Category: Travel Miscellany

Special feature: Badrutt's Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Special feature: Badrutt's Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland

From the moment you arrive at Badrutt’s Palace, you know you have come to somewhere special. After flying into Zurich last March and taking the train into ever more mountainous and snowy terrain, we were personally met at the station in St. Moritz – the birthplace of winter tourism in the Alps – and transferred
Love ice cream?  You'll love this ice cream festival...

Love ice cream? You'll love this ice cream festival...

Get ready ice cream fans! From 6th to 9th September 2012, Cefalù – 75 kilometres east of Palermo – will celebrate its own ice cream festival (Sherberth Festival – Festival Internazionale del Gelato a Cefalù). Along the main street it will be possible to taste ice cream made by 30 different ice cream shops in Sicily,
Recipe: Chestnut Soufflé with Chocolate Granita

Recipe: Chestnut Soufflé with Chocolate Granita

Ingredients: Soufflé •1/2 litre milk • 30g flour • 20g corn starch • 6 eggs • cognac • 200g chestnuts • 2 tbsp maple syrup • vanilla • dry raisins Granita • 150g cocoa powder • 50g sugar • 100g water Directions: 1. Soak raisins in Cognac, for at least one hour. 2. Add maple syrup to the chestnuts and caramelise in
Special feature: St. Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Cornwall, UK

Special feature: St. Moritz Hotel, Trebetherick, Cornwall, UK

Last month we enjoyed a break at the St. Moritz Hotel at Trebetherick in Cornwall, the south-west corner of England. The West Country is a favourite with many people living in the UK – a place where you’re most likely to enjoy some sunshine with a climate that’s not dissimilar with the Channel Islands and
The 5 most expensive celebrity hotel rooms in London

The 5 most expensive celebrity hotel rooms in London

London: the city of opportunity, the city of wonders, the city of love. Everyone thinks they have their individual opinion about London. Sure, their view may be skewed over years of television and advertisements, but in large, perceptions of London remain similar. The bottom line is that, London’s expensive! You cannot visit the diverse capital
The 25 most popular posts on A Luxury Travel Blog

The 25 most popular posts on A Luxury Travel Blog

With our competition to win a stay at a luxurious hotel suite in London recently achieving more than 1,000 recorded re-tweets, I thought it would be interesting to see where that post ranked compared with others on A Luxury Travel Blog, fully anticipating that it would be one of the most popular posts on the

Uruguay: a story of boutique wineries and big wines

Uruguay has long been known as a beach destination that provides everything from the rustic and unplugged Cabo Polonia in the north-east to the playground of the continent’s yachting class in Punta del Este. Recently however, tourism has been moving off the sands and inland, largely thanks to a small dark red grape, Tannat. Some 35 years ago
The Andalucian harvest: sherry, sweet wine and a very good time

The Andalucian harvest: sherry, sweet wine and a very good time

So you’ve done the tour of French vineyards and you’re looking for something new, or perhaps you’ve been to and done the Tuscan wineries and you want a different take on the grape scene.  Andalucia makes for a surprisingly sophisticated harvest experience; and let’s face it, la fiesta is in the Spanish blood so it’s
My top 5 reasons to visit the Italian town of Ferrara this Summer

My top 5 reasons to visit the Italian town of Ferrara this Summer

Last month two earthquakes rocked the villages and towns of northern Italy including the late medieval and Renaissance town of Ferrara. Established by the powerful Este dynasty this UNESCO World Heritage site is a town of bicycles, black magic and imposing architecture suspended in time. Although there was some damage to the magnificent buildings in
Win an incredible luxury London hotel stay

Win an incredible luxury London hotel stay

Love London? Love luxury? Would you like the opportunity to win a fantastic  stay at the Cora Pearl Suite (pictured below) at the newly refurbished Grosvenor Hotel from Guoman Hotels? Then read on! The Grosvenor hotel in Victoria has re-launched following a multi-million pound refurbishment and restoration with the creation of this luxurious Victorian ‘Courtesan boudoir’ on the top floor.
A beauty contest where losers get the hump

A beauty contest where losers get the hump

Now then camels, form an orderly queue… and no sniggering at the back! Being hot for 365 days of the year can take its toll, which is perhaps partly why every so often you’ll find some light hearted entertainment purely for the amusement of the locals. Or at least that’s what you might think. But
The world's most expensive restaurant doesn't even have its own website

The world's most expensive restaurant doesn't even have its own website

It’s hard to define what makes a restaurant ‘the most expensive’, but Tokyo’s Aragawa restaurant – ranked #1 in CNN Go’s list of ’10 stupidly expensive restaurants’ must certainly be up there.  Since getting its first Michelin star, it’s moved from a somewhat shady basement office location in Shimbashi to rather more fitting ground floor
The top 5 luxurious wine estates in South Africa's Western Cape

The top 5 luxurious wine estates in South Africa's Western Cape

The sprawling valleys of South Africa’s Western Cape are home to some of the world’s most luxurious wine estates. Discover the vintage wines of Groot Constantia or enjoy an evening of pampering at the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. Escape from the city and have a getaway to remember at one of these top five luxury

Hawaii's top attraction

Hawaii's top attraction may not be what you think it is. From snorkeling to the volcanoes, there are endless things to do. But make sure you don't miss out on this great experience!
When luxury travel becomes irresponsible...? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

When luxury travel becomes irresponsible...? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

Last month Kanye West reportedly spent £8,000 to leave Doncaster by private jet, only to fly as far as Birmingham (that’s Birmingham, UK – just 84 miles away – not Birmingham, Alabama).  There he was met by a chauffeur-driven Mercedes and transferred to Birmingham’s five-star Hyatt hotel where he stayed in the Presidential Suite and

Luxurious things to do on the French Riviera

The Cote  d’Azur, or the French Riviera, is located on the Mediterranean coast of France, extending from Nice to Cannes. Boasting glamorous appeal, it has served (and continues to serve) as a popular destination and holiday home for celebrities and the who’s who from the world of art, literature, politics, and music, including the likes of