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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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In photos: The Azores

There are places that help one unplug, unwind and send you back home whole again. The Azores was it for me. I travelled there last fall after a period of great upheaval and uncertainty, and returned home ready to … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: The Mandrake Hotel, London

I recently posted about Hotel de Jobo in Paris, which I found so unabashedly bold that I would chuckle in bemusement every time I got back to the hotel after a day out. London's The Mandrake Hotel is perhaps just … [Read More...]

Photo by Cynthia Wamwayi

Hotel Review: Hotel de Jobo, Paris

Location: This has got to be one of the quirkiest, most memorable hotel stays I have ever had. Located in the heart of what has now become my favourite part of Paris, Le Marais, it's within walking distance of the … [Read More...]

Cityscape: Marseille, France

Marseille is the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur administrative region. It has a reputation of being nitty-gritty and sometimes downright dangerous but as is often the case … [Read More...]

Hotel Review: Hotel Arts Barcelona

This review has been a long time coming but it's finally here, the very embodiment of the Swedish proverb he who waits for something good never waits too long. Now let's get right down to it! Location: I must … [Read More...]

Cityscape: Nice, France

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Unplugged: Sao Miguel, The Azores

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

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...]

Tripping With

Tripping with: Jessica Lowndes

Vancouver-born Jessica Lowndes is best-known for her role as Adrianna Tate-Duncan on the TV series 90210, where she plays a teenage former-junkie pregnant high school student/actress. The 23-year old … [Read More...]

Tripping with: Kirsty Bertarelli

Welcome to Luxury Travel Beat's 'Tripping With' segment. What’s keeping you busy at the moment? We’ve just arrived back from Alaska, which was a truly breath taking vacation. With its dramatic … [Read More...]

Tripping with: Charlie Hedges

KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges is the youngest female breakfast DJ in the UK and is one of the most listened-to voices in the UK, broadcasting to over 4 million people every week. Outside of the KISS … [Read More...]

Unplugged

Musical Sunday: Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

I first heard this song while watching a commercial for Peugeot. I thought it was catchy, quirky  but most of all really captured the restless, inquisitive spirit of the traveller, both in its lyrics … [Read More...]

Unplugged: In Tyrol, Austria

I'm so sorry I have neglected my faithful readers. For the past four days I have been completely somewhat unplugged in Austria's beautifully breathtaking Tyrol region. Here is a foretaste of what … [Read More...]

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...]