Category: Europe

Photo of the week: Venice, Italy

Photograph of the week: Venice, Italy

The Floating City. City of Canals. La Serenissima. Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, goes by all these names. Built on 118 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, with no roads to get around, only canals, Venice is unquestionably one of Italy’s most picturesque cities. Indeed, the world’s. With its […]

9 worldwide balloon rides to get you high

9 worldwide balloon rides to get you high

The silence of hot air balloon flight is almost indescribable. As you float at the whims of the breeze you meet with no resistance. The only occasional sounds which may wend their way on high is the barking of distant dogs – perhaps from some inbuilt and ancient defense mechanism. The earth takes on a […]

Celebrating 2019 - 'The Year of The Vegan' - in luxury and style...

Celebrating 2019 – ‘The Year of The Vegan’ – in luxury and style…

Since The Economist published a short article in late 2018 entitled ‘The Year of The Vegan’, predicting that “2019 will be the year veganism goes mainstream” many have coined this phrase, whilst many others have chosen the lifestyle. Writing “Where millennials lead, businesses will follow” they could not have been closer to the truth with […]

The luxury of Christmas in Spain

The luxury of Christmas in Spain

One of the great pleasures of my work is collaborating with so many people from different countries and cultures. Despite globalisation and commercialisation, at times like Christmas national identities shine through, as each community celebrates in very different ways. Spain is truly an all-year destination. With its rich, colourful and fun-loving culture, it’s a favourite […]

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5 perfect ladies breaks in Portugal 

Are you looking for a weekend break for you and your friends? Not sure where to go or what to do? Then Portugal may be the ideal location. With a wonderful Mediterranean climate, amazing food, glorious beaches and white washed villages to explore there is something to suit everybody. But if you are looking for […]

Canary Islands for foodies: luxury and sun all year round

Canary Islands for foodies: luxury and sun all year round

Nothing like venturing through the largest of the Canaries around the winter to know what is good: exclusive hotels, high-flying trips, dreamlike landscapes, incomparable cuisine, whale watching excursions and marine life, and a good beach club. The Canary Islands are not only a summer thing in Europe, but they also make their August in autumn […]

Short stay: Hartwell House Hotel and Spa, Aylesbury, UK

Short stay: Hartwell House Hotel and Spa, Aylesbury, UK

Hartwell House Hotel and Spa has some history. When Louis XVlll was exiled from France after the French Revolution, he rented this stately home, in 90 acres of Buckinghamshire parkland, at £500 a year, for his family and courtiers. Eventually, in the Hartwell House library, Louis signed the document for his restoration to the French […]

Adventure ideas for your next holiday in the UK

Adventure ideas for your next holiday in the UK

With the new year just around the corner, we’re starting to plan our 2020 adventures. With numerous opportunities for adventure and exploration in the UK, meaning you don’t have to travel to far to discover something new, we’ve put together a list of 2020 adventure ideas for your next holiday in the UK. Cornwall Cornwall […]

Top 5 toughest tee times to get in the British Isles in 2020

Top 5 toughest tee times to get in the British Isles in 2020

Traveling to play golf typically involves playing on bucket list courses — the famous ones with long, storied pasts that you’ve seen the greats play in tournaments throughout the years. Unfortunately, some of these courses are notoriously difficult to get onto, for a variety of reasons. Here are our top five most sought after courses […]

Top 5 luxury travel experiences for 2020

Top 5 luxury travel experiences for 2020

As 2019 draws to a close, perhaps you’ve started thinking about your 2020 travel bucket-list? To help inspire, we’ve picked out the very best travel experiences for next year, whether you’re after a luxury rail journey or Arctic adventure. Discover our top picks below. Italy & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express We all know the Orient Express […]

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Food in Barcelona over Christmas and New Year

The Christmas period is a time for family, gifts and seasonal foods. These traditions make up the foundations of Catalan Christmas dishes in Barcelona. The feeling of having your loved ones around the table together, laughing and making memories, would not be the same without some great food to accompany the good times. Barcelona is […]

Top 5 Christmas luxury holiday destinations for 2019

Top 5 Christmas luxury holiday destinations for 2019

There’s nothing quite as magical as the holiday season. The snow all around, beautiful shopping districts, friends and family coming together and celebrating love, hope, and peace. It’s almost like a scene out of a movie. And with December right around the corner, now is the time to book your ideal ‘White Christmas’ destination and […]

Driving to the Alps - how to make it fun, hassle free and with a little bit of luxury!

Driving to the Alps – how to make it fun, hassle free and with a little bit of luxury!

Whilst the thought of getting in a car for a 1,500 mile round trip may not be on the top of everyone’s bucket list it can be a fun and surprisingly low stress way to get to the Alps for a winter ski break.  It would not be recommended for a long weekend; however if […]

Top 5 things to do in Dubrovnik

Top 5 things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a popular holiday destination with little wonder as it is full of sights, history and sunny days. It’s often visited by tourists coming on popular cruises and it’s very often you see some magnificent cruise liners moored off the coast ferrying excited visitors back and forth via the ships boat taxis. A new […]

Luxury travel news this week

Luxury travel news this week

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 […]

The pursuit of pleasure: a buyer’s guide to Europe’s most luxurious ski chalets in 2020

The pursuit of pleasure: a buyer’s guide to Europe’s most luxurious ski chalets in 2020

The concept of a luxury chalet hadn’t evolved when I started out in the ski holiday business 25 years ago. Back then, a luxury ski chalet was one that had enough hot water for the guests to bathe after a day on the slopes! and they were few and far between. The most common accommodation […]