The Maldives is home to some of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the world. We have already taken a look at the best luxury boutique hotels in the Maldives and now we now investigate the best of the best including larger chain hotels as well as exclusive boutiques. The Maldives are a collection of … Continue reading Top Ten Best Luxury Hotels In The Maldives
Virgin Voyages is a brand new adults-only cruise line a backed by Sir Richard Branson-backed. The first ship will set sail in 2020 but we have a sneak peak at some of the cabins aboard the “Scarlet Lady” The Scarlet Lady will cruise the Caribbean stopping by Havana, Cuba, and Puerto Plata and the Dominican … Continue reading Amazing Pictures Aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship!
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We have reviewed the best Four Seasons hotels in Hawaii, which includes the stunning Four Seasons Maui in the most exclusive resort on Maui, Wailea. Four Seasons Maui is the most remote Four Seasons hotel on the Hawaiian Islands. I reviewed the best way to get discounts, deals and special offers at Four Seasons Maui, … Continue reading Hotel Review: Four Seasons Maui, Hawaii
This year, I had a couple of readers actually ask me for ‘real must haves’ for first timers – they weren’t going skiing themselves, but their families were. So here are my picks for items you really need on a mountain holiday – or when the weather is pretty cold at home.
Johnstons of Elgin cashmere scarf
The word you are looking for here is ‘classic and timeless’ and they do these scarves beautifully on. variety of colours. Word out is that is Johnstons does all the Hermes cashmere blankets…
Uniqlo cashmere scarf
I love these scarves for day to day and they are machine-washable too. They are unisex and we wear them pretty much every day. They are nice and soft and incredible value.
Falke ski socks
Arguably the best sock brand in the world (definitely our favourite at home for all types of socks which are handcrafted and do last), I love their ski range. It fit my feet (pun intended) like a glove and I have zero complaints. I do recommend them 100%.
Saks cashmere cardigan
From £250 from Saks Off Fifth (and ships worldwide). If it appears sold out, check back as they have been restocking weekly. It is worth it.
I featured this cardigan in my Christmas list and I got more emails and photos of readers about it than anything else ever. I currently own the grey and ordered a new black one on a recent visit to California (oh the irony) and I love it. It works incredibly well anywhere in the world where it is cold.
Saks loose cashmere top
From £150 from Saks Off Fifth (and ships worldwide)
I had been looking for a nice chunky ‘loose’ cashmere jumper, and haven’t found it – but this is the best I could find and I bought it both grey and black (and desperate for navy like this one). They are ‘loose’, i.e. not tight, which is a more relaxed fit (which I currently prefer!). I wear mine with a Uniqlo heattech top underneath when it really is cold. This is also an alternative or Neiman Marcus own’ (but Saks is a dream worldwide shipper, whereas NM is only good for North America).
Sorel Women’s Out N About Plus Tall Duck Boots
From £100 on Amazon,
I still love my pair of Sorel Caribou, but these are much lighter – which makes them perfect for travel. The Caribou model weighs about 5kg each and obviously makes them super appropriate for blizzards, but I love the new Out N About Tall model, which is a remake of the previously named Caribou Slim boots. I have them in black and many of you noticed me wearing them in Innsbruck and Lake Tahoe.
We recommend you go up a half size on all your Sorel purchases.
Inuikii shearling boots
From £300 from MyTheresa
I love love love my Inuikiis which were an Austrian discovery – I hadn’t come across this brand before, but saw it in a few select places since and they are absolutely recommended. Super warm, shearling lined and available in a huge selection of colours. They have what they call boots and sneakers – and it is a Swiss brand.
Uniqlo Heattech base layers
Uniqlo has launched its heattech a few years ago – and I cannot recommend it enough. The items in questions – from long sleeve t-shirts, to turtle necks or leggings are now available in various degrees of heat technology and not only do they look like normal t-shirts/tops, they really are great for skiing as well. Or just walking around.
Falke base layers or ‘functional underwear’
From £59 from Falke
Whilst I still love the icebreaker range, this was my discovery of the year – and I love them. At a different price point from Uniqlo, and very well made. I was very excited about the Sweaty Betty base layers… but mine survived 3 washes (which isn’t ok for the price paid). Available for all the family as Falke does not discriminate.
Peak Performance dual ski and non ski coat
I bought this as a spur of the moment coat recently because a) it is navy, b) is an actual ski jacket and the ski-specific bits come off, c) keeps my bottom warm and d) looks like a coat I can wear on the street on a very cold day and e) I love peak performance and whereas I cannot fit into my PP skinny ski pants at the moment, I will be able to pair this in the future.
A Swedish brand, it is probably one of my favourite ski brands and has been for over a decade. Their trousers fit incredibly well and this jacket does too.
Herno cashmere down coat
I bought one sub zero tweet down jacket from Herno last year (which I wore in Innsbruck) and it is tested up to -30c so I am good to go. I also bought another lovely version earlier this season (completely sold out) which is a cashmere wool coal with the down inside and on the sleeves and bottom. It is graded for -10c and incredibly smart and fit for purpose.
I recommend Herno coats for both men and women – and it will be a process of elimination until you find yours. Mr. O has a cashmere navy coat which looks like a normal coat and all down padded inside.
I hope you find this selection useful and that you keep warm this winter.
The magic combination of a beautiful hotel and a perfect location is so hard to find and yet so I was delighted to stumble upon the Memoire D’Angkor Boutique Hotel. Stunning inside and out it’s location in Siem Reap in north western Cambodia near to the world heritage UNESCO site of Angkor Wat quite literally … Continue reading Review: Memoire D’Angkor Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap
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There is currently a great Star Alliance deal from Northern EU airports to Los Angeles. The price is $248 RT in Economy including free carry-on, some miles and you can book for dates in spring 2019. You would fly on United and Swiss. This flight can be found here and this price won’t be around … Continue reading Star Alliance: Fly United & Swiss Deal Transatlantic For 248USD RT
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This is a great deal for anyone who has dreamed about flying on a private jet. OK this deal is for a seat on a private jet and not the entire plane, but for this price, who’s complaining! Incidentally to rent an entire plane on this route would cost $7,725. Fly JetSuitX for $118 RT … Continue reading Private Jet Flight For $118 RT (Yes Really!)
Just a few hours ago, this United plane slipped off the runway, almost definitely because of the bad weather conditions which Americans have been suffering in the US Midwest in the last 24 hours. United Airlines #UA656 arriving from Phoenix(PHX) slid off Runway 4R at Chicago O'Hare today approx 17:26UTC. No reported injuries. Ground crews … Continue reading Breaking News: United Plane Slips Off Runway In Massive Storm
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Four Seasons are one of the most popular luxury hotel brands and THE most popular brand for clients of our luxury travel concierge. We make hundreds of bookings daily for clients who who take advantage of the free benefits that we offer at all Four Seasons hotels. The Newest Four Seasons Hotel In America One … Continue reading The Newest Four Seasons Hotel In North America!
Travelling with young children can be both a wonderful, yet stressful experience. It can be a struggle to keep them entertained, especially during long haul flights or time-consuming journeys. We’ve rounded up the best gift ideas to keep your children busy, whilst your travelling to and from your destination, or already on vacation, to make … Continue reading 10 Best Gift Ideas For Travelling Kids