Category: Travel Equipment

5 of the best smart watches in the world

5 of the best smart watches in the world

Remember the Casio calculator watches of the 1980s? They weren’t very practical but they marked a big change in how we view wristwatches. Subsequent attempts to sync watches with your PC haven’t been all that successful and, over the last 30 years, progress has been slow.  But now that looks set to change with smart
Win fantastic new luggage for your next luxury travel adventure!

Win fantastic new luggage for your next luxury travel adventure!

Thanks to the wonderfully generous people at Property Of… (do have a look at their website – they have some lovely products), we’re delighted to announce that we have some rather fine bags to give away.  We have FOUR of their ‘Marcus Trip’ bags in Dark Olive and FOUR of their ‘Tommy Trip’ bags in Fern
The 4 best tour guides in the world?

The 4 best tour guides in the world?

Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, has announced the four winners in its annual World Guide Awards, which honour the very best tour leaders from across the globe. In a ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society, Italian Luca Alfatti from Dragoman, Burmese Nyi Nyi ‘Frankie’ Naing who guides for Panoramic Journeys, G Adventures guide
3 of the best luxury watches for diving and snorkeling

3 of the best luxury watches for diving and snorkeling

There are many different things to consider when it comes to selecting the perfect luxury accessories to any hobby; style, luxury, dependability and usefulness are all factors that come to mind, and diving watches are no different. When you are going to be diving or snorkeling, you want a watch you can not only count
And the Restaurant of the Year is...

And the Restaurant of the Year is...

Spanish chef José Pizarro, two-Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge and Raymond Blanc protégée Ollie Dabbous were among the big winners at the inaugural Food and Travel Reader Awards held at The Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall on 3 September, 2012. In total 29 awards were handed out during a glittering evening hosted by comedian Simon
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
Would you pay $250,000 for a bottle of nail polish?

Would you pay $250,000 for a bottle of nail polish?

Luxury US jeweller Azature, whose creations have been worn by the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Liv Tyler, Megan Fox, Beyonce and Rihanna, has come up with its own black diamond nail polish.  With a price tag of $250,000, it easily becomes the most expensive nail polish in the world, incredibly making Model’s Own $130,000 Gold Rush
3 essential items that every luxury traveller "must" have

3 essential items that every luxury traveller "must" have

Going somewhere?  Are you sure you’re properly prepared?  Here we’ve rounded up those essential (or perhaps not so essential) items that you really should have with you.  (We’re assuming you’ve already got those truly essential items such as your passport.) A smartphone Things have moved on at an alarming rate since the Web first came
The world's most expensive camera

The world's most expensive camera

You could be forgiven for thinking that something like the Peartree Leaf AFi 10 medium format camera ($43,675) or the special edition Diamond IXUS ($43,083, marking the 10th anniversary of their IXUS range) would be among the most expensive cameras in the world, but actually they’re not.  In fact, they don’t even come close.  The most
Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The best African vacations from Safari Guide Africa The simplicity of innovation: Panerai Beachy-chic dining from Sean’s Panorama Because speed matters: Piaggio Aero
Arrive refreshed - making the most strenuous journey look effortlessly easy

Arrive refreshed - making the most strenuous journey look effortlessly easy

When the latest rock star lands at Heathrow there’s little talk of jet lag, no signs of a struggle with the bags and no hint of them having to remove almost all of their clothing just to be able to get through the airport scanners. They’re ‘papped’ looking uber-glamorous, sporting the latest Jimmy Choos (no
Special feature: MedCallOutfitter Kit™ from MedCallAssist™

Special feature: MedCallOutfitter Kit™ from MedCallAssist™

Here at A Luxury Travel Blog HQ, we were recently sent a premium grade medical kit for luxury travellers. Rather uniquely, the MedCallOutfitter Kit™ from MedCallAssist™ comes complete with a one year physician call line for any urgent questions or prescription needs which you can call at any time, day or night. Although produced in
Hong Kong's 5 best buys

Hong Kong's 5 best buys

Despite the fact that luxury brands are opening retail stores at an unprecedented rate throughout mainland China (Shanghai is home to seven Chanel boutiques, compared to just three in Paris), an average of 14 million Chinese flock to Hong Kong every month to take advantage of duty-free discounts on luxury goods. Now, we’re not saying
Free iPad with Powder White March ski breaks

Free iPad with Powder White March ski breaks

Longer, sunnier days and blissfully emptier slopes are no longer the only reasons to ski in March. Book a week in a selected chalet in one of the ‘big five’ ski resorts of Val d’Isere, Courchevel, Verbier, Meribel and St Anton through the independent ski holiday provider Powder White and you’ll receive a free iPad
Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition in Denver

Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition in Denver

The Denver Art Museum is the only venue in the United States for the internationally acclaimed exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. It will be on show at the museum from 25th March to 8th July 2012.  This retrospective of the designer’s 40 years of creativity features a stunning selection of 200 haute couture outfits
Book review: Moon Handbooks Tahiti by David Stanley

Book review: Moon Handbooks Tahiti by David Stanley

Although arguably not as famous as the Lonely Planet books, Moon Handbooks have been in production for over 30 years and are renowned for their wide appeal, from families through to solo adventurers.  Landing on my desk recently was their guide to Tahiti written by David Stanley. The first thing to note is that the