First ever boutique hotel

A new hotel owned and furnished entirely by the classic British design house Laura Ashley has opened its doors today. Every room in the luxury 49-bedroom The Manor hotel in Elstree, Hertfordshire has been decorated using the company’s current interiors collection. And all of the decor will be available for guests to buy online during their stay, should they wish…

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Luxury in Cartagena

Colombia’s most famous writer, the inimitable Gabriel García Márquez, once said in a press interview that he could never have written his books if he had not been a journalist – because all of his material was extracted from reality. Wandering between the pastel-coloured colonial structures of Cartagena’s labyrinthine cobbled streets, one could be forgiven for thinking that they had…

The Blonde Hedgehog

You’ll almost certainly be familiar with the Channel Island’s main settlements, Jersey and Guernsey. They’re famous for their handsome cattle and the unctuous, buttercup coloured milk they produce. But there are three others – Sark, Herm, and Alderney. While the first two are trickier for tourists, Alderney is a precious, hidden gem. Three square miles of white sand beaches, rocky…

Lake Como? Affordable?

Italy’s most famous lake has appealed to second-home owners for hundreds of years, reports Liz Rowlinson. But where can you bag a bargain? Its deep, mirror-like waters beneath dramatic mountains, the tropical gardens flourishing in the balmy microclimate, have beguiled artists, writers and royals for centuries and, in recent years, Arab princes, wealthy footballers, Hollywood stars and entrepreneurs. Read more…

Unencumbered Umbria

The gentler, less gilded neighbour of Tuscany, Umbria enjoys a lower profile and seems less troubled by tourism. The “green heart of Italy” doesn’t have an endless stream of visitors plying between their checklist of big-drawer Tuscan Renaissance cities, just miles of undulating hills carpeted in sunflowers, tobacco or untamed bosco (woodland). Read more courtesy of APlaceInTheSun.com   Klook.com

Gilded cherubs

If you want to know what it was like to live like a French aristocrat in the 1700s, now’s your chance―sort of. A mother-daughter duo has teamed up to turn an abandoned, historic chateau in France into a bustling bed and breakfast, and are inviting guests to come stay during the renovations. Read more courtesy of HouseBeautiful.com   Klook.com

Excellence in the Dominican Republic

There was a moment when I was sitting on the rooftop terrace of my Excellence Club Honeymoon Suite, enjoying breakfast on the morning of my checkout, that I wondered to myself, “How is this real?” It wasn’t just about the amazing view of the ocean, impossibly cool breeze or delightfully refreshing green juice that had just been delivered to my…

Mom’s “ommmm”

Between managing motherly duties, the mental load of being the household CEO and handling pressures of the workforce, mothers work an average of 90 hours per week – roughly the same as working two full-time jobs! That’s why some “me time” in Newport Beach, California is the perfect destination for a true recharge. Located on the breathtaking Californian west coast…

El modo de boda

In the spirit of this being the most popular season to tie the knot (in the northern hemisphere, at least), I wanted to share with you some of the most unique features of weddings in Spain… from a Brit’s point of view, at least. Having lived in Spain for approaching 10 years and having attended my fair share of summer…

Vancouver maneuvers

Vancouver – a city regularly voted “the World’s most livable”. With breezes that carry the scents of nature and aromas of all the urban delights you’d expect from a city, it’s easy to understand why visitors flock to this Canadian city. When ready, browse vacation packages to Vancouver: https://www.expedia.com/Vancouver.d17…   Please rotate on mobile devices

CAPITALS of culture

In 1983, Melina Mercouri, the then Greek minister of culture, proposed a scheme to celebrate art, history and heritage across Europe. By putting a different city in the spotlight each year, Mercouri hoped to showcase the continent’s cultural diversity, while highlighting shared values. The European Capital of Culture programme, which was established in 1985, has been a huge success, with…

The notorious Spring Break

Parents, look away now. Spring break is one of America’s most notorious travel periods. It’s the prize you win for surviving a long, dark, cold winter. It’s a time that encourages running off to somewhere warm to let loose after spending a season chapped, bundled up and longing for the sun’s healing rays. To make the most out of your…

May the divorce be with you

If you have found yourself newly single – or were one of the victims of this year’s ‘Divorce Day’ in January – a hotel in Ibiza has got your back. Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, the iconic party hotel which has seen David Guetta and Calvin Harris DJ its pool parties, has unveiled its ‘Ushuaïa Divorce Package’ aimed at the newly-single…

Hurry up and wait

Start slowly, then taper off. It’s time to take our time.  What’s the hurry?  The world is our oyster.  It’s a new horizon.  The blast from the past has left us behind. Take it easy.  And here’s one way how to do it, courtesy of The Telegraph.  Read more here.   Booking.com

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