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These days, most luxury holiday properties come with the expectation of a swimming pool. There are some rare and aspirational European chalets, however, where the aquatic features couldn’t be further removed from the traditional cold and heavily chlorinated rectangle. San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, for example, is a stunning South Tyrol former aristocrats’ hunting lodge within the imposing Italian Dolomites mountain range. It combines its swimming pool with a world class set of sophisticated wet spa facilities. They include an indoor whirlpool, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and mood shower. The outdoor

Most children visiting the Amalfi Coast are probably excited to see the two things I was most excited about seeing too. I wanted to go to the island of Capri and I wanted to see the ruins of Pompeii. We sailed to Capri from Naples and there was only a very short wait to board a fast boat, and none of us were seasick. I even managed a short sleep, which I was glad about because once we got to Capri I did a lot of walking. The walking is

Capri is one of those unusual places which has an instant, and positive, resonance for everyone who hears its name. It immediately invokes glittering celebrities, the height of Italian chic, extraordinary history as a holiday retreat of emperors, and scenic beauty. It would be easy to believe that Capri is hard to reach without a private yacht, but it is actually a very easy, pleasant and good value journey from either Naples or Sorrento. The latter in particular offers an extremely speedy transit across calm blue seas. Little can prepare

We are pleased to inform that we still have availability at our Prestige Menorca estate, probably the most luxurious holiday villa on the Balearic islands, for up to 22 guests in 11 sumptuous bedrooms.   ***Tuesday 12th July – Friday 22nd July – 10 nights Rental fee:: 100,000 euros ***Sunday 31st July leaving Thursday 4th August ***Saturday 20th August leaving Wednesday 24th August Rental fee for 4 nights: 40,000 euros Prices include: · Exclusive use of villa and its 11 ensuite bedrooms (max 22 people) · Airport Transfers · Breakfast every day

The imposing villa Casa Ambra offers the perfect springboard to a voyage of discovery in the beautiful, verdant nation of the Dominican Republic. With complimentary transfers from Punta Cana airport, six luxuriously appointed bedrooms and a stunning infinity pool, the property is a picturesque and decadent bolthole in a nation which plays, and parties, hard. The regional calendar in Dominican Republic is dotted with significant festivities. Restoration Day is the country’s version of carnival. Celebrated everywhere, it involves gaudy costumes, parades, and plenty of loud live music. Right in Punta

Beguiling and rich in wonders to visit at any time of year, Croatia’s Adriatic Coast transforms itself into the party capital of Europe every summer, and for several months pulses with an irresistible energy. Thanks to its networks of lovely islands, historic cities and remote beaches, this enthusiastic activity can always be offset by more exclusive and secluded adventures. Split’s most famous, huge and ancient landmark is Diocletian’s Palace, which forms a stunning backdrop to a festival of flowers in May. May also sees the feast day of Split’s patron

Easter is a very significant time for memorable festivals in Italy, not least the Scoppio del Carro, the Explosion of the Cart which takes place in Florence’s Piazza del Duomo every Easter Sunday. 150 revellers in medieval costume drag the flower-covered cart, before it is set alight and forms the centrepiece of an incredible fireworks display. April kicks off, as it does for many of us elsewhere, with April Fool’s Day, which is called Pesce D’Aprile in Italy but which involves the same blend of fun, tomfoolery and pranks that

 The town of Trabia in Sicily is mentioned in historical documents as the birthplace of pasta. In 1154, the Arab geographer Al Idrisi, while travelling around Sicily on behalf of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily to study customs and traditions of the Sicilian population, described in the famous “Tabula Rogeriana” the existence of a town called Trabia and its local production of pasta: “To the west of Termini there is a town called Trabia (‘At Tarbiah, the square), an enchanting place to live, abounding in streams that drive numerous mills. Trabia

Of all the desirable French skiing locations, perhaps none is more iconic than Val D’Isere. With settlements dating back at least to the seventeenth century, and a key role in European skiing for the last 80 years, it has seen a period of rapid development. Though this in no way impacts on the pleasure of the resorts, it does mean that finding a truly exceptional, historic holiday stay is an achievement to celebrate. Fortunately, Chalet Toit du Monde is a stand-out property not simply in Val d’Isere but globally, with

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