Category: Travel Miscellany

6 must-visit restaurants in Ecuador to pamper foodies

6 must-visit restaurants in Ecuador to pamper foodies

When many travelers think about Ecuador, the things that come to their minds are mainly adventure, volcanoes, Galapagos, Amazon Rainforest and World Heritage Site. However, nowadays its catching the attention of worldwide foodies. Ecuador gastronomy is so diverse as its ecosystems. Each of the four regions that formed this small country has their cuisine. This […]

Travel video of the week: A glass bridge high in the mountains in China that 'cracks' beneath you!

Travel video of the week: A glass bridge high in the mountains in China that ‘cracks’ beneath you!

China seems to have become known for its crazy bridges. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in Zhangjiajie was famously tested with a sledgehammer prior to its opening in 2016. But, just over 1,000 kilometres to the north, the East Taihang Glasswalk in the eastern mountains of China is equally crazy. You would think […]

Vuelio Blog Awards 2018

Vuelio Blog Awards 2018

I am delighted to announce that A Luxury Travel Blog has been shortlisted for another award. Earlier this week, an email landed in my inbox, congratulating me on being shortlisted as a finalist for the Travel & Leisure Category in the Vuelio Blog Awards 2018. Vuelio, for those who don’t know, is a leading UK […]

5 vegan friendly luxury hotels in Indonesia

5 vegan friendly luxury hotels in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast and diverse collection of islands with multiple luxury travel options that come in all shapes and sizes. Bali is the most popular destination with more than 5 million tourists heading there every year, we think that due to their proximity to each other, combining a trip to Bali with spending time […]

5 of Sonoma County's most exceptional wine tasting experiences

5 of Sonoma County’s most exceptional wine tasting experiences

According to the Wine Institute, in 1996 Americans drank 1.89 gallons of wine per capita. Twenty years later, this figure increased to 2.94 gallons. Now considered an important part of American culture, wine is so popular in the U.S.A. that there are 7,700 wineries spread across all fifty states. As wine drinking has become more […]

Short stay: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Short stay: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

This week I travelled to Sydney for just four nights to attend the seventh edition of Luxperience, a three and a half day luxury travel trade forum connecting many of the world’s most exclusive travel providers in the southern hemisphere. It was therefore an opportunity to network with a number of people within the industry […]

5 unique experiences on Azamara Club Cruises

5 unique experiences on Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises are a small-ship cruise line with a fleet of three identical sister-ships. Each vessel carries just fewer than 700 guests in luxurious and modern surroundings for a more-inclusive cruise holiday. Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest and just launched Azamara Pursuit sail on destination focussed cruise itineraries, offering longer stays in port and more […]

Autumn in Provence

Autumn in Provence

Autumn the best time of year to visit Provence? Quite possibly! For those of you who are looking for the perfect destination for an Autumn getaway, carry on reading to discover some of the highlights of this fabulous region in September, October & November along with details of some unmissable events that are well worth […]

Autumn in Andalusia: a guide to culture and cuisine

Autumn in Andalusia: a guide to culture and cuisine

There are many reasons to travel Andalusia in the autumn months, after the searing summer sun begins to pale, the crowds slowly dissipate, and the hillsides awaken from their summer dormancy for something of a second spring with a burst of colour. Cultural enthusiasts will enjoy better, more intimate access to the innumerable historic sites, […]

The top 5 destinations for wine lovers in Greece

The top 5 destinations for wine lovers in Greece

Once upon a time, in the ancient world, Greece was one of the most important winemaking regions. Wine is closely related to Greek culture and religion; from the ancient years until now it has been mentioned in important pieces such as in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, in Greek mythology where the Greek god of wine […]

What to order at a Greek taverna

What to order at a Greek taverna

Tourists from all over the world visit Greece every Summer raving about how beautiful the sea is, how the islands and the towns are even more mesmerizing in person than in pictures and how hospitable the Greeks actually are.  Then it’s time to eat. To taste the renowned Greek cuisine that has been praised by […]

Frankfurt: 10 reasons to visit this power city

Frankfurt: 10 reasons to visit this power city

You don’t get a soaring aspirational Skyscraper Skyline without earning it, without packing a punch. Nick-named Manhattan-am-Main, or Mainhattan, Frankfurt’s been at the heart of Europe for many, many centuries. Big deals are signed at the Frankfurt Book Fair – don’t even think of getting a hotel room then – and many Germans read the […]

Barcelona Cava

The best places to drink Cava in Barcelona

Barcelona’s answer to Prosecco, Cava takes its origins in this very region and forms a large part of its rich gastronomy. The name itself comes from the Catalan word for the caves where the drink was first stored during the fermentation process. Following an outbreak of phyllorexa in the mid 1800s, many wine producers turned […]

What to expect on your first small-group tour

What to expect on your first small-group tour

For those who have never joined a small-group, guided tour, there are often a lot of questions about what to expect and what benefits there are over planning a trip independently. For one thing, traveling with a reputable company (ask for past guest referrals) ensures that the hotels have been checked, activities have been vetted, […]

5 reasons why New Zealand could be the next food capital of the world

5 reasons why New Zealand could be the next food capital of the world

I admit when I arrived here in New Zealand more than 20 years ago, food was not something that impressed me or many people travelling from overseas. There was a time when the New Zealand dinner was based on a Sunday Roast with potatoes and wedge, sausages on a BBQ, or some fish and chips […]

Vineyard escapes in Africa

Vineyard escapes in Africa

Ask me to list the things in life which make life worth living, and family, travel, and wine would quite possibly be the top three. Every now and then, the fates collide and I can enjoy all three at once, which makes for a wonderful experience indeed. When I talk about wine – and in […]