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Bucket List Experiences: The London to Venice Orient Express Experience

Travelling on the Orient Express is unlike any other journey I have ever taken by train. From the moment I arrived at London's Victoria Station, to the moment I got off the train at Venice's St Lucia Station, it was an exercise in carefully studied old-world luxury and opulence. I had chosen the short, 31-hour ride between these two cities mostly because it seemed the best way to test-drive this unique experience, but also because I liked the itinerary. London -- via Calais, Paris, the Swiss … [Read More...]

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Hotel Review: The Shangri-La at The Shard, London

When one of Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel groups first opened an European outpost in Paris in 2010, I was honored to be one of the first to review it. The hotel quickly became one of my Parisian favourites, … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The Dog and Fox Wimbledon

Location: This pub-cum-hotel is situated within the tennis mecca of Wimbledon in Greater London, tantalizingly close to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Common (a large park) and the shops on Wimbledon … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, Crete, Greece

Location: Greece was the locus of my first ever holiday as an adult and as such will always hold a special place in my heart. Back then I visited the island of Karpathos and proceeded to fall so head over heels in … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Renaissance Paris Republique

Location: I'm going to level with you and tell you right off the bat that this is not the gold standard of locations in Paris. The hotel website places it in Le Marais but that is perhaps a good 20 to 25 minute … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The Atheneum, London

Location: On Piccadilly, the fiercely pulsating heart of London, although The Atheneum is on the quieter end of the street. Within spitting distance of Green Park (some rooms have a view of it), a stone's throw … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Le Roch Hotel & Spa, Paris

Location: Right smack in the heart of Paris' 1st arrondissement and a stone's throw away from the tourist-site troika comprising The Louvre, The Tuilieries and the Jardin du Palais Royal. And that's just the … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Grand Hôtel, Stockholm – Sweden

Location: What is over 140 years old, a Grand Old Dame and yet popular with the young crowd and distinguished, knowledgeable nobel laureates alike? The Grand Hôtel Stockholm, that's what. Occupying prime waterside … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim

Location: By Trondheim's Brattørkaia, which is Norway's third largest city's main harbour. Hurtigruten and other commuter boats regularly set sail from here. The hotel is not centrally located but is within walking … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Clarion Hotel and Congress Malmö Live

Many moons ago I was an exchange student at the University of Copenhagen. Malmø in nearby Sweden was at the time - compared to Copenhagen - a town that was in many ways smaller but also a welcome break from the … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The London EDITION

Location: On number 10 Berners street, a side street of what is arguably one of the world's most famous broadways, Oxford Street. Which essentially means you're just a hop, skip and a jump away from Oxford Circus … [Read More...]

Unplugged: Crete, Greece

Unplugged: As far away from Oxford Street/5th Avenue/Rue du Rivoli/#InsertOwnBusyBroadwayHere as physically and/or mentally possible. Disconnected from the rat race. Free from a myriad of obligations - for a little … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The Hospital Club

Every once in a fair while I stumble upon something in the course of my travels that I prefer to keep to myself, just to preserve that air of mystery that seems to be so rare in many of the offerings in world … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Hotel Cafe Royal, London

Location: Very very central - it almost doesn't get any more central than this - on Regent Street and a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue and its myriad of … [Read More...]

Culinary digest: Galvin at Windows

World-class dining, presented by a world-class set of staff with 360° views of one of the world's best cities: that's how I would describe the Summertime at Galvin menu at Galvin at Windows Restaurant & Bar if … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The Hoxton Holborn

Location: Very centrally on High Holborn, within coughing distance of London's bustling West End, King's Cross, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, The British Museum, Covent Garden you name it! This is really as … [Read More...]

Culinary digest: Ristorante Aroma, Rome

The last restaurant review (Full disclosure: I use the term loosely, as it was more of a glowing, completely biased recommendation of my favourite restaurant in the city) I wrote of a restaurant in Rome told you of … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Z Hotel Shoreditch

Location: Right smack in the middle of one of London's trendiest area - Shoreditch - and a stone's throw away from Old Street underground station. Rooms: 111 - divided into 5 categories, six of which are adapted … [Read More...]

