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Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

My thoughts from 33 years in the travel industry on the implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus

My thoughts from 33 years in the travel industry on the implications of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Before beginning this article, I’d like to wish all our readers, their families and communities, a safe and healthy few months ahead as we all come to terms with the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. And for my many colleagues who work in the travel industry, I wish you all the resilience that will be […]

Short stay: Kilkea Castle Estate & Golf Club, Kildare, Ireland

Short stay: Kilkea Castle Estate & Golf Club, Kildare, Ireland

Located just an hour’s drive from Dublin, Kilkea Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland. Originally built in 1180 by Hugh de Lacy, the Earl of Ulster and chief governor of Ireland, for Sir Walter de Riddlesford, a Norman knight, the castle was the seat of the Fitzgeralds, the Earls of Kildare, for almost […]

Short stay: Highbullen Hotel, North Devon, UK

Short stay: Highbullen Hotel, North Devon, UK

Highbullen Hotel sits high on a ridge in North Devon with views across 127 acres of beautiful country towards Exmoor. Built in Victorian Gothic style in 1879, the interior of the house with its tiled floors, elegant carved staircase and grandiose fireplaces plays tribute to the skills of the late-Victorian Arts and Craft movement. The […]

ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled, but A Luxury Travel Blog appointments still go on!

ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled, but A Luxury Travel Blog appointments still go on!

Every year, for the past 54 years, ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) – a major event in the travel industry calendar – takes place at exhibition grounds in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district of Berlin, at a venue called Messe Berlin. The event has grown to be the biggest travel fair in the world, with around 10,000 […]

Has global tourism peaked, at least for now?

Has global tourism peaked, at least for now?

Global tourism has risen dramatically since the end of the second World War. In 1950, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), there were just 25 million international tourist arrivals. By 2019, the same body reported that there were 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals – an increase of 4% on the previous year […]

7 of Bogota’s best restaurants

7 of Bogota’s best restaurants

Surprisingly close in size to New York City, the massive Colombian city of Bogota has — culturally, artistically, and gastronomically — never felt more alive. Just as the country as a whole is shedding its past image, some exceptional Bogota dining venues are transforming the image of Colombian cuisine thanks to their superlative chefs – […]

Top 5 reasons to take a ski lesson

Top 5 reasons to take a ski lesson

Whatever level you ski and snowboard at, taking a professional lesson by a reputable company will pay off in dividends, and make you wonder why you have not been taking lessons all along. In case you need convincing, here are 5 reasons to take a ski or snowboard lesson. 1. Safety Running the risk of […]

What makes the perfect safari honeymoon

What makes the perfect safari honeymoon

After months of planning your wedding and then living out your big day together, your honeymoon should offer a balanced combination of relaxation, adventure and, of course, lots of romance. Your honeymoon is about you as a couple and it is a chance to spend quality time together before the reality and routine of daily […]

5 ways to make your family trip to Dubai enjoyable for parents and children

5 ways to make your family trip to Dubai enjoyable for parents and children

Before we had children, we had our holidays. Sometimes city breaks, sometimes lazy weeks by the sea together, always relaxing and luxurious: it was our quality time to unwind, explore and enjoy some downtime. Fast forward to 2020 and here we are, a happy family with very different needs when it comes to holidays. As […]

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus special

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus special

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

Preparing yourself for the slopes with Helly Hansen

Preparing yourself for the slopes with Helly Hansen

February tends to be a very popular time for family ski holidays in the UK, with the half-term holidays usually falling around the middle to end of the month. It’s a time when families who love the outdoors head to the Alps with snow on most slopes pretty much guaranteed. As regular readers will know, […]

Short stay: Ambong Pool Villas, Langkawi, Malaysia

Short stay: Ambong Pool Villas, Langkawi, Malaysia

Ambong Pool Villas sits stylishly on one of the 99 (natural) islands that make up the Langkawi archipelago in the Andaman Sea, close to Thailand’s southern border. Open for just two years, this is a family run small rainforest resort set into the contours of a steep hillside where hornbills fly and monkeys clamber. The […]

Buenos Aires: home to 8 of South America’s top restaurants

Buenos Aires: home to 8 of South America’s top restaurants

Traditional European gourmet receives a special South American twist in Buenos Aires, where fining dining is far from limited to Argentina’s emblematic roasted meats. Blending Italian, French and other Old World influences, the city’s cuisine is a microcosm of its unique culture, reflected in a truly unique taste. Recognition of Buenos Aires’ exceptional culinary delights […]

Iberostar Jardin del Sol swim up rooms

Top 10 swim-up rooms in Mallorca hotels

Wake up to a pool on your doorstep, and within a few feet of your bed. For many tourists, the pool is a main feature of any holiday.  By staying in a swim-up room, you have your own private terrace with direct access to the pool therefore enabling you to take a welcome dip whenever […]

The best beach hotels in Tanzania

The best beach hotels in Tanzania

The characterful Zanzibar Island is Tanzania’s most loved and well-known beach spot. However, there are an awful lot of incredibly mediocre hotels on the island, so picking the right one really is make or break. Luckily, there are still a few excellent boutique hotels on the island. In the wider archipelago are the private islands […]