Why Saint Tropez is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations

Once a small fishing village in which there were not even holiday houses not to talk about expensive luxury hotels, Saint-Tropez today is one of the celebrity hotspots par excellence. Famous people such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campell and P.Diddy occasionally sail with their private yacht here, but also “normal holidaymakers”, who go on a

Vienna – The Definition of Elegance

Vienna is the Audrey Hepburn of capital cities: elegant, sophisticated, beautiful and glamorous. Commonly associated with opera and imperial history, few places compare with its grand museums, art nouveau architecture, open courtyards, cobbled streets and alabaster buildings glimmering with gold. Vienna is incredibly easy on the eye, almost like the whole city was built by one architect overnight (bar the whimsical Hunderwasserhaus building). It has a preserved-like quality, in a way that …

PHOTO: Immense Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus

These days, Belarus is a truly European country, but emerge from the Metro onto Independence Square in Minsk and you would be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to Russia. Construction on the square began in 1964, well before the breakup of the Soviet Union, and in some ways it perfectly reflects the Russian …

The Burren, a Surprising Irish Landscape

A great excursion on the west coast of Ireland is to the Burren, an otherworldly rock karst landscape. In the Burren, Ireland’s typically green hills give way to rolling expanses of rough limestone. Periods of glaciation beginning more than 300 million years ago shaped the terrain and formed the deep grikes (crevices) seen in the rocks today. The unusual setting …

The best resorts and chalets for every type

Every year it is the same story, which ski resort and chalets are the most adequate ones that fit to you and your family or friends. Everyone has different needs and imaginations of a perfect winter holiday. Paradizo thought to help you a bit and collect some useful information for each type of winter holiday

My hOtel: São Lourenço do Barrocal, Alentejo, Portugal

I was looking for ideas for where to stay on our annual Summer trip to the South of Portugal – the format is always the same, 2 nights in the Alentejo, 5 nights in the Algarve and 2 in Lisbon. It is what we call our July ‘back to home’ summer trip. There have been a few openings recently and I asked those who know best: my readers. And with 40+ individual recommendations from a post on my Facebook place, there was a clear candidate: São Lourenço…

Lofoten Islands: Exploring the Arctic Landscape, Attractions & Restaurants

The wild and rugged beauty of the Lofoten Islands is a highlight of any trip to Norway. Dramatic glacier-carved mountains soar straight out of the sea dwarfing tiny little fishing villages. Sheltered bays and fjords line the coast, and the smell of dried cod lingers ubiquitously in the cool air. Out of all the places I’ve been in Norway over the years whilst working for Scandinavia Only, the Lofoten Islands has been my favourite place to explore inside mainland Norway (otherwise we all know it would be…

Postcard from Sicily

Few images evoke a sense of summer like a shot of the breathtaking blue waters off the Italian coast. In Sicily, short hikes along the coast–through beautiful nature preserves–lead to secluded beaches where locals and visitors flock to enjoy the sun. Our private Italy tours feature the best of the country’s gorgeous coastal regions, including Sicily, Puglia, Portofino, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. Contact one of our Italy travel experts to …

Hawaii travel guide

Sandy beaches, lush rainforests and always nice weather: If you think of Hawaii, you will soon feel happy and wander. You have pictures of light flower chains, high waves and coconut palms in your head. And anyone who has ever been to Maui, Oahu or the other Hawaiian Islands knows that you cannot find the

A mini map guide to Lisbon, Portugal

I get regularly asked by friends and friends of friends for recommendations of my favourite places in Lisbon, Portugal – and there are plenty of blog posts to read, believe me. But I get it, a mini map guide does the job very often, so in this series, you will find my …

5 Extreme Sports That Will Take You To Magnificent Places

Travelling will take you to some fantastic places, any mood, scenery or atmosphere. However, if you’re one of those who is thrilled by heights and…

Hurricane Irma: Down and Out in Cuba

Friday 8th September Usually sayings aren’t to be taken literally but as I walked around Trinidad this afternoon under the scorching heat, it was like the calm before the storm. It seemed like a normal sunny day but a foreboding sense of dread cast a shadow across the town and the faces of people who passed me by. I might have imagined it, but the air felt …

The Ninety Art Galleries of the Stockholm Metro

At first blush, Stockholm was a pleasant place to spend a week. I began in its medieval Old Town, known locally as Gamla Stan, where I visited the Royal Palace and Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm. I toured the spectacular City Hall. Built of eight million bricks, this remarkable building is the venue for the Nobel …

Luxury, Food & Culture in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Riviera Maya in Mexico is the ultimate destination for combining private cultural, natural and culinary touring with a quintessential luxury beach vacation. Artisans of Leisure’s private Mexico tours include the top luxury resorts in the Riviera Maya, most notably the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa and the Rosewood Mayakoba. A…