Category: Travel Miscellany

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10 luxurious country estates near Sydney

Wide open spaces, gorgeous landscapes, and plenty of peace and quiet—that’s what being away in the country means to most. And in Australia, there certainly is no shortage of fantastic country homes and villas to choose from when you’re in need of some R&R. Take a look at some of these beautiful country estates close […]

Why you should take a month-long trip

Why you should take a month-long trip

Long trips are increasingly becoming the norm.  I recently returned from a 3.5-week journey, and I absolutely loved it.  I also know a family of 6 who took a 6-week, Summer trip through Italy and Switzerland; and I know a mother and daughter who took a 3-week, Summer trip through Japan, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  Here […]

Top 5 wine estates to stay in South Africa

Top 5 wine estates to stay in South Africa

The Western Cape of South Africa attracts tourists from all corners of this globe, and for good reason. One of the main attractions at the winelands and who doesn’t like great wines, amazing food and beautiful landscapes? Some of the wine estates offer accommodation which rivals the quality and finesse which you can find in […]

ETIAS: the new visa waiver program for the Schengen Zone

ETIAS: the new visa waiver program for the Schengen Zone

Are you thinking of one day visiting one or more of the Schengen member states of Europe? Whether you’re drawn by the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, the sunshine and beaches of Spain or the relaxed pace of life in Greece, you need to be aware of some changes that are due to take place. From […]

Gourmet experiences in New Zealand’s boutique wine town

Gourmet experiences in New Zealand’s boutique wine town

Gone are the days when holidays were for just kicking back. Yes, we all love to wind down on a beach for a day or two with a good novel, but recent trends such as volunteer-tourism and educational-tourism have grown in popularity, showing that hands-on experiences are now a vacation must. And It’s not only […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 7 hidden gems for eating out in Hakuba, Japan

Top 7 hidden gems for eating out in Hakuba, Japan

With so much information – and indeed mis-information – out there when it comes to Hakuba`s best dining spots, it can be very difficult to distinguish the true culinary delights from the everyday restaurants. How we all rate dining experiences is a rather personal and subjective thing, but from 10 years of living in Hakuba […]

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 […]

How the Rich List Can Save the Red List

How the Rich List can save the Red List

The Sunday Times’ Rich List is eagerly awaited in May every year, as it reveals the 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in the UK. Brexit has done no favours for most people on this list, but fear not, those featured still have at least £80m (over US$100m) in net wealth. Significantly, since 2005, as part […]

Langkawi, Malaysia: adventure, luxury and relaxation

Langkawi, Malaysia: adventure, luxury and relaxation

Langkawi, on the west coast of Malaysia, is an idyllic archipelago of 101 islands sun-bathing in the warmth of the Andaman Sea. It can be an action-packed, high adrenaline destination with jet-skis and zip wires. For nature lovers, it is one of the most bio-diverse environments on the planet. And for those who just wish […]

New Zealand's 5 most delicious seafood choices

New Zealand’s 5 most delicious seafood choices

New Zealand goes beyond fish and chips on the beach or smoky barbeque meals when it comes to gastronomy. With a distinct Pacific-rim influence, our cuisine is something guaranteed to delight even the most sensitive of palettes, and indulgence is forgiven, because If sea-food is your thing, then New Zealand is your oyster. An extravaganza […]

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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 […]

The luxury of space

The luxury of space

I read an article in National Geographic once, about the innate reflex of personal space, how clever it is that our minds can imagine where objects are in our vicinity without them even being in sight. It talked about how our environment affects our stress levels, making us more or less effective at work or […]