Category: Special Features

Special feature: Elounda Solfez Villas, Elounda, Crete

Special feature: Elounda Solfez Villas, Elounda, Crete

Last October we were honoured to be the first guests ever to stay at the newly opened Elounda Solfez Villas. Situated high upon a hillside overlooking Elounda, this small group of properties raises the bar on self-catering accommodation to an entirely new level and comes with a stunning view over the whole of the Bay
Special feature: Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete

Special feature: Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete

In October we had the pleasure of staying at the  Blue Palace Resort & Spa near Elounda on the Greek island of Crete. Since we arrived quite late in the evening, it wasn’t until morning that we could appreciate the full beauty of the resort’s position with its stunning view of the island of  Spinalonga,
Special feature: Gwel an Mor, Cornwall, UK

Special feature: Gwel an Mor, Cornwall, UK

Last summer we enjoyed a very relaxing week at the five star  Gwel an Mor resort on the outskirts of Portreath in mid Cornwall. After a pleasant welcome, we settled into lodge number 40, also known as ‘Tehidy’.  All the lodges are named after the local area and Tehidy Country Park is a 250-acre estate
Special feature: Le Grand Cirque Fantazie

Special feature: Le Grand Cirque Fantazie

This afternoon we went to the Liverpool Empire Theatre to see the acrobatic production, Le Grand Cirque Fantazie.  It  was billed as  one of the most exciting shows  we will ever see, and we certainly weren’t disappointed. Le Grand Cirque has had sold-out shows all over the world and has played to over 10 million
Special feature: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, South Africa

Special feature: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, South Africa

My husband and I were indeed fortunate and privileged to stay for three nights at Bushmans Kloof.   I had been hankering to stay there for many years as I had heard much about it and it certainly did not disappoint us in any way.   The beauty of the site is breathtaking – so
Special feature: The Travelwrap

Special feature: The Travelwrap

The Travelwrap from The Travelwrap Company arrived at A Luxury Travel Blog HQ this week.  This company offers the perfect travelling companion in the form of their original, contemporary, Scottish-knitted cashmere Travelwraps.  So soft and luxurious,  they are  made from the finest cashmere: the company  spent a long time finding the right mill  to do
Special feature: Royal Garden Villas, La Caleta, Tenerife

Special feature: Royal Garden Villas, La Caleta, Tenerife

I am just back from a one-week stay with my family at the fabulous  Royal Garden Villas  situated on the  outskirts of Adeje, Tenerife. Even before our visit, I knew this place would be special; afterall, you don’t achieve a  #1 Tripadvisor status across the entire island  without good reason.   The property is owned
Special feature: Lato Boutique Hotel, Heraklion, Crete

Special feature: Lato Boutique Hotel, Heraklion, Crete

We stayed in Room 503 on the top floor of the Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion, Crete.   Being sited on the corner of the building, it offers views in two directions from a  generous L-shaped balcony with ample space for sun loungers.   From here you have the best views of the port and
Special feature: St. Nicolas Bay Resort, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Special feature: St. Nicolas Bay Resort, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

We had the pleasure of spending 4 nights at  St. Nicolas Bay Resort a few weeks ago.  The focal point of this beautiful resort – approximately 2 kilometres from Agios Nikolaos – is undoubtedly the central pool area.  This consists of the main infinity pool, a children’s pool, an abundance of sunbeds and a breakfast/dining
Special feature: Elounda Mare, Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

Special feature: Elounda Mare, Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

I had the privilege of visiting these three very different hotels in the north-east of Crete  last month.     The brainchild of owner-architect Spyros Kokotos,  they are all situated on the same complex and are therefore able to share facilities such as the Six Senses Spa, the 9-hole golf course, the Children’s Ark, private
Special feature: Sheraton Bilbao Hotel, Bilbao, Spain

Special feature: Sheraton Bilbao Hotel, Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is a vibrant city being brought back to life by the reconstruction of old shipyards into areas alive with walkways, parks and stunning architecture and sculptures. Nestled amongst this redevelopment is the Sheraton Bilbao Hotel – itself an individual piece of architecture – which was designed by the father and son team of architects
Special feature: Sony PRS-505 Reader

Special feature: Sony PRS-505 Reader

I’ve managed to get my hands on a Sony PRS-505 Reader which has been out in the US for a while now, but has only recently become available in the UK through the High Street retailer Waterstones  (priced at £199).   As soon as I opened the box, I was immediately struck by the look
Special feature: The Wensleydale Heifer, Yorkshire Dales

Special feature: The Wensleydale Heifer, Yorkshire Dales

This was our second stay at The Wensleydale Heifer in the peaceful village of West Witton in the Yorkshire Dales.   Last time we made the mistake of having both lunch and dinner here (and ended up being uncomfortably full!) so this time we opted for just dinner, after a brief stop for a light
Special feature: The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK

Special feature: The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK

Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of staying at Manchester’s only 5-star hotel, The Lowry.    Branded as  one  of The Rocco Forte Collection, The Lowry Hotel is located on the banks of the River Irwell, in the Chapel Wharf area between Manchester city centre and Salford.   Being on the fringe of the
Special feature: Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, Tenerife

Special feature: Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, Tenerife

I stayed 7 nights at the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in Costa Adeje, Tenerife earlier this  year and must admit to visiting with a small degree of trepidation due to the very mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.   One of the common statements within those reviews is that “it isn’t a five star hotel”.   Well,
Special feature: Lausanne Palace & Spa, Switzerland

Special feature: Lausanne Palace & Spa, Switzerland

In the heart of the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Lausanne Palace & Spa exudes elegance and class. It is perfectly situated – just 500 metres from the railway station and a mere 40 minutes from Geneva Airport, by car or train.   As it happened, though, we reached Lausanne by ferry, having ventured across Lake