Category: Special Features

Special feature: Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, West Yorkshire, UK

We have just returned from a lovely stay at the four star Wentbridge House Hotel in the village of Wentbridge (close to Pontefract) in West Yorkshire. We’d arrived quite late but were greeted with a beautiful Junior Suite offering ample space for a family, and with all manner of in-room extras including a half bottle […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Special feature: Aldemar Royal Mare, Hersonissos, Crete

Special feature: Aldemar Royal Mare, Hersonissos, Crete

When we arrived at Heraklion Airport one evening last October, our driver told us that it had rained on Crete for the last four days. We had visited at this time of year on several occasions now, though, and always found it to be a very palatable climate – warm enough to be in shorts […]

Singapore's Marina Bay at night

Special feature: Premier Club at the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel, Singapore

This is a heads-up on how you can enjoy a luxurious hotel stay without paying five-star prices. It’s “simple luxury”. The concept is that a premium room in a four-star hotel can offer better facilities and services at a price cheaper than a standard room in a five-star. We tried it and here’s how we […]

The Mosaic restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Special feature: Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The Mandarin Oriental Group of hotels requires no introduction on a blog about luxury travel, as the brand is famous for its prestigious hotels and resorts. The interesting thing, though, is that they are all quite different from one another. Whilst they all maintain standards of excellence, this is a group rather than a chain […]

Special feature: FB Collection

Special feature: FB Collection

I have recently been lucky enough to acquire a number of items from the FB Collection.  Founded by Harry Brantly and Max Leese in Rio de Janeiro in 2005, this beachwear collection exudes quality and style.  Among the collection are beautiful, brightly-coloured (£85) or patterned (£95) linen beach towels. These towels are so soft and […]

A Thai mixologist shakes a cocktail

Special feature: Passions at The Pavilions, Phuket

Please let me get some adjectives out of the way before I go on to give you a more factual report of staying at The Pavilions in Phuket. Amazing, wonderful, fun, incredible, entertaining, educational, friendly, interesting, luxurious, impeccable, beautiful, spacious, different, comfortable, exciting, relaxing. Are you getting the gist of it yet? The Pavilions is […]

Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok

Special feature: Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

The prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel contains several restaurants offering different cuisines. All are renowned for their excellence and Le Normandie is world-famous for its classical French fine dining. Opened in 1958 by Germain Krull, Le Normandie has produced the height of French gastronomy for more than 50 years. The restaurant provides a stunning view of […]

Special feature: Lake Cottage, Middleton Hall, Belford, UK

Special feature: Lake Cottage, Middleton Hall, Belford, UK

Last weekend we stayed at a lovely self-catering cottage in the north-east of England. Available through luxury holiday home specialists Crabtree & Crabtree, Lake Cottage at Middleton Hall in Northumberland provides the ideal retreat for families looking for a little peace and quiet. We arrived in the darkness of night, after a rather difficult journey […]

Special feature: Bix Manor, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Special feature: Bix Manor, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Last week we stayed at the beautiful Bix Manor for a family celebration – my 40th birthday to be precise. Situated in the Thames Valley, and just 2 miles from Henley-on-Thames, this 17th Century manor house proved to be the ideal getaway for a large family get-together and can sleep up to 12 people. With […]

Exterior of That Little Wine Bar

Special feature: That Little Wine Bar, Penang, Malaysia

Penang has a reputation for being a food lover’s paradise. Really? I’ve looked hard but very rarely seen it, and that’s despite being a nomadic gourmet who likes to try all kinds of new things. I’m always on the lookout for exceptional places which provide an oasis from the usual fare. And I have just […]

Special feature: Jura Lodge on the Isle of Jura, Scotland, UK

Special feature: Jura Lodge on the Isle of Jura, Scotland, UK

We have just returned from an utterly unique and memorable stay on the remote Scottish island of Jura.  Our first glimpse of the island and its three Paps was just before touching down on our flight from Glasgow to Islay. From there, it was a short drive and a ferry crossing before reaching Jura. We […]

The Deluxe Spa Suite at the Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap

Special feature: Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The most popular tourist destination in Cambodia is the vast complex of temples at Angkor Wat. This is really a fascinating place to visit, but surprisingly it’s not on the usual lists of Wonders of the World. It should be! It is, however, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In my opinion the best way to […]