Category: Travel Miscellany

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
5 tried and tested Glasgow restaurants

5 tried and tested Glasgow restaurants

Glasgow has long been recognised as the younger, stylish sister of Edinburgh. Prices are lower here than in the capital but its abundance of restaurants have established Glasgow as one of Europe’s top foodie destinations. Below are my top five tried and tested Glasgow institutions, which are favourites of locals and visitors alike. 1. Gamba –
3 sophisticated UK horseracing events you really shouldn't miss

3 sophisticated UK horseracing events you really shouldn't miss

Spring and summer are fast approaching and a day at the races is a quintessentially English way to spend a gloriously fun-filled day.  What could be better than an afternoon of Pimms or Champagne and strawberries, as Ladies in wide brimmed hats and gentlemen in Panama hats, suits and cravats ooze style and sophistication? Try
10 of the world's most unusual restaurants

10 of the world's most unusual restaurants

Travelling has its benefits, among them being able to shock people with tales of where you’ve been, what you’ve done and where you’ve eaten. There’s nothing more satisfying than making your friends and family shriek, ‘you did what?!’ Well, if it’s the shock factor you’re after, we’ve got just the thing for you; a list of 10 of the world’s most unusual restaurants.
Luxury bed and breakfast at a Washington winery

Luxury bed and breakfast at a Washington winery

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Seattle, WA. Surrounded by water and hundreds of points of interests, you may get lost in the simplicity of just being a tourist. In which case, you would be missing out on one of the most simplistic yet luxurious bed and breakfasts you’ve ever visited. Located
Fully-clothed man swims in hotel reception fish tank

Fully-clothed man swims in hotel reception fish tank

This is the moment when a fully-clothed guy named Matt entered a huge 12,000 litre fishtank at the 4-star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel at St. Helier on the island of Jersey. It’s the largest fishtank in the Channel Islands and a focal point of the hotel reception, with dozens of colourful fish. Cajoled by his
Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

One of the Netherlands’ most notorious prisons has been transformed into a luxury hotel. Het Arresthuis was a prison since 1862 until its closure in 2007. It was then purchased by the Van der Valk family who own 28 hotels around the world. They went to work on converting the building’s 105 cells into 40
Terracotta warriors in Switzerland

Terracotta warriors in Switzerland

The terracotta warriors are making their entry to Switzerland. And what could be more appropriate for the Imperial Army than to be hosted by the capital city of Bern. For the first time the entire group of terracotta figures will be shown at Bern’s Historical Museum and is guaranteed to be a sell-out event and
Man visits all 201 countries without using a plane

Man visits all 201 countries without using a plane

Visiting all 201 countries in the world is a feat in itself that few people ever achieve. British man Graham Hughes, though, has taken that challenge to a new level. He’s visited every country in the world in just 1,426 days, covering 160,000 miles in the process – and incredibly, he’s done it all without
A record day for A Luxury Travel Blog

A record day for A Luxury Travel Blog

I’m pleased to report that traffic is booming on A Luxury Travel Blog at the moment and we enjoyed a day of record traffic yesterday. Sundays are typically less popular days on the site but instead we received 6,394 visits, significantly up from the previous record day of 4,988 visits from Monday 19th November 2012.
10 great reasons to go and see the Chinese State Circus

10 great reasons to go and see the Chinese State Circus

We had the good fortune earlier this month to go and see the Chinese State Circus at the Charter Theatre in Preston in the UK. Their Yin Yang production was as impressive as it was entertaining, and something I would recommend you go and see if you get the chance. Here are 10 good reasons
$1,000 for an omelette

$1,000 for an omelette

Welcome to the world’s most expensive omelette as recognised by Guinness World Records.  Well, actually… it’s a frittata – the Italians’ take on omelettes. You’ll find this one on the breakfast menu at Norma’s restaurant at the Parker Meridien Hotel, New York. It’s called the ‘Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata’ and consists mostly of sevruga caviar and
The world's most expensive RV

The world's most expensive RV

At $3 million, the eleMMent PALAZZO is the world’s most expensive recreational vehicle. It unites characteristics from motor, yachting and aviation sports such as a sports car rear diffuser, the business jet gang way or the motor yacht flybridge. The interior is just as extravagant as its owner: minimalistic and modern shapes fused with classy and antique
Afternoon tea redefined in Shanghai

Afternoon tea redefined in Shanghai

Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is redefining afternoon tea in Shanghai by launching the Champagne Afternoon Tea. Upon being seated, guests will be presented with Champagne flutes for an option to enjoy an unlimited flow of Taittinger Champagne. A ritual around creating the perfect brew is next on the agenda for guests, be it a cappuccino
5 of the best luxury dining options in St. Petersburg

5 of the best luxury dining options in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is home to a vibrant gastronomic scene, with top-notch cuisine from all over the world available if you look hard enough. The restaurants featured in this list may not be considered affordable, but if you find yourself in St. Petersburg and are looking for a truly special meal you will not be disappointed
The world's scariest hotel swimming pool?

The world's scariest hotel swimming pool?

Here’s a contender for the world’s scariest hotel swimming pool, designed by Singaporean firm Chan Sau Yan Associate. The pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao is 30 metres long and can be found on the 24th floor of the hotel, perched high above the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Situated in