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Vaya Solden – Ötztal, Austria

Vaya Solden – Ötztal, Austria

The name is Q, Ice-Q. Majestically overlooking the resort of Solden, high in the Austrian Oetztal Alps, is this ultra modern mountain restaurant, famously a major location in the recent filming of Spectre, the latest film in the Bond franchise. Ice-Q also sits atop a highly impressive recent gondola, the […]

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The Avli Lounge Hotel – Rethymnon, Crete

The Avli Lounge Hotel – Rethymnon, Crete

Which Crete do you want to visit?  It is the inevitable question when planning a trip to Greece’s largest and most southerly island. Crete offers it all – historic sites, beautiful scenery, fabulous beaches or perhaps wild nightlife. There are sleepy hamlets unchanged in centuries, hippy resorts and bustling cities. Every style and […]

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Skiing in the Otztal – Solden, Obergurgl & Hochgurgl, Austria

Skiing in the Otztal – Solden, Obergurgl & Hochgurgl, Austria

The Otztal region of the Austrian Alps is one whose name may have a ring of familiarity. Perhaps it is via Otzi the iceman – a remarkable five-thousand year old mummy discovered nearby in 1991, virtually on the Italian border. Alternatively it may be a notorious event back in the 19th century that […]

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Mas Salagros Eco Resort & Aire Spa – Near Barcelona, Spain

Mas Salagros Eco Resort & Aire Spa – Near Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has become one of the most popular short break destinations in Europe. And with good reason – it is a vibrant, artistic and exciting city, once home to cultural icons like Dali, Gaudi and Miro and with enough varied sights for many return visits. The region however is worth […]

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The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood – Boston

The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood – Boston

Back in 1840, Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, would become rather peckish around four o’clock in the afternoon. With evening meal still a long way off, at a fashionable 8pm, she asked that a tray of tea and cake be brought to her. Soon she began inviting friends to […]

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The Nockberge Biosphere Reserve – Rural Austria at its Best

The Nockberge Biosphere Reserve – Rural Austria at its Best

The people of the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve in Austria feel rather ignored – and that is just the way they like it. For this is a stunningly beautiful and delightfully peaceful oasis that mass tourism has largely passed by. Named after the rounded peaks that dominate the region it is […]

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

The Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is part luxury hotel (managed by Taj Hotels), part museum, and is also one of the world’s largest private residences: the principal home of the Jodhpur royal family. It was named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner of the palace, Gaj […]

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Ski Talini – St Martin de Belleville, France

Ski Talini – St Martin de Belleville, France

St Martin de Belleville is a very special resort indeed. High in the French Tarentaise mountains, this improbably pretty village enjoys an impressive panorama from its valley-side perch. At its heart are a cluster of ancient stone buildings which are gathered around a fabulous Baroque church. Its cobbled alleyways are home to […]

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Hotel Straf – Milan

Hotel Straf – Milan

Literally just steps from Milan’s Duomo cathedral and La Scala opera house, Hotel Straf, is the perfect place to stay on a short visit to Milan. This is such a cool city hotel. Italian architect and fashion designer, Vincenzo de Cotiis, had a vision to make a hotel that stood […]

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Arts & Culture, Travel

Hotel Palazzo Victoria – Verona, Italy

Hotel Palazzo Victoria – Verona, Italy

It is rather unfortunate that any mention of tourism in Verona is inevitably linked with Romeo and Juliet. In advance of arrival, there is that lurking suspicion that instead of atmospheric local Osterias, will there just be tourist souvenir shops with heart-emblazoned tea towels and cutesy Romeo mugs. It is […]

by × March 9, 2017 × 0 comments

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Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Hotel Baur au Lac – Zurich, Switzerland

Arriving at Zurich’s original ‘Grand Dame’ hotel, the  Hotel Baur au Lac, on a grey and snowy mid-winter day we find its interior a riot of full spring colour. Immaculate vases of garden fresh flowers adorn every spare space. Whether in giant vases, linear displays or dining table pots, the […]

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The Gombit Hotel – Bergamo, Italy

The Gombit Hotel – Bergamo, Italy

It is not often one gets an offer to stay in hotel in a medieval tower. As this one was also a member of the wonderful Design Hotels Group and naturally therefore featured interiors in ultra modern style we quickly accepted. The Gombit Hotel is in the northern Italian city of […]

by × February 24, 2017 × 0 comments