Culinary Digest: Breakfast at Angelus

What happens when you combine French gastronomic sensibilities with the eponymous English breakfast? This: Angelus restaurant first came on to the London scene in 2007 when Thierry Thomasin - having served … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Location: In Gouves - along a pristine stretch of Cretan coastline. Rooms: 212 bungalows, rooms, suites and villas (divided into 29 room types) offering spacious, quality accommodation with chic interior design … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Caramel Boutique Resort, Crete, Greece

Location: On the longest beach in Crete, and a short distance away from Rethymno's Venetian harbour. Rooms: 69 villas and suites with accommodations options for singles, couples and up to 10 … [Read More...]

The spring fitness edit: Part 1 – footwear

My favourite season of the year is finally here! With the warmer temperatures come not only the freedom to take your workouts outside but also countless marathons and races the world over. Here in London, there are … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The Wellesley, London

Location:  Very idealy situated on London's Hyde Park Corner and in close proximity to Knightsbridge and its plethora of high end stores, the eponymous Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace - which is a mere ten minutes … [Read More...]

Culinary digest: All’Oro Restaurant, Rome, Italy

Italy is world-renown for its contributions to the culinary world. So much so that the country's main touristic destinations pride themselves in offering pizza, pasta, gelato in various reincarnations. Rome is not … [Read More...]

Cityscape: Rome, Italy

When it comes to Rome, I have both good and bad news to report. I'll start with the bad: Rome is in crisis. The city whose culture was shaped by Catholicism is in as much flux as the religion itself. Its famous … [Read More...]

Culinary digest: Bayview Restaurant, Geneva

I may be a bonafide hotel junkie but at Geneva's Hotel President Wilson, it is the restaurants that really had my attention: There's the poolside Umami Japanese restaurant overlooking Lake Geneva which even in the … [Read More...]

Picturescape: Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts

There are places whose incredible histories I have learnt only after arriving at the destination. Saint Kitts was just such a place. It was while taking in the sights of the island aboard the St. Kitts Scenic … [Read More...]

Destinations: St Kitts and Nevis

The twin-island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis is one of the Caribbean's lesser known holiday destinations. This will not be the case for very much longer though, with luxury developments planned and currently … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The Roman Penthouse at the Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome

Location: In the Via Veneto area of downtown Rome. The Regina Hotel Baglioni is within walking distance of the Roma Termini Central Station but far enough for it to not be right in the thick of the city action. The … [Read More...]

Culinary digest: Spice Mill Restaurant, St. Kitts

St. Kittitian fare is an interesting amalgalm of dishes influenced by all of the cultures that have at one point called the island home or interacted with it extensively. You'll find African, French, English, … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

History: Nisbet Plantation Beach Club was once a prominent sugar plantation turned coconut plantation, evidence of which can still be seen around the hotel's grounds. It was also the family home of Fanny Nisbet who … [Read More...]

Christmas gift guide: Gifts for the traveller in your life

There are some people who just thrive under pressure. You probably know a few of them. Give them a task and have them complete it weeks before a deadline and they'll give you a worse result than if you allowed them … [Read More...]

Tripping With

Tripping with: Actor Byron Mann

Actor Byron Mann (Street Fighter, Red Corner, The Corruptor) is one of the busiest men in showbiz at the moment. As well as starring in the upcoming Universal Pictures actioner The Man with the Iron … [Read More...]

Trip Notes: Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, today unveiled a plaque at St Pancras International station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the … [Read More...]

Tripping with: Singer-Songwriter Ingrid Michaelson

Welcome to Luxury Travel Beat's Tripping With segment, Ingrid. You're in London as part of your Human Again Summer Tour. How is that like? London feels like a second home to me! There is an energy … [Read More...]

Unplugged

Musical Sunday: Break me out, The Rescues

Today's musical Sunday entry is all about feeling overwhelmed and wanting to get as far away as possible from your usual surroundings. Ever felt that way? I'm not necessarily feeling that way myself … [Read More...]

Unplugged: Norway’s most breathtaking sights

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Musical Sunday: Weeping, Soweto String Quartet & Vusi Mahlasela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LnB2fZkLAI I first discovered this song 7 years ago through listening to Josh Groban's Awake album. Weeping was written as a protest song during South Africa's … [Read More...]