Category: Western Europe

Recipe of the week: Braised belly of lamb

Recipe of the week: Braised belly of lamb

We suggest you use salt marsh lamb in this recipe. The unique environment where the sheep graze gives the meat its distinctive and very special flavour that is so sought after. Usually, farmers with coastal pasture bring their sheep on to it in spring. The sheep graze as close as possible to the water’s edge, […]

Two Cycladic hideaways where luxury is still localized

Two Cycladic hideaways where luxury is still localized

Are you looking for the beauty of Cyclades but had enough with the crowds and the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Mykonos? While Mykonos is a destination on its own where every rock has a story to tell, the Cyclades complex offers more choices of less discovered destinations where all the Cycladic beauty remains in its original […]

Several great reasons to visit Florence this Easter

Several great reasons to visit Florence this Easter

Easter is a wonderful time to visit Florence, usually with comfortable temperatures of around 18–20 degrees Centigrade, ideal for walking and seeing the sights, visiting museums and exhibitions, and (especially if the sun is shining!) enjoying a meal and glass of wine on the terrace of one of the many inviting restaurants and cafés lining […]

The 5 wonders of West Cork, Ireland

The 5 wonders of West Cork, Ireland

Cork is Ireland’s largest county, stretching east to west along much of the island’s southern coastline. It is jagged and uneven, interrupted by islands and peninsulas which slide like fingers into the Atlantic. It is a charming and beautiful place. Cork may be known as the Rebel County, but there is nothing rebellious down here. Celebrities […]

Luxury in Loch Lomond

Luxury in Loch Lomond

If you’ve ever organised a large family get-together or a gathering of friends, you’ll know that a large self-catering house (or vacation rental as they call it in other parts of the world) is the perfect solution, catering for the needs of young and old alike, and allowing everyone to relax without the formality of […]

More luxury for Mallorca

More luxury for Mallorca

The Spanish island of Mallorca is to have its first Hyatt-branded luxury resort hotel, due to open in 2015. The Park Hyatt Mallorca will be located in the scenic northeast and offer 142 guest rooms, two restaurants, lounge bar, poolside bar, separate beach club, 1,200 square metres of meetings and events space, and a spa and […]

Which Spanish destinations suit you best?

Which Spanish destinations suit you best?

Are you done meandering through Madrid? Perhaps you’re bored of Barcelona? While both cities are touted as staples of the Spanish experience – deservedly so, as both offer a wealth of history, architecture and entertainment – they are by no means all Spain has to offer. There are far more cities, islands and towns worth […]

3 of the best luxury Mediterranean yacht holidays

3 of the best luxury Mediterranean yacht holidays

With secluded islands and miles of beautiful beaches to explore, Europe is the perfect holiday destination, but rather than sticking to the traditional beach holiday gazing out to sea, have you ever considered setting sail and peering back at the beach as you drift past on a luxury yacht? Sailing holidays in Europe have grown […]

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 […]

Interview with Ana Silva O'Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

Interview with Ana Silva O’Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

With a degree in Business Studies and a Henley Business School MBA, Ana Silva O’Reilly developed her career in strategic marketing management as Marketing Director for Portugal, Spain and Turkey with global commercial real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield. She is also a New York University alumni (NYU), having graduated from its Social Media Strategy […]

5 of the most lavish hotel suites in the world

5 of the most lavish hotel suites in the world

Luxury hotels the world over are renowned for their service and amenities, whether you are staying in a standard room or a suite.  But there are also those suites where you get something over and above the norm – here we look at five lavish suites offering everything from personal butlers to extensive living space […]

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 […]

Interview with Nicola Pearson, Marketing Director and Co-owner of Bridgewater Travel

Interview with Nicola Pearson, Marketing Director and Co-owner of Bridgewater Travel

Nicola Pearsonwas born in London but now lives with her family in Manchester. She is 34 years old with 2 daughters and is the Marketing Director and Co-owner of her family’s luxury travel company, Bridgewater Travel. Bridgewater Travel is a family owned and managed Italian villa rental company.  Nicola’s parents first started offering villas in Pietrasanta and […]

4 of the best places to visit on the Amalfi Coast

4 of the best places to visit on the Amalfi Coast

Visiting the Amalfi Coast is decadence itself. It is the place to visit if you like swimming in sparkling bays, strolling around romantic fishing villages, eating incredible food and soaking up stunning scenery. Having spent the majority of the last 20 years on the Italian coast I feel ready to share my knowledge about the […]

Enjoy a luxury break in ‘England’s playground’

Enjoy a luxury break in ‘England’s playground’

Goodwood House, on the edge of the South Downs National Park, is one of England’s finest stately homes and the focal point of an amazing combination of unique sporting events set in the most stunning of locations. The estate, affectionately known as ‘England’s playground’, offers world renowned horse racing at its racecourse perched on top […]

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 […]

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