism in the Alps – and transferred […]

Special feature: St. Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Cornwall, UK

Special feature: St. Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Cornwall, UK

Last month we enjoyed a break at the St. Moritz Hotel at Trebetherick in Cornwall, the south-west corner of England. The West Country is a favourite with many people living in the UK – a place where you’re most likely to enjoy some sunshine with a climate that’s not dissimilar with the Channel Islands and […]

Photograph of the week: Château-fort de Feluy, Wallonie, Belgium

Photograph of the week: Château-fort de Feluy, Wallonie, Belgium

This week’s image is of the privately-owned Château-fort de Feluy in Wallonie (French part of Belgium) which has a long history of doing and un-doing since 1380 (when it was built) until 1972 when it was renovated.  It was the perfect setting for Medieval and Renaissance drama; it resisted attacks from the Duc Albert de Saxe in […]

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