Category: Europe

A river runs through it: Highlights of the Test Valley, Hampshire, UK

A river runs through it: Highlights of the Test Valley, Hampshire, UK

The Test Valley rises and dips between the North Wessex Downs and Southampton Docks. At its spine, The River Test carves a 40 mile journey from the sleepy villages where Jane Austen lived and worked to the tidal waters of the Solent. Here are some of our favourite spots on the river to discover whether […]

Why should you visit Dubrovnik during Christmas?

Why should you visit Dubrovnik during Christmas?

Dubrovnik is truly a magical place, at any time of the year. If you have only experienced this pearl of the Adriatic during the summer, come back and enjoy the Christmas holiday feeling, when the city is turned into a great winter destination. Of course, as soon as the pandemic is over, festive Dubrovnik can […]

7 of Italy's most beautiful villages

7 of Italy’s most beautiful villages

From Rome to Florence to Venice, Italy’s famous cities have little trouble drawing the eye, boasting an abundance of architectural splendour, ancient history and lauded landmarks. Yet there is beauty to be found off the beaten track – just as disarming, and just as alluring – encapsulated by the less-visited villages that sprinkle the hills […]

6 luxury vacation ideas to quell your wanderlust right now

6 luxury vacation ideas to quell your wanderlust right now

If quarantine has you itching to leave your four walls, we can relate. The truth is, the only cure for wanderlust is travel, but that can feel like a daunting feat right now. The good news is, with approved vaccines being distributed and as borders, businesses, and accommodations begin to re-open, our options are broadening, […]

Hidden Iceland

The darkest days in Iceland: A wonderful contradiction

Don’t forget the stars while looking to the heavens. As I write this, on the 13th of December, I am squeezed into the few daylight hours left in Iceland. The sun didn’t rise until 11:16 today and will say good bye at 15:30. That’s barely more than 4 hours. On the darkest day of the […]

5 of the world's most swoon-worthy villas

5 of the world’s most swoon-worthy villas

If there was ever a time to start planning a villa holiday, that time, undeniably, is now. Villas, as opposed to hotels, are a natural choice for social distancing, as they are inherently secluded, and allow guests to spread out. Villas erase the need for babysitters, or restaurants, since a personal chef is one typical […]

The best Christmas traditions in luxury hotels 2020

The best Christmas traditions in luxury hotels 2020

The snow is falling in Europe, and Christmas is just around the corner. It is a Christmas that is different from how we have known it before. Nevertheless, the Christmas decorations are hung around the world, and the Christmas trees are decorated. Like every year, it will be a contemplative family celebration – just a […]

Why Scandinavia should be on your post-COVID travel list

Why Scandinavia should be on your post-COVID travel list

We have all gone through a tough year; 2020 has not been easy in any way for anyone. But nothing gives us more hope and gets us more excited than searching for new travel destinations and carefully making some travel lists of places to visit. It is that hope of experiencing new landscapes and cultures […]

Catalan festive traditions

Catalan festive traditions

Christmas is celebrated in its own unique way all across the world, with countless different traditions and cultures holding its own distinctive celebrations for the festive season. Catalonia is a region of Spain famed across the globe for its proud traditions, and at Christmas time there are certainly some surprising and special celebrations. These are […]

The best aprés ski in Zermatt

The best aprés ski in Zermatt

Despite everything, there will be a smattering of bookings over the coming season in most resorts. Some folks will find the wherewithal to travel and enjoy a week or two in the snow. It’s been very tough for the travel industry so I guess we have to be very grateful for small mercies. All that […]

Can I travel to France during COVID-19?

Can I travel to France during COVID-19?

To say that 2020 has been a strange year is something of an understatement. The COVID-19 coronavirus has had an immense impact on lives around the globe and travelling during the pandemic has not been easy. That said, in between the lockdowns and restrictions, it has been possible to take a holiday and fly to […]

Gran Castillo Tagoro in Lanzarote

Our top 30 hotels with splash pools in the Canary Islands

What child doesn’t enjoy spending time in a hotel splash pool? With lots to keep the youngest travellers entertained, we’ve searched through the Canary Islands to bring you our top 30 hotel splash pools on the islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.  We have included just 4 and 5 star hotels, and they […]

A perfect day in Bandol, Provence

A perfect day in Bandol, Provence

If you wake up in one of the small boutique hotels that are within distance of Bandol, then your day is already perfect. The light in Bandol and surrounding areas in the morning is glorious; it will flood your room with warmth. Looking out across the view will leave you breathless, the big open skies […]

Riding the Glacier Express through Switzerland

Riding the Glacier Express through Switzerland

Switzerland impresses with its nature and mountains. One of the best ways to experience Switzerland is to take the Glacier Express. This is a panorama train that crosses Switzerland from St. Moritz to Zermatt. The Glacier Express runs this 8-hour route daily from May to October. Many travelers make the trip in a day, but […]

Iceland in 2021 - social distance locations

Iceland in 2021 – social distance locations

Despite news of vaccines and a changing political environment, I think it’s safe to say that the COVID-19 virus won’t be fully eradicated any time soon. Not in the first half of 2021 anyway. However, that doesn’t mean that travel and ‘life’ can’t take on a semblance of normality as countries and borders get to […]

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The best spa days in Barcelona

Friendly warning: due to the current Coronavirus situation and restrictions that are regularly changing, it’s best to double check before leaving that the venue you’re heading to is open and operating. Deep back massages, a dip in the heated pool with panoramic sea views, and a steam in the sauna. Sound inviting? With all the […